Thames Water launches major investment after choppy year

Sebastian McCarthy whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Thames Water has unveiled plans for a record £11.7bn investment project today as it seeks to win back public support following a turmoiled year of regulator fines and bonus pay disputes.In a five-year business plan submitted to regulator Ofwat, Britain’s biggest water company is announcing new funds for leakage reductions and infrastructure resilience. Thames Water launches major investment after choppy year However, the latest cash injection comes at a testing time for the water company, which was slapped with a record £20.3m fine last year for pumping 1.4bn litres of untreated sewage into the Thames.Read more: Thames river bus buoyed by rising tide of London commutersThe water provider has also come under fierce criticism over executive pay in recent months, with the firm saying last week that it is now planning to cap payouts to its owners at a total of £100m over the next regulatory period from 2020 to 2025, marking a steep drop compared with previous years.Steve Robertson, boss of Thames Water said: “More than 15 million people in the UK depend on Thames Water every day to go about their lives. Our responsibilities to the environment and customers are huge, and we will partner with them and our peers to insulate our region from the effects of changing climate patterns. This includes planning for a strategic reservoir for the SE region of England and exploring the potential of water transfers.” whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndo Sunday 2 September 2018 10:58 pm read more

Killing Eve in real life would lead to a workplace disaster

first_imgTuesday 6 November 2018 10:22 am whatsapp Few people seem to have missed one of this year’s most popular TV series, Killing Eve. For those who have not yet caught up with the latest craze, the show follows Eve Polastri, an intelligence officer whose sole mission becomes to track down an assassin named Villanelle – an operation that leaves a comedy (and sometimes tragedy) of errors in its wake.The story of Killing Eve is perfect for the world of TV, yet in reality it poses an interesting debate, highlighting what not to do as an employee. Eve might win an award for sheer determination, but she certainly does not win “Employee of the Year”. Spoilers ahead. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Only a few episodes into the show, Eve is fired from her official role as MI5 officer due to a flagrant disregard for proper procedures and orders from her supervisors. And due to her flouting of the rules, disaster strikes – Villanelle catches wind of Eve’s ploys and commits multiple murders (including of a potential key witness).While some might interpret Eve’s tenacity as evidence of her fortitude, in a day-to-day scenario this would most likely be considered a reckless (not to mention dangerous) move, which leaves her unemployed.Having been sacked, Eve remains undeterred and continues her mission “off the record”, after receiving a green light from a top MI6 agent.In an ordinary world, someone of Eve’s seniority would have most likely been subject to – and in breach of – several post-termination restrictions in undertaking such an operation following the termination of her employment.Meanwhile, one of the key themes that frequently rears its head throughout the series is Eve’s lack of concern for protecting confidential information. Again, for the purposes of showbiz, it’s easy to find yourself feeling sorry for Eve’s misfortune – on the other hand, you could argue that she ought to know better than to leave a suitcase full of confidential material on a busy street in Berlin, or to forget to password-protect her phone which contains vital information regarding a protected witness. Tags: Trading Archive As for potential data breaches under GDPR, well, who knows what the Information Commissioner’s Office would make of Eve’s misdemeanours – exposing that amount of sensitive personal data, particularly given the nature of the work undertaken by her team would undoubtedly breach a multitude of data protection laws.Last but not least, Eve’s conduct relating to her colleagues leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the level of professionalism that would normally be expected in the workplace.To name a few examples: putting her colleagues in danger without protection; verbally abusing those more senior to her (even if, on the face of it, they appear to have deserved it); and, albeit as a joke, making sexually inappropriate remarks, which might not be as well received by individuals with a very different sense of humour, particularly in light of the #MeToo movement.All that said, the show is a triumph for equality and diversity – with the two leading roles played by women, one of them of Asian descent.While Eve’s actions probably wouldn’t be met with such a positive reaction in real life, her adventures certainly make for a thrilling Sunday night watch. Stay tuned for season two. center_img Keely Rushmore Share whatsapp Killing Eve in real life would lead to a workplace disaster last_img read more

Catch Them If You Can: The World’s Vanishing Cultures

first_imgUncategorizedCatch Them If You Can: The World’s Vanishing CulturesThe haunting beauty of the Annenberg’s new exhibitionBy Jenny Lower – November 29, 2012504ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItTwo men stand in thigh-deep water in a rippling lake, a heron perched on a reed hoop nearby as masks made from dead birds conceal their faces. They could be gods of an undiscovered pantheon. In fact, they’re fishermen near Mohenjo Daro in the Indus Valley. They lay in wait for heron using a method their ancestors invented 5,000 years ago. When a flock of birds approach, the men sink into the water up to their chins, hoping an unsuspecting heron will venture close enough for them to snag it with their bare hands.The beauty of the scene belies its subjects’ fragile existences. According to Randy Olson, the National Geographic photographer who snapped a photo of the fishermen, it is “a desperate place.” The birds are a cheap and desperately needed source of protein. Fishermen failing to return their boats to shore before dark may get beaten by police. Armed bandits run rampant, threatening residents and kidnapping foreigners. (Olson hired a security guard for part of his trip.)Olson’s arresting images is one of dozens in the Annenberg’s new exhibit, No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World, on display through February 24. Curated by writer, anthropologist, and explorer Wade Davis, the exhibition features the work of photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, Steve McCurry, Chris Rainier, and Chris Johns. Tonight, Olson will speak at a session titled “The Stories in Our Genes.”The history of photography is tied in with a tendency to exoticize remote and indigenous cultures. This exhibition aims to subvert that, celebrating differences among cultures while underlining our essential commonalities. “The universality of someone who loves someone else running their hand across their face, those are just moments about being human,” says Olson. “I spend most of my time trying to prove how we’re similar, not how we’re different.”Olson, who has visited more than 50 countries in his two decades working for National Geographic, works to earn his subjects’ trust. “You have to be every bit as open with them as you expect them to be with you.” Like a reporter working a beat, he shows up every day, explains what he’s about, and waits. Eventually, the people around him get on with their daily lives. “My most powerful skill is the ability to bore people to death,” Olson says, laughing. But, he warns, “You can’t expect these cultures to stay quaint for your amusement.”No Strangers explores some of the major forces threatening indigenous cultures: urbanization, globalization, and environmental change. Of the 7,000 languages currently in existence, about half are expected to disappear within the next two generations. In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, some of Africa’s last culturally distinct tribes are seeing their way of life erased by construction of a dam that will bring steady electrical power to Addis Ababa’s 11 million residents. When formerly isolated groups move to cities looking for better lives, they intermarry, taking their unique genetic heritage with them. For now, the Indus Valley fishermen are safe, but there’s no telling what could happen. “There are cultures I have photographed that are already basically gone,” Olson says. “It’s happening fast.” TAGSAnnenberg Space for PhotographyExhibitionL.A. CultureNational GeographicPhotographyRandy OlsonPrevious articleSoundgarden at the Fonda: 2.5 Hours of DevotionNext articleThe Top Chef 10: What We Learned from Last Night’s Episode 4Jenny Lower RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Glimpse at the People and Cars of L.A.’s Lowrider Scene‘I’ve Got Nothing More to Hide’: Polly Borland Puts Her Nude Selfies on DisplayLast March, a Photographer Chartered a Helicopter and Captured an Invisible Crisislast_img read more

Hays Recruitment buys 80 per cent stake in IT staffer Veredus

first_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp LEADING British human resources and recruitment company Hays has acquired 80 per cent of Veredus Corporation, a specialist IT staffer based in Tampa, Florida, for $44m (£28m). Veredus has 10 offices and 150 employees scattered throughout the south east and mid west of the US, and generates 85 per cent of its net fees from contracting and temporary assignments. The remaining 20 per cent of equity will be retained by selling shareholders. “The acquisition of Veredus provides the ideal platform for us to import our complementary recruiting expertise and relationships from across the group, driving diversified growth and better serving our many clients for whom the US is a key market,” said Hays chief executive Alistair Cox.Stockbroker Shore Capital has given Hays a “buy” rating noting that “the deal makes a huge amount of sense for Hays”, which is cur­rent­ly “under-represented in the US”. Tom Beck Share Hays Recruitment buys 80 per cent stake in IT staffer Veredus Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Thursday 4 December 2014 8:23 pmlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 4, 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad TAGSDeaths in Laois Pinterest Community Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Kathleen (Phill) Kirwan (née Fingleton)Kimmage, Dublin / LaoisKIRWAN (née Fingleton), (Kimmage, Dublin 12 and Laois) August 2nd 2018 (peacefully) in the affectionate care of the staff at Elm Hall Nursing Home, Celbridge, Kathleen (Phill), beloved wife of the late Matthew, loving mother of Anne, Matthew, Jim and Mariesa and grandmother to Peter, Niamh, Eimear, David, Louisa, Eoin and Andrew. Sadly missed by all who knew her and loved her.Reposing at Elm Hall Nursing Home, Celbridge on Friday evening (Aug 3rd) from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Removal to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road on Saturday morning (Aug 4th) arriving for Requiem Mass at 11.00am followed by burial in Mount Jerome Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.Dean BerginSt Johns Sq., Portlaoise, LaoisBergin, St John’s Sq., Portlaoise. August 1st 2018. Suddenly at his residence, Dean. Beloved son of Raymond and Martina and dearly loved brother to Maritina, Lisa and Sandra. Deeply regretted by his loving nephews and nieces, Lexie, Hannah, Keith, Jake and Dion. Extended family, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.Reposing at his residence from 4 pm on Thursday with rosary at 8 pm. Requiem Mass at 11.30 pm on Friday in SS Peter and Paul’s Church. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.Oliver DonohueGrattan st., Portlaoise, LaoisDonohue, Oliver (London and Portlaoise) June 29th, 2018 (previously announced on July 2nd and 3rd 2018). A Memorial Mass for Oliver will take place in Saint Peter and Paul’s Church at 10 am on Saturday August 4th. 2018. His ashes will be interred in the family grave immediately afterwards. Oliver’s Funeral Mass and cremation took place in London on July 25th 2018.Carol Sinnott(née Bennett)Ballybrophy, Laois / Inchicore, DublinCarol Sinnott (nee Bennett), Ballybrophy, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and formerly of North Square, Inchicore, Dublin. July 31. 2018. Peacefully at The Milford Hospice, Castletroy, Limerick. Predeceased by her son Brian, brothers Percy and Paul. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by her loving husband Donal, daughters Laura and Edel, son Colm, brother Gordan, sister Von, son-in-law Ed., grandchildren Killian and Jamie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.May Carol Rest In Peace.Reposing in her home this Thursday evening from 6 o’c with rosary in the house at 9 o’c. Removal this Friday morning August 3rd. at 10 o’c to the Church of the Assumption, Killasmeestia for Funeral Mass at 10.30 o’c. with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to The Milford Hospice, Castletroy, Limerick. House private please on Friday morning.Patricia Doyle O’Sullivan (née Kelly)Apt. 25 Sue Ryder House, Dublin Road, Carlow / Ballylinan, LaoisFormerly of 16 Carlow Road, Ballylinan, Athy. Died peacefully in Cork University Hospital on 31/07/2018. Deeply regretted by her loving son Jason, daughter in Law Sandra, grandchildren Jason Jnr. and Cody, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy from 7pm Wednesday, August 1, with Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.30 to arrive at St. Anne’s Church, Ballylinan for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. May Patricia Rest in Peace.Norma LuddenClonminham Rd., Portlaoise, LaoisDeeply regretted by her loving brother Gerard, nephews Brendan, Fergus and niece Tracy and sister-in-law Eileen, relatives and friends and former colleagues in the ESB.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise on Thursday evening from 7 pm with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Friday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church, for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment will follow afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise. May she rest in peace.Laura Hayes (née Moriarty)Johnstown Road, Rathdowney, Laois / Durrow, Laois / Johnstown, KilkennyHayes (nèe Moriarty), Durrow and Rathdowney, Co. Laois and Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny. July 27th 2018, Laura, unexpectedly. Sadly mourned by her family, Dominic, Shannon, Aaron, Leon and Brooke, her parents Johnny and Vera, her sister Lisa and her brothers Mel and Darren, her partner Ali, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and her many friends. Funeral arrangements will be announced on Monday evening. Family flowers only by request. House strictly private.Robert (Bob) Fitzpatrick Croppy Place, Graiguecullen, Carlow / Crettyard, CarlowFormerly of Doonane Hill, Crettyard. Reposing at Rigney Funeral Home, Athy from 10am Tuesday (31st July) with Rosary Tuesday evening at 8pm. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.15am to arrive at St Abban’s Church, Doonane for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.Olive Ann ConroyMullaghanard, Rosenallis, Laois / Navan, MeathDied in the loving care of the staff at Drormnin Nursing Home, Stradbally. Beloved wife of the late Denis. Deeply regretted by her loving family Pat, Ann, Marie and Gerry, grandchildren and great-grandchild Liam, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Reposing in the home of her daughter Ann and her husband Liam Fitzpatrick, Killone, Stradbally (The Heath) on Saturday from 3.30pm untill Removal at 5.30pm to St. Brigid’s Church arriving at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 1pm (One o’clock). Burial after in St. Brigid’s Cemetery.Bill MooreSt. Fiacc`s Terrace, Graiguecullen, CarlowBill Moore of Sale, Manchester and formerly of 2 St. Fiaccs Terrace, Graiguecullen, Carlow passed away peacefully on 24th July 2018, in Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, aged 78 years. Pre-deceased by his partner Jenny, mother Maisie, father Michael, brothers Tom and Tim and sister Cathy. Sadly missed by his sister Margaret Delaney and brother-in-law Liam Delaney, 21 Roncalli Place, Carlow, and relatives in Manchester and Carlow including cousins Madge (Manchester) and Eddie Brennan and Billy Piggott (Carlow) and all of his nephews, nieces and friends in Carlow and his great friends in Manchester especially his best friend Des.Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Sale, Manchester, on Thursday 2nd August at 12 noon followed by committal at Altrincham Crematorium. Family flowers only please, but donations, if desired, for Macmillan Cancer. Support may be sent to Arthur Gresty Funeral Homes, 305 Manchester Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. WA14 5PH Tel: 0161 973 151515.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, August 3, 2018 Pinterest Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 4, 2018 Deaths Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleShanahoe Gaels turn the tables on their neighboursNext articleStack becomes Board member of Portlaoise Family Resource Centre      LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rugby Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 4, 2018 Community By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th August 2018 WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding last_img

The Illogical Motivations of Kim Ki Jong’s Attack

first_img SHARE The Illogical Motivations of Kim Ki Jong’s Attack By Lee Kwang Baek, UMG, President – 2015.03.06 5:39pm Image: Yonhap News Agency RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Analysis & Opinion Kim Ki Jong declared, “Stop the ROK-US joint military exercises!”as he assailed and inflicted wounds on the face and hands of Mark Lippert, theUnited States ambassador to South Korea. “I committed an act of terror today,” he declared. “I initially tried to stab him in the neck,” adding that he prepared for the attack over the course of ten days.  His actionsreflect that of a premeditated murder attempt. Violence wrecks the body and mind ofhumans. It kills lives. It is the most inhumane act. Violence with politicalagendas and terrors that kill lives are unpardonable, cruel, and base crimes.ISIS, an Islamic extremist rebel group, decapitate those who do not align with its cause. Kim Jong Eun, who acclaimed the attack on Ambassador Lippert,executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, in 2013 for treason and then incinerated the body. Kim Ki Jong’s violence is of the same nature these aforementioned examples. He should be severely punished in accordance with the law. Thegovernment, the ruling and opposing parties, the media, and citizens will have torally together to ensure such political violence does not recur. What led Kim to commit such a violent act? He has mounted anti-Japanese and anti-American activism seeking reunificationby establishing Urimadang in 1980, Unification Culture Institute in 1998, andDokdo Island Protectors in 2006. As I reflected on Kim’spast 25 years three things came to mind.First, Kim’s rageis perverted anger, stemming from an anachronistic and unconditionaladherence to ideology.Kim demanded an end to the joint ROK [Republic of Korea]-U.S. military exercises as he attacked the Americanambassador. In 2010, he hurled two pieces of concrete at the Japanese ambassador toSouth Korea, in turn inflicting wounds on an employee of the JapaneseEmbassy in Korea, who was working there as a translator. Kim was consequently placedunder arrest. His record of violence against foreign envoys prior tothe recent attack is well-documented. Notably, Kim exudes a very incongruousattitude: he proclaims anti-war sentiments, but has remained tight-lipped on NorthKorea’s nuclear development and shelling of YeonpyeongIsland [2010]. Kim also visited North Korea eight timesfrom 2006 to 2007. The irony that a man who claims to be against war has resorted to violence should not escape anyone.  The chief reason that war is wrong isthat it kills people. Kim’s actions are inconsistent with his words: he tried to kill someone under the name of peace and oppositionto war. His advocacy of peace and reunification, merely employed as anideological tool to forge ahead with anti-Japanese, anti-Americanmovements and socialism, is a common thread among unification activists with pro-North Korean andanti-American beliefs. Second, leftist groups are fraught with discord.In 2007, Kim fainted out of anger whilewrangling with members of reunification groups such as the Korea Council forReconciliation and Cooperation and the 615 South Committee. Some ofhis acquaintances frequently refer to him as “opinionated,” while the blunter ones call him “crazy.” Hetried to immolate himself that same year in front of Cheong Wa Dae, the South Koreanpresidential office and residence, in order to propel “theinvestigation into the raid on Urimadang [an organization that he founded], andbringing back of conscience to those who cooperate with the authorities in thename of democracy and reunification.” Hisself-immolation purportedly targeted the scores of “unconscionable” people around him. Dissonance with the world and isolation probablyintensified his anger toward his ideological foes. Third, I see an incompetent person who lacks both observation of the world and the leadership to move people.Kim’s blog musings are rife with logical fallacies, giving one the impression that this individual severely lacks the ability to think or communicate. This drawback must have beendetrimental for someone at the helm of a social movement. Based on these inadequacies, it stands to reason that he failed to gain much support or trust from even his companions, let alone the public. There are 58 members in Dokdo Island Protectors–only four of them frequent the website. Needless to say, the heaviest traffic the blog has seen occurred the very day hebrandished a knife and attacked an ambassador. The economic hardships he endured as a result of living alone for such a protracted period were likely to have exacerbated his discontent and isolation from the world. The difference between people and animalsis that the former has a set of spiritual values. In other words, people recognize that life is precious. The chief adversary to human civilization is violence–it kills people. Kim must be harshly penalized under existing principles and laws. Wemust make it clear that nothing is gained from violence. We must show those who resort to, or plan to resort to, violence for political gains, theprice they will pay for their actions. Analysis & Opinion AvatarLee Kwang Baek, UMG, President Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

CSA focuses on investor protection

OSC finalizes DSC ban The umbrella group of Canadian securities regulators has, for the first time, released a set of collective priorities, highlighted by retail investor protection issues. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) Tuesday released its Three-Year Business Plan for the period April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016. Related news Keywords Investor protectionCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators The plan, which was approved by the various chairs of the provincial regulators at a meeting in June, indicates that the CSA’s priorities over the next three years “intend to reflect the CSA members’ commitment toward the enhancement of the Canadian regulatory framework, with particular emphasis on the implementation of investor protection initiatives.” These plans to enhance retail investor protection will be focused largely on projects that are already well known and underway, such as the implementation of the second phase of the Client Relationship Model (CRM II), a point-of-sale disclosure regime for mutual funds and comparable products such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs). It also references the ongoing examination of mutual fund fees and the question of whether to adopt a statutory best interests duty for financial advisors, although the plan doesn’t make any new commitments to those efforts. In terms of the mutual fund fee issue, the CSA says that it will conduct stakeholder consultations and determine the extent of the regulatory response, “as appropriate”. It will also continue to examine whether a fiduciary duty is necessary, and “feasible”; and, if so, the best way to implement it. One promise that does appear to be new is a pledge to implement an oversight regime to monitor the effectiveness of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI). It also says that the CSA plans to proceed to mandate OBSI as the industry dispute resolution provider. In addition to its investor protection priorities, the CSA says that its work will also focus on other fundamental areas of its mission, “such as access to capital for small and medium enterprises, shareholder democracy and protection, increased market regulation effectiveness, enhanced collective enforcement efforts and efficiency gains through the enhancement of CSA national systems.” Again, many of these initiatives are already well known and ongoing. For example, it indicates that the CSA has agreed to explore equity crowdfunding as a possible way for small firms to raise capital. It’s committed to examining this possible exemption, while also refining and harmonizing prospectus exemptions generally, it says. The plan says that the CSA will also continue to work on shareholder democracy issues, such as reviewing the proxy voting system, considering regulation for proxy advisory firms, and reforming the take-over bid regime. In terms of market issues, it pledges to examine the impact of the order protection rule and market data fees and, “if appropriate, develop a strategy to address any issues identified”; along with implementing oversight for credit rating agencies and OTC derivatives markets. In terms of bolstering enforcement performance, the plan says that the CSA is seeking greater use of reciprocal orders, aims to improve information sharing and its surveillance capabilities, and is examining the development of a consolidated case management system. Additionally, it’s also committed to building new national systems, such as SEDAR, SEDI and NRD, and indicates that it will look at consolidating data repositories. It also says that it will consider expanding the current passport system and mutual reliance to other regulatory areas, developing recommendations to streamline the legislative amendments process across different jurisdictions, and enhancing its project management process. “The plan sets out, in a clear and comprehensive manner, the priorities the CSA has committed to pursue over the next three years,” said Bill Rice, chair of the CSA and chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC). “The plan itself is not static and over its life will be supplemented and influenced by capital market events and regulatory responses to these events.” James Langton Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As of April 1, some 115,000 persons living under the poverty line, who should have been receiving assistance under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), were added to the list.The exercise of getting more of these persons on the PATH programme is set for completion by October this year.Making the announcement at yesterday’s (July 9) sitting of the House of Representatives, Labour and Social Security Minister, Pearnel Charles explained that in his contribution to the Budget Debate in April, Prime Minister, Bruce Golding had announced an increase in the scope of PATH, to include all persons under the established poverty line.“At that time, approximately 360,000 persons were said to be under the poverty line, and only 245,000 were benefiting from the PATH programme,” he told the House. This meant that approximately 115,000 poor persons who should have been receiving assistance, were not considered.As of June 30, some 38,000 new beneficiaries have been selected and registered on the Programme, following the commencement of registration in May. Minister Charles informed that 154 temporary interviewers were employed to assist in the process islandwide.“These persons have been trained and deployed to work alongside the staff of the Ministry of Labour in its relief department in the various offices and centres islandwide,” he said. In addition, temporary targeting centres have been set up in communities to facilitate easy access by prospective beneficiaries. These include church halls, schools, and community centres. “These centres are not fixed. They move from one community to other communities,” he noted.Reform of the social safety net system was launched in 2000 and was fully implemented in 2002, with PATH being the main element. The programme, which is aimed at delivering benefits of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society, amalgamates three existing social assistance programmes, which include, the Outdoor Poor Relief, the Food Stamp Programme, and Public Assistance Programme.In addition to providing benefits to the most vulnerable, PATH aims to consolidate major income transfer programmes into unified benefit programmes that ensure: meaningful levels of benefits; a cost-efficient and accessible delivery system; and access to benefits linked to desirable behaviour changes for promoting investment in human capital and development of the poor, especially children. 115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme UncategorizedJuly 11, 2008 Related115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme Related115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programmecenter_img Related115,000 Persons Added to PATH Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

DTU is building for a sustainable future

first_imgDTU is building for a sustainable future DTU is investing just under half a billion kroner in a new building dedicated to research aimed at climate change mitigation: Climate Challenge Laboratory. The building will provide the setting for research and development of new technologies for the green transition. The world is far from compliance with the vision of a sustainable development formulated 34 years ago by a UN commission headed by Gro Harlem Brundtland. But an ever-increasing number of forces are working to achieve a sustainable society, and research clearly plays an important role in this connection.“Society is quite simply looking to the universities for new knowledge, new technology, and new talents that can come up with solutions to the world’s great challenges. There is a demand for technology for people, which can contribute to a better, richer, fairer, and safer life without depleting natural resources or compromising life on earth,” says Rasmus Larsen, Provost.DTU will play a role in initiatives aimed at pushing the development, such as the Government’s green partnerships, the Pioneer Centres in Climate and Energy, and the EU Commission’s Green Pact. Therefore, several of DTU’s central academic environments are expected to grow within the next years, and—to create space for them and give them the opportunity to collaborate in larger units—DTU is now investing just over DKK 400 million in a new research building named Climate Challenge Laboratory.Sustainable construction for sustainable researchThe planning of the new building has just started. It will be of as much as 10,000 square metres and will be located next to Building 310, which is also a specialized research building. However, unlike almost all previous DTU buildings, it will not be attached to a department. The idea is that it will function as a platform for new collaborations across departments, disciplines and subjects, researchers and students, sectors, and companies, all working to solve the climate challenge.“We’re thinking big and far ahead. Therefore, the laboratory layout and arrangement will become more generic than specific, and the house is designed to create the best conditions for both spontaneous and planned meetings.”Rasmus Larsen, prorektor“We’re thinking big and far ahead. Therefore, the laboratory layout and arrangement will become more generic than specific, and the house is designed to create the best conditions for both spontaneous and planned meetings,” says Rasmus Larsen.Like all new buildings at DTU, the Climate Challenge Laboratory will also have to be certified according to an international standard for sustainable construction, DGNB Gold. However, importance will also be attached to ensuring that the house will have a good indoor climate and consist of materials chosen with due consideration for carbon footprint and life cycle assessments.“The new standard is called DGNB Gold Heart,” says Rasmus Larsen. “It must be a house in which people can thrive and develop their talents optimally.”DTU has just signed a contract with MT Højgaard Danmark, MOE Rådgivende Ingeniører, og Christensen og Co Arkitekter, and these firms of architects and consulting engineers will plan the building project in consultation with DTU over the next year.One member of the user group is one of the world’s leading catalysis researchers—Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov—who returned to DTU a few years ago after a number of years at Stanford University. He sees the new house as a fantastic opportunity to create a unique academic environment around technologies for the necessary green transition.“There will here be room to strengthen and develop the best research in this field. The building will encourage collaboration and exchange of views—not just across the University—but also between DTU’s researchers and experts throughout Denmark and beyond Denmark’s borders,” he says.The house is scheduled to be taken into use in 2024. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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