first_img Penny Mordaunt’s statement following her meetings with Oxfam and the Charity Commission on Monday 12 February can be found here The speech was made at the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit At the summit, Ms Mordaunt also announced her support (£5 million) to the End Violence Against Children partnership, which will see the UK teaming up with the biggest group of stakeholders in the world to investigate and implement solutions which really work to keep children safe. Over a million children across the world face some form of violence in their everyday lives – including modern slavery, child marriage, child labour and violence in schools. The UN reported there were more than 300 incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse, including child rape, carried out by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff in 2016.center_img I’d like to say thank you to End Violence, the Swedish government and WePROTECT Global Alliance for hosting today’s important event.One of the objectives of this summit is that we all leave today believing that we can end violence against children – and I believe we can.And to help that I was going to talk about what DFID had done, what works, our future plans and to talk about the announcement we’re making today of new funding to protect children from physical and sexual abuse.But with apologies for my hardworking team and to you, because I know I’m preaching to the choir, I think my time here is better spent delivering another message.The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people, vulnerable children, is never acceptable. But when it is perpetrated by people in positions of power, people we entrust to help and protect, it rightly sickens and disgusts. And it should compel us to take action.The recent revelations about Oxfam, not solely the actions perpetrated by a number of those staff but the way the organisation responded to those events – should be a wake up call to the sector. They let perpetrators go, they did not inform donors, their regulator or prosecuting authorities. It was not just the processes and procedures of that organisation that were lacking but moral leadership.We cannot end violence against children unless zero tolerance means something.I will be guided in my decisions about Oxfam depending on the charity’s response to requirement and questions I have raised with them, and by the Charity Commission’s investigation.But no organisation is too big or our work with them too complex for me to hesitate to remove funding from them if we cannot trust them to put the beneficiaries of aid first.I’ve held meetings with charity bosses, regulators and experts over the last few days and tomorrow I will be meeting with the National Crime Agency. While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminals prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change, and it needs to change now.I am writing to every single charity which receives UK aid, demanding full transparency and set out assurances about their safeguarding procedures. If our standards are not met, then the British taxpayer will not continue to fund them.Unless you safeguard everyone in your organisation that comes into contact with you, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers – we will not fund you.Unless you create a culture that prioritises the safety of vulnerable people and ensures victims and whistleblowers can come forward without fear – we will not work with you.And unless you report every serious incident or allegation, no matter how damaging to your reputation – we cannot be your partners.The same message goes out to any organisation or partner – whether they are in the public, private or third sector which receives UK aid – and this includes the component parts of the UN.We want procedures to change. We want leaders to lead with moral authority. We want staff to be held accountable for their actions, no matter where they are.Sexual abuse and exploitation is an issue the entire development sector needs to confront.The UN reported that there were 300 incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse, including child rape, carried out by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff in 2016. That figure is as morally repugnant and it is unacceptable.We will not wait for the UN and other organisations to step up. The British government will take action now.My department has created a new unit to review safeguarding across all parts of the aid sector, both in the UK and internationally. Among other things, we will urgently look into how we can stop sexual abusers and predators from being re-employed by charities, including the possibility of setting up of a global register of development workers.Secondly, we will step up our existing work with UN Secretary-General to stop abuses under the UN flag. There will be no immunity for rape and sexual abuse and I welcome the recent statement from the UN to that effect and note the recent work that Unicef has done. We cannot let the UN flag provide cover for despicable acts.Thirdly, my department and the UK Charity Commission will hold within a month a safeguarding summit, where we will meet with representatives across the aid sector, and discuss new ways of vetting and recruiting staff, to ensure protecting vulnerable people is at the forefront of our minds.We are all taking necessary actions to ensure criminals are brought to justice, organisations are held to account, and procedures to change and stop sexual exploitation, abuse and rape.And today, I’m calling on all of us to work together to do this. It is only through working together that we can achieve our shared goal of ending violence against children. And everyone in this room has a duty to ensure change within their own organisations. We must ensure we all have the highest safeguarding standards.This past week has to be a wake up call. If we don’t want the actions of a minority of individuals to tarnish and endanger all the good work that we do, then we must all respond quickly and appropriately.We must regain the trust of the public.We must make staff aware of their moral responsibilities as well as their legal duties.But above all else, we must strive to ensure that no child, no one is harmed by the people who are supposed to be there to help.Background The End Violence summit is the first of its kind, and will see senior representatives from the international aid community coming together to commit to tackling violence against children in all forms – including child marriage, violence in schools and modern slavery.last_img read more

first_imgThis letter is written by Steve Oldfield, Chief Commercial Officer, on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).It sets out the government’s plan and requests of industry and the wider supply chain ahead of the end of the transition period to help ensure the continuity of supply of medical goods into and out of the UK.See also DHSC’s update letter to industry of 17 November. The UK government and the European Commission have concluded their negotiations on the terms of trade between the 2 markets after the end of the transition period.This does not remove any of the requirements to act now to prepare for new customs and border processes. The Department’s requests of industry set out in this letter remain valid and current.last_img

first_img Related Shows The cast is now set for the previously announced world premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Leon Addison Brown (The Train Driver) will star as Nukain in the Signature Theatre production. Performances will begin in the Romulas Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center on April 21. Opening night is set for May 11; the play is scheduled to run through May 31. The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare. The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek will feature scenic design by Christopher H. Barreca, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by Stowe Nelson. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015center_img View Comments The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Fugard directs a cast that also includes Bianca Amato (Macbeth) as Elmarie, Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion King) as Bokkie and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) as Jonathan.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $33.5 million in financing assistance to Vermont businesses undertaking commercial and manufacturing expansion projects throughout the state. Also included is financing to support agricultural, real estate development, and business technology projects.”VEDA is pleased to offer financing support to these projects,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. ‘Jobs are being retained or created in a variety of economic sectors, and that is good news for Vermont.’ Projects approved by the Authority for financing assistance are:· Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Rutland ‘A total of $30 million in Recovery Zone Facility Bond (RZFB) financing was given final approval by the Authority to support the $48.7 million in planned infrastructure upgrades by Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (CVPS). The low-interest, tax-exempt federal bond financing was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (a.k.a. the Stimulus Act). In May of this year, VEDA gave inducement approval for $25 million in bond financing for the CVPS project; an additional $5 million in eligible project costs have been approved since then. Vermont’s largest utility, CVPS operates in 13 of the state’s counties and employs 530 people. Over the next two years, CVPS plans to install and upgrade distribution and transmission lines. Improvements and upgrades are also planned to distribution and transmission substations and hydro systems, telecommunication infrastructure and a Smart Grid investment is anticipated.· Swan Valley of Vermont and Jonergin Realty, LLC, Swanton ‘ A $5.6 million project to purchase a former cheese manufacturing facility and bring it back to productive use will receive $1.3 million in VEDA financing assistance. Through a newly-formed partnership between Jonergin Realty, LLC and Swan Valley of Vermont, LLC, the former VIA (Lucille Farms) cheese facility in Swanton will be purchased and upgraded with new equipment and machinery. Swan Valley of Vermont will gear up to produce a variety of specialty artisan cheeses for wholesale to various institutional buyers. It is estimated that within three years of the project, more than 50 new jobs will be created. Bank of America is also participating in the project.  · Rock Art Brewery, Inc., Morrisville ‘ Financing was approved to help Rock Art Brewery buy land and build a new brewing facility, more than doubling their current leased production and retail space in Morrisville. The project also includes financing participation by Merchants Bank. The brewing company, started as a home business in 1997, will move from their current leased facility to property which they will purchase on Route 100. The company will build a new structure and purchase machinery and equipment to be used in the brewing process. Rock Art Brewery employs eight people, a number expected to grow to ten within three years of the expansion project.  · Mad River Park Corporation, Waitsfield ‘ Financing of $210,000 was approved to Mad River Park Corporation to fund its purchase of a 14,000 square foot industrial building on 3.47 acres of land in Waitsfield.    In addition, VEDA approved:· $1.05 million in financing to Vermont farmers through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC);· $100,000 in financing through the Authority’s Technology Loan Program, designed to assist smaller technology-related firms; and· $350,000 in small business project financing through the Authority’s Small Business Loan Program. VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.Source: VEDA. 9.22.2010last_img read more

first_imgLife is fleeting. I know, that’s a well-worn cliché, but hear me out. I was riding my road bike the other day and I almost died, which isn’t really that unusual. I’d estimate that I almost die on 10% of my road rides. Sometimes it’s because of suicidal squirrels that throw themselves beneath my front tire, but mostly it’s because of crazy/distracted/aggressive drivers. Road cycling is dangerous and I try to mitigate that danger by riding low-traffic roads in areas where the drivers are used to seeing cyclists on the road.So, there I am, riding one of those low traffic roads close to town, enjoying a mild downhill without the burden of cars when I have to slam on my brakes because some dude walks out of the woods on the side of the road with a freaking 40-foot ladder. The guy came out of nowhere and I almost went headfirst through the top of his ladder.The incident had me thinking that maybe there is no way to mitigate the danger of road cycling. That maybe I should give up the endeavor all together and just start taking spin classes. This is what I’m thinking about later on that same ride when I see a man in his pajamas getting his mail. He has a very peaceful look on his face as he approaches his mailbox, like he’s retired and this is the only obligation he has to fulfill on this particular day, and I see him jump, like he was startled by something. As I ride past him, I see what startled the guy: a very large bear is sitting in the brush right next to his mailbox. Maybe four feet from that retired guy. And that big bear’s cubs were only a few feet beyond that, scrambling around a fallen tree.Now, I don’t think that the guy was in any direct danger from that bear—black bears don’t typically make a habit out of mauling people–but a heart attack? That was a legitimate outcome from that particular scenario. I can see the headline now: Retired Guy Dies While Getting Mail.Thankfully, the dude didn’t have a heart attack. He slowly backed away from the bear and went back into his house to enjoy the rest of his day. But again, the incident had me thinking: road cycling isn’t dangerous. Life is dangerous. You can kick the bucket at any time, anywhere. Slip in the shower. Have a heart attack while getting your mail. Contract a flesh-eating virus at the water park. Have a seizure while watching Fox News and fall down and hit your head on the kitchen counter…there are so many random ways to die, there’s probably no logic in trying to avoid it. Like, I have a brother who won’t surf because he’s scared of sharks. But he smokes and eats fast food and has already had to have a stint put into one of his arteries, so it’s probably not going to be a shark that gets him, you know?Anyway, the two incidents on that particular ride (the ladder surprise and the bear surprise) only reinforced the notion that I actually should be riding my bike. To quote the great Ferris Beuller, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”If I’m going to die (and I reluctantly accept that I will die at some point), I might as well pedal my bike while I can.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2009 El Salvador has declined to host four of seven sports assigned to it for the IX Central American Games, which the country will hold jointly with Panama and Guatemala in March, due to the damage suffered by its stadiums during November’s rains, an official announced. The Games should have taken place this month in Honduras but were suspended as a result of the political crisis, for which reason the Central American Sports Organization decided to reschedule them in three locations, the president of the Salvadoran Olympic Committee, Eduardo Palomo, said. Seven sports were initially assigned to El Salvador, but due to November’s torrential rains, which left around two hundred dead and millions of dollars in damage, including damage to sports venues, the country declined to organize four competitions and will only host three, rowing, fencing, and archery, Palomo said. “An effort is being made at the federation level, trying to decide whether the four sports that we can’t host here can be hosted in the other locations,” he said. The sports rejected by El Salvador are squash, skating, bowling, and weightlifting, the official explained. The IX Central American Sports Games, which were going to take place this month in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, will be held from 2 to 14 March 2010, and their opening ceremony will be in Panama. “The Central American Games have not followed the normal course that a set of games should follow,” Palomo acknowledged.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo October 31, 2011 The United States and Chilean navies will conduct CHILEMAR III, a bilateral exercise designed to demonstrate interoperability between the U.S. submarine rescue system and Chilean submarines from November 2-3. The exercise will take place off the coast of San Diego, California. Chilean submarine CS Carrera and the U.S. Navy’s Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) will practice a rescue scenario in which the DSU’s submarine rescue diving and recompression chamber will mate with Carrera for a transfer of personnel from the simulated distressed submarine to the rescue vessel. CHILEMAR III will be the third exercise of its kind between the U.S. and Chile. The previous one took place in October 2010, with the participation of Chilean submarine CS Thomson. “CHILEMAR III is an illustration of the continuing cooperation between the United States and Chile,” said Cmdr. Dave Lemly, commanding officer of DSU. “Conducting exercises like CHILEMAR fosters more than safety and interoperability – it promotes greater understanding and commitment to stability and peace through enhancing regional cooperation.” The ability to work together on such a technical exercise allows both nations to prepare for the unlikely event of an actual submarine emergency.last_img read more

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Spence At the age of just 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop … Web: johnspence.com Details I think best practices are often useless. I think benchmarking is really stupid. Actually, I think they’re both really stupid and useless … if they are done improperly. Many companies examine alleged best practices in an attempt to simply replicate the exact same processes and practices within their organization – even though the practices might be from a completely different industry and have little or nothing to do with how the other companies actually do business.On the other hand, I think it’s absolutely brilliant to study best practices and then determine specifically what ideas you can adapt, change, modify and then apply to get seriously positive results in your organization. I also think looking at best practices from other industries is essential because it gives you access to something called “the adjacent new.” That’s when you take a brand-new idea you have never seen before, introduce it to an idea you’re already familiar with – and hope the two of them get along and eventually have offspring: a brilliant new idea that did not exist before. That’s originality born out of creativity – that’s where strategic insight comes from.In anticipation of seeing many of you at NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference in Key West, Fla., this April, I sent out a survey to ask what prospective attendees would like me to cover during my session. The answer came back loud and clear: a “master class” on best practices. I’m going to assume you all would rather hear about the useful best practices than the stupid ones …So here’s my plan: I’m going to show you some of the newest ideas on strategy, innovation, competitive differentiation, member service, employee engagement and more. I am also going to reiterate some of the key fundamental ideas that have been around for decades and are still absolutely critical in running a successful organization. Then I’m going to challenge you to look at all of these ideas from multiple angles and figure out how to change them so they will work well for you and your credit union.Lastly, I’m going to do everything I can to encourage conference attendees to do much more networking than they typically do. That’s a lesson I’d like credit union executives to remember whether they’re at conferences or anywhere else. It is the single most important thing I’ve ever learned in my life: You become what you focus on, and you become similar to the people you surround yourself with. One of the keys to success is creating a huge network of bright, sharp, smart and talented people who are interested in your success – then go to them often and ask for help. There is no better place for a credit union executive to build a powerful and helpful network than at a conference like this, and I’m going to give folks lots of thought-provoking and challenging ideas to discuss and explore together.So if you have not yet made plans to join us in Key West, I strongly encourage you to do so – it’s going to be a wonderful event, with lots of great information and ideas and plenty of very talented and friendly people to connect with. I look forward to seeing you in April!last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michele DowisWe all know that Disaster Recovery plans are required. The examiners make mention of them and audit them regularly. Are you planning just to get through the audit or are you focused on credit union business continuity as a whole? The more engaged staff is in planning, the better prepared they are to react and respond to a disaster.Credit union BCP Staff engagement begins with participation and accountability! Participation isn’t only about documenting processes and writing procedures. It includes updating, testing and communicating the plan to others. There’s a lot involved in your credit union’s business continuity plan. Create a Business Continuity Plan Committee comprising of representatives from the functional areas. This team should regularly update the Board of Directors with status, challenges and progress. Keep in mind that the board has oversight and strategic responsibility over your credit union – this includes business continuity. 5 Important Things to Tell (Show) Your Board About Your Credit Union DR/BCP provides some additional detail of keeping the Board engaged as well.At the beginning of the year (or another regularly scheduled timeframe), outline a testing and training schedule. There may be some changes in dates, but the more you plan these out and perform them on a regular basis, the more likely for follow through. Your schedule should include (but not be limited to the following): continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgIt’s not all about moneyMillennials know what is a fair wage for their work before they step in the door for the first interview. However, it’s not always the size of the paycheck, the most important thing to young prospects is the ability to grow within a company and for that company have an interest in growing them into a more successful person.Increase your online presenceYou spend so much time appealing to potential clients online, you need to think about appealing to potential employees as well. Without a positive online presence millennial may think twice about apply as it could imply an unwillingness to evolve. The last thing a young employee wants to do is move backwards when they take a job.Be upfront and openJust like when marketing to millennials, you have to understand that very few of them have never known a world without the internet. Armed with super computers in their pockets tapped into an endless streams of answers, they have grown accustom to being able to know everything they want. For this reason, you have to be more transparent on why decisions are being made to foster trust and a feeling of value amongst your younger workers.Give immediate feedbackBeing somewhat the pioneers of the internet space, where everything moves as fast as your strongest internet connection millennials don’t like to waste time. If they are not doing something correctly or are not suited for something address it immediately and get them back on track. On the flip side of that coin, treat their input as a unique asset, and ask for their immediate feedback.Have set plans to attain career bettermentMore so than any generation before, millennials are discouraged by seeing others promoted based on seniority. Every business should value performance over tenure, but that isn’t enough. Millennials like to be able to see their progress to a promotion. Having well defined requirements for each position and offering the tools anyone become eligible will see those roles filled with eager youthful workers. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more