VCC accepting applications for award

first_imgThe Vermont Council for Quality is now accepting applications for the Excellence in Action Award.The Excellence in Action Award was established to generate performanceexcellence among all Vermont organizations and drive higher levels ofquality in Vermont services and products. a.. Receive a comprehensive review and a written feedback report giving you expert insight into the strengths of the practice or process. b.. Receive recognition at the VCQ Annual Awards Conference on February 18, 2004 by presenting your innovation at the Best Practice Spotlight.Any Vermont organization is eligible to submit their practice, process, orinnovation that was implemented in the last three years.For more information:1) Contact VCQ at 802-655-19102) Email sends e-mail)3) Download the attached Pre-Application form or4) Visit the VCQ website at is external)last_img read more

‘The Jakarta Post’ wins twice at Indonesia Print Media Awards

first_imgThe Jakarta Post received two awards at the 2020 Indonesia Print Media Awards (IPMA) from the Union of Print Media Companies (SPS) in a National Press Day event in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, on Friday.The Post brought home the gold award for the Best of Investigation Reporting for its Oct. 29, 2019 edition. The publication featured a special report written by reporters Victor Mambor and Syofiardi Bachyul titled “Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling us”.The report was a collaboration among journalists of the Post, Jakarta-based and Jayapura-based Jubi. They conducted an investigation in the field in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, from Oct. 3 to 10 and discovered what the government had failed to reveal.Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling us #jakpost— The Jakarta Post (@jakpost) November 26, 2019 The lead reporters covering the story had dedicated their time to monitoring the presidential election even before the campaign season began. They are Karina Tehusijarana, Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Made Anthony Iswara and Ghina Ghaliya.IPMA is an annual award sponsored by the SPS to recognize the best in Indonesian print publications. The SPS was established on June 8, 1946, as a union for news publishers in Indonesia.The union said it received 679 entries for the IPMA award during the nomination process between Nov. 4, 2019 and Jan. 8.This is the second time the Post has won a gold IPMA award. The newspaper received the gold award in the category of Best National Newspaper in 2015 for its July 23, 2014 edition.Topics : At least 33 people were killed during a deadly unrest in Wamena on Sept. 23.One of the most important findings of the report was that the government did not reveal to the public that more than eight native Papuans died of gunshot wounds inflicted by who locals called “security officers.” The government deployed a joint security force comprising members of the National Police and the Indonesian Military to its easternmost provinces during days of riots.The investigative report is important as the world had not been aware of what was taking place in the region, as the government had blocked internet access across the island during the unrest.The Post also won the bronze prize for the Best of National Newspaper for its April 18, 2019 edition, in which the story “Five More Years” was featured. The story was about how incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo secured his second term following the 2019 presidential election.Today’s paper: April 18, 2019 #jakpost— The Jakarta Post (@jakpost) April 18, 2019last_img read more

Indonesia to benefit from diversification of global supply chain, DBS says

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the global supply chains. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has estimated that global trade will fall 18.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in this year’s second quarter. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected the volume of goods and services trade to shrink by 12 percent in 2020.The pandemic has also made some companies question their heavy reliance on China, while China’s ongoing trade war with the US has also burdened the industries with additional tariffs.Indonesia has taken measures to take advantage of the situation, with the government establishing a special task force to attract businesses leaving China and facilitate their relocation to Indonesia.On June 30, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that seven foreign companies had confirmed plans to relocate production facilities, mostly from China, to Indonesia. He added that 17 more were looking into opening facilities in the country.  The relocation of the seven companies is projected to bring US$850 million to Indonesia while potentially employing around 30,000 workers, based on the Investment Coordinating Board’s (BKPM) estimates. “I’ve ordered the ministers and the BKPM head to provide the best services for the industries relocating from China to Indonesia,” Jokowi said on June 30 during a visit to the Batang Industrial Park in Central Java.In a report titled “CIO Insights 3Q20” released on June 29, DBS explained that the pandemic had exposed the risk of over-concentration in the supply chain. According to data from the World Bank that the report cited, as of 2017, China accounts for 27 percent of the global manufacturing output, far exceeding the United States and Japan which account for 17 and 8 percent respectively. “The black swan event of COVID-19 exposed the vulnerabilities that companies with high dependence on China faced for their manufacturing needs,” the report reads.“The disruptions have since sparked a major rethink among companies if their heavy reliance on China for manufacturing is viable in the long run,” it adds. China became a destination for many companies because the country offered low labor cost, a moderate tax rate and a strong business ecosystem, the DBS report states, adding that despite the trend of diversification, China will remain the “World’s Factory”.In a separate survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China and Shanghai in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) China, 84 percent of respondents said they had no plans to move production or supply chain operations away from China as a result of the pandemic.Topics : Indonesia will benefit from the diversification of the global supply chain as multinational companies are looking into ways to reduce reliance on China to manufacture their supplies following the outbreak of COVID-19, Southeast Asia’s largest bank DBS has said.During a virtual media briefing on Monday, DBS group head of global transaction services John Laurens explained that the shift of major supply chains into ASEAN countries would be part of the “new normal” for businesses.“Diversification will continue on and markets like Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, benefit from that diversification,” Laurens said, listing the ASEAN countries and other low-cost markets as beneficiaries of the shift.last_img read more

Thames orders real-time information

first_imgThames Trains has awarded a £5·4m contract to Racal-BRT to install, manage and maintain a real-time passenger information system at 72 stations on its network, which links London Paddington, Reading, Oxford, Worcester and Gatwick Airport. Information from train describers, timetable and train reporting systems will be supplied automatically to all stations, each of which will extract relevant data for visual display or audio broadcast. Real-time information will also appear on the Thames Trains web site.Controlled from Reading, the system is due to go live by May 1998. In addition to platform monitors, information will be presented on new indicator boards at Oxford and Slough, and map displays at seven other principal stations showing the location of services. Screens displaying the time remaining before the next train arrives will be installed at stations between and London and Reading.Public address equipment will use infra-red sensors to detect the presence of passengers before announcements are made, volume controls to avoid disturbing local residents and induction loops for customers wearing hearing aids. Help points will be installed at some locations. olast_img read more

PensionDanmark, PKA partner for DKK520m hospital PPP

first_img“In this way our investment will ensure a good, stable return for members over many years,” he said.Jan Østergaard, director of investments at Industriens Pension, said his pension fund was in favour of investing in projects such as this that benefited Danes directly.“In a time when yields are on the floor, and there is uncertainty on the financial markets, this type of investment also fits in well with our ambition to expand our alternative investment activity,” he said.The finished building will be owned by the four pension funds, while MT Højgaard — the design and construction contractor — and DEAS will provide facility management services.MT Højgaard said that in the call for tenders, the Region of Zealand and Slagelse Hospital had emphasised project finance, the quality of construction and related services as well as the financial strength of the partners selected.The new three-storey building will have 16,000m2 of space, and comprise a maternity unit on the ground floor, and beds on the first and second floors.It will provide 140 extra hospital beds, and is expected to be ready for use in January 2018.The partnership has applied for permission to add a fourth floor to the building, but is still awaiting approval for this.In March last year, PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension announced they were investing DKK430m in a PPP deal to build a new psychiatric hospital in the Jutland town of Vejle.Möger Pedersen said he hoped that this PPP project, together with the one in Vejle and those in other places, would signify a real breakthrough in the PPP model in Denmark.PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension have made big efforts to promote PPPs in Denmark as a financing and investment model for public works.Back in 2012, the three pension funds created a “one-stop shop” to help public authorities plan such projects. Four Danish pension funds have clubbed together to invest DKK520m (€69.7m) in a hospital building project in the Danish town of Slagelse, in a public-private partnership (PPP) deal that will provide income for the investors over at least 20 years.Labour-market pension funds PensionDanmark, Industriens Pension, PKA and Sampension have formed a consortium with contractor MT Højgaard and property administrator DEAS to build, own and run the new building which will form part of Slagelse Hospital in west Zealand.The contract has been awarded by the Region of Zealand (Region Sjælland), and the deal is still awaiting final official approval.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark said: “The Region of Zealand will provide security for the economy of the hospital over a long period.last_img read more

People moves: Invesco boosts institutional sales team

first_imgLanglois joins along with Cyrus Azamgin, who has also worked on the strategy for seven years and is a senior analyst. The new fund will launch in the second quarter of this year with $100m in seed capital, Lombard Odier said.Amundi Asset Management – Cristina Matti has been named sole head of European small- and mid-cap equities and country strategies. It follows the departure of Caroline Gauthier, who was previously co-head of the team alongside Matti. Matti joined Amundi as part of its acquisition of Pioneer last year, while Gauthier had worked at Amundi since joining from ING in 2000.Separately, Amundi has appointed Stéphane Taillepied as corporate engagement manager. Most recently Taillepied was head of equity financial analysis for the company, and has also worked at Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management and Crédit Agricole.MJ Hudson – The asset management consultancy firm has hired Sean Scott as a partner in its hedge fund practice. He was previously a partner at international offshore law firm Harneys. In a press release, MJ Hudson said the appointment was part of its aim “to provide a single, comprehensive solution for clients operating within asset management”.DC Investment Forum (DCIF) – Annabel Tonry has been named chair of the DCIF, a UK body made up of asset managers working in the defined contribution (DC) sector. She is a client and consultant adviser in the UK DC team at JPMorgan Asset Management. Vivek Roy, who heads business development for pensions at AXA Investment Managers, has been appointed vice chair.Gresham House – The UK specialist asset manager has appointed Rachel Beagles to its board as a non-executive director, effective from today. She is on the board of several UK-listed investment companies and was elected chair of the Association of Investment Companies in October last year. She is also a former managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities. Invesco, Mirabaud Asset Management, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Amundi, MJ Hudson, DCIF, Gresham HouseInvesco – The $973bn (€798bn) asset manager has appointed two people to senior institutional sales roles. Alex Millar is now head of UK institutional, having previously led the group’s sovereign, Middle East and Africa institutional business. He will retain responsibility for Invesco’s work with sovereign investors, the company said. Zainab Kufaishi has been promoted to head of institutional sales for the Middle East and Africa.Mirabaud Asset Management – The Swiss asset manager has hired Elena Villalba to lead business development in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She joins from Merchbanc, a Spanish mutual fund provider, where she also led business development. She was previously a deputy general manager at Banco Madrid for five years. Villalba replaces Raimundo Martin who helped set up Mirabaud’s operations in the Iberian region.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Arnaud Langlois has joined the French asset manager to launch a global equity long/short investment strategy with a sustainability focus. He has run the strategy for seven years, launching it while at UBS O’Connor before taking it first to Millennium Management and then to his own company, Terrenueve Capital. last_img read more

HMSF Supports Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Projects

first_imgHonda Marine Science Foundation (HMSF) has awarded grants to fund four research projects that address the impact of climate change on the ocean and intertidal areas. Honda Marine Science Foundation supports “living shoreline” projects that implement natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities while promoting harmonious interaction between humans and the ocean.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a living shoreline is a protected and stabilized shoreline that is comprised of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. In contrast to “hard” shoreline stabilization methods like concrete seawalls, which impede the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time.“Honda Marine Science Foundation is committed to supporting living shoreline projects that address the impact of climate change,” said Raminta Jautokas, Honda Marine Science Foundation board member.“When considering options for coastal protection, historically we’ve chosen to construct hardscapes such as concrete walls. Living shorelines are an ideal solution for coastal protection because they improve water quality, help to protect against erosion, and provide habitat for marine species.”The projects focus on building “living shorelines” to restore marine habitats bordering the Pacific Ocean and include:Smithsonian Living Shorelines Project in San Francisco, California;Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project in Los Angeles, California;Zedler Marsh Living Shoreline Project in Long Beach, California;Living Shoreline Multipurpose Area on West Maui, Hawaii.last_img read more

AquaTrojans Win I-74 Border War On Senior Night

first_imgThe AquaTrojans hosted I-74 rival Harrison Wildcats on Thursday for Senior Night.  EC girls won 122-46.  EC Boys won 137-31.Individual Winners include: Hannah Weber-200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke; Jackson Ketcham-200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Ashley Bortlein-200 IM; Jacob Weber-200 IM, 100 Butterfly; Cai Fox-50 Freestyle; Ethan Ayers-Edds 1 meter diving (New School Record 257.70); Liz Warren-100 Butterfly; Mackenzie Schantz-100 Freestyle; Olivia Nixon-500 Freestyle; Cai Fox 500 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Backstroke; Alexis deLong-100 Breaststroke.EC won all 6 relays.EC Girls conclude their regular season 22-2.Special congrats to seniors Haley Althoff, Hope Althoff, Ethan Ayers-Edds, Cai Fox, and Alex Pruitt.The AquaTrojans returned home to host their EIAC rival, Batesville Bulldogs, on Tuesday in St. Leon.  The boys were victorious 138-38, while the girls lost 94.5-75.5.Individual winners include: Cai Fox-200 Free, 100 Backstroke; Alexis deLong- 200 IM, 100 Butterfly; Ethen Wite-2oo IM; Ashley Bortlien- 50 Free; Jacob Weber- 50 Free, 100 Butterfly; Ethan Ayers-Edds- 1 meter diving; Olivia Nixon-100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke; Chandler Witte- 100 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham-500 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Breaststroke.EC won 5 of 6 relays.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Julie Belew

first_imgJulie Belew, born Julia Elizabeth Houston, 70, of Moores Hill passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  Julie was born Sunday, February 13, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Rev. Leonard and Edna Mae (Truesdell) Houston.  She married Gene Belew on June 25, 1966 and he survives.  Julie was a homemaker and a former member of Sparta Baptist Church.  She was a babysitter, piano teacher and seamstress.  Growing up the daughter of a Baptist Minister, Julie followed along to her father’s churches throughout Indiana at Patriot, Clay City, Crothersville and then to Sparta where she met her husband of 53 years, and there they raised a family.  She enjoyed knitting and creating special items for her family, friends and children in her care.  She spent the past several years extensively researching her family history.  Perhaps her proudest moment was when she was a Torchbearer for the Bicentennial.  She will be immensely missed by those that she touched through her nurturing and kindness.Julie is survived by her husband Gene of Moores Hill; sons Bobby Belew of Moores Hill, Bill (Lindsay) Belew of Versailles and Jerry McIntosh of Indianapolis; daughter Beth (Tony) Hayes of Franklin; brother Tom (Gail) Houston of Wilder, Kentucky; sister Lois (Bob) Stutzman of Rising Sun; and grandchildren: Emme Belew, Aidan Belew, Hannah Hayes, Matthew Hayes and David Hayes.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers: John and Bob Houston.A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Monday, December 9 at Sparta Baptist Church, 12177 Sparta Pike, Moores Hill, Indiana 47032, with Joe Perkins officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 4-7 PM Sunday, December 8 also at the church and 10-11 AM before the service on Monday.  Memorials may be given in honor of Julie to the family.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

England secure Euro 2020 seeding slot with win in Kosovo

first_imgRelatedPosts England call-up for Maguire in spite of arrest, trial in Greece + Full squad If UK can feed school children during lockdown, why can’t Nigeria?, by Onyema Dike Scholes urges Man U to target Kane over Sancho Harry Kane scored his 12th goal of the campaign as England secured a place among top six seeds for next year’s European Championship with a flattering 4-0 win in Kosovo in their final qualifier on Sunday.England were in second gear for much of the match after Harry Winks had put them ahead in the 32nd minute.However, goals by Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount in the latter stages secured yet another big win and took their goal tally to 37 from their eight qualifiers.England, already assured of a place at the finals, finished top of Group A with 21 points, their only blip being last month’s 2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic, who have qualified as runners-up.In their first Euros campaign since being recognised as an independent nation, Kosovo finished third on 11 points.Their chances of automatic qualification disappeared after a 2-1 defeat by the Czechs on Thursday but they could advance via the playoffs.England took a while to impose themselves on the game but eventually broke through thanks to Winks.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slid a pass into the path of Winks who was given all the time and space he needed to slot it into the bottom corner for his first international goal.Two months ago England led the corresponding home fixture 5-1 at halftime.But this time, their somewhat sloppy display, short on intensity and with several squad players not grasping their opportunity having being given a start by Gareth Southgate, left them way short of those levels.Kosovo, who exposed England’s defence a few times in their 5-3 loss in September, were less threatening but Amir Rrahmani headed wide early in the second half.Kane, who got a hat-trick in Thursday’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro, hit a post after an hour but was on target in the 79th minute with a sharp shot after Kosovo failed to clear a Raheem Sterling cross.His 12th goal made him the leading scorer across the competition and the first England player to score in every match of a qualifying campaign.Sterling, back in the side after his one-match ban for attacking team mate Joe Gomez, was the provider again three minutes later for Rashford, who scored with a neat first time shot.Substitute Mount then claimed his first England goal in stoppage time, cashing in on another defensive error and a neat pass from Kane.“It’s a dream come true to score for my country,” said Winks, who enjoyed playing in a more attacking midfield role.“To score and also with the way we were playing as well, it’s a great moment for me.“I like to consider myself as someone who can play in pivot or as a number eight as well.“I like both, it’s difficult to say what I prefer so as long as I play for England that’s all that matters.” Reuters/NAN. Tags: Harry KaneMarcus RashfordMason Mountlast_img read more