Security in Brief

first_imgBackground classical music is to be played over the public address systems of 35 London Underground stations maintained by Metronet in an effort to deter people not intending to travel from loitering in the stations. Tests at four District Line stations found that reports of physical and verbal abuse fell by a third when CD players were linked to the ticket hall speakers.Danish Railways is deploying video networking software from Verint Systems Inc on København suburban trains to allow staff to monitor passenger areas.The DVR1A digital video recorder from Dutch firm Bosch Security Systems is a direct replacement for VHS recorders used in security applications. The 80 GB hard disk is equivalent to four tapes, but it is easier to search and avoids the problems associated with moving parts or image degradation.Transport CCTV network specialist CellStack Systems was renamed Telindus Surveillance Solutions late last year, as part of a strategy for expansion into other sectors by the Belgium-based Telindus Group.A 1m yuan intruder alarm system has been installed on Shanghai Metro Line 3, which is also being patrolled by a 12-person security team and two guard dogs following a spate of thefts of signal cables.Barcelona Metro has awarded Gunnebo Entrance Control a contract to provide 63 HiddenGate and six disabled-accessible automatic gates for use on Line 2. The Swedish firm has also won a contract to supply Ascom with 227 turnstiles and 43 accessible gates for use on the Toulouse Metro (RG 2.05 p76).The latest addition to Townscape Products’ range of outdoor benches is the Victoria, a ’sleek and contemporary’ seat in mild steel which features arm rests designed to prevent it being misused by skateboarders.last_img read more

RFMW Signs Distribution Agreement with SiTime

first_imgRFMW has signed a distribution agreement with SiTime, the market leader in MEMS timing. Under the agreement, RFMW is franchised for worldwide marketing and sales of SiTime’s portfolio of MEMS-based timing solutions. RFMW Ltd. is a specialized distributor providing customers and suppliers with focused distribution of RF and microwave components as well as specialized component-engineering support.SiTime is transforming the timing industry with high-precision timing products delivering the best stability and highest reliability in RF/wireless communications systems while operating in the most challenging environments. With RF engineering expertise and focus on value-added services, RFMW will allow a broader set of customers to experience SiTime’s expanding portfolio of RF products that deliver unmatched performance under harsh conditions such as shock, vibration, and fast temperature ramp.The addition of SiTime’s portfolio to RFMW will offer their customers unique oscillators and resonators designed to solve challenging timing issues. SiTime MEMS technology provides robust, high-reliability devices that fit into our overall timing products strategy and allows RFMW to grow business in both existing and new markets.RFMW was acquired by TTI last week, however, the company will continue to operate under its existing brand. Click here to learn more.last_img read more

3,000 turn out for Queen Sirikit Hospital walk-run

first_imgMore than 3,000 people turn out in Sattahip to walk and run for HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday.That facility, however, wasn’t large enough to serve the growing Sattahip Naval Station area. The hospital gained the backing of HM the Queen, who laid the cornerstone for the main building on Aug. 18, 1992. More than 3,000 people turned out to walk and run for HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday and raise money for royal charities. The Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center held the fifth Mother’s Day walk-run at Sattahip’s Hospital Health Park to honor HM the Queen for lending her name to the area’s largest hospital and to raise funds she can dispense to charities of her choice.Adm. Suriya Na Nakhon, president of the Queen Sirikit Hospital Foundation, noted that the Royal Thai Navy founded Queen Sirikit Hospital in 1992 to bolster the public-health system in Sattahip, which had been primarily served by Apakorn Kiatwong Hospital.last_img read more

Steelers cut sack leader, 5-time Pro Bowler James Harrison

first_imgCourier Steelers Photo by Brian Cook (Aug. 26, 2017)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ James Harrison’s long tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over.The AFC North champions released the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker and 2008 NFL defensive player of the year on Saturday to make room for right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert is returning from a suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.The 39-year-old Harrison is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, piling up 80.5 during his 14 seasons with the Steelers and 82.5 during his career. Harrison briefly retired in September 2014 following a forgettable 2013 season in Cincinnati but returned when the Steelers ran into injury trouble.He collected at least five sacks every season between 2014 and 2016 and signed a two-year deal last spring that would have kept him in Pittsburgh through his 40th birthday.Harrison’s playing time dipped significantly this season. He has been active in just five of Pittsburgh’s 14 games despite being injury-free.___For more AP NFL coverage: and read more

Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar sizzles with pace in Team India’s training ahead of England tour

first_imgAdvertisement 3trrNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrdgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evxn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pwxWould you ever consider trying this?😱iCan your students do this? 🌚d3iRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image courtesy: crictracker.comAdvertisement Arjun Tendulkar, son of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar trained with Team India at London as the squad continue their preparation for the upcoming tour of Ireland and England.Advertisement The 18-year old left arm pacer, ran in fast to Kohli and co. with some quality pace in the nets to give a feel for what is to come in the feisty English conditions.Arjun received his maiden call-up to the U-19 squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in July. The youngster was also seen bowling in the nets at Lord’s a few years ago with the England squad.Advertisement Arjun also had the privilege to bowl at his home ground of Wankhede during Team India’s practice session during New Zealand’s tour to India.At the end of the session, the youngster was seen in a lengthy chat with coach Ravi Shastri who had “words of advice” for the player who is set to begin his journey representing the nation.Watch Arjun Tendulkar steaming in towards the Indian batsmen in the video below (from 1:01)Read Also:India vs Ireland: Key players for the Irish that can shock IndiaFootball : Inter Milan Complete The Signing Of Radja Nainggolan On A 4 Year Deal Advertisementlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of Week — Nelson Figure Skaters

first_imgThe members of the team include, back row, L-R, Naomi Perkins, Christina Champlin, Erica Tolles, Courtney Shrieves and coach Rachel Stewart.Front, Shaen Panko Dool, Morgan Sabo, Soleil Babcock and Charly Defouw. Missing, Sophie Borhi and coach Yoshie Measures. Nelson Figure skaters did more than just turn in solid performances at the Rossland Mini Competition, the Heritage City contingent won the event for the second time in 30 years.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute members of the winning Nelson Figure Skating squad with Team of the Week honours.last_img

Athenry FC Win Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division

first_imgAthenry collected the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division Title last night following their final game of the season against Corrib Celtic. A game that finished 0-0. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After the game Mike Rafferty spoke to Assistant Manager Patsy Lynch and team captain Gary Delaneylast_img

Liverpool launch club record bid for Monaco star – reports

first_imgLiverpool have reportedly launched a club record bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.The 21-year-old has been the subject of interest from Arsenal all summer, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger last week insisted that deal was dead.But now, according to French newspaper L’Equipe, Liverpool are ready to enter the race for Lemar’s signature with an initial offer of £66million, rising to a possible £74m with add-ons.If the Reds are successful with their offer, it would smash their transfer record of £39m which they broke earlier this summer when they signed Mohamed Salah from Roma.And if the deal is done, it is likely to re-ignite Barcelona’s interest in Philippe Coutinho. Thomas Lemar 1last_img

Innovators aim for cheaper steel

first_img6 February 2008A new South African company aims to break the domestic steel monopoly by using a locally developed, trademarked process to convert tailings from iron ore mining into high-quality iron ore units.The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has provided Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (IMBS) with about R100-million to set up a commercial project in Nigel in Gauteng province to make iron ore using the trademarked Finesmelt process.The two companies said the Finesmelt process is able to produce high-quality iron ore units using low-grade superfine iron ore, which is generated as a by-product of iron ore mining.IDC mining and beneficiation strategic business unit head Abel Malinga told reporters in Cape Town on Tuesday that the project would begin in the first quarter of 2009 while a second project was planned to begin towards the end of the year.Malinga explained that the IDC’s support for IBMS in this groundbreaking venture was in keeping with the country’s industrial policy, and as such the IDC was also a 33% equity partner in the company.The nature of the South African steel market, he said, was keeping steel prices high and retarding the development of downstream steel-users, in particular the construction and mining industries.Malinga explained that the local market was widely seen as monopolistic, dominated as it is by a single steel company, ArcelorMittal. With the construction of new iron production plants, the prices of iron and steel would become more competitive and boost economic development in the country, he said.The cheaper, high-quality iron ore would offer alternative competitive pricing to downstream end-users in South Africa, the IDC said, and would add substantial value to locally sourced raw materials.Malinga said the Finesmelt beneficiation technology was attractive because it fitted perfectly with the IDC’s mandate to promote innovation in South African industry as well as entrepreneurial development.The first project, in Nigel, is expected to produce 48 000 tons of hot-briquetted iron and 24 000 tons of ferrochrome yearly. The larger-scale production plant in the Northern Cape will have a minimum capacity of 500 000 tons of iron units per year.The uniqueness of the Finesmelt process, which took four years to develop, is that it produces high-quality iron from low-grade superfine iron ore and non-coking coal, and does so in a manner described as environmentally friendly, said IMBS chief executive John Beachy Head.Apart from promoting black economic empowerment – the iron-producing projects will prove highly beneficial to smaller players in the market – the two IMBS projects are expected to create around 1 800 jobs.Eventually, said Malinga, a steel mill is envisaged to come on stream in eight years’ time – at a cost of R2.8-billion. The mill will produce three million tons of steel in a project that will be of strategic importance for the country.“With the growth of electric arc furnaces and the current high price of scrap [iron], supply of alternative iron units is critical if we are to grow a competitive steel industry in South Africa,” Beachy Head said.He said the Finesmelt process is able to deliver iron units at 33% below average costs, and intends becoming the largest producer of high-quality iron feedstock to the steel industry.Beach Head pointed out that there are millions of tons of the low-grade superfine iron ore by-product lying in disused heaps around the world, all of which could be turned into high-grade iron briquettes using the company’s technology.He added that creating the high-quality iron produced a lot of energy, and as such the company was looking at co-generation of electricity, which was in line with recent calls by the government for heavy industry to engage in co-generation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Is a confidentiality provision in an employee settlement agreement worth the paper it’s printed on?

first_imgA reader emailed me yesterday.“Hey Eric, Clients are wondering about value of settlement NDAs after ex-Fox News HWE victims go public despite contracts. Your reaction?”Wait! You mean employees actually violate confidentiality provisions?I know, right?By way of brief background, in late July, New York ran a story by Gabriel Sherman, suggesting a recent high-profile example. That is, two female Fox employees were allegedly sexually harassed by former Fox News boss, Roger Ailes. The Sherman story includes details of a 2011 settlement agreement between the women and Fox. An agreement that supposedly included “extensive nondisclosure provisions.”Now, before I react to the reader question, I remind everyone of the standard disclaimer.My initial reaction was shock. Specifically, I was shocked to learn that: (a) someone other than my father reads this blog; and (b) someone other than my father would take the time to email me about the blog. [Ok, before I really react, I’m going to ignore the National Labor Relations Act and other EEO/anti-retaliation considerations here. I’m assuming that they do not exist. I’m also assuming that most employees do abide by non-disclosure provisions. I’m not that cynical. Not on Thursdays, at least.]For me, the answer is easy: if you want a non-disclosure provision to have value, then assign it some value. I’m not talking about that boilerplate language about how confidentiality is a material term of the agreement. It doesn’t hurt to have that language, but, it’s not going to dissuade someone who wants to share the terms of the agreement from actually sharing them.No, you need something with real teeth. I’m a believer that the mere specter of financial loss is enough to deter someone from talking.But, ok. How much loss? And will it be enforceable?One option is to provide that an employee who breaches confidentiality must pay actual damages to the employer, including the attorney’s fees and costs incurred in enforcing the settlement agreement. Courts regularly enforce these “actual damages” provisions. But, good luck demonstrating actual damages. Most times, the juice won’t be worth the squeeze. But, I’ve never sought enforcement of one of these.Another option is a liquidated damages provision. Here in Pennsylvania, you can assess liquidated damages where actual loss is hard to calculate and the liquidated damages amount is a reasonable estimate of damages. From my ERISA days, twenty percent of the settlement amount sounds about right. And, the nice thing about twenty percent is that, rarely, does the employee balk at the provision. But, I’ve never sought enforcement of one of these.Yet another option I’ve seen (and used from time to time) is a more draconian provision requiring repayment of the entire settlement sum (including any share paid to the employee’s lawyer) less $500. This provision is all about flexing enough muscle to discourage an employee from testing it. Of course, it comes with enforcement risks (it screams “unreasonable.”) Thus, this is not a provision I’d employ with a large settlement sum. However, in a smaller settlement, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it knowing the opportunity cost to the employee, which would include paying an attorney to defend. But, I’ve never sought enforcement of one of these.Ultimately, my evidence here is all anecdotal. That is, rarely am I presented with hard facts to support a non-disclosure breach. And, then, there’s the prospect of throwing good money after bad to enforce. Plus, I’ve never sought enforcement.I’d like to hear from you.Since I don’t really have a great answer, email me and let me know how you have navigated confidentiality provisions in employment-related settlement agreements.Originally posted on the Employer Handbook Blog.last_img read more