Students create flash mob

first_imgOn Wednesday night, diners at North Dining Hall were treated to a special surprise when they swiped in around 6:30 p.m. — a piece of live performance poetry. As a way to promote the Silent Disco event at Legends this Saturday, senior Britt Burgeson, who is on the marketing team for the nightclub, decided to coordinate her own version of the Mp3 Experiment. “The Mp3 [Experiment] is a flash mob of sorts,” she said. “It’s a 21st century happening.” The Mp3 Experiment is the brainchild of Improv Everywhere, a New York City-based prank group. Staged yearly in New York City, the group also tours college campuses and international festivals. According to Improv Everywhere’s website,, the group puts an original Mp3 file online that people download and transfer to their mobile devices. Participants will head out to the same public location and at the same time, everyone presses play. Participants carry out coordinated instructions that are delivered to their headphones, confusing outsiders. Burgeson decided to bring the Mp3 Experiment to campus after experiencing one of the events this summer in New York City. “I was involved in one event this summer at Battery Park,” she said. “You follow the instructions from a track downloaded on your phone — they are varied and ridiculous,” she said. She said the MP3@ND event came into being during a Legends marketing meeting. “I was in charge of promoting the Feb. 23 to 25 events, one of which is a silent disco,” she said. “I was unfamiliar with the term — this is Legends’ first time hosting this nightclub. I wanted to make sure people knew what the ‘Silent Disco’ would look like.” Burgeson said participants downloaded an almost seven minute Mp3 file to their phones, iPods and other mobile devices. Students then showed up at North on Wednesday night and followed the instructions on the track. Sophomore Nicole Brooks said she enjoyed participating in the event. “This was a really fun idea to go and bring attention to what’s going on with Silent Disco,” she said. “Plus, it is fun to do something insane.” Brooks said she expects this weekend’s Silent Disco to be a unique experience because when people enter Legends, no music will actually be playing. Instead, people will pick one of two tracks to listen to with their headphones. Burgeson said it was fun to watch students’ reactions to MP3@ND.   “It was interesting, and I enjoyed watching people who had no idea what was going on,” she said. She said members of NDTV filmed the event and will create a YouTube video to be posted on the Legends YouTube channel. While Burgeson enjoyed herself and said the event went smoothly, she said she is not sure if she would coordinate a similar event again. “This is the beauty of performance art — it happens once, and if you miss it, you miss it,” she said. “I just hope people can enjoy watching it again on the video.”last_img read more

Argentine Navy Strengthens Combined Operations

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo December 09, 2018 Vice Admiral José Luis Villán, acting chief of the Argentine Navy General Staff, seeks to optimize combined work at his military institution. Since taking office in December 2017, Vice Adm. Villán focuses on consolidating combined operations to optimize interoperability. The Argentine officer attended the XVIII Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) held in Cartagena, Colombia, July 23-26, 2018. He spoke with Diálogo about his participation at the event, peacekeeping missions, and combined operations, among other topics. The forum gathered leaders of the hemisphere’s navies to analyze issues of common interest. Diálogo: How important is Argentina’s participation at IANC? Vice Admiral José Luis Villán, acting chief of the Argentine Navy General Staff: IANC is the most important discussion forum at a regional level, where participants deal with issues of common interest for the navies of the Americas. The Argentine Navy participates since its beginnings in 1959. It’s an excellent opportunity for high-ranking naval leaders to meet and create bonds of friendship and mutual trust to favor better relations among institutions and, in turn, optimize assigned tasks at sea to serve our nations. Diálogo: The main topic at the conference is the responsibility of regional navies to counter narcotrafficking and related crimes. Why is it important for naval forces to come together to counter these scourges? Vice Adm. Villán: The navies’ responsibility against narcotrafficking arises from laws each nation enacted in this regard. The Argentine Navy is not responsible for this, as there are other institutions assigned to counter this scourge. As part of the nation’s military arm, the Argentine Navy only provides logistics support to these institutions. Narcotrafficking and other organized crime groups became transnational threats due to their magnitude, power, and connections worldwide. Undoubtedly, coordinated state action to confront these organizations is a must to counter them successfully. Not only at sea, but rivers also turned into main routes to carry out this illicit activity worldwide. That’s why states must carry out riverine and maritime interdictions against illegal trafficking, and the only way to succeed is through coordinated action among the responsible agencies of the nations involved. Diálogo: On July 24, 2018, President Mauricio Macri announced the modernization of the Argentine Armed Forces with new guidelines included in the national defense policy. Could you elaborate on this? Vice Adm. Villán: We are all immersed and involved in a dizzying evolution of international scenarios, which requires us to do a thorough and ongoing analysis of this matter, in a wide variety of aspects. One of them is to define risks, threats, and challenges that the national defense system must face. These, coupled with irrefutable technological advances, result in the need to modernize the Armed Forces and the whole national defense system. Political power, which drives national defense policies, defines the direction of defense efforts through the relevant laws, decrees, and resolutions passed. The National Defense Policy Directive is the key document that marks the start of a new defense planning cycle.​​​​​​​ Diálogo: In July, 58 members of the 52nd Cyprus contingent left to serve the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission. Why is it important for the Navy to take part in these missions? Vice Adm. Villán: Argentina has continually developed a policy of close involvement with UN initiatives to maintain peace and international stability. This policy materialized and continues along this path with the participation of the Armed Forces in multiple peacekeeping operations. The Argentine Navy provides support to the Joint Chiefs of Staff with personnel and equipment to fulfill its responsibility to deploy contingents in different places where the UN needs them.​​​​​​​ Diálogo: The INALAF and VIEKAREN exercises attest to the relevance of combined training operations the Argentine and Chilean Navies conduct. What’s the added value of these operations for the Argentine Navy? Vice Adm. Villán: These kinds of exercises enable us to strengthen mutual trust between both institutions and the bonds of friendship that unite Chile and Argentina historically. These exercises help optimize the level of interoperability between both navies through doctrine, procedures, and combined training in matters of common interest, such as peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid operations, and control of maritime transit and pollution, among others. Diálogo: What joint and combined work lessons have you learned with the Combined Antarctic Naval Patrol (PANC, in Spanish)? Vice Adm. Villán: PANC is an example of coordination and cooperation between Argentina and Chile in the eyes of the Antarctic world. PANC attests to the teamwork and commitment to safeguarding life at sea and protecting the Antarctic environment, based on policies the respective states agreed upon in the Antarctic Treaty and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, to respect and reinforce their basic concepts. This cooperative effort clearly shows the excellent interoperability level reached in maritime operations among our operational teams, made possible through a long process of fostering mutual trust and friendship. Unified efforts to meet PANC’s goals allow for more effective and efficient operating means. Unless both countries’ assumed responsibilities are carried out under this framework, efforts would be unnecessarily duplicated, allowing for mutual interferences and decreased effectiveness to counter eventual problems. This is the main advantage PANC provides not only to our states, but also to Antarctica as a whole.​​​​​​​ Diálogo: What combined operations does the Argentine Navy conduct with the U.S. Navy? Vice Adm. Villán: The friendship between the Argentine Navy and the United States is long-standing and prevailed despite political ups and downs of our countries. Throughout the years, we carried out countless combined exercises. Now we have an excellent relationship with multiple cooperation exchanges that help us have a better understanding of institutional interoperability.last_img read more

Professionalism in times of national crisis

first_imgProfessionalism in times of national crisis FLORIDA SUPREME COURT Justice Major Harding, right, recently presented Stetson law student Steve Morgan, left, with a $1,000 award and traveling trophy for his essay on legal professionalism in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, which won The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism’s Second Annual Essay Contest. Morgan’s paper, “Professionalism in Times of National Crisis,” focused on the legal ramifications of the September 11 attacks. “It is a ‘call to arms’ for the legal profession,” Morgan said. “I hoped to raise the consciousness of my colleagues as to the extent of our involvement in this new war, and the need for new ways of thinking about our profession if we are to help our nation win.” Pictured with their father from the left are his daughters Katie Morgan and Jennifer Kimberger, who is a 2002 Stetson law graduate. Steven C. Morgan Stetson College of Law The taped broadcasts of NYPD emergency radio frequencies on September 11, 2001, brought home a poignant reminder of the requirement for professionalism in times of crisis. The initial confusion was apparent as radio dispatchers attempted to establish the positions and locations of various responding units. The radio voices of emergency units of every description were apparent, from robbery detail to fire support units, marine units, mobile command posts, and port police. A captain with Rescue 2 located on Broadway and Vessy Street with 18 men reported he had established a command post. Another voice calmly broke through the chaos to request buses for transport of walking wounded. An anonymous voice reported that the West Tower was being evacuated. Shortly after that report, all uncommitted units were ordered to report to a command post at Broadway and Vessy. Another unit calmly reported having to move a triage center since the West Tower was being evacuated and there was a nearby gas leak. A chilling transmission broke the air as a fireman warned of numerous bodies and debris falling from the towers. Confusion and destruction were everywhere, yet in that confusing jumble of voices, small groups of men and women were responding, doing their jobs, saving thousands of lives while risking their own. They each acted as professionals do in a crisis, methodically doing the tasks they were trained to do as their commanders built the command and control infrastructure required for responding to the unthinkable. 1It was their training and discipline, the cornerstones of any profession, that got these emergency professionals through the ordeal, and ultimately helped save thousands of lives. While this tragic lesson is yet to be fully understood, it can be appreciated and perhaps used to good effect by other professions as this nation continues to cope with the aftermath of September 11.In times of crisis, professionals must rise to the challenge and provide that spark of leadership that will mean the difference between success and failure. This has been shown throughout history, but how does a professional know what to do in time of crisis? Most would probably tell you it is primarily a matter of training and discipline that will determine how one will react under stress. While moments of such utter confusion as the September 11 attack are few and far between, the fundamentals of training and self-discipline served as a basis for the emergency professionals’ response. It was obvious that when the crisis arose, the habits and routine were so ingrained as to be almost automatic. Training kicked in and carried them through where otherwise they might have mentally shut down in shock and confusion.The profession of law is currently at the forefront of many battles yet to be fought in our nation’s war on terror. As legal professionals, we must display the same degree of professionalism and duty that was so valiantly displayed that fateful day. Our own training and discipline will be an essential key to the success or failure of this war in so many different ways. Already we have seen the battle lines drawn over such readily apparent legal issues as the implications and impact of the newly passed domestic security measures and the use of military tribunals. 2 H owever, these critical issues are merely the tip of the iceberg. Consider the following challenge a member of our profession recently faced.Early in our nation’s counterattack against the Al-Qa’ida in Afghanistan, a small group of senior staff officers, in a darkened United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) operations room, studied real-time photo surveillance from a “ Predator ” drone aircraft. The drone had located and identified the personal vehicle of a known Al-Qa’ida terrorist, bin Laden’s second in command, Mullah Omar. This technological marvel safely and quickly allowed USCENTCOM to target a key enemy leader, yet the effort quickly went awry. A military attorney’s opinion concerning the rules of engagement and Law of War persuaded the commander not to attack the Mullah’s vehicle convoy. 3 F or several agonizing minutes, the staff watched as one of the main figures responsible for the deaths of thousands of U.S. citizens was allowed to drive away to live and fight again. Today, months later, that very decision has led several hundred Marines and Special Operations personnel to undertake an extremely dangerous manhunt for the same Mullah.I am not willing to second-guess the opinion of the USCENTCOM attorney, especially since attacking the Mullah was the military commander’s ultimate decision to make. Rather, I use this example to highlight the need for training in our profession that must face up to the new realities of modern warfare and terrorism. Needless to say, it was an interesting twist to see the attorney face the wrath of a reportedly furious Secretary of Defense. 4 N ormally it is a rare thing indeed for such split-second legal decisions to be required of an attorney.Effective training is the first sign of professionalism and often becomes the fallback position in a crisis. Our profession has done a commendable job of training lawyers for action in the courtrooms and boardrooms of America, but obviously, a new era has begun. Our current legal training, with its focus on precedent and hindsight, must somehow be adapted to assist in this new reality, where the battle is in real time and the consequences potentially monumental. The threat of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of lunatics and hardened terrorists must give us pause to reflect on what our role, as legal counselors, will be. It is time our profession fully addresses the need for “operational legal training.” Increasingly, lawyers will be called upon to provide real-time advice, with far-reaching legal, military, and political implications. Such advice must be made available to military and law enforcement on-scene commanders both at home and abroad. It is my opinion that our professionalism will be stretched to the limits under these circumstances, and without appropriate training, we cannot be successful in a future crisis.We must be prepared to answer the call of this new legal environment where the cool contemplative nature of the law we now practice is replaced by the pressure of life and death decisions that can affect millions of lives in a single heartbeat. If the legal profession does not provide the guidance and the training to those who must execute the operational plans of tomorrow, if we do not educate and guide the police and government officials whose lives and careers are on the line, we cannot call ourselves professionals. Nor can we leave it to happenstance, the whim of the uninformed, or the clamor of the media. We cannot duck this issue and we must pursue the answers with vigor and speed! Otherwise, we may remain justifiably branded with the words of Alfred Tennyson when he wrote in his poem “Aylmers Field” — “Mastering the lawless science of our law. That codeless myriad of precedent, that wilderness of single instances.” 5The second attribute of the professional that shone through the dust and chaos of September 11 was discipline, the discipline to follow orders in the face of danger, and to press on in the face of what appear to be insurmountable odds. The faith that your small part in the organization is but one link in a strong chain that will prevail when everyone performs his role as trained. Here, too, the legal profession may draw on vital lessons learned in our professional lives.In this new legal environment, there will be many in our profession who will face hardship, perhaps even danger, as we come to grips with this new enemy. This enemy respects no law and obeys no code. At best, our enemy considers western ideals of law and order mere stumbling blocks in its path to self-destructive glory, at best a myopic and outdated system to be exploited and used for propaganda effect. Those legal professionals who oppose them will face intimidation and threats of the highest order for themselves and everyone involved in the prosecution. Every judge, every attorney, juror, bailiff, clerk, and court reporter will need to have the courage and strength to press on in the face of this danger.Legal practitioners must also have faith in themselves and their fellow professionals in times of crisis. They must rely on the professionalism of hundreds of others to ensure not only the effectiveness of the process, but also, in this new environment of terror, the personal safety of everyone. We must also strive with every decision and action to remain true to our oath to uphold and defend the Constitution we hold so dear. To stray from that oath will hand the terrorist his objective as clearly as if he had toppled the government with a nuclear weapon. Faith in the legal system must be the hallmark of our profession. However, do not doubt that our trust will be sorely tested as we are forced to consider completely new legal dilemmas that, in the worst case, may involve the survival of our very form of government. Consider the following hypothetical:A suspected terrorist is on trial in a federal court in Virginia. The defense counsel is a highly respected and knowledgeable practitioner with a wife and child residing in New York City. The FBI receives information from the National Security Agency that certain unnamed cohorts of the defendant have entered the country and are planning a deadly biological attack in New York City. This information is classified top secret. Disclosure could jeopardize the life of a well-placed informant high in the Al-Qu’ida network and worse, disclosure could alert the terrorists, possibly allowing them to evade capture. The FBI desires immediate access to the defendant for additional interrogations that may prove essential to the capture of the terrorists. However, the FBI is loath to divulge the details to the defense because it also knows that the family of defense counsel is under possible surveillance by the terrorists. Any hint that a breach of security has occurred could scare the at-large terrorists, costing the FBI the chance to prevent a disaster. How do we propose to handle such matters in our profession? Are the procedures in place to protect everyone involved, including the rights of the suspect, while at the same time helping prevent a disaster? I know my faith in the system would be sorely tested were it my family at risk and doubtless such conflicts of interest could become commonplace. Now is the time to answer these questions, not in the heat of the battle. Let us hope such a scenario never comes to pass, but our profession must be proactive if we are to be prepared when the crisis arises. The debate should not be solely among the talking heads of the media; it needs to be addressed in our professional journals and among our legal scholars as well.Lastly, I would like to address the need for professionalism when it comes to the public perception of the legal community in a crisis. Sadly, the image of the ambulance-chasing lawyer seems to remain deeply embedded in the public mind. A willing media has perpetuated this image far too often, but not always without some willing accomplice in our profession. In a time of national crisis, are we to be perceived as trustworthy advisors with an eye on justice for our clients? Alternatively, will we come across as money-grubbing, media-grabbing opportunists, willing to accommodate any outrageous claim with little regard for the implications of our actions? Again, I defer to the actions of other professionals on September 11, 2001. There was no rush of fire and police to the scene of the disaster at the Twin Towers just to see who could garner the most media face time. There were no shameless attempts by our military members to earn medals nor by civilians to grab high paying overtime. Rather, the mission and the lives of the victims were first and foremost at all times, sometimes even to the detriment of the rescuers as they too became victims or suffered grievous harm in the aftermath of the attack.How will the public remember our profession’s involvement in the war on terror in the years to come? Will we meet the lowest common denominator in a rush for tort actions? Will we all be branded with the same old ambulance-chaser label because of the actions of a few? On the other hand, will we show restraint, compassion, and the self-discipline needed to show the world we are a proud profession, one to be trusted and admired for our willingness to seek justice for the common good? Doubtless, this battle line has already begun to shape itself as the first lawsuits are filed. The various state bars can and should provide leadership and counsel for the membership at large and assistance to the public in the legal profession’s determination to provide justice as well as success in the coming fight against terror. We might well look to the actions of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as an example of the honor and dignity that can follow when the public’s perception is one of honesty and hard work in the face of crisis.In conclusion, I refer you to a recent business best seller, Who Moved My Cheese? 6 I n this cautionary tale of change in modern business, the mouse that succeeded was the one who was prepared to change and adapt to new surroundings. The other two mice were left behind, wondering what had happened to their stable, simple lives. Our profession must be prepared for change as well. Dramatic change has been thrust upon us in no uncertain fashion. Will we be prepared for this new legal environment? Will we equip new law students and current members of the Bar with the tools and guidance to fight the war on terror? Will we be professionals when it is hard to do so either financially or as a matter of professional ethics? It is our choice, and when the next crisis arises, we might consider the immortal words of Rudyard Kipling in his poem “If”:“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise. If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run — Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it — And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son! 7 1 w ww.Live365, “World Trade Center FDNY NYPD Scanner Radio Replay,” 09/11/01 2 P ublic Law 107-108 USA Patriot Act Dec 28, 2001 (Lexis L. Publg. U.S.C.S. 2001) 3 S eymour M. Hersh, Kings Ransom: How vulnerable are the Saudi royals?, The New Yorker, Oct. 22, 2001. 4 I d. 5 A lfred Lord Tennyson, “Aylmers Field,” (1864). 6 S pencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese ?,G.P Putnam Sons, N.Y., (1998). 7 R udyard Kipling, “If,” st. 1 and 4, Rewards and Fairies (1910). September 15, 2002 Regular News Professionalism in times of national crisislast_img read more

CFPB faces court date after lender fights fine

first_imgThe CFPB will face PHH Corp in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals April 12 after the mortgage lender fought back against a stiff penalty ordered by Director Richard Cordray.The case stemmed from a CFPB order against PHH after the lender allegedly accepted kickbacks from mortgage insurers, which led to rising costs for borrowers. PHH fought the resulting CFPB fine of $109 million, calling into question the agency’s and Cordray’s authority. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 reasons you should get a dog

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Dogs are awesome and we all know this is true (except maybe cat people). Sure, dogs can seem like a lot of work, but they make life so much better! Still not convinced? Here are four reasons that may just give you the push you need to find a furry best pal.They’ll make you more active: Who among us has ever said, “I’m too active. I need to slow down.” Put your hand down, Larry. Nobody has ever said that. We all need to be a little more active, and what better way to do it than by taking your new buddy for a walk? Your new dog (let’s call him Douglas) will love to get out and play. You’ll be the one taking Douglas on walks, on trips to the dog park, and occasional outings to PetSmart. See? You’re looking more active already.They can help you relax: Anyone who’s ever owned a dog knows how much they can improve your mood. After a long day, it always feels good to come home to a smiling face and a wagging tail. Studies show dogs can have positive effects on physical and mental health. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a plus to me.They love you even though you’re a jerk sometimes: This one’s not scientific. Sometimes you’re a jerk, and if you’re being a jerk to a fellow human, it may take them a while to get over it. Your dog will recover as soon as your scratch him behind the ears. Advantage: DogYou always have a friend: Unless your dog is the type to go on random vacations without you, he’s usually around when you need him. Your Spouse away on business? You’ll never be lonely as long you’ve got Douglas by your side.last_img read more

CNTB Procurement: Organization of a study trip and development of a website

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) has published two procurements on its website, one for the organization of a study trip to Provence, and the other for the development of the national website EuroVelo8 – Mediterranean cycling routes.According to the first procurement, the bidder should offer the services of organization, transportation and accommodation for a study trip to Provence according to the defined specification, the deadline for submission of bids is August 6, 2018, and details are attached.This Call for Expressions of Interest is announced within the EU project “MEDCYCLETOUR MEDiteranean CYCLE route for sustainable coastal TOURism” funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – Interreg Mediterranean program. The deadline for submission of bids is July 31.07.2018, XNUMX.1.INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF OFFERS – ORGANIZATION, TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES FOR A STUDY TRIP IN PROVENCE2. CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICE OF DESIGNING THE NATIONAL WEBSITE EUROVELO8 – MEDITERRANEAN BICYCLE ROUTESAlso, the CNTB opened the need for a new job, more precisely an expert associate for IT support, and an advertisement for the mentioned job was published. More about the terms of the attached ad:PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT FOR IT SUPPORT (M ​​/ F)last_img read more

US FDA comes out with guidance for COVID-19 vaccine approval

first_imgSeveral companies such as Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc are in the race to develop a vaccine.”While the FDA is committed to expediting this work, we will not cut corners in our decisions,” the FDA said on Tuesday. ( have said it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed.Vaccine developers have also been asked for data to support use during pregnancy and to show safety and effectiveness in children, the health regulator said. The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released guidance for approving a coronavirus vaccine, saying the vaccine has to prevent or decrease disease severity in at least 50% of people who are inoculated.More than 100 vaccines are being tested worldwide against the virus, which has claimed over 126,100 lives in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.The Trump administration in May announced a program called “Operation Warp Speed” to speed up the development of COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines, as the country has none approved for treating COVID-19. “The guidelines are pretty standard, they look pretty much like influenza vaccine guidelines,” Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group said.”I don’t think that’s a high bar. I think that’s a low to maybe an appropriate bar for a first-generation COVID-19 vaccine.”Flu vaccines are 30%-70% effective in any given year, according to Jefferies analyst Michael Yee. The guidelines could be seen as a relatively high bar given the urgency to accelerate availability of a vaccine, Yee added.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States government’s top infectious diseases expert, cautioned that there is no guarantee of a safe and effective vaccineTopics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz joke around with Jorginho after controversial goal

first_img Full Screen Comment Advertisement The Arsenal skipper wasn’t too annoyed about Chelsea’s controversial goal (Picture: ChelseaTV)There were no hard feelings between Arsenal’s players and Jorginho after the midfielder controversially avoided a second yellow card before kick-starting Chelsea’s comeback win.The Gunners went ahead at the Emirates on Sunday through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half header but Chelsea rallied in the second period after Frank Lampard ditched his back three and reshuffled his formation.Chelsea grabbed an equaliser through substitute Jorginho, who profited from a mistake by Bernd Leno, but just moments earlier the Italy international should have been sent off. 1 min. story Read More As Arsenal pushed forward to try and secure what would have been only their second win in 16 matches in all competitions, they left themselves exposed at the back and Tammy Abraham snatched all three points for the visitors.Jorginho gave a cheeky little smirk when asked about the incident afterwards, telling Sky Sports: ‘It was not my fault. But in the end we play football not tennis. Contact is normal in football, it was a foul but no more I think.’ Read More Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz joke around with Jorginho after controversial goal Read More Skip center_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Dec 2019 9:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link29.7kShares Jorginho and Aubameyang got on like a house on fire (Picture: ChelseaTV)Jorginho, already on a yellow card, cynically pulled back Matteo Guendouzi as he broke away but the referee did not penalise him – and he popped up minutes later to level the scores.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Read More SPONSORED PLAY Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / by Metro Skip Ad Luiz and Jorginho shared a touching moment in the tunnel (Picture: ChelseaTV)Despite the controversy, Arsenal skipper Aubameyang did not want to dwell on the incident and laughed and joked with the midfielder in the tunnel after the game before exchanging shirts.David Luiz, who of course played for Chelsea until joining the Gunners in the summer, also shared a chat with his old teammate, hugging Jorginho and also chatting with Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was rather less forgiving about Jorginho avoiding a second yellow, saying after the game: ‘I think that’s up to the referee but for me it’s very clear. That’s it.‘I blame my team [for defeat]. We are responsible for everything we did wrong on that football pitch. The decisions we didn’t get right, obviously. The other things we cannot control or change them now.’MORE: Arsenal players classily rally around Bernd Leno after howler against ChelseaMORE: Mesut Ozil speaks out after Arsenal loss and says Chelsea did not deserve to winMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1/1 Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

Bernard Salt’s Sunshine Coast vision

first_imgDemographer Bernard Salt in Brisbane. Picture: Darren England.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said “containerisation” meant having people “live and work within close proximity while clustered around a CBD or regional hub”.That, he said, would be the best outcome as the Sunshine Coast grew, allowing more jobs, recreation and spending to stay within the region.He said without containerisation, people’s spending power would bleed to other regions and mean long commutes.“Without containing and focusing growth within the region you’ll never be able to build enough motorways, public transport and commuter infrastructure – the demand will always outstrip supply and the tax base could be better utilised on other infrastructure,” he said. Bernard Salt says in the Sunshine Coast jobs should be taken to the people to balance growth across the region.“The solution is to take the jobs to the people and balance growth across the region – the SEQ Regional Plan can do that by making modest changes to its current draft.”He said the Sunshine Coast could be a regional powerhouse.“Limited, planned and responsible residential development north of the Maroochy River will reinforce the strength of the new Maroochydore CBD. Limiting expansion to the south of Maroochy River risks growth bleeding off to Caboolture and beyond.” He said it only involved “small tweaks to the Regional Plan” which could “yield great dividends” for the Sunshine Coast. Aerial view over Noosa Main Beach and Noosa Surf Club. Bernard Salt says containing jobs and spending within the region will be the way to a better future. Picture: Lachie MillardRENOWNED Australian demographer Bernard Salt has a vision for the Sunshine Coast – and it involves “containerisation”.In a speech at a meeting of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland at Maroochydore today, he said there needed to be changes made to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan to allow “containerisation” to occur across the coast.More than 150 business and community leaders attended the event which was sponsored by Consolidated Properties.last_img read more

Proxy adviser group revises best practice principles

first_imgThe oversight committee will comprise investor and issuer representatives as well as independent members, and will have an independent chair. A spokeswoman told IPE the recruitment process had not yet started but would be completed in the second half of the year.Daniëlle Melis, a Dutch finance professional and chair of the independent review, said: “I am confident that the review process has resulted in a thoroughly reviewed, globally applicable, updated set of principles and guidance.“In particular, this includes new governance, monitoring and reporting structures in which stakeholders can recognise the ambition of the BPPG to act in accordance with the highest standards and to be transparent about their activities and policies.”She added that the current members of the BPPG, the founding signatories to the principles, had “respected investor [and] issuer concerns, as well as differences in various service provider business models notwithstanding being competitors in their respective markets, in order to promote the integrity and efficiency of shareholder voting research services, which play an important role in investors exercising their stewardship rights and responsibilities effectively”.Delineating responsibilities Proxy advisers provide analysis and make recommendations on how to vote on resolutions at listed companies’ general meetings. In the US in particular the industry has been accused of a lack of transparency and conflicts of interest, and of being too influential.According to a BPPG statement on behalf of Melis, there were “continued market misperceptions regarding the alleged over-influence of proxy advisers and/or alleged ‘robo-voting’ on the part of investors”.In a bid to address this, the updated principles highlighted the importance of delineating investor and proxy adviser responsibilities. They stated that “ultimate responsibility to monitor investments and make voting decisions lies with investors” and that the use of third-party services “does not shift this responsibility or relieve investors from any fiduciary duty owed to their clients”.Other changes to the principles included specifying that signatories should disclose to what extent issuers have the opportunity to review or comment on voting recommendations or analysis, and the addition of a paragraph to address investor concerns that they should be in a position to review the research or analysis sufficiently in advance of the vote deadline ahead of a general meeting.Further reading Leading proxy advisory firms in the EU have committed to a new governance and oversight structure in updated best practice principles, in a bid to address a mix of issuer and investor concerns, regulatory developments, and “continued market misperceptions”.The 2019 principles, formally launched today, were the culmination of a two-year independent review process that took into account a 2015 report from EU watchdog ESMA , requirements of the revised EU Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), the latest stewardship codes globally, and “the important input of regulators, investors, issuers and other stakeholders” received through various channels.The original principles were established in 2014 by a group of proxy advisers – the Best Practice Principles for Shareholder Voting Research and Analysis Group (BPPG) – that came together and after ESMA recommended the industry create a voluntary code of conduct. ISS, Glass Lewis and other companies sponsoring the principles have today agreed to appoint an oversight committee, whose responsibilities will include carrying out an annual review of the best practice principles and signatories’ public compliance statements. Letter from the US: Practitioners defend ESG from executive threat The proxy season was different in the US this year, writes Maria Teresa Cometto – ESG resolutions are under scrutiny by the Trump administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Analysis: US proxy process under scrutiny – ESG under threat?The PRI issued a warning about potential regulatory headwinds for ESG investors and proxy voting practices ahead of a roundtable discussion hosted by the SEC in November 2018.last_img read more