Built to Evolve: The Kinetic Enterprise

first_imgThis blog was co-authored by Pavan Srivastava, Principal & US SAP Cloud Leader, Deloitte Consulting.Our clients are recognizing the need to evolve to stay competitive in the market. To achieve the evolving business needs, our clients will have to continue to transform & make their enterprise intelligent. Organizations are turning to SAP S/4HANA, AI, IoT, and Cloud technologies to make their enterprise intelligent & evolving – like a kinetic enterprise – one that embraces change and even prepares for it.These enterprises are responsive, intelligent, clean, and inclusive. For them, waiting is not an option.How do we see IT responding? Organizations are turning to emerging technologies like AI and IoT – automation that’s fueling data-driven intelligent enterprise applications with SAP S/4HANA, SAP Leonardo, and even non-SAP applications.While organizations aspire to become a kinetic enterprise and reap the rewards, getting there takes time, investment, and risk, all of which may impact business.First – IT needs to identify if their current data centers can support transformative use cases and workloads powered with SAP S/4HANA including workflows and data integrations with non-SAP applications.That’s where hybrid cloud becomes critical; it is responsive to business needs as they evolve. To enable a kinetic enterprise, IT needs a scalable on-demand platform that brings together networking, storage, and compute, so organizations can dynamically manage their IT resources. Modularity includes providing a single interface – one that simplifies and streamlines deployment and management of disruptive technologies in multi-cloud operating models.According to IDC, more than 70% of companies are using multiple cloud environments, and the most significant data center challenge many companies face is developing a successful multi-cloud strategy.[1]Our customers agree: Cloud is not a destination, it’s an operating model.Second – next generation applications and data management platforms powered with SAP HANA need to be deployed & managed with minimal business impact. Moving from legacy SAP ERP applications can be complex and often involves migrations and upgrades, defining and implementing new use cases, and integrating applications from edge to core to cloud.To address these challenges, Dell Technologies, Intel & Deloitte are collaborating to address deployment, migration & operations of enterprise applications in the right cloud environment, bringing experienced resources across IT domains.  This may be a private cloud that is fully under the company’s control, a hybrid cloud that provides the appropriate resources across on-premises and public cloud, or extension to the edge.Imagine if you could …Use Dell Technologies solutions for a unified operational experience across public cloud providers, on-premises, and the edge, enabling true hybrid cloud allowing you to deploy applications and data in the right cloud – a private cloud fully under your control, or a hybrid cloud that provides the resources across multiple locations.Benefit from Deloitte Cloud Managed Services to deploy multi-cloud by giving you single point of contact, and a single engagement model, as well as transformation services for SAP S/4HANA.Deliver processes and data workflow integration with non-SAP applications using the Dell Boomi platform.The Deloitte and Dell Technologies collaboration strives to enable a kinetic enterprise running SAP. Intel endorses this as an example of their strategic intent – evidenced by the recent announcement with SAP to supercharge SAP applications.Empowering the kinetic enterprise helps ease the transition to SAP S/4HANA. Deloitte’s experience in SAP S/4HANA industry-specific solutions combined with Dell Technologies’ digital transformation knowledge and technology can help create a flexible and scalable data management platform. Furthermore, Dell Boomi enables businesses to integrate workflows and transfer data between SAP and non-SAP applications.Additionally, CIOs and their management teams can take advantage of a simple consumption model that offers a single point of contact and a single engagement model to accelerate their path to SAP S/4HANA on a hybrid multi-cloud. This can help reduce risk in migrations, applications can be made transient, and customization requirements are reduced for an agile, kinetic IT environment.Deloitte and Dell Technologies are working together to help clients transform, migrate, and operate their businesses by deploying SAP S/4HANA on a dynamic multi-cloud operating model, that allows organizations to enhance, integrate & operate applications and business process. Dell Technologies and Deloitte are proud to help our customers evolve to the Kinetic Enterprise running SAP – only then will they be able to truly Reimagine Everything… Anywhere.Stay tuned! More details will be available in the coming weeks.[1] IDC Cloud Repatriation Accelerates in a Multicloud World, Doc #US44185818, August 2018______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorPavan SrivastavaPrincipal & US SAP Cloud Leader, Deloitte ConsultingSAP Experience: 20+ yearsS/4HANA Experience: 3+ yearsCloud Experience: 5+ yearsExternal Accolades: Frequent speaker at SAP insider, SAP Sapphire, Google Next, AWS Re-invent and published articles in Wall Street journallast_img read more

Group continues debate on student handbook

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) debated potential recommendations for changes to the du Lac student handbook — including the creation of a student medical amnesty policy and the handling of discipline for first-time alcohol offenses in residence halls — at its meeting Monday.“The whole process in my opinion is very difficult because we are just giving recommendations instead of voting on policies,” student body president Grant Schmidt said.The need for an established medical amnesty policy has recently gained traction in student government, he said. CLC is struggling with how to balance its desire for a medical amnesty procedure with the Office of Residence Life and Housing’s (ORLH) need for flexibility to deal with exceptions to the policy.“In order for this to be effective, we do need it to be in du Lac and be clear to students,” student body vice president Cynthia Weber said.CLC did not approve a specific recommendation for ORLH, but Monday’s draft will be clarified and presented again to the Council members.“We need to clarify that assisting students would not be held liable except under extenuating circumstances,” Schmidt said.Council members also recommended that in the case of a first time alcohol offense in a residence hall, the student’s rector would be responsible for discipline, instead of sending the case to ORLH.Schmidt said this recommendation arose from a standard that is “already in place but should be stated clearly.”The current du Lac policy allows for in-house discipline when the offense takes place within a student’s own residence hall, but the council wants to include offenses that occur elsewhere on campus in the language of this policy.“One of [Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Bill] Kirk’s desires was that the policies in du Lac address current practice,” Weber said. “We need what is written to be adjusted accordingly for clarification.”Many Council members hope to recommend the rector handle discipline before ORLH takes action.“We are asking education to happen at a more localized level, which we consider to be more effective,” Weber said.The issue of how discipline is handled is particularly important for students hoping to apply to graduate schools, Weber said.Some of the rectors on the Council cautioned that setting up a policy with only loose definitions could cause confusion for students.“If I were a student, I would want more structure on this,” Fr. Pete McCormick, rector of Keough Hall, said. Weber said because rectors have a strong connection to the average student, she thinks they should be allowed to handle discipline whenever possible.“We can keep it at the level where it’s appropriate so as not to unnecessarily tarnish a student’s reputation or record,” Professor of Army Science Jon Crist said.Discussion of this recommendation will continue at the Council’s next meeting. Other issues for upcoming CLC debate are recommendations on the undergraduate tailgating policy and drinking games.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Wolf Ridge Burn, Outdoor Records, Roanoke Kayaker Dies, 3D-Printed Kayak

first_imgYour daily news update for March 27th, the day the first long-distance telephone call was made in 1884. It’s the Daily Dirt!WOLF RIDGE SKI RESORT LODGE BURNSEarly yesterday morning on March 26 around 1:30a.m., one of the main lodges at Wolf Ridge Ski Resort burned to the ground. Fortunately, the slopes have been closed since mid-March and no one was in the building at the time of the fire. Investigators say the cause of the fire is still unknown.The burn comes amid a time of turbulence for Wolf Ridge, as the ski resort is in the midst of a lawsuit concerning a proposed deal to sell the property. For more information on the lawsuit, check out this article.RECORD MARATHON FINISHESMarathons saw record finishers in 2013, with approximately 541,000 runners completing one of the 1,100 races around the United States. The Running USA’s Annual Marathon Report issued the report, which said completions were up from 487,000 in 2012.Despite some deterrents and tragedy, including weather and April’s Boston Marathon bombings, runners flocked to marathons, indicating an increased invigoration for the sport. The New York City Marathon had a record year, with 50,266 finishers. This year’s Boston race has expanded to 36,000 runners, leading many to expect 2014 could be the biggest year yet.ROANOKE KAYAKER DIESCurt Joyce, an avid kayaker and rock climber, died last Tuesday while running the Grand Canyon.Park rangers said that Joyce was discovered capsized and unresponsive in his kayak Tuesday night near the Lower Whitmore camp in the Grand Canyon. Members of the kayaking group tried to resuscitate Joyce with CPR. They called rescuers with a satellite phone at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Hailing from Roanoke but currently living in Portland, Joyce was an outdoor enthusiast with an ardent knack for living life fully. Friends and family have described him as someone who worked hard to make time for his passion and love of the outdoors. He is survived by his wife Melissa. A memorial service will be held for Joyce on Saturday, March 29th at 2:00pm at South Roanoke United Methodist Church, 2330 South Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA. The Curt Joyce Memorial Fund has been set in place for those wishing to contribute their support for Joyce’s family.BUNGEE JUMPING WORLD RECORDLast Friday, Colin Phillips of the UK completed 151 bungee jumps in a single day, breaking the Guinness World Record. Talk about a dizzying day of inversions and contortions.Surpassing the previous record of 105 jumps in a 24-hour period, Phillips completed the feat in just 12 hours. Jumping from a 238-foot crane in Dubai, he had originally aimed to complete 200 jumps but stopped short at 151 due to fatigue.FIRST 3D-PRINTED KAYAKIn the seemingly boundless world of 3D-printing, engineer Jim Smith has debuted the world’s first 3D-printed kayak. The boat took more than 1,000 hours over 42 days to construct, measuring in at 16 feet 8 inches long.The colorful construction is made of 28 color-coded ABS plastic parts, which are connected by thermoplastic inserts and a small amount of caulk. Check out Smith’s process here.last_img read more

Operación Martillo conduce a grandes incautaciones de narcóticos

first_imgBy Dialogo November 28, 2012 Marinos estadounidenses participan en una clasificación de armas ligeras a bordo de la fragata USS Underwood, en el mar Caribe, el 10 de octubre. La nave fue enviada a América del Sur, América Central y el Caribe para apoyar la Operación Martillo y Mar del Sur 2012. La Operación Martillo es un esfuerzo conjunto, entre organismos y multinacional de colaboración para impedir el acceso aéreo y marítimo a organizaciones criminales transnacionales a las regiones litorales del istmo centroamericano. (Cortesía Stuart Phillips, especialista en Comunicación Masiva de Segunda Clase de la Marina de Estados Unidos) Un helicóptero ligero antisubmarino Seahawk de la Armada estadounidense asignado al Escuadrón Antisubmarino 48 despega de la cubierta de vuelo de la fragata USS Underwood, en el Mar Caribe, el 22 de octubre. La nave fue enviada a América del Sur, América Central y el Caribe para apoyar la Operación Martillo y Mar del Sur 2012. La Operación Martillo es una misión internacional que reúne a países del Hemisferio Occidental y de Europa en un esfuerzo por limitar las rutas de tráfico ilícito en ambas costas del istmo centroamericano. (Cortesía Frank J. Pikul, especialista en Comunicación Masiva de Tercera Clase de la Marina de Estados Unidos) Michael Bates, jefe maestro del Comando de la Armada estadounidense, asignado a la fragata de misiles guiados USS Underwood, dirige a los marinos del Underwood y a los guardacostas, asignados al Destacamento del Orden Público 107, mientras se trasladan en una lancha para recuperar 49 paquetes de narcóticos arrojados al mar por una lancha rápida el 3 de agosto, como parte de la Operación Martillo. (Cortesía Frank J. Pikul, especialista en Comunicación Masiva de Tercera Clase de la Marina de Estados Unidos) Paquetes de narcóticos avaluados en más de US$93 millones son custodiados en la fragata USS Nicholas en Mayport, Florida, el 17 de julio. Más de cuatro toneladas de cocaína y 122,47 kilogramos de marihuana fueron confiscados durante los 175 días de despliegue del buque como apoyo a la Operación Martillo, una misión internacional que reúne a países del Hemisferio Occidental y países europeos en un esfuerzo por limitar rutas de tráfico ilícito en ambas costas del istmo centroamericano. (Cortesía capitán de Corbeta de la Armada Estadounidense Corey Barker)last_img read more

41 contested judicial races on the ballot

first_img41 contested judicial races on the ballot Gary Blankenship Senior Editor and Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor Three Supreme Court justices and 17 district court of appeal judges have filed for merit retention in the fall statewide judicial elections.In addition, there are 17 contested circuit judge races around the state, while 134 circuit judgeships were decided without an election. Most of those involved incumbents who filed for reelection and drew no opponents. There also are 24 contested county court races after the June 12 filing deadline, while 93 county judges — again, mostly incumbents — were elected or reelected without opposition.(Circuit court information came from the Secretary of State’s office. County judge race information came from the Supreme Court and a Web site and e-mail survey of county supervisors of elections offices.)Elections for contested trial court seats will be on the September 5 primary ballot, and any runoffs will be decided in the November 7 general election. The merit retention elections for the appellate bench will be on the November ballot.There will almost certainly be more contested trial court races this fall. The legislature approved 55 new judgeships this year; 35 circuit judgeships and 20 on the county bench. All will be elected and qualifying for those races is July 17-21. Traditionally, such open seats are more likely to draw contested elections than seats occupied by incumbents.It’s also the largest number of new judgeships created and filled by election since at least 1973, when the court system was overhuled.Here’s a list of those who will appear on the November merit retention ballot: • Supreme Court – Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Chief Justice-elect R. Fred Lewis, and Justice Peggy A. Quince.• First District Court of Appeal – Judges Edwin B. Browning, Jr., Bradford L. Thomas, and Peter D. Webster.• Second District Court of Appeal – Judges Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis, Edward LaRose, E.J. Salcines, and Thomas E. Stringer, Sr.• Third District Court of Appeal – Judges Angel A. Cortinas, Leslie B. Rothenberg, and Richard J. Suarez.• Fourth District Court of Appeal – Judges Bobby W. Gunther, Fred A. Hazouri, Larry A. Klein, Barry J. Stone, and Carole Y. Taylor.• Fifth District Court of Appeal – Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr.Contested Circuit Races Here’s a list of contested circuit court races: • First Circuit – Group 15, Terry Ketchel, Dixie Dan Powell, Mike Schofield, and Michael T. Webster.• Fifth Circuit – Group 7, Michelle T. Morley and Scott Wynn.• Sixth Circuit – Group 9, Mary Handsel, Christine “Chris” Helinger, and Glenn Martin; Group 32, LeAnne Lake, Mark Schleben, and Pat Siracusa.• Eighth Circuit – Group 4, Stan Griffis, Stephen Pennypacker, and Lorraine H. Sherman.• Ninth Circuit – Group 5, Jenifer Davis, Mary Ann Etzler, and John Gray.• 11th Circuit – Group 25, Dennis J. Murphy and Josie Perez Velis; Group 65 Israel U. Reyes and Jeffrey D. Swartz.• 12th Circuit – Group 13, Lee E. Haworth and Susan Hartmann Swartz; Group 16, Donna Berlin and Franklin Roberts.• 13th Circuit – Group 25, Robert A. Foster, Jr., and Catherine Williams Real; Group 32, Cris Debock, Elizabeth (Betsy) Lynn Hapner, Bernard C. Silver, and Caroline Jeanne Tesche.• 15th Circuit – Group 13, Jerald S. Beer, David E. French, Kenneth D. Lemoine, and Art Wroble.• 17th Circuit – Group 6, Charles “Charlie” Kaplan and Kenneth David Padowitz.• 18th Circuit – Group 20, Samuel Bookhardt III, Charles G. Crawford, Patrice J. Pilate, and Frank David Zilaitis.• 20th Circuit – Group 9, Kim Levy and Margaret Ogilvie Steinbeck; Group 14, Miguel C. Fernandez III, Steve Holmes, and Bruce Kyle. Unopposed Circuit Races Elected or reelected without opposition to the circuit bench were: • First Circuit – Thomas T. Remington, Marci Levin Goodman, Kelvin Clyde Wells, Jack R. Heflin, and Linda L. Nobles.• Second Circuit – George Reynolds, Nikki Ann Clark, and Terry P. Lewis.• Third Circuit – E. Vernon Douglas, David W. Fina, and James Roy Bean.• Fourth Circuit – Brian J. Davis, Michael R. Weatherby, Robert M. Foster, Lawrence Page Haddock, E. McRae Mathis, Karen K. Cole, Peter L. Dearing, Hugh A. Carithers, Frederick B. Tygart, David C. Wiggins, and Charles W. Arnold, Jr.• Fifth Circuit – Patricia V. Thomas, Frances King, Hale R. Stancil, William G. Law, Jr., Daniel B. Merritt, Sr., and David B. Eddy.• Sixth Circuit – Lynn Tepper, Phillip J. Federico, Doug Baird, Dee Anna Farnell, Bill Webb, Richard Luce, Nelly N. Khouzam, Amy M. Williams, Joseph A. Bulone, David A. Demers, Nancy Monte Ley, and Frank Quesada.• Seventh Circuit – McFerrin Smith, John W. Watson III, J. Michael Traynor, Patrick G. Kennedy, Wendy W. Berger, and William A. Parsons.• Eighth Circuit – Robert P. Cates and Toby S. Monaco.• Ninth Circuit – Belvin Perry, Jr., Margaret T. Waller, Gail Adams, Marc Leslie Lubet, Jay P. Cohen, R. James Stroker, Theotis Bronson, Jose R. Rodriguez, Cynthia Z. MacKinnon, Bob Wattles, Bob Evans, and Stan W. Strickland.• 10th Circuit – Steven L. Selph, Charles B. Curry, James Michael Hunter, Marcus J. Ezelle, and Robert L. Dovel.• 11th Circuit – David C. Miller, Cindy S. Lederman, Lester Langer, David H. Young, Gisela Cardonne Ely, Mindy S. Glazer, Pedro P. Echarte, Jr., Maria M. Korvick, Ellen Sue Venzer, Arthur Rothenberg, Maxine Cohen Lando, Mark King Leban, Maria Espinosa Dennis, Cristina Pereyra-Shuminer, Maynard “Skip” Gross, Ellen L. Leesfield, Joel H. Brown, Victoria Platzer, and Stan Blake.• 12th Circuit – Charles E. Williams, Paul E. Logan, Becky A. Titus, and Janette Dunnigan.• 13th Circuit – Mark R. Wolfe, and Ronald N. Ficarrotta.• 14th Circuit – Richard H. Albritton and Glenn L. Hess.• 15th Circuit – Timothy McCarthy, Jack H. Cook, Moses Baker, Jr., Ronald V. Alvarez, Jonathan D. Gerber, Karen L. Martin, Stephen A. Rapp, Peter D. Blanc, Kathleen J. Kroll, Richard L. Oftedal, Catherine M. Brunson, Edward A. Garrison, and Robin Lee Rosenberg.• 16th Circuit – David J. Audlin, Jr.• 17th Circuit – Carol-Lisa Phillips, Robert Lance Andrews, Richard David Eade, Ronald J. Rothschild, Marcia Beach, Ana I. Gardiner, Dale Ross, Paul L. Backman, Ilona Maxine Holmes, Mark A. Speiser, Arthur M. Birken, Geoffrey D. Cohen, Robert A. Rosenberg, and Peter M. Weinstein.• 18th Circuit – Kerry I. Evander, Lisa Davidson, Debra Nelson, and Marlene M. Alva.• 19th Circuit – Sherwood Bauer, Jr., Paul B. Kanarek, Robert A. Hawley, and Robert E. Belanger.• 20th Circuit – J. Frank Porter, Cynthia A. Ellis, Frederick R. Hardt, James Hall Seals, R. Thomas Corbin, Franklin G. Baker. Contested County Races Here are county judge races that are contested: • Bay County – Group 2, Hoot Crawford, Elijah Smiley, and Shane R. Vann.• Gilchrist County – Group 1, David Miller “Duke” Lang and Edward “Ed” Philman.• Hamilton County – Group 1, Richard B. Davis, Donald K. Rudser, and Sonny Scaff.• Lafayette County – Group 1, Darren K. Jackson and Leenette W. McMillan.• Leon County – Group 3, Ronald “Ron” W. Flury, John D.C. Newton, and Lisa Raleigh.• Marion County – Group 2, Robert E. Landt and Sarah Ritterhoff Williams.• Miami-Dade County – Group 1, Patricia Marino-Pedraza and Shirlyon J. McWhorter; Group 3, Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez and Samuel Joseph “Sam” Slom; Group 4, Robin Faber and Ivan Hernandez; Group 9, Victoria del Pino and Joel Jacobi; Group 10, Sari Teichman Addicott and Ana Maria Pando; Group 11, Karen Mills Francis and Stephen T. Millian; Group 12, Juan F. Gonzalez and Steve Leifman; Group 14, Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer and Michael J. “Mike” Samuels; Group 27, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Sheldon “Shelly” Schwartz; Group 39, George A. Alvarez and Bronwyn Catherine Miller; and Group 40, Don S. Cohn and Bonnie Lano Rippingille.• Nassau County – Group 1, Granville C. “Doc” Burgess, Clyde Davis, and Hugh “Mac” McCarthy.• Okeechobee County – Group 1, Shirley M. Brennan and Jerald D. “Jerry” Bryant.• Orange County – Group 6, Martha C. Adams, Bill Hancock, and Joe Johnson.• Palm Beach County – Group 2, Theodore S. Booras and Jane Frances Sullivan.• Polk County – Group 3, Rob Griffin and Steve Pincket.• Taylor County – Group 1, Stephen F “Buddy” Murphy and Angela M. Ball.• Volusia County – Group 5, Dawn Fields, Jonathon Glugover, Frank Roche, and Brian R. Toung. Unopposed County Races Here are county judge races that are uncontested: • Alachua County – Mary Day Coker.• Baker County – Joseph Williams.• Brevard County – Cathleen B. Clarke, Kenneth Friedland, and William McCluen.• Calhoun County – Kevin Grover.• Charlotte County – Peter A. Bell.• Citrus County – Patricia V. Thomas.• Collier County – Ramiro Manalich, Vincent Murphy, and Eugene Turner.• Duval County – Roberto Arias, Harold C. Arnold, Tyrie W. Boyer, Charles G. Cofer, Pauline M. Drayton, Emmet F. Ferguson III, James A. Ruth, Brent D. Shore, and Sharon Tanner.• Escambia County – Thomas E. Johnson, G.J. “Jim” Roark III, and Joyce H. Williams.• Flagler County – Sharon B. Atack.• Franklin County – Van Russell.• Gadsden County – Stewart E. Parsons.• Glades County – Jack Lundy.• Hardee County – Jeffrey J. McKibben.• Hendry County – James D. Sloan.• Hillsborough County – Thomas P. Barber, Gaston J. Fernandez, Walter R. Heinrich, Joelle Ann Ober, and Christine K. Vogel.• Indian River County – David Morgan and Joe Wild.• Jefferson County – Robert R. Plaines.• Lee County – Leigh Frizzell Hayes, James R. Adams, John Duryea, and Maria E. Gonzalez.• Leon County – Judith W. Hawkins and Augustus D. Aikens, Jr.• Liberty County – Kenneth L. Hosford.• Madison County – Wetzel Blair.• Marion County – John E. Futch.• Miami-Dade County – Mary Jo Francis, Luise Krieger Martin, Shelley J. Kravitz, Deborah White-Labora, Andrew “Andy” Hague, Linda Singer Stein, Darrin P. Gayles, Maria Ortiz, Catherine M. Pooler, Myriam Lehr, Robert Twombly, Caryn Canner Schwartz, Teretha Lundy Thomas, and Larry King.• Monroe County – Wayne M. Miller.• Okaloosa County – Patricia Grinsted.• Orange County – Antoinette Plogstedt, Leon B. Cheek III, and Wilfredo Martinez.• Osceola County – Carol Draper and Ronald A. Legendre.• Palm Beach County – Sandra Bosso-Pardo, Peter M. Evans, Nancy Perez, Nelson E. Bailey, and Donald W. Hafele.• Pasco County – William Sestak, Robert Cole, and Marc Salton.• Pinellas County – Henry J. Andringa, Donald E. Horrox, Myra Scott McNary, Walt Fullerton, and William H. Overton.• Polk County – Timothy Coon and Angela Jane Cowden.• Putnam County – Peter T. Miller.• Sarasota County – Judy Goldman.• Seminole County – Donald L. Marblestone, Mark E. Herr, and Carmine M. Bravo.• Sumter County – Thomas D. Skidmore.• Union County – David Reiman.• Volusia County – Belle Schumann, Peter F. Marshall, David Beck, and Steven deLaroche. 41 contested judicial races on the ballot Seventeen DCA judges file for retention and three S.C. justices to face the voters June 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Democracy activist Joshua Wong launches bid for Hong Kong legislature

first_imgWong, who was 17 when he became the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement protests, was not been a leading figure of the often-violent protests that shook the semi-autonomous financial hub last year.However, he has drummed up support for the pro-democracy movement abroad, meeting politicians from the United States, Europe and elsewhere, drawing the wrath of Beijing, which says he is a “black hand” of foreign forces.He was disqualified from running in the former British colony’s district council elections last year on the grounds that advocating for Hong Kong’s self-determination violated electoral law, which he described at the time as political censorship.Wong has said he supports the idea of a non-binding referendum for people to have a say over Hong Kong’s future but that he is against independence.Wong did not sign a form in which candidates are asked to pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and its mini-constitution, the Basic Law. The form is not mandatory, but candidates are required by the security law to pledge allegiance in writing or through other means. Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong applied on Monday to run for a seat in the Chinese-ruled city’s legislature, raising the prospect of a battle with authorities after being barred from running in previous polls.Wong is one of more than a dozen young, more confrontational politicians who outshone old guard democrats in unofficial opposition primaries this month in what many saw as a protest vote against a national security law imposed by Beijing.The Sept. 6 vote will see the democratic opposition try to reclaim some political influence in a city assembly stacked with Beijing loyalists. Only half its seats are directly elected. Political analysts and democracy activists expect authorities will try to disqualify some candidates.Beijing says the primaries were illegal and may have violated the security law, which punishes what China broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.”With the possibility of facing a life sentence … I still hope to receive people’s mandate and let the world know that we will continue to fight until our last breath,” Wong, who sees himself as a prime target of the new law, told reporters.In the past four years, authorities have barred 18 democrats from running in local elections, including Wong, according to the group Civil Rights Observer.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Woman to head WTO for first time as South Korea, Nigeria vie for top post

first_imgThe World Trade Organization is set to be led by a woman for the first time in its 25-year history, with South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung Hee and former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the two finalists for the top post.The 164-member WTO narrowed the candidate field from five to two on Thursday in the second round of the process to succeed Roberto Azevedo as director general.The winner will be decided by consensus after the third and final round of the selection process scheduled to take place from Oct. 19 to 27, according to the Geneva-based global trade watchdog. If Yoo were to be elected, she would be the second Asian to lead the WTO after Supachai Panitchpakdi, a former Thai deputy prime minister who served as director general from 2002 to 2005.The process comes at a tough time for the WTO amid an escalating trade war between the United States and China.US President Donald Trump has suggested Washington should leave the body, arguing it has failed to hold Beijing to account for breaches of global trade rules.Azevedo, a Brazilian, stepped down in August, a year before his second four-year term expires.A trade expert, Yoo has spent her 25-year career at South Korea’s trade and foreign ministries before becoming the country’s first female trade minister in 2019.Okonjo-Iweala was the longest-serving finance minister in Nigeria and the first woman to hold that position. In her 25-year career at the World Bank, she rose to the No. 2 position of managing director of operations.Topics :last_img read more

Remdesivir has ‘little or no effect’ on Covid-19 mortality: WHO study

first_imgThe data, which has yet to be peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal, seems to contradict at least two major US studies that have shown that remdesivir can reduce the duration of hospital stays for COVID-19 patients. Washington authorized the emergency use of the medicine, made by US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences and originally intended as a treatment for Ebola – on May 1, followed by  a range of other countries and the European Union.Topics : The antiviral drug remdesivir, considered one of the most promising COVID-19 treatments, turns out to do little to prevent deaths from the disease, according to a WHO-backed study.Remdesivir, which was part of the experimental cocktail given to US President Donald Trump when he caught the new coronavirus last month, was one of several reviewed in a large study of more than 11,000 people across 30 countries.The drug “appeared to have little or no effect on hospitalized COVID-19, as indicated by overall mortality, initiation of ventilation and duration of hospital stay,” said the study posted online late Thursday.last_img read more

Beachside holiday houses inspire new display home

first_imgA render of the new Michael Case display home which will form part of the new North Shore Display Village.HOLIDAY houses in coastal destinations such as Byron Bay served as the inspiration for Michael Case’s new display home.The house, aptly named the Boathouse, will form part of North Shore’s new display village due to open next month.The boathouse has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage with 260sq m of under-roof space. It features soaring ceilings, a soothing colour palette inspired by the coast and an upmarket holiday home vibe.Michael Case Homes stylist and home designer Renee Case said the house had a chic resort and laid-back feel.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I wanted to do something really special and this has exposed rafters, cladding, an alfresco area that wraps around the house with a beautiful lap pool, sun deck and gazebo,” she said.“I was inspired a lot by the holiday homes you see in places like Bryon Bay and around New South Wales. I wanted to do something a bit different and it doesn’t necessarily cost more to do something really special.”The house also has an atrium, skylight and three different internal zones to allow for a family to either relax and entertain together or have their own space.Soft whites, grays and blues dominate the colour palette, adding to the laid-back, coastal style. The home is nearly complete with only some finishing touches such as landscaping and furnishings to be done before it opens to the public.The design of the home would suit most sized blocks while it can also be downsized to make it more affordable or extended for a large family. For more information call the Michael Case team on 4759 5700.last_img read more

Swiss fund hunts for China A-shares manager via IPE Quest

first_imgA Swiss pension fund wants to allocate $30m (€24.4m) to a China A-shares manager, according to a search on IPE Quest.Discovery search DS-2424 says the investor wants an all-cap or large-cap focused fund.The manager should have at least a two-year track record in the asset class. The strategy should be active and invested via a pooled fund.The deadline for pitches is 4 April at 5pm UK time. A-shares – which are listed in mainland China rather than Hong Kong or Singapore – have been growing in popularity in recent years, culminating in index provider MSCI’s decision to add them to its benchmarks.MSCI launched 12 China A-shares indices last week.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more