HR poll on access to interview notes

first_img Previous Article Next Article A Personnel Today online survey reveals 56 per cent of the 316 respondentsoppose guidelines in the Data Protection code on recruitment and selection,which give job candidates the right to read interview notes.The code, to be published later this month, aims to clarifyemployers’ responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998 which came intoforce on 24 October 2001.James Darley, global team leadergraduate recruitment, global markets, Deutsche Bank”To allow every candidate the opportunity to look at theirinterview notes worries me. If you are not trained as an interviewer then notescan be misconstrued. It is important to remember that when interviewing, noteshave to be written very quickly and observations such as ‘slouching in chair’could be mistakenly seen as the reason they did not get the job.”Frances Wright, HR director,psychometric testing company SHL”The showing of notes can be misleading as they can betaken out of context. I doubt if a third person could read my handwriting. Wheninterviewing you must get things down as quickly as possible without worryingabout whether someone can read your writing.” Carl Gilleard, CEO, the Associateof Graduate Recruiters”I can see it could be seen as a constraint and apotential burden, as large organisations would have to set up huge files. It’sanother responsibility for the recruiter that could add another layer ofbureaucracy.”Diane Sinclair, employment relations adviser, CIPD”Showing applicants their interview notes could create anadded administrative burden for HR staff. Clear guidance is also needed. Thecode must list the exemption circumstances where interviewees cannot see notes.” Comments are closed. HR poll on access to interview notesOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Pro Bono Awards: Voluntary Bar Association Service Award

first_img THE VOLUNTARY BAR ASSOCIATION PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT Jacksonville Bar AssociationThe Jacksonville Bar Association is a voluntary bar which has served the greater Jacksonville Area (Duval County, Baker County, Clay County, St. Johns County, and Nassau County) since 1897. It has been a long-standing tenet of the Jacksonville Bar Association to not only serve the legal community, but the community in general. As a result, numerous programs and services have been provided throughout the years by members of the Jacksonville Bar including, but not limited to, the Special Olympics, Teen Court, Holiday Project for the Elderly, Holiday in January for children associated with the Department of Children and Families, the Mentor Program, Law School for the Public, and various seminars and forums held for both the legal community and the community at large. In keeping with their tradition of assistance and support, the Jacksonville Bar Association, in conjunction with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, established a legal in-take clinic at the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless in 2001.In essence, since the homeless do not have access to the legal community in a convenient forum, the legal community has gone to the homeless. Specifically, the legal clinic is held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the benefit of the guests at the center. Each session includes a minimum of four attorneys: two attorneys who specialize in general litigation, a family law attorney, and a public defender. The center provides a staff liaison, Freda Hodges, to assist Alan Pickert, a private attorney with the law firm of Brown, Terrell, Hogan, who coordinates the project for the Jacksonville Bar, and Sarah Jones Fowler, director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s Public Service Projects, who oversees the in-take project for Legal Aid. Both Pickert and Fowler participate each month to provide continuity while the other volunteer attorneys who participate rotate through the program. Additionally, many presentations are also conducted during the course of the year at the center in conjunction with the legal clinic in-take, covering various substantive topics including employment, divorce, housing, and criminal concerns.The I.M. Sulzbacher Center averages 278 homeless guests on a daily basis, and a great number of these guests have legal problems which require an attorney’s attention. Those individuals who sign up to meet with an attorney for the legal in-take are then interviewed by the attorney and their case is either accepted by the attorney or referred to Legal Aid staff or pro bono attorneys for further follow-up. However, numerous times counsel’s advice during the in-take session resolves many of the problems.Since its inaugural debut in February, 2001, over 50 private attorneys have extended their already busy day to interview over 200 guests of the Center with issues ranging from child support to record sealings. Thus far, attorneys have donated almost 300 hours to this program, interviewing guests, administrating the project, and handling the cases pro bono for the guests.The Sulzbacher Center already views the clinic as a tremendous success. As Hodges, a life skills educator for the center, stated: “We are inundated with legal questions throughout the course of any given day by our guests. The questions can range from divorce/child custody issues to landlord/tenant disputes, to workers’ compensation or employment cases. The guests want real answers, and quite frankly we do not have the answers. The guests are always excited and look forward to being able to meet with attorneys to address their needs and to know that there are individuals out in the world who care about them.”One such example of the impact of the program was illustrated at the center’s annual fundraiser, “Transformations,” which was attended by Fowler and the past chairperson of the project from the Jacksonville Bar Association, Marianne Lloyd Aho. During the fund-raiser, the Center honors its partnership with organizations and recognizes the successful transformations of its guests. One such successful transformation concerned a guest who was wrongfully denied unemployment compensation benefits that she desperately needed to support her family until she found future employment. utilizing the program, the grateful guest was justly awarded the benefits that had been wrongly denied her, thereby moving her one step closer to achieving her goal of self-reliance for her and her children.Every month brings an entirely new flow of guests requiring legal assistance. Everyone involved in the project works diligently to refer guests to the clinic with the hope of helping them remove yet one more barrier toward their independence. As one individual stated, legal assistance was the “missing piece of the puzzle” for the Center. Now the picture is complete thanks to the Jacksonville Bar Association. Click here for more Pro Bono Awards Ceremony coverage. Pro Bono Awards: Voluntary Bar Association Service Award April 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: Second Day of Testimony by Former BSO Sheriff Scott Israel in Tallahassee

first_imgSuspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel continues testifying for a second day during a Florida Senate hearing to get his job back.WATCH HERE.Israel told a special master Tuesday in Tallahassee that his suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis was politically motivated and that he never even met the governor.“To this day, I’ve never met or had a conversation with Gov. DeSantis,” Israel said, adding that the governor “didn’t even think it was important enough for me to fly to Tallahassee.”Dudley Goodlette, Special Master appointed by Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is presiding over the three-day hearing.Citing “neglect of duty and incompetence” in the aftermath of two mass shootings in as many years, DeSantis suspended Israel, who is a Democrat, shortly after taking office in January. He appointed former Coral Springs police Sgt. Gregory Tony to the position.The Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that DeSantis acted within his authority to suspend Israel.In his opening statements, DeSantis’ attorney, Nicholas Primrose, framed his case that Israel was responsible for the actions and inactions of his deputies during the mass shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2017 and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year.last_img read more

Lessons to be learned from Hernandez

first_imgYesterday, a young life was taken in a Massachusetts court room. This isn’t an obituary, though it could be considered as one because it involves two human beings who are or will no longer be with us.But first, let’s rewind a little to over three years ago when former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez nearly helped lead his team to a perfect season and a victory in Super Bowl 46 before Eli Manning and David Tyree’s helmet catch spoiled his and the Patriot’s parade.At the age of 22, Hernandez not only caught a touchdown, but led the team in receptions on the world’s greatest stage, which just goes to show what a bright future he had in professional football.The Patriots sure did believe that this would be the case, as later that summer, they locked up Hernandez long-term when he signed a five-year, $40 million contract.Fast forward three years later, and Hernandez is, indeed, locked up; that’s for sure. Except, it’s behind bars, where he will regrettably spend the rest of his life.The former Patriots star, who once milked a lucrative pro-football contract, was slapped in the face by reality on Wednesday when his fate was revealed by jurors.After more than 30 hours of deliberating, the jury found Hernandez guilty of the first-degree murder of one-time friend Odin Lloyd and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.At the age of just 25, Hernandez’s life is basically over. He was convicted of taking another human being’s life, and the price he will pay is his very own.Now that justice has been served, he will almost certainly never see the football field, where he once made a living, ever again.That is unless some type of Longest Yard underground prison football league exists, but I think Bert Reynolds already knew that he was pushing it in the 2005 remake of the film.The closest Hernandez will ever get to football again will be the sounds of game days at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, which he would likely be able to hear from the yard of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Cedar Junction at Walpole if he’s still serving his sentence there when the 2015 season starts.The maximum security prison where Hernandez will begin his sentence is ironically only a few miles and a short drive away from the stadium.Without a doubt, there’s a tremendous lesson to be learned from what has transpired with Hernandez, especially for student athletes.If there’s one thing to learn, it’s to surround oneself with solid, capable people.That may have been difficult for Hernandez, who as a member of the Florida Gators football team from 2007 to 2009, was surrounded with players who had been in trouble with the law.According to a New York Times piece from 2013, the 2008 Gators team that would go on to win the BCS National Championship under the direction of former head coach Urban Meyer listed a roster of 121 players, 41 of which had been arrested at some point during or after college.I’m not implying that there is a direct correlation between this substantial number of arrested players and the trouble Hernandez got himself into; I mean, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton were also members of that team. But, it just goes to show the importance of hanging out with the right people starting at an early age.Circling back home, not all USC players have been perfect citizens with the law either, though the numbers are significantly less.In January 2013, former redshirt freshman tight end Junior Pomee was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, though they were later dismissed by a judge. He was dismissed from the team by         then-head coach Lane Kiffin.About a year later, former Trojans wide receiver Victor Blackwell was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, and most recently in January, redshirt freshman linebacker Don Hill was arrested for DUI in Idaho.I understand that sometimes, things happen, especially as college students, and in no way, shape or form am I comparing any of these athletes for the morally unacceptable actions that Hernandez was convicted of committing.It would be such a shame, however, to see any student athlete throw away all of their talent and everything they have worked to accomplish because the sad truth is that a lot of very gifted people do get caught up with the wrong crowd and end up perpetrating actions that are out of their normal character.There’s always the argument that something of this magnitude would never happen to me, but the thing is, anyone could have been in the shoes of either Hernandez or Lloyd.Would you have ever expected to see OJ Simpson, a former Heisman trophy winner, or Ryan Leaf, a former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, behind bars? It’s really hard to see someone you once looked up to be handcuffed and taken away by authorities, but that’s reality of our justice systems and it teaches us all, athletes or not, that there are consequences for our actions.For Hernandez, however, it’s a timeout that he almost surely won’t be able to escape from.At a time, he had the world at his fingertips with an extremely promising future, but instead of visiting the White House with the 2015 Super Bowl champion Patriots and seeing fans wear jerseys with his name on the back, it looks like he will be signing autographs behind bars as inmate number W106228 for the rest of his life.Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Voyage’s end for Agulhas

first_imgSA Agulhas sails from Cape Town onDecember 8 on her 154th and penultimatevoyage to Antarctica, with South Africa’s50th over-wintering expedition.(Image: City of Cape Town)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Johann AugustynDEA chief director: Antarctica and Islands+27 21 405 9406RELATED ARTICLES• SA scientist lauded for polar work• SA hosts world science meet• SA medics in Antarctic rescue• SA’s new Antarctic research ship• Research centre for African oceansFiona McRaeAn era is set to end in early 2012 with the retirement of the SA Agulhas, South Africa’s polar research and supply vessel, after more than 30 years of servicing the country’s three Southern Ocean and Antarctica research bases.Known by her call sign of ZSAF, the vessel’s 111.95m-long ice-strengthened steel keel was laid in 1977 and the ship was completed the following year by Japanese shipbuilding operation Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.Since then she has been used to service the South African National Antarctic Programme (Sanap) bases, and has undertaken various research voyages.Sanap’s Southern Ocean bases are on Marion Island and Gough Island, while the SA National Antarctic Expedition’s Sanae IV base is at Vesleskarvet in Queen Maud Land, 4 000km south of Cape Town. South Africa took over the evacuated Antarctic base formerly used by Norway.The 32-year-old SA Agulhas – which has maximum and cruising speeds of 14 knots and 12.5 knots respectively, and a range of 15 000 nautical miles – is currently en route to Antarctica on her 154th and penultimate voyage, with South Africa’s 50th over-wintering expedition team.The vessel sailed from Cape Town on December 8 on a voyage expected to take two weeks. She will remain in Antarctica until the end of January before returning to Cape Town. Her final Antarctic voyage is scheduled for the end of next year.There are currently 112 people on board, including 32 crewmembers and the Sanae team that will replace the one completing their 14-month stay on the frozen continent. The ship’s capacity is 138, made up of 40 crewmembers and 98 scientific and other staff.Since 2003 Sanap has fallen under the country’s Department of Science and Technology although the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) remains responsible for logistics and infrastructure – including the research vessel – relating to the programme.Track the progress of the Agulhas online.Antarctic presence South Africa has been associated with Antarctica since the country’s early days of European settlement, because of the Cape of Good Hope’s strategic position for Southern Ocean explorers, whalers and sealers.However, it was only after the Second World War that the country became more formally involved in the region, establishing a permanent meteorological station on the British protectorate of Gough Island in 1948.As part of its Gough Island lease agreement with Britain, South Africa provides a supplies and passenger service to the Atlantic Ocean island of Tristan da Cunha while en route further south, and over the years SA Agulhas has conveyed many visitors heading for a unique three-week stay on this island, which lies about 2 800km southwest of Cape Town.South Africa established a permanent presence in Antarctica with the first SA national Antarctic expedition in 1959-60. Along with 11 other nations, the country was a founding member of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 which established a legal framework for the region’s management. The treaty stipulated that the region would be used for peaceful (non-military) purposes only and the signatory nations undertook to protect and preserve its environment.Rough seasHer more than three decades of service have not been all smooth sailing for SA Agulhas.In December 1991 the ship suffered rudder damage while in the Antarctic. Assisted by the German icebreaker RV Polarstern, she was only freed from the pack ice in February the following year and was then towed back to Cape Town by SA navy vessel SAS Drakensberg for repairs.In June 2002 it was Agulhas’s turn to assist, when she was dispatched to the rescue of the German-owned icebreaker Magdalena Oldendorff which became ice-bound due to severe weather conditions while en route from a Russian Antarctic base to Cape Town. Agulhas’s two Oryx helicopters transferred about 90 Russian scientists and crewmembers to the vessel, and delivered supplies to the crewmembers on the trapped ship who were awaiting a rescue attempt by an Argentinean icebreaker.In September 2007, a crewmember was stabbed to death while SA Agulhas was near Gough Island. Two other crewmembers were accused of his murder but all charges against them were dropped in Cape Town 18 months later.Bigger and betterSouth Africa has placed an order with Finnish shipbuilder STX Europe for a new 116.25m vessel to replace SA Agulhas, at a cost of R1.3-billion (US$191-million). The ship is expected to be commissioned in early 2012. The DEA has said the new vessel is crucial to South Africa maintaining its strategic presence in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.It is designed to carry cargo, passengers, helicopters and fuel, while also serving as a research platform, with 800 square metres of onboard laboratory space. The DEA said that the new ship will be able to break through thicker ice and will have a higher top speed than the Agulhas. This will enable scientists to stay up to a month longer at a time.According to the DEA, South African research in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica has traditionally focused on the biological, earth and physical sciences and oceanography. However, new research opportunities include, among others, climate change, bio-prospecting, krill harvesting, tourism, pollution and human impact on the area.It is not yet clear if SA Agulhas will be sold after her final Antarctic voyage or if she will still be used by the department for other oceanographic research work.last_img read more

Sales Is a Numbers Game (But Not the Numbers You Think)

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now “Sales is a numbers game,” they say. Then they propose that, “if you want better numbers, just make more calls.” And when low activity is the problem, this might be a reasonably good answer.But most of the numbers that really matter aren’t captured in any format in which a sales manager can easily see them. Sales is a numbers game, but not the numbers you think.The NumbersOn a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being “a disaster” and 10 being “off-the-charts amazing,” how effective is this salesperson?Oh wait, I should have mentioned that it doesn’t matter what you think. It matters what your prospective clients think. How would they answer these questions?On a scale from 1 – 10, how much value does this salesperson create for you during your interactions? How much through the process?1 – 10, with 1 being “a complete inability to listen to anyone other than themselves” and 10 being “the best experience I’ve ever had,” how well does this salesperson listen?On a scale from 1 – 10, how much do you trust this salesperson to help you with your biggest, most important results? From 1 – 10, how much do they care about you and your business?1 – 10, rate this person’s initiative, determination, and resourcefulness on your experience with them to date.How well is this salesperson going to do as an extended part of your team. Answer 1 to 10, with 1 being “doesn’t last a day” and 10 being “they’re my secret weapon and my strategic advantage.”1 – 10, how likely is it that this salesperson can help you convince the rest of your team to move forward with the solution she proposed? In hours, how much time has this salesperson spent with you and your team?If you had to pay a premium over and above any competitor’s proposal to buy from this salesperson and their company, as a percentage, how much more would you pay for the value that this salesperson created?On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being “we are so, so very dead in the water” and 10 being “they’re going to beg us to act faster,” how much has this salesperson helped you to justify the price to the rest of your organization?None of these numbers are being captured in your salesforce automation. None of them are easily counted, making them difficult to measure. Much of what matters isn’t easily measured, and good bit of it is invisible.If sales is a numbers game, the numbers aren’t the ones you believe they are. You can’t capture these numbers, but you can go see for yourself.QuestionsWhat numbers really matter?Is more activity always the right remedy for poor results? When is something else a better solution?If more activity increases your chances of creating more opportunities, what increases your chances of winning those opportunities? Okay, how do you count that?last_img read more

There’s healthy competition between me, Yusuf and Virat: Raina

first_imgIt has been a roller-coaster ride for Suresh Raina during his six years in international cricket.But if he gets a chance in the playing XI, the talented batsman wants to get his mojo back after an indifferent last few months with the willow.Going by indications, Raina probably will find it difficult to make the cut in the playing XI, except for injuries to any regular batsman.After Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan almost cemented their places in the XI with impressive performances in the five-match One-Day series in South Africa, it will be tough decision for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to accomodate the talented UP southpaw.”It is good that we have a healthy competition in the team between me, Virat (Kohli) and Yusuf (Pathan) but whenever I am on field, my main focus always is to win matches and contribute for the team,” Raina said during an open media session here.”I generally bat at No 6 and No 7 and whenever you bat these positions you have to play big shots. I am scoring 25-30 but I know I can do more. I know I can deliver. I am looking forward to score big runs (in the World Cup).”Raina who has been found out susceptible against the short pitched stuff dismissed popular notion that South African quicks sorted him out with rising deliveries.”In South Africa, I was not getting out on short balls. I was getting runs but not big scores. I am working on game, trying to focus on my batting and do the basics right,” Raina defended himself.advertisementWith the World Cup being held in the sub-continent, there is huge pressure on Dhoni and his men to lift the trophy after a hiatus of 28 years, but Raina said the only thing which is presently in his mind is his own performance.”Playing any series in India is always pressure but I don’t think there is additional pressure on me. As a player, it is important to ignore pressure and concentrate on your job in hand.”He didn’t hide that playing World Cup will be a huge opportunity.”It is a big opportunity for me. It is a dream for any cricketer to play in the World Cup,” he said.Asked about his role in the team as a part-time spinner, he said: “As a bowler, I am required to chip in with couple of overs and if possible get a few wickets.”The cash-rich Indian Premier League brought about a lot of instant fame, money and adulation for the young Indian cricketers and Raina said it is important to remain grounded and emulate the likes of Sachin Tendular and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who handled these things with humility.”It is important to remain pretty humble, stay focused and learn from Sachin (Tendulkar), (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni. It is important to be disciplined and pay respect to the seniors and the game,” he said.Even though he was not part of the 2007 World Cup team, Raina feels that the they have learnt a lot from that disastrous experience.”We learnt a lot from that World Cup. We have learnt that we can’t take small teams lightly. We are playing our first game against Bangladesh and it is important for us to get the intensity going.”India will start their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 19 in Dhaka and the Dhoni-led side would look to avenge their loss four years ago in the West Indies which put paid to their title dreams.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Chamber President Commends IT Workers in Mo-Bay Free Zone

first_imgNewly elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nathan Robb, has commended workers in the Montego Bay Free Zone for providing quality service to “high-value” clients.“Having had an extensive tour of the Free Zone, for the first time, I have a new found respect for those thousands of young Jamaicans who work in the business processing sector. I saw them at their best, and I saw them giving value,” he said.The President was speaking at a meeting on May 27, held at the Sunset Resort, in Montego Bay, where an update on the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, to be held from June 16-19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, was provided by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Arnaldo Brown.“Quite often we criticize young people and paint a picture of them as being worthless. I am telling you, you need to see those thousands of young persons there dealing with high-value clients,” Mr. Robb emphasized.He noted that representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were also on the visit, and they were impressed at the service provided at the call centres by Jamaicans.“They were totally amazed with the high value clients, and the fact that our young Jamaicans were dealing with it totally unscripted. These are areas that do exist in Western Jamaica, and we intend to fully participate in development that is going to be for the long term benefit of Jamaica, and all of us in Western Jamaica,” Mr. Robb said.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said investors are pleased with the Montego Bay area for their call centre operations, and that expansions for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) type operations are on the horizon for Mandeville, Portmore and other parts of the island.“We believe that Montego Bay is the centre of the IT industry, and investors want to come to Montego Bay. When you show them elsewhere, they generally prefer to come to Montego Bay. The city has the infrastructure, the community colleges, and the requisite persons who are trained in the area, and it is a beautiful area, and they like to live here,” the State Minister said.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said that investors in India and the Philippines want to come to Jamaica, “because we are near to the United States of America, and we speak English very well.”She pointed out that a company, Vistaprint, came and has now relocated its headquarters to Montego Bay, because of the people.“Our value is in the people, and the people are able, the people are willing, and they must have the opportunity to (provide quality service),” the State Minister said.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

KMDA shuts down Jibanananda Setu for traffic till Sunday night

first_imgKolkata: Jibanananda Setu, popularly known as Selimpur Bridge, has been closed for vehicular traffic due to repair work by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). The bridge will be closed till Sunday night.According to police, Jibanananda Setu was supposed to be closed from August 16 night to August 19 morning. As the weather condition in Kolkata deteriorated, the repair work could not commence last week. Later, it was decided that the work will be done from Friday. During the repair work, the expansion joint will be replaced in order to strengthen the flyover. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per the plan chalked out during the closure of Jibanananda Setu, buses of routes AC4A, AC4D, S4D, V9, ST6, 47B & S124 (Garia-Howrah Station) will be diverted from Avishikta crossing and will avail Ruby Crossing, Rashbehari Connector, Bijan Setu, Gariahat Crossing and Golpark to Jadavpur police station crossing. Buses of routes 47B and S124 (Garia-Howrah Station) will be diverted from Jadavpur police station crossing towards Sulekha crossing to avail Sukanta Setu. State-run buses of routes AC4A, AC4D, S4D, V9 and ST6 will be diverted towards North on Gariahat Road South, to avail Dhakuria Bridge, Golpark, Gariahat and Bijan Setu to reach Ruby Crossing.last_img read more

Black Ops helicopters not UK dispatched refueling Americans

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 1, 2017 – Providenciales – It was described to Magnetic Media as a false alarm, the appearance of two black-ops helicopters at the private landing strip in Provo on Monday.    The two menacing and militant looking choppers were said to be fuelling up, but many residents got wind of the aircraft and believed them to be sent in by the British to help with capturing those behind potentially crippling crime.Magnetic Media is told the helicopters belong to the USA, not the United Kingdom.    Earlier in the day, His Excellency’s office responded to our query about a message circulating and suggesting that a British military invasion was imminent, there was this… “In response to the question of British troops being dispatched to the TCI, it would not be in the best national security interest of the TCI to disclose what tactical operations may or may not be taking place as part of the overall security strategy to keep the TCI safe.   Such confirmations or denials would put operations at risk.”#MagneticMediaNews#BlackOpschoppersinTCI Related Items:#BlackOpschoppersinTCI, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Thierry Henry reveals interest in Michy Batshuayi

first_imgAS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has revealed that the club is interested in signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan.Batshuayi’s loan spell at Valencia has been unsuccessful and the La Liga club is set to cut short his stay and send him back to Chelsea.But Chelsea are understood to be looking to send him to another club on loan in the January transfer window, and Thierry Henry hinted at a move for the Belgian striker.The pair worked together when Henry was Belgium’s assistant boss, and the Arsenal legend believes Batshuayi’s French Ligue experience might come in handy for his struggling Monaco team.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Michy? I know him, we rubbed shoulders with Belgium, he is a player who can be interesting,” Henry told Sky Sports.“But again, nothing is done. You have to be patient. It’s important that players know the championship, though.”Monaco are currently 19th in the French League table with just 13 points after 18 matches.last_img read more

Supercomputer Titan to get worlds fastest storage system

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Titan is also a green powerhouse (Phys.org) —Officials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced the selection of the Spider II data storage and retrieval system from DataDirect Networks (DDN) to replace the existing system on the Titan supercomputer. They say it will give Titan the fastest such system in the world. Explore further Citation: Supercomputer Titan to get world’s fastest storage system (2013, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-supercomputer-titan-world-fastest-storage.htmlcenter_img Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Titan supercomputer (built by Cray Inc.) on the ORNL campus was named the fastest in the world in November of last year, and currently still holds that title. Adding the fastest data storage and retrieval system will increase the entire computer’s computational efficiency.At the heart of Spider II are 36 SFA12K-40 hardware devices—each capable of handling 1.12 petabytes of data. Together they will allow Titan to move 40 petabytes of data at 1.4TB/s. According to ORNL, that’s equivalent to the amount of information in books stacked high enough to reach the moon. The system will have 20,000 disk drives to hold all that information and will use Lustre, the open source file-system software. In contrast, the current system is able to manage 10 petabytes of storage, running at 240GB/sec. Titan is a more advanced version of the supercomputer Jaguar—initial costs, paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy, were approximately $60 million. New additions, including the beefed up storage system, have raised that price to nearly $100. It’s a big machine—it takes up 404 square meters of floor space, and consumes 8.2 MW of electricity. At peak times it can perform 27,000 trillion calculations per second courtesy of 18,688 AMD Opteron CPUs and 18,688 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPUs—it’s ten times faster than any prior computer at ORNL. It also has 710TB of memory at its disposal.The new upgrade will help scientists conduct research efforts that ORNL reps say either cannot be done any other way, or are too dangerous or costly. Expected uses for the computer will likely involve running applications that typically involve an enormous amount of data crunching such as developing models for weather or economic forecasting, searching for oil deposits or putting together information from millions of sources to help track and stop terrorist activity. Currently, ORNL has chosen 31 projects to run this year. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Record numbers of LA arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels

first_imgTags: Los Angeles LOS ANGELES —L.A. Tourism wants 50 million visitors by the year 2020 and it’s well on its way to that goal, with 48.3 million visitors in 2017 – a new tourism milestone for the seventh consecutive year.The 2017 record figure is 1 million visitors higher than 2016’s total, an increase of 2.2%, driven by an all-time high 41.2 million domestic visitors.International visitation overall grew 0.9% to a record 7.1 million visitors, outperforming both its projected forecast and inbound travel to the U.S. as a whole in 2017.International markets recording significant gains for Los Angeles in 2017 included Canada with its highest visitor total ever at 747,000, a 5.5% year-over-year increase).L.A. Tourism recently launched ‘L.A.’ Insider’, a new specialist training program now available as an online training tool that’s both mobile and tablet-friendly. The specialist program is the first of its kind for L.A. Tourism and is designed to help Canadian and U.S. travel trade better sell the city.There’s plenty of hotel news coming out of L.A., with recent openings in 2017 and more new hotels to come in 2018. Here’s a look at the newest offerings:CAMBRiA LAX (Beach Cities) – Choice Hotels International’s upscale CAMBRiA badge has entered the Los Angeles area with the opening of The CAMBRiA Hotel Los Angeles – LAX. The hotel has 152 rooms and a bistro called Social Circle. The hotel is located about three kilometres south of Los Angeles International Airport.cambriahotelsandsuites.comDream Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood) – The West Coast’s first Dream Hotel has debuted in the heart of Hollywood, at Selma Ave. and Cahuenga Blvd. Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, the 10-storey boutique Dream Hollywood Hotel features 179 hyper-chic rooms, unique-to-market dining experiences and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area.dreamhotels.comKimpton Everly Hotel (Hollywood) – Opened in August 2017, Kimpton Everly Hotel features 216 rooms, relaxed communal spaces and effortlessly cool design. With its light-filled interiors, thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease, Kimpton Everly Hotel is a true celebration of its Beachwood Canyon neighborhood and the laidback California lifestyle. The hotel is steps away from the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine with unbeatable panoramic views of the nearby Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Pacific Coast.everlyhotelhollywood.comFreehand Los Angeles (Downtown) – Sydell Group introduced the Freehand Los Angeles after transforming the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core. The 13-storey building boasts 226 rooms, ranging from traditional accommodations to high-design hostels (or ‘poshtels’) with up to eight beds. The hotel also features a lobby living room, retail, restaurant and bar offerings in addition to a rooftop pool and lounge.thefreehand.comH Hotel/Homewood Suites (LAX) – A dual-branded property under Hilton’s Curio Collection and Homewood Suites badges opened in September 2017 at the site of a former office building near LAX. The H Hotel, L.A.’s first hotel within the Curio Collection, has 168 rooms and boasts an elevated deck and fitness center with nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Homewood Suites Los Angeles International Airport has 122 rooms.Hotel Figueroa (Downtown) – Hotel Figueroa is sporting a recent renovation that transformed its Moroccan décor to a new contemporary aesthetic with a touch of Spanish flare. Hotel Figueroa has expanded bathrooms, 57 new suites, a second restaurant, a fourth bar and a garden on the roof. New windows have been installed in rooms to help block out the noise from Figueroa Street. hotelfigueroa.comHotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles (Downtown) – InterContinental Hotels Group debuted Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, a hip 350-room hotel in 2017. The 18-storey Hotel Indigo is the flagship hotel at Metropolis, a US$1 billion mixed-use development, which will feature three residential towers, curated retail experience and a rooftop bar. The property is at the heart of downtown L.A., linking the Financial District to L.A. LIVE. Design for the hotel is inspired by its surrounding neighborhood and focuses on prominent narratives from Downtown’s past including Fiesta De Las Flores, the glamorous pre-Hollywood nightlife scene and the underground speakeasies of the Roaring Twenties.ihg.com/hotelindigoInterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Downtown) – InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is part of the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago as the Wilshire Grand Center. The hotel features 889 rooms, 110 suites and one presidential suite, including a ‘sky lobby’ on the 70th floor. There is nearly 100,000 square feet of meetings, conventions and event space. Wilshire Grand Center is a $1.1 billion project that also includes 400,000 square feet of offices and 45,000 square feet of retail space. Wilshire Grand Center is about 80 feet taller than the U.S. Bank Tower and the hotel is the largest InterContinental in the Americas.ihg.comThe Jeremy West Hollywood (West Hollywood) – The Jeremy West Hollywood Hotel has moved in on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega and features stunning panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The hotel has 286 guestrooms with two Penthouse Suites that all feature panoramic Hollywood Hills views.jeremyhotel.comLa Peer (West Hollywood) – Opening in January 2018, La Peer Hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness centre and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat.lapeerhotel.comNobu Ryokan Malibu (Beach Cities) – Nobu Hospitality, famous for Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature restaurants, reclaimed the former Casa Malibu and repurposed it as a ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn. The beachfront property, which is owned by tech magnate Larry Ellison, has 16 custom rooms.nobuhotels.comNomad Hotel (Downtown) – Sydell Group, which opened Koreatown’s The LINE Hotel in 2014, has opened the Los Angeles outpost of New York’s NoMad Hotel. The NoMad has been redeveloped out of Downtown’s Giannini Place, which was built in 1923 as the headquarters for Bank of Italy (which became Bank of America). The 12-storey hotel has some 250 rooms as well as a rooftop pool. L.A. is the first city where three Sydell Group brands are represented.sydellgroup.com/nomad/los-angelesProper Hotels (Downtown) – Proper Hotels, the new brand headed by former Viceroy Hotels chief Brad Korzen, is slated to enter Los Angeles with a Downtown L.A. property located at the site of the former Case Hotel. The 13-storey property, which was built in 1924, will have 145 rooms and has plans to open in mid-2018.properhotel.com/downtown-laSheraton Gateway Los Angeles (LAX) – The hotel completed its second phase of multi-million dollar renovation with sophisticated upgrades to their 802 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel lobby area and Sheraton Club. In addition, Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel invested $3.5 million dollars to enhance its 38 versatile meeting and function rooms totaling in 50,000 square-feet of distinctive event space.sheratonlax.comWaldorf Astoria (Beverly Hills) – The Los Angeles area’s first hotel under Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria luxury brand is on the triangular corner next to the Beverly Hilton. The newly-built property, with Streamline Moderne design influences, is 12 storeys tall and features 170 rooms.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.comWestdrift Manhattan Beach (Beach Cities) – Making its debut last month as the first Autograph Collection hotel in Los Angeles, the 26-acre westdrift Manhattan Beach boasts 392 luxury guest rooms, a nine-hole golf course, a signature indoor/outdoor restaurant, a CrossFit-inspired fitness centre and more than 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three large, industrial-chic venues. The property is currently operating as Marriott Manhattan Beach, and is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation.westdrift.com/More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamFor more information, go to discoverlosangeles.com. Posted by Share Monday, February 26, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Record numbers of L.A. arrivals are finding plenty of new hotels << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more