American Frigate Arrives in Romania

first_img American Frigate Arrives in Romania View post tag: Frigate View post tag: Naval View post tag: Romania USS TAYLORThe Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, April 28. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Arrives Taylor’s presence in Romania reaffirms to NATO allies that the U.S. Navy shares a commitment to strengthen ties while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability the Black Sea region. Taylor’s arrival in Romania will give her crew the opportunity to engage with their Romanian counterparts in more than just an operational capacity. This visit will also serve to build understanding and strengthen the bonds between U.S. and Romanian Servicemembers.The U.S. Navy, on a normal and routine basis, operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.Taylor is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa. [mappress]Press Release, April 30, 2014; Image: US Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today American Frigate Arrives in Romania View post tag: Navy Share this article April 30, 2014 Training & Education View post tag: Americanlast_img read more

Staff Nurse

first_imgEducation N/A Hours of Work8:00 AM – 5:00 PM M-F Posting NumberTSU202280 Security Sensitive Position?Yes Official TSU TitleStaff Nurse Close Date Requires one to three years of related experience. Requires aworking knowledge of standard practices and procedures. 100% It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3 State of Texas Licensed Vocational Nurse. % FTE Essential Duties Summary Some college or Associate Degree (A.A.) and/or vocational ortechnical school and/or specialized training orcertification. Required Licensing/Certification Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yescenter_img Under limited supervision, provides nursing services to students inthe University community. Work is performed within clinic environment with minimal exposureto hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Physical demands are usuallylimited to sitting or standing in one location much of the time.Some stooping, lifting or carrying objects of light weight may berequired. Position Details Working/Environmental Conditions Posting Details Desired start date UA EEO Statement Position End Date (if temporary) Grant TitleN/A Work Experience Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Do you have some college or Associate Degree (A.A.) and/orvocational or technical school and/or specialized training orcertification?YesNo * Do you have one to three years of related experience?YesNo * Are you a State of Texas Licensed Vocational Nurse?YesNo Observes and screens patients, monitors vital signs, administersmedications, collects lab samples and reports patient’s conditionto physician. Refers patients to physician and schedulesappointments as appropriate. Assists with front office duties:greeting and directing patients and visitors, assisting studentswith checking in, answering phones, assisting with recordsmanagement. Assists the physician/nurse practitioner in providingfor specific health care needs of students. Prepares patient andnecessary equipment for examinations, and assists physician asnecessary. Renders first aid and assists in emergency situations.Informs the Director of Health of problems and emergencies.Conducts and participates in health care seminars and health fairson University campus to educate the University population aboutbasic health care. Consults with students to discuss healthproblems. Cleans and maintains equipment and exam/treatment roomsand restocks supplies and medications. Establishes and maintainsdepartmental files according to University policies, practices andprocedures and HIPAA / FERPA regulations. Performs otherjob-related duties as assigned.last_img read more

Assistant Professor – Special Education – Extensive Support Needs

first_imgDoctoral degree in Special Education or related field;Strong ability or potential to teach a variety of undergraduateand graduate courses addressing the California Teacher PerformanceExpectations (TPE’s) in the K-12 Special Education credential areaof Extensive Support Needs (ESN) formerly known as theModerate/Severe area; andDemonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educationalgoals of a multicultural population as might have been gained incross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparableexperience. The Department of Special Education at San José State Universityoffers graduate level programs, including three EducationSpecialist Teaching Credential programs for individuals who want toteach students and young children with disabilities. We also offera Master of Arts in Special Education and the opportunity forundergraduate students to receive a Minor in SpecialEducation.Our graduates are transformative educators and advocates for allchildren who work as change agents to improve the lives of theirstudents by addressing issues of equity in their classrooms andschools. They also have a strong knowledge base that allows them tocreatively meet the needs of a variety of student learners throughthe application of evidence-based practices. Most importantly, theyare passionate about teaching and learning for socialjustice.Our Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Early ChildhoodSpecial Education is ranked #34th in the nation and 2ndin the state for its excellence in preparing Special Educationleaders. Please review the Department of Special Education website( https://www.sjsu.edu/specialed/) for specific information about programs.The faculty, students, staff, alumni, and partners of the Connie L.Lurie College of Education are dedicated to creating meaningful,equitable, and inclusive learning experiences for our diversecommunity. We take an emancipatory stance in our teaching,research, and service activities. In collaboration with ourpartners across campus and in the community, we strive to make animpact by transforming our schools and shaping our society tobecome just and democratic. Our Lurie College family includesapproximately 55 tenured / tenure-track faculty, 100 lecturers, 20staff, and 1,800 students across seven different departments. Weare looking for colleagues who are dedicated to critically engagingin their teaching and research, who see strength in the diversityof our student community, and who are committed to challengingthemselves and the college as we seek to grow and strengthen ourwork.This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars who areinterested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institutionthat is a national leader in graduating historically underservedstudents. SJSU has achieved both Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander- ServingInstitution (AANAPISI) status. Moreover, 40% of our studentpopulation are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As aresult, we rank #1 nationally in increasing student upwardmobility.Required Qualifications Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date: July 20, 2021Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application Procedure – Application Due: December 1,2020Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Responsibilities : Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Inquiresmay be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Peg Hughes, [email protected] (preferred),408-924-3673The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. The University is committed toincreasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines,students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic andgender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: October 06, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific DaylightTimeApplications close: Knowledge about core content subject matter, includingUniversal Design for Learning, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), lowincidence disabilities, mental health needs, andhandling/positioning practices;Minimum of two years of teaching in Special Education K-12settings, inclusive settings are preferred;Experience employing research/teaching about the intersectionsof disability, race, ethnicity, home language, national origin,sexual orientation, and gender identity;Excellence (or demonstrating the potential for excellence) inteaching and scholarship related to Extensive Support Needs;Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional,relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage andsupport historically underserved students;Familiarity with performance assessments as a means ofevaluating and supporting teacher candidates;Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work inpartnership with closely aligned districts and diverse communitypartners;Evidence or potential evidence of external grant support;andSuccessful university level teaching and supervisionfieldwork. Letter of interestCurriculum vitaeStatement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) thatdescribes what role faculty play in student successStatement of research plan (2 pages) that addresses therelationship of research activities to the classroom andteachingDiversity statement (2 pages) that discusses strategies forsupporting students historically marginalized in graduate levelprogramsThree references with contact information Teach courses in the credential area of Extensive Support Needsparticularly in the areas of curriculum, assessment and bilingualspecial education;Participate in the curriculum development and teaching of othercourses to meet the needs of a graduate program;Prepare teacher candidates to become transformative,justice-orient educators and are capable of addressing the needs ofstudent populations of great diversity – in age, culturalbackground, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation –through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies andadvisement.Develop and sustain an ongoing record of focused scholarlyendeavors and participate in shared governance in department,college, and university committees and other community serviceassignments. 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No affordable houses built in Oxford

first_imgOxford County Council has revealed that not one affordable home was built in Oxford between April 2013 and April 2014. The Council also found that at least 30,000 new homes are needed to address the city’s housing crisis.Only 70 new homes were built in the period 2013-14. The council has highlighted that the construction dip is a “very short-term one”, as 1,350 homes were granted permission by the planning commission. However at this rate it would take 22 years for the required 30,000 homes to be constructed.Students at Oxford often have to rent privately in at least one year of their studies, and have been active in housing campaigns. This month’s ‘House of Commons’ protest occupied the University owned Old Power Station to hold a conference about the housing issue.According to University of Oxford Fees and Funding, typical accommodation costs, regardless of whether provided by the University or private sector, range between £116 and £149 per week (£132.5 per week on average). The University and OUSU compile these numbers after conducting a annual living costs survey.A study conducted by HSBC in August, which looked at Britain’s 20 highest populated University cities and towns, discovered that the most expensive self-catered accommodation is offered by the University of Oxford, at £137 per week. The cheapest rates are offered by Newcastle (£87), Leicester (£91), and Cardiff (£94).A spokesperson from the University commented for Cherwell “The University of Oxford provides extensive accommodation for its students: most colleges provide at least two and often three years of accommodation for undergraduates, in contrast to most universities, which provide one. The University is committed to creating more student accommodation to further ease pressure on the local rental market.”She added “The University and the colleges have made significant investments in providing additional student accommodation over the years. Over 500 additional accommodation places were available at 1 December 2013 compared with the same point in 2012, with a further 200 under construction.”last_img read more

Labour Club stand by speaker alleged to have made ‘anti-semitic’ comments

first_img“We hope that every effort will be made to provide a counter-argument to Mr Seymour’s position and that more care will be taken by the OULC in future.”An OULC member told Cherwell: “OULC’s approach to anti-Semitism and its Jewish members is essentially the same as its party overlords. Antisemitism: not an issue worth elevating to the same level as other forms of discrimination, followed by intense suspicion of anyone who raises issues. Co-chairs of OULC, Anisha Faruk and Ray Williams, told Cherwell: “In light of Richard Seymour’s positive clarifications, which we have passed onto Cherwell in full, and having met with Oxford JSoc, we believe that Seymour’s address can go ahead without infringing on our absolute commitment to making our members feel safe and opposing anti-semitism.”OULC’s official statement regarding tomorrow’s speaker invitation. pic.twitter.com/yqb8hgUiVM— Oxford University Labour Club (@OxUniLabour) May 7, 2018President of Oxford University Jewish Society (JSoc), Jacob Greenhouse, told Cherwell: “I am happy with the response, I do not know what he will say on the day but from the email it is clear that he is rather sorry about the anti-semitic comments we believe him to have raised and does not believe those views anymore.”However, he stressed that he has asked OULC to ensure that Seymour is challenged on his views at the event itself.A spokesperson for Labour Against Antisemitism, Euan Philipps, told Cherwell: “It is alarming that, given the current anti-semitism crisis in the Labour Party and the OULC’s own problematic recent history, that they did not carry out appropriate background checks before booking this speaker.“Richard Seymour has a track record of making controversial – and occasionally offensive – comments that tread a fine line between sensationalism and antisemitism. His recent attempts to minimise the issue of anti-Jewish discrimination in the Labour Party are a case in point. Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) have stood by their decision to invite a controversial speaker alleged to have made “anti-semitic” comments.Richard Seymour has previously expressed support for the proscribed terrorist group Hezbollah, while also claiming that the anti-semitism problem within the Labour party was a “witch-hunt”.Last week, the OULC co-chairs contacted Seymour to clarify his views on Israel, Hezbollah, and anti-semitism within the Labour party. His response was deemed satisfactory for the invitation not to be rescinded.However, concerns are still being raised by both members of OULC and the national party, with a spokesperson for Labour Against Antisemitism describing the decision to invite Seymour as “alarming”, and OULC members telling Cherwell they felt “scared to speak out” about their concerns.Last week, after Cherwell revealed some of Richard Seymour’s past comments, OULC resolved to contact Seymour to clarify his views.In his response, seen by Cherwell, Seymour expresses his regret for several of his comments regarding the nature of anti-semitism; qualifies his “unconditional, but not uncritical” support for Hezbollah as being in the context of the Lebanon War; and says that he has changed his mind since he wrote that “Labour doesn’t have an ‘anti-semitism problem’” and that the allegations form a “witch-hunt”.Seymour said: “It would be wrong to infer that these [blog] posts attested to broader support for Hezbollah’s overall ideology or its wider regional role. Certainly, at no point did this ‘support’ extend to any antisemitic affiliations or statements on the part of Hezbollah or any of its leaders or members.”Regarding his claims about a “witch-hunt”, he said: “my first reaction, which was to think of [the allegations of anti-semitism within the party] mainly as just another way to attack the leadership, is one I can no longer cleave to.”center_img “How high is the arrogance of these people, who think they can dismiss accusations of antisemitism as essentially insignificant? Who are these people who think they don’t need to take extra care to ensure their speakers don’t purport the same prejudice as the leadership of their party?“Jewish students feel uncomfortable being themselves and expressing their views… I’m an OULC member, and I feel scared to speak out against this.“I absolutely condemn the invitation to this speaker: what were they thinking? But it is, of course, part of a deep problem, which no statement in the quiet days of the vac can properly address.”In March, OULC released a statement slamming the Labour Party’s “consistently inadequate” responses to anti-semitism.It went on to say: “Our club has tried to learn from its mistakes and so must our party. We will continue to do all that we can to make sure that the Club remains a friendly and safe environment.”In response to the OULC member’s statement, Faruk and Williams told Cherwell: “We are saddened that an OULC member feels that they cannot openly bring up concerns they have within the club. Having learnt this, we will set up an anonymous complaints procedure so that future concerns can be voiced and will publicise our current disciplinary procedure much more extensively.”They added that they did not take the decision over whether to rescind Seymour’s invitation “lightly”, and it came only “after proper consultation with Oxford JSoc who support our desire to scrutinise unacceptable comments made by Seymour when he comes to speak.”Dear Oxford. This is truly alarming. A glorious university like Oxford should have no place and offer no platform to a man with these views. Hope to read you’ll be changing your mind urgently.— Emma Sinclair MBE (@ES_Entrepreneur) May 7, 2018OULC has faced scrutiny for their internal problems with anti-semitism in the past. In 2016, co-chair Alex Chalmers resigned in protest of what he perceived to be a large portion of club members having “some kind of problem with Jews”.After a year-long investigation, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party voted to clear the two student members under investigation for alleged anti-semitic behaviour – a decision Oxford JSoc labelled “utterly shameful”.Seymour will speak at the launch of Look Left, the Labour Club’s termly magazine, on Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Homeless or cold? County warming center to remain open Tue through…

first_img ×Homeless at Journal Square in Jersey City, the Hoboken PATH station and elsewhere will have a place to go as the county opens its warming center for the upcoming storm, through Thursday. Homeless at Journal Square in Jersey City, the Hoboken PATH station and elsewhere will have a place to go as the county opens its warming center for the upcoming storm, through Thursday. HUDSON COUNTY — After consulting with County Office of Emergency Management Director James Woods regarding recent weather reports, the county has decided to keep open the Hudson County Warming Center Kearny continuously from Tuesday, March 6 night through Thursday, March 8. The pick-up and drop-off times at the predesignated locations will remain in effect unless another course of action is required pursuant to Hudson County’s Severe Weather Plan.Hudson County shelters will remain open. Furthermore, most day-time programs are scheduled to be open unless the weather necessitates an early closing or closed offices for Wednesday.All required county, municipal agencies, and police departments have been contacted by the Hudson County Office of Homeless Services (OHS) and advised of the declaration of a “Code Blue” Alert by the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management.If you are homeless or have no heat, a call or visit to the police or your local shelter should provide you with instructions on where to go to stay warm through the storm and cold temperatures.The county also has a homeless hotline: 800-624-0287.last_img read more

Ocean City is Bike-Friendly and They Know it…

first_imgOcean City’s “Riding School Bus”According the Fasy, this year’s award was especially gratifying because it centered not on theory, but actual implementation of numerous bike-safety, pedestrian-safety and “green” initiatives underway and embraced in Ocean City.“I have to credit the town for the level of cooperation an understanding of what we are trying to accomplish,” Heist said. “The Mayor and Council, Police, Public Works, City Engineer, Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and countless individuals all worked very hard to make these things a reality.”Last November, the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center weighed in on Ocean City, naming it a Top 10 Bike-Friendly community in the state in its annual report. “Ocean City is a model New Jersey Shore Town” for the measures it has taken, the report stated.It all began in 2000 when the town first installed “Yield to Pedestrians” signage on many streets, which helped to change the mindset of drivers. From there, Ocean City became the first community in the state to use sharrows, the bike lane designation icons painted onto the streets. Another first for New Jersey was Ocean City’s dedicated “Bike Boulevard.” The Boulevard, Haven Avenue  from 9th to 34th St. links the Ocean City 9th St. Causeway and its bike-pedestrian section to the 34th st. Shopping and recreation district.  There are also designated bike lanes on West Avenue and West Atlantic. Very few towns boast such an extended traffic-free environment for riders and walkers.Speaking of 9th St., the City installed a new HAWK traffic signal to allow a much safer passage across 9th by bikers and walkers. Also, “street quilts” of colorful designs and murals were painted at four intersections along the Bike Boulevard.  A program has added bike racks to all three public schools, at street ends near beaches and bike corrals in front of local businesses.  A bike map of town was developed and is available at City information centers and the Chamber of Commerce.“Varsity Inn was the first to install a bike corral and they’ve been really happy with the results,” Heist said. “It has been demonstrated that people will stop at more businesses when they are on bikes than when they are in a car. Ocean City is a town of little restaurants, shops and all kinds of nooks and crannies.  These places are much more accessible on a bike.  Plus you have the added benefit of endorphins kicking in.  It’s a nice way to get around.”All of these measures are part of Ocean City’s Complete Streets program, designed for a harmonious relationship between cars, bike and pedestrians. This is not to say there still isn’t room for improvement or that traffic issues don’t exist, especially in the summertime.  However, people are a lot more aware and cooperative with the “share the road” movement than they were prior to the existence of BikeOCNJ.Education is another important aspect of BikeOCNJ.  In addition to bike racks at school, the group has published safety pamphlets, and organized group rides called the Riding School Bus which gathers students, parents and teachers for the ride to school. There are also “town meeting” type gatherings in which riders tell the coalition about what they like and don’t like about biking in Ocean City.  The feedback lets BikeOCNJ guide its agenda moving forward.All in all, it adds up to a new attitude and awareness about utilizing our streets and roads for the benefit of everyone—Ocean City style. If you think Ocean City is a bike-friendly community, you’re not alone.For the second consecutive year, the town’s forward-thinking attitude about bicycles and how they fit into the infrastructure and lifestyle of residents has garnered statewide attention.“Bikes are recreation, but they are also transportation,” said Thomas Heist IV, a co-chairperson with Drew Fasy of the advocacy group Bike OCNJ. “When people use their bikes to get around, you don’t want to make them feel like second-class citizens.”The flip side, he said, is Ocean City’s approach: re-designing street lanes and dedicating entire streets and paths to bike traffic, adding bike corrals and traffic signals, giving bike riders a voice, and much more. “If you create a space for people to ride and feel welcomed, it is win-win for the town.”As a result, Ocean City received the statewide Advocacy award at last week’s Summit of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition at Princeton University. The previous year, Ocean City was designated as a Bronze Level Bike-Friendly Community at the Summit, held in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Pictured (Center) is Tom Heist receiving the Statewide Bike Advocacy Award for Ocean City.last_img read more

Speech: PM G20 House of Commons statement: 3 December 2018

first_imgWith permission Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the G20 Summit in Argentina.But before I do so, I would like to put on record my thanks to President Macri for hosting such a successful Summit.This was the first visit to Buenos Aires by a British Prime Minister, and only the second visit to Argentina since 2001. It came at a time of strengthening relations between our two countries, when we are seeking to work constructively with President Macri.Mr Speaker, as we leave the European Union, I have always been clear that Britain will play a full and active role on the global stage, as a bold and outward-facing trading nation.We will stand up for the rules-based international order.Strive to resolve with others challenges and tensions in the global economy.Work with old allies and new friends for the mutual benefit of all our citizens.And remain steadfast in our determination to tackle the great challenges of our time.At this Summit, we showed that the international community is capable of working through its differences constructively and the leading role the UK will continue to play in addressing shared global challenges.We agreed – along with the other G20 leaders – on the need for important reforms to the World Trade Organisation to ensure it responds to changes in international trade.We pursued our objective of making sure that the global economy works for everyone and the benefits are felt by all.We called for greater action in the fight against modern slavery and tackling climate change.And I held discussions with international partners on security and economic matters, including on the progress of our exit from the European Union and the good deal an orderly exit will be for the global economy.Let me take each of these in turn.At this year’s Summit I came with the clear message that Britain is open for business and that we are looking forward to future trade agreements.Once we leave the EU, we can and we will strike ambitious trade deals.For the first time in more than forty years we will have an independent trade policy, and we will continue to be a passionate advocate for the benefits open economies and free markets can bring.We will forge new and ambitious economic partnerships, and open up new markets for our goods and services in the fastest growing economies around the world.During the Summit I held meetings with leaders who are keen to reach ambitious free trade agreements with us as soon as possible. This includes Argentina, with whom I discussed boosting bilateral trade and investment, and I announced the appointment of a new UK Trade Envoy.I also discussed future trade deals with Canada, Australia, Chile, and Japan – with whom we want to work quickly to establish a new economic partnership based on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.On the global rules that govern trade, we discussed the importance of ensuring an equal playing field and the need for the rules to keep pace with the changing nature of trade and technology.There is no doubt that the international trading system, to which the United Kingdom attaches such importance, is under significant strain.That is why I have repeatedly called for urgent and ambitious reform of the World Trade Organisation – and at this Summit I did so again.And in a significant breakthrough, we agreed on the need for important reforms to boost the effectiveness of the WTO, with a commitment to review progress at next year’s G20 Summit in Japan.On the global economy, we recognised the progress made in the past ten years, with this year seeing the strongest global growth since 2011.But risks to the global economy are re-emerging.In particular, debt in lower income countries has reached an all-time high of 224 per cent of global GDP.So I called on members to implement the G20 guidelines on sustainable finance that we agreed last year, and which increase transparency and encourage cooperation.At this year’s Summit, I continued to pursue our mission to make the global economy work for everyone, and the need to take action in our own countries and collectively to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are felt by all.Around the world we are on the brink of a new era in technology which will transform lives and change the way we live. This has the potential to bring us huge benefits – but many are anxious about what it will mean for jobs.That is why in the UK, alongside creating the right environment for tech companies to flourish through our modern Industrial Strategy – we are investing in the education and skills needed so that people can make the most of the jobs and opportunities that will be created.We made strong commitments to improving women’s economic empowerment, and alongside this I called on G20 leaders to take practical action to ensure that by 2030 all girls – not just in our own countries but around the world – get 12 years of quality education.To build fair economies and inclusive societies we must tackle injustice wherever we find it. Around the world we must all do more to end the horrific practice of modern slavery, and protect vulnerable men, women and children from being abused and exploited in the name of profit.Two years ago I put modern slavery on the G20 agenda at my first Summit, and this year I was pleased to give my full support to the G20’s Strategy to eradicate modern slavery from the world of work.I announced that next year the government will publish the steps we are taking to identify and prevent slavery in the UK Government’s supply chains in our own transparency statement.This is a huge challenge. Last financial year the UK Government spent £47 billion on public procurement – demonstrating just how important this task is. I urged the other leaders around the G20 table to work with us and ensure that their supply chains are free from slavery, as we work to bring an end to this appalling crime.On climate change, I made clear the UK’s determination to lead the way on the serious threat this poses to our planet. We need a step change in preparing for temperature rises, to cut the cost and impact of climate-related disasters, and to secure food, water and jobs for the future. As a UN Champion on Climate Resilience, the UK will continue to pursue this agenda at next year’s UN Climate Summit.Nineteen of us at the G20 reaffirmed our commitment to the Paris Agreement, but it remains a disappointment that the United States continues to opt out.I also announced that the UK will be committing £100 million pounds to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform, which will directly support the private sector in leveraging private finance to fund renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa.Mr Speaker, this Summit also gave me the opportunity to discuss important matters directly with other leaders and raise concerns openly and frankly.In that context I met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, first to stress the importance of a full, transparent and credible investigation into the terrible murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and for those responsible to be held to account – a matter which I also discussed with President Erdogan.And second, to urge an end to the conflict in Yemen and relief for those suffering from starvation – and to press for progress at the upcoming talks in Stockholm.Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is important to this country, but that does not prevent us from putting forward robust views on these matters of grave concern.I also discussed the situation in Ukraine with a number of G20 leaders. The UK condemns Russian aggression in the Black Sea and calls for the release of the 24 Ukrainian service personnel detained, and their three vessels.Mr Speaker, at this year’s Summit we reached important agreements, demonstrating the continued importance of the G20 and international cooperation.It also demonstrated the role that a global Britain will play on the world’s stage as we work with our friends and partners around the world to address shared challenges and bolster global prosperity.And I commend this Statement to the House.last_img read more

Governor’s Ball Bought Out By Live Nation

first_imgAnd the fight for the independent music festivals and promoters continues. Today, sources revealed that the Governor’s Ball Music Festival which takes place at Randalls’ Island in New York City has succumbed to the fate that so many face, being bought out by Live Nation as a majority stakeholder. Earlier this year, AEG Live announced the Panorama festival, also set to take place on Randall’s Island, which was direct competition to both Governor’s Ball and Live Nation’s claim on the New York City festival scene. Panorama seemed to be the perfect storm that served up Founders Entertainment (promoter of GovBall) right into Live Nation’s lap.The Governors Ball Music Festival Reveals 2016 LineupApparently in the final stages of closing this deal, the acquisition of GovBall by Live Nation would be a major win in the North American market for the largest worldwide entertainment company that is in direct competition with AEG Live, who own the rights to Coachella, Electric Forest, Firefly, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and a number of other major festivals. In an interview earlier this year when discussing partnering up with one of the two major players, Founders Entertainment partner Jordan Wolowitz replied, “We’ve shown that, right now, we don’t need to [partner] — yet. Who knows what the future may bring.” Looks like that future came along pretty, pretty, pretty quickly.[via Billboard]last_img read more

Two named Marshall Scholars

first_imgSponsored by the British government, the scholarship is among the most prestigious academic awards, and will allow Aditya Balasubramanian ’13 and recent graduate Alex Palmer ’12 to study for two years at a college or university of their choice in the United Kingdom.For Balasubramanian, it was a chance encounter with income disparities during visits to India when he was a child that fostered his interest in development work. That interest led him first to Harvard, and next fall will take him to the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he plans to pursue a master’s degree in econometrics and mathematical economics.“I’m interested in a career as a development practitioner or academic, and it is essential to have a strong command of economics to undertake either of those career paths,” he said. “I am excited for the tremendous opportunity to study in the U.K., and hope that it will complement my training in history well.”Balasubramanian’s interest in development was enhanced by his coursework as a history concentrator with a secondary concentration in economics, along with his extracurricular work as a research assistant to the economist Amartya Sen, and his role as editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Review. These activities prompted him to take a year off from his studies and go to work for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). At J-PAL, he investigated the usefulness of “report card” campaigns on public service delivery in the slums of New Delhi.“My time at Harvard transformed a personal interest into my academic focus,” he said. “History and economics classes offered explanations for the wealth and poverty of nations, and … college collaborations inspired me to build on my initial efforts toward sustainable development.”For his part, Palmer has worked overseas, in everything from a theater society in Bethlehem on the West Bank to a refugee camp in Kenya.He said that those experiences, combined with his work in the classroom at Harvard, drove him to explore the connections between development and conflict. As a Marshall Scholar, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in conflict, security, and development at King’s College London, gaining a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa through a master of letters degree in Middle Eastern and Central Asian security studies at the University of St. Andrews.“It’s a tremendous thrill to win,” he said. “These competitions always have many more qualified and deserving applicants than winners, which makes it all the more humbling to be selected. Going through the application process and sharing my goals and aspirations in the interview made me more excited than ever to study in the U.K., and to have the opportunity to make that a reality is incredible.”Ultimately, Palmer said, he hopes to create “a more nuanced view of security, and an understanding of the complexity of violence” that will help to make the world a better place.“My goal is to transform American foreign policy at the highest levels, bringing to bear a perspective borne both of humanitarianism and patriotism,” he said. “By pursuing a foreign policy that combines idealism with an understanding of the threats we face, I hope to change the way America operates in the world.”last_img read more