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first_imgThe CMA has a dedicated reporting hotline for cartels (0203 738 6888) and recently launched a new campaign to encourage more people to come forward with information that will help it stamp out illegal cartel activity.Notes to Editor The CMA is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It is an independent non-ministerial government department with responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law. CPL (CPL Distribution Limited and CPL Industries Holdings Limited together ‘CPL’) has agreed to pay a penalty of £2,816,514. Fuel Express Limited, Fuel Express (Bagnalls) Limited (previously known as Bagnalls Haulage Limited), Carbo (UK) Limited and G.N. Grosvenor Limited (together ‘Fuel Express’) will pay a penalty of £627,867. These penalty figures are after a 20% reduction for settlement to reflect the fact that the companies have admitted breaking competition law and have agreed to follow a streamlined procedure for the remainder of the case. The penalties will not become payable until after the CMA has issued a formal infringement decision imposing the penalties and setting out the CMA’s findings in full, together with the basis for the calculation of the penalties. The CMA is today issuing a formal statement of objections with a view to issuing a final decision shortly afterwards. Enquiries should be directed to the CMA press team at [email protected] or 020 3738 6191. CPL and Fuel Express are 2 of the main suppliers of bagged household fuels, including coal and firelogs, and charcoal for barbecues, to large national supermarkets and petrol stations.They have agreed to pay the fines for breaking competition law after a CMA investigation led them to admit rigging competitive tenders to supply Tesco and Sainsbury’s. For each of the tenders concerned, they agreed that one of them would submit a higher bid that was designed to lose – so that the existing supplier could retain ‘its’ customer. This is a form of bid-rigging under which competitors share out the market between them. They also exchanged competitively-sensitive confidential pricing information.The CMA’s investigation started after intelligence work following a tip off to the CMA’s cartels hotline led the authority to carry out surprise inspections at the premises of the 2 suppliers.The investigation revealed that the companies had engaged in this illegal market sharing arrangement from June 2010 to February 2011.Stephen Blake, CMA Senior Director for Cartels, said:center_img Millions of people buy these products to help keep their homes warm in winter and to fire up their barbecues in summer, so it’s important that shoppers are offered the best price. This will only happen when companies compete fairly. Market sharing and bid rigging are illegal. They skew the market so businesses don’t have to compete for customers, who in turn are cheated out of a fair deal and can end up paying higher prices or having to make do with poorer quality products or services. Today’s announcement shows how seriously we take this type of activity. It’s important that all businesses play by the rules and the CMA will pursue those who break the law.last_img read more

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first_imgIn June, the U.S. – and the world – galvanized to accelerate racial equity. Sadly, we continue to experience tragedies and injustices that make it clear we still have a lot of hard work to do.We are at an inflection point, and companies like ours play a key role in creating environments where differences are valued and celebrated. Where everyone has a sense of belonging and can achieve their full potential. This will take time, and we are hard at work.We rolled out an initial set of actions and commitments largely focused on the inside-out progress we need to make as a company. This work was shared with the Dell Technologies Board of Directors last Friday. We recapped insights from the recent listening sessions our executive leadership team hosted with Black team members to understand their experiences at Dell and the changes they’d like to see. In those 26 sessions, four consistent themes rose to the top. Our Black team members want:More people who look like them at Dell TechnologiesEqual opportunities to succeedChampions to advocate and put them forward for advancementTo see action and measurable progress toward our 2030 Progress Made Real gender and ethnicity goalsThese align with the 2030 commitments we made – and the immediate progress we’re driving. We know people don’t want to wait 10 years to see progress; they want action and progress now. And that’s our focus. By setting goals and providing regular updates to our stakeholders, especially our team members, we’ll stay accountable and on track to achieving a workforce that is more representative of the world we serve.Here’s an update on some of the actions we’ve taken since June.We’ve been working with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) for years. But if we are to increase representation across the company, we need to go faster and increase our investments. We’ve done that by providing HBCUs and MSIs with – and even teaching – our own technology curriculum in areas like data science, cloud, cybersecurity, sales engineering. And starting in Spring 2021, we’ll begin recruiting from nearly two dozen U.S. community colleges, opening up new career opportunities at Dell for people with 2-year degrees. As our Black team members called out, a big part of growing your career is having equal opportunities to succeed. HR is partnering with our Black Networking Alliance (BNA) ERG on new development programs that will equip high-potential Black team members with skills to grow and advance. A program for directors launched last month, while another program for high-potential talent at mid-career levels launched last week.Attracting and advancing top talent is especially important at the mid-career level. Developing people of color at the early and mid-level career stages will change representation at senior levels over time.We joined Time to Vote and A Day for Democracy, national campaigns to increase voter participation and guard against voter suppression in the U.S. elections. By participating, we are ensuring U.S. Dell Technologies team members have the tools, resources and paid time off to make their voices heard. These resources were shared last week in a town hall hosted by Government Affairs and our ERGs.And our team members continue to volunteer and give generously, accompanied by our company $ for $ giving match up to $10,000 annually per employee, to organizations including  Black Lives Matter, National Urban League, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), Amnesty International and 100 Black Men of America. Organizations with a proven track record of advocacy for racial justice and equity.Leaning into our culture of inclusion In addition to these commitments, we want experiences at Dell to be consistent for all team members—and that begins with accountability for our people leaders and holding all team members to the highest standards. Inclusive behaviors and leadership – measured annually as part of our employee engagement survey – have been more clearly defined in our Culture Code, leaving no room for doubt about our expectations and the role each of us plays to contribute to an inclusive environment.I’m proud of the investments we’re making to grow our diverse workforce and build upon our inclusive culture. We will keep putting in the hard work – steadfast in pursuit of our diversity commitments and racial equity. Check back here for regular updates and watch for our annual progress checks through our Progress Made Real Report and Diversity & Inclusion Report.In the words of Gandhi, let’s “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s put in the hard work to be the employer of choice for ALL.last_img read more

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first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James takes the floor for warmups before a preseason basketball game against Maccabi Tel Aviv Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)I have a dirty little secret. I am jealous of Cleveland basketball fans.I watched the Cleveland Cavaliers play the New Orleans Pelicans on November 10, 2014. For the second time this season, LeBron James and his Cavaliers played at home at the Quickens Loans Arena. Unlike the first home game against the Knicks, the Cavaliers won 118-111.Cleveland fans relished the opportunity to root for LeBron James again. The arena was packed. Once the Cleveland players get used to playing with each other, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with. The game was exciting, fun, and the fans were energetic and incredibly loud.Alexis Sara CobbIf this is the kind of game that Cleveland is going to be exposed to consistently than I’m jealous. Of course, admittedly my beloved Lakers have managed to win one game thus far this season so I’m jealous of just about every NBA team’s record.However, watching the game made me wonder, why doesn’t Pittsburgh have a NBA basketball team? It’s actually ridiculous.  There are thousands of Pittsburgh fans who would support them. I should not have to cross state lines to watch quality basketball. We need to have our own NBA team.Here are my takeaways:LeBron is a beast. He had 32 points, 11 boards and 9 assists. However, he insist upon missing free throws. It annoys me. His missed free throws were wasted opportunities to either extend the lead or try to gain the lead.Kevin Love makes the team dynamic. He had 22 points and made 6 three points. At one point, during the second half, he was unstoppable. The Cavaliers are no longer one dimensional but they have a big man who can run, rebound, defend, and create his own shot. LeBron has significant help.Anthony Davis is a young, raw, talent. He reminds me of a young Tim Duncan. He is not flashy but he gets the job done. He finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. He is going to be special and the Pelicans’ entire team has great young potential.Ryan Anderson is the best player that you have no idea exists. He is New Orleans starting PF. He had 32 points which included 8 three pointers. He played like a machine. It was startling.Finally, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that I was sitting courtside at the game. And frankly, sitting courtside at any NBA game is one of life’s greatest treasures. The air is fresher, the seats are extra comfortable, and the view is simply spectacular. The players can hear you, see you, and acknowledge your presence. Are you envious? Good. Mission Accomplished.(Source for this story was AP) Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: [email protected] or (724) 561-8082 Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

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first_img“The recently announced executive appointments combined with the project management capabilities already existent within Seacom position us as a fully fledged telecoms player,” Herlihy said. “We are able to meet the African market’s urgent requirements for cheap and readily available bandwidth within less than a year.” Seacom is also currently also trying to expedite the cable construction in an attempt to assist with the broadcasting requirements of the Fifa Confederations Cup, which South Africa will host in June 2009. “Our manufacturing and deployment schedule is on target and we are confident that we will meet our delivery promises in what is today an incredibly tight market underpinned by sky-rocketing demand for new cables resulting in worldwide delivery delays.” Seacom, which is privately funded and over three-quarters African owned, will assist communication carriers in south and east Africa through the sale of wholesale international capacity to global networks via India and Europe. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The final splicing, which involves connecting all the cable sections together, is scheduled for April 2009, allowing for enough time to test the system before its commercial launch in June 2009. The cable will then be buried under the ocean bed with the help of a plough along the best possible route demarcated through the marine survey. The environmental impact assessment on the project is well advanced, with archaeological, marine and ecological studies having been completed. The company has also had social consultations with all affected parties. 15 August 2008 From October onwards, the first of three Reliance Class vessels will start laying the actual cable. The cable, including repeaters necessary to amplify the signal, will be stored in large tanks onboard the ships, while the branching units necessary to divert the cable to the planned landing stations will be connected into the cable path on the ship just prior to deployment into the sea. The laying of shore-end cables – the cable portions at shallow depths ranging from 15 to 50 metres, where large vessels cannot operate – will commence in September. Laying cables “We are very happy with the progress made over the past five months,” Seacom President Brian Herlihy said in a statement. System test In addition, some 10 000km of the fibre-optic cable has been manufactured to date in Japan and the USA, and project contractors Tyco Communications will begin shipping terrestrial equipment from this month onwards. SAinfo reporter The construction of Seacom’s 15 000km fibre-optic undersea cable, which will link southern and east Africa, Europe and south Asia, is on schedule and set to go live as planned in June 2009, the company said this week.last_img read more

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first_imgFounder: KhulisaWhy is Lesley Ann a Trailblazer?How many of us talk about how bad the crime situation is? How many of us have ideas on how to solve it? And how many of us actually do anything about it?Lesley Ann van Selm is not your average “all talk, no action” kind of person. She’s a doer. That’s why, in 1997, armed with only her marketing savvy, she started Khulisa as a pilot programme using African stories as a way of instilling morals among offenders.Eleven years later, Khulisa is a fully fledged non-profit organisation rendering crime prevention programmes to schools, awaiting trial offenders, sentenced offenders, and also to offenders when they’re being released back into society. Now that’s taking action.In her own words .“Our children are exposed to so much violence in their schools, in their communities, in their families, and they need to be shown that there is an alternative way of living and that they have a choice.”Fast FactsSouth Africa currently has an incarceration rate of approximately 145 000 offenders, 50% of whom are 25 and under.A firm believer in second chances, Lesley Ann set up restorative justice programmes to promote dialogue between victims and offenders.Khulisa offers a wide variety of programmes which have been developed scientifically in response to childrens’ needs and focus on emotional intelligence, creative writing and drama therapy.Khulisa’s programmes have been introduced into 35 correctional facilities across South Africa.Khulisa staff have mediated in over 900 restorative justice programmes.Khulisa has diversion programmes running in 18 areas across four provinces.Khulisa has an impact on about 25 000 to 35 000 lives every year.How can I can find out more?To find out more, visit Khulisa.Story published on SAinfo on 18 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Adding carbon dioxide gas to water, a process similar to making carbonated soda water, could help control the movement and behavior of invasive carp in the Great Lakes basin, according to a recent study.“This study demonstrates the ability of carbon dioxide to act as a non-physical barrier on a large scale,” said Cory Suski, University of Illinois researcher.  “ Work on this topic to date has primarily been performed in small, laboratory studies, and so this work showed the potential for CO2 to be effective at larger scales more relevant to field applications.”Bighead carp and silver carp are species of invasive Asian carp that threaten the Great Lakes. Scientists with the University of Illinois and U.S. Geological Survey tested the effectiveness of infusing water with recycled CO2 gas to discourage the movement of bighead and silver carp. Both carp species avoided CO2-infused water in a research pond at the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wis.“These fish responses provide evidence that CO2 could be used as a tool to deter the movement of bighead and silver carp,” said Michael Donaldson, a U of I researcher and the study’s lead author. “The results are encouraging because there is a need for additional methods to prevent the entry of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.”The scientists gradually added light plumes of CO2 gas to one end of the USGS test pond. They monitored the behavior of individual bighead and silver carp, as well as the behavior of native fish species such as bigmouth buffalo, channel catfish, paddlefish, and yellow perch before, during, and after the addition of CO2.The findings include:•           Each fish species except for paddlefish avoided the areas of the pond with CO2-infused water.•           Certain bighead and silver carp movements slowed down after CO2 was injected.•           Bighead carp used a smaller area of the pond furthest from the injection sites after CO2 was added.“Further tests are needed before CO2 can be used in Asian carp management,” said Jon Amberg, a USGS scientist and co-author of the study. “Understanding the effects of long-term, elevated CO2 exposure on fish and other organisms can help assess its risks to native species.”The next research step is to test the usefulness of CO2 gas in controlling bigheaded carp movement in a natural river. Non-native Asian carp have the potential to damage ecosystems in the Great Lakes basin by competing with native fish and mussels for food. Large silver carp are also hazardous to boaters because they can leap up to 10 feet out of the water when startled.“Carbon dioxide as a tool to deter the movement of invasive Bigheaded Carps” co-authored by Michael Donaldson, Shivani  Adhikari, Adam Wright , and Cory Suski from U of I; and Jon Amberg, Aaron Cupp, Nathan Jensen, Mark Gaikowski, and Jason Romine from the U.S. Geological Survey. The study is published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and is available online.The study was supported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through funds provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.last_img read more

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first_imgBrandon Peters, who is committed to Michigan, throws an amazing 65 yard touchdown pass.Twitter/@BriceMarichMichigan quarterback commit Brandon Peters is one of the top passers in high school football, and the following highlight shows why. Peters, a four-star recruit out of Avon, Ind., finished with 381 yards and four touchdowns, none more impressive than his second.#Michigan commit, QB Brandon Peters throws his second TD pass to give Avon their first lead at 21-14 in the 2Q pic.twitter.com/pU5UIcLEsU— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) August 28, 2015Peters’ three other scores showed his impressive touch near the end zone.Brandon Peters throws a beautiful pass for the TD. Avon now tied with Ben Davis 7-7 with 2:11 left in the 1st pic.twitter.com/o90TJx0yXz— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) August 28, 2015#Michigan commit, QB Brandon Peters throws his third TD pass of the first half! Avon leads Ben Davis 28-21 pic.twitter.com/BK4GesEw6j— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) August 29, 2015#Michigan commit, QB Brandon Peters scores his fourth TD of the game. Avon leads 35-28 with 9 minutes left pic.twitter.com/r6SvvKocgJ— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) August 29, 2015#Michigan commit, Brandon Peters adds to his touchdown total throwing a great pass to give Avon the 35-28 lead pic.twitter.com/9sKHHHswLY— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) August 29, 2015Ultimately, Peters and Avon were outlasted by Ben Davis, led by another Michigan commit, four-star running back Chris Evans, 49-42. The two repped their future school after the game.#Michigan commits, Brandon Peters and Chris Evans throwing up the   pic.twitter.com/ziSRYnUoVP— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) August 29, 2015Michigan fans have a lot to look forward to.last_img read more

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first_imgAlabama vs. USC promo.USC.USC has decided to troll Alabama ahead of its season-opening game against the No. 1 team in the country. It’s a bold move.The Trojans are selling “Roll Tears Roll” shirts in their bookstore in anticipation of the non-conference tilt against the Crimson Tide.Here’s the shirt:The USC Bookstore decided it was a good idea to troll Alabama. https://t.co/NqabqBrgTJ pic.twitter.com/EwZW8DAteI— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) August 18, 2016From ESPN:The USC Bookstore — the actual bookstore, not a group of students — didn’t learn from their mistake.On sale, both online and in person, in anticipation of USC’s Sept. 3 opener in Arlington, Texas, against defending national champion Alabama, are cardinal-and-gold shirts that read: “Roll Tears Roll.”The shirts are reportedly on-sale for $19.95 and “going fast.” USC and Alabama are set to play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 3. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

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first_imgMusic for Relief (MFR) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have launched a campaign to raise necessary funds to provide an entire village in the Himalayan country of Nepal access to clean, green biogas technology.Founded by two-­‐time Grammy winning/multi-­‐platinum rock band Linkin Park, MFR is a non-­‐ profit organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. MFR will reward supporters who raise funds for the campaign here with a chance to win tickets to see Linkin Park at a small, private performance in Las Vegas in January.A segment of Power the World (an initiative that brings together Linkin Park, MFR and the UN Secretary-­‐General that seeks to bring sustainable energy solutions to one million people), the “clean cookstove” campaign follows the success of other campaigns including providing solar lights in Haiti, solar suitcases in Uganda, and the SOCCKET in South America.“We are thrilled that Linkin Park and Music For Relief are championing biogas in Nepal because this simple, effective technology delivers a rare triple win—transforming the lives of people, protecting wildlife and healing the planet,” said Shubash Lohani, Deputy Director of WWF’s Eastern Himalayas Program.“It’s exciting to find a solution that helps on multiple levels,” said Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell of Linkin Park. ” The clean, biogas cookstoves WWF is implementing will improve families’ health, keep women and children safer and protect the environment. We hope our supporters will join us in providing technology for those living in the Kumrose village in Nepal.”More than eight million people call the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal home, and many cannot afford electricity, and must rely on large quantities of wood for cooking and other needs. On average, each person in the Terai region uses up to 2,000 pounds of wood per year, resulting in massive clear cutting of trees that yields serious consequences for both people and wildlife.Biogas offers a straightforward, cost-­‐effective solution. Human and animal waste is processed to produce methane that burns with a bright blue flame. Constructing methane from waste protects forests and the valuable habitat for the species that live there. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions – a win-­‐win for Nepali communities.The campaign also invites supporters to learn about local farmer Buddhi Ram Mahato and his family through a series of online stories that will take viewers on an inspirational journey.“We hope people are inspired to join this campaign to uplift an entire village by providing cleaner air, better healthcare, increased incomes for locals, while at the same time regenerating forest habitat for tigers, rhinos, and the many other species that live there,” added Lohani.To start a fundraiser that will support the campaign, click here. Those who raise at least $565 (the cost of one biogas system including a cookstove, biogas digester and toilet) by November 22 will be entered to win tickets to see Linkin Park at a small, private show.Globally, 3 billion people rely on solid fuels to cook each day, which results in 4 million deaths annually from lung and heart diseases, cancers, burns, and more. MFR and WWF are partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-­‐private partnership working to create a global market for clean cooking solutions. Each organization is committed to fulfilling the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which calls for universal energy access by 2030.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The firm that audited the accounts of Garth Drabinsky’s Livent should be held financially responsible for some — but not all — of the failed theatre company’s losses two decades ago, the Supreme Court of Canada says.In a 4-3 ruling Wednesday, the high court found Deloitte was liable for negligently auditing Livent’s 1997 financial statements, though not for other conduct.The court concluded that an audit firm can only be held responsible where a company’s financial losses relate to the actual purpose of the auditors’ work.Lower court decisions left Deloitte on the hook for almost $85 million, but the Supreme Court ruling reduces the damages award to $40 million.In the 1990s, Livent brought live theatrical productions such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to audiences across North America.Drabinsky, a colourful impresario and public face of the company, was suspended as Livent’s vice-chairman and chief creative director in 1998 amid allegations of accounting irregularities. Myron Gottlieb, who served as president, was also suspended. Livent subsequently filed for bankruptcy and went into receivership.Drabinsky and Gottlieb were later found guilty of fraud and forgery. Both were handed prison sentences.Livent, through its receiver, sued Deloitte in 2001, alleging that audits between 1992 and 1998 were done negligently.The trial judge found Deloitte liable for damages, a decision upheld last year by the Ontario Court of Appeal. The appeal court said the auditors should have been able to detect serious fraud in the company’s financial statements.Deloitte argued in the Supreme Court that it was effectively being penalized for failing to resign as Livent’s auditor.Livent’s bankruptcy receiver countered that a robust audit has an important place in the statutory corporate and securities framework for public companies. It argued that accepting Deloitte’s position would make audit firms immune from civil responsibility to their clients for incompetent audits.Writing for a majority of the Supreme Court, justices Clement Gascon and Russell Brown confirmed that Deloitte negligently audited Livent’s financial statements, resulting in the company losing millions more than it would have if the auditors had uncovered the fraud earlier.“As a consequence, Livent’s corporate life was artificially prolonged, resulting in the interim deterioration of its finances,” the judges wrote.They reasoned that Livent would not have taken on greater debt through financing, instead limiting the damage by declaring bankruptcy sooner.Specifically, the court found Deloitte liable for its April 1998 audit of Livent’s 1997 financial statements, which prevented shareholders from properly scrutinizing the company. It said Deloitte was responsible for 75 per cent of the difference in the company’s financial position between the time of the audit opinion and Livent’s bankruptcy in November 1998.However, the high court disagreed with the lower courts that Deloitte should be held responsible for losses allegedly related to Deloitte’s approval of an August 1997 press release and comfort letter to investors. The Supreme Court said that work was intended to help the company attract investment, and its financial losses did not relate to this purpose.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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