PPF announces plans for survival

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is today expected to unveil plans to generate enough cash to cover all employers’ future benefits by 2030. The PPF’s Long-Term Funding Strategy will use a programme of adjustable employer levies. Tuesday 24 August 2010 8:43 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com PPF announces plans for survival whatsapp KCS-content Sharelast_img read more

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Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgStaco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileStaco Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover non-life insurance for fire, general accident, motor vehicle, oil and gas, marine, aviation, bond and engineering. Other insurance products cover fidelity guarantees, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, employer liability, burglary, public liability and group/personal accident as well as transportation insurance which includes motor, marine hull and cargo and aviation insurance. Fire and bond insurance products cover fire and special perils, homeowner/holder, all-risks, engineering and bond insurance. Customised insurance products cover motor insurance, personal protection and homeowners insurance. Staco Insurance Plc has business interests in Sierra Leone offering life and non-life insurance products to individuals and corporate customers. Formerly known as Standard Trust Assurance Plc, the company changed its name to Staco Insurance Plc in 2006. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Staco Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Here’s how I’d invest like a millionaire to achieve financial freedom

first_img Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 17th January, 2021 Here’s how I’d invest like a millionaire to achieve financial freedom Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alphabet (A shares). Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img My investment pot is growing and I was curious to find out how millionaires invest once they’ve made their millions. And a quick Google search revealed plenty of reports based on interviewing real-life millionaires and billionaires from around the globe.How I’d invest like a millionaireOne of the key findings is most millionaires invest the bulk of their wealth in assets that will appreciate in value over time rather than in assets that depreciate. And that seems logical because, having made their own fortunes, the first priority for most would probably be to hang on to it. I’m mindful of the old adage ‘a fool and his money are easily parted’.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Of course, most millionaires aren’t fools. Otherwise they wouldn’t have built their fortunes in the first place. And it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that most rich people choose the mainstream asset classes of property (real estate) and equities (shares) as homes for most of their wealth. Both classes of assets have the potential to deliver expanding returns over the long term.And much millionaire wealth can be found in equities listed publicly on the stock market. Just like all investors, the degree of hands-on execution of their investment strategies varies between individuals. Some millionaires are content with bunging their fortunes into tracker funds. Others select managed funds and investment trusts. And some love the challenge of investing and aim to beat the general market’s performance by selecting individual shares.My own approach would involve spreading money between all the options. I’d want to achieve diversification of investment strategy alongside diversification between underlying businesses.Keys to building wealth with sharesOf course, there are as many ways as anyone can think of to make the millions in the first place. But one common theme among today’s self-made rich is they were careful with money on the way up. It almost goes without saying they saved loads and kept spending well below their incomes. That said, many lived a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle while building their fortunes.The great news is, one well-proven path to building a fortune worth at least a million is through the process of investing itself. We don’t all have to be company chief executives on half a million a year to accumulate a million. Many people earn average salaries, invest well and, over time, build up their assets to a seven-figure sum.I reckon the key to wealth generation via investing in shares is to avoid big losses and to compound gains. And we don’t have to find the next big multi-bagging whizz-bang share to make good money from investing. Compounding steady gains over a long period of time can produce outstanding returns.So, to build wealth and achieve financial freedom, I’d use the very same vehicles millionaires use to preserve theirs. Namely, index tracker funds, investment trusts, managed funds and the shares of companies with good-quality underlying businesses. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

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Heavy Metal / Hufft Projects

first_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Joplin, United States “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/233833/heavy-metal-hufft-projects Clipboard United States Save this picture!+ 27 Share Manufacturers: FleetwoodText description provided by the architects. Heavy Metal draws its name, and it’s straight forward industrial aesthetic, from the custom perforated steel panels which form the envelope of the residence. Numbering more than 200 in all, each panel has a unique set of perforations based on a simple set of programmatic responses to interior and exterior conditions, which are scrutinized to determine where privacy (opacity) is most critical and where openness (transparency) is desired.Save this picture!Once this diagrammatic concept is understood it is processed through a series of computer aided iterations to generate the residence’s signature façades. A gradient of these two polarities gives form to the residence’s signature steel solar screens. Heavy Metal’s plan is a variation on a traditional courtyard parti, with a large outdoor space bound on two sides by the steel and glass façade. The central living/dining area acts as the heart of the residence, with its increased ceiling height and warm walnut ceilings, the space is inviting and comfortable.Save this picture!This central space is flanked by two wings containing guest bedrooms and the master suite, respectively, which act to define the edges of the private courtyard retreat, while a large photo studio anchors the transition between the three main spaces, completing the L-shaped plan. The lightness of Heavy Metal’s perforated exterior steel skin in conjunction with the monolithic concrete walls, exposed structural steel, warm rich walnut, and large expanses of glass give the home a distinctively classic modernist character.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessAndronikos Hotel Interiors / Klab ArchitectureArticlesVideo: One World Trade Center 2004-2012Articles Share Heavy Metal / Hufft Projects Architects: Hufft Projects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Area:  6800 m² Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Heavy Metal / Hufft ProjectsSave this projectSaveHeavy Metal / Hufft Projects ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/233833/heavy-metal-hufft-projects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeHufft ProjectsOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJoplinUnited StatesPublished on May 14, 2012Cite: “Heavy Metal / Hufft Projects” 14 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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There’s no place like home for Horned Frogs’ bounce-back

first_imgFacebook Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podell Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ + posts Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Previous articleHigh school hoops: Arlington Heights and Country Day lose, Paschal survivesNext articleFootball adds seven to round out 2019 class Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Linkedin Facebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printAlex Robinson drives to the hoop against Baylor. Photo by Cristian ArgeutaSoto. Entering Wednesday’s game, Jamie Dixon’s club is coming off back-to-back road losses to No. 18 Texas Tech and Baylor, including the worst loss in Dixon’s tenure, a 26-point defeat to the Bears on Saturday.However, Wednesday provides TCU with an opportunity to halt its slide against Oklahoma State, the Big 12’s ninth-place team, with a chance to improve to 4-0 at home in Big 12 play.“Right now we look at them [OSU] as the best team in the league,” Dixon said. “We have prepare that way, think that way, and play that way. That’s our mentality. We have to be at our best to get back where we want to.” That attitude is justified since the Cowboys’ strength is from behind the arc. They shoot a Big 12-best 38.6 percent from the three-point line, an area where TCU slipped drastically after it led the conference in perimeter defense entering last week. Oklahoma State is powered by the Big 12’s best long-distance sniper, Lindy Waters III, who shoots 46.5 percent from three as well as Thomas Dziagwa who leads the conference in three-point field goals made per game, connecting on three per game. “They’re really talented. They’re dangerous,” point guard Alex Robinson said. “But we need to make sure that we handle our business and do what we’re supposed to do on the defensive end.”Last week, TCU allowed Texas Tech and Baylor to race ahead early by hitting a combined 13 first-half three’s and shoot a total of 24 of 49 from downtown.“We have a short memory,” Robinson said. “We know we’re coming back home and we’re undefeated at home. We need to focus on improving the things we need to improve on.” Overall, the team’s schedule sets up for them to make a push in the conference standings as six of their remaining 10 games will take place at Schollmaier Arena.“Our league is ups and downs,” Dixon said. “It’s who is healthy, who is playing well, who is playing on the road and who is at home. Everybody goes through a run, everybody goes through a slide.”Robinson poised to make historyRobinson, who tweaked his left wrist and right hand, is expected to be a full-go against Oklahoma State after going through medical evaluation, Dixon said Monday.Robinson said his injuries were “nothing big” and that he doesn’t anticipate missing any time. If that’s the case, then the senior point guard is set to make program-history in front of the Fort Worth faithful Wedesday as he sits four assists away from becoming the all-time assists leader in TCU history. Former Horned Frog point guard and current graduate coaching assistant Corey Santee holds the record with 575. Robinson is averaging 7.4 assists per game, the highest mark of any Big 12 player and the fourth highest rate in all of college basketball. “We have a really good chance to make a big run in the second half of the Big 12,” Robinson said. “We have a lot of home games. Our away games seem pretty manageable at this point.”Robinson has had fewer than four assists in just two of the Frogs’ 21 games.“Obviously a big part of our offense comes from his penetration and his dishing it out,” Dixon said. “There’s good stats to be excited about. You want guys to be hungry for rebounds and assists. We’re excited for him.”But Robinson said getting the win over Oklahoma State means more in the moment.“That’s the main focus,” he said. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter Twitter Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee ReddIt Alex Robinson drives to the hoop against Baylor. Photo by Cristian ArgeutaSoto. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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Murder of journalist is eighth this year

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemned the murder of radio presenter, Eldy Gabinales, who was shot dead in Tandag, on Mindanao island, in the south of the country. He is the eighth journalist to be murdered in 2004.Gabinales, also known as Eldy Sablas, worked for DXJR-FM radio. Witnesses said he was coming out of a shop on 19 October when a motorbike pillion passenger opened fire, shooting him three times in the back and the head. Both men escaped and there have been no arrests.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Philippines government to do everything possible to shed light on the case. “We urge you to set up an “Eldy Gabinales Task Force” with the financial resources to carry out a thorough investigation,” it said in a letter to Interior and Local Government Secretary, Angelo Reyes.One of Gabinales’s radio colleagues Arnel Espadera, said that he had been working between February and April 2004 for the programme “Enkwentro” (Encounters) and “Bakres” broadcasting in Tandag, in Surigao province.  He then took a break from the radio before returning to co-present “Singgit sa mga Lungsuranon” (Complaints from citizens).  He had in particular exposed drug trafficking and illegal gaming in the town.In between radio work, Gabinales was one of those responsible for the security of Surigao provincial governor, Vicente Pimentel, during senate elections in May.Police have said they do not yet know the motives for the killing. “No likely leads should be ruled out at this stage,” Reporters Without Borders told the interior minister.Eight journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1st January 2004. After Iraq, it is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. A total of seven were murdered while doing their job in the Philippines during 2003. October 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder of journalist is eighth this year to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned the murder of radio presenter EldyGabinales of DXJR-FM, who was shot dead on 19 October in Tandag in the southof the country. It called on the Philippines government to do everything possible to investigate this latest killing. After Iraq, the Philippines is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. News Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF_en May 3, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Receive email alerts February 16, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Philippines Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago PhilippinesAsia – Pacific June 1, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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Rep. Schiff Secures $5 Million in Appropriations for Full West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that the Appropriations Committee has included $5 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for the Earthquake Early Warning System, the first time Congress has ever provided funding specifically for the system. Earlier this year, Schiff led a group of 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon in organizing a request that the committee fund an early earthquake warning system. A limited system developed by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and University of Washington, in conjunction with the United State Geological Survey (USGS), has already been deployed and has proven that the early warning technology is sound.This $5 million in funding will allow those developing the statewide system to begin purchasing and installing additional sensors, hire new staff members, and come closer to deploying comprehensive early earthquake warning coverage throughout earthquake prone regions of the West Coast. The Schiff language included in the Appropriations bill reads: “…the Committee provides $5,000,000 from within the funds provided for Earthquake Hazards to transition the earthquake early warning demonstration project into an operational capability on the West Coast.”“It’s critical that the West Coast implement an earthquake early warning system that will give us a heads up before the ‘big one’ hits, so we can save lives and protect infrastructure,” said Rep. Schiff. “We are constantly reminded of our vulnerability – with tremors, earthquakes and aftershocks rattling our homes and businesses – and even a few seconds of warning will allow people to seek cover, automatically slow or stop trains, pause surgeries and more. This first phase of funding will allow the work to begin expanding the system, and we will continue to work to secure future funding along with our other federal, state and local partners.”“Caltech and its partners are very grateful that the House of Representatives is sending a strong signal of support for implementation of an earthquake early warning for the West Coast,” said President Thomas F. Rosenbaum of the California Institute of Technology. “We look forward to moving ahead with this critical technology over the next few years.”In April, Rep. Schiff and 25 Members from California, Washington and Oregon sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee urging them to fully fund an earthquake early warning system. Schiff’s letter requested additional funding for the Earthquake Hazards Program in USGS to kickstart the process of building out the early warning system so we can be ready for the next big quake. In the letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, the Members wrote:Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member Moran:As you craft the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you provide the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with an additional $16.1 million for the construction, operation and maintenance of an Earthquake Early Warning System.The USGS, in collaboration with Caltech, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington, has developed an Earthquake Early Warning system that detects waves radiating from the epicenter of a quake and would provide people with several to tens of seconds of warning in California, and up to few minutes in Washington and Oregon through their phones, computers and other media. With advanced notice, people can take cover, automated systems can be triggered to slow down trains and manage the power grid, doctors can pause surgeries, and more. The technology has been tested and proven to work effectively.An Earthquake Early Warning system along the West Coast would cost $16.1 million per year to construct, operate and maintain. FEMA has estimated that earthquakes cost the United States, averaged over the long term, more than $5 billion a year. This common-sense investment will save lives, protect businesses, and could make a real difference in more rapid recovery for local communities, the federal government and the economy as a whole.While we cannot predict when and where the next major earthquake will hit, we must do all we can to prepare ourselves so that we can mitigate the injuries, destruction, and chaos as much as possible. We appreciate your consideration of our request, and we look forward to working with you. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Government Rep. Schiff Secures $5 Million in Appropriations for Full West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System Funding Will Be Used to Hire New Staff, Purchase Equipment, and Begin Implementation of System Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | 11:23 am Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Burglars take off with $300K in cash and jewelry after ransacking LA mansion

first_imgJack Berman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — It appeared to be a well-planned heist.Burglars smashed their way into a multi-million dollar Los Angeles mansion, ransacked the home, and somehow managed to take a 1,000-pound safe with $300,000 worth of money and jewelry inside.Records show the home belongs to inventor Ronald Katz, the brother of Broadway star Joel Grey and uncle of “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey.Los Angeles Police are now searching for the suspects. Surveillance video obtained first by ABC News shows a woman jumps into the passenger’s seat of a red SUV before it drives away with its hatch up and a massive safe visible from the back.Police say a housekeeper was at home and heard noises, but that she thought it was the owners returning home. Then, she saw the suspects inside the mansion.Detectives believe the suspects smashed their way through the home’s front gate using their SUV. Pieces of that vehicle were left behind — including a side mirror — and they are being analyzed by police.The home is worth around $15 million and is down the street from the Playboy Mansion.The Katz family declined to want to talk about the burglary.The LAPD has been aggressively going after serial burglars who have been hitting L.A.’s wealthiest and most famous homes in recent years.Last month, detectives announced the arrest of 32-year-old Benjamin Ackerman, who is accused of burglarizing numerous celebrities’ homes. His alleged victims included Usher, Jason Derulo, Adam Lambert, and a member of the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Last year, Los Angeles Police also dismantled a burglary ring that targeted wealthy victims. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A criminal waste

first_imgFromthis autumn, employers in charge of recruiting staff to work in close contactwith children or other vulnerable groups will have an additional tool withwhich to check out applicants. Will the Criminal Records Bureau help weed outpotential miscreants or does it encourage discriminatory recruitment policies?sarah-jane north investigatesThedisclosure system operated by the newly formed Criminal Records Bureau willenable employers to discover any skeletons in the cupboards of those it isconsidering taking on. Plans have already been made to extend the CRB’s serviceto provide basic disclosure for anyone who believes they need to prove theyhave nothing to hide, regardless of their field of work.TheCriminal Records Bureau, an executive agency of the Home Office, was borne outof rising concerns that people with flawed employment records, even thosealready banned from working with certain groups, were slipping through the net.However, concerns have been voiced about the potential for employers to abusethis new service and possibly discriminate against anyone with even theslightest blemish on their CV.Formany, the CRB’s key selling point will be its ability to tap into a variety ofinformation sources to discover a person’s criminal, or law-abiding, past. Atpresent, records of a person’s criminal convictions or their unsuitability forposts are held on numerous databases. Through the CRB an employer gains accessnot only to the Police National Computer (PNC), the centralised information pointfor the police forces of England and Wales, but also to records held by localpolice forces. TheCRB can also access records held by the Department of Health about peopleconsidered unsuitable for work with children or with vulnerable adults andsimilar records held by the Department for Education and Employment. The CRBwill also access records held in Scotland and Northern Ireland whenappropriate. According to the nature of the job or position involved,information will be drawn from the PNC alone or every source.”TheCRB has come out of the whole issue of child protection and the recognitionthat current arrangements for making checks into an individual’s past were toolimited,” explains bureau chief executive Bernard Herdan. “The CRB isabout opening up access to information and joining together the varioussources.”Butemployers’ organisations and civil liberties campaigners have raised concernsabout fraudulent access to sensitive information, as well as the potential forabuse of disclosed information and discrimination against people with minor orirrelevant criminal episodes in their past. The CRB claims these concerns havehelped shape the service it aims to provide.Theindividual applying for a job must make the application for a disclosure. Standardand enhanced disclosures need to be endorsed by a person or organisationregistered in advance with the CRB. The CRB will start registeringorganisations wishing to become registered bodies in May. Those registeringmust sign up to the CRB’s code of practice, designed to ensure that alldisclosure information is handled confidentially and fairly. All disclosuresmust be kept securely and be disposed of once a decision based on them has beenmade. “Weare concerned that employers may use this information to exclude ex-offendersfrom a number of jobs,” explains Meera Dhingra, spokeswoman for prisonerresettlement charity Nacro. “This would work against other governmentmeasures to get ex-offenders into work and may also increase crime, as unemployedex-offenders are far more likely to re-offend.”Nota means of shortlistingTheCRB is keen to communicate a strong message to employers that the detailssupplied by the bureau are intended to be only one part of a thoroughrecruitment process which checks the suitability of successful candidates.Employers should not rely on criminal records alone to gain a full picture of aperson’s fitness for the job. “Weacknowledge that there is a danger of employers using the information as ameans of shortlisting applicants,” admits Herdan. “An uneducatedemployer might misunderstand the intentions of this service. It should be usedonly when the employer is ready to make a job offer.”Byrequiring the job candidate to make the disclosure application, the CRB claims itis making the process more transparent and ending a tradition of rooting aroundfor such information behind an applicant’s back. The requirement for acandidate’s consent to the checks is also consistent with human rights and dataprotection legislation concerning personal privacy. Herdan is urging employersto make it clear that a disclosure will be required for a job and to offerapplicants the opportunity to declare any convictions . TheCRB is working with the CIPD and ex-offenders organisation, the Apex Trust, toproduce guidance for employers on how to use the information, itsconfidentiality and the relevancy of offences to different jobs. A caution, forexample, for the possession of cannabis while a student should not affect thejob prospects of a 50-year-old.”Anecdotalevidence and research have both revealed that as far as employers are concerneda criminal record is one of the worst things to have on your CV. Most tend tohave blanket exclusion policies,” says Dianah Worman, adviser on diversityand equality for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.”Weneed to make sure that employers know about this useful recruitment tool, butalso how to use it responsibly. There is a legitimate concern that employerswill start to require a basic disclosure for all jobs. But what they need torealise is that in most cases all they will get is a blank sheet of paper.”Havingbeen among the lucky few who already had access to such information, localgovernment employers face less of a learning curve as to how to handle andassess disclosures. However, it has one concern that will undoubtedly also bein the minds of many organisations. The sector is suffering severe recruitmentproblems in areas such as teaching and social services and needs no furtherobstacles to encouraging job candidates. But Mike Walker, assistant director ofthe Local Government Employers Organisation, says he is concerned thatministers have made no additional provision to foot the bill for disclosures.Atpresent the cost for providing a disclosure is to be borne by the jobapplicant. However, it will be open to employers to reimburse the cost to theapplicant, much as they do train fares and other expenses to attend interviews.The Government recently announced that Standard and Enhanced Disclosures willbe free of charge for volunteers. The charges for other applicants have yet tobe set but are expected to be in the region of £10 per disclosure. “Weare worried that with recruitment problems in many areas a further barrier toapplicants will be unhelpful,” says Walker. TheDisclosure schemeFromearly autumn 2001 two levels of disclosure, Standard and Enhanced, will beavailable, dependent on the type of work involved. The CRB will offer adviceand as to which kind of disclosure is needed in individual cases. Eachdisclosure will contain the date it was produced and will be accurate as ofthis date. The original will be sent to the applicant and a copy to theregistered body that countersigned the application. Basic disclosures will beavailable from next year.Standarddisclosures (criminal records certificate)–Are for positions involving regular contact with those aged under 18, or withvulnerable adults –May also be relevant for occupations involving positions of trust –Will contain details of all convictions on record including current and spentconvictions. They will also include details of any cautions, reprimands orwarnings held on the PNC–Will give information contained on Department of Health and Department forEducation and Employment lists of those unsuitable to work with children orvulnerable adults in education or health care, if the job or position involvesregular contact with people in these areas –Will normally be provided within one week of the application being made.Enhanceddisclosures (enhanced criminal records certificate)–Are for posts involving greater contact with children or vulnerable adults, forexample, regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge ofsuch people–Also for candidates that are seeking gaming and lottery licences or judicialappointments –Will contain the information included on a standard disclosure –May also contain information that is held locally by the police –Normally be provided within three weeks of the application being made.Basicdisclosures (criminal convictions certificate)–Available from summer 2002–Contains information only on current convictions–Available to any individual, regardless of their field of employment–Sent only to the applicant. Source:Criminal Records Bureau A criminal wasteOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Design of UK Navy’s Tide Tankers Completed, Construction Begins in a Year

first_img View post tag: Tide July 9, 2013 Industry news Design of UK Navy’s Tide Tankers Completed, Construction Begins in a Year View post tag: Marine Engineering View post tag: begins View post tag: completed Share this article View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today Design of UK Navy’s Tide Tankers Completed, Construction Begins in a Year View post tag: construction View post tag: Tankers View post tag: Yearcenter_img View post tag: Daewoo Shipbuilding View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UK View post tag: Tidesurge View post tag: Tideforce View post tag: Naval View post tag: Tidespring View post tag: Navy Work will begin on the UK Navy’s next-generation tankers in a year’s time after design teams in the UK completed their plans for the four vessels. RFA Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce will provide the Fleet – including the giant future carriers – with fuel, water, spare parts and other supplies for a quarter of a century once they enter service from 2015.In around 12 months’ time the first steel will be cut on Tidespring, the first of the new 37,000-tonne vessels which will provide fuel, water, stories and supplies to sustain the Fleet – and especially its new carriers – around the world.Hundreds of design drawings and plans have been drawn up by BMT Defence Services, working with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Scale models have been built and tested in the gigantic water tank at Haslar in Gosport, where Tidespring ‘refuelled’ HMS Queen Elizabeth in various sea conditions.With the designs for the £450m quartet – RFA Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce – now complete, it’s down to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to draw up the detailed plans so they can begin construction next year.The ships will carry 19,000 cubic metres – more than seven times the capacity of an Olympic-sized swimming pool – of fuel for a ship’s engines and aircraft.A new replenishment at sea rig has been built at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint to practise using both the new tankers and the ‘reception areas’ on the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.As well as both the tankers and the carriers being much bigger than their predecessors, the tankers should also be able to deliver their supplies up to two and a half times faster than the vessels which have gone before them. “A Range Rover’s fuel tank connected to all four 7in hoses on the starboard size of a Tide tanker would be full in 0.12 seconds,”said naval architect Mark Lewis from the future tanker project.“Unfortunately, the fuel would be passing through a standard petrol station’s nozzle at around Mach 2 – and completely destroy your vehicle.”The Tides will be much more than mere floating filling stations. There’s space for eight ISO containers on the forecastle, holding anything from humanitarian aid to large stores or kit for special missions.Typically the ships will have a crew of 63, including 17 officers and 12 senior ratings. But there is accommodation on board for another 45 souls, such as RFA sailors undergoing training, Royal Marines and the ship’s helicopter; the flight deck can take a Merlin if required.All four ships will be built at Daewoo’s yard at Okpo-dong in south-east South Korea which produces 70 commercial and specialist ships – such as the South Korean Navy’s destroyers – every year.From the first steel being cut to launch will take each ship around ten months. After undergoing sea trials off the Korean peninsula, the ships will be brought to Britain where they’ll undergo ‘customisation’ – fitting classified and UK-only systems on board to support their mission alongside the RN.Tidespring is due to be handed over to the MOD in October 2015, with the final vessel, Tideforce, completed in April 2017. All are expected to serve at least a quarter of a century.[mappress]Press Release, July 9, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Tiderace View post tag: designlast_img read more

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