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“Absolute shambles”: students prepared to take Ruskin College to court

first_imgStudents are prepared to take Ruskin College court over thedifficulties many faced in trying to obtain their degree results.   At the time, the UCU said in a press release: “UCU iscalling for the immediate reinstatement of Dr Lee Humber and for the boguscharges against Lee to be dropped.” The latest in a series of controversies facing the college, studentsfrom almost every course suffered months of uncertainty after completing theirfinal exams. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, 22-year-old Aaron Miles saidthe college told BA Social and Political Studies students that their resultswould be delayed for “a small amount of time” in July. A rally was organised in April following the suspension ofDr Lee Humber, the UCU’s representative at Ruskin College. A controversial year, Ruskin College faced accusations of“victimisation” following several disciplinary and redundancy threats directedat members of the University and College Union (UCU) earlier this year. A statement from Ruskin College said a “small number ofstudents” final results had been delayed after the resignation of the externalexaminers appointed by the Open University. “New examiners have now beenappointed and final results will be available shortly.” “As it turns out, the results in question have never arrivedand we fear they never will. This is the same for most of the students who leftin 2019.” “We have not been made aware of any students whose places onmasters courses have been affected by delays to marks; in this circumstance wewould expect to be contacted by the relevant institution whereby this mattercould easily be resolved.” Last month, the entire social work department of the collegealso resigned after four tutors were made redundant. “Our students are our primary concern and we have been inregular contact with them over the summer. We will continue to support themmoving forward.”last_img read more

El Salvador Police Launch Special Anti-Extortion Investigative Unit

first_img El Salvador has unveiled a new special police force to tackle extortion, said Julio César Marroquín, head of the Central Investigation Division of El Salvador’s National Civil Police. The unit, consisting of 1,200 police officers and 500 soldiers, will work undercover to gather intelligence and crack down on criminals as part of a larger government initiative, Marroquín told Diálogo on June 20. That initiative includes the creation of a new division within the Justice and Public Security Ministry to work specifically on fighting extortion. “The most important feature of this new group is that it will require coordination, at a national level, from all units enabled to fight against extortion — whether it is intelligence gathering or assistance from our armed forces,” Marroquín said. For years, El Salvador has ranked among the world’s most dangerous countries as measured by homicide rates — largely due to violence perpetrated by gangs or “maras” as they’re known in El Salvador. In March, the country’s two largest gangs — MS-13 and Barrio 18 — signed a truce. While government officials say violence has plummeted by nearly 50 percent, extortion remains a prevalent threat. So far this year, 954 extortions have been reported in El Salvador; this translates to just over five incidents per day in a country of 6.3 million inhabitants. Authorities say extortion is the main source of income for gangs in this country. New anti-extortion unit created On June 14, President Mauricio Funes established the Anti-Extortion Subdivision. Four days later, the new agency conducted its first two operations in one of El Salvador’s largest prisons, Penal La Esperanza, where they seized 60 mobile phones, 51 SIM cards and other wireless gadgets from inmates. Most of the extortion threats are made by phone and coming from prison, Marroquín said. “Inmates call certain numbers from their cells and threaten people that if they do not deliver a certain amount of money they, or one of their loves ones, will be hurt,” he explained. “Sometimes they threaten to hurt family members inside the same prison.” Even worse, he said, corrupt prison guards give inmates mobile phones and SIM cards brought in by visitors. “It could also mean there is a type of relationship between the guards and the inmates in some prisons, where the guards could be supplying them with the illicit technology,” Marroquín added. In a second operation that same day in downtown San Salvador, the new police force raided informal mobile phone operators and vendors. Five people were arrested and 100 mobile phone and accessories such as hands-free devices and SIM cards were confiscated. Extortion has been a particular problem in Soyapango, a commercial district in eastern San Salvador. Business owners have complained to local media that gangs are constantly demanding protection money. In one case in early May, a man was shot dead at the market. Police told reporters it was likely that gangs were looking to terrify merchants and set an example of what could happen if they didn’t pay up. Extortions down by 8-12% this year Before the formation of this new unit, the police tried to tackle the problem with smaller groups. Local anti-extortion teams, known in Spanish as Equipos Locales Anti-Extorsión, were scattered around the country, gathering information on such crimes. Under the new model, these teams have been reinforced with investigation and intelligence experts; soldiers will also be assigned to help out as necessary. “Those who were already working on this will be enabled even further, as members of now bigger, better equipped teams include investigators, intelligence analysts and public security officers,” Marroquín said. Authorities say extortions dropped by 8 to 12 percent in the first half of 2013, compared to the same period last year — but they expect this new police force to lower it even further. They add that a drop in extortion income should have no impact on last year’s gang truce. In Mexico, violent crime dropped in the first four months of this year by 3.2 percent, though kidnapping rose by 21 percent and extortion by 13 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to data from Mexico’s National Public Security System. Mexico doesn’t have a specialized anti-extortion police unit, but El Salvador could serve as an example — as could similar units already operating in Honduras and Colombia. Are specialized police units the answer? There’s a possibility the Federal Police will take on fighting extortion as one of its main tasks,” said Elena Azaloa, an analyst at the Mexico City security think tank CIDE. “While it may be good to create specialized groups to tackle certain crimes, it’s important to remember that these generally encounter the same limitations that regular police already have.” Azaloa added that while such anti-extortion units are useful, “what is necessary are sweeping reforms within the police force, because without them, specialized groups are doomed to fail due to the same deficiencies and constraints facing the police in general.” Even within El Salvador, top security officials have expressed skepticism about merely using repressive tactics to fight extortion. David Munguia, the country’s former minister of justice and security, told the online newspaper ElSalvador.com that extortion is not only a way of life for gang members, but also the only source of income for them and their families. “The gangs have already said they are not going to stop extorting because they depend on that money to make a living, unless they are given a better choice, like a job; but we know that there is high unemployment here and this is the cost of it. We are fighting extortion by pure police repression, when in reality it also requires the cooperation of those being extorted — the victims — to have a proper investigation,” Munguia said. But authorities are set on going after extorters, regardless of where criminals turn for income, as their priority to guarantee people’s rights and safety. “As police officers we are working on fighting crime. It’s what the constitution demands of us and it’s why we exist,” Marroquín said. “In this case we are tackling the crime of extortion, but other police units are equally fighting to end robberies and human trafficking. Our job is to bring security to the people of El Salvador.” By Dialogo August 01, 2013last_img read more

The rise of the digital customer

first_imgRetail FI’s have a tremendous opportunity to capture new value and drive their own disruption through digitization.  With the right technology investments, financial institutions can streamline operations and compliance, while offering customers the real-time financial advice and convenience they increasingly expect.  The problem is that most FI’s aren’t ready to invest in the technology needed to support these needs.Imagine a banking experience so compelling that customers simply can’t look away. A financial institution with personalized interactions and advice available anywhere, anytime on mobile devices. Branches that blend video, interactive touch screens, and data-empowered associates for a new dimension in convenience and service.Digitization is not an option for the banking industry, rather it is inevitable because every industry is being digitized and the banking sector is no exception.Some of the top benefits of digitization are:Productivity will be increased as technology reduces human error.Convenience will result in an increased number of customers.The rural and urban gap will be bridged.Increased analytics will provide FI’s with the information needed to improve and respond to their process.Using digital technology to build a boundary-less FI’s will require strategic partnerships. A customers’ need to spend, transfer, and money in a secure environment remains unchanged; however, their behaviors are changing radically. Customers are looking for their interactions with their FI to be effortless.   They are increasingly comfortable using the internet to seek advice and gather product and service information before stepping foot in a branch. They expect to be able to choose the channel most convenient for them—whether that’s a branch office, browsing the FI’s website or using a video-enhanced call center—and they will insist that all channels work together harmoniously. They expect all of the companies they do business with (including their FIs’) to know them as individuals, anticipate their needs and actively involve them in coming up with tailored solutions.Unless a digital strategy becomes a top priority that is pushed by a FI’s senior management, it will easily lose momentum. To build a roadmap for digitization, you need a clear sense of the potential value of specific investments that create digital business capabilities.  Incumbents only have a short period to adjust to new technology or they risk becoming obsolete. 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christina Camacho Christina Camacho is the Founder and CEO of Ivy Lender. Christina spent her banking career working with SME businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies at the top Financial Institutions … Web: www.ivylender.com Detailslast_img read more

Simmons wants massive effort from batsmen in England  Tests

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – Head coach Phil Simmons on Saturday underscored the importance of West Indies posting large totals, if they were to be competitive in next month’s three-Test series against England.Speaking in a media conference via Zoom, Simmons said if the Caribbean side’s “world class” bowling attack were to be afforded the chance to take 20 wickets consistently, the batting needed to fire on all cylinders.“I think that’s the important part of this tour,” Simmons said from quarantine at Old Trafford here.“There’s a lot of pressure on the batsmen to perform because the bowling unit has been carrying the Test team for a while now and it’s something that we are harping on a lot.“Not to put extra pressure because there’s enough pressure playing a Test match, but we need to get that total of 400, 450 in order to give this bowling unit, which I think is a top class bowling unit – the fast bowlers especially – a chance in these three Test matches.”West Indies have struggled to post 400 runs in an innings in recent times, passing the mark just once in their last 16 innings. On that occasion, they raised 415 in the second innings of the opening Test against England in Bridgetown last year, laying the foundation for a commanding 381-run victory.Nine times during the same period dating back to the tour of Bangladesh in 2018, West Indies have managed less than 250 in an innings. They have lost eight of their last 15 Tests since inside the last two years and won six.West Indies’ task was made even more difficult with the withdrawal of of experienced Darren Bravo who averages 37 from 54 Tests and rising star Hetmyer, who was instrumental in the historic series win over England last year.Both batsmen expressed concern about their safety on the tour amid the COVID-19 pandemic and declined selection.However, Simmons said while they would be missed, it was critical other batsmen assumed responsibility in their absence.“We know and we understand the quality of these two individuals and we know what we will be missing but in situations like this, we have to work hard with the guys who are here and just make sure that the work we’re doing is putting them in a position to be able to fill those two shoes for the series,” Simmons pointed out.“Hopefully whoever fills their shoes for the series can go on and be as great as they want to be. We’ve just got to work hard with whom we have here and try to get two players to fill those boots.”The series, which bowls off July 8 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, will be the first of its kind to be played in a “bio-secure” environment amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has already resulted in 294 000 infections and over 41 500 deaths in the United Kingdom.With cricket halted globally since March, both teams will enter the series without match practice and Simmons believes this will create a more even contest.“I think it’s a plus because England haven’t come from a tour or two tours recently and we’ve just been playing cricket at home,” he explained.“In a normal situation we would have been coming from camps and England would have been halfway through their season and the series would’ve been going right now. “So I think that’s a plus for us because it evens out things a little bit due to the fact they have not been playing competitive cricket for a while also.”last_img read more

Lord Goldsmith QC to head up new commission on ‘crime and problem gambling’

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UK prison reform charity, the ‘Howard League for Penal Reform’ has launched a new commission investigating links between problem gambling and criminal behaviours.The Howard League has disclosed that the first meeting of its ‘Commission on Crime & Problem Gambling’ took place in London on 20 June, kick-starting a three-year research project led by Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC as Commission Chair.In its mandate, the Commission will bring academics, betting professionals, public health experts and industry stakeholders investigating ‘patterns of crime linked to problem gambling, and the societal harms that connect the two’.The Commission’s work, research and evidence will be made available to the UK government, gambling leadership and criminal justice system stakeholders.The new body will look at the driving forces influencing change and practice, including legislation, politics and the media. It will engage with industry and political leaders throughout its work.Lord Goldsmith QC, Chair of the Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling, said: “Concern about harmful gambling activity has been growing for some time, but this is the first commission to focus specifically on the relationship between problem gambling and crime.“Our commission will seek to establish what the links are; what impact they have on communities and wider society; and, crucially, what steps could be taken to reduce crime and make people safer.”The Howard League has published the 15 appointed commissioners, who will work with Lord Goldsmith on the criminal research project, which includes former Betfair enterprise co-founder Andrew Black, represented as an industry expert.Dr Jamie Bennett, Governor of Long Lartin prisonAndrew Black – Co-founder of BetfairDr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, – Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling ClinicMatt Burton – Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Cheshire PoliceDr John Chisholm CBE, Chair, Medical Ethics Committee, British Medical AssociationJon Collins, Chief Executive, Magistrates AssociationFrances Crook OBE, Chief Executive, Howard League for Penal ReformElizabeth Morony, Partner, Clifford Chance LLPAndrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns, Howard League for Penal ReformNeil Platt, Clinical Director, Beacon Counselling TrustSarah Ramanauskas, Senior Partner, Audit and Research, Gambling IntegrityProfessor Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Science, University of GlasgowCouncillor Norma Stephenson OBE, Councillor, Stockton-on-Tees Borough CouncilSue Wade OBE, former chief probation officerThe UK Gambling Commission has stated its support for Howard League research on the complex subject, UKGC Executive Director Tim Miller stating:“This independent Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling will fill a significant gap in understanding the relationship between gambling harms and crime. ““We support the Howard League’s evidence-based and comprehensive approach and anticipate that the recommendations from the Commission will help us make better and faster progress in delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.”last_img read more

Alex Edler injury update: Canucks D diagnosed with concussion, will miss at least one week

first_imgVancouver faces the Stanley Cup champion Capitals on Tuesday.Edler, 32, is in his 13th season with the Canucks. He has totaled 20 points, tops among Vancouver defensemen, on five goals and 15 assists in 2018-19 but means much more to the team. Entering Monday’s game, he was leading the Canucks in average ice time (23:24) and blocked shots (109) and was fifth in hits (80) to go with manning the first power-play unit. Canucks defenseman Alex Edler did not suffer any broken bones but needed stitches after suffering a scary fall against the Flyers on Monday, according to Sportsnet.The Canucks later announced he will miss at least one week with a concussion. Edler underwent X-rays and remained in Philadelphia overnight after the game as his teammates traveled on to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals, the Vancouver Sun reported. He returned to Vancouver on Tuesday, the Canucks later announced. He was taken from the ice on a stretcher after landing face first when his stick got caught in Jakub Voracek’s skate midway through the third period of the Canucks’ 2-1 loss.“You see that blood on the ice and it shakes you for sure,” teammate Brandon Sutter said after Edler’s fall.“That was scary,” Bo Horvat said. “You never want to see a teammate go down like that, especially your best defenseman. You see a guy get knocked unconscious like that and then you see all the blood. We wanted to get that (win) for him and we deserved better tonight.”Fans gave Edler a standing ovation as he left the ice.“It’s obviously scary when you see something like that happen,” Voracek said. “You don’t want it to happen but unfortunately it happens sometimes. I was just driving the net and I felt his stick on my skate and after that I didn’t even see him fall. It was not a good look after. Hopefully he’s all right.”last_img read more