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Revealed: Oxford Union debates speakers for Michaelmas 2017

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first_img Anna Soubry. Image: UK Parliament. This House Believes the Decline and Fall of the European Union is Upon Us (23 November)Proposition: Theo Paphitis, Thierry BaudetOpposition: Anna Soubry, Paddy Ashdown, Sir Julian KingPrevNext Ken Livingstone. This House Believes Populist Leaders Deliver No Real Change (9 October)Proposition: Ferenc Gyurcsány, Tulip Siddiq MPOpposition: Ken Livingstone, Arron Banks6Media Debate – 6th Week This House Believes We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty for a False Promise of Security (24 October)Proposition: Secretary Jeh Johnson, Anthony RomeroOpposition: Bernard Cazeneuve, Avril Haines4Climate Debate – 4th Week  PrevNext1No Confidence Debate – 1st Week Barry Gardiner MP. (UK Parliament). This House Believes Individual Apathy is the Greatest Threat to Our Climate (2 November)Proposition: Barry Gardiner MP, Minister Barbara Hendricks, Sir David KingOpposition: Secretary Ernest Moniz, President Mohamed Nasheed, Natalie Bennett5Populism Debate – 5th Week Hilary Benn will speak for the proposition. (UK Parliament/Attribution License 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) The House Has No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (12 October)Proposition: Hilary Benn, Sir Vince Cable, and Emily ThornberryOpposition: Damian Green… The Union was unable to announce the other speakers until Monday of the week of the debate “due to the sensitive nature of scheduling requirements”2True Love Debate – 2nd Weekcenter_img Damian Collins MP. (UK Parliament/Attribution 3.0 License). This House Believes Social Media Undermines Good Journalism (16 November)Proposition: Damian Collins MP, Steven ErlangerOpposition: Ben Smith, Adam Boulton7European Union Debate – 7th Week Other notable political figures include Natalie Bennett, known as much her infamous “mind blanks” as for her leadership of the Green Party during the 2015 general election, as well as the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Labour MP Barry Gardiner.From second week, attendance to the debates is members-only – requiring students to splash out £269.86 on a life membership – but the Union allows card-carrying Oxford University and Brookes students to attend events for free during its open period which runs to 19 October.The details of the Union’s programme of social events throughout the forthcoming term has also been announced. It includes an Olympus black tie ball on 3 November, an ‘Into the Movies’ social on 27 October, and a Wine and Cheese social on 20 November.Zach Quinto will host an LGBTQIA+ welcome drinks on 4 October.Among other details to be revealed include a LGBTQIA+ welcome drinks hosted by the Star Trek actor Zach Quinto on 4 October. Further welcome drinks will be held for Brookes students on 1 October, internationals on 3 October, graduates on 6 October and debaters on 7 October.The Union will also hold a ‘Students Essentials Fair’ on the Friday 6 October and Saturday 7 October.The Union’s individual speaker events, which feature the most high-profile figures, will be revealed later this week. This House Would Abandon the Ideal of True Love (19 October)Proposition: Simon Blackburn, Amy WebbOpposition: Richard Cowles, Charly Lester3Liberty and Security Debate – 3rd Week A former Dragons’ Den star, a firebrand left-winger, and the leader of the Liberal Democrats are among the debates and socials speakers at the Oxford Union in Michaelmas 2017, Cherwell can reveal.Sir Vince Cable, Theo Paphitis and Ken Livingstone will appear in debates at the famous society across the term, discussing issues including the future of the EU, populism, and the ideal of of true love. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and American lawyer Jeh Johnson are also set to appear.Throughout this week, Cherwell is exclusively revealing the details of the Union’s term card for the upcoming term, ahead of a full release listing individual speakers on Sunday.Sir Vince, Thornberry and Labour MP Hilary Benn will lead the proposition in the traditional No Confidence debate in first week. They will face Tory MP Damian Green on the opposition, with two reportedly high-profile names yet to be announced.Later in the term, Secretary Jeh Johnson, Barack Obama’s former head of homeland security, will join Anthony Romero, director of American Civil Liberties Union, in a debate on liberty and security which will also feature the former French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.Former Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis will face off outspoken Tory backbencher Anna Soubry and former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown in a debate on whether the “decline and fall of the EU is upon us”.A full list of names of debates and their speakers can be found below, with further releases of individual speaker events being released by Cherwell later this week.Among the names announced is Ken Livingstone, the controversial former London mayor who came under fire during a visit to the Union last year for his comments regarding anti-Semitism. He will be joined in a debate on populism by Arron Banks, one of the biggest donors to Ukip and the Leave.EU campaign.last_img read more

Gagging clauses: Oxford used “more than one a week” last year

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first_imgSpeaking to The Times, a music professor at the University of Liverpool stated that “she felt like she was treated as a “burden” and “bullied out” of her ten-year job after being diagnosed with cancer.” The news comes after an investigation by the BBC last week alleged that NDAs, also known as “gagging” clauses, were used by higher education institutions to stop accusations of “bullying, discrimination, and sexual misconduct” being made public. Warwick University used the most out of any other Russell Group institution in this period (339), followed by Exeter at 159. Both these universities reportedly said that their NDAs referred to confidentiality clauses in “research-related commercial agreements with companies.” MPs have allegedly criticised the widespread use of NDAs, alleging that they can be used for legitimate commercial reasons, but also to hide details of “sexual harassment or bullying.”center_img Oxford used 68 non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in 2017-18, according to data obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act. Oxford University told Cherwell: “The University does not keep a record of the number of settlements or agreements which contained confidentiality or non-disclosure clauses, and this information could only be determined by examining each agreement individually, which just isn’t feasible within a weekend / bank holiday timeframe.”last_img read more

Soothing advice for mad America

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first_img Related GAZETTE: I read that both anxiety and depression can manifest as anger. Is that accurate?ROSMARIN: Yes, very much so, and I don’t think that the clinical literature captures what’s going on here. One of the ways of thinking about anger — which I find helpful from a clinical standpoint — is to conceptualize it as a secondary emotion. Fear, anger, joy, and sadness are your four primary emotions, and secondary emotions occur as a reaction to our primary emotions, rather than to the situation. If I called you up and said, “Hey, I have a million-dollar check for you to come pick up,” you’ll have a joy reaction — and maybe some fear — but an automatic emotional reaction. But with anger, it is usually a secondary reaction. I feel sad or I feel anxious and I don’t like that feeling, so I get angry at the person. [In other words, although anger is classified as a primary emotion, it’s often expressed in secondary ways.}David Rosmarin. Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoTake the mask example. The real core of someone telling another to put on a mask is fear. “I don’t want to die or for someone I know who is high risk to die.” “I want the coronavirus to go away.” “I don’t want my stress level to be so high.” “I want this virus to be contained.” “I want this nightmare to be over.”There’s fear; there’s sadness. But we skip over that. I’m feeling sad or anxious, but instead of dealing with those emotions, draw a gun or yell at someone or at least make fun of them.GAZETTE: But the mask example cuts both ways. You have fear of getting COVID, but then there’s the person drawing a gun in a Walmart over someone telling him to put on a mask, which presumably protects from COVID. Is that fear or something else?ROSMARIN: I would explain that situation as somebody afraid of their civil liberties being taken away. They’re really deathly afraid of it. “I’m an American, and I don’t want government to tell me what to do.” “That’s not my country, and that makes me really afraid to think that a bunch of liberals are taking over.” That’s a visceral fear but instead of expressing it directly — “Hey, I really don’t feel comfortable with masks. I don’t see the rationale and this is a free country” — the expression instead is, “Get out of my face right now!” That’s anger, the reaction to the reaction.GAZETTE: How might that apply to schools and reopening plans? I’ve heard of parents lashing out at school boards — one woman threatened to follow teachers to see whether they’re working if schools aren’t reopened fully. Teachers are frustrated over reopening plans. Is that about fear for the kids?ROSMARIN: I would imagine that the woman is deathly afraid of what’s going to happen when her kids don’t go to school, but she’s expressing anger because it’s more comfortable — although more dysfunctional — to say, “Get this problem fixed,” as opposed to, “I really don’t think I can handle another year of Zoom school. Things being unclear is just driving me insane. Can you please help me?”GAZETTE: Is it possible that some of the anger is just misplaced? That people are really mad at the virus and its impacts, but expressing it as anger at the people charged with making decisions about society’s response to it? Kind of a shoot-the-messenger thing?ROSMARIN: That’s one way to think about it, but even then I think the anger toward the virus is because we’re really afraid of it. This comes from attachment theory, which basically says that all human beings need to have connection with others, but we go into anger or attack mode as a way of defending ourselves. When we’re aggressive, we don’t have to show vulnerability to other people. If the woman who’s angry at the school board were to say, “Hey, I really can’t hack this. I can’t handle it,” she’d actually be showing the school board that they have power over her by showing her vulnerability. That’s too scary to do, so she gets angry.GAZETTE: So anger is way to express that same thing, but still seem strong to others?ROSMARIN: Yes, that’s it. We’re trying — she’s trying — to show, “I don’t need you; you need me. And I’m going to make your life miserable unless you do what I want.” The net effect, obviously, is that people want to do what she says even less. She’s less likely to get what she wants because now she’s ruptured the relationship. So it’s lose-lose. “When we’re aggressive, we don’t have to show vulnerability to other people.” Psychology’s new openness to religion GAZETTE: If folks reading this article become reflective and perhaps recognize some of these emotions in themselves, how would you recommend dealing with it?ROSMARIN: That’s a great question. It’s hard, but clinically I recommend that people first acknowledge their vulnerability to others in their lives. The reality is that we do need other people. An example is, if you take adult romantic partners who are fighting with each other, there’s a common pattern in which one person, instead of saying “I need you,” will get angry at the other person. Then the other person will withdraw. Then the first person will get even more angry, and the other will withdraw more. In attachment theory, this problematic pattern is called pursue-withdraw, and it’s very, very common.GAZETTE: How do you break out of it?ROSMARIN: The best clinical approach I’ve seen for this is called Emotionally Focused Therapy, or EFT. In EFT, we teach the pursuer — the aggressor — to express a sense of needing or longing for the withdrawer. Why is the withdrawer moving back as opposed to moving forward? It’s because they’re scared out of their mind that they’re going to be torn to shreds and hurt by the aggression. It’s very hard to stop that withdrawal pattern in the context of anger. So, we help the pursuer to acknowledge to themselves and to their partner, “I need you. When you don’t call me, it makes me wonder whether you care about me and that makes me feel alone,” instead of saying, “Why don’t you call me, you jerk?!”Anger puts the responsibility on the other person: “You’re not coming through for me.” “You need to get the schools together.” “You need to back off and stop telling me to wear a mask.” “You need to call me more.” As opposed to the language of attachment: “I need you to give me my space.” “I need you to help me because I can’t handle the uncertainty of the school year.” “I need you to call me more because I feel really alone and that’s just a really nasty place for me to go and I hate it.”GAZETTE: Is this fix pretty straightforward once people get it, or is it hard to do?ROSMARIN: Straightforward in theory, but like anything worthwhile in life, it’s hard to do. People get back into pursue-withdraw patterns very easily and they’re often well-trodden. EFT is a monthslong process, not weeks. On the bright side, it’s not rocket science. The first step is simply to recognize, “Why am I getting angry? Oh, there are primary emotions beneath that. OK. What are those primary emotions? Can I acknowledge those to myself and can I express that to this other person?” Social distance makes the heart grow lonelier Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alonecenter_img Harvard experts discuss ways to ease the rising sense of isolation and feel more connected McLean program blends spirituality with counseling, once an unthinkable pairing I also study spirituality and mental health. And one piece that’s relevant here is that spirituality can help us to acknowledge that fallibility and uncertainty are just part of being human. Being all-mighty or all-knowing, those are not human traits from diverse spiritual perspectives. There is data that spirituality can be protective when it comes to anger, and that could be because it helps us to be comfortable feeling vulnerable and expressing that vulnerability. Spirituality can help us to lean on others as opposed to having to show our prowess.GAZETTE: So, in our current context, how should people think about this? Is COVID part of the formula for an angry person or a couple who’s fighting?ROSMARIN: I think it’s part of the context. For example, let’s say you’re walking down the street and somebody’s not wearing a mask. You say to them, “Hey, I noticed you’re not wearing a mask. Don’t worry. I’m not angry. I’m not gonna yell at you. But I want to let you know that I’m high risk, or I live with someone who’s high risk, or it makes me really anxious and would you mind putting on a mask?” That’s a very different message, than …GAZETTE: … you jerk.ROSMARIN: Very different. And it gets a different response. The reality is that we can’t really control the other person or whether they’re going to wear a mask. But we’re going to maximize the likelihood of their compliance by showing our vulnerability, ironically. When we show anger, we’re communicating, “I’m strong, I can do whatever …,” but we actually show our weakness, because at the end of the day they don’t need to listen.GAZETTE: And in the face of this virus, we’re all really weak.ROSMARIN: We are. And we grow in our emotional strength when we admit and acknowledge that weakness. We are uncertain about the future, and that’s okay. We don’t have to have all the knowledge, or strength. When we can accept and express it to the people around us we increase the chances of getting their love and support, and we can thrive even in this challenging time. As attachment theory teaches us, what we really need is not to be strong, but to be close and connected to the people around us.Interview was edited for clarity and trimmed for length. Tensions are high about many things right now in America, and health and safety concerns over the COVID-19 virus rank high among them, particularly in families. Many parents are fearful about in-person classes for their children; others are upset that classes will remain remote. Neighbors are irritated by those not abiding by the latest public health guidelines, and by those who are. Some workers can’t wait to return to their offices; others resent being forced to. No one wants to get sick or lose their job.David H. Rosmarin has seen and heard it all. The assistant professor of psychology in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry is a clinician at McLean Hospital. He runs the hospital’s Spirituality and Mental Health program and has observed rising levels of anger — and its expression in aggression and domestic abuse — in his practice. Rosmarin spoke with the Gazette about the pandemic-fueled ire afoot in America today and what counsel he would offer us all.Q&ADavid H. RosmarinGAZETTE: It doesn’t take heightened perception to see a lot of anger abroad in the country. There’s anger around masks; parents are angry; teachers are angry. There were protests against the shutdowns, then the George Floyd protests, and continued protests today. Let’s start with your observations. Do you agree that there seems to be more anger in the country and is it showing up in your practice?ROSMARIN: There’s no question. Tension is heightened today, and anger is definitely part of that, maybe even an artifact of that. People are definitely exhibiting more anger. Incidents of domestic violence seem to be increasing, which is the most concerning. Personally, I was on a run the other day and somebody yelled at me for wearing a mask, in Boston. So, I looked into it, and they’re actually right. I’m running around a reservoir; I’m away from everybody. So the next day, I think, “Maybe I won’t wear my mask today.” Then I approached a lady, I’m 20 feet away, and I smiled at her and she angrily yelled, “Don’t smile at me. You’re not wearing a mask. You’re taking a chance with my life!” So you can’t win. That was the conclusion I came to.GAZETTE: What are you seeing in your practice?ROSMARIN: We’re definitely seeing tensions heightened in families: domestic violence, domestic abuse. There’s some indication of child mistreatment increasing. People are more on edge and one of the ways that they express that is through anger, which obviously is not healthy.GAZETTE: I don’t know if being mad is officially a condition. Are there conditions that manifest as anger?ROSMARIN: Anger actually does come up in the clinical literature. One is “intermittent explosive disorder”: repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, angry, violent behavior. But that’s not a common diagnosis, and it’s not usually the kind of thing that people come in for. The other place you find it is in bipolar disorder. The most common presentation of bipolar is where people are hyper, high, excited, or elated. It’s not as common, but it does happen that the primary symptom of mania is being irate, angry — an out-of-control anger — starting fights with strangers, a level of anger that’s really disconnected from the reality of the situation. “Take the mask example. The real core of someone telling another to put on a mask is fear.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

OCSE hosts Food Justice Week

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first_imgThe Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) is hosting its second food justice week, which will include events to engage the Saint Mary’s community in the pursuit of access to quality food for all people.Rebekah DeLine, director of the OCSE, said food justice week was an idea that came to her when she started working on Holy Cross Harvest.“When I started here at Saint Mary’s in 2016, I inherited Holy Cross Harvest,” she said. “Holy Cross Harvest is a tri-campus effort to raise money and nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana — basically a food drive.”DeLine said she thought the idea of Holy Cross Harvest was great but that more should be done.“It’s easy to just give the dollar in your pocket or the can of soup under your bed in your dorm room and not ever think about how you should change your life or be advocating for those who don’t have choices,” she said.With this goal in mind, DeLine decided to expand the mission of Holy Cross Harvest.“Last year, we brought Holy Cross Harvest under the umbrella of a week focused on food justice, which is the idea that everybody should have the ability to have and purchase and consume good, healthy, quality food,” she said.DeLine said planning this year’s Food Justice Week was different than last year.“Because this is our second year, we’re lucky that it’s not as hard as it was the first year,” she said. “It took coordination with the food bank. It took coordination with the Center for the Homeless. It took coordination with the Ministry Assistants and other groups on campus — the sustainable farm and composting crew.”The efforts of Food Justice Week have to do with the campus community in addition to the surrounding community, DeLine said.“There’s a group on campus working to develop a sustainable farm, and that farm will be located just north and west of the soccer field,” DeLine said. “They had a cover crop, which they plowed under, and now they need to plant another cover crop this year. … Students were able to go out [Tuesday] and spread clover seed that will then grow this fall and spring as a cover crop to restore the nutrients to the soil.”In another component of Food Justice Week, Ministry Assistants in the residence halls went “reverse trick-or-treating” Thursday evening to collect items for Holy Cross Harvest, according to DeLine.“Students — rather than giving out candy — either [gave] the change out of their pockets or whatever food that’s nonperishable,” she said.Saturday, students will have the opportunity to “stuff a bus” with food items for the Center for the Homeless, DeLine said.She said incentives beyond the satisfaction of knowing the benefit of donating to support the food bank are available to participating students.“For every canned good, non-perishable item or dollar that they donate, students get a raffle ticket and put it in the raffle for one of four gift baskets,” DeLine said.Donations of money and non-perishable food items will be accepted through Monday at the OCSE office and in bins located in all of the dorms on campus, DeLine said.When it comes to measuring student participation, she said it’s hard to see exactly how many people are donating to these efforts.“Unless they actually fill out a raffle ticket, we don’t know how many people individually have participated, but we think that a lot of students are participating,” she said. “We think that a lot of staff and faculty participate as well, especially with the nonperishable food items and making financial donations.”The importance of events such as those of Food Justice Week can be seen in the writings of Pope Francis, DeLine said.“Pope Francis calls this the ‘throwaway culture,’” she said. “We are challenged to live our faith in ways that impact the common good, and that means not only what we do with our time and energy, but how we are as consumers and how we might make an impact in terms of who we support and what we do. As a student, you could make an impact by making a donation, but you could also make an impact by supporting sustainable growing practices or supporting the local economy rather than big box storesUnity Gardens and the Common Goods Coopertive are among the local organizations for which students can volunteer, DeLine said.“It’s choices, not only with how you spend your money, but how you spend your time and your efforts so that if you’re not participating in the throwaway culture, maybe you’re counteracting that,” she said.Tags: food justice week, Holy Cross Harvest, OCSE, Office of Civic and Social Engagementlast_img read more

Brazilian Air Force App Enables Flight Plan Management

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first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo November 30, 2017 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) just made life easier for civilian and military pilots in Brazil with the release of a new app. Pilots can now file a flight plan from any location with a smartphone without having to go to an Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) desk. The FPL BR app allows pilots to create, validate, submit, and update a flight plan in real time. The new tool can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play and is available for iOS and Android since October 23rd, 2017. The Department of Airspace Control (DECEA, per its Portuguese acronym)—the oversight body for Brazilian Airspace Control—in partnership with a Brazilian company from Embraer Group developed the app to optimize customer service at AIS desks in Brazilian airports. “Brazil has an air traffic flow of 8,500 flights daily. That was the number of flight plans AIS service desks received every day throughout Brazil. It was necessary to adapt to modern times and ensure its practicality to improve the system flow,” said FAB Major General Luiz Ricardo de Souza Nascimento, chief of the Operations Subdivision at DECEA. Pilots embraced the app with 6,000 downloads on the first day of release alone. Reviews of the FPL BR app on Android and iOS were highly positive. On a scale from 1 to 5, the FAB’s app earned scores between 4.9 and 4.6. “Anyone can download the app for free, but to submit a flight plan you need a code from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC, per its Portuguese acronym) or air units, in the case of military aviation,” Maj. Gen. Luiz Ricardo explained. According to him, the app guarantees functionality and accuracy, and increases flight plan quality. “Certain fields, unless filled in correctly, won’t let the pilot submit the flight plan. When filling in the airport field, for example, the app checks that the airport the pilot indicated is in normal operations and allows the plan to go through only with the right code,” he said. The FPL BR app is integrated to systems of the Air Traffic Control Center as well as other regulatory bodies such as ANAC, the Brazilian Aeronautical Infrastructure Corporation, and the Advisory Commission on Airfares. “You can get information on weather, airports, sunrise and sunset times at every corner of the nation, which ensures safer operations and allows for better airspace control,” Maj. Gen. Luiz Ricardo said. The interface allows users to check complete and simplified flight plans, receive messages with updates on any changes, cancellations, or delays, and notices regarding approval or denial of messages sent. Human resource administration Another objective of DECEA with the app is to better administer human resources at its aviation information desks. The agency foresees a gradual reduction of manual flight plans and therefore a reduction in user demand at AIS desks. “A 50 percent reduction over two years is expected, and it could be up to 80 percent at some locations,” Maj. Gen. Luiz Ricardo said. “Staff at AIS desks will be able to provide more relevant aviation information,” he added. Before the app came out, flight plans could be filed in person or over the phone at AIS desks. “Currently, we have staff exclusively dedicated to receiving flight plans. It’s a much slower process than what can be done with the app,” Maj. Gen. Luiz Ricardo said. The first step in the development process, he said, was in 2015 when submitting flight plans online via the Aeronautical Information Service Portal became possible. The data processing success motivated DECEA to create the app. “We realized we could expand its functionality and practicality,” he said. Tested and approved The development process—from the time the operational need was first documented to the release of the app—took almost two years. The testing phase involved more than 2,000 civilian and military pilots who used the tool for about six months. Second Lieutenant Datiza Vitória da Silva, a pilot with 2nd Transport Squadron, Wing 15, at Recife Air Base, was one of the pilots who tested the app and noted its advantages. “The system pre-fills the fields and reduces the possibility of errors. It’s also easier to use,” 2nd Lt. Vitória said. The app, she emphasized, is available 24 hours a day. “Some missions are carried out at times and in locations that do not fit within the structure of an AIS desk, making the app’s functions essential.” For Alessandro Rocha dos Santos, a helicopter and ultralight aircraft pilot, the app’s success is due to user and controller integration. “Aviation professionals at DECEA completed the project and understood the need to make the process easier. In addition, the opinions of pilots who tested the product were taken into account,” he said. One of the pilots’ suggestions was to be able to copy previously created plans. “I do sightseeing flights over Rio de Janeiro, always using the same route. Before, I had to create a new flight plan for each flight. Now, I use the same one and I just change the date and time. It’s much more practical,” Rocha said. According to Maj. Gen. Luiz Ricardo, DECEA still accepts suggestions to improve the tool over time. “Soon we will make available, either on this app or on another one, all aviation charts available in Brazil, to ease pilot navigation even more,” he said. For him, the Air Traffic Control System must constantly evolve.last_img read more

Jadran dd from Crikvenica buys Club Adriatic?

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first_imgCERP received a binding offer for the purchase of business shares of CLUB ADRIATIC dooPursuant to the State Property Management Act and the Decision of the Governing Board of the Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) on the initial price and implementation of the procedure of public collection of binding bids for the purchase of CLUB ADRIATIC doo, Zagreb on July 26, 2018, a public procedure was initiated collection of binding offers for the purchase of business shares, with a starting price of HRK 48.500.000,00 for business shares that are the subject of the sale.During the public bidding process for the purchase of 3 business shares of the Company, 2 bid documents were purchased, and one binding bid was submitted by the following bidder: JADRAN dd, Crikvenica, Bana Jelačića 16. The company JADRAN dd, Crikvenica offered a price of 50.500.000,00 HRK .XNUMX for the Company’s business shares that are the subject of the sale. By the way, the owners of Jadran dd are the Pension Funds PBZ CO dd and Erste doo, which became the majority owners in the middle of this year.Back in April this year, Club Adriatic was “owned” by the company Immo Invest Partner AG, whose offer was accepted and the handover agreement was signed, but a number of creditors after accepting the offer demanded default interest for the last three years. conflicts with the obligations of the pre-bankruptcy settlement, and thus the entire settlement failed.Club Adriatic consists of the Hotel and Annex Alem in Baška Voda and the camp in Baško polje. The hotel has 99 double rooms and 9 double suites, and annexes 198 double rooms with extra bed. Camp Basko polje, which is categorized with three stars, has 600 camping places-pitches, 17 bungalows with kitchens and 16 mobile homesIf the offer is accepted, it would finally successfully complete the privatization process of Club Adriatic doo, 17 years after the former Croatian Privatization Fund, the legal predecessor of CERP, established it with the aim of bringing former military resorts, hotels and camps to tourism. .RELATED NEWS:TRADE UNION OF ISTRIA, KVARNER AND DALMATIA: ABSURD SITUATION IN CLUB ADRIATIC, IF IT WASN’T TRAGIC, IT WOULD BE FUNNYPBZ CO AND ERSTE PENSION FUNDS TAKE OVER THE ADRIATIC, GORAN FABRIS NEW PRESIDENT OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARDlast_img read more

South Korea’s coronavirus crackdown a boon for Moon ahead of polls

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first_imgTopics : “We were terrified several weeks ago, but thanks to the government’s handling of the coronavirus, we think we will do much better than we had previously thought,” a senior ruling party official told Reuters, requesting to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the matter.The results of the parliamentary election could shape Moon’s ability to implement his agenda in the final two years of his administration, including looser fiscal policy aimed at creating jobs and the raising minimum wage, as well as continued re-engagement with North Korea.Moon’s Democratic Party currently holds 120 seats in the 300-seat, single-chamber National Assembly, and is seeking to secure an outright majority in the election.The main opposition, conservative United Future Party, which has vowed to lower debt and abandon engagement with North Korea, holds 92 seats and is also seeking to seize a majority.Even with the coronavirus boost, experts say victory for the ruling camp is far from assured, as economic growth remains a concern.”Many citizens are wary of the populist policy the government has been carrying out for the sake of the outbreak response and its potential economic consequences,” said Kwon Huck-ju, a professor in public administration at Seoul National University. “In times of a national disaster or crisis, the ruling camp would usually be on the defensive. But the recent slowing of the outbreak appears to have turned the tide in their favour,” said Yang Seung-ham, a professor of political science at Yonsei University in Seoul.So far, Korea has reported a total of 9,976 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths.In addition to a 11.7 trillion won ($9.45 billion) extra budget and a 9.1 trillion won ($7.35 billion) subsidy package for families, the government has put in place strict curbs to fight the outbreak, and this progress in quelling the spread has encouraged officials to go ahead with the election, even though campaigning will be different from past years.Candidates will wear masks, avoid handshakes, and greet voters individually instead of holding massive rallies.center_img South Korea’s fierce battle against the coronavirus has turned the pandemic into an unlikely boon for President Moon Jae-in and his ruling party as campaign season kicks off on Thursday ahead of parliamentary elections on April 15.By the time South Korea was hit by the first major outbreak outside of China in February, approval ratings for Moon and his Democratic Party of Korea were already battered by a stagnant economy and more than a year of domestic political scandals.The government’s stringent response to the epidemic, which was praised by the World Health Organization and other nations, appears to have reversed this downtrend: Moon’s approval ratings hit a 16-month high last week, a poll by researchers Realmeter showed while his party’s popularity was 15% higher than the conservative main opposition United Future Party.last_img read more

Dutch telecoms provider KPN to introduce retirement flexibility

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first_imgThe €10bn pension fund of Dutch telecoms giant KPN said it would offer its participants the option of variable benefits at retirement.The move will allow retirees to avoid having their full pension rights converted into annuities, which have dropped in value in recent years due to low interest rates.In its annual report, the KPN scheme said participants with defined contribution (DC) arrangements would be able to choose between traditional fixed benefits from an annuity or payments that could vary over time.The choice was made possible by new legislation (Wet Verbeterde Premieregelingen) introduced in September 2016 that allowed for continued investment of part of a members’ accrued pension assets after retirement. KPN is one of a small number of schemes to introduce this option of variable benefits.Many pension funds, including the Pensioenfonds PostNL and BpfBOUW, have said they won’t introduce variable pension payments.Under the new legislation, participants in a DC plan have the right to shop around when their pension fund merely offers a single benefit option, which is almost always a fixed payment.As a consequence of few pension funds taking up the new rules, participants who want to continue investing have to turn to insurers, including Aegon, NN, Delta Lloyd and Allianz, which offer variable benefit arrangements.The KPN scheme said its decision was triggered by 8,000 deferred participants of the former pension fund of ICT firm Getronics – taken over by KPN in 2007 – who joined the Pensioenfonds KPN last year.At the Getronics scheme, which liquidated last year, many participants had accrued pension rights under DC arrangements.last_img read more

Bush fire palaver: Alex Zverev vows to donate entire prize money

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first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Are Sharks Afraid Of Dolphins?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?These Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Australia has been devastated by bushfires blazing across the country. It has been their worst wildfire season on record with fears that entire species of animals may also have gone extinct as a result.Speaking after beating Marco Cecchinato in the first of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Zverev said during his on-court interview: ‘Obviously Australia is a country that is home for us for a month at a time every single year.‘We heard what is going on with the bushfires, what is going on with the animals and with the people that are losing their homes. I will donate $10,000 for every match that I win here.‘I know I am not the favourite to win this event but if I win this event, I am going to donate every single cent to the bushfires.’The Australian Open winner will claim a check for $4.12m, which is narrowly over £2.5m. World number seven Alex Zverev has vowed to donate all of his prize money to the Bushfire Relief Fund if he wins this year’s Australian Open.Advertisement Read Also Nadal bounces back as Sharapova hits all-time low at Australian OpenThe German will play against unseeded Egor Gerasimov in the second round on Thursday. The furthest he has got in the Australian Open is the fourth round in 2019.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The 22 year old German said he will also offer $10,000 (£6,180) for every match he wins in the first major of the tennis calendar if he fails to win the tournament. Loading… last_img read more

Eagles And Hilltoppers Battle To Tie In MS Soccer

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first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Eagles hosted the Hilltoppers. The game ended in a tie 1-1.Scoring for the Eagles was Jordan Meyer with Trent Linville for the assist. Jordan 3 shots, Trent Linville 3 shots, Morgan Sutton 1, Dillan Swinney 2 shots, Blake Simon 2 shots and Kobe Darnold 1 shot.Jordan Meyer now holds the 6th grade record for most goals in a season with 6, the previous record held by current Senior Blake Straub at 5.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img