Harel Mallac Limited (HML.mu) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgHarel Mallac Limited (HML.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Harel Mallac Limited (HML.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Harel Mallac Limited (HML.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Harel Mallac Limited (HML.mu)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileHarel Mallac and Co. Limited is involved in the manufacturing and trading, business service as well as asset management businesses. The company operates through investment, corporate and property business services and manufacturing and trading segments.  Harel Mallac and Co. Limited also engages in the blending, trading, and selling of chemicals, fertilizers, and general goods, the provision of agro industrial, engineering, refrigeration, and electrical products, as well as air conditioning and fire protection, and waterproofing activities. Harel Mallac and Co. Limited has operations in Mauritius, Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The company is based in Port Louis, Mauritius. Harel Mallac and Co. Limited is a subsidiary of Société de Lerca. Harel Mallac and Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritiuslast_img read more

La mission Navajo trouve des terres fertiles pour un projet…

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Les jardins potagers gaufrés sont l’une des techniques pour économiser l’eau, utilisée par la mission Good Shepherd de Fort Defiance (Arizona) pour le ministère agricole qu’elle développe avec l’aide d’une subvention d’UTO. Photo : Good Shepherd Mission[Episcopal News Service] L’Arizona peut paraître le dernier endroit où trouver un projet agricole dynamique mais les travaux en cours dans la zone de mission de Navajoland réunissent les conditions historiques, culturelles, traditionnelles, écologiques et spirituelles pour implanter un ministère local avec un potentiel quasiment illimité pour une petite congrégation épiscopale.Le jardinage se porte bien depuis des décennies à la mission Good Shepherd de Fort Defiance (État d’Arizona). Les dirigeants locaux recherchent à présent les moyens d’accroître leurs efforts tout en mettant l’accent sur la préservation, en particulier de l’eau. Les traditions amérindiennes et les enseignements épiscopaux se recouvrent sur ce point, à savoir l’importance de protéger la terre et les ressources que Dieu nous a données, déclare la Révérende Cynthia Hizer, vicaire de Good Shepherd.« Les peuples autochtones sont depuis toujours des écologistes », explique Cynthia Hizer. « Leur manière d’appréhender le monde honore la création ».La toute dernière initiative pour cultiver ces sols fertiles est le projet de préservation de l’eau « Protecting the Precious » de la mission Good Shepherd, qui installe cette semaine un système de collecte des eaux de pluies pour accroître l’exploitation agricole de la congrégation. Un autre volet du projet sera d’enseigner les techniques agricoles pour économiser l’eau aux apprentis agriculteurs de la réserve navajo.La mission Good Shepherd se concentre sur le maïs bleu dont le pollen joue également un rôle dans les cérémonies traditionnelles navajo. Photo : Good Shepherd Mission/Facebook« L’eau est un tel problème dans l’Ouest, » explique Margaret Putnam, chef jardinier de Good Shepherd. Le jardin potager de 2 000 m2 de la mission utilise un système d’irrigation au goutte-à-goutte alimenté par l’eau municipale, mais la congrégation espère cultiver un champ entier sur une autre parcelle de 2 000 m2 grâce aux eaux de pluie qu’elle récupère.La préservation est en elle-même un objectif du projet, ajoute Margaret Putnam. Utiliser moins d’eau municipale est ce qu’il faut faire, particulièrement dans un climat sec comme l’Arizona.La collecte des eaux de pluie à Good Shepherd est financée par une subvention de 41 500 dollars de la part du programme United Thank Offering (UTO) de l’Église épiscopale. Dans la demande de subvention, il est fait remarquer que la région désertique a une longue tradition d’agriculture et de pâturage mais ces traditions ont diminué au fil des décennies, en partie du fait de la détérioration de l’environnement.Un cas récent particulièrement choquant et dévastateur a été le déversement accidentel de produits chimiques toxiques dans le fleuve Animas par une ancienne mine du Colorado en août 2015. La pollution créée par ce déversement est parvenue jusqu’au fleuve San Juan, l’une de sources d’eau de l’exploitation agricole St Christopher de Navajoland à Bluff (État d’Utah) et certaines des cultures de la mission ont été anéanties.Depuis lors, St Christopher a décidé d’exploiter un puits artésien pour une partie de l’irrigation de ses cultures afin de ne plus dépendre uniquement du fleuve, explique le Révérend Leon Sampson, diacre.La demande de subvention « Protecting the Precious » fait également remarquer que des décennies d’exploitation minière ont fait baisser la nappe phréatique dans la réserve et contaminé la majeure partie de l’eau restante. L’appauvrissement en nutriments, l’érosion et l’utilisation de pesticides sont d’autres facteurs qui posent des défis aux exploitants agricoles navajo.La solution proposée par le projet de préservation de l’eau à Good Shepherd démarre sur une petite échelle mais a un fort potentiel de croissance car la congrégation montre l’exemple et enseigne la préservation aux autres.« Cela nous enthousiasme de penser que ceux qui participent à cette initiative vont approfondir leur respect vis-à-vis de la terre » est-il écrit dans la demande de subvention de Navajoland. « Protecting the Precious peut transformer notre interaction avec le monde naturel ».Navajoland est un ensemble de missions épiscopales de l’Arizona, du Nouveau-Mexique et de l’Utah qui sont au service des 250 000 personnes qui habitent dans la réserve navajo sur quelque 70 000 kilomètres carrés. Techniquement, les missions ne forment pas un diocèse parce qu’elles poursuivent encore leurs efforts pour devenir financièrement autonomes. Environ 43 % de la population navajo vit sous le seuil de pauvreté si bien que les dirigeants de l’Église épiscopale voient l’entreprenariat comme le moyen d’atteindre leur objectif d’autosuffisance et de permettre à d’autres de sortir de la pauvreté.Une exploitation apicole est en train de prendre forme à Good Shepherd et à St Christopher. Les missions travaillent ensemble pour transformer la production de farine de maïs bleu en entreprise artisanale. Et l’activité de savons artisanaux de Good Shepherd est en plein essor.Cette croissance est en grande partie due à Cynthia Hizer qui est arrivée au début de l’an dernier et vient d’être nommée chanoine pour le développement et l’entreprenariat social dans l’équipe de l’Évêque David Bailey de Navajoland.« Je suis venue avec une passion », confie Cynthia Hizer, qui a précédemment servi dans le diocèse d’Atlanta et y a supervisé un jardin.Plantation de tournesols dans le jardin de la mission Good Shepherd. Photo : Good Shepherd Mission/FacebookMargaret Putnam avait travaillé avec Cynthia Hizer en tant que jardinier de l’église à Atlanta et les deux femmes ont été recrutées à Good Shepherd en raison de leur expertise. Partageant une passion pour l’agriculture, Cynthia Hizer et Margaret Putnam ont apporté avec elles la connaissance de différentes techniques de culture, dont certaines sont employées à Good Shepherd.Une méthode efficace pour préserver l’eau est de créer un jardin potager gaufré : la parcelle de jardin est divisée en petits carrés – comme une gaufre géante – en faisant remonter la terre de sorte que l’eau soit recueillie au fond de chaque carré et ne s’écoule pas.Les bermes surélevées et les creux qui servent à retenir l’eau de pluie peuvent également servir à retenir et diriger l’eau de pluie.« Il y a de l’eau » explique Cynthia Hizer. « Il faut simplement l’avoir au bon endroit et ne pas la laisser dévaler ».Mais ces techniques de préservation ne récupèrent que l’eau de pluie qui tombe sur ou à côté du jardin de 2 000 m2, gaspillant toute l’eau qui tombe ailleurs. Grâce à la subvention d’UTO, Good Shepherd va commencer à récupérer les eaux de pluie qui tombent sur trois des 12 bâtiments de la mission, particulièrement durant la saison des pluies de fin juin à début septembre et les acheminer vers des réservoirs pouvant contenir des milliers de litres d’eau qui peuvent ensuite servir à irriguer les cultures.Une plus grande quantité d’eau va permettre à Good Shepherd de doubler sa capacité de culture en ajoutant un champ de 2 000 m2 à ses parcelles de jardin potager, explique Margaret Putnam.Le jardin est déjà socialement un point de référence pour la congrégation. Les heures qui suivent le service dominical se prêtent particulièrement bien au travail de la terre par les membres de la paroisse, poursuit Cynthia Hizer. Après la pause-café, certains se dirigent vers les parcelles de jardin et plantent ou cueillent les légumes et peuvent discuter des recettes traditionnelles des Navajo qu’ils emploieront pour cuisiner la récolte fraîchement cueillie.Par le passé, était cultivé dans le jardin potager un vaste éventail de légumes que la congrégation préparait et servait ou vendait au marché local. Cette année, tout en cultivant encore des courges, des haricots et des tournesols, le principal objectif est le maïs bleu car Good Shepherd collabore avec St Christopher à un projet financé par l’UTO pour créer une marque et commercialiser le maïs bleu en le vendant en tant que farine.L’agriculture est un passe-temps qui remonte à des générations. Maggie Brown, gardienne de Good Shepherd, cultive un peu de maïs sur son terrain, tout comme son père le faisait avant elle. Certaines parties des récoltes, comme le pollen du maïs bleu, jouent également un rôle dans les cérémonies traditionnelles des Navajo, explique-t-elle.Maggie Brown considère le travail agricole comme une occasion de rayonnement pour la mission.« Travailler dans les champs nous donne la possibilité d’échanger avec la congrégation et toute personne qui vient aider », poursuit-elle.Leon Sampson, le diacre de St Christopher, a joué un rôle essentiel dans la création et le développement de l’exploitation connue sous le nom de Homer Dale Community Farm, tout d’abord en tant que responsable de l’exploitation et ultérieurement en tant que diacre. Son travail agricole a un côté très spirituel, intégrant la prière et faisant preuve d’humilité. Il considère l’exploitation agricole de la mission comme un moyen de combler l’écart entre les seniors qui ont grandi à la ferme et les jeunes qui ont perdu le lien avec la terre.« Nous avons créé un espace pour enseigner à la nouvelle génération » explique Leon Sampson.Un enfant a parlé à Sampson de sa ferme chez lui et lui a dit qu’il y avait des zombies qui avaient mangé les oignons. Leon Sampson s’est alors rendu compte que l’enfant parlait d’un jeu vidéo. « Nos zombies s’appellent des tamias et des lapins », a-t-il dit-il au jeune garçon, avant de lui faire part de ses expériences dans la vraie vie, en matière de jardinage et de foi.« En fait, l’exploitation agricole s’est développée dans le spiritualité et la communauté » explique-t-il.La mission Good Shepherd est à proximité du siège du gouvernement tribal de Window Rock en Arizona et Cynthia Hizer envisage d’établir un partenariat avec les autorités tribales pour enseigner aux habitants de la réserve les techniques agricoles. Elle pense également à une émission de cuisine du style de celle de la chaîne télévisée Food Network où seraient données des recettes qui utilisent des ingrédients familiers aux Navajo.Pour le moment, elle et toute la congrégation de Good Shepherd ont beaucoup à faire, à mesure que l’expansion de leur ministère agricole prend racine.« Chaque petite réussite, nous permet de nous développer un petit peu plus », conclut-elle.– David Paulsen est un rédacteur indépendant basé à Milwaukee (Wisconsin) et membre de Trinity Episcopal Church de Wauwatosa. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA La mission Navajo trouve des terres fertiles pour un projet de protection de l’eau « Protecting the Precious » [Protéger ce qui est précieux] est le tout dernier projet axé sur l’agriculture à Navajoland Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA de David PaulsenPosted Sep 30, 2016 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA United Thank Offering Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Church, wider culture continue to address sexual harassment, abuse in…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA From left, Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, Central Pennsylvania Bishop Audrey Scanlan, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Olympia Bishop Greg Rickel and House of Bishops Vice President and El Camino Real Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves pray July 4 during the House of Bishops’ “Liturgy of Listening” session at General Convention in Austin, Texas. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Sexual misconduct and harassment include more than stranger or acquaintance rape and physical abuse. In some instances, inappropriate touching, an unwanted kiss on the cheek, an awkward embrace or a hand placed too low on a woman’s back are more obvious forms of sexual harassment.Other forms are less obvious, more insidious: commenting on a woman’s appearance; inviting a woman into one’s office on the pretext of a meeting, when really, the intention is of a sexual nature; referring to women and girls as “baby,” “honey” or “sweetheart”; talking over women and deferring to men in meetings; the enduring gender pay gap.Or, common forms women clergy confront in The Episcopal Church, such as being told, “You’re too young to be a priest,” or “You’re too pretty to be a priest.”In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal that rocked Hollywood and led to the downfall of powerful men across industries and professions, The Episcopal Church began in January 2018 its own examination of ingrained behaviors, practices and policies affecting women.One year and one General Convention later, Resolution D034, establishing a three-year suspension on the statute of limitations for sexual misconduct committed by clergy against an adult, became effective Jan. 1.“A three-year suspension, that’s huge,” said House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, in an interview with Episcopal News Service. “We are suspending the statute of limitations because we want to hear your voice.”Resolution D034 was one of 24 resolutions addressing sexual harassment, abuse, sexism, inequality and discrimination submitted by the Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation; a 49-member, female-only committee appointed by Jennings.As a result of the special committee’s legislative work, Jennings said, three task forces emerged from convention: on Women, Truth and Reconciliation; to Develop Model Sexual Harassment Policies & Safe Church Training; and to Study Sexism in The Episcopal Church & Develop Anti-Sexism Training.“I don’t think this would have happened, frankly, if that special committee had not brought pressure to bear,” said Jennings. “If you look at the report … all of the resolutions that were put in, they were wildly successful.“These issues have only become more urgent since convention.”General Convention’s actions came after a series of steps taken by The Episcopal Church’s leaders.In January 2018, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Jennings issued a call to the church to examine its historical failures to protect victims of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. The letter, which came four months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, marked the beginning of the church’s wrangling with its own harassment issues. (The Chicago Tribune offers a timeline of the #MeToo movements.)In February, Jennings appointed the special committee. Then in May, Episcopal Church bishops invited reflections from those hurt by the church. Twelve of the 40 stories the bishops received formed the basis for a “Liturgy of Listening” on July 4 during the 79th General Convention.During convention, the House of Bishops took another step and adopted a covenant in response to abuse and exploitation.In late September, 328 Episcopal clergy women signed on to a letter published in the New York Times that raised concerns about Episcopal priest and former U.S. Sen. John Danforth’s defense of then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Sexual assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, a psychologist and professor, and two other women against Kavanaugh brought the justice’s confirmation into question and triggered traumatic memories for many women.Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers. Ford’s credibility was attacked. The hearings also laid bare male attitudes toward women and sexual assault accusations.The U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6, in a 50-48 vote. Two days later, the Christian Century published a piece by Jennings that addressed the church’s response to sexual assault survivors.During the Kavanaugh hearings, Ford’s credibility was tested, as many, mostly men, wondered why she’d kept silent for 30 years. In her piece, Jennings offered an explanation of women’s silence.“Our silence originates in the Bible, where women are largely anonymous, treated as property, used as sexual slaves, and demeaned by men as heroic as David and as divine as Jesus. Women who are called by name account for no more than 8 percent of the people in the Bible, and fewer than 50 of those actually speak,” she wrote.Feminist and womanist scholars, including the Rev. Wil Gafney, an Episcopal priest and Hebrew Bible professor, have pointed out that rape is normative in the Bible, wrote Jennings, from Pharaoh, Amnon, the men of Gibeah and even God.“These stories — of men who rape and abuse and of women who stay silent — are part of the faith tradition that girls and women absorb while sitting in the pews of our churches each week,” Jennings wrote. “They have permeated our culture and shaped our expectations about how men ought to behave toward women and how women ought to respond. So when a woman gathers her courage to speak — to object to being treated like women in the Bible are treated — we should not be surprised when Christian men belittle and ignore her, just as the heroes of their faith have done in stories passed down for millennia.”By publicly sharing her story, Ford gave other women the courage to speak up, as well, including women across the church who reached out to clergy and laity for support. And over the triennium, The Episcopal Church will address harassment, abuse, inequity and discrimination, and women, and men, will continue to tell their stories.For example, liturgies of listening, like the one held at General Convention, have continued across the church. During its 242nd annual convention in November, the Diocese of New York held a Liturgy for Listening and Lamentation.The six stories read during the service were submitted through an anonymous, confidential form. They mostly touched on the less obvious forms of harassment, the inappropriate sexual advance, the belittling of a woman’s leadership position based on her age or physical appearance, a married priest’s awkward come-on at the bar during a clergy conference.“The stories are more nuanced. Sometimes, it’s difficult for women, and it’s mostly women, in part we’re dealing in a world of microaggression … a subtler form of oppression,” said New York Assistant Bishop Mary D. Glasspool in an interview with ENS following the service. “Like paper cuts, each one individually is seen as small, even innocuous, but you put them all together, and there’s just a preponderance of what’s really toxic for people and demoralizing and filled with shame.”The Diocese of New York has its own #MeToo Task Force, and after diocesan convention, it established a help line which people can call to share their stories and seek help. Still, the journey is just getting started and will take shape over time, Glasspool said.“We didn’t get here overnight, and we’re not going to change it overnight. That’s why the journey, the movement part of it … it’s something that we have to continue to work on,” said Glasspool, adding that sexual harassment and abuse are not unlike the sin of racism.“It’s clearly not the case in this country that, because we had a black president for eight years, we’ve dealt with racism. It’s not the case in the church that, because we had a female presiding bishop for nine years, that we’ve completely dealt with sexism,” she said. “It’s just not the case.”The resolutions put forth by the Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation and adopted by General Convention provide framework beyond storytelling for the church to use over the triennium to address issues brought to light by the #MeToo movement, in both the church and the larger society.Liturgies and storytelling are an important part of healing, but there’s more to the work, said Jennings.“The real work, the ongoing work, is to change the culture and the structures of the church that allow gender-based harassment, exploitation and violence, and to recommit, and I hope that General Convention helped us redouble our efforts for the church to advocate for women’s safety and equality in the world because we are obligated to do it, all of it, because our own tradition has helped create a culture where that’s acceptable,” said Jennings.“If the church has helped to create this culture, it’s also our responsibility to help dismantle it.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN center_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI General Convention 2018 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Church, wider culture continue to address sexual harassment, abuse in #MeToo age An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

In Iowa, a union’s report uncovers discrimination at Grinnell College

first_imgA new report by the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers uncovers evidence of racial discrimination against Spencer Grill employees. (tinyurl.com/y9lltf6s)The Spencer Grill, located on campus, is the college’s second largest employer in dining services, with 90 student workers, four staff members, three supervisors and an assistant director acting as chief supervisor.Some members of the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers gather on the Grinnell College grounds, Dec. 7, 2018.On Jan. 21, UGSDW released its report, “Racial Discrimination at the Spencer Grill.” Commissioned last November, the study found “strong evidence of racial discrimination in discipline decisions.” According to the report, “This discrimination is borne primarily by African-American employees and ‘non-resident alien’ (i.e., international student) employees, the vast majority of whom are from Asia.”The report studied 162 student workers employed at the Grill over the past four semesters. The data provided go back to 2017, but UGSDW conversations with past employees suggest discriminatory trends potentially occurred as early as 2014. The study was authored by Grinnell student Cory McCartan, a math major pursuing a Ph.D. in statistics, who served as UGSDW president in 2016-17 and now works as an advisor to the union. McCartan told Workers World, “We’d heard from several Spencer Grill employees in the past about discrimination, and so the results of the analysis were not as surprising as they perhaps should have been, given Grinnell’s institutional values and history.”In response, the Grinnell administration circulated a Jan. 25 memo that read, in part: “[T]he College takes the concerns raised in UGSDW’s report very seriously, and we are committed to investigating the matter thoroughly.” (tinyurl.com/ybdjv8zt)However, UGSDW members are concerned the administration will try to sweep these concerns under the rug. “UGSDW will push the administration to take serious corrective action, including new training, more oversight and possible personnel changes,” McCartan said. “We will not accept a ‘task force’ or other attempt to bury the issue.”Given the Grinnell administration’s hostile relationship with UGSDW, that is a legitimate concern. Student workers organizing for justice at GrinnellUGSDW was founded in 2016 to represent students working in the dining hall. Seeking to expand membership, the union held a Nov. 27 campuswide election where student workers voted 274-54 in favor of joining.The Grinnell administration challenged the election, threatening to take the matter up with the Trump-influenced National Board of Labor Relations. Since the board’s decision could endanger future organizing efforts, UGSDW withdrew its petition on Dec.14.“We are continuing to organize toward higher wages, fair workplace treatment and a union for all of campus,” McCartan said.When WW contacted Grinnell College for comment, the response from Vice President of Communications Debra Lukehart was a perfunctory repetition of the school’s Jan. 25 memo. UGSDW advisor McCartan emphasized, “We are working to broaden and deepen support in the campus and town community, and especially are working to engage with all of our members about a potential large-scale action later in the semester.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

McKinney: With Congressional Recess Coming to Close, ‘It’s Time’ to Pass…

first_img By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 29, 2019 McKinney: With Congressional Recess Coming to Close, ‘It’s Time’ to Pass USMCA Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarm Progress Attendees Anxious About An Early FrostNext articleMcKinney Says it’s Time to Pass USMCA on the HAT Friday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News McKinney: With Congressional Recess Coming to Close, ‘It’s Time’ to Pass USMCA Facebook Twitter USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and former Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney has been traveling the Hoosier state this week holding roundtable discussions with farmers and congressional leaders regarding trade, specifically the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).McKinney says he remembers everyone saying, “Do no harm,” when they opened negotiations on what was then NAFTA. He says they’ve done better than that, providing valuable benefits for agriculture.“One of the big ones is much more dairy access and we’ve brought down the unfairness, some might even say cheating, that Canada was doing with the creation of two new classes of milk and milk products. I think we got better access for wheat. There is some poultry, you know, in your listening and reading area, and with absolute certainty greater poultry (access).”Another benefit is the brand-new chapter on biotechnology and the biosciences.“Nowhere else around the world does a free trade agreement have that. So, by having that, we set a template that we can cut and paste, perhaps, into other agreements, and it’s a dandy. It not only includes biotech as we’ve known it, the so-called GMOs, but it also includes gene editing and the CRISPR technologies, which is the wave of the future.”McKinney continued, “Then finally there’s been a complete rewrite of the sanitary and phytosanitary chapters, and for those that know that, that’s usually where you get screwed around the world. People start playing with what’s safe and what’s not safe. I look to Europe. ‘Those GMOs, they’re just not safe. We can’t do that,’- come on.”McKinney says he understands that Congress is doing their due diligence in looking over USMCA; however, “Now that the August recess is coming to a close September 6, it’s time to get it done. It’s time to bring it forward for the benefit of all three countries.”McKinney began the day on Thursday in South Bend with US Representative Jackie Walorski before coming to Lafayette with Congressman Jim Baird.Lafayette, IN farmer Alan Kemper welcomes USDA Undersecretary Ted McKinney to his farm on August 29, 2019.last_img read more

Track and field concludes Charlie Thomas Invitational with top finishes

first_imgLinkedin Riane Cleveland is a senior sports broadcasting major and journalism minor from St. Louis, Missouri. She hopes to become a multimedia journalist and anchor upon graduating in May. She enjoys watching sports, traveling and spending time with friends. Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ Riane Cleveland printTCU track and field brought home wins in high jump and the 400m during the Charlie Thomas Invitational in College Station last weekend. Both men’s and women’s teams finished sixth in the team standings. Head coach Darryl Anderson said the team had some good performances across the board.First-year Jill Johnson took home a win in high jump, clearing 1.73 meters. Senior Derrick Mokaleng took home the win in the men’s 400-meter, running a season-best time of 46.35 seconds.Mariah Castillo earned a second-place finish mile with a time of 4:43.89. She dropped 11 seconds off of her previous season-best from the Red Raider Invitational. “First of all, you always commend the people that win like Derrick [Mokaleng] in the 400-meter with a season-best 46:35 and Jill [Johnson] winning the high jump again,” Anderson said. “Mariah [Castillo] is getting better by leaps and bounds, and coach Morgan is really doing a good job with her.”The Horned Frogs also competed in the heptathlon for the first time in program history. The heptathlon is made up of seven events including 60-meter, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter.First-year Sam Corley recorded TCU’s first-ever heptathlon score of 5034. Tysen Townsend and Kendahl Shue both pole vaulted 3.93 meters to tie for third place. The men’s 4x400m relay ran a season-best 4:08.24, earning a second-place finish. Looking ahead, Anderson wants his team to keep the momentum going into their last meet before the Big 12 Championships.“All in all, I thought we got some good things done,” Anderson said. “I like where we are right now, and we’re just going to keep pushing forward.” The team will return to action for the fourth-consecutive week at the Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock this upcoming weekend. Facebook New traffic light on Berry Street hopes to increase pedestrian protection Baseball begins five-game homestand against SFA Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellocenter_img Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Hubei province sees coronavirus’ deadliest day, woman allegedly steals $500k from church in New JerseyNext articleMen’s tennis faces nation’s top team at ITA Indoor National Championships Riane Cleveland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Baseball sweeps Kentucky in opening weekend Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin ReddIt Facebook KTCU co-managers put ‘college twist’ on the radio Twitter + posts last_img read more

Community Bank Reports 8% Increase in 2015 First Quarter Earnings to $7.2 Million

first_imgBusiness News Community Bank Reports 8% Increase in 2015 First Quarter Earnings to $7.2 Million From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 24, 2015 | 6:49 pm 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Community Bank, founded in 1945, is an independent Southern California regional community bank, with assets of $3.6 billion is headquartered in Pasadena with 17 business centers.nbsp; The Bank reported an 8.4% increase in net income to $7.2 million for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $6.6 million for the similar quarter in 2014.•  Declared a $0.45 per share cash dividend (aggregating approximately $1,400,000) on its outstanding common stock. The dividend was approved at the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting held on April 23, 2015. It will be payable on or about June 1, 2015 to common shareholders of record as of May 15, 2015.•  Total loans as of March 31, 2015 increased more than 9% to $2.3 billion compared to $2.1 billion as of March 31, 2014.•  Non-interest bearing deposits increased more than 15% or $116.3 million. Total deposits increased 2.2% to $2.63 billion as of March 31, 2015 as compared to $2.57 billion as of March 31, 2014.•  There has been no significant change in assets since year-end as the Bank opted to reduce its investment portfolio and shrink short-term borrowings in the face of weak reinvestment rates.•  The Bank’s reserve for loan losses as of March 31, 2015 was $35.4 million or 1.55% of total loans compared to $34.6 million or 1.66% of total loans as of March 31, 2014. No provision for loan losses was required for either the first quarter of 2015 or 2014.•  Community Bank’s capital ratios continue to exceed regulatory requirements with Tier 1 Leverage, Tier 1 Risk-based Capital and Total Risk-based Capital Ratios of 8.28%, 10.56%, and 11.81%, respectively, as of March 31, 2015.Family member and Director Charles McCluer added, “The Bank’s consistently strong earnings capability and solid credit quality enable us to reward shareholders with a dividend program.” Charles Cook echoed Mr. McCluer’s comment, “The Cook family is very pleased with the consistent performance and prospects of the Bank.”Community Bank, partnering to be “your” community bank, has offices in Anaheim, Burbank, Century City, Commerce, Corona, Fontana, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ontario, Pasadena, Redlands, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, South Bay, Ventura and Woodland Hills. For more information, visit the Community Bank Website at www.cbank.com. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Call for SMEs sector to be treated as a standalone priority…

first_imgBusinessNewsCall for SMEs sector to be treated as a standalone priority sector as Ireland begins reopening society and businessBy Staff Reporter – May 20, 2020 190 WhatsApp Included in the National Small Business Recovery Plan are a suite of measures to ensure:The current surge of unemployment is reversed, and sustainable jobs are created.An appropriately capitalised small business sector to support the post-Covid recovery.Tax revenues are sustained by ensuring that both small businesses and employment are not destroyed. Print Email Previous articleVisitor ban at UL Hospitals Group remains in placeNext articleMunster’s Tyler Bleyendaal forced to retire from Rugby Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie To ensure the sufficient recovery of the sector, Mr Moran said, “an immediate €15 billion injection is required, spanning enhanced liquidity supports, a compensation fund to recapitalise affected businesses and if necessary, additional tax measures.“Furthermore, a streamlined examinership regime will need to be implemented as well as easy access to lending supports with a 12-month payment freeze.“These measures should be funded by the State through low cost borrowing at an EU level and should be introduced alongside an expanded mandate for the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI). Targeted policy measures will also be required to boost consumer demand during the critical recovery period over the next two years.”The SME sector in Ireland employs 65 per cent of the total national workforce and accounts for 99.8 per cent of total active enterprises.The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the sector, with 85 per cent of businesses having closed to some degree, of which 34 per cent have shut completely.center_img Facebook Business photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comSMALL and medium enterprises do not operate the same as bigger businesses as they are exposed to different challenges, with the majority driven by the values of founder entrepreneurs and their families, rather than shareholder profits.That’s according to John Moran, Chair of SME Recovery Ireland, who earlier this week called for SME’s to be treated as a standalone and priority sector in the Government’s National Recovery Plan as the first phase of the ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’ comes into effect.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SME Recovery Ireland which was established in coordination with business representative groups and small business owners from a cross-section of industry, recently launched its National Small Business Recovery Plan setting out a suite of measures required to recapitalise SME’s and return hundreds of thousands back to work.“As more than 1.5 million people were engaged in these enterprises before the COVID emergency, they must and can be the driving force behind Ireland’s Covid-19 economic recovery,” said Mr Moran.SME Recovery Ireland Chair believes SMEs and their entrepreneurs “bring colour and dynamism to our local and rural economies”.“They have been disproportionately impacted by the decisions of Government to have them suspend trading to secure public health during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Said Mr Moran, adding, “Not only do these SME’s support over 1.5 million jobs throughout Ireland but they also make a vital contribution to the social fabric of the country, providing innovation and integrity as well as moral and financial support right at the heart of our local communities.”John Moran said the group believes the national recovery cannot occur without the “reopening of the SME sector at a local level, reversing unemployment through the creation of sustainable jobs”.“It’s therefore essential that SME’s are prioritised by Government in its response to the economic and societal impact of the pandemic, through effective implementation of the stabilisation and recapitalisation measures required. We believe that the ideas set out in our National Small Business Recovery Plan should form the basis of the priority measures for the SME sector within the Government’s National Recovery Plan,” he said. One of the 1,500 businesses allowed to reopen its doors this week under the first phase of the easing of restrictions is Arboretum Garden Centre, with premises in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow and Kilquade, Co. Wicklow.Co-Owner and Chief Commercial Officer, Fergal Doyle said business such as Arboretum Garden Centre “are at the core of community life” and believes Government will have “one shot to take the decisive bold measures required to rebuild confidence in our local economy”.He said, “Liquidity is fundamental to ensuring that small businesses can get back up and running quickly, including the ability to access zero per cent interest loans from the EU as well as a compensation scheme to cover losses incurred during the shutdown period, similar to that introduced in Denmark.“We saw from the recession in 2008, how long it took to rebuild the economy, particularly in rural Ireland. It is essential that those efforts are not lost. If managed correctly and with the right supports, there is a huge opportunity for SME’s to rebuild as people are likely to spend more time in their localities due to remote working and a growing appetite to buy local.“While today is a big step and we are delighted to welcome our customers back into our stores, there are still a lot on unknowns and its essential that our SME’s are given the necessary supports to survive and drive Ireland’s recovery.”For full details of SME Recovery Ireland’s National Small Business Recovery Plan, visit: www.smerecovery.ie. Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

“Court Can’t Be Perceived To Be Accused or Victim Centric”: Bombay High Court Refuses To Transfer Builder Sunil Lahoriya Murder Trial

first_imgNews Updates”Court Can’t Be Perceived To Be Accused or Victim Centric”: Bombay High Court Refuses To Transfer Builder Sunil Lahoriya Murder Trial Sharmeen Hakim2 March 2021 12:01 AMShare This – xA trial court cannot be perceived to be accused or victim centric, the Bombay High Court observed while refusing to transfer the ongoing trial from one judge to another in the 2013 murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Lahoriya. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale said a case was “not made out” for transfer while hearing a petition filed by the slain builder’s…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA trial court cannot be perceived to be accused or victim centric, the Bombay High Court observed while refusing to transfer the ongoing trial from one judge to another in the 2013 murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Lahoriya.  A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale said a case was “not made out” for transfer while hearing a petition filed by the slain builder’s son – Sandeep Lahoriya. The court, however, directed the trial judge to consider the son’s grievances to play the CCTV footage from February 16, 2013, where his father is seen being shot and stabbed outside his office and is still alive on his way to the hospital. Lahoriya, supported by a letter from the Special Public Prosecutor to the Law and Judiciary Department, alleged bias by the trial court judge from Thane – RR Vaishnav, in granting bail to prime accused Suresh Bijlani and Anurag Garg, last year. The son’s lawyers pressed for two weeks to approach the Supreme Court. But the request was denied. “Such an order cannot be passed in a routine manner and substantial grounds, based on sufficient material, need to exist for passing such an order transferring the trial,” the bench said, refusing to set aside order expediting the trial in 2018 and appointing judge Vaishnav to hear the case. The court observed that the prosecutor has certain grievances with the judge, but it is the role of the court and the prosecutor to ensure proceedings are conducted in a “fair manner” and justice is done to both the accused as well as the victim. “The endeavour of the proceedings is to ascertain as to who is guilty of the alleged crime and it can neither be an approach giving an impression that there is a bias, either in favour of the accused or victim.” “Neither can a Court be perceived to be accused centric nor can it be perceived to be victim centric in its approach,” the bench added. Lahoriya’s gruesome murder, in 2013, had shaken the builder community as the CCTV footage of the murder went viral. The case was transferred to Mumbai Police Crime Branch for investigation, which arrested 13 accused, including a retired police officer. In his petition Lahoriya claimed that CCTV footage showing his dad was alive when he reached hospital wasn’t permitted to be played by the trial court despite a request made by the special public prosecutor. His lawyers submitted there were heated arguments between the judge and special public prosecutor after which the bail applications were rejected by the judge from his chamber. He also questioned the manner in which bail applications of the two accused were allowed and claimed that threats to witnesses were not recorded. Therefore, the case be transferred to another judge, he submitted. The accused, represented by Senior Advocate Rajiv Chavan and advocates Ashwin Thool and Sudha Dwivedi, vehemently opposed the plea. It was argued that the Special Public Prosecutor had been absent on many occasions, leading to delay in proceedings before the court. They further said that the petition was an attempt to delay the trial. The bench held that the trial was already delayed and bail granted to the accused was challenged in another petition. “Insofar as the merits of the order allowing the bail applications of two accused persons are concerned, we are of the opinion that since the same is subject matter of challenge in this Court in an appropriate proceeding, we refrain from going into the merits of the said orderClick Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Absenteeism poor in public sector

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The number of days lost each year to absence in the public sector stands at 9.2 per cent, compared with an average figure of 8.5 per cent for the private sector.In this sector, staff working in transport and communication take the most days off (8.2 per cent), while construction workers take the least (5 per cent).The CBI report, Focus on Absence: 1999 Absence and Labour Turnover, shows a large number of days are also lost in manufacturing (8 per cent), retail (7.5 per cent) and distribution, hotels and restaurants (7.1 per cent).• 020-7739 7400, www.cbi.org.uk Absenteeism poor in public sectorOn 20 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Driving through structured development

first_imgDriving through structured developmentOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. MargaretKubicek learns how Lex Vehicle Leasing took the onus of staff training awayfrom line managers by implementing an in-house academy to boost learningopportunities for its sales staffLexVehicle Leasing set out to revamp the training programme for its 200 sales andcustomer service staff nearly two years ago, with the simple aim of getting themost from its people.Theprocess may have begun with a rather loose objective, but the end result was abespoke, in-house academy providing a highly structured development programmeof competence-based qualifications. The company offers blended learningsolutions to help workers attain those competencies – along with financialincentives to boost their progression through the academy.”Historically,training in our business has been devolved to line managers,” says KarenBush, Lex’s training and development general manager.Thefirst step was to define the key roles in sales and “understand what goodlooks like” in each of them – a massive undertaking, recalls Bush. Lexconducted everything from staff interviews to research in other firms toidentify key areas of competence for each role: area sales managers out in thefield, sales executives working internally by phone, and account executives providingcustomer services support to both sales functions. BusinessstandardsTheacademy is based upon the principle that staff must be able to demonstratetheir competence and capability against set business standards. Each role nowhas a set number of competencies or modules, with four levels of attainment.The company’s most technical role – area sales manager, for example, has thehighest number of competencies.”Theyhave 10 areas of competence we measure them against, and they are a mixture oftheir skills base, knowledge and aptitude,” says Bush. “Each of those10 modules are measured on four levels.”Levelone is assumed to be entry level, so assessment does not begin until level two,where candidates are deemed to be on the right track but in need of somedevelopment to improve knowledge, skills and capability. Once they haveachieved level four, they are considered to exhibit best practice. “Foran area sales manager we would expect level two in all 10 competencies to beachieved within 12 months, level three within 18 to 24, and level four aftertwo years.”Foreach module, candidates undertake some self-development, including reading,learning from others, research, and training courses, and must also compile aportfolio of evidence throughout their programme. Lexhas a range of development opportunities available for candidates, but thereare no set courses of study or training programmes. The company has used anexternal provider to train all line managers as coaches, which helped achieve asense of buy-in for the academy among management teams. And when it comes tointernal training courses, Lex now offers more focused, ‘short and sharp’sessions wherever possible. “Wefind  being able to release staff in thecustomer service teams for full days is difficult and tends to lead to morecancellations,” says Bush. “Our customer service training now mainlyconsists of two-to-three hour workshops focused on particular topics.”Themodules reflect Lex’s business goals, many of the terms associated with theacademy reflect the motoring and travelling nature of the business. Forinstance, as candidates enter the academy, they are given a ‘dashboard’providing an overview of each of the modules they must cover. Once they obtainthe highest level in all their competencies, they can maintain their status bypassing ‘an annual MOT.’HigherlevelsSalariesare now pegged to the academy structure, increasing each time a worker achievesa higher level in all their modules. Lex awards ‘academy supplements’ as candidatesattain higher levels – up to £3,000 a year for an employee reaching level 4.Lexcompetencies are specifically tailored to the company. Pegging them to anoutside body such as NVQ simply wasn’t an option, says Bush. “We run NVQsinternally for our customer service team, but find our standards are higher. Weare a highly customer-focused organisation in a highly competitive environment.We find NVQs very generic. Our candidates are going in at level three andwalking it.”Inthe long run, Bush would like to explore the possibility of linking the Lexacademy programme to accredited professional qualifications such as thoseoffered by, say, the Institute of Sales and Marketing. Doing so would add valueand kudos to the academy, she says. “It’s about being able to recognisesales as part of a profession rather than simply a means to an end, just agenerator of revenue.”Lessthan two years into the process, Lex is already feeling the impact of success,and the scheme is particularly popular with new recruits. “Thecommercial benefits are around staff retention and specifically aroundproviding a career structure in a role,” says Bush. “Now staff havethe option of progressing visibly within their role. It has also put structurearound succession planning for us and will improve performance.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Inquest hears deceased student was harassed by tutor

first_imgA BPhil student who committed suicide after breaking up with her boyfriend last year had been subjected to harassment by a Philosophy tutor at Pembroke, an inquest has heard.The body of Charlotte Coursier, a graduate Philosophy student at St Edmund Hall, was found by her housemates at her home in East Oxford on 10th June last year.A coroner told the inquest that the student received “crazy and rambling emails” by from Dr Jeffrey Ketland.The University has since been criticised for their handling of the harassment. One member of staff questioned the University’s decision not to immediately suspend Dr Ketland after the allegations were brought against him.A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell, “The University takes allegations of harassment very seriously. Members of staff are made aware of the University’s policy on harassment and their responsibilities under it.”It has also been alleged that the University’s advice to Coursier when she reported the harassment was “not to go to the faculty on days when he was lecturing”. The University responded that it was unable to comment on individual cases.The University said it had conducted a review into the incident in October. A spokesperson commented, “Its purpose was to inform senior members of the University of the circumstances of Charlotte’s death and to advise on any future steps. The findings of the review remain confidential but University is continuing to consider the most appropriate action as a consequence.”Dr Ketland and Coursier met at Edinburgh University where they had a sexual relationship. Coursier moved to pursue postgraduate studies at St Edmund Hall in October 2012. Ketland also came to Oxford soon after, taking up a lecturing position at Pembroke College.When contacted by Cherwell, Pembroke declined to comment on the allegations.Coursier began a relationship with Ben Fardell, from London, three months before moving to Oxford. Coursier received an email from Dr Ketland on 7th May, to which she replied “politely”. Despite this the emails she received reportedly became “crazed and rambling”.According to the inquest, Dr Ketland reminded Coursier that he saved her life when she overdosed on paracetamol in Edinburgh. Fardell said in a statement, “He thought he saved her life in Edinburgh and in doing so, he managed to destroy his own.”“She went to see him in a professional capacity to seek help and advice. His abuse of her made an already fragile girl even worse.”Coursier reported Dr Ketland to Thames Valley Police, who issued him with a warning under the Harassment Act.During the inquest, Fardell suggested that his relationship with Coursier had undergone a number of problems. In a statement he said, “In the first six months there were issues of trust and commitment in the relationship.“But Charlotte was much better in the new year. Then, in February, she discovered she was seven weeks pregnant despite taking contraception.” Coursier subsequently had an abortion on 25th March.According to Fardell, “She was very low for weeks after this and she found it very difficult to get over having murdered her child, as she put it.”Professor Keith Gull, Principal of St Edmund Hall, told the Oxford Mail, “Charlotte was an outstanding student, well-liked by her friends, and is still greatly missed in our college community. Her death was a tragedy for her family and friends and our thoughts continue to be with them.”last_img read more

Michael Franti & Spearhead Announce ‘Soulrocker’ Summer Tour Schedule

first_imgBeloved reggae rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead will hit the road this summer for a sensational Soulrocker tour, spanning through the months of June and August. The group will kick things off on June 2nd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, traveling across the country, only to wrap up on August 25th at Avila Beach Resort in San Luis Obispo, CA.In a statement, Michael Franti said, “This summer’s tour will be an opportunity for us all to come together, to celebrate life, each other and what it truly feels like to be alive.”Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, and can be found via Franti’s website. The full tour schedule can be seen below:[Photo via Paul Citone]last_img read more

Man who ‘Exited’ Ambulance Killed in Hit-and-Run, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash Monday that killed a medical patient who left an ambulance as it was moving, authorities said.The Monday evening crash in Holtsville occurred while a Hunter EMS ambulance was transporting the patient from Stony Brook University Hospital to Brunswick Hospital Center in Amityville, police said.Police said the patient, Frank Ligrnetta, “exited” the ambulance as it was traveling southbound on Nicolls road, and was struck by a dark-colored sedan that was heading in the same direction.The 51-year-old Bay Shore man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.The ambulance was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, according to police.A woman who answered the phone at Hunter EMS said: “We just can’t comment at this time.”Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the fatal crash to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Rumsey Punch: Bernie’s Got His Groove For Iowa, But Is It Just the Same Old Song for Hillary?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images Damn that Bernie Sanders! On the eve of the Iowa caucuses he rolls out a campaign ad using Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” song for the soundtrack and practically moves my bleeding heart to tears. How could he do that?  Making me fall for that uplifting sentimental claptrap just as I hardwired my political cynicism into a hybrid I call: “Pragmatic idealism.”I love his ideas, I love the enthusiasm of his supporters—young and old—who know how good it feels to be in a crowd of like-minded people rooting for the same cause. And he uses a song about as old as me to rub it in!What’s Hillary got? Demi Lovato? Katy Perry? These two celebrity songbirds do nothing for me personally. Back in 1992 she and Bill had Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” but that’s so yesterday! Can’t Hillary’s team come up with something to really seize the moment and remind us that she’s not only the practical choice, she’s the right choice? She has to be our next President and Bernie has to remain in the Senate with, hopefully, a Democratic majority so he and Sen. Elizabeth Warren can actually get something done for a change. It won’t work with Bernie at the top of the ticket. I just don’t see it.So, I’m trying to come up with some uplifting Hillary campaign songs, and I admit they may be a little morbid considering that I’m thinking about two great music artists who just died, David Bowie and Paul Kantner.I admit I’m conflicted. I want to suggest David Bowie’s “Heroes” but his line “just for one day” might mean that I think her supporters will caucus and split.She’d need longevity if she’s going to last through the race, especially if she loses both Iowa and New Hampshire. Only two Democrats have not won those two contests and gone on to win the nomination—one was Bill Clinton, who skipped it, and the other was George McGovern, who, well, only carried Massachusetts in 1972.center_img I remember it well. That was the first presidential election I could vote in and I was psyched. Father Robert Drinan, the anti-Vietnam War, pro-choice Jesuit priest, was running for his second term in Congress, and I was hanging out at his victory party outside Boston to fulfill a journalism class assignment to pick a candidate and watch what happens on election night. Then the returns came in. Drinan won decisively. But it was a bloodbath for McGovern. The whole nation, except the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, had voted for that crook, President Richard Nixon. Did I feel alienated? You bet. But I was 19 and naïve—much more naïve than today’s Bernie supporters, I trust.So in keeping with today’s theme, maybe Hillary’s campaign might adopt Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans.” On second thought, that song proved too much even for Bowie. As for his “Suffragette City,” I think it might be a little too sexist (and sexy for a grandma) although it does evoke Hillary’s bid to be the first woman elected president.Personally, I’d cast a vote for Paul Kantner’s “Crown of Creation,” which was also the title of Jefferson Airplane’s third album. He reportedly got inspired to write it after a Democratic operative contacted him in San Francisco in 1968 but it must have proved too radical for Hubert Humphrey’s people. It was probably just a pipe dream anyway. I mean, listen to these lyrics: “In loyalty to their kind, they cannot tolerate our minds. In loyalty to our kind, we cannot tolerate their obstruction!” Maybe someone might suggest Kantner’s “Volunteers” since it has that “look what’s happening out on the streets/got a revolution” line, but that wouldn’t work for Hillary. Maybe it’s a song for Bernie, sorry. Perhaps “Somebody to Love”? I just like to hear Grace Slick sing. Oh well, it’s just a thought.Two years before the Clintons first took the White House, Bernie Sanders first came to Congress in December in 1990 after being the mayor of Burlington, not a huge metropolis. Now that he’s running for president, the question is whether his avowed socialism is a help or a hindrance. His hero, Eugene Debs, the Socialist Party candidate, won almost a million votes in the 1920 election. I’m not sure how many votes Debs would get in a national election this year.Sanders said during a speech last fall at Georgetown University that “almost everything” President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed was “called socialist.” Sanders is definitely right that FDR’s New Deal programs, which saved the country from desperation and ruin, “have become the fabric of our nation and the foundation of the middle class.” And the bane of the conservative Republicans running for president today.The Koch brothers, whose influence over American democracy is the subject of Jane Mayer’s new book, “Dark Money,” have reportedly pledged to raise and spend $889 million on the 2016 elections. That’s just two oligarchs. Meanwhile the Republican Party has consolidated its hold on 32 state governments, which controls gerrymandering and voter registration. Is it a hostile takeover? Depends on your politics. I think Hillary, battle-tested as she is, could handle them but she’ll need a hell of a lot of help and right now she doesn’t have a hold on millennial women under the age of 35, if you can believe the polls.I’m not sure about Bernie’s longevity as a viable candidate when the GOP’s push comes to shove—and they start piling the crap onto his candidacy with all the lies their money can buy. Do Bernie’s supporters have enough moxie to go the distance? I know Hillary does. I’m not sure about him. He’ll need a nationwide movement to make his profound changes stick.I’ve been around long enough to see movements come and go in America, some left their mark for the greater good, but their supporters had to take the long view. It took American women more than a century to get the right to vote. Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition didn’t get him elected but maybe it helped lay the groundwork for Barack Obama. The anti-war movement didn’t stop the Vietnam War but it did kill the draft. President Richard Nixon finally found a way out of that war but he left a disaster behind, and our Vietnam veterans today are still carrying their scars. Now, they join our Iraqi vets, who drafted themselves to answer the call after 9/11. But President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney mislead them into a Mideast quagmire that had nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden. So many lives lost, so much money wasted, and the war goes on in a different way today. And the only winner is fear.Once upon a time the great liberal Democrat, Adlai Stevenson, was running for president against President Dwight Eisenhower when a supporter told him he’d given such an inspiring speech that he would surely “get the votes of all the thinking people.” “Thank you , madam,” he replied, “but I need a majority.” With only a minority behind him, Stevenson failed miserably in 1956. Fortunately, the Republican Party at the time was much more moderate than it is today. That’s why what happens in 2016 is so crucial. And what happens this week in Iowa and next week in New Hampshire is so critical.Fast-forward five decades and, for the left and liberal Democrats, “this tension between committed activists and political realty has worsened significantly,” writes retired Rep. Barney Frank—the first openly gay Congressman—in his recent memoir. The activists believe that the great mass of voters are ready to make a sharp left turn, they just need the right nudge, so to speak. But that’s magical thinking. And I fear it’s what’s driving Bernie’s backers.Barney Frank has seen this liberal/left divide before.“I would not only try to dissuade my ideological allies from nominating unelectable candidates but would also argue against undermining our candidates by insisting that they ignore inconvenient political realities, or by denouncing them as betrayers when they took those realities into account,” Frank recalls. “This aspect of my work was much less fun.”As he says, “liberals are more inclined to hold public demonstrations, in which like-minded people gather to reassure each other of their beliefs… Applauding speakers who denounce the unfairness of a particular situation and rail against the political system is more emotionally satisfying—but very much less effective.”Here’s Frank’s rule: “If you care deeply about an issue, and are engaged in group activity on its behalf that is fun and inspiring and heightens your sense of solidarity with others, you are almost certainly not doing your cause any good.”For those who challenge my pragmatic idealism, I have two words: Ralph Nader. Look how bad it got when Al Gore lost to W, because Nader siphoned off too many votes in Florida. I don’t want Bernie to do that to Hillary.“The white males who used to vote for Democrats have not become philosophical opponents of an active public sector,” says Frank, the quintessential Massachusetts liberal. “They dislike much of what they perceive that the government is doing, but they are even angrier at what it is refusing to do—adopt policies that will reverse the harm they have suffered from the economic shifts of the past decades.“Reversing these voters’ anti-government sentiments is the challenge for liberals,” warns Frank. “It requires measures that will reduce inequality.” He says we do it without raising taxes on the middle class by reducing the military budget and ending criminal penalties for drug users. I know that both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to fight inequality, one more directly than the other, one perhaps more effectively than the other.But if the Democrats lose the election in 2016, neither will get the chance and it will only get worse. And then we’ll all be left singing a very sad song indeed.last_img read more

Reinforce employees’ understanding of the credit union difference

first_imgBuilding awareness of credit unions starts with regularly educating your employees about the movement’s principles and mission, says Christopher Morris, communications director for the National Credit Union Foundation.With 71% of young adults ages 18-24 professing little or no knowledge about credit unions, it’s not enough to offer new hires an overview at orientation and then count on the culture of your organization to offer reminders, Morris told a roomful of credit union training and development professionals at CUNA’s Experience Learning Live! in Las Vegas.Rather, they should heed the advice of credit union pioneer Edward Filene: “Keep purpose constant.”“Explaining the benefits of credit unions’ cooperative structure is critical to delivering high-level member service,” Morris says.That’s because front-line staff—the segment which most often deals with members—generally is the least equipped to answer direct questions from members about the credit union difference, or spot opportunities to deliver that message. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more