Broken promises and emoji buttons: What’s next for Sports Direct?

first_img Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website But the myriad problems at Sports Direct go far deeper than a debate over hours.Recent revelations over the use of fingerprint recognition technology at the company’s Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire led to a fresh wave of accusations last week.Unite claims that the firm has introduced touch pads with emoji-style happy or sad faces to gauge staff satisfaction and indicate whether employees believe they are treated with respect.The catch is that while staff who touch the happy face as they clock in are free to begin work, those who select the sad emoji are automatically identified and called in for a meeting with management.Speaking their mindWillmott adds: “Trust is key to positive and sustainable employment relations and unless staff feedback mechanisms are anonymised, people will not feel they can be open and honest in their responses, which will undermine confidence in the process and the workplace.”Both Willmott and Flynn recognise that Sports Direct’s mainly young and often migrant workforce has compounded problems at the firm.“Lack of awareness of employment rights among 16 to 24-year-olds is an ongoing issue for everyone who cares about deteriorating working conditions and it’s vital that we do all we can to arm these very inexperienced workers with the facts,” says Flynn.“The fact that most of the warehouse people are migrant agency workers from eastern Europe, where suspicion of trade unions is deeply entrenched, is another complicating factor.”While Willmott describes revelations such as a woman forced to give birth in a company toilet because she was frightened to take time off work “truly shocking”, he doesn’t believe that conditions at Sports Direct are typical of employers in the UK.“We still come across businesses with very outdated attitudes, but I believe that they are outliers rather than representative of 21st century corporate Britain as a whole.”As for Hellawell’s surprise survival as chairman of the firm, Unite is biding its time. “Given that the company has been engaged in a £90 million share buy-back and has significantly reduced the number of independent shareholders eligible to vote, the 57% to 43% result was astonishingly close,” says Flynn. “Neither Unite, nor the investors who are demanding real change at Sports Direct, are going away.” Peter MacDiarmid/REX/Shutterstock As Mike Ashley’s company hits the headlines again for its working practices, can it overcome its problems or do the issues run deeper? Virginia Matthews reports.The re-appointment of controversial Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell at its recent AGM by the slenderest of majorities was a temporary setback for investors who may have been hoping for a change in leadership at the top.Further resourcesTaylor review urges “good work” for allYet the retailer’s now-broken pledge to reduce zero hours contracts; as well as recent adoption of emoji- style fingerprint technology to record worker satisfaction, may only herald more damaging headlines in the days to come.Following two exposés and a parliamentary inquiry into alleged Victorian working conditions at the firm last year – during which it was accused of treating his 30,000 workers “without dignity or respect” – owner Mike Ashley promised to mend his ways.His core pledges were to replace zero hours contracts with permanent jobs among casual store staff, and to trial a scheme transferring 10 warehouse staff every month from agency contracts to direct employment.According to the trade union Unite, however, the retailer has now broken both of these promises and continues to routinely advertise roles without fixed hours at both Sports Direct and its sister business Flannels.Flexibility or financial nightmare?Unite’s head of campaigns Alex Flynn believes that by abandoning its 2016 pledges so publicly – a volte face which Mr Hellawell himself defended at the AGM – the firm has demonstrated “an almost breathtaking disregard for corporate governance”.While there is no official definition of zero hours contracts, they usually refer to agreements where no guaranteed number of paid working hours are set. An employee may receive 20 hours of paid work one week, say, followed by zero hours the following week.According to the most recent ONS (Office of National Statistics) Labour Force survey, 905,000 people in the UK reported being on a zero hours contract between October and December last year; 13% higher than in 2015.Around a third of those on zero hour contracts are between the ages of 16 and 24, and a fifth are in full-time education; two demographics that are well represented at Sports Direct.These contracts have been welcomed by those who require maximum flexibility, but critics say they make it difficult for staff to juggle financial commitments and may play a part in the UK’s rising rates of mental ill-health.Choice of contractsAccording to CIPD head of public policy Ben Willmott, neither side is wholly right. “The issue of zero hours is quite nuanced and complex,” he says.“We know from our research that only a minority of zero hours contract workers are dissatisfied with their working arrangements, with many students, carers and older workers in particular valuing their flexibility.”“ONS data also shows that less than 10% of zero hours workers would like a replacement job with new hours and less than a fifth of zero hours workers say they want more hours in their current job. Broken promises and emoji buttons: What’s next for Sports Direct?By Virginia Matthews on 12 Sep 2017 in Zero hours, Corporate governance, Employee engagement, Ethics, Personnel Today, Employment contracts “However employers need to ensure they have a clear rationale for using zero hours contracts, that they are managed well and that the flexibility they provide works for both the business and individuals.” Nicely-written article and timely reminder that despite the many advances made by HR professionals in recent times, some UK business owners are beyond redemption Elliott Nicholson 12 Sep 2017 at 10:34 am # Previous Article Next Article One Response to Broken promises and emoji buttons: What’s next for Sports Direct? Reply Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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The Miller Family To Sell Utah Jazz

first_img Tags: Utah Jazz October 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local The Miller Family To Sell Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Wednesday, Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller and her family announced the NBA franchise will be sold.A press conference is slated for 10:00 am this morning.Miller, the owner and chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies (LHM Group) and her family announced entrance into “definitive agreements” to sell a majority interest in the Utah Jazz and other sports and entertainment properties to Ryan Smith.Smith, a technological entrepreneur, is the co-founder of Provo-based Qualtrics.Included in the pending transaction are the Utah Jazz, the Vivint Arena, the NBA G-League Salt Lake City Stars and management of the Triple A baseball affiliate Salt Lake Bees.Smith has long been a “strong corporate partner” of the Jazz and is the co-creator of the “5 For the Fight” jersey patch, the first philanthropic jersey patch in the history of North American professional sports.5 for the Fight has raised over $25 million since the patch partnership was announced three years ago.Smith expressed his thoughts as follows:“The Miller family has had an unbelievable impact on countless people throughout the Utah Jazz and the other organizations they run. We all owe a great debt to the Miller family for the amazing stewardship they have had over this asset for the past 35 years. My wife and I are absolutely humbled and excited about the opportunity to take the team forward far into the future–especially with the greatest fans in the NBA. The Utah Jazz, the state of Utah, and its capital city are the beneficiaries of the Millers’ tremendous love, generosity and investment. We look forward to building upon their lifelong work.” Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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OUSU’s £76,000 budget blunder

first_imgA footnote of OUSU’s budget seen this week by Cherwell reveals that their financial problems in 2008-9 were substantially worse than previously imagined.Last Trinity term, the OUSU Budget forecast the income from Oxford Student Services Limited, a subsidiary company of OUSU, at £80,000. In fact, just £4,717 was raised by OSSL in 2008-9. It is forecast that £28,680 will have been made by OSSL this year.OSSL is the part of OUSU responsible for the publication of the Oxford Handbook, The Oxford Student newspaper, the Fresher’s Guide, and running the Fresher’s Fair.The enormous overestimation was caused by a provision of bad debts of £12,000, six times higher than had been accounted for, and under-performance in advertising revenue.The OUSU Budget itself notes that this figure “was a vast overestimate of what OSSL could make.”The Budget produced by the previous OUSU team forecast a profit of £110 for this year. This was despite the fact that they had made a loss of over £57,000 last year. The current OUSU team forecast a loss of £61,000 for this academic year.OUSU President Stefan Baskerville said, “We have been very open and honest about the failures of the old financial model and we have taken effective and successful steps to make changes and put OUSU on a stable footing to serve students in the future.”The perceived financial stability and competence in the running of OUSU are the main reasons why Oriel Colllege voted this week to re-affiliate, for the first time since 2001.Mark Jesnick, Oriel JCR President said, “I think this OUSU regime has taken huge strides. The biggest thing they have done is change the financial structure and made it more stable and sustainable. This year OUSU has an excellent team and I feel it is in very competent hands.”Oriel’s referendum result had 72% of students in favour in re-affiliation, with 123 votes for and 48 against.Baskerville said, “We are very happy that Oriel students have decided overwhelmingly to have their common room affiliate to OUSU.”last_img read more

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Homophobic chants mar Rugby Plate final

first_imgAn anonymous Lincoln student told Cherwell that, “The idea that students are instructed not to share any views they have or experiences that concern them with a free press, without first going through college authorities, is frankly abominable.” Another anonymous Lincoln student remarked, “I suppose they want to keep a lid on any exaggerated reports or sensationalized comments as allegations of homophobia are obviously very serious.”Lincoln JCR President Rachel Jeal stated that “both colleges are taking this matter very seriously”, but referred Cherwell’s enquiry to college authorities.Jesus JCR’s apology letter, issued on Tuesday, was written by Gebbie and signed by various JCR representatives. It stated, “We would like to apologise unreservedly on behalf of the Jesus supporters for any inappropriate chants in relation to the name of Lincoln College that may have been expressed at this match, and for any offence this may have caused to players or supporters. At Jesus, we pride ourselves on being an exceptionally welcoming and open community, embracing and supporting both our members and those of the wider university community regardless of nationality, ethnicity, faith, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.”Speaking to Cherwell, Jesus principal Lord John Krebs stressed that “the chant, whilst it was ill-judged and could have caused offence, does not reflect a homophobic attitude in college”.He added, “I am very pleased that the JCR and MCR have written to apologise to their counterparts at Lincoln. I, too, would add my apology on behalf of the College to those who were upset by the chant.”Jesus JCR’s apology concluded with an invitation for Lincoln to participate in “a supportive joint event in response to the concerns raised by the Cuppers Plate Final Rugby Match, as we believe such an occasion outside of the field will help to humanise and reconcile concerns brought forward”. Neither Lincoln nor Jesus administrators were available for comment regarding their emails discouraging students from speaking to the press. Jesus College JCR has issued a letter of apology to Lincoln College after homophobic chants were sung by fans at this year’s rugby Plate final. Both Jesus and Lincoln College authorities have been criticised for attempting to suppress dialogue on the issue, after emails were circulated asking students not to provide comments to the student media.Concerns about offensive chanting were first raised in an email sent last week to the Jesus JCR and MCR presidents which referred to inappropriate chants “in relation to the name of Lincoln College” at the 2 May match. The chant deemed “homophobic” is understood to be a traditional slogan, typically directed at “Jesus boys” by female fans. The off ending line reads, “Jesus boys, they play one, they all take it up the bum […]”, sung to the tune of children’s song ‘This Old Man’.At the rugby Plate final, “Jesus boys” was substituted for “Lincoln boys”, and reportedly sung by male and female Jesus supporters. Jesus LGBTQ Rep Jessica Parker Humphreys told Cherwell, “The line from the song is off ensive and inappropriate. However, it was written at a time when casual homophobia was more easily accepted than it is now.” Parker Humphreys continued, “I am happy to say that Jesus girls have been discussing changing the line and that it is actually an opportunity to acknowledge how easy it is to make mistakes. Whilst condemning what happened is important, it is also important to see that things are changing as a result.”According to Jesus JCR President Leo Gebbie, the chants have nevertheless caused “serious upset to several members of the Lincoln College Common Rooms”.Students have also expressed concern at apparent attempts by college authorities to prevent student journalists from investigating the issue. On Tuesday morning, Lincoln’s Senior Dean circulated an email which stated, “A student newspaper has become interested in a matter that is of considerable importance to the College and its student members. While there is certainly no cause for alarm may I politely ask that any Lincoln student approached by the press should not offer a statement but instead refer the matter to myself or the Rector.” A similar email sent to Jesus students requested that students “refer all press enquiries” to the Principal.last_img read more

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Bloomberg conducts annual mince pie test

first_imgHarrods and Starbucks’ mince pies were the highest rated in Bloomberg’s annual mince pie taste test.Chef Angela Hartnett tested 13 mince pies from various retailers including The Co-operative, Lidl and Fortnum & Mason. However it was the two most expensive that were rated the best mince pies, with Starbucks’ awarded seven out of 10 points for its mince pies, and Harrods taking the top spot with eight points.Previous winners include Fortnum & Mason in 2010, Marks & Spencer in 2009 and Selfridges in 2008.last_img

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Phish Packs Saturday’s Setlist From “Sand” To “Slave” At Dick’s [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night in Colorado, Phish returned to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their second of three shows this weekend and their 23rd overall performance at their annual Labor Day weekend stomping grounds. The sold-out crowd returned in hopes of receiving a performance as satisfying as Friday night’s spectacle, and the band once again came out of the gate with typical second set favorites wedged right into the start of set one.“Sand” was quick to get the party started as Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon fueled the field’s creative array dance moves. Trey Anastasio wailed away at the guitar to bring the opening tune to a peak before Gordon’s bubbling cauldron bass tones signaled the start of a rare early-show “Down With Disease”. This 17-minute rendition was filled with the kinds of peaks and valleys normally reserved for an early second set position, but apparently, the boys like tossing this one at the beginning of Dick’s shows, as they did so in 2012 and 2016 as well. Gordon, who was dressed like he just jumped off the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album cover, clobbered the high-energy jam with Page McConnell who put his Hammond B3 Organ to work.Next, “Shade”, the 3.0 ballad normally reserved for the second set, saw the light of Set 1 for the first time, returning to the rotation for the first time since the band’s 2016 run at The Gorge. If you’re happy about the return of “Shade”, you likely have one fan in particular to thank. Prior to yesterday’s show, fan Michelle York ran into Trey at her hotel and asked him what happened to the tune. Trey agreed that he loved that tune, and York shared a photo and summary of the interaction in the Phriendly Phish Phans Facebook group, ending her post with “#nowwewait.” Turns out, she didn’t have to wait too long.From there, McConnell displayed one of his Big Boat tunes in the form of “Home”. “Wolfman’s Brother”, which has been placed somewhere on a Dick’s setlist every year except 2012, brought the show back to old school territory after two newer selections. Trey got loopy with the effects while Page put his Clavinet to work around Gordon’s big bass drops. Trey laid down a plinko-like riff reminiscent of an 8-bit video game soundtrack, that hinted at shifting the momentum in a new direction but instead brought the song a finish.After a hotter-than-usual “Wombat” at the July 22nd Gorge show earlier this tour, Saturday’s version at Dick’s was straight-forward and cuddly rather than over-the-top and muscular. Page hopped on the synth for thick, funky solo which led into “Everything’s Right”. After closing 8/8/18’s first set at Camden with a masterful performance of the song that shifted gears several times thanks to Fishman’s quick thinking, this newer tune has proven it has potential at every level. While Fishman once again laid the foundation for a monstrous jam, Trey had other ideas, cut the cord, and moved into a raging set-closing “Bathtub Gin”.Phish returned to the stage with “Set Your Soul Free”, yet another new tune making its Dick’s debut. A dark and grimy start to the jam created by Trey’s echoing effects dissolved into a mellower, blissed-out space, giving Page time to shine on the grand piano. Gordon hit some bombs toward the end of the nearly 18-minute piece, helping ring in “Fuego”, a song that has made an appearance during Labor Day weekend at Dick’s every year since it’s Fall 2014 debut. Trey used his arsenal of pedals to great effect to create an overflowing washing-machine sound that Gordon and Page built upon with synth layers and chunky bass hits. The jam appeared to be heading down an even darker alley, but Trey decided it was time to initiate some more Saturday night rock and roll in the form of “Chalkdust Torture”.The foursome quickly moved through the ferocious “Chalkdust” and brief interstellar “Twist” that soon followed, showing somewhat less patience than their five-song Friday night soiree. “Piper” went on a voyage of its own next, but rumbled to a halt to make room for a simple, standard “Wedge”. Kuroda attempted to turn the arena into a spaceship during “2001”, his light rig seemingly defying gravity as the crowd danced toward the cosmos. Gordon pounded away on the bass and created a slow-building launch pad for Trey to achieve liftoff. The party continued with the Allen Toussaint-penned “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” for the first time since the legendary Baker’s Dozen run. Unlike the “Sneakin’ Sally” from 2016’s Bill Graham show, this version saw little improvisation and quickly took a turn out of the alley in favor of a gorgeous set-closing “Slave to the Traffic Light”. Gordon, who continued to receive votes as the MVP of the night, moved around Trey’s playing with a thumping heartbeat groove that gave the full band a foundation to finish strong.With a second set that contained more songs than the first and a first set that featured some of the night’s most extensive improvisation, Phish continued to assert that there are no rules when it comes to Commerce City setlist creation. So far, there have been no gags, no puzzles to decode, and no repetitive, thematic teases throughout these sets (see 9/4/16 “Crosseyed” quotes). The band finally chose “More” as the encore for the second time this tour, as song title described exactly what the sold-out crowd was craving from Sunday’s finale. Last show of the summer coming up!You can view a gallery of photos from Dick’s night two below courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/31Set 1: Sand, Down with Disease, Shade, Home, Wolfman’s Brother, Wombat, Everything’s Right, Bathtub GinSet 2: Set Your Soul Free > Fuego > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Piper > The Wedge, 2001 > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: MoreA full soundboard recording of the show is available to stream via LivePhish.Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/18 | Photos: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

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Tackling international problems

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust has awarded a second cycle of grants to faculty through the Harvard Global Institute (HGI), which was established last year. In this grant cycle, the five awards span the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Kennedy School, and multiple disciplines.HGI grants are designed to support research initiatives that develop innovative solutions to global problems by drawing on collaboration of faculty within Harvard and with colleagues overseas. The current grants target interdisciplinary research on issues of particular salience to China and of relevance to other parts of the world. Both small and large categories of grants are awarded, valued at a maximum of $100,000 and $1 million per year, respectively.In this year’s funding cycle, a two-year grant was awarded to Peter Huybers, professor of Earth and planetary sciences and of environmental science and engineering. His project, “China’s Health Weather: Understanding and Predicting Connections Amongst Climate, Extreme Weather, Air Quality and Health Consequences,” is co-led by faculty with extensive expertise in climate, weather, atmospheric chemistry, and public health. The team seeks to understand and predict how climate affects “health weather” in China, including conditions that might affect the populace.Exploration of acute “health weather” events will be pursued through diagnosing relationships among large-scale climate patterns, effects on local weather, air pollution, and health consequences. This understanding of current acute conditions will then be merged with projections of climate change to provide information about changes in chronic “health weather” over the coming decades.Developing such a causal understanding of how climate change dynamically influences weather and human health is a challenge of great urgency to China. The approach combines theoretical investigations, model simulations, observational analyses, and field studies. Collaborations with Chinese scholars, joint symposia, and student exchanges should foster China-Harvard connections and aid in meeting this grand challenge.Joining Huybers on the project are Daniel Jacob, Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering; Zhiming Kuang, Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science; Loretta J. Mickley, senior research fellow in chemistry-climate Interactions; William Munger, senior research fellow in atmospheric chemistry; Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology; Eli Tziperman, Pamela and Vasco McCoy Jr. Professor of Oceanography and Applied Physics; Steven Wofsy, Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science.Four of the projects are funded at the small-grant level. The first of those is led by principal investigator Bernardo Lemos, assistant professor of environmental epigenetics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In collaboration with a recent alumnus of his laboratory, Jianlin Lou, who is also vice dean at the Institute of Occupational Disease of the Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, the project will investigate epigenetic alterations in Chinese factory workers as well as their children.Individuals working in electroplating plants in China display blood chromium concentrations that can be 20 times greater than in the general population. These individuals also present higher than average blood levels of lead and other metals. Lemos’ project will examine pathways that are likely to be disrupted in individuals exposed to heavy metals and that are also likely to contribute to the transmission of disrupted epigenetic states in the children of exposed workers. This work will help address the global burden of environmental and occupational exposure to toxicants.A grant was awarded to Naomi Pierce, Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, who is a faculty member in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In collaboration with Douglas Yu at the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Pierce will use DNA sampled from parasitic invertebrates (iDNA) to detect and track expansion and contraction in a full range of vertebrate species. Range size is an index of population size, so measuring range expansion and contraction will provide indicators as to whether populations are growing or declining.In the Ailaoshan nature reserve in Yunnan, China, the team will systematically collect leeches and, by sequencing the iDNA from their blood meals, will be able to detect the presence or absence of mammal species. This data will be coupled with “occupancy” modeling to estimate range maps for different groups. The investigators will validate these methods using standard monitoring, including camera traps, mosquito iDNA, and visual censuses. The outcome should provide an efficient method for measuring whether nature reserves are able to protect their vertebrate wildlife, and this method can be adapted and applied to reserves across China and around the world, because sources of iDNA are available everywhere.Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, was awarded funding for a project called “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: International Cooperation in East Asia.” The project will build on previous collaboration between the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, a University-wide initiative based in the Harvard Kennedy School, and the National Center for Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation (NCSC) in Beijing. The Harvard Project and NCSC previously studied and communicated options for ongoing collaboration between China and the United States to address climate change, and are currently exploring approaches to design and effectively implement China’s national greenhouse-gas emissions trading system, scheduled to launch late next year.Stavins’ project will study the potential for broader cooperation to address climate change among East Asian countries. It will focus to a considerable extent on approaches to “linkage” among emissions-trading systems in the region, which have the potential to lower costs of emissions reduction and thereby support more ambitious reductions. The principal activity will be a research workshop and policy roundtable in Beijing next summer. Participants are expected to include researchers and practitioners from South Korea and to some extent from other countries in East Asia.Faust also awarded a grant to Ya-Wen Lei, assistant professor of sociology. Her project, “Adequate Housing and the Welfare State,” will examine struggles for adequate housing in urban China and India. Access to adequate urban housing remains a pressing global issue. The challenge is especially daunting for the two nations given their huge populations, as well as their still ongoing processes of urbanization and rural-to-urban migration. Both China and India, the world’s largest authoritarian and democratic countries, respectively, have come up with ambitious national policies to cope with their urban housing problems. Early evidence has revealed significant differences between the two states in terms of policy formation and implementation. Lei’s project seeks to explain how political regime, economic development, and social organizations shape provision of adequate housing.HGI will begin accepting expressions of interest for the next grant cycle in early 2017. Additional information can be found on the website.last_img read more

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United States Donates Cessna to Honduras to Help Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgThe FAH’s newest addition will also “strengthen the air shield,” allowing for better surveillance, according to the National Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA). “The second aircraft is to increase the cargo and personnel transport capabilities of the Honduran Armed Forces,” added FAH Colonel Carlos A. Portillo Bustillo, assistant director of Public Relations for the Armed Forces, in an interview with Diálogo. “The aircraft will conduct support and transport tasks for the Armed Forces and government agencies, especially in remote areas,” he added. “Their use will be restricted to humanitarian aid missions and the transport of equipment and personnel for the Honduran Armed Forces.” “The capabilities of the Honduran Army, Navy, and Air Force must be strengthened to improve their work and patrols, and to prevent the country from being used for the illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons,” explained Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. The FAH is bolstering its operations with improved training and equipment. Honduras is a major transit country for cocaine and some chemical precursors for making synthetic drugs. In 2014, 60 percent of illegal narco-flights out of South America first stopped in Honduras, according to the U.S. government’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. The aircraft will support “Military operations against organized crime and drug trafficking, as well as humanitarian assistance and relief efforts,” explained Major Samuel Sterlin, head of the U.S. Air Force Section of the Office of Security Cooperation in Tegucigalpa. Air shield The Cessnas donated by the United States will also be used for civilian operations, especially through the FAH’s Wings for Health program, which responds to natural disasters and other emergencies, such as major fires, by bringing medicine to residents, and if necessary, evacuating people. The high-performance turboprop is the second of three aircraft that the United States will deliver as part of the ongoing cooperation program between the countries. U.S. authorities delivered the first one on August 6, 2015, and the final one should arrive before the end of September 2016. The U.S. government’s Foreign Military Financing program supports the donation of the aircraft, which were purchased with the help of the U.S. Air Force. The FAH requested the Cessna 208 EX Grand Caravans in January 2014, as reported in September 2015. center_img “We have had strong positive results in the fight against drug trafficking and will continue working hard with all of this assistance given to us by our brother country [the United States],” Col. Portillo explained. “These aircraft are of great use to the staff, and that is a big help for Honduras. Cooperation between the United States and Honduras is extremely important. Given that the technology changes very rapidly in aviation, this relationship allows us to be at the forefront in terms of procedures and technological advances.” Great article! This is exactly what I was hoping to find. The Honduran Air Force (FAH) is strengthening its ability to respond to drug trafficking and organized crime with a new Cessna 208 EX Grand Caravan donated by the United States. The FAH received the plane on December 8th at the Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Civilian operations “It’s a gesture that we always have in mind from a country [the United States] with which we have maintained a close brotherhood and relationship,” said the outgoing head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, Major General Fredy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, during the ceremony for the aircraft’s delivery, according to the National Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA). La Mosquitia, in the department of Gracias a Dios, remains a key transit site for cocaine traffickers. Security forces destroyed 53 illegal runways in that area in 2014 and during the first seven months of 2015. Meanwhile, in the department of Olancho, security forces destroyed seven clandestine airstrips during that time span, the Honduran newspaper La Tribuna reported on July 27, 2015. By Dialogo March 03, 2016 Each plane can transport 13 people – 11 passengers and two pilots – about 2,000 kilometers on a full tank of fuel and its design allows for takeoffs and landings on short and unprepared runways. “Thanks to these new technologies, the FAH’s level of operational readiness has increased in the area of air transport, which had been very limited,” Col. Portillo said. “[The FAH] has conducted missions transporting equipment and personnel to support operations against drug trafficking in the area of La Mosquitia,” with the aircraft received in August 2015. last_img read more

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What was your worst financial decision?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What was your worst financial decision?Every day, the content team at Zogo works to make our app’s bite-sized lessons in personal finance one of the best financial education experiences in the industry.One question we’ve been pondering lately is: How can we help our users understand the real-life importance of the lessons they’re learning in our app?It’s one thing to provide the definition of an emergency fund, it’s another to help young people fully grasp why they need one.So we decided to send out a survey to all of our users, asking that question: What was your worst financial decision? What led you to make it? If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself?The responses poured in, and the answers were astonishing: continue reading »last_img read more

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PREMIUMProsperity and perception: Expert forum reviews Indonesia’s democracy

first_imgLinkedin The current model of democracy in Indonesia, which has been in place for the past 20 years as the successor to the New Order’s authoritarian model of government, will continue to face challenges in the coming years, especially with nondemocratic governments gaining more traction in recent years, political analysts say.Executive director Philips J. Vermonte of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia said that if the ongoing fragmentation and elite infighting continued to hamper the government from delivering public welfare, both politicians with an antidemocratic bent and a public impatient over minimal democratic gains could look to countries that had taken a alternative route to prosperity.“There are significant challenges to the democratic movement in Indonesia at present beca… Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Indonesia democracy-in-Indonesia CSIS development COVID-19 military NGO Joko-Widodo Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

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