Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Announces Steven J. Demetriou as New President and CEO

first_img Steven J. DemetriouJacobs Engineering Group Inc., a global construction services firm with headquarters in Pasadena, announced today the appointment of Steven J. Demetriou as new President and CEO, replacing Craig Martin who retired in December last year citing health reasons.With this appointment, Demetriou will also be elected to the board of directors of the company that employs an estimated 66,000 people in 30 countries around the globe.In 2014, Jacobs, listed at JEC in the New York Stock Exchange, earned revenues of up to $12.7 billion.Demetriou, a Cleveland, Ohio native, recently served as Chairman and CEO of Aleris Corporation, a global downstream aluminum producer based in Cleveland. He also brings more than 30 years of experience with companies in the metals, specialty chemicals, oil and gas, manufacturing and fertilizer industries.Demetriou worked for 16 years at ExxonMobil performing operations, financial and general management roles in the U.S. and in Europe.Demetriou starts his new role with Jacobs on August 17, during which Executive Chairman Noel Watson, who has been functioning as Executive Chairman during the transition since Craig’s retirement, will return to his chairman position when Demetriou joins the company. As CEO, he will work with senior management and the Board to develop strategies aimed at strengthening Jacobs’ position as a global industry leader.In a statement, Demetriou said he is honored to be selected as the next CEO.“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead a company with such an enviable global talent base and a strong reputation as one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. My immediate objective is to listen and engage with Jacobs’ employees, customers and shareholders, as well as develop and implement strategies to realize Jacobs’ enormous potential to achieve focused growth into the future.”Demetriou also serves on the boards of Foster Wheeler Ltd. and Kraton Polymers. In the Cleveland community, he serves on the boards of several organizations including the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Subscribe More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Business Districts News Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Announces Steven J. Demetriou as New President and CEO From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 13, 2015 | 11:16 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business Newslast_img read more

Officials looking to trap alligator spotted in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago

first_imgiStock(CHICAGO) — It’s not your average morning in Humboldt Park in Chicago today — officials are trying to trap an alligator spotted in the lagoon there.The reptile is between 4 and 5 feet long, specialists said, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.Authorities are hoping for the animal to be “humanely trapped” and taken to a zoo for a veterinary evaluation, police said.When sightings of the gator came in on Tuesday, Guglielmi called it an “unusual news day.”The public is urged to let the experts do their job and give them space, Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said on Wednesday.It’s not clear how the gator ended up in the lagoon but it was likely a pet that got released, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sutherland Takes Oath as Cape May County Prosecutor

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiJeffrey H. Sutherland was sworn in Thursday as Cape May County’s new prosecutor and immediately vowed to confront the growing opioid crisis that has resulted in more than 30 overdose deaths in the county this year.Sutherland, 53, an Ocean City resident who has 28 years of experience in private law practice, stressed that his new role as prosecutor is to “pursue and convict the guilty, but at the same time recognize the rights of the innocent.”“I recognize the gravity of the position and that the prosecutor is the face of law enforcement in the county,” he said in remarks during his swearing-in ceremony at the Historic Cape May County Court House.Acknowledging the challenges faced by law enforcement while fighting the opioid epidemic, he pledged that he and his staff will have a highly visible presence in the community and the schools to address the dangers of substance abuse.“Law enforcement, by nature, is dangerous, and law enforcement officers are now faced with the opioid and heroin epidemic that makes them law enforcers, counselors and medics at the same time,” he told an audience of more than 100 people.In an interview after the ceremony, Sutherland emphasized that the county has been making strides with its education and prevention programs for drug abusers. Simply throwing drug abusers in jail as punishment should be the last resort, he noted.“I believe the programs already in place are moving in a positive direction,” he said. “If we can address addiction before it moves into the criminal element, then we will help the community and reduce crime.”In remarks to the audience, Sutherland acknowledges the challenges ahead in fighting the opioid crisis in Cape May County.Sutherland steps in at a time when overdoses and drug deaths are on the rise. Paul Skill, chief of detectives in the prosecutor’s office, said there have been 195 overdoses and 32 drug deaths so far this year in Cape May County. In 2016, there were 121 overdoses and 14 drug deaths.Skill blamed the availability of the opioid Fentanyl – which is stronger than heroin – for the spike in drug overdoses.“You can order it online from a lab in China,” Skill said of the ease of obtaining Fentanyl. “People can state their credit card number and address and get it.”Skill said agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Service have been trying to crack down on the shipments of Fentanyl from China.Joining a trend among law enforcement agencies nationwide, all of Cape May County’s police departments are now using Narcan, an antidote for drug overdose. Skill said Narcan has been used 94 times in the county this year to save overdose victims, compared to 68 times in 2016.Underscoring his intention to focus on the opioid crisis, Sutherland chose state Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson to swear him into office. Sandson, an advocate for drug treatment, oversees the Drug Court for Atlantic and Cape May counties.The Cape May County Board of Freeholders recently authorized an approximately $4.7 million contract to complete the construction of the long-empty third floor of the county courthouse into more courtroom space for drug cases. The county’s drug court includes programs to help addicts get treatment and stay out of trouble.Sandson, who has been a judge in both civil and criminal court, said Sutherland impressed him during the times he appeared in his courtroom to argue cases. He said Sutherland possesses the skills needed to handle the complexities and responsibilities of the prosecutor’s office.“He’s an extremely intelligent, capable lawyer,” said Sandson, while also praising Sutherland’s qualities as a person.Sutherland was joined by members of his family, including his wife, Yolanda, for his swearing in. He also has two children, Charlie, 25, and Lauren, 21. Becoming emotional while thanking his family for their support, he called his wife the “heart and rock” of the family.The Historic Cape May County Court House served as the setting for the swearing-in ceremony.Sutherland brings high-level political credentials with him to his new job as county prosecutor. He is also chairman of the Cape May County Democratic Party. State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, recommended Sutherland’s appointment to Gov. Chris Christie.William Causey, a leader in the county Democratic Party who has known Sutherland for 10 years, expressed confidence in Sutherland’s ability to lead the prosecutor’s office.“He has good leadership, he’s a good organizer and he’s good with people,” Causey said.Sutherland replaces former Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor, who retired this year. After taking the oath of office, Sutherland praised Taylor, as well as the assistant prosecutors, county detectives and other staffers in the office that he has inherited. He called them his new “work family.”“I’m honored and humbled to know that all of you are going to be my work family and my collective conscience to guide me to make the decisions necessary to continue your good work in making the county safe for all of our citizens,” Sutherland said. Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, with his wife, Yolanda, holding the Bible, takes the oath of office from Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson.last_img read more


first_imgThe UK coffee shop sector has remained resilient in recession, despite several key players having gone into administration, according to Allegra Strategies’ Project Café9 UK report, but slower growth is forecast for 2010. The market, made up of more than 11,000 outlets, saw growth of 6.2% in 2009, with sales totalling £1.63bn. Allegra forecasts that 2010 and 2011 will see the total market rise by 4.4% per annum to exceed 12,500 outlets by December 2012.Looking to the future, Allegra said, “branded coffee chains are expected to outperform the retail sector”, as café culture becomes further ingrained in our society. The report also noted the addition of a ’Third Wave’ of coffee shops, as an increasing number of artisan independent coffee houses, with an Antipodean coffee culture, are springing up across the country.Coffee shop operators have noticed a decrease in the frequency of visits from consumers, as well as a decline in like-for-like sales, with average spend down from £3.59 to £3.50. But the top brands have managed to achieve positive comparable store sales growth across the year. “The study’s conclusion is that the UK coffee market is still experiencing strong growth, driven by consumer choice, which reflects our experience in the marketplace.” commented Gerry Ford, chairman and chief executive of Caffè Nero.last_img read more

Senior Interior Space Designer Joins WorkSpace Concepts Staff

first_imgWorkSpace Concepts announced the addition of Kristi Lyon as senior designer responsible for the interior design and space planning functions of the operation. Lyon has over 20 years experience in the field of interior design and space planning. She is a professional member of International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and is an experienced CAD and CAP operator.Creative space planning and interior design are the cornerstones of any successful project according to John Moran, president of WorkSpace Concepts. “Our customers enjoy the consultative approach we take to solving their space planning needs,” said Moran. “From the small office to the large, multi-faceted new construction project, designing work spaces that are ergonomically correct, pleasing to look at, and are within budget, requires a sophisticated and skilled designer. With Kristi on our team, our customers will benefit from her years of experience in this field.”Lyon has a degree in interior design from Syracuse University. She has worked for architectural firms and office interior companies serving as lead designer for more than 500,000 square feet of interior design for corporate and educational facilities including the State of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Chittenden Bank, Dartmouth College, Peerless Insurance, and Middlebury College. Lyon’s experience with the specification and layout of the major contract furniture lines for panel systems, case goods, and seating combined with her design and project management skills ensure positive results for all of her clients.ABOUT WORKSPACE CONCEPTSWorkSpace Concepts, provides ergonomically correct interior work space designs and products that promote the health and well being of the workforce while contributing to a productive and successful work environment. We offer a full range of products and services for new construction, existing businesses and home offices with consultation services, office design, space planning, delivery and installation. At WorkSpace Concepts, our business is based on respect for our customers and employees and integrity is the foundation for all our business operations. WorkSpace Concepts is located in Shelburne, Vermont and serves customers throughout Vermont.last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: How To Catch Lethargic Winter Trout

first_imgWhere To Go:Tailwaters are an obvious choice because their dams dictate relatively stable water temperatures year-round.Other good options are the numerous delayed-harvest fisheries across the region. Heavy stockings and catch-and-release regulations mean these waters will be full of trout competing for slim winter resources.Wherever you choose to go, make sure it’s close to the vehicle. Take breaks to blast heat in the truck and warm your fingers and core. You’ll fish more efficiently and longer. Proximity to the truck can also become critical if a misstep fills your waders. Nick Carter is the author of “Flyfisher’s Guide to North Carolina & Georgia.” It is available on Amazon.com, and autographed copies are available by emailing the author at [email protected] What To Fish:There are competing theories on fly selection in winter. Midges are pretty much the only bugs happening on most waters. These little specks of life are the wintertime staple on our tailwaters, where mid-day swarms can be fantastic.Logic calls for miniscule flies and long, thin leaders. Even subsurface, tiny nymphs with a little flash make sense when the predominant food source is just a little bigger than microscopic.It’s important to remember that even when the fish are rising, most feeding is subsurface. A good way to get that Zebra Midge down near the bottom with the trout is to fish it in tandem with a big heavy stonefly nymph.Which brings up a second theory on winter fly selection. Fish something big and meaty they can’t pass up.Stoneflies take months or years to mature into flying adults, which makes stonefly nymphs a reliable year-round option. It might not be what the trout are keyed on, but sometimes a size 8 or 10 stone is the protein package fish can’t refuse.By the same token, drifting and swinging a big, bulky Bugger can occasionally turn the biggest fish in the river. Just don’t expect too many bites. With shrunken winter strike zones, you’ll have to hit that bruiser brown right in the nose.center_img It’s cold outside. The iced-over bank eddies squeak and crunch when you step into the shallows. There’s a light dusting of snow on the ground, and only a lunatic would choose to wade into frigid water in pursuit of lethargic trout.But some of us are highly susceptible to cabin fever. And there’s something therapeutic about the quiet of the woods on a winter day.With stream life slowed to a crawl, expectations of catching fish should be tapered. It’s time to slow down and go to work meticulously.Fish instinctively weigh each decision to feed in such circumstances. Is the energy obtained catching a bug or baitfish worth the energy expended?The angler also has decisions to make, decisions that are the difference between a productive day on the water or just a cold walk in a creek.last_img read more

August 1, 2004 Notices

first_imgAugust 1, 2004 Notices U.S. 11th Circuit Court seeks rules amendment comments Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after August 2, from the U.S. 11th Circuit’s Internet Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov.A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, telephone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by September 3. Bar fees are now payable Florida Bar members should now have received their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees were payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.flabar.org.Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee. Oral argument set The Supreme Court has set oral argument in Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Workers’ Compensation Procedure, Case No. SC04-110 for September 2.Check the online docket for further information athttp://jweb.flcourts.org/pls/docket/ds_docket_search. Meeting slated to discuss workers’ comp judges up for reappointment The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will hold a public hearing August 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Orlando World Marriott on World Center Drive in Orlando.The purpose of the hearing is to conduct the interviews of the following applicants for reappointment as judges of compensation claims: Dan Turnbull, Alan Kuker, Mary D’Ambrosio, Gerardo Castiello, Donna Remsnyder, Laura Roesch, Joseph Murphy, and John Thurman.There will be no public commentary accepted during the meeting in favor of any of the judges. However, written commentary concerning any applicant by any person is welcome and must be submitted to the commission chair and a copy to each commission member.Names and addresses of commission members are available from The Florida Bar or the chair.Any person wishing to present public testimony against any of the judges at the meeting must provide the commission proper written notice prior to the meeting.Questions should be directed to Victor V. Marrero, commission chair, at 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Sunrise 33323, telephone (954) 838-3451, fax (954) 838-3700. Applicants sought for jury instructions panel The Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases will have up to seven vacancies at the end of 2004.Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida and any member of the Florida judiciary may apply for appointment.An application form may be obtained from Gerry Rose, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300; telephone: (850) 561-5706; fax: (850) 561-5817; e-mail: [email protected] Applications are to be submitted by September 15. Family law forms amended In Amendments to Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms- Sexual Violence Forms, No. SC04-1039 (Fla. July 8, 2004), the Florida Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms governing domestic, repeat, dating, and sexual violence.The 2004 Florida Legislature amended section 784.047, Florida Statutes (2003), to make the violation of an injunction for protection against sexual violence a first-degree misdemeanor punishable as provided in sections 775.082 or 775.083, Florida Statutes (2003). See ch. 2004-17, §2, Laws of Fla. The legislature amended section 784.046, Florida Statutes (2003), to allow a petitioner for an injunction for protection against sexual violence to furnish an address to the court in a separate confidential filing pursuant to section 119.07(3)(s), Florida Statutes (2003), and to allow a petitioner to include a law enforcement agency incident report number in the petition as opposed to attaching the report to the petition. See ch. 2004-17, §1, Laws of Fla. Finally, the legislature amended section 784.046, Florida Statutes (2003), to permit a law enforcement officer to make an arrest without a warrant when there is probable cause to believe that a person has committed a criminal act according to sections 741.31 or 784.047, Florida Statutes (2003), which violates an injunction for protection entered pursuant to sections 741.30 or 784.046, Florida Statutes (2003). See ch. 2004-17, §1, Laws of Fla.The court amended the following forms to incorporate the legislative changes: Supplemental Affidavit in Support of Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(g); Petitioner’s Request for Confidential Filing of Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(h); Motion for Extension of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(i); Motion for Modification of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(j); Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(q); Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(r); and Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence (After Notice), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.980(s). The amendments to the forms became effective immediately because the legislative amendments became effective on July 1, 2004. See ch. 2004-17, § 6, Laws of Fla.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the amended forms, which are reproduced online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before September 15, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette. Proposed rules amendments The Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure Committee, the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, the Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee, the Family Law Rules of Procedure Committee, the Rules of Juvenile Procedure Committee, and the Probate Rules Committee, pursuant to a request by the Supreme Court under Rule 2.130(f) of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, invite comment on the proposed out-of-cycle amendments to the rules shown below. The full text of the proposals can be found at the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org. Interested persons have until September 15 to submit comments to Thomas D. Hall, Clerk, Supreme Court of Florida, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1927. The Supreme Court’s case number must be utilized on all pleadings and correspondence filed in this cause. All pleadings signed by an attorney must include the attorney’s Florida Bar number. Anyone wishing to comment must file an original and nine copies of the pleadings and a Wordperfect compatible disk containing the pleadings. August 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Qatar World Cup construction ‘will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead’

first_imgInternational Trade Union Congress claims about 12 labourers will die each week unless drastic action is taken.Qatar’s construction frenzy ahead of the 2022 World Cup is on course to cost the lives of at least 4,000 migrant workers before a ball is kicked, the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) has claimed.The group has been scrutinizing builders’ deaths in the Gulf emirate for the past two years and said that at least half a million extra workers from countries including Nepal, India and Sri Lanka are expected to flood in to complete stadiums, hotels and infrastructure in time for the World Cup kickoff.The annual death toll among those working on building sites could rise to 600 a year – almost a dozen a week – unless the Doha government makes urgent reforms, it says.The ITUC has based the estimate on current mortality figures for Nepalese and Indian workers who form the bulk of Qatar’s 1.2 million-strong migrant workforce, the large majority of whom are builders.While it admits that the cause of death is not clear for many of the deceased – with autopsies often not being conducted and routine attribution to heart failure – it believes harsh and dangerous conditions at work and cramped and squalid living quarters are to blame. The stark warning came after a Guardian investigation revealed that 44 Nepalese workers died from 4 June-8 August this year, about half from heart failure or workplace accidents.Workers described forced labour in 50C heat, employers who retain salaries for several months and passports making it impossible for them to leave and being denied free drinking water. The investigation found sickness is endemic among workers living in overcrowded and insanitary conditions and hunger has been reported. Thirty Nepalese construction workers took refuge in the their country’s embassy and subsequently left the country, after they claimed they received no pay.The Indian ambassador in Qatar said 82 Indian workers died in the first five months of this year and 1,460 complained to the embassy about labour conditions and consular problems. More than 700 Indian workers died in Qatar between 2010 and 2012.Without changes to working practices, more workers will die building the infrastructure in the runup to the World Cup than players will take to the field, the ITUC has warned. “Nothing of any substance is being done by the Qatar authorities on this issue,” said Sharan Burrow, the general secretary of the Brussels-based organisation that has met the Qatari labour minister in Geneva and officials at the Qatar 2022 supreme committee, which is preparing the country for the World Cup.“The evidence-based assessment of the mortality rate of migrant workers in Qatar shows that at least one worker on average per day is dying. In the absence of real measures to tackle that and an increase in 50% of the migrant workforce, there will be a concominant increase in deaths. “We are absolutely convinced they are dying because of conditions of work and life. Everything the Guardian has found out accords with the information we have gathered from visits to Qatar and Nepal. There are harrowing testimonies from the workers in the system there. The 2022 World Cup is a very high profile event and should be implemented with the very highest standards and that is clearly not the case.”It is estimated that Qatar, the world’s richest country by income per capita, is spending the equivalent of £62bn from its gas and oil wealth on building transport infrastructure, hotels, stadiums and other facilities ahead of the World Cup.The ITUC has estimated the number of migrant workers already in Qatar at over 1.2 million and says possibly as many as 1 million more will be needed to get the country ready for the world’s biggest sporting event. “Fifa needs to send a very strong and clear message to Qatar that it will not allow the World Cup to be delivered on the back of a system of modern slavery that is the reality for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers there today,” said Burrow.The ITUC’s own analysis of deaths this summer appears to tally with the Guardian’s investigation. It found that 32 Nepalese workers died in July, many of them young men in their 20s. “Nepal accounts for less than half the migrant workers in Qatar, and reports from other countries-of-origin indicate that similar numbers of workers from these countries are losing their lives in Qatar,” Burrow said.Asked to comment on the prediction of thousands of deaths, a spokesman for the Qatar 2022 supreme committee said on Thursday that organisers were “appalled” by the the Guardian’s revelations about the deaths of Nepalese workers who travelled to the Gulf state to work. “Like everyone viewing the video and images, and reading the accompanying texts, we are appalled by the findings presented in the Guardian’s report,” the spokesman said. “There is no excuse for any worker in Qatar, or anywhere else, to be treated in this manner.“The health, safety, wellbeing and dignity of every worker that contributes to staging the 2022 Fifa World Cup is of the utmost importance to our committee and we are committed to ensuring that the event serves as a catalyst toward creating sustainable improvements to the lives of all workers in Qatar.”A leading expert in labour migration to the Gulf from south Asia warned Qatar that ill-treatment of workers would backfire because the labour forces they rely on to build their economies will start resisting.Prof S Irudaya Rajan, chairman of the research unit on international migration at the centre for development studies in Kerala, India, said: “They need people from India and Nepal to give their hard work and they need better treatment because they are the ones building their whole economy.“The Qataris have made them invisible in their economy but they have to make them visible. In the 21st century, labour should be treated equally to capital.” Rajan said he believed Indian workers were better treated than some others because the relatively long history of the country sending workers to the Gulf means support networks are already in place for them.last_img read more

National Women’s Enterprise Day event highlights under-representation

first_imgDonegal needs more female entrepreneurs and the female led businesses in the county need to have the ambition to grow globally – that was one of the key messages from the National Women in Enterprise event held in Letterkenny recently.The event – one of 17 held across the country – heard Brenda Hegarty, Assistant Head of Enterprise in Donegal, explain that the number of women in enterprise in Ireland and in Donegal is under represented.“In Donegal, for example, despite the fact that more females than males are on our Start Your Own Business Course only 12% of our portfolio is female led.” There is a stark contrast in the numbers and amounts of grant aid to female led businesses in Donegal as well, she added.“It is worth noting that in Donegal, 20% of Grant Aid is awarded to female led businesses and grants to these 25 businesses total €380k with an average grant of €15k. In contrast, 80% of grant aid is awarded to male led businesses with 101 businesses awarded grant aid of €2.6m and an average grant of €25k.”But the Assistant Head of Enterprise in Donegal said there was ‘no use in lamenting’ and insisted women in business and those with business ideas, need to take action.Pictured at the National Women in Enterprise Day event held in Castlegrove House recently were from left: Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal; Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures; Brenda Hegarty, Assistant Head of Enterprise, Donegal; Dr. Karl Thomas of Creatovation; Sports Star and broadcaster Anna Geary; Eve Anne McCarron, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal; Anne Brennan of Signworx the Donegal Ambassador for National Women in Enterprise Day; and Grace Korbel, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal.With that in mind she outlined details of a new pre-start initiative to encourage more females to turn their business ideas to reality.  The Women with Ambition to grow a Global Business Programme (WAGs) is designed to support women with an idea to start a business with global potential. “We believe that with a little help, women can transform an idea into a reality. With that in mind, subject to demand, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal plans to design an interactive programme to support women to explore and test an idea to start and grow a business.” As well as details of the new ‘Women with Ambition to grow a Global Business’ programme, Brenda Hegarty also reminded those in attendance that applications for the Donegal Enterprise Awards are currently open.Details of the awards contest, the new WAGs programme and details of all the supports and services available from the LEO are available from the web site  – localenterprise.ie/donegalThe National Women in Enterprise Day event held in Castlegrove House also heard from a panel of speakers who have overcome obstacles to become successful in their field. Those speakers included sports star and broadcaster Anna Geary, Anne Brennan of Signworx the Donegal Ambassador for National Women in Enterprise Day; Gillian Doyle of Cerebron Technologies; Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures and Dr. Karl Thomas of Creatovation who hosted an interactive innovation workshop. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.National Women’s Enterprise Day event highlights under-representation was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Local Enterprise Office DonegalNational Women’s Enterprise Daylast_img read more

PIL PSA IBM Conclude Blockchain Trial

first_imgzoom Shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL), port group PSA International (PSA) and technology company IBM Singapore (IBM) have completed a blockchain-based supply chain platform trial.As informed, the companies worked on a proof of concept (POC) exercise, built on IBM Blockchain Platform, applying and then testing the platform to track and trace cargo movement from Chongqing to Singapore via the Southern Transport Corridor.The exercise follows a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in August 2017 with an aim to collaborate on blockchain-based supply chain business network innovations.The partners believe that there is now sufficient evidence to show that the concept can be taken to the next stage. The scope of the POC will be widened and the partners are eager to engage more participants from the different nodes of the distribution network that form the supply chain logistics ecosystem, PIL said in a statement.“We are highly committed to this idea because we as a company believe the wider application of blockchain across the global logistics and shipping businesses will lead to much greater operating efficiencies, security and transparency. It is the future for our industry,” Teo Siong Seng, Managing Director of PIL, commented.“PSA’s collaboration alongside our partners and relevant stakeholders in this blockchain trial demonstrates our efforts to enhance physical and digital connectivity, as well as to improve efficiencies along the global supply chain. Ultimately, we hope to create value for our customers along the Southern Trade Corridor – a key route in the Belt and Road initiative,” Roger Tan, Regional CEO Northeast Asia of PSA, pointed out.Image Courtesy: PILlast_img read more