BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) HY2016 Presentation

first_imgBK Group Plc (BKG.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the half year.For more information about BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BKG.ke)  2016 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

SlideRocket joins Charity Technology Trust’s CTXchange programme

first_img Tagged with: Charity Trust Donated goods Technology Howard Lake | 14 October 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online presentation software SlideRocket is now party of CTT’s technology donation programme, CTXchange. Charities and and not-for-profit organisations will be able to access the software as a CTXchange donation.SlideRocket is a web-based service for creating, managing and sharing online multimedia presentations. It lets you create slideshows from within any browser, or to import them from existing PowerPoint slide decks or Google Docs presentations.J.J. Freitag, Chief Operating Officer of SlideRocket, said: “CTXchange is a wonderful way of making mainstream software available to the charitable and voluntary sector. Our cloud-based model, which allows organisations simply to tap into the software via the internet whenever they need it, is perfect for these types of organisations. We are delighted to be part of the programme and look forward to seeing SlideRocket help as many not-for-profit organisations as possible.”Richard Craig, CEO of CTT, added: “SlideRocket’s availability via CTXchange will make it possible for [charities and not-for-profit organisations] to produce interactive presentations of an exceptionally high standard, incorporating audio, video and animation, all from an easy to use service.”CTXchange is part of a global partnership operated by Techsoup, headquartered in the USA. The programme has helped donate hardware and software to over 6,000 charities.www.ctxchange.org  49 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis SlideRocket joins Charity Technology Trust’s CTXchange programme About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Anticipating USDA October Crop Production and WASDE Reports

first_img SHARE The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its monthly Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate reports Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Central. Cargill Senior Grain Merchandiser Ray Jenkins says analysts’ estimates for the corn crop size range between just below 10-billion to more than 11-billion bushels – which is wider than normal. But Jenkins says the biggest wildcard if what – if any – changes are made to the harvested acres. While comparisons are being made to drought years – like 1988 – when harvested acreage fell to 86-percent – Jenkins says the number right now is at 90.66-percent – leaving a lot of room to play with that number if they choose. He was actually surprised when no change was made in last month’s report – with such an early start to the corn harvest. Jenkins says in years like this – the October report is usually viewed as confirming what is known about the size of the corn crop. He says everyone should expect the unexpected.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleJay County Harvest UpdateNext articleEPA Approves Registration of DuPont Instigate Herbicide Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Anticipating USDA October Crop Production and WASDE Reports By Andy Eubank – Oct 9, 2012 SHARE Facebook Twitter Anticipating USDA October Crop Production and WASDE Reports Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Journalists want protection against attacks by government supporters

first_img July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nicaragua Receive email alerts NicaraguaAmericas Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Around 60 Nicaraguan journalists demonstrated outside national police headquarters on 17 July to demand effective police protection against violence by government supporters, who often use force to break up opposition protests.Journalists accuse the police of being too passive when supporters of the Sandinista Front government resort to indiscriminate violence against anti-government protesters, resulting in attacks on reporters who are there to cover the protests.Supporters on motorcycles, known as the “motorcycle brigade,” often accompany the public appearances of the president and first lady or other senior members of the Sandinista Front, which has been in power again since 2006 after 16 years in opposition.When the motorcycle brigade arrived to disperse a protest outside the Supreme Electoral Council building on 16 July, Canal 12 TV cameraman Xavier Castro – who was covering the protest – was clubbed by a man in a motorcycle helmet and his camera was smashed beyond repair because he had to use it fend off the blows.The police did not intervene to protect Castro, although the Supreme Electoral Council is right opposite police headquarters. Furthermore, the police showed little interest when he filed a complaint afterwards, he said.Canal 2 reporter Edgardo Trejos has a similar complaint about an incident on 9 July, when he tried to interview the health ministry’s director of supply warehouses and the director’s driver drove his car into him. “I filed a complaint about this attack but there was no investigation,” he said.“We support the demands of these Nicaraguan journalists,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “Their safety should be guaranteed by the police, who have a duty to protect all citizens regardless of their views. Intimidation and violence against journalists should be investigated in an exemplary manner. They should not go unpunished.”Captain Fernando Borge, the national police spokesman, seemed unimpressed by the 82 signatures at the foot of the letter handed in by the journalists and declined to make any comment aside from claiming that he was unaware of any of the incidents that prompted the protest.The journalists were filmed as they left the police station, fuelling a climate of suspicion in which any question by journalist can be construed as hostile action, a climate that encourages self-censorship and complicates journalists’ work.Despite the extreme polarization of the Nicaraguan media, which government supporters and opponents use to wage vicious feuds, Nicaragua’s journalists had always tended to close ranks when one of them was attacked, regardless of his or her political views.But some journalists have now taken to employing the previously unused term of “independent” to label themselves and set themselves apart from journalists working for pro-government media, who get privileged access to official events.The culture of secrecy espoused by many senior government officials is all the more disturbing when information of public interest is involved. It is reinforcing the widespread feeling that questioning the general lack of transparency is tantamount to a betrayal of national interests.As a result, those who express or report critical opinions are exposed to public condemnation by government supporters, many of whom feel justified in using force to back up their disapproval.No matter how necessary a debate may be, it can never justify the use of violence. The armed attacks on buses carrying Sandinista Front supporters on the night of 19 July, in which five people were killed and dozens wounded, must therefore be firmly condemned. These ambushes clearly aimed in the most hateful manner to revive the darkest moments of the Nicaraguan civil war that caused tens of thousands of casualties between 1980 and 1990. News Organisation September 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Newscenter_img to go further NicaraguaAmericas Help by sharing this information News Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill News July 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists want protection against attacks by government supporters June 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Penguin-mounted cameras glimpse underwater group behaviour

first_imgMarine birds and mammals spend most of their lives in the open ocean far from human observation, which makes obtaining information about their foraging behaviour difficult. Here, we show, by use of a miniaturized digital camera system, the first direct evidence (to our knowledge) of underwater group behaviour in free-ranging penguins. Penguins swim closely accompanied by other bird(s) during 24% of their possible foraging dives. This finding confirms that such miniaturized camera technology has broad applicability for advancing our knowledge about the previously unknown social interactions of marine animals at depth.last_img read more

Oil bioremediation in the marine environment of Antarctica: A review and bibliometric keyword cluster analysis

first_imgBioremediation of hydrocarbons has received much attention in recent decades, particularly relating to fuel and other oils. While of great relevance globally, there has recently been increasing interest in hydrocarbon bioremediation in the marine environments of Antarctica. To provide an objective assessment of the research interest in this field we used VOSviewer software to analyze publication data obtained from the ScienceDirect database covering the period 1970 to the present, but with a primary focus on the years 2000–2020. A bibliometric analysis of the database allowed identification of the co-occurrence of keywords. There was an increasing trend over time for publications relating to oil bioremediation in maritime Antarctica, including both studies on marine bioremediation and of the metabolic pathways of hydrocarbon degradation. Studies of marine anaerobic degradation remain under-represented compared to those of aerobic degradation. Emerging keywords in recent years included bioprospecting, metagenomic, bioindicator, and giving insight into changing research foci, such as increasing attention to microbial diversity. The study of microbial genomes using metagenomic approaches or whole genome studies is increasing rapidly and is likely to drive emerging fields in future, including rapid expansion of bioprospecting in diverse fields of biotechnology.last_img read more

Bogdanovic scores 30 points, Jazz beat T-Wolves 103-95

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points, Donovan Mitchell added 26 and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-95 on Wednesday night to split a home-and-home series.Bogdanovic and Mitchell each hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Bogdanovic was 6 of 11 from 3-point range, and Mitchell 5 of 10 to help Utah rebound for a home loss to Minnesota on Monday night.Minnesota led by six in the fourth quarter before Utah used a 12-0 run to take the lead for good.Mitchell hit a 3 with 5:09 left to give the Jazz a six-point lead.Andrew Wiggins had 22 points for Minnesota after missing three games because of personal reasons and an illness. Karl-Anthony Towns was held to 14 points and struggled with foul trouble most of the night.Towns finally hit double figures on a 3 with 4:34 remaining, but Utah answered with back-to-back triples from Bogdanovic and Mike Conley to make it 94-85 at the 3:28 mark.Conley had 16 points for the Jazz, and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 15 rebounds.Utah led by nine before Kelan Martin keyed a 12-0 run that put the Wolves up early in the fourth.TIP-INS:Jazz: Gobert blocked five shots for the second time in three games. … The Jazz took advantage of early foul trouble for Towns and Wiggins and jumped to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Utah led by 11 before Minnesota tightened up defensively and reclaimed the lead with a 20-4 run. … Ed Davis missed his eighth game with a fractured left fibula.Timberwolves: Minnesota went 11 for 21 from the foul line. … Coach Ryan Saunders was given a technical in the first quarter. …. Shabazz Napier (hamstring) missed his ninth game. F Jake Layman (toe) was inactive after leaving Monday’s game in the second quarter.UP NEXT:Jazz: Host Golden State on Friday night.Timberwolves: Host Phoenix on Saturday night. Tags: Bojan Bogdanovich/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by November 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bogdanovic scores 30 points, Jazz beat T-Wolves 103-95last_img read more

Andrews ‘goes digital’ after choosing Reapit RPS system

first_imgAndrews, one of the UK’s largest independent and most ethical estate agents has signed up to Reapit which it will use alongside its in-house software in a bid to ‘future proof’ its business.Its 50-plus sales and lettings branches across London, the Home Counties and beyond will now use Reapit’s RPS online and mobile-based system, which provides vendors, landlords, applicants and tenants with access to a range of digital tools and  self-service options.Crucially, it enables buyers to book viewings out of hours and, as one agent puts it on the Reapit website, takes the best of the online agency model and marry it to a traditional service.Andrews says the new partnership is designed to help the company grow, optimise its central functions and make the business more efficient.David Westgate (left), Group CEO at Andrews Property Group, said: “We are pleased to be working with Reapit and are confident that they will assist us in delivering some of our key strategic objectives.“Their software will support Andrews’ business performance and importantly our customers’ experience when choosing us for their property journey. This is part of a number of investments and innovations we are making to future-proof our business offering.”Gary Barker (right), CEO at Reapit said: “Andrews Property Group is passionate about going further to deliver exceptional customer service, and we are delighted to be the provider of the software that will enable Andrews to deliver world-class products and services, resulting in an optimised customer journey.“We look forward to helping them achieve not only their current objectives, but also those that emerge as they evolve along this new strategic path.”Andrews recently signed up to a long-term deal with OnThemarket.  gary barker Andrews Reapit David Westgate May 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Andrews ‘goes digital’ after choosing Reapit RPS system previous nextProducts & ServicesAndrews ‘goes digital’ after choosing Reapit RPS systemThe 50-branch South of England agency will be using its RPS system alongside its existing internal systems in a bid to ‘future proof’ its customer service.Nigel Lewis21st May 201901,298 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Director of Navy Staff Highlights Advantages of LCS

first_img View post tag: Staff USA: Director of Navy Staff Highlights Advantages of LCS View post tag: Highlights View post tag: Advantages View post tag: LCS View post tag: usa View post tag: DIRECTOR Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy March 18, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Director of Navy Staff Highlights Advantages of LCS Share this article The director of the US Navy staff talked at the most recent Navy Now Forum March 14 in Washington, D.C., about the future of the program for the littoral combat ship (LCS), one of the Navy’s newest warship platforms.Vice Adm. Richard Hunt took advantage of the session intended to enhance the relationship between the Navy and industry partners by discussing the progress the Navy’s LCS Council has made in furthering the development of integrating LCS ships into fleet operations. “I want to make sure that we keep the avenue for experimentation, innovation going into the future prominently in place with the ship. I think that’s really important. When you think about the modularity, when you think about the adaptability we’ve built into this hull and the capabilities they have at the margin out there across the board on space and power and all the kind of stuff that gets wrapped up in that. I think this is the future,” Hunt said.Hunt highlighted how the LCS Council focused on four lines of operation when war gamming. The first was USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) deployment, the second was fleet introduction and sustainability, third was capability evolution, and finally was concept of operations, doctrine, and policy for the platform. One of the take-aways from looking at the platform this way according to Hunt was the importance of staying close to the flexibility the platform was designed to provide.Future testing of other weapons systems is ideal for the modularity of an LCS ship according to Hunt.“I think you can bring energy weapons on there, I think you can put a smaller rail gun. It could do lasers. Together work some power issues. There are things that we have to do,” Hunt explained. “But as we take the Navy into the next generation, this can be one of those experimental platforms because we can slap stuff on and take it off, and that can really lead the way for how the rest of the surface community and Navy do stuff in the future.“One word for LCS that I use over and over again is opportunity. We’ve got to be smart enough to embrace the future. It’s going to be terrific,” Hunt exclaimed.The Association of the United States Navy held the networking luncheon at the Navy Memorial. The next Navy Now forum is scheduled for May.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 18, 2013; Image: US Navylast_img read more

Sr. Critical Care Physician Assistant

first_img Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Nurse Practitioner Johns HopkinsBayview WorkingConditions:Applicants must be willing to work a rotatingschedule, including weekends and holidays, as required to meetpatient care needs.Classified Title:Sr. Physician AssistantRole/Level/Range:ACRP/04/MGStarting Salary Range:Competitive; Commensuratewith experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:VariesExempt Status: ExemptLocation:Johns Hopkins BayviewDepartment Name: Anesthesiology & CriticalCare Medicine (ACCM)Personnel Area:School ofMedicineThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested in applying for employmentwith The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance oraccommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, pleasecontact the HR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Assumes responsibility and accountability fororganizing time and workload to meet patient, staff, anddepartmental needs.Serves as an educational and clinical resource tonursing and multi-disciplinary staff as well as to patients andtheir families. Informationist III/Librarian III Facebook Salary Not Specified The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Similar jobs You need to sign in or create an account to save The Department of Anesthesiology & CriticalMedicine is seeking a Critical Care MedicineSr.Critical Care Physician Assistantwork with attendingphysicians, residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and othersto provide patient care in various intensive care units, includingsurgical, burn, and neuro.CCM PA ResponsibilitiesInclude:Works independently with supervision and medicaldirection by Critical Care AttendingPhysicians;Coordinates patient care provided by amulti-disciplinary team of specialty carepractitioners;Obtains medical histories and perform physicalexaminations;Orders and interprets laboratory tests, X-rays, andother diagnostic studies;Interprets information from invasive andnon-invasive monitors;Initiates or modifies routine, complex, andemergent medication regimens andtherapies;Performs emergent, urgent, and routine procedures,if credentialed to do so:Inserts peripheral and central venouscathetersInserts pulmonary arterycatheters;Inserts temporary trans venous cardiacpacemakers;Inserts chest tubes or performs athoracentesis;Performs conscious IVsedation;Inserts peripheral arterialcatheters;Controls externalhemorrhageInserts Oral or Naso-gastrictubesInserts urinary drainage catheters (Foleycatheter)Performs cardio-pulmonary resuscitation(CPR/ACLS)Performs electricalcardioversionAssists with tracheal intubation, cricothyroidostomy, tracheostomy, bronchoscopy, and percutaneous endoscopicgastrostomy (PEG). Provides leadership, guidance, and teaching to thejunior NP/PA staff, PA and medical students, as well as residentsrotating in the units.Assists NP/PA manager with formulation of PApolicies within the ACCM department and other administrativematters.Serves as a sub-investigator for clinicaltrials. Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorecenter_img Nurse Practitioner Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Share More searches like this LinkedIn AdditionalKnowledge, Skills, andAbilities:Applicants must have advanced clinical skills andhave demonstrated the ability to apply theoretical concepts as partof a multi-disciplinary health care team providing care to patientsand their families. Ability to diagnose patients and to implement amedical care plan for the long and short-term care of acute andchronic health conditions in the intensive care unit. Positionrequires the ability to:Apply critical-thinking and problem solving skillsto function effectively and adapt to a dynamic and often changingwork environment.Apply evidence-based decision-making when assessingand treating patients.Communicate effectively verbally and inwriting.Collaborate with other services, other units, andother departments.Function with minimal supervision within the scopeof their practice as part of the critical careteamTeach and mentor junior staff and rotatinghouse-staff. Salary Not Specified Save Sr. Programmer Analyst Save Informationist III/Librarian III Salary Not Specified MinimumQualifications:Bachelor’s Degree, certification by the NCCPA orsimilar national certifying body; completion of an ARC-PA approvedPhysician Assistant program are required. Must be licensed as a PAin the state of Maryland. Minimum of three years’ experience inacute/critical care setting, and obtained proficiency in area ofcritical care. Five years of experience is preferred. Residency orfellowship programs in area of specialization may substitute forsome experience. Current CPR and ACLS certifications. Must maintainlicense to practice and certifications during duration ofemployment.Completion of the JHHand BMC credentialing process is required prior to startdate.PhysicalRequirements:Sitting, standing and walking for extended period.Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Fingerdexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather thanwith whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipmentthrough a hospital or clinicalenvironment. Sr. Programmer Analyst Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Twitter Maryland, United Stateslast_img read more

Row over room benefits for St John’s JCR reps

first_imgA motion by St John’s College to give JCR reps an advantage in the housing ballot has been defeated after arousing strong opposition from the college.St John’s JCR President Jason Keen proposed that JCR Reps who serve for two terms or more should be given priority in the room lottery. The president and secretary are already automatically placed at the top of the ballot.Keen argued, “reps carry out duties crucial to the smooth running of our JCR, but many people don’t know the positions even exist and consequently they are often difficult to fill.”He added that housing priority was “a means of revitalising the reps system.” Ollie Willmott opposed the motion, calling it “grossly unfair.” He set up a Facebook group asking for “just a simple vote of NO.”He argued, “we all contribute to college life in our own ways. We don’t all do this in order to gain a direct reward. Indeed, most people don’t need a reward to do something they feel is worthwhile.”Rep positions at St John’s include “Charties Pimp” and “PRAT” alongside more well known ones such as “rag rep” and “ethnic minorities rep.”Amin Hamzianpour also opposed, describing the proposed changes as “completely unfair.” He also noted, “reps don’t make an important contribution to the college.”Other John’s students have supported Keen’s motion. One commented, “some rep positions have beem really hard to fill in the past and there is a need for an incentive.“For example, the post of Academic facilities rep is difficult to fill year on year as it involves the time-consuming task of checking that all printers in college are equipped with paper and ink.”Students agreed that the opportunity to obtain a better room would be a motivation. St John’s second year Amin Hamzianpour argued, “while you don’t have to do much to be a rep, getting one of the best rooms is like winning the lottery. The best rooms have showers, kitchens and other rooms attached to them.”The proposed system was for Exec members to have points subtracted from their room ballot prior to the randomisation of the ballot. This would increase their likelihood of being allocated a good room in the third year as those with lower points are drawn first.Engineer Malcolm Begg suggested “it could have a massive difference. Having two points taken off for being a rep could move you up twenty to thirty places.”He supported the changes arguing, “it’s a good principle because it doesn’t cost the JCR anything. This is why accommodation benefits are a better idea than a meal.” The estimated cost per head at the annual JCR committee meal is £40.Jason Keen denied that students would take up rep positions just for rooms, “I think people’s motivation is secondary compared to if they properly devote their time to duties that benefit their fellow JCR members.”He added, “by putting rewards in place we would be able to expect more from our reps, rather than the current system where they have no incentive to do their jobs whatsoever.”Willmott refuted this saying, “I have never known a rep to be fired for doing a bad job and in any case, as suggested, most require minimal effort.”A representative for the St John’s accommodation office said, “the JCR and MCR ballot procedures are chosen by them.”last_img read more

Chomsky rates Obama’s first year

first_imgA crowd packed the Memorial Church at Harvard on Saturday (March 6) to hear Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and activist Noam Chomsky question U.S. foreign policy during the first year of the Obama administration, including its dogged opposition to Iran’s efforts to harness nuclear energy.Sponsored by the Harvard Extension School’s International Relations Club, the discussion also featured investigative journalist and author Amy Goodman, host of public radio’s “Democracy Now!”Qualifying Goodman’s introduction of him, Chomsky began by saying he was mentioned in a recent New York Times op-ed piece as “one of the last stale holdovers” of the 1960s. But his discussion points were decidedly topical.Comparing President Barack Obama with President George H.W. Bush, Chomsky noted that while Bush was criticized because he lacked “the vision thing,” Obama “is sort of the opposite — grand vision, real vision of what should be done, but he hasn’t succeeded much in practice.”On Iran, for example, he said that Brazil’s failure to go along with the United States in supporting harsher sanctions has been called a refusal to “go along” with the international community. But Chomsky called this “a reflection of the depth of cultural imperialism. Who is the international community?” he asked. “It’s Washington, and whoever happens to agree with them.” The “rest of the world,” he maintained, has supported Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, as did the majority of the American people before the “huge mass of propaganda” that has been promulgated on the topic since 2007.“Obama’s vision is to reduce or remove nuclear weapons,” Chomsky said. “That’s the vision. What’s the practice?”A U.N. Security Council resolution called on all states to join the nonproliferation treaty “without any threat of force,” Chomsky said. But, he added, two countries — the United States and Israel — said they wanted to “keep all options open. That’s a threat of force,” particularly considering that the two countries have been carrying out field operations “plainly aimed at Iran.”These threats, Chomsky said, “have the effect of inducing Iran to develop a deterrent,” though he said Iran is not interested in beginning a nuclear war, because it “would be vaporized in five minutes.”But Iran is far from the only international issue that Obama has to contend with, of course. Chomsky also discussed India and Pakistan, saying that President Ronald Reagan’s support of Pakistani dictators during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan helped to spread Saudi-funded “madrassas,” or Islamic schools, in Pakistan. “A strong jihadi tendency developed in Pakistan,” he said, “and that’s part of what the world is facing today.”The Obama administration, he said, has “informed India the resolution didn’t apply to them. The more India increases its nuclear capacity, the more Pakistan does, and the threat of nuclear war has been quite close a couple of times.” In refusing to join the nonproliferation treaty, Pakistan, India, and Israel acted with U.S. support, he said.When asked by Goodman about today’s antiwar movement, Chomsky said it is stronger than the anti-Vietnam War movement was in the early 1960s. In 1962, when President John Kennedy “sent the Air Force to start bombing” South Vietnam, causing a flood of refugees, he said, “protest was zero, literally. It was years before there was any sign of protest.”Finally, he said, “after years, 1967-68 got a substantial antiwar movement. By then, South Vietnam was gone. Compare that to Iraq. There were huge protests before the war was actually launched. We now know [that President George W.] Bush and British Prime Minister Tony] Blair were just lying [in saying that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction], but I think demonstrations had an effect … I think [the Iraq war] was retarded by the antiwar movement.”Chomsky also discussed the war in Afghanistan, the need for civilian trials for war criminals, the keeping of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, a multistate solution for Israel and Pakistan, and his belief that “international affairs are run like the Mafia … Send in your goons to beat them to a pulp so everyone else gets the idea.”His passion apparent, Chomsky concluded by discussing his own path toward activism. “You can’t become involved part time,” he said. “Go to a demonstration and go home, nothing happens. Only by dedicated, diligent work” can protesters’ voices be heard.last_img read more

Fisher Hall evacuated due to electrical fire in student room

first_imgUpdated Thursday at 9:10 p.m.A “small electrical fire” occurred in a Fisher Hall student room Thursday at about 5:30 a.m. and residents were evacuated to South Dining Hall, according to an email sent to campus media. The incident occurred when a fan caught fire.Two rooms were damaged by smoke and water, according to the email, and arrangements will be made for students who cannot occupy their rooms by Tuesday evening as a result of the damage.At the time of the fire, a student was examined for smoke inhalation. In response to follow-up questions, University spokesman Dennis Brown said additional students were assessed after the incident.“Three other students were evaluated for smoke inhalation since this morning’s first report,” Brown said in an email. “Out of an abundance of caution, two were transported by car to Memorial Hospital for further testing. They have now returned to campus.”Tags: electrical fire, fire, fisher halllast_img read more

University suspends Jerusalem study abroad program, offers updates on coronavirus

first_imgThe University announced the suspension of the Jerusalem study abroad program and offered updates regarding responses to COVID-19 in an email to the Notre Dame community Tuesday morning.“The University has suspended programs at the Jerusalem Global Gateway at Tantur and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute there after Israeli authorities closed the crossing between Jerusalem and Bethlehem because of confirmed cases of coronavirus there,” Paul Browne, vice president for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, said in the email. “As a result, most Tantur staff can no longer get to work.”According to the email, the University Emergency Operations Center is currently making plans to send students home as soon as possible, but the students will not be required to self-quarantine because they are asymptomatic.Additionally, the email offered updates on the students who were previously studying in Italy and Japan. The students currently being quarantined after returning from Italy will be able to return to campus following medical clearance. Students who do not need to be on campus in person to finish the semester will be able to work remotely from their home.Browne confirmed the students studying in Japan have returned home safely. Regarding other European countries, the email said the University is monitoring the situation.“Conditions in Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and the U.K. or anywhere Notre Dame students are studying are being monitored closely by the University,” the email said. “Students studying there will be repatriated quickly if the CDC elevates the countries to Level 3 or other circumstances warrant.”Browne also addressed the coronavirus’ presence in Indiana.“A fourth case of coronavirus in Indiana was reported Monday near Fort Wayne, the first in the northeast part of the state. There are no reported cases on the Notre Dame campus,” he said in the email.The University urges students to seek medical attention from either University Health Services or their primary care physician if they have questions or concerns.Tags: coronavirus, italy, japan, Jerusalem, Jerusalem Global Gateway, study abroadlast_img read more

New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to shut San Juan coal plant, sell Four Corners stake

first_imgNew Mexico regulators approve utility plan to shut San Juan coal plant, sell Four Corners stake FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:The state Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday unanimously accepted a Public Service Company of New Mexico three-year plan that calls for shuttering two coal-fired power plants in the northwestern part of the state and more reliance on renewable energy, along with natural gas and nuclear energy.Every three years, PNM files an Integrated Resource Plan as a general road map of how the company plans to provide cost-effective, reliable energy.Patrick O’Connell, the utility’s director of planning and resources, said after the meeting that commission acceptance of the plan is just a first step. Next year, he said, the utility will submit specifics on the closing of the San Juan Generating Station — the first power plant it wants to shutter — by 2022. PNM plans to close the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031.It took the commission more than a year to accept the PNM plan. Civic leaders in San Juan County and the city of Farmington wanted to see more specific plans for easing the economic pain expected when the power plants and adjacent coal mines are closed.Some environmentalists also objected. Santa Fe-based New Energy Economy had argued that the plan should include more solar and wind energy than what PNM proposes.More: PRC accepts PNM integrated resource planlast_img read more

CFPB outlines plan for small biz data collection rule

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The CFPB is seeking summary judgment in a lawsuit brought against it for allegedly violating the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The California Reinvestment Coalition, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, and two individual small business owners claim the bureau has violated the law by not issuing regulations to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which is related to small business lending data collection.In its motion for summary judgment to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the bureau argues that it has not violated the APA as Congress did not stipulate a timeline for this rulemaking. In addition, the bureau cites its recent symposium on the issue as proof that it “has made considerable progress in undertaking the information-gathering necessary to support an informed rulemaking.”The bureau also outlines its rulemaking plan for Section 1071:In the next six months, the bureau plans to complete its recommendation and briefing to Director Kathy Kraninger.Next, the bureau will begin the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) process to determine the rule’s impact on small businesses, as well as seek Office of Management and Budget approval to conduct a survey of estimated one-time costs to lenders responsible for reporting data under the rule.last_img read more