These evocative, scene-setting royalty-free tracks will effortlessly add impact to your establishing shots.Establishing shots are vital components of most video and film projects. They help to orient the audience by providing a wealth of information about the scene to come. For example, take a simple shot of a city skyline at night. In a single shot, the filmmakers introduce both location and time without a single line of dialogue. Beyond the basics, a well thought-out shot can also establish mood and atmosphere.We’ve covered establishing shots on The Beat before. We’ve even created an in-depth guide on how to film your perfect one. But what we haven’t dived into yet is the importance of choosing appropriate music.Whether your soundtrack operates on a subconscious level or is more in-your-face, music can help sell your opening scene. Try bringing your scene’s setting to life by using a musical style that’s rooted to your specific location. This can even mean using a track that incorporates subtle local textures too, like how the sound of a duduk can enhance a shot of a desert landscape.Image via Shutterstock.The type of the establishing music you choose can act as a form of story foreshadowing too. Think about the tone of your scene to come. Is it romantic, tense, fast-paced? Your music should give viewers a heads-up about what they can expect.We asked our music experts to curate a selection of royalty free tracks specifically for opening scenes. It features a diverse mix of both location-specific and mood-setting tracks. And because establishing shots are often aerials, many of these selections make a perfect match for high-flying footage. Take a listen to the collection below and find the track to open your story.And, if you ever need great establishing footage, check out this handpicked collection from Shutterstock.
Over 10 days in December 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope took 342 images of the same tiny patch of sky in the constellation Ursa Major. The resulting data set, the Hubble Deep Field, revolutionized the study of the early universe by revealing the profusion of galaxies in that faint and distant era when the first galaxies were forming.Now, in a demonstration of how astronomy has moved on in the past 20 years, a team of European astronomers has produced a similar deep field observation in just 27 hours and already revealed more than Hubble was able to do, as they report online today in Astronomy & Astrophysics. The new technology may lead to insights into galaxy evolution, says team leader Roland Bacon of the Astrophysics Research Center of Lyon in France.The team used an instrument called the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE), attached to one of the four telescopes that make up the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Cerro Paranal, Chile. Soon after MUSE was commissioned last year, a deep field observation was one of its first targets. “This was a major design driver for the instrument,” says Bacon, who is MUSE’s principal investigator. 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(In MUSE’s case, 24 spectrographs yield spectra for every one of 400 million pixels.) “It’s a whole new class of instrument … a new way of probing the [distant] universe,” says astronomer Gerry Gilmore of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the observation.The extra data for each pixel allow astronomers to immediately calculate an object’s distance and composition and, for many galaxies, their internal motions. Certain very faint objects that only show up in a narrow range of wavelengths—usually swamped by other colors in a normal image—are easy to pick out. Previously, astronomers had to go back with other instruments to obtain spectra for each object one at a time.In MUSE’s observation of HDF-S, the team was able to easily measure the distances to 189 of the galaxies in the image—10 times more than had been measured before. MUSE also detected more than 20 very faint objects that Hubble did not pick up at all. “You have all this extra information for the whole image immediately. Even stuff you didn’t know was there,” Gilmore says.Bacon hopes in the future they will be able to use MUSE to directly image the cosmic web, the largest scale structure of the universe. Surveys have detected elements of the web—long filaments and sheets containing thousands of galaxies—separated by almost empty voids. In computer simulations, the cosmic web looks like foam. “We should be able, with MUSE’s exceptional sensitivity, to detect the faint glow of web filaments,” Bacon says. “It would be fantastic to really see it.”
BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer was tested before beating 28th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Second-seeded Cilic was on court for more than three hours to beat 100th-ranked qualifier Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (4).Cilic, the defending champion at Basel, clinched the quarterfinal with a delicate sliced backhand volley for a winner.Fourth-seeded Del Potro needed exactly two hours to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 against sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.Del Potro, who won back-to-back Basel titles in 2012 and ’13 beating Federer in the final, will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wolves hold off Thunder in Butler’s return The top-seeded Swiss saved two break points when trailing 3-2 in the decisive set, including with a backhand half-volley winner from the baseline.Federer never gave the French left-hander another chance and clinched his first match point on Mannarino’s serve with another in a series of backhand winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA finalist in his last 10 appearances at his hometown event in Basel, Federer will play either David Goffin of Belgium or Jack Sock of the United States in the semifinals on Saturday.Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, both former U.S. Open winners, will face each other in the other semifinal after also being pushed to three-set wins. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments
Haryana State Sports Council has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up various posts. The interested candidates can apply on or before August 31.Vacancy details:Name of the posts:Yoga and Physical Fitness Volunteers: 1000 Yoga Coaches: 7 Educational qualification:The candidates should have acquired a graduation degree from a recognised university or institute.Selection procedure:The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of an interview.Pay scale:Yoga Coaches: The candidates will get a salary of Rs 8,100 per month.Yoga and Physical Fitness Volunteers: The candidates will get a remuneration of Rs 25,000 per month.How to apply:The eligible candidates can send the application form along with necessary documents to ‘Office of Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department-cum-Secretary, Haryana State Sports Council’ through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date.Important date:Last date of application: August 31Read: Central Water Commission hiring Assistants: Apply before Sep 26 For information on more latest government jobs, click here.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has recruited the services of former Middlesex and Sussex batsman Toby Radford as batting coach for the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Latest Cricket stories)WICB CEO Michael Muirhead has said Radford has been hired just for the series against Pakistan, which involves three T20Is, three One-Dayers, and three Test matches from September 23, reports CMC.The T20 players, who have already arrived in Dubai, start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI on Tuesday.”He has been contracted just for this series,” WICB CEO Michael Muirhead said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo on Saturday.”He knows the youngsters well and had done well especially with them. We’ll engage as and when we need him.”Radford worked as assistant coach under former head coach Ottis Gibson when the West Indies first won the World T20 in 2012.He will work alongside Henderson Springer, who has been appointed caretaker coach after the controversial dismissal of Phil Simmons last Tuesday.
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Berlin, Sept 16 (AFP) Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2hr 1min 39sec. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195km race, took 1min 18sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto. It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967. “My only words are ‘Thank you!’,” said Kipchoge, who sprinted into the lead after 100 metres and never let up. “I was prepared to run my own race early so I wasn’t surprised to be alone. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programmes of my coach. I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself.” Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance. He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago. In the German capital on Sunday, Kipchoge had just a handful of pacemakers for company from the early stages of the race.advertisement The Kenyan passed through five kilometres in 14:24 and 10 kilometres in 29:21.But shortly after 15 kilometres, which was reached in 43:38, two of the three pacemakers were unable to continue and withdrew from the race. The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, covered in 1:12:24. – Solitary final 17km – ======================= Running alone with 17 kilometres left, Kipchoge then sped up. He passed the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible. By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty. Kipchoge maintained his form well into the closing stages to smash compatriot Kimetto’s previous best. “Yes, it was tough running alone, but I was confident,” said Kipchoge, who finished well ahead of compatriots Amos Kipruto (2:06:23) in second and Wilson Kipsang (2:06:48) in third. “I’d said I was running my own race following my planning and I was confident.” Kipchoge came agonisingly close to sporting immortality by nearly running the first sub two-hour marathon last year. He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds. But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favourable — Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pacesetting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy — that the time was not recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). There was a Kenyan double as Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11, a course record and world leading time, to win the women’s race. Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second in 2:18:34 and six-time Olympic and six-time world medallist Tirunesh Dibaba third (2:18:55), making more history as it was the first time three women have broken 2:19 in one race. (AFP) ATAT
Asus is touted to launch the successor to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 aka ZenFone Max Pro M2 on December 11. On the slated date, Asus will be launching the ZenFone Max Pro M2 in Indonesia. The phone is also expected to hit the Indian stores but the company hasn’t revealed the launch date yet. Ahead of the launch, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours and all of them suggest that the phone will be coming with a triple camera system on the rear panel. Now, a low-resolution render of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has been leaked and it reveals the front panel design of the phone.The render of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes from Google Play Console’s device catalog. A smartphone with the name ZenFone Max Pro M2 and model number “ASUS_X01BD_1” has appeared on Google Play Console with the render and some of the specification details. However, the Google Play Console notes that “device specifications are provided by the manufacturer and have not been confirmed,” hence take this piece of information with a pinch of salt.Folks at XDA Developers have got hold of the render. As noted, the leaked render shows the phone from the front side only. The leaked render goes in line with the previous rumours and shows the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with a notched display. From the front, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 looks a lot like the ZenFone 5Z, but both the phones belong to a different price segment altogether. The ZenFone 5Z was launched for a starting price tag of Rs 31,999, meanwhile, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is expected fall under the similar price segment as the ZenFone Max Pro M1. To recall, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 was launched in India for Rs 10,999, but now, during the Flipkart Mobile Bonanza sale, the phone is selling for an even lower price of Rs 9,999.advertisementThe render of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 shows that the phone will be running on a stock version of Android, which means, there will no unnecessary applications pre-installed on the device. The new leak goes in line with the previous leaks and suggests that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and there’s no word if the phone will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. The Play Console listing further reveals that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will come with 6GB RAM. However, some rumours suggest that Asus could be working on a 4GB RAM model as well.The key highlights of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be its triple rear camera setup and also the fact that it will be a gaming phone. However, the configuration of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 triple rear camera setup is yet to be revealed. On the front, the Asus phone is expected to sport a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.Unlike the ZenFone Max Pro M1, the Max Pro is expected to come with gaming-focused software feature similar to what we have also seen on the Honor Play. Last week, almost the complete specs sheet of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 was leaked. The specs sheet reveals that the Asus phone will be powered by an octa-core 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor which is also found inside the Vivo V11 Pro, V9 Pro.The leaked specs sheet further suggested that the Asus phone will come packed with a 6-3-inch IPS LCD display and a Full HD+ screen resolution and come in three configurations. The base model of the Asus phone is expected to come with 4GB of RAM/64GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM with 128GB storage, and lastly the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 triple rear camera gaming smartphone to launch on Dec 11The pricing details of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 are yet to be revealed. But, considering the price of the ZenFone Max Pro M1, we expect the Max Pro M2 to cost around Rs 15,000 and take on the likes of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which is set to launch in India on November 22. Although there’re no official details, we expect the Redmi Note 6 Pro to be priced between Rs 15,000 to Rs 17,000 in India.
Leonard Fournette HurtUpdate 2: Fournette apparently took one to the groin during the tackle in question. No fun.Reports are that Fournette, the total package, sat out the last series because he got nailed in the package.— Ron Higgins (@RonHigg) September 26, 2015Update: Fournette has returned to the game. LSU leads 31-17 at the Carrier Dome.Fournette doesn’t look hurt. Looks like he may have just ran out of gas or cramped. HE’s back in there now.— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) September 26, 2015Earlier: LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette has run for 217 yards and two touchdowns against Syracuse so far Saturday afternoon, but his day may be over a bit early. Early in the fourth quarter, Fournette, after being gang-tackled by a number of Orange defenders, was slow to come off of the field. He’s since been shown wincing in pain on the sideline, though it’s unclear what’s ailing him.How many times did cameras show Fournette grimacing before announcers interrupted lovefest to point out he may be hurt?— Sagar Meghani (@smeghaniAP) September 26, 2015 We’ll keep you updated.
London: Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald. Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the previous bigwigs being Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations. They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit,” Tendulkar said at the induction ceremony held here. He thanked his family and coach, who has supported him in his journey in international cricket for close to two and half decades. “On this occasion, I would like to thank all of those who were by my side over a long international career. My parents, brother Ajit and wife Anjali have been pillars of strength while I was lucky to have someone like coach Ramakant Achrekar as an early guide and mentor,” the maestro said. Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman in history, was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before. The 46-year-old former right-hand batsman is regarded the greatest to have played the game along with Sir Donald Bradman and remains the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is remaining mum on the ratification timeline for the new North American free-trade agreement but he says Canada will be aligning itself “very much” with the pace of the American legislative process.Trudeau says the trade pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada is a “good deal” for Canadians and the government will keep moving forward on its ratification.“We’re going to be aligning ourselves very much with the pace of the American administration but the deal as it is is a good deal for Canadians is a great deal for people across the country,” Trudeau adds.Read more: Canada still enjoys old NAFTA benefits as new deal awaits ratification: Freeland“We’re looking forward to having a great conversation with moving forward with the ratification process,” he adds.Trudeau’s remarks came prior to a cabinet meeting this morning and after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled a motion in the Commons on Monday, laying the groundwork for ratifying the pact.Freeland has said the full lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs on Canadian imports has helped to pave the way for a formal approval of the deal.Read more: Canada and U.S. reach deal on steel tariffsShe is expected to update her cabinet colleagues on plans to table the necessary legislation to ratify the deal that was signed on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires last November.On Thursday, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence will be in Ottawa, where he is expected to exchange views with Trudeau and Freeland on the legislative way forward in their two countries.-With files from Cormac Mac Sweeney
“If we take up the challenge, the positive impact will reverberate far beyond better access to clean water,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark World Water Day, which is celebrated today. This year’s Day also coincides with the International Year of Sanitation.“Every dollar invested in water and sanitation yields an estimate seven dollars worth of productive activity. And that comes on top of the immeasurable gains in cutting poverty, improving health and raising living standards.”The Secretary-General described it as unconscionable that a child dies on average every 20 seconds because of sub-standard sanitation conditions – a situation endured by an estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide, or more than a third of the global population – that are preventable.“Poor sanitation combines with a lack of safe drinking water and inadequate hygiene to contribute to the terrible global death toll. Those who survive face diminished chances of living a healthy and productive existence. Children, especially girls, are forced to stay out of school, while hygiene-related diseases keep adults from engaging in productive work.”Halving the proportion of people without access to basic sanitation is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) devised at a global leaders’ summit in 2000, but the world is far behind the pace to achieve that by the target date of 2015, Mr. Ban said.“Experts predict that by 2015, 2.1 billion people will still lack basic sanitation. At the present rate, sub-Saharan Africa will not reach the target until 2076.”This year’s World Water Day also coincides with the International Year of Sanitation.Population growth, widespread poverty and insufficient investment are among the key obstacles, but the Secretary-General noted that “the biggest culprit” is the lack of political will.Events are being held around the world this weekend to highlight World Water Day, including the staging of a public toilet queue demonstration to raise awareness about the sanitation crisis around the globe. A similar event was held in New York’s Central Park on Thursday. 22 March 2008A lack of political will remains the greatest obstacle to efforts to drastically reduce the number of people without access to basic sanitation and clean, running water, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to take firmer and faster steps to tackle the problem.
“I am very shocked and distressed by this act of terror against school children,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara A. Otunnu, said. “It is unacceptable that any children anywhere should be subjected to these practices of brutalisation.”He called on the international community to focus on and make the protection of children a common cause. “We must mobilize all levels of international pressure to end these practices and ensure the ‘era of application’ for the protection of children,” he said.Mr. Annan yesterday called the hostage-taking “this criminal act directed against the most vulnerable members of society” and called for the immediate release of the victims estimated to number in the hundreds, many of them children.The Security Council issued a similar demand, calling the incident a “heinous terrorist act.” And UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy added: “If we don’t respect the sanctity of childhood, then we have nothing.”
Le clair de Lune : un précieux allié pour l’oiseau pétrelPubliant son étude dans PLoS ONE, une équipe française a mis en évidence la façon dont le Pétrel de Barau, un oiseau marin habitant l’Océan Indien, utilise la lumière de la lune comme signal de départ pour sa migration vers les sites de reproduction.Afin d’étudier les mœurs du Pétrel de Barau (Pterodroma baraui), vivant dans l’Océan Indien, l’équipe de Patrick Pinet, de l’Université de La Réunion (France), a fixé aux pattes de spécimens de cette espèce d’oiseau marin des petits capteurs enregistrant la durée des périodes d’immersion de l’appareil (quand l’oiseau barbotte à la surface), ainsi que la quantité de lumière absorbée par le dispositif. Soit de quoi tracer la localisation et l’activité de ces pétrels, sans leur occasionner de gêne.À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsContrairement à de nombreux autres volatiles, les pétrels de Barau migrent en longitude (parallèlement à l’équateur), et non en latitude, et ne peuvent donc compter, pour leur ‘timing’, sur les différences entre heure du lever (ou du coucher) du soleil en hiver, et heure du lever (ou du coucher) en été. Ces oiseaux monogames synchronisent donc leurs déplacements en utilisant la pleine lune comme une sorte de signal pour leur indiquer qu’il est temps de s’accoupler. Chacun se déplace alors vers les sites d’accouplement, sur l’île de la Réunion. Or, la date d’arrivée dans ces colonies, pendant la saison des amours, coïncide avec la pleine lune.D’autre part, durant les nuits de pleine lune, les pétrels se montrent beaucoup plus actifs, passant 80% de leur temps en vol, au lieu de se reposer sur l’eau. L’équipe d’ornithologues suppose qu’ils sont alors à la recherche de proies plus faciles à repérer au clair de lune.Le 3 décembre 2011 à 17:36 • Maxime Lambert
UNDERWOOD, Wash. — Closed since the late October breaching of Condit Dam, fishing for hatchery steelhead in the lower White Salmon River resumes Wednesday.The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday the river will be open from the confluence with the Columbia to a closed, former county bridge downstream of the Condit powerhouse.The daily limit is two hatchery-origin steelhead. The old bridge is about two miles up the river.John Weinheimer, a state fish biologist, said 20,000 young winter steelhead were stocked in the river in 2010 and will be returning. The stream also got 24,000 summer steelhead.A good number of fin-clipped winter steelhead have been noted passing Bonneville Dam, he said.“I expect fish to be around,” Weinheimer said. “It’s going to hunt-and-peck type fishing in brand new water. It will be interesting to see how it goes. The locals who have the time will figure it out. I’d not count on just fishing the historical spots.”Condit Dam, 125-feet-high, was breached on Oct. 26.Weinheimer said the stream continues to change as almost a century of silt from behind the dam moves downstream.With deep snow falling in the mountains and warmer rains expected to follow, the White Salmon River might change significantly in the next 10 days.“This is a start,” Weinheimer said about sport fishing in the river.Upstream of the former county bridge, including the former Northwestern Reservoir, remains closed to angling.
Half (51%) of UK employer respondents have recently checked their pay arrangements to ensure they are meeting equal pay obligations, with a further 29% of respondents planning to do this in the near future, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its survey of 1,949 worldwide employers, including 79 based in the UK, also found that 23% of global respondents report that gender pay equality is an important factor in base pay decisions.The research also found:93% of overall respondents have either already taken steps this year to promote flexible working arrangements, or are considering taking such action over the next three years.47% of global respondents are planning to review their recruitment and promotion processes in order to reduce conscious and unconscious bias and meet equal pay obligations.87% of worldwide respondents have either already started to increase their communications or activities to promote an inclusive culture this year, or are considering taking these steps over the next three years.58% of UK respondents cite gender pay equality as an important factor when making individual base pay decisions.Hazel Rees (pictured), UK leader, executive compensation at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The pressure on [organisations] to do more to promote fair pay and diverse talent in the workplace is not going to go away. The new disclosure requirements on [chief executive officer] pay ratios will reflect another dimension of fairness in the workplace. Likewise, the predicted changes to the UK Governance Code will stress the importance of a diverse pipeline into senior roles and give employees a greater voice.”Tamsin Sridhara, UK leader, rewards and talent at Willis Towers Watson, added: “The many debates that we are having in the UK around fairness are being reflected in the workplace. Employees want to know they are being paid fairly and have the same chances for promotion. The gender pay gap reporting requirements raised lots of questions for employees and in boardrooms. As a result, we are seeing leading UK employers committed to doing more and leading the way for global peers.”
The Alaska Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in a case that could have huge implications for how Alaska village residents are included — or excluded — as jurors in trials.Listen nowAt the center of the dispute is an appeal by Teddy Kyle Smith, 50, who was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison for shooting two men near his home village of Kiana in 2012.Smith’s trial was in Kotzebue, the closest courthouse to Kiana but still more than 50 miles away. In general, Alaska jurors are only assigned to criminal trials from communities within 50 miles of the courthouse where the trial is held.Smith’s lawyers say he was not tried by a jury of his peers, because the trial judge denied their request to expand the jury pool.Smith’s attorney for the appeal, Kelly Taylor, was in court Thursday in Anchorage and argued that decision infringed on villagers’ rights as well.“This court will have to decide whether the right to participate in jury service of village residents is violated by their categorical exclusion from the jury panel in this case, and whether Smith’s right to a fair cross-section was violated, where the people who share his experience of living day to day in a remote village location was violated,” Taylor said.Taylor and others, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Native American Rights Fund, say there is also a racial inequity component to jury selection in Alaska, because villages tend to have a higher proportion of Alaska Native residents.“Alaska Natives are underrepresented on juries and it means that non-Native residents are over-represented on juries,” Taylor said. “Being on a jury means applying the law. Your vote is an application of the law, and that discrepancy means Alaska Native residents get fewer votes.”Among other claims, Smith’s lawyers say villagers would have better understood his comments when he said he thought he was shooting at enukin: a name for the “little people” of some Alaska Native legends.But state attorney Ann Black argued that legend is also shared by people who live outside of villages, including some Kotzebue residents. Likewise, Black and the state court system say jurors from Kotzebue are not so different from residents of villages as to be unfair to a defendant.The state also says the cost of getting jurors to a courthouse more than 50 miles from where they live presents a logistical and financial burden for the court system.In court Thursday, Black argued that selection of jurors in Smith’s case was fair according to a past decision by the Alaska Supreme Court.“The Supreme Court recognized mile radiuses need to be drawn. It’s going to happen,” Black said. “And so long as those lines are drawn in a manner that does not deny a defendant a fair cross-section of the community on his jury venire, then they’re constitutionally sound.”A three-judge appellate court panel heard both sides’ arguments. It’s unclear when they will hand down a decision.
Hyderabad: Lack of initiative by successive governments to increase bed strength is making the State-run AYUSH hospitalsdifficult to compete with their counterparts in the private sector when it comes to insurance supported in-patient treatment. According to sources in the State AYUSH Directorate, the Union AYUSH Ministry had issued specific guidelines recommending the benchmarks of treatment for various ailments and the duration of treatment and the charges for the same. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior AYUSH official said that it was based on those guidelines the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) had notified a list of 15 General Insurance Companies (GIC) and Standalone Health Insurance Companies (SHICs). These companies have been offering various products covering one or more system of AYUSH treatment. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us The benchmark guidelines of the Union Ayush Ministry says that medical services rendered at four kinds of hospitals are eligibility for AYUSH medical claims. That apart, the hospitals should have a minimum of fifteen beds, minimum of five qualified and registered doctors, an adequate number of qualified paramedical staff, dedicated therapy sections and daily maintenance of medical records. Advertise With Us It was against this backdrop, the officials said that the 11 AYUSH hospitals in Telangana have maximum bed strength of around 800. However,the number of hospitals where the patients could get medical claims reimbursements by joining as inpatients are only a few, he added. For example, in the case of Ayurveda, Hyderabad has two hospitals with the bed strength of 200 and one hospital in Warangal has the bed strength of 100. That apart, the Medak hospital has only a bed strength of 9. The Unani hospital located in Hyderabad has the bed strength of 180. The remaining two, one located in Nizamabad and another in Warangal has bed strength of five each. Similarly, in the case of homeopathy, the two hospitals located in the State capital have the bed strength of 100. The one at Nalgonda has the bed strength of 10 only. Likewise, the State has only one Naturopathy hospital located in Hyderabad with the bed strength of 184. This makes only three Ayurveda, one Unani, one Homeopathy and one Naturopathy hospitals where inpatients can join and get medical claims from the insurance companies. Giving details of how the AYUSH medical claims are important for people to avail the inpatient medical services a faculty member from the Gandhi Naturopathic Medical College in the city said, “patients facing from general to serious conditions like asthma, chronic respiratory disorder, cancerrehabilitation, amenorrhoea and several others are covered under the AYUSH benchmark guidelines for taking inpatient treatments under all AYUSH systems,” he said. The State has a large network of 440 State government-run dispensaries and 394 more dispensaries functioning under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) extending outpatient services in Telangana. But, unless the bed strength at different hospitals is not increased at all the 11 AYUSH hospitals it is the private hospitals which will have an edge over the government-run hospitals, the sources said.
– / 5Houston and Houstonians celebrated on Monday the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s with two parades.One of them took place in downtown Houston, marching close to local landmarks like Minute Maid Park, and included the participation of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.Some members of the Houston City Council –such as Mike Knox (At Large-1)– and even members of Congress, such as Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat, Texas 18th Congressional District) and Al Green (Democrat, Texas 9th Congressional District) also attended the downtown parade.Kicking off the #MLKDay Parade in @DowntownHouston https://t.co/mRr4Cnrwfg— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) January 15, 2018The other parade, called the MLK Grande Parade, consisted of 30 marching bands and 15 floats, according to the organizers of the event and it marched through midtown Houston. Share
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