Tol Gases Limited ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgTol Gases Limited ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Tol Gases Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tol Gases Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tol Gases Limited (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileTol Gases Limited produces and distributes gases for the industrial and medical segment in Tanzania. Known as Tanzania Oxygen, the company provides oxygen, compressed air, carbon dioxide, inert, hydrogen, nitrogen, ammonia, argon, nitrous oxide, helium and acetylene gases. It also provides medical consumables and pipeline installation services. The company was founded in 1950 as a branch of African Oxygen and Acetylene Company, and then became a branch of East African Oxygen Limited of Kenya which was part of the BOC Gases Group. It was wholly-owned by the government of Tanzania between 1986 and 1994, and thereafter privatised and listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange. Tol Gases Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

District: January brought above-average rainfall to some areas

first_img From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictJanuary brought above-average rainfall to the north and east-central Florida counties, and Silver Springs in Marion County and Volusia Blue Spring continue to experience flow increases corresponding with greater rainfall received over the past several months. A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented Tuesday at the St. Johns River Water Management District’s February Governing Board meeting.“Protecting our Outstanding Florida Springs is among the district’s highest priorities,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Rainfall is the most significant influencer on spring flows in our region. Because of improved rainfall trends in recent months, Silver Springs’ flow levels have recovered more than 300 cubic feet per second (CFS) from its lowest levels recorded during drought conditions.”Daily mean flow at Silver Springs rose above 700 CFS on Jan. 17 and remained higher than 700 CFS until Feb. 10. During this period, the peak daily means flow of 719 CFS was on Jan. 23.Volusia Blue Spring flow rose into the high range in January, ending the month at 175 CFS or 113 MGD.Flagler County had the highest rainfall for the month, with 5.1 inches.Orange and Seminole counties received 2.2 inches and 2.3 inches, respectively, for the month.While rainfall was above average in the northern and central portions of the district, rainfall in the southern portion of the district was slightly below average for January.Indian River County had less than 1.7 inches of rainfall in January.When looking at annual rainfall totals, 12-month rainfall totals are above average throughout the district. Counties with the highest 12-month totals are Putnam, with 67.8 inches, and Flagler, with 66.2 inches.While recent rainfall has been above normal, the 36-month rainfall total is below average districtwide.More information about the district’s hydrological conditions can be found online at the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSRainfallSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleUpdating Breaking News: Missing elderly Apopka man foundNext articleOn CRA’s 25th Anniversary it’s time to build, not talk about South Apopka’s future Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

UNICEF’s Justin Forsyth announces resignation to avoid damaging charities & the cause

first_img Melanie May | 22 February 2018 | News Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF Justin Forsyth (left in photo), has resigned his post following Tuesday’s (20 February) revelations of inappropriate behaviour during his time at Save the Children.In a statement published on his blog, Forsyth states that his resignation from UNICEF is not because of the mistake he made at Save the Children, which he says were “were dealt with through a proper process many years ago”, but to protect both charities and the cause from further damage.He states:“There is no doubt in my mind that some of the coverage around me is not just to (rightly) hold me to account, but also to attempt to do serious damage to our cause and the case for aid. I am resigning because of the danger of damaging both UNICEF and Save the Children and our wider cause. Two organisations I truly love and cherish. I can’t let this happen.”Forsyth is reported to have sent inappropriate texts and made inappropriate comments to three women during his time at Save the Children. He has apologised and said that he takes full responsibility for his actions.The news follows the recent allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Oxfam employees in Haiti, which saw Chief Executive Mark Goldring questioned by the International Development Committee on 20 February.Forsyth became Chief Executive of Save the Children in September 2010, following his work for the government that saw him become Strategic Communications and Campaigns Director under Gordon Brown. He became Deputy Executive Director of the UNICEF in 2016. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  197 total views,  1 views today  198 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: Charity People Unicef Main image: Department for International Development/Pete Lewis. Then Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth (l) with Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary of State for International Development (r),and Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley (centre) pictured visiting the Dadaab refugee camps in north-east Kenya in 2011 Advertisement UNICEF’s Justin Forsyth announces resignation to avoid damaging charities & the cause About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Day Without Immigrants: Trump/ICE say get out, Immigrants say walk out!

first_imgMilwaukeeFeb. 20 – One day after tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters walked off their jobs and out of schools, the Associated Press released an ominous plan from the Donald Trump administration that was likely leaked from a White House source.The “Day Without Immigrants” took place throughout the U.S. on Feb. 16. The one-day strike even shut down the Senate cafeteria in Washington, D.C.Communities were shut down as businesses and restaurants closed, either in solidarity or because not enough workers came to work. Actions were held in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oklahoma City and many other places. At a Tennessee-based painting company, 18 workers skipped work to attend a rally.“For one single day on a weekday, we must come together and unite in absolute resistance in order to reject the system,” read a social media post promoting the campaign.The work stoppage, which included thousands of students, is a sign of things to come as the Trump administration implements anti-worker and anti-immigrant policies affecting everyone but the super-rich.Organizers, activists and progressives from immigrant rights, labor and other struggles are all planning other major actions in the coming months. This especially will culminate with May Day, International Workers Day, May 1, which this year is on Monday.Throughout the country, diverse activists and organizers are saying that May Day 2017 is likely to be huge. Plans are being made now to shut things down starting at 5 a.m., according to some groups.Homeland Security retaliatesThe “Day Without Immigrants” was slightly pushed off the headlines Feb. 17 after the  White House leak dominated the news.The Atlantic and other sources reported Feb. 17 on an Associated Press “bombshell” — an announcement that the Trump administration was considering “mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.”The news shocked immigrants and their advocates, even though use of the National Guard is not new. Both former President George H. Bush and former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called on them, but not in such large numbers. Trump is also asking for more enforcement power than previous officials.That proposal would further militarize immigrant communities already reeling from racial profiling and the constant threat of deportation.Gestapo-like raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have already begun. Advocates report that almost 1,000 people were picked up in recent weeks.Entire communities are desperate, not knowing if or when they will be deported. U.S.-born children are living with the trauma that they may come home to an empty house because their parents have been seized and deported.Dreamer activists who won some relief through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are living in limbo, as the Trump administration aims to undermine that victory. Dreamers are now being picked up and detained, facing possible deportation.One of those was Daniel Ramirez Medina in Seattle, who is being detained despite his DACA status. When the youth explained his status, an ICE agent told Ramirez, “It doesn’t matter, because you weren’t born in this country.”Latinx, Black, Muslim and Asian immigrants are besieged under a tidal wave of anti-immigrant diatribe and actions; it’s a wholesale war on people of color.The leaked proposal aggravates this tense situation.The memo stated that the National Guard would be used not only in large immigrant communities, but also in areas nowhere near the Mexican border.According to AP, “The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Ore., and as far east as New Orleans, La.” Other states include California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Illinois.According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of the 12 million undocumented in the U.S. live in the 11 states targeted.Within minutes of the leak, Trump officials denied the story.Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that this was not a White House document. The Atlantic correctly pointed out that this was “intriguing, because Spicer wasn’t denying that the memo was real; he was only saying it came from outside the White House.” According to the AP report, it was written by none other than Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly!Within two hours the full text of the memo was available online. The Atlantic reported that it was “full of bullet points, legal citations and footnotes.”It is unknown how far Kelly’s proposal will go. It would require a great deal of money, which must be approved by Congress. One of the memo’s main points, adding 5,000 new border guards, is indeed expected to be implemented.But whether it is fully implemented or not, it has already served its purpose: to further terrorize the immigrant community and create a climate of fear.Immigrant advocates say that Trump has set the tone for an era of unprecedented enforcement. “The level of anxiety and fear has increased tremendously,” said Cristina Jiménez from United We Dream. “What is clear under Trump’s executive order is that everyone is a criminal.”Trump: the ICE ManRaids, roundups and “knocks on doors” are all increasing under Trump. An anonymous immigration official told the Washington Post that ICE is flooding “target-rich environments.” (Feb. 11)An unprecedented development during the 2016 presidential campaign was the endorsement of Trump by the National Border Patrol Council, which represents about 17,000 Border Patrol agents. It had never before endorsed candidates.The council’s statement declared: “If we do not secure our borders, American communities [read “white people” — TG] will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals. The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.”It continues, “America has already tried an articulate freshman senator. … We need a person in the White House who doesn’t fear the media, who doesn’t embrace political correctness, who doesn’t need the money, … who is pro-military and values law enforcement, and who is angry for America. … Trump will embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents. …“There is no greater physical or economic threat … than our open border. … In view of these threats, the National Border Patrol Council … asks the American people to support Mr. Trump in his mission to finally secure the border of the United States of America, before it is too late.”Trump is ICE’s man. The NBPC statement is only one example of the vile, racist ideology of those who are rounding up and terrorizing our sisters and brothers.White House advisor Steve Bannon is also ICE’s man. Bannon was the head of the right-wing Breitbart News, the website that publishes ICE leaks. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), of the Congressional Black Caucus, correctly called Bannon a “a stone cold racist.”Trump has had the most successful meetings in Washington with the police terrorizing the Black community and the ICE agents itching to pick up and deport us all.Like police, most ICE recruits are questionable people. According to a former senior Homeland Security official, nearly 60 percent of applicants fail a polygraph test.The Feb. 17 New York Times wrote that during the George W. Bush administration, “Thousands were hired … who were accused of taking bribes and providing information to Mexican drug cartels. The former senior homeland security official, James Tomsheck, from the office of internal affairs, said many of the new hires were members of the cartels.” Tomsheck was later removed.These same agents who refused sensitivity training under Obama want to work with impunity and be able to pick up, detain and deport each and every immigrant despite their status. This amounts to wholesale ethnic cleansing.In a Feb. 16 New York Times opinion piece, Linda Greenhouse stated that she expects agents to function “with the responsibility of treating unauthorized immigrants not as prey but as human beings entitled to dignity.” This is the opinion of someone who does not have a revolutionary class view, who is unaware of the grim reality for workers of color.ICE is a racist occupying force that cannot be sensitized; it must be disbanded.Many well-meaning protesters carry placards stating that current immigration policy does not represent “America.”But immigration policy has always been repressive and exploitative. The only difference in how much exploitation depends on what the economic needs of the capitalist class are at any moment. Italian, Irish and Jewish immigrants were once rounded up, beaten and jailed.Greenhouse mentions the case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a Phoenix mother of two who showed up for her routine check-in at her local ICE office. She was coldly and abruptly deported.The journalist continues, “I’d like to think we’re better than that. A month ago, we were.” This completely and thoroughly ignores the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama deported more people than any other president in U.S. history!This liberal thinking must be ripped from the headlines and from every placard at every demonstration. A month ago things were not better at all.Racism at all levelsThe day before the leaked memo, in a display of extreme racist, colonial paternalism, certain members of Congress — all Latinx — were not allowed into a Feb. 16 Homeland Security meeting on the raids.Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and acting ICE head Thomas Homan asked Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Norma Torres (D-CA), two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to leave. Others were barred entry altogether.“In 20-plus years, I have never heard of the Republicans controlling what meetings Democrats can have with officials of the executive branch and never had a staffer ask me to leave a meeting to which I am entitled to attend,” said Gutiérrez, an active defender of immigrants.The meeting, requested by the CHC to discuss the rise of raids and detentions, was originally scheduled for Feb. 14. But ICE canceled at the last minute, saying too many people wanted to attend. ICE said Homan would meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers instead.The Feb. 16 Huffington Post reports, “ICE set the invite list for the meeting and initially excluded the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus … before agreeing to include a small number of members.” Gutiérrez and Torres were not on the list.“Even though they were not invited, Torres and Gutiérrez tried to enter the meeting and several other Hispanic Caucus members stood outside. Members said Gutiérrez was kicked out of the room first, and then Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) asked Torres to leave. Before she left, she asked ICE officials when she could get answers to questions about the raids. She said the officials did not answer; instead, Goodlatte told her that Republican leadership could get information to them.“’I speak English — I don’t need a translator,’ Torres told reporters afterward.”It is no coincidence that those kicked out are from states with not only large concentrations of immigrants but also huge demonstrations and activity.One of those allowed in, Joaquin Castro (D-TX), tweeted,  “After attending the ICE meeting it’s hard not to conclude that President Trump has started his mass deportation plan. Only Dreamers with no offenses (including traffic tickets) or perceived gang affiliations seem exempt.”That is one of the reasons why the Democrats are in motion now. The threat is that they will once again misguide the movement into the electoral arena.What good is it to be elected if you can’t even get into the meeting you need to be in?Tasks for the movement The wave of anti-Trump protests from all levels — liberal or revolutionary, working class or more privileged — is a welcome development. An upsurge in struggle is helpful.But it is the task of class-conscious revolutionary fighters to take advantage of the split in the ruling class and the “shenanigans” in Washington to look for ways to take the movement forward.When it comes to the struggle of immigrants, it is important for the movement to develop a plan of action, a program to defend undocumented workers. It cannot be forgotten that the Democratic Party leads in deportations.This should include defending the workers fired from the Tennessee paint company for missing work on the Day Without Immigrants. Unions and the community should go to that factory and demand they be rehired with back pay.The same for the workers from the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Catoosa, Okla., whose owners texted those who walked out, saying, “You and your family are fired. I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.” The community should show “love” by boycotting!The Jewish community should form anti-gestapo brigades to stop ICE from carrying out raids and to demand that 287(g), the 2006 law giving enforcement officials the right to stop immigrants, be repealed.These kinds of actions are already happening. It is another sign of a new day of struggle.Polls show that a majority of people in the U.S. support the rights of the undocumented to remain, which is remarkable given the hyperbole against immigrants. This solidarity was seen the end of January at many airports in support of the Muslim community.That solidarity must be seen tenfold on May Day 2017. Workers born here, whether in unions or fighting for one, from the community and every sector, those fighting police and ICE terror, Black, Brown and white — all must come out on May Day 2017 and shut shit down.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Four staff members of RCN Radio and Radio Caracol released

first_img News ColombiaAmericas ColombiaAmericas Reports Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF_en Follow the news on Colombia Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policiescenter_img October 21, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more July 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four staff members of RCN Radio and Radio Caracol released News May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Luis Eduardo Perdomo (driver) and José Rodríguez (technician), of the RCNradio station, along with Oscar González (technician) and Henry Pineda(driver) of Radio Caracol, were freed during the night of 11-12 July afterbeing held for four days. They reappeared at night in Salento, west ofBogotá, after walking for more than six hours.They said they had been well-treated by their armed captors, who they couldnot identify, but who RCN Radio said may have been FARC guerrillas. Thekidnappers kept the vehicles and equipment of the four men after the tworadio stations refused to pay a ransom for the men’s release.——————————————————————————————————————07.10.2002 – AUC paramilitary forces have stepped up their threats against journalists in the oil port of BarrancabermejaAnyela Muñoz Trujillo, owner and managing editor of the city’s weekly paper El Vocero, was threatened on 9 July by two armed men, apparently AUC members.They threatened to kill a member of the paper’s staff if the next day’s issue was printed and covered crime in the city in a “sensationalist” way. Another weekly, La Tarde, got similar threats and Janeth Ojeda, managing editor of the weekly La Noticia, was followed by a car for several hundred yards during the night of 8-9 July.The editors of La Tarde and El Vocero said they would publish despite the threats. Muñoz Trujillo filed complaints with the local state ombudsman and the police, who posted guards in front of El Vocero’s offices. Both women have bodyguards.Several journalists interviewed “Comandante Richard,” an AUC leader, in the northeastern suburbs of the city on 9 July. He said he knew nothing of the threats to Muñoz Trujillo but suggested they might have come from the left-wing guerrillas or from common criminals, a version discounted by the editor herself. The AUC chieftain did however confirm what an AUC colleague, “Comandante Alex,” told the daily Vanguardia Liberal, that the AUC would carry out their threats if the papers did not report the news in a “less extreme manner.”The online edition of the weekly El Espectador said the repeated threats against newspapers in Barrancabermeja started on 22 December 2000, the day AUC forces entered the northern parts of the city for the first time. It said several journalists were threatened and their equipment smashed as they covered the AUC’s arrival. ——————————————————————————————————————07.09.2002 – Four media workers kidnapped by guerrillas; local newspapers threatened by paramilitaries in BarrancabermejaReporters without borders has expressed concern after a number of newspapers published in Santander department (north-eastern Colombia), were threatened by United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, AUC)paramilitaries on 8 July 2002. “It is time that the armed groups stop viewingjournalists as targets and controlling information as an acceptable tactic,”stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general, in a letter to AUCleader Carlos Castaño. Reporters without borders asked Interior Minister Armando Estrada Villa to use all means at his disposal to protect journalists. “It is essential that the authorities contact the media outlets that have been targeted, to prevent these threats from turning into assassinations,” added Ménard.In addition, Reporters without borders expressed concern over the 8 July kidnapping of four employees of the RCN Radio and Radio Caracol stations, allegedly carried out by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) guerrillas. The organisation urged the FARC to free the four individuals and promise to respect Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which protects “persons taking no active part in the hostilities”. Since 1995, the guerrillas have kidnapped approximately 50 journalists, mostly to demand that certain information is distributed in exchange for the hostages’ release.Journalists have become military targets in the armed conflict between the AUCand the guerrillas of the FARC (Marxists) and the National Liberation Army(Ejército de Liberación Nacional, ELN – supporters of Che Guevara’s philosophy).Castaño (AUC), Manuel Marulanda (FARC) and Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista (ELN) are included on Reporters without borders’ list of the 38 most dangerous press freedom predators in the world. Colombia is the most dangerous country on the continent for information professionals, 40 of whom have been killed since 1991.According to information collected by Reporters without borders, in an interview which appeared in the 8 July edition of the daily Vanguardia Liberal, Commander “Alex”, of the AUC central block, stated: “Either (the press) stops toying with the community’s pain, or we will find ourselves in the unfortunate position of having toexecute someone, so that they understand the people’s pain.” According to”Alex”, the threats stem from the “sensationalistic” way in which local mediareport on the Barrancabermeja port. The oil-producing region is disputedterritory between the AUC and the guerrillas. During a press conference,representatives of five newspapers published in Santander department, includingthe weeklies La Noticia, La Tarde, La Portada, El Vocero, and the dailyVanguardia Liberal, condemned the threats and urged the authorities to providethem with security and ensure that their right to inform is upheld.Moreover, according to the information collected by Reporters without borders, Luis Eduardo Perdomo and José Rodríguez, a driver and technician for RCN Radio, respectively, along with Oscar González and Henry Pineda, a technician and driver for Radio Caracol, respectively, were kidnapped on 8 July presumably by FARC members. The incident occurred while they were reporting on the national long-distance bicycle race, in Tolima department (central Colombia). RCN Radio engineer Valdemar Campos confirmed that one of the technicians called him from a cellular phone to tell him that the four were being held by the guerrillas, who wouldlikely let them go and keep the stations’ equipment and vehicles. The kidnappersasked for a sum of money in exchange for the confiscated material. Reporters without borders spoke with the two radio stations and was told that, as of 9 July, the four individuals were still being detained. In a joint press release, RCN Radio andRadio Caracol asked for their employees’ release, “in the name of freedom ofexpression and information,” and “so that they can continue to work forColombian sports.” last_img read more

Editorial – The boundaries of endurance

first_imgAS the Minister for Finance took centre stage this week to detail what pain the people of Ireland will have to endure in the coming twelve months, there were Dickensian scenes being played out in the Treaty city. It’s frequently said that no-one in this country goes hungry. That is no longer true. This week in the Limerick District court, three middle-aged lone parents with no previous convictions were before the bench for stealing firelighters and milk. Not cigarettes, alcohol or luxury goods – foodstuff and the means to heat a home for their children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up As this article is being written, the Corbett suicide prevention group were preparing to spend Wednesday night on the banks of the river Shannon in the firm belief that this is the budget that will push people beyond endurance and past the point where precious life holds any sweetness or hope.There can be few more painful situations than the one in which a parent cannot put milk in a baby’s bottle or light a fire to keep the bitterly cold nights at bay. So painful that to some, stepping off the poverty treadmill and into the river seems like the only option.Meanwhile, superannuated bank executives can sip good brandy before a roaring fire in the golf club, secure in the knowledge that despite some of their ilk having brought the economy crashing down, their pensions are sacrosanct.Earlier this week, Enda Kenny warned there would be difficult decisions to make and he hoped the people of Ireland would understand.It’s doubtful that the people who were – or were not – talked down off the bridge on Wednesday night will understand.And when it comes to difficult decisions, the decision whether to let a child go cold and hungry or break is the law is right up there on the list. Email Print NewsLocal NewsEditorial – The boundaries of enduranceBy admin – December 7, 2012 617 Previous articleSouthill quilt launched by ‘The Governor’Next articleDelorentos: band on the run admin Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

.NET benefits

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. .NET benefitsOn 24 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Microsoft’s Steve Harvey explains how the company is hoping for success withits .Net solutionSteve Harvey, director of people, profit and culture at Microsoft UK, is inan excellent position to envisage the full potential of a flexible benefitssolution. He can see it contributing strongly to his strategic goal of makingMicrosoft the ’employer of choice within the UK IT sector’. Even in the currentdownturn, Harvey believes there are not enough skilled people in IT, and thatMicrosoft needs to engage and motivate each employee as an individual tocompete. “We can’t offer a ‘vanilla’ (uniform) package – we want to be respectedas one of the most family-friendly companies in the UK, I want employees tothink ‘why would I work anywhere else?’” he explains. Equally, given his responsibilities as director of finance, he sees the‘harder’, financial possibilities – focusing the finance function on thinkingabout the investments in benefits already in place for employees, andespecially the ones that do and don’t add value in the eyes of the recipients. There are major changes in the IT industry to which employers need to adapt.Harvey points to the average age of Microsoft employees now being 34, for one:”Our employees have different views on benefits to younger people,”he says. “They are more serious about pension provision and work-lifebalance.” As part of the company’s introduction of flexible benefits, aday nursery is being built on the Microsoft Campus outside Reading, the firstin the whole of Microsoft. So, what has stopped Microsoft introducing a flexible benefits scheme untilnow? The answer, surprisingly, lies in the technology available. As Harveyexplains: “At Microsoft we don’t like systems that need large overheadsand administration. We prefer to wait for technology to catch up.” Thedevelopment of Microsoft’s .NET platform was therefore a catalyst forintroducing the scheme, allowing a flexible system to operate via the internet.Now, Microsoft is well on the road to introducing its flexible benefitssolution, working with Hewitt Bacon and Woodrow and RebusHR. The companyresearched other schemes that had been implemented, before starting itsprocess. One factor that stood out as key to success for Harvey wascommunication. An employee’s first response to a flexible benefits scheme can bescepticism. “They can be cynical, and past experience has found that eachtime you touch an employees finances, you expose a raw nerve,” Harveysays. He suggests Microsoft has an in-built advantage. “For most of thesales, marketing and consulting roles, using a .NET solution will bring to lifethe technology they are selling.” Equally, experience from other companies also reinforced the importance ofsetting up the system properly. “The decisions you make in the first yearare very difficult to unmake,” he explains, and expects the most popularbenefits will prove to be enhanced pensions, longer holidays and upgradedcompany cars, as well as people buying greater levels of medical and dentalcover. Through using .NET, the company wants to try and involve employees’ familiesin the process. Harvey sees them as key to helping retention. “We wantpeople at home to get involved and, indeed, to help make it difficult foremployees to leave.” All employees are being set up with ADSL lines,wireless networking and internet access at home, so .NET technology andRebusHR’s flexible benefits application can be used to model possible benefitsat the kitchen table. Among the other plusses of the .NET solution, once up and running, will begreater transparency for Microsoft’s HR team as well as for benefit providers,all of whom will have real time information on employee choices. The .NETtechnology will allow later extension of the system to enable a number ofproviders to compete for the benefit choices of employees. Harvey expects to see the positive impact of the scheme within the nextcalendar year. The scheme was announced at the company’s last employeeconference, and full details of the scheme will be communicated to employeeslater this year. But what impact does the company expect? Harvey says it has already surveyedemployee attitudes to benefits, and this will also provide a benchmark to seehow the scheme is received. He will be looking, in particular, to see theimpact on attracting new people as well as retaining people through lifechanges, such as increasing the number of new parents that return to work. Theacid test, he says, will be “Does it [flexible benefits] help people tostay?” last_img read more

Utah State’s Matt Wells Named Mountain West Coach of the Year, While A School-Record 18 Aggies Earn All-Conference Honors

first_imgNovember 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Matt Wells Named Mountain West Coach of the Year, While A School-Record 18 Aggies Earn All-Conference Honors Robert Lovell Tags: All-Mountain West/Matt Wells/Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Matt Wells was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year, while 18 Aggies earned various all-conference accolades as the league office announced its postseason football honors Wednesday. In all, USU had eight offensive players, eight defensive players and two specialists recognized.Utah State’s 18 all-conference honors were the most in the Mountain West, while Fresno State had the second-most with 14. Boise State was third with 11 players recognized, followed by San Diego State (10), Nevada (9), Hawai’i (7), San José State (7), Wyoming (6), New Mexico (5), UNLV (4), Air Force (3) and Colorado State (3).Overall, Utah State’s 18 total honorees are tied with the 1997 Big West Conference championship team for the most in school history.Utah State players to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors included senior offensive center Quin Ficklin and sophomore return specialist Savon Scarver, while senior offensive lineman Roman Andrus, redshirt junior linebacker Tipa Galeai, sophomore quarterback Jordan Love, senior safety Jontrell Rocquemore, junior running back Darwin Thompson and sophomore linebacker David Woodward were all named to the second team. Aggies who earned honorable mention all-league honors included senior defensive end Adewale Adeoye, senior offensive lineman Rob Castaneda, junior placekicker Dominik Eberle, senior safety Gaje Ferguson, redshirt junior defensive end Fua Leilua, junior tight end Dax Raymond, senior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver, senior offensive lineman Sean Taylor, junior nose guard Christopher Unga and junior cornerback DJ Williams.Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Wyoming’s Cooper Rothe was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year and Nevada’s Toa Taua  earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.Wells, who was also named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2013, is the first coach in school history to earn multiple coach of the year honors. Overall, he is one of just five coaches in school history to be so honored as Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991) and John L. Smith (1997) were all recognized by the Big West Conference, while Gary Andersen earned Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2012.Wells is also just the fifth coach in conference history to be named the Mountain West Coach of the Year multiple times, joining Colorado State’s Sonny Lubick (1999, 2000), New Mexico and San Diego State’s Rocky Long (2002, 2012, 2015), Utah’s Urban Meyer (2003, 2004) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (2005, 2009).Aggies who earned all-conference honors for the second time this season included Andrus, Eberle, Ficklin and Raymond, as Eberle earned first-team all-Mountain West honors in 2017, while Andrus, Ficklin and Raymond were all named to the league’s honorable mention team a year ago.Ficklin, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior offensive center from Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain HS/BYU), started all 12 games and had an overall performance grade of 92 percent for the season, which ranked first on the team. During the year, he ranked second on the team in offensive snaps played at 745 and had a team-best 48 knockdowns, which included a season-high 10 against BYU, while not allowing a single sack all season.Scarver, a 5-11, 185-pound wide receiver from Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS), leads the nation in kickoff returns (34.2 ypr) and is tied for second nationally with his two kickoff returns for touchdowns (0.17 pg). On the season, Scarver has returned 21 kickoffs for 719 yards and has four returns of 50 or more yards on the season.Andrus, a 6-4, 310-pound senior offensive lineman from El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS/Snow JC), started all 12 games, including 10 at left guard and two at left tackle this season, and had an overall performance grade of 91 percent. Overall, he only allowed one sack all season as he played four different positions on the offensive line. During the year, he led the team in offensive snaps played at 750 and had 24 knockdowns, which included a season-high six against San José State.Galeai, a 6-5, 230-pound redshirt junior linebacker from Euless, Texas (Trinity HS/TCU), started all 12 games and is tied for second in the Mountain West and tied for 27th in the nation in sacks with 8.5 (0.71pg), tied for seventh in the MW in forced fumbles with two (0.17 pg), tied for eighth in the MW in tackles for loss with 11.0 (0.92 pg), and is 47th in the MW in tackles with 58 (4.8 pg). Overall, Galeai ranks first on the team in sacks, second in tackles for loss and fifth in tackles, while tying for the team lead in forced fumbles and ranking tied for third on the team in interceptions. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles against Air Force and returned one of his two interceptions 56 yards for a touchdown against BYU.Love, a 6-4, 225-pound sophomore quarterback from Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty HS), started all 12 games this year and is second in the Mountain West and 11th in the nation in points responsible for with 204 (17.0 pg), third in the MW and ninth in the nation in passing touchdowns with 28 (2.3 pg), third in the MW and 12th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.9), third in the MW and 21st in the nation in completion percentage (.658), fifth in the MW and 18th in the nation in passing (267.3 ypg), fifth in the MW and 27th in the nation in completions (20.5 pg), and fifth in the MW and 28th in the nation in total offense (272.3 ypg).Love, who was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times in 2018, set the single-season school record for touchdowns passes with 28 and tied the single-game school record with five touchdown passes twice. Against San José State, Love was 32-of-42 passing for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns, as those 32 completions are a career high and tied for the second-most in a game in school history. Overall, Love is 246-of-374 (.658) passing for 3,208 yards with 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions and has thrown for at least 300 yards six times this season, and at least four touchdowns passes four times. He has also rushed for six touchdowns on the season to rank third on the team.Rocquemore, a 6-1, 210-pound senior safety from McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS), started all 12 games this year and is tied for third in the Mountain West and tied for 36th in the nation with three interceptions (0.25 pg), and tied for 30th in the MW with 70 tackles (5.8 pg). On the season, Rocquemore ranks third on the team in both tackles and tackles for loss (8.5) and is tied for third on the team with his two sacks. He is also tied for the team lead with his three interceptions, returning one of them 32 yards for a touchdown at Colorado State. His best game of the year was against Air Force as he recorded a career-high 13 tackles, which included a career-best 2.0 tackles for loss.Thompson, a 5-8, 200-pound junior running back from Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks HS/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M), started eight of the 12 games he played in this season and is first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in yards per carry (7.2), second in the MW and ninth in the nation in total touchdowns with 16 (1.3 pg), second in the MW and 13th in the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns (1.2 pg), third in the MW and 32nd in the nation in scoring (8.0 ppg), fourth in the MW and 61st in the nation in all-purpose yards (107.3 ypg), and fifth in the MW and 60th in the nation in rushing (79.2 ypg).Thompson, who was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week once this season, has carried the ball 132 times for 951 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 336 yards (15.3 ypr) and two touchdowns. Overall, he had five 100-yard rushing games this year, including a career-high 141 yards on 13 carries and a career-best three touchdowns at Hawai’i.  He also had at least one rushing touchdown in nine games this year and was the only running back in the conference to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game as he had 140 rushing yards on 15 carries and 115 receiving yards on four receptions against San José State.Woodward, a 6-2, 235-pound sophomore linebacker from Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS), started all 11 games he played in this season and ranks first in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with 124 tackles (11.3 pg), fifth in the MW in tackles for loss with 12.5 (1.1 pg), sixth in the MW in forced fumbles with two (0.18 pg), and ninth in the MW in sacks with five (0.5 pg). On the season, Woodward leads the team in tackles, tackles for loss and forced fumbles, while ranking second in sacks, to go along with one interception. Overall, he has recorded seven double-digit tackle outings on the season, including a career-high 20 stops at Colorado State, which are the most tackles by an Aggie since 2015.Adeoye, a 6-3, 275-pound senior defensive end from St. Louis, Mo. (Ritenour HS), started three of the 12 games he played in this season and is tied for third in the Mountain West and tied for fifth in the nation with three fumbles recovered (0.25 pg). Adeoye ranks second on the team among defensive linemen with his 35 tackles, which includes 1.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. He recorded a career-high seven tackles against Air Force this year and had a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss against New Mexico State.Castaneda, a 6-4, 305-pound senior offensive lineman from Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS/Ellsworth CC), started all 12 games at right guard and had an overall performance grade of 89 percent and only allowed one sack all season. During the year, he ranked fourth on the team in offensive snaps played at 623 and was third on the team with 33 knockdowns, which included a season-high four against four different opponents.Eberle, a 6-2, 195-pound junior placekicker from Nuremberg, Germany (Redondo Union (CA) HS), leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring with 131 points (10.9 ppg), is first in the MW and eighth in the nation in field goals made (1.75 pg), and is third in the MW and 39th in the nation in field goal percentage (.778). Eberle is 21-of-27 on field goal attempts this season, including 1-of-1 from 10-19 yards, 8-of-10 from 20-29 yards, 4-of-5 from 30-39 yards, 5-of-6 from 40-49 yards, and 3-of-5 from 50-plus yards as his 21 made field goals are the second-most in a single season in school history. He has also made all 68 of his extra points on the year, which is a school record, and has set the single-season school record for points scored by a kicker with 131.Eberle, who has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season, tied two NCAA single-game records this fall against New Mexico State with his 24 points scored and three 51-yard field goals, as he became just the sixth player in NCAA history to make three 50-yard field goals in a game. Both of those marks are also school and conference records. He also set school and MW records as he was 6-for-6 on field goal attempts against NMSU, which is tied for the third-most made in a single-game in NCAA history.Ferguson, a 6-foot, 210-pound senior safety from Mendon, Utah (Mountain Crest HS/Snow JC), started 11 of the 12 games he played in this season. Overall, he ranks fourth on the team and is tied for 32nd in the Mountain West with his 68 tackles (5.7 pg), which includes 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss. He is also tied for third on the team with two interceptions and had one fumble recovery, to go along with four pass breakups. He had a career-high 15 tackles against Air Force this year and returned his first career interception 40 yards for a touchdown at No. 11 Michigan State.Leilua, a 6-2, 285-pound redshirt junior defensive end from Anaheim, Calif. (Spanish Fork (Utah) HS/Oklahoma State), started all 12 games this year and ranked 10th on the team and first among defensive linemen with 37 tackles, which included 1.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss, to rank fourth on the team.Raymond, a 6-5, 250-pound junior tight end from Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), is third in the Mountain West among tight ends in receiving yards (313) and fourth in receptions (23), despite missing nearly four games with a broken hand. Overall, he is fifth on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, while adding two receiving touchdowns. He began his junior season by catching a career-high seven receptions for a career-best 76 yards at No. 11 Michigan State.Tarver, a 6-3, 215-pound senior wide receiver from Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS/Fort Scott CC), started all 12 games this season and is seventh in the Mountain West and 61st in the nation with his 62 receptions (5.2 pg), and seventh in the MW and 62nd in the nation with his seven receiving touchdowns (0.6 pg). Overall, he has caught 62 passes for 676 yards (10.9 ypr) and seven touchdowns to lead the team in every receiving category. On the year, he has two 100-yard receiving games as he caught a career-high-tying nine passes for a season-high 128 yards against Air Force, and then had seven catches for 112 yards against New Mexico. He also had a career-high-tying two receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games against BYU and UNLV.Taylor, a 6-5, 300-pound senior offensive lineman from Vallejo, Calif. (Vallejo HS/Laney CC), started all 12 games at right tackle and had an overall performance grade of 91 percent and only allowed two sacks all season. During the year, he ranked third on the team in offensive snaps played at 656 and was second on the team with 40 knockdowns, which included a season-high five against UNLV.Unga, a 6-foot, 295-pound nose guard from Rochester, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS), started all 12 games this year and ranked third on the team among defensive linemen with 32 tackles, which included 0.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. On the season, he had a career-high nine tackles against Air Force and recorded at least three tackles in six games.Williams, a 5-9, 180-pound cornerback from Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS/Independence CC), led the team and ranked third in the Mountain West with 13 passes defended (1.1 pg). He is also tied for third on the team with two interceptions and is seventh on the team with 42 tackles, which includes 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble. He had a career-high 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss as part of his six tackles against New Mexico State and posted a career-best three pass breakups against Colorado State.Utah State is 10-2 on the season and tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 league record. For USU, it is just the third time in school history that USU has won 10 games, along with the 2012 (11) and 2014 (10) teams, while its seven conference wins are tied with the 2013 team for the most in school history. This season also marks the second time in its six years in the MW that it has either won or shared the Mountain Division title.Utah State, which is bowl eligible for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and will play in its 13th bowl game in school history this year, will learn its postseason destination on Sunday, Dec. 2.Fans can receive bowl game and ticket updates at can follow the Aggie football program at or on Facebook at Utah State Football, as well as on Instagram at Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. Written bylast_img read more

Real Salt Lace Faces FC Dallas Today

first_img Written by The regular season gets going on March 2nd at the Houston Dynamo. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Tucson, AZ)  —  Real Salt Lake is on the pitch today as it faces FC Dallas in Tucson, Arizona.  Tags: Mobile Mini Sun Cup/Real Salt Lake Associated Press This is the second-to-last preseason matchup for RSL, which faces Portland on Saturday also in Tucson.  This week’s games are part of the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. February 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Real Salt Lace Faces FC Dallas Todaylast_img read more

Nobel economist addresses University

first_imgThe nobel prize winning economist, Muhammad Yunus delivered this year’s Romanes Lectures at the Sheldonian this year.He gave lecture, entitled ‘A poverty-free world: When? How?’, to guests at the Sheldonian on Tuesday 2nd December.He focused particularly on the current global financial crisis and spoke of hisvision of a world free from poverty.Yunus, originally from Bangladesh, founded Grameen Bank, which provides credit to the poorest people in Bangladesh.Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2006 “fortheir efforts to create economic and social development from below.”The Romanes Lecture occurs annually at the University. The first was given in1892. Past speakers have included William Gladstone, Winston Churchill and IrisMurdoch.A copy of each year’s lecture can be found at the Bodleian librarylast_img read more