Advising the president

first_img“Washington is Washington, and then there is the rest of the country, and there is a detachment that is hard to explain unless you have spent a fair amount of time in Washington.”Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama (and unofficial “first friend”) knows whereof she speaks.The assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement shared her insider’s perspective on Washington gridlock with a crowd at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Feb. 19.Jarrett cited Republicans who refuse to engage, lobbyists who fight legislation such as financial regulation, and media that have helped to polarize the national dialogue as all playing roles in preventing critical reforms from moving forward.Describing the everyday legislative process, such as that surrounding the health care debate, as “really, really ugly,” Jarrett compared the machinery of creating law to a sausage-making factory where the best intentions and the facts get “lost in the morass of Washington.”“It’s been one year, and Rome wasn’t built in a day,” said Jarrett, addressing some of the president’s former supporters — and current critics — who expected quick and sweeping change. Obama’s commitment to a variety of reform efforts, she insisted, is as “vibrant today as it was one year ago.”In the near future, Jarrett said, Obama plans to post online a version of a revised health care bill that would be “good for the American people,” in advance of a health care summit with recalcitrant Republicans later this month. She said he will respond to good counterproposals, and will continue to be “open for change.”Christened “first friend” by David Gergen, himself a longtime presidential adviser who moderated the session at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Jarrett said she first met Obama and his future wife, Michelle Robinson, while working in Chicago government.Jarrett said Michelle was an “extraordinary woman” whom she was eager to hire. Before Robinson said yes, recalled Jarrett, Robinson asked her to dinner to meet her fiancé, Barack, so the three could talk about the position.That first encounter, said Jarrett, gave her an early look at the character of the future president and some of the qualities that he carried with him into the Oval Office. “He was a very good listener,” said Jarrett, and, despite asking “inquisitive questions,” made her feel instantly at ease.Jarrett went on to serve as co-chair of the Obama-Biden presidential transition and as senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign.Jarrett lauded Obama’s even temperament as president, as well as his disciplined thought process, his sense of empathy, and his ability to bring together groups of people with various opinions and “make everyone feel very comfortable opening up.”Asked by Gergen, HKS professor of public service and director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership, how she is most helpful to the president, Jarrett said that comes in her ability to be blunt with the nation’s commander in chief.“The higher I think you go, the harder it is to find people who will actually tell you the truth, particularly when they disagree with you,” she said, adding, “I feel very free to tell him when I completely disagree with him — respectfully, of course.”Encouraging members of the next generation to consider pursuing careers in public service, Jarrett urged them to follow their passions.“Don’t be afraid,” she said, “to take a leap of faith and try something that’s a little bit outside of your comfort zone.”The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership.last_img read more

Hammonds to step down as dean in July

first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds announced today that she will step down as dean on July 1, choosing to return to teaching and research in the departments of the History of Science and African and African American Studies. Hammonds will focus on scholarship, research, and teaching, heading a groundbreaking new program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.“Being dean of Harvard College has been an immensely rewarding experience for me, but I miss engaging deeply with my scholarship and teaching,” said Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and African and African American Studies.“I am looking forward to redesigning my classes in light of new technologies and modes of teaching, and I’m eager to return to my teaching and research on race, genomics and gender in science and medicine.”Hammonds will take a sabbatical after 11 years of continuous service before returning to her teaching program and her scholarship.“Dean Evelynn Hammonds has led Harvard College through years of remarkable transformation,” said President Drew Faust. “She has played an essential role in ushering in both Gen Ed and Wintersession, in launching the renewal of the Houses, and in creating an array of new spaces and resources vital to life in Harvard College. She has fully invested herself in improving the experience of our undergraduates both inside and outside the classroom, and in promoting a culture of inclusion and community across the College. I’m grateful to her for all she has done to help our undergraduates thrive, and we will be fortunate to continue benefiting from her talents and wisdom when she returns to the faculty after a well-deserved sabbatical.”Under Hammonds’ leadership, Harvard College made important strides on a number of fronts:  As dean, she:Led the House Renewal Programming Planning Project for renewal of the Harvard College undergraduate Houses, setting the framework for already announced work on Old Quincy, Leverett McKinlock, and Dunster;Led the launch of the General Education Program and the transition from the Core Curriculum;Worked in collaboration with the deans of the three Faculty of Arts and Sciences divisions to build and expand the Summer Research Village for students engaged in undergraduate research, including programs in engineering, social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities:Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE)Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences (BLISS)Program for Research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO)Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program (SHARP) Led the launch of the Rockefeller grants for student international experiences, which provided a substantial increase in funding for College students to study abroad;Established two academic integrity committees focused on strengthening academic integrity at Harvard College;Launched Wintersession and developed Wintersession programming after the academic calendar change;Oversaw the logistical work to welcome back the Navy and Army ROTC to Harvard College;Charged the first taskforce on BGLTQ issues which led to the creation of the first BGLTQ Office;Renovated a host of undergraduate social spaces, including the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) and the House grilles.“For the past five years, Dean Hammonds has been an important partner in our efforts to reinvigorate the student experience at Harvard College,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  “From helping kick off House Renewal to spearheading the development of Wintersession, Dean Hammonds has changed the College for the better, not only for today’s students but for generations of undergraduates to come.  As dean, she has been deeply committed to the well-being of students and passionate about supporting their opportunities to explore their academic and extracurricular interests.  I want to thank her for her work on behalf of Harvard’s undergraduates and to wish her well as she returns full time to teaching and scholarship.”Hammonds noted that she has continued to teach and research during her deanship, juggling those responsibilities with the 24/7 nature of dean-related duties.In 2008, Hammonds became the first African-American and the first woman to be named dean of Harvard College, charged with overseeing the academic curriculum, the Harvard residential Houses, and other key areas of college life for undergraduates. Formerly, Hammonds had served as Harvard’s first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.With the expansion of financial aid, Hammonds said she was inspired to serve as dean in order to help the College meet the challenge of supporting a student body that has become the most diverse in Harvard’s history, with students from all over the world and from many different backgrounds.“With access to social media and changing expectations of students for academic and support services, I wanted to make a difference and help the College better serve this population of students,” she said. “These are areas that really matter to students, and I worked to help units in the College meet these challenges.”Born and raised in Atlanta, Hammonds graduated in 1976 with dual undergraduate degrees: a B.S. in physics from Spelman College and a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. She earned a master’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and started her career as a software engineer. She earned a Ph.D. at Harvard in the history of science, and then began her teaching career at MIT, where she was a founding director of MIT’s Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine.Hammonds will continue to serve on a number of boards and advisory committees. She is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a trustee of Spelman College. She serves on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and as an overseer of the Museum of Science in Boston.Hammonds said she is eager to inaugurate the new program at the Du Bois Institute.“Despite the inordinate impact that science and medicine have had on the lives of African Americans since their arrival in this country, scholarship on how our notions of race have shaped and have been shaped by the scientific and medical enterprise remains woefully understudied,” Hammonds said. “I want to continue work that I began at MIT to engage with scholars from around the world in transdisciplinary research on the role of race in science and medicine. There are many exciting questions to explore, especially with the explosion of genomics research. I am very pleased that the Du Bois Institute and Harvard will support this new program.”last_img read more

Group discusses concerns with printing quota

first_imgThe Student Senate met Wednesday evening to discuss concerns about the new printing quota system and the communication of safety alerts to students.Representatives from the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) presented at the meeting to explain the reasons behind the quota changes.Bob Guthrie, an employee in the OIT department, said the printing department has run a deficit of over $80,000 above their $300,000 budget over the past four years. Although the amount of printing done by undergraduate students has increased over the past four years, budget allocated for printing has stayed the same.“We want you to see from our standpoint what our challenge was, and jointly, we would love to come up with a model that stays within the budget set by the University,” Guthrie said.OIT’s goal is to hit a point where 90 percents of students don’t have a problem with printing quota, he said. OIT will work with the remaining 10 percent who do have an issue and their department to find a solution.“We want to leverage you guys [the Student Senate] to help us come up with a plan that shows due diligence and fiscal responsibility,” Elena Silla, another representative from OIT, said.The Senate also discussed the issue of student safety in light of the shooting over the weekend that injured a Holy Cross student. Students have expressed concern that off-campus violence in the vicinity of Notre Dame is not reported consistently to students via e-mail.“Students feel that these instances of violence affect them greatly and that they deserve to be informed about things that are happening in South Bend,” Michelle McGrath, Farley Hall’s senator, said.In response, student body president Lauren Vidal said the University believes it is the students’ responsibility to be informed citizens.“There are crime statistics and news articles readily available to students online; however, this does not mean that the University needs to send out everything in an e-mail,” Vidal said.Jake Wittenburg, St. Edwards Hall’s senator, countered that students are not likely to check crime statistics websites regularly.The conversation about student safety has been opened and will continue after fall break.Tags: Office of Information Technologies, OIT, OIT department, print quota, printing quota, student senatelast_img read more

Governor Douglas appoints Adam Howard to Lamoille-4 House seat

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of Cambridge resident Adam Howard as State Representative for Lamoille-4 House District.  Howard will represent Cambridge, Belvidere and Waterville in Lamoille County, replacing 27-year Legislative veteran Richard Westman who resigned his seat this summer to become Vermont s Tax Commissioner. I m pleased to announce my appointment of Adam as State Representative, said Governor Douglas.  His business experience and volunteer work make him uniquely qualified to serve at this critical time. It’s an honor to be selected by Governor Douglas to represent the people of Cambridge, Belvidere and Waterville, said Howard.  I look forward to bringing by experience in both traditional and creative economies to Montpelier at a time when private sector job creation is so key to our recovery.Educated at Western State College of Colorado, Howard received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Community Journalism.  Howard’s love of the outdoors led him to an extensive career in journalism with a focus on winter sports, especially skiing.  He began his career as an intern at Powder Magazine in California in 1997.  When he returned to Vermont, Howard was a building contractor and professional ski patroller before becoming a reporter at the News and Citizen in Morrisville, Vermont. In 2002 Howard co-founded Vermont-based Height of Land Publications (HOL)which owns and operates Backcountry, Alpinist and Telemark Skier Magazines. He currently serves as editorial director at HOL.  Howard is active in his community serving as a founding member and President of the Cambridge Historical Society where he also served on the Board of Directors.  He is a founding member and President of the Brewster River Mountain Bike Club which has grown to 100 members with a focus on building trails and supporting youth health and fitness.  Adam is also Vice Chair of the Cambridge Development Review Board.Howard, 35, lives on his family s farm in Pleasant Valley, with wife Holly and daughters Hazel and Antonia. Source: Governor’s office. 10.7.2009###last_img read more

Consent vs. consensus: How decision-making at your financial institution is stalling innovation & growth

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Details Over the last year I’ve found myself in meetings with our internal team or clients, asking the group… “Ok, I hear what you are saying. So, what do you propose as a next step solution?” Then I usually wait for suggestions, ideas and possible solutions. Invariably potential next steps begin to trickle in from the people involved in the conversation. We weigh in on all these options, and usually we identify a course of action. Or, at the very least, we come up with what else we need to know to make a final decision, and the team makes a plan to get that information and re-address the issue in a timely manner. It’s rare that agenda items in our meeting go for more than 1-3 weeks without full resolution of any internal problem or question. However, with some of our clients the decision-making process seems to take MUCH longer. This realization is what led me to want to write this blog. In an effort to share how we see waiting for full agreement or consensus causes many financial institutions to fall behind other industries.Risk vs. Reward: Consent doesn’t mean you agree, it simply implies you are willing to let change occurSo, let’s define some terms for the purpose of this discussion. When I mention the term ‘consensus,’ it is defined as when everyone in the room agrees. Which, as you can imagine, depending on the size of group and the nature of the topic, can be extremely hard to achieve. ‘Consent,’ on the other hand, should be understood as when it is ok if all people are not in agreement, but everyone involved does give permission for the relevant action or decision to move forward in some agreed upon way.The reason this approach to discussion and decision making is essential is because in a fast-paced world of Fintech innovation and online banking disruption, waiting for consensus will slow down change and discourage risk taking.According to a recent Fintech innovation report from Accenture “Banks should place themselves closer to the center of their customers’ digital lives, embedding customer-centric thinking at the core of the corporate strategy along with the right skillsets at every level of the organization.” This suggestion sounds really promising, but If your financial institution is stuck in an old-world decision-making mentality you can kiss any hopes of staying relevant in this modern digital landscape goodbye!So, you might be asking yourself now… well, how do we to adopt this approach? Well it all starts at the top! Just ask Jeff Bezos!Information Gridlock: You don’t need to know EVERYTHING to do SOMETHING…“First, never use a one-size-fits-all decision-making process. Many decisions are reversible, two-way doors. Those decisions can use a light-weight process. For those, so what if you’re wrong?Second, most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow. Plus, either way, you need to be good at quickly recognizing and correcting bad decisions. If you’re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure.”- Jeff BezosThis agile approach to making choices and building strategy is a huge part of what sets Amazon apart and has helped keep the company far ahead of their competitors. Your financial institutions MUST sit up and take notice!Bezos suggests using the approach of “disagree and commit.” So senior managers need to communicate to their team that if you don’t support something, but also don’t have a strong enough reason to stop progress, rather than placing a road block in the way, use the term – “I disagree but consent.” And vice versa, if you’re a member of the C-suite and your team are reluctant to move forward, consider can pushing them ahead with your unfettered support – “I disagree with your reluctance, and consent to this decision. I will support whatever outcome results.” This is how risk-taking is fostered and innovation occurs. But playing lip-service to this notion and then Monday morning quarter-backing every outcome is to be avoided at all costs.The key to fostering a consent vs. consensus approach – if you don’t have a business reason to stop something from moving forward then you must give your consent and move on.Meetings: Where minutes are taken, and hours are wasted“Do nothing is the choice of people who are afraid. Do nothing is what you do if too many people have to agree. Do nothing is what happens if one person with no upside has to accept downside responsibility for a change. What’s in it for them to do anything? So, they do nothing.” – Seth GodinOk, so no one likes meetings… wait… I LOVE meetings! Or at least I love the meetings we have with our internal team! But maybe that’s because they are all so productive.Now, our meetings aren’t happy places of discussion and progress because I crack the proverbial whip and force people to take action. Actually, it’s the exact opposite.Our meetings are productive because every topic on the agenda is owned by someone and they are expected to follow a pretty simple format: Present the Idea – if it’s a problem the team member must have a solution or possible next step to propose. Open Discussion – keep this timed if necessary. Make a Decision – Go around the table for people to say if 1) they like/agree with the idea/project, 2)  they don’t agree but give their consent, or 3) have a legit business reason to stop it. Those are the only three things they can say. Possibly Table for Research – This should only happen if there is a key piece of data or research needed to make the final decision. Can table an item but only for a designated period of time (1-2 weeks maximum) and you must have a clear plan to get what is needed for a final resolution. So, in a financial institution this process is similar. You have your agenda’s and as items are covered anyone with an objection must provide a clear and reputable business reason for stalling the issue or change. So that could include a compliance or regulatory problem, significant potential negative financial impact, or likely negative member/customer experience implications. Personal preference or opinion cannot be the main reason to stop a project or deliverable from moving forward. Keep in mind that an “I consent to this” statement could mean I don’t like it or I don’t care, but I won’t stop you. Don’t let your institution fall victim to the ‘do nothing’ mentality. If you aren’t changing in this new and exciting digital banking landscape, you’re leaving customers and growth opportunities on the table. So, foster a culture of risk-taking and reward those on your team who embrace new ideas and innovation. It’s now, or never…last_img read more

In the preparation of applications for the project of restoration and valorization of the historic core of Split worth almost 24 million kuna

first_imgOver HRK 7 million will be invested in the renovation and equipping of the Old Town Hall, more than HRK 2 million in the renovation and equipping of the Split City Museum, and over HRK 5 million in the southeast tower with its premises in Lukačićeva 5 and part of the eastern wall of the Palace. HRK 3 million are earmarked for the production of modern presentation exhibits. The Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds has published a Call for Proposals in the procedure of direct award of grants to the City of Split for the project “Palace of Life – City of Changes; Integrated program for the development of the visitor infrastructure of the old town with Diocletian’s Palace “. The project is based on the restoration, valorization, presentation and improvement of the management of the UNESCO site of the historic center of Split with Diocletian’s Palace, including individually protected immovable cultural property, the Old Town Hall, and buildings located within the protected historical ensemble – Split Museum and Southeast Tower Diocletian’s Palace with the associated depots of the City Museum in the building at Lukačićeva 5 and the exit to the southern part of the eastern wall of the palace. The purpose of the project is to use an integrated approach to put these locations in the function of sustainable development of the local community and to present Split as a city of layered and living cultural heritage. The project holder is the City of Split, the partners are the Tourist Board of the City of Split and the Museum of the City of Split, and the total estimated value is HRK 23,8 million, of which HRK 18,2 million of available grants from the European Union. The investments envisaged by the project include conservation-restoration and construction works and equipping of the mentioned facilities, as well as the establishment of modern exhibitions that will present the layered history and development of Split. The project will also, in accordance with the requirements of the call and indicators of the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion, contribute to increasing the number of domestic and foreign visitors to newly renovated cultural heritage sites and consequently contribute to the development of Split as a year-round cultural and tourist city. Source / photo: City of Split; Pixabay The Development Agency Split – RaST doo is preparing the application, and preparatory activities, such as public procurement for the execution of works and equipping the Old Town Hall, are already underway.last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette reveals the biggest improvement he’s made under Unai Emery at Arsenal

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette reveals the biggest improvement he’s made under Unai Emery at Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 4:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Advertisement Comment Lacazette has struck up an excellent understanding with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Arsenal’s website, Lacazette said: ‘I’ve played the best football of my career this season and for Arsenal, not because of the goals I scored, but in my game – I really improved.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Being able to contribute without scoring is important for the team. For me, as well as now, I enjoy working like this for my team-mates because I know it is going to be easier for them.‘In the past, I have always learnt that if you work for them, they will give you back the ball fast, and that is why I’m happy to help them.’Lacazette won Arsenal’s Player of the Season award voted for by the club’s fans earlier this month and although he admitted it was a pleasure to receive it, he has set his sights on winning the Europa League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Individual awards are not really, really important. It is always a pleasure, of course, to receive things like this, but it is not the first thing I’m thinking of when I play football. I want to win a title, like the Europa League,’ he said.‘I always do my best on the pitch even if sometimes I’m not good – but I always try to be the best. I fight for the club, so of course, I fight for them, for me, for my team-mates, for the coach, for my family and for everybody.‘I just want to win and everyone will support me. Everyone is behind me, so of course, I will fight for them as well.’Lacazette’s form has not gone unnoticed elsewhere with both Barcelona and his long-term admirers Atletico Madrid linked with moves for him for this summer.When asked about Barcelona’s interest in him earlier this month, Lacazette responded by saying ‘it’s flattering’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Alexandre Lacazette has enjoyed an excellent season with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette believes this season has been the best of his career due to the improvements he has made to his all-round game under Arsenal manager Unai Emery.The 27-year-old was Arsenal’s second-highest goalscorer in the Premier League with 13 – behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 22 – while he also topped the club’s assists chart with eight.Lacazette has also contributed five goals and two assists during Arsenal’s run to the Europa League final and will be one of their main threats against Chelsea in the final next Wednesday.After initially falling foul of Emery’s rotation policy, Lacazette has become an increasingly important player for Arsenal, forming an excellent understanding with his strike partner Aubameyang.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Robin van Persie admits he was to blame for controversial shirt swap with Andre Santos during Man Utd vs Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 12:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Andre Santos was heavily criticised for swapping shirts with Robin van Persie during Arsenal’s match against Man Utd back in 2012 (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie has conceded he still feels guilty about the criticism Andre Santos was subjected to after he swapped shirts with his former Arsenal teammate during a match against Manchester United.The former Gunners captain had swapped the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford following an acrimonious move in the summer of 2012 after he had publicly criticised Arsene Wenger and the club’s transfer strategy.Van Persie came face-to-face with his former club just three months after his departure and rubbed salt into the wounds by scoring the first goal after just three minutes in a 2-1 victory. The Dutchman dominated the post match headlines, but not just as a result of a typically astute finish. As the players walked towards the tunnel at half-time, Van Persie was seen swapping shirts with Santos who was subsequently slammed by his own supporters for failing to recognise the significance of the gesture. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSantos’s Arsenal career faltered badly after that incident – he failed to start another Premier League game for the club – and Van Persie admits he could have a better job of protecting his friend. Advertisement Robin van Persie admits he was to blame for controversial shirt swap with Andre Santos during Man Utd vs Arsenal Robin van Persie scored after just three minutes in Man Utd’s 2-1 win over Arsenal in November 2012 (Picture: Getty)He told BT Sport: ‘You have to think about the consequences. You know, if I look back at that moment with Santos I think I should have done better there.‘Yeah, poor guy. It was all negative for him because (people thought) why are you swapping shirts at half time? I do get that feeling that people might think that way. But Andre Santos was a friend of mine. We went for dinner, I was going to his house while I was playing at Arsenal.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I think it was my first game back (against Arsenal) and at half time he asked me, but I should have thought about it a bit better and waited 20 metres then swapped inside the tunnel. It would have saved him a lot of hassle.’Speaking about the incident that effectively ended his Arsenal career, Santos said last year: ‘I don’t regret it because I never stopped being his friend. ‘My culture is different from the English culture. I’m not obliged to be in the same culture as them.’MORE: Prince William tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal this summer to join Aston VillaMORE: Manchester United and Arsenal hold initial talks to sign Jonathan DavidFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more


first_imgJane’s World Railways 1996-97The 800-page 38th edition of this substantial tome retains the usual format, with manufacturers listings followed by a gazetteer of world railways. It is liberally illustrated with photographs, loading gauge diagrams and tables. There are 197 new entries, and over 400 new photographs and drawings, including some maps. The entry for Russia is enlarged, with a range of up-to-date photographs and a map. Other maps include Austria, Belarus, Bolivia, Denmark, Macedonia and number of US commuter rail operations. £235 from Jane’s Information Group, Sentinel House, 163 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 2NH, Great Britain.Fax: +44 181 700 3751Dynamic Train/Track Interaction and Rolling Contact Fatigue of Railway Wheels.Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has published the works of two undergraduates. Dynamic Train/Track Interaction, a dissertation by Annika Igeland, is a simulation of railhead corrugation growth under a moving bogie, using mathematical models combined with full-scale measurements. The work was carried out between 1992 and 1996 as part of a research project led by Prof Bengt Åkesson and Dr Tore Dahlberg of the Division of Solid Mechanics, and was financed by Banverket.The aim of the second project undertaken by Anders Ekberg was to predict the life of a railway wheel using a mathematical model.Chalmers Tekniska Hlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgJ O Hambro Capital Management – The investment boutique has appointed James Elks as senior manager for institutional business. He joins from Martin Currie, where he was responsible for UK institutional and global consultant relations. He has previously worked at Investec, Bramdean Asset Management and Credit Suisse Asset Management.Nikko Asset Management – Nikko has hired William Low, former director of global equities at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), to head up a new global equities team. Low, who left SWIP in April following its acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management, will be joined by six of his former colleagues, following the launch of Nikko’s Edinburgh office.Aon Hewitt – Craig Gillespie has been appointed to the UK investment consulting team. He joins from Towers Watson, where he has worked for the last 14 years. Gillespie has more than 20 years’ experience in advising financial institutions and UK pension funds on risk strategy.Barnett Waddingham – Simon Cohen and Rebecca Carse have been appointed to the investment consulting team. Cohen joins from JLT, where he was a director, while Carse – previously an assistant manager in Grant Thornton’s pension risk solutions team – joins from Barnett Waddingham’s Amersham office. State Street Corporation, BP Investment Management, BayernInvest, J O Hambro Capital Management, Nikko Asset Management, Aon Hewitt, Barnett WaddinghamState Street Corporation – Oliver Berger has been appointed senior vice-president and head of strategic market initiatives for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In this newly created role, based in Frankfurt, Berger will be responsible for the development of State Street’s new initiatives and client solutions. He joins from JPMorgan Chase Group after 19 years, where his most recent role was head of prospect sales for the EMEA. Separately, Andreas Schmid has joined as vice-president in the asset owner solutions team based in Zurich, joining from RBC Investor and Treasury Services.BP Investment Management – BP’s £19bn (€22.7bn) pension fund has increased its in-house capacity, hiring new heads of fixed income and investment strategy. BP IM has named Ian Smart as head of fixed income and the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) Opkar Sara as head of investment strategy. Smart joined in June from consultancy Aon Hewitt, which he joined in December 2012 as senior researcher for bond managers. Sara also joined in June, after nearly five years at the PPF as principal fund manager, in charge of asset allocation and investment strategy.BayernInvest  – Oliver Schlick has told the supervisory board he will not stand for re-election as board member and CIO in February 2015 when his contract expires. Schlick has been on the board of the asset management subsidiary of German regional bank BayernLB since 2008. The supervisory board said it would finalise the hiring of a new CIO in early 2015.last_img read more