An Announcement On Future Changes For The CCO

first_img An Announcement On Future Changes For The CCOThe City-County Observer would like to take a moment to thank our readers and inform you about some upcoming changes we will be making to enhance our newspaper and improve the services that we offer to you, our readers. Our chief concern has always been and will continue to be keeping our readers informed of the current news in our community, surrounding areas and state.Covering the local, regional and state news is an around the clock endeavor, but we will continue to strive to listen and respond to our readers. Starting today, you may contact us by e-mail or Facebook Messenger to speak with our editor.We understand that readers need a voice and a platform for positive change in the community; therefore, we will be accepting well-written, non-abrasive, and insightful Letters to the Editor. Submissions can be e-mailed to [email protected] or sent to us through Facebook Messenger for consideration. Finally, we want to go one step beyond being your complimentary news source by giving back to our readers. We will start this process next month with giveaways on our official City-County Observer Facebook page. Simply follow us on Facebook so you won’t miss your chance to win free prizes. Please click the link below to be notified about pending contests, rules, and prizes. again, we thank you for your continued support. We look forward to improving our engagement with readers and tailoring the CCO to be your number one news source. Sincerely,City-County Observer EditorFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE it looks like that the Evansville Thunderbolts semi-professional hockey team could finished their first season in the Ford Center at a cut rate rent of $1,000 per home game?  …that the former Evansville IceMen were charged around $10,000 per home game?…the Thunderbolts did not step up and set their bush league on fire are losing about three times as many games as they lost?  …the Thunderbolts have 3 remaining home games left in the season?  …it looks like the Bolts will finished 10th out of a 10 team league and may barely reeked out a 10 or 12 win season?  …its to bad that the former minority owner Mike Hall wasn’t allowed  to use his hockey knowledge and management skills in helping to build a winning team? …we are told that Mr. Hall is extremely likable and personable? …the only patient by blind investor in this hockey folly is the good old City of Evansville that can’t seem to find a lost cause that they don’t want to sink taxpayer money into?IS IT TRUE we wonder why we haven’t heard one comment from City Council Finance Chairmen Dan McGinn and Council President Missy Mosby about the Evansville financial involvement in the Thunderbolts?IS IT TRUE that Evansville City Councilman Jonathan Weaver speaking through his attorney recently said    that he is innocent of allegedly violating a restraining order because he didn’t contact his ex-wife in December?…Councilman Weaver faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy for allegedly violating a restraining order by coming into contact with his ex-wife, Amanda Gatson?…Councilman Weaver has been accused of violating this order at a December 2016 event at the Ford Center while she was working in a bar concession area at the venue?…Weaver’s assertion is that he was never ordered not to go to the Ford Center?…Amanda Gatson however was employed that night at the Ford Center and the restraining order against Weaver allegedly states that Weaver cannot go to her place of employment?…its also been alleged there is no exception stated in the restraining order for Ford Center or any other location?…the ultimate challenge to the restraining order would happen if Ms. Gatson ever got a job at the Civic Center?…Mr Weaver couldn’t even serve as a City Councilman if she got a job there?…it will make for an interesting trial if it goes that far because if a judge literally interprets the restraining order Councilman Weaver may be in a heap of trouble?IS IT TRUE that Indiana has long been known as a state that is so conservative that it often cuts off it’s nose to spite its face?…the latest target of those who shame “dark ages” laws are the archaic laws that Indiana has with respect to alcohol sales?…an entrepreneur who owns some convenience stores where cold beer sales are forbidden found a way to get around the dark age law by installing some seating so people can eat inside making his business qualify as a restaurant?…restaurants unlike any other business including liquor stores can sell cold beer?…the list of states that forbid alcohol sales on Sunday keeps getting shorter and soon it will be down to one and that one is likely to be the temperance league Republic of Indiana?…there really are a lot of idiotic laws that survive on the books of many states but preventing a convenience store from selling cold beer is just picky?…that similarly for not selling alcohol on Sundays in stores when one can get inebriated in a restaurant just defies logic?…this is almost as silly as the federal law that prohibits people who earn less than $200,000 per year from buying stock in start-up companies but allows poor people to gamble in casinos and buy lottery tickets?…if you are looking for logic, government on any level does not seem to be a good place to look?IS IT TRUE that the words used in the listing of the Tin Man Brewery look very much like this is simply going to be an asset sale as opposed to selling a going business with any cash value from a profitable operation?…the words chosen are all about brewing equipment being state of the art where no expense was spared and even touting the nice tables and chairs to use in a restaurant operation?…the CCO has no idea what was actually spent to outfit the Tin Man operation but the reality in an asset sale is that the prices paid are typically less than 25% of what things sell for new?…this may offer a good opportunity for some budding entrepreneur to get into the craft beer and restaurant business on the cheap?IS IT TRUE every day we are looking in the local paper to see if County Commissioner Musgrave and Shoulders have decided to be transparent and advertise the now vacant position of Director of Burdette Park? …so far we haven’t seen such an ad published in the Evansville Courier and Press?FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do feel that the taxpayers of Evansville should cover the financial losses generated by the ThunderboltsWe urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgYacht owners charged for insurance fraudFollowing a four-month investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Kerwin Rigaud, 46, of Jersey City, was charged on Feb. 8 with insurance fraud. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said the Insurance Fraud Unit had looked into allegations against Rigaud.The allegations include fabricating claims and exaggerating damages from 2014 to the present in schemes to defraud multiple insurance companies of more than $200,000.Rigaud, an accountant, has been charged with multiple insurance fraud violations related to his yacht, “Miss Behaving,” which he berths at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City.A celebration of springFor the second year in the row, Barrow Mansion will host a celebration of spring known as Holi on March 3 and 4.Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has even become popular with non-Hindus throughout the world. The date varies from year to year, coming sometimes in March or even as early as February. The festival always celebrates the coming of spring.The event will honor and include members of Jersey City’s South Asian community.Traditional Mithilia and Madhubani art will be central to the exhibit.This year’s event will strive to be more diverse and inclusive with varied artists also inspired by the theme of the Holi which is the spiritual and cultural celebration of renewal, resurrection, the triumph of the light over darkness with the coming of spring. The Holi is celebrated with joyful colors perfect for an exhibit of art, music and dance.”So the show will also include a performance of dance and music by the renowned Tabla musician Anirban Roy Chowdhury on March 3 and a performance of dance and music by the Shenaaz Dance Academy on March 4.The Holi, organizers point out, originated throughout South and East Asia as a festival signifying the victory of good over evil and the coming of spring. It is now celebrated worldwide.The event will feature a group art show including artists, Shilpa Gowda, Bithika Adhikary, Nainee Shah, Cecilia Martinez, Maria Lupianez, Mahalaxmi Karn and more.This year’s exhibit will be held on March 3, 12 noon to 10 p.m. and March 4, 12 noon to 8 p. m.NJ Transit approves proposed alignment for light rail expansion into Bergen CountyThe Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s (HBLR) expansion into Bergen County received a major boost this week, as NJ Transit has just approved the plan’s proposed alignment, per a press release.The approval for the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative, detailed in its 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact statement, is mandatory in the federal environmental review process.The route is a 10-mile, seven station extension from HBLR’s current Tonnelle Avenue terminus in North Bergen. It would include an additional North Bergen stop at 91st Street, and others in Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, all the way to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.NJ Transit’s Board of Directors also authorized the route’s submission to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board of Trustees for designation and inclusion in their Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan.By choosing this route, NJ Transit will be able to begin design and engineering activities once they complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and the Federal Transit Administration grants a Record of Decision for the project.Get free income tax preparation helpUnited Way of Hudson County is teaming with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and HOPES to prepare and file federal and state income taxes for locals. The service runs through April 13.To be eligible, participants must have been New Jersey residents for all of last year. They must also have a Social Security number, work in New Jersey or New York (or have taxable income like pensions, IRA distributions, interest, or stock trades.), and not have an income from a rental property or a business with employees, inventory, a loss, or over $25,000 in total expenses.The AARP Foundation will be offering walk-in filings Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.The Foundation is located at 855 Bergen Ave. in Jersey CityHOPES will be offering filings Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only.HOPES has locations in the Hoboken area, including 532 Jackson St., Unit 1B and 300 Bloomfield St.Call (201) 468-8805 for more assistance and information.PA approves $364M Holland Tunnel upgradeThe Port Authority Board of New York and New Jersey approved a major rehabilitation and resiliency project for the Holland Tunnel to repair and restore critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems caused by Superstorm Sandy, and to install protective measures to mitigate future flooding in the facility.The $364.2 million project includes repairs and replacement of systems damaged by latent salt resulting from the Oct. 29, 2012 storm, which filled the tunnel with 30 million gallons of water and resulted in flooding up to 9 feet above the North Tube roadway.As part of the project, repair and replacement will be done to the tunnel’s power cables, fire detection system, voice communication system, lighting, pump room equipment, and repairs to concrete, drum rings, curbs, ceilings and wall tiles. The project includes improved lighting to enhance driver visibility in the tunnel. Approximately 84 percent of the project cost is projected to be reimbursed by federal funds.In addition to repairs to tunnel systems, the project also includes resiliency measures to increase the stop log height at the doorways of the ventilation buildings in New York and New Jersey to meet current FEMA design flood elevation standards.Work on the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019 and take approximately five years to complete. The work must be staged during limited overnight hours to minimize disruption to travelers. Full single-tube closings are expected for 48 months. It is anticipated that one tube will be closed at a time, with traffic diverted to the Lincoln Tunnel during the closure.Trump administration deals ‘serious jeopardy’ to Gateway Tunnel projectFederal transportation officials have assigned the Gateway rail tunnel and other components of the massive infrastructure project a new rating that further jeopardizes the chances of winning grant money from Washington.A story on says the Federal Transit Administration sent an annual funding report to Congress on Monday for its Capital Investment Grants Program that assigned a “Medium-Low“ rating to the proposed $13 billion Hudson River tunnel, the second-lowest on a five-point scale. It was the first time the grant application had received a formal rating. The FTA also reduced the rating of the Portal Bridge North project from “Medium-High“ to “Medium-Low.” That bridge replacement that would fix one of the single-greatest bottlenecks on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line.Those involved in the Gateway Program said the change was likely to put chances of receiving federal funding under the New Starts program in serious jeopardy.The Trump administration rejected an Obama-era agreement to cover half the cost of the broader $30 billion Gateway Program, which calls for constructing two new tubes connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan and repairing the existing tunnel that is now falling apart. The White House has also proposed ending the New Starts program, but Congress has so far protected the funding source.“In case it wasn’t clear before, President Trump today tried to land another death blow to Gateway by having his Federal Transit Administration (FTA) vindictively and inexplicably downgrade the project in order to cut off critical federal funding,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement on Monday.In the case of the Portal Bridge project, which previously received a rating in February 2017 and was estimated to cost $1.6 billion, the FTA is taking the position that the amount of committed or budgeted funding from other sources had fallen from 57 percent to 21 percent of the total cost. The FTA said that is a primary reason the rating was reduced. The new ratings were issued in November and, according to a person familiar with the Gateway application, did not factor in any information received in October, when new details had become available.John D. Porcari, the interim executive director of Gateway Program Development Corp., said the ratings fail to take into account the commitments from New York and New Jersey. The states have agreed to split half the cost of the tunnel project, putting up $5.5 billion, though they’ll need federal loans in order to do so. The grant application asks the federal government to cover the remaining costs.Porcari said the Portal Bridge application, in which local agencies would also cover about half the total cost, “has only been improved with each updated submittal” since the first rating was issued. He noted early construction work has been underway for several months. Prieto to become Sports Authority presidentAssemblyman Vincent Prieto, who was replaced as Assembly Speaker earlier this year, will resign his Assembly seat to become president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the state agency that oversees the Meadowlands.Recommended for the post by Gov. Phil Murphy, Prieto will assume his new duties at the NJSEA on Feb. 25, and will receive an annual salary of $225,000.Prieto under law must step down from his assembly seat in the 32nd district that includes all of Secaucus, North Bergen and other towns outside Hudson County. It has not yet been determined who will be named to replace him in the interim, before a special election can be held later this year.last_img read more

Finnish favour for gluten-free line

first_imgThe Village Bakery (Coedpoeth), based near Wrexham, has discovered its gluten-free bread range is proving popular in Finland. Increased demand for the bread has meant the bakery will be adding a second shift to its schedule and looks set to increase its number of staff by 10, to 30.The Scandinavian ‘Toasty’ range, which is produced at the newly opened North Wales factory, has recently been voted the number one new product in 2008, by the Finnish Coeliac Association. The firm also revealed it has had interest from as far afield as Australia.The gluten-free range is sold under the Juvela brand in the UK and under the Semper brand in Scandinavia.“We are very proud of what we have achieved with the gluten-free range and we’re naturally delighted that is has been so well-received,” said Robin Jones, joint managing director. “The gluten-free market is growing at a fantastic rate, which bodes well for the future.”The new £3m bakery was opened back in October and is the result of a five-year agreement with baby-food company, Hero AG, based in Switzerland.last_img read more

Industry welcomes Autumn Statement

first_imgOrganisations representing the industry welcomed measures to tackle the British economy, set out in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, announced by Chancellor George Osborne.The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said it agreed with the changes to capital allowances and the intention to further reduce the rate of corporation tax.Melanie Leech, director general at the FDF, said: “The Chancellor’s announcements on increasing the annual investment allowance and reducing the headline rate of corporation tax should both stimulate business investment. This is great news, particularly for an industry which encompasses businesses of all sizes – from global companies choosing to invest in the UK through to small- to medium-sized enterprises looking to grow their operations in response to growing overseas demand for food and drink products.“Our industry has had seven consecutive years of export growth and we know we can continue to expand the export of high-quality British food and drink. We are pleased that UK Trade and Investment has recently strengthened its commitment to support food and drink businesses and welcome today’s announcement of its funding increase and of the new export finance facility which should also help even more companies to grow through export.”She added that the Chancellor’s move to abolish the proposed hike in the fuel price next month was a welcome announcement, adding: “It will help both shoppers and businesses who are already feeling the pinch of rising prices.”Stephen Robertson, British Retail Consortium director general, added that he was pleased to see action taken on areas such as corporation tax, Local Enterprise Partnerships and empty property rates relief, but was disappointed that business rates had not been tackled.He said: “The Chancellor’s failure to offer immediate support for struggling high streets by announcing a business rates freeze is disappointing. Business rates rose dramatically in both 2011 (4.6%) and 2012 (5.6%), adding more than £0.5bn to retailers’ rates bills. Shop vacancy numbers and retail employment are already being hit.“The Chancellor should have removed the threat of a further 2.6%, £175m increase next April to avoid more empty shops. It’s welcome news that small retailers will benefit from relief for an extra year, but retail chief executives tell us a third successive substantial rates hike will deliver a further blow to investment and job creation. It is not too late for the Chancellor to offer a freeze to prevent that.”Recovery “a hard road”Addressing MPs in the House of Commons yesterday, George Osborne said it was taking time for the British economy to heal, as debt-cutting targets were missed resulting in austerity measures extended to 2018.He added: “People know that there are no quick fixes to these problems, but they want to know that they are making progress. It is a hard road but we are getting there and we have much more to do.”Independent forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), announced as part of the Autumn Statement, revealed that growth had been downgraded from 0.8% to -0.1% for the year, as well as for 2013 from 2% to 1.2%.Further forecasts were made on the growth of the economy, with a central forecast of 2% made for 2014, 2.3% in 2015, 2.7% 2016 and 2.8% in 2017. The OBR said that this would leave real GDP 3.2% lower in 2016 than it forecast in March, and explained: “Most of this downward revision is assumed to be cyclical – and therefore eventually reversible – rather than structural and permanent.”last_img read more

A Nobel incubator

first_imgIn real estate, they say the key is location, location, location.At Harvard, the same could perhaps be said of the Nobel Prize. A single floor in a single building housed the research laboratories of three Nobel laureates. Six more were trained there, going on to receive the coveted honor after leaving Harvard. A 10th researcher followed the same path, although he was on the floor above.The place? The third floor of the Bio Labs on Divinity Avenue.Walter Gilbert, who won the 1980 Nobel Prize in chemistry, worked on the third floor as he developed ways to work out the sequence of genetic building blocks in DNA. Thirteen years earlier, in 1967, George Wald won the Nobel in medicine or physiology for his research into the biochemistry of vision; and in 1962, James D. Watson, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA, was awarded the prize in medicine or physiology.George Wald worked closely with Ruth Hubbard (pictured), whom he married in 1958. In 1973, Hubbard was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of tenured professor in biology at Harvard. Courtesy of Radcliffe Archives, circa 1967Mario Capecchi, a co-winner of the Nobel in physiology or medicine in 2007 for discovering a method to create mice in which a specific gene is turned off, studied for his Ph.D. with Watson. Robert Horvitz, who studied with Watson and Gilbert, won the same category in 2002 for his research on the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Jack Strominger’s laboratory produced Richard Roberts, who won the physiology or medicine prize in 1993 for co-discovering introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. The Strominger lab also hosted Roger Kornberg while he was a Harvard Junior Fellow; Kornberg became the 2006 winner in chemistry for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription. Martin “Marty” Chalfie, the 2008 winner in chemistry for the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein, did research on the third floor while he was an undergraduate, and Craig Mello, the 2006 co-winner in physiology or medicine for the discovery of RNA interference, did his Ph.D there. The fourth floor produced Sidney Altman, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Matthew Meselson. Altman shared the 1989 Nobel in chemistry for his work on the catalytic properties of RNA.A group photo from 1962 with Mario Capecchi (MC), Jim Watson (JW), and Wally Gilbert (WG), 1962 on one of the rhinos that graces the Bio Labs entrance. Also in the photo Fred Goldberg, Alfred Tissieres, and David Eisenberg. Courtesy of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ArchivesToday, Richard Losick, Maria Moors Cabot Professor and of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, has his office in Room 3032. In breaks from his studies on the development of the spore-forming Bacillus subtilis, he’s researched the third-floor phenomenon.Losick remembers his neighbor Wald saying of the female praying mantis, a cannibalistic lover who eats her partner after mating, “He who loves and runs away lives to love another day,” and recounts Watson’s blunt assessment of his most famous colleague: “I have never seen Francis Crick in a modest mood.” He writes about Capecchi’s childhood starving on the streets of northern Italy while his mother sat in a Nazi jail; Horvitz’s realization that, “If you could survive a Harvard group meeting, you could survive anywhere”; and Mello’s competitive drive that led him to front a lab team in the Rhinos Club volleyball competition.Part history, part memoir, you can click here to read Losick’s story.The 2018 Nobel Prize announcements will begin Oct. 1.last_img read more

Dell EMC and VMware® – A Perfect Combination

first_imgThere are some things that just go together; fire and smoke, hugs and kisses, peanut butter and jelly (or bananas, if you’re Elvis Presley), and finally Dell EMC and VMware. You may not have thought of that last one right away, but when it comes to your data center transformation, you should. You know Dell EMC as the foundation to transform your data center with industry-leading servers, storage, data protection, networking and converged infrastructure.  You also know VMware as the most trusted virtualization platform for the data center, applications and clients. Together, we have successfully transformed data centers for the better part of two decades.But what you may not know is just how simple and easy it is to get an exceptional support experience when you are running VMware applications on Dell EMC systems.We develop and maintain an incredibly high level of VMware expertise here at Dell EMC, through training, certifications and tools (such as our technical support lab).  Dell EMC currently has 10 of only <300 VCDX professionals globally (including VMware employees), and our team holds a combined 1,900+ VMware certifications worldwide.Because of this extraordinary level of expertise, we can do things most vendors cannot when it comes to supporting VMware.  For example, during a period between February 1 to October 31, 2018, our support staff handled over 180,000 VMware-related support issues.  Of those, 97% were handled in-house. In other words, our customers only had to call Dell EMC because our team was able to determine the issue and resolve it.Now with ProSupport Plus for Enterprise, we support eligible VMware software installed on your Dell EMC systems whether you purchased the software from us or not.  Not only will we diagnose the issue, we will own the issue through resolution.At Dell EMC, we continue to listen and work hard to make your support experience even more proactive, predictive, personalized and most of all… simple.To learn more about ProSupport Plus for Enterprise, visit read more

Logistical Experience in Health Will Be the Largest Lesson in the Exchange

first_imgFor physicians who would like information on a military career, Cima would invite his colleagues to learn more about the Air Force’s activities in healthcare. “There is a section that serves service members and their dependents, but there are also sections for search and rescue, humanitarian missions, disaster response and air medical transportation. I am certain that very good people will arise who are trained to help,” he said. In Belize, the first stop for 2015 Continuing Promise, an eight-year-old boy had been in a car accident and had two severe fractures in his arms and legs. He had surgery at the time, but because more advanced equipment was not available – a fluoroscope is the most-often used instrument to observe organs within the body – one of the two breaks did not heal properly. The original, local orthopedist submitted the case and attended the new surgery on board the ship together with the family. Experience By the middle of the mission, they had provided more than 40,000 treatments. Patients also receive medication. The number of surgeries has already exceeded 500; 60 in orthopedics alone. By Dialogo July 30, 2015 “The main thing we learned, one of the strong points, is understanding how logistics are handled for a large-scale, international health mission. I know of no other humanitarian mission as large as this one,” said Cima about the amount of materials and the bureaucratic procedures involved in preparing credentials for professionals from different countries and organizations. He said he believes that the lessons learned during the exchange can help improve the Air Force’s systems for humanitarian and disaster response missions. The largest hospital ship in the world features a level of healthcare infrastructure that many cities do not even have. There are nearly 800 beds, 12 operating rooms and 80 beds in the intensive care unit. “They needed to use their full capacity just once, when it traveled in response to the earthquake in Haiti [in 2010],” he said. The Comfort, a modified oil tanker, has a “twin”: the Mercy, which is based out of San Diego, on the US west coast, and which performs similar missions to countries in the Pacific. After concluding the treatments in Colombia on July 18, Medical Lieutenant César Cima traveled at sea for eight days before arriving in the city of Dominica, in El Seibo, Dominican Republic. The city is the next stop in the itinerary for the world’s largest hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, which is hosting the United States Southern Command’s 2015 Continuing Promise mission. In addition to healthcare personnel, the ship needs to accommodate the entire crew. “It is practically a city,” he said. “On board, there is a gym, a chapel, a supermarket and a restaurant to support the team.” The 182-day mission, which will visit11 countries, carries 1,100 people on board, including 80 physicians and approximately 200 nurses, in addition to veterinarians and engineers. In addition to a cardiologist from Brazil’s Army and a pediatrician from the country’s Navy, Cima, an orthopedist from the Air Force, is part of the first group sent by Brazil’s Ministry of Defense to participate in the exchange. In July, after completing three months of the mission, the physician returned to Brazil for a five day break – R&R, in military parlance – and spoke with the Air Force News Agency. The Brazilian orthopedist works together with one from the United States. “I participate effectively as a member of the mission, discussing cases and learning how plans for global projects are made,” he said. The two orthopedists’ routine, which may be reinforced by residents for a month, included performing triage for the first two days after arriving at a new country. When asked about the cases that made the biggest impressions on him, as a doctor, Cima told the story of a situation that, according to him, truly reflects the reason for the mission, which spends 10-15 days at cities near small ports along the coast of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read the story of Medical Lieutenant César Cima, who works at Brazil’s Fortaleza Air Base (BAFZ) and narrates another aspect of the professional life of military doctors. He is participating in an exchange program as part of the 2015 Continuing Promise mission, on board the largest hospital ship in the world. “This is training and diplomacy. In almost all countries, the country’s president has visited,” Cima said. His account “It is an aid mission, because the ship has the equipment. It is not that the healthcare professionals are better or worse than the local ones, but simply, sometimes, they have more technology on board, and they provide it. Everyone was very happy because it was one of the most complex cases,” he said. last_img read more

A grand inner-city estate on half-an-acre

first_imgKaren Murphy and her dog Bella will both miss long afternoons on the veranda at their Red Hill house, but it’s time for a new family to call it home. Photo: Jono Searle.Imagine this — a summer afternoon on the veranda with both a Singapore Sling and a cool breeze vying for your attention. At the far end of your half-acre block¬, beyond its botanic-garden setting, the kids relax in the lofted pool house after hours of splashing about.And all within a short jog of Brisbane’s city centre. 39A Glenrosa Rd, Red Hill is really something special. The kitchen at 39A Glenrosa Road has hosted professional chefs catering major eventsMs Murphy also used inspiration from a Singaporean landmark to improve the existing verandas with plantation shutters and outdoor fans.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“The first time I ever saw fans outside was up in Singapore and I thought it was such a good idea. It’s got that Raffles feel about it — we just need to be knee deep in peanut shells.” The verandas are inspired by one of the world’s most iconic hotels.Ms Murphy said the home’s broad spaces have been a backdrop for many family celebrations.“Lots of big family get-togethers have been held here over the years — 40th birthdays with marquees out the back — and in fact the deck has hosted a few string quartets.”She’d also replaced the old terracotta tiles in the garden with grey travertine and repainted the home with charcoal tones.“The pool has been completely resurfaced with something called Jewels for Pools in there so when the sun hits it in the morning, it’s got a gold rim around it, so it’s quite pretty.”The manicured landscaping and level lawn provide a connection between the main home and the Hamptons-inspired pool house.“It started out with me just wanting a place to hang out by the pool.”It certainly grew into something more than that according to Ms Murphy — so much so that it’s now available for short-stay holiday guests.“It got out of control … in a very nice way, so I ended up with the ‘pool mansion.’”“The last guests I had are a couple who were having their 10th wedding anniversary and they were looking for something special … bunkered down for the weekend, turned on the fireplace and had a great time.” 39A Glenrosa Road, Red Hill is a stunning home on half-an-acre and just a few kilometres from the CBDThe home’s owner, Karen Murphy, said although built in 2001, the house was inspired by the early 1900s colonials.“It had that very simple, beautiful architecture about it — very, very high ceilings and the breeze flows through the house,” she said.It’s a two-level, five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on a 2055sq m site, and while there was already plenty to adore, Ms Murphy used the inspiration of international travel to create something exceptional.“When I finally settled in Brisbane I just wanted to create a haven that reflected some of the nice things about the places I’ve lived in around the world.“The whole house has pretty much been rewired and rebuilt — I think I’ve replaced every door in that house.” The pool house is so impressive, it’s hosted short stay Air BnB guests.After all these years and a lot of effort, Ms Murphy said it’s time to move on and let new owners enjoy everything the home has to offer.“It needs someone to live here and love it.“It needs a family and it needs people who are going to entertain and who are going to utilise the whole property because that’s what it’s all for.“So I’m imagining a larger family with kids probably, and hopefully animals. I bought this house because I wanted a dog friendly house.”She will love seeing a new family add to the history, but admits those long afternoons on the veranda will be missed.“The back is where I’ve sat very day, every evening … it’s very calming.”last_img read more

​Poor work conditions prompt Norway’s SWF to divest textile firms

first_img“The executive board agrees with the Council on Ethics that observation no longer seems to be the appropriate action as the company is not responding to enquires from the council,” Norges Bank said, but added that it considered active ownership to be an alternative.“The fund has regular dialogue with companies on anti-corruption issues, and can benefit from that experience in a dialogue with PetroChina Co Ltd,” the bank said.A spokesman for NBIM told IPE that apart from exercising voting rights, the manager’s definition of active ownership also involves expectation documents and many forms of dialogue.Explaining its recommendation to divest from PetroChina, the council said many senior executives at the firm and its subsidiaries had been accused of accepting bribes for the award of contracts to suppliers, and that the company had not shown that its efforts to prevent corruption were effective enough.Regarding Formosa Taffeta, the council said investigations into working conditions at its factory in Vietnam had identified numerous labour rights violations.Meanwhile, at Page Industries – which is licensed to produce clothing under the Jockey and Speedo brands – a probe into conditions at one factory identified many labour-rights violations, the council said.It added that Page Industries had not provided any information to help clarify the case.At the end of 2019, the GPFG had NOK1.4bn invested in PetroChina shares, representing a 0.17% holding in the company. It had NOK1.3bn invested in Formosa Chemicals & Fibre and NOK107.5m in the subsidiary Formosa Taffeta, according to Norges Bank data.The fund had NOK134.9m invested in Page Industries at the end of last year – 0.42% of the Indian firm’s voting capital.IPE was unable to get any reaction to the Norges Bank news from Formosa Chemicals & Fibre, Page Industries or PetroChina by deadline.Exclusion return impactsExclusions led Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to miss out on 1.3 percentage points of return on an accumulated basis compared with an unrestricted equity benchmark in the period from its first exclusion in 2006 to the end of 2019, the manager revealed in a report this week.It said this translated into an average annual performance of 0.04 percentage point for the equity portfolio during this period, noting that annual management costs for the SWF came to just under 0.05 of a percentage point last year.The information was disclosed in a report charting how it became the single largest shareholder in the world and the evolution of restrictions on its investments – “This is the story of how we evolved from a reluctant to an active owner,” it said.According to a graph in the report, the -1.3 percentage point return impact was for all types of exclusion. However, conduct-based exclusions had a positive effect, and coal-linked exclusions little impact. The manager of Norway’s NOK10.1trn (€970bn) sovereign wealth fund (SWF) has banished three companies from its portfolio on human rights grounds, but in the same announcement said it was holding on to major Asian oil and gas company PetroChina despite its own advisory council recommending divestment.Norges Bank, the Norwegian central bank and manager of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), said it has decided to exclude Taiwan-headquartered Formosa Chemicals & Fibre and its unit Formosa Taffeta Co, alongside Indian textiles firm Page Industries, because of alleged human rights violations related to textile production in Vietnam and India, respectively.The bank said these exclusion decisions were made based on recommendations from the Council on Ethics – the GPFG’s advisory body.The bank also announced that despite the council’s recommendations since 2016 to exclude PetroChina from the SWF’s portfolio, it had instead decided to follow the company’s work on anti-corruption as part of the fund’s active ownership efforts, for a period of three years. Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more