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Construire une « Communauté bien-aimée » à Atlanta et au-delà

first_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Advocacy Peace & Justice, Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA Construire une « Communauté bien-aimée » à Atlanta et au-delà Le programme du diocèse visant à démanteler le racisme sert de modèle à d’autres La Commission du Diocèse d’Atlanta pour le démantèlement du racisme organise une formation en février à la Cathédrale St. Philip. Photo : Catherine Meeks[Episcopal News Service] Des scènes de violence et des manifestations se sont déroulées avec une fréquence brutale dans une Amérique divisée habituée à voir de telles actualités sous l’angle racial.Deux hommes noirs sont abattus par des policiers en Louisiane et au Minnesota. Les manifestants se rassemblent derrière des bannières de « Black Lives Matter » [Mouvement Les vies noires comptent]. Des embuscades à Dallas et à Baton-Rouge font huit morts parmi les forces de police. D’autres meurtres d’hommes noirs commis par la police sont signalés à travers les États-Unis.« Nous qui sommes chrétiens sommes appelés à nous interposer entre et au milieu de tout cela, en essayant d’offrir une alternative à simplement déborder de haine et de rage » déclare Catherine Meeks, figure de proue des efforts continus de l’Église épiscopale de lutte contre le racisme dans la structure de l’église, de ses congrégations et dans la société.Catherine Meeks, professeur en études afro-américaines à la retraite, est à la tête de la : Communauté bien-aimée : Commission pour le démantèlement du racisme du Diocèse d’Atlanta. Cette commission et d’autres comme elle dans le pays font partie de la mission de l’Église épiscopale visant, depuis de nombreuses années, à démanteler le racisme et à s’attaquer au racisme institutionnel dans l’église qui, selon certains, remonte aux tout premiers peuplements européens en Amérique.L’église en 2000 a imposé une formation anti-racisme pour les dirigeants à tous les niveaux de l’église mais certains diocèses n’ont pas mis en application ces plans. Selon Catherine Meeks, il y avait une certaine réticence de la part des dirigeants de ces paroisses qui voyaient cette formation comme excessivement institutionnelle.Catherine Meeks dirige la commission d’Atlanta depuis quatre ans pendant lesquels elle a réussi et reçu des éloges pour avoir mis l’accent sur le cheminement spirituel. Le diocèse et elle sont à la pointe du changement qui consiste à voir la question raciale d’une manière plus active sous l’angle de la spiritualité tout en élaborant des formations qui y correspondent.« Le racisme est une question spirituelle et il doit être abordé de cette manière » explique Catherine Meek. « Le démantèlement du racisme fait partie de la formation spirituelle, de la même façon que d’aller à l’église chaque dimanche ».« Silence et complicité historiques »La question du racisme revient constamment à la Convention général de l’église, qui se tient tous les trois ans. Là, c’est une question de foi.Par le baptême tous les peuples sont vus comme des enfants de Dieu, quelle que soit leur race. Le racisme « nous empêche de devenir la communauté bien-aimée à laquelle notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ nous convie dans le Pacte du baptême » déclare l’église dans une résolution de 1994. L’église souligne que le racisme est un péché qui doit être surmonté – par les fidèles et par l’institution elle-même.Une résolution approuvée lors de la Convention générale de 1991 a décidé que l’église devait « s’attaquer au racisme institutionnel existant au sein de notre Église et dans la société » et une résolution de 2000 a renouvelé cet engagement pour une nouvelle période de neuf ans, déplorant « le silence et la complicité historiques de notre église vis-à-vis du pêché du racisme ».« Cela remonte à nos racines » déclare le Révérend Charles Allen Wynder Jr., diacre au service de l’Évêque Président Michael Curry en qualité de missionnaire pour la justice sociale et la défense des droits.Charles Wynder, épiscopalien de longue date qui habite maintenant en Caroline du Nord, est à l’origine de Hampton en Virginie, lieu de l’un des premiers peuplements européens en Amérique et de l’une de ses premières églises, St. John’s Episcopal Church, comme il le fait remarquer. C’est également là que certains des premiers esclaves sont arrivés au Nouveau Monde et, tout comme dans l’histoire des États-Unis, l’oppression des Africains et des autres gens de couleur allait devenir profondément enracinée dans l’histoire de l’Église épiscopale.« L’église était là au début et elle était complice » nous confie Charles Wynder.Il cite des exemples pris au fil des années, depuis les fermes du Sud d’avant la guerre de Sécession appelées « glebes » qui étaient la propriété des paroisses et où travaillaient des esclaves, jusqu’à la controverse en 1963 dans le Diocèse d’Atlanta où la Lovett School avait refusé l’admission à l’école du fils du Révérend Martin Luther King Jr.Les efforts de l’église visant à démanteler le racisme revêtent une plus grande urgence cette année en raison des violences meurtrières en Louisiane, au Minnesota et au Texas, écrit Charles Wynder dans un récent article intitulé « Bloody July » [Juillet sanglant] pour The Living Church. « Il faut que la justice et la réconciliation raciales soient à l’ordre du jour de l’Église » y écrit-il. « Force est pour nous de le reconnaître ».Catherine Meeks, elle aussi, voit son travail dans le contexte de ce qui se passe au niveau national bien que sa priorité immédiate soit sa propre ville.«La question raciale est comme un fil conducteur présent tout au long quasiment de l’existence d’Atlanta et nous sommes, comme beaucoup d’autres villes, en quelque sorte sur la corde raide en ce moment » déclare-t-elle.Rattacher la question raciale au cheminement spirituelCatherine Meeks rappelle aux chrétiens qu’ils sont engagés à vie dans un cheminement spirituel et que le racisme n’est pas un problème qui peut être résolu en une journée de formation.L’exigence d’organisation de formations anti-racistes a constitué un défi pour les diocèses du pays pendant des années. Les participants en ont souvent ressenti l’obligation mais n’en ont pas ressenti la valeur, particulièrement en ce qui concerne les séances qui durent habituellement deux jours. Le terme « anti-racisme » lui-même était problématique, ajoute Catherine Meeks, c’est pourquoi le diocèse d’Atlanta l’a changé en « démantèlement du racisme » dans le nom de la commission et y a ajouté « Communauté bien-aimée ».Sous la direction de Catherine Meeks, les formations ont évolué. Elles ont été condensées en une journée de 9h à 16h et le lieu était important. Catherine Meeks a trouvé qu’il était plus chaleureux que les séances de formation se tiennent dans les églises paroissiales plutôt que dans la cathédrale.Mais surtout, les séances devaient être centrées sur la formation spirituelle. Chaque séance commence maintenant par l’Eucharistie, donnant ainsi le ton pour les enseignements qui suivent.Le diocèse, à l’image de l’Église épiscopale, est principalement blanc mais Catherine Meeks essaie de veiller à ce qu’il y ait une certaine diversité dans la pièce où se trouvent 20 à 25 participants alors qu’elle démarre les exercices du jour. Les prêtres, les diacres, les séminaristes, les administrateurs de paroisse et autres laïcs sont invités à se souvenir du moment où ils ont pour la première fois pris conscience de la question raciale. Un autre exercice vise à les faire réfléchir à leurs propres préjugés. Après une courte pause déjeuner, la formation aborde des sujets plus épineux, comme le concept du privilège des blancs.Le groupe cite aussi les Écritures. Il prie à trois reprises. Et à la fin de la séance, les participants font part des moments de la journée où ils ont ressenti la présence de Dieu.« Cette formation a complètement changé la manière dont je vois les choses et en fait dont je vois ma vie dorénavant » explique Leah Tennille.Leah Tennille, âgée de 33 ans, a été élue au conseil de l’Urban League of Greater Atlanta, où elle est l’une des trois administrateurs blancs – « C’était la première fois de ma vie où je me trouvais en minorité dans la salle » et le recteur de son église l’a encouragée à essayer l’une des formations de Catherine Meeks au début de cette année.Elle a apprécié le fait que la séance commence par la communion et que Catherine Meeks crée un espace sécurisant où tout le monde puisse parler honnêtement de la question raciale. Lors d’un exercice d’écoute, les participants sont groupés deux par deux pour faire part d’un moment où ils se sont senti blessés par quelqu’un d’une autre race.Les formations ont également impressionné Joyce Smith Hendricks, qui a assisté à une séance l’automne dernier car elle fait partie du comité de recrutement d’un nouveau recteur pour sa paroisse dans la banlieue d’Atlanta.Joyce Smith Hendricks, âgée de 66 ans, à présent retraitée après avoir travaillé dans la finance et la comptabilité, dit qu’elle a senti les effets du racisme sur le lieu de travail lorsque des collègues lui communiquaient des attentes différentes du fait qu’elle était une femme noire.« J’ai pratiquement tout le temps été l’exception à la règle. « Oh vous, vous êtes noire, vous êtes différente du reste » » s’entendait-elle dire.Les participants à sa séance sur le démantèlement du racisme étaient pour la plupart des blancs mais, venant d’horizons très divers, ils en ont retiré quelque chose de positif, confie Joyce Smith Hendricks.Leah Tennille, qui possède une entreprise qui aide les organismes à but non lucratif en matière de subventions, reconnait que la formation de Catherine Meeks « nous a réunis en tant qu’épiscopaliens »« Nous sommes tous d’Atlanta mais nous venons de différentes paroisses et de différentes communautés » explique-t-elle. Le démantèlement du racisme, c’est « voir le visage de Dieu dans l’autre ».Une mission au-delà d’AtlantaQuatorze formations sont prévues cette année et leur nombre devrait parvenir à 20 l’année prochaine. Les gens détestaient y assister, avoue Catherine Meeks, mais maintenant la demande est croissante.Une délégation de la Nouvelle-Orléans est venue à Atlanta en février pour en savoir davantage sur les formations de démantèlement du racisme du Diocèse d’Atlanta. On voit, à partir de la gauche, Trevor-David Bryan, Pat Corderman, Dan Krutz, Lindsey Ardrey, aux côtés de Robert Wright, l’Évêque d’Atlanta. Photo : Catherine MeeksDans le même temps, les diocèses partout dans le pays essaient de tirer les enseignements de la réussite d’Atlanta et des délégations de Chicago et de la Nouvelle-Orléans se sont rendues à Atlanta pour voir de près le travail de la commission.« Je vois beaucoup de similitudes entre nos luttes et ce à quoi Atlanta devait faire face » nous dit Lindsey Ardrey, co-présidente de la  Commission de réconciliation raciale du Diocèse de Louisiane.Après que Catherine Meeks se soit rendue à la Nouvelle-Orléans en décembre pour rencontrer la commission de Lindsey Ardrey, Lindsey et trois autres personnes se sont rendues à Atlanta en février pour assister en personne à l’une des formations de Catherine Meeks.« Ce que j’apprécie… c’est qu’il n’y est absolument pas question de culpabilité » déclare Lindsey Ardrey, se joignant aux autres dans leur éloge du fondement spirituel du programme.Les enseignements tirés à Atlanta guident la réponse du diocèse de Louisiane aux récentes tueries qui ont eu lieu à Baton Rouge. Dans un cas, la commission est invitée à fournir des ressources pour aider un lycée épiscopal de la ville à débattre de la violence avec des étudiants quand ils rentrent cet automne.« Il nous faut en parler » ajoute Lindsey Ardrey. « Nous avons prétendu que la question raciale n’avait pas d’importance et qu’aucun de nous ne percevait les couleurs et de toute évidence ce n’est pas le cas».À la lumière des événements actuels, Catherine Meeks ressent un « sentiment d’urgence à redresser certaines de ces choses ». Sa priorité actuelle reste au niveau local.« J’aimerais voir la commission disparaître progressivement » nous confie Catherine Meeks, envisageant un avenir idéal où les travaux commencés par la commission parviendraient organiquement au niveau paroisse, voire même d’une personne à l’autre.Une telle vision est loin de la réalité mais Catherine Meeks est encore convaincue que les gens peuvent prendre ce qu’ils apprennent lors des séances de formation et l’appliquer immédiatement pour lutter contre le racisme dans leur propre vie et dans leur communauté.« Pour les chrétiens, une partie du travail ne se fait pas dans l’église, il se fait à l’extérieur de l’église » explique-t-elle. « L’église n’est que le poste de ravitaillement  ».– David Paulsen est un rédacteur indépendant de Milwaukee (Wisconsin) et membre de la Trinity Episcopal Church de Wauwatosa. 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Indonesian fires threaten millions

first_imgOver the past few months, fires have destroyed millions of acres of rainforest in Brazil’s Amazon region, normally one of the wettest areas in the world, as well as in Indonesia, which has been immersed in the world capitalist economy since the U.S. covertly engineered a military coup there in 1965 that massacred up to 3 million progressives. (See “Indonesia: the Second Greatest Crime of the Century,” workers.org/books.)Two of the coldest areas of the world, Siberia and Alaska, have also endured massive wildfires. The cloud of smoke generated by Siberian fires this summer covered an area larger than all the European Union countries combined. (BBC, Aug. 14) Siberia and Alaska suffered from an extreme heatwave due to global warming, which has dried out the forests and made them vulnerable to lightning strikes.The Tribal Alliance of Territorial Communities, an international coalition of Indigenous leaders, is meeting in New York during the United Nations climate summit to call attention to the destruction of their lands, to confront climate change and to demand increased protection for the environment. They also contributed a large contingent to New York’s climate strike march on Sept. 20.Indonesian fires made in USAPalm oil is an essential ingredient in all sorts of consumer products, from infant formula to potato chips to shampoo and toothpaste. Much of the menu items and frying processes in fast food restaurants involve palm oil. Major U.S. corporate consumers, including Mars and PepsiCo, have committed to buying palm oil from “responsible” companies. But Greenpeace has debunked their claims. (“The global demand for palm oil is driving the fires in Indonesia,” qz.com, Sept. 18) Palm oil is also used to produce biodiesel fuel for trucks. In response to pressure from environmentalists, laws have been passed in the U.S. encouraging the use of biofuels in trucks and cars in an attempt to replace gasoline and diesel. But the way most biofuels are produced doubles the greenhouse effects of conventional fuels. (New York Times Magazine, Nov. 20, 2018) A major part of the world’s supply of palm oil, an essential ingredient in so many products, comes from Indonesia, which supplied 56 percent of the world’s demand in 2018. Another 40 percent comes from Malaysia. Many of the forests in Borneo and Sumatra, the islands that produce most of the palm nuts from which palm oil is extracted, are very old. Centuries of plant decay have created thick layers of peat.Once the existing trees have been cut and removed — generally by burning — this peat land creates very good conditions for palm nut trees.  When the trees are exhausted, they are cut down and burned. More are planted until the soil is no longer productive.Even though setting fires to clear land is restricted in Indonesia, more than 35,000 fires have been counted this season. (BBC News, Sept. 19)  Given that the weather has been unusually warm and dry, the peat land — the soil itself — has caught fire and is burning, sometimes for months, producing a very distinctive smoke and fine particles that can cause tremendous distress.  This smoke has spread throughout Southeast Asia, shutting schools and clogging lungs not only in Indonesia (population 265 million) but also in Singapore (5.6 million), Malaysia (31 million) and Vietnam (96 million).The smoke from the fires in Indonesia is what the U.S. media have focused on.Based on previous fire seasons, the World Bank is predicting the direct costs to the Indonesian economy will add up to around $15 billion.The whole ecology of Indonesia has been distorted and devastated in the service of U.S. imperialist interests — from fast food to biofuels and all the other consumer products that use palm oil.While mineral-based fuels are still Indonesia’s largest export, the category that includes palm oil is the second-largest and has much more impact. If Indonesia stopped producing palm oil, the whole world would notice.  But it can’t stop — because U.S. corporations call the shots.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Recognized for Nation’s Best Housing Policy

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Recognized for Nation’s Best Housing Policy Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 11:25 am HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. Is He Really?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  William Huang, Director of Housing and Career Services receiving award from ULI trusteesOn October 24, 2014, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Tewillinger Center for Housing recognized the cities of Pasadena, CA and Austin, TX with 2014 Ralph C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards given for the nation’s most outstanding housing policies at its fall meeting in New York City.The award recognizes exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices which support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable and workforce housing. It honors state or local governmental agencies with innovative policy initiatives that provide ongoing and sustainable support for affordable and workforce housing. Specifically, these policies should support the creation and preservation of housing affordable to households earning at or below 120 percent of area median income.Pasadena’s recognition was based on its housing policy and programs which have resulted in the development of over 5,000 housing units in transit-oriented areas, including 1,370 units of affordable and workforce housing. Pasadena’s commitment to its housing vision, community engagement, and informed dialog has produced a highly integrated and effective mix of goals, policies, and programs for its 2014-2021 housing element plan. Implementing a comprehensive set of policies, the city of Pasadena was aptly placed at the top of the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development “Housing Elements Best Practices” list. Policies, programs and tools mentioned in the application were Pasadena’s Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Ordinances, fee waivers for affordable housing, www.PasadenaHousingSearch.com, and Project HOUSED, the City’s housing first program for the chronically homeless.The Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards program was created in 2011, with the purpose of honoring the legacy of the late Robert C. Larson, former ULI Foundation Chairman and longtime ULI trustee. The award’s criteria were structured so that it provides visibility to exemplary state or local governments that provide ongoing and sustainable support for the production, rehabilitation or preservation of workforce housing. Policy programs are judged on a number of factors, including impact on the supply of workforce housing, comprehensiveness of the tools and programs employed involvement of public-private partnerships, and the ability to leverage private and nonprofit funds, among other criteria. Business News Community Newscenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Decorated Insurance Litigator Andrew Bourne Reunites with Former Colleagues at Cohen Ziffer Frenchman &…

first_img Pinterest Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Twitter Facebook Facebook Local NewsBusiness Decorated Insurance Litigator Andrew Bourne Reunites with Former Colleagues at Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKennacenter_img TAGS  NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna, the boutique insurance recovery law firm that launched in January, has already hired its first lateral partner: Andrew Bourne, a widely acclaimed litigator who has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance coverage and earned multiple groundbreaking decisions. The move represents a homecoming for Bourne, who began his legal career working alongside Cohen Ziffer’s name partners at two Am Law 200 firms. He joins the firm along with one counsel and six new associates, who bring the firm’s headcount to 28. “On our launch, we noted that the strength of this firm comes from the chemistry our lawyers have built together over time,” said Robin Cohen, chair of Cohen Ziffer. “Andrew only adds to that chemistry, being a superior litigator we know well and admire greatly.” Bourne has led parties through numerous high-profile disputes, including a global media and automotive conglomerate in its pursuit of coverage in connection with legal claims stemming from the release of Hulk Hogan’s sex tapes. In the last year alone, he secured two multimillion recoveries for policyholders—one under a cargo insurance policy, and the second for one of the world’s largest agrichemical companies. He also obtained a precedential appellate decision recognizing the right of New York policyholders to sue insurers for bad-faith handling of insurance claims. “The only thing better than adding a star litigator is adding one you like and respect as much as we do Andrew,” said Ken Frenchman, managing partner of Cohen Ziffer. Frenchman worked closely with Bourne during their time in practice together. Bourne most recently practiced at the women-owned litigation boutique Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, where he worked on cutting-edge insurance matters for the leading provider of closing and post-closing services for private-company M&A, an international bank based in China, and the independent board of directors of the most prominent electric vehicle and clean energy company in the world, among other clients. “This is a once-in-a-career opportunity I had to take—to reconnect with the lawyers I trained under, who are the best in the business, and join them in a new enterprise,” said Bourne. Among other recognitions, Bourne was named an Elite Boutique Trailblazer by The National Law Journal in 2020, and a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation since 2019. In addition to Bourne, Cohen Ziffer has also added a new counsel, Nicholas Maxwell, as well as six new associates. Maxwell comes to Cohen Ziffer from Anderson Kill, where he has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Insurance Coverage every year since 2015. In 2020, he was named to the Insurance Coverage Law Center’s editorial advisory board. The new associates are:Maria Brinkmann, who served as a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before establishing her insurance recovery practice at Anderson Kill;Zachary Freeman, who has dual degrees from New York University, where he gained skills in economic modeling and a background in corporate law;Lisa McAnearney, who began her career at Sullivan & Cromwell and, before attending Columbia Law School, clerked on the Supreme Court of Western Australia;Jason Meyers, who comes from Lowenstein Sandler and brings experience in transactional and securities matters for public companies to his insurance recovery practice;Shafkat Rakib, who also comes from Anderson Kill, and interned with the Legal Aid Society of New York before graduating from Cardozo Law School; andSamantha Smith, who served as a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York before establishing her insurance recovery and commercial litigation practice at Anderson Kill. Cohen Ziffer launched with 12 lawyers and now stands at 20. The firm expects more additions in the weeks ahead. About Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP The lawyers at Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP ( www.cohenziffer.com ) guide policyholders through their highest-value insurance recovery disputes. With numerous jury verdicts, precedent-setting wins, and billions of dollars recovered across a range of industries, our pledge to clients is unwavering: We know how to lead you through this. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005754/en/ CONTACT: Media Audrey Wilson Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna LLP [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Capgemini Makes Pension Administration Digital for a Large Pension Fund in the Netherlands

first_img Facebook Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 PARIS & UTRECHT, Netherlands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Capgemini has announced the “go live” of a digital pension solution and the provisioning of modern pension administration services for Pensioenfonds Detailhandel. This will be available to Pensioenfonds Detailhandel’s over 1.2 million participants as well as employers in the retail industry. To achieve this, a team of seasoned pension specialists at Capgemini designed and deployed a new digital pension solution, with Capgemini providing ongoing services. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005842/en/ Capgemini designed the solution for Pensioenfonds Detailhandel to ensure that pension administration can be carried out almost entirely digitally. This enables Pensioenfonds Detailhandel to provide better customer experience, capture cost savings, and to address new pension regulations enacted in the Netherlands. With deep experience in the pension industry, Capgemini optimized pension administration operations through its solution enabling high levels of Straight Through Processing on secure cloud technology. As a global services provider, Capgemini used economies of scale and reduced existing administration costs through innovation. “Capgemini’s new solution enables us to innovate our services, with lower operational costs, and achieve our strategic objectives. We’re pleased that Capgemini can invest time and energy in personal contact with our participants and their employers, which is essential in an increasingly personalized pension system,” says René Upperman, Managing Director of Pensioenfonds Detailhandel. With the advent of new pension regulations in the Netherlands, there is expected to be further consolidation over the coming years. In addition to the implementation of the new regulations, there are other drivers disrupting the pension administration market. These include the reconsideration of pension funds on whether to continue to operate independently, the changing requirements of participants and stakeholders, the need to reduce operational costs and customer’s desire for both traditional and digital services. “ The flexibility of Capgemini’s pension solution with its ability to accommodate various requirements of pension administration allows us to deliver digital experiences that regulators, participants, employers and pension funds are seeking,” said Jorge Sobrino, Head of Financial Services at Capgemini, Netherlands. About Capgemini Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology, and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and solutions. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. A responsible and multicultural company of 265,000 people in nearly 50 countries, Capgemini’s purpose is to unleash human energy through technology for an inclusive and sustainable future. With Altran, the Group reported 2019 combined global revenues of €17 billion. Visit us at www.capgemini.com. About Pensioenfonds Detailhandel With over 1.2 million members and assets of EUR 32 billion, Pensioenfonds Detailhandel is one of the larger pension funds in the Netherlands. The pension fund invests its assets in shares, bonds and real estate. We invest responsibly so that a good pension can be paid out in the future (and over several generations). Visit us at www.pensioenfondsdetailhandel.nl. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005842/en/ CONTACT: Capgemini Florence Lievre Tel.:+ +33 1 47 54 50 71 E-mail: [email protected] Detailhandel Tine van Heerikhuize Tel.: +31 6 24 88 7027 E-mail: [email protected] KEYWORD: EUROPE NETHERLANDS FRANCE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY FINANCE SOFTWARE ACCOUNTING SOURCE: Capgemini Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 11:40 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 11:40 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005842/en Capgemini Makes Pension Administration Digital for a Large Pension Fund in the Netherlands WhatsApp Pinterest Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitter TAGS  Previous article2020 Insights into IoT Connectivity Disruptors Volume IV Case Studies and Analysis – Featuring 1oT, Aeris and Cubic Telecom Among Others – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleMouser Stocks Industry’s Widest Selection of Products Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Audio update – ongoing security alert on Skeoge road Derry

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Pinterest A security alert is currently underway on the Skeoge Road in Derry following reports of an explosion overnight.The bomb squad have been tasked to the scene.There were reports of a loud bang at about 11.45pm last night.Officers attended the area and it appeared something inside a bin had exploded.The road is closed between the Glengalliagh roundabout and the Buncrana Road.Members of the public should avoid the area.Local Cllr Brian Tierney was at the scene a short time ago:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/brianraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Audio update – ongoing security alert on Skeoge road Derry Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feireater 11/08/15Next articleLetterkenny Youth Centre providing advice for those receiving Leaving Cert results admin WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By admin – August 12, 2015 Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal last_img read more

Delhi HC Seeks Centre, NLU Consortium Stand On Plea For Taking CLAT 2020 From Home

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Seeks Centre, NLU Consortium Stand On Plea For Taking CLAT 2020 From Home LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Aug 2020 1:57 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notices on a law graduate’s plea impugning the CLAT-2020 notification, in so far as it mandates physical presence of the students at the examination center. The single-Judge bench of Justice Jayant Nath has asked the Centre and the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) to file their replies in the matter by August 10, 2020. The plea…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notices on a law graduate’s plea impugning the CLAT-2020 notification, in so far as it mandates physical presence of the students at the examination center. The single-Judge bench of Justice Jayant Nath has asked the Centre and the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) to file their replies in the matter by August 10, 2020. The plea has been filed by law student V. Govinda Ramanan, raising the sheer contradiction between the advisory issued by the Government of India to maintain social distancing, and the CLAT-2020 Notification which mandates students to gather at examination centers. As such it is contended that the notification is illegal/ erroneous and is also violative of the Right to life, enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution. He therefore seeks a direction upon the NLU Consortium for conducting a completely “home-based online examination,” as has been done by other similar institutes, in view of the present COVID crisis. The Court has asked the Central Government to inform whether it would be permissible to hold such an exam at physical centers, in view of the prevailing pandemic. CLAT 2020 is scheduled to be held on August 22, 2020, through a “computer-based, online, centre-based” test. The decision to this effect was taken by the Executive Committee of the Consortium after reviewing the impact of the lockdowns and other restrictions arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The counsel appearing for the Consortium initially submitted that the plea is not maintainable in Delhi as the Consortium is based in Bengaluru. He also said that it was decided not to hold CLAT at home as it would lead to rampant cheating. A similar justification was given by the Consortium earlier, while announcing the examination date. The notification intimating the examination date stated, “An off-line test, as initially contemplated, would require large scale movement of students to limited centres, and significant logistics in the handling of question papers and answer scripts, which is not possible during the prevalent pandemic conditions. Further, an on-line test at home with technological measures cannot ensure transparency, fairness and integrity of a high stakes examination process or maintain equitable access to necessary facilities. Hence, the EC concluded that an on-line test at a large number of centres compliant with physical distancing and public health safety prescriptions is in the best interests of the health and safety of candidates and test administrators.” The matter is now listed for hearing on August 10, 2020.Click Here To Download OrderRead Order  Next Storylast_img read more

HSE tackles violence at work

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HSE tackles violence at workOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Executive takes action as research reveals a gap in staff training indealing with work-related violenceWorkers in England and Wales experienced 1.3 violent incidents in 1999,according to Health and Safety Executive research. But only 18 per cent received formal training in how to deal with violent orthreatening behaviour at work, it found. Seventy-two per cent have received neither formal training nor informaladvice. In high-risk groups, training provision failed to exceed 50 per cent,with the exception of security and protection services, where training ratesran at 71 per cent. Between 1997 and 1999, the number of incidents is estimated to haveincreased by 5 per cent, – a statistically insignificant increase that appearsto reverse the 19 per cent fall in incidents seen between 1995 and 1997, saidthe HSE. Just under a fifth – 17 per cent – of workers who have some form of contactwith the public in their work said they were either very or fairly worriedabout being threatened. And 14 per cent of those who have personal contact withthe public are worried about being assaulted. Those in occupations at highest risk of violence – public transport workers,nurses and teachers – said they are most concerned. However, the risk of a worker being assaulted remains relatively low, with2.5 per cent of working adults estimated to have been the victim of at leastone violent incident at work in 1999. Some 1.2 per cent have been physically assaulted by a member of the publicwhile they were working, and 1.4 per cent have been threatened, it found. HSE spokeswoman Ann Harrington said of The British Crime Survey findings,”Acts of violence towards people trying to do a day’s work areunacceptable. We recognise the need for effective action, and are working on athree-year Health and Safety Commission partnership programme, designed toreduce work-related violence by 10 per cent.” www.hse.gov.uk/hthdir/noframes/violence.htmlast_img read more

Letters

first_imgThis week’s lettersWomen hindered by more than pay I can relate to your article Women in HR lose out on pay and promotion, inlots of ways, but I believe the problem goes far deeper (News, 7 January).Length of service and age can also be huge obstacles for HR professionals,particularly women. I joined the profession at the age of 38, initially in the role of personneladministrator, having had a secretarial background in the company. The personnel manager at the time valued my interpersonal skills andenthusiasm for being part of a team that cared about the business, and Ihappily sat in that role for 18 months before being promoted to personnelofficer. I was working for a large financial services company with more than 700 callcentre staff. My energy and passion for success drove me to succeed, and my reputationwent before me. I changed many things for the better – particularly inbehavioural training and recruitment. Then, as all big companies do, we restructured the personnel team andrecruited a male HR controller – and boy did he control. He turned us into anHR team, which was the right decision to make – but I became the sole survivor.The controller told me that if I was to continue to survive, I’d have tostudy for the CIPD qualification. It took four years on a part-time basis,during which the HR controller left the company. I then worked under asuccession of male managers. Despite more than 20 years’ experience within the company, I decided Ididn’t fit in with the new HR culture. The team expanded with the addition oflots of young graduates and I felt undervalued. So, I moved to a company thatwas almost 10 years behind in terms of HR strategies. I have now been in this role for four years and still hold the position ofHR officer. I have experienced two managers and I am the longest serving memberof the team, the eldest and the most respected by the main bulk of employees. My boss is now recruiting HR staff and is targeting young women in their 20s– so here we go again. I have raised a formal grievance with my manager, because although we get onwell, I think he is ignoring my expertise. At 47 years of age, I feelthreatened. Not only do women lose out on pay and promotion in HR, we are alsohindered by our length of service and age. Name and address supplied Stress not confined to the workplace There are undoubtedly drivers of stress in the workplace and these arehighlighted in your front page article (News, 14 January). But what was not mentioned, is the fact that in my experience work-relatedstress is rarely in attributable solely to the workplace. It is nearly alwaysinfluenced by domestic and personal circumstances. The danger in ignoring thisis that it will become accepted wisdom that stress is solely an employmentproblem to be remedied by increasing legislation and placing an unfair burdenon employers. This will do little to tackle the other causes, which appear harder todefine and often seem to lie somewhere within society, individual expectationsand personal choices. It may be the case that because the workplace often makestangible demands on people operating in close proximity to each other, itbecomes the forum in which the symptoms of stress become more manifest. However, although individuals may find a voice or a subconscious hook fortheir issues at work, this belies the fact that in many cases, the real causelies elsewhere. An examination of this complex issue and why it appears to be such a modernaffliction is definitely required. It is foolhardy to assume that yet morelegislation will prevent stress, when the roots of stress are not yet fullyunderstood. Jane Thompson HR adviser, RS Components UK HSE will create a checklist mentality Having worked in employee welfare for the past 18 years, I welcome the moveby the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to place tough new stress managementstandards on employers this year. However, I am concerned that by simply imposing a new set of regulations,the HSE will create a ‘checklist mentality’ among employers, leading them totackle stress from a regulatory point of view, rather than addressing the widerissues. Effective stress management is best driven from board-level down. Seniormanagers must devote time and resources to looking at the causes of stress –assessing how and why stress is created and how to reduce it. Until a cultural change takes place at board level that acknowledges stressas a legitimate concern, effective stress management will never be achieved. The move by the HSE is certainly a step in the right direction, but we riskreinforcing ‘sticking plaster’ measures against stresses that are currentlyprevalent in the workplace, rather than aiming to prevent them in the firstplace. Bruce Greenhalgh Employee assistance manager, Accenture HR Services Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. LettersOn 28 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ukraine: Sea Breeze 2013 Participants Hold Amphibious Landing

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Ukraine: Sea Breeze 2013 Participants Hold Amphibious Landing View post tag: Landing View post tag: 2013 Ukraine: Sea Breeze 2013 Participants Hold Amphibious Landing Multinational partners participating in Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 conducted an amphibious landing operation demonstration in support of simulated disaster relief activities July 11.As the Ukrainian PTS-2 amphibious assault vehicles deployed into the water toward Ukrainian navy vessel Konstantin Olshanski (U 402), invited local and national Ukrainian media observed the demonstration in order to understand better what this exercise is about, and were given an opportunity to speak to some of the exercise participants.“This is my second time to participate in Exercise Sea Breeze,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Mitchell, U.S. Navy Sea Breeze 13 participant. “I have already seen vast improvements over last year’s exercise – especially in communication.” Continued improvements in operating together is one reason for exercises such as Sea Breeze 13.The local media saw how the multinational troops would handle one method of delivering disaster relief supplies were one to occur in real time.“In this simulation, our troops are assisting a simulated neutral nation in disaster relief efforts after an earthquake,” said Ukrainian Rear Adm. Denis Berezovsky, dxercise director. “This is just one of many simulations to come during Sea Breeze 2013.”Working together to streamline this and other scenarios is key to protecting nations in the Black Sea region according to U.S. Navy Capt. James Aiken, exercise deputy director.“The partnerships we have developed over the course of this exercise will pay dividends for a long time,” said Aiken. “The exercise this year is more complex than previous years in that, in addition to the other training exercises, the coalition will conduct simulated humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”This year’s participants include Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and U.S., along with France, Germany, Libya, Lithuania, Qatar, and UAE, as observers.Sea Breeze 13, an annual multinational exercise in the Black Sea, is a combined air, land and maritime exercise designed to improve maritime safety, security and stability in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.[mappress]Press Release, July 15, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: hold View post tag: Breeze Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defensecenter_img July 15, 2013 View post tag: sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Defence View post tag: Participants View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

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