first_imgRonnie Clawson has been appointed HR director at London housing associationthe Peabody Trust. He joins from the Affinity Homes Group, where he was grouphead of HR and administration. In his new role he will be responsible forensuring the HR and organisational learning functions fully support the widerbusiness strategy on diversity issues. Which aspects are you most looking forward to? Working with the board and management teams to set the strategic directionof the trust. Developing a Peabody leadership programme, and ensuring HR isseen as a key player in the future development of the trust are also importantissues. What is the strangest situation you have been in at work? Finding myself in full devil regalia with red goatee beard and horns,breaking up a fracas at an office fancy dress party. How do you think the role of HR will change over the next five years? Its importance as a strategic driver in successful businesses will continueto grow. Who is the ultimate guru? I like to think of myself as an independent thinker. What’s the best thing about HR? Having the ability to influence the culture of organisations and make a positivedifference to people’s working lives and the business. And the worst? Cleaning up other people’s mess. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken? Climbing Helvellyn in a t-shirt and trainers and finding myself lost at thetop in dense fog and freezing rain. I wouldn’t recommend it. What is the essential tool in your job? A thick skin and the ability to stay calm in a crisis. And the most over-rated? The latest fad or ‘next best thing’. What advice would you give to people starting out in HR? Find yourself a sponsor or mentor, and be prepared to learn quickly andargue your corner. Do you network? Yes – it is always useful to share, and occasionally borrow, good ideas. If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? A successful artist. Who would play you in the film of your life and why? Robert De Niro – “you looking at me?” What’s the best office party you’ve ever attended?Probably a Crown Prosecution Service party that took place in the early1990s. The Official Secrets Act prevents further expansion and no, it has norelation to the devil horns mentioned above. Related posts:No related photos. Top jobOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Vizag Hosts Vietnamese Vice Minister of Defence View post tag: Defense Vice Minister of National Defence and Chief of the General Staff of Vietnam, Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thang and a twelve-member delegation arrived in Visakhapatnam on 26 September 2013, on a two day visit to the Eastern Naval Command.The General Officer held discussions with Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command and was briefed on the role and function of the Command. The Chief of the General Staff is scheduled to visit a frontline ship and a submarine of the Command during his stay.Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thang interacted with members of the Navy Wives Welfare Association (Eastern Region) at the NWWA Kendra and undertook a windshield tour of the Dolphin Hill married accommodation.[mappress]Press Release, September 27, 2013; Image: Indian MoD September 27, 2013 Vizag Hosts Vietnamese Vice Minister of Defence View post tag: Minister View post tag: Navy View post tag: hosts View post tag: Vietnamesecenter_img View post tag: Vizag View post tag: Vice View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgSocial Media Censorship II The Rule of Law Is a Sick JokeKurt Schlichter Are those who question the severity of global warming worse than Nazis? I wouldn’t think so, but YouTube, owned by Google, seems to.I wrote last week that YouTube added a Wikipedia link about global warming to videos like ones I do about climate change.Extra information sounds helpful. But when social media platforms only pick certain politically disfavored positions to add Wiki links to, they skew the debate. Worse, Wikipedia’s global warming page has been captured by alarmist editors. It’s very one-sided.On CNN last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said, “I think we need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is left, is more left-leaning.”At least Dorsey admits that. Usually, powerful social media platforms push their political agendas while pretending not to have any.Roy Spencer, the author of “Climate Confusion,” points out that when he does a Google search for “climate skepticism,” the first 10 pages aren’t links to skepticism. Instead, they’re links to articles criticizing climate change skepticism.By contrast, he points out, a search for “Nazi Party” yields mostly straightforward commentary about what Nazis believed.Climate change skepticism is more in need of “correction” than Nazism?(Spencer’s and my skepticism doesn’t mean we doubt global warming. The globe is warming. Climate changes! We just don’t think it’s been proven that humans are the main cause or that fossil fuel bans and the billions of dollars spent on things like solar subsidies will do any good.) YouTube also continues its purge of political commentators it considers too far right. After taking down Alex Jones and his Infowars channel, YouTube expanded its ban to an old personal channel of Jones’ associates Owen Shroyer and Roger Stone. John Stossel  for Townhall Recommended The tech giants gathered in secret last week to confer about how to “counter” political misinformation during the coming election season. They say they want to prevent disruption and interference by outside forces like the Russians. Good. Meanwhile, Facebook, now the world’s most powerful publisher, removes some political articles — not just so-called fake news created by malicious foreign actors or robots, but also ones by professional journalists.Salena Zito posted a New York Post column about Trump supporters sticking with Trump. Facebook removed it. It reappeared only after she complained on Twitter and “went through the confusing messaging options” on Facebook’s page to ask why her article was removed.She never got an explanation. “No one told me why it was taken down,” she writes. “Perhaps someone doesn’t like my stories and complained… (W)ho is that person and why does Facebook give them that sort of power?”Good luck trying to get social media platforms to explain why they ban you.Maybe the “content moderators” at tech companies want to narrow your choices to information from the political center and left — where most tech company workers live. But I get nervous when I think about how broadly some liberals define “disruption.”The purpose of the First Amendment is to let all of us say critical things about the politically powerful, even radical things.I worry that tech companies, to avoid admitting they’re motivated by political bias, will do what many political activists have done: keep expanding the definition of “hate speech” until almost anyone can be accused of it.A NASCAR driver just lost a sponsorship (although, of course, a sponsor has a right to decide whom to fund) because his father, during a radio interview, admitted to using a racial slur back in the 1980s, before the NASCAR driver was even born.Now that Google can search everything you’ve said, YouTube may flag it as misinformation. Facebook can track what all your relatives and friends have said, too. Activists stand ready to get angry about all of it.At this rate, the future speech will be muted. Especially libertarian and conservative speech.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Endang Sedyaningsih, M.P.H. ’92, S.D. ’97, received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Department of Global Health and Population. In 2009, she was appointed minister of health in her native Indonesia. Sedyaningsih returned to HSPH in May 2011 to deliver a Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on the topic of her “Efforts in Materializing Health Care Equity in Indonesia.” She passed away on Wednesday, May 1, after a battle with lung cancer.last_img

first_img U.S. failed to control pandemic, but vaccination provides ‘chance to get next phase right’ Lipsitch said it makes sense to focus contact tracing efforts on the new variant, as a way to keep it in check and delay its spread for a few months, when warming weather will become an ally.“It’s a big deal for a world that is already stretched trying to control the old variant,” he said.Though the British variant has spread rapidly through the U.K., it does not appear to cause more severe illness and seems as susceptible as the original to vaccine protection. It has been detected in dozens of countries, including several locations in the U.S. Though the numbers of U.S. cases have been low, given the difficulty the U.S. has had in containment efforts, there’s no reason to think this new variant won’t soon be widespread, Lipsitch said. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker echoed that thinking on Tuesday, saying, that though the variant has not yet been detected in Massachusetts it’s reasonable to think it is already here, according to media reports.British scientists, meanwhile, on Wednesday fine-tuned earlier estimates of the variant’s infectivity, saying in a yet-to-be peer-reviewed-study that it appears to be 56 percent more transmissible than the original virus. Rapidly rising case numbers have prompted the British government to reimpose a nationwide lockdown, halting in-person learning at schools and colleges and asking residents to stay home except for essential tasks.Scientists say it’s not surprising that variants to the original virus would emerge but are keeping an eye out for those that have particularly challenging characteristics. Infectious disease expert Barry Bloom, who joined Lipsitch on a media conference call Tuesday, said a South Africa variant potentially worries him more than the one from Britain.“There’s very little data that I can find in any publication — mostly in news reports — that suggest, in contrast to the English one, that [the South African strain] may be less neutralized by antibodies from convalescent patients…. That would not be a good thing,” Bloom said.Former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Tuesday evening some experimental evidence from a lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle suggests that variant may “obviate” antibody drugs.Bloom also said that the emergence of the more-infectious British variant means a higher percentage of the nation’s population will need to be vaccinated to reach herd-immunity level, at which enough people are immune to the virus that it interrupts spread. What the new threshold is remains unknown, Bloom said, but he pointed to recently rising estimates from Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an adviser to both President Trump and President-elect Biden, who told the New York Times in late December that it likely will be between 70 and 90 percent. Researchers and public health experts unite to bring clarity to key metrics guiding coronavirus response A significant factor in the uncertainty is the fact that, though the two vaccines approved for U.S. use prevent severe disease, how well — or even whether — they prevent transmission is still unknown. Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health, pointed to the example of the polio vaccine, which prevents illness but doesn’t prevent the virus’ spread — in polio’s case through the feces — which has made it difficult to eradicate globally. In case of SARS-CoV-2, Bloom said, it is likely that vaccinated individuals will have lower, possibly much lower, levels of virus in the nasopharynx, from which it can be exhaled, making them less infectious, but that has not yet been proven.Though vaccines are slowly rolling out, Lipsitch said the new British variant likely will make the coming winter months, which were already expected to be difficult, even worse than anticipated. By spring and summer, however, though transmission will likely still be widespread, vaccination of health care workers and those at high risk may mean the pandemic’s worst effects are “blunted a lot.”“Assuming no negative surprises with the vaccines and expecting that there will probably be more vaccines approved or authorized in the coming months — the vaccines really are a huge change for the better — I think that will be our way out, but I think the new variant doesn’t help with that,” Lipsitch said.Lipsitch said that even if we don’t end up eliminating the virus, vaccines may effectively prevent severe illness in vulnerable populations while the virus continues to circulate among those more likely to have mild or asymptomatic illness.“My suspicion is the way we will get out of the crisis that we’re in is not by halting transmission of this virus, but by defanging it effectively,” Lipsitch said, “in other words by protecting enough of those highly vulnerable people so that even if there is transmission that’s going on it is not causing so much destruction of human lives and to the medical system.” The path to zero Experts say smooth rollout possible although highly complex center_img Math model suggests optimal treatment strategies Related COVID-19 unmasked Harvard public health experts say a more contagious British variant of the COVID-19 virus now spreading in the U.S. has tempered expectations that vaccination efforts would mean a return to normal life in the coming months and ratcheted up pressure to speed inoculations, which have gotten off to a disappointingly slow start.Epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, said though he had been skeptical that vaccination would quickly bring the pandemic under control, he had thought that the campaign’s progress, coupled with warmer weather bringing people outdoors, meant that relatively normal activities could resume by summer. But with experts estimating that the new variant will spread significantly faster than the original, Lipsitch said he’s less certain.“Before the new variant I was more hopeful of a summer that would allow people to go to camp and travel and that sort of thing. I’m less sure about that now,” said Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology. “That just makes this a much harder problem. … It’s certainly not good news.”Another variant from South Africa has also emerged and is raising additional concerns among public health officials because it appears to have some worrisome characteristics but less is currently known about it.The emergence of the British variant here heightens the importance of rapid vaccination, Lipsitch said, and makes public health control measures, such as masking and distancing, more important and more likely to be needed longer. Rollout of vaccines in the U.S. have been snagged by shortages, delays, and bureaucratic snafus. The Trump administration predicted in December that 20 million people would be inoculated by the end of the year, but as of Wednesday only 5.3 million had received the first of two required shots, according to a Centers for Disease Control tracker.The increased infectivity of the British variant means that, should it become widespread here, contacts would need to be cut back by an additional third just to keep spread where it is now, a tall order in a nation that has had difficulty controlling the original virus. On Wednesday, the pandemic set another grim milestone, marking a record 3,541 deaths, according to the CDC, and bringing total U.S. deaths to 365,005. Cases rose to nearly 21 million, according to the government tally. “It’s a big deal for a world that is already stretched trying to control the old variant.” — Marc Lipsitchlast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 06, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by top officials including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced a massive new “counter-narcotics operation” in the Latin America and Caribbean region.“As nations around the world focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain,” said Trump on April 1. “We must not let that happen.”U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with reporters at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Lisa Ferdinando / U.S. Department of Defense)The president announced that Navy destroyers, combat ships, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, elements of an Army Security Force Assistance Brigade and Special Operations Forces were being deployed to the region, adding to the U.S. Coast Guard drug patrols already on the scene.“In cooperation with the 22 partner nations, the U.S. Southern Command will increase surveillance, disruption, and seizures of drug shipments, and provide additional support for eradication efforts which are going on right now at a record pace,” Trump added.This new operation had been months in the making, but has taken on greater urgency following the March 26 indictment of Nicolás Maduro, for which a $15 million reward for information leading to his capture was announced.“The Venezuelan people continue to suffer tremendously due to Maduro and his criminal control over the country, and drug traffickers are seizing on this lawlessness,” Esper said after the president’s announcement.“Corrupt actors, like the illegitimate Maduro regime rely on the profits derived from the sale of narcotics to maintain their oppressive hold on power,” Esper said, alluding to Maduro’s alleged cooperation with Colombian cartels to push hundreds of tons of cocaine and other drugs northward by air and sea.Elaborating on the new mission, Gen. Milley said he had received new intelligence reports showing drug cartels that saw the Covid-19 outbreak as an opportunity to try to ship more drugs to the United States.“We are at war with terrorists, we are at war with Covid-19, and we are at war with the drug cartels as well,” Milley said. “This is the United States military. You will not penetrate this country,” Milley went on to warn.last_img read more

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first_imgSome 56 million people in Hubei have been under virtual lockdown since last week, with its capital Wuhan at the heart of the health emergency.In Hangzhou, some 175 kilometres (110 miles) southwest of Shanghai, green fences blocked streets near the headquarters of Chinese tech giant Alibaba as a fighter jet circled overhead.Alibaba, one of the world’s most valuable companies, appeared shut down, while deliverymen moved in and out of the nearby fenced-in residential areas to drop off groceries. Many people were also seen going out.The firm is inside one of three districts where some three million people were told this week that only one person per household would be allowed outside every two days to buy necessities. Millions more people have been ordered to stay indoors as China battles to curb the spread of a new virus that authorities said Wednesday has already killed nearly 500 people.With more than 24,000 cases in China, a growing number of cities have been imposing a range of restrictions in recent days far from central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, as authorities struggle to contain the virus.Global concerns have risen as more countries found cases that were not imported from China and 10 people tested positive for the virus on a ship quarantined off the coast of Japan. “Please don’t go out, don’t go out, don’t go out!” blared a message on a loudspeaker urging people to wear masks, wash their hands regularly and report any people who are from Hubei — a common fear in other parts of the country that people from the province might infect others.At least three other cities in eastern Zhejiang province — Taizhou, Wenzhou and parts of Ningbo — have imposed the same measures, affecting some 18 million people.Similar policies were encouraged by authorities in two cities as far as China’s northeasternmost province, Heilongjiang, and a handful of others along the east coast.In Henan province, which borders Hubei, a district in the city of Zhumadian decided that only one person could leave each household every five days. Residents there have been offered cash rewards for informing on people from Hubei.- Global jitters -The disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that sold wild animals, and spread rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in January.The death toll has steadily increased, rising to 490 in China after Hubei reported 65 more people had died.Most deaths have been in the province and officials have noted that the death rate, at around two percent, is below the mortality rate of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.The new coronavirus is from the same family of pathogens as the one that causes SARS, which killed some 800 people in 2002-2003.The epidemic has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions, and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.United and American Airlines said Wednesday they have added Hong Kong to their China flight suspensions.On Wednesday Japan said at least 10 passengers on a cruise ship carrying 3,711 people have the virus.Japanese authorities began testing those on board after a former passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the illness.British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday advised Britons to leave China “if they can”, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus.- ‘Window of opportunity’ -But the WHO said Tuesday that dramatic measures taken by China offered a chance to halt transmission.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the great majority of cases are in China.”That doesn’t mean that it won’t get worse. But for sure we have a window of opportunity to act,” he said.Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand all reported new infections not imported from China on Tuesday.Two fatalities have been reported outside the mainland, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has closed all but two land crossings with the Chinese mainland.As countries battle to keep the virus off their shores, the WHO chief accused wealthy countries of falling short on their duties in sharing data.”Of the 176 cases reported outside China so far, WHO has received complete case report forms for only 38 percent,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgManagement fees charged by some 2016 vintage private debt funds reached an eight-year low last year, after four years of falling fees for funds in the sector, according to alternative assets data and analysis firm Preqin.In its 2017 global private debt report, Preqin said the average (mean) management fee for private debt funds had fallen from 2.08% for 2013 vintage funds to 1.63% for 2016 vintage funds.Ryan Flanders, head of private debt products at Preqin, said: “The majority of private debt investors do believe that their interests are aligned with those of their fund managers.”A quarter of investors polled said terms had changed in their favour over the past few years, he said. “This general consensus and the diminution of the average industry-wide management fee charged by private debt managers suggests that investors are making ground in moves to equalise the trade-off between fees and fund manager expertise,” Flanders said.The research firm said that the spread of management fees across separate private debt strategies reflected the complexity of portfolio management, which varied according to strategy and fund size.Direct lending funds charged the lowest fees, Preqin said, because as vehicles with no equity component they were less expensive for the manager. Venture debt funds had higher fees because deploying early stage funding used a lot of resources.Preqin found that only 6% of private debt investors said they never invested due to the terms and conditions on offer.A fifth of investors often chose not to invest, and 74% occasionally decided not to invest because of fund terms, the data showed.Last year, Preqin said an aggregate $93bn (€88bn) was raised internationally across 131 private debt funds which closed in 2016, with this figure likely to rise as more data became available. This is likely to mean that 2016’s final figure will be at or near 2015’s level of $97bn.In its report, the firm said the trend towards a greater concentration of capital among fewer funds continued in 2016, with 16% fewer funds closing in that year than had in 2015, and the average fund size increasing to $710m.Last week, investment advisory group Siglo said competition has pushed down fees for senior secured loan funds in Switzerland.last_img read more

first_img“We hope China can understand theopinion and will expressed by Taiwanese people in this election and reviewtheir current policies,” Tsai told reporters in Taipei. She did not elaborate. TAIPEI – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wenurged China to review its policy towards the island, days after she won alandslide re-election victory, in a rebuke that could fuel further tensionswith China. China considers democratic Taiwan itsown territory and has tried military threats and economic inducements to getthe island to accept its rule. Taiwan says it is an independent country, calledthe Republic of China, its official name. (Reuters)center_img Incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President-elect William Lai attend a rally after their election victory, outside the Democratic Progressive Party headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan on Jan. 11, 2020. REUTERSlast_img read more