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first_imgHawaii resident and star of celebrated series True Detective Woody Harrelson is urging lawmakers to end the ivory trade in the Aloha state.Harrelson joins The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in their work to end the cruel and illicit ivory trade, which is driving the massacre of tens of thousands of African elephants every year.Hawaii is the 3rd largest retailer of ivory in the nation, behind only New York and California. Scientists estimate African elephants may be extinct in as few as 12 years if the current rate of poaching continues.A longtime advocate for animals, Mr. Harrelson declares, “No one needs ivory except for elephants. Up to 100 African elephants are brutally killed each day for their tusks. These highly intelligent keystone species are facing the greatest threat to their survival in history.“Right now Hawaii has a chance to be a global leader in elephant conservation by ending the illegal ivory trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow. The world is watching. It is within our power, and our responsibility, to end this cruelty by stopping the blood ivory trade. As a long time Hawaii resident I know how much the great Aloha state has to offer; contributing to the massacre of elephants for their ivory, shouldn’t be one of them.”The bill, House Bill 493 Senate Draft 1, was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday, March 28, and passed unanimously. It will now move on to a full Senate vote.last_img read more

first_imgMultinational law firm Ashurst is revamping its bonus structure to enable all staff to be eligible for bonus payments.The firm’s existing bonus structure only awards its lawyers and non-legal business services staff who are at manager level or above, however the new changes will allow all global employees, including secretaries and non-managerial staff, to be eligible to receive bonuses.In addition, Ashurst will amend the criteria that decides lawyers’ bonus pay. Here, the focus will move from using billable hours as a metric to instead concentrate on performance.Although the changes have been approved at a high-level basis, the exact details of how the bonus scheme eligibility will work moving forwards have yet to be set. Once decided, this will need to be approved by the firm’s executive team.The bonus scheme eligibility changes follow on from Ashurst publishing its gender pay gap data this month in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The law firm reported a mean gender pay gap of 24.8% for fixed hourly pay, and a median gender pay gap of 32.7%. Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 64.4%, and the median gender pay gap for bonus pay is 60.2%. In this time frame, 34.1% of female employees were awarded a bonus compared to 44.3% of male employees.Less than half (44%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at Ashurst are female, compared to 62% in the second quartile, 61% in the third quartile and 81% in the lowest pay quartile.Claire Townshend, head of HR, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and US, said: “Driving and recognising high performance is critical to our business. We have responded to staff feedback and taken on board comments in reviewing our bonus structure. In consequence, eligibility for an annual bonus will be extended to all staff globally and for fee-earners, there will be a real focus on the wider role of the lawyer, not just chargeable hours. This will improve both performance and overall engagement in the business.”last_img read more

first_imgIn a major breakthrough,the crucial black box of the doomed AirAsia jet was today found in the Java Sea stuck under the debris from the plane’s fuselage and will be retrieved tomorrow as the major breakthrough in the search raised hopes of unravelling the mystery of the crash soon.Indonesia’s Directorate General of Marine Transport confirmed that the black box of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been found. The breakthrough comes exactly two weeks after the flight from Surabaya to Singapore went down with 162 people on board. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenCoordinator of the Directorate General of Marine Transport Tonny Budiono said navy divers from Indonesia navy ship KN Jadayat found the black box at a depth of 30 to 32 metres.The black box is currently wedged between pieces of wreckage making it difficult for divers to retrieve, and due to time constraints, retrieval will take place tomorrow morning, said Budiono.The search crew will attempt to retrieve the black box by moving parts of wreckage to loosen it from where it is currently stuck, and if that fails, the same balloon method used to lift the tail of the plane will be employed, he said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanTo facilitate recovery efforts, a marker buoy has been installed at the site where the black box is, Budiono said.The black box was found after strong “pings” were heard in the Java Sea and a large object likely to be the plane’s fuselage was located near the spot from where the tail section was retrieved.The black box was located amid poor weather conditions which continued to hamper search efforts to locate the wreckage of the Airbus A320-200.The developments come a day after the tail of the doomed AirAsia jet was lifted out of the choppy waters of the Java Sea using inflatable balloons. The black box was not found inside the section. The 10-metre-long metal chunk, with the words “AirAsia” clearly visible across it, became the first major wreckage lifted off the seabed.The recorders are important because they should contain the pilots’ final words and possibly various flight data.Indonesia AirAsia plane lost contact with ground control on December 28, less than half way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia to Singapore and crashed possibly due to bad weather.Only 48 bodies, including at least two strapped to their seats, have been found in the Java Sea. However, only 27 among the toll have been identified.last_img read more

Haj stampede Toll of Indians mounts to 45

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first_img“The toll of Indians killed in Haj stampede is now 45. We have 50 Indian pilgrims in various hospitals in Saudi Arabia,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. On Sunday, 13 bodies were identified, taking the toll to 35.Swaraj had on Sunday put the toll in the Haj stampede in Mina at 1,090, much higher than the figure of 769 given by Saudi authorities. “ The Saudi authorities have released photos of pilgrims, who have died in Haj stampede,” Swaraj had tweeted. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe number of injured in the tragedy stands at 934. King Salman has ordered the formation of a committee to probe the incident during the five-day pilgrimage, in which around two million people from over 180 countries took part. From India, 1.5 lakh pilgrims performed Haj.Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam that should be performed at least once in a lifetime by every Muslim who is financially and physically capable.The stampede broke out after two lines of pilgrims converged on each other from different directions at an intersection close to the five-storey Jamarat Bridge in Mina for symbolic stoning of the devil.It is the second major accident for pilgrims this year, after a construction crane collapsed on September 11 at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, killing over 100, including 11 Indians.Meanwhile, the toll of Pakistani pilgrims in the Haj stampede on Monday doubled from 18 to 36, even as scores of people are still missing after the worst incident in 25 years to strike the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.last_img read more