CBC TAKES HOME 49 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

first_img Twitter CBC and its production partners took home 49 awards, more than any other broadcaster, during The Academy of Canadian Film & Television’s Canadian Screen Award week, which spanned four award galas honouring excellence in scripted, unscripted, documentary, news, sports and digital programming. CBC received 40 awards at galas held earlier in the week and nine awards during the broadcast gala, which aired live on CBC on Sunday, March 12, including wins for CBC SPORTS, FIRSTHAND – GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, SCHITT’S CREEK and THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION.“These awards are a testament to the quality of CBC’s distinctly Canadian content, which informs and entertains while reflecting our country’s rich diversity of voices and experiences,” said Heather Conway, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As Canada’s public broadcaster, we are proud to be at the very heart of this nation’s cultural ecosystem, nurturing and investing in Canadian creators and artists. Congratulations to all nominees and winners. CBC celebrates your passion, dedication and commitment to telling Canadian stories.”CBC’s Canadian Screen Award highlights:CBC’s scripted programming won a total of 16 awards including multiple wins for hit comedy series BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, KIM’S CONVENIENCE and SCHITT’S CREEK. MURDOCH MYSTERIES won five awards including the Golden Screen Award for Canada’s Most-Watched TV Drama or Comedy. Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesDavid Russell CBC’s 2017 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD WINS – 49 TOTAL:* Broadcast gala award wins on Sunday, March 12, 2017 CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON:CBC, Media Headquarters Best Live Sports EventRio 2016Trevor Pilling, Chris Irwin, Paul McDougall, Mike Dodson, Don Peppin, Karen Sebesta-30- THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION (6):CBC, Insight Production Company Ltd. Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesMark Korven Best Host in a Lifestyle, Talk or Entertainment News Program or SeriesJonny Harris THE NATURE OF THINGS (2): Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesCarolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jamie Brown Best TV Movie or Limited SeriesChristina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, Julie Lacey, Stephen Montgomery Best Direction in a Program or Series Produced for Digital MediaMorgan Waters, Brooks Gray Best National NewscastMark Harrison, Peter Mansbridge, Fred Parker, Derek Desouza, Heather McLennan LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesBen Carlson Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesKim’s Convenience: Janet’s Photos / Ddong ChimAndrew Phung 2016 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS:CBC, Frank ContentBest Host in a Variety or Reality/Competition Program or Series*Norm Macdonald Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesMichael McGowan Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or SeriesKim’s Convenience: Gay DiscountKye Meechan Best Writing in a Factual Program or SeriesStill Standing: VanastraJonny Harris, Fraser Young, Steve Dylan UNCLAIMED:CBC, Full Flood ProductionsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesElle-Máijá Tailfeathers THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2):CBC, Melbar Entertainment Group Advertisement Golden Screen Award for Most-Watched TV Drama or Comedy *Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell, Yannick Bisson, Julie Lacey, Stephen Montgomery MOOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TWIG EATERCBC, Twig Eaters Inc.Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or SeriesSusan Fleming Best Performing Arts ProgramBarry Avrich, Susan Edwards Best Picture Editing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch Show: If the Killer is WatchingMike Fly, Jeremy LaLonde Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesBrent Clark Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or SeriesWendy Mesley THE WOMAN WHO JOINED THE TALIBAN:CBC, Matter of Fact Media Inc.Best Writing in a Documentary Program or SeriesRichard O’Regan Login/Register With: Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary*John Price Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesSchitt’s Creek: Bob’s Bagels / Moira’s NudesEmily Hampshire THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL:CBC, Paperny Entertainment Inc.Best Picture Editing in a Factual Program or SeriesThis Is High School: Grade 9 is the Worst YearSarah Cruise Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)*Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair Best Reportage, NationalCBC News: The National – Trapped at the BorderNahlah Ayed, Tracy Seeley and Richard Devey STILL STANDING (3):CBC, Frantic Films SONIC MAGIC: THE WONDER AND SCIENCE OF SOUNDCBC, Lightship EntertainmentBest Sound in a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesJeff Henschel CBC’s unscripted programming earned 11 wins including six awards for last summer’s historic, nation-building concert THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION and three awards for factual series STILL STANDING. Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch Show: I Can’t Believe This Used to Take DaysCarolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Dawn Whitwell, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (3):CBC, Frantic Filmscenter_img MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMATE:  CBC, LoCo Motion PicturesBest Performance by an Actor in a Program or Series Produced for Digital MediaPaul Soles Best Achievement in CastingKim’s Convenience: Frank & NayoungDeirdre Bowen, Millie Tom Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary*Daniel Cross, Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin, Bruce Cowley Best Direction in a Documentary ProgramPatrick Reed, Michelle Shephard Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program*Sponsor | Rogers Group of FundsPatrick Reed, Michelle Shephard, Peter Raymont FIRSTHAND (4) – GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR:Documentary Channel (CBC), White Pine Pictures CBC DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMING (8 AWARDS) Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role*Paul Sun-Hyung Lee Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role*Catherine O’Hara Best Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or SeriesJay Vicari, Peter Gary, Jon Erickson, Lee Moro, Mark Vreeken CBC UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING (13) CBC SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING (16) CBC Sports took home two awards for its coverage of the RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES, the most-watched summer Olympics in Canadian history, including Best Live Sports Event and Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series for Scott Russell.CBC’s original digital content was honoured with four awards including wins for THE AMAZING GAYL PILE and MY 90-YEAR-OLD ROOMMATE. CBC SPORTS (2 AWARDS) Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesPeter Mitchell Best Factual Program or SeriesJamie Brown, Jeff Peeler, Maureen Riley CBC DIGITAL (4 AWARDS) Advertisement Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Fiction Morgan Waters, Brooks Gray, Matt King, Andrew Ferguson Best Photography in a News or Information Program, Series or SegmentCBC News: The National – Ethiopia on EdgeRichard Devey Best Photography in a Variety Program or SeriesAlex Nadon, Tyler Pigeon CBC’s acclaimed documentary programming was recognized with eight awards including the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program for FIRSTHAND – GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR; the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary award for I AM THE BLUES; and Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series forTHE NATURE OF THINGS – MOOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A TWIG EATER. Best Cross-Platform ProjectRobert Cohen, Barry Davis, Kyle Richmond, Mike Miner, Bill Konrad, David Offierski, Matt Odynski, Jesilou Tongio CBC NEWS (6 AWARDS)CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL (5): Best Original Music Score for a ProgramRobert Carli I AM THE BLUES (2): CBC NEWS: HERE & NOW:Best Local NewscastCBC Newfoundland and LabradorLee Pitts, Jen White, Debbie Cooper, Jonathan Crowe, Ryan Snoddon, Rod Dobbin Best News or Information SegmentCBC News: The National – Catching up with the FarwansAdrienne Arsenault, Carmen Merrifield, Dave Rae, Jamie Hopkins, Dominique Banoun Advertisement SCHITT’S CREEK (2):CBC, Not A Real Company Productions Inc. THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE:CBC, Smiley Guy StudiosBest Animated Program or SeriesJonas Diamond, Jeremy Diamond, Veronica Tennant, Vickie Fagan, Mike Valiquette, Denny Silverthorne Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series*Rio 2016Scott Russell THE AMAZING GAYL PILE (2):CBC, LaRue Entertainment About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. KIM’S CONVENIENCE (4):CBC, Thunderbird MURDOCH MYSTERIES (5):CBC, Shaftesbury CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL took home five awards including Best National Newscast. Facebook Best Live Entertainment SpecialGord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair, Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Lindsay Coxlast_img read more

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Liberals invite Duncan to come along on their visit to Attawapiskat

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan isn’t sure when, if ever, he’ll be able to go to Attawapiskat to see the conditions there for himself, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett says the minister can join her their weekend.Bennett made the offer during question period Thursday.NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel and NDP MP Charlie Angus also recently visited the community.last_img

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Prannoy stuns Sugiarto Sai Praneeth crashes out

first_imgAuckland: H S Prannoy hogged all the limelight after he stunned Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to sail into the men’s singles quarter finals of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament on Thursday. Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14, 21-12 in 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round. He will take on fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the quarters. But the day started on a bad note for India as B Sai Praneeth was blown away by star shuttler Lin Dan of China 12-21, 12-21. Seventh seed Lin Dan moved to the quarters where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. For Prannoy, this was his maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto. Once Prannoy seized the initiative and took a 7-3 lead, there was no looking back as he extended it to 11-4. The Indian did well to close out the game at 21-14, and in the second game too braved a Sugiarto onslaught where he took the initial lead at 4-2, but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but nose ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead. After taking the lead, Prannoy showed composure to seal the contest in his favour. Meanwhile, Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy finished second best against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21, 19-21 in the second round. On Wednesday, young Chinese shuttler Wang Zhiyi caused a major upset as the 19-year-old outclassed World no. 9 Saina Nehwal in a first round match.last_img read more

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Southwest hit by computer outage adding to its problems

DALLAS — Hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights have been delayed as the carrier deals with winter weather and a computer outage.The outage occurred early Friday and grounded Southwest flights around the country for nearly an hour.A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says Southwest had a problem with a system that transmits flight plans to the FAA.By midmorning Central time, about 600 Southwest flights had been delayed, 15 per cent of Southwest’s schedule and far more than any other U.S. carrier, according to FlightAware.The airline says some of the delays are due to winter weather.The outage and winter weather come as Southwest reports a higher than normal number of planes taken out of service for maintenance. That’s causing tension between the airline and the aircraft mechanics’ union.The Associated Press read more

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Theme park attendance crosses halfbillion mark for 1st time

ORLANDO, Fla. — Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time.According to a report released this week by Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM, global attendance at waterparks increased by 2.5%, and the top museums had relatively flat attendance last year.The report credits the adaptation of strong intellectual properties into new attractions.Walt Disney parks across the globe had more than 157 million visitors in 2018, more than double the next-closest theme park company, Merlin Entertainment Group, which owns the Legoland parks and other attractions.Magic Kingdom in Florida was the best-attended park with 20.8 million visitors in 2018, followed by Disneyland in California with 18.6 million visitors.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

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The Latest 3 arrested as groups protesting Chicago teens killing by officer

The Latest: 3 arrested as groups protesting Chicago teen’s killing by officer block stores Protesters block an entrance to Disney store on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Chicago. Community activists and labor leaders hold a demonstration billed as a “march for justice” in the wake of the release of video showing an officer fatally shooting Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) CHICAGO – The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):7:30 p.m.Chicago police say three people have been arrested during demonstration along the city’s high-end shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager.Several protesters were seen lying face-down on the ground in handcuffs. A police spokesman said three people were arrested, two traffic-related and a third related to a battery. He didn’t give details.Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he believes the protests have gone “exceptionally well” in large part because his officers have gone out of their way to let demonstrators express their outrage. He says despite people screaming in their faces, getting hit with spittle and thrown objects, officers are acting in a professional manner.The march is the latest demonstration in the city since Tuesday, when officials released a video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and prosecutors charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder.1:15 p.m.Hundreds of protesters are blocking entrances to stores in Chicago’s high-end shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager.Some of the demonstrators linked arms to form human chains in front of main entrances to stores on both sides of Michigan Avenue for more than three blocks.Store employees were directing shoppers to exit from side doors. When one person tried to get through the front door of Saks Fifth Avenue, protesters screamed at him, shouting, “Shut it down! Shut it down.”Entrances were also blocked at the Disney Store, the Apple Store, Nike, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus.Many shoppers seemed to take the disturbance in stride. Some even snapped photos of the crowd.The release of a video this week showing the fatal shooting in 2014 of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has set off days of largely peaceful protests.___12:30 p.m.Not all of the groups taking part in the Black Friday protest in Chicago’s ritziest shopping district are taking the same approach.The largest is a peaceful group led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who is leading a prayer from the steps of Chicago’s historic Water Tower. The group paused for a moment of silence to remember 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer last year.A smaller group, One Chicago, is calling on demonstrators to shut down businesses to protest the city’s handling of the investigation. Mark Carter, a One Chicago organizer, is exhorting the crowd to, “Stop watching the show. Shut this down! Shut this down!”Others are yelling at the police officers lining the route. The officers are not responding.___11:45 a.m.Hundreds of activists chanting “16 shots! 16 shots!” are stopping traffic as a march begins in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district.The demonstration Friday to protest a fatal shooting by police last year has so far been peaceful. A visitor from Fort Dodge, Iowa, 35-year-old Monica Rentz, was taking photos to send to friends as she stood outside her hotel on Michigan Avenue. Rentz says she is in the city for a wedding.She says she shopped at the Disney Store before the march began and that the protesters don’t bother her. She says it is interesting because she has never seen anything like this in Iowa.The march is the latest demonstration in the city since Tuesday, when officials released a video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and prosecutors charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder.___11 a.m.A protest march has begun in Chicago’s shopping district, with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the middle of a crowd that’s shouting, “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!”Several hundred demonstrators have gathered in the drizzling rain, many with umbrellas and plastic-wrapped signs.Among them is 73-year-old Frank Chapman of Chicago, who says a video released Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke confirms what activists have said for years about Chicago police brutality.He says his organization, the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Oppression, is pushing for an elected, civilian police accountability council.___9:50 a.m.An association representing hundreds of high-end retailers, hotels and restaurants in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile district says it’s confident authorities will maintain order for thousands of Black Friday shoppers as groups protest a 2014 police shooting.The release of a video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has set off days of largely peaceful protests. Taking Friday’s demonstrations to the city’s main shopping area ensures high visibility.John Curran is vice-president of the Magnificent Mile Association, which represents 780 businesses on North Michigan Avenue. He says members always have robust public safety plans in place because of the area’s high profile, its huge crowds and the urban setting.And protests there are nothing new.Some 20 million people visit each year. North Michigan Avenue is one of the largest shopping attractions in the Midwest and hosts many flagship stores, hotels and luxury brands.___7:55 a.m.The Chicago Teachers Union is encouraging its members to join a march in Chicago’s shopping district to protest the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.CTU President Karen Lewis issued a statement urging members to express their “outrage and dignity” by participating in Friday’s march on Michigan Avenue on a stretch called the Magnificent Mile.The 11 a.m. demonstration will be the latest in the city since Tuesday, when officials released dashcam video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and prosecutors charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder.Chicago police say they are prepared to support a peaceful march and will be on hand to address traffic and public safety.___12:30 a.m.Protests over the videotaped fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer are set to move to the heart of the city’s famed retail district on the busiest shopping day of the year.A protest march down part of Michigan Avenue called the Magnificent Mile is planned for Friday at 11 a.m. It is being organized by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other local activists.The march will be the latest demonstration in the city since Tuesday, when officials released dashcam video that shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and prosecutors charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder.The other demonstrations have been largely peaceful. On Thursday afternoon, police said they had made a total of just nine arrests. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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No 15 NC State women beat George Washington 6961 in Cancun

CANCUN, Mexico — Elissa Cunane scored eight of her 18 points in the third quarter to help No. 15 North Carolina State stay undefeated with a 69-61 victory over George Washington on Friday in the Cancun Challenge.Grace Hunter had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead NC State (6-0). Erika Cassell added 12 points and DD Rogers chipped in with 10 rebounds and five points. The Wolfpack face Michigan in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Thursday.Mei-Lyn Bautista scored 19 points to lead George Washington (1-5). Kelsi Mahoney had 16 points and Neila Luma 14.Bautista’s 3-pointer pulled the Colonials to 47-46 with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter. Cunane made all six of her free-throw attempts and a jumper in the third quarter, and opened the fourth with a layup to cap a 10-0 run. A 6-0 spurt, capped by Mahoney’s 3, pulled the Colonials to 57-53 but they didn’t get closer.The Associated Press read more

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Knife bandits rob New Amsterdam family one in custody

One man is now in police custody following a robbery at a home in Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, during the wee hours of this morning (Wednesday) where he and two other suspects reportedly relieved a 32-year-old man of a substantial amount of cash and valuables.According to information received from Police “B” Division Commander, Lyndon Alves, the incident occurred at around 01:50hrs today as the victim- identified as Jimmy Mohabir of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam- and his family were asleep.INews understands that three males, armed with knives broke into the man’s home and began searching for cash and valuables. However, Mohabir was awakened by the noise and confronted one of the bandits, which resulted in a brief scuffle.The victim sustained a cut across his left side face but managed to raise an alarm in the neighbourhood by shouting “thief!”The bandits immediately fled the scene using the main door of the house but the perpetrator who had been fighting with Mohabir was subsequently detained by public spirited persons who rushed to the victim’s assistance.Upon inspection of the house, it was revealed that 3 gold chains and 4 gold bangles valued at $700,000 in addition to $350,000 in cash had been stolen.Police say the bandits are known thieves in the area.Investigations are on-going. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspects wanted in robbery of Angoy’s Avenue businessman caughtFebruary 13, 2018In “Crime”New Amsterdam home invasion by gang of 5 leaves family traumatisedFebruary 20, 2018In “Crime”Handyman critical after being chopped in home invasionAugust 5, 2019In “Crime” read more

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Any cut in allowances is in breach of Croke Park agreement say

first_imgRENEWED ATTEMPTS BY the government to remove public sector allowances would be in breach of the Croke Park agreement, unions have said.Reacting to the latest news that the Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin is targeting 88 allowances to be abolished, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said the cooperation of health service staff could not be guaranteed if the government sought to breach its obligations under the current public service agreement.“The allowances that the Government are now seeking to remove, for many grades across the health service, undoubtedly form an integral and core part of the pay of the staff in question” said Liam Doran, INMO General Secretary. “They cannot be expected to take any further cuts in their weekly/monthly pay and the government must reverse its current strategy.”SIPTU also condemned any similar move being made by the government.The INMO and other health service unions were yesterday shown a letter by the HSE from the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Robert Watt. Dated September 28th, it indicated that the government had a priority list of 88 allowances for serving personnel that it wanted to abolish.The allowances targeted in the letter include:A €2,000 island inducement allowance paid to nurses working on islands off the Irish coast.A €3,500 Gaeltacht allowances to nurses stationed in Irish speaking areas.Medical training allowances for consultants, worth €3,000  a yearAllowances paid to ambulance staff.Enda Kenny will later meet with the body overseeing the Croke Park agreement to look at ways in which the public sector pay deal may be extended but with some changes.IBEC’s wish list: Stop public sector pay increments, increase working hours>last_img read more

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Workers didnt cause the problem Union warns public will be affected by

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email3 12,827 Views A ROW BETWEEN Bus Éireann and unions representing its workers is raging on this morning amid leaks about the company’s cost-cutting plans.National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) general secretary Dermot O’Leary said cost-saving measures proposed by the company will not only impact on his members, but on members of the public – particularly those living in rural areas.Last week, a confidential report by Grant Thornton was leaked to the media. It suggested the closure of the Expressway service would be necessary to address the company’s massive financial losses. It was also reported that the company planned to cut overtime in a bid to stave off its current challenges.Though Bus Éireann said it would continue to operate Expressway services, it did say it will endeavour to make them “more competitive”.In a statement yesterday, O’Leary took aim at the government and the National Transport Authority for failing to take responsibility for the current crisis: 83 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Monday 16 Jan 2017, 10:03 AMcenter_img Jan 16th 2017, 10:03 AM https://jrnl.ie/3188889 It is just not acceptable that bus workers and commuters, particularly those in bus reliant rural areas, should have to take the hit while those who contributed majorly towards the problems can operate as an authority with, it seems, no responsibility or accountability.O’Leary told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that changes to the service – or cuts to overtime – would impact on the ability of Bus Éireann to provide services across the whole country.He said his union was willing to sit down and discuss the problem, but stressed solutions would not be “one the back of workers”.“What I won’t compromise on, and I’ll be very clear on this, is workers’ terms and conditions. We will not reduce workers’ terms and conditions to fix a problem that was not of their making,” he said.“If the workers had responsibility for the company being in trouble then we would address those responsibilities.”Read: ‘Counterproductive’ – union dismayed at cash-strapped Bus Éireann’s plans to cut overtime>Read: Jobs still under threat but Bus Éireann says it will keep Expressway services> ‘Workers didn’t cause the problem’: Union warns public will be affected by Bus Éireann cuts Plans to cut overtime emerged last week and unions have warned people in rural areas would be particularly affected. Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more

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Complete and total exoneration Trump rejoices in Mueller findings but Democrats want

first_img Monday 25 Mar 2019, 7:06 AM https://jrnl.ie/4559108 53 Comments By Sean Murray Source: Donald J. Trump/TwitterUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has declared that he has received a “complete and total exoneration” from the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election, while Democrats are saying the information released “raises as many questions as it answers”. Last night, US Attorney General William Barr wrote to Congress with a summary of Mueller’s report into the affair and said that no Trump campaign official was involved in Russian conspiracies in 2016 to hack Democratic computers and flood social media with disinformation to harm rival Hillary Clinton.“There was no collusion with Russia. There was no obstruction. It was a complete and total exoneration,” Trump said of Mueller’s conclusions.“It’s a shame that the country had to go through this,” he added. “This was an illegal takedown that failed.”However, Barr’s summary of Mueller’s probe indicated that the special counsel had some evidence to support an obstruction case, but was uncertain whether it was enough to support criminal charges. “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr cited Mueller as saying.“It is unacceptable that, after Special Counsel Mueller spent 22 months meticulously uncovering this evidence, Attorney General Barr made a decision not to charge the President in under 48 hours,” the Democratic chairs of the House Judiciary, Intelligence and Oversight committees said in a joint statement.“His unsolicited, open memorandum to the Department of Justice, suggesting that the obstruction investigation was ‘fatally misconceived,’ calls into question his objectivity on this point in particular.”2020 bidThe results of the probe come as a major boost to the president ahead of his push for re-election next year. For years, he’d labelled the investigation a “witch hunt”, even as Mueller’s team issued charges ranging from conspiracy to lying to investigators against 34 individuals.Six of those were former insiders in Trump’s circle, and five have been convicted, including Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, his national security advisor Michael Flynn and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort.Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including, at Trump’s alleged instruction, using campaign funds for hush payments to an adult film star who allegedly had an affair with Trump.And Manafort was imprisoned for 7.5 years, though mostly for crimes unrelated to the campaign.Despite the release of the findings of the probe, it doesn’t leave the White House in the clear. Democrats in Congress are already conducting some 17 investigations of the administration, spreading their net far more broadly than Mueller’s relatively narrow mandate.They want the full Mueller report and are demanding the underlying evidence supporting his conclusions.Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr’s summary of the Mueller findings “raises as many questions as it answers.” “The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay,” they said.Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he would be calling Barr to testify in the near future.“Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the president, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision-making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts,” Nadler said.With reporting from AFP Mar 25th 2019, 7:06 AM Short URL Share301 Tweet Email1 ‘Complete and total exoneration’: Trump rejoices in Mueller findings but Democrats want full report published The US President warmly received the results of the Mueller probe, published last night by Attorney General Bill Barr. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,330 Views last_img read more

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San Diegans report hearing mysterious boom and shaking across the county

first_imgSan Diegans report hearing a “boom” and shaking in East County. Did you hear or feel it? pic.twitter.com/TotXngwtEe— KUSI News (@KUSINews) November 2, 2017 Heard it in Tijuana. Windows rattled. No movement and I live in the 4th floor— ENZO (@Enzolote) November 2, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: November 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A mysterious “boom” rattled San Diegans Thursday, with reports of the loud noise and shaking from all across the county.Reports of the unidentified sound and concurrent shaking began circulating on social media shortly before 11 a.m.There were no earthquakes reported in the area, according to the United States Geological Survey website. San Diegans report hearing mysterious ‘boom’ and shaking across the county Felt and heard it just before 11 AM, in Jamul.— Richard Allen (@Unit1917) November 2, 2017The cause of noise is still unknown at this time. Check back for more updates on the story. , last_img read more

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TDP leaders demand reopening of Anna Canteens

first_imgRajamahendravaram: TDP activists staged dharna at Anna canteen near government hospital here on Sunday, protesting the closure of the canteens. Later, addressing the gathering, the party leaders, Adireddy Appa Rao and YVG Raidu said that YSRCP government intentionally closed Anna canteens not able to digest former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu’s image. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The canteens started to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for Rs 5 to the poor and needy in the state for which it received tremendous response. Now hundreds of poor people are waiting at the canteens for food. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy closed the canteens without any proper plan and because of this many poor people are starving. TDP will continue its agitation until the canteens reopen.last_img read more

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Key Indian equity indices open in green

first_imgIndian pedestrians watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information and national election results news coverage on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on May 16, 2014.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The key Indian equity market indices on Monday opened higher despite a cautious trend in Asian markets.The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 35,742.07 on December 21, opened higher at 35,859.66 points.Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 35,731.58, down by 10.49 points, or 0.03 per cent.At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 51-scrip Nifty, which had closed at 10,754 points on Friday, was quoting at 10,769.95, up 15.95 points or 0.15 per cent.Concerns over global economic growth and threat of a partial US government shutdown spooked international and domestic equity indices on the last day of trading, with the BSE Sensex and the NSE plunging nearly 700 points and 200 points, respectively.On Monday, Asian indices were showing a mixed trend. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was quoting red, down by 0.66 per cent, South Korea’s Kospi was down by 0.19 per cent, SET Composite of Thailand was down by 0.20 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite index was trading in green, up by 0.16 per cent.Last week, Nasdaq closed in red, down by 2.99 per cent while FTSE 100 was up by 0.14 per cent at the closing on Friday.last_img read more

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Body of Spanish toddler trapped in well recovered

first_imgRelatives of two-year-old Julen Rosello, whose body was just found, are seen in Totalan, southern Spain, on 26 January 2019. Spanish authorities said early Saturday that rescuers had found the dead body of a 2-year-old boy who fell into a deep well 13 days ago. Photo: AFPRescuers on Saturday found the body of a two-year-old boy who fell in a well on 13 January in southern Spain after an unprecedented rescue operation fraught with glitches which had kept the country on tenterhooks.Hundreds of people had been working round-the-clock under the media glare to try to reach Julen Rosello, who fell down a narrow shaft which is more than 100 metres (330 feet) deep while his parents prepared a lunch in Totalan, a southern town near Malaga.”Unfortunately at 1:25am the rescue team reached the spot where they were looking for Julen and found the lifeless body of the little one,” the central government’s representative in the southwestern region of Andalusia, Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez de Celis, wrote on Twitter.”My condolences to the family. RIP,” he added.A hearse arrived at the site shortly after the news broke that Julen’s body had been found.There had been no sign of life from the boy but rescuers believed they knew where he was inside the illegal well.The only evidence of the boy’s presence were some strands of hair that matched his DNA and a bag of candy that he had been holding when he fell into the well.”All of Spain feels the infinite sadness of Julen’s family. We have followed closely every step to reach him,” prime minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter.”We will always appreciate the tireless effort of those who searched for him during all these days.”Complicated rescueThe complex rescue operation has been fraught with complications that have caused delay upon delay as Julen’s distraught parents and relatives stood by.Rescuers were been able to get to Julen via the well he fell down because it was blocked by a layer of earth, sand and stones believed to have been dislodged when he tumbled into the shaft.They decided to dig a vertical shaft parallel to the well, 60 metres deep, which was finished late on Monday.The idea was to secure the shaft with tubes then take elite miners down in a specially made cage to start digging a horizontal tunnel to the site where they believe the child was.But the tubes designed to secure the shaft did not fit, so they had to widen it, which delayed the operation still further.Eventually, they succeeded and expert miners on Thursday began painstakingly digging a four-metre tunnel to join both channels and hopefully reach Julen with the help of four small, controlled explosions.The miners worked in teams of two and were equipped with oxygen tanks.Each small explosion took about two hours, which slowed down the rescue attempt.Two miners had to first go down the shaft and bore a few holes. They were then followed by two specialised officers who set up the explosives.Once they returned above ground, the explosives were detonated and then the rescue team had to wait half an hour to clear the shaft of polluted air.Despite the passage of time, the boy’s relatives held out hope that he had somehow survived the fall and would be found alive.His great-aunt Elena told private television Telecinco on Friday that “sometimes I fall apart because many days have passed and my boy is in a well, and we don’t know if he is alive or dead. I believe he is alive.”Julen’s parents lost another child, Oliver, aged three, in 2017. The child had cardiac problems.The well was unmarked at the time of the accident and regional authorities in Andalusia said the necessary permission had not been sought before it was dug.last_img read more

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Pikachu Can Even Make Ketchup Brands in Japan Look Adorable

first_img Pikachu is cute no matter what it’s wearing. You can throw a Pikachu into a hazmat suit, and it’d still be one of the cutest Pokemon ever. It would also be very safe. Really, anything works. Rack your brain for a moment and see if you could possibly think of anything that can’t be made cuter with Pikachu.How about a ketchup bottle? Are condiments cute? Should they be? Japanese food company Kagome thinks so, as it’s using the little electric mouse as the face of its “Ketchup ni Muchu! Pokemon Campaign 2017.” Pikachu and the delicious red tomato-y condiment collide. Literally. Pikachu is wearing a ketchup bottle costume (or sleeping bag, as the official description states) in the campaign, which people can actually enter to win.Beginning February 1 and running through March 31, customers in Japan who purchase Kagome products will be able to send in barcodes from their products to be entered to win special Pikachu-related Kagome goods. Out of the participants who enter, 500 will win the adorable Pikachu in a ketchup bottle sleeping bag as seen in the image above. Then, 500 additional winners will win a special Pikachu ketchup bottle backpack. Then, 1000 entrants will win a special Pikachu placemat with ketchup bottles, and the Pokemon plastered over it.These sorts of giveaways and promotions happen all the time in Japan, but this might be one of the cutest we’ve seen in the past few months, me especially. And with all the ketchup I eat on my rice? I’d be a shoo-in to win.To get into the spirit of things for what is assumed to be a ketchup season, Kagome has also posted special Pokemon-themed recipes on its website to get you in the mood for more ketchup. Oh, to be in Japan so we could win one of these sleeping bag Pikachus. That would truly be us living our best lives. Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best Funko PopsToy Tuesday: The 11 Best Pokemon Toys last_img read more

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Fireflies give Korean team bright idea for LED lighting

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Nanowires offer opportunities for improved LEDs PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—Scientists are doing it all the time, attempting to mimic systems and structures of plants and animals to manufacture something entirely new. A group of South Korean scientists have collaborated to translate what they observed in fireflies over toward a better, less expensive, LED lens. Their work is essentially mimicking a bioluminescent organ for lighting applications Following the contemporary practice of investigating biological systems, the team attempted to copy the structure of a firefly’s underbelly into work that may lead to more efficient and cheaper LED lighting. They wrote about a better anti-reflective lens for light-emitting diodes (LED) in their paper, “Biologically inspired LED lens from cuticular nanostructures of firefly,” which was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Biologically inspired LED lens from cuticular nanostructures of firefly lantern, PNAS, Published online before print October 29, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213331109AbstractCuticular nanostructures found in insects effectively manage light for light polarization, structural color, or optical index matching within an ultrathin natural scale. These nanostructures are mainly dedicated to manage incoming light and recently inspired many imaging and display applications. A bioluminescent organ, such as a firefly lantern, helps to out-couple light from the body in a highly efficient fashion for delivering strong optical signals in sexual communication. However, the cuticular nanostructures, except the light-producing reactions, have not been well investigated for physical principles and engineering biomimetics. Here we report a unique observation of high-transmission nanostructures on a firefly lantern and its biological inspiration for highly efficient LED illumination. Both numerical and experimental results clearly reveal high transmission through the nanostructures inspired from the lantern cuticle. The nanostructures on an LED lens surface were fabricated by using a large-area nanotemplating and reconfigurable nanomolding with heat-induced shear thinning. The biologically inspired LED lens, distinct from a smooth surface lens, substantially increases light transmission over visible ranges, comparable to conventional antireflection coating. This biological inspiration can offer new opportunities for increasing the light extraction efficiency of high-power LED packages. A bioluminescent organ such as a firefly lantern uses its bioluminescence to attract a mate. They studied how the lantern layers work to allow for light, paying attention to the firefly lantern’s intricate structure. They used a scanning electron microscope and numerical analysis. Further spectroscopic experiments revealed the highly ordered structure reduces optical impedance between air and the cuticle, acting as an anti-reflective layer that cuts the loss of light and raises efficiency. In turn, they created an artificial version for use as a high-power LED lens. center_img Play Demonstration of the biologically inspired LED lens. There are five different LED lenses on an LED chip. Credit: (c) PNAS “The nanostructures on an LED lens surface were fabricated by using a large-area nanotemplating and reconfigurable nanomolding with heat-induced shear thinning. The biologically inspired LED lens, distinct from a smooth surface lens, substantially increases light transmission over visible ranges, comparable to conventional antireflection coating. This biological inspiration can offer new opportunities for increasing the light extraction efficiency of high-power LED packages,” they wrote. They noted that the conventional anti-reflection coating of existing LED lights is an expensive process. They said that conventional polymer lenses for LEDs are made by injection molding and then adding an antireflective coating with sputtering. Their method differed. They found that they could produce an anti-reflective plastic lens with just a single-step injection molding process. They said doing so meant driving down the cost of efficient LEDs. Their LED lens was made using a polyurethane-based optical resin.The authors of the study are from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Firefly Institute, Korea Basic Science Institute, and Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science. Explore further Citation: Fireflies give Korean team bright idea for LED lighting (2012, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-fireflies-korean-team-bright-idea.html Contact angles of PDMS prepolymer on (A) fluorocarbon and (B) glass surfaces. Credit: (c) PNAS, Kim et al. 10.1073/pnas.1213331109 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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How Antarctic climates mess with your camera

first_img[embedded content]OK, so it’s no surprise extreme cold can cause havoc with electronics.Take something as simple as power: Batteries freeze in sub-zero temperatures, causing the voltage to drop, which makes the camera think the battery is flat.In a new video, Antarctic photographer Anthony Powell explains how he gets around issues like this by modifying the battery. It can be a dicey situation for the electronics inside the camera when it gets below -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the brand.Oh, and there’s the troubling matter of power cables simply snapping when they freeze. Fun stuff.[h/t Gizmodo] By Johnny Lieu2018-05-07 02:12:13 UTClast_img read more

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Jamaica Parliament honors former PM Edward Seaga

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – The two houses of Jamaica’s Parliament held a special joint sitting Tuesday to honor former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, a major player in national politics for decades and the only survivor of the leaders who drafted the constitution when the Caribbean island gained independence from Britain in 1962.Seaga attended the session of tributes at Gordon House, the home of the legislature. The 82-year-old often appears at public events in Jamaica. A respected authority on local culture and a former record company owner, he’s even putting out a four-CD box set of Jamaican music later this month. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Born in Boston to Lebanese-Jamaican parents, the Harvard-educated Seaga renounced his U.S. citizenship at a young age to show his loyalty to Jamaica.As opposition leader in the 1970s, Seaga railed against the socialist agenda of then-Prime Minister Michael Manley. Seaga was swept in power in 1980, but bloody clashes between rival partisans killed nearly 800 people.As prime minister, Seaga severed ties with communist Cuba and instituted a pro-U.S., free-market economy, but his party lost the 1989 election to Manley after he transformed into a centrist.___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd “Edward Seaga is truly a founding father of modern Jamaica. His named is etched on almost every facet of Jamaican life,” said Andrew Holness, the Jamaica Labor Party chief and Seaga protege who was prime minister for just over two months last year.Politicians on both sides of the aisle paid tribute to Seaga, including Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, leader of the rival People’s National Party.The accolades to Seaga, who was prime minister from 1980 until 1989, are part of Jamaica’s celebrations of its 50th anniversary of independence. Simpson-Miller’s government said he was recognized for his role in creating Jamaica’s post-independence landscape.But Seaga, who argues that debt-shackled Jamaica has wasted too many opportunities to improve its chronically moribund economy, used the opportunity at Parliament’s podium to urge the struggling country to get its act together.“For more than two decades, I repeatedly voiced the mantra that _ situated as we are virtually on the coastline of the world’s richest economy _ Jamaica has no reason to be poor,” Seaga told lawmakers.He urged the government to peg its sliding currency to the U.S. dollar, arguing that this would stop devaluation and restore economic growth. Top holiday drink recipes Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

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Whistleblower Olympus ignores Japan court order

first_img(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Earlier this year, a former Olympus president and two other executives were convicted in a Tokyo court for their role in the cover-up of investment losses, which surfaced after Woodford came forward. They avoided imprisonment. Olympus was fined 700 million yen ($7 million).Hamada’s legal battle began in 2008, when he sued after being ostracized for relaying a supplier’s complaint.He won in the Supreme Court in June last year _ Japan’s first such whistleblower case. He received 2 million yen ($20,000) in damages.But more than a year after the ruling, Hamada, a salesman with experience in the U.S., says he has not been awarded his due _ placement back in his regular job.He was recently transferred to a position in quality training, an area in which he has no experience.Hamada has been back in Tokyo District Court, with a civil lawsuit, demanding Olympus abide by Supreme Court’s ruling and place him in a job more appropriate for his background, preferably overseeing corporate compliance. He is seeking 10 million yen ($100,000) in damages.“Why should Olympus get away with this?” Hamada said. “I am going to have to win a 100 times.”He is delighted to have another Olympus challenger in Ishikawa. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ishikawa says the lawsuit is not a critique of Hamada. His lawsuit says his reassignment followed repeated pressure to resign, and the company never gave a reason. Olympus had no immediate comment on Ishikawa’s lawsuit, saying it had yet to see it.Koichi Kozen, the lawyer for both men, says the two cases show the extreme measures that Japanese corporations use when dealing with employees who step outside of highly conformist corporate culture. Some companies have special rooms for unwanted employees to embarrass them into quitting, he said.Olympus contests Hamada’s assertion that it has failed to reinstate him and says it is following the Supreme Court’s ruling. Hamada is considered a whistleblower under Japanese law because he was subjected to bizarre and humiliating treatment after questioning possible professional misconduct.The company has suffered a serious image problem since 2011 because of a whistleblower with an even higher profile, former chief executive and Briton Michael Woodford. He was fired after uncovering dubious accounting at Olympus that covered up massive losses.Woodford won a 10 million pound (1.2 billion yen, $15.4 million) settlement from Olympus in a British court last year. He had sued alleging unlawful dismissal and discrimination. TOKYO (AP) – More than a year after Japan’s Supreme Court ordered camera and medical-equipment maker Olympus to stop punishing a whistleblower and reinstate him to his regular job, Masaharu Hamada is still fighting his courtroom battle.On Monday, he got company.Another Olympus employee, Yoshihisa Ishikawa, filed a labor lawsuit against Tokyo-based Olympus Corp., demanding 8.8 million yen ($88,000) in damages for psychological stress and harassment _ for sending him to work under Hamada. Ishikawa’s assignment to work under Hamada happened a few days after Hamada filed a complaint that he did not have any workers under him although his title was “team leader.”Ishikawa, 50, an award-winning engineer with several patents to his name, is not sure why he was targeted, but suspects it may be because he was outspoken and questioned the decisions of his boss.The corporate culture at Olympus favors subservience and conformity, according to Ishikawa, who says he lost 3 kilograms (7 pounds) in a week from stress. It hurts when you’re a hard-working employee to be told you’re no longer needed, he said.“I want to represent all the workers who are suffering like this,” he said. “I never asked for lots of money. I never asked for success. All I wanted to do was make good products.”___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at www.twitter.com/yurikageyama Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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