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UK’s best Speedcubers head to Rubik’s Cube World Championship

The UK boasts some of the world’s strongest competitors in the sport of Speedcubing: the 2009 World Champion Breandan Vallance hails from Paisley, near Glasgow and Robert Yau, who holds the fifth fastest average score in the world, is from Guildford, Surrey.

They will soon head to São Paulo, Brazil for the Rubik’s Cube World Championship, a biannual event that attracts hundreds of the world’s fastest Cubers. It takes place at Colégio Etapa, Rua Vergueiro, Vila Mariana, São Paulo, from 9AM to 6PM on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July and 9AM until 5PM on Sunday 19 July.

Competitors solve the Rubik’s Cube five times. The fastest and slowest attempts are removed and an average time is taken so it’s not always the fastest single solve that wins the competition.

In 2009 Breandan Vallance won the Rubik’s Cube World Championship in Dusseldorf with an average time of 10.74 seconds, and achieved a new best average time of 8.32 at the 2013 Edinburgh Open, placing himself comfortably among the global Speedcubing elite.

Robert Yau’s personal best average time of 8.21 seconds, fractionally faster than Breandan’s, means that he also ranks within the sport’s top ten.

Daniel Sheppard, also from Guildford, is on their heels with a personal best average of 10.48 seconds and will be looking to make an impact at this year’s event.

Chrisi Trussell, from London-based Rubik’s Brand Ltd, said, “The Rubik’s Cube World Championship is a fantastic event which attracts the world’s Speedcubing elite.

“It’s exciting to have such a strong representation from the UK at the 2015 Rubik’s Cube World Championship – we wish all of our UK contenders the best of luck.

“As if solving the Rubik’s Cube wasn’t hard enough, both Breandan and Robert compete with one hand and Robert is also involved in the blindfolded and feet-only categories!”

Rubik’s Cube World Championship

The Rubik’s Cube World Championship was first held in Budapest in 1982 and was won by American Minh Thai with a time of 22.95 seconds. In each of the six Rubik’s Cube World Championships since then, the winning time has been faster than the one preceding it.

Since then there have been six World Championships and it is now held biannually, attracting more than 400 competitors.

Rubik’s Cube: timeline

1974 – Erno Rubik, a young Professor of Architecture in Budapest, Hungary creates a seemingly impossible object: a solid Cube that twists and turns without breaking or falling apart.

1975 – Erno Rubik applies for a patent for the invention, calling it the ‘Magic Cube’.

1977 – The patent is approved and the first Magic Cubes go on sale in a toyshop in Budapest.

1979 – Tom Kremer negotiates and signs the distribution licence from Erno Rubik at the International Toy Fair in Nuremburg.

1980 – The Magic Cube is renamed the ‘Rubik Cube’ and internationally launched. Since the launch, an estimated 400 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold.

1981 – Twelve-year old British schoolboy Patrick Bossert publishes the book You Can do the Cube, which goes on to sell a staggering 1.5 million copies.

1982 – The first Rubik’s Cube World Championship takes place in Budapest and is won by American Minh Thai in a world-record time of 22.95 seconds.

1995 – Fred Cueller of Diamond Cutters International creates the ‘Masterpiece Cube’ for the Rubik’s Cube’s fifteenth anniversary. It is a fully functioning Rubik’s Cube with a twist —it’s made with 185 carats of gems set in 18-karat gold. In its solved state, the Cube features a different type of gem on each side—including 22.5 karats of amethyst, 34 karats of rubies and 34 karats of emeralds. The Masterpiece Cube is estimated to be worth $1.5 million.

2007 – Erno Rubik awards the prizes to the winners at the Rubik’s Cube World Championship in his home city, Budapest.

2009 – Scotland’s Breandan Vallance wins the Rubik’s Cube World Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany.

2013 – A new and improved Rubik’s Cube is released, with an all-new, faster action mechanism and stronger durable tiles. The traditional colours of green, yellow, orange, red, white and blue still stand.

2015 – The Rubik’s Cube World Championships is held in South America for the first time in São Paulo, Brazil.

To find out more about the Rubik’s Cube, visit the website at www.rubiks.com, Twitter feed @RubiksOnline or official Facebook page.

Alternatively, join the conversation at #RubiksCube

Links:

http://www.cuber.com.br/worlds/index.php?location=home
www.rubiks.com
https://twitter.com/rubiksonline
https://www.facebook.com/Rubiksonline
https://www.youtube.com/user/RubiksTV

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Images and B-roll from the 2013 Rubik’s Cube World Championship are available on request. We would be delighted to organise interviews with Chrisi Trussell from Rubik’s Brand Ltd.

Images and B-roll from the 2015 Rubik’s Cube World Championship will be available to journalists when the event is under way.

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WHAT: Rubik’s Cube World Championship 2015
WHO: 426 competitors from across the world (full list of competitors)
WHEN: July 17-19 2015
WHERE: Colégio Etapa, Rua Vergueiro, Vila Mariana, São Paulo

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giant group responds to Government announcement on travel and subsistence claims changes

As part of his budget announcement the Chancellor, George Osborne has announced a consultation to discuss the removal of tax relief for home-to-work travel and subsistence expenses for workers who are engaged through an employment intermediary, such as an umbrella company.

Matthew Brown, managing director of specialist services provider, giant group commented on the consultation.

“Fully compliant umbrella employers play a critical role in the supply chain of contingent workers. Not only do they ensure that contractors have full employment rights for the numerous assignments that they work on, but also that they are fully tax compliant. Consequently, they contribute millions of pounds every year to HMRC. However, unfortunately the reputation of these compliant organisations has been tarnished by the small minority of firms which have sought to fly in the face of national minimum wages and expenses legislation.”

“Whilst we welcome the crackdown on these firms, we urge the Government not to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut. An unintended consequence of a broad brush approach could lead to compliant organisations, that play a key role in the ongoing success of a number of stakeholders – not least HMRC – being inadvertently punished. We would also inevitably see a rush of workers into the limited company model which would push the spotlight onto that particular mode of engagement. In fact, Chancellor Osborne also announced that the Government has asked HMRC to take another look at the effectiveness of the current IR35 model. We must hope that there is a considered approach that does not affect the functionality of the UK flexible labour market, particularly at a time when data shows that companies are choosing flexible labour over permanent labour. If anything, the UK should be enhancing this method of working so that companies are more dynamic which would naturally only aid the UK’s growth prospects.”

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Espion First Irish Company to Accomplish Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) Membership

Expert at managing and securing corporate information, Espion, continues to realise its ambition of attaining world-class standards adding the hallmark of security best practices – CREST Accreditation for Penetration Testing, to its credentials.

Following a rigorous assessment and certification process Espion becomes the first Irish firm to join CREST’s elite group of 57 member companies, who have all demonstrated adherence to the highest possible levels of security testing standards. Attaining this symbol of international credibility will widen the scope of new client engagement. Consequently the firm plans to make 30 new appointments in the coming 12 months.

Penetration Testing, which comprises the use of a variety of manual and automated techniques to simulate an attack on an organisation’s information security arrangements, is a cornerstone service within Espion’s Information Governance division. The CREST standard further enhances Espion’s existing knowledge-focus and adherence to internationally recognised industry leading standards (ISO 9001, ISO 27001) and best practices.

Ian Glover, president of CREST, says: “CREST membership represents complete assurances of processes and procedures and validates the competence of information security testers. Accreditation is extremely difficult to attain.

I congratulate Espion for passing our stringent assessment of business processes, data security and security testing methodologies. I am sincerely delighted to welcome them as the first Irish company to join our membership.”

Colman Morrissey, managing director of Espion, says: “When it comes to effective information security, our determination to stay at the very top of our game – continues to be a strong differentiator for us.

Our strategy of investing in people with rigorous continuing professional development (CPD) and adhering to leading international standards is driving sustainable, meaningful growth. Achieving CREST is a tremendous endorsement of our capabilities and marks a significant milestone in our international expansion.”

Espion works with large organisations across a wide range of industries spanning government; healthcare; education, banking and finance, legal and insurance. The firm, which recently opened a New York office, currently employs 85 specialist consultants and expects staff numbers to hit the 115 mark in the next 12 months to support expansion.

Espion ranked on the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50” for a ninth consecutive year, with 2014 revenue growing by more than 35 per cent over the previous year. In the past 12 months the firm has maintained the “Excellence Through People” standard and been shortlisted in: “Best Place to Work in IT” Tech Excellence Awards 2015 and “Best Talent Management Strategy” in the HR and Leadership Awards 2015. www.espiongroup.com

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About CREST
The Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) is a standards-based organisation for penetration testing suppliers incorporating a best practice technical certification programme for individual consultants. CREST provides its members with a framework of guidance including standards, methodologies and recommendations aimed at ensuring the very highest standards of leading-edge security testing.

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German trade surplus widens in May as exports rise

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Japan’s Abe: will work with G7, other countries on Greece crisis

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