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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefNew Deal disappoints The Government’s flagship New Deal programme, which aimed to get 250,000young people into work, has managed to help only 20,000 into jobs in its firsttwo years, according to a report from the National Audit Office.  The research also suggests candidates aregoing on the £3bn scheme several times and that 33,000 have now becomelong-term unemployed. Steel merger The Engineering Employers’ Federation and UK Steel Association are to mergein a bid to provide a more powerful voice for UK manufacturing. Staff from UKSteel will move to the EEF office in Westminster in the next few months. in civil servants The number of permanent Civil Service staff fell by about 2,700 in the sixmonths to the end of 2001, according to the latest Cabinet Office figures. Thenumber of full-time civil servants dropped to 480,000, but there was a rise inthe casual staff with numbers rising by 1,200. nature backing HSBC is to train 200 scientists and send 2,000 staff on conservationresearch projects as part of a £35m sponsorship deal called Investing inNature. The move will see three charities – the World Wildlife Fund, BotanicGardens Conservation International and Earthwatch – receive their largest everdonations.  www.investinginnature.orgBarclays staff swell Barclays staff numbers grew by 2,400 last year, despite the bank cutting1,800 back-office jobs. A spokesperson for the bank, Chris Tucker, said newtechnology has reduced the need for some back-office staff, but morecustomer-relations positions have been created. The total number of staff atthe bank has risen to 78,600. code of practice The CBI has welcomed the new National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Codeof Practice, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The codeis designed to strengthen the value of NVQs and their link with nationalstandards of occupational competence. helpline success A government helpline for jobseekers has put more than a quarter of amillion people back into work. Employment Service Direct, launched three yearsago, has received more than 8.8 million calls and on average places 2,500people in jobs every week. read more

Russian Navy’s New Research Vessel Laid Down

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy’s New Research Vessel Laid Down View post tag: research View post tag: New September 15, 2014 Pella Shipyard held a keel laying ceremony for a new research ship of project 11982 under the order of the Russian Navy on September 12. View post tag: vessel View post tag: europe Authorities View post tag: Laidcenter_img View post tag: Pella Shipyard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: down Russian Navy’s New Research Vessel Laid Down View post tag: Naval The vessel is designed for search and rescue operations, research and oceanographic studies.It is expected to be delivered to the customer in 2016.With a speed of approximately 12.0 knots the vessel will be able to carry a crew of 16. The vessel will have a length of 63.8 m, a width of 10.8 m and a draught of about 3.8 m.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 15, 2014; Image: Pella Shipyard Share this articlelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Bosse, Harrison, and North High School Kick-Off Graduations This Week

first_imgBosse, Harrison, and North High School Kick-Off Graduations This Week1,300 students from Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation will officially graduate from high school over the next three days. The Class of 2017 was offered approximately $34.4(m) in scholarships, an increase of more than $5(m) from what was…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img


first_imgIS IT TRUE the candidates running in the May 3, 2016 Republican primary who were not endorsed by Republican political party boss Wayne Parke chances of being elected may have been enhanced ?  …we would also like to point out some Mr. Parkes political endorsements may also reflect Mayor Winnecke’s views?IS IT TRUE the rumor that former City Councilman John Friend CPA business was a candidate for bankruptcy is laughable?  …the real truth since Mr. Friend got off City Council his accounting practice has improved by leaps and bounds?IS IT TRUE  a member of our staff attended Cheryl Musgrave’s 58th birthday political fundraiser event last night?  …we were impressed by how many political movers and shakers attended this will organized event?IS IT TRUE we wonder why members of the Vanderburgh County Commission don’t realize that they are facing a major political storm about the decision they made concerning the employees retirement investment funds? …it would be wise that they revisit their decision concerning moving county employees investment funds and allow public discussion and also seek input from county employees?IS IT TRUE we hear that a sports writer wants to interview Icemen owner Ron Geary concerning the ordeal he was put through by the City and Venuworks during the negotiations  of the renewal of his Hockey team 5 year contract?  …we wonder why in the world would Mr. Geary allow himself to be put through with any additional negative spin crafted by a local media outlet?IS IT TRUE  Governor Pence  signing bills has turned into a media event?  …Its time the Governor stops playing public relations politics and start being a full time Executive addressing real issues facing our State?IS IT TRUE we predict that the race for Democratic District 77 State Representative seat will be a political barnburner?  …don’t be surprised that political endorsements will mean very little in this hotly contested race?  …we predict that absentee ballots may not have any serious impact of the final results in who wins this race?  …the key who wins this election shall be determined by the voters of the Center City?FOOTNOTE: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS” posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Vanderburgh County GOP Chairman Wayne Parke should publicly endorse candidates running in the Republican primary? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

M&S tries out new ISB concept

first_imgSixteen Marks & Spencer (M&S) stores are to benefit from new-style in-store bakeries (ISBs), as part of a £600m plan by chief executive Mark Bolland to revamp its stores, as the retailer aims to “catch up” with its competition.The first new-look store opened on Kensington High Street, London last week. ‘The Bakery’ had been overhauled, and featured speciality breads displayed in rustic wicker baskets and wooden trays. Chalk boards have also been used to promote the fresh products.Nayna McIntosh, director of store marketing and design at M&S, said the retailer wanted it to have “the look and feel of a small artisan bakery”. It has also revamped its bread and sweet bakery ranges, with 35 new lines, including German-style rye bread, San Francisco-style sourdough, and Melting Middle Muffins. An M&S spokesperson said the initiative was very much at a trial stage, and that each new-style ISB would be in a slightly different format. “We want to take a step towards more speciality foods. We’ve got bakers in the store, making bread on-site from raw ingredients,” she added.Planet Retail analyst David Gray said M&S was essentially “playing catch-up” with a lot of its competition. He said: “If you look at M&S’ food range, you tend to find a strong focus on pre-prepared foods and ready meals, which doesn’t cater for the trend of people choosing to cook or bake more from scratch.”Tom Molnar, chief executive of Bread, which supplies its artisan retail outlets Gail’s, agreed that the retailer is following a trend established by other bakeries. “But it’s a positive trend for bakers overall, and it shows people are really interested in fresh bread.” However, he questioned whether the aesthetics would be backed up by the quality of ingredients and the skills utilised by artisan bakers.Hobbs House Bakery’s retail director Sam Wells said it was an interesting move by the retailer, and that his bakery would be keeping an eye on it. The new ISBs will open in Sheffield, Bromley, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Leeds, Kings Road, Beckenham, Exeter, Tamworth, Edgware Road, Bishops Stortford, Handforth Dean, Wimbledon, Pantheon, Kensington and Stratford.last_img read more

Mossavar-Rahmani Center announces Dunlop Undergraduate Thesis Prize winner

first_imgThe Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government awarded the 2019 John T. Dunlop Prize in Business and Government to Laura Nicolae ’20.Nicolae was recognized for her thesis, “The Effects of Liquidity Regulation on Bank Demand for Reserves and the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet Policy.” She is a senior at Harvard College and is graduating this month with an A.B. in applied math and economics.The John T. Dunlop Thesis Prize in Business and Government is awarded to graduating seniors who write the best thesis on a challenging public policy issue at the interface of business and government. Each prize carries a $1,000 award.This year’s winning thesis by Nicolae examines the effect of the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) — the first standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large U.S. banks — on banks’ reserve demand. Her research results imply that the LCR partly explains the Fed’s reduced control of interest rates but does not explain the majority of the increase in banks’ reserve demand since the financial crisis.In explaining why the center chose to award the John Dunlop Prize to Nicolae this year, John A. Haigh, co-director of M-RCBG, said that her “thesis is of significant interest to the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. It is ambitious and well-executed, and the results are robust and important for policy…our review committee was impressed with the sophistication of her analysis.”***John T. Dunlop, the Lamont University Professor Emeritus, was a widely respected labor economist who served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1969 to 1973. An adviser to many U.S. presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dunlop was secretary of labor under Gerald Ford, serving from March 1975 to January 1976.In addition to serving as secretary of labor, Dunlop held many other government posts, including: director of the Cost of Living Council, (1973-74), chairman of the Construction Industry Stabilization Committee (1993-95), chair of the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee for Municipal Police and Firefighters (1977-2003) and Chair of the Commission on Migratory Farm Labor (1984-2003).Dunlop served as the second director of the Center for Business and Government from 1987 to 1991. The center, renamed in 2005 as the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, focuses on policy issues at the intersection of business and government. Dunlop died in 2003. Read Full Storylast_img read more

In a word

first_img Notes from the new normal Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember center_img Just before the start of the pandemic, Harvard juniors Suuba and Sadia Demby were in Sierra Leone, capping off a two-year project and reconnecting with their family’s roots.The twin sisters traveled there in mid-December to deliver copies of a widely-recognized sourcebook on infectious disease to some of the country’s health professionals. The gift was originally intended to support the ongoing recovery from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which devastated the West African nation, and to be used as a tool to help control or mitigate the spread of any future outbreak.“It’s really hard to motivate people to think you need to try anticipate what’s coming next, so the fact that we were able to get people engaged during that time was really meaningful,” said Sadia, who is concentrating in social anthropology and global health and health policy. “We had no idea the next pandemic would be along right after we left.”The Demby twins were inspired by their father, a doctor and public health expert who specializes in Ebola and had made multiple trips to Sierra Leone to combat the virus. The sisters wanted to contribute to the recovery there because it’s where their family is from.They raised $10,000 over two years through crowdsourcing, social media campaigns, and going door-to-door pitching their cause. After negotiating a price with the APHA, they purchased 200 copies of the text and coordinated with the ministry of health in Sierra Leone to make sure the books would reach those who could make a difference. In December, the twins presented the ministry with the books at an event that included some of the nation’s leading medical figures, like the deputy minister of health.As part of the trip, the twins also organized a donation of 480 backpacks and three laptops to their father’s ancestral village, Gerihun, and sponsored a youth soccer match there. The young women provided the players 32 cleats donated by Harvard students and one of their uncle, Cyrus.At the end of the two-week journey, the twins spent time getting to know relatives they’d never met before and learning about their family history.“It was great to be able to do our productive and impactful service aspect of the trip, but then it was also great being able to see the place where our parents grew up and to see family members that we had heard some stories of but never had the opportunity to meet in person,” Suuba said. “It was pretty amazing to see the origins of our names.”Courtesy of Smaranda MurarusA virtual VerneUnder normal circumstances, David Damrosch would have spent this summer traveling for lectures and conferences, including the Institute for World Literature in Belgrade, Serbia, and as an invited lecturer at the University of Tokyo. His schedule looks very different now as he stays home in Brooklyn, N.Y., but Damrosch has found a unique way to share those loves on his new blog, “Around the World in 80 Books.”Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature and director of the Institute for World Literature, started the 16-week project May 10. Loosely modeled after the itinerary of Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days,” the global journey starts and ends in London and travels through Paris, Cairo, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as more personal stops in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Damrosch was born, and New York, where he was raised and still lives.Every weekday, he writes a blog post ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 words about a book set in or associated with a particular location. Recent entries include pieces on the hyper-local appeal of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” (London) and the blend of memoir and fiction in post-Holocaust literature as seen in Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table” (Krakow).Damrosch has read most of the books on the list, but there are some he is picking up for the first time, like Donna Leon’s 2014 Venice-set mystery novel, “By its Cover,” for Florence-Venice week. And he has changed some titles based on feedback from readers, like when a commenter from Pakistan asked him to include Rabindranath Tagore in the “Kolkata” section.“With a blog format, you do get into responses from readers, and I like this kind of interactive aspect you can get in the blogosphere,” he said, noting that he has received requests from readers to translate the posts into Arabic, Chinese, German, Romanian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.“It is just a very different mode of writing; more conversational, more informal, and an experiment for me to see what kind of balance to strike between the personal and the literary critical,” said Damrosch. “Literature shows us one way to get out of our tendency toward isolation, which is as much a national as it is a COVID-related problem today.”The pandemic may have closed Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room, but its curator is making sure the Greater Boston poetry community stays connected. Photo by Thomas EarleFor better, for verseHarvard Library’s Woodberry Poetry Room strives to be a space that fosters community — even now, when community must be at a distance. Its latest endeavor is a poetry exchange, pairing more than 70 Boston-area poets to create new relationships and writing partnerships.Forced to cancel public programming due to the pandemic, curator Christina Davis said the poetry room also lost the opportunity to connect with the Greater Boston poetry community. She was determined that, instead of losing connections altogether, they build new ones virtually.“We realized that many poets in our community were isolated due to COVID-19,” Davis said. “While poets are often perceived as solitary, we are also what [Romanian-French poet] Paul Celan once called solidary. Our capacity for truth and vulnerability makes us immensely sensitized to the needs and experiences of others.”Davis knew many Boston-area poets would have no outlet for their solidary selves — and perhaps less writing inspiration, as well. Her solution was the informal poetry exchange, which she announced in late May on the poetry room website. Within 24 hours, she had received dozens of responses from poets around and beyond Boston. Respondents were of all ages and backgrounds, from award-winning poets to self-described amateurs, students to retirees.In June, participants received an email introducing them to their “Boston poetry pen pal.” As for what the partnership entails, that was left open to interpretation.“We believed it was important to emphasize process over product,” Davis said. “We know that people are immensely stressed at this time (financially, medically, interpersonally) and we didn’t want to add to their burden.”They did offer the pairs suggestions, however, including: writing about a mutually inspiring quote or topic; working with a poetry form that lends itself to collaboration; and translating a poem together.Davis said the Poetry Room hopes to virtually convene participants at the end of the summer to share poems as well as experiences with the exchange.“We’ve already received a few very moving responses,” she said, “suggesting that the pairings have proved to be generative and joyful.”,Dumbarton Oaks sets stage for Renée FlemingLife under COVID-19 led to the first livestreamed event from Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.The Harvard institute, which supports research in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and garden and landscape studies, hosted soprano Renée Fleming for an Aug. 1 recital in the historic Music Room as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s virtual series “Met Stars Live in Concert.” The series features performances in unexpected places around the world including the Fundació Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona and on a mountaintop in Èze, France.Before Fleming could perform the program, which included some of her favorite arias by Puccini and Massenet, as well as pieces by Handel and Korngold, the nearly 100-year-old room had to be prepped for its digital debut.“The Music Room is not a stage set. You cannot put filters on the lights, and you cannot move the tapestries around,” said Dumbarton Oaks Executive Director Yota Batsaki, adding that entry to the building was tightly monitored and a staff member was stationed by the fire alarm in case it went off during the performance.The Music Room, one five gallery spaces in the museum, is normally the site of annual public lectures, symposia, and the Friends of Music at Dumbarton Oaks chamber music concert series. It boasts two 16th-century marble arches and a 16th-century French chimneypiece, as well as Renaissance sculptures and tapestries. All of the art had to be moved or protected while staff brought in lights, speakers, and microphones for Fleming and her accompanist, pianist Robert Ainsley.Dumbarton Oaks has been closed to the public since March due to the pandemic and normally does not host outside events, said Thomas B.F. Cummins, interim director and Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. But the “extraordinary circumstances” of the pandemic motivated their decision to partner with the Met.“It was something that everybody willingly signed on to and they did their work extraordinarily well. It was invigorating at a time when things don’t seem very good” in the world of the arts, he said.— Compiled by Juan Siliezar, Anna Burgess, and Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite Relatedlast_img read more

Jenkins comments on sex abuse scandal at opening mass

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins welcomed the campus community to the 2018-2019 academic year with Tuesday’s opening mass in Purcell Pavilion. Mass was followed by a picnic in the Notre Dame Stadium Concourse.Jenkins, himself a priest, expressed disgust that some clerics would take advantage of their position to carry out evil.“The stories in that report and in other reports are appalling in themselves, but are made much more so because the offenders were priests, called to be examples and pastors to those they exploited,” he said. “Such stories are painful to all, but they are particularly searing to me and the other priests with me today, whose commitment can seem so tarnished, so soaked in filth, by those who so badly abused it.”Jenkins further elaborated on this theme with a discussion of the betrayal at the heart of the scandal. The University President said Catholic institutions which should protect those who cannot help themselves, were guilty of “perversely exploiting the vulnerable and corrupting the young.” Specifically referencing the various cover-ups carried out by bishops in Pennsylvania, Jenkins said that bishops who should have been “shepherds” had in many situations “done more to protect the wolves than the sheep.”“For all these reasons, I — and many — feel deep sadness and shame,” Jenkins said.Quoting a letter published Monday from Pope Francis to the world’s Catholics regarding the abuse scandal, Jenkins said the University will do everything in its power to combat abuse.“As Pope Francis wrote on Monday, ‘Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit . . . Today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history.’ I know Bishop Rhoades is committed to this path in this diocese, and Notre Dame is as well. We will do all we can to create a safe, nurturing environment everywhere,” he said.Jenkins expressed a hope for a better future and dedicated the mass to the victims of abuse.“‘Where sin abounds,’ writes St. Paul, ‘there grace abounds all the more,’” he said. “Let us pray that, though shaken by these stories of sin and exploitation, we may find the grace to help heal wounds and protect the vulnerable and young. I ask you to join me in offering this Mass for victims of abuse in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and asking God’s help to prevent it in the future.  Let us ask for God’s mercy, and for the Holy Spirit to come among us.”Later in the mass, in his homily, Jenkins reflected on a passage from 1 Corinthians in which St. Paul comments on the prideful practices and habits of the early Christian community in Corinth.“In this passage I just read, Paul addresses their practice of boasting about their spiritual gifts, claiming superiority for their gifts over those of others,” he said. “That pride, that need to raise oneself over others, led them to disparage what others bring. That, of course, is the zero-sum logic of human pride: ‘my light shines brighter if I can dim the lights of others in people’s eyes.’”Rather than focus selfishly on individual talents, Jenkins implored the congregation to use their gifts in the service of the larger community.“The antidote to that poison, Paul suggests, is for people to see their skills and abilities do not rise from themselves and they are not their individual possessions,” he said. “They are, rather, gifts from God distributed freely for the good of the community, so that the community may be enriched by them. They are gifts to the individual, for the community.”Tags: Catholic Church abuse scandal, Community, Fr. John Jenkins, opening mass Speaking at the opening mass of the academic year Tuesday, University President Fr. John Jenkins commented on the clerical sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church following a Pennsylvania grand jury report on the widespread prevalence of abusive priests and the various cover-ups Church leaders utilized to protect these abusers. Jenkins also delivered a homily about the importance of community and using individual skills for the betterment of a larger group.In his opening remarks at the service, Jenkins said the mass should be a day of “anticipation” for the new school year. However, he said that the abuse scandal had “cast a pall” over what should have otherwise been a joyous occasion.last_img read more

Sean Hayes Set to Headline New Oscar Levant Play

first_imgEmmy winner and Tony nominee Sean Hayes is on board to star in a new play based on the life of the legendary performer Oscar Levant. Developed by Grove Entertainment, Barbara Whitman Productions and Hazy Mills Productions, the creative time and timeline for the project will be announced later.Levant was known for his roles in films such as An American in Paris and The Band Wagon as well as for his virtuosic skills as a composer and concert pianist. “I’ve been wanting to play Oscar Levant for over 10 years and this partnership is a dream come true,” said Hayes in a statement. “I have a deep passion for this project and an enduring love for my dear, Oscar.”Hayes will next be seen back on the boards with the L.A. transfer of Broadway hit An Act of God. He won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace and earned additional nods for the role for the following six years. Hayes’ other small screen credits include Sean Saves the World, Smash and The Millers. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, and later took home an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony. Hayes also appeared on the New York stage in Damn Yankees at City Center’s Encores!.Check out the video below from An American in Paris of Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreaming about performing Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major.” It’s quite extraordinary. Star Files Sean Hayescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Go Outside and Play: Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

first_imgAFTERNOON Pick up a meal to take with you for lunch from Hamlet Kitchen, a locally owned and operated wine bar and gourmet-to-go shop. Spend the afternoon on the water, exploring hidden waterfalls and rock outcrops as you paddle Philpott Lake. Anglers will enjoy fishing for walleye, bass, and catfish. Then make your way to the Smith River. With eleven public canoe ramps, you can customize your river trip with ease.  A DAYTRIP TO… Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County. From state parks and waterways to local eateries and an artisan trail, there’s something for everyone. Let your imagination run wild with theatrical performances, museums, and live music. Go for a scavenger hunt to find the public art murals throughout the community.  Did You Know? Camp on Deer Island, a remote island on Philpott Lake that is only accessible by boat!  Feature Image: Let the good times flow. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. MORNING Slow down in the evening, exploring the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in the Historic District of Uptown Martinsville. Or check out the farm-to-table brewery or award-winning winery in the area for a refreshing drink with unbelievable views. Cozy up for a night at The Simmons House Bed & Breakfast for easy access to Uptown and the Silverbell Trail.  center_img Get your day started with a walk, run, or bike ride on the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail. Read about the history of the Danville and Western Railroad along the way. Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy ten miles of looping singletrack at the Mountain Laurel Trails. Earn your Dirty Dozen patch when you hike, bike, and/or paddle 12 miles of trail in the area. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. EVENING Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia Facebook & Instagram: VISITMARTINSVILLEVISITMARTINSVILLE.COM last_img read more

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Continued Abuses in Venezuela

first_imgBy VOA September 23, 2019 The United Nations’ chief human rights official said September 9 that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force.Nongovernmental organizations report that the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone within Caracas, Michelle Bachelet said in an oral presentation on Venezuela to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.Bachelet’s presentation followed a scathing written report issued in early July that found a “pattern of torture” under the regime of Nicolás Maduro and cited violations like arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, and enforced disappearances.Bachelet’s latest presentation noted some areas of progress, while pointing to more cases of human rights violations and declining conditions, as more than 4 million Venezuelans have fled a country beset by hyperinflation that leaves monthly minimum wages equal to $2.While Bachelet said she had called for officials to dismantle the feared Special Action police force, the unit, she added, has actually received ongoing support from the highest levels of the government.Bachelet raised concern that groups that collaborated with her in the earlier report have since come under criticism and threats by senior officials.“Reprisals for having cooperated with the United Nations are unacceptable,” she said. “I urge the authorities to take preventative measures.”Bachelet said she worried about a proposed law criminalizing the activities of human rights organizations that receive money from abroad, which could further erode democracy in Venezuela.Highlighting advances, Bachelet said a member of her team recently was allowed to visit the Ramo Verde Military Center — a prison commonly used to hold what opposition leaders consider political prisoners — with an agreement for visits to come. The government also has released 83 people whose arrests human rights observers considered arbitrary, she said, adding that officials have agreed to consider another 27 cases, expecting action soon.last_img read more

Student reunion

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Asset managers ‘could push back on reform’ due to Brexit

first_imgUK-based asset managers could cite Brexit-related uncertainty when lobbying for delays or changes to forthcoming rules, according to a consumer advocate.Mick McAteer, a former board member of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), voiced concern that the regulator would come under pressure from fund management firms to delay or soften measures emanating from its review of the sector.McAteer told IPE: “If access to the European market is hit, it would have an impact on the financial sector, and firms would turn to cutting costs. One obvious way to do that is to lobby for deregulation.”This would be a “false economy”, he argued, as there was still a significant lack of consumer trust and confidence in the financial services sector, and deregulation would undermine any progress made. The FCA last year published a damning report into the asset management sector, describing competition as “weak”, criticising transparency and proposing new rules regarding value for money.It has invited responses to the interim report and will publish a follow-up later this year.In an article for his consumer-focused think-tank, the Financial Inclusion Centre, McAteer wrote last week: “Far-reaching interventions are needed to tackle the embedded conflicts of interests and structural flaws in the [asset management] sector.“But the asset managers will fight tooth and nail to prevent structural interventions, no doubt arguing that serious reform is not advisable given the potential impact of Brexit on the sector.“Consumer and civil society groups scored great successes in cleaning up the banking and insurance sectors…. They will now need to turn their attention to the asset management sector and maintain pressure on the regulator in 2017 if the necessary reform is to happen.”Prime minister Theresa May has vowed to give more details by the end of March of her government’s plans for negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union.However, much uncertainty remains regarding aspects such as access to the single market, seen as crucial to the financial services sector.Francois Barker, partner and head of pensions at Eversheds, said: “I can see asset managers saying Brexit gives another load of uncertainty, so now is not the time for more rules. I can see that is a plausible argument, but whether it would cut the ice with the FCA remains to be seen.”European rulesAt the same time as the UK will be negotiating Brexit, Europe-wide directives and regulations will be coming into force.The FCA is preparing to implement the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, while the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation – including requirements for pension funds to use central clearing houses for their derivatives trades – is due to be rolled out over the next two years.The fifth iteration of the UCITS rules for pooled funds is also scheduled for implementation over the next two years.Barker said the UK was unlikely to back out of any of these existing directives, as it will still be an EU member until exit negotiations are concluded.“I don’t think we can get rid of everything – politically, that’s very difficult,” he said. “If we do want to be in the club at all, we will have to have some form of [regulatory] equivalence.”However, if any new rules are to be proposed during the negotiation period, Barker said the government may “soft-pedal”, delaying input or implementation until the UK is out of the EU.last_img read more

Spotted: Madrid Maersk Giant Visits Felixstowe

first_imgImage Courtesy: Port of FelixstoweThe 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, the largest container ship to call in North Europe so far, has made its maiden call at the UK’s Port of Felixstowe.Operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, the giant has arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.“The Port of Felixstowe is firmly established as the port of first-choice in the UK for the largest mega ships. We were the first in the UK to handle this latest class of vessel and continue to offer the widest and most frequent range of services on the major Asia – Europe trade,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said.Built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), the Madrid Maersk is 399 metres long, has a beam of 58.6 metres and is the first of Maersk Line’s 2nd generation Triple-Es, known officially as the EEE Mark II.Delivery of the remaining ten Triple-E Mark II’s is expected to take place between now and the middle of 2018.The 2M service has called at Felixstowe since its inception in January 2015. In addition to its core members, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), capacity is also now offered on 2M sailings by Hamburg Süd and Hyundai Merchant Marine.last_img read more

Hardide-MFV Develop New HT/HP Subsea Valve Coating

first_imgHardide Coatings and Master Flo Valve (MFV) have developed a new solution to protect high temperature, high pressure (HT/HP) subsea choke valves.The valves are the first of their kind to feature the Hardide-T coating, which can be applied to choke valve stems so they can withstand temperatures up to 400°F and pressures of 20,000 psi.Canada-headquartered MFV found that alternative hard coatings previously applied to the stem assembly were not rated to sufficiently high temperatures. The challenge was to have a durable coating with a completely smooth finish to form a tight metal to metal seal.The two companies worked together to engineer a solution and develop a manufacturing process plan.Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings, said: “The subsea market is constantly evolving and we must react to the changes. Developments in coating technology for HT/HP applications were essential and we have worked with MFV to create the right solution for them. Its success has been demonstrated by qualification to all API requirements and deployment deepwater for a major oil and gas operator.“Hardide-T is one of our toughest coatings and has overcome a key challenge for MFV. It is used on two of their product lines and has the potential to expand into other subsea choke valve sizes and models with HT/HP requirements.”Hardide Coatings and MFV oversaw the manufacturing process and fine-tuned it to ensure specific surface finish and geometrical tolerance requirements were met.The coating has been applied to MFV’s P4-15K choke valve, which is rated from -20°F to 400°F and 15,000psi, and the P4-20K choke valve, which is rated to the same temperatures but a greater pressure of 20,000psi.They are typically installed on subsea production trees and are used for single/multi-phase production or water/chemical/gas injection. There is also an application for use on a capping stack, designed to be deployed in the event of a blow-out situation.last_img read more

Father’s presence cuts delinquency rates

first_imgHerald Sun 26 Nov 2011TEENAGE boys without a father figure are more likely to go off the rails and turn to crime. But the chance of girls becoming delinquents was not affected by the absence of a dad or a stepdad, a study has found. The presence of a father figure can have a “preventive effect” on young males engaging in risk-taking and deviant behaviour, according to the study by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. While the father’s involvement in a son’s life was beneficial, it was the mere presence of a dad that affected delinquency rates. “The sense of security generated by the presence of a male role model has protective effects for a child, regardless of the degree of interaction between the child and father,” said Melbourne Institute director Deborah Cobb-Clark.The report, using American data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, said the difference in males and females was not surprising, as risk-taking varied according to gender. “Females may be less sensitive to the increasing trend towards non-marital childbearing, divorce and remarriage,” said the report, co-authored with Erdal Tekin from Georgia State University. read more