Oriel College Governing Body supports Rhodes removal

first_img“They also expressed their wish to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes and the King Edward Street Plaque. This is what they intend to convey to the Independent Commission of Inquiry.  In addition to deciding on the statue’s fate, the Commission would “deal with the issue of the Rhodes legacy and how to improve access and attendance of BAME undergraduate, graduate students and faculty, together with a review of how the college’s 21st Century commitment to diversity can sit more easily with its past”. Carole Souter CBE, the Master of St Cross College, will chair the Commission. The Governing Body of Oriel College will launch an Independent Commission of Inquiry into the statue of Cecil Rhodes placed above the gates of college. They state that they “wish to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes and the King Edward Street Plaque”, and that this would be their recommendation to the Commission. “Both of these decisions were reached after a thoughtful period of debate and reflection and with the full awareness of the impact these decisions are likely to have in Britain and around the world.  “Until such time as the Rhodes statue ceases to adorn the facade of Oriel College on Oxford’s High Street, we will continue to galvanise the goodwill and energy seen across the University, particularly among an astonishingly wide variety of academics.” The Universities Minister also stated earlier today that she rejected calls to remove the controversial statue, as it would be “short sighted” to try to “rewrite our history”. The full statement from Oriel College reads: “The Governing Body of Oriel College has today (Wednesday 17th June) voted to launch an independent Commission of Inquiry into the key issues surrounding the Rhodes statue.  “By setting up this commission, Oriel governing body is demonstrating that it is willing to be guided by all its stakeholders. The Governing Body believes that this decision will allow a serious, appropriate and productive resolution of a complex series of issues. Ms Souter has insisted on a thorough process – but conducted at pace – and set to report to the Governing Body by the end of the year.” Susan Brown, the Leader of the Oxford City Council has also welcomed the news. Previously the City Council had reached out to Oriel, asking them to submit a planning application to take down the statue. Now, Brown states, “I welcome the news that Oriel College have come to the view that they would like the statue and plaque of Cecil Rhodes to be removed.” She also congratulated the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and the Black Lives Matter movement “who have reinvigorated this debate about our history and how it should be recognised”. “The Commission will deal with the issue of the Rhodes legacy and how to improve access and attendance of BAME undergraduate, graduate students and faculty, together with a review of how the college’s 21st Century commitment to diversity can sit more easily with its past.  “The Inquiry will, in turn, invite submissions from a broad range of stakeholders from Oxford itself and the country as a whole; the students, representatives of Rhodes Must Fall and Oxford City council, as well as alumni of Oxford and Oriel and citizens of the city. Written and oral evidence will be requested. It is intended that some oral evidence sessions will be held in public, with similar rules of engagement to that of a parliamentary select committee.  The Oriel JCR President told Cherwell: “I couldn’t be happier to see the Governing Body state publicly their wish to remove the Cecil Rhodes statue and open an enquiry. This result is testament to the years of hard work and time invested by the Rhodes Must Fall movement. I am incredibly proud that our students and graduates participated in this movement so wholeheartedly and that we were able to make our voices heard in this debate. This is only the beginning and I look forward to our continued engagement with this discourse and in this journey towards the removal of the statue.” The Oxford University Chancellor Lord Patton had criticised the RMF movement. Oriel itself had previously issued a statement saying: “We will continue to examine our practices and strive to improve them to ensure that Oriel is open to students and staff of all backgrounds, and we are determined to build a more equal and inclusive community and society.” The Oriel JCR and MCR passed motions calling for the removal of the statue, and over 180,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling for the statue’s removal. The Oxford City Council also has condemned the statue. They state further, however, that “we have been down this route before, where Oriel College has committed to taking a certain action, but has not followed through: notably, in 2015, when the College committed to engaging in a six-month-long democratic listening exercise. Therefore, while we remain hopeful, our optimism is cautious. While the Governing Body of Oriel College have ‘expressed their wish’ to take down the statue, we continue to demand their commitment. “At today’s meeting, the Governing Body also approved the appointment of an independent Chair for the Commission of Inquiry, Carole Souter CBE, the current Master of St Cross College and former Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, who in turn will approach a number of individuals drawn from the worlds of academia, education policy, law, politics and journalism. The commission is intending to draw upon the greatest possible breadth and depth of experience, opinion and background.  This decision comes after the Rhodes Must Fall movement was reignited in light of Black Lives Matter and broader discussions about racism and colonialism. Over the past weeks, two protests have been held in front of Oriel college, drawing crowds of hundreds. Rhodes Must Fall responded to the statement, calling it a “potentially epoch-defining moment for our institution.” They thank “all of those who have, over the years, contributed to the development of this decolonial and democratic social movement.” Image credit to Wikimedia Commons.last_img read more

NICE conflicts with FSA over sat fats

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) position as the nation’s nutritional guardian appears to be slipping as fellow government quango the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes conflicting advice on saturated fats.FSA guidelines published earlier this year called for a 10% reduction in saturated fat in plain cakes by 2012 and a 5% reduction in non-plain cakes by 2014, with the aim of reducing the nation’s intake of saturated fat from 13.3% of the food we eat to below 11% this year. But NICE is now calling for manufacturers to further reduce the levels of saturated fat in all food products, and to eliminate the use of dangerous trans fats from processed food and take-aways. It says a further substantial reduction would greatly reduce cardiovascular disease and related deaths.An announcement on government plans to transfer the FSA’s responsibilities for nutritional advice to the Department of Health is expected soon, confirmed a spokeswoman.NICE added that although it was completely separate to the FSA, it had been involved as a stakeholder in the production of the guidance on sat fats.last_img read more

News story: More seats, services and state-of-the-art trains for passengers on new East Midlands railway

first_imgAbellio has been announced as the successful bidder to run services on the East Midlands Railway from August 2019 until 2027 passengers to benefit from new trains with more peak-time seats, reduced journey times, and over £17 million of station improvements action on delivering more environmentally-friendly services, with a commitment to trials of hydrogen fuel cell trains and zero-carbon station pilots Abellio will also oversee the introduction of: The East Midlands Railway will also be at the forefront of the government’s commitment to deliver a cleaner, greener rail network. Abellio will trial hydrogen fuel cell trains on the Midland Main Line and will run zero-carbon pilots at 6 stations along the route.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: Abellio is proud to have been selected as the Winning Bidder for the East Midlands franchise. We look forward to this franchise driving economic growth and delivering significant benefits for passengers. Abellio will invest £600 million in improvements to trains and stations, maximising the effect of the government’s £1.5 billion upgrade of the Midland Main Line, to make journeys easier, more reliable and comfortable for our passengers. Closer collaboration between East Midlands Railway and Network Rail will ensure that track and train are aligned to deliver vital enhancements to infrastructure and to put the interests of passengers first. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Rail media enquiries more flexible and convenient smart ticketing options free wifi and high quality mobile connectivity on board services improved delay repay compensation for all passengers a stations improvement fund of £16.8 million, including £6.9 million for accessibility improvements £9.4 million of investment to deliver commercial and customer service improvements at stations 916 extra car park spaces and 1,050 cycle spaces ticket buying facilities in place at all stations Dominic Booth, Managing Director of Abellio UK, said:center_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 The government is investing nearly £48 billion over the next 5 years to modernise the railway, including more than £1.5 billion to upgrade the Midland Main Line, the biggest upgrade of the line since it was completed in 1870.Alongside this, there is a root-and-branch review of the railway underway, independently chaired by Keith Williams. This will make ambitious recommendations before the end of the year to reform the structure of the whole rail industry to prioritise passengers’ and taxpayers’ interests.The next East Midlands Railway franchise and the ongoing competitions include significant improvements for passengers and steps to bring track and train closer together. From 2020 further reforms, advised by the Rail Review, will be rolled out across the country. These will be guided by the approaches that deliver benefits to passengers soonest. Awarding the new East Midlands franchise is part of that strategy. Abellio has today (10 April 2019) been announced as the successful bidder to operate the East Midlands Railway franchise, responsible for delivering new trains, smart ticketing and more frequent services for passengers.Abellio will oversee the introduction of brand-new trains, entirely replacing the existing intercity fleet with more reliable and comfortable trains. Passengers will benefit from an 80% increase in the number of morning peak seats into Nottingham, Lincoln and St Pancras.Passengers will also see faster journey times over long-distances, a new express service from Corby through Luton into London, the introduction of improved delay repay compensation and flexipass tickets to provide better value fares. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Improving the experience for passengers is at the heart of this new franchise. Abellio will deliver state-of-the-art new trains, upgraded ticketing systems and improvements to stations. Through zero-carbon pilot schemes, trialling hydrogen fuel cell trains and delivering more seats on modern, spacious trains, the new franchise will also play a major role in building a railway fit for the future. View our interactive map about the franchise improvements.last_img read more

Kingsmill embarks on breakfast programme for kids

first_imgKingsmill has teamed up with the National Schools Partnership to educate school children about the nutritional benefits of breakfast.The Allied Bakeries bread brand’s programme, called The Breakfast Squad, has already been signed up to by more than 680 UK schools teaching children between the ages of four and 11 years old.Educational establishments will be able to receive course materials to help children learn in variety of areas including vocabulary, creativity, basic fitness and numeracyIn addition, schools will also receive vouchers to claim complimentary products from Kingsmill’s Fruit & Fibre range, as well as awarding pupils money-off coupons for their parents to purchase at home.Guy Shepherd, category director, Allied Bakeries, said: “The breakfast occasion holds great opportunities for growth, estimated at £18m over the next three years. The new Kingsmill Fruit & Fibre range was launched to help retailers capitalise on this potential but also demonstrates our understanding modern consumers – who, keen to provide their families with a nutritious breakfast to start the day, have indicated a need for quick, tasty and healthy breakfast products.“The launch of this programme with National Schools Partnership aims to further strengthen our support for busy families by providing a platform for children to learn about the importance of breakfast and, by creating greater awareness of the benefits of Fruit & Fibre, aims to facilitate bakery growth for retailers in the process.”last_img read more

Eugene Rochow, 92

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 1, 2018, the following tribute to the life and service of the late Eugene George Rochow was placed upon the permanent records of the Faculty.Eugene George Rochow was an inorganic chemist with wide, compelling curiosity. He took on challenging realms of organometallic chemistry and ceramics, nuclear chemistry, and education. Beyond the classroom and lab, he predicted our agricultural future, personified peaceful Quaker principles, and wrote a romantic historical novel. Each pursuit — whether academic or not — Eugene pursued with a measured determination. Though driven and dogged, he balanced ambition with a patient modesty that brought him not just success but satisfaction.Growing up, Eugene’s first radio set sparked his initial and enduring interest in electricity and silicon. And yet it was not truly the radio but its parts that attracted him. With homemade battery chargers, he constructed the device using silicon crystals in a makeshift attic laboratory and then listened to opera, music, and news in bed at night.Eugene aspired to study electricity and radios at MIT. But his father was, as he called it, a “manufacturing chemist,” coloring leather in a tannery, and his brother studied chemistry at Cornell. In the end, his brother and father won — Eugene earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell’s chemistry department. In the Baker Lab, under Louis Monroe Dennis, Eugene prepared new compounds of germanium, and the volatile, distillable element stimulated a newfound curiosity for organometallics. When Alfred Stock, now famous for his George Fisher Baker Non-resident Lectures and a “very hardheaded, stubborn, determined German,” visited Cornell for a semester, the professor solidified Eugene’s curiosity into dedication.In 1935, Eugene graduated with his Ph.D. into Great Depression instability. Fortunately, a connection at the General Electric subsidiary Hotpoint offered him a job working on periclase. Eugene “didn’t know beans about periclase,” but accepted anyway. Quickly, he discovered that politics and jealousy pervaded the company, but, stubborn and subtle, Eugene found his own way to pursue risky innovations.He decided to make methyl silicone, an entirely new inorganic polymer. The organic chemists dismissed him; leadership wanted a toe-the-line “good company man.” Eugene did not argue, but he did not stop his work, either. To disguise his pursuit of methyl silicone, he submitted deceptive time sheets that reported his assigned work in ceramics, nothing more. And, in time, Eugene succeeded. The methyl silicone turned out to be “marvelous dielectric stuff,” a better insulator than anything else available at the time. Despite objections and hesitation from General Electric, Eugene pursued and, to oversimplify a contentious legal battle, acquired a patent. The battle, though tedious, never distracted Eugene from his work. He stomached the fight with stalwart patience, unwilling to surrender his creation or neglect his new pursuit: synthesizing a cost-effective methyl silicone without magnesium. Again, Eugene succeeded. His colleagues marveled at his inventive application of electrochemistry to organic synthesis, but he viewed the achievement with concise humility: “I just followed what Stock said, and then I worked at it till I got this.” “This” is now known as the Direct Process or Rochow Process, the most common way to produce organosilicon compounds on an industrial scale today. In fact, in 1962, the Society of Chemical Industry awarded Eugene their Perkin Medal in part for “his role in the industrial birth of a new family of polymers — the silicones.” The polymers he developed are still used for ­electrical insulation — Eugene never truly left his childhood passion for electricity behind. They also feature in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, medicine, cooking utensils, and more.Despite patent disputes, petty roadblocks to publication, and hierarchical games, Eugene ignored the General Electric bureaucracy and chased new inventions. But, when the company asked Eugene to forgo organometallics and instead research nuclear fission for World War II naval vessels, he finally quit. As a Quaker and a longtime pacifist, Eugene wanted nothing to do with “destructive weapons of war.” With nothing to lose, Eugene chased an academic position and, in 1948, accepted an offer to join Harvard University’s Chemistry Department without expectation of tenure or promotion. Soon, however, he was given tenure when his broad ingenuity and aptitude for teaching became prominent. The Crimson described his Chemistry 1 as “Black Magic 1,” the “most engaging show since Merlin.”The breadth and quality of Eugene’s scientific achievements are demonstrated in his 38 United States patents; his “great host” of foreign patents; and his over 160 publications and books, spanning education, inorganic chemistry, ceramics, nuclear chemistry, and, of course, organometallic chemistry. Among his many awards, invited talks, and other accolades, the most prestigious include a Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Organosilicon Chemistry, an Alfred Stock Medal of the German Chemical Society, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Perkin Medal. Never one to limit his horizons, Eugene even applied his chemical knowledge to predict future food shortages and solutions. In a New York Times article, he envisaged a world of 15 billion vegetarians growing yeast proteins and converting cellulose into food. When a heated letter to the editor challenged his credentials, he did not waver. Instead, he wrote an eloquent response that, one sentence at a time, deconstructed his antagonist’s argument.Eugene died on March 21, 2002. His wife of 51 years, Helen, followed in 2009. She helped him immensely, and he valued her role as linguist, typist, editor, and proofreader for most of his books. Helen’s support may have stimulated one of Eugene’s final books: “The Holland Sisters: Their Influence on the Success of Their Husbands Perkin, Kipping and Lapworth.” In the preface of this romantic, historical novel about the wives of three famous chemists, Eugene begrudges that the women “have not received their fair share of the credit for [their] triumphs.” Eugene chose to dedicate his final years to unveil the achievements of others, rather than his own. The vast silicone industry; kindred organometallic materials; and our modern cars, airplanes, and kitchens emerged from his quiet, critical triumphs. He is missed as a scientist, a teacher, a husband, an idealist, a father, and a good man.Respectfully submitted,Daniel NoceraCharles LieberDudley Herschbach, Chairlast_img read more

East concourse of library open after months of construction

first_imgThe renovation of the east concourse in Hesburgh Library has finished after over two months of work. The construction on the concourse started Nov. 20 in anticipation of the establishment of the Scholars Lounge, a new study space across from Au Bon Pain. The new lounge opened Dec. 1. One feature of the concourse’s transformation is the introduction of floor to ceiling glass on the second level of the center concourse; staff spaces on the first and fourth floors were also improved.An open house to showcase both the new Scholars Lounge and the newly opened concourse is being held Thursday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Tags: concourse, Hesburgh Library, renovationlast_img read more

Tax talk with Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org April 11, 2011 The two big money bills are now in the Vermont State Senate’s court: the miscellaneous tax bill and the budget. It looks like the Senate will consider significant changes to the former, when it considers two new taxes ‘ an assessment on water extraction and an alternative minimum tax that would hit the wallets of wealthy Vermonters who have sidestepped the state income tax.There could be more tax proposals to come before the end of the session, given the $38 billion in federal budget cuts Democrats and Republicans in Congress agreed to late Friday night. The state has already had to make significant program reductions and raise new revenues through a brace of provider taxes in order to fill a yawning $176 million budget gap. If the congressional budget proposal takes a deep bite out of the state’s fiscal year 2011 budget, both John Campbell, Senate President Pro Tempore, and House Speaker Shap Smith have said they would have to assess the impacts on the state’s $4.6 billion budget. At this juncture, Congress has not yet released the list of cuts.Campbell spoke with VTDigger.org last week about where he stands on tax proposals from the House, the Shumlin administration and inside the Senate. He opposes the House proposed 27-cent increase in the tax on cigarettes and a new assessment on dentists in the governor’s budget. (Nevertheless, on Thursday, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to recommend a $1 a pack increase in the cigarette tax.)Campbell has also rejected Washington County Sen. Anthony Pollina’s proposal to place a temporary surcharge on the wealthiest 5 percent of Vermonters who will receive $190 million in federal income tax break this year as a result of an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.‘Pollina had suggested there be a tax on the wealthiest of the wealthy Vermonters just for a short period of time,’ Campbell said. ‘While that has merit, when we’re looking to find major revenue sources in some really bad times ‘ I think we were able to avoid that this year ‘ we were able to avoid a catastrophic shortfall, if you will, so I don’t think we need to go in that area.’Meanwhile, Campbell says two proposals from Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, could be promising ‘ the ‘alt min,’ as it’s called among policy wonks, and a possible tax on companies that ship water to out-of-state bottling plants.In tax year 2009, there were 298 Vermonters who earned more than $100,000 and paid no taxes (seven of whom were millionaires), and 1,028 residents in that income range who paid less than $1,000 in taxes that year, according to information from the Tax Department. Ashe says if the state piggybacks on the federal ‘alt-min’ tax, it could raise $13.2 million by asking ‘high earning, low paying Vermont filers’ to pay into the income taxes.‘Most people don’t realize there are people making a whole lot of money and not paying much into the system,’ Ashe said.Under the federal alternative minimum tax, filers can only claim single exemptions regardless of family size, they cannot itemize deductions for state and local taxes on income and property and they are subject to a limit on deductions for medical expenses and mortgage interest, according to an issue brief from the Joint Fiscal Office.The state jettisoned the alternative minimum tax in 2002 when it stopped using a ‘piggyback’ income tax system, based on a percentage of the federal tax liability. At the time, there were concerns that middle class taxpayers would be captured under the alternative minimum; since then the feds have raised the cap, according to Ashe. Under the senator’s plan, the tax would be collected in the 2012 tax year.The alternative minimum liability for 166 of the state’s millionaires (based on 2008 tax data) would be $13,955 on average. About 600 tax filers who earned between $500,000 and $1 million in 2008 dollars would be liable for about $3,700 under the proposal.Campbell said he believes Republicans in the Senate will support the alternative minimum because it’s a ‘fundamental fairness issue.’‘There are many wealthy Vermonters who want to help out in the tough times that we’re facing,’ Campbell said. ‘We’re fortunate that there are people that really do understand that we need their assistance in trying to protect citizens of Vermont and making sure that essential services are still available ‘ provided ‘ to them.’Ashe also wants to revisit the water extraction assessment, which was first proposed by Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, in the House. (His amendment failed.) Since then, Ashe has determined that a per-gallon tax on water removal from state groundwater stores would raise less than originally anticipated. It was originally thought that 100 million gallons were pumped out of the ground in Vermont each year; that number is actually 32 million, according to the Agency of Natural Resources.Three companies extract water from Vermont sources ‘ Vermont Heritage, Vermont Natural and Pristine Mountain Springs, according to a memo from Rodney Pingree, of the Agency of Natural Resources. Two more companies have two extraction applications in process. Of the three businesses in operation, Pristine Mountain Springs taps the most from groundwater sources ‘ about 30 million gallons. All told, the companies remove about 32 million gallons from the state. Ashe says a 10 cent tax per gallon would raise about $3 million in tax revenues. Right now each company pays $2,700 in one-time extraction rights for the water.‘We have declared surface or groundwater a public trust and that is a part of Vermont we should and need to protect it,’ Campbell said. ‘If someone is going to take that resource and sell it out of state for profit, I think that Vermonters are entitled to be compensated for that.’THE OTHER ‘EXTRACTION’ TAXCampbell said while he can support about $20 million in additional assessments on nursing homes, home health care agencies and hospitals, which have been built into the state’s Medicaid reimbursement system over the years, he opposes the governor’s push for a $3.6 million assessment on dentists.Campbell doesn’t rule out a provider tax on dentists in future, but he wants to wait on imposing the levy for now.‘(For dentists this year) I think there is a little bit of a fairness issue with what to expect when planning their budgeting,’ Campbell said. ‘I think that’s something that should be looked at in future, but it’s something I’d like to avoid if I could.’The House rejected the ‘tooth tax’ because the House Ways and Means Committee decided there wasn’t enough data to determine the impact of the new assessment, which was tied to an increase in reimbursements to dentists who were willing to take more Medicaid patients. The committee made up the difference by putting an additional 27 cent tax on the sale of each pack of cigarettes.CAMPBELL SAYS NO TO QUICK TAX FIX WITH CIGSLike the governor, Campbell is adamantly opposed to an increase in the cigarette tax unless the state needs fast cash. With income tax revenues, there is a lag between passage of a tax bill in the Legislature and collections by the Tax Department.‘Quite frankly I’m not a huge fan of the cigarette tax unless we have to raise money quickly and have to have it at hand,’ Campbell said. He opposes a pack hike because of the impact it would have on retail grocers along the state’s New Hampshire border (Campbell represents Windsor County). ‘If there was a possibility of moving toward another revenue source rather than doing that I think that it’s incumbent on us to look there,’ Campbell said.Campbell is also worried about raising revenues to defray the impact of congressional budget cuts on the state’s budget in the current fiscal year and the following year. ‘I think next year, based on what I see for revenue projections, and also what’s happening in Washington, D.C., we’re going to need some very quick revenue, some quick capital so I foresee next year is probably the time to go to the tobacco tax,’ Campbell said.Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, described her committee’s recommendation for a $1 a pack increase as a ‘twofer.’ The tax hike would raise about $10 million for the state ‘ and, according to Ayer, discourage Vermonters, especially teenagers, from smoking. Her committee, she said, was most interested in the potential health benefits of raising the tax. The money, however, would not go toward smoking cessation efforts, but would be used to pay for unspecified General Fund expenditures.  Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org Editor’s note: This edited film clip was produced by videographer and filmmaker Catherine Hughes.last_img read more

What, no SIKM? Here’s what you need to travel to and from Jakarta

first_imgAirport authorities have stopped asking  passengers arriving in the capital city to present their exit and entry permit (SIKM) since July 17, when the Jakarta administration revoked the requirement for both incoming and outgoing travelers and replaced it with the Corona Likelihood Metric (CLM).PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II has stopped asking for the SIKM at the two main commercial airports in the capital, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten and Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta. The state-owned airport operator has said that eliminating the SIKM has made the predeparture procedure “simpler” because it required fewer documents.Read also: COVID-19: Here are the requirements for those seeking to travel to, within Indonesia AP II operations and services director Muhamad Wasid said that travelers need only present a test report for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) that was valid for 14 days.“Document checks will [now] be simpler, as the SIKM requirement has been revoked. A longer validity for the rapid or PCR test report can help travelers be more flexible in managing [their] flight schedules,” Muhamad said on Monday in a statement .The new requirements for air passengers travelling to and from Jakarta are to:Install the Communication and Information Ministry’s PeduliLindungi free contact tracing application (available on Google Play and the App Store) on their smartphones;Fill out a health alert card (HAC) prior to departure, to be checked upon arrival at their destination;Present personal identity documents and health certificates; andFollow the health protocols, including the body temperature check.These requirements — except for the HAC — also apply to travelers using other modes of transportation to enter or leave Greater Jakarta. The Jakarta administration is also encouraging all travelers to self-report via the JakCLM feature on the Jakarta Kini (JAKI) mobile app, a dedicated app it has developed that will feed the data to the CLM. The free app is available on both Google Play and the App Store, and was developed by Jakarta Smart City, which falls under the city’s communication, information and statistics agency.Read also: Hesitant flyers: People remain wary of air travel because of health, cost concerns, survey showsJakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said that the CLM system would help people “feel safe”, as it helped them better assess their probability of contracting COVID-19. He urged people to be honest and accurate in reporting their health condition, so that the system could generate an accurate assessment.However, Jakarta Smart City chairman Yudhistira Nugraha said that self-reporting was a mere suggestion and not a requirement.“The CLM results were required to issue the SIKM [previously] under the Gubernatorial Regulation on SIKM. However, both  the letter and the regulation have now been revoked,” he said on Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta confirms 11 staffers at City Hall’s Block G positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has confirmed that 11 City Hall employees have tested positive for COVID-19. All of them were stationed at City Hall’s Block G building, which is temporarily closed.Jakarta Employment Agency head Chaidir said eight of the employees worked in the agency and three worked in the city administration’s legal bureau.“They took COVID-19 rapid tests on Monday and I received reports [of the results] on Wednesday,” Chaidir told reporters Thursday.He added that two high-ranking officials who work in Block G also tested positive for COVID-19, whom he requested not be identified by their names.Previously, Governor Anies Baswedan said Block G would be temporarily closed for three days to be cleaned and disinfected following the infections. Read also: Jakarta closes Block G building at City Hall after employee tests positive for COVID-19On Wednesday, the city administration lost its secretary, Saefullah, who died at age 56 from several complications due to COVID-19. He served the administration for 36 years. Anies, however, denied that the temporary closing of Block G was due to Saefullah’s death.The South Jakarta administration issued on Wednesday a circular ordering all of its staffers to work from home until Monday after seven of them tested positive for the virus.South Jakarta Mayor Marullah Matali said the administration building would be disinfected for three days before being reopened, tempo.co reported.The capital, which has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases since late August, announced on Wednesday 1,294 new daily cases, bringing the total tally to 57,469 with 1,481 deaths.The spike prompted the provincial administration to reinstate the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy starting Monday after easing them back in June.Topics :last_img read more

UK government launches consultation on pension consolidators

first_imgIt said, therefore, it had three options: to maintain the status quo and rely on The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to oversee them with its existing powers; to legislate to prevent consolidation; or to create a regulatory regime that would work for all stakeholders.This government chose the third option “to proceed with what is a difficult but potentially worthwhile program to enable a properly regulated superfund consolidation sector”.However, upon the launch of the consultation, the DWP noted that it already aimed to strengthen the power of TPR to oversee the new, burgeoning sector, and ensure those operating in it passed a fit and proper person test. Source: PLSAGuy Opperman addresses the PLSA conference in October 2018Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, said: “Well-run superfunds have great potential to deliver more secure retirement incomes for workers while allowing employers to concentrate on what they do best – running their businesses.”In the 67-page consultation document, the DWP said it was seeking the views of trustees, companies operating pension funds, and other stakeholders in the corporate landscape.Adam Saron, chief executive of Clara Pensions, welcomed the DWP’s efforts “in embracing innovation while also recognising the need for robust regulation”.Saron said the momentum behind the consolidation of DB schemes had gathered pace and the publication of the consultation was an important next step.He said: “The DWP has clearly put a great deal of work into considering important elements of the consolidation model, such as ensuring sufficient protections for members, financial sustainability and good governance. It is right that we have a debate about the financial sustainability of consolidators.”Luke Webster, CEO of The PensionSuperFund, said there was “nothing in the guidance that is incompatible with our initial transaction” and that it could therefore move to submitting it for regulatory clearance. The government department is also considering how to build an accreditation scheme for existing DB master trusts such as TPT Retirement Solutions, which it felt did not require authorisation or specific legislation as they were already bound by pension scheme regulation.The DWP said it preferred a voluntary, industry-led scheme that would raise awareness of these vehicles for DB schemes and was considering changing the name to avoid confusion with defined contribution master trusts.Opperman said: “We’re clear there needs to be proper regulation, and we’re consulting to ensure we get that right. We’re transforming pensions saving in this country through our radical reforms, and this is yet another innovation which will improve retirement prospects.”The consultation can be found on the DWP’s website and will close on 1 February 2019. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a long-awaited consultation on defined benefit (DB) scheme consolidators – dubbed “superfunds” – as the sector grows in prominence without appropriate regulation in place.In the last 12 months, two commercial DB consolidators have launched – Clara Pensions and The Pension Superfund – as maturing schemes look to de-risk. However, the two vehicles as yet have not written any business.The consultation document stated: “The current legislative framework does not prevent a superfund setting up and attempting to attract other funds to consolidate. However, there are clear risks in doing so without a suitable regulatory framework to ensure member protection.”The paper said the government wanted to do more to encourage consolidation, recognising the benefits it can bring in reducing scheme costs per member, enabling more effective investment strategies and improving governance.  last_img read more