Lord Evans’ statement on resignation of Sir Alex Allan KCB

first_imgLord Evans’ statement on resignation of Sir Alex Allan KCB Statement from Lord Evans of Weardale, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life:“Sir Alex Allan is a man of great wisdom and integrity and it is deeply concerning that he has resigned.“This episode raises serious questions about the effectiveness of the current arrangements for investigating and responding to breaches of the Ministerial Code.“The Committee will be looking at this urgently as part of its review.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Government, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

JCEA-backed Jersey City BOE slate talks payroll tax, local control, sports…

first_img Bayonne “Education Matters,” the three-person Jersey City Board of Education slate backed by the local teachers’ union, sat down with HCV to discuss the payroll tax, maintaining local control, middle school sports cuts, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marcia Lyles and much more. “As a team, we definitely support the payroll tax because it’s an important initiative that we need to have in our city, but again, something everyone has to remember is that this is not something that is in our hands, right? That’s not something that we get to vote on,” said BOE Trustee Mussab Ali.” … We really need to come up with more creative ways to have more public-private partnerships, to reach out to the businesses in our city and say ‘listen, how can you contribute to our schools?’”Ali also suggested that when the city approves payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreements, officials should be pushing developers to contribute more incentives for the Jersey City Public Schools.After months of chatter on the subject, the Jersey City Council will be voting on the first reading of the payroll tax as an initiative to help fund the JCPS: the 1 percent tax would apply to any non-government business entities that have a payroll exceeding $2,500 in any quarter.On a related topic, inevitable budget cuts have arisen in the district, recently leading to middle school sports being eliminated, to the dismay of many parents, coaches and student-athletes alike.BOE candidate Joan Terrell-Paige said situations like this one are key examples of when the district and the city need to think outside the box for a solution to materialize.“One of the things that was cut was golfing … we have two golf courses here in the city. I would hope that each one of them would want to take our students and start them learning that game, the things involved in golfing, it’s a way to open up a partnership with the businesses that are in this city,” she explained.“We’re having that summit on November the 13th with a lot of corporations, it’s gonna be on the waterfront, the governor’s going to be there, and it’s a good place for the superintendent to be to try and sell the schools.”In an interview with the “GAS” BOE team last week, the only full slate challenging Education Matters, they said that they would hypothetically support a new contract for Lyles (her contract isn’t up until 2020) since PARCC scores have recently gone up.While all three members of the opposition slate disagreed, BOE Trustee Marilyn Roman was perhaps the most vocal on the subject.“First and foremost, the [new] scores are measuring apples and oranges. If you look at the scores, it says 2015 – let’s just take third grade – and they give you the score. And then it goes directly to 2018 and they give you the third grade score: those are not the same children,” she began.“The children who were in third grade in 2015 are now sixth graders. So we are not measuring the same children and that’s not a valid way. I’ve asked the superintendent, and she’s supposed to be giving me the scores that are year upon year so we can actually measure all of the children.”Roman also noted that there is an evaluation system in place in the JCPS that goes beyond just standardized test scores.On the subject of local control, Ali said that it’s crucial to evaluate and eliminate programs that aren’t working when and where it is necessary, scaling back lucrative contracts for district consultants and adding more service-learning programs for students.All in all, Roman, who was an educator for 43 years, said that this year’s incarnation of the Education Matters slate has the perfect blend of experience and new energy for the board.“I know the district very, very well and I know what has to be done, I’ve done some of it. I’ve asked for many changes and sometimes they actually do them,” she recalled.“They need space downtown, they need recommendations for that, and I’m looking to get more high school children into programs so when they come out of high school to get a job or do other things but need a part-time job, they will have skills.”Like the GAS team, two current members of the BOE, Vice President Lorenzo Richardson and Trustee Gerald Lyons, are backing their candidacy, while recently retired veteran board member Angel Valentin is backing his old colleagues – Ali and Roman.That duo also has the support of another long serving former trustee, Sue Mack. JCEA-backed Jersey City BOE slate talks payroll tax, local control, sports cuts and more Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Facebook Twitter Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts By John Heinis – November 5, 2018 2:48 pm 0 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLETTER: Hoboken residents should vote to bring back runoff electionsNext articleDays after Hoboken bar landlords evict tenants who ran HUB, ABC hearing postponed John Heinis CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Community Bayonne TAGSeducation mattersjersey city board of educationJersey City Education Associationjoan terrell paigeMarilyn RomanMussab Ali SHARE EducationElectionsJersey Citylast_img read more

Riverhead Dems Seek To Add To Gains

first_imgRiverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith tries to keep things in perspective, but by all accounts, her first year in office has been highly successful, with the rival Republican Party reportedly having a tough time finding an opponent to challenge her.After upending incumbent Sean Walter in 2017, Jens-Smith has her sites on the ultimate gender affirmation: Her party is fielding an all-women slate of candidates for town office. Catherine Kent won a seat on the town board on Jens-Smith’s ticket last election.Patricia Snyder and Diane Tucci have been picked to run for town board this year. If they win, Riverhead would have an all-female town board. Incumbent Town Clerk Diane Wilhelm is seeking reelection, and Jaraby Thomas and Tara Taylor are townassessor candidates.The biggest feather in Jens-Smith’s cap thus far has been her ability to guide the town through a labyrinth of false starts, failed applications, and nearly two decades of proposals — some pie-in-the-sky like an indoor ski mountain – proposed for the former Grumman site.Finally, the town stands to sell the parcel for some $40 million.Calverton Aviation and Technology, which also goes by Triple 5, was designated as “qualified and eligible” to buy and develop 1643 acres of vacant land at Calverton. The Canada-based developer is best known for building and owning large retail-entertainment complexes. The deal, still in its beginning stages, is moving along swimmingly so far, thesupervisor said.“They are doing their due diligence,” Jens-Smith reported this week. “They are in the second series of 90 days and everything is on track,” she said.As is usually the case, Jens-Smith dealt with a potential snafu the way she usually does: quickly, forcefully, but without fanfare.Stuart Bienenstock, the Triple Five Group’s director of business development, is charged with forging documents and committing real estate fraud in New Jersey in 2018. Some officials in Riverhead felt uncomfortable working him given his legal troubles.Jens-Smith said the Riverhead Town Board insisted that he be replaced. “We discussed it as a board and then we reached out to them,” she said.Triple 5 then moved quickly, terminating Bienenstock. As the Independent went to press, Amy Herbold has been named the company’s new director of development and point person on the EPCAL project.As for the coming election, Jens-Smith, 56, told the Riverhead Democratic Committee she was most proud of her balanced budget, negotiations with labor unions, and openness with the public.Snyder, 62, served as executive director of the East End Arts Council for 23 years, an organization that grew substantially under her leadership. She increased enrollment at the East End Arts School from 45 to more than 700 students, and doubled the organization’s budget and doubled its membership.Tucci, 48, is the executive director of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce and grew up on a farm in the town.Incumbent Tim Hubbard heads the Republican ticket and will seek another term. The GOP has chosen Yvette Aguiar, a former New York City Police officer who works at the American Military University as a professor in global studies and security management, to challenge Jens-Smith. Frank Beyrodt, who lost to Kent in the last election, has earned the nod for another run for the board. Incumbent Councilman Jim Wooten has reached his term limit and cannot run [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Hochtief has new partner for construction and operation of special-purpose

first_imgGeoSea, a company within the Belgian DEME Group, has taken over the 50 percent shareholding in Beluga Hochtief Offshore GmbH & Co. KG, from Beluga Offshore. The share acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant merger regulation authorities.The company’s new name will be HGO Infra Sea Solutions GmbH & Co. KG with both partners have a 50 percent shareholding. The parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.HGO Infra Sea Solutions develops, constructs, manages and charters special-purpose vessels used to build and maintain offshore wind farms and oil and gas facilities.Henner Mahlstedt, ceo of Hochtief Solutions said: “The services of the two companies complement each other perfectly and make the joint company into an even more powerful player. Since there is huge demand for offshore installation equipment, we are planning the construction of further special-purpose vessels.”HGO Infra Sea Solutions is currently constructing the “Innovation I” – claimed to be the most sophisticated heavy-duty jack-up lifting vessel on the offshore market. A technical innovation, this vessel with a payload of 8,000 tonnes and a crane capable of lifting 1,500 tonnes will operate in water depths of up to 50 m starting in mid-2012. It is ideally suited for the installation of all types of offshore foundations and is the only one of its kind in the world, says the company. Innovation I will be used for the first time at the Global Tech I offshore wind farm. It has already been chartered long-term.Alain Bernard, CEO of the DEME Group, says: “It will be the equipment of choice for the installation of turbines of 5 to 10 MW. nnovation I will significantly reduce the assembly and servicing times required for the latest generation of offshore wind turbines. In the oil and gas sector, the vessel is ideally suited for a wide range of operations.”Nordsee-GeoSea (DEME) and Hochtief Solutions are already working together elsewhere: In 2010 the two companies founded a joint venture which delivers and erects foundations for the German Baltic wind farm EnBW Baltic 2 and handles the logistics for the erection of the towers and turbines.Readers will recall that previously Hochtief had confirmed that it was itself seeking to acquire the shares which it did not already own in Beluga Hochtief Offshore.last_img read more

Lacho Tanev: In a month or two Levski will have a…

first_imgLevski will have a general sponsor in a month or two. This was revealed by the football manager Lachezar Tanev on TV 7/8.He is a family friend with the owner of the “blues”, the two were partners in the management company “Tanev, Sirakov and Co”. “In a month or two Levski will have a new general sponsor. I will certainly say so, although it is not my job to do so. I have information.At the moment I am not surprised by the team’s losses. And CSKA fell from Tsarsko Selo last season. A person who plays football professionally and sees how the team is formed as a matter of urgency cannot expect anything for this season.Lacho Tanev: After the match with Levski, was there a beating? I guarantee you one hundred percent that this is a myth!“We totally outplayed Levski. We missed a penalty, I wasted two clean sheets.”I have to be honest about the selection. When a club lacks stability, it would be very difficult to persuade someone to come. I’ll let him down. I don’t want to sound boastful, but I don’t have the opportunities and experience with players who take 4-5000 euros a month. There are in Brazil and South America, but I do not work at this level and I can not help, “said Tanev.Lachezar Tanev: Levski owner Nasko Sirakov puts the balls on the table“It’s unrealistic to have owners and sponsors who for some reason give 20 million and the club produces much less.”“Paulinho is OK. Nigel Roberta has qualities, but I’m skeptical of him. Holmar Ejolfsson was also good. In Barcelona they give Messi 100 million gross per year, which is 10% of the club’s budget, but the problem is that you take 4-5 players who fail, and this is a cost, in Bulgarian clubs it is the same, 100-200 thousand euros are given per year for someone who is seen to be not doing well.As far as I know, Petar Hubchev does not have a Bulgarian passport. Some time ago, when you were taking another, you gave up one and it was only in German. He is a professional, but I will set an example with myself – if I played for Levski and they gave me a job, I will compromise. This is my understanding. I want to help the club and there are currently three or four that can be sold for good money. One is Bulgarian. But the real amounts are different, “Tanev said.Lachezar Tanev mediated for the attraction of Ihinio MarinThe football manager thinks that it is difficult to convince Spaniards to come to Bulgarialast_img read more