School and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia, according to a study published March 9, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rohan Telford from the University of Canberra, Australia, and colleagues.Scientists have observed what appears to be a gender-based disparity in physical activity among youth, where girls are less active than boys. To better understand the mechanisms that underlie these observed differences, the authors of this study collected data from over 550 boys and girls from 29 schools as part of the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) study in Australia.They measured a variety of factors at ages 8 and 12 including individual fitness (multi-stage run), coordination (throw and catch test) and environmental factors measured using questionnaires of an individual’s perception of competence in physical education, family support for physical activity, and school and extracurricular sports participation. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Email The authors found that school and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia. They found that girls were 19% less active than boys and that lower physical activity among girls was associated with weaker influences at school and at home.Girls were less physically fit compared to boys at age 8, including 18% lower cardio-respiratory fitness, 44% lower eye-hand coordination, higher percent body fat, and 9% lower perceived competence in physical education. The authors state that a variety of variables not measured in this study may also contribute to physical activity levels in children, but that the factors measured could be modified and potentially reduce the gap in physical activity between boys and girls.Based on these results, the authors suggest strategies aiming to increase physical activity should focus on a variety of areas simultaneously, including home, school, and extracurricular activities, paying particular attention to equality of support and opportunities for girls and boys.
Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, has announced the appointment of Edward Orzetti, former CEO of Keystone Automotive Operations and former CEO of Transtar, as an operating partner of Calera.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementOrzetti will assist Calera in connection with identifying, evaluating and building attractive platform investments in the automotive aftermarket and other industrial sectors. Calera intends to commit $40 million to $200 million of equity per investment in a range of transaction types that are primarily focused on family or founder-owned businesses. Transactions also may include recapitalizations of private and public companies, corporate divestitures and growth equity investments.Ethan Thurow, managing director at Calera, said, “We are excited to add Ed as an operating partner. He is a seasoned, high-caliber executive with a long track record of growing and creating value in leading industrial businesses. Ed shares our commitment to building businesses through true partnerships and fair dealings.”Added Andrew Holmes, principal at Calera, “Ed’s addition continues Calera’s demonstrated model of partnering with industry operators to deliver strategic and operational insight and, ultimately, long-term, sustainable value in the businesses in which we invest. We are excited to collaborate with Ed and to have him work alongside Calera as we build value at Arnott Inc., a leading manufacturer of auto aftermarket repair products and a recent platform investment of Calera Capital Fund V, and at other future platform businesses.”AdvertisementOrzetti brings more than 25 years of experience building and leading successful automotive aftermarket and other industrial businesses. Prior to joining Calera, he served as CEO of Transtar, the largest manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket transmission parts and services in North America, with more than 2,000 employees and $500 million in annual revenues. Previously, Orzetti was CEO of Keystone Automotive Operations, a leading distributor of specialty automotive aftermarket equipment and accessories, with more than 1,500 employees and $700 million of annual revenues. Orzetti also has held a variety of senior executive roles at leading corporations, including General Electric, Textron and VWR International. He began his career as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army. Orzetti currently serves on the board of Arnott Inc. and is an active member of the SEMA Investment Committee, where he has served for more than a decade. Orzetti also formerly served on the SEMA Board.“I am excited to partner with the Calera team and support its strategy of building attractive platform companies in the automotive aftermarket and other industrial sectors,” said Orzetti. “Having seen firsthand how Calera operates, I am a strong believer in Calera’s culture and approach. With capital, resources and operational and strategic insights, we see tremendous opportunities to support management teams in growing and building highly successful enterprises.”
A Meet The Artists reception for the annual Box Art Auction benefiting East End Hospice was held on Wednesday, August 22, at St. Luke’s Church Hoie Hall in East Hampton. Eighty-five artists took a small, unadorned box and created a unique work of art that was put up for auction. Share
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An in-house lawyer cannot rely on a leaked email or overheard conversation in a pub to support his employment claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.In Curless v Shell International Ltd, judges upheld an appeal by the oil giant which argued it was entitled to claim legal advice privilege on two paragraphs of a claim by its former senior legal counsel Michael Curless. The court said Shell was not acting unfairly and so the paragraphs did not meet the so-called ‘iniquity principle’, which would make them admissible.The lawyer was employed by Shell from 1990 until his dismissal allegedly for redundancy in January 2017. Curless, who suffers from type 2 diabetes and breathing problems, alleges disability discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal. Shell denies all allegations.The two paragraphs under scrutiny relate to an overheard conversation in the Old Bank of England pub on Fleet St and an email exchange between two of Curless’ seniors. Both happened before his employment ended. Employment tribunal Judge Tsamados said the paragraphs should be struck out as Shell was entitled to claim legal advice privilege: Mrs Justice Slade in the Employment Appeal Tribunal allowed Curless’s appeal and set aside that decision.Curless explained in his claim he had been in the pub when two people, who he believed to have been lawyers from London firm Lewis Silkin, mentioned a senior lawyer at Shell who had started an employment tribunal claim. They were, submitted Curless, heard saying this individual’s ‘days are numbered’.Curless said he then learned that Shell’s managing counsel had emailed his line manager’s boss to say the company planned to re-organise the in-house legal department to terminate Curless’s employment. This, said the claimant, indicated the redundancy process was a ‘sham’.Shell submitted that the email was a standard piece of advice from lawyers dealing with redundancy and was headed ‘legally privileged and confidential’. The employment tribunal had accepted the advice was aimed at avoiding rather than evading possible legal action, and accepted that the case for an iniquity exception, which might waive privilege, had not been made out.In a joint judgment, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Lewison and Lord Justice Bean, agreed the email was the sort of advice which employment lawyers give ‘day in, day out’ and was not an indication of Shell lawyers acting in an underhand way.The judges said the overheard conversation was relied upon only as an aid to interpreting the disputed email, and so was also not admissible. The claim will now go ahead without the non-admissible elements.
Roger JenkinsSource: Victoria Jones/PA Archive/PA ImagesRoss Dixon, partner at litigation specialist Hickman & Rose solicitors, said: ‘The SFO’s failure to secure any convictions in this important and high profile case raises serious questions about the agency’s treatment of individuals in these matters. ‘While it would be wrong for the SFO to only prosecute matters where it is certain of success; time after time allegations against individuals have been dismissed by the court or been rejected by a jury. Once again this brings into question the decision making of the SFO when it comes to individuals.’Earlier this year, Lisa Osofsky, director of the SFO, blamed the organisation’s low conviction rate on the high evidence threshold in fraud cases. Speaking to the BBC, Osofsky said: ‘I wish we had some of the lower [evidential] standards for fraud because we have an antiquated system… In fraud cases I’ve got to have the controlling mind of a company before I can get a corporate in the dock. That is a standard from the 1800s, when mom and pop ran companies. That’s not at all reflective of today’s world.’ Thomas Kalaris outside the Old BaileySource: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire/PA ImagesA spokesperson for the SFO said: ‘Our prosecution decisions are always based on the evidence that is available, and we are determined to bring perpetrators of serious financial crime to justice. Wherever our evidential and public interets tests are met, we will always endeavour to bring this before a court.’The verdict is a major blow to the SFO’s already fragile conviction history. Michael O’Kane, senior partner at Peters & Peters who represented Richard Boath, urged the attorney general to review the SFO’s operations and decision-making in light of the outcome. He said: ‘What was the SFO doing spending millions prosecuting Mr Boath, when he had been cleared of exactly the same conduct by the FCA? The new attorney general should conduct a thorough review as to why the SFO repeatedly demonstrates such poor judgment. While victims go without redress in a rising tide of fraud due to a lack of investigative resources, the SFO has just wasted many millions on an utterly vacuous prosecution.’ Three former Barclays executives have been acquitted of fraud following a seven-year case in a serious blow to the credibility of the Serious Fraud Office.Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath (pictured above) had been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with fundraising arrangements by the bank during the financial crisis in 2008 when it raised billions of pounds from Qatar to stay afloat. The three men were acquitted today after a five-month trial at the Old Bailey.Proceedings against the former executives had already encountered obstacles, with former chief executive John Varley being acquitted last year. In the background were the dismissal of charges against Barclays plc and Barclays Bank plc, and a failed attempt by the SFO to reinstate them.
Eric Church will premiere new song Stick That In Your Country Song in the UK tomorrow (Thursday 25th June 2020).The song will premiere on The Country Show with Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. Eric teased his fans about the new single by sending a video to his Church Choir members.“I wanted you guys to hear from me first that a new single is about to hit the world,” he shared. “It’s gonna be the tip of the spear for what’s coming after, and it’s a big spear. I believe it’s the best we’ve ever been in our career.”“I try to put myself in the most uncomfortable situations,” Eric explained at the CRS ‘Chasing Creativity’ keynote event earlier this year. “Making it hard, and making sure no-one is mailing it in. That’s always something we have to push ourselves to chase. For me, it’s very elusive. With creativity, the harder you try and stress, the more it doesn’t happen.”Church Choir members will get an exclusive sneak peek of the lyric video on Thursday ahead of its release on Friday.This new music follows Eric’s most recent critically acclaimed project, 2018’s Desperate Man, his sixth studio album.
Jamaica has recorded a 29.7 percent reduction in murders during the first five weeks of this year, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).It said that there were 109 murders between January 1 and February 2 as compared with 155 for the same period last year.JCF also reported that a decline in other categories of major crimes during the same period this year, with the number of shootings totaling 112, a 17 per cent reduction when compared with last year.Decline in rapesThe police said that rapes declined significantly from 57 last year to 27 this year, while the number of aggravated assaults were reduced from 32 last year to 20 this year.RobberiesThe figures show that there was a 15.3 per cent reduction in robberies during the first five weeks of this year, while the number of break-ins and larceny declined by 29.6 per cent and 5.3 per cent, respectively.The overall reduction in murders is reflected in the statistics for all police divisions across the island, excepting Portland and Manchester. In Portland, two persons have been killed so far this year, compared with one during the same period last year.For Manchester, five persons have been murdered so far this year as compared with three last year.In 2018, more than 1, 200 people were killed in Jamaica.
Share 1082 Views no discussions Share Tweet The office of the disaster management ODM has received reports of emissions being observed in the Soufriere area, in the South of Dominica, on Wednesday afternoon.National Disaster Coordinator at the ODM, Fitzroy Pascal says this report is being investigated and the public will be updated.Pascal says, “The ODM is in contact with the Seismic Research Center, UWI Trinidad, who is responsible for monitoring seismic activity on Dominica.”“At this time the ODM is advising the public to stay clear of the area until further notice,” Pascal stated on Wednesday.Meanwhile, speaking with Dominica Vibes, Chairman of the Soufriere Village Council, Weefers Jules says “there’s no cause for alarm.” He said, “We spoke to ODM, myself and the Pal Rep [Hon. Denise Charles] and they informed us there’s no cause for alarm.”“Soufriere right now is normal,” he added. “Earlier on persons made mention of some rumbling and then they saw smoke coming from the area which is the volcanic area, Soufriere hot springs area…I just want to tell persons to stay calm, do not panic…the worst thing to do is to panic it doesn’t help right now,” Jules told Dominica Vibes.Persons began reporting hearing rumbling and seeing smoke emissions in the area between 5:30 and 6:00 PM according the Jules. FeaturedLocalNews Reports of emissions being observed in Soufriere by: – September 16, 2020 Share Sharing is caring!
RFMW 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.