Coalition rejecting its own medicine

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sunday 23 January 2011 11:18 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com THIS week will be critical for the coalition’s economic policies, in terms of perceptions even if not in reality. Despite their tentative nature, Tuesday’s fourth-quarter GDP figures will take centre-stage in Westminster: if they come in as expected, the coalition will celebrate; if they are weak, Labour’s Ed Balls will have a field day trashing the government and demanding a new round of Keynesian pump-priming. Neither argument would be fair – but that is politics.The consensus view is for growth of 0.4 per cent but snow-related disruption in December – an embarrassingly severe problem for a supposedly advanced economy – means that this figure could easier be lower. Frustratingly, this one-off chaos means that this week’s figures will be too distorted for anybody to be able to draw sensible conclusions from them. Detailed predictions of Tuesday’s figures are useless: nobody knows what the ONS will put them at – especially given that these statistics are frequently revised later. But while as recently as two weeks ago, virtually all the data for the UK economy had been positive, denoting decent growth, this is no longer the case. Manufacturing is still booming but services slumped in December. Construction is slowing. The employment figures also suggest that after a strong rebound between February and October, the UK economy has slowed.One reason why it is so hard to understand what is happening is the sloppy reporting of easily verifiable facts. I’m getting sick at the number of times people are claiming that “retailers suffered their worst December on record.” Had that been the case, sales would have collapsed by 99 per cent, dropping back to the level seen in the 1930s when supermarkets didn’t exist and people spent a few shillings a week. What actually happened is that the growth rate for parts of the industry was the worst in years – and there was no overall change in the volume of retail sales compared with December 2009. Volumes fell 0.8 per cent compared with November. Volumes in the three months to December was 0.4 per cent higher than a year ago. There is also an exaggerated view of the public spending cuts to date. Central government current expenditure hit a record £53.8bn in November, up 10.7 per cent year on year, a huge increase. Public sector net debt rose from £846bn in October to £863.1bn in November. Every week, billions more are still being added to the national credit card. The slowdown cannot have been caused by massive spending cuts when spending is still surging. Bizarrely, the coalition is failing to follow its own, OECD-inspired advice: that the best way to reduce a deficit is to ensure that three-quarters of the reduction comes from cuts and only a quarter from tax hikes. So far, all the tightening is coming from tax hikes, including Vat and April’s rise in national insurance. The good news is that the average forecast is now for UK growth of 2 per cent in 2011; some snow affected spending might be transferred to January. The global boom is accelerating. The bad news is that the coalition is continuing to hammer private firms with more red tape and tax – and failing to follow its own policies on spending. The markets won’t panic about growth – but if they start to worry again about the deficit, we will be in real [email protected] me on Twitter: @allisterheath Share Tags: NULL KCS-content Coalition rejecting its own medicine last_img read more

Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgKenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (KQ.ke)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya operating domestic, regional and international flights to destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The company was founded in 1977 after the dissolution of East African Airways and was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 after which it was privatised. Kenya Airways is a public-private partnership where the largest shareholder is the government of Kenya (48.9%). Kenya Airways wholly-owns Jambojet, a low-cost carrier which was created in 2013; and African Cargo Handling Limited. Companies partly owned by Kenya Airways include Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited (51%) which handles perishable goods cargo; and Precision Air (41.23%) which is a Tanzanian carrier operation. Kenya Airways head office is in Nairobi, Kenya with its main operations based in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Emergencia en Venezuela

first_imgDesde el Salón Ayacucho del Palacio de Miraflores, el presidente de Venezuela Nicolás Maduro condujo una rueda de prensa el 17 de mayo para informar sobre la situación de emergencia y los peligros que confronta ese país suramericano.Por primera vez el gobierno de Venezuela realiza una convocatoria como esta a nivel verdaderamente internacional. El personal de embajadas y consulados venezolanos alrededor del mundo, en todas las zonas horarias, estuvieron presente junto a activistas de sus respectivos países por medio de satélite, internet y diferentes plataformas de medios sociales como Skype, Tweet e Instagram. A través de éstos enviaban fotos y hacían preguntas al mandatario.Durante las 3 horas y media que duró la conferencia, se explicó y discutió en detalle la urgente situación. “Venezuela en este momento está siendo el centro de una agresión sistemática, política, mediática, de carácter diplomático, que rompe los parámetros regulares de lo que hemos conocido en 17 años de Revolución Bolivariana”, dijo Maduro, haciendo un llamado a “la solidaridad mundial de líderes, de lideresas, de movimientos sociales, de presidentes, presidentas, primeros ministros, de gobiernos del mundo entero. En Venezuela se está jugando la paz de esta América y se está jugando el futuro de nuestra propia independencia en este siglo XXI”. (avn.info.ve, 18 de mayo)Campaña mediática internacionalSobre todo en los medios de EUA y España, se viene llevando una campaña de satanización contra Maduro a quien acusan de tirano y el causante de un caos en la economía del país que llevará a situaciones de extrema violencia.En EUA, basta con ver los titulares más recientes de los periódicos más influyentes en los sectores económico, político y militar como son el NYT, el Washington Post y el WSJ. Estos periódicos le sirven de portavoz a la derecha opositora de Venezuela, sobre todo a la Asamblea Nacional (AN), ahora dominada por la MUD (Mesa de Unidad Democrática), que aunque divididos entre ellos, tienen en común la prisa por derrocar a Maduro este mismo año, para imponer un programa neoliberal y así destruir los logros del proceso bolivariano.Un ejemplo ilustra esto, cuando la AN declaró que la salud era una emergencia nacional – desde luego con el propósito de privatizar los servicios – el NYT publicó el alarmante artículo “Infantes que mueren y no hay medicina: Dentro de los fracasados hospitales de Venezuela”. (nytimes.com, May 15)Agresión imperialistaPero la agresión no solo es mediática. Oficiales del gobierno estadounidense se han pronunciado en contra de Venezuela recientemente, pero hay que destacar la acción del presidente Obama quien acaba de renovar por un año más la orden ejecutiva impuesta en marzo del 2015 declarando a Venezuela “un peligro para la seguridad nacional de los Estados Unidos”. Esto es una seria y peligrosa declaración, no solo en términos diplomáticos. La injerencia de EUA acusando a Venezuela de atentar contra los derechos humanos al tener en prisión a Leopoldo López, al cual califican de opositor político pacífico, ignorando su culpabilidad en la muerte de decenas de venezolanas/os, es un espaldarazo a las acciones de la derecha de ese país que busca la desestabilización por métodos violentos.Por su parte, el secretario general de la OEA al servicio de los intereses de EUA, Luis Almagro, anunció el 13 de mayo desde Miami que se debía aplicar la Carta Democrática de la OEA contra Venezuela. Para decidirlo, le pidió a la mismísima AN de Venezuela un informe sobre la situación política. Es interesante mencionar el lugar desde donde Almagro hizo el anuncio. La conferencia de dos días era la “Cumbre Concordia”. En ella, 200 representantes de sectores públicos y privados de derecha se reunían para analizar la situación del continente. Basta con ver los nombres de algunos para adivinar su agenda: Luis Alberto Moreno, presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), y los expresidentes Luis Alberto Lacalle (Uruguay), Sebastián Piñera (Chile), Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Álvaro Uribe (Colombia) y José María Aznar (España).Por cierto, fue en esta cumbre donde Uribe llamó a una intervención militar extranjera para ayudar a la oposición venezolana.Realidad venezolanaEl imperialismo siempre se aprovecha de las situaciones adversas de su víctima para ampliar diferencias y problemas hacia una conflagración que ayude a sus intereses de explotación.En Venezuela de hecho, hay una terrible situación económica fruto mayormente de la caída en los precios del petróleo, una sequía pertinaz que ha ocasionado falta de agua potable y apagones por el descenso en el nivel de las represas y las consecuencias del ataque de la derecha oligarca productora e importadora quien acapara productos básicos creando escasez en los mercados de abasto.Esto y las prácticas de reventa de productos en el mercado negro, la fuga de productos, sobre todos los básicos subsidiados por el gobierno, hacia Colombia donde se venden a precios mayores, la fuga de divisas, etc., ha creado una gran crisis de falta de productos de primera necesidad.Medidas del gobiernoJunto a la necesidad, y aprovechándose del agobio de la población, la AN está instigando movilizaciones violentas en las calles para avanzar su agenda de celebrar un referendo revocatorio contra Maduro antes de enero del 2017. Esta prisa se debe a que si se remueve el presidente de la nación – Maduro – este año, lo sucedería el presidente de la AN, el opositor Henry Ramos Allup. Pero si transcurre el período como está designado en la constitución, se necesita un largo proceso luego del pedido del proceso, para la recogida de firmas y su validación, etc., lo que según expertos en la materia, no podría ocurrir antes de la 3ra semana de enero del 2017.  (telesur, 16 de mayo) En caso de ser en el 2017, sucedería a Maduro su vicepresidente, Diosdado Cabello, firme defensor de la Revolución Bolivariana.Para defender el proceso bolivariano y las conquistas alcanzadas, el gobierno del presidente Maduro ha declarado un Estado de Excepción por 60 días y la movilización por dos días de las Fuerzas Armadas Bolivarianas junto a las milicias del pueblo para hacer ejercicios de prácticas de defensa alrededor de la nación.Varias son las razones para estas medidas. Entre estas están las protestas violentas de grupos de derecha que agreden a la Guardia Nacional y edificios estatales; la declaración del derechista Henrique Capriles quien le dijo a la BBC Mundo que “un levantamiento militar está en el ambiente”, haciendo de paso un llamado a las fuerzas militares para que se opongan a Maduro y “la incursión en el espacio aéreo venezolano de una aeronave de espionaje norteamericana el pasado 11 de mayo. Se trata de un Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry, equipado con cámaras y radares de alta precisión, así como dispositivos de alta tecnología para espionaje electrónico”. (avn.info.ve, 18 de mayo)El movimiento progresista en los Estados Unidos y en el mundo, debe aumentar sus esfuerzos solidarios en defensa de la Revolución Bolivariana y exigir que no haya una intervención militar de EUA ni ninguna otra intervención contra Venezuela.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chicago comedian among nation’s 570,000 COVID-19 victims: ‘We are gutted’

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 570,000 Americans and counting.Those we’ve lost come from all backgrounds and include the very people — first responders and medical staff — who have been working on the front lines. But the virus has also highlighted the disparities in the U.S. — taking a disproportionate toll on communities of color, the elderly and the poor.Each week ABC News is spotlighting several Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. This week, we’re highlighting a nurse, a math teacher and a comedian.Madalyn McMahanMadalyn McMahan was a nurse and mentor for her colleagues at Caldwell UNC Healthcare in North Carolina — until she became a patient.“She loved caring for the local community,” her daughter, G’Lellier Matthews, told ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC-TV.“The very people she worked with side-by-side every day were the ones who took care of her,” Matthews said.McMahan died on Jan. 25, 2021.“Madalyn was known by all the nursing, respiratory and medical staff as the matriarch of the night shift on the Telemetry Unit,” Rebecca Smith, chief nurse and COO at the hospital, told WSOC. “If you were fortunate enough to be called her friend, you knew she was always there for you.”Caldwell County- a beloved local nurse…who many described as a mentor for other nurses..died after battling covid-19. What the hospital where she worked is doing to remember her today on eyewitness news at noon and five. Prayers for her family. pic.twitter.com/ACaYuAZuAw— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) January 27, 2021Bart PinckneyBart Pinckney was a math teacher and coached track, basketball and football at Griffin High School in Georgia.“Coach Pinckney was dedicated to and passionate about his work,” the school said in a statement. “He was goal oriented, enjoyed helping students and influenced many lives.”“His career in Griffin Spalding County Schools spanned 13 years. Coach Pinckney served as teacher and coach at Carver Road Middle School, Spalding High School and Griffin High School,” the school said.“He will be missed terribly,” the school said.Pinckney is survived by his wife and two children, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.Please say a prayer for the family of Brother Bart Pinckney, 3-ΑΓ-90 who succumbed to Covid 19 on 2/22/21. He was the girls high school track coach at Spaulding HS in Griffin, Ga. he leaves behind a wife, children, and LB’s/chapter Bruhzs that will miss him dearly. RIP BART DOG! pic.twitter.com/aOEFr04nLH— Marvin L James II (@sportsguymarv) February 28, 2021Erica WatsonErica Watson was a comedian, actress and contributor to Windy City Live, a talk show on ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.The Chicago native, who appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie Precious, died on Feb. 27, 2021, at the age of 48, WLS reported.Windy City LIVE said, “We are gutted by her death.”Watson became friends with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the first Black woman to hold the position, after she was hired to tell jokes at a Foxx campaign event, The New York Times reported.“She was very much about empowering Black women,” Foxx told the Times. “She was fighting not just for herself but for people like her.”[email protected] was a part of our show from the beginning. We are gutted by her death. Please join us tomorrow to pay tribute to our friend. https://t.co/PIRCAnDUXq— WindyCityLIVE (@WindyCityLIVE) March 1, 2021Click here and here to read more victims’ stories.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

End-to-end outs

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Outsourcing HR has not produced the desired results andcompanies are stalling on implementing programmes. But all that could change inthe coming year, says Caroline Horn  When HR outsourcing mega-deals first started hitting the headlines three orfour years ago, the market anticipated that many more would follow. The newcontracts, termed ‘end-to-end’ HR outsourcing programmes, included Exult’s£430m contract to outsource British Petroleum’s entire global human resourcesfunction, and BAE Systems’ joint venture agreement with Xchanging, worth morethan £1bn, to manage its procurement, HR and other administration functions. Such mega-deals are now valued at more than £5bn according to TPI, aHouston, US-based outsourcing advisory firm, but the outsourcing market has notperformed quite as well as had been expected. Gartner Dataquest reckons that by 2005, the worldwide outsourcing marketwill be worth some £37bn, but this has been downgraded from an earlier forecastof £42bn – and there are no guarantees that we are on track for the latestforecast. Philip Vernon, European partner at Mercer HR Consulting, says: “Themarket has not grown or taken off in the way that people expected. It is stillin the early adopters stage – but it was there four years ago and the challengeis, when does it cease to be at that stage?” Outsourcing is nothing new to HR – payroll, pensions and recruitment havebeen outsourced for years. But for many HR directors, the case for the‘end-to-end’ outsourcing of HR departments has still to be made. Although anumber of such deals now exist, Howard Spode, director of HR outsourcing forRebusHR UK, says: “A lot of people are standing back and waiting to see ifit works.” The new providers in outsourced HR have yet to demonstrate a successfultrack record, says Vernon. “It will need one of them to say, ‘look what Ihave done for organisation X, see what I have achieved across four countries,and the cost savings have been Y’. When they can say that, they will have astrong proposition.” Anthony Hesketh, lecturer in management at Lancaster University, points outthat the US is further down the line with outsourcing than Europe but eventhere, the jury is still out. “There are cases in America where HR has been outsourced andstreamlined, and there have been huge benefits. When it works it works well,but maybe it will only work well in particular organisations.” There are a number of reasons why HR directors remain nervous of outsourcinga significant part of their services, not least of which have been the teethingproblems experienced in the early projects undertaken by the likes of BP, BAEand Cable & Wireless. Given the history, HR directors must feel they wouldbe taking a huge personal risk in encouraging an organisation to outsource. The risks, they say, are not just associated with the costs, although thosecan be high in the initial stages of outsourcing. There is also concern withinHR departments about loss of control over HR services, the question of howstaff will react to using an outside provider, and anxieties over the removalof in-house HR expertise. A company could also find itself handing staff overto a third party with subsequent morale and legal issues. Shell, which has been standardising its HR processes globally across all itsbusinesses, chose not to use an outside supplier to provide its sharedservices. John Hofmeister, group HR director for Shell Group, says he remainsopen to the idea of outsourcing and that the main reason for not doing so was abusiness-driven decision (Shell Group wanted the savings that derived from thatstandardisation to go directly to its shareholders). There were other issues stemming from the relative youth of the market.”I have not yet met an outsourcing operation that could meet our needs ona regional, never mind a global, basis,” he says. But he also maintains that large-scale outsourcing has long-term risks.”I’d worry that major outsourcing is a long term dilution of the HRcapability in a company that outsources it. I cannot see how a company thatoutsources can sustain sufficient HR capability to handle, over the long-term,the range of HR responsibilities within a company.” Removing administrative burdens from your HR department is one thing, saysAngela Baron, adviser for organisation and resourcing at CIPD, but there areother HR activities, such as performance management systems, company cultureand managing change, that are more difficult to outsource as they impact onHR’s broader role. “Some of that could also be outsourced, but how can HRthen make a success of strategic planning?” she asks. The question of corporate culture and how well that is absorbed andreflected by a supplier is another significant issue, says Baron. “HRstaff are strong communicators of company culture and if HR is outsourced to anunsympathetic supplier there will be a clash.” A negative impact on company culture could have broad implications, saysHofmeister. “HR has a huge impact on the culture of a company, andultimately, what differentiates one company from another is the strength of itsculture to create and deliver value to shareholders. If you outsource HR, youlose that.” But while the question of outsourcing does raise genuine concerns in the HRcommunity, it is also suggested that by rejecting outsourcing, HR management issimply protecting its territory. As one consultant put it, expecting HR tohappily adopt outsourcing ‘is like asking turkeys to vote for Christmas’. This is because the likely result of outsourcing is a dramatic reduction inthe size of the HR department, and the requirement for very different businessskills on the part of the remaining HR team. The argument about whether to outsource also depends on HR’s ability orwillingness to approach outsourcing from a broader perspective and to reallyconsider the business arguments for outsourcing. BAE is a firm proponent of outsourcing and its HR agreement with Xchangingis part of an ongoing pro-outsourcing policy. Chris Dixon, HR director ofShared Services at BAE Systems, says there are clear business reasons for doingso. “We set ourselves a five-year target, and I believe that by the end ofthis year [the second year] we will have substantially completed theprogramme.” Having reached this stage, and with an accompanying 15 per cent reduction inHR costs, the company is now looking for productivity improvements. Dixon argues that it is the emotional argument – handing over the controllevers, and anxieties about staff reactions – that is preventing othercompanies from benefiting from outsourcing, and he agrees that such issues areharder to resolve. He also warns: “Don’t kid yourself that by switching to an outsourcingprovider, they will give you everything you demand, or that your internalactivity will transform itself. This is as much about mindset as a physicalchange programme, and you have to work at both.” Strategic focus It is easy for companies to underestimate the changes required to make HRmore strategically focused, says Alan Bailey, head of business processoutsourcing at Xchanging HR Services. HR departments will be used to managingresources, not to thinking about what services they want, and senior managementmay not have been trained to think about strategy. Bailey says: “HR directors might need senior coaching and training instrategic issues – or a company might actually decide it needs a differentperson to do that role.” To hone its in-house HR strategic skills, BAE is sending 70 of its top 100senior HR specialists to the University of Michigan (UoM) to develop strategicskills and knowledge. Suppliers are working harder than ever to convince their audience of themerits of outsourcing, and to show that they provide a good service and highstandards of technology, as well as proving the business case for outsourcing.But given the market’s continued wariness, suppliers are also becoming moreflexible in their approach and with their product. As Vernon points out: “It’s not all about the organisations with 25,000employees, but those with 5,000 employees. There are a few providers operatingin that smaller market but the problem in both is to provide a business modelthat works effectively for both client and provider. You need to drive thebusiness case for both organisations.” Xchanging appreciates that some companies will want to start small and grow,and it is focusing on offering transactional services as well as an HR advisoryservice. Oracle is another provider helping clients to outsource their businesssystems side initially, and then encouraging them to consider other HR servicesfurther down the line. At this level, providers can offer many skills and resources that companiesmight not have in-house. Sharon Douglas, HR director of outsourcing providerCeridian Centrefile, says: “Employers need to understand the true value ofoutsourcing – it is not just about cost reduction but having access to worldclass resources and knowledge.” Outsourcers can also offer reliability and predictability, coping with thepeaks and troughs in the business. And far from having a negative effect on strategic development, she saysthat outsourcing can play a crucial role. The starting point is to understandthe value of HR, says Douglas. “What we have to do in the outsourcing business is to talk aboutoutsourcing at a strategic level – from the processes around recruitment toperformance management and training and reward.” Understanding how HR impacts on the bottom line will help organisations tounderstand the benefits of outsourcing. Hesketh says: “Board rooms areonly just starting to look at the HR function and are starting to ask some veryserious questions about bottom line productivity from HR. That is making HRmore performance-oriented.” And, he adds: “Organisations that want to think seriously about addedvalue from HR, and whether they are getting a good return on their investmentfrom HR, should look at outsourcing.” Despite the difficulties experienced in the last few years, suppliers are,on the whole, optimistic about the long-term trends in outsourcing. Baileysuggests that a handful of FTSE 250 companies will embark on outsourcingrelationships this year. But by the latter end of next year, he predicts arapid rise in the number of organisations wanting to outsource. Previous Article Next Article End-to-end outsOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art

first_imgRequired Qualifications Type of SearchNational Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Posted Salary Number of Months9 Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Working TitleHamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art School/UnitSchool of the Arts Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal DepartmentArt History Application Deadline Date The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts),Department of Art History, invites applications from distinguished,highly collaborative, interdisciplinary scholars for the Hamad binKhalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art. The Endowed Chair position isa 9-month, tenure eligible position with an open-rank. Fullconsideration will be given to applicants at any stage of theirscholarly career. Scholars in Islamic art from any time period orgeographic area are invited to apply. Prominent scholars whoseresearch focuses on contemporary Islamic art will be stronglyconsidered. The Endowed Chair will be based on VirginiaCommonwealth University’s community-oriented home campus located inRichmond, Virginia. The faculty member will be expected to residein the Richmond area and contribute to the broader mission andinitiatives of the department and School, while maintaining closeassociation and collaboration with the Art History Program atVCUarts Qatar, with its distinctive focus on Islamic art in itsglobal context. The Endowed Chair position includes generoussupport for research.VCUarts:VCUarts (https://arts.vcu.edu/) in Richmond, Virginia offers avariety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine andperforming arts, art history, and art education, with a uniqueemphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply aneducation or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts withthe practical, professional and personal skills needed to make alife in the arts, no matter how they define it. That is whyVCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why themajority of its faculty are working artists, designers, scholars,and performers and why they encourage students to take advantage ofthe many academic and intellectual opportunities that come withbeing part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates canbe found throughout the academic and professional fields and havebeen recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthurFellowships.VCUarts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Artand Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, theNational Association of Schools of Music, the National Associationof Schools of Theatre, the Virginia Department of Education, theCouncil for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Councilfor Accreditation for Teacher Education.As the #1 ranked public university arts and design graduate schoolin the country by US News and World Report, VCUarts is dedicated tothe goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic facultycommitted to teaching and working in a multicultural and inclusiveenvironment and strongly encourages applications from allracial/ethnic, gender and social identities.Department of Art History:The VCUarts Department of Art History offers undergraduate andgraduate programs with separate tracks from which students selecttheir program of study. The undergraduate program, leading to theBachelor of Arts degree, offers an Art Historical Studies track andhas a current enrollment of 55 major and 75 minor students. Thegraduate program offers Art Historical Studies and Museum Studiestracks, with a current student enrollment of 14.VCUarts Qatar:VCUarts Qatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu), located in Doha, the capitalcity of Qatar, is the international branch campus of VCUarts.Established in 1998 through a partnership with the QatarFoundation, VCUarts Qatar offers students the opportunity to earn aBachelor of Arts degree in art history; a Bachelor of Fine Artsdegree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design andpainting & printmaking; and a Master of Fine Arts degree indesign. VCUarts Qatar is fully accredited by the NationalAssociation of Schools of Art & Design, the SouthernAssociation of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for InteriorDesign Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverserange of nationalities with students coming from 38countries.VCUarts Qatar is dedicated to global outreach and education andprovides students with an environment for cross-cultural exchangethat fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation. Examples of thismission are the two significant international conferences hosted byVCUarts Qatar— the biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on IslamicArt (www.islamicartdoha.org), and the biennial design conference,Tasmeem. VCUarts Qatar attracts globally recognized designers,artists and scholars while fostering partnerships within theregion, and beyond, that enhance the educational, economic andcultural vitality of Qatar. Having established itself as a centerof excellence for education and research, VCUarts Qatar hassubstantial involvement with the influential art and design worldof the Middle East, and is a catalyst for the growth anddevelopment of these fields in the region.VCUarts Qatar has 156 full-time faculty and staff and a studentbody of 325. VCUarts Qatar was the first campus established inEducation City, a unique 2500-acre multiversity campus.VCUarts-Qatar was joined by Georgetown University’s School ofForeign Service, Carnegie-Mellon University, Texas A&MUniversity, Weill Cornell Medical College, Northwestern University,HEC Paris and University College of London.Qatar, with English as the standard second language, is aprogressive country in the Arabian Gulf and remains one of thehealthiest economies in the Gulf region. Doha offers all theconveniences found in a contemporary and cosmopolitan city, whilehonoring a rich tradition that is evident in the old markets andthe city’s Islamic Arab architecture. The Museum of Islamic Art,designed by I.M. Pei opened in November 2008 and the Arab Museum ofModern Art (Mathaf) opened in 2010. The U.S. Embassy considersQatar among the safest countries in the world for Americans.VCU Institute for Contemporary ArtVirginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA ), designed by award-wining architect Steven Holl, is anon-collecting institution that showcases an ever-changing slate ofexhibitions, performances, films, for the VCU community, the Cityof Richmond community and beyond. The ICA is an institutiondedicated to being a showcase and a catalyst for conversation aboutthe positive transformative potential of the arts in our society.The mission of the ICA is to present the art of our time andprovide an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across theregion and throughout the world. Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/94191 Proposed Hire Date08/16/2020 The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts),Department of Art History, invites applications from distinguished,highly collaborative, interdisciplinary scholars for the Hamad binKhalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art. The Endowed Chair position isa 9-month, tenure eligible position with an open-rank. Fullconsideration will be given to applicants at any stage of theirscholarly career. Scholars in Islamic art from any time period orgeographic area are invited to apply. Prominent scholars whoseresearch focuses on contemporary Islamic art will be stronglyconsidered. The Endowed Chair will be based on VirginiaCommonwealth University’s community-oriented home campus located inRichmond, Virginia. The faculty member will be expected to residein the Richmond area and contribute to the broader mission andinitiatives of the department and School, while maintaining closeassociation and collaboration with the Art History Program atVCUarts Qatar, with its distinctive focus on Islamic art in itsglobal context. The Endowed Chair position includes generoussupport for research. Grant funded position?No Application Process/Additional Information Mission or Goal of Unit Preferred Qualifications Date Posted10/07/2019 Diversity Statement Information Position Responsibilities • PhD in art history.• The faculty member will have a well-developed scholarly/researchportfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applicationsappropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in thedepartment.• University teaching experience.• Ability to attract high-caliber graduate students.• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . Position NumberF18250 RankOpen Open Until FilledYes Tenure StatusTenure Eligible The Endowed Chair will be devoted primarily to teaching andresearching Islamic art and will make significant scholarlycontributions to the study and interpretation of Islamic art.Scholars whose research emphasizes methodological innovation,considers connections between Islamic and other traditions, or whohave demonstrated experience in fostering cross-fieldcollaborations within a school, university, or community, areespecially encouraged to apply.Teaching assignments will be at the undergraduate and graduatelevels in the area of Islamic art, typically three to four coursesper academic year taught on the VCUarts Richmond campus, withperiodic opportunities to present lectures at the VCUarts Qatarcampus. The Endowed Chair will mentor graduate students, fosterinnovative and collaborative curriculum in Islamic art across thearts and broader campus, and generate national and internationalacademic and community partnerships.The Endowed Chair will have demonstrated experience working in andfostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment andwill have experience in developing or the potential to developinitiatives and teaching that makes a meaningful scholarlyeducation accessible to underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.Our colleague will demonstrate through research, teaching, and/orpublic engagement the richness of diversity in the learningexperience and integrate multicultural approaches and perspectivesinto instructional methods and research tools.In addition to research and teaching, the Endowed Chair will steerthe Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium in Islamic Art, a leadinginternational conference on Islamic art and architecture. Thisimportant symposium is co-sponsored by VCUarts, VCUarts Qatar, andthe Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and CommunityDevelopment. The next Symposium will be hosted in Doha, Qatar inNovember 2019. Held biennially since 2004, it has resulted in majorpublications by Yale University Press with proceedings by leadingscholars and curators of Islamic art and architecture and dynamiccontemporary artists from around the world. In guiding theseendeavors, the appointed faculty will work collaboratively with arthistory faculty members at both VCUarts campuses as well as withthe symposium program manager. To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs atwww.vcujobs.com. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobswill be accepted.Application materials should be to the attention of Dr. LisaFreiman, Professor and Chair of the search committee. The followingdocuments should be included:• A Letter of Interest that conveys relevant academic andprofessional experience and describes experiences and/orprofessional service that inform worldviews and/or perspectivesabout minority group status, to include race, ethnicity, gender,sexuality, religion, and disability. Candidates should alsoarticulate their experiences facilitating dialogue among studentsof diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and identities.• Teaching Philosophy• Current CV• A list of three current references including names, addresses,phone numbers, and email addresses (references will not becontacted prior to applicant’s approval).• Portfolio of work, which could include examples of coursesyllabi, evidence of excellence in teaching, examples of publishedresearch, writing, etc.The Letter of Interest + Teaching Philosophy should be submitted asone PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section ineJobs; the CV + list of references should be submitted as one PDFin the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs; and, due to filesize limitations, the portfolio of work should be submitted in the“Other Document” section of eJobs as an accessible link in a PDFthat points to a website or cloud storage (with accessinstructions) to view work.Review of applications begins December 16, 2019 and continues untilthe position is filled. For full consideration, applications aredue by December 16, 2019.To read more about VCUarts: http://arts.vcu.eduVirginia Commonwealth University is committed to providingaccessible and equitable living, learning and working environmentsfree from discrimination and harassment based on race, color,religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (includingpregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, geneticinformation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressionor disability. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional Documentslast_img read more

Divided COA Upholds Drug, Firearm Convictions, Can’t Solve Gun ‘Conundrum’

first_imgOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThough the warrantless search that led to a man’s drug- and firearm-related convictions was lawful, a divided panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals was stumped on how to resolve the “conundrum” of when or if the man’s gun can be returned to him.In Darnell Cleveland v. State of Indiana, 18A-CR-2298, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officers Eric Parrish and Nickolas Smith stopped a Ford Explorer after observing the vehicle speeding and learning the license plate number was registered to a Chevrolet. As the officers approached the vehicle, they smelled raw marijuana.While searching the vehicle’s driver — who had an outstanding warrant — for weapons, Smith saw passenger Darnell Cleveland walking away with a gold bag. Cleveland complied with an order to drop the bag, which Smith later opened and found a handgun and two baggies of marijuana.Cleveland admitted the gun was his and said he knew about the marijuana, but claimed he had “nothing to do with” the drugs. He was later charged with one count of carrying a handgun without a license and one count of possession of marijuana, both as Class A misdemeanors.At his trial, Cleveland objected to the admission of the marijuana and gun, arguing the evidence was obtained from an unconstitutional search. He argued later that the state lacked probable cause to arrest him, but the Marion Superior Court overruled both objections and found him guilty as charged.Cleveland was sentenced to an aggregate 365 days, all suspended, and was ordered to pay a $50 public defender fee. The trial judge also ordered that his gun be destroyed.The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld Cleveland’s convictions on Monday, with Judge John Baker writing that the automobile exception to the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against warrantless searches extended to the gold bag because the bag was inside the vehicle when officers initially believed the vehicle contained contraband.“The probable cause to stop and search the vehicle and its contents was established from the beginning, and said probable cause did not cease the moment Cleveland exited the vehicle and walked away,” Baker wrote. “If this were the case, passengers — even those as compliant, respectful, and non-violent as Cleveland — would have license to abscond with contraband from police presence to avoid any possibility of arrest for themselves or for those still inside the vehicle.”The search was also lawful under the Indiana Constitution, Baker said, because the smell of marijuana emanating from the car and the discrepancy in the license plate’s registration created a “strong suspicion” of illegal activity. Further, Cleveland had already been detained as part of the initial stop, and the officers had authority to defuse the “precarious situation” when Cleveland began to walk away. The appellate court likewise upheld the $50 public defender fee, imposed against Cleveland without an indigency hearing, noting Indiana Code section 35-33-7-6(c) does not require a hearing. Further, though the judge did not make an explicit indigency finding, the panel said the record reveals that “(t)he trial court did its due diligence by inquiring into Cleveland’s financial abilities and making an implicit finding about Cleveland’s indigency status.” But in a footnote, the court said it’s best practice to make explicit indigency findings.But Cleveland did secure a partial victory when the appellate court found error in the trial court’s order for Cleveland’s gun to be destroyed. Relying on Trice v. State, 114 N.E. 3d 496, 501 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018), Baker said the “misuse of firearms” that allows for guns to be withheld post-conviction, as contemplated in Indiana Code § 35-47-3-2(b), does not include “mere possession.”Even so, the appellate panel stopped short of ordering the return of Cleveland’s gun, noting he is still not licensed to carry the weapon, “and the trial court does not have the authority to return the firearm directly to Cleveland.”“As of now, given our lack of statutory guidance, we order that the IMPD must withhold Cleveland’s firearm until a proper solution becomes available,” Baker said. “This is a conundrum that only our General Assembly can resolve.”The case was remanded.Judge Cale Bradford dissented in part from the majority opinion, in which Baker was joined by Judge Margret Robb. Bradford’s dissent focused on the issue of the handgun, with the dissenting judge writing that the reasoning of Trice is “unpersuasive.”Noting Cleveland told law enforcement he was carrying the weapon for protection, Bradford said the defendant was “’using’ the handgun for self-defense by carrying it with him.”“This use becomes misuse, however, when the person is not legally entitled to carry that handgun,” he said. “I conclude that the authorities were well within their rights to seize and destroy Cleveland’s handgun.”Bradford further wrote that the decisions in Nicoson v. State, 938 N.E.2d, 660 (Ind. 2010), and Mickens v. State, 742 N.E.2d 927 (Ind. 2001) – which the Trice court relied on – are not applicable here. Thus, he would affirm the trial court in all respects.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

If your lease is due to expire there are several issues to be considered

first_imgIs the lease a ‘protected’ business lease? The law protects business leases on expiry of their term, unless the provisions are excluded in the lease. This is known as Security of Tenure.If the answer is yes, the following protective provisions apply: 1. You will have the right to stay in the business premises when the lease ends; 2. On expiry of the lease, the tenancy will continue on the same terms, it is not necessary to request a renewal; 3. The lease can be terminated only in certain circumstances and notice of termination must be served in a prescribed form; 4. Where the landlord serves a notice to terminate the lease, you have the right to apply to court for a new lease and the landlord can only oppose on certain limited grounds; 5. The landlord may serve notice to terminate the current lease so that a new lease can be granted on different grounds. The new terms can then be negotiated and agreed between you. Notice of termination does not necessarily mean that you must leave the premises; 6. On expiry of your lease, you can request a new lease and put forward proposed new terms; 7. You must agree terms before certain time limits expire or you may lose out on the ability to apply to court; 8. You may be entitled to compensation if you are not granted a new lease. If the answer is no, protective provisions are excluded from the lease, and: 1. You will not have the right to remain in the premises when the lease ends and the landlord can change the locks;   2. Unless the landlord offers you another lease, you will have to find alternative premises; 3. You will be unable to claim compensation for the loss of your business premises. When your lease approaches expiry it is always sensible to consider whether your current lease is the most suitable for your business in terms of location, rent and other lease terms. – Courtesy of Rickerbys Solictors, which has teamed up with the NAMB to offer a new service for members. Details will be sent to members directly.last_img read more

Lecturer discusses meaning of ‘home,’ homelessness

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer Professor Julia Faisst, who is serving as the 2018 Max Kade distinguished professor, lectures on the significance of homes  for recent college graduates and those who have lost their homes.To explore this concept, Faisst examined Damon Casarez’s collection of photographs entitled “Boomerang Kids,” which presents images of college graduates living with their parents. Faisst described living at home after college as an emerging “new and permanent life stage” and reality for middle-class millennials. “Casarez depicts those who returned to a home that is no longer their own home in a radically-different confusing post-industrial economy,” Faisst said. “An economy that puts a new twist on old notions of class belongings, as well as the traditional notion of homelessness.”Faisst noted the difference between inside and outside presented in the images. In reference to one of Casarez’s pictures of a Minnesota resident looking out into her backyard, Faisst explained she is looking outward to a world where making money is difficult, and thus the subject’s thoughts turn inward. She also referred to class status of those depicted in the photos to illustrate her point.“They own fancy pieces of technology and attire, and yet are poor,” she said. “Homelessness now is to be found inside the home.”Faisst also considered examples of “Eviction photography,” particularly that of John Moore’s collection entitled “Evicted.”“Foreclosure photography has already defined an era that will mark American society for decades to come,” she said. Faisst discussed one of Moore’s photographs illustrating a man and his wife sitting on a bench following the foreclosure of their home. “[This] angered resident had been asked to remove his family possessions within the customary 24 hours so as to not have to pay exorbitant fees to store them,” Faisst said. When the resident asked Moore what he was doing on site, Faisst explained, Moore was allowed to stay after explaining his objective. “[He said he] was very sorry … and was taking photos to show what the entire country was going through. And he let [him] stay,” she said.At the conclusion of the talk, some of the audience members took issue with Faisst’s use of the term ‘homeless’ in her discussions.“This is a critique I run into quite a bit,” she said. “My attempt with this project is to open up the range and to employ those who never thought they’d be employed. … Having those people look at homelessness from another vantage point. Not as something that’s on the street, … but something that’s not even just on the doorstep, but on the inside as well.” Tags: Eviction, foreclosure, Homelessness Professor Julia Faisst, assistant professor of American Studies at Germany’s Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and the 2018 Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at Notre Dame, delivered a lecture entitled “Nowhere Matters: The Unmaking Of The American Home”; an in-depth look at the concept of the home particularly for American college graduates and those displaced by evictions and foreclosures. “The threat of losing one’s home and becoming temporarily, or not, unhoused is no longer perceived as exclusive to the lower classes,” Faisst said. “But something that holds the middle class equally in its grip.”last_img read more

Is the David Hyde Pierce It Shoulda Been You Finally Coming to B’way?

first_img View Comments It looks like the David Hyde Pierce-helmed It Shoulda Been You is Broadway-bound at last. The musical had been eyeing a Broadway run since fall 2012. According to a recent casting notice, rehearsals are set to begin on or around January 13, 2015, suggesting an early spring opening on the Great White Way. Many of the principal roles have already been cast, according to the breakdown. No official word yet on if that includes the show’s original star, Tony winner Tyne Daly.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, the tuner follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. Noah Racey will choreograph.It Shoulda Been You premiered in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse. In addition to Daly, the cast included Tony winner Harriet Harris, Howard McGillin, Tom Deckman, Carla Duren, Jessica Hershberg, Edward Hibbert, Curtis Holbrook, Lisa Howard, Mylinda Hull, Matthew Hydzik, David Josefsberg and Richard Kline. Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 David Hyde Pierce It Shoulda Been Youlast_img read more