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On the picket line

first_imgLong Island U. faculty locked outEven before their contract expired on Aug. 31 and before classes start on Sept. 7, 400 members of the faculty and adjunct teaching staff at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University received notice that they were being locked out as of Sept. 3. The university said that it was taking this measure to pre-empt a strike vote to be taken on Aug. 31, and that replacement faculty would be teaching classes.The bargaining committee of the Long Island University Faculty Federation had been in negotiations since April, but a number of major sticking points have remained: a longstanding imbalance in salaries at the Brooklyn campus compared to those at the Post campus on Long Island, and changes to post-tenure review, adjunct teaching hours, and faculty input in class size and online curriculum.In a LIUFF statement released Sept. 1, the union denounced the proposed parity clause between the two campuses as “inadequate” and called the changes the university wants “onerous” and “harsh.” LIUFF President Dr. Jessica Rosenberg said the union “will not be intimidated by a lockout that is unprecedented in LIU history, and will continue to bargain in good faith.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept. 5) In fact, The Nation noted on Sept. 4 that this is the first time in U.S. union history that faculty have been locked out at a university.The LIUFF announced that on Sept. 7, students will be met by a picket line at the Brooklyn campus at Flatbush and DeKalb avenues. A union meeting is called for Sept. 6. (liuff.net) To show solidarity with this struggle, sign the American Federation of Teachers letter at tinyurl.com/hj39lgm.Struggle for union continues at Trump Hotel Las VegasOn Aug. 26, the largest picket line yet marched on the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, demanding a union contract for 500 housekeepers, porters, cooks and other mostly immigrant workers — 55 percent women and 56 percent Latinx. Joining them were members of the Ironworkers union, in Las Vegas for their annual convention, other unionists, and faith-based and community supporters. Although the National Labor Relations Board certified the workers’ election to join the Culinary and Bartenders unions (both affiliated with UNITE HERE) last December, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to show anti-worker, anti-union hostility by refusing to recognize the unions and negotiate a contract.The NLRB General Counsel has issued four separate unfair labor practice complaints against Trump Hotel Las Vegas for alleged offenses since 2014. This July an NLRB administrative law judge issued a new decision that the hotel committed six unfair labor practices, including illegally threatening and interrogating employees. Of course, Trump Las Vegas appealed it. On Aug. 17, the NLRB General Counsel issued a new complaint alleging that Trump Las Vegas is illegally refusing to comply with the NLRB order upholding union certification.Meanwhile, on Aug. 16, Culinary Union Local 226 launched www.VegasTravelAlert.org/Trump, a website to educate and inform the travel industry about the ongoing, escalating labor dispute at the Trump Hotel. Workers there are paid wages and benefits worth approximately $3 less an hour in comparison with the thousands of union workers on the Las Vegas Strip. (culinaryunion226.org, Aug. 16 and 25)Illinois domestic workers win bill of rightsDomestic workers in Illinois are celebrating a new bill of rights that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Aug. 12. As of Jan. 1, nannies, housecleaners, homecare workers and other domestic workers — mostly older women, immigrants and/or women of color — will receive the minimum wage, protection from discrimination and sexual harassment, and one day of rest every seven days for workers employed by one employer for at least 20 hours a week. The bill of rights was needed to amend four Illinois state laws, capping a 5-year campaign to make Illinois the seventh state to adopt such protection — following California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon. (In These Times, Aug. 16)The National Domestic Workers Alliance seeks to eliminate the exclusion of domestic workers under the 1938 federal so-called Fair Labor Standards Act — an exclusion made under pressure from segregated Southern states, and adopted by most states.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

JOG to develop GBA project in three phases with fully electrified platform

first_imgPhase 1 of the UK North Sea project is estimated to cost around £1bn The GBA project in the UK North Sea is planned to be developed in three phases. (Credit: Keri Jackson from Pixabay) Jersey Oil & Gas (JOG) said that there is potential for the Greater Buchan Area (GBA project) in the UK North Sea to be developed in three phases from a fully electrified platform.The company plans to employ a low carbon power solution for the project.Its findings are part of its Concept Select Report (CSR) for the North Sea project. The GBA area holds an estimated 172 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) 2C contingent resource of light sweet crude and associated gas.The project involves resumption of production at the Buchan oil field and bringing the J2 and Verbier oil discoveries into production. Apart from that, the project will develop other existing and yet to find discoveries within the area as future upside.As per the company’s findings, phase 1 of the project can be developed with a capital expenditure (capex) of around £1bn.Phase 1 of the GBA project involves the installation of a single integrated wellhead, production, utilities and quarters (WPUQ) platform at the Buchan field.Phase 2 will see the development of the J2 West, J2 East, and Verbier East discoveries. This will be done through a subsea tie-back to the GBA platform.During phase 3, the Verbier West discovery will be developed through connection to the subsea infrastructure of phase 2, suggested the CSR.Jersey Oil & Gas has set the nameplate capacity of the Greater Buchan Area hub at 40,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).As per the CSR findings, plateau production is expected to be for more than three years. Field life is expected to be 31 years.Currently, the company is said to be getting ready to enter the front end engineering design (FEED) phase of the GBA project in the third quarter of this year. The company currently expects to reach a final investment decision (FEED) on the project in H2 2022.With the finalisation of the CSR, Jersey Oil & Gas will look to initiate a farm-out process to seek an industry partner for the GBA project.last_img read more

Commodities tracker

first_imgSome prices in the dairy industry have effectively doubled since Jan/Feb 2007. As the bakery sector approaches its busiest time of year, dairy supplies have become even more scarce, exacerbated by the seasonal decrease in milk supply.Butter from Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Australia and even the US has been imported to plug inevitable gaps in UK supply, but this appears to now be drying up.No doubt there will be some UK product supplied through the autumn period, but uncertainty over milk supply only serves to prolong strained availability.Private Storage Butter (stocks put aside from the first half of the year) is now available, but UK stocks are insignificant. It should also be remembered that there is zero butter available from intervention stocks this year to supplement availability (against 50-60,000 tonnes sold across the EU in the same period in 2006).World demand for dairy products remains high although at this time of year is being served mainly by southern hemisphere sources. When the seasonal switch to northern hemisphere origins starts to come back in the first quarter of 2008 there will be much debate as to whether the current high prices within the EU will deter international buyers.It remains to be seen how much, or little, is sold on export markets, so predicting prices for the first quarter of 2008 on all dairy commodities is very difficult indeed. However, the demand will definitely be there.August update from Gary Norcott, commercial director of Staple Dairy Productslast_img read more

Five cost effective ways to take compliance seriously

first_imgRegulatory reform is like the weather: everyone talks about it, but no one really does anything about it. So, even as you rail against the CFPB remember that, unless you think Tinker Bell is going to be elected President, this new hyper-regulatory environment is here to stay. Those credit unions that most successfully integrate compliance into their business structure as opposed to treating it as a costly appendage will be the ones for whom compliance might actually be a source of savings. After all, members are more likely to trust an institution that knows what they are doing and why they are doing it.To be sure, larger credit unions a have a huge advantage when it comes to absorbing compliance costs. I feel your pain, but let’s get over it. There are cost effective steps that even the smallest credit unions can take to improve their compliance with all those nettlesome laws and regulations with minimal impact on their bottom line. I’ve chosen some examples that all credit unions should implement to cost effectively improve their compliance programs.Customize Your Procedures. Just about every aspect of an institution’s consumer banking practices – whether that institution is JP Morgan Chase or a five person CU – can be reduced to procedures that can be applied over and over and over again. For example, as challenging as the new integrated disclosure requirements are, once you figure out how to comply, a well written step-by-step procedure can enable any employee you hire now or in the future to implement TRID in a way that makes the most sense for your credit union. In addition, as regulations change, you can simply tweak the procedures. Procedures codify institutional memory so that not everyone has to be a compliance expert. The only cost is the time and effort it takes to write down the procedures. Considering how much time your credit union has spent complying with the TRID mandate, this is an investment that makes sense.Prioritize Vendor Management. CU CEOs are unabashedly frugal and they should be. A penny saved truly is a penny earned. One of the best ways to save money while improving your compliance is to take vendor management more seriously.(A) Mandate that employees get quotes from multiple vendors regardless of the services for which they are shopping. Credit unions always say they don’t have leverage when negotiating contracts. This will always be true for those institutions that don’t start negotiating contract terms until after they have chosen a vendor.(B) Make employees responsible for periodically checking in on each vendor with whom you contract. With so many regulations being implemented by vendors you must oversee vendor performance if you are going to oversee your CU’s compliance efforts. Many vendors are computer people who specialize in compliance software not compliance people who know software. Someone in your credit union needs to know a regulation well enough that you can double check your vendors.(C) Make sure you know when contracts end. Many contracts have automatic renewal provisions and if your credit union gets sloppy, you will miss a golden opportunity to review the price and performance of your vendors.Pool compliance services. Every credit union, no matter how small, needs a dedicated compliance professional but not everyone can afford one: I get it. The solution is for credit unions to pool resources. For example, New York has joined a growing number of leagues that hire a field level compliance specialist who works with a group of credit unions to provide ongoing compliance on issues unique to those credit unions. They could even draft a couple of those procedures I was talking about.Don’t Do a Volkswagen – Make compliance everyone’s responsibility. The Executive team comes up with a great idea for a new financial product. The Marketing department comes up with a great campaign and the compliance officer is asked to review it for “compliance issues” the day before it is scheduled to be launched. I exaggerate only slightly. Financial institutions of all shapes and sizes have for too long let a culture fester in which compliance is viewed as an enemy to be conquered rather than a partner with whom to work to achieve greater efficacy. It’s time for a reality check: Any person responsible for any part of your credit union’s operations that is impacted by compliance. Given this reality, every single employee and department should have to work with, and not against their compliance person. For example, compliance should have a role in the development of every credit union project and initiative at the earliest stages of the process. Common sense tells you that a system that integrates compliance into a product’s design is more efficient than one that ignores it until the very end of the process. Just ask our good friends at Volkswagen.Love ‘em or hate ‘em you still need a lawyer. . . Sometimes. A good compliance program not only has to be well conceived and consistently implemented but it needs to know where the gray areas are and how to exploit them for the good of the credit union. This is where a lawyer, albeit a lawyer who knows something about consumer banking, comes in. Not every threatened lawsuit should be settled and the plain language of statutes and regulations should be the beginning, not the end, of legal analysis when it comes to the most important legal and compliance issues facing your credit union. Consequently, there are times when the extra cost of an attorney is worth it. My rule of thumb is that the more you are dealing with an issue for which there is not a settled Yes or No answer, or that could expose your credit union to litigation, the more you should consider calling your counsel.Each one of these steps will not only improve your compliance, but will save your credit union money. My point is this; compliance doesn’t have to cost your credit union as much money as you think it does. A well thought out system of checks and balances will lead to better functioning institutions that better present themselves to the public and comply with regulatory demands in the most cost effective manner. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: www.nycua.org Detailslast_img read more

Clippers are aware their ‘new guys’ are going through an adjustment process

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Wilson Chandler was glad to be back on the court this week, and the Clippers are happy to have him.“It felt good to be out there, it’s an easy team to play for,” said the 31-year-old forward, who hadn’t played since Jan. 31, when he suffered a right quad strain that made him inactive for more than a month – through 13 games and a cross-country trade.Chandler came to the Clippers on Feb. 6 along with former Philadelphia 76ers teammates Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala and an unprotected first-round draft pick in exchange for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.Although the injury limited his acclimation efforts to watching lots of film, Chandler said he’s having no problems assimilating to the Clippers’ culture: “Guys like playing with each other, sharing the ball, and Doc’s a great coach, so it’s easy from that standpoint.” Easy, perhaps. Automatic? Not exactly.That’s been true, too, for recent additions JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple, who arrived via trade from Memphis that same week.“It’s funny, we forget that (Green’s) new to the team,” Rivers said Tuesday night. “It’s like the new guys – and Garrett, this was his first night that I thought he was aggressive – it’s like they’re trying to fit in sometimes instead of play.”He’s right about that, Green said.“I’m still trying to find my role, find my place on the team,” said Green, who started in place of Danilo Gallinari on Tuesday and finished with nine points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes, which was tied for the team high. “It’s starting to get a little easier for me, but I’m still trying to find my way.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters RIVERS DOUBTFUL ON MBAH A MOUTERivers said Tuesday he’s unsure whether Luc Mbah a Moute will be able to return this season. The defensively gifted 6-8 forward has missed all but the first four games of the season with a “sore left knee.”“I don’t know,” Rivers said. “He practiced about 20 minutes (on March 6) and then he couldn’t go through with it, so that’s obviously not a good sign. I don’t know if we’re going to have him for this season or not.”Mbah a Moute signed a one-year, $4.32 million contract with the Clippers in July after playing for the Houston Rockets last season.CLIPPERS ADD BIBBS ON 10-DAY DEALThe Clippers announced Wednesday that they signed guard Justin Bibbs to a 10-day contract, according to President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. Terms of the agreement were not released.Bibbs, 23, started 30 of the 44 games he appeared in for the Maine Red Claws, the G League affiliate of the Boston Celtics. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard averaged 11.8 points, 3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30 minutes. He also appeared in six games for Boston at the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and averaged 5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1 assist in 17.8 minutes. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he played four seasons at Virginia Tech. In his Clippers’ debut Monday, the 6-foot-9 Chandler played nine minutes and finished with two points, two rebounds and an assist in the rousing 140-115 victory over the Boston Celtics.He was back on the court Tuesday, feeling just fine, he said. In the 125-104 loss to Portland, he clocked 19 minutes and contributed six points, five rebounds and a steal.“Get a couple more games under my belt and those shots are gonna come easy, and I’ll be confident to take them,” Chandler said. “Definitely, the game is so much faster when you’re actually on the court, (but) like I said, the offense is pretty easy, the guys are sharing the ball.”Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory And for Chandler, it’s a matter of adjusting to playing with a new team – and to playing, period.“You can tell two things,” Rivers said. “He knows how to play; he makes plays. And then also you can tell that he hadn’t played in a while. And so it’s gonna take him a while, and we’re going to try to give him as many minutes as we can, to just get him ready.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

FRIENDS OF THE ARTS PUTS ON FINE SHOW

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Dec 2014 – And while I have not been as yet; the reviews of the Sleeping Beauty Christmas production of the Turks and Caicos Friends of the Arts, as does all of their holiday plays, is receiving rave reviews. Magnetic Media is flooded with requests to tell the nation about the performances and to encourage residents to take in one of the shows. Only three nights left for the show which features local thespians like Asa Williams, Tatiana Clare and Cora Malcolm. This TCI version of Sleeping Beauty was written and directed by Justine “J” Richardson and you can get tickets at Unicorn Bookstore. Sleeping Beauty is being staged at the Brayton Hall by the TC Friends of the Arts and continues tonight; final showing is on Friday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contest Recommended for you 2nd Annual Miss Teen Turks and Caicos events announced Related Items:brayton hall, friends of the arts, justine richardson, sleeping beauty, unicorn bookstore Resorts & Bookstore also carrying Auntie Fannie adventure book by Handfieldlast_img read more

Hong Kong leads winners at World Travel Awards Asia Australasia Gala Ceremony

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#WorldTravelAwards Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa prepares to welcome World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppChina, June 5, 2017 – Shanghai – Hong Kong has been recognised as Asia’s Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 in China.
   
Hosted by the luxury Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, the prestigious event was attended by 250 hospitality leaders from across the regions.Also celebrating was Deer Jet, which took the title of Asia’s Leading Private Jet Charter and China’s Leading Private Jet Charter, and Gaia Retreat & Spa.  Co-owned by Gregg Cave and Australian actress Olivia Newton-John, the wellness resort was recognised as Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel.World Travel Awards Vice President, Chris Frost, said: “What a fantastic evening it’s been here at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.“It has been an honour to recognise some of the leading hospitality providers from Asia and Australasia tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them.“It is your hard work, dedication, initiative and investment that makes the tourism sector the success it is today.”

Frost continued: “I look forward to seeing many of tonight’s winners later this year at the Grand Final in Vietnam, where they will compete for the global titles.”In a special award decided by the World Travel Awards Academy, Michael Henssler – Kempinski chief operating officer, Asia – took home the trophy for Asia’s Leading Travel Personality 2017.Also among the winners was The Ascott Limited which walked away with the title of Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand (The Ascott Limited) and Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartments (Ascott Raffles City Chengdu).
Staying in Asia, Vinpearl Da Nang Resort & Villas was named Vietnam’s Leading Beach Resort while the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai scooped two trophies: Asia’s Leading Conference Hotel and China’s Leading Business Hotel.In Australasia, Air New Zealand was hailed Australasia’s Leading Airline and Australasia’s Leading Airline Brand.Partners for the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 included TV5 Monde, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, SriLankan Airlines, Bookingee.com and Vietravel.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.   Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.Press Release: World Travel Awards#worldtravelawardscenter_img Recommended for you Turks and Caicos named Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination at World Travel Awardslast_img read more

JAMAICA 47 Foreign Nationals Granted Citizenship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 18, 2017 – Kingston – Forty-seven foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government.   They were presented with documents formalizing their status by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) during a swearing-in ceremony at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on December 14.   The ceremony was attended by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for PICA.Mr. Montague said the occasion was a time to celebrate the fact that despite the challenges facing the country, there are still hundreds of persons from other nations who want to make Jamaica their home and “want to share this privilege with those of us who are born here”.Noting that some 2,000 persons were deported from the island last year, with another 537 being denied entry, the Minister emphasised that the participants had been afforded an “exceptional privilege” by being granted citizenship.“We are happy to welcome you. (While) each person has a different background, what unites us is that you are now Jamaicans.   You have varying skills and talents, which can now be used to help your new country.   You will now take on the duties and responsibilities of Jamaican citizens… and you must take these very seriously,” he added.Mr. Montague encouraged them to engage in community activities and civic duties while honoring their statutory obligations.   Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, pointed out that approximately 3,000 foreigners are granted Jamaican citizenship annually.    He said that the latest batch of 47 persons represents the largest number of candidates granted citizenship on a single occasion, adding that PICA has granted citizenship to some 10,000 persons during its 10 years as an executive agency.“This is a watershed moment for the agency, as we have come to recognize that there are approximately three to five million Jamaicans in the diaspora who have descendants, relatives and others who are eligible for Jamaican citizenship.   It is our intention to reach out to them to be a part of the family of this our great Jamaica,” Mr. Wynter said.Citizenship recipient, Dr. Ehis-Oje Pius Areghan, who responded on behalf of the group, described the occasion as an opportunity that “comes with responsibilities”.“It now becomes our responsibility (as new citizens) to exercise our civic duties, especially to help one another,” he said.Dr. Areghan, who is originally from Nigeria, is based at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.    “I am happy to be (here). The joy and love I have gotten from Jamaicans, I doubt I would ever get it in any other country,” he added. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more