New Scotland Yard sold for £370m to Abu Dhabi Financial Group – netting unexpected £120m

first_img Share New Scotland Yard sold for £370m to Abu Dhabi Financial Group – netting unexpected £120m Show Comments ▼ Lynsey Barber by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminator News Scotland Yard, the central London home of the Metropolitan Police, has been sold to a group of Abu Dhabi investors for £120m more than the building’s guide price.The Abu Dhabi Financial Group has been revealed as the buyer of the 1.7 acre, 600,000 sq ft site in Victoria, paying £370m after what was described as an “extremely competitive bidding process”. The sale of the 1960s office block, which went on the market with an asking price of £250m in September, is a “landmark deal” according to the Mayor’s office, which is behind the sell-off.Deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh described the deal as “a win for everyone” saying:  “Police officers get the investment in technology they need, Londoners get the modern, efficient police service they deserve, and the public purse gets a £100m windfall from stamp duty, helping to fund our schools and hospitals.”The sale hadn’t been expected until next year, but 10 Broadway, as the property was marketed, comes with potential for a 690,000 sq ft residential-led development that could be worth £1bn upon completion, attracting a flurry of attention.London Mayor Boris Johnson said of the deal: “The sale of this under-used and outdated building means we can now not only protect that rich heritage, but also fund the new HQ and kit out bobbies with the latest mobile technology to secure the future of the force. This landmark deal allows us to preserve the past whilst giving today’s Met a vital cash boost so our officers can go on keeping London safe.”The sale is part of an overhaul of the Met’s portfolio of properties by the Mayor’s office. City Hall has already raised £125m through the sale of 32 premises in London, with a further £125m of properties expected to be sold off this financial year, excluding New Scotland Yard.The Met will move to a new headquarters at the Curtis Green Building on Victoria Embankment, a move that’s expected to save £6m a year, or the equivalent of 130 bobbies on the beat.The Abu Dhabi Financial Group is also redeveloping 1 Palace Street near Buckingham Palace. Its latest purchase comes amid a flurry of property investments in the capital from the Middle East and Asia. center_img Tuesday 9 December 2014 7:18 am whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Rothschild signals intent to acquire Asian mining firm

first_img Express KCS Rothschild signals intent to acquire Asian mining firm Show Comments ▼ Monday 20 April 2015 9:37 pm NAT ROTHSCHILD is considering making a joint bid for distressed Indonesian coal miner Asia Resource Minerals (ARMS).NR Holdings, a trust controlled by the British financier, and Russia’s Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) are tipped to join forces and make a cash offer for the firm.“NR Holdings and SUEK are considering a possible cash offer, to be made by a special purpose vehicle,” NR Holdings said in a statement issued after the London Stock Exchange closed yesterday.The mooted deal comes less than a week after ARMS received notice of a possible £210m ($313m) bid from Asia Coal Ventures (ACE), a vehicle funded by Indonesia’s Sinarmas Group.ACE’s potential bid risks scuppering a long-awaited restructuring of ARMS, which has been publicly backed by Rothschild, who co-founded the company with Indonesia’s wealthy Bakrie family in 2010.Bitter boardroom battles and tumbling coal prices have slashed ARMS’s market value by over 90 per cent since then. At Monday’s close, the company was worth about £147.2m.NR Holdings said the restructuring would give ARMS financial stability in the short and medium term. It urged investors to vote in favour of resolutions to be proposed at a shareholder meeting later this week to avoid a “likely” debt default later this year.NR Holdings said: “Shareholders are urged to vote in favour of the resolutions and to take no action should ACE make an offer for the company.” whatsapp More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Share whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Deadline day for English freeports – bids from ‘every major seaport operator’

first_img By Gavin van Marle 05/02/2021 The proposed Freeport East The deadline for submission of bids to build and operate seven proposed freeports in England passes today, with as many as 40 bids understood to have been received by the UK Treasury. A further three freeports are planned for Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland. The government opened the bidding process in the middle of November, which meant a very tight window for ports and local enterprise authorities to form consortia and submit bids – a timeline that has been criticised within the industry. Speaking on a Lexology webinar this week, Jonathan Brufel, partner at law firm Gowling, said: “Bidders are very much of the view that if they had had more time, they could have delivered better bids.  “There’s a lot of constituent parts to a bidding consortium and it is difficult to bring them together in such a short space of time. “The market rumour is that there are 40 bids, so there will be a lot of disappointed bidders, but the market believes the UK could support more freeports,” he added. According to UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG), bids have been submitted by every major seaport operator in the country, in some cases more than one bid,  CEO Tim Morris said: “It looks like bidders have risen to the challenge issued by the government to deliver bids that offer real potential for stronger global gateways for trade, to boost prosperity and opportunity for coastal communities and that drive innovation.  “They also demonstrate commitment to high standards and growing social value. The challenge is now back to the government to assess fairly and in a considered manner a significant number of strong but quite different bids.” According to government guidelines, bids will be judged on three main criteria: to act as national hubs for trade and investment; to regenerate communities as per the government’s regional levelling-up policy; and to act as centres of innovation. However, Mr Brufel said, the challenge for government will be how it balances those criteria. “There are also concerns that the levelling-up agenda might take preference over fair and transparent bidding process,” he said. “I know there are concerns in the south of England that their bids are inherently prejudiced by the fact that their areas are not at the top of the levelling-up agenda.”The UKMPG added: “For industry and potential investors, it is crucial that the process for becoming a freeport is fair, transparent and evidence-based.”  Details of some bids have been passed to The Loadstar: Hutchison Ports is at the heart of the proposed Freeport East, centred on its port facilities at Felixstowe and Harwich; on the Thames, DP World, Forth Ports and Ford Motor Co are proposing a freeport comprising London Gateway, Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham manufacturing plant; and Associated British Ports has submitted a bid to develop a freeport around its facilities on the Humber estuary. The Loadstar understands the government is due to make decision on submissions by the “end of spring”, with an expectation that the first freeports will be operational by the end of the year.last_img read more

Laois goalkeeper Corbet signs for Bohemians

first_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home Sport Soccer Laois goalkeeper Corbet signs for Bohemians SportSoccer Community TAGSBohemiansNiall Corbet Twitter Facebook Niall Corbet has signed for Bohemians The League of Ireland season finished a month ago but now both of the Laois footballers in the league have joined new clubs.At the start of November, Stradbally defender Garry Comerford signed for Premier Division runners up Cork City. He had spent two successful seasons at Waterford FC where he helped the side the First Division glory in 2017 and then European qualification this year.But he has now moved to Cork City and a Clonaslee native who also played alongside him this year has also switched clubs.Niall Corbet has made the move to Bohemians and will have big shoes to fill.The former UCD and Waterford keeper will take over from Shane Supple who announced his retirement at the end of this season.But 24-year-old Corbet comes with a big reputation himself having been named First Division keeper of the year in 2017.Manager Keith Long said: “Niall is a good age for a goalkeeper with his prime still very much ahead of him but with good experience in the league already.“Obviously there is a big void to fill with Shane Supple retiring but Niall and James Talbot are two excellent keepers who I believe will push one another.”Corbet joins defenders James Finnerty and Michael Barker, and midfielder Daniel Mandroiu as the club announced a raft of new signings today.Fair play Niall!SEE ALSO – Mountrath student receives best Leaving Cert biology results in the country Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 1st December 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleManager of the Month award for Portlaoise Panthers bossNext articleProgress for Portarlington and Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels in U-21 football championship Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Laois goalkeeper Corbet signs for Bohemians Twitter Community Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening last_img read more

Hiring marginalized workers could jump start economy, boost incomes by $5K: Deloitte

first_img Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial “We believe Canada is the best place in the world to live and work and do industry. If we continue on our current path, that is compromised or in jeopardy,” said Deloitte Canada chief executive Anthony Viel.The consulting and audit firm’s report comes as the government is laying out ambitious plans to spur the economy forward after the Covid-19 pandemic — and ensuing lockdown — left a record number of Canadians jobless. Last week’s speech from the throne suggested that the government will look toward clean energy investments, as well as disability and jobless supports, in its recovery plan.Deloitte Canada did not directly address the throne speech in its report. But the firm predicts even a complete return to pre-pandemic “normal” would cause economic growth to slow to 1.7% per year in the next decade. That’s below the past decade’s average of 2.2% growth — which was already lower than the 3.2% growth in the decade leading to the 2008 and 2009 recession.Amid a low fertility rate — at a time when the share of Canadians over age 65 is expected to nearly double — Canada needs to be more inclusive of groups that are underemployed in the economy, the report found. Getting marginalized groups better integrated in the workforce can grow the tax base and help the government avoid raising tax rates, said Georgina Black, Deloitte Canada’s managing partner of government and public services.Deloitte’s forecast suggests that the country could replace its retiring workforce by improving employment options for 88,500 women; 377,300 Canadians over age 65; 700,000 immigrants; 517,657 people with disabilities; and between 38,000 and 59,000 Indigenous Canadians.The theory, Deloitte’s report said, is that boosting the number of hours worked in the economy would lift the pace of yearly economic growth by 50%, adding $4,900 to Canadians’ average annual income by 2030, Deloitte estimated.For instance, Deloitte cited a survey suggesting that more than 600,000 Canadians with disabilities said they would look for work if minor workplace barriers were removed.“Many of these inequalities have worsened during the pandemic, with women and under-represented groups far more likely to become unemployed than men or non-racialized groups,” the report said.Deloitte suggests companies need better disability accommodations and workplace inclusion policies, and should add childcare as a benefit package, noting that during Covid-19, women’s workforce participation dipped to 55% for the first time since the mid-1980s as childcare options dwindled.In Deloitte’s ideal recovery scenario, schools would offer better apprenticeship options and retraining programs for older workers in shrinking industries, and governments would invest in rural internet infrastructure and childcare for working parents. Regulators would step in under Deloitte’s plan and allow skilled immigrants to use their foreign credentials and degrees. Canada loses as much as $50 billion each year that could be contributed by underemployed immigrants, the firm said.Despite requiring the government to spend money and set incentives for employers, Deloitte claims that its proposal would boost government revenues by 9% without raising taxes.“More workers and more incomes means more taxes and more investment,” said Viel.Canadian businesses also need to invest more in technology and late-stage startups, and Deloitte suggested investments should be focused on a few high-growth industries where Canada can be a leader, such as construction, medical equipment and computer system design.“Government and business (need to) create the conditions where companies want to invest here and not in another country,” said Black. Keywords Economy,  Coronavirus Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canada’s economy was headed for slowing growth in the next decade even if Covid-19 had never hit, according to a new report by Deloitte Canada.The report, which looks at more than 1,000 variables to predict how Canada’s economy will look in 2030, suggests that the country will need more workers — with greater productivity — to get the economy chugging at a fast enough pace to pay for climate change initiatives and government investments without raising taxes. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Related news hand drawing creative business strategy with light bulb as concept everythingpossible/123RF Anita BalakrishnanCanadian Press last_img read more

Acting Judges reappointed to Supreme Court

first_imgActing Judges reappointed to Supreme Court Elise Archer,Attorney-General and Minister for JusticeThree Acting Judges have been reappointed to the Supreme Court for a further two years as part of the State Government’s plan to provide access to justice and reduce court backlogs.Justice David Porter, Justice Shane Marshall and Justice Brian Martin AO were initially appointed as Acting Judges in 2017.Justice Porter is a former full-time judge of the Supreme Court who was in office between May 2008 and May 2016.Justice Marshall was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia until November 2015.Justice Martin AO is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and has been an Acting Judge in the Supreme Courts of Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.The reappointments complement the reforms to administrative and procedural matters delivered by the passage of both the Magistrates Court reforms and the Justice Miscellaneous (Court Backlog and Related Matters) Bill 2020 which will together deliver a more efficient and effective justice system.The Government has also committed to funding the appointment of a seventh judge to the Supreme Court this year, with expressions of interest in that position to be publicly called for shortly. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Courts, Federal, federal court, full-time, Government, justice, magistrates court, Minister, Supreme Court, TAS, Tasmania, Western Australialast_img read more

Statement from Leader of Opposition, Michael O’Brien

first_imgStatement from Leader of Opposition, Michael O’Brien Liberal Party VictoriaVictorians have once again been dealt a huge blow. A blow to mental health, a blow to small business, a blow to our economy – a blow to our confidence.Victorians ask why we are the only state to have a fourth lockdown.We ask why the government’s contact tracing hasn’t kept this outbreak confined.Whilst many of us feel a deep sense of disappointment and frustration, I am confident Victorians will all play our part in reclaiming the gains we made last year.Victorians beat the second wave, despite the many mistakes of the Andrews Labor Government.We rallied together, we abided by the rules, we made many, many sacrifices.We will do this again.Only by working together will we beat the latest outbreak.Victorians are tired. We’re worn out. We’re fed up. We need a plan out of this latest lockdown and a plan for our economic recovery.My thoughts turn immediately to families whose lives are thrown into disarray. To the weddings cancelled and the funerals disrupted.And to the small business operators who are once again forced to close your doors, I will fight for you to be provided the compensation you deserve. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, Australia, business, compensation, Economy, Government, Liberal Party, Liberal Victoria, lockdown, mental, mental health, Outbreak, Small Business, VIC, Victorialast_img read more

OPSS Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021 winners announced

first_imgOPSS Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021 winners announced The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Regulatory Excellence Awards were held online this year with its largest ever audience of more than 250 people able to attend, including representatives from business organisations and public sector regulatory professionals.Paul Scully MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister for London, provided the opening address.He said:“Thank you to all the organisations that have entered this year’s Regulatory Excellence Awards and for the cooperation and partnership working you were involved in with the Office for Product Safety and Standards. This year it is particularly important we celebrate outstanding regulatory practice in supporting businesses and protecting consumers.”There were five award categories: Coronavirus, Better Business for All, Primary Authority, Innovation and Technical, and Product Safety.CoronavirusThe winners demonstrated excellent regulatory practice in response to the pandemic. This included helping keep people safe whilst businesses trade, supporting businesses to comply with new regulations, and aiding recovery by helping them reopen.Winner: Oxfordshire Coronavirus Regulatory PartnersOxfordshire Regulatory Partners quickly realised that the challenges of coronavirus were best met jointly and developed a regulatory network together with public health partners. Sweeping away any barriers to collaboration, they built on local knowledge and expertise, used Government funding to increase coverage and influenced through regulatory excellence. They shared engagement and learning outcomes and partnered with national advisors and coordinators.Highly CommendedPrimary Authority Supermarket Health and Safety Covid Expert PanelDirectors of Public Protection WalesChorley and South Ribble CouncilEnvironmental Health and Trading Standards Covid19 Expert Officer Group – ETC19CommendedLichfield District Council & Central England Co-opBetter Business for AllThe winners delivered outstanding regulatory support at a local level.Winner: Heart of the South West Better Business for AllHeart of the South West Better Business for All brought partners together from local authority economic development, trading standards and environmental health teams and business representatives. They produced and delivered guides and webinars for the business community and acted as a one stop shop for all things EU-Transition.Highly CommendedCumbria Better Business for All GroupCommendedSussex Better Business for All – CharcuteriePrimary AuthorityThe winners demonstrated exceptional achievements in using their primary authority partnerships to make regulation work for businesses.Winner: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council & EC4 HotelThe impact of coronavirus is huge on the hospitality sector’s income and that of their suppliers. EC4 Hotel Limited and their PA, Wakefield Council, took steps to mitigate this with:A new delivery concept seizing the opportunity to use less productive time and empty rooms.Working together on procedures to provide COVID safe accommodation and facilities to support haulier drivers who tested positive for COVID following a Lateral Flow Test.Specifically targets drivers who do not have a UK residence to self-isolate or access a confirmatory PCR test.Supporting infected drivers and keeping communities safe from COVID spread.Highly CommendedHampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service in Partnership with NatWest GroupCommendedThe Wine and Spirit Trade Association primary authority partnership with Salford City Council on behalf of the Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence and the Shared Regulatory Services of Bridgend, Cardiff, and the Vale of GlamorganInnovation and TechnicalThe winners developed novel or technical solutions that contributed to protecting consumers and supporting business.Winner: Glint Media Ltd t/a Menu Guide and Milton Keynes CouncilMenu Guide delivers an innovative technical solution to managing allergens. This new tool helps food businesses create, edit and share interactive allergen menus online 24/7, via a scannable QR code or website short link.By providing a single digital reference point for allergen information, Menu Guide saves time, supports staff training, reduces errors, and minimises risk. It’s a cost-effective way to fulfil legal requirements, keep customers safe and ensure repeat business.Highly CommendedElmbridge Borough Council Food Team (in Environmental Health)CommendedBartosz Machelski – SSE/OVEPaul Brison – British GasCallum Sheen – E.ONJohn Barden – EDFDave Wright – NpowerProduct SafetyThe winners all made a significant contribution to product safety.Winner: The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery AssociationThe Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association is the UK trade association for the cosmetics and personal care industry and has worked since the referendum result to prepare the industry for the impact of Brexit.As the UK moved towards leaving the EU, much of 2020 was dedicated to ensuring the UK regulatory framework for cosmetics remains risk-based and science-led, ensuring consumer safety.Highly CommendedElectrical Safety FirstCommendedHillingdon Trading StandardsOutstanding Contribution to Local CommunitiesFareShare and the Royal Borough of GreenwichAn additional special award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Communities was given to the primary authority partnership between FareShare and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, working with over 11,000 charities and community groups.  During Coronavirus, Fareshare was supported by its primary authority partnership to expand and vary its operations significantly to cater for the increased need for products from the charitable sector. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Brexit, British, Central, Economic Development, environmental health, EU, Europe, Government, health, health and safety, London, Milton, Paul Scully, secretary of state, UK, UK Government, Wakefieldlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Announces New Administrative Structure

first_imgUniversity of Colorado at Boulder Chancellor Richard L. Byyny announced today a new administrative structure for the campus. The changes implement recommendations made by the 2000 North Central Association, or NCA, accreditation report and will enable the university to better address the fast-changing demands within its complex environment. The reorganization plan, which does not involve any new hires, will require approval by the CU Board of Regents for new and changing titles among the officers of the campus.”We have an ambitious agenda for the Boulder campus,” Byyny said. “We are striving to provide a rigorous and innovative learning experience for our students while maintaining our outstanding research success and building graduate programs to train our next generation of scholars and leaders. “To continue our progress, we need to increase graduate student enrollment, bring faculty salaries up to AAU standards, add at least 30 endowed chairs and attract the highest caliber of undergraduate student,” he said. AAU is the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization of research universities. Byyny said the new structure, recommended by the NCA last year and advocated by new CU President Elizabeth Hoffman, will alter an organization that has been essentially the same for 20 years. “The new roles for our leadership team will clarify everyone’s responsibilities and represent a clearer picture of delegated authority in meeting the challenges of our changing environment,” Byyny said.The new administrative structure will have Chancellor Byyny continuing as the chief executive and academic officer of the campus. He will devote more time and effort to acquiring resources, particularly through fund-raising and enhancing public, business and governmental relations.Vice Chancellor Phil DiStefano will be named executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. DiStefano will serve as second-in-command and will have responsibilities as chief operating officer in most academic matters.No provost title currently exists at CU-Boulder. As a new officer title, it will have to be approved by the Regents. Two of the vice chancellors will report to the provost.Associate Vice Chancellor Carol Lynch will be named vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school, reporting to the provost. She will be in charge of the research enterprise and the effort to increase graduate enrollment.Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Ron Stump will report to the provost, and will add undergraduate education and enrollment management to his portfolio of responsibilities.Vice Chancellor Ric Porreca will be named senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer, reporting to Byyny. In addition to strategic planning and resource management, he will have responsibility for general campus operations.Vice Chancellor Paul Tabolt will report to the senior vice chancellor, with responsibility for all non-academic support services and campus infrastructure.”This reorganization will not increase the costs of administration,” Byyny said. “All the players remain the same.” Byyny said he hopes to have the new organization up and running by spring.Organization charts, a vision document and questions and answers regarding the new administrative structure are available on the Web at: www.colorado.edu/Chancellor/reorganization.html. Published: Jan. 21, 2001 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Lunar mission involving CU-Boulder finally coming to an end on April 21

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlines A team of CU-Boulder faculty and students designed and built an instrument for NASA’s 2013 LADEE mission to the moon known as the the Lunar Dust Experiment, or LDEX, to study the behavior of moon dust and how it is affected by ultraviolet sunlight. Images courtesy NASA. “We have beautiful data,” said CU-Boulder physics Professor Mihaly Horanyi of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, principal investigator for the Lunar Dust Experiment, or LDEX, onboard LADEE. “We discovered that a cloud of dust permanently engulfs the moon, and that the dust density dramatically increases toward its surface.” center_img A NASA spacecraft studying the moon’s atmosphere and dust environment, which is carrying a $6 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument, is slated to crash into the lunar surface April 21 following a successful 130-day mission.The $280 million mission, known as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, was launched Sept. 6, 2013, to orbit the moon to better understand its tenuous atmosphere and whether dust particles are being lofted high off its surface. The spacecraft was designed, developed, integrated and tested at NASA’s AMES Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. It took a month to reach the moon and another month to enter the proper elliptical orbit and for the instruments to be commissioned.NASA held a media teleconference today to discuss the extended mission operations, science and planned impact of the LADEE spacecraft on the moon.“We have beautiful data,” said CU-Boulder physics Professor Mihaly Horanyi of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, principal investigator for the Lunar Dust Experiment, or LDEX, onboard LADEE. “We discovered that a cloud of dust permanently engulfs the moon, and that the dust density dramatically increases toward its surface,” said Horanyi, who was not involved in the media teleconference.The CU-Boulder team, which has charted more than 11,000 impacts from dust particles since LADEE arrived at the moon in October 2013, also discovered that dust particles are regularly hurled from the lunar surface in response to impacts by tiny, high-speed interplanetary meteoroids. “When people on Earth see shooting stars, the same stream of particles also hit the moon, knocking off bursts of small particles that are detected by our instrument,” Horanyi said.While the LADEE mission successfully completed its planned 100-day science mission in March, NASA chose to stretch the mission into an extended science phase. The spacecraft is expected to make science observations at progressively lower and lower altitudes until it drops to about three miles above the lunar surface on April 21, then makes its planned impact.About the size of a small toaster oven, the LDEX instrument has been charting the size and individual velocities of tiny dust particles as small as 0.6 microns in diameter. For comparison, a standard sheet of paper is about 100 microns thick. A collision between a dust particle and a hemisphere-shaped target on LDEX generates a unique electrical signal inside the instrument, allowing scientists to detect individual particles, he said.Horanyi said the dust behavior and processes discovered on the moon with LDEX are likely occurring on all other objects in the solar system that don’t have atmospheres, including Mercury, Phobos and Deimos — the two moons of Mars — as well as on asteroids and dormant comets. Both Phobos and Deimos have been suggested by experts as possible initial landing posts for crewed missions heading for Mars.The success of CU-Boulder’s LDEX experiment may pave the way for new and more sophisticated dust-detecting instruments that could be developed and flown to such objects in the solar system, said Horanyi.“Imagine if we could fly a new generation of dust experiments that could tell us not only the mass and speed of the particles being ejected from the moon or asteroid surfaces, but also their composition,” he said. “That would allow us to make a surface map of the object that would be incredibly useful if we were looking for particular resources to mine, like water or titanium.”Horanyi also said dust-laden objects like the moon or an asteroid can be used as enormous “magnifiers,” since a gram of material hitting a surface at about 14 miles per second blasts thousands of times that amount off of the surface. “Learning about the frequency of larger and larger dust impacts will help us to predict the frequency and learn more about even bigger impacts, those in the centimeter to meter sizes, greatly improving our hazard estimates for sending spacecraft on long journeys.”He said LASP makes a point of involving students at every level for all of its space missions. The relatively short duration and rich science return from the LADEE mission is well suited for graduate students like Jamey Szalay, for example, who plans to use the data as part of his doctoral thesis at CU-Boulder with Horanyi as his advisor.  Horanyi also is the principal investigator on CU-Boulder’s Student Dust Counter, a simpler instrument flying on NASA’s New Horizons mission that was launched in 2006 to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, a massive region beyond the planets containing icy objects left over from the formation of the solar system.Contact: Mihaly Horanyi, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Published: April 3, 2014 last_img read more