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Race group members quit over ‘loss of independence’

first_imgRace group members quit over ‘loss of independence’On 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Four black members of the Metropolitan police force’sindependent advisory group on race relations have resigned over concerns thattheir role has become purely cosmetic.The independent advisory group was set up by the Met as partof its strategy to tackle its failings on race highlighted by the MacphersonReport into the Stephen Lawrence murder.In a resignation letter, the four said the IAG has becomecontrolled by the police and has lost its independence and credibility. They were also unhappy over a claim by the Met that groupmembers have reviewed the case of Ali Dizaei, one of the force’s top ethnicminority officers, who was suspended last month over allegations of misconduct.They say they were unaware of the IAG’s involvement until they read about it innewspaper reports.The IAG, which was originally billed as being made up of thesome of the Met’s sternest critics, advises the force on internal as well asexternal race relations. A Met spokesman said the force is sad that four of the IAG’soriginal members have thought it necessary to resign. He said, “They have always been among the greatest advocatesof the IAG’s assertion of the need to initiate, not merely validate, policy,procedures and working practices.“We are confident the remaining members of the group and theeight new members who joined yesterday will continue to challenge and provideconstructive criticism of policing in London.”“To have a continually smooth relationship with all IAGmembers would be impossible if their independence is to be maintained.”By Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Getting performance management to work for you (VIDEO)

first_imgOverview Supplier selection Contents Previous Article Next Article Planning your training, learning and development Payment, ownership and major UK suppliers TRAINING Staff buy-in for training Case study: Working [email protected] at Pepsi QTG Managing people’s performance – fact or fiction? center_img Getting performance management to work for you (VIDEO)On 18 Feb 2010 in Personnel Today Smart Buyer is brought to you in association with leading training providers…mktoMunchkin(“589-ITG-580”); Getting performance management to work for you (VIDEO) Related Smart Buyer training contentJeremy Francis of the Rhema Group discusses how performance management can go wrong and what can be done about it. Face-to-face or e-learning? Comments are closed. Was training effective and well delivered? Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Chevron says Argentine Supreme Court rejects fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment

first_imgThis is the latest in a string of legal victories in Chevron’s global defense against the Ecuadorian judgment Image: Oil pollution caused by the Lago Agrio oilfield operations in Ecuador. (Credit: Julien Gomba/Wikipedia.org) Argentina’s highest court unanimously rejected the plaintiffs’ final bid to enforce a fraudulent $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation. This is the latest in a string of legal victories in Chevron’s global defense against the Ecuadorian judgment—found by U.S. courts to be the product of fraud, bribery, and corruption, and held unenforceable as a matter of international law by an international arbitral tribunal in The Hague.On July 30, in a unanimous 5-0 decision, the Supreme Court of Argentina dismissed the plaintiffs’ appeal from the decision by the Court of Appeals in Buenos Aires of July 3, 2018, which affirmed the trial court’s opinion and dismissed the Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ action for lack of jurisdiction. Argentina’s courts have now uniformly and definitively rejected the plaintiffs’ attempt to recognize and enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in that nation.With the decision of the Supreme Court of Argentina, the last pending proceeding seeking the recognition of the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment has come to an end. Decisions by courts and tribunals in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Gibraltar, The Hague, and now Argentina, confirm that the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment should be unenforceable in any court that respects the rule of law. Even the Republic of Ecuador, a longstanding supporter of the litigation against Chevron, finally admitted in a public filing earlier this month that the $9.5 billion judgment issued by its courts against Chevron is “fraudulent.”Chevron has defeated all actions to date seeking the recognition and enforcement of that judgment. In July 2019, after the Canadian Supreme Court declined to review a lower court opinion dismissing the action against Chevron’s indirect subsidiary in Canada, the plaintiffs dismissed their Canadian recognition proceeding. In November 2017, Brazil’s highest court dismissed a recognition action brought in that country. Prosecutors in both Brazil and Argentina had previously opined that the Ecuadorian judgment was unenforceable because it was the product of fraud and corruption.The key remaining proceeding in connection with the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment is Chevron’s arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador before an international tribunal in The Hague. The tribunal ruled for Chevron on liability in 2018 and the arbitration is now in the damages phase, where Chevron is seeking to recover from the Republic of Ecuador costs Chevron has incurred to expose and defend against the fraud perpetrated against it.In a unanimous 2018 decision, the international tribunal in The Hague—including the arbitrator chosen by Ecuador—held that the $9.5 billion judgment rendered against Chevron in Ecuador in 2011 was procured through fraud, including judicial bribery, blackmail, and extortion, culminating in the presiding judge allowing the plaintiffs’ team to ghostwrite the judgment itself in exchange for the promise of a bribe. Finding the evidence propounded by Chevron to be “overwhelming,” the tribunal held that “[s]hort of a signed confession by the miscreants . . . the evidence establishing ‘ghostwriting’ in this arbitration ‘must be the most thorough documentary, video, and testimonial proof of fraud ever put before an arbitral tribunal.’”The international tribunal further held that Chevron was released by the Republic of Ecuador from the same environmental claims on which the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment is exclusively based, following completion of a $40-million environmental remediation program approved by the Ecuadorian government. The international tribunal found that the Ecuadorian judgment violated international law and should not be enforced anywhere in the world.The tribunal’s findings in The Hague are consistent with findings of U.S. courts. In 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Steven Donziger and his team procured the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron through fraud and racketeering, including extortion, money laundering, wire fraud, witness tampering, judicial bribery, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and obstruction of justice. The court prohibited enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment in the United States and ordered the Ecuadorian plaintiffs and their lawyers to pay back to Chevron any enforcement proceeds they obtain anywhere in the world. The U.S. court judgment is now final after having been unanimously affirmed by the Court of Appeals and denied review by the Supreme Court. In 2018, Donziger was suspended from the practice of law for his misconduct in the Ecuador litigation. In May 2019, Donziger was held in civil contempt of court for his breach of the RICO judgment, which prevented him from profiting from the fraud, by selling interests in the Ecuadorian judgment to investors and using a large portion of the proceeds on personal expenses. In July 2019, Donziger was charged with criminal contempt due to his ongoing refusal to comply with court orders. Chevron is not a party to the criminal contempt proceedings.Donziger is not the only Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ attorney implicated in what the Wall Street Journal has called the “legal fraud of the century.” Ecuadorian counsel Pablo Fajardo was condemned alongside Donziger by both U.S. courts and the arbitral tribunal in The Hague, which concluded that both “engaged in prolonged, malign conduct towards [Ecuador’s] legal system generally and, particularly, the Lago Agrio Court in a manner that almost beggars belief in its arrogant contempt for elemental principles of truth and justice.” In May 2018, the Supreme Court of Gibraltar issued a judgment against Fajardo and other participants in the fraud for their role in attempting to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment, awarding $38 million in damages to Chevron. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Ocean City Restaurant Week Runs Monday to Saturday

first_imgPeriwinkles restaurant on the beach block of Ninth Street in Ocean City, NJ.Visitors will be able to sample a variety of eateries at discounted prices during Ocean City Restaurant Week from Monday (June 16) to Saturday (June 21).Participating restaurants will offer special prix fixe (fixed price) menus during the promotion — many include two meals for one price, others offer discounted prices.To see details on participating restaurants, visit eatinocnj.com.Andrew Yoa, president of the Ocean City Restaurant Association and owner of the Island Grill, said the group has tried to keep the Restaurant Week the same for the past three or four years, so it becomes a tradition for visitors in the week after Father’s Day.As of Saturday, participating restaurants that had posted information include:Island Grill Seafood and Steak House (First Street and Atlantic Avenue)Cousins Restaurant (First Street and Asbury Avenue)Periwinkles (Beach block of 9th Street)Spadafora’s Restaurant and Clam Bar (9th and Atlantic)Emily’s Ocean Room at the Flanders Hotel (11th and Boardwalk)Jon & Patty’s (637 Asbury Avenue)Mike’s Seafood (55th and West)Sack O’ Subs (926 Asbury or 55th and Central)last_img read more

Report points to benefits of breakfast

first_imgTrying to lose weight? – Eat breakfast, according to research produced by the University of Bath.The report comes as bakers promote the meal occasion, with Roberts Bakery recently teaming up with Kerrygold to teach schoold children how to put together a healthy but delicious breakfast for Breakfast Week.Originally published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research compared two groups of obese people aged between 21 and 60, and found that those who ate at least 700kcal by 11am took more exercise in the morning than those who didn’t eat before noon, and only drank water. Those who ate breakfast also ate less later in the day, so both groups ate a similar total amount for the day.The study, part of the Bath Breakfast Project, which is investigating the effects of breakfast on health, allowed participants to eat a breakfast of their choice. Researchers now want to extend the research to examine the effects of different breakfast choices, from full English through to continental.Dr James Betts, lead researcher, said: “Despite many people offering opinions about whether or not you should eat breakfast, to date there has been a lack of rigorous scientific evidence showing how, or whether, breakfast might cause changes in our health. Our studies highlight some of these impacts, but how important breakfast is still really depends on the individual and their own personal goals.“For example, if weight loss is the key, there is little to suggest that just having breakfast or skipping it will matter. However, based on other markers of a healthy lifestyle, like being more active or controlling blood sugar levels, then there’s evidence that breakfast may help.”Recent research by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) found that bread features in 28% of UK breakfasts.last_img read more

Unifiller unveils cake decorating system for industrial bakeries

first_imgSource: UnifillerUnifiller Systems has added to its portfolio with the Servo Layer Cake System designed to help industrial bakeries automate the filling of cakes.The system can spread a layer of buttercream onto round or square cakes with what Unifiller describes as a high degree of consistency and speed.It integrates with the cake stacking module as part of the Automated Cake Icing System. Unifiller recommends pairing it with both to streamline cake decorating while reducing strain or injury for employees.It added that customers who have purchased this system as a component of their overall cake icing line from Unifiller have been able to speed up production, increase yield, optimise labour, and better manage product waste.“The Servo Layer Cake System is a great solution for businesses struggling with low staff numbers, physical distancing, or meeting demand,” said Steven Belyea, applications manager at Unifiller Systems, which is a subsidiary of industrial equipment supplier Linxis Group.“The Servo Layer Cake System is the best option for high throughput at 30 cakes per minute.”This, he added, is double the speed it would take to manually mid-fill 30 cakes with the average worker achieving the same throughput in 10 minutes.Bakeries of all sizes can benefit from the automation of cake decorating, believe equipment suppliers, which explore the issue in our latest feature: ‘Could automation be the icing on the cake?’last_img read more

Statue Honoring Chris Cornell To Be Erected In Seattle In August

first_imgFriday, July 20th, marked what would have been Chris Cornell‘s 54th birthday. The late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer passed away in May of last year, sending shockwaves through the music community. However, today, Chris Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell, announced that Cornell’s home city of Seattle will raise a statue honoring the late Grammy Award-winning singer in August outside Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.The statue will be raised during a public ceremony on Wednesday, August 29th. Per a press release, “Ms. Cornell commissioned sculptor Nick Marras to create a life size bronze statue showcasing the rock legend in one of his iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks. She has donated the commemorative figure to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. …The statue will be placed on display in front of the Museum of Pop Culture’s gold south entrance, facing 5th Avenue, the ideal location for fans and visitors around the world.”As Vicky Cornell explained,Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband. … Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle – our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start.As the Museum of Pop’s artistic director, Jasen Emmons, noted, “MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from the Cornell family and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music. … MoPOP serves to celebrate the Seattle music scene and the luminaries who have emerged from the Northwest and Chris was a key figure who has made a lasting impact on generations worldwide.”last_img read more

Extra, Extra! Newsies Will Close on Broadway

first_img LaVon Fisher-Wilson Ben Fankhauser View Comments Newsies is based on the 1992 Disney film of the same name and features original music as well as additional songs by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman, and a book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Inspired by the real events of the Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies follows a young New York City newsboy who leads a group of orphans in a protest against Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. The tuner won two 2012 Tony awards, for Best Score and Best Choreography. Liana Hunt Newsies currently stars Corey Cott, John Dossett, Liana Hunt, Ben Fankhauser, Andy Richardson and LaVon Fisher-Wilson. The original Great White Way cast included Jeremy Jordan, Dossett, Kara Lindsay and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who all also appeared in the world premiere of the stage adaptation at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in the fall of 2011. Corey Cott Andy Richardson Newsies will play its final performance at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on August 24. Directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, at time of closing the production will have run 1005 performances; it had originally been intended to run for 101. Star Files John Dossett The previously reported national Newsies North American tour will launch in October 2014 and play 25 cities over 43 weeks during the 2014-15 season. View All (6)last_img read more

Police Cracking Down on Seatbelt Violations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police officers across Long Island will be cracking down on drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts for the next two weeks as a part of the annual “Buckle Up New York” campaign.The effort, which includes seatbelts checkpoints and added patrols, is part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign coordinated with law enforcement agencies from coast to coast May 20 through June 2.“Fastening your seat belt takes seconds and it can save your life,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Ed Webber said. “We have seen first-hand the deadly consequences of what happens when someone chooses not to buckle up.”Fifty two percent of the 21,253 vehicle passengers killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.New York State has had a seat belt compliance rate of 90 or better for the past three years, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Still, the campaign continues until every driver and passenger buckles up.Besides Suffolk police, agencies that also have announced joining in the crackdown include state Troopers, Nassau police, Long Beach and Glen Cove city police and more than a dozen local village police departments.New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law makes drivers responsible for passengers younger than 16 who are not wearing seatbelts.last_img read more

Staff Picks, September, 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York TIMOTHY’S PICKLONG ISLAND ODDITIES: CURIOUS LOCALES, UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES AND UNLIKELY URBAN ADVENTURES BY JOHN & LAURA LEITAIf you were born and raised on Long Island, you know that it’s a strange, strange place. Growing up here, you sort of just accept it as such and go about your daily ways. Perhaps in elementary school you learn about the Big Duck and Big Indian Chief. Maybe in middle school you begin to hear stories about Mount Misery and the Massapequa Hell House. By high school you’re making treks out to the Amityville Horror House, King’s Park Psych Center, Pilgrim State and Montauk, smoking cigarettes while snooping around the giant radar tower and cemented-over bunkers where the abductions, mind-control and time-travel experiments took place. By college you know all about Lake Ronkonkoma, the Fire Island Lighthouse and Bellmore Pool Hall. Recently published, this book does a decent job chronicling the trip down memory lane. They left out the chapter about the reptilian-oids, though. Now that’s truly odd.CHRIS’ PICKTHE CLASH HITS BACK & SOUND SYSTEM (LEGACY RECORDINGS)I don’t care if you’re into rock, reggae, hip-hop, blues, jazz or salsa, this is the Holy Grail of greatest hits and box sets and it will make you and your loved ones that much better human beings. The two-disc Hits Back drops Sept. 9 and replicates the set played at the Brixton Fair Deal (now the Academy) on July 19, 1982, along with crushing numbers that failed to make the gig. Designed by bassist Paul Simonon and invading Sept. 10, 80s boombox-shaped Sound System not only includes newly re-mastered versions of all five Clash LPs—1977’s The Clash, 1978’s Give ‘Em Enough Rope, 1979’s London Calling, 1980’s Sandinista! and 1982’s Combat Rock (!!!)—but three discs of singles, demos, B-sides and rarities, a DVD with all of the band’s videos, including unseen footage, reprints, a new issue of The Only Band That Matters’ fanzine Armagideon Times, a poster, stickers, dog tags, badges and a giant cigarette, among other memorabilia. No armadillos though, unfortunately.SPENCER’S PICKAN ORGANIC HOME-GROWN TOMATOOur juicy “fruit” of summer: A big red tomato picked from the good Earth at the Robert M. Kubecka Memorial Organic Garden, a 17-acre piece of paradise located just near the intersection of Dunlop and Greenlawn roads that is prime property for the Town of Huntington’s Organic Garden Program. This was our first season. There’s a waiting list to get one of the 20 by 30 feet plots, which rent for $25 a year, but the manure is free and so is the mulch. And the value of harvesting something fresh that has a little bit of your self in every bite is priceless. Because you know—and the blisters on your hands bear mute witness—that you were out there in the hot sun and the rain, tearing up the weeds, fighting the insects to a draw and trying to get an edge on the unknown forces that always threaten to shape the destiny of your produce before it reaches your kitchen counter.RASHED’S PICKBRAGG ORGANIC RAW – UNFILTERED APPLE CIDER VINEGARUnpasteurized and naturally gluten-free, this health heal-all elixir is replete with the amazing “Mother” of vinegar—that thick gooey slick settling at the bottom of the bottle—strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules that your body needs oh–so-badly. Swig it straight from the bottle, toss it back in a shot glass, or slather it atop some Greek food, apple cider vinegar has been imbibed for thousands of years for its health benefits and pseudo-magical medicinal qualities. These include relieving inflammation, helping the immune and digestive systems, skin, hair and muscles, among so many others. At less than $8 for a 32-oz. jug (this one was purchased at Organic Corner in Massapequa), you simply can’t go wrong. Buy this and drink it! Thank me later, friends.last_img read more