National Microfinace Bank Plc (NMB.tz) 2010 Presentation

first_imgNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 presentation For more information about National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz)  2010 presentation Company ProfileNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB) is a commercial bank in Tanzania offering financial solutions for individuals, small-to-medium-sized businesses and large corporations. NMB operates in several segments; wholesale banking, retail banking, agribusiness and treasury. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to time deposits to fixed deposits, and Kilimo, Chap and Chipukizi accounts. NMB also offers loans to entrepreneurs, bank guarantees, and export and import financing, supply chain financing and letters of credit. Other services include forex, cash exchange, institutional and transactional banking, and payment and collection services. NMB has an extensive network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Tanzania. National Microfinance Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgSociete Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileSociété Générale Ghana Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services to the retail, corporate, investment and treasury sectors in Ghana. Its retail product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to education loans, finance lease facilities and e-banking services. Its corporate product offering ranges from transactional banking to bonds and guarantees, working capital and capital expenditure financing and corporate staff credit conversion services. Société Générale Ghana Limited also offers loans and credit facilities as well as deposits and transaction accounts for small- and medium-sized enterprises. The company was founded in 1975 and was formerly known as SG-SSB Limited until 2013 and its name was changed. Société Générale Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of SG Financial Services Holding. Its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Société Générale Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Maiten House / Cristian Hrdalo

first_imgSave this picture!© Guy Wenborne+ 33 Share Projects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/795887/maiten-house-cristian-hrdalo Clipboard Maiten House / Cristian Hrdalo ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/795887/maiten-house-cristian-hrdalo Clipboard CopyHouses•Puerto Octay, Chile CopyAbout this officeCristian HrdaloOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPuerto OctayChilePublished on September 26, 2016Cite: “Maiten House / Cristian Hrdalo” 26 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersEducational3MProjection Screen Whiteboard FilmPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsLinoleum / Vinyl / Epoxy / UrethaneTerrazzo & MarbleTerrazzo in The Gateway ArchSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in Kansas City University BuildingGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Curved Glass PrintingMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamChairs / StoolsFreifrauBarstool – OnaSealants / ProtectorsWoodenha IndustriesFireproofing System for Wood Cladding – BIME®More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Maiten 住宅 / Cristian Hrdalo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 stream “COPY” Maiten House / Cristian HrdaloSave this projectSaveMaiten House / Cristian Hrdalo 2008center_img Architects: Cristian Hrdalo Area Area of this architecture project Houses Chile Photographs Photographs:  Cristian Hrdalo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Area:  950 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Poggenpohl, Hunter DouglasCity:Puerto OctayCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Guy WenborneRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Maitén House is a country holiday house located on the southern region of Chile near Puerto Octay city. On the shores of the Llanquihue Lake, overlooking the Puntiagudo, Osorno and Calbuco volcanoesSave this picture!© Cristian HrdaloThis plot of green pastures becomes narrower while descending towards the lake, bounded between two streams with impenetrable forests of Ulmos, with a beach at the lake shore.             Save this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Guy WenborneSave this picture!Floor PlanThe clients have a very big family, 8 children’s and 12 grandchildren’s, our proposal was to fragment the program into several smaller cabins, giving independence to the families of the sons or guests and then the Maitén House was conceived as a common space to shelter the guest of the cabins and with a master bedroom and 3 rooms for single children’s.Save this picture!© Cristian HrdaloThe position of the house in the first row to the lake left to common areas and cabins in a rear area, which is why it was designed taking all private areas towards the ends, leaving a double height with the common areas in the center giving a transparency to the back of the house. This connection to this “Back” is enhanced by burying the first floor, access, parking and services.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!SectionMateriality of local agricultural buildings present in the region , with solid skirting, wooden facades ajar ventilate and illuminate , metal roofs that eventually oxidized blend in with autumn woods and sunsets. Materials which in Maiten House are being reinterpreted to work in harmony with the landscape.Save this picture!© Guy WenborneProject gallerySee allShow lessSneak Peek: Zaha Hadid Architects’ Nanjing International Youth Culture CenterArchitecture NewsThe 4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale Starts on October 5thArchitecture News Share ArchDailylast_img read more

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Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Announces Seed Consultants® as its…

first_img Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – May 9, 2018 Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Announces Seed Consultants® as its Eastern Regional Seed Brand SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Announces Seed Consultants® as its Eastern… Seed Consultants, Inc. will expand its regional presence and become the Eastern Corn Belt regional brand for Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. As part of the change, some staff from Doebler’s® Pennsylvania Hybrids will join Seed Consultants, along with several Eastern Corn Belt experts from Brodbeck® and NuTech®.The change is part of the newly announced Corteva Agriscience™ multi-channel, multi-brand seed strategy for the U.S., which will expand access to the company’s genetics, technology and traits.“Eastern farmers have different needs,” said Daniel Call, Seed Consultants General Manager. “They have different environments, different weather, and we’ve always focused our germplasm and our traits to fulfill those customer needs. As the eastern regional brand for Corteva Agriscience™, we get to home in on that even more and be more laser-focused.”Popular Doebler’s products, as well as some Brodbeck and NuTech products, will be available through Seed Consultants. Seed Consultants will also have access to a growing pipeline of products from Corteva Agriscience™. “We’re going to have a wider array of germplasm and traits to help deal with weed control issues, insects, weather and more,” Call said.Sheldon Bender, who previously led Doebler’s, will lead transition efforts and will join the Seed Consultants leadership team in the future.Daniel Call says that Seed Consultants has experienced rapid growth since its founding, and he looks forward to continued success through these changes. “We’ve added a lot of really good people who know Eastern agriculture. This is going to help us accelerate our growth. People tell us they like doing business with Seed Consultants because our people are knowledgeable, our products perform in the East and we’re focused on helping our customers be more profitable. I can’t wait to see where we’re at five years from now,10 years from now,” Call said. Facebook Twitter Previous article16 Candidates Endorsed by Indiana Farm Bureau PACs Win PrimariesNext articleChina Steps Up Pork Inspections, Slowing Imports Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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News providers targeted by anti-rumour campaign, wave of arrests

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more October 3, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News providers targeted by anti-rumour campaign, wave of arrests News Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese authorities to stop censoring information and harassing independent news providers, a policy that has just received a new boost in the form of an “anti-rumour” campaign.Combined with a wave of arrests for “disturbing public order,” this new offensive against freedom of information is fuelling fears of an unprecedented increase in self-censorship in China.“The new anti-rumour ruling unveiled on 9 September will make it much easier for the authorities to jail any Internet user who is the source of embarrassing information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They just have to deny the accuracy of the information for it to qualify as a ‘rumour’ under the new law.“The aim of arresting many human rights activists and influential bloggers as part of an overall campaign against freedom of information is to crush those who keep on demanding more democracy and reporting abuses by the authorities, and to deter their colleagues from continuing on the same path.“The government should realize that its strategy of suppressing information is doomed. As Xu Zhiyong’s recent video shows, imprisonment will not suffice to silence independent news providers. On the contrary, government crackdowns just reinforce the determination of bloggers and their supporters to denounce its abuses.”One of the latest examples was the decision to lift social network blocks on the figure 64 for the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on 1 October, which opened the way for a flood of statements of support for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 4 June (6/4) 1989. But the censors scrambled quickly to catch up and most of these solidarity messages were removed within a few hours.Anti-rumour campaignAccording to the legal “interpretation” issued jointly on 9 September by the supreme court and public prosecutor’s office, any “defamatory” or “rumour-spreading” online content that is viewed more than 5,000 times or re-posted more than 500 times could result in sentence of up to three years in prison under article 246 of the criminal code for the person who originally posted it.And any messages or content whose publication online leads to “demonstrations, ethnic or religious clashes, deterioration in the country’s image or negative international consequences” are also to be regarded as crimes.As the lawyer Ma Gangquan said to journalists last month about the anti-rumour campaign: “There is no definition in law for what constitutes a rumour, so this means we are talking about an issue with freedom of expression.”The new legal interpretation or ruling is part of a campaign against “online rumours” that was launched in the summer. The Communist Party also inaugurated a new “ideological purification campaign” in August, President Xi Jinping announced.The stated aim, according to Xi, is to “reconquer the new media’s territory,” possibly entailing measures against those that promote “the western ideology of universal values,” which – Xi said – are “non-existent.” This campaign surfaced during the China Internet Conference. Held from 13 to 15 August, it saw the adoption of a seven-point resolution constituting a manual of permitted online behaviour designed to achieved a “healthy Internet environment.”The 500 RetweetsOne of the first victims of the new ruling was Yang Hui (杨辉), a 16-year-old schoolboy whose posts on the Tencent microblog implicating the police in a karaoke bar owner’s death was retweeted more than 500 times, leading to his arrest by the Zhangjiachuan police on 16 September for “provocation and causing trouble.”A major outcry on the Internet led to his release a week later, when his punishment was commuted to seven days of “administrative detention.” It also led to the suspension of Zhangjiachuan’s police chief. The two events confirmed the effectiveness of online social networks as a place for protesting and showing the authorities that they cannot persecute netizens and freedom of information defenders without consequences.The only way left for the thwarted local authorities to reassert themselves was to prevent Yang Hui from returning to school a few days after his release. Wave of arrests for “disturbing public order”The anti-rumour campaign has been accompanied by a series of arrests of dissidents on public order grounds. Unable to arrest influential bloggers on the grounds of what they post, the authorities often wait until they organize a peaceful demonstration in order to arrest then on a charge of disturbing public order.At the same time, more drastic methods are being used to intimidate cyber-dissidents who are not charged. In the past the political police would “invite them for tea” in order to issue a warning. But now they are arrested summarily and held for 10 to 20 days before being released.The university academic and activist blogger Xu Zhiyong was detained in Beijing on 16 July. When his lawyer, Liu Weigo, tried to visit him two days later, he was also arrested. It was only after Xu had been held for 37 days without formal charge that the Beijing public prosecutor’s office announced that he had been arrested for “disturbing public order.”Yang Maodong (杨茂东), a dissident blogger who uses the pseudonym of Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄), was arrested on charges of illegal assembly and disturbing public order on 8 August, after calling for Xu’s release. A Beijing-based legal adviser, Yang was released in September 2011 after five years in prison for supporting the residents of Taishi, a village in Guangdong province, who had tried to fire their corrupt village chief.Yang’s lawyer, Sui Muqing, told Reporters Without Borders that those holding him had violated detention procedures on two counts. Firstly, Yang was not allowed a visit by relatives until 17 August, nine days after his arrest. And secondly, Su said he had still not been able to see his client’s case file and suspected the charges had been fabricated in order to conceal the “obscure political goals” of his arrest.Wang Gongquan (王功权), a well-known businessman and government critic, was arrested on 13 September for “rallying a crowd with the aim of disturbing public order” and his Weibo account was closed. A staunch supporter of Xu Zhiyong and the “new citizens movement” launched in 2011, Wang was suspected of funding Xu’s activities and was preparing an online petition for Xu’s release when arrested.The anti-corruption activist and netizen Liu Jiacai (刘家财) was formally charged with “disturbing public order” in Yichang (in Hubei province) on 18 September, after initially being arrested on a charge of “inciting subversion of the state.” The authorities had him in their sights for organizing meetings with other activists to discuss legal and judicial issues.Other cases of harassment and arrestWhile a charge of “disturbing public order” is currently the most-used pretext for detaining independent news providers and government critics, more traditional forms of reprisal are also being used including other trumped-up charges and harassment of relatives.One of the latest examples is the arrest of businessman and microblogger Dong Rubin in Kunming, in Yunnan province, on 10 September on a charge of exaggerating his company’s assets when he registered it. A week before his arrest, he had publicly opposed the construction of a petrochemical plant near the provincial capital and, a month before that, police burst into his office and seized three computers without showing any warrant.Two activists, Chen Jianfang (陈建芳) and Cao Shunli(曹顺利), were intercepted at Guangzhou and Beijing airports respectively on 14 September to prevent them flying to Geneva to attend a UN conference on human rights. Both were interrogated for several hours and then supposedly released, but Cao’s family has not heard from him since his arrest.The authorities also continue to harass the families of exiled dissidents such as Chen Guangcheng (陳光誠). For example, when Chen’s brother Chen Guangfu went to Shanghai on 10 September to meet with human rights activists, his Internet connection was suspended.Zhu Ruifeng, a blogger famous for causing the dismissal of senior party officials by exposing their involvement in corruption, has also been targeted by the authorities. His case has shown that the authorities are ready to combat corruption but want to do it on their own.After Zhu released a sex-tape of Chongqing district party secretary Lei Zhengfu in November 2012 and exposed his involvement in bribery, Lei was dismissed and prosecuted, while the government in Beijing hailed Zhu as a national hero.But, just a few months later, Zhu was detained and questioned for several hours by officials who wanted to know his sources, and was threatened with judicial proceedings if he did not cooperate. He nonetheless managed to protect his sources and in July published evidence implicating the party secretary of Jinjiang (in Fujian province) in corruption.Zhu disappeared from the face of Internet the next day, in clear sign of the government’s determination to monopolize the fight against corruption within the party. Access to his four microblog accounts and his Renmin Jinduwang website were all blocked. He nonetheless managed to report via someone else’s Internet account that he was fine and that his blogs were having to “take a holiday.”China is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” Organisation News April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Diodes: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

first_img Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Facebook Pinterest PLANO, Texas (AP) — Diodes Inc. (DIOD) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $29.7 million. On a per-share basis, the Plano, Texas-based company said it had net income of 59 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 74 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 69 cents per share. The semiconductor components maker posted revenue of $350.4 million in the period. For the year, the company reported profit of $98.1 million, or $1.88 per share. Revenue was reported as $1.23 billion. Diodes shares have increased 16% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $81.78, a rise of 59% in the last 12 months. ————— This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DIOD at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DIOD Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Diodes: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Local NewsBusinessState Previous articleOAT021721_WinterStormArt_05Next articleSimple Ways to Support Immunity and Overall Health Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Western Health Trust announces series of public briefings on new radiotherapy centre

first_img Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Google+ The Western Health Trust is hosting a series of public meetings in the coming months at which details on the progress on the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelving Hospital.The meetings will take place in Letterkenny, Derry, Omagh, Ennishillem and Coleraine between now and Christmas.The new radiotherapy unit which is being built at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, is due to open next year anThe Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend the information sharing session to find out more about it.At the meetings there will be Information on progress with the building works, staff recruitment and service development.For patients who may attend Altnagelvin Hospital for radiotherapy treatment, there will be information events held locally to where they live.These will be on on Monday 16 November 2015 at Letterkenny General Hospital; Tuesday 17 November 2015 at Altnagelvin Hospital; Thursday 19 November 2015 in Omagh; Monday 30 November 2015 in Enniskillen and Friday18 December 2015 in Coleraine.Further information on the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital and the associated works is available via  the Western Trust website Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Previous articleDail told that Donegal has not benefitted from the National Broadband PlanNext articleFormer soldier still being questioned as part of Bloody Sunday probe admin Pinterest By admin – November 11, 2015 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest Western Health Trust announces series of public briefings on new radiotherapy centre Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

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History, Assistant Professor, African American History, Tenure Track

first_imgIs this split and/or fully grant funded?No Qualifications Job TitleHistory, Assistant Professor, African American History, TenureTrack Job TypeFull-Time Job CategoryUniversity Faculty Physical DemandsNone Close Date CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus The Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences atLoyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applications for afull-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of History with aresearch and teaching specialty in African American history, foracademic year 2021-22. The department seeks applicants withexpertise in the African American experience, in any time period.The successful candidate will be joining a department with 29full-time faculty members, over 200 majors and minors, and MA andPhD programs in History and Public History. For more information,please see the Department of History website.This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiringinitiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teacherswho are reflective of our diverse student body and committed tointerdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across differentsubfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Ofspecial interest are candidates who can further the University’sefforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.The successful candidate will teach graduate and upper-levelundergraduate courses in African American History, as well asbroader surveys in the Loyola University core curriculum. Thesuccessful candidate is expected to pursue a strong research andpublication program, including the pursuit of external grants.Teaching expectations generally involve two courses per semesterfor research-intensive faculty. Quick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14573 Position TitleHistory, Assistant Professor, African American History, TenureTrack Job Number85TBD FLSA StatusExempt Organizational LocationPROVOST The candidate will have a Ph.D. in History by the start of August2021. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate thepotential for excellence in research and teaching and have a recordof (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-fundedresearch, and student mentorship. The candidate should be willingto support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit CatholicEducation. Position Number Special Instructions to Applicantscenter_img Posting Details Duties and Responsibilities Department NameHISTORY Minimum Education and/or Work Experience Location CodeHISTORY (02104A) Open Until FilledYes Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a letter ofinterest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statement outliningthe applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement on teachingexperience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/or potentialcontributions to mentoring a diverse student body through research,teaching and other channels and engaging a diverse communitythrough scholarship and service. Applicants should also arrange forthree recommendations from individuals prepared to speak to theirprofessional qualifications for this position, especially in termsof scholarship, teaching and mentorship, to be submittedelectronically to the above website (letter writers will receive anelectronic prompt from LUC ). Candidates should forward additionalmaterials in digital form related to teaching excellence andsamples of scholarly publications to D. Bradford Hunt, Professorand Chair, [email protected] of applications will begin on January 4, 2021, and continueuntil the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of itsprofessoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate studentpopulations because broad diversity – including a wide range ofindividuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – iscritical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence ineducation, research, educational access and services in anincreasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically assessingthe many qualifications of each applicant, we would factorfavorably an individual’s record of conduct that includesexperience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a widevariety of different educational, research or other workactivities. Among other qualifications, we would also factorfavorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriersto an academic career or degrees.As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seekcandidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver atransformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn moreabout LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focuson transformative education, they should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/transformativeed. Working ConditionsNone Position Details Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeTeaching StatementResearch StatementOther DocumentOptional Documents Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Number of Vacancies1 Desired Start Date08/09/2021 The candidate will have a Ph.D. in History by the start of August2021. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate thepotential for excellence in research and teaching and have a recordof (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-fundedresearch, and student mentorship. The candidate should be willingto support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit CatholicEducation. Position End Date Open Date11/24/2020last_img read more

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Statement to Parliament: Statement to Parliament on Horizon project at Wylfa Newydd

first_imgWith permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant.Britain was the world’s first civil nuclear nation, and nuclear energy has powered homes and businesses in this country for over 60 years and currently provides around 20% of our electricity needs with low carbon, secure and reliable baseload power.Nuclear has an important role to play in the UK’s energy future as we transition to the low carbon economy. However, we have always been clear that no technology will be pursued at any price: new nuclear must provide value for money for consumers and taxpayers.In 2016, we agreed to support the first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. Developers have set out proposals for a further five plants to come online over the next few decades. As I said at the time the contract for Hinkley Point C was agreed, the Government expects future nuclear projects to provide lower cost electricity than Hinkley Point C.The next project in this pipeline is the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station, based on Anglesey in North Wales. The project developers Horizon Nuclear Power, who are owned by the Japanese company Hitachi, have developed proposals to build two reactors with a combined capacity of 2.9GW. Hitachi’s reactor design has been deployed on time and on budget in Japan, and last December completed the Generic Design Assessment process run by the UK’s independent nuclear regulator, having satisfied our strict safety standards. Horizon submitted their application for Development Consent to the Planning Inspectorate last Friday.I am pleased to confirm that today Hitachi and the UK Government have decided to enter into negotiations in relation to the proposed Wylfa Newydd project. This is an important next step for the project, although no decision has been yet taken to proceed, and the successful conclusion of these negotiations will of course be subject to full Government, regulatory and other approvals, including but not limited to value for money, due diligence and State Aid requirements.A key focus of discussions with Hitachi has been – and will continue to be – achieving lower cost electricity for consumers. Both the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee have recommended that the Government consider variations from the Hinkley Point C financing model in order to reduce costs to consumers. In line with the NAO and PAC’s clear findings and recommendations, for this project the Government will be considering direct investment alongside Hitachi, and the Japanese Government agencies and other parties. Our partnership on this project would serve as a further example of civil nuclear collaboration between the UK and Japan, building on the Memorandum of Co-operation that was signed in 2016 with that country.The UK is likely to need significant new nuclear capacity in order to meet our carbon reduction commitments at least cost, particularly as we electrify more of our transport and heating. So alongside entering negotiations in relation to Wylfa Newydd, the Government will also continue to engage with the other developers in the UK new nuclear market on their proposals for further projects. This currently includes EDF over their plans for a follow-on EPR project at Sizewell C, CGN over their proposals for an HPR1000 reactor at Bradwell, and Toshiba regarding the future of the NuGen project at Moorside, as well as Hitachi over potential further ABWR units at Wylfa and Oldbury.It remains the Government’s objective in the longer term that new nuclear projects like other energy infrastructure should be financed by the private sector, and so alongside our discussions with developers we will be reviewing the viability of a regulated asset base model as a sustainable funding model based on private finance for future projects beyond Wylfa, which could deliver the Government’s objectives in terms of value for money, fiscal responsibility and decarbonisation.Support for nuclear is reiterated in the Nuclear Sector Deal which we will publish with the sector shortly. That deal, which the Government has developed in close partnership with the nuclear sector, will also include ambitious proposals to drive down costs across the sector, including by reducing the cost of construction in new build and by investing in innovation in advanced nuclear technologies.If the Wylfa project were to go forward following this period of negotiation, it would provide around 6% of our current electricity needs until nearly the end of the century, whilst supporting thousands of jobs during construction and operation, particularly in Wales.The actions this Government is taking will support a long-term pipeline for new nuclear projects in this country, and will provide the visibility needed to enable the industry to invest in the skills – including through the National Nuclear College– and the UK supply chain capabilities across the country. I will continue to keep the House informed during the negotiations.last_img read more

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Healthy outlook?

first_imgIf ’pastygate’ drew bakers on to the capital’s streets in protest at the addition of VAT on hot pies, then brace yourself for a full-scale storming of Westminster if the latest thinking in medical circles gains traction. A recent paper in the British Medical Journal made headlines recently by calling for a shake-up of food taxation, so that goods or bads, if you will are taxed according to how healthy they are.On top of that, report author Dr Mike Rayner of Oxford University is also urging the government to eradicate VAT exemption on perceived unhealthy products, such as cold pasties. So should bakers be sharpening their peels and booking the National Express to Victoria? Not yet. Public health minister Anne Milton quickly distanced herself from the report’s recommendations, stating that “collective voluntary action” was the govern-ment’s preferred route to tackling obesity.An ’unhealthy food tax’ based on the fat, salt, sugar and calorie profile of a food item would be a tough political sell in light of the calamitously unpopular hot takeaway food VAT hike. But it does show how thinking around food health is shifting away from single nutrients, such as saturated fats, towards the overall healthiness of foods, and that taxation is in the mix of solutions.Even so, the sat fat reduction debate has not gone away. Since the Food Standards Agency (FSA) dropped 5-10% saturated fat reduction targets on an unsuspecting industry in 2009, the issue has gone following a change of government. Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DoH) absorbed the FSA’s nutrition regulatory role and launched the Responsibility Deal (RD) Food Network a vehicle for manufacturers and health organisations to set nutrition pledges. This has so far covered calorie labelling, salt and trans fats reduction in phase one, and calorie reduction, increased consumption of fruit and vegetables and salt reduction in catering in phase two. But the RD has yet to formally address sat fats.Sat fat pledgeThe DoH has revealed to British Baker that work will begin later this year to develop a collective pledge on saturated fat, which will form part of the programme for the RD. The intention is to complete this work by Easter 2013. Worryingly, the DoH tells us: “The RD supersedes any work previously undertaken by the FSA to develop targets for saturated fat reduction and portion size for a range of foods, including cakes, biscuits, etc.” So where does this leave companies that have slashed their sat fat levels?”If the DoH were to issue another 10% reduction, then we’d have a problem,” says Stephen Bickmore, UK commercial manager of fats supplier Vandemoortele’s lipids division. “Some people took no notice and carried on as they were. But those companies that were quick to the game and achieved a reduction in their saturated fat levels would have to do it again. Some have reduced sat fats by 30-40% in the last couple of years and you cannot do any more without ruining the product completely.”We have to be careful about where the start point is, and this is a conver-sation I’ve had with the DoH.”While Vandemoortele has developed margarines that reduce levels from a standard 82% to 75%, 70% or even lower, it is leaving nothing to chance, and is investigating new ways to take sat fats down further. But the feeling is that the DoH is out of touch with progress already made to reformulate healthier bakery products.”If there’s a communications gap, it’s from the government to the manufacturer, and understanding the headaches it causes when you ask for another 5% reduction it’s another reformulation and you have to adapt your process,” says Adrian Short, director at Ulrick & Short, which supplies ingredients based on tapioca extracts for use in reduced-fat recipes. “A lot of plant bakers have stripped back R&D, and there’s a lot of time needed for R&D (for reformulation).”There are major technical, financial and consumer challenges for companies to overcome when new targets arise, which can be particularly onerous for small and medium-sized bakeries. “For example, fat reduction has a direct impact on product integrity, with some fat needed to avoid crumbling, and on processing requirements such as maintaining the shape of a biscuit before placing it in the oven, and the release of liquid fat during cooking,” says Barbara Gallani, director of food safety and science, Food & Drink Federation. “In cream-filled cakes, pastries and biscuits, as well as those containing or coated in chocolate, there is often a need for solid, saturated fat to hold the structure. The direct replacement of saturated fat with other fats can lead to the migration of liquid components and ’oiling out’.”Fats suppliers such as AAK have invested heavily to overcome the technical hurdles, inventing pumpable alternatives to boxed fats, as well as reduced saturates and lower-fat versions of standard cake and pastry ingredients. But has the will to use them ebbed away? “The double-dip recession has re-focused minds and, where once the drive to improve nutrition might have been a deciding factor in recipe reformulation, now it’s just as likely to be cost,” says Judith Murdoch, marketing controller at AAK. “In many cases, consumers are forced to choose price over nutritional profile and the pasty tax VAT on hot food won’t help.”Amid sky-high egg prices, it is hardly surprising if bakers prioritise maintaining their price point over health reformulation especially with the sat fat issue left in limbo by government with no universal agreement on whether sat fat reduction is a good or bad thing.”A lot of the papers being published in peer-reviewed journals are less in your face about having to reduce saturated fats per se,” comments ’fat consultant’ Geoff Talbot. “What they’re saying is that if you reduce sat fat, you have to be very much aware of what you put in its place. Taking sat fat out and putting carbohydrates in flour or sugar or whatever has been shown to be a bad move nutritionally.”So what about taxation? While David Cameron made positive noises at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference about Denmark’s recent sat fat food tax, even Dr Rayner admits we’re unlikely to see the UK follow suit. “My advice to him was to be a bit cautious on that one, but certainly to look at the French soft drinks tax. Refor-ming VAT would take a lot more political will than a sugary drinks tax,” he says.”What I’m arguing for is not taxation based on a single nutrient, such as satu-rated fat. We’ve done some modelling on the Danish saturated fat tax and we think that might not be at all good for health. You need to tailor your taxation towards the overall healthiness of the food. We’re not optimistic we’d see such a tax tomorrow, or indeed in the next couple of years. People like me need to convince that these taxes would actually have the effects we’re claiming.”While politicians scratch their heads for solutions to the UK’s obesity problem, the solution will remain a hot pasty issue to be juggled around Whitehall. But for now, heed these reassuring words from a DoH spokesperson, and interpret them as you will: “We have made clear (the government) does not wish to adopt a top-down approach to tackling obesity and other diet-related health issues. We want people to know that they can change their lifestyle and, by doing so, they can make a difference to their health.” Sat fats and obesity Saturated fat is a major source of energy (calories) in the diet. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (2008/09-2009/10) showed average population intakes of sat fat fell slightly from 13.3% in 2001 to 12.8% in the period above. This appears to be due to reduced contribution from whole milk, butter and savoury snacks, and is despite an increased contribution from meat and meat products. The government has expressed in the past that sat fats should account for no more than 11% of food energy intake.last_img read more

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