Borotba leader: ‘Trump is ideologically very close to current Ukrainian leadership’

first_imgFollowing are excerpts from an interview with Alexey Albu, a coordinator of the Ukrainian Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) and survivor of the May 2, 2014, Odessa massacre, who is currently living in exile. The interview was conducted by Dmitry Rodionov and published by the Russian news site “Free Press” on Aug. 4. Edited and translated by Workers World contributing editor Greg Butterfield.How great is the pressure in Ukrainian society to reboot the regime?Ukraine is really at an impasse. Living standards have fallen catastrophically. The country is mired in a permanent conflict among the various political groups, and a reboot is really necessary. But we understand that politics is the concentrated expression of economics, and that if you do not change the economic model of society, then no reboot is possible.Every politician represents the economic interests of one or another economic group, and is engaged in lobbying or business protection. Huge resources are needed to achieve power, so politicians are not independent figures. Full political independence is a rarity under capitalism. So, talking about a political reboot, I do not think it is possible without rebooting the economy. There may be partial fixes to the system, but not a transition to a new, more progressive stage of development …Is the West really the only point of support for modern Ukraine? What’s in store for Ukraine if there are changes to the West: for example, if Trump comes to power in the United States, or Eurosceptics in the leading countries of Europe? How much is Kiev ready to respond to these changes?I strongly believe this version of a change in the political situation in the West is not in store for Ukraine. Fundamental changes are not in the offing, because the West has its interests here, and they will not change with the arrival of new leaders in Germany or the United States. Some bargaining is possible, but not a complete surrender of those interests.Thus, some experts put forward the argument that recognition of Crimea under Trump would only happen in case of Russian concessions in other areas — such as the complete surrender of Ukraine and refusal to support pro-Russian forces, or the surrender of Assad in Syria.So much for the pro-Western path, with which I fundamentally disagree. However, I also don’t think that joining the Customs Union is a panacea for all ills of the Ukrainian economy. I am firmly convinced that Ukraine’s economy can only be saved by the nationalization of large enterprises, as well as a return to the system of planned economy. But this is not possible while the power in Ukraine is fully controlled by the oligarchs.Many Kiev officials now aggressively call Trump very insulting epithets. How will they behave if he suddenly becomes president? Yes, many of the current leaders of Ukraine are oriented towards Trump’s opponents, but if he wins — they will try to establish a dialogue with the new U.S. administration.Ideologically, Trump is very close to the current leadership of Ukraine. He speaks about the same things which Maidan stood for: preservation of the capitalist system, discrimination based on religious or ethnic grounds, reduction of the public sector of the economy. So if the man in the street, who supports the Ukrainian government, took the pot off his head and tried to understand what was happening, he would experience cognitive dissonance.What, in your opinion, is required to break the current ideological crisis? Will it require external pressure or will Ukraine be able to overcome it by itself?As I already said, politics is a reflection of economic processes. Therefore, to reboot politics, you need to solve the problem of the power of the oligarchs. And this should be the main idea of today’s Ukrainian society. But that is possible only when a political entity emerges in the country which will fight against the oligarchs and those who are fed from their hands — the ultra-nationalists — not only in words but in deeds. Perhaps even with arms in hand. Only then is it possible to change the whole system.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Altadena Public Library Receives ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Grant

first_img Make a comment 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Subscribe Community News Altadena Public Library Receives ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Grant From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 | 4:34 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Altadena Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Altadena Public Library will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)The Latino Americans funding will enable the Altadena Library to present a film and lecture series with scholars including Roberta Martinez and Dr. Francisco Balderrama, special presentations in partnership with Altadena Heritage and Altadena Historical Society and a Latino Festival in April highlighting local Latino culture.“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Mindy Kittay, Director. “I’m thrilled that the Altadena Library has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community. We have a full year of exciting activities planned with renowned scholars, dignitaries, artists, authors and musicians.”The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients.Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at www.altadenalibrary.org. Community Newscenter_img Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Notice To Defacto Complainant Need Not Be Issued In Bail Applications Except In Cases Where Law Insists So: Kerala HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesNotice To Defacto Complainant Need Not Be Issued In Bail Applications Except In Cases Where Law Insists So: Kerala HC [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Aug 2020 9:34 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has observed that it is not necessary for a court to issue a notice to the defacto complainant suo motu or direct the accused to implead the defacto complainant in a bail application except in cases in which the Criminal Procedure Code and other Acts insist so or the bail court feel that the defacto complainant is also to be heard in the facts and circumstances of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has observed that it is not necessary for a court to issue a notice to the defacto complainant suo motu or direct the accused to implead the defacto complainant in a bail application except in cases in which the Criminal Procedure Code and other Acts insist so or the bail court feel that the defacto complainant is also to be heard in the facts and circumstances of that case.In this case, the accused against whom a case is registered alleging offences punishable under section 420, 406 r/w 34 IPC, had approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bail. In his bail application, he had arrayed the defacto complainant as the second respondent. While considering the issue whether it is necessary to issue notice to the de facto complainant, Justice PV Kunhikrishnan noted an earlier judgment Kunhiraman v. State of Kerala (2005(2) KLT 685), in which it was observed that if the defacto complainant files an impleading petition in a bail application, there is no bar in hearing the defacto complainant while considering a bail application. The judge also noted that Section 439(1-A) Cr.P.C says that the presence of the informant or any person authorised by him shall be obligatory at the time of hearing of an application for bail to the person charged under Section 376(3) or Section 376-AB or Section 376-DA or Section 376-DB of IPC. Similarly, in Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage), Act, 2019 there is a specific provision in which it is clearly stated that the notice should be issued to the victim while considering a bail application by a Magistrate, the court said.Addressing the question whether in all cases, the bail court should ask the accused to implead the defacto complainant and then issue a notice to the defacto complainant, the court observed:”In such circumstances, when the legislature thinks that only in certain cases notice is necessary to the victims/defacto complainants while considering the bail applications by courts, the court need not issue a notice to the defacto complainants/victims in all bail applications. Simply because the case is registered under Section 420 IPC or 406 IPC, the bail court need not issue notice to the defacto complainant unless there is a special reason for the same. Similarly, in all cases in which monetary dispute is there, the bail court need not issue a notice to the defacto complainant. Bail court is not an executing court to settle money claims. When the legislature says that notice to the defacto complainant is necessary only in certain cases, the court need not issue a notice to the defacto complaint in all bail applications. It is the legislative mandate to decide bail applications in such cases after hearing the Public Prosecutor. Of course, there is a discretion to the bail court to decide whether notice is to be issued to the defacto complainant/victims in the facts and circumstances of a particular case. Considering the facts and circumstances of each case, the court can decide whether the notice is to be issued to the defacto complainant. Simply because the case is registered under Section 420 IPC or a monetary dispute is involved, in all bail applications, the notice need not be issued to the defacto complainant while considering the bail applications by the courts. The legislature insists that a bail application should be considered by the court after hearing the Public Prosecutor. When such a mandate is there from the legislature, the court need not issue a notice to the defacto complainant unless the facts and circumstances of that case compel the court to issue a notice to the defacto complainant. I make it clear that there is no prohibition in issuing notice to the defacto complainant while considering the bail application. I also make it clear that there is no prohibition in hearing a defacto complainant if a defacto complainant/victim file a petition for impleading in the bail application and request for a hearing while considering the bail application. In such cases as held in Kunhiraman’s case mentioned supra, the court can allow the same. But the court need not issue a notice to the defacto complainant suo motu or direct the accused to implead the defacto complainant in a bail application except in cases in which the Criminal Procedure Code and other Acts insist so or the bail court feel that the defacto complainant is also to be heard in the facts and circumstances of that case.”Holding thus, the court decided not to issue notice to the de facto complainant in this case and granted bail by imposing usual conditions.Case detailsCase name: VISHNU GOPALAKRISHNAN vs. STATE OF KERALACase no.: Bail Appl..No.4459 OF 2020Coram: Justice PV KunhikrishnanCounsel: Adv S. Rajeev, PP Ajith MuraliClick here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright during traffic stop meant to use Taser, police chief says

first_imgiStock/CatEyePerspective(BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.) — A police officer who shot and killed a driver during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon, meant to deploy her Taser instead of her gun, police said.In a press conference on Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon says he believes the female officer intended to deploy her Taser when she “accidentally” shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright.The incident unfolded around 2 p.m. local time, when officers initiated a stop for an expired registration tag on a vehicle in the city in Minnesota’s Hennepin County, about 10 miles northwest of Minneapolis. During the traffic stop, the officers determined that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant, according to Gannon.“At one point as officers were attempting to take the driver into custody, the driver re-entered the vehicle,” Gannon said in a statement Sunday. “One officer discharged their firearm, striking the driver.”At the press conference on Monday, the Brooklyn Center Police Department released body camera footage of the incident. Gannon said the officer can be heard warning Wright and her fellow officers that she will be deploying her Taser.“However, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser,” Gannon said. “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me, from what I viewed and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”The officer can be heard yelling, “Holy s—, I just shot him,” in the body camera footage.The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.The officer, who has not been identified, is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Gannon said, identifying her as a “very senior officer.”The car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. The passengers in the other car were not injured, according to Gannon.Officers and medical personnel “attempted life saving measures” on Wright, Gannon said, but he died at the scene.A female passenger who was also in the vehicle with Wright sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, according to Gannon. She was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, a few miles south of Brooklyn Center.A preliminary report issued by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office Monday evening said Wright’s death was a homicide, as he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said she was on the phone with him before he was killed.“I heard scuffling and I heard the police officers say, ‘Daunte, don’t run.’ And then the other officer said, ‘Put the phone down,’ and hung it up,” Katie Wright told reporters on Sunday. “And a minute later, I called and his girlfriend answered — that was the passenger — and said that he’d been shot, and she put [the phone] on the driver’s side and my son was laying there lifeless.”In a statement to ABC News, Wright’s family described him as a young father who “had a whole life ahead of him.”“We just want people to know Daunte was a good kid,” Wright’s family said in a statement. “He loved being a father to Daunte Jr.”“Daunte had a smile to make anyone’s heart melt. He was definitely a jokester, he loved to joke with people, especially his brothers and sisters,” the family added. “He did not deserve this.”Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump — who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more — will represent Wright’s family.At a press conference about his death, law enforcement officials would not say how or if the officer who shot Wright would be punished, but said all Brooklyn Center employees are “entitled to due process.” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott expressed his support for the removal of the police officer that killed Wright.“We will get to the bottom of this,” Elliott said. “We will do all that is within our power to make sure that justice is done for Daunte Wright.”Earlier that day, Elliott tweeted that he was taking a phone call with President Joe Biden about the administration’s support following the incident.Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also held a press conference to acknowledge the grieving that is taking place in the state as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota officer charged in the death of George Floyd, continues. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May 2020 prompted nationwide protests.“We can either come together and fix this, or we can suffer together as fools, and we can continue to make this happen,” Walz said. “Our time was made clear last May, in Minnesota, our time to get one shot at fixing that was there. And in the midst of this trial that the world’s watching the situation repeated itself yesterday.”Moments after the deadly shooting, dozens of protesters holding Black Lives Matter signs gathered at the scene.John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said there were around 100 people at the scene who were “highly agitated” when investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded. The crowd was asked to disperse and did so shortly thereafter, as more agencies arrived on scene to coordinate a response to the protesters.Later, crowds of 100 to 200 people marched toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters, according to Harrington.“We saw rocks and other objects thrown at the police department. There were reports of shots fired in the area of the police department,” Harrington said at a press conference late Sunday night. “Within hours of that, a secondary group we heard was at the Shingle Creek mall or business center and we have reports of approximately 20 businesses that were broken into during that period.”Authorities declared the demonstration outside the police department an unlawful assembly and gave the crowds a 10-minute warning to clear out. Aerial footage obtained by ABC News shows police forming a perimeter around the building.About 25 minutes later, officers started firing rubber bullets and flash bangs to disperse protesters remaining in the area. No injuries have been reported, and it is unclear if any arrests have been made.Harrington said the crowd at the police department had largely dispersed as of late Sunday night, though there were still “some pockets of individuals.”On Monday evening, the Brooklyn Center City Council voted 3-2 to give the mayor’s office command authority over the police department.“At such a tough time, this will streamline things and establish a chain of command and leadership,” Elliot tweeted.Around 5:30 p.m. local time, the mayor tweeted that the city manager was relieved of his duties and the deputy city manager took charge.Minnesota is mobilizing its National Guard to Brooklyn Center at the request of local authorities, according to Harrington.The National Guard is already deployed in nearby Minneapolis for the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died on May 25 after Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck as other officers stood by.“At this time, we have essentially a full activation,” Harrington said. ‘You will see a robust assortment of National Guard, state and local police departments working together over the next two or three days as we once again prepare for the trial and also are prepared for any other and any further civil unrest that may come from the Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting today.”Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol told reporters that the public can expect to see “a greater law enforcement presence, a greater National Guard presence” in and around Minneapolis on Monday.Shortly after midnight, the Brooklyn Center mayor issued a citywide curfew that remained in place until 6 a.m. local time on Monday. Elliott called for calm in the community and for authorities not to use force on peaceful protesters. Walz said a regional curfew will continue on Monday night, starting at 7 p.m.“Our entire community is filled with grief following today’s officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old young man,” Elliott said in a statement. “We continue to ask that members of our community gathering do so peacefully, amid our calls for transparency and accountability.”The NBA, NHL and MLB, all announced that games scheduled for Monday night in Minnesota will be postponed due to the incident. All three of the leagues put out statements expressing their condolences to the Wright family.Metro Transit, the main public transportation operator in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, announced Sunday that it was shutting down public transit in Brooklyn Center at the request of law enforcement.Biden spoke about the shooting on Monday afternoon, calling for an investigation into the “really tragic” incident.“The question is: was it an accident? Was it intentional? That remains to be determined by a full-blown investigation,” Biden said.Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also held a press conference to acknowledge the grieving that is taking place in the state as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota officer charged in the death of George Floyd, continues. Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May 2020 prompted nationwide protests.“We can either come together and fix this, or we can suffer together as fools, and we can continue to make this happen,” Walz said. “Our time was made clear last May, in Minnesota, our time to get one shot at fixing that was there. And in the midst of this trial that the world’s watching the situation repeated itself yesterday.”Moments after the deadly shooting, dozens of protesters holding Black Lives Matter signs gathered at the scene.John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said there were around 100 people at the scene who were “highly agitated” when investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension responded. The crowd was asked to disperse and did so shortly thereafter, as more agencies arrived on scene to coordinate a response to the protesters.Later, crowds of 100 to 200 people marched toward the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters, according to Harrington.“We saw rocks and other objects thrown at the police department. There were reports of shots fired in the area of the police department,” Harrington said at a press conference late Sunday night. “Within hours of that, a secondary group we heard was at the Shingle Creek mall or business center and we have reports of approximately 20 businesses that were broken into during that period.”Authorities declared the demonstration outside the police department an unlawful assembly and gave the crowds a 10-minute warning to clear out. Aerial footage obtained by ABC News shows police forming a perimeter around the building.About 25 minutes later, officers started firing rubber bullets and flash bangs to disperse protesters remaining in the area. No injuries have been reported, and it is unclear if any arrests have been made.Harrington said the crowd at the police department had largely dispersed as of late Sunday night, though there were still “some pockets of individuals.”On Monday evening, the Brooklyn Center City Council voted 3-2 to give the mayor’s office command authority over the police department.“At such a tough time, this will streamline things and establish a chain of command and leadership,” Elliot tweeted.Around 5:30 p.m. local time, the mayor tweeted that the city manager was relieved of his duties and the deputy city manager took charge.Minnesota is mobilizing its National Guard to Brooklyn Center at the request of local authorities, according to Harrington.The National Guard is already deployed in nearby Minneapolis for the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died on May 25 after Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck as other officers stood by.“At this time, we have essentially a full activation,” Harrington said. ‘You will see a robust assortment of National Guard, state and local police departments working together over the next two or three days as we once again prepare for the trial and also are prepared for any other and any further civil unrest that may come from the Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting today.”Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol told reporters that the public can expect to see “a greater law enforcement presence, a greater National Guard presence” in and around Minneapolis on Monday.Shortly after midnight, the Brooklyn Center mayor issued a citywide curfew that remained in place until 6 a.m. local time on Monday. Elliott called for calm in the community and for authorities not to use force on peaceful protesters. Walz said a regional curfew will continue on Monday night, starting at 7 p.m.“Our entire community is filled with grief following today’s officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old young man,” Elliott said in a statement. “We continue to ask that members of our community gathering do so peacefully, amid our calls for transparency and accountability.”The NBA, NHL and MLB, all announced that games scheduled for Monday night in Minnesota will be postponed due to the incident. All three of the leagues put out statements expressing their condolences to the Wright family.Metro Transit, the main public transportation operator in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, announced Sunday that it was shutting down public transit in Brooklyn Center at the request of law enforcement.ABC News’ Alexandra. Faul, Will Gretsky, Will McDuffie, Matt Stone and Ivan Pereira contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Equal opportunities are just good, plain business sense

first_imgEqual opportunities are just good, plain business senseOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Businesses which introduce gender equality programmes could save more than£200,000 in just two years, according to a new report by Opportunity Now. Equality and Excellence: The Business Case includes a six-step calculationwhich allows employers to work out the financial benefits that could begenerated by implementing a workplace equality programme. This shows that an organisation employing 500 staff could save at least£66,000 in the first year and £141,000 in subsequent years through theintroduction of such a scheme. The report states that employee expectations are changing with work-lifebalance now one of the top three criteria in job selection. Clara Freeman, chair of Opportunity Now, a business-led campaign that workswith employers to raise the full potential of women at all levels in theworkforce, commented, “Members of Opportunity Now demonstrate that acommitment to gender equality results in improved business performance. “The benefits that equality bring have become very clear. This reportmakes an unequivocal business case for equality,” she said. The report finds that addressing equality issues also reduces costs, helpingemployers to avoid the recruitment charges of between 100 and 150 per cent ofthe annual salary of each woman who leaves her job due to unrealised potential.The research highlights the fact that compensation paid to employees who areunlawfully discriminated against is rising by 30 per cent a year and the lossof reputation, customers and potential recruits pushes the real costs toemployers much higher. www.opportunitynow.org.ukBy Ben Willmottlast_img read more

TechnipFMC commences work on the New Hydrocracking Complex in Egypt for Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC)

first_imgTechnipFMC is a global leader in the energy industry; delivering projects, products, technologies and services TechnipFMC commences work on the New Hydrocracking Complex. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay.) TechnipFMC (NYSE:FTI) (PARIS:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has successfully completed the remaining conditions required to enable work to commence on the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with Assiut National Oil Processing Company (ANOPC) for the construction of a new Hydrocracking Complex for the Assiut refinery in Egypt.As previously announced, this major(1) EPC contract covers new process units such as a Vacuum Distillation Unit, a Diesel Hydrocracking Unit, a Delayed Coker Unit, a Distillate Hydrotreating Unit as well as a Hydrogen Production Facility Unit using TechnipFMC’s steam reforming proprietary technology. The project also includes other process units, interconnecting, offsites and utilities.The project supports the Egyptian Government’s Energy Transition strategy and will reinforce the economic growth of rural areas while minimizing environmental emissions as well as reducing the government export bill. The complex will transform lower-value petroleum products from Assiut Oil Refining Company’s (ASORC) nearby refinery into approximately 2.8 million tons per year of cleaner products, such as Euro V diesel. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Hope Academy offering help for students struggling from substance abuse

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/The Hope Academy) Hope Academy continues open enrollment for high school students who are recovering from substance use disorders. Its new location, just south of downtown near IUPUI, is helping reach even more teenagers seek a second chance.While there are 45 recovery schools for teens across the nation, Hope Academy is the only recovery school in Indiana. It’s tuition-free, and has been a charter school since 2005.According to Hope Academy, twenty-one percent of Indiana high school students have reported taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life. In addition, there’s a 40 percent increase in student’s GPA with more than 200 days of sobriety.Hope Academy is in session Monday through Friday. About 30 students attend to overcome mental health issues and substance abuse. Students who attend Hope Academy are also behind on credits and working to get on track to earn a high school diploma.The curriculum is the same, but licensed teachers are there to provide additional support. Students are encouraged to address their issues head-on in group discussions, with peer specialists who offer therapy, tutoring and sober after school hang outs. Google+ Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Hope Academy offering help for students struggling from substance abuse Previous articleMichigan man arrested for child porn possessionNext articleCassopolis man, 26, injured in crash in Wayne Township Network Indiana Google+ By Network Indiana – February 2, 2021 0 289 Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

School budget discussed at forum

first_imgFARMINGTON – Participants of a public forum dedicated to the proposed $38.2 million budget for Regional School Unit 9 questioned the addition of an assistant superintendent position and advocated for more funding in other areas Tuesday evening.Conducted via teleconferencing, the forum was scheduled to take place before a board vote on the budget, tentatively scheduled for Thursday. It remains unclear whether a budget meeting will take place or not, due to restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the district is tentatively planning on holding its meeting on June 23, if possible. The finalizing referendum vote would take place on July 14, the day of the statewide referendum.The proposed $38,226,924 K-12 budget would represent an increase of $1.1 million or 2.97 percent over the current fiscal year. With Adult Education expenditures accounted for, the budget would utilize $13.5 million in local assessments, a decrease of $188,992, or 1.4 percent less local money raised and appropriated as compared to the current fiscal year.If passed as proposed, the budget would lead to decreases in local assessments in five towns and increases in the other five. Specifically, Chesterville would see a decrease of $44,566 or 4.19 percent; Farmington would see a decrease of $157,882 or 3.28 percent; Industry would see an increase of $6,920 or 0.74 percent; New Sharon would see an increase of $2,364 or 0.23 percent; New Vineyard would see an increase of $12,234 or 1.6 percent; Starks would see an increase of $23,180 or 4.82 percent; Temple would see an decrease of $3,835 or .89 percent; Vienna would see an increase of $1,822 or .25 percent; Weld would see a decrease of $24,946 or 5.03 percent; and Wilton would see a decrease of $4,282 or .16 percent.Increases in the budget include raises for salaries employees – the school board previously approved increases to support staff and administrator pay and is currently negotiating with teachers – as well as moving another teacher out of federal classroom reduction grant and into the budget and moving an English Language Learning teacher from part- to full-time and $24,000 for school supplies. The budget also includes $110,000 to move several ed tech positions currently working 5.5 hours to full-time, which would extend benefits to those positions in a bid to retain employees.Other increases include the second step of the summer salary accrual plan, $80,000, additional funding for nurses, the Extended Year Program, student assessments, the local share of the cost of two buses through the Volkswagon emissions settlement, or $78,000, among other expenses.The budget also includes $60,000 for a part-time assistant superintendent position, with a third of that cost mitigated through an associated reduction in Curriculum Coordinator funding, as $20,000 of that line would be covered by grants.Concerns raised at Tuesday’s meeting with the positions addition mostly revolved around whether funds used to support the position could be better spent elsewhere in the school district. Vicky Cohen, a teacher at W.G. Mallett School specializing in mathematics, said that her school’s assessments showed that close to half of children entering the school system were at risk. Noting that even adding a math interventionist via grant money would create a ratio of 1 interventionist to 66 students, Cohen said that wasn’t a reasonable ratio and funds could instead go toward another interventionist that would work with students.Superintendent Tina Meserve agreed that while administrative staff did not typically work directly with students, she argued that having adequate staffing was important for guaranteeing effective teaching practices and a cohesive curriculum across a district of RSU 9’s size. Those elements were important as the district worked to improve student assessment performance, Meserve said.The pandemic has also impacted the discussion over the past couple of weeks. Supporters of the assistant superintendent position have pointed out that the district will be going through relatively uncharted territory over the summer break and beyond, as students return to school in the fall after several months away from the classroom. However, some of the directors opposed to the position have cited the financial unknowns associated with the pandemic as reason to wait.Some speakers specifically cited the Student Innovation Center as an area for additional investment. The SIC provides a place for students to come to get help on projects, help accessing resources for specific problems or help coping with day-to-day life. The center is staffed by a teacher and an ed tech and has been funded by a GEAR Up grant for three years, ending this year. The proposed budget doesn’t include funding for SIC, although it has been suggested that it could be covered  by adding half a teaching position utilizing CARES Act money and leveraging a preexisting half-time alternative education instructor position to staff the center.Pamela Chernesky, an art teacher at Mt. Blue High School, said she had planned to partner with the SIC for a 3D printing project for her ceramics students. While the pandemic had cut that specific collaboration short, Chernesky said it spoke to the usefulness of the center as a resource. If it wasn’t fully funded, Chernesky suggested it wouldn’t be as successful if the teacher had to split time between the SIC and teaching duties.“It won’t happen as well,” Chernesky said of the center.last_img read more

Crossing the Bridge to the 3rd Platform of IT

first_imgI’m sure you’ve all witnessed this scene: your local coffee shop, Saturday morning. Young people and old people. Men and women. All of them heads down in their mobile devices tapping away. Putting social commentary to one side for a second, I continue to be amazed at the sheer volume of data these devices now generate. It’s truly staggering! The mobile applications all talk to some kind of cloud and the data is being analyzed for a myriad of purposes – not just in the consumer world, but in the enterprise as well. Mobile is driving the opportunity for cloud and big data applications… and that opportunity is huge!The so-called “3rd Platform” of IT is changing the status quo. A new class of applications accessed entirely through mobile devices is being built and deployed in new ways, and will have a profound effect on the data center. In fact, many of these applications will not store their information in traditional file & block storage arrays. Object storage and HDFS will increasingly becoming the norm. For some applications, many will not even deploy “arrays” (hardware & software tightly integrated together) to store their information. Data center architects will instead prefer to deploy software-defined storage against commodity hardware. And they won’t stop there. We’ve seen huge increases in efficiency and reliability being realized by packaging storage together with compute and networking into converged infrastructure, and then automating the vast array of complex IT processes on top. Finally, business applications will not be confined to running in the enterprise data center. Hybrid cloud environments, blending on- and off-premise operations, will offer IT more efficiency, agility, and, most importantly, more choice.But let’s not forget the 2nd platform. Or indeed the 1st platform. Both are alive and well in many data centers and will not go away overnight – quite the contrary. Our research suggests that over the next three years applications deployed on the 2nd platform will grow by more than 30%. But IT departments aggressively want to drive more efficiency in the way those applications are run and managed. The infrastructure needs to be consolidated, virtualized and heavily automated. And it can no longer be operated in silos of server, storage and network. An aggressive drive towards efficiency in the 2nd platform will liberate budget dollars to invest in the build out of the 3rd platform.Herein lies the dilemma. IT is being asked to change a wheel (or two!) on their car, as the car travels down the highway at 70mph!At EMC, we’re building a bridge between the 2nd and 3rd platforms – supporting today’s technology needs and positioning companies for where IT is heading in the future. Our commitment as a technology provider is to provide best of breed products – for every application workload in the data center. We’ve never believed in “one size fits all” and we’ve never believed that moving to a new technology involves just flipping the switch. It’s always a journey, and it’s often as much about people, process and organization as it is about discrete technology components.We’re looking forward to helping you on your journey.—Related EMC Blog PostsEnabling Success in the 3rd Platform: Transformation of IT to a Service Broker by Edward NewmanHow Do You Cross the Bridge? by Alan Walshlast_img read more

The Power of Dell Technologies On Demand for PowerScale

first_img** Payment solutions provided by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. (DFS) or its affiliate or designee, subject to availability and may vary in certain countries. Where available, offers may be changed without notice. Today we announced Dell EMC PowerScale. This new family of storage systems engineered with industry-leading storage software and server hardware is a new standard for how organizations take advantage of unstructured data, such as documents, images, videos, and social media content.PowerScale is supported by Dell Technologies On Demand, our portfolio of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across Dell’s entire end-to-end portfolio – from workforce solutions to data center gear, from edge to cloud. With Dell Technologies On Demand, businesses can more effectively control costs, manage expenses, and optimize budgets to meet short-term requirements and long-range objectives.For more than 14 years, we’ve been leaders in flexible consumption solutions.** Our portfolio now approaches over $3.7B in assets under management. So, whether you choose to pay for technology as you grow, as you use it, or as a service, we’ve got it covered.A real-world example of the scale of our solutions is demonstrated in the managed services utility model we provide for a large multinational financial institution as part of their enterprise Storage-as-a-Service implementation. The Dell team consolidated their growing volumes of disparate data into one central location with multiple tiers, using a variety of Dell EMC primary and unstructured data storage platforms. As a result, Dell Technologies On Demand enables the bank to pay only for each GB utilized, while seeing a greater than 90 percent reduction in data provisioning time and an estimated 27 percent cost savings for storage over seven years.Additional flexible consumption solutions in Dell Technologies On Demand provide pay-as-you-grow options to acquire PowerScale with tiered payments to match growth, deferred payments for when you’re ready to deploy, or pre-provisioned upgrades for just-in-time capacity. Pay-per-use consumption models are suited for environments where storage capacity requirements are variable, PowerScale capacity to elastically scale capacity up and down with payments that align to actual usage.Dell Technologies On Demand delivers significant value for storage, such as clear cost savings with gains in efficiency, productivity and business agility. In a recent IDC study analyzing the business value of Dell Technologies On Demand, participants cited both cost and time savings as noteworthy advantages. Customers who moved to pay-per-use consumption models with Dell EMC storage saw a 23 percent lower cost of storage operations per year, 25 percent lower storage acquisition costs, and 92 percent faster time to deploy new storage capacity. See infographic here.We know that many customers turn to their trusted partners, including Solution Providers and Cloud Service Providers, to help bring structure to unstructured data, especially in key industries such as Media & Entertainment, Oil & Gas, and Health Care and Life Sciences. Partners can take full advantage of Dell Technologies On Demand to develop solutions and as-a-service offerings in customer facilities or the service provider’s data center.The combination of PowerScale and Dell Technologies On Demand continue our long-standing dedication to driving innovation for our customers. For more information on Dell Technologies On Demand, watch the short video below, read this brief overview, and contact your local sales representative.last_img read more