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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today This month’s newsTractor deaths study Lap straps on tractors would have prevented at least some of the 27 deaths inthe past 10 years among tractor drivers who were thrown from their cabs whentheir tractors overturned, according to new research carried out for the HSE bythe Transport Research Laboratory. The research used computer modelling tocompare injuries suffered by drivers when using or not using a lap strap. Theeffectiveness of lap straps as seat restraints on tractors in the event ofoverturning, price £20, is available from HSE Books tel: 01787 881165, fax:01787 313995. Safer docks call The docks industry needs to reduce accidents and address modern workingmethods, says shipping minister Keith Hill. Three people died and 709 wereinjured as a result of dock work in 1999-2000. The Health and Safety Commissionis reviewing all the areas involved in health and safety in the docks industry.Advice on gloves A leaflet on choosing the right gloves for the right job has been publishedby the HSE. Selecting protective gloves for work with chemicals is availablefrom HSE Books tel: 01787 881165, fax: 01787 313995. Single copies are free,packs of 10 are £5. last_img read more

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Sexual size dimorphism in northern giant petrels: ecological correlates and scaling

first_imgNorthern giant petrels (Macronectes halli) are among the largest and most sexually size dimorphic species of seabirds, with females being only 80% the mass of males. Both sexes scavenge on seal and penguin carrion in the sub-Antarctic ecosystem, but during the breeding season females also feed extensively on other marine food resources and show more pelagic habits than males. The outstanding sexual segregation in foraging and feeding ecology in northern giant petrels suggests that mechanisms maintaining sexual size dimorphism by ecological factors may be operating. I evaluated this possibility by examining ecological correlates with body size and by static allometry analyses. Fledging sex ratio in four consecutive years did not depart from parity. There was no assortative mating by size neither association between the male size with the breeding performance. By contrast, smaller females raised their chick in better condition. Moreover, bill size showed a size dimorphism beyond that expected by body size dimorphism, i.e. when controlling for body mass, males showed relatively longer bill than females. This trait did not deviate from isometry with respect to body size and its phenotypic variability was low, suggesting that the disproportionately large bill of males is related to their more scavenging life style compared to females. In general, the increase and maintenance of sexual size dimorphism in giant petrels is more consistent with an ecological causation rather than a result of sexual selection.last_img read more

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Was Shell ‘complicit’ in the Ogoni Nine executions? Witnesses to testify in oil and gas giant’s home country

first_imgOil-stained operations in the Niger DeltaTo this day, the MOSOP group campaigns against Shell’s oil operations on the grounds that it causes irreparable damage to the land and the lives of the people who rely on it for their livelihoods.Recently, another group dedicated to the same goal made significant progress towards navigating the barriers which have traditionally helped large extractive firms circumvent legal accountability.In July, the British Supreme Court ruled in favour of allowing 40,000 members of the Nigerian Ogale and Bille communities to bring legal action on British soil against Shell for allegedly polluting various parts of the Niger Delta near their homes.Both groups argue they have suffered as a result of systematic and ongoing oil pollution for years because of the Shell subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria’s (SPDC) operations in the Niger Delta.The firm does not dispute the claims lodged against its pipelines and oil activity, or that it has as yet not taken adequate action to solve the issue, only that it should not be held liable for the actions of SPDC.Leigh Day partner Daniel Leader said: “We are delighted to have been granted permission to take this case against Shell to the Supreme Court.“We believe the era of corporate impunity is drawing to a close – it is no longer acceptable for companies to make billions out of developing world resources whilst causing devastating damage to the environment and local communities.”King Okpabi, the ruler of the Ogale Community, added: “The English Courts are our only hope because we cannot get justice in Nigeria.“So let this be a landmark case – I will not run away from my responsibility to defend the people of Ogale against one of the largest corporations in the world which treats us with contempt.” Esther Kiobel lost her husband in 1995 when the Ogoni Nine were hanged by the Nigerian government (Credit: Amnesty International) A witness hearing pertaining to Shell’s alleged complicity in the execution of nine Nigerian activists by the country’s government will be held today in The Hague.It marks the latest development in a case that dates back to 2002 when four women including Esther Kiobel, widow to one of the victims collectively known as the Ogoni Nine, launched a lawsuit against the oil and gas giant.Dutch courts will hear for the first time accounts from individuals who claim the firm bribed them to proffer false testimonies that contributed to the nine men being hanged in 1995.Mark Dummett, Amnesty International’s business and human rights researcher, said: “For more than 20 years Shell has escaped scrutiny over its role in these tragic events.“We applaud the courage and persistence of Esther Kiobel and the other women who have brought this case.“This case exemplifies how hard it can be for the victims of human rights abuses to hold a powerful multinational corporation to account.“These four Nigerian widows represent the cause of the Ogoni Nine, as well as countless residents of the Niger Delta who feel that their rights have been trampled on by Shell.” Kiobel vs ShellThe Ogoni Nine were hanged more than 20 years ago along with renowned activist Ken Saro-Wiwa after they were convicted in what Amnesty International has denounced as a “blatantly unfair trial”.They stood accused of involvement in the murder of four Ogoni chiefs who they believed were actively undermining the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).The group protested against the pollution Shell’s drilling activity caused in the Ogoniland region and Amnesty International maintains, contrary to the government’s line, it was, in fact, the Ogoni Nine’s involvement in this campaign that led to their deaths.The human rights organisation said in a 2017 report: “The executions were the culmination of a brutal campaign by Nigeria’s military to silence the protests of MOSOP, which Shell declared was no longer welcome to operate in the area in January 1993.“The Nigerian security forces’ subsequent campaign in Ogoniland directly led to serious human rights violations, including the unlawful killing of hundreds of Ogoni people.”At the time, Nigeria accounted for a fifth of the oil and gas reserves then belonging to the Anglo-Dutch company, which was generating up to $240m in profit a year and more than a million barrels of crude every day as a result of its operations in the country. The Ogoni Nine were hanged more than 20 years ago after they were convicted in what Amnesty International denounced as a “blatantly unfair trial” Two decades in the makingSeven years after the Ogoni Nine were hanged, during which Kiobel fled to the US where she was granted asylum, the widow filed a lawsuit against Shell for its alleged complicity in the murders.In 2013, more than a decade later, the US Supreme Court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over the case and refused to examine its facts or hear any testimony.It was not until 2017 that Kiobel was able to bring a new lawsuit against the oil giant, with the aid of three other Nigerian women — Victoria Bera, Blessing Eawo and Charity Levula — in the Netherlands, which agreed to bring it forward.Oil spills in Ogoniland are a perennial problem for Nigerians (Credit: Flickr/Friends of the Earth)In February this year, the District Court of The Hague gave Kiobel and Bera their maiden platform to tell their stories, though Eawo and Levula were refused European visas and remained in their home country.In May, the court ruled the case was not time-barred and that it did have jurisdiction, before ordering the plaintiffs to bring witnesses and further evidence to substantiate their claims, which centre on the alleged bribes Shell made to secure testimony against the Ogoni Nine.This month’s hearing of witness statements highlights the proceedings’ exponentially hastening trajectory and makes feasible for the first time an end to what will likely be remembered as a seminal landmark in the development of international human rights.last_img read more

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Colombian Navy launches third OPV ARC Santander

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Colombian Navy launches third offshore patrol vessel ARC Santander December 2, 2016 View post tag: Colombian Navy Authorities View post tag: ARC Santander Colombian state-owned shipbuilder Cotecmar launched the third offshore patrol vessel for the Colombian Navy, during a December 1 ceremony in Cartagena.The vessel was named ARC Santander and christened in the presence of the Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.ARC Santander is the third of six offshore patrol vessels built indigenously for the Colombian Navy. Construction of the vessel started in December 2014.According to the Spanish-language website InfoDefensa, the vessel features several improvements over its two predecessors, ARC 20 de Julio and ARC 7 de Agosto. It has an upgraded armament with a 76 mm OTO Melara gun and a 25 mm M242 Bushmaster auto-cannon.The ship is also capable of reaching greater speeds and has an enlarged flight deck which can now embark an organic medium helicopter. Colombian Navy launches third offshore patrol vessel ARC Santander View post tag: OPV Share this articlelast_img read more

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String Cheese Concludes Las Vegas Run With Three Set Masterpiece [Video/Recap]

first_imgLast night marked the third and final night of The String Cheese Incident’s run at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV. The band took things a bit deeper on Sunday night, playing a short acoustic set as a warm up for the Cheesy madness to come. By all accounts, it was quite the celebration.The show opened with a special Cheese acoustic set, as the band welcomed mandolinist Jack Rajca to the stage. Rajca was the writing partner with Bill Nershi just before SCI was formed, over 20 years ago, and the duo wrote songs like “Lester Had A Coconut” and more together. In fact, “Lester” was the opening number for this stripped down segment, which also featured “Blue Ridge Cabin Home,” “Crosseyed Possum,” and “Temperance Reel.” After a short break, the band got back down to it for two more sets of classic String Cheese. Tunes like “Just One Story,” “Little Hands” and “It Is What It Is” kept the fans grooving right along, and the group closed out the second set with “Let’s Go Outside.” Still, there was more to come, as the group opened up set three with “Birdland” and rocked a “Joyful Sound > Rumble > Howard” combination later in the set.To close out set three, the group played “Outside and Inside” into The Allman Brothers’ “Jessica.” The unexpected cover was quite the treat, keeping the fans smiling through to the two-song encore of “Late in the Evening” and “Restless Wind.” With that, Cheese bid their fans a fond farewell, putting a cap on three nights in Vegas and a hugely successful March Madness tour.Next up for Cheese is Electric Forest in June. Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of Friends of Cheese: Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV – 3/20/16Set One: Lester Had A Coconut1, Blue Ridge Cabin Home1, Crosseyed Possum1, Temperance Reel1Set Two: Just One Story, Sometimes A River, Little Hands, Yo Se, Falling Through the Cracks, It Is What It Is, Let’s Go OutsideSet Three: Birdland, You’ve Got the World, Hotel Window, Joyful Sound > Rumble > Howard, BollyMunster, Outside and Inside > JessicaEncore: Late in the Evening, Restless WindNotes:1 acoustic, with Jack Rajcalast_img read more

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Marcus King Shares New Album Featuring Derek Trucks & Warren Haynes [Listen]

first_imgAt only 20 years old, Marcus King is quickly becoming a phenomenon. It’s no wonder that his stock continues to rise with music appreciators everywhere; the guitarist can really play! He’s a truly soulful musician who hits hos notes in the best way possible, turning the heads of elders like Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks in the process.The two guitarists – both former members of the now-defunct Allman Brothers Band – appear on The Marcus King Band, the second-ever album from Marcus King and his cohorts. Produced entirely by Warren Haynes, the self-titled album officially releases his Friday, October 7th. Fortunately, Guitar World has premiered the new release for your listening pleasure.Take a listen to The Marcus King Band, streaming below until its official October 7th release.“Marcus is the first player I’ve heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age,” says Haynes in the Guitar World article. “He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul and any timeless genre of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.”You can preorder the new album by heading here. Enjoy!last_img read more

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MyWebGrocer brings grocery shopping to Google phone

first_imgMyWebGrocer of Colchester, Vermont, and Big in Japan have partnered to bring timely and relevant product data and advertising to the Google Android Platform. ShopSavvy, Big in Japan s popular price comparison application, utilizes MyWebGrocer s grocery data to help consumers find relevant products and pricing at their local grocery retailers.Using any Google Android phone, shoppers can scan a barcode found on any grocery product and are instantly shown product results from ShopSavvy. These results include prices on the web and at local stores, consumer reviews, an option to save the product to their wish list and to sign up for results when the price changes on the item. As consumers are grocery shopping, from the palm of their hand they will be able to see information that they traditionally had to get from newspaper circulars or direct mail. We re thrilled to be partnering with a mobile leader like Big in Japan, said Alec Newcomb, MyWebGrocer s Vice Presdient. Customer response to ShopSavvy in the US has been incredible, and we are excited about being able to provide relevant and timely information on the 800,000 branded products across our 95 Grocery Retailers. Grocery data has been a challenge for ShopSavvy from the very start. More than 25% of ShopSavvy users have scanned more than a million grocery items with limited success over the past year, said Alexander Muse co-founder of Big in Japan. Our partnership with MyWebGrocer means users can finally access real-time pricing and inventory for hundreds of thousands of grocery related items.MyWebGrocer is currently live on ShopSavvy and relevant CPG Advertising is being deployed this quarter on the application. About MyWebGrocer:MyWebGrocer is the leading digital services provider for retail grocery, connecting retail brands to their consumers through ecommerce and online tools.  Retail partners include Shoprite, Lowes Food Stores, Big Y, Food Lion and 90 other leading grocery chains. MyWebGrocer has the largest online grocery-advertising network with 3.8 Million monthly shoppers, attracting advertisers such as Kellogg s, Unilever, Nestle, P&G and 60 other leading brands. For more information please visit MyWebGrocer.com or call 1-888-662-2284.About Big in Japan:Big in Japan builds cool applications for mobile devices, including Apple s award winning iPhone and Google s open source Android platform, think of us as the mobile idea factory. Our latest application ShopSavvy ¢ won Google s Android Developer Challenge and is available on T-Mobile s G1 Google Android phone. Big in Japan is not just a development shop, they manage and support applications for millions of users for major brands including FX Network and LEGO.Source: MyWebGrocer. June 15th 2009 Colchester, VTlast_img read more

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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Sends Billy Joel’s MSG Crowd into a Frenzy [Video]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Joel’s sold out gig at Madison Square Garden Friday night was moving right along when about half-way through the show the Piano Man turned to his sea of giddy fans and introduced AC/DC’s Brian Johnson—a surprising twist that electrified MSG and brought hundreds to their feet.Johnson shot-putted onto the stage as cheering fans—many of whom were caught entirely off guard by the show’s abrupt pivot—and grabbed the mic to perform his band’s hit “Shook Me All Night Long.”Soon, the whole crowd was singing along, and Joel, who had no problem taking a backseat during his own show, rocked along by his piano.Johnson, whose one-song performance sent the Garden crowd into a frenzy, capped the performance by wrapping his arms around Joel before exiting the stage.Related: Joel to play monthly shows at MSGAlong with performing his hit songs “Only the Good Die Young,” “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” “Piano Man,” and a slew of other classics, Joel, who turns 65 in May, embraced the role of entertainer as he cracked jokes—some at himself—and kept the energy up during his two-hour show.But it was the guest appearance by Johnson that appeared to steal the headlines. Here’s what it sounded like:And here’s what the crowd had to say:[View the story “Brian Johnson’s Surprises MSG Crowd at Billy Joel Show” on Storify]last_img read more

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Members will turn to their CUs – Here’s how you can come through

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Someone recently asked me what the difference is between credit unions and banks. Instead of giving the technical answer, I just said, “Banks have customers, credit unions have members.” During a financial crisis, that difference becomes more apparent than ever.Members will turn to their credit unions for advice in a way that customers won’t do with their banks. But where do you find that valuable information to help your members overcome the current crisis?Whether it’s COVID-19, the Great Recession, 9/11, or the dotcom bubble – just to mention a few since the millennium – you have options.Your content providerIf you have one, your content provider should already be producing valuable content that you can share with your members. Since this is a time when your members are looking to you as a credible source for advice, take advantage and update your website, adding resources and sharing with your members how your credit union can help.last_img read more

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Fugitive Djoko Tjandra returns, files case review without AGO’s knowledge

first_imgThe AGO has been hunting for Djoko for years – but to no avail. Burhanuddin said he had previously received information that Djoko had been spotted in Malaysia and Singapore.Burhanuddin said he had instructed his officers to immediately arrest Djoko as he was expecting him to come to the hearing on Monday. “We’ve been looking for him for three days, but we haven’t found him yet.”Read also: President weighs in on Djoko Tjandra sagaDjoko was involved in the Bank Bali scandal, which saw hundreds of billions of rupiah embezzled from state bailout funds for the 1998 Asian financial crisis. He was acquitted in 2000 but later convicted in 2009 after the AGO filed a request for review.The Supreme Court convicted both Djoko and former Bank Indonesia governor Syahril Sabirin and sentenced them to two years’ imprisonment each for misusing Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) funds in the case. The court ordered Djoko to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution to the state for illegally disbursing the funds to the bank in 1999.Djoko, however, fled Indonesia on a chartered flight from Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on June 10, 2009, just a day before the Supreme Court issued its verdict on the AGO’s request for review.Then-PNG Ambassador to Indonesia Peter Ilau confirmed on July 12, 2009, that Djoko had obtained PNG citizenship.The AGO suspected that Djoko had falsified legal documents when applying for PNG citizenship, as Djoko was a fugitive and would have concealed information during his application process.Indonesia has no extradition treaty with PNG.South Jakarta District Court spokesperson Suharno confirmed to kompas.com that Djoko had not attended the hearing on Monday. He had reportedly claimed to be sick.Topics : Burhanuddin said the office had not received any information about Djoko’s arrival in the country before learning that he had come to the South Jakarta District Court on June 8 to file his case review.He said Djoko had reportedly been in Indonesia for the past three months.”Honestly, this is a result our intelligence weaknesses. That’s the fact. I asked the court, and they said [the case review] was filed through an integrated service that had no identity control,” he said in the hearing.He said the AGO would discuss the issue with the Immigration Office to establish the details of the graft convict’s arrival in Indonesia. Burhanuddin believed that Djoko should not have been able to enter the country freely because of his status as a fugitive. Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, returned to the country and filed a case review against his conviction with the South Jakarta District Court in early June, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has said.The graft convict was scheduled to attend his own case review submission hearing at the court on Monday, Attorney General ST Burhanuddin said. Djoko did not appear.Burhanuddin told members of House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs in a hearing on Monday that the AGO was tracking down the fugitive.last_img read more

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