People on the move

first_imgPeople on the moveOn 14 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Fiona Dowswell is the new human resources manager at Kent’s Leeds Castle. She moved from her position as group training manger at Marston Hotels. In her new job Dowswell will be responsible for the training and development of the castle’s 300 staff. Judith Rather has been appointed chief executive of small firm business support service, London Business Link. She is currently director of London’s Tec Council. She will take up her new role when the business starts next April. Chris Scott is to take over the human resources director post at commercial radio company GWR Group. He has been with the group 16 years, most recently as customer service director. In his new job, Scott will be responsible for developing a strategic direction for the HR function across the United Kingdom. Phil Badley has been appointed assistant chief executive of Stockport Council’s human resources department. Badley, who starts next year, is currently assistant director of personnel at Daren Borough Council. He has been working within personnel in local government for more than 20 years and has had roles within Wrekin Council, South Staffordshire District Council and Portsmouth County Council. Badley will be in charge of all personnel services for Stockport Council. Pam Winskill has been appointed HR manager at accountancy and business adviser BDO Stoy Hayward. Winskill, who starts her new role next month, moves from her position as nation HR manager at Grant Thornton. She will be responsible for the services to the company’s staff in the southeast division. Dr Ian Peters has been appointed director of external affairs and marketing for the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF). Peters, who starts his new role next year, is currently deputy director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce. Previous positions include deputy director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce. His role will include boosting the EEF’s efforts to raise the profile of engineering and manufacturing. Ben Taylor (left) and Dorin Arion have joined education and research organisation Roffey Park as development tutors. Taylor joins from health and social care trainer Salomons, where he was unit personnel officer. Arion was deputy director of Romanian management development centre CDM. Both of their job descriptions involve residential development programmes and in-company development. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

UK takes lustre off gleaming Savills half year results

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » UK takes lustre off gleaming Savills half year results previous nextAgencies & PeopleUK takes lustre off gleaming Savills half year resultsPre-tax profits for Group business rise by 27% but UK one of few struggling parts of the Savills empire.Nigel Lewis11th August 201701,043 Views Savills half year results have revealed global turnover up by 15% to £714m and underlying profits were up 27% to to £32.4m.But an otherwise glowing half year report by the company was offset by poor results from its UK operation, where underlying profits dropped by 27% to £5.4 million.Its UK fee income dipped by 4% to £55 million down from £57.2 million and like many of its competitors Savills blames the surge of purchases before the additional Stamp Duty was introduced during 2016 for the lower volumes within the prime residential market compared to last year.Other factors Savills blames include the political and economic uncertainty created by the General Election and Brexit which, it says “make it difficult to predict market volumes for the rest of the year”.Savills said a weak April was offset by a stronger May and June compared to last year, although this is because those months last year were “muted” by the run up to the EU Referendum vote.Worst performingWithin the UK prime property market the worst performing sector was new homes in which new development stock dropped by 6% and prices dipped by 4% to an average of £750,000.This compares with the prime city resales market where transaction volumes dropped by 3% and country houses, which were 6% down.Savills says the average sale price of Lonon houses it sold over the past half year was £2.7 million, up from £2.5 million last year and the average price for rural piles increased by £100,000 to £1.1 million.But the UK performance was a distraction among other wise good results – Savills earns two thirds of its profits overseas and its successful Asian/Hong Kong business continues to deliver for the Group despite a lacklustre UK performance.“Continued growth in our less transactional businesses, significant overseas earnings and strong market shares in many of our most important transactional locations position the Group to withstand short term reductions in local activity and to capitalise on the opportunities which we expect to emerge,” says Savills’ Group Chief Executive Jeremy Helsby (pictured, left).“In an environment of ongoing political and economic uncertainty, we continue to anticipate that our performance for the full year will be in line with the Board’s expectations.” Jeremy helsby Savills August 11, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Celebrity Tulisa Contostavlos to pay landlord £70,000 for ‘trashing his property’

first_imgHome » News » Celebrity Tulisa Contostavlos to pay landlord £70,000 for ‘trashing his property’ previous nextRegulation & LawCelebrity Tulisa Contostavlos to pay landlord £70,000 for ‘trashing his property’Inventory report supports landlord’s claim against Former X Factor judge, N-Dubz star and global celebrity.Sheila Manchester17th October 201902,424 Views The former N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos has been ordered to pay over £70,000 to the landlord of the property, Andrew Charalambous, after his luxury North London home was ‘trashed’ during her tenancy. The inventory check-in and check-out report was key in providing evidence of the serious damage.The landlord claimed the three-bedroom property in Enfield, costing £3,466 per month to rent, was let in ‘tip-top condition’ but returned to him in an ‘appalling’ and ‘unlettable’ state. Reported damage between September 2014 and July 2016, included a smashed sink, cigarette burns, stains and doors ripped from hinges.“Normal” wear and tear…Contostavlos’ lawyer argued that the damage was not caused by her and that it was not above ‘normal wear and tear’. However, Judge David Saunders ruled against her ordering her to pay compensation, interest and legal costs in excess of £70,000 to Mr Charalambous.The inventory work was carried out by Mitchell Walters, owner of No Letting Go’s Barnet and Enfield franchise, who said, “We were pleased to be able to help the landlord win compensation, the property was treated very poorly and would have cost him thousands to repair. Our inventory helped to demonstrate its pristine condition at the start of the tenancy,” says Mitchell.“Hopefully the high-profile nature of this case will remind landlords and letting agents about the potential financial implications of property damage if they don’t have professional and comprehensive measures in place.”Nick Lyons, CEO, No Letting Go, added, “We can see from this case the importance of an independently and professionally compiled inventory. It’s clear that reported damage was certainly not wear and tear, but when serious disputes between landlords and tenants like this occur, being able to prove it through evidence becomes crucial if landlords want to recover costs for repairs and replacements.”   October 17, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Still no answers on rigged NUS referendum

first_imgIt was reported at the time that over 1,000 extra voter codes were used to cast votes for ‘Believe In Oxford’, supposedly all from the same location.Last year’s OUSU President Tom Rutland, who was in charge of the student union at the time of the referendum and led the ‘Yes to NUS’ campaign, told Cherwell, “It’s frustrating that the University hasn’t publicly said anything since it was referred to them. Students deserve to know the outcome of the investigation into evidence that the vote was intentionally sabotaged.”Last May, following the announcement of the referendum being declared void, Jack Matthews said to Cherwell, “I welcome the result of the Junior Tribunal – it is absolutely right that the entire Referendum has been voided.“We must now wait for a response from other investigations which will seek to discover who perpetrated this crime.”Other students also expressed their frustation at the lack of news.Third year Hilda’s student Helena Dollimore said, “Either the University is incompetent and hasn’t managed to work out how the referendum was fiddled and which IP address was responsible, or they’re deliberately keeping the results of the investigation secret. If the latter, it sends out completely the wrong message for a university to effectively not punish serious electoral fraud, which gets you jail time in the real world.”Louis Trup, who was then OUSU Presidentelect, remarked at the time, “I am genuinely shocked to hear of the electoral malpractice that has led to the results of the NUS referendum being declared void. It’s obviously a terrible thing to happen, but I just can’t really believe anybody cared enough to go to the trouble of sending off so many votes.”Rutland took a motion to OUSU Council in 7th Week of Trinity last year to reaffiliate to the NUS after the news that the referendum had been tampered with was revealed to the general student population. OUSU then decided to vote through his motion.The Oxford University Student Handbook reveals that the Student Disciplinary Panel, the University body to which the case was referred, can punish those who break regulations in several different ways. The body can issue punishments ranging from “a fine of any size” to rusticating students for “whatever period of time it [the SDC] thinks fit” or even expulsion from membership of the University.Second year chemist Harry Bush told Cherwell, “The actual NUS referendum sort of passed me by really, although my friends talked about the fact it might have been rigged quite a lot. It does seem a bit bizarre that we haven’t been told anything about what’s been happening since the investigation was launched.”Another student said they hoped “the entire University would be informed of the developments soon.”The student conduct section of the University regulations makes clear that complaints of this nature are supposed to be dealt with in full confidentiality.The same section also maintains, “All those who are involved in procedures for investigating an allegation, including witnesses, representatives, and persons providing evidence and/or advice, have a duty to maintain confidentiality.”It is unknown if any actions have been taken towards any students and whether any more information will be made public. THE UNIVERSITY PROCTORS have refused to announce whether there are any results from the Student Disciplinary Panel’s (SDP) investigation into the “serious irregularities” discovered in May’s OUSU referendum on its affiliation to the National Union of Students (NUS).The University’s regulations state, “No complaint made by the Proctors shall be heard by the Student Disciplinary Panel more than six months after the date of the first interview, unless the Chairman or ViceChairman sitting on that occasion decides at his or her discretion to allow the complaint to be heard on the grounds that there is good cause for the delay.” Cherwell understands that it has now been more than six months since the complaint was made and interviews began.OUSU President Louis Trup told Cherwell, “It has been a long time since the NUS referendum, and I am frustrated with the lack of response from the Proctors on the issue. On many occasions I have asked the Proctors for more information about the current status of the investigation, but they have not told me anything. I understand that if the Proctors do make a decision, this will not be made public, which for me is a highly frustrating element to the way in which they operate. This concern can now be voiced by OUSU officers, as we have this year managed to get OUSU representation on the university committee which oversees the work of the Proctors’ Office.“I have made it clear at many OUSU Council meetings that if the investigation finds that individuals engaged in electoral malpractice, then I believe they should be held accountable for their actions.“OUSU has adopted a new voting system to ensure that any future referendum or election cannot be manipulated in the same way.”A University spokesperson responded, saying, “The subjects and outcomes of all Proctors’ investigations are confidential and are not made public.”A Junior Tribunal declared the referendum, which was held to determine whether or not OUSU should remain affiliated to the NUS, void on Monday 26th May 2014. This was after the leader of the campaign to disaffiliate, Jack Matthews, highlighted misuse of the Unique Voter Codes (UVCs) issued for the online voting system in an official complaint. Matthews declined to comment when Cherwell approached him on the expiration of his complaint.last_img read more


first_imgJoseph Wisniewski, former Weehawken superintendent, dies at 77Joseph Wisniewski, the superintendent of schools for the Weehawken school district for 15 years before retiring in 1995, died on Friday, Feb. 3, according to newspaper reports. The Rutherford resident was 77. Wisniewski was also a football coach at Weehawken High School, the Voice website said. Wisniewski was an avid golfer and a private pilot. The funeral was Feb. 8 at St. Mary Church, Rutherford.  1 / 4  Weehawken senior citizens had a great time at their Super Bowl party and wanted to thank Mayor Richard Turner and Township Council and also Brownie Troop 12279 for all their help.  2 / 4  The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. (See brief.)  3 / 4  The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. (See brief.)  4 / 4  Saint Augustine School in Union City held two Mini Olympics, for grades pre-K through third and grades four through six. The children raced, leap-frogged, hopped, raced on wheels, did tug-of-wars, and carried plastic eggs while walking. ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 4  Weehawken senior citizens had a great time at their Super Bowl party and wanted to thank Mayor Richard Turner and Township Council and also Brownie Troop 12279 for all their help.  2 / 4  The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. (See brief.)  3 / 4  The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. (See brief.)  4 / 4  Saint Augustine School in Union City held two Mini Olympics, for grades pre-K through third and grades four through six. The children raced, leap-frogged, hopped, raced on wheels, did tug-of-wars, and carried plastic eggs while walking. ❮ ❯center_img Gypsy Jazz up next at the UBS Atrium SeriesFinnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli and French accordionist Julien Labro have joined forces to create a new take on traditional Gypsy Jazz. Their fresh approach to this iconic music has delighted audiences from Alaska to Bangalore.The Olli Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.Olli picked up the guitar at age 12. He soon discovered the music of the legendary French guitarist, Django Reinhardt and since then has made Reinhardt’s music his main focus. After developing his talents at jazz clubs and festivals in his native land, he started playing across Europe with top musicians and moved to New York City in 2014. He has played marquis venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, and Lincoln Center. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, and Anat Cohen. The Wall Street Journal gave Soikkeli high praise when it said that his talents “place him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”Born in France, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the top accordion, accordina, and bandoneón players in the classical and jazz genres. After graduating from the Marseille Conservatory of Music, Labro began winning international competitions but moved to the U.S. for further studies.He has shared the stage and/or recorded with a myriad of eclectic artists including João Donato, Cassandra Wilson,  Miguel Zenón,  James Carter and Tommy Emmanuel to name a few.Julien has played for audiences throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has also been enlisted as an arranger and/or soloist by the Spektral Quartet, Curtis On Tour, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and many more.The quartet is rounded out by rhythm guitarist Max O’Rourke and bassist Eduardo Belo.The concert is free and open to the general public. It is sponsored in part by the Hudson Reporter newspapers. For directions and more information, please check the HRPAC website – – or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.Hackensack UMC Palisades announces community service scholarship Community service-minded Hudson County students may apply for a new scholarship initiative from Hackensack UMC Palisades. The hospital recently announced a Community Service Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes high school seniors who serve their community exceptionally, while balancing high grades. Two graduating seniors each from the following high schools will receive $2,000: High Tech High School, Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken High School, Memorial High School, North Bergen High School, Union City High School, and Weehawken High School.“We are delighted to announce this scholarship program, which reflects the importance of civic engagement and giving back to our local communities,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, Hackensack’s president and CEO, in a press release.“The HackensackUMC Palisades Community Service Merit Scholarship Program will reward high school seniors who share our hospital’s commitment to community service and caring for our neighbors. We know that paying for college can be challenging and hope that this Community Service Merit Scholarship will help lessen the burden for the deserving recipients.”Students can find out more information and apply for the scholarship online through March 31, at, or by contacting their school guidance counselor. Winners will be announced May 5.Hackensack UMC free health screeningsHackensack UMC will host free medical screenings throughout Hudson County in the coming weeks. The screenings will check for conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart rate, percentage of oxygen in the blood, peak flow breathing, and body mass index. Locations and times for the screenings are as follows:Sunday, Feb. 19, 201710 a.m. to 2 p.m.First United Methodist Church2213 New York Ave., Union CitySunday, Feb. 26, 201710 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.St. Augustine Church3900 New York Ave., Union CitySunday, March 19, 201710 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Trinity Reformed Church, 401 60th St.,West New YorkSunday, March 26, 201710 a.m. to 2 p.m.Good Shepherd Lutheran Church98 Columbia Terrace, Weehawkenlast_img read more

Investment and efficiency drive growth at Finsbury

first_imgFinsbury Food Group has said scale will become increasingly important to food manufacturers as key customers get larger.The business said it planned to continue to expand through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions in what it described as a “very fragmented market”. Key areas of interest would include the growing markets for artisan bread, free-from and foodservice as it looked to diversify further.Finsbury made the comments as it announced its preliminary results for the year ended 29 June, with group revenue up 3.8% year on year to £315.3m. Profit before tax rose 203% to £13.6m, while adjusted EBITDA was flat at £25.5m.The performance has been driven by a combination of organic growth, new business wins and the acquisition of the Ultrapharm free-from business last year.Finsbury said its “relentless” focus on investment and efficiency had enabled it to navigate the challenging market.This has helped the company, which, just a few years ago, was primarily a cake business, to diversify. Cakes now account for half the business, bread and morning goods 38% and overseas 12%.Product innovation has also played a key role, with Finsbury highlighting the launch of free-from brand Wiso in Europe last year. It has also rolled out vegan brioche-style buns to foodservice and is launching vegan cakes.Licensed brands are an important part of the business, and the company said it enjoyed particular success with Toy Story 4, and the latest Avengers and Spiderman movies.Upcoming licences that are expected to perform well include Frozen 2 and continued development of the Harry Potter brand, with Finsbury chief executive officer John Duffy telling British Baker that most major studios have strong launches planned.“This is probably the strongest slate for some time,” he added. “Our cake licensing team is almost spoilt for choice – so many things to play with and so many designs to get behind.”Duffy said that, in addition to the broader business following consumer trends such as well-being – including free-from and smaller portions – Finsbury was taking this approach to some of its licensed brands.“Traditionally most of our licensed business would be large cakes, but increasingly we are moving into single-serve food-to-go type products such as bars.”The company is also launching a free-from product with Mars and is looking to move its large-format cake facility to be nut-free, which would allow it to supply licensed celebration cakes that are guaranteed nut-free.Artisan breads, which may be handcrafted and require long fermentation, continue to grow well, said Duffy.“It has gone really well; we’ve got quite a few major customers who would like a bit more of speciality artisan breads,” he explained.Finsbury has consequently boosted efficiency at its Nicholas & Harris bread bakery in Salisbury with a new divider.“The divider does a lot of the manual bit and allows people to focus on the make-up, which has given a bit of extra capacity.” added Duffy, who explained the business would look to increase stone-baked oven capacity.Duffy said any further investment in acquisitions would introduce new product, customer or channel diversification, or accelerate market consolidation in the firm’s main product areas.last_img read more

Illinois deal with Vistra will close 2GW of coal capacity in the state by year’s end

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chicago Tribune:As President Donald Trump attempts to prop up the nation’s dwindling coal industry, Illinois is taking another step away from its dirtiest source of electricity. Under a deal brokered by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration, the Texas-based owner of eight coal-fired power plants in central and southern Illinois agreed last week to shutter 40% of its fleet by the end of the year.Vistra Energy will be allowed to choose which units it retires and might scrap some of its cleaner power plants instead of the dirtiest. But the company’s agreement with the state’s new Democratic governor is far more stringent than industry-friendly rules proposed two years ago by former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.Rauner’s plan would have allowed Vistra to dramatically increase its emissions of lung-damaging and climate-changing pollution. Instead, the state-imposed limits brokered by the Pritzker administration are slightly higher than the fleet’s emissions during the past five years and will become more restrictive every time a coal plant closes for good.The agreement is another sign that Illinois, like many other states, isn’t turning back from a steady shift to cleaner sources of electricity, despite Trump’s move last week to gut national climate pollution standards adopted by former President Barack Obama. It appears the only question is whether Trump’s latest rollback of environmental regulations will enable some coal-fired power plants to keep running longer than expected, slowing the transition to wind, solar and other forms of clean energy that are quickly becoming less expensive than coal.Vistra became Illinois’ largest producer of coal-fired electricity last year when it acquired eight power plants in a merger with Dynegy, another Texas-based company. Even before the deal was finalized, Vistra executives hinted they might end up scrapping the entire Illinois fleet because the aging coal plants struggle to compete in energy markets.Another sign that coal is still on the way out in Illinois: Vistra is pushing legislation in Springfield that would require downstate ratepayers to subsidize the company’s proposed shift to solar power on the sites of its shuttered coal plants. Lawmakers remain skeptical. The company’s proposal failed to gain traction during the recently completed legislative session.More: Illinois is moving away from coal, despite Trump bailout of struggling industry Illinois deal with Vistra will close 2GW of coal capacity in the state by year’s endlast_img read more

Eastern Divide Ultra 50k

first_imgRace DetailsWhen: June 22, 2013Where: Giles County, VirginiaWhat: 50k (30 mile) ultrarunStart time: 7:30 amRace size: 200-250Website: www.easterndivideultra.comThe Eastern Divide Ultra is a scenic 50K trail race through the highlands of southwest VA.  The point-to-point course will pass beneath waterfalls, meander through old growth Hemlocks and glide by waist high ferns.  While we may not have the grand heights of the West, the Mountain Lake area has an average elevation of 4000′, which provides for cooler temperatures and a diverse ecosystem.Woods TrailRace ContactKirby [email protected]last_img read more

Helicopter Carrier Atlântico Receives Festive Welcome in Brazil

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo September 19, 2018 Brazil welcomed the Multipurpose Helicopter Carrier (PHM, in Portuguese) Atlântico, the largest warship in Latin America, with a naval parade and a 21-gun salute in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) purchased the ship from the British government. The transfer of the PHM Atlântico to the Brazilian crew included experience and technical know how about the ship, as well as courses from the United Kingdom Royal Navy and manufacturers of the onboard equipment. The Brazilian crew also took part in operational exercises conducted by the Flag Officer Sea Training, which ensures vessel operability, at the Royal Navy Training Center. “We had the opportunity to do a hot handover, which is the transfer of knowledge and experience by the British crew, acquired in the last 20 years of operating the ship, to the Brazilian crew. In the process, we steered the ship and reviewed different equipment to ensure the Brazilian Navy would receive a fully operational ship,” said MB Captain Giovani Corrêa, commander of PHM Atlântico. Chance purchase The British-built, formerly named HMS Ocean, is 203 meters long and weighs 21,578 tons. The ship can simultaneously operate seven aircraft on the flight deck, and transport up to 12 in its hangar. Up to 800 service members, who can deploy with helicopters or four landing crafts, can travel aboard. Brazil purchased PHM Atlântico for $109 million. The British government had already invested $92 million to refurbish the ship between 2013 and 2014. “It was a chance purchase. The Royal Navy was parting with it because they had built two aircraft carriers and needed the personnel who operated this ship to join the crew of the new vessels. It once was the British squadron’s fleet flagship; it’s in great condition and proved to be an excellent acquisition for the Navy,” Capt. Giovani said. Family and friends waited for the return of the 303 service members who spent up to six months in England, learning to operate the ship. Brazil welcomed them with pride on August 25th. “The most difficult part was the time away from family. Although the vessel is large and comfortable, we spent many days unable to contact family because of the limitations and difficulties with signal, communication and security,” said MB Lieutenant Commander Márcia Freitas, head of the health department and the only female aboard PHM Atlântico. Training and missions The ship can fulfill many missions, including maritime area control, in support of the Navy in war and strategic logistics operations, as well as to transport service members, munitions, supplies, drinking water, and equipment. With medical facilities on board, the ship is also ideal for humanitarian missions, natural disaster relief, personnel evacuations, and peacekeeping operations. “It’s a deterring force in the South Atlantic to maintain security, cooperation and peace, all of which are essential to the Brazilian economy. The ship can also assist in peacekeeping operations, as we do with our fleets in Lebanon,” said Capt. Giovani. Under the Royal Navy fleet, the ship participated in several humanitarian aid operations: in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma hit in 2017, and in Honduras and Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch hit in 1998. In 2003, the vessel provided support to the London 2012 Summer Olympics. PHM Atlântico will be the Brazilian fleet’s main ship, a position NAe São Paulo aircraft carrier held previously. “[With PHM Atlântico] our pilots will be able to maintain training and be qualified in several types of missions, with a platform that operates all Navy aircraft, night and day,” said Capt. Giovani. In Brazil, the ship will add 129 crew-members to the 303 who returned from England. According to the officer, the Atlântico will incentivize the country’s naval industry. “The complexity level of a helicopter carrier is very high. This ship stimulates the naval industry, as maintenance of its equipment will require industrial and engineering capacities from our Navy Arsenal, but it will also represent an opportunity for defense industries to develop skills and keep their workforce qualified,” Capt. Giovani concluded.last_img read more

What would Luke do?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Henry MeierTypically, your faithful blogger likes to prepare posts first thing in the morning to provide you with the most up-to-the-minute information that is going to impact your credit union day. Today, I’m cheating. As you read this post, there is a good chance that I am still sleeping, having binged on a late night college hoop extravaganza. Later today, I will be playing poker with 25 fellow hooky players. I must be rested and sharp for such a day’s work.Why am I telling you this? I just watched an Internet broadcast of yesterday’s NCUA board meeting and I couldn’t resist giving you my take on some very good news. In fact, I am as pleased as I would be if I got dealt a Straight Flush on the River.In the latest example of how an infusion of new blood has given the agency enthusiasm for real mandate relief, the NCUA has decided to go forward with plans to eliminate the Fixed-Assets Cap. This cap currently limits federal credit union expenses for buildings, furniture, equipment – including computer hardware and software, and real property to 5% of a credit union’s shares and retained earnings unless they get a waiver. The really good news is that NCUA is proposing to far exceed its initial proposal made in July of 2014 and not only eliminate the cap, but do so without a requirement that credit unions submit a fixed asset management program (FAM).When NCUA initially proposed eliminating the fixed asset cap, it coupled this proposed reform with a requirement that credit unions submit a highly detailed plan and mandating procedures to insure a board’s involvement in the project. Credit unions and associations, including NYCUA, argued that while they supported elimination of the cap in concept the FAM was so onerous that the proposed “reform” was of little value. Yesterday, the agency proposed doing away with both the cap and the proposed FAM. Instead, guidance will be issued to give credit unions and regulators a sense of when a credit union is taking on too much risk. continue reading »last_img read more