June 30, 2019 By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Kamala Harris made Joe Biden forget how to be Joe Biden.Maybe she even made him forget that he was Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States and a man whose greatest political gift was the ability to ooze empathy.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThe moment came during the second night of the three-ring circus of a Democratic presidential debate in Miami. The debate format featured 10 candidates and almost as many moderators each night.Given the size of the field and the number of media interrogators it’s surprising the fire marshal allowed the event to proceed.In such crowded circumstances, each candidate’s challenge was to separate herself or himself from the pack and connect with a large slice of America.A handful – Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Indiana’s Pete Buttigieg – did just that.But none of them made more of an impact than Harris did.The first-term California U.S. senator and former prosecutor went after the big dog, frontrunner Biden, and took him down in a way that combined both grace and grit.The climax occurred when Harris and Biden talked about race, segregation and busing. Biden had made news by touting his chummy relationships in the old days with segregationist members of the U.S. Senate as evidence of his ability to get things done in a bipartisan fashion.Harris’s takedown was note-perfect.She began by lowering her voice and saying she didn’t believe Biden was a racist himself. But she talked about how hurtful it was to her personally as an African-American – in the process, establishing herself as the champion of all Americans who have felt dispossessed, disregarded or disenfranchised – to speak so uncritically of people who would deny her both her rights and her full measure of humanity.Then she went after Biden’s troubled and contradictory record on busing. She spoke of her own experience as a little girl riding the bus to integrate her school in California and how overwhelming that was for someone so young.Biden in his best form would have responded at a human level. Perhaps the best public moment the man ever has had occurred in the 2008 vice presidential debate when he dealt with an implied charge from opponent Sarah Palin that he was elitist and out of touch by talking about his anguish and doubt he felt after losing his first wife and his infant daughter in an accident. He made it clear he had reservoirs of pain to draw upon that would help him understand others’ suffering.But Biden didn’t do that this time. He didn’t even acknowledge Harris’s pain.Instead, he looked stunned.Then he flailed.He tried reciting his legislative record. When that didn’t seem to be working, he resorted to spouting gibberish.It was a devastating turn of events for Biden. His strongest argument for claiming the Democratic presidential nomination is that he is the most electable candidate.But most Americans watching the debate saw him dissolve into blathering before their eyes and couldn’t help thinking that, come general election time, President Donald Trump would carve Biden up into thin slices just right for sandwich servings.The former vice president was the biggest loser at the debate. Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke also did himself no favors by showing up with little more than a smile and an ability to speak Spanish as his case to make.The other big loser was NBC. The network apparently decided that the best way to simplify an event that already was overcrowded and confusing was to overcrowd and confuse it even more. Everyone, it seemed, who ever had worked at NBC got a chance to moderate.If the debate had gone on much longer, I’m pretty sure the network would have given anyone who ever had taken a tour of the NBC studios a chance at the mic.Where do things go from here?Well, Biden now looks vulnerable in a way he didn’t before. Expect the other candidates to study what Harris did and go after him in a similar fashion.The former vice president will have to fashion a better response than sputtering nonsense.And Harris?She sent a strong signal that anyone who wants to tangle with someone as tough as she is had better bring friends along.A lot of them.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
JUNESupermarket Somerfield said it was reviewing its bakery as part of a focus on fresh food at its 800 stores. The supermarket was looking at availability throughout the day, range, training and merchandising in the review. Marks and Spencer cut prices by up to 15% across its bought-in bakery range, as part of a campaign to lower prices in its stores. Bread, morning goods and confectionery were all reduced. Packaging was also marked with “new lower price” logos. Marks and Spencer announced plans to remove hydrogenated vegetable oils from all its foods on health grounds. The first reformulated products were due on shelf in September. Northern Ireland’s plant bakers welcomed a commitment from Asda to boost the amount of lines its sourced locally, following its purchase of 12 former Safeway stores in Northern Ireland from new owner Morrisons.Hertfordshire bakery chain GJ Pearce called in the administrators after rapid expansion of the wholesale side of its business backfired. The 19-shop fourth-generation family business lost a lucrative contract and was forced to scale back production, it said. Nicholas Pearce, the son of the owners, bought four of the shops. Waitrose relaunched its own-brand cake range with 52 new products, including flapjacks and whole cakes. Central buyer Teresa Lindley said the retailer was picking up on trends such as mini-cakes and cupcakes. The new range was sourced form Memory Lane, Kate’s Cakes and Queen of Hearts.RHM’s owner Doughty Hanson finally announced plans to float the company on the stock exchange in July, following months of rumours. RHM chief executive Ian MacMahon told British Baker the new listed RHM would play its part in consolidating the food industry, adding strong UK bakery, milling and cake businesses to its portfolio. Real Good Food revealed it was the mystery buyer in talks to buy ingredients and sugar supplier Napier Brown in a reverse takeover.Warburtons launched a loaf with added prebiotic, in what it claimed was a first for the UK baking industry. The Healthy Inside wholemeal 400g loaf contained natural prebiotic inulin. Three slices was said to provide a third of the daily 5g of prebiotic needed to boost digestive health.Greggs announced a nationwide push on recycling, in a bid to cut landfill costs. A recycling programme was to be introduced at 11 Greggs divisions over the next three years, following trials at its Treforest division in Wales. Measures to be introduced included organic waste recycling machines, which cut the volumes of waste sent to landfill. The trial was set to save the Treforest division £35,000 a year in landfill costs. Rank Hovis bought Finedon’s Mill, renaming it Rank Hovis Wellingborough. The mill became Rank’s third largest, said sales and marketing director Jon Tanner. It gave the miller flexibility on distribution and production. Rank Hovis said it would now review its manufacturing sites.
Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has sold Chantilly Patisserie to its management team.The deal is the fourth disposal by RGF since it sold Garrett ingredients in April, with the business also selling Haydens Bakery and, most recently, R&W Scott.Operating out of Paignton, Devon, for 20 years, Chantilly produces frozen desserts for customers including Marston’s Inns & Taverns, Warner Leisure, Brakes and Country Range.In RGF’s financial year to 31 March 2018, Chantilly contributed £2.4m of revenue, and made a pre-tax loss of £0.3m. At the date it was separated from the Haydens Bakery business, Chantilly’s net assets were £0.09m.RGF is to receive a total of £0.2m for Chantilly, with £0.1m paid on completion and a further £0.05m on each of the first two anniversaries of the sale.The disposals followed a difficult period for RGF including the exit of founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté, profit warnings, and the announcement it would be improving its corporate governance and reporting after admitting standards had been below those investors “might reasonably expect”.Chief executive Hugh Cawley described its last financial year – when it reported a £23.2m operating loss – as one the business would look back on with “little pride or satisfaction”.RGF today said that, following the disposals, it would be free to focus its attention and resources on growing its two “profitable, continuing businesses” – cake decoration under the Renshaw and Rainbow Dust brands; and ingredients through the Brighter Foods operation.“Having transformed the group’s financial position as a result of these disposals and other financing activities, the financial resources are now available to fund this growth,” states RGF.RGF expects to incur an accounting profit of around £0.06m on the disposal of Chantilly and a write-down of parent company reserves at 31 March 2019 of approximately £0.06m.RGF disposalsGarrett Ingredients – April 2018Garretts, which supplies dairy, sugar and other food ingredients to UK manufacturers, was sold to Kent Foods Limited for £1.8m cash.Haydens Bakery – September 2018Haydens, which has been part of RGF since its inception in 2003, makes a wide range of baked goods from two sites in Devizes, Wiltshire, and has 480 employees. The business – excluding the Chantilly Patisserie operation – was sold to Bakkavor Group for £12m.R&W Scott – December 2018Based in Carluke in Lanarkshire, R&W Scott has been producing jams and preserves for more than 130 years and last year had a turnover of almost £11m. The business was sold to its management team in a £4m deal.Chantilly Patisserie – February 2019Frozen desserts manufacturer Chantilly Patisserie is sold to its management team.
Today would have marked the 72nd birthday of iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. To celebrate his legacy, London’s Heathrow Airport has transformed their staff in Terminal 5 into a full-on dance team. In honor of Freddie Mercury’s stint working as a baggage handler at the same airport, today’s handlers are performing Mercury-inspired dance moves—choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor choreographer Lyndon Lloyd.According to a press release, the baggage handlers have been taking professional choreography lessons learning a full routine to “I Want To Break Free” as part of this special celebration ahead of the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming biographical film due out on November 2 (watch the full trailer here).In addition to the dancing staff, British Airways will award any customer by the name of Freddie, Frederick, or Farrokh (Freddie Mercury’s real name) who is departing from Terminal 5 with access to use the British Airways first class lounge along with their traveling companions. The airport will also be playing Queen songs on arrival boards, with promises of Queen memorabilia on display next month, according to The Daily Mail.British Airways Baggage Manager, Adam Dewey, who stars in today’s video, explained: “Freddie Mercury is an undisputed rock legend and it has been an absolute blast planning his birthday celebrations at Heathrow Airport, where he once worked. Myself and the other baggage handlers taking part have put everything into these dance routines and we can’t wait to see the faces on holidaymakers when they strut their stuff in the arrivals hall.”Dewey continues, in support of the upcoming biopic, “The new film Bohemian Rhapsody has proved a great inspiration for all of us and we can’t wait to be hot-stepping our way to the premiere next month.”Born Farrokh Bulsara to Parsi parents in the Sultane of Zanzibar (now known as Tanzania) on this day in 1946, Freddie Mercury has undoubtedly inspired generations of artists and will continue to do so for years to come. Watch the video below: [via The Daily Mail]
With war raging in Syria, refugees suffering in South Sudan, and other trouble spots boiling around the world, Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, visited Harvard this week to talk with faculty at the School of Public Health and the Kennedy School about potential collaborations to help the ICRC in its humanitarian-assistance mission. The Gazette sat down with Maurer to talk about his goals for the visit and to get his thoughts on the world’s most urgent crises. GAZETTE: What brings you to Harvard — what are you hoping to accomplish?MAURER: In my former position as a Swiss diplomat, I worked with the School of Public Health and with the Kennedy School, so I’m coming back now as president of ICRC and because I learned [how] important the collaboration between diplomacy practice and the research community is. This is, of course, an enormous opportunity for ICRC, looking for more structured cooperation and collaboration with some of the institutes and institutions at Harvard that work in research areas which are critical for humanitarian assistance and protection, which is the core of ICRC’s mandate.GAZETTE: Can you tell me a little bit more about the kind of research collaborations you’re interested in?MAURER: If we look at what preoccupies us in the humanitarian environment today, it goes from technical to more strategic. If I start at technical, ICRC is an organization delivering water, sanitation, health services, and food to people in need and suffering from the negative impact of armed conflict. We are interested in research in health delivery, health systems; in the analysis of complex health situations; and the same for water, sanitation, food, and nutrition.Negotiation of access is critical and negotiating skill is something that Harvard has been famous for for a long time. New technologies are of interest to us and how they impact the environment in which we operate and how we can use them in terms of improving our services.And then there is the broader strategic debate which takes place at an institution like this one: understanding and interpreting the world in which we live, the complexities with which we are grappling. This is another reason to look for cooperation and collaboration with Harvard.GAZETTE: Is there a specific entity within the University that you’re particularly interested in?MAURER: Health and the respective health-related institutions from the School of Public Health, [such as] the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, are critical. The second definitely is Kennedy School because of the negotiating capabilities and understanding of complex international environments in which we operate. But this is an exploratory mission and we are open to collaborate also with other Harvard- or Boston-based institutions.GAZETTE: Do you have a sense of what form a collaboration would take?MAURER: We are starting to have interns from Harvard joining ICRC in summer. That’s the first very concrete activity, but it can happen the other way round in terms of exchange. It can happen in issue-specific events, where we try to strategize on an issue. Why not grapple with providing health care to Syrians and the Syrian health crisis? It can cover other areas of geography, like the whole Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa region, which is a big area of instability. We are open-minded and will have to see what captures also the interests of [others].GAZETTE: What would the timing be of any collaboration with Harvard?MAURER: At ICRC, we have the culture of building operations bottom-up, so I think we shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about what cooperation should look like. I think we can relatively soon move into concrete activities, either in terms of issue- or context-specific debates, or in terms of exchange and cooperation between researchers and staffs. I hope to bubble up from this now onwards and not envisage a glorious future in three or five years. That’s too far away.GAZETTE: Is this effort part of a changing business of humanitarianism? How is the humanitarian field changing more generally?MAURER: The ICRC has already been in close contact with research institutions, but these contacts have been much more narrow and specific to the network of international humanitarian lawyers. The challenge is to expand this past practice of tapping into the network of international humanitarian law a step further, not at the price of contact with those lawyers, but to add other features of academic research to the network.When you look back at 150 years history of ICRC, it’s a history of moving from charity to professionalism. And as we add complexities in the environment in which we operate, I think we have to take another leap forward in terms of improving the professional skills of our colleagues who are exposed to those complexities. This adds to the argument in favor of expanding cooperation and collaboration with research institutions.GAZETTE: Does the ICRC still feel neutrality is an important quality for humanitarian organizations?MAURER: The humanitarian community worldwide is deeply split on how best to respond to the challenges with which we are confronted. The larger part of organizations follow in the waters of the big U.N. ship, which is basically steering humanitarian action as an auxiliary of political solutions or strategic positions. ICRC has maintained that keeping the objectives separate and having humanitarian space as a stand-alone, with validity and an importance of itself, is of critical importance.GAZETTE: Does that guarantee you greater access to trouble spots?MAURER: It’s a question of access and, very frankly, also of security of our people. If we want to have access, impartiality and neutrality are critical. If we want to protect our colleagues who go into the most difficult situations of conflict worldwide, it’s of critical importance that we are perceived as being nonpolitical and genuinely oriented towards the needs of people. We are close to victims, close to perpetrators, and close to delivering assistance and protection according to needs and not to political agendas. So access is an important dimension, but it’s also our insurance policy for our staff in some of the most critical situations.It’s not by chance that, if you look at the most critical situations, from rural Afghanistan to Southern Yemen to Central and Southern Somalia to some of the most remote places in the Congo, to remote places in Southern Sudan to [the] Central African Republic outside Bangui, it’s always the ICRC and ICRC delegates and maybe Doctors Without Borders and one or two other institutions there. And I think it’s important to be aware that, if we lose the perception of being a neutral and impartial actor, we lose critical ability to act.GAZETTE: What are the places of greatest humanitarian need today and what are the places that aren’t getting the attention they need?MAURER: In humanitarian action, there is always a difficult triangle to manage. On the one side, you have attention to humanitarian issues. On the other side, you have real assessments of need. And on the third side, you have money. And one of the challenges is always to bring money to needs and to keep it in sync with attention. What we normally find is that there is no balance between the three. You have high attention on certain conflicts, which are not necessarily the highest needs and you have big needs in places with no attention and no money. So I’m always hesitant to list places, because it depends on your perspective.If you look at cruelty of warfare, Syria has an emblematic significance in today’s world. If you look at numbers of people living at the threshold of survival, Syria is not the worst of the crises with which we are confronted. We are at the present moment feeding more than 100,000 people … in South Sudan who don’t have anything and who die within days if humanitarian assistance is not provided. So depending on which lens you take, one or the other conflict has a different profile of needs, and again, I think one of the challenges of an organization like ICRC is to bring needs, attention, and money closer together.Interview was edited for length and clarity.
Marta Pauer-Tursi announces the launch of Borealis PR, a full-service public relations agency specializing in social marketing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and public affairs. Ms Pauer-Tursi is a seasoned communications specialist with ten years of corporate communications experience at a Fortune 100 company. Her career also includes nine years as an editor and writer at The New Yorker magazine.In opening Borealis PR, she brings experience in developing communications strategies for organizations seeking to pursue programs in corporate social responsibility. “In today’s business environment, transparency, accountability and reputation are crucial components of organizational identity,” said Ms Pauer-Tursi, “Companies are scrutinized by consumers and the media as much for how they run their business as for the profits they earn. That is why a solid strategy that communicates a company’s core values is essential.”Ms Pauer-Tursi and her colleagues who are specialists in law, human resources, public and environmental affairs will offer clients a broad range of strategic communications solutions to enhance market value and reputation. “With so much experience on the front lines, we will be able to offer more than counsel to clients,” Ms Pauer-Tursi said. The agency’s approach is to become fully integrated into clients’ marketing and communications teams.Borealis PR is Vermont’s first agency to specialize in CSR.For more information about Borealis PR visit www.borealispr.com(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New York Islanders went 4-5 on the power play but lost to the Carolina Hurricane 6-4 on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. They’re scheduled to face the New York Rangers at home on Thursday.The blood spilled at the next professional hockey game on Long Island may not be from two stickmen slugging it out on the ice, but should get people cheering nonetheless.The New York Islanders and the American Red Cross are teaming up for a blood drive at Nassau Coliseum before the NHL club plays the New Jersey Devils this weekend.Donors will receive vouchers for two tickets to a 2012-13 Islanders regular season home game and a free entrée from Moe’s Southwest Grill as a thank you gift for helping replenish Long Island’s blood supply.“By rolling up your sleeve, you may help provide lifesaving blood where and when it is needed,” said Donna Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Red Cross’ Northeast Division.One healthy blood donor can save up to three lives in the half hour it takes to give.The Islanders said turnout at the third annual event—the first of four planned blood drives at the Uniondale arena this year—is growing.The Red Cross blood drive will take place in the Lower Box Office of the coliseum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. before the puck drops at 7 p.m. Saturday, giving fans plenty of recovery time.Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.
November 08, 2019 Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined workers, employers and leaders of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund to announce state approval of five innovative apprenticeships that are helping workers to build careers in early childhood development, addiction counseling and as advanced medical assistants.“Apprenticeships have expanded beyond the traditional trades to careers in early education, health care and many more,” said Governor Wolf. “The apprenticeships create new and exciting opportunities to create training programs so workers can earn a paycheck while they learn, which creates a stronger workforce in Pennsylvania.”The District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund developed the five apprenticeships that are now registered with the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I). Three apprenticeships in early childhood development bring together multiple employers to create a first-of-its-kind training approach in the Philadelphia area to provide a pathway for workers to get their first technical credential up to a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification.The new apprenticeships include Direct Support Professionals, a first step in a career with classes at Thomas Jefferson University, and Child Development Specialists, with nine people attending Shippensburg University and working at First Start Partnerships for Children & Families, a Head Start in Franklin County. The third apprenticeship is for Early Childhood Pre-K Teachers, with nearly 80 apprentices working at dozens of employers and taking classes at Arcadia University, Community College of Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College.“Apprenticeships are a win-win for employers and apprentices,” said Cheryl Feldman, executive director of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. “They provide employers with skilled staff trained in work-based competencies through classroom and on the job learning at the workplace and provide apprentices with paid employment while working toward portable credentials.“As a workforce intermediary, the Training Fund strives to create multiemployer apprenticeship programs that serve the needs of healthcare, human services, and early childhood, providing a successful strategy that helps to address critical labor shortages. We are thankful to Governor Wolf for his leadership in supporting the creation and expansion of apprenticeships in non-traditional industries.”Expanding job training is a priority for the Wolf administration, which provided more than $500,000 to support the apprenticeships.“We have been thrilled with our participation in the Apprenticeship Project,” said Deb Green, director of the Parent Infant Center, which hosted today’s event. “Teachers are getting college credit for their experience in the field and are succeeding in their college coursework because of the additional supports that the project provides.“Their increased knowledge about best practices in the field of early childhood education so clearly impacts their classrooms and benefits the experiences of so many young children. It has been a win-win experience for everyone.”L&I also registered apprenticeships for addiction counselors and advanced medical assistants, both sponsored by the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. Apprentices who complete a registered apprenticeship earn nationally recognized credentials. Employers registering apprenticeships with L&I receive guidance, helpful contacts and access to grants and funding.Apprenticeships are part of the governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative to create the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for science and technology education and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs.The Wolf Administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office within L&I in 2016. The office has registered 156 new program sponsors and 223 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 18,187 statewide.Governor Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2025. Gov. Wolf Announces Innovative Apprenticeships in Early Education, Addiction Counseling, and Health Care SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
In total, 130 Pensionskassen (94%) were considered to have sufficient “risk-bearing capacity”, according to BaFin’s statement.BaFin supervises 138 Pensionkassen. It excused 16 from taking part in the stress test because it considered their “risk-bearing capacity” to be assured as a result of them pursuing low-risk investment strategies.A spokesman for BaFin said that Pensionskassen’s ability to bear risks had not changed significantly since last year.In an introduction to the regulator’s 2016 annual report, BaFin president Felix Hufeld said that Pensionskassen were under considerable pressure from low interest rates and have already begun to take measures to strengthen their risk-bearing capacity.Nearly all Pensionskassen have built up additional provisions, he said.However, he warned that some might not be able to deliver promised benefits in full if interest rates stayed low.According to statistics published in BaFin’s 2016 annual report, the average funding level at Pensionskassen was 131% and therefore in line with last year’s level of 132%.As at the end of 2016, Pensionskassen in Germany had €155bn in assets, up 5% from 2015. BaFin said they remained mainly invested in investment units, bearer bonds and other fixed-income securities, as well as registered bonds and loans.BaFin today said it would not disclose the names of the Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds, nor those of the companies financing them, that are due to participate in EIOPA’s second stress test of EU pension funds. Eight German Pensionskassen did not pass the German financial regulator’s stress test for 2016, BaFin has said.BaFin said the eight schemes were smaller Pensionskassen – insurance-based occupational pension plans – and did not belong to the 40 largest in the sector.The stress test examines how Pensionskassen would fare in four different situations involving short-term, adverse capital market changes. Last year seven did not pass the stress test, and the year before it was nine.The eight Pensionskassen failed BaFin’s stress test because they did not pass all scenarios tested. The supervisor said they generally missed the required funding level by a small margin.
94 Views no discussions Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar DaviesKINGSTON, Jamaica — Representatives of the People’s Republic of China and Jamaica on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) paving the way for an Air Services Agreement (ASA) to be established.Head of the Chinese delegation, Zhiyi Dong, who is the Deputy Administrator at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said Jamaica represented an area of intense interest for the Chinese.He was speaking at the signing ceremony at the offices of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing in Kingston.Citing the vast amount of infrastructural work being carried on in Jamaica by firms such as the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and the long period of friendship that has existed between the two countries, Dong said that establishing air links with the island would be a natural fit.He noted that apart from investment opportunities, Jamaica is renowned in the world as a popular tourist destination and to that end, direct air links would enhance economic, social and cultural opportunities afforded by such an eventuality. Share Sharing is caring! Share Share BusinessInternationalLifestylePrintTravel China signs MOU to establish air link with Ja by: Jamaica Observer – June 18, 2015 Tweet