Fujitsu Siemens flies ICL’s Bracknell nest

Posted On Oct 20 2020 by

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Wolf Administration Statement Ahead of Corrections’ Facility Closure Hearing

Posted On Oct 16 2020 by

January 23, 2017 Wolf Administration Statement Ahead of Corrections’ Facility Closure Hearing SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform,  Efficiency,  Public Safety,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Administration Press Secretary J.J. Abbott released the following statement ahead of the joint hearing with the Department of Corrections (DOC) on the upcoming final announcement of facility closures:“Today, Sec. John Wetzel, a national leader in criminal justice, and his staff from the Department of Corrections, including experts on prison population and safety, will testify in front of a joint public hearing. The DOC has seen a historic reduction in their prison population and is able to close two older, expensive state correctional institutions, provide a new position to each impacted staff member, and safely relocate all effected inmates to one of the existing 24 SCIs across the Commonwealth.“The DOC’s participation in the hearing is another example of how this administration is being open and transparent while it determines which prisons to close.  Allowing for public and legislative input is an essential change DOC has incorporated after the last closings. The reason that the administration brought transparency to this process was to allow communities to be heard and participate in it. We empathize with their concerns and we are listening.“Pennsylvania spends $2 billion on corrections and has an even greater structural budget deficit. That combination threatens cuts to investments in education and other programs, and increases in taxes, unless we address these issues. For the first time in a long time, prison population is consistently falling. Closing prisons is a smart decision for the DOC, both financially and operationally, including for safety.“While today’s hearing may focus on the economic impact to specific communities, we must not overlook the importance of continuing to advance criminal justice reforms that reduce taxpayer spending, deliver better outcomes, increase resources for preventive programs like education, parole and law enforcement, and improve public safety.  We cannot forget that high rates of incarceration have serious negative consequences on many communities and families.“The General Assembly should be proud of the reforms passed after the first Justice Reinvestment Initiative that are resulting in a lower burden to the taxpayers for prison spending. The next phase of reforms should continue this track – saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and delivering better results that improve public safety. We look forward to continuing to work with legislators from both sides of the aisle on these issues.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf read more


AG Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to be skeptical of solicitors claiming affiliation with local schools

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgAttached is the complaint filed against Boost Sports Integrative Media LLC. Indianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to exercise caution before entering into financial transactions with solicitors claiming affiliations with local schools. In recent years, the Office of the Attorney General has received multiple complaints about scams involving fraudulent sales of supposed sponsorships benefiting school programs or sports teams.On Jan. 23, 2019, the Office of the Attorney General filed a civil action in Delaware County against Boost Sports Integrative Media LLC – which does business under the name High School Sports Advertising and Sports Media Advertising. Claiming charitable purposes, this company entered into consumer transactions with Indiana businesses under the guise of an affiliation or partnership with local school corporations – namely, Yorktown High School and Muncie Central High School.Boost Sports Integrative Media LLC, however, failed to establish sponsorship, approval or affiliation with the schools before soliciting the targeted businesses. Further, it failed to deliver the products it promised, and it remitted no funds to the schools. The Attorney General alleges that this entity’s actions are unfair, abusive and deceptive – and that they violate the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. The Attorney General is seeking restitution for defrauded businesses as well as civil penalties and costs. It also is seeking an order that the defendant stop any fraudulent activity.In 2017, the Office of the Attorney General received similar complaints about a company purporting to be affiliated with Noblesville High School in Hamilton County.Businesses and individuals should be suspicious of anyone calling or emailing to seek sponsor partnerships for stadium banners, posters, T-shirts and other items. Before contracting with such companies, businesses should first check with schools to confirm the relationship with the organization seeking money.Anyone who believes they have encountered an attempted scam is encouraged to file a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more


Berlin offer cheap tickets for female ref debut

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgLast month, she bantered with Franck Ribery after the French winger cheekily untied her shoelaces while preparing for a free-kick when she officiated a German Cup first-round match.“For me and my referee colleagues, the fact that I am a woman hasn’t been an issue for a long time,” Steinhaus said on the Hertha website.“But we probably all need to accept and deal with the fact that it will continue to be considered a big deal in the media for now.” Hertha Berlin player in trainingBerlin, Germany | AFP | Hertha Berlin are offering women half-price tickets for Sunday’s German league match against Werder Bremen with Bibiana Steinhaus set to make history as the first female referee in a top European league.The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed the 38-year-old will take charge of the Bundesliga clash at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to become the first female ref in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues.Hertha are offering up to 500 “Bibi-Steinhaus-tickets”, only available to women, at half-price.“We want to offer all women the chance to experience this historic moment,” said a statement on the Hertha website.Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and earned her right to whistle in Germany’s top flight after officiating the women’s Champions League final this year and the 2012 women’s Olympic tournament final in London.The police officer has already proven she can handle Bundesliga stars.As an assistant referee, she shrugged off an attempted hug by ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during a pitchside exchange in 2014. Steinhaus insists she has earned the chance to referee in Germany’s top tier on merit, but accepts she is now a role model.“I’m a Bundesliga referee because my performances have been good enough, not because I’m a woman,” she said“That’s a big difference.center_img “If, because of that, I am considered a role model for young girls or a pioneer for equality, then that makes me even happier.“I have a lot of experience now, which is an advantage in many situations.I have different ways of dealing with and reacting to certain situations in the game now.“On top of that, I have also overseen many games as a fourth official, in order to take in the pace of the Bundesliga.”Both Bremen and Berlin coaches welcomed Steinhaus’ debut.“She has earned it through very good performances, at the end of the day that is the main principle, whether you are a man or a woman,” said Bremen coach Alexander Nouri.Berlin coach Pal Dardai added: “If someone refs so well, it doesn’t matter if she is a man or a woman. She has already reffed in the second league and error-free, I believe, which is wonderful.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Bhajji reveals who India’s ‘No.1 choice spinner’ for T20 World Cup should be

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANS/GettyAdvertisement 0mfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsqn2tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6camv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4uqosWould you ever consider trying this?😱7q7n1Can your students do this? 🌚9c9tbRoller skating! Powered by Firework The seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled this year, and while Team India is looking absolutely brilliant in the T20 format thanks to a dominating 5-0 whitewash of New Zealand, things are starting to get sour in the ODI format, as India has lost the New Zealand ODI series 3-0 today. This is raising opinion on whether to let the youngsters from the U19 squad, who performed brilliantly in the U19 World Cup, to join up with the seniors. Indian cricket icon Harbhajan Singh puts his words forward, but has an extra commendation for Yuzvendra Chahal, whom believes to be India’s no. 1 choice for the T20 World Cup.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANS/GettyIn a recent interview with the Times of India, Harbhajan Singh mentioned the importance of a good performance in the upcoming Indian Premier League season to have an impact on the selection of players for the T20 world cup squad.Mentioning the senior team stars like KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal, also and the recent U19 sensation Ravi Bishnoi, who finished the ICC U19 World Cup as the highest wicket taker with 17 wickets, Bhajji said: “IPL performance will have a great impact on the selectors. These players will have to be at their best to show they deserve to be in the national team. Whether it is Chahal, Bishnoi or Rahul, it will in the end come down to who handles the pressure better.”Advertisement However, the veteran spinner praised Chahal, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, and has a brilliant international record. Since his T20 debut against Zimbabwe in 2016, the 29 year old has earned 42 caps in the format, with 55 wickets to his name. Chahal became the first bowler for India and the second in the history of T20 cricket to achieve a five wicket haul, after picking up 6 against England in 2017.Harbhajan had no doubts on the Haryanvi spinner’s abilities. He continued: “Chahal is a proven player and the new lot is actually competing with someone who has done it at that level already. They will have to do double the work than what Yuzi will have to do. Chahal has a strong case to be in the World Cup squad. I feel he is the No. 1 choice.”Advertisement Also read-One of India’s fastest bowlers wants to make a comeback into the limited overs sides Advertisementlast_img read more


Silvertips rock Kootenay Ice as Major Midget Hockey opens new season

Posted On Aug 3 2020 by

first_imgSaturday, McCarrick snapped a 1-1 tie with his first of the season to lift the Silvertips to the opening-day win.McInnes, Jordan Topping, Bajkov and Gomerich also scored for North Island.Trevor Van Steinburg of Cranbrook replied for Kootenay.Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale was in goal for the Ice.Kootenay has a bye week before returning to action Saturday, October 6 in Kelowna to face the Okanagan Rockets in the first of a two-game series.Next home game is October 27 in Trail when the Thompson Blazers visit the Cominco Arena.The B.C. Major Midget League began play in 2004. The idea for the league was to provide the elite 15 to 17-year-old players in the province the opportunity to play against the top players with their own age group.The winner of the league has the chance to advance to the National Midget Championships.Team Kootenay is a collection of players from Cranbrook to Midway. Obviously not the start head coach Mario DiBella and the Kootenay Ice wanted.The North Island Silvertips got better as the games progressed as the Island rep stomped the Kootenay Ice 5-1 and 10-2 in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The weekend series was the first games of the season for both teams.Sunday, Kootenay trailed North Island by a single goal after 20 minutes.But two special teams goals in the middle frame by Silvertips Nicolais Gomerich  — shorthanded — and Patrick Bajkov — his second of three in the game — on the power play was enough to turn the tables against Kootenay.Joe Surgenor scored twice for North Island with singles going to Curtis McCarrick, Liam Shaw, Grady McInnes and Trent Bell.Greyson Reitmeier of Nakusp and Dane Elphicke of Castlegar replied for the Ice. North Island held period leads of 2-1 and 6-2.last_img read more


Harry Kane handed England captaincy for Scotland World Cup qualifier clash

Posted On Dec 27 2019 by

first_imgHarry Kane will captain England against Scotland as Gareth Southgate continues to develop a leadership culture within his group.The Tottenham striker will lead his country out for the first time in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier, becoming the fifth player to wear the armband in seven matches under Southgate.The England boss is in no rush to make a permanent appointment after a lack of game time and form cost Wayne Rooney a place in the squad.And Southgate feels 23-year-old Kane will benefit from the experience after following England’s all-time top goalscorer plus Jordan Henderson, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart in being handed the honour.Southgate said: “People have said to me there were a lack of leaders in the team and I don’t see that to be the case. But I felt it important to try and give people the opportunity to lead in different ways.“Everybody’s different, everybody has different leadership styles, has a different impact on the game and around the training ground and the hotels, in meetings and Harry’s one of a number of people I could have given that opportunity to. But a couple of the others have done it already and I wanted to give him that boost for the game.”The twice Premier League top goalscorer has scored five goals in 17 internationals and Southgate has been impressed by his desire to improve.“We have worked with him for a long time, he has a great mentality and wants to the one of the best players in the world,” the former Middlesbrough manager said.“He has got huge belief in himself, he’s always had that. When he worked with us for the first time for the under-21s, he wasn’t in Tottenham’s first team but he had great self-belief even then and he has grown to be an outstanding player.”Southgate would not rule out trying out more skippers in forthcoming matches before making a long-term appointment. “I don’t feel any rush,” he said. “The most important thing when we came in was to develop people, look at who can lead, who wants to lead, who can be encouraged to lead and to take pressure off one person that all the expectation is on, because I think that’s been a problem in the recent history.“At some point it will be important to decide what structure we want and there’s bit more clarity but more importantly that we develop five or six leaders who are really leading the group.“Even as a captain at times you want someone else to pass the baton on to. It can’t always be the same players that leads in every meeting, in every training session. During a game you want different people to step forward, whether that’s with the ball or influencing others.”Southgate’s novel approach to the captaincy has been replicated in other ways in the build-up to the Hampden clash, notably when he took the squad on an exercise with the Royal Marines. And he felt the experience will live with the players for life.“We had to adapt to some new situations, we had to perform under pressure, we had to come together as a team, spend time together in a completely different environment,” he said.“We were able to observe an elite group working at a high level, and the standards they set for themselves all the time. We were looking at mentality, communication, leadership – there were so many shared experiences.“The biggest thing was coming together as one team. All the players and the support team went through everything and that was fantastic.“And also there are times when you want people to have a great life experience, something that will stay with them forever, that is beyond just building towards a game or a World Cup. Life is about memories and that’s a weekend that will stay with everyone forever.”Another noted diversion from the norm was bringing in Scottish forward coach, Allan Russell, a former Kilmarnock and Airdrie striker, to coach the likes of Kane and Jermain Defoe.Southgate said: “Sometimes when you go from being an academy player to a first-team player the focus shifts to team and tactical preparation and sometimes we can forget that everyone can still improve techniques.“We have been to look at other sports – fast bowlers and batsmen are constantly working on their techniques, goal-kickers in rugby have technical practice.“It’s important to invest in individuals in terms of giving them time studying where their goals come from, how they finish technically, might they take up positions and approach the ball in different ways? Allan’s detail is impressive and that’s why I invited him in.” The 23-year-old takes over the armband from the absent Wayne Rooney 1last_img read more


South Africa’s judiciary

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgFind out more about how the wheels of justice turn in South Africa.The inside of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. (Image: Design Indaba, YouTube)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has an independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law.The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and binds all legislative, executive and judicial organs of state at all levels of government.No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts, and an order or decision of a court binds all organs of state and people to whom it applies.The Constitution provides for the following courts:Constitutional CourtSupreme Court of Appeal (SCA)high courtsmagistrate’s courtsany other court established or recognised in terms of an Act of ParliamentThere are also special income tax courts, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court, the Land Claims Court, the Competition Appeal Court, the Electoral Court, divorce courts, small claims courts, “military courts”, and equality courts.The Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts have the power to protect and regulate their own processes, and to develop the common law.The courts are also required to declare any law or conduct that is inconsistent with the Constitution to be invalid, and develop common law that is consistent with the values of the Constitution, and the spirit and purpose of the Bill of Rights.How are judges appointed?Judges in the various courts are appointed by the President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, the leaders of parties represented in National Assembly, and, where relevant, the President of the Constitutional Court.The Judicial Service Commission includes the Chief Justice, the President of the Constitutional Court and the Minister of Justice. It is a widely representative body, with the transformation of the judiciary remaining one of government’s key priorities.Legal systemSouth African law is a combination of different legal systems, with its origin in Europe and Great Britain. Its foundation lies in Roman-Dutch law, which is itself a blend of indigenous Dutch customary law and Roman law. The legal system that prevailed in Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries was introduced to South Africa after the Cape was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.When the Cape was occupied by the British at the end of the 18th century, Roman- Dutch law was retained and confirmed as the common law of the country. English became the language of the courts and English legal procedures and the English law of evidence in both criminal and civil matters were introduced.As with any other country, the common law has been augmented by statutory law and many of the cases before the court are now concerned with their interpretation and application.Because of the unique heritage of South African law, and the constitutional imperative to regard comparative law, foreign law is frequently consulted, not as binding but as persuasive authority.Judicial decisions are themselves a source of law. The decisions of the court are binding on all lower courts.The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is responsible for ensuring an accessible justice system that promotes and protects social justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, thus providing a transparent, responsive and accountable justice for all.Source: South African Yearbook and the Department of Justice.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more


Feeding Farmers in the Field Week Two | Pohlman Family

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s week two of Feeding Farmers in the Field and we are in Auglaize County on the Pohlman Family farm. Dale visits with Austin Pohlman about the growing conditions around the area this year and how harvest is shaping up.last_img


Funding for 1000Memories – A Nod to the Power of Digital Memories

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#news#web Memorial site and service 1000Memories.com announces today that it has closed a $2.5 million Series A round of funding. The startup’s list of investors is an impressive one, including Greylock Partners, Paul Buchheit, Keith Rabois, Ron Conway, Caterina Fake, Mike Maples, Chris Sacca, among others.1000Memories is a website where friends and family can come together to remember someone who has passed. 1000Memories aims to create a permanent online place where people can come, share their stories, and remember the lives of their loved ones. 1000Memories offers what we’ve called “Obituary 2.0”, a recognition that the Web has changed and can change the way in which we memorialize loved ones. You can create a 1000Memories site for someone – it’s free – and then invite friends and family to join and to participate in what the company calls a “Wikipedia-like approach” to the obituary.If you’ve lost a loved one, you know what a horrific process dealing with things like obituaries can be. If you’ve had to negotiate death and social networks, you understand how inadequate many of the tools for talking and sharing can be. 1000Memories co-founders – Rudy Adler, Jonathan Good, and Brett Huneycutt – all experienced a loss. Their stories underwrite much of their mission, so far in the company’s history they approach all of this with incredible respect and support.The investment announcement is a testament to that. So, much more powerfully you might argue, is the memorial that recently took shape on the site in honor of the protestors who died during the recent protests in Egypt. “Egypt remembers“, 1000Memories’ first group site, was started when Toronto entrepreneur and Egyptian ex-pat Mahmoud Hashim contacted 1000Memories, saying he thought the site would be a good way to make sure those who lost their lives had an online monument, of sorts, in honor of their sacrifice. Students, translators, doctors, writers – the names have been pulled from a Google Doc. As friends and family have come forward, photos have been added and full, individual profiles have been updated for the many of the 160-some-odd names. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watterscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more