Employee fraud cases rise to all-time high

first_img Comments are closed. Employee fraud rose by 60 per cent in the first six months of this year,according to research. The number of fraud cases going through UK courts involving sums of morethan £100,000 rose from 32 between January and June and 2,000 to 44 for thecorresponding months of this year. The number of fraud cases involving management dropped by 7 per cent, accordingto the research by management consultancy KPMG. The key to combating fraud lies in the recruitment process, said theauthors. Employers should ensure they have systems in place to choose reliablestaff, including following up references by speaking to the organisations thatprovided them. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Employee fraud cases rise to all-time highOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img

Finally, an easy one: US rolls by Japan 98-45 at World Cup, Mitchell scores 10

first_img Tags: Basketball/FIBA World Cup/Team USA September 5, 2019 /Sports News – Local Finally, an easy one: US rolls by Japan 98-45 at World Cup, Mitchell scores 10 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSHANGHAI (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. World Cup team finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale.Harrison Barnes scored 14 points while Joe Harris and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 for the Americans (3-0), who are bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title.And now, the NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo awaits the Americans as the stakes get higher.The U.S. is headed to a pair of second-round games in Shenzhen, China — with the first one Saturday against Antetokounmpo and Greece. The Greeks claimed the 16th and final second-round berth with a win Thursday night against New Zealand.Yudai Baba scored 18 for Japan (0-3), which will play in classification games the rest of the way. Rui Hachimura, Japan’s best player and the No. 9 draft pick this year by the Washington Wizards, was held to four points on 2 for 8 shooting.A U.S. program that is accustomed to blowout wins, particularly when it has NBA players, hadn’t enjoyed one yet in six games against international competition this summer. The biggest victory margin before Thursday was 21 in the World Cup opener against the Czech Republic, and the U.S. came into the group finale with a plus-59 scoring differential in four exhibitions and two World Cup games.This one, two days after the Americans needed late-game heroics to beat Turkey 93-92 in overtime, was drama-free.It was 13-0 before Japan scored, 23-9 after a quarter, 56-23 at halftime and 73-25 midway through the third quarter when Hachimura got loose for a dunk and his first points of the night. Somehow, matters could have been even worse for Japan: The U.S. missed seven of eight shots during one first-quarter stretch and finished shooting 48% for the game.TIP-INSJapan: The Japanese missed their first six shots, and went 5:48 without a field goal until center Nick Fazekas rattled in a short jumper. … Japan doesn’t play the U.S. often, and when the matchup happens it’s one-sided. The Americans are 3-0 against Japan in the Olympics, winning by a combined 183 points (98-40 in 1956, 125-66 in 1960 and 99-33 in 1972). The teams hadn’t previously met in World Cup play.U.S.: The Americans held a 58-33 rebounding edge. … Harris replaced Jayson Tatum in the starting lineup. Tatum is out with a sprained left ankle and isn’t scheduled to be reevaluated again until Monday. … Marcus Smart (left quad strain) also missed the game, so the U.S. was down to 10 healthy players and two of its four Boston Celtics. … The Americans were flying to Shenzhen after the game.3 FOR 3This tournament marks the 36th different Olympics, World Cup or world championships appearance for USA Basketball. The Americans have now started 3-0 in those events 34 times, going 106-2 overall in their opening three matchups of those competitions.POP ON RUIHachimura worked out for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs before the draft, and left a positive impression on the U.S. and Spurs coach. “He knows what he can do, puts himself in position to be successful and score, plays D, rebounds, runs the floor,” Popovich said. “He’s got an all-around game. His confidence is growing and he’ll be a fine player, obviously, and have a very long career.”UP NEXTJapan: Faces New Zealand in a classification-round game Saturday at Dongguan, China.U.S.: Faces Greece in a second-round game Saturday at Shenzhen, China. Associated Presslast_img

Drilling permit for well 6507/7-16 S in production licence 888

first_imgThe area in this licence consists of part of block 6507/7, and the well will be drilled about 3kms west of the Heidrun field and 250kms north of Kristiansund Image: Drilling permit for well 6507/7-16 S in production licence 888. Photo: Courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted DNO North Sea (Norge) a drilling permit for well 6507/7-16, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.Well 6507/7-16 S will be drilled from the Island Innovator drilling facility at position 65°19’54.62″N and 7°11’51.71″E.The drilling programme for well 6507/7-16 S relates to the drilling of appraisal wells in production licence 888. DNO North Sea (Norge) is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Wellesley Petroleum (30 per cent) and Conoco Phillips Skandinavia (30 per cent).The area in this licence consists of part of block 6507/7. The well will be drilled about 3 kilometres west of the Heidrun field and 250 kilometres north of Kristiansund.Production licence 888 was awarded on 10 February 2017 in APA 2017 on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first well to be drilled in the licence.The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img

Canadian Navy’s new oiler receives CCTV system

first_img View post tag: Kongsberg Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy’s new oiler receives CCTV system May 9, 2017 View post tag: Project Resolve Shipbuilder Chantier Davie Canada has received a new large network IP CCTV system for installation aboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s Project Resolve auxiliary oiler replenishment ship.The system was delivered by Aberdeen, UK-based Kongsberg Maritime camera systems group.The digital IP CCTV system was delivered following a factory acceptance test (FAT), which took place in November 2016. The system includes marine cameras, video management software (VMS), ruggedised central control rack server/storage, operator workstations, distributed Power over Ethernet (PoE) network switches and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS).Project Resolve is a Canadian undertaking to develop an interim fleet supply vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). It consists of converting a containership, former MV Asterix which arrived in Lévis, Canada, in October 2015, into an auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship in order to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy.The conversion is expected to be completed and the ship active in service during 2017.Project Resolve was initiated as previous plans to replace Canadian aging oilers included a failed Joint Support Ship plan from 2008 and the Queenston-class multi-role vessels are not expected to join the Navy before 2020-2021. Industry news Canadian Navy’s new oiler receives CCTV system View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Share this articlelast_img

Surface Warships Global Market Report

first_img View post tag: Surface Warships Share this article Defence IQ have released the annual Surface Warships Global Market Report – download a copy here.The current Surface Warship market is booming with a forecast of $155.16 billion over the next ten years.This report provides an in-depth look at the acquisition priorities for the world’s navies and insights into global investment trends from nations including:Romania – plans to acquire new corvettes at a total value of $1.93 billion to improve the Navy’s capabilities in the Black SeaGreece – planned procurement of FREMM frigates to enter service in mid-2020sUnited Kingdom – integration of the Type 26 frigate and the Type 31e frigateFrance – implementation of the Horizon Marine 2025 plan and replacement of its ‘La Fayette’ class frigatesUnited States – procurement of the FFG(X) multi-mission frigate to enhance power projection. Experimentation and acquisition of LUSVs>> Download the full report here < View post tag: Sponsored contentlast_img

Mouthing off

first_img“Fruit was flown in from Paris daily, meat had to come all the way from Yorkes Butchers in Dundee, while the incorrect choice of biscuits for the executives’ afternoon tea was a disciplinary offence. The mistaken inclusion of pink wafers on one occasion led to a stern memo headlined ’Rogue Biscuits’”- as if disgraced former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin didn’t have enough to worry about, an ex-employee of scandal-hit RBS blows the whistle in The Sunday Times on the ’Biscuitgate’ scandal”I was given a hair net, a white paper coat… and, worst of all, a beard cover called a snood. I looked so totally ridiculous that any thoughts of incisive journalism left my head and I padded about the factory staring at biscuits and praying for the whole ordeal to be over. Nobody else in the factory was wearing a snood, but then, nobody in the factory was sporting a beard. I think any facially hirsute employee, when faced with the threat of the snood, soon decides that regular shaving is the better option”- Comedian Dom Joly, visiting a biscuit factory for a TV series on UK manufacturing, reveals why bakery is the cleanest-shaven industry out therelast_img

The String Cheese Incident Plays Prince > Bowie > Prince > Bowie At Forest

first_imgLoad remaining images The String Cheese Incident kept things exciting at Electric Forest last night, coming in on the heels of a great opening night that saw the group collaborate with GRiZ and more. The band promised an extra-special set for their Saturday night performance, and delivered wholeheartedly, paying tribute to the late legends Prince and David Bowie in the process.After an excellent first set that featured some classic originals like opener “Bollymunster” and a great “Song In My Head” > “Dudley’s Kitchen” combination, it was really the second set that stood out as a highlight. The band took the opportunity to pay tribute to Prince and David Bowie with a Prince > Bowie > Prince > Bowie section in the middle of the set with help from Karl Denson on saxophone. The tribute started with Prince’s “Kiss,” before heading into Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” They kept things up with a great “Let’s Go Crazy,” and closed out the tribute with a spaced out “Space Oddity.” The band wasn’t done there, as they segued into “Search” and kept things grooving throughout the second set.Also of note was the band’s live debut of “Believe,” a track that appeared on their recently-released SCI Sound Lab Vol. 1 EP. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Kang told us about the inspiration for “Believe” in a recent interview, which you can read here. Electric Forest rages on tonight, June 26th, so don’t miss the action!Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of the band, along with some photos from Patrick Hughes “Faces of Festivals” in the gallery below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI – 6/25/16Set 1:  BollyMunster, Song In My Head > Dudley’s Kitchen, Sweet Spot, Falling Through the Cracks, Turn This Around > Can’t Wait Another Day, BeautifulSet 2: Believe, Stop Drop Roll, Kiss (Prince) > Let’s Dance* (Bowie) > Let’s Go Crazy* (Prince) > Space Oddity* (Bowie), Search, Valley of the Jig > Kinky Reggae, Colliding, Jellyfish > Just One Story* w/ Karl Densonlast_img

Always a critic

first_imgNew York Times chief film critic A.O. Scott ’87-’88 visits Harvard on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Scott, who began his career at The New York Review of Books, joined the Times in 2000. A professor of film criticism at Wesleyan University, he will publish a collection of his film writing in 2017.  GAZETTE: This interview is going to take the form of a Q&A, which you use in your book to have very direct conversations (with an imaginary interviewer) about criticism. So what’s your critique of the Q&A as an art form?SCOTT: I’ve been on your side of the conversation many times, and I’ve always liked it as a reader. When I was young, I had a subscription to Rolling Stone and I loved the interviews — the illusion of immediacy and hearing the person’s voice uninflected and the personality of the interviewer. It’s a drama. It has a kind of tension that a profile doesn’t always have. I was inspired to write part of the book in dialogue by a few different literary sources. The main one was Oscar Wilde’s “The Decay of Lying.” I thought it would be a way to loosen up the book a bit.GAZETTE: “Better Living Through Criticism” is presented as an account of an argument with Samuel L. Jackson that propelled the idea for the book, but the acknowledgements say otherwise — that the book was many years in the making. How long was the process, and how did you come to decide it was a worthy topic?SCOTT: I’ve been thinking about it my entire life. In a way I’ve never really been or wanted to be any other kind of writer. I guess the more immediate inspiration pre-Samuel L. Jackson was in 2011. There was a lot of discussion at that time, a flurry of articles and symposiums and discussions about the future of criticism, and social media. Wasn’t it true that critics were on the way out? There was some celebration of that and some doomsday. I tended to be skeptical, having lived in the newspaper business through a lot of scary moments and panic. I thought maybe I could explain to the world what criticism is and why it exists. The questions I wanted to be asking were more abstract and dragged me into philosophy and intellectual history. The anti-critical bias is very old and never goes away. You could find people complaining about the critics in ancient Greece and ancient Rome the same way you do now.GAZETTE: Can you talk about criticism and how it relates to the humanities? It’s a time when some elected officials are considering pulling money from public universities for liberal arts education.SCOTT: I teach college students, and I have children that age. I’m very concerned by the spirit of utilitarianism that’s taking over education. These are very narrow ideas about outcomes, and that fills me with horror. I believe the humanities exist not to be immediately useful, monetized, or instrumentalized, but to wake us up and stir our curiosity and turn us into more ethical, critical, more alert people. For four years, people can do things that aren’t useful — learn about painting, literature, and poetry — and then figure out how to turn that into something productive.GAZETTE: In your book, you write about making a difference. Do you worry that you do — that you could derail an actor’s career, or crush a director’s livelihood?SCOTT: I’m not sure I have that individual power, but I know that I can certainly do harm. What I more think about is the obligation to my readers. In making “The Revenant,” the cast talked about how hard a shoot it was, how cold it was, how hungry they were. That doesn’t make it any better a movie as far as I’m concerned. And that’s not something that someone buying a ticket should have to take into account. I’m saying it in public so I have to say it with decorum with a reasonable argument to back it up, but I have to be honest.GAZETTE: How did Harvard contribute to your career as a critic? Were you able to start to find your voice here?SCOTT: I was very academically focused as an undergrad. I went to the Brattle Theatre and saw a lot of movies, but I never wrote for any campus publications. But I studied literature, so I was interested in criticism. There were classes I took with Barbara Johnson and a visiting seminar with Fredric Jameson. Those influenced me in specific ways. It was also more the ordinary rhythm of work and reading and writing and going to the library and that kind of wandering that happens. You look for one book and you find another book one shelf down and three books over to the left. Harvard was the first place I was where people were serious and I could be serious.GAZETTE: Watching how the issue of racial inequality pervaded the Oscars raises the question of how it relates to movie critics. How would you characterize the state of film criticism through the lens of race?SCOTT: It is important, and there’s plenty of room and obligation for self-examination in journalism read more

Beyond the cloud

first_img Related With Odyssey’s expansion, Harvard and partner universities will have faster access to vast amounts of information From books to floppy disks to magnetic memory, technologies to store information continue to improve. Yet threats as simple as water and as complex as cyberattacks can still corrupt our records.As the data boom continues, more and more information is being stored in less and less space. Even the cloud — whose name promises opaque, endless space — will eventually reach its storage limit, can’t thwart all hackers, and gobbles up energy. Now, a new way to store information lives outside the hackable internet, uses no energy once written, and, according to one of the researchers who developed it, “could allow information to be preserved for millions of years.”“Think storing the contents of the New York Public Library with a teaspoon of protein,” said Brian Cafferty, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of George Whitesides and author on a paper that describes the new technique. The work was performed in collaboration with Milan Mrksich and his group at Northwestern University.“At least at this stage, we do not see this method competing with existing methods of data storage,” Cafferty said. “We instead see it as complementary to those technologies and, as an initial objective, well-suited for long-term archival data storage.”Cafferty’s chemical tool might not replace the cloud. But the filing system offers an enticing alternative to biological storage tools such as synthetic DNA, which scientists recently learned to manipulate to record any information, including GIFs, cooking tutorials, text, and music. “Think storing the contents of the New York Public Library with a teaspoon of protein.” — Brian Cafferty Achievement could lead to more-efficient quantum computing For bigger data, more storagecenter_img Two atoms combined in dipolar molecule But while DNA is small compared with computer chips, it is large in the molecular world. And DNA synthesis requires skilled and often repetitive labor. If each message needs to be designed from scratch, macromolecule storage could be long and expensive work.“We set out to explore a strategy that does not borrow directly from biology,” Cafferty said. “We instead relied on techniques common in organic and analytical chemistry, and developed an approach that uses small, low-molecular-weight molecules to encode information.”With just one synthesis, the team produced enough small molecules to encode multiple videos at once, making the approach less labor-intensive and cheaper than one based on DNA. For their low-weight molecules, the team selected oligopeptides (two or more peptides bonded together), which are common, stable, and smaller than DNA, RNA, or proteins.Oligopeptides vary in mass, depending on their number and type of amino acids. Mixed together, they are distinguishable from one another, like letters in alphabet soup.Making words from the letters is a bit more complicated: In a microwell — like a miniature version of a whack-a-mole, but with 384 holes — each well contains oligopeptides. When ink is absorbed on a page, the oligopeptide mixtures are assembled on a metal surface where they are stored. If the team wants to read back what they “wrote,” they look at one of the wells through a mass spectrometer, which sorts the molecules by mass. This tells them which oligopeptides were present or absent: Their mass gives them away.To translate the jumble of molecules into letters and words, researchers borrowed the binary code. An M, for example, uses four of eight possible oligopeptides, each with a different mass. The four floating in the well receive a 1, while the missing four receive a zero. The molecular-binary code points to a corresponding letter or, if the information is an image, a corresponding pixel.With this method, a mixture of eight oligopeptides could store one byte of information; 32 can store four bytes; and so on.So far, Cafferty and his team have “written,” stored, and “read” physicist Richard Feynman’s famous lecture “There Is Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” a photo of Claude Shannon (known as the father of information theory), and Hokusai’s woodblock painting “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Since it is estimated that the global digital archive will hit 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020 (10 times its size in 2013), an image of a tsunami seemed appropriate.The team can retrieve their stored masterpieces with 99.9 percent accuracy. Their writing averages eight bits per second and their reading, 20. Because their writing speed far outpaces writing with synthetic DNA, at this stage reading could be both quicker and cheaper with the macromolecule. But with faster technology, the team’s speeds will likely increase. An inkjet printer, for example, could generate drops at rates of 1,000 per second and cram more information into smaller areas. And improved mass spectrometers read more