Warburtons launches new environmental targets

first_imgWarburtons has announced its new environmental policy, which identifies the family firm’s key areas of focus for 2010 and beyond.In the document entitled ‘Building Success Responsibly’, the firm sets out its five areas of focus. These can be viewed at its newly launched corporate responsibility website, which documents the company’s full CR policy and ongoing achievements.They are: the managing of stewardship of the supply chain ethically and sustainably; reducing the impact of the Warburtons business on the environment; keeping employees safe and providing opportunities for learning and development; helping customers make healthy and environmentally friendly choices; support charities, organisations and projects in the local community.It has also set out a series of objectives to help monitor its progress, which include the aim to achieve a 20% reduction in C02 emissions, compared to it 2008 total, by 2020. Its transport-related targets include: a reduction in fuel usage of 10% by 2014, from its 2008 total; to explore the potential of using electric vehicles and alternative fuels; and to achieve zero growth in food miles from its 2009 total.Additional targets include a reduction in overall water usage of 20% by 2020, from its 2007 total, and to achieve zero bread and packaging waste from its bakeries to landfill from 2015.“CR is nothing new to Warburtons, as it has always been inherent in the way we run our business. The difference now is that we are communicating more and setting ourselves quantifiable targets to report back on,” explained corporate responsibility director Sarah Miskell.“Customers are continually looking to manufacturers to make the right choices and this is what we are looking to achieve in everything we do, as well as helping our suppliers and customers do the same.”The full document can be viewed at: www.warburtons.co.uk/corporate-responsibility.last_img read more

SBPD substation coming to Eddy Commons

first_img SBPD substation coming to Eddy Commons Twitter By Tommie Lee – April 29, 2020 0 371 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Eddy Street Commons (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) The South Bend Police will be moving a new substation into the Eddy Street Commons.The Board of Public Works approved the move after a free location was offered to the department by Kite Realty.The new location will give officers and the public more than one point of contact in the community. WSBT reports that the exact location of the substation hasn’t been decided, but police say it will offer protection and convenience. Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleBerrien County looks to expand COVID-19 testingNext articleGov. Holcomb announces contact tracing plan for COVID-19 cases Tommie Leelast_img read more

Chamber survey: Indiana businesses bullish for 2021 due to vaccine

first_img Facebook Chamber survey: Indiana businesses bullish for 2021 due to vaccine Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Workforce Development) Indiana business leaders view vaccines for COVID-19 as a primary ingredient in the state’s economic recovery. They also provide a mixed outlook on the prospects for their own organizations in the year ahead.The latest informal Indiana Chamber of Commerce economic survey, taking place online December 3-10, generated responses from 845 Chamber members and investors.Asked about the importance of widespread vaccine implementation to the state’s economic recovery, the average response was 8.21 on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being most important. In addition, 61% expect to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees, while 28% are not sure. Only 11% of respondents say no – they won’t encourage employees to get the vaccine.Potential on-site vaccinations for employees delivered a mixed response (23% yes; 39% no; and 38% not sure) with many citing the need for additional information.“The tremendous efforts to bring these highly effective vaccines to market so quickly will be mitigated if the majority of Hoosiers are not vaccinated,” says Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber president and CEO. “It is promising to see so many business leaders willing to support and encourage the vaccines.“Our ultimate business revival is dependent on this next step. Our economy will not be able to resume its full operations until the coronavirus is under control.”In projecting the 2021 outlook for their business, respondents were more optimistic than not.Nearly 50% (47%) indicated a return to “near normal” operations, versus 28% continuingat the reduced levels of 2020. Additionally, 20% expected similar growth in 2021 compared to recent years, with 6% fearing potential closure without economic recovery.When first asked in late June about long-term ramifications of the pandemic, 62% cited changing their business model to adapt to a new reality. That same question yielded a 56% response in December.Remote workforces are a new reality for many. Forty-three percent indicated that all or some employees would continue to work remotely in at least a portion of the coming year. On the productivity of remote workers throughout 2020: 51% said they were less productive (36% of that total in the “slightly less productive” category); 12% more productive; and 37% no change.Brinegar notes the Chamber will be leading advocacy efforts during the Indiana General Assembly session to look at incentives to attract additional talent, including remote workers, to the state.“This is all part of the fierce battle for talent,” he shares. “We simply need more highly qualified people in the workforce. Bringing them to our state to take advantage of our low cost of living and high quality of life – no matter where they work initially – will be a first step to having them live AND work in Indiana.”Additional survey findings include:Economic impact to your business in 2020 (on a 1-10 scale): 6.5. This matches the June response and is below the 7.2 average in AprilSpecific business impacts in 2020: Revenue loss, 71%; cash flow issues, 35%; suspended operations at least temporarily, 34%; employee layoffs, 29%; no/minimal impact, 16%; added employees, 13%Seventy-two percent (split evenly between very important and somewhat important) identify a new federal economic stimulus/relief package as a crucial factorMore than 50% of respondents have fewer than 50 employees. A broad cross section of industries was represented, with 24% in manufacturing and 17% in professional services. The latest survey followed previous polls in April and June.Charts of the key findings are available at www.indianachamber.com/charts. WhatsApp Previous articleMichigan small businesses can apply for grants TuesdayNext articleSenator Braun explains why he is calling Joe Biden the President-elect Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – December 15, 2020 0 111 Twitter WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Press release: PM statement with President Erdogan

first_imgPresident Erdogan, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Downing Street today.The UK-Turkey relationship is indispensable.The issues we have discussed underline just how important it is that we work ever more closely together to make our people safer and more prosperous.I’d like to start by addressing the troubling situation in Gaza and the West Bank, which President Erdogan and I have discussed today.The loss of life we have seen is tragic and extremely concerning.Such violence is destructive to peace efforts and we call on all sides to show restraint.There is an urgent need to establish the facts of what happened yesterday through an independent and transparent investigation, including why such a volume of live fire was used and what role Hamas played in events.Palestinians have the right to protest, but these protests must be peaceful. We are concerned that extremist elements are seeking to hijack legitimate protests to further their own objectives.And while we do not question the right of Israel to defend its borders, the use of live fire and the resulting loss of life is deeply troubling. We urge Israel to show restraint.It is in everyone’s interests for peace and stability to prevail in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.The discussions we have had today have covered the breadth and depth of our relationship.Allow me to say a few words on each of the key topics we’ve discussed.Firstly, we are NATO allies and remain firmly committed to the Alliance as the best way of guaranteeing our collective security.Since my visit to Ankara in January last year, both Turkey and the UK have suffered grievous attacks by terrorists.As Daesh is defeated militarily, we are aware of the risk of foreign fighters dispersing from Syria and Iraq.To counter this we have today agreed to take concrete steps towards measures that will formalise our information sharing.Our intent is to agree that when Turkish authorities return a British Citizen suspected of terrorist offences to Britain, they will do so with vital evidence such as media taken from mobile devices and transcripts of interviews.This will support our efforts to secure the convictions of those who seek to do us harm.We have also reaffirmed our commitment to deepen co-operation between the Home Office and the Turkish Ministry of the Interior.This commitment means that we will look at how our police, border, customs and coastguard agencies can share information more easily in order to tackle the terrorists and organised criminals involved in money laundering, drug smuggling and people and arms trafficking.Turkey is on the frontline of many vital issues for the UK, particularly in Syria where it is an important member of the Global Coalition Against Daesh.Today President Erdogan and I have reaffirmed our commitment to defeating Daesh and the need for a political settlement to end the war and provide stability for all of Syria, Turkey and the wider region.We also agreed on the need to ensure humanitarian access in Syria and on the importance of compliance with International Humanitarian Law and the protection of civilians by all sides.We reiterated our condemnation of the terrible chemical weapons attacks in Douma and on the streets of Salisbury.While clearly the two incidents differ in order of magnitude, they are part of a pattern of disregard for the global norms that prohibit the use of chemical weapons.Today President Erdogan and I agreed on the importance of restoring the international norm that the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and can never be acceptable.I underlined once again the UK position that the Salisbury attack was not just an act of attempted murder in Salisbury – nor just an act against the UK by Russia.It was an affront to the rules based system on which we all depend.The conflict in Syria has led to the displacement of millions of people, both within Syria and beyond.I pay tribute to Turkey’s extraordinary generosity in hosting more than three and a half million Syrian refugees and educating more than 600,000 Syrian children.We recognise the enormous effort that the Turkish authorities are making to give those refugees the help they need.In total the UK has committed more than £750 million both bilaterally and through the EU budget to the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, in order to support those efforts.During this visit the UK and Turkey have agreed high-level talks between our countries to explore ways in which we can work together to build capacity in the region and reduce the flow of migrants.The importance of the UK-Turkey partnership is also demonstrated by our growing trade relationship.Trade between the UK and Turkey has increased by more than 50 per cent over the past decade and is now worth more than £15 billion.We continue to build on this and look to our future trade relationship once the UK leaves the EU.During my visit to Ankara in 2017, we agreed to establish a trade working group to explore ways to liberalise and increase trade between the UK and Turkey.Our officials continue to work together to build a solid foundation on which our relationship can flourish.During my visit to Turkey, BAE Systems and TAI also agreed to collaborate on the pre-design phase of Turkey’s new TFX fighter jet, which resulted in a contract worth more than £100 million being signed in August 2017.This was the start of a deep and enduring defence partnership, including a new and unique government-to-government agreement that set a new framework for co-operation and dialogue, including between our defence ministries and air forces.And today we can discuss the next phase of this project, Rolls Royce’s bid to co-design the engine for the TFX fighter jet. This would support the development of aerospace engineering capability and jobs in the UK and Turkey and we look forward to continuing discussions.Finally, the UK stood with the Turkish people when its democracy came under attack in July 2016.It is right that those who sought to overthrow the democratically elected government are brought to justice.But it is also important that in the defence of democracy – which has been facing extraordinary pressures from the failed coup, instability across the border from Syria and from Kurdish terrorism – Turkey does not lose sight of the values it is seeking to defend.That is why today I have underlined to President Erdogan that we want to see democratic values and international human rights obligations upheld.Throughout this process and in the face of the shared challenges ahead, the UK will remain a true friend to Turkey.So President Erdogan once again thank you for your visit and for such productive talks.last_img read more

Notre Dame tri-military ROTC holds Veterans Day ceremony

first_imgFaculty, staff, cadets and midshipmen of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) held the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Clarke Memorial Fountain on Wednesday. Members of the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC participated in the ceremony to honor veterans.  Andrew Brannon, a first-year master’s student and second lieutenant in the Air Force, said the Veterans Day Ceremony is a big part of what they do in ROTC. “It’s thanking the veterans, making sure we’re aware of the sacrifices they’ve [made] and showing our appropriate respectfulness towards that,” Brannon said. For 24 hours prior to the ceremony, ROTC members held a vigil, taking shifts standing guard at Clarke Memorial Fountain to pay respects to veterans. The fountain was guarded despite the rain Tuesday night. “It’s similar to the theme that we have of being respectful, being professional [and] making sure that we have the proper respect for the veterans during the vigil, regardless of weather and conditions,” said sophomore Pat Campbell, a cadet third class. The ceremony began with remarks on the history of Veterans Day, the national anthem and a prayer.  Joe Donnelly, former U.S. Senator of Indiana, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Donnelly earned both his B.A. and J.D. from Notre Dame. He is now a professor at the University in the department of political science.Donnelly’s speech emphasized the heroism of our servicemen and women and of Notre Dame veterans’ contributions to the armed forces. He described the importance of the words, “God, Country, Notre Dame,” which is inscribed on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. “It’s so much more than a slogan,” Donnelly said. “It is the code by which we try to live our lives.”Donnelly spoke of Fr. William Corby, a former president of Notre Dame, who served as a Union Army chaplain in the Civil War. Corby was attached to the Irish Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg. Donnelly then addressed current Notre Dame ROTC members, affirming the importance of the lessons they learn at Notre Dame in regards to their future deployments with the military. “We believe in service [at Notre Dame], … and all of you who are in ROTC epitomize that completely,” Donnelly said. Notre Dame ROTC gifted Donnelly with a plaque in appreciation of his speech. “I thought [Donnelly’s speech] was really important,” Brannon said. “Especially at a time when our country is so divided. … It was a speech about unity and what brings us together and celebrating the sacrifices that everyone’s made so that we can get to where we are today.”Freshman Annmarie Hackworthy, a cadet fourth class, believes guarding the fountain is a good time for ROTC members to reflect on what veterans have sacrificed for our country and to remember they are falling in that line of duty. “It’s really cool to be able to honor the veterans by doing this,” Hackworthy said. “It’s a little thing that we can do for them when they gave it all.”Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, ROTC, Senator Joe Donnelly, Veterans Day Megan Fahrney | The Observer Members of the Notre Dame ROTC gathered in front of the Clarke Memorial Fountain to commemorate Veterans Day Wednesday evening.last_img read more

WATCH: Mountain Bike Goes Airborne After High-Speed Pass

first_imgThis short video, originally shared on the Cycling Today Twitter account, shows dash cam footage of every mountain biker and cyclists worst nightmare. In the video, an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed and hauling what appear to be two high end mountain bikes, loses one of the bikes to gravity after hitting a bump in the road. The driver continues on, seemingly oblivious to the carnage unfolding in his rear view, while the full suspension rig bounces off the pavement like some child’s play thing before narrowly missing another vehicle and careening off into a nearby field. Talk about a bad day.This is the nightmare for any bike owner pic.twitter.com/T1JhIpqu75— Cycling Today (@CyclingTodayEn) May 15, 2017last_img read more

Antarctic Brazilian Station Enters Final Phase of Reconstruction

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 21, 2018 The new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF, in Portuguese) is rising at a fast pace. The construction company is taking advantage of the summer months in the region to continue with the fourth and final phase. A fire on February 25, 2012, destroyed the entire Brazilian station. Officers from the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) and from other Brazilian government agencies have been monitoring the reconstruction since it began in 2016. According to MB Captain (R) Geraldo Gondim Juaçaba Filho, a special advisor on EACF reconstruction, the assembly of the western block and of isolated telecommunications, weather, and Very Low Frequency units, will be completed by March 31, 2018, the end of the Antarctic summer. “The eastern technical blocks, as well as the other isolated units, won’t be assembled until next summer, in the October 2018 to March 2019 period, when everything has to be finished,” he said. The structure being assembled in Antarctica was manufactured at the headquarters of the construction company. It corresponded to the third phase of reconstruction, completed from March to November 2017. “The pillars, structures, and containers that make up the blocks, as well as the isolated modules, the hazardous materials warehouse, and the diving, salvage and sediment washing modules, were all assembled and tested beforehand for their later disassembly, cataloging, and shipment to Antarctica on the Magnólia, a ship chartered by the company to transport them to the installation site,” Capt. Geraldo explained. MB keeps four engineering officers on site as supervisors, together with 15 other service members who make up the military personnel of the Antarctic Base Group. The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment also provided two inspectors from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, and the contractor has 212 employees plus the Magnólia crew. “Naval officers oversee the construction at corporate headquarters, as well as in Antarctica, but inspectors of the Ministry of the Environment reinforce the inspection in Antarctica,” Capt. Geraldo said. According to Capt. Geraldo, the construction project must meet unique specifications. Some issues, he said, were handled at the start of reconstruction. “Antarctica is very isolated—sometimes it takes 45 days of travel by ship for a load of prefabricated materials to reach the assembly site,” he said. Reconstruction done in stages The $99.6 million construction project was planned for four distinct and consecutive phases: two manufacturing and pre-assembly phases at company headquarters and two assembly phases in Antarctica. In the first phase of pre-assembly, from March to November 2016, all the foundations for the main building were pre-assembled and a realistic scale model was built. Over the summer, from December 2016 to March of 2017, the second phase, the start of the work in Antarctica, was completed. Foundations were laid and a job site with accommodations for 72 people was set up, with a platform and a crane to facilitate the unloading of materials from the ship chartered by the company. “Up to now, these phases have been unfolding as planned,” Capt. Geraldo said, adding that the fourth phase is expected to be completed in March 2019. “But in Antarctica, it’s not always possible to ensure deadlines. What dictates the pace of work there is the weather and the distance from warehouses. Even during the Antarctic summer, strong winds and snowstorms can interrupt work for days and parts or equipment damaged in transit can take weeks to be replaced,” he explained. MB supports researchers during reconstruction In a press release to Diálogo, Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications (MCTIC, in Portuguese) reported that Brazilian research in Antarctica continued after the fire and was carried out in the laboratory of the Antarctic Emergency Modules, and in a container with controlled temperature for biological experiments. “In the latest operations [2016, 2017, and 2018], it was only for security reasons during reconstruction that research activities in the area of the station were suspended or relocated to oceanographic polar vessels and polar camps, or even to foreign military bases,” MCTIC stated. The MCTIC press release also indicated that the research carried out is part of the 36th Antarctic Operation (XXXVI OPERANTAR), which began in October 2017.“This operation has approximately 250 researchers involved in Antarctic field activities spanning diverse disciplines. Brazilian universities and research institutes run important Antarctic projects in the fields of biology, climate, glaciology, geology, archeology and medicine, among others.” MB assists a large number of researchers during the construction project with the oceanographic support vessel Ary Rongel and the polar vessel Almirante Maximiano, as well as two aircraft. According to Capt. Geraldo, the ships support about 160 researchers spread out among 22 projects in 13 camps. “Research is carried out aboard the ships using laboratory equipment and organic materials,” he explained. According to MCTIC, research from the Brazilian Antarctic Program has a direct impact on basic and applied sciences in Brazil. “The new station was designed to house a larger number of laboratories with more modern equipment and greater specificity of use per area, and it will provide the scientific community the opportunity to carry out activities across a broad scientific field,” the MCTIC press release indicated.last_img read more

Judge OKs optional anthrax shots for troops

first_img DoD subsequently asked Sullivan to modify his injunction to allow for anthrax vaccinations under the emergency authority. Sullivan granted that motion yesterday, stipulating that the shots have to be voluntary. Sullivan’s ruling came in a suit filed by six military members and DoD civilian contractor employees. In an initial ruling in December 2003, the judge ordered DoD to stop requiring the shots on the ground that the FDA had never specifically approved the vaccine for inhalational anthrax. (The vaccine was originally licensed in 1970.) The FDA responded a week later with a declaration that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax. Sullivan then lifted his injunction in January 2004, little more than 2 weeks after he had issued it. Feb 2 CIDRAP News story “FDA issues emergency order on military anthrax shots” Then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson granted the Department of Defense (DoD) request on Jan 14. But the “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) said DoD had to make the vaccinations optional. Sullivan had ruled last October that the mandatory vaccination program was illegal because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in his opinion, did not follow proper procedures in approving the vaccine for inhalational anthrax, as opposed to cutaneous anthrax. He said troops could not be required to take the vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), without their informed consent or a special presidential waiver. Apr 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal judge who stopped the US military’s compulsory anthrax vaccination program last October has ruled that the Pentagon can resume giving anthrax shots, but only on a voluntary basis. In his ruling, Sullivan left the door open to challenges to the legality of the emergency authorization granted by HHS. He said his ruling signaled no “prejudice to a future challenge to the validity of any such EUA,” adding, “The court expressly makes no finding as to the lawfulness of any specific EUA that has been or may be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services.” The Department of Defense (DoD) said it was pleased with the ruling but did not predict when vaccinations will resume. In a brief statement provided by e-mail, DoD officials said, “No vaccinations will be offered until the Defense Department issues detailed implementing instructions in the near future.” District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC, said yesterday the Pentagon can administer the shots to volunteers under the terms of an emergency authorization granted in January by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Military officials had asked for the emergency authority on grounds that troops in some regions face a risk of anthrax attack. AVA requires six shots over a period of 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Last November HHS awarded an $877 million contract for a new anthrax vaccine that officials hope will require fewer doses and have fewer side effects. The contract went to VaxGen Inc., Brisbane, Calif., for 75 million doses, which are destined for the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies to protect the public. AVA is derived from whole anthrax microbes, whereas the new vaccine contains a purified form of just one anthrax component, called protective antigen. See also: More than 1.3 million people have received anthrax shots in the DoD program since 1998, according to the Pentagon. Hundreds of troops have refused the shots out of concern about side effects, and some have been punished or forced out of the military as a result. Last December, the FDA quietly published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on a proposal to confirm the vaccine’s approval for all forms of anthrax. The deadline for comments was Mar 29. But in his subsequent ruling in October 2004, Sullivan said the FDA had failed to follow its own rules in declaring the vaccine safe for all forms of the disease. Those rules, set up after the FDA took over drug licensing from another federal agency in 1972, included gathering public comments. Sullivan said that the FDA’s declaration relied partly on evidence on which the public never had a chance to comment. In December, military officials responded to the ruling by asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for emergency authority to resume the vaccination program. Under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the FDA, in a declared emergency, can authorize the use of a medical product that has not gained ordinary FDA approval. Nov 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story “HHS to spend $877 million on new anthrax vaccine”last_img read more

Anti-racism protests turn spotlight on icons of US history

first_imgThe statue, whose pedestal has already been covered with anti-racist graffiti, has held pride of place for a century in Richmond, the Confederate capital during the Civil War.In Washington, a statue of Confederate general Albert Pike was torn down last week.Increasingly, other figures who hold large places in American history are also not safe, and on Monday evening a crowd tried to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, in Lafayette Park, close to the White House. As the wave of anti-racism protests rocking the United States brings down monuments to figures linked to the country’s history of slavery, the spotlight is shifting to historic characters long considered untouchable.Although protesters initially focused on removing statues of Confederate generals, the movement has begun to turn its focus to icons of US history, including the nation’s founders Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and President Theodore Roosevelt.The death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 has sparked debate around statues and monuments honoring people central to the US’ slave system, some of which have been pulled down or vandalized. ‘Hurt beyond repair’ Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, has been the target of some protesters, with many statues of the leader vandalized.Even though he was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, he also owned more than 600 slaves and viewed black men as inferior to white, according to the website of his Virginia plantation-turned-museum, Monticello.”There are many statues of him that should come down,” wrote television host Shannon LaNier last week in an essay for Newsweek. LaNier is a descendant of Sally Hemings, one of Jefferson’s slaves with whom he fathered several children.Seeing statues “of their ancestors’ slave master, a murderer, or a white supremacist” causes “hurt beyond repair” for many African Americans, LaNier wrote.Even the nation’s father and first president, George Washington, is no longer beyond reproach: he owned 100 slaves at his Mount Vernon plantation, south of the federal capital bearing his name.”Putting a statue in a public place, it’s a form of veneration, and many people now ask why are we venerating people who owned slaves,” said Gallaher.In her opinion, even if the differences between Lee and the Founding Fathers are clear, “they all have slaves, and that’s what bothers people so much.”She noted that other members of the Founding Fathers had “questioned the morality of slavery.” History in museums For Daniel Domingues, an associate professor of history at Rice University in Houston, any monument to Jefferson “should be contextualized with a plaque or added inscriptions.”The city of New York opted for another route, deciding to remove a statue of the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, from the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History.The move, decried by President Donald Trump, was due to the judgment that the statue represented colonialist and racist views.The bronze statue depicted “Teddy” Roosevelt on horseback, while a black man and a Native American walked beside him.The museum explained Sunday that the statue “explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.”The website noted that Roosevelt was considered a progressive environmental defender at the start of the 20th century, but he also maintained racist opinions.”Where do you draw the line, from Gandhi all the way to George Washington?” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany asked Monday.Trump has defended the Confederate monuments and said that removing them would destroy US history and culture.But “erasing the statues is not erasing the past, it should be read as being a part of the history,” Domingues told AFP, noting that American history “is preserved in history books or museums.”Gallaher, who grew up in Virginia, agreed: “People don’t learn their history from statues. You will learn about George Washington even if a statue is not there,” she said.center_img The ongoing protests are “a battle over the narrative of American history in the realm of statues,” Carolyn Gallaher, a professor at American University in Washington, told AFP.”In the South, people decided to venerate confederates. Protesters are saying, ‘No more.'”Slavery served as the economic backbone of the American South until the end of the American Civil War (1861-1865), and has left a lasting mark on both daily culture and stereotypes and perceptions of the region.In Virginia, where some of the first English colonies were established before becoming the heart of American slave country, protesters have called for the removal of a statue of General Robert E Lee, the leader of the Confederate army. Topics :last_img read more

​Webb says single pensions regulator not ‘in my in-tray’

first_imgSteve Webb has defended the UK government’s decision to leave the current regulatory environment – whereby pension matters are jointly overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Pensions Regulator (TPR) – unchanged, insisting the idea of reforming the system was “not in my in-tray”.The pensions minister’s comments come shortly after outgoing National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) chairman Mark Hyde Harrison said the split was “increasingly unsustainable” in light of auto-enrolment.Webb reasoned, while addressing the NAPF annual conference in Manchester, that in light of the number of changes already underway within the UK pension system, it was not the right time for a wholesale reorganisation.“Let me ask a rhetorical question,” the Liberal Democrat MP said. “In the midst of automatic enrolment, the end of contracting out, worries about pensions liberation fraud, tackling small pots and a big upheaval generally and all of that, is now the time to restructure the regulatory regime?” He said that, “on balance”, his view was it was not the right time for change, but admitted there were “certainly” issues within the current arrangement that saw areas of the pensions market overseen by his own Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), the Treasury, the FCA and TPR that needed improving.But he added: “At the moment, the idea of writing a new regulatory regime is not in my in-tray, I have to say.”His comments come after Hyde Harrison, now succeeded by Rushton Smith as the group’s chairman, insisted that reform was needed, despite the difficulties it could entail.The former chief executive of the Barclays UK Retirement Fund said that, due to auto-enrolment – which allows both FCA-regulated, contract-based arrangements and trust-based schemes overseen by TPR to be used – the split would “become increasingly apparent – and increasingly unsustainable”.“Any shift won’t be easy – I recognise that,” he said during the conference’s opening address. “But it doesn’t mean we should dodge the issue.“The priority has to be ensuring better and fairer pensions for people. We need the right regulatory environment to help us achieve that.”Calls for a single pensions regulator have come from a number of sources, most notably from the National Audit Office and the parliamentary committee on work & pensions.However, a single regulator has been rejected both by the DWP and a junior Treasury minister, while the chairman of TPR, Michael O’Higgins, said reform to the regulatory system would be unwise.last_img read more