CRDB Bank Plc ( HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgCRDB Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

On prison hunger strike, Maher al-Akhras fights for all Palestinians

first_imgMaher al-Akhras, a 49-year-old Palestinian political prisoner and father of six from the Occupied West Bank, has been on hunger strike since his July 27 arrest by Israeli forces. He is under administrative detention — a practice both British and Israeli colonizers have long used to hold Palestinians captive indefinitely without charge or trial. Maher al-Akhras with his daughter.This cruel and unjust practice is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The violation of the latter means that such inhumane practices constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. Israel is currently holding over 350 Palestinians in administrative detention.Israeli authorities have so far refused to release al-Akhras. They have stated that they would not extend his detention beyond Nov. 26, provided he ends his hunger strike. This empty concession has not deterred al-Akhras from continuing to fight for justice. He has committed himself to refuse food and medical treatment until his release. After more than 91 days without food, al-Akhras’ health is now rapidly deteriorating. His family members and supporters fear that he will soon lose his life. However, al-Akhras has not wavered in his fight for justice for himself and all Palestinians.‘Free Palestine!’Mural of Maher al-Akhras at Al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.A visibly weak al-Akhras stated in a message from his hospital bed: “My only conditions are freedom or death. I either live freely with my children, or I am killed in the name of false justice. The strike is . . . in defense of every Palestinian prisoner and in defense of my people who are suffering from the occupation, and my victory in this strike is a victory for the prisoners and my Palestinian people.” (, Oct. 8) Quds News Network reported that Al-Akhras’ mother, wife and his three oldest sons announced that they were starting a public hunger strike after Israeli forces denied them the right to visit him at Kaplan Medical Center. (Oct. 24) Anat Matar, a Tel Aviv University philosophy professor who coordinates the Israeli Committee on Palestinian Prisoners advocacy group, stated, “What he [al-Akhras] wants is to move the discussion from his own case to the general one, and that is why he pays with his own life.” (, Oct. 21) In putting his life on the line for the Palestinian struggle against colonial oppression, al-Akhras has shown immense courage, dedication and selflessness. His case further highlights both the resolve of Palestinians to be free in their own homeland and the extreme cruelty of Zionist occupiers who continue to rob Palestinians of their land and their freedom. His sacrifice is a beacon of hope for all those fighting for a free Palestine. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

SLAPP lawsuit taken against Swedish online magazine Realtid in London

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en SwedenNorwayUnited KingdomEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Economic pressureJudicial harassment After taking an interest in the coverage of Realtid, the Norwegian financial paper Dagens Naeringsliv started its own investigation on the same story. Shortly after doing so, they too were contacted by TLT Solicitors, who used their legal action against Realtid to issue similar threats. “Investigative journalism is essential to holding people in positions of power and responsibility to account. Journalists who do this work should not be subject to aggressive legal claims in plaintiff friendly jurisdictions designed to intimidate and oppress. Any dispute between the parties should be resolved before the appropriate forum, in Sweden,” said Padraig Hughes, Legal Director of Media Defence.  Norway and Sweden are ranked 1st and 4th out of 180 countries in RSF´s 2020 Press Freedom Index. The United Kingdom is ranked 35th out of 180. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says SwedenNorwayUnited KingdomEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Economic pressureJudicial harassment Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijancenter_img to go further News Press freedom organisations strongly condemn the legal action that has been filed at the London High Court against the Swedish business and finance publication, Realtid in connection with their investigation on the financing of energy projects involving a Swedish businessman. RSF, Index on Censorship, Article 19, Media Defence and European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) are concerned about the use of litigation tactics to intimidate journalists into silence. The organisations consider the case, which was filed in November, to have many of the hallmarks of a gag lawsuit to be a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) lawsuit, which is aimed at intimidating publications, and the journalists who write for them, into silence.Realtid is being sued by Mr Svante Kumlin, a Swedish businessman, domiciled in Monaco. Realtid had been investigating Mr Kumlin’s group of companies, Eco Energy World (EEW) ahead of an impending stock market launch in Norway, a matter of clear public interest. The investigation began in September when Realtid’s reporters wrote about another stock market launch and discovered off-market sales of shares in EEW. Prior to publishing, the journalists contacted the company for an interview and for reply but did not receive a response.In October, after publishing the report, the journalists once more tried to contact the people behind the company, including Mr Kumlin to exercise their right of reply. After Mr Kumlin declined to be interviewed, the journalists sent 14 questions that Mr Kumlin could answer in writing, but Mr Kumlin answered that his legal counsel “will respond to you directly”. This was followed by several emails and attached letters from both a law firm in the United Kingdom, TLT Solicitors, and from Monaco, Gardetto. The firms threatened legal action in both countries if Realtid continued to investigate and to publish its investigations into the company and its owners. On November 20, Mr Kumlin and TLT Solicitors filed a defamation lawsuit at the High Court in London against Realtid, its editor-in-chief and the two reporters behind the story.In their letters the lawyers accuse the editor-in-chief, Camilla Jonsson, and the reporters, Per Agerman and Annelie Östlund of defamation for publishing false information, and breaching a non-disclosure agreement by sharing, what the lawyers claim to be, confidential information. They also claim that Realtid violated Swedish press ethics and laws. If the latter claim is accurate, there are existing procedures to handle the case through the Swedish Media Ombudsman. It is our assessment that it is inappropriate to threaten the magazine and the journalists with legal action in two jurisdictions, including by citing large fines and prison sentences. “The fact that investigative journalists in Sweden, publishing in Swedish, for a Swedish readership could be inundated with threatening legal letters from other jurisdictions is outrageous,” said Jessica Ní Mhainín, senior policy and advocacy officer at Index on Censorship. “Realtid’s courage in the face of these threats has been incredible, but whether or not a newsworthy investigation is published shouldn’t come down to individual courage. We need to put an end to SLAPPs with legislation.”“The email conversations between the lawyers and Realtid are unpleasant reading”, says Erik Halkjaer, president of RSF Sweden. “It is obvious that these types of legal threats, or SLAPPs can be used as a threatening tool, as sharp as any weapon, to silence journalists. I strongly condemn the actions of Mr Kumlin, who should know better. The people at Realtid should know that they have our and several other Swedish organisations strong support in this.”Despite the continuous threats, Realtid has continued its solid journalistic investigations. Between September 29 and November 13, the newspaper published ten articles on this investigation. Mr Kumlin repeatedly declined to answer questions, despite the reporters having digital recordings and public documents proving the content of their articles.“We know that over half of the cross-border SLAPP suits facing journalists from Europe emanate from London. As anti-SLAPP measures are being introduced in Brussels, there is an urgent need for the UK to reform its plaintiff-friendly system in line with its stated commitments to uphold and promote media freedom globally,” said Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe for Article 19.  June 8, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters without borders (RSF) along with four other press freedom organisations condemn the SLAPP lawsuit by a businessman against the Swedish media Realtid and its reporters. Accused of defamation, the investigative journalists face unacceptable intimidation for their work of informing the public on a company’s financial actions. December 9, 2020 SLAPP lawsuit taken against Swedish online magazine Realtid in London “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Organisation last_img read more

Use Caution on Pasadena Surface Streets Due to Rose Parade Preparations

first_imglatest #1 Use Caution on Pasadena Surface Streets Due to Rose Parade Preparations Published on Sunday, December 23, 2012 | 8:02 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Motorists are asked to use caution while driving on Pasadena’s surface streets, especially Colorado Boulevard and adjacent intersections, as traffic signals are changed or adjusted to accommodate the floats for the 124th Rose Parade on January 1, 2013.City work crews are now busy adjusting15 traffic signals to enable enough clearance for the Rose Parade’s floats. Every year at this time, crews from the Department of Public Works will be in the field to modify, remove or replace a variety of traffic signal mast arms. At some intersection, the arms will be replaced with poles.City officials ask motorists to use caution while the crews are working and to be observant of new signals being temporarily used.Signals with left turn arrows will be removed at:• Colorado Boulevard at Arroyo Parkway, eastbound and westbound approaches• Colorado Boulevard at Marengo Avenue, eastbound and westbound• Colorado Boulevard at Garfield Avenue, eastbound• Colorado Boulevard at Euclid Avenue, westbound• Colorado Boulevard at Lake Avenue, eastbound and westbound• Colorado Boulevard at Hill Avenue, eastbound and westbound• Colorado Boulevard at Sierra Madre Boulevard, eastboundLong signal mast arms will be removed at:• Orange Grove Boulevard at Green Street, northbound and southbound• Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, eastbound• Sierra Madre Boulevard at Walnut Street, southbound• Sierra Madre Boulevard at Orange Grove Boulevard, southbound• Sierra Madre Boulevard at Pasadena High School student parking lot, westbound• Sierra Madre Boulevard at Washington Boulevard, westbound and northbound• Washington Boulevard at PHS, administration parking lot, northbound• Orange Grove and Del Mar boulevards, northbound and southboundPasadena’s Departments of Transportation; Public Works and the Police Department wish to thank motorists for the patience and safe driving during this time. For more information about Pasadena go online to or call (626) 744-6900. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Christmas Eve services

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Christmas Eve services Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – December 16, 2020 center_img Local News Pinterest Twitter Facebook CrossRoads, 6901 E. State Highway 191, has scheduled Christmas Eve services at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. West Odessa services will take place at 5 p.m. at the Headlee Boys & Girls Club, 1476 N. Knox. Visit Stonegate, 4240 Preston Smith Road, has scheduled Christmas Eve services at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Tickets are limited. Visit Mission Dorado Baptist Church, 4142 Faudree Road, has scheduled a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Visit Kingdom Church, 3002 E. University, has scheduled Christmas Eve services from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. There will be Christmas carol singing, hot cocoa and cookie decorating. Childcare will be limited 0-2. Visit Connection Christian Church, 4241 Tanglewood Lane, has scheduled a drive-in Christmas Eve Worship at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church west parking lot. There will be carols, communion, and candlelight. Visit First Baptist Church, 311 W. Eighth St., has scheduled Christmas Eve Services from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Services will also be available live on Facebook or on KMID-TV Channel 2 at 7 p.m. Refuge-Ministries Wesley Campus, 1211 E.57th St., has scheduled Christmas Eve Services at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. This service is filled with scripture readings, prayer time, and candle lighting accompanied with Christmas songs. Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available. Previous articleUrias Eyecare.pngNext articleHoliday special Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

37 people awaiting admission to hospitals in North West

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By admin – November 7, 2016 Previous articleTwo Donegal rescues get recognition at Irish Water Safety’s National Annual Awards CeremonyNext articleEducation Minister has accused the ASTI of blocking a pay rise for young teachers admin LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter 23 sick people are without a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital today.The INMO figures show 20 of them are on trolleys with 3 in wards.14 people are without a bed at Sligo University Hospital while nationally 364 people are either on a trolley or in a ward. WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson center_img Google+ Pinterest 37 people awaiting admission to hospitals in North West RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Pinterest GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath WhatsApp Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme last_img read more

20 Years of Highland

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further News By admin – April 14, 2010 Facebook Highland Radio in New York, March 2002.The year after 9/11 the Highland Team travelled to the Big Apple to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a joint broadcast with the Adrian Flannery Show.Shaun Doherty speaking with Mayor Guiliani. [podcast][/podcast]Charlie Collins met with Donegal New Yorkers ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue.[podcast][/podcast]The Pio Mc Cann Show –  “Daniel O Donnell’s Wedding”[podcast][/podcast] Brendan Maxwell –  “Packie in the Goals” 1990 World Cup[podcast][/podcast]Brendan Maxwell – “The Session in Lifford.”[podcast][/podcast]Don O Doherty speaking with Phil Coulter.[podcast][/podcast]Click here to see Two Decades of Highland Photo Gallery WhatsApp 20 Years of Highland WhatsApp Click here to see Two Decades of Highland Photo GalleryOn the 15th March 1990, Highland Radio starting broadcasting to the North West of Ireland. Since then Highland has grown to become the number one local radio station in the country, holding the top spot for most of that period. In March of this year Packie Keeney who was on the original board of directors hosted a special programme reflecting back on memories from the past two decades. Below are some of the pieces  Packie included in the show.The Official Opening Ceremony at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny  on 15/3/1990Part 1 [podcast][/podcast]Part 2 [podcast][/podcast]Donegal’s All Ireland Final win 1992.With Charlie Collins and Michael Mc Gee who commentated on the match and Margo’s 1992 All Ireland Song.[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleStrabane’s sports pitches closed down after weekend vandalismNext articleBlow to hopes of natural gas being brought to the North West admin Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twitter Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

Fit for the job?

first_imgFit for the job?On 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today With increasing competition for good OH positions, CV presentation andinterview preparation can make the difference to those on both sides of therecruitment process.  By Kate Rouy It seems many of us are still making fundamental errors when it comes toputting ourselves forward for the interview. Susan Lamb, recruitment consultantat OH Recruiters, outlines a number of points for success, both for interviewerand interviewee. Speaking at the recent Occupational Health Nurse Managers Forum, she advisesjob seekers to avoid “the dreaded CV of War and Peace”, to watchgrammar and prose – “an immediate filter system” – and to keepcovering letters short. “You need to make an impact with your covering letter,” she says.”A long covering letter is a complete disaster. A good covering letterwill be concise, but will speak volumes.” She also counsels recruiters against being too narrow-minded when it comesto selecting potential staff. For example, those who have changed jobs manytimes should not be rejected out of hand – the reasons may not be down toproblems with that individual. “You have to look at them quitecarefully.” Those looking for a new role should also be aware of the job they might betaking on and ensure it is within their capabilities, she says. “We try to make sure that the person knows the realities of theposition they are applying for and to make sure that that is what they reallywant. No one should be criticised for having aspirations, as long as they arerealistic. “Managers are looking for evidence of education, self-motivation, forrisk takers and those who act with confidence,” she says. “But it isalso important that people realise their limitations.” Ideal candidate So what are those in OH recruitment looking for in their ideal candidate? Margaret Mercer, senior nursing adviser at Unilever, says communicationskills are most important for anyone wanting a successful career inoccupational health. “People have to be able to talk convincingly, informatively, and tomotivate people to do things,” she says. “That is key for anyoneworking in a service profession. “This is particularly the case when there are not any tangible measuresof what we do. Great long strings of qualifications do not do the job. Acandidate has to demonstrate that they get on well with people and they havegot to be customer-focused.” She is also surprised by the number of people coming for interview who donot know anything about the company. “Lots of people do not do any homework, ” she says. “I expectpeople when they come to ask to have a look around, to ask questions.” Sharon Horan, occupational health manager at Aon Occupational Health agreesthat prior research is important. “A candidate who impresses is someone who has researched the job andcompany prior to interview. Any employer is likely to be more impressed by acandidate that has given some consideration to their application. “OH is playing a much more important role in the commercial world andthere is a growing need for candidates who are commercially aware. If they candemonstrate how they can add value to our existing service, so much the better.The candidate stands a much better chance if they have thought about thecompany in both a commercial context and in the context of current OH issues inthe UK and internationally.” Horan says it is also impressive to an employer if a candidate brings aportfolio with them to interview. “It not only provides a record of their work, but also indicates theyhave reflected on their experience and learned from it,” she says.”This demonstrates self awareness about their own practice and abilitiesand an understanding of their career progression.” She says candidates should also prepare a list of questions for sensiblediscussion points, and should also try to relax. “It is a two-way selection process and a chance to exchange ideas andto sell yourself,” she says. Mercer agrees: “Candidates should remember that it is a two-wayprocess, not an exam that we are putting them through,” she says. “I find recruiting really rewarding and I have interviewed some reallygood people,” she adds. “Verbal and written communication skills are important as well asup-to-date clinical knowledge. But if you can’t market yourself, persuadepeople and justify yourself convincingly, you might as well not be there.””Things that stand out on a CV are evidence of networking and lookingat the bigger picture of OH, not just the job in mind,” says Horan.”For instance, are they a member of a professional body, a local OH group,or have they given papers at a conference? “The final piece of advice for people wishing to apply for a job inoccupational health is that a genuine interest and commitment to OH can be atleast as important as experience.” Susan Lamb agrees – urging recruiters to look at the bigger picture. “My belief in picking winners is for us all not to be blinkered,”she says. “If as managers and recruiters we keep those blinkers on, wewill miss the gems.” The CV– Ensure your CV is well structured. A CV that is hard to read may be rejected– Check your spelling and grammar – For each of the jobs you have done, make sure there are three or foursnappy bullet point phrases. These allow you to sell yourself by highlightingyour most important responsibilities and achievements. Include your most recentpost first and work backwards. Put down enough information to stimulateinterest but not so much to bore the recipient. Three pages is the maximum– Don’t go overboard listing hobbies and interests. Avoid listing anythingcontroversial– Keep the CV up to date. An out-of-date CV looks lazy and may exclude youfrom considerationThe covering letterA good covering letter should – Earn readership of the CV– Be used to pick up points that space or modesty prevented you from puttingon your CVPreparationWho are you?Think about your skills, competences, qualifications and experiencesHow are you perceived?Talk to friendly colleagues about their view of you as a team member andwhat they think your strengths and weaknesses are. Then ensure that these areasare highlighted in your CVWhat is your objective?What job functions can and should you do. Make sure your goals are clearlydefinedWho are your targets?–  Which consultancy is likely tounderstand your needs? Recruitment consultancies have access to vacancies thathave not been advertised, will market your skills widely and give you accurateadvice on job-finding techniques and/or improving your CV– Once you have been offered an interview, what do you need to know aboutthem?  Products, size, location, style,reputation and so on. Ask your consultancy to give you some information, orphone the company and ask them to send you the annual report – When you apply for the job, which letter and CV are you using? Do rememberwhat you put in each so you don’t sound too vague at the interview. All yourgood points ought to be in writing already; saving them for interview may meanno interviewThe interviewPersonalFirst impressions count. Are you well groomed with tidy hair, shoes andclothing. Practice a good positive handshake. Not to strong, not too weak.  Ask your consultancy what the dress code isTimingPlan a reliable way of getting there which permits you to be a few minutesearlyLast few minutesRe-check your paperwork and your script. Be polite to support staff you meet, including those at the consultancy– they may influence a decision in your favourDuring the interview– Try not to monopolise the meeting. Let the interviewer talk– Find out about the key job specifications – Ask how the job contributes to the success, efficiency and profitabilityof the firm– Try to show, without being contrived, that you have done some research– Avoid too much self opinion. Don’t let nervousness put you off– Never smoke and it is probably safer not to accept tea or coffee as itgets in the way. If you are taking papers to the interview, put them in asuitable folder – Keep your replies simple. Offer positive information. Don’t give bad newsunasked– Don’t criticise previous employers– Make sure the employer knows the benefits of employing youGet web-wise to get ahead in the job gameAnyone wanting to boost their employability should consider improving theircomputer skills, especially their competency with the Internet. This isaccording to recruiter Office Angels, which claims one in three companiesexpect new staff to have Net know-how.In its report, it found 83 per cent of companies surveyed believe theInternet will become increasingly integrated onto the workplace. This report isbacked up by a recent study from the Association of Graduate Recruiters whichreveals the majority of blue-chip companies are now hiring staff on-line. “Job seekers need to be web-wise to get the benefits on offer,”says a spokesman. “Interactive web sites give candidates a clearer view ofthe company and the job on offer, and they have the power to deselectthemselves if they don’t like what they see. On-line recruitment saves time andeffort.”And in an age of instant access, occupational health needs to follow theseexamples and embrace computers and the Internet, many in the professionbelieve.”Computing expertise is one of the key requirements these days,”says Margaret Mercer, senior nursing adviser at Unilever. “We don’t expectanyone to be a computer ace, but anyone coming to work with us does need to beable to use them.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Oxford academic warns of blackouts in UK by 2015

Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy and a fellow of New College, cited calculations by Aurora Energy Consultancy, which predict that Britain’s surplus energy capacity will be close to zero in 2015-16, leading to a very high risk of blackouts.Helm attributes this risk to ministers’ failure to replace power stations that have been closed down and the unprecedented rate of economic growth. He said, “We know what the calculations are on the supply side because no new kit [power plants] will be built before 2015-16, but on the supply side all official estimates have underestimated GDP [gross domestic product] growth and therefore energy demand.“The government must be praying for another recession,” he added, saying that Britain needed to divert resources immediately into ensuring that Britain’s energy capacity was as high as it could be – a “Spitfire moment”. He recommended that ‘mothballed’ gas stations, closed down largely because of their inefficiency, be re-opened to meet the unprecedented command.Sir John Armitt, who is currently advising the Labour Party on Britain’s infrastructure needs, said, “In harsh political terms [blackouts] would be the best possible thing that could happen because this country is extremely good in a crisis.”He added, “The Central Electricity Generating Board used the say that a resilient network operated on a 25% capacity surplus. We’re down to 4% because we’ve gone slower than we should have done on nuclear.”The National Grid, while acknowledging the need for further investment in infrastructure, has dismissed claims that Britain is in danger of blackouts. A spokesperson said, “Margins are tighter this year than in previous years, but our view is that the market has the capability to meet electricity and gas demand this winter. We successfully managed similar levels back in 2008/9. We will continue to keep a watchful eye on the situation and take the necessary actions to keep the lights on.”A spokesperson from the Department of Energy & Climate Change was similarly confident about Britain’s capacity, saying, “We have legislated through the Energy Act 2013 to bring on the investment in new energy infrastructure that we need to replace power stations that are closing down.” This act includes the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) package, which aims to attract £110 billion of investment to replace outdated power plants and prevent the risk of blackouts.Oxford students were generally supportive of Helm’s statements. Ryan Hoyle, a first-year medic, said, “Blackouts wouldn’t necessarily be a terrible thing. As long as important services aren’t affected, it wouldn’t have a meaningful impact on people’s quality of life. If anything, it would force people to face up to the fact that energy isn’t unlimited and force us to think about our consumption.”Adam Ismail, a first-year engineer, said, “The current government refused to spend for ideological reasons. Now they’re finally realising that they can’t get away with it, and are proving Labour right. This Energy Act is too little, too late, and goes to show how shallow the environmental policy is of a prime minister who dismissed it as ‘green crap’”. read more

Yes please, NUS!

first_imgOxford has voted to remain affiliated with the National Union of Students.The Yes to NUS campaign, led by OUSU President Becky Howe, prevailed with 3,409 votes against 2,430. The elections had a turnout of 27.7 per cent, significantly higher than recent OUSU elections. 136 people abstained.A spokesman from the Yes to NUS campaign told Cherwell, “We are delighted that Oxford has said, in resounding numbers, Yes to NUS. Now the real work starts. We’ve argued for a strong student movement and now our energies are going towards making that happen. Our immeasurable thanks go to the hundreds of campaigners who have made this happen”A statement released by No Thanks NUS said, “Obviously we at No Thanks NUS are disappointed with the results of the referendum.”“While we respect the result, we are also saddened that the campaign was marred by personal attacks from the Yes campaign and electoral malpractice from the NUS itself.”“This was a David and Goliath contest from the start – a grassroots movement of busy and passionate students on the one hand and full-time sabbatical officers and the apparatus and budget of a national organisation on the other.”Support for a referendum was triggered by the election of Malia Bouattia to President of the NUS, amidst accusations of anti-Semitism. Nearly 50 Jewish Societies from across the UK penned an open letter to Bouattia criticising her. OUSU voted to hold a referendum earlier this term after a motion was proposed by David Klemperer. The decision to hold a referendum passed with 67 votes against 56, with 3 abstentions.Universities across the country have held referendums giving students the option to disaffiliate. Oxford joins the universities of Warwick, Surrey, Exeter and Cambridge which have all voted to stay with the NUS. Newcastle, Hull and Lincoln universities voted to disaffiliate. Richard Brooks, NUS vice president said, “I’m happy to see students at the University of Oxford have voted for OUSU to remain part of their national union. We have a lot of work to do but we are already developing a new democratic structure and look forward to OUSU being part of this process.“Concerns have been raised by Oxford students about anti-Semitism within NUS and these will not be ignored. We take these concerns seriously and we will act on them. We hope to rebuild trust with Jewish students and work closely with OUSU to address any issues.”Isaac Virchis, President of Oxford Jewish Society, told Cherwell, “Oxford Jewish Society would like to congratulate the Yes to NUS campaign on its success, whilst expressing our obvious disappointment with the result of the referendum. The result of this referendum must not be taken as a mandate for the NUS to continue in its current state regarding anti-semitism and the welfare of Jewish students.”“The NUS must reflect on why they have lost the support of an overwhelming majority of our society’s members. Issues such as the applause for arguments against Holocaust commemoration and the anti-semitic comments of Malia Bouattia remain unaddressed. Anti-racism is not a selective ideology where we can pick and choose which oppressions we choose to oppose. The NUS cannot claim to be an anti-racist organisation until it takes the concerns of Jewish students seriously.”A spokesperson from CRAE commented, “We’re delighted with the result – it’s a huge win for students of colour at a time that we’re fighting the racist PREVENT agenda, rising tuition fees and illegal deportations of students. We’re thrilled that Oxford has voted unambiguously to stand with us and NUS in the fight against this racist government.”Sarah Clarence-Smith, President of the LGBTQ+ society, told Cherwell, “The LGBTQ+ Society is incredibly relieved to be remaining in the NUS on the basis that it fundamentally improves the lives of LGBTQ+ students, especially given the amazing work of the Trans Campaign, LGBT+ Conference, and contributions it has made to improving student mental health.”last_img read more