Landmark trial against Galleon founder begins

first_img Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 9 March 2011 8:56 pm whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp Tags: NULL Landmark trial against Galleon founder begins A US prosecutor told a jury that greed drove hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam to establish a corrupt network of people to trade on inside information and make millions in illegal profits, as the trial got under way in the biggest Wall Street insider trading case in a generation.Sri Lankan-born Rajaratnam, 53, sat impassively as prosecutor Jonathan Streeter said the case was about “greed and corruption”. In a trial expected to last two months, the jury will hear about corporate secrets, wiretaps and cooperating witnesses who are expected to testify about illicit stock tips allegedly fed to the Galleon Group founderThe US government accuses Rajaratnam of reaping $45m (£28m) illegally between 2003 and 2009. Share More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comlast_img read more

Legislature looking at ways to reform “tough on crime” past

first_img Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Annie Focus on FloridaTask force would seek to remake Florida’s criminal justice systemBy William Patrick of February 21, 2017 at 7:37 pm TAGSCrimefloridaLegislatureTask Force Previous articleHave you seen this video? Chances are you have…Next articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  Florida’s state lawmakers increasingly are embracing criminal justice reform policies that break with the state’s “tough on crime” past.But a sea change could be in the works.Last year, Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, and the GOP-controlled legislature approved one of the most far-reaching civil asset forfeiture reforms in the country, repealed a 10-20-life mandatory minimum sentencing law, and expanded health care delivery for mentally ill inmates. Mental health advocates say as much as 40 percent of Florida’s prison population needs treatment.Dozens of reform-related bills already have been filed ahead of this year’s state legislative session.Now, it’s time to go big.Seizing on momentum, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, wants to remake the entire system.Senator Jeff Brandes“If you look around the country, many other states are leading on criminal justice reform. It’s a wave that’s just starting to hit Florida,” Brandes told“It’s time to look at a holistic view about how to transform the system,” he said.Brandes is seeking legislative approval to form a task force to conduct a comprehensive review of Florida’s criminal justice, court and corrections systems.Ultimately, the task force would submit a report with findings, conclusions, and recommendations to be molded into legislation for the 2018 state session.Overhauling state prisons may be the first priority.“We have prisons that are in a kind of crisis mode right now. We’re having a tough time hiring guards. Contraband rates are through the roof. Our education of prisoners is at rock bottom, and recidivism is a struggle for the state,” Brandes said.The 28-member group would include members of the House and Senate, judges, academics, faith leaders, victims’ advocates, public defenders, law enforcement officials and even prison inmates in good standing.Membership must reflect the racial, gender, geographic and economic diversity of the state, as well as the diversity and demographics of the state’s prison population, according to the proposal.Brandes said he has been in contact with groups such as the Crime and Justice Institute and Pew Research Center to discuss how to approach the issue and what possible outcomes might look like.The task force would use a data-driven approach to arrive at sentencing and corrections recommendations for the purpose of:Reducing the state prison population.Decreasing spending by focusing on serious offenses and violent criminals.Holding offenders accountable through research-based supervision and sentencing practices.Reinvesting savings into strategies known to decrease recidivism, including reentry outcomes.“We think states like Texas are thought leaders in criminal justice reform. It’s time for Florida to follow Texas’s lead on the criminal justice issue and to get serious about criminal justice reform,” Brandes said.Florida is often compared to Texas both economically and demographically. In 2007, Texas instituted a nationally recognized reform package and has added to it ever since.When asked to describe possible obstacles, Brandes said, “Most arguments in the Legislature are fortress versus frontier arguments. I’m, almost to a fault, with the frontiers.”According to the proposal, task force members would receive no taxpayer compensation for their work. The Anatomy of Fear center_img William Patrick is a Florida reporter for His work has been featured on Fox News and the Drudge Report, among other national sites, and in Florida news outlets such as the Bradenton Herald, Florida Politics, Florida Trend, Saint Peters Blog, Sayfie Review, and Sunshine State News. William is a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors network and the Florida Press Association. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate When will they address Federal reform? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herelast_img read more launches new shopping portal to benefit charities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis launches new shopping portal to benefit charities Tagged with: Digital Trading  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis is the latest online shopping site that enables its users to generate a donation to charity each time they shop.The site has partnered with 10 UK charities and sells “high demand consumer products” from retailers including Boots, M&S, La Senza, John Lewis, Asda and Ticketmaster.Founder Nathan Branch said: “anolivebranch aims to make donating to charity an effortless, everyday function that’s accessible to everyone”.The website donates 50% of all its profits to its 10 charity partners such as Tommy’s the baby charity, Age Concern, Save the Children, and Compassion in World Faming.When members register they select which of the anolivebranch charity partners they would like to benefit from their donations. Anolivebranch also keeps its members abreast of charity affairs with coverage of fundraising news and events, and also provides its members with a monthly update from their chosen Howard Lake | 17 June 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Netflix brings “Gilmore Girls” coffee shop to Fort Worth

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Facebook ReddIt Fans dressed up as Luke to celebrate their free coffee. (Courtesy: Valerie Gozzo). Colleen is a junior film-television-digital media and journalism double major from Green Bay, Wisconsin. She is a reporter for TCU 360 and TCU News Now. Colleen is known to be one of the biggest “cheeseheads” on campus. Student crowned Miss Wisconsin Teen USA Previous articleKimiya International talks about sex trafficking in DFWNext articleFrog Report – OU Recap and Kansas Preview Colleen Mortell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printToday, the coffee shop from the hit series “Girlmore Girls” came to life as fans lined up to get a chance to step inside.By 7:30 Wednesday morning more than 150 people had lined up at Fort Worth’s Buon Giorno coffee shop.It wasn’t the promise of caffeine, but rather a chance to experience “Luke’s Diner” located in the show’s small town of Connecticut.In honor of the show’s 16th anniversary, coffee shops across the country were temporarily transformed.Netflix, the streaming service that’s rebooting the series, gave away 250 free cups of coffee. Every state had at least one coffee shop stand in for Stars Hollow’s favorite restaurant, according to Netflix. Buon Giorno was one of the 14 Texas locations. The shop’s general manager, Courtney Reed said she’s from Connecticut and is a huge fan of the show.Buon Giorno’s baristas wore Luke’s signature uniform: a flannel shirt, diner t-shirt and a baseball cap on backwards. Many of the fans wore flannel too.The shop on Florence Street just south of downtown, posted a Luke’s Diner sign outside its front door. Luke’s memorable “No Cell Phones” was posted on the wall. Coffee quotes from Lorelai and Rory Gilmore were written on a chalkboard wall.“It’s given me a lot of nostalgia feelings about the show,” said Hannah Taylor, a TCU junior writing major.The event ran from 7 a.m. – noon, or while supplies lasted. By 7:10, the crowd snaked around the entrance and down sidewalk.The line outside Buon Giorno at 7:15, Wednesday morning. (Colleen Mortell/TCU 360).Taylor and her friends waited in line for nearly two hours.“I was not expecting the line to be this long,” she said. “We’ll see if we actually get one of Luke’s coffee sleeves.” The Walgreen’s across the street warned that it would start towing, after vehicles belonging to Gilmore Girls fans filled the drug store’s parking lot. Most people learned about the event online through Facebook or a variety of articles.Netflix has a four episode revival planned. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is set for release Nov. 25. Each 90-minute episode is set in a different season: winter, spring, summer and fall.“It made me a little more excited about what to expect from the show in November,” said Clare Wilson, a junior applied geoscience major. A senior psychology major, Dylan Gulbronson, has already started a countdown to the premiere.“I’ve probably seen every episode at least 40 times,” she said. Twitter + posts Colleen Mortell Colleen Mortell Election Day is Tuesday Facebook Are students ready to fall back one hour? Close Colleen Mortell Colleen Mortell New coach, new arena, new attendance record Twitter Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Colleen Mortell TAGSimagephoto slideshowphotosquiz – interactive Linkedin ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homelesslast_img read more

European Court of Human Rights admits RSF complaint against the BND’s mass surveillance

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in favor of the organization’s petition on mass surveillance practices in Germany. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Organisation News May 31, 2021 Find out more The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg has admitted for decision a complaint lodged by RSF against the mass surveillance practices of Germany’s foreign intelligence service BND. The court announced its decision to admit the complaint on Monday (11 January). RSF Germany accuses the BND of having used its strategic telecommunications surveillance to spy on the organisation’s email traffic with foreign partners, journalists and other persons, thus violating the human rights of those affected.The admission of the complaint is a stage victory for RSF in a high-profile case against the BND’s mass surveillance. Only two percent of all complaints submitted to the ECtHR are admitted for decision, after which the opposing party is invited to submit observations on the matter in dispute.  “The BND’s untargeted mass surveillance is neither compatible with the human right to privacy nor with freedom of the press. If this principle applies to the surveillance of non-Germans outside Germany, as recognised by Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, it must also protect the digital communications of German citizens,” said RSF Germany’s Executive Director Christian Mihr. “German courts have so far dismissed lawsuits against the BND’s mass surveillance on the absurd grounds that the complainants had failed to prove that they were directly affected by the surveillance. The proceedings at the ECtHR offer the chance to finally put an end to this constitutionally untenable state of affairs.” Privacy of correspondence, freedom of expression and freedom of information violatedThe complaint was submitted to the ECtHR in 2017. RSF Germany, represented by the Berlin-based lawyer Niko Härting, who is also acting in his own name, asserts that its rights to respect for the privacy of correspondence as well as to freedom of expression and information under Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) are being violated. It argues that the BND’s measures amount to disproportionate, unwarranted mass surveillance because the intelligence service has virtually unlimited access to digital communications data, which it sifts through using ever-expanding search criteria. The resulting encroachments on fundamental rights are so far-reaching that the alleged purpose of the surveillance, the early detection of threats, in no way justifies these measures.RSF Germany also alleges that its right to an effective remedy (under Article 13 of the ECHR) has been violated, since the vast majority of those affected by such surveillance measures are not informed even after the fact that their emails have been intercepted and searched. Despite this, German courts only admit lawsuits or constitutional complaints against surveillance if the complainant can prove that he or she is directly affected. The questions of the intelligence service’s obligation to notify those affected by its surveillance and the latter’s right to appropriate legal remedies are therefore likely to play an important role in the proceedings.Rulings on BND surveillance violate the right to effective remedyA complaint filed by RSF Germany against the BND’s strategic telecommunications surveillance was also dismissed by Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in 2016. RSF subsequently lodged a constitutional complaint against this decision with Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, but the court refused to admit the complaint for decision – once again on the grounds that RSF had failed to adequately demonstrate that the organisation was directly affected by the BND’s surveillance activities. RSF Germany had in fact explained in detail why it was highly likely that the organisation was affected by the mass surveillance. In light of what is already known about the scope of strategic surveillance of telecommunications between Germany and other countries, as well as about the search criteria used by the BND, RSF can only assume that a large number of the organisation’s emails have been intercepted. Furthermore, RSF makes the case that this surveillance practice is disproportionate and is not covered by Germany’s G10 Act, which sets out the exceptional cases in which restrictions to the fundamental right to protection of privacy of telecommunications (under Article 10 of the German constitution) may apply.RSF is an important point of contact for many journalists from Germany and from authoritarian states such as Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan or China. They turn to it for support and advice and entrust it with confidential information. If the possibility exists that the BND is spying on these communications in the course of its mass surveillance operations, these media professionals can no longer rely on their requests and information remaining confidential.Different legal aspects of the mass surveillanceBoth the current proceedings before the ECtHR and the constitutional complaint lodged by RSF Germany and the Society for Civil Rights (GFF), on which the German Federal Constitutional Court delivered judgment on 19 May 2020, deal with the BND’s strategic surveillance of telecommunications. However, the two lawsuits focus on different legal aspects of the surveillance: whereas the Federal Constitutional Court case dealt with “foreign-foreign telecommunications surveillance”, or the surveillance of non-Germans located outside Germany under the Federal Intelligence Service Act (BND Act), the ECtHR is now called on to rule on issues regarding telecommunications between Germany and other countries under the G10 Act.Click the following link for the full text of the complaint: Written complaint filed by RSF with the ECtHR (PDF)Learn more here GermanyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldInternational bodies Council of Europe January 11, 2021 European Court of Human Rights admits RSF complaint against the BND’s mass surveillance News RSF_en center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Germany German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum GermanyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldInternational bodies Council of Europe European Court of Human Rights Courtroom (photo: Council of Europe) Receive email alerts March 30, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Council urged to not financially neglect island communities

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Newsx Adverts Pinterest WhatsApp Council urged to not financially neglect island communities Previous articleLetterkenny Cllrs concerned that reduced signage costs could backfireNext articleLifford to look at new plans after one way road system rejection News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Donegal County Council’s finance department is being asked to ensure that funds are set aside for island communities in the forthcoming budget.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher, a member of the council’s Island Committee says there’s a serious lack of investment in islands at present, and very little appreciation of what island life entails.She said for most people in Donegal, losing a light outside their house is an inconvenience, but for islanders. losing a light on a pier can be a matter of life and death.She says islanders are citizens of Donegal, and deserve the council’s support:[podcast][/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter By News Highland – October 11, 2011 last_img read more

Chicago teachers strike enters its second day

first_imgmaroke/iStock(CHICAGO) — Chicago Public School teachers took to the streets for the second day of their strike on Friday. Negotiations between teachers and the city’s school district are still underway, and while there appeared to be some progress, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said they’re not close to reaching a deal. “They’re talking about class size. [Chicago Public Schools] is offering some discussion and that’s a first,” Chris Geovanis, spokeswoman for CTU, told ABC News Friday. “It’s very inadequate but it’s a start.” Teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, more staffing and better wages. More than 25,000 thousands teachers hit the picket lines on Thursday after months of failed negotiation attempts.Classes in the nation’s third largest school district were canceled Thursday and Friday due to the strike. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) submitted a written proposal on reducing class size after all-day negotiations Thursday, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. The details of the proposal were not immediately clear and CPS did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.More than 1,300 classrooms are overcrowded, according to CTU, despite the district’s cap. Almost 25% of elementary school students were placed in overcrowded classrooms, with some kindergarten classrooms topping 40 students, according to the union. The union said despite “some progress,” some issues have not been discussed. Others issues, such as staffing shortages, have been discussed but not put “in writing in an enforceable contract,” according to CTU. Teachers are asking for ELL (English-language leaner) educators and more bilingual social workers. “Bilingual education services are chronically short of both educators and resources,” the union said in a statement.More than 300,000 students were enrolled in the city’s public school system in the 2018-2019 school year. Almost half are Latino, according to CTU. Teachers are also pushing for more school nurses, as most schools have only one nurse one day a week. CPS said their written offer would provide a nurse in every school by 2024 and double the social workers in schools. “Teachers and staff are invaluable to our schools, and our offers recognize that,” according to a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CEO of CPS Janice Jackson and Chief Education Officer of CPS LaTanya McDade. “Although we wish we could offer more to our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication, we believe our offers are fair deals that meet the needs of teachers, paraprofessionals and students, and keep the district on a path of success.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hearse stolen from California church with dead body still inside: Officials

first_imgGrabillCreative/iStock(PASADENA, Calif.) — Authorities in Los Angeles County were looking for a stolen hearse late Wednesday night, but said they were far more concerned about what was inside the vehicle.The black Lincoln Navigator was taken around 8 p.m. local time from St. Anthony’s Church on Rosemead Boulevard in Pasadena, California, with a dead woman’s body inside, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.“Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator,” the department tweeted Wednesday.Authorities have not publicly released the suspect’s name, possible whereabouts for the vehicle, nor the name of the person whose body is inside the SUV.The Greek Orthodox Church, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV, was holding a prayer service often held the night before a funeral on Wednesday evening. However, officials told KABC that the woman’s body that was stolen was not associated with the service.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. This week’s lettersA tipping point for reward?The decision of the CIPD to create a certificate in reward management (News,17 February) marks a watershed in the development of the UK personnel function.It recognises that reward has established itself as a discrete specialism andacknowledges a responsibility to populate the marketplace with competentprofessionals. Unlike the US, with separate professional institutes serving trainers, generalists(SHRM) and compensation practitioners (World at Work, formerly the AmericanCompensation Association), UK reward practitioners have felt bereft ofcontinuing professional development. For organisations, the exponential growth in demand for capable rewardpractitioners has merely exhausted the talent pool and created significant paydifferentials. By extension, this talent pool is increasingly replenished bythose without a background in personnel, such as accountants and actuaries. I am passionate about re-stocking the reward talent pool with seasonedpersonnel practitioners – those with the breadth and insight to be the‘guardians of motivation’. Effective reward managers of the future will not be ‘back office’compensation and benefits specialists. They will be those who understand thecircumstances in which employees deliver discretionary effort and who are ableto deploy a body of knowledge to create and sustain employee engagement. Thisis a much higher calling than the mediocre ambition to deliver compensation andbenefits solutions designed to ‘recruit and retain’. Recent developments withinthe CIPD invite generalists into this arena. They also create a chance forreward practitioners to develop a depth of insight and capability sufficient tomake a seismic difference in the places they work. Mark Childs Vice-president, Reward, CIPD Employee is the final arbiter for pensions I bristled at the quote from David Yeandle of the Engineering Employers’Federation (News, 17 February). If HR is to be encouraged to lead, it must question received wisdom aboutpensions, which have failed a large swathe of the working population. I question the quote from the EEF: “As members are the ultimatebeneficiaries of these insurance arrangements, it is only reasonable thatemployers should be able to share the cost of financing the PPF by recoveringat least part of the levy from members”. Broadly true, except for thephrase “ultimate beneficiary”, as though employees were the solebeneficiaries of the operation of a pension scheme. Take time to consider howemployers have benefited from pension schemes. – In recent years, companies have been taken over for the value of theirpension surpluses – Some employers have reduced their own pension costs by running offsurpluses over many years and/or taken pension holidays – Employers running contracted out pension schemes have paid lower NI costsfor many years – Are there not tax exemptions on corporation tax for contributions intopension schemes? – For schemes that close for insolvency, the company has to make up the fundto the minimum funding requirement level if it can, not to the accrued benefitlevel – The winding up of a final salary scheme in insolvent companies can fall onthe members for administration costs, often running into millions of pounds – The shortfall in the fund is met by the active members – The debt to maintain retired members is met by the active members – Pension funds are now taxed more heavily by the exchequer. Approaching this business as though it is garnished in favour of theemployee is a false start. Many employees are going to fall outside thecompensation scheme and may have lost much of their life’s pension with noredress. Rancour on this issue will be deep and long lasting. It is good to have a compensation scheme but it has unfairly divided theworking population. How many still in final salary plans appreciate they are nolonger the gold standard in pensions and can still pose great risks to members?It was confirmed by the Goode Commission that the surplus belonged to theemployer because it was the final arbiter in making the fund good. Experiencein many schemes has demonstrated that the employee has been the final arbiterfor pension schemes and that he or she had no pension holiday or contributionreduction in most cases. Christopher Hore Personnel manager, Crest Packaging Key is understanding membership’s role I have been reading the ongoing debate in Personnel Today about thenecessity of being fully CIPD qualified to enter the tough HR market. I havebeen in a role for five years with a wealth of experience and am partly CIPDqualified. Studying via flexi-learning, and funding myself, has been enormouslychallenging along with the busy hours of an HR role. I recently started looking for a new role commensurate to my abilities andexperience, which would also offer me greater room to continue with my CIPDstudies. I have been shocked by the ineptitude and arrogance of the HRrecruitment agencies I have tried to use. I have not dealt with a single agencythat has offered anything resembling a service. If anyone is responsible for the impossibility of finding a role withoutbeing fully CIPD qualified, it is not the CIPD but the HR agencies and theirdaft sculpting of an employment market that insists on all candidates beingfully CIPD qualified. Are our colleagues in the HR departments that we seek to enter so deluded ormyopic that they will only accept chartered members of the CIPD for their positions,often offering salaries that ought to be considered for entry level roles letalone positions demanding three to five years experience and full CIPD? I have worked long enough in the field to know that many of the HR openingscould ably be filled by new entrants to the CIPD field, albeit with sometraining and mentoring. The solution to this problem is not to berate the CIPD or its standards, butto encourage our colleagues to talk to their recruitment consultants abouttheir vacancies and to explain to them what CIPD qualifications mean alongside,and in relation to, experience. Details supplied No qualification can prepare you for HR In my experience, many employers ask for a CIPD qualification without reallyknowing what it means. They think it will guarantee they get someone capable.In my 22 years in HR, I have found no qualification that can prepare you forthe real world of HR. Michelle Bailey Interim HR manager, The Rubicon Corporation Ltd CIPD of little benefit to the experienced… I empathise with Gina Patterson’s criticism of the CIPD qualification(Letters, 17 February). I graduated with a business and law degree six years ago and I am now anexperienced HR adviser, looking to take the next step in my career – into HRmanagement. I have already stumbled at the first hurdle, as I do not have theCIPD qualification. I too found the course commitments difficult while workingfull-time, and the fees are expensive. In my experience, the CIPD qualification is often the only ‘essential’criteria in job ads, even for positions requiring minimal experience. The onething that really annoys me is that, on the occasions I have challenged arecruiter’s specific requirement of the CIPD qualification for a role, they areoften unable to even tell me what the content of the course is, let alone whatits benefit would be to a particular position. I have no doubt that to someone starting out on the career ladder, with noexperience, the CIPD course would be beneficial, but to a seasoned professionalwith references backing up a solid work career, I can find little benefit. Tamasine Hickey Details supplied … But you won’t get far in HR without it I am very surprised by Gina Patterson’s comments (Letters, 17 February). Itmust be frustrating to find you have studied the wrong degree and will have tostudy some more. But don’t blame the CIPD or undermine its reputation andvalue. If you knew that you wanted a career in HR, you should have done yourresearch and chosen a post-graduate course that was CIPD accredited in HRmanagement. It is tough holding down a full-time job and studying at the sametime, but many of us chartered members have done it. The benefits of being part of the CIPD are too many to mention here. Take alook at the CIPD website and the recruitment pages of Personnel Today. Youwon’t get far in your HR career without CIPD membership. Lorren Price Details supplied LettersOn 2 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Air Products and Haldor Topsoe sign global alliance agreement

first_imgThe agreement is for collaboration on large-scale ammonia, methanol, and/or dimethyl ether projects around the world The two companies will collaborate, using their extensive market network outreach. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay) Air Products (NYSE:APD), a global leader in industrial gases and megaproject development, and Haldor Topsoe, the world leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technology for the chemical and refining industries, today announced the signing of a global Alliance Agreement. The two companies will collaborate, using their extensive market network outreach for developing potential projects and the combination of their expertise on large-scale ammonia, methanol and/or dimethyl ether plants to be developed and built globally.The Alliance Agreement provides Air Products access to Topsoe’s technology license(s) and the supply of certain engineering design, equipment, high-performance catalysts and technical services for ammonia, methanol and/or dimethyl ether plants to be built, owned and operated by Air Products. The collaboration allows for the integration of Topsoe’s technology into many Air Products’ technologies including gasification of various feedstocks, and synthesis gas processes.“The global agreement with Haldor Topsoe is very important to Air Products as we continue to expand our scope of supply to customers in developing large-scale projects around the world. We have built a reputation for successfully executing megaprojects. Having this Alliance and access to Haldor Topsoe’s technology-leading capabilities will serve to strengthen both our offerings and customer confidence in the reliability and quality of project development and performance,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products.“We are extremely satisfied to enter this Alliance. Air Products is an industry leader, and we share their commitment to providing customers around the world with excellent, innovative, and more sustainable solutions. This alliance forms the foundation for integrated large-scale projects that will benefit from the close collaboration and combined strengths of our two companies,” said Amy Hebert, deputy CEO and executive vice president at Haldor Topsoe.Topsoe’s technology enables companies in the chemical and refining industries to get the most out of their processes and products, using the least possible energy and resources. On the forefront of developing sustainable technologies, Topsoe’s solutions enhance food production for the world’s growing population and help protect the environment. Half of all the ammonia used to make artificial fertilizer is produced using Topsoe catalysts.Topsoe’s technology will be incorporated into Air Products’ recently announced world-scale coal-to-methanol production facility in Bengalon, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. In addition, Topsoe technology will also be part of the previously announced world-scale Gulf Coast Ammonia production plant in Texas. Air Products will supply hydrogen and nitrogen for the ammonia production in part from its largest-ever steam methane reformer.Air Products’ involvement in these world-scale projects will capitalize on the alliance and deliver substantial sustainability benefits. These kinds of projects can serve as carriers of renewable hydrogen molecules as the world’s interest hydrogen for mobility and energy transition continues to grow. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more