Court clerk first to be prosecuted under Bribery Act

first_imgA London magistrates’ court employee has become the first person to be prosecuted under the new Bribery Act, the Crown Prosecution Service said today. Munir Yakub Patel, an administrative clerk at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court in Ilford, London, faces a charge under Section 2 of the 2010 Act for requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions. It is alleged that Patel promised an individual summonsed for a motoring offence that he could influence the outcome of the criminal proceedings in exchange for £500, on 1 August 2011. Gaon Hart, reviewing lawyer for the CPS special crime and counter terrorism Division, said: ‘I have reviewed all of the evidence gathered by the police and considered the Director of Public Prosecution’s guidelines on the Bribery Act.’ He said: ‘I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence to charge Munir Patel with requesting and receiving a bribe on 1 August 2011 intending to improperly perform his functions.’ Hart added: ‘Patel has already been charged with misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice. He still faces these charges, which relate to other alleged misconduct during his employment.’ Patel appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 August in relation to charges of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice. Those charges, which are indictable only, have been sent to Southwark Crown Court on 14 October, when the Bribery Act charge will also be put to him. He will enter his plea at that stage. Patel was remanded in custody.last_img read more

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Brakes set and tested

first_imgDESIGNED for use on new-build and refurbished locomotives, the SafeSet Wheel Style parking brake from Graham-White uses an electric motor to automate the operation of brakes. The SafeSet Wheel Style brake incorporates the same interface as the company’s lever-style handbrake, which is in service on around 250 locomotives. The brakes are set and released by pushing a button, with a wheel-applied mechanical back-up for use if electric power is unavailable. In manual mode, the SafeSet Wheel Style only requires 60% of the force needed to apply the company’s mechanical handbrakes.Graham-White has begun series production of a computerised Single Car Test Device, following the demonstration of a prototype last year. This uses an integrated or attached computer for remote testing of the integrity of wagon brakes, and automates the documentation of results as well as reducing testing time. The latest model of the firm’s 994-500 Air Dryer produces clean, dry and oil-free compressed air for use in locomotives rated at 3000 to 4000hp. It is interchangeable with the 994-100 series dryer and has half the moving parts of the original 975, reducing both purchase and maintenance costs. Now being introduced to the rail market is the company’s Sludge Braker Air Dryer, which is in use protecting lorry and bus brakes from water vapour damage.’These new products help our customers automate the way traditional tasks have been done, saving them time and lowering life-cycle cost for their equipment,’ said Jim Frantz, President & CEO of Graham-White. According to Engineering Manager Lenny Wedge, the company is ’continuing to broaden our product line for both OEM and retrofit applications in response to growth and changes in the market, both in the USA and emerging markets such as India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.’Graham-White Manufacturing Co, USAlast_img read more

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Hydrogen fuel cells ordered for Aberdeen buses

first_imgUK: Ballard Power Systems has won an order to supply fuel cell modules for 15 buses that Wrightbus is supplying to Aberdeen, Ballard announced on July 23. The FCveloCity-HD 85 kW modules due to be delivered by the end of the year will power double-deck StreetDeck buses. The 10·9 m long vehicles with capacity for 64 passengers are due to be in service by the end of 2020 and will be operated by First Aberdeen. According to Ballard, the fuel cells can be refuelled in less than 10 min. The project is funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish government and the EU’s Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the Joint Initiative For Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe programme. The six-year JIVE project aims to help with the commercialisation of fuel cell buses by addressing their higher costs relative to diesel buses, as well as availability levels and the development of reliable and low-cost refuelling infrastructure. JIVE targets a total deployment of 291 fuel cell buses across Europe. Ballard has so far received orders for a total of 80 fuel cell modules under the JIVE programme. Its earlier-generation modules have been powering a fleet of 10 buses for Aberdeen City Council over the past several years.last_img read more

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Margaret Atwood – The Folio Society’s Oryx and Crake review

first_imgCredit: The Folio SocietyCanadian author Margaret Atwood’s most-celebrated book is The Handmaid’s Tale, but 2003’s Oryx and Crake is slowly gathering the same level of influence, and regularly appears on reading set lists for literature students.Dystopian stories about a post-apocalyptic future in which most of humankind is deceased following the outbreak of plague are numerous, and in fact make up a sub-genre of science-fiction. Having said that, Atwood (in her introduction) identifies her novel as ‘speculative fiction’, since the near-future events she depicts really could happen under the ‘right’ circumstances. Standing out in this crowded field is the challenge. Atwood succeeds in part, of course, through her literary flair. Oryx and Crake is a beautifully written book in terms of its prose (though it’s not entirely free from structural issues).The maintained focus is ingenious. There are very few characters presented in Oryx and Crake. The protagonist is Snowman (or ‘Jimmy’, as he was, before the catastrophe). We follow his life now, living in a world alone, with only the ancestors of genetically engineered lifeforms who are better adapted to survive for company. Through flashbacks we learn about his earlier life. Oryx is the object of his affections, and Crake is his egomaniacal best friend. Through a hedonistic and self-centred lifestyle, Jimmy unknowingly hurtles towards a point of no return, along with the rest of humanity.Illustration ©2019 Harriet Lee-Merrion from The Folio Society edition of Oryx and CrakeThe world of the story is dark, but compelling in its plausibility. Atwood’s bleak morality tale is an exposé of human weaknesses that often makes for an uncomfortable read. It’s especially distressing to learn how Oryx comes into Jimmy’s life – she is a sexually-exploited child under the control of a pimp, and, like some kind of futuristic Humbert Humbert, he is captivated by sordid images of her online. In depicting a society at the point of no restraint, where decency has entirely given way to narcissism, Atwood sends a warning about the direction in which the human race is heading. But to lend power to her point, she depicts none of the major characters as especially likeable, which can leave the reader somewhat emotionally detached from the story as it unfolds.This isn’t necessarily problematic. There are deep philosophical ideas at the heart of Oryx and Crake. In part, it is a commentary about how a society that has abandoned traditional roots of morality, such as those found in religion, ends up creating hell on earth. Crake attempts to supersede God by taking on the decisions of a deity, and attributing himself with the powers that usually accompany omnipotence, such as the ability to pass judgement on entire races of people and seek retribution. In continuing the human legacy, Snowman necessarily has to create an origins legend for the bioengineered Crakers to believe in – essentially inventing religion for them and resetting the tale of humanity to the Garden of Eden.Readers who enjoy explorations of existential ideas will find many of them in Oryx and Crake. There is no shortage of grand themes, and if anything, the author gives them a light touch of her own judgement, allowing the reader their own interpretation. It’s why Oryx and Crake is masterly, effective and thoughtful: not the kind of book you forget reading in a hurry.Illustration ©2019 Harriet Lee-Merrion from The Folio Society edition of Oryx and CrakeAtwood is less successful in maintaining a credible futuristic story world by using some details that unnecessarily date the text, such as references to technology like DVDs, which may have been new in the early 2000s, but have already had their heyday. The wearisome trend corporations enjoy of using quirky spellings for everyday objects is well-exploited here. ‘Paradice’, ‘RejoovenEsense’ and ‘BlyssPluss’ are just a few examples, but they litter the text and provoke the intended wince from the reader. Aside from a few details, the main flaw of the book is a plot that slows and meanders in the second half. The natural end point is well-signposted throughout, but the route to it is rather torturous. This is forgivable, since the final fifth of the book leaves the reader well-satisfied. Atwood would return to the rich and detailed world she had created in Oryx and Crake for 2009’s The Year of the Flood.This edition of the book comes with some striking design work, since the lettering on the lurid green hardcover is glow in the dark. There is also a contrasting blue card slipcase and seven full-colour illustrations.The Folio Society edition of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake with a new introduction by Margaret Atwood and illustrated by Harriet Lee-Merrion is available exclusively from The Folio Society.Publisher: The Folio Society Publication date: 5th September 2019last_img read more

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Benin’s Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou concedes defeat in presidential poll

first_imgOpposition candidate and Businessman Patrice Talon has mounted an up set to win the second round of the presidential election, beating his rival Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou.Zinsou who came out top in the first round has conceded defeat.The two faced off in the country’s second round on Sunday after none of the candidates failed to secure an outright win in the first round.Benin’s electoral commission is expected to announce provisional results later on Monday.last_img

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Lighthouse Academy wins the 2013 reading competition

first_img 173 Views   one comment Shanda Francis of the Lighthouse Christian Academy. Photo credit: DBS RadioShanda Francis of the Lighthouse Christian Academy has won the 2013 DBS Radio in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, sponsored by Courts Reading Competition.Ms Francis competed against nine other primary school students to win the title with 490 points on Friday, 12th July. The students read one story each in two rounds; a narrative piece and news item.She received $2000 for herself and $2000 for her school. Ms Francis also won $300 from DOMLEC for being the best reader in round one and another $300.00 for being the best reader in round two.Ms Francis will also have to read DBS Radio’s 13:15 Newscast at a date to be announced and represent Dominica at the regional competition in St Lucia, later this year.The other winners were;2nd place – Mallet Marie of the Pioneer Preparatory School with 470 points. He received $1000 from Courts and a laptop for his school.The finalists of the 2013 DBS Radio in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, sponsored by Courts Reading Competition3rd place – Merkayla John Baptiste of the Convent Preparatory School with 469 points. She received $200 and a computer from LIME Dominica 469 points.4th place – Annicia Coipel with 467 points. She received $600 from Courts and one tablet from CIS.The other participants were;Grace Vidal of the Coulibistrie Primary, Sherdina Antoine of Petite Savanne, Hananel Valerie of Christian Union Primary, Mia Bruno of the St Joseph Primary, Celine Lewis of the St. Luke’s Primary, and Tia Letang of the Ebenezer S.D.A Primary.They were all awarded certificates of participation among other prizes.The competition was judged by Robert Guiste, Charlene White-Christian, Dorothy Levy, Vania Norville and Sonia Williams. Each judge was given a certificate of appreciation from DBS Radio’s manager, Brian Meade.(L-R): Judges Robert Guiste, Charlene White-Christian, Dorothy Levy, Vania Norville and Sonia Williams.Natasha Henderson won the writing competition and $400.00.Aiden Bruney, of the Wesley Primary School won the 2012 competition and placed 1st runner up in the regional part. She presented a news cast at Friday’s competition. In 2011, Shania Edwards who represented the Massacre Primary School won both the local and regional competition. That was the first year Dominica won the regional competition.Rhillah Benjamin of the Berean Christian Academy won the first DBS Reading competition in 2008.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Lighthouse Academy wins the 2013 reading competition by: – July 12, 2013 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Tourism to rebuild climate smart & sustainable sector

first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Tourism to rebuild climate smart & sustainable sector by: – June 20, 2018 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Minister for Tourism and Culture, Senator Robert TongeThe Ministry of Tourism and Culture is seeking to rebuild a climate smart sustainable sector while improving the guest experience following Hurricane Maria.As per Minister for Tourism and Culture, Senator Robert Tonge, this mission is reflected in the work done by all organizations under is portfolio.He said the Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s mission therefore is to provide an enabling environment which facilitates the development and expansion of economic activities in tourism in a manner consistent with development goals so as to contribute to national economic growth which enhances the quality of life for both residents and visitors.“In this post Maria environment, our focus will be rebuilding a climate smart sustainable tourism sector while we continue to work on improving the guest experience,” he said. “It is my expectation that this theme will be reflected in our collective programs of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the DDA, the DFC, the DHTA, and our source market reps,” Tonge continued.Moreover, the Tourism Ministry will focus on a few main development initiatives for the tourism sector in the upcoming financial year, with one of the focal points being the country’s human resource.Focus will be placed on five critical areas of tourism development during the coming fiscal year, namely, human resource development, product development, climate resilience, air access, and destination marketing.Senator Tonge informed that the Ministry and DDA continues to build capacity within the sector, by providing training at various levels in different areas including customer service, tour guiding, tourism standards amongst others.This is in addition to training opportunities in tourism and hospitality offered at the Dominica State College (DSC).“We will intensify training offerings to all stakeholders this year to ensure that our visitors are greeted and treated like they deserve to be. With a focus on the frontline greeters like the immigration, custom, port officers, our tour operators, and all other front facing staff,” Tonge added.last_img read more

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Ultra Wide-band Linearized Doherty Amplifier for Next Generation LTE Base Stations

first_imgMitsubishi Electric US is set to present a hands-on mini lab showcasing its high-efficiency, wide-band GaN Doherty Amplifier at Radio Wireless Week (RWW2018). The event will be held from January 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove in California, USA.At last year’s Radio Wireless Week, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories presented a paper  titled “3.0-3.6 GHz Wideband, over 46% Average Efficiency GaN Doherty Power Amplifier with Frequency Dependency Compensating Circuits,” describing this wide-band Doherty power amplifier design technique for next generation LTE base stations using GaN transistor technology. The demonstration at RWW2018 will further illustrate the ability to linearize an ultra-wideband signal applied to Mitsubishi Electric’s GaN power amplifier using an advanced pre-distortion technique provided by NanoSemi.The proliferation of smartphones and tablets will require a dramatic increase in wireless capacity of base stations. To meet this demand, mobile technologies are moving to next generation LTE in which the wireless capacities are increased by allocating multiple simultaneous frequency bands (carrier aggregation) above. Operating in multiple simultaneous frequency bands usually requires multiple power amplifiers to cover each frequency band, leading to an increase in the size of base stations.Conventional base station Doherty power amplifier design presents many challenges to simultaneously achieve both high efficiency and low distortion for wide-band carrier aggregation. Using NanoSemi’s digital pre-distortion (DPD) technology, Mitsubishi Electric’s wide-band Doherty power amplifier can achieve high efficiencies with up to 200MHz instantaneous bandwidth while maintaining ACLR of -50dBc. With this breakthrough, base station designers gain the ability to design a single flexible LTE power amplifier capable of many carrier aggregation scenarios, even above 3GHz.Mitsubishi Electric’s full line-up of GaN devices, with frequencies in cellular, Ku-, and Ka-bands at output powers ranging from 2 to 100 watts, supports a wide variety of end-communications applications, including cellular base station, satellite, ground station and point to point.last_img read more

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10 Keys Of How the Browns Can Be a Winner in the 2016 NFL Draft

first_img Brandon Urasek While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10 1.) Don’t force a QBI mentioned it in my other article but the worst thing the Browns can do is force a QB. This is not a great QB class by any means and the top two guys this year rank lower than the QBs taken in the first round the last couple of years for me with the exception of Johnny Manziel who I thought should have been a third rounder.What’s left for the Browns is a mediocre second tier. While I agree they need a QB, they don’t necessarily need one this year. Drafting a QB this year means committing to him next year as well with a high potential between the Eagles and Browns picks of landing another top five pick next year. The Browns could add playmakers this year and take the next step by taking a QB and another top player next draft. If the Browns really like a guy this year, fine. If not, don’t take one because it will only set the team back again. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Related Topics2016 NFL DraftBrownsMike PettineRay FarmerSashi Brownlast_img read more

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Mike Clevinger Removed from Game with Upper Back Tightness

first_img Related TopicsIndiansMike Clevinger Patrick Kennedy CLEVELAND – Indians starter Mike Clevinger threw five innings today before being pulled from the game with upper back tightness according to the team.  Clevinger threw 75 pitches and struck out 10 Blue Jays before being pulled.“The hope is (why Clevinger was pulled) was an overreaction on our part,” Indians manager Terry Francona said after the game.“We’re going to get him worked up tomorrow, just because, when a guy has a bunch of adrenaline going, when he wakes up tomorrow morning, we just don’t want to guess.”On the day Clevinger struck out 10 Jays batters during the eventual Indians 3-1 win. Neil Ramirez started the sixth and struck out the side in order.Brad Hand got his sixth save of the season, earning a five-out save with a big double play in the 8th inning. Mike Clevinger said he will make his next start, despite leaving today’s with back tightness. #Indians— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) April 7, 2019last_img read more

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