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Expert New Conservative leader has work to do

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first_imgThe new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada has his work cut out as he attempts to sell himself to Canadians.President of Mainstreet Research, Quito Maggi, said Andrew Scheer surprised a lot of people by winning the leadership but he is not well known outside the Conservative party.“Nobody knows who Andrew Sheer is. He’s now going to have to spend the summer, and probably a good chunk of the next year, getting Canadians to know who he is and they might not even like what they get to know when he does that so there’s going to be some big challenges ahead for him,” Maggi said.He said it will be interesting to see how voters react to Scheer’s social conservative views.Scheer narrowly won the leadership on Saturday over perceived front runner Maxime Bernier.last_img
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South Africa and Japan to hold talks on Sri Lanka

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Cyril Ramaphosa is meeting Akashi in his role as South African President Jacob Zuma’s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka. They would also strengthen their alignment on global issues of mutual concern, the enhancement of multilateral institutions and the reform of global politics and economic governance.They would also promote increased trade and investment in Africa through the strengthening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) partnership. South Africa and Japan are to hold talks on  peace-building efforts, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Sri Lanka.South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa left for Japan yesterday where he will meet Ambassador Yasushi Akashi to have talks on Sri Lanka. Ramaphosa and his delegation is in Japan to increase collaboration and partnerships in the fields of science and technology to boost economic growth and create jobs. From Monday, Ramaphosa and his ministers will pay courtesy calls to the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and hold discussions with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Sadakazu Tanigaki. (Colombo Gazette)
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Sri Lanka attaches importance to relations with the EU

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Sri Lanka says it attaches importance to its relations with the European Union, which is Sri Lanka’s largest export destination.Ambassador designate of Sri Lanka to Belgium and the European Union Ms. Grace Asirwatham expressed this view after assuming duties at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels. She was previously State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this context, she noted that our utmost priority was further strengthening economic diplomacy with Belgium and the European Union with the objective of expanding trade and investment and promoting tourism. She further stated that Sri Lanka attaches importance to relations with the European Union, which is Sri Lanka’s largest export destination.Ms. Asirwatham called on the Chief of Protocol of Belgium and the Head of Protocol of the European Commission soon after arrival in Brussels. She also called on Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic clergy to receive their blessings. Addressing the staff, the Ambassador designate emphasized the importance of all staff members being focused on accomplishing the targets that the Mission has set for 2019. Ms. Asirwatham also commenced meetings with representatives of the Sri Lankan community and Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Antwerp. Ms. Asirwatham was welcomed by the staff on arrival at the Embassy and accorded a warm reception.
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RealLife Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael Others

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hurricane.jpg Lesson learned: Even major carriers can suffer significant outages in a storm. Regarding the outages on Monday, my client surmised that the carriers’ generators ran out of gasoline overnight. The carriers told the company that wasn’t the reason, but provided no alternative explanation. The argument for aerial fiber is this: As a carrier told me, buried cables are four times more likely to have an outage compared with aerial cables. Considering digging/backhoes, that makes sense, right? So in most places, there’s a strong argument for using aerial cable. Second, modern networks rely on self-healing rings for re-routing around failures, whether those are related to aerial or buried fiber. Best PracticesI could go on with other examples, but the lessons learned I noted for each are applicable to any hurricane -- or really any other disaster -- scenario. So, too, are these best practices:Don’t rely on one vendor. There are many vendor options out there. Have at least one -- maybe two -- backup vendor or vendors.Don’t rely on one network technology -- it’s just not enough, and you have lots of options (MPLS, Ethernet, VPN, SD-WAN, wireless, satellite, copper, fiber, etc.) for carrying voice and data traffic.Be flexible! You need to build flexibility in your infrastructure and into your planning, so that you can react and adapt to the unique set of circumstances that may come your way -- some of which you’ll be able to anticipate and some of which you won’t expect.Locate your disaster recovery site at least 200 miles away (preferably further). I know it’s more convenient to visit a disaster recovery site that’s only an hour to two away, but power outages, flooding, and wind might take out your backup site if it’s too close.Planning -- this, of course, is a #1 priority. Be aware of the common practices of planning for disasters of many types (short duration, long duration, wind events, flooding events, fire, active shooter, etc.) -- and think about what’s unique to your situation/location that deserves special consideration.Testing -- I can’t say this enough. Even when you think you have a terrific plan or infrastructure in place, if you don’t test it regularly (at least annually, maybe quarterly), you’ll have problems and miss the opportunity to execute on your great plans.Expertise -- get help. If you don’t have this expertise on staff, don’t go it alone; there are both vendors and consultants that can give you the insight that you’ll need to give your organization the best chance to weather these storms (or other disasters).With each disaster comes a set of new lessons and data points. If we can learn from these disasters and apply some good fundamental principles, we’ll be in better position to withstand the next disaster and whatever it may bring. One of my clients reported that its Windstream voice service was down for weeks. However, the client didn’t immediately put in a trouble ticket with the carrier, so it’s hard to say how long the network was actually down. Once the client did submit a trouble ticket, Windstream restored service in 24 hours. In my 31 years in telecom, I’ve had clients dealing with storms, too. It seems that almost every year, I have clients in Florida or along the Gulf Coast that must deal with storms. Today, I wanted to take you through my clients’ experiences with hurricanes so that you can learn from them and possibly help your organization become better prepared for any disasters that cross your path. Hurricane KatrinaFinally, for my New Orleans client, the massive flooding that besieged the city following the breaches in the Lake Pontchartrain levees swamped its HQ office, including its phone system located on the building’s first floor, and several other locations – the company lost one office completely. The company’s ability to serve customers was severely limited, primarily because the main call center (normally located at the HQ location) and phone system were out of commission. Lessons learned: 1) Understand your carrier’s infrastructure (routes, rings, aerial vs. buried cable), and 2) don’t rely on just one technology. Some companies provide dual SIM wireless devices and satellite is available for data needs (satellite phones have their purpose, but VoIP via satellite… not so great). Telco lines on power poles suffered the biggest impact. Not surprised? In all my years in dealing with telecom, this was by far the biggest impact to aerial fiber. This was an issue during Ivan, for example, but not as crippling to the networks. The few things that stayed in service were AT&T copper phone lines (basically fax lines the company had re-purposed) for local voice calling on the islands, Sprint Wireless phones, and Motorola radios. The company also used some satellite phones, but with limited success. While waiting for the utility company to repair or replace the power poles, the carriers are normally able to splice/repair fiber lying on the ground so they can get it back in service. However, in this case, as the power crews worked to stand up or re-install new poles, they often cut the fiber a second time (not sure if this was on purpose or not, but it happened often!). So a fiber outage that a carrier repaired and got working in the morning would be out of service again in the afternoon. And this affects the telco carriers… and the wireless carriers… and creates overall havoc. Hurricane IrmaAnother client, this one in the Florida Keys, experienced Irma’s fury. There’s basically one way on and off the keys from the mainland of Florida. All power and telco lines travel this same right of way. So high winds and storm surge can often take out bridges, power poles (with telco lines), and wreak havoc on communications. See All in Best Practices » Being a Florida boy, I’ve been through many hurricanes over the years -- the last 54 years, to be exact. The worst of these has included Hurricane Andrew (Category 5, Miami, August 1992) and Hurricane Ivan (Category 3, Pensacola, September 2004). In fact, Hurricane Ivan was part of a four-hurricane flurry in our area during a 15-month period in 2004-2005. Why ‘OK’ Network Practices Are Bad for Business Jason Baudreau April 18, 2019 Given what’s at stake for your business, does OK sound like a standard for you? "SCTC Perspectives" is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & Viewsdisaster recoverybusiness continuityhurricanesBest PracticesConsultant PerspectivesMonitoring & ManagementNews & ViewsOrganization & ManagementUnified Communications Articles You Might Like Recently, I’ve been working with clients in New Orleans (it’s hard to forget Katrina, Category 3, 2004); in the Panama City, Fla., area (Michael, Category 5, October 2018); and in the Florida Keys (Irma, Category 4, August-September 2017) that all have dealt with catastrophic storms. These storms have had different characteristics (wind event, flooding, major carrier outages, etc.), and each affected my clients in different ways. So I thought it might be helpful to learn how different disasters have caused different problems, in different areas, for different carriers, and different clients. Lesson learned: A carrier’s ability to maintain services during outages may last only as long as its own backup power. Fault-Tolerant UC Gary Audin July 11, 2014 Fault-tolerant systems, the systems at the end of the rainbow, are available today. Hurricane MichaelHurricane Michael hit the east side of Panama City with a mighty smash -- Category 5 winds of up to 155 mph. Michael flattened everything -- road signs, billboards, trees, fences, power poles -- not to mention the devastation it brought to many homes and buildings. From a telecom standpoint, it wreaked havoc, too. The storm’s biggest telecom victim was Verizon Wireless. Customers left the carrier in droves to find reliable wireless service. However, AT&T wasn’t without a black eye. Its Internet access was down for a portion of customers too, even for some living as far as an hour away. Lesson learned: The company has since moved its phone system to the second floor. In addition, we’re re-architecting its network with diverse carriers and multiple technologies for more flexibility and resiliency. In addition, the company will have the ability to take call center calls from any location. So here are the issues that came with this storm:The storm knocked down so many poles that both the primary and the backup network paths had multiple outages. So no re-routing could take place.The telco fiber was riding on power poles; the storm snapped in half or knocked down many of these, too. A route from a customer’s main location to the carrier’s central office might have included five, 10, or even 20 fiber breaks/outages. sctcperspective_Small.png Lesson learned: Submit a trouble ticket, even after a major storm. Don’t assume that your service will be restored along with the rest of the network. In my client’s case, most communications services were surprisingly working after the storm passed through on Sunday, Sept. 10. However, by Monday morning, most of the communications services were no longer working (AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, AT&T VoIP/Internet services, Comcast telco/Internet services, and others). You Have a Multi-Cloud Environment -- Now What? Shashi Kiran February 06, 2019 Best practices for global enterprises moving to multi-cloud environments And some people forget, a cellular signal received by a cell tower immediately travels down the cell structure to a land-based fiber network that carries the signal back to the carrier’s switching centers. It took some time, but the company eventually set up a call center at a third-party location so it could serve customers. Log in or register to post comments
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Feds investigating Sandusky fine Penn State a record 24M

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Federal officials looking into how Penn State handled child sexual-abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky hit the university with a record $2.4 million fine Thursday, saying it violated campus crime reporting requirements, failed to warn people about potential threats and fostered a belief among athletes that rules didn’t apply to them.The fine was the result of a five-year investigation begun as Sandusky’s 2011 arrest raised questions about what administrators had known about him.A report by federal officials said Penn State officials disclosed in June that 45 people have claimed they were Sandusky’s victims. His 2012 conviction and decades-long prison sentence stem from allegations involving 10 boys.The U.S. Department of Education concluded Penn State largely ignored many of its duties under the 1990 Clery Act, which promotes transparency about campus safety.“When we determine that an institution is not upholding this obligation, then there must be consequences,” department Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said.The Department of Education found Penn State violated regulations by not warning students and employees about Sandusky after administrators were told he abused a boy in a team shower in 2001 and as officials were being summoned to a grand jury and the scope of his behaviour was becoming clearer a decade later.Sandusky, due in court Friday as he seeks to have his conviction overturned, still had access to football facilities as his arrest neared. A team official asked for Sandusky’s keys, the report said, but Sandusky refused and said handing them over might be construed as an admission of wrongdoing.“In short, a man who was about to be charged with violent crimes against defenceless minors was free to roam the Penn State campus, as he pleased,” the report said.Penn State said the report was being reviewed and noted that since 2011 it has implemented “robust” training and is continuing “vigorous efforts to create a culture of reporting, safety and accountability.”The Department of Education said Penn State’s police department concealed its investigation into an earlier report involving Sandusky and a boy in a team shower. Police didn’t record the 1998 matter on their daily crime log even though university policy required the log describe the type, location and time of every criminal incident.The university argued police couldn’t determine whether the interaction rose to the level of a sex offence and because it was unclear a crime occurred there was no need to log it. But the Department of Education noted campus police logged far less serious matters, including someone sleeping in a stairwell.“In light of these entries, Penn State’s contention that the reported incident of a middle-aged man inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy, while naked and showering with him, didn’t rise to the level for inclusion in the daily crime log strains credulity,” the Education Department wrote in its report .Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice-president Gary Schultz await trial along with former president Graham Spanier on charges of endangering the welfare of children and failing to properly report suspected abuse. They deny the accusations against them.Investigators said they also found Penn State underreported crimes in annual statistics submitted to the government. In 2002, the university said it had no forcible sex offences, but investigators said they found campus police received reports of 12 such crimes.The report disclosed new details about the athletics staff, including that then-head coach Joe Paterno had his secretary email Spanier and Curley to say he’d take care of disciplining players involved in a 2007 off-campus fight.Paterno had a text message sent to players telling them if they went to the university’s judicial affairs to answer code-of-conduct complaints they’d be “thrown off the team,” the report said.The report said Paterno was seen during most of his tenure as a disciplinarian and generally didn’t interfere in police investigations or ignore bad behaviour by his players. But when the university began to reform its student disciplinary process, he resisted efforts to apply the changes to the football program, it said.The previous record Clery Act fine was $357,500 against Eastern Michigan University in 2007, reduced to $350,000 in a settlement.___Associated Press writer Jennifer C. Kerr contributed from Washington, D.C. Sisak reported from Philadelphia. by Mark Scolforo And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 1:02 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds investigating Sandusky fine Penn State a record $2.4M
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Afghanistan is advancing towards stability as international force draws down – UN

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But international support will be required through at least another decade for the ambitious security, political and economic transformations envisaged, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ján Kubiš told the Security Council.“We must resolutely continue working together to ensure a sovereign and sustainable State that will never again become a haven for international terrorism and organized crime, notably including narco-businesses. This is in everyone's interest,” he stressed in his latest quarterly report on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).“Security transition is proceeding as planned,” he said of the largely United States-manned International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with a current strength of nearly 85,000, which is to be withdrawn by the end of next year. “There has not been the catastrophic collapse in security some doomsayers had predicted. The Afghan army and the Afghan police are stepping up to the challenge. There are of course setbacks and casualty rates are of concern.”Mr. Kubiš highlighted the “critical importance” of holding credible presidential and other elections scheduled for 5 April, noting that that all three electoral management bodies – the Independent Election Commission, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission and the Media Commission - are now in place.But he warned: “The security challenges are real and should be proactively and realistically addressed to promote maximum inclusion and avoid any pretext for disenfranchisement or delay.”He also underscored the need for international observation efforts not just on Election Day but in the run-up to the polls and the compilation of results to build confidence. “I urge Member States, together with regional and multilateral organizations, to contribute to efforts in this regard,” he said.Turning to the country’s internecine fighting, he stressed that direct talks between the Afghan authorities and anti-Government forces remain essential, pledging UN assistance in the matter and highlighting the importance of regional engagement in the process.“In my meetings with the leaderships of Afghanistan's neighbours and regional partners, I heard concerns centred around current uncertainties,” Mr. Ján Kubiš said. “This included the potential for volatility post-2014 if there is a vacuum which could encourage the spread of Al-Qaeda-linked international terrorism and criminality with implications across the region.”He cited the drug cultivation as another matter of “grave concern,” noting that 2013 has been a record-setting year of poppy cultivation and production in Afghanistan, resulting in some 5,500 tonnes of opium, a threat to “the health, security and economic well-being not just of Afghanistan but also the region and wider international community.”Other issues of concern include the toll of the conflict on civilians with 2,730 deaths and 5,169 injuries reported to the end of November, a 10 per cent increase over the same period of 2012, the vast majority caused by armed opposition groups. Corruption, impunity and lack of accountability are major drivers of violence, he added, noting that Afghanistan is currently ranked 175th of 177 countries on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index.Mr. Ján Kubiš said humanitarian needs will likely increase, with poverty exacerbating vulnerability to natural disasters and conflict, while the dangers to those seeking to assist are also rising, with 237 incidents against humanitarian personnel, facilities and assets recorded so far in 2013, including 36 deaths, 24 detentions, 46 injuries and 72 abductions.On the issue of violence against women, he noted that Afghan authorities registered more reports over the past year, but that prosecutions and convictions remained low. “Some areas, such as elections, have seen encouraging results but greater efforts are needed in others such as implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” he said.“Increased levels of reporting are a positive development, but must be met by real will to enforce legal prohibitions on harmful practices against women, including the prosecution of perpetrators.”Finally he noted the nature of UNAMA itself is likely to change with the transition under way. “By its very definition, transition is a time of managed change. There will necessarily be a reorientation of UNAMA's mandate in recognition of enhanced sovereignty and Afghan lead,” he said. “The future role of the United Nations in Afghanistan will likely be considered more comprehensively when there is greater clarity on the impact of the political and security transitions.”
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Fragmentation examination – the Split Engineering contribution

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first_imgFragmentation is a major feature of International Mining’s September issue. Split Engineering has been offering solutions in this field since 1997. As the company says, “beginning with the rock mass all the way through mill recycle there are opportunities to analyse and optimise the process with respect to coarse particle size, both in the real time process and for long term management. Measurement and simulation tools are essential for mine-to-mill initiatives or other process studies, and fragmentation size is a key metric that cross-cuts the entire process, as mining is all about size reduction to liberate the mineral.”Split Engineering began as a company intent on measuring the fragmentation size to the highest integrity possible to enable control. However, over the years it has taken a holistic approach to fragmentation and has offered more tools to assist planning the inputs into the resultant fragmentation and has offered more simulation tools to help clients understand how the fragmentation size affects the entire process efficiency. Measuring fragmentation is a great step to better process management, but the next higher-level goal is an enlightened understanding of the preceding steps that produced the resultant fragmentation. “Learn from the past results and feed this knowledge forward to better planning and execution.“Blast simulation tools such as JKSimBlast can provide fragmentation prediction that can be compared to the real world measurement from digital image analysis tools, such as Split-Desktop and Split-Online, thus closing the loop and leading to better blast plans. Data from other tools such as drilling monitors (Thunderbird Mining Systems) and rock mass characterisation software (Split-FX), can add more information to the analysis and to the simulations.Similarly, continuous conveyor belt fragmentation measurements in the comminution plant can provide an instantaneous tool for process control. Split Engineering tells its customers, “If you can see it we can probably measure it.“When planning the integration of fragmentation measurement instrumentation, position your camera monitoring station in a location where you can effect a process control change based upon the particle size information you receive. For example, the primary crusher product is a good location to measure, since you are able to control the size that the crusher is producing with slight adjustments to the crusher ensuring that the downstream comminution circuit is receiving a consistent product to help reduce variability in the process. In addition to the continuous particle size analysis, the database of belt material size can be used for simulations (JKSimMet) and for further process analysis to help increase process efficiencies and throughput.”last_img
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FederalMogul highlights unique design of new HSL seal for harsh environments

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first_imgFederal-Mogul Powertrain, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, designs, develops and manufactures mechanical face seals that are the product of choice to protect precision assemblies from the harsh environments and hostile debris experienced in industries such as mining. Unlike lip seals, in which an elastomer lip rubs against a hard steel shaft, face seals provide a metal-to-metal mechanical seal that is highly resistant to wear and the ingress of abrasive particles. This makes them ideal for use in a wide range of applications, including off-highway trucks; construction machinery, tunnelling machines; and rock crushers.Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s most recent face seal development is the HSL seal, an evolution and special form of the company’s well-proven square bore seal. “The HSL seal uses a unique and patented design for the elastomeric part of the seal with an integral dirt exclusion lip and heavy-duty spin protection. These features improve protection significantly, leading to reduced leakage, extended service life and resisting compression from dried mud that could otherwise result in subsequent leakage when the seal has to follow movements.”Federal-Mogul Powertrain says it has been developing and manufacturing mechanical face seals for more than 60 years. The company’s product engineering and application engineering functions are integrated in a single group to provide maximum support to customers and ensure the optimum solution is produced for each case; whether an adaption of an existing product or a unique design.“Compared to automotive seals, large face seals are a niche product, with order quantities as low as ten units, but they are used in applications where the financial consequences of downtime for repair are very significant,” said Andreas Dengler, Manager Application Engineering and Product Development, Federal-Mogul Powertrain. “Our mechanical face seals are widely acknowledged as delivering the utmost reliability and durability in service demanded by the likes of the agriculture, mining and construction industries.”A face seal consists of two metal rings, one stationary and the other rotating, each backed by an elastomeric ring that pushes the faces together. A controlled force is exerted by confining the elastomers within a defined space in their respective housings. Because all the relative movement occurs at the contact between the metal rings, the elastomers are only required to provide a static seal, which does not wear. The resilience of the elastomer elements makes the design highly robust and able to accept fluctuations in pressure, radial shaft movement and dimensional changes due to progressive wear of the metal faces.“Compared to the thin rubber edge of a lip seal, the sealing faces of a mechanical face seal are very hard and have a broader area of contact,” explained Gian Maria Olivetti, Chief Technology Officer, Federal-Mogul Powertrain. “Both these factors increase the wear resistance and robustness of the seal, delivering longer operational life and greater reliability in the very difficult environments typical of off-highway heavy applications such as big dumpers and construction or agricultural equipment.”“Successful development of face seal technology brings together a number of disciplines, requiring an understanding of tribology, elastomers and the factors specific to the application, such as pressure, misalignment and contamination. In use, the topography of the sealing faces changes over time, in a process called tribomutation, as mixed lubrication conditions influence the wear of the surfaces. This requires consistent bulk material properties to ensure uniform characteristics over the life of the seal. A number of specialised seal ring materials have been developed by Federal-Mogul Powertrain to provide the necessary resistance to wear, seizure, scoring and corrosion. They include pearlitic, and ledeburitic cast irons. These contain various forms of graphite which contributes to good heat transfer and consistent running properties and wear resistance.”“Extensive experience has allowed Federal-Mogul Powertrain to develop a robust analytical tool for face seal design that enables the company to evaluate new seal geometries or resolve pre-existing customer issues through simulation. The virtual study is then validated using a range of laboratory and rig tests including pre-load, spring characteristics, temperature and wear, supplemented by any special requirements, such as long term and ‘mud box’ testing.”Federal-Mogul Powertrain produces face seals at its Friedberg site under the well-known GOETZE® brand, in diameters ranging from 51 mm to 1,425 mm. “The Friedberg plant is the only production facility in the world capable of manufacturing casted mechanical face seals larger than 1,000 mm in serial production. As recently as 2013, manufacturing capacities for face seals were extended by 60% to meet increased demand.”last_img
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Church says no to cremation

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Church of Greece’s Holy Synod on Wednesday objected to the creation of crematoria at parish cemeteries in a potential setback to efforts by local authorities in Athens and Thessaloniki to facilitate the practice in Greece.The Synod said it would brief the government on its objections. New town-planning regulations drafted by the Environment Ministry earlier this year allow crematoria to be built next to churches.The 12-member council also deemed that the decision for cremation should not be taken by relatives but by the individual themselves.The move by the Church of Greece came less than three months after the mayors of Athens and Thessaloniki, Giorgos Kaminis and Yiannis Boutaris, asked the government to introduce legislation removing obstacles for the creation of crematoria, an option that has been enacted by law but never fulfilled amid opposition from the Church, among others.Greece’s parliament only passed legislation allowing for the cremation of the dead in Greece in 2006, even though the practice has been permitted since 1884 in Britain, where cremations represent an estimated 50 per cent of all funerals, and since 1887 in France. Greek law permits the cremation of people who express their preference for this method instead of burial as long as their religion also allows it but forbids cremation for Orthodox Christians as the Church of Greece objects to the practice for believers.Source: ekathimerinilast_img
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VIDEO Baker Mayfield taunts Baylor in warm ups You forgot who daddy

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first_imgBaylor is 0-3 with losses to Liberty and Texas-San Antonio so far this season, but, for some reason, they thought it would be a good idea to engage in some pregame trash talk with Oklahoma and Heisman front runner Baker Mayfield before kickoff in Waco today.Mayfield was quick to shut it down and told them their daddy’s in the house:‘You forgot who daddy is. I’m gonna have to spank you today.’This game is about to kickoff, and Baylor might be in for 1/2 a thousand from Mayfield after poking the hornet’s nest. Here’s the video:#Sooners have a history of pregame skirmishes on the road in Big 12 play. Another flare up here in Waco. pic.twitter.com/pVH44Gp8m1— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) September 23, 2017last_img
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LGBT people twice as likely to be asked about their sex lives

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first_imgMarketing agency Digitas has revealed the results of groundbreaking research it has done into the experiences of LGBT employees in marketing agencies. She identified a lack of trans responses in the survey and believes many marketing agencies still had some way to go before they could claim to be truly trans welcoming.She said that although most of the LGBT people surveyed felt comfortable being out to colleagues, they were slightly less comfortable being out to clients.A ‘boys club mentality’ still persisted at some respondents’ workplaces. One man was told by his boss that he wasn’t trusted to deal directly with clients as he was ‘too camp’.Following the presentation of the results, Nield joined a panel discussion hosted by Tris Reid-Smith, editor of Gay Star News. Also on the panel were Ben Lawrence, co-founder of the boutique marketing agency BOPE, and David Goggin, Chief Talent Officer with Publicis, one of the world’s biggest marketing companies.The four discussed ways in which covert homophobia could be tackled, and the best ways to convince potential allies that this is everyone’s problem.Make it personalGoggin pointed to the success of the equal marriage campaign in Ireland, and its ‘Make it personal’ tone.He said sharing personal stories with straight colleagues about discrimination and bias was the best way to educate them. At the same time, senior leaders need training in unconscious bias.Nield talked about the importance of LGBT+ networks – for sharing experiences and providing support. Networks also send a clear signal out to future job seekers that they can be themselves in the workplace.Lawrence agreed with Goggin that making things personal was often the best way forward. Or has he put it, ‘celebrating my sexuality through the mundane’, such as dropping into a conversation with a client that he’d spent his weekend painting the bathroom with his husband.In relation to LGBT+ facing comments or questions about their sex lives at work, Nield said this was partly due to some straight people seeing LGBTI people as something of a novelty.‘And there are stereotypes about gay men presented in the media, and those are the only reflections of LGBT that people see, so they feel that they are able to ask those things.’You can watch the full discussion below.Tris Reid-Smith of Gay Star News said, ‘The Digitas research is an important first look at the experiences of LGBT+ people in marketing.‘The industry may not be the most homophobic or transphobic – but I was surprised by how many people experienced exclusion and discrimination, often done covertly.‘We must applaud Digitas for its leadership on this subject and I hope it encourages others to follow.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- The panel discussion hosted by Digitas as part of Digital Pride 2018 (Photo: David Hudson)center_img Digitas conducted an online survey in the run up to this year’s Digital Pride festival. Digital Pride, organized by Gay Star News, is the world’s only online LGBTI Pride event.It canvassed the opinions of both LGBT and straight employees in the marketing sector.‘People often think of agencies as safe, liberal places for people to work,’ said Michael Islip, CEO at Digitas. ‘But does that mean agency leaders have become complacent?‘We know there’s a problem with diversity in this industry, and we wanted to explore just how deep this problem goes.’Over 200 people took part in the survey – which was coordinated and compiled by Digitas senior creative strategist Amy Nield. Last night, at a panel discussion held at the London headquarters of Digitas, she unveiled the results.Key findings included the following22% of LGBT people surveyed said their sexual or gender expression influenced their choice of career.31% of LGBT people said they had been outed by someone at work: ‘There’s an issue around people feeling able to share other people’s identities,’ commented Nield.LGBT+ people felt it was more important to be fully themselves at work than straight people, but many said they had altered something about themselves. This included mannerisms, appearance, their preferred choice of pronoun, or the pronoun of a partner (ie using ‘they’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’).44% said they had changed their mannerisms; 13% said they had altered their appearance; 13% used different pronouns, and over 50% used different pronouns or generic pronouns when talking about a partner.15% of LGBT people in marketing agencies reported experiencing verbal or physical abuse or harrassment.39% have experienced homophobic or transphobic jokes.18% of LGBT+ people felt their sexuality had negatively affected their relationship with colleagues.If you’re LGBT+ then you’re twice as likely to have been asked about your sex life by work colleagues.13% of LGBT+ people felt their sexuality or gender expression had affected their career progression or success negatively.By contrast, many of the straight respondents didn’t think their agencies had a problem with prejudice towards LGBT people. Less than 1% of straight people believe LGBT+ people faced discrimination in their agency.Just 11% acknowledged there was a problem in the industry as a whole. Less than half of the straight people surveyed said there was a need for LGBT+ networks in marketing agencies.‘It’s the small and slight things that build up over time’Nield said that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia was often covert. ‘It’s the small and slight things that build up over time that can make a difference.’ How can the marketing industry be more LGBTI friendly?Malta will host first LGBT+ Tourism SummitLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/digitas-lgbt-sex-workplace/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...last_img
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Steve Irwins Hollywood Star to shine for Sunshine Coast tourism

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first_imgTerri, Bindi and Robert Irwin celebrate the unveiling of Steve Irwin’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (credit: Lucas Rossi Photography)Steve Irwin’s Hollywood Star to shine for Sunshine Coast tourismNorth American promotional campaign launched to fuel American growthThe unveiling today of a ‘star’ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Steve Irwin is set to continue the strong profile of his Sunshine Coast home in the North American market.Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, were in Hollywood at the unveiling along with some of their closest friends and family from around the world. The newest star is fittingly located directly outside the ‘Iguana Vintage Store’.Terri Irwin said Steve would have been chuffed at the award: “Steve always said that he hoped his message of conservation would live on forever. It means the world to us that Steve’s memory will live on in so many ways, including now on the internationally recognised Hollywood Walk of Fame.“We’re thrilled that so many people have joined us today in khaki to celebrate. It’s wonderful that there are lots of people back home on the Sunshine Coast celebrating too,” said Terri.Visit Sunshine Coast has worked closely with the Irwin family to gain the Hollywood recognition for Steve, who played a key role in elevating Sunshine Coast tourism through the establishment of Australia Zoo.Steve’s popularity in the American market was complemented by the success of his daughter, Bindi, who attracted national and international publicity by finishing as the winner of the top-rating US Dancing with the Stars TV show in 2015.“The Irwins – Steve, Terri, Bindi and Robert – have been great ambassadors for the Sunshine Coast, and they have always been passionate about promoting the region around the world, and particularly in America, where the Hollywood star reflects his legendary status,” said Visit Sunshine Coast CEO, Simon Latchford.Mr Latchford said that the American market had been one of the Sunshine Coast’s most powerful international markets over the past five years.“In 2012, the Sunshine Coast was attracting 71,000 room nights annually from the USA worth $5.5 million, but by the end of 2017 that had almost tripled to 190,000 room nights, generating $15.6 million in income for local operators. And Americans stay for over 20 nights on average, sharing their dollars across the region,” said Mr Latchford.“There are many attractive beach destinations in Australia, but to be able to offer attractions of the quality and integrity as Australia Zoo gives us a competitive edge. The fact that it has a backdrop of the Glass House Mountains also highlights our overall ‘naturally refreshing’ message.”Mr Latchford said that Visit Sunshine Coast was capitalising on Steve Irwin’s Hollywood star with a major promotional campaign in America, starting with the donation of a substantial auction prize at the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Beverly Hills on 5 May. Funds raised from the auction will go to Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, the charity Steve and Terri created in 2002 for the global conservation of wildlife and wild places.The auction prize includes over $5000 worth of inclusions from Sunshine Coast operators, with a major emphasis on natural escapes, and includes a private Wildlife Hospital tour at Australia Zoo with Bindi Irwin.In addition, Visit Sunshine Coast has partnered with leading North American outbound travel agent Goway Travel, along with Australia Zoo and Tourism Events Queensland to launch a major trade and retail campaign in North America to coincide with the Steve Irwin star accolade.The campaign focuses heavily on educating North American travel agents on the Sunshine Coast destination and is being delivered through numerous media platforms, including two dedicated Sunshine Coast webinars, blog posts, flyers, online advertising and press releases. Agents will also have the chance to win one of six spots on an all-inclusive Sunshine Coast Famil Trip which will take place in the final quarter of 2018, with Fiji Airways as the airline partner.Mr Latchford said that Goway Travel were specialists in the Australian market and would be able to tap into both experienced travellers and potential new visitors to Australia.“Having the Irwins championing the Sunshine Coast really gives us a unique entree to the American travel market because Steve’s face and name still resonates so strongly in the market,” he said.“They love big characters and Steve was deeply popular with Americans for his incredible enthusiasm and energy, and his ability to mix adventure with a true commitment to conservation.“The timing of the campaign is perfect as the American economy and dollar are at their strongest levels for many years, and airline capacity from North America has grown substantially over the past few years.”Source = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img
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Riviera Maya Mexico—Reported by Elite Traveler t

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first_imgRiviera Maya, Mexico—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGrand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are tempting travelers with two new culinary-themed packages that feature international cuisine and wine pairings, cooking classes and contests for the whole family, food tours, mixology lessons and more.At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the “Art of Cooking” package includes executive chef-led cooking classes—including a session on preparing a three-course meal complete with a diploma for participation—a wine tasting and even a take-home chef’s jacket. Kids can get in on the fun with junior cooking classes, an awards ceremony and a take-home kit. Offered through December 19th, rates start at $329 a night.At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the “Gourmet” package grants access to wine and tequila tastings, cooking and cocktail classes and exclusive food and wine tours at local gourmet eateries. Guests also enjoy a gourmet amenity on arrival, a special Spa Cuisine lunch at the onsite Azul restaurant and one dinner each at Frida, Lucca and Piaf, the resort’s Four Diamond award-winning restaurants, as well as spa and golf discounts. Available until December 18th and from April 16th through December 19th, 2012, rates start at $359 a night.Visit www.grandvelas.com.last_img
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Central bank to conduct islandwide financial study

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first_imgThe Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) is conducting a nationwide survey to assess the island’s financial knowledge, with results expected to be announced within the first half of 2018, it emerged on Friday.In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, the CBC’s director of economic analysis and research George Kyriacou said about 1,000 people between the ages of 18 – 79 would make up the final sample.So far, members of the public have been responsive and positive, and Kyriacou stressed that people with better financial knowledge have better chances of enjoying a higher standard of living.Lacking such knowledge is one of the main factors that could explain the income inequality found in developed economies, Kyriacou said.Citizens and consumers who are well informed in economics make better decisions with their family’s finances and increase their financial security and well being, he added.The CBC’s survey was prepared by academics from the Cyprus University of Technology (Tepak) in cooperation with the Durham University Business School and initial results will be ready in the first half of 2018.Commenting on the present situation on the island, Kyriacou said ‘older experiences from the stock market as well as Cypriots’ portfolio management before the 2013 crisis have highlighted the fact that a significant part of our country’s population does not seem to have adequate basic financial knowledge’.He added that previous research on the matter also revealed similar results. In 2010, the Cyprus securities and exchange commission (Cysec) carried out a survey that found the public’s knowledge on matters relating to investments is very low.Tepak also recently tried to measure Cypriots financial literacy only to find that Cypriot students have a serious problem with the matter, Kyriacou added.The CBC’s survey, however, could reap some benefits for society as policies could be created based on the findings so as to reduce financial illiteracy.“The findings could also be used to create a national strategy to effectively combat financial illiteracy, through a targeted and collected effort involving other state institutions such as the education ministry, universities and Cysec,” Kyriacou told CNA.You May LikeMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online - See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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Johnson takes oath at Capitol ceremony

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first_img09Jan Johnson takes oath at Capitol ceremony State Rep. Joel Johnson, at right, today took the ceremonial oath of office as state representative for the 97th House District in the 97th Michigan Legislature.  Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the state Capitol in Lansing.Johnson serves the people of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin and the east half of Osceola counties.“We want to make especially sure that government is more accountable to the people and their needs,” said Johnson, R-Clare. “There are concerns that government is overreaching in some areas, so making sure that every agency is answering to the people is one of the big things on my agenda this session.”Johnson’s wife, Dawn, their son Clayton Johnson, nephew Darick Tack with his wife Christy and son Joel, took part in the ceremony. Categories: Johnson News,Johnson Photos,Newslast_img
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Leonard presents tribute to local high school athlete

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first_img Categories: Leonard News,Leonard Photos 24Jul Leonard presents tribute to local high school athlete Rep. Tom Leonard, left, presents Logan Hessbrook with a legislative tribute to commemorate his athletic achievements during his senior year at Ithaca High School. A three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball, Hessbrook was named the Lansing State Journal Athlete of the Year.last_img
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Rep Bumstead takes the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

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first_img Rep. Jon Bumstead joined a number of legislators outside in the 20-degree weather to go swimming today. The representatives took part in the fifth annual Polar Plunge in front of the Capitol building, braving the cold to jump into a pool.“It made for a cold day at work, but it’s for a great cause,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “We raised a lot of donations and attention for the Special Olympics. I think all the divers are proud we could help that organization.”All donations received from the Legislative Polar Plunge go directly to Special Olympics Michigan to help support their activities. Polar Plunges take place all over the country in cold weather and is well-known for the colorful costumes and shivering swimmers they produce.Special Olympics in Michigan brings year-round sports and athletic competition to over 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. ##### Categories: Featured news,News,Photos Tags: Polar Plunge, Rep. Bumstead, Special Olympics 03Mar Rep. Bumstead takes the ‘Polar Plunge’ for Special Olympicslast_img
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House committee approves Lucido bills to better protect children from abuse

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first_img The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido seeking to protect children from criminals with multiple abuse violations.“All forms of repeated child abuse are despicable and should be treated with increasing penalties,” said Lucido, vice chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “We have to protect our future and most precious citizens better. This will do that by putting the people who are reckless over and over again someplace where they can’t hurt kids.”House Bill 4486 strengthens penalties starting with a second conviction, expanding possible prison time up to five years for a third-degree offense and two years for a fourth-degree violation. Current law allows for two-year and one-year sentences for respective convictions.A third-degree violation occurs when an individual “knowingly or intentionally” causes a child to be harmed, while a fourth-degree infraction involves reckless actions that leads to the physical harm. Under Lucido’s legislation, any prior child abuse conviction – regardless of degree –  counts as a repeat violation and qualifies for more strict sentencing.First-degree violations, which a defendant “knowingly or intentionally” intended to cause serious physical or mental harm to a child, can carry up to life imprisonment. A second-degree infraction can include a penalty of 10 years in prison for a first violation, 20 years for the second.“Regardless of the offense, these are all acts with potentially terrible lifelong effects on children and we need to level the field,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “This gives our law enforcement and prosecutors another weapon to defend our kids.”HBs 4486 and 4487 both advance to the House for its consideration.### 31Oct House committee approves Lucido bills to better protect children from abuse Categories: Lucido News,Newslast_img
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Rep Sheppard continues Sit Down with Sheppard in August

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first_img03Aug Rep. Sheppard continues ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ in August Categories: Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his August in-district office hours.The times and locations are as follows:Monday, Aug. 6 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S Dixie Hwy in Monroe;Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Forest View Lanes Recreation Bar & Grill, 2345 W Dean Road in Temperance;Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis Ave. in Ida; andFriday, Aug. 24 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Ottawa Lake Co-Op Elevator Co., 7433 Lynch Road in Ottawa Lake.No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Sheppard’s office at (517) 373-2617 or JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov.#####last_img
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Save the Childrens Own Staff Deem Tony Blairs Humanitarian Award Reprehensible

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares November 28, 2014; Electronic IntifadaAs of Monday morning, 118,214 people had signed an online petition asking Save the Children to revoke the “Global Legacy” award it gave to former British prime minister Tony Blair. Sparking worldwide protests was clearly not the intent of Save the Children, but that’s what its U.S. arm accomplished with its honor for Blair.Perhaps the U.S. arm of Save was not quite as familiar as its British counterparts with the multiple controversies Blair has been associated with in the UK. Within hours of the draft and circulation of an internal letter criticizing the Blair award as “morally reprehensible,” nearly 200 Save staff, including regional executives, signed on.Representatives of other NGOs were less than kind toward the idea of honoring Blair. The executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, tweeted: As this man defends any dictator who’ll pay him, @SaveChildrenUK inexplicably gives him award. http://t.co/29MmhrNZDn pic.twitter.com/PlVyYEQ1XK— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) November 21, 2014 He later corrected the tweet to refer to STC in the U.S.It is hard to believe that this crescendo of criticism was entirely unanticipated by Save’s U.S. arm. In 2010, for example, Blair received the “Liberty Medal” from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The Center’s president, former AOL executive and later CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service during the Bush administration, David Eisner, said at the time, “We understand…how differently Tony Blair appears to be viewed by many people in the UK as compared with many people in the U.S.”Except in this case, the head of Save the Children in the UK apparently had a hand in the U.S. branch’s decision to honor Blair. Jasmine Whitbread, the CEO of Save the Children International, wrote to staff about the shared feeling of being “frustrated and disappointed” in the reaction to the Blair award, suggesting that Save in the U.S. hadn’t anticipated this reaction and needed to have conducted a better “risk assessment.” However, she also revealed that the head of Save the Children UK, Justin Forsyth, a former associate of Blair’s during his time as prime minister, played a significant role in the U.S. arm’s decision to honor his former boss. Another Blair connection, Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is on the STC board.Unless STC had been completely out of commission, it had to have been aware of the multiple Blair controversies and gave a broad hint that it knew: the award was given to Blair for his work in Africa, his achievements in debt relief, and his anti-poverty work. Some people truly believe that Blair is worthy of the multiple honors he has received from Save and other organizations, both for his African involvements and the “Make Poverty History” campaign he launched while still at Downing Street.However, many people hold him responsible for Britain’s participation in the U.S. war in Iraq, which has not only killed hundreds of thousands of people but has led to the virtual dissolution of Iraq and the current Sunni Islamist rebellion led by the partisans of the Islamic State (ISIL). A government investigation of the UK’s role in the war is expected to take Blair to task directly and extensively. To them, that outweighs whatever he might have achieved in his post-PM charitable and philanthropic endeavors—but that history, too, earns Blair plenty of criticism.After resigning as prime minister, Blair became special envoy to the Middle East Quartet, presumably to mediate between Israel and Palestine, but he was frequently excoriated as strongly pro-Israel and hardly a “neutral interlocutor.” Although Blair has established a foundation dedicated to increase understanding amount the world’s major religions, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, he has also been active as a consultant through Tony Blair Associated, picking up a list of clients that don’t exactly suggest world peace and international understanding. As NPQ wrote in 2012, Blair’s clients have included the government of Kuwait, the autocratic ruler of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev (on a contract with some $13 million), and even Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif, helping the latter with his Ph.D. thesis.More recently, on a contract apparently funded by interests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Blair has been recruited to provide economic development advice to the regime of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who led the military coup in Egypt last year. Apparently promising significant “business opportunities” to the Sisi economic development crew, Blair seems to have overlooked one of the significant pre-coup criticisms of the Egyptian military, that much of the Egyptian economy was controlled by business interests that themselves were controlled by the military.It is sad to say, but Blair’s consulting has led him to bed down with some unsavory political characters. Roth’s description of Blair as “a well-paid dictator’s PR agent” puts the lie to the humanitarian award from Save the Children’s U.S. branch. Like his U.S. partner, George W. Bush, who created the PEPFAR initiative against HIV/AIDS in Africa, Blair has done some laudatory work. But his philanthropy doesn’t outweigh his role in the UK’s involvement in Iraq and his post-PM role as éminence grise for a number of international autocrats.The bigger issue, however, is what this award, such as it is, says about Save the Children. The humanitarian awards business itself is pretty pathetic, honoring stars and celebrities rather than the people on the ground risking their lives to fight international poverty without the cushion of $13 million sidebar contracts with dictators. Why might Blair want this award, one of a number of awards he has gotten over the years (he was one of a number of people named “Men of the Year” in 2014 by GQ magazine)? About to be excoriated in print by his own government for his role in the Iraq war, facing repeated calls to remove himself from any possible role in Middle East peace negotiations due to his pro-Israel bias, and seen cavorting with the likes of the late Gaddafi and the not-late Nazarbayev, awards like this burnish Blair’s tattered image, thus the involvement of his former advisor at STC UK to help the U.S. Save give Blair the award.But why would Save do this? As its own staff has made clear, many think that Blair is an affront to the values and beliefs of the organization. Others might be concerned that Save’s association with Blair compromises its effectiveness in countries that have their own versions of Nazarbayev to confront. People might think that Save, with two senior Blair people in its leadership, is less than a fully independent, nonpolitical, nonpartisan NGO.Whitbread’s leaked letter suggested that she was fundamentally concerned with containing the negative reaction to the Blair award and resuscitating the NGO’s image with the public and its donors. Perhaps the more logical strategy for Save is to rebuild trust and preserve its independence by repudiating the Blair award and to prune its leadership of people who are linked too closely to the political regimes of either the U.S. or the UK—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img
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