My priority is to continue working hard to restore devolved government at Stormont. Until that is achieved, I have taken steps to ensure continued good governance and the delivery of public services in Northern Ireland. The role of Commissioner for Children and Young People is incredibly important. I am pleased to reappoint Koulla Yiasouma, who over the past four years has diligently brought her weight of experience to safeguard and promote the best interests of children and young people in Northern Ireland. I wish her all the best in her new role. To take reasonable steps to ensure that:(a) children and young persons and their parents are made aware of:(i) the functions of the Commissioner;(ii) the location of the Commissioner’s office; and(iii) the ways in which they may communicate with the Commissioner;(b) children and young persons are encouraged to communicate with the Commissioner;(c) the content of any matter published by the Commissioner takes account, so far as practicable, of the age, understanding and usual language of any children or young persons by whom it is intended that such matter will be read and of the effect of any disabilities they may have;(d) the views of children and young persons and their parents are sought concerning the exercise by the Commissioner of his functions;(e) the services of the Commissioner are, so far as practicable, made available to children and young persons in the locality in which they live. The Commissioner has a number of powers, including conducting investigations, conducting or commissioning research and issuing guidance on best practice in relation to any matter concerning the interests of children and young people.NICCY ReappointmentThe reappointment of the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People takes effect from 2 March 2019 to 1 March 2023. Ms Yiasouma has served a first term from 2 March 2015. This appointment is remunerated and attracts a salary of £75,000.Koulla brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job having dedicated much of her working life to championing the rights of children and young people.Koulla Yiasouma does not hold any other public appointments.The Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 provides for the Commissioner to be appointed by the First and Deputy First Ministers acting jointly. The role is sponsored by the Department for Communities.In October 2018, the Secretary of State for NI introduced legislation in Parliament; the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 1 November. This legislation provides for the appointment of specified offices by the Secretary of State. The Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) Regulations 2019 came into force on 18 February. This Instrument specifies further offices to which the Secretary of State may make appointments, including that of the Commissioner for Children and Young People. The other additional offices provided for by the Instrument are:- Commission for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland;- Northern Ireland Housing Executive;- The Attorney General for Northern Ireland;- Northern Ireland Livestock and Meat Commission; and,- Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation CommitteeCPANI Code of PracticeThis reappointment was made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.Political ActivityAll appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of the appointees to be published. Koulla Yiasouma has not declared any political activity in the last five years.Statutory RequirementsThese appointments are made by the Secretary of State with regard to the equality provisions set out in section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; The Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003; and, the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018, as amended by the Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) Regulations 2019. NOTES TO EDITORSCommissioner for Children and Young PeopleThe principal aim of the Commissioner for Children and Young People is to promote and safeguard the rights and best interests of children and young people.The Commissioner has five statutory duties: To keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice relating to the rights and welfare of children and young persons The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, today announced that she has reappointed the current Commissioner for Children and Young People for Northern Ireland, Koulla Yiasouma, for a further four years.In the absence of Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive, this reappointment was made under the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018.The first four year tenure of office of the current Commissioner expires on 1 March 2019. The Secretary of State has reappointed Ms Yiasouma for a further term, until 1 March 2023.The Secretary of State said: To advise the Secretary of State, the Executive Committee of the Assembly and a relevant authority on matters concerning the rights or best interests of children and young persons To keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of services provided for children and young persons by relevant authorities To promote:(a) an understanding of the rights of children and young persons;(b) an awareness of the importance of those rights and a respect among children and young persons for the rights of others; and(c) an awareness of matters relating to the best interets of children and young persons. read more
Michael Canfield, a lecturer on organismic and evolutionary biology, visits an eclectic range of scientific disciplines, offering examples that professional naturalists can emulate to fine-tune their own field methods, along with practical advice that amateur naturalists and students can use to document their adventures.
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are rising, echoing a rally on Wall Street as hopes grow for a gradual global economic recovery from the damage of the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China rose in early Friday trading. Asian markets are getting a lift from positive employment data from the U.S., what appears to be a gradual decline in global COVID-19 cases and vaccine rollouts around the world. Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, helped by strong company earnings and optimism that Washington can reach a deal for another round of fiscal stimulus.
View Comments It’s Alexander Hamilton’s 259th (or 261st, depending on who tells your story) birthday, and here’s just one more way to celebrate the Founding Father’s big day. The box office juggernaut Hamilton secured the runner-up spot in this week’s grosses, trailing behind The Lion King. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical has stayed in the top five since beginning Broadway performances, but typically jumps between third and fifth place. Rounding out the frontrunners were usual suspects Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin. Despite its high capacity, Noises Off took a dip in revenue. Expect numbers (particularly its average paid attendance) to climb after the starry revival opens on January 14. Two of last year’s box office favorites, An American in Paris and Finding Neverland, also made appearances in the bottom five by capacity—a not-too-uncommon occurrence for fan favorites in the post-holiday winter.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 10:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,812,024)2. Hamilton ($1,712,792)3. Wicked ($1,552,322)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,492,963)5. Aladdin ($1,370,548)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Gin Game ($500,357)4. Chicago ($498,231)3. Allegiance ($384,482)2. Noises Off ($366,803)*1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($167,332)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.24%)2. Hamilton (101.79%)3. The Lion King (99.43%)4. Aladdin (99.23%)5. Noises Off (95.93%)*UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Finding Neverland (70.92%)4. Misery (70.65%)3. Our Mother’s Brief Affair (69.85%)**2. An American in Paris (63.18%)1. Allegiance (62.87%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performancesSource: The Broadway League read more
DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SYSTEMS NOW USING ITS CORPORATE NAME AS ITS COMPANY-WIDE BRANDWALLINGFORD, CT, May 2, 2007 — Distributed Energy Systems Corp. said today it is now officially using the Distributed Energy Systems name as its brand throughout the company, in part reflecting the reorganization it announced earlier this year.By universally adopting the Distributed Energy Systems name, todays announcement officially marks the combining of its two subsidiaries Northern Power Systems and Proton Energy Systems. The purpose of the combination is to help strengthen systems sales and coordination, engineering, production, service and technology development. The corporate adoption of the name was effective Friday, April 27th.Our corporate name will now be the only company brand for our businesses, said Rob Smart, director of marketing, as we continue to provide global customers with superior energy solutions. This one-company branding should also enable us to In addition, the cost reduction benefits from using a single company name, instead of three, should help foster progress toward achieving our goals.better coordinate our activities, as we help customers achieve their energy-related systems objectives.Mr. Smart noted that the Distributed Energy Systems name is already reflected in the companys newly redesigned Web site. In addition, visitors to the former Northern Power and Proton Energy sites are being redirected to www.distributed-energy.com(link is external). read more
June 15, 2003 Regular News June 15, 2003 Letters Mock TrialWe felt great pride when we saw the wonderful picture and story concerning South Dade High School’s state mock trial victory in the May 15 News. It was indeed gratifying to see the support that your wonderful publication was bestowing upon our team, but it was even more gratifying to see the overwhelming support — both financial and moral — that was bestowed upon the team by the members of The Florida Bar.The team represented Florida in the 20th National High School Mock Trial Championship in New Orleans May 8 and finished the tournament ranked fifth in the nation. None of this would have been possible without the support and generosity of The Florida Bar.The South Dade Mock Trial Team 2003 AdvertisingI notice that the News’ Attorneys Exchange advertising section does not have the required ethics disclosure (“The hiring of a lawyer. . . “) Is there an exception to the rules for Bar or trade publications? If not, are those of us who advertised in the News now subject to Bar grievance proceedings? Just think of the seemingly odd implication: Lawyers disciplined by The Florida Bar for advertisements they placed in a Florida Bar publication.Leo Bueno Miami Editor’s Note: The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising has determined that attorney-to-attorney advertisements published in the News are not governed by the attorney advertising rules, including the filing requirement. All advertising is subject to editorial review prior to publication to ensure it meets the general regulations concerning lawyer advertisements, and publication does not reflect an endorsement of the advertisers’ goods, services, or opinions. read more
Investments are an integral component of the business strategy. Investment strategy should be developed in light of a credit union’s unique financial structure and strategic objectives.Understand how the whole financial structure works together. For example, if the lending portfolio includes a significant amount of long-term loans, investments can be purchased to offset interest rate risk while still contributing some yield. Conversely, a shorter or more variable rate loan portfolio might be complemented by some higher-yielding mortgage-backed securities (MBS) or fixed rate collateralized mortgage obligations (CMO).Most importantly, ensure management and the board have a clear and holistic understanding of the investment strategy and how it fits with the financial structure and overall strategic objectives. Get agreement as a group on investment risk appetite, stick with it, and manage to it. Document the rationale for major decisions and review the strategy regularly.Understanding the bigger picture can then make it easier for you to evaluate individual investment decisions. As you review investments with different structures and yields, the overall strategy objectives will provide clarity to the choices you make. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
It believes, however, it has a fiduciary responsibility towards its members and that socially responsible investment (SRI) goes hand in hand with safeguarding investments over the longer term.“Our involvement is a labour of conviction, of co-construction with the insurers,” said Carrega.“The insurers are receptive to our thinking and already active themselves.”Carrega, speaking to IPE after Préfon published the scheme’s performance in relation to pre-selected environmental, social and governance indicators, sketched out how the scheme intends to respond to requirements under France’s new energy transition law.Asked to elaborate on those plans, he told IPE Préfon had three main projects for 2016 in an SRI context.The first is to define shareholder voting guidelines, which it will submit to the insurers running the scheme, as they are the ones that vote.The second is to work with the insurers to build a consolidated overview of the Préfon-Retraite regime’s Green bond investments.“Each insurer has, to a more or less substantial degree, already invested in Green bonds, but we want to have a consolidated vision,” said Carrega. “This will help us to go further.”In its announcement last week, the association referred to putting in place Green bond reporting.It also wants to explore a low-carbon investment strategy.Third, Préfon is targeting a common methodology for measuring and publishing the carbon emissions associated with the retirement regime’s investments.This means coming to an agreement with the insurers about what is the best approach, with a first meeting due to be held this week, said Carrega. Préfon, the association behind a voluntary additional pension scheme for French civil servants, wants to have a clearer overview of the Green bonds in its portfolio and has made this one of three projects for 2016.Préfon-Retraite is an optional retirement regime for French civil servants that was created in 1967 by Préfon, a non-profit association itself established a few years before then.It is an insurance-based scheme, with CNP Assurances, AXA, Groupama and Allianz contracted to deliver a guaranteed retirement income and the ones running the scheme’s €16bn in assets.Christian Carrega, chief executive at Préfon, said the association could not impose an investment strategy on the insurers – “each one is the master of its investment choices” – and that it could only be involved as a collaborator. read more
Inter Milan star, Romelu Lukaku, put his name in the record books by becoming the club’s fastest player to reach 20 goals. Their win and Juve’s shock defeat at Verona means Antonio Conte’s side moved to the top of the league on goal difference. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 After feeling unloved during his time in Manchester, Lukaku was keen to share his importance to Inter by taking to Instagram after Sunday’s contest. Holding a shirt in the air after scoring, he wrote: “there’s a new king in town.” Lukaku also shared wild celebrations inside the San Siro dressing room as players and staff danced up and down in jubilant mood. Speaking to Sky Italia after the contest, he said: “We did really well during the second half. They played well during the first half, as we left them too much space and we struggled. “However, we came out well after the interval. We completed the comeback and we’re delighted with the win. “I think that everyone has seen this team’s mentality, we never give up and we’re always looking to win. “I’m here to win and my only aim is to help the team get results. Read Also:Serie A: Lukaku’s brace ends Inter’s run of draws at Udinese “I want to thank all of the fans, my team-mates, Mister [Antonio] Conte and all of his backroom staff for the support that they’re giving me.” The Belgium striker has topped a list of legends that includes Brazil legend Ronaldo, Adriano and Hernan Crespo. After joining the Serie A side in a £73million deal last summer, Lukaku has wasted no time in hitting the ground running by scoring 20 goals in 29 matches. Sixteen of those have come in the league and it’s two games quicker than Ronaldo, who needed 31 to hit the total. And the 26-year-old proved he’s not willing to let complacency get the better of him after bagging his 21st in 30 matches in the 4-2 win over rivals AC Milan. Lukaku is proving to be worth every penny after leaving Old Trafford as Inter look to end Juventus’ dominance at the top of Serie A. Loading… Promoted ContentRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining MeansCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action MoviesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The Internet8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth read more
Hazel Anna Wullenweber, of Milan, was born on November 21, 1922 in Dearborn County, the daughter of Henry and Sophie Hornberger Walter. She graduated from Sunman High School in 1939 and married Clarence Wullenweber on December 9, 1942 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hubbell’s Corner. Hazel worked as a secretary in Cincinnati and later with her husband did truck farming. She was active in her community as a member of the Sunman American Legion Auxiliary, serving both as the President of the 9th District and as the first President of the Milan VFW Auxiliary. Hazel worked with the committee to establish the WWII Memorial in Versailles, and established with her husband the Farmer’s Market in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of St. John’ Lutheran Church at Hubbell’s Corner as well as the NRA. In her spare time she loved fishing, trapping, and anything the outdoors offered. On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the age of 94, Hazel passed away at her residence. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. till 12 noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hubbell’s Corner. The funeral service will begin at 12 noon and burial will follow in Evangelical Union Cemetery, adjacent to the church. Those surviving who will cherish Hazel’s memory include her children, Pauline Sue (Don) Barnes of Cincinnati, OH, Kathy (Danny) Hanavan of North Bend, OH, Clarence (Patty) Wullenweber, Jr. of Commiskey, Clayton James (Pam) Wullenweber of Sunman, and Terry (Jamie) Wullenweber of Milan; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and a sister, Helen Rosemeyer of Batesville. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband on December 22, 2005. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Margaret Mary Health – Batesville. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Hazel Ann Wullenweber. read more