Safe Veggies.

first_imgPhoto: Darbie Granberry Apply them only after the vegetables have been harvested.Fully incorporate them into the soil.And wait at least three months before planting food crops in the garden.Don’t use them on perennial vegetables and root crops. Watch Out for Animals, TooSpeaking of animal manure, living animals often visit the garden. Pets, deer, racoons, rodents and birds can carry human pathogens and may contaminate the garden with fecal matter.Be aware of this potential problem. Keep on the lookout for the telltale signs that they’ve been active in your garden. If animals or birds do visit your garden, take measures to keep them out.By applying chemicals properly, using composted manures and keeping animals out of your garden, you can help make sure your picture-perfect vegetables are not only fresh and nutritious, but also safe to eat. Garden vegetables are free of human pathogens unless they become contaminated. The task for gardeners is pretty simple: don’t mess up a good thing. The key to food safety is preventing contamination.Until recently, the term “safe” vegetables meant mainly that they were free of harmful chemicals or contained them in such low concentrations that they didn’t threaten anyone’s health.There was, and still is, a lot of emphasis on using only pest-control chemicals approved for vegetable crops, applying them at the prescribed concentrations and frequencies, and allowing for ample waiting periods before harvesting.These safeguards are still essential in helping keep garden vegetables safe.Prevent, Reduce ContaminationIn the late 1980s and ’90s, a number of produce-related illness outbreaks prompted the 1997 start of a federal program to help keep fresh produce safe.This new initiative stressed preventing and reducing the contamination of fresh produce with human pathogens (living things that make people sick).The concept of safe food was broadened to include being free of disease-causing microbes such as Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, Shigella, etc., and parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora.Producing “safe” fresh vegetables in the garden is fairly easy, because vegetables aren’t a primary source of human pathogens. Fortunately, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that sometimes make plants sick don’t make people sick.How Veggies Get ContaminatedHow do garden vegetables get contaminated with the “bugs” that make people sick?The most likely source in the garden is animal manure. But animal manures are good for the garden. They contain essential nutrients that help plants grow. And their organic matter improves soils.The good news is that gardeners can reap manures’ many benefits and still grow vegetables free of human pathogens.Use composted manures.The heat generated during the composting process destroys human pathogens. Besides making the food safer, properly composted manures are much more helpful to the garden than raw manures.Must Be Properly CompostedKeep in mind, though, that improperly composted manures are likely to contain as many pathogens as raw manure. Don’t use them.If you aren’t sure the manures you want to use have been properly composted: You work hard to make your nutritious garden crops look and taste good. Work at keeping them safe, too.last_img read more

5 ways to reduce late loan payments

first_img30% Easier14% Instant—no wait time for payment to clear account11% Convenient 8%  Faster way to make payment 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jason O’Brien As Director of Technology Strategies for SWBC’s Financial Institution Group, Jason is responsible for developing and launching new products and services that address financial institution needs and provide a … Web: www.swbc.com Details ACHConsumers prefer to pay their bill online either with ACH or card payment. In fact, 77% of payments were processed online in 2016 compared to 55% in 2010. This consumer trend is continuing to grow every year. To keep up, and to ensure that your loans are being paid on time, your credit union needs payment options that align with your borrowers’ expectations in terms of ease and efficiency. Processing ACH improves efficiency for both your credit union and your borrowers. Operating within this payment channel streamlines your loan pay operations while offering an intuitive user experience for your borrowers. Processing ACH payments means less time spent billing, collecting, and processing payments for you, and less hassle for your borrowers. Automatic/Recurring Payment optionsPerhaps the most effective tool to being able to collect payments on time and avoid late loan payments is the ability to set up automatic or recurring monthly payments. Personally, this is how I ensure that my bills get paid on time. For me, the ability to set a recurring loan payment that debits from my account automatically each month adds up to one less thing I have to worry about taking care of—and that’s a highly valuable service, in my book. Accepting automatic and recurring monthly payments is not only a valuable experience for your borrowers—studies have shown that customers using recurring payments have 50% lower delinquency rates.  Help your borrowers in unique and responsive waysForty one percent of consumers cited a positive user experience  as the reason they opened an account with a financial institution. Credit Unions’ abilities to process payments quickly, easily, and with less hassle all around, significantly impacts their members’ experiences. The payment process experience is one of the most important drivers of satisfaction in loan servicing. One way that your credit union can increase the likelihood that your borrowers will choose to interface with these preferred payment processing options is to interact with them through these channels. For example, offering paperless billing options will increase your borrowers’ awareness of online bill pay options. Sending your borrowers payment reminders via text message will encourage them to both explore your mobile web features and to make their loan payments on time. To seamlessly interface with your members and improve their payment processing experience, be sure to make payment options clear and easily navigable on your website.  If members can’t find these channels, they’re far less likely to use them. In order to help your borrowers reduce their late and delinquent loan payments, customers need to be informed early and often of what payment options are available to them, and how they can use them to save time, streamline their payment process, and avoid late fees with prompt payments. To learn how to cost-effectively offer your members debit card payment options, download our whitepaper, Affordable Debit Card Options for Borrowers.center_img This past weekend, I went grocery shopping on my iPad. I can see what my dog is up to while I’m at work from my desktop computer. My phone gives me driving directions, plays my music, wakes me up, and occasionally makes phone calls. Like most modern consumers, I expect experiences and products that remove as many manual process as possible, creating frictionless transactions.The demand for high-quality experiences has spilled over into the financial services market in recent years, thanks to increased competition from traditional and non-traditional financial institutions in the marketplace. Account holders expect seamless transactions within and between their accounts. Not only that, they expect easily accessible options for executing those transactions.  Your credit union wants to be paid on time, and your borrowers don’t want to incur any late fees. To ensure prompt payment, your borrowers need to be able to make loan payments easily across multiple channels. The fewer hoops that a borrower has to jump through to make a payment, the better.  Ease of access across multiple channels for payment processing increases your likelihood of being paid promptly.More options for borrowers to pay on timeYour borrowers are busy. They have jam-packed schedules that include work, carpools, children, school, and various other events and activities. In the midst of all their life stressors, making a monthly payment may already be a stressful chore for the borrower who is in danger of not paying their loan on time. Compounding this anxiety by not having an easy-to-access payment option could very well result in one headache too many for your borrower—and an unnecessary late payment for your credit union to have to deal with. Debit Card AcceptanceTo reduce the frequency of late payments, one factor that should be consistent across all channels is the acceptance of card-sourced funds. With so many consumers using debit cards for paying bills and for making everyday purchases, they expect to use their debit card to make any and all payments in their lives. Deploying a strategy to accept debit card payments will align with your borrowers’ payment preference and contribute to providing a high quality experience.A 2016 Tsys study found that 18–24 year-olds (47%) and 45–54 year-olds (45%) preferred debit card payments over cash and credit card. Even the 55–64 year-old age bracket preferred paying with a debit card to the tune of 35%.Consumers cited the following reasons for their preference for using debit cards to make their loan payments: last_img read more

Hilton signs to bring Curio brand to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi | News

first_imgThe agreement reinforces the existing collaboration, which was initiated in 2017 between the two companies and builds on Miral’s strategy to partner with leading global brands as a part of its long-term vision for Yas Island. Miral first appointed Hilton back in 2017 to operate and manage the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Hotel, currently under construction on Yas Bay at the southern end of Yas Island.Yas Island is also home to Ferrari World, considered the World’s Leading Theme Park by the World Travel Awards, while Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction.  Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, MEA at Hilton, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Miral on these two new hotels, which will see us introduce two new brands to Abu Dhabi.  The WB Abu Dhabi, which will be part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, is a magnificent example of the sort of unique guest experiences we look for with Curio Collection, while DoubleTree by Hilton Yas Island Residences continues the successful growth of this brand in the UAE. “Miral has a clear vision to develop Yas Island into a global destination and we look forward to being a part of this transformation.”The WB Abu Dhabi, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, is set to become a unique hotel adjacent to the award-winning Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park. The hotel is currently more than 75 per cent complete and once finished will allow guests to experience recognizable characters from across Warner Bros.’ iconic collection of film, television and comics. Set to open in 2021, the hotel will feature 257 rooms over eight levels, with guests able to access a range of amenities, including signature WB restaurants, WB store, a premier spa and fitness club, kids club, family pool and an exclusive rooftop pool overlooking Yas Island’s distinctive skyline.DoubleTree by Hilton – Yas Island Residences currently stands at more than 75 per cent complete and is due for completion in 2021. The property provides a variety of options that accommodate different needs, especially larger families looking for more space and in-room amenities.A total of 156 units offer guests a range of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodation. Full amenities will include in-room kitchenettes, gym, pool and a variety of recreation facilities.The new hotels are all within walking distance from Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld – the World’s Leading Waterpark – and are in close proximity to Yas Island’s other attractions and experiences, including Clymb Abu Dhabi and numerous world-class food and beverage outlets on the Island. Signed by Mohamed Abdalla Alzaabi, chief executive of Miral, and Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, president for Hilton in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, the agreement brings the two brand to Abu Dhabi for the first time.The deal also demonstrates a commitment from Miral to bringing exclusive hospitality venues to Yas Island, which further positions it as one of the top global destinations for entertainment, leisure and business.Yas Island is already considered the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project by voters at the World Travel Awards. – Advertisement – NewerTravellers from Denmark barred from entry to UK OlderW Dubai – the Palm offers new fitness staycation – Advertisement – Miral has appointed Hilton to bring two new and unique hospitality offerings to Yas Island, while it invests AED627 million (£130 million) in their development. The WB Abu Dhabi, first Warner Bros. branded hotel in the world, will be operated and managed by Hilton under its upper-upscale Curio Collection by Hilton brand, while the serviced residences will be managed by DoubleTree by Hilton.- Advertisement – BR Kiran, chief portfolio officer at Miral, said: “Hilton is a globally recognised partner, and we are honoured to be partnering with them to bring the Curio Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands to Abu Dhabi for the first time. “This supports our strategy and vision of creating unforgettable experiences for every guest on Yas Island, while increasing the diversity of hospitality options available to them. “We are confident that residents and visitors alike will welcome the diverse and flexible range of new accommodation options, while enjoying the unmatched experiences and unique attractions available to them on Yas Island.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Thailand to continue sharing H5N1 samples

first_imgMar 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indications today are that Thailand will continue to share H5N1 avian influenza viruses with the World Health Organization (WHO), contrary to a news report yesterday.Bloomberg News reported yesterday that Thailand would restrict access to its H5N1 viruses, and CIDRAP News passed along that report. But a senior Thai health official said Thailand had no plans to withhold samples, according to a Reuters report published yesterday.In addition, WHO spokesman Dick Thompson in Geneva told CIDRAP News today that Thailand has not signaled any intention to withhold samples. “We have received no official information that the situation relating to sharing of samples from Thailand has changed,” Thompson said via e-mail.Thai officials quoted by both Bloomberg and Reuters said Thailand shared Indonesia’s concern about access to vaccines based on samples collected in the country. Indonesia revealed in early February that it had stopped sharing H5N1 samples with the WHO out of concern that high cost would put any vaccines made using the samples out of reach for Indonesia.Bloomberg’s report cited comments by Public Health Minister Mongkol Na Songkha. The Reuters story quoted the minister’s senior adviser, Suwit Wibulpolprasert, who, when asked if Thailand planned to withhold samples, said, “No, never. Definitely not.”Scientists regard access to recent H5N1 virus isolates as essential for monitoring the virus’s evolution and developing vaccines against it.last_img read more

H5N1 virus may be adapting to pigs in Indonesia

first_imgMar 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists report that H5N1 avian influenza viruses may be adapting to pigs, as evidenced by the finding that H5N1 viruses isolated from pigs in Indonesia were less harmful to mice than were H5N1 viruses from chickens.The finding suggests that in growing in pigs, the virus may have become less harmful to mammals in general, the authors report. That sounds reassuring, but the authors say it may mean the virus is one step closer to turning into a human pandemic strain.In the study, scientists from Japan and Indonesia collected viruses from chickens and pigs in Indonesia, grew them in laboratory cell cultures, and used them to infect mice. They found that the viruses from pigs were less lethal to mice than the viruses from chickens, according to their recent report in the Archives of Virology.”We found that swine isolates were less virulent to mice than avian isolates, suggesting that the viruses became attenuated during their replication in pigs,” the report states.An intermediate host Pigs are seen as a possible intermediate host that can help avian flu viruses adapt to humans, because the epithelial cells in pigs’ trachea can be infected by both avian and human flu viruses, the article notes. If avian and human viruses infected a pig at the same time, they could mix or reassort, giving rise to a novel strain that might be able to spread in humans. The flu pandemics of 1957-58 and 1968-69 were caused by avian-human hybrid viruses, though it is not known if they arose in pigs.But even if they don’t mix with human strains, avian flu viruses that infect pigs are believed capable of adapting to them—gaining the capability to grow efficiently in swine cells—and thereby adapting to other mammals, the authors write. Humans occasionally are infected with swine flu viruses, something that has been reported at least twice this flu season in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.So far, H5N1 infections in pigs have been reported rarely or gone unnoticed because infected pigs show no signs of illness, the scientists write. But the authors, who include Chairul Nidom of Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia, report that they found H5N1 infections in pigs in Indonesia in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They determined that the swine viruses were closely related to viruses in chickens found nearby, indicating H5N1 spread from chickens to pigs at least three different times.They gathered three viruses from pigs and two from chickens on East Java in 2006 and 2007. They first determined that all the viruses grew well in embryonated eggs and in cultures of canine kidney cells, demonstrating that both avian and swine strains could grow in mammalian cell cultures. They then infected groups of mice with a range of doses of the five isolates.The results showed that all three pig viruses were less virulent in mice than the chicken viruses were, as measured by how large a dose it took to kill half of the mice. Two of the pig isolates were “strongly attenuated” in mice.In a genetic analysis, the scientists found several amino acid differences that might explain the lower virulence of the swine isolates, but they “were unable to determine which mutations were strongly correlated to low virulence in mice because these mutations are frequently found among avian and human H5N1 viruses,” the report says.Prelude to a pandemic strain?The authors offer this interpretation of their findings: “Since our swine strains were isolated from pigs with no apparent influenza-like symptoms, the decrease of pathogenicity in mice suggests that the H5N1 viruses may have lost their pathogenicity in mammals during replication in pigs. Given that for the H5N1 viruses to cause a pandemic, they would likely become attenuated in humans, becoming attenuated in mammals may be a prelude to the generation of a pandemic strain.”They add that because H5N1 infections in swine increase the risk that a pandemic strain could emerge, the findings point up the need for “continuous surveillance and management of H5N1 viruses in pigs.”The findings may mean that H5N1 viruses from swine will be less virulent in mammals generally, but it’s not clear that the viruses have truly adapted to swine, said Richard Webby, PhD, a virologist, flu researcher, and associate member of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.Noting that the study authors used only five isolates, Webby said, “Trying to make too much of a conclusion from that number would be premature. The two least lethal viruses were both from swine, but one [swine isolate] was lethal. So perhaps if these become adapted to mammals, they’re potentially going to be less pathogenic.”Whether H5N1 viruses become more or less virulent when they adapt to mammals is a very important question, he said, adding that the findings “might be to some extent reassuring.”Regarding the authors’ statement that attenuation of the virus in mammals might be a prelude to the development of a pandemic strain, Webby commented, “I guess the thought behind that is that for a pathogen to be successful, it’s got to transmit readily, so if it makes the host too sick, so they go to a hospital or die, the chances of its transmitting to someone else are reduced.”But Webby told CIDRAP News that it’s not clear that H5N1 viruses have really become established in swine anywhere. “If these viruses have gone into swine, I think the key is whether they become established in swine. If that happened, we’d be concerned. I think the consensus now is that pigs are like humans; they can be infected, but it’s unlikely there’d be a lot of transmission.”He said US Department of Agriculture researchers have infected pigs with H5N1 viruses and found that the viruses didn’t grow at all. But those researchers used viruses that didn’t come from pigs in the first place. He noted that pigs often are fed broken eggs or even chicken carcasses, and such pigs might carry the virus in their snouts without becoming truly infected.Webby suggested that researchers now should “put these swine viruses back into swine and see if they actually are more adapted to swine than the avian viruses.”Takano R, Nidom CA, Kiso M, et al. A comparison of the pathogenicity of avian and swine H5N1 infuenza viruses in Indonesia. Arch Virol 2009 (early online publication Mar 14) [Abstract]last_img read more

Šibenik the most successful destination in the county – awards were given to 22 tourist entities in Šibenik-Knin County

first_imgŽeljana Šikić, director of the county tourist board, emphasized that at this moment this destination is really living its dream in the tourist context. The city of Šibenik continues its continuous growth in tourism. Recall that this city after the collapse of large factories in the mid-nineties had only one option – to turn to tourism. After years of investing in tourism, Šibenik has become a recognizable tourist destination. “This recognition means a lot to us because this is our first real year-round season. We are glad to be recognized in our local community for our results this year. The results are above our expectations, and the announcements for next year tell us that it will be even better, ” said Magda Lakoš Mioč, director of the Bellevue Hotel. “It does not mean that we have reached the final peaks and that we should enjoy the laurels. In terms of tourism, we are developing in enviable dynamics and, more importantly, in the right direction. For this we must thank the decision makers who visionarily and purposefully manage the development of destinations and do not allow tourism to happen to us by accident, but also all the valuable initiatives, individuals, entrepreneurs and creatives who also contribute. That is why we have a destination that they watch from the sidelines and with admiration from some other destinations that are stronger in terms of tourism than ourselves ” concluded Šikić. On this occasion, Mayor Goran Pauk emphasized that all successes in tourism are made by people who give one personal component to everyone who comes to this county, and thus provide guests with the unique thing that this region has to offer. Winners of the Golden Bowl for 2019. “We especially like this award because we all know that Šibenik practically did not have a strong tourist sign until five or six years ago. We managed to turn that story around in relation to our competitors in the county. Together we will be as strong as the center of the county. Croatia will soon take over the presidency of the Council of Europe, and Šibenik is one of the five cities in Croatia that is ready to receive these guests as a tourist, ” pointed out the mayor of Šibenik Željko Burić. Recognition City of Šibenik – najuspješnija turistička destinacija 2019.Recognition City of Drniš – the most successful green destination 2019.Recognition of the Project “For Zlarin without plastic” – contribution to the brand of a sustainable tourism destinationRecognition to the Knin Museum – Knin Fortress – a contribution to the cultural offer and heritage preservationRecognition to the Croatian Travelers Club Travel Agency– doprinos turističkoj ponudi kreativnim agencijskim programimaRecognition to the Travel Agency ActiveDestination – doprinos i promociju aktivnog turizmaPriznanje Apartmani Mara &EnchantingApartment – Zajc family – promotion in family accommodation 2019Recognition of marinas D -Marin Mandalina – doprinos razvoju nautičkog turizmaRecognition of taverns Prslika – doprinos razvoju i promociji autohtone gastro ponudeRecognition restaurant Tri piruna – gastro ponuda 2019.Recognition Jurlin’s court – doprinos turističkoj ponudi selektivnih oblika turizmaRecognition Hotel Scala – mali obiteljski hotel 2019.Recognition Hotel Bellevue -family hotel 2019Recognition camp Rehut – mali kamp 2019.Recognition Zoran Jajac – chef godine 2019.Recognition Tina Biluš – turistički vodič 2019.Recognition Željko Krnčević – contribution to the improvement of the development of cultural tourismRecognition Sailing Club Val – contribution to the nautical destination brandRecognition Interpretation Center of the Cathedral of St. Jacob Civita sacra – Palača Galbiani – inovacija godineRecognition of the event “Festival days”- promotion of traditional dishes and foods interpreted in top gastronomyChocolate Bagatin Award – TUŠ – suvenir godine 2019.Recognition of the event “Lightislife”- event of the year 2019 22 Golden Boules, awards of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, were awarded to those deserving of tourism in 2019 at the Civitas Sacra Cathedral Museum, and the city of Šibenik was declared the most successful tourist destination in this county. Among the winners is the family hotel Bellevue in Šibenik, behind which is the first season of work. “Zato i imamo ovu nagradu, da pokažemo ljudima koji se trude da taj trud i prepoznajemo” said Spider.last_img read more

Choice for Alabama Senate seat is clear

first_imgThere’s quite a controversy over the upcoming elections in Alabama. We have a candidate who prosecuted the KKK. He is behind in the polls. We have another candidate whose stand against abortions seems to be outweighing the other issues.He has been removed from the bench twice and he pulled out a gun at a rally. However, nobody is all bad. Even Roy Moore has been publicly recognized for his strict adherence to driving really, really slow in a school zone.I may have omitted one “really.” Glenn GrayRotterdam  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Public questions transparency in Jakarta’s tap water service takeover

first_img“We urge the governor to […] terminate and not extend cooperation with and take over Jakarta’s water management from private firms to prevent further losses to the state and the public,” the signatories wrote in a recent open letter to the city administration.They also demanded that the policymaking process concerning the city’s tap water be “transparent, participative and non-discriminative”.The topic of privatization has reemerged over recent concerns the city administration is ready to award the private operators another extension to manage the city’s water, flying in the face of previous commitments.Anies established a Water Management Team in August 2018 that was tasked with following up a Supreme Court ruling from 2017 in favor of a group of Jakarta residents fighting against tap water privatization in the capital. In February last year, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced that his administration would gradually take over the city’s water management from the private operators that have operated in the capital for more than 20 years.More than a year after the announcement at City Hall, Jakarta’s residents remain in the dark about the progress of the public takeover, sparking outcry from civil society groups that are demanding greater transparency.An alliance of “Jakarta Residents Opposed to the Privatization of Water”, consisting of 15 civil society organizations and more than 20 individual stakeholders, demanded Anies fulfill his promise to grant Jakartans their right to clean and potable water. [Hand washing to counter COVID-19 still a luxury for Indonesia’s urban poor::https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/24/hand-washing-to-counter-covid-19-still-a-luxury-for-indonesias-urban-poor.html]The former education and culture minister announced the ad hoc team’s recommendations last February, including suggestions to terminate the contracts with PT Aetra Air Jakarta and PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) through a civil lawsuit.After the experts reported their recommendations, the team was declared inactive. Anies then assigned the president director of city-owned PAM Jaya, Priyatno Bambang Hernowo, to formulate a heads of agreement (HoA) to be adopted in contracts with Aetra and Palyja for the takeover.The resulting HoA document was signed by PAM Jaya and Aetra in April last year – announced in a written statement released by the former, with due diligence to be carried out soon after and with the expectation of completion within six months. Meanwhile, PAM Jaya and Palyja are still in discussions over their HoA, Hernowo said.However, the lack of updates has members of the antiprivatization alliance concerned.“We expect [the administration to] provide regular updates on the progress of the takeover […] and to ask for feedback from the public, especially from the plaintiffs,” Nelson Nikodemus, a public lawyer from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) – one of the organizations that signed the open letter – told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho expressed a similar sentiment, deploring the lack of updates after April of last year, noting that Aetra and Palyja had both failed to reach their target for tap water service coverage. The firms have only increased coverage by 18.5 percent since 1998.Jakarta aims to have 82 percent coverage by 2023, roughly 19 percent higher than the current level of 63 percent.Read also: From colonial rule to Jokowi administration, clean water is still not for allThe takeover process has dragged on due to the lack of guidance the city administration has provided to PAM Jaya since last year, which resulted in a “loss of momentum” in regaining public control of water management when the COVID-19 outbreak hit, Teguh said.“The pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for the private companies. The administration was financially capable of taking over water management before the outbreak, but now it is experiencing thinning cash flow due to the pandemic,” he said.Meanwhile, PAM Jaya’s Hernowo defended the process, saying the public had been involved in focus group discussions and hearings with the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) when the Water Management Team was drafting its recommendations.He also said PAM Jaya was working with several institutions in the takeover process.“PAM Jaya took the civil lawsuit route for the takeover, which involves hiring an independent consultant to confirm financial due diligence with the partner [Aetra], requesting legal assistance from the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office and asking for a review of the due diligence results with the BPKP,” Hernowo told the Post on Tuesday.He said the company would inform the public of any progress.When asked about the possibility of extending cooperation with private operators, Hernowo refused to disclose details of the ongoing discussions, saying only that no conclusion had been reached.“The process is still ongoing, so I can’t disclose it. But we are talking within the framework of reaching the ultimate goal, that is, how Jakarta’s residents can get access to clean water, and also what we have to do to ensure compliance with existing regulations and the principles of fairness,” he said.LBH Jakarta’s Nelson was doubtful there would be updates about the takeover, owing to the continued lack of transparency. He demanded the Jakarta administration stick to its original goal: terminating cooperation with private companies in the management of the city’s tap water.“Progress should be made in line with the recommendations of the Water Management Team. If the city administration doesn’t adhere to these recommendations, then what’s the point of deploying a team of professionals [hired] using the city budget?” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Manchester City star Kyle Walker deletes post after trolling Liverpool on Twitter

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Jan 2019 3:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link427Shares Kyle Walker aimed a dig at Liverpool (Getty Images)Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was forced to delete his post on Twitter which mocked Liverpool’s draw with Leicester City on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp’s side had the chance to pull seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after City were beaten by Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening.But Harry Maguire cancelled out Sadio Mane’s early opener at Anfield to earn a draw for Leicester.That result puts City five points behind Liverpool but that did not stop Walker from aiming a dig at their title contenders.ADVERTISEMENTIn a post which was quickly deleted on Twitter, Walker used the meme of Maguire chatting to his girlfriend at the World Cup with the caption: ‘So basically they thought they were gonna go 7 points ahead…’ Kyle Walker quickly deleted his post (Twitter)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementCity will be looking to close the gap this weekend as they host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.Liverpool, meanwhile, travel to West Ham on Monday evening.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Manchester City star Kyle Walker deletes post after trolling Liverpool on Twitter Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Brunel LGPS pool awards State Street $38bn custody mandate

first_imgDawn Turner, CEO at the BPP, said the partnership had already identified with State Street “areas where we can work strategically together to increase our value add to our clients including client reporting, risk management and transparency”.“The partnership we will have on integrating ESG reporting into State Street systems is very exciting,” she added. Turner was previously chief pensions officer at the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF), one of the BPP’s founders and a vocal advocate of ESG investing.Andy Todd, head of UK pensions and banks, asset owner solutions at State Street, said: “We look forward to combining Brunel’s market-leading ESG expertise with our own suite of data innovation technologies to embed ESG in the investment decision-making process.” The BPP has also made nine appointments to its Bristol-based internal team as it prepares to take on assets.Matthew Trebilcock, currently head of pensions at the £1.7bn Cornwall Pension Fund, will transfer to the BPP next month to become a client relationship director. Faith Ward will join as chief responsible investment officer in November, transferring from the EAPF where she currently holds the same role. David Anthony will join in December as head of finance and corporate services. He is currently head of pensions at the £2bn Wiltshire Pension Fund.Another six staff from the Environment Agency, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Avon LGPS funds will also transfer to roles at the BPP in the next few months along with a number of external hires, the partnership said.In a statement, the BPP said its compliance and risk department was “fully populated” following the appointments, but it was still hiring for its investment, client relationships and operations teams, with the priority being a head of private markets. The Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP) has awarded a multi-service mandate to State Street worth $38bn (€32bn) as it presses ahead with its asset pooling project.The partnership, between 10 local government pension schemes (LGPS) in the south and west of England, has also appointed three senior staff from its founder funds.State Street is to provide a range of services to the BPP, including custody, accounting, performance measurement and foreign exchange, as well as analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.It will also become the custodian and administrator for each of Brunel’s 10 LGPS clients from November this year. The funds are due to begin transitioning assets to the BPP from April next year, with the partnership aiming to manage the majority of their £23bn of combined assets.last_img read more