A plastic surgeon has been accused of “serious professional misconduct” this week, after beginning a sexual relationship with one of his patients he was treating at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in July 2001. Consultant surgeon Dr Henk Giele, 39, allegedly used his rounds at the hospital to secretly fondle the married patient, identified only as “Mrs A,” whom he was treating for the flesh eating bug, “necrotising fasciitis.” From October 2001 Giele was involved in a sexual relationship with the emotionally fragile businesswoman, who had an unstable background, and the couple had sex up to twelve times at the surgeon’s Oxfordshire home, the General Medical Council’s professional conduct committee was told. A friend of Mrs A, Oxford company director Amanda Spriggs told the central London hearing that the relationship was clearly an “abusive” one in which her friend was being used for sex. Describing one hospital visit with Mrs A, Spriggs recalled,“She said that he was particularly familiar with her. He took risks. He came to her bedside to see her on ward rounds and sometimes put his hand over the top of the sheet and stroked her leg. She said she thought it was risky.” Giele on the other hand denies commencing an inappropriately flirtatious relationship with the mother of three. He claims that the woman was stalking and harassing him, sending text messages and making over 400 telephone calls in an attempt to prolong the affair. She even continued to try and contact him after the complaint to the medical authorities had been made he told the tribunal. Giele denies the allegations of serious professional misconduct and abuse of trust.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004
Australian railroad says it’s not interested in moving Adani’s Carmichael coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Broadcasting Corporation:The ABC has learned Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) declined to participate in the Carmichael coal project, after Adani approached it to supply coal haulage services from its planned mine.“GWA has previously been approached to service the Adani Carmichael project and we have decided not to participate,” the company confirmed in a statement to the ABC.The snub, which came before Adani decided to build a smaller rail line in a bid to fast-track the stalled project, has narrowed the energy giant’s options as it looks to bring its mine to life.Aurizon — one of only two remaining rail operators with capacity to haul Adani’s coal — has come under intense pressure not to cut deals with it because of environmental concerns, and doubts from some key investors that the venture is “a viable commercial proposition”.But a major shareholder in Aurizon — which along with GWA and Pacific National has capacity to haul coal from the Carmichael mine to port almost 400 kilometres away — has been lobbying strongly against deals with the miner.UniSuper, one of Aurizon’s top five shareholders, has called on the rail freight company to provide no services to Adani beyond what it is legally obliged to.More: Adani’s ambitions challenged by rail snub and continued investor pressure
The impact of the “slider”, which incrementally transfers the OFE savings of those with 10 or fewer years left before retirement to the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), will be more pernicious.In 2015, slider transfers will total around PLN3.7bn (€901m) in 2015, while new contributions (from those fund members who chose to remain in the system when it became voluntary) fall to PLN2.7bn, from PLN8.2bn the previous year.Those savings accumulated when the system was mandatory.As yet, the funds have not been obliged to liquidate equity holdings to meet their ZUS obligations only because of the dividends they have accrued and reinvested, primarily in Polish equities, but the slider gap will have doubled to some PLN2bn by 2020.When the second pillar was launched in 1999, it was mandatory for those born after 1968 and optional for those born between 1949 and 1968, so the slider currently applies to the latter, smaller category.From 2026 onwards, the first cohort of mandatory payees falls into the slider, and net outflows start to exceed inflows.The impact on the WSE is already evident.Before 2014, the OFEs invested in around half of the exchange’s listed companies.As of the end of 2013, their investment accounted for around 20% of market capitalisation and around 50% of the free float.In the case of 55 companies, OFE investment exceeded 25% of those firms’ capital.The paper argues that, in addition to listed companies that will now need to seek alternative market investors, the number of IPOs will shrink drastically as a result of the OFEs’ reduced purchasing power.In 2014, the value of WSE IPOs by market capitalisation fell to an eight-year low of PLN1.3bn, from PLN4.7bn in 2013 and a five-year high of PLN15.6bn in 2010, in contrast to global stock market trends.Overall market turnover on the WSE fell by 9% year on year in 2014, and by 15% in the first quarter of 2015.The effect on NewConnect, the WSE’s alternative trading platform launched in 2007 for smaller, mostly high-tech companies, will be more striking.The number of companies making their debut on the platform plunged from 172 in 2011 to 42 in 2013 and only 22 in 2014.The paper stresses that the investment capital accumulated by the OFEs was one of the attractions for these high-growth companies to list on NewConnect.Alternative capital market sources for corporate investment are scarce.The third pillar remains unattractive, with only a small number of Poles saving in either IKE or IKZE accounts.Meanwhile, the government’s ban on OFE advertising over April-July 2014 (when members had to decide whether to remain in the system), coupled with its own negative campaigning against the second pillar, has resulted in a minuscule take-up by new labour market entrants of only some 5,000. Government attacks on Poland’s second-pillar pension funds (OFEs) are putting the brakes on capital market development, according to an analysis from the Civil Development Forum Foundation (FOR), the Warsaw-based think tank founded by Leszek Balcerowicz, architect of Poland’s port-communist economic transition.The paper, written by Tomasz Bardziłowski, vice-president of Polish brokerage Vestor Dom Maklerski, argues that capitalisation growth at the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) over the last 15 years was mainly due to the growth of OFE savings.Overhauls to the system, starting in 2010 when the contribution rate was cut from 7.3% to 2.3%, and more recently in 2014, is shrinking the availability of capital finance for local companies.Following the transfer of nearly half of OFE assets to ZUS in 2014, Polish pension fund savings as a share of GDP fell from 19% to 9%.
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