The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs are pleased to announce the 2018 awardees of the Lemann Brazil Research Fund.“We had the largest and most competitive applicant pool yet in the history of the Fund,” said Rick McCullough, vice provost for research and professor of materials science and engineering. “Decisions were difficult, but we were particularly impressed by the seven proposals selected, and we are excited to see these research projects move forward.”Established in 2016 by a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation, the Lemann Brazil Research Fund supports Brazil-related research in all areas related to education, as well as research in any other disciplinary area undertaken with a Brazilian colleague.This year’s awarded projects are:“Bridging Electrical Engineering and Machine Learning Education in Brazil” by Flavio Calmon, assistant professor, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, with collaborator José Cândido Silveira Santos Filho, Universidade Estadual de Campinas.“SEL Kernels for Brazil ECE: A Low-Cost, Evidence-Based, and Scalable Approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Brazilian Early Childhood Settings” by Stephanie Jones, professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), with co-investigators Dana McCoy, HGSE, and Alexandra Brentani, Faculdade de Medicina University of São Paulo, and collaborators Ana Luiza Colagrossi, Faculdade de Medicina, University of São Paulo, Rebecca Bailey and Jennifer Kahn, HGSE“Early Institutionalization Intervention Impact Project” by Charles Nelson, professor, Harvard Medical School and HGSE, with co-investigators Nathan A. Fox, University of Maryland, and Charles H. Zeanah, Tulane University School of Medicine, and collaborator Edson Amaro Jr., PENSI Institute.“Overcoming Barriers to Adoption of Effective Municipal Policies” by Gautam Rao, assistant professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), with co-investigators Jonas Hjort, Columbia University, Diana Moreira, University of California, Davis, and Juan Francisco Santini, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.“Parent-child Interaction and Child Language Development in Low-income Families in Brazil” by Meredith Rowe, associate professor, HGSE, with co-investigator Guilherme Vanoni Polanczyk, University of São Paulo.“Improving Literacy Outcomes in Brazil by Expanding Teachers’ Instructional Repertoires” by Catherine Snow, Patricia Albjerg Graham, professor, HGSE, with co-investigator Renan de Almeida Sargiani, University of São Paulo.“A Preschool Intervention in Brazil to Enhance Poor Children’s School Readiness” by Elizabeth Spelke, Marshall L. Berkman Professor, Department of Psychology, FAS, with co-investigators Chrissie Ferreira de Carvalho and Nara Cortes Andrade, Universidade Catolica de Salvador, and Jose Neander Silva Abreu, Federal University of Bahia.
When you walk into a Société Générale banking center, you enter a bright, open space, furnished with modern designs and an abundance of natural light. Customers sip coffee and enjoy beautiful views while meeting with their private or corporate bankers. Employees enjoy a modern work environment with accessible meeting spaces, interior offices and shared amenities.Société Générale is a global bank supporting 31 million clients doing business in 67 countries. Imagine the complexity of managing such a large institution. What happens behind the scenes, when a customer requests an account statement, completes a trade or a new regulation is passed requiring compliance in a short time? How do they stay competitive?Nicolas Verdier is the head of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) for the Americas at Société Générale. Mr. Verdier discussed tough challenges the bank is facing in today’s digital, fast-changing economy. Société Générale must perform a daily balancing act to deliver exceptional customer service while also staying in compliance with rapidly changing government regulations.Société Générale took on an IT modernization effort to meet these challenges. One of the hurdles faced by the IT department was that the business relied on manual processes, that addressed each request for a system changes on an individual project basis. Each request required a scheduled time slot on a server or even the deployment of a new server, which could take months. This impacted both internal and external services throughout the bank, potentially limiting the bank’s ability to compete in the global marketplace, to deliver high quality customer service or adhere to new regulations. Société Générale called on Dell EMC to help them use technology to tackle these back-office challenges.With help from Dell EMC, Société Générale introduced a “self-service” model allowing users to self-provision virtual machines using Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. The shift from the more complicated legacy processes to an automated IAAS model was easily achieved. Mr. Verdier praised the new model and the benefits to the company: “It’s about self-service, flexibility and customer experience.” He stressed the need to move quickly, rather than taking months to begin a project.With the new “self-service” model, Societe Générale was able to impact the time to value in many of their departments. Let’s look at three examples:One of the bank’s top challenges is regulatory compliance. The internal development teams can meet regulation deadlines with the capability to build and deploy new applications within the time frame set by the regulatory bodies. Furthermore, the PowerEdge cyber-resilient architecture meets the strict security requirements that are part of the new regulations.Within the IT department, the flexibility and scalability of the servers allow stakeholders to rapidly develop APIs to patch, upgrade and backup workloads.In the high stakes world of high-frequency trading, milliseconds count, and the IT infrastructure has a direct impact on the business. Speed, scalability and low latency are critical to executing successful transactions. With PowerEdge servers, the Internal IT Development team can deliver new applications for market platforms in a few weeks, rather than six months.Thanks to the automation of Société Générale’s infrastructure based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, employees can rapidly design new programs or services to meet customer demands or regulatory requirements.Read the case study to learn more about Société Générale’s Infrastructure as a Service and how the Dell EMC PowerEdge team helps this international banking leader stay on top of the latest technologies.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been arrested for fatally shooting a 31-year-old man in the New Cassel neighborhood where they both lived this week, Nassau County police said.Naqunne Jackson, 29, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of William Moody.Homicide Squad detectives alleged Jackson shot and killed Moody on State Street at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.Jackson was paroled in 2011 after serving four years in prison for drug and weapon possession, records show.Jackson will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Pile of problems The new chief must revive stalled trade talks, lay the ground for the 2021 ministerial conference — one of the WTO’s major events — and thaw relations with the United States.The WTO finds itself caught in the middle of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.The United States, which has threatened to leave the WTO, has blocked the organization’s dispute settlement appeal system since December, and wants China moved up from the developing economies category.The Geneva-based organization is staging a swift contest to replace outgoing director-general Roberto Azevedo.In a surprise move in mid-May, the Brazilian career diplomat announced he was stepping down one year early at the end of August.Azevedo, 62, said he was ending his second four-year term early for personal reasons, forcing the WTO’s 164 member states to come up with a successor in just three months instead of the usual nine.Rather than an election, the selection procedure relies on finding consensus, with candidates gradually being eliminated in turn.Besides the three late entrants, the other candidates are South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee; Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri; former Nigerian foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Egyptian former diplomat Hamid Mamdouh; and former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi. The WTO General Council will meet from July 15-17 to hear their presentations and quiz them on their plans for the global trade body, which was beset with mammoth challenges even before the pandemic-driven global economic crisis struck.”As the world seeks to recover from the shared challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of free and fair trade has never been more crucial,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in his letter to the WTO, nominating Fox.He said the former defense minister, 58, could implement the necessary reforms “to ensure the global trading system truly delivers for all WTO members.” First African WTO boss? Since the WTO was created in 1995, three of its directors-general were from Europe, while one each came from Oceania, Asia and South America.Africa fancies its chances this time, even though there is no regional rotation principle at the global trade body.However, African nations have so far failed to convene around a single candidate.Mamdouh, 67, a veteran former senior WTO official who is also a Swiss national, is the only contender from the continent with any express backing from the African Union.Nigeria’s decision to stand Okonjo-Iweala against him has triggered a legal dispute with the AU.Nevertheless, Okonjo-Iweala, 66, “is gaining ground within Africa,” a diplomatic source said.The former World Bank number two insisted that the WTO — which has never had a female leader — must choose is next chief “on merit”.”And then, if it happens to be a woman or an African, that is also good,” she told reporters in Geneva at a virtual press conference in late June.Kenya’s sports minister Mohamed, 58, first ran for the post in 2013. Her candidacy this time means there are three Africans and three women in the contest.Yoo, 53, is the other female candidate.The youngest contender is 37-year-old Ulianovschi, while Seade, at 73, is the oldest. The Mexican has held posts at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Three last-minute contenders on Wednesday joined the race to become the next head of the beleaguered World Trade Organization, meaning eight candidates in total are vying for the daunting position.Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade secretary Liam Fox, former Saudi economy minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri and Kenya’s former WTO General Council chair Amina Mohamed all threw their hats in the ring in the final 24 hours before Wednesday’s deadline.They join candidates from Egypt, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria and South Korea, a WTO official confirmed after the close of nominations. Topics :
The company also announced the plan to cut its monthly output by between 20 and 30 percent in March, in response to weak global demand for tin, a metal mostly used for soldering, as production and consumption of everyday electronics slowed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.“We’re expecting solder to be particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus,” said Willoughby via email on Aug 13.An uptick in demand for tinned goods earlier this year, triggered by panic buying of groceries, was insufficient to replace the lower soldering demand.Indonesia’s refined tin exports had also fallen around 4 percent so far this year, down from 67,500 tons last year, said Willoughby, adding that the outlook remained weak. Indonesia, the world’s second-largest tin producer, is expected to see a double-digit decline in refined tin production this year, amid a slump in global demand, according to the International Tin Association (ITA).The ITA expected refined tin production to reach 69,000 tons this year, down 11.5 percent from 78,000 tons last year. The lower production is mainly driven by production cuts from state-owned PT Timah, the world’s top tin producer, according to ITA market analyst James Willoughby in an email interview with The Jakarta Post.Timah’s output sank 26.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 27,833 tons in the Jan-June period this year, the company stated in a press statement published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website on July 30. “Geographically, we’ve been seeing more Indonesian tin going to China this year. That’s partly due to generally higher prices in China this year, and also due to greater demand in China than the rest of the world,” said Willoughby.Global tin prices dropped to a four-year low of US$13,385 per tonne on March 24, but have since rebounded to $17,580 per tonne as of Aug. 21, based on the international benchmark London Metal Exchange (LME) prices.The ITA expects tin prices to average $17,000 per tonne this year but this figure remains lower than the average $18,608 per tonne last year.“In Indonesia, unfortunately, 95 percent of tin produced is exported, so when tin prices drop drastically, that 95 percent export revenue will be eroded,” said Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Abra Talattov on Aug. 21.Timah, the country’s largest tin miner, exports most of its production to Singapore, South Korea, China, the United States and India, which made up 73 percent of its total exports in the first half of the year.“Most of these countries had an economic contraction in the first half,” said Abra. “Only China had positive growth, but at a slower rate.”Singapore’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell a record 13.2 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter, while the economy also fell 42.9 percent from the previous three months on an annualized and seasonally adjusted basis.Abra suggested that Indonesian effort to develop its downstream mining industries would minimize the country’s exposure to such global market vulnerability.“Going forward, we will more carefully calculate production [targets], taking into account tin price trends,” Timah corporate secretary Abullah Umar told the Post via text message on Aug. 19.Timah booked a Rp 390 billion ($26.4 million) net loss in the Jan-June period this year, a stark contrast to the Rp 205.3 billion net profit it booked in the same period last year.The company had cut costs by 13.5 percent yoy to Rp 7.73 trillion but it was not enough to cover slumping revenue, which fell by a steeper 18.5 percent to Rp 7.98 trillion, amid weak tin demand and prices.Timah’s financial woes would limit its ability to uphold investment plans and to explore new tin reserves, said Indonesian Mining Experts Association (Perhapi) chairman Rizal Kasli.The company is currently developing a multimillion dollar tin smelter in Bangka Belitung as part of the government’s downstreaming plan. Timah had 327,520 tons worth of proven tin reserves last year and 1.04 million tons of potential reserves, also called resources.“Those reserves can last for four to six years of production. Exploration is needed to convert more resources into reserves and extend the company’s operational lifespan,” he said.Topics :
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Memo, Severance Tax, Transparency, Videos “… Gov. Wolf has already shaken up the Capitol status quo…” [Inquirer, 2/13/15]During his inauguration, Governor Wolf said he does not want to be part of the first generation of Pennsylvanians who have to tell their children they have to go elsewhere to achieve success. He said that in order to build a better Pennsylvania, his administration will be dedicated to three simple things: jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works.Pennsylvania can achieve these three goals, but we need to act now. During his first 100 days in office, Governor Wolf has taken concrete actions and introduced bold proposals to secure a better future for Pennsylvanians.WATCH THIS VIDEO highlighting Governor Wolf’s first 100 days: http://youtu.be/DsNhYzNRCBEGovernor Wolf’s Budget – a Blueprint for Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s budget fixes the deficit, makes historic investments in education, rebuilds the middle class by strengthening manufacturing and workforce development, and provides property tax relief to middle-class families and seniors.“A majority of Pennsylvania voters support Gov. Tom Wolf’s spending plan that aggressively increases education funding, a statewide Franklin & Marshall College poll found. And they agree with the first-year Democratic governor that a natural-gas extraction tax should be imposed and lower property taxes should be swapped for higher state taxes, the new poll shows. The survey found 59 percent of registered voters back the budget proposal.” [LNP, 3/26/15]Making Gas Companies Pay Their Fair ShareGovernor Wolf proposed a severance tax on natural gas so we can fund our schools for a change.“A severance tax makes sense and is fair — which is probably why a solid 61 percent of Pennsylvanians support it…” [York Dispatch, 2/14/15]Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME Identifies $109 Million in SavingsIn only two weeks, Governor Wolf’s GO TIME initiative identified $109 million in savings.“The results are in from Gov. Tom Wolf’s initial search for inefficiencies in state government. Mr. Wolf’s office announced Thursday that his team has identified $109 million it believes it can save in the next fiscal year.” [Post-Gazette, 2/27/15]Governor Wolf Signs Gift Ban and Legal Contracting ReformImmediately after his swearing in, Governor Wolf hit the ground running. He signed two executive orders; one banning gifts for all employees of the executive branch and another reforming the way the commonwealth chooses outside legal firms.“Gov. Tom Wolf’s first actions after taking office Tuesday included signing a gift ban for all political appointees and state workers under his jurisdiction and a requirement that all private legal contracts go out to bid. The move was part of Wolf’s campaign pledge to improve transparency and work to end the practice of state officials accepting gifts from special interests.” [PennLive, 1/20/15]Governor Wolf didn’t stop there. He also decided to proactively release his public events each night and his calendar every Friday.“Wolf is making his schedule available daily via email to the media, the day before events — even when he has no events. Other governors, including Republican Tom Corbett and Rendell, would put out some events but usually when it suited them. The weekly calendar of where Wolf was and what he did is truly novel. Wolf puts it out on Fridays.” [Tribune-Review, 3/28/15]Governor Wolf Travels the CommonwealthGovernor Wolf has visited schools and businesses to talk about his plans to rebuild the middle class in Pennsylvania. He’s made 20 trips to talk with teachers and students about how to fix Pennsylvania’s schools and 15 visits to small businesses and workforce development centers.Communicating in New WaysGovernor Wolf has also introduced new ways to communicate with the public – he held the first ever governor’s Twitter and Facebook town halls where he responded directly to people asking him questions.“Gov. Tom Wolf is earning a reputation as a social-media savvy executive. Wolf took to Facebook to answer questions sent in from around Pennsylvania….Topics ranged from Wolf’s budget proposal and plans for tax increases and accompanying tax relief, to his desire to raise the state’s minimum wage and sign legislation protecting Pennsylvanians from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” [WITF, 03/31/2015]The governor has also made efforts to reach out to members of the legislature by dropping into their offices and inviting them to policy discussions at the residence.“’In a bipartisan way, he’s walking the halls, talking to members – that’s been unheard of in my 15 terms,’ Rep. Tony DeLuca (D., Allegheny) said…‘’I think it’s a new way and a new day, and we should recognize that.’” [Inquirer, 2/13/15]Protecting Our State Parks and ForestsGovernor Wolf signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forests.“Abundant natural gas is a great resource for Pennsylvania. But so are the abundant forests for which the commonwealth is named. Gov. Tom Wolf restored perspective Thursday when he issued a new moratorium on drilling under state park and forest land.” [Times-Tribune, 1/31/15]Governor Wolf Expands MedicaidGovernor Wolf acted swiftly to expand Medicaid and simplify a complicated process and ensure hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians have greater access to the health insurance they need.More than half a million Pennsylvanians be healthier, preventing more costly health problems and avoiding unnecessary emergency room visits, while the surge of new federal money boosts the state’s economy and creates more jobs. All in all, it’s just what the doctor ordered for Pennsylvania. [Patriot News, 2/13/15]Governor Wolf Ensures Families will Keep CHIP CoverageAs a result of Governor Wolf’s continued efforts, Pennsylvania families get to keep their CHIP coverage.“Families of about 3,600 Pennsylvania children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Buy-in Plan won’t have to find new health insurance for them this year after all… On Friday, Wolf announced that after further negotiations, [CMS] agreed to let families stay in the plan for 2015 without being subject to the individual mandate fee.” [LNP, 2/14/15]Governor Wolf Eliminates Wasteful SNAP Asset TestGovernor Wolf eliminated the SNAP asset test, a decision that will save millions in state funds and better protects Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.“As of Monday, Pennsylvanians who apply for food stamps will no longer be subject to an asset test to determine their eligibility for the program. And it will actually save taxpayers money… the asset test was designed to root out waste and fraud, but did little more than burden caseworkers, deprive people of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to which they were entitled, and cost the commonwealth $3.5 million per year.” [Observer-Reporter, 4/28/15]Governor Wolf Works to Increase Oil Train SafetyGovernor Wolf is focused on the safety of Pennsylvanians and protecting people from the potential disaster resulting from Bakken crude oil train derailments“Gov. Wolf has made oil train safety a priority during the first 100 days of his administration.” [StateImpact, 4/28/15]Governor Wolf Works to Equip PSP with Life-Saving DrugGovernor Wolf’s administration initiated a cross-agency collaboration to equip the State Police with the live-saving drug, Naloxone.“Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to expand access to a drug-overdose antidote will save lives… Further expanding access to this life-saving antidote will save still more vulnerable people who fall prey to the ravages of dangerous drugs.” [Pocono Record, 4/9/15]Pennsylvania can have a bright future, but we cannot simply do the same things over and over and hope for different results. Over the next 100 days and beyond, Governor Wolf will continue to work to rebuild the middle class by pushing three priorities: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works. April 29, 2015 MEMO: Governor Wolf’s First 100 Days
The original condition kitchen at 2 David Avenue, Bardon. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK In 2018, this brand new house at 36 David Avenue, Bardon sold for $1.56m. Picture: CoreLogic.This is reflected in the market value of properties, with a third of all houses on David Avenue selling for more than $1.2 million and all within the past five years, a CoreLogic property search shows. Only two houses have sold for less than a million dollars in the same period. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN BARDON Bowman Park is just across the road.It has three bedrooms, one main bathroom, a central kitchen with a combined lounge and dining area, and a study. The ugly duckling at 2 David Avenue, Bardon.THIS ugly duckling on a million dollar street will turn heads when it goes to auction on Saturday. Public Trustee Sally Jones is taking 2 David Avenue, Bardon to auction at 3.30pm, with no prior offers being accepted. The elevated 602sq m corner block looks across to Bowman Park, site of the community kindergarten. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Homes with parking for the plane Own your own cop shop The bathroom at 2 David Avenue, Bardon.“This circa 1945’s home has seen better days,” the Public Trustee listing says.“Conduct your due diligence and decide for yourself whether a renovation is feasible or if this could be the location for your new home.” The fireplace in the living room.There is an external laundry, an additional second toilet and small rear patio with rear access to a single car garage.There is also storage under the house. The corner block is 602sq m. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES A stroll up the avenue which faces Bowman Park will show what others have managed to achieve by way of renovation or removal with an eclectic mix of modern designer homes, renovations, and homes in original condition. Downstairs has a garage and storage.
Qatar is set to boost its LNG production from 77 million to 100 million tons per year with the new volumes from its giant North Field, located in the Persian Gulf.Qatar Petroleum on Tuesday sad it would double the size of the new gas project in the southern sector of the North Field, which Qatar Petroleum had announced last April.This will increase the North Field’s production of natural gas, condensate and other associated products by one million barrels of oil equivalent per day.Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said: “Last April, we announced our intention to develop a new gas project in the southern sector of the North Field that can be targeted for export. With the conclusion of further technical studies, we have decided that the best option would be to double the size of the project to 4 billion cubic feet of gas per day, which constitutes a 20% increase from the current North Field production rate, or about 1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.”He added: “After further assessment, we have decided that the best way to develop this huge project is by dedicating it to the production and export of liquefied natural gas, thereby increasing the production capacity of the State of Qatar from 77 million tons to 100 million tons per year, which means a 30% production increase. This project will strengthen our position as the world’s largest LNG producer and exporter in line with Qatar Petroleum’s strategic growth plan and objectives of becoming one of the best national oil & gas companies in the world, with roots in Qatar and a strong international presence.”“Once completed, within 5-7 years from now, this project will raise the production of the State of Qatar to about 6 million barrels of oil equivalent per day,” the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum said.The North Field, considered to be one of the largest gas fields in the world, is located in the Persian Gulf, and is shared between Qatar and Iran. Iran’s part of the field is known as South Pars gas field.According to undated info found on Qatar’s RasGas’ website, the North Field is the largest non-associated natural gas field in the world, with recoverable reserves of more than 900 trillion standard cubic feet or around ten percent of the world’s known reserves.
Flow assurance and production optimization specialist, ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, has appointed a new managing director of the company.ClearWELL said on Tuesday that the appointment of Alasdair Fergusson was made to increase the company’s international footprint.Fergusson has more than 25 years of oilfield management and marketing experience having worked for major service companies in Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, he held the Paris-based position of business manager Europe and Africa, production technologies at Schlumberger’s M-I SWACO, where he led and grew business capability in new markets.Before joining Schlumberger, Fergusson was the director of eastern hemisphere engineered chemistry department at Weatherford, based in the UAE, where the team delivered its largest-ever contract win. This was preceded by a ten-year stint at Baker Hughes.The appointment follows FrontRow Energy Technology Group Limited’s recent acquisition of 50% of ClearWELL from previous owner MSL Oilfield Services, which retains the remaining 50%.Fergusson said: “I am delighted to be appointed to lead ClearWELL at such an exciting time for the business. ClearWELL offers a step-change in treatment cost for a huge number of wells world-wide, and we now have a business totally focused on delivering this technology.“World oil production is at an all-time high, and we produce seven times as much water from these wells as oil, so the demand for cost-effective handling of the scaling problems in that water is huge.“I’m very much looking forward to working with the FrontRow team and benefitting from the experience that MSL bring.”FrontRow CEO Stuart Ferguson said: “Alasdair’s appointment is a significant boost not only to ClearWELL, but also to the wider FrontRow group. The results he has achieved throughout his career to date are impressive, and the experience he brings to our team will be extremely valuable moving forward.“Alasdair is the first appointment for ClearWELL post-acquisition, however, we expect to see staff numbers continue to increase as the company fulfills its high-growth potential and deploys more units in the field. We have set ambitious targets, and are confident these targets will be met under Alasdair’s leadership.”Martin Clark, managing director at MSL Oilfield Services, added: “Alasdair’s experience in the oilfield industry, combined with his motivation and drive, makes him the ideal candidate to lead ClearWELL successfully.”
The Vote Media Release 20 June 2013Child poverty has become a major issue for New Zealanders, but are are our kids suffering because of a lack of money or a lack of good parenting?Tonight Kiwis voted Yes to the moot ‘Our kids: The problem’s not poverty, it’s parenting’ during national debate programme The Vote, which screened tonight on TV3.Guyon Espiner and the Affirmative team were declared the winners of the debate at the end of the hour-long show with the votes tallied at 63% YES, 37% NO.Tonight Guyon led a team arguing the problem is parents, not poverty. He was joined by Conservative Party CEO and former Families Commissioner Christine Rankin, Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie and Destiny Church co-founder Hannah Tamaki.Duncan Garner headed a team arguing the problem is poverty, rather than parenting, with author and ex-prison manager Celia Lashlie, Commissioner for Children Dr Russell Wills and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.The arguments for:• As a community we have to support families. I think we should be assessing how they’re getting their entitlement they’re entitled to and where is that money going because the problem is, for some families, the money comes straight in, it maybe goes to the relatives in the islands, it maybe goes to the loan shark, it maybe goes to the pokie machines, it maybe goes to whatever, but it’s not been prioritised and I think job description 101 for parents is a roof, shelter for your kids and food for your kids. – Bob McCoskrie• I was raised in a single parent home and proudly to say by a man not a woman. My mother was a runaway mum; she only raised one of her 11 children. I know child abuse, I know lots of things but I had the most amazing father. I did not believe for one minute that I would not be a good mother. I actually think I’m a sensational mother and I’m an amazing grandmother to ten grandchildren. – Hannah Tamaki• [Feeding children a bowl of cornflakes for breakfast costs] something like 37 cents per serve. And you know it is pathetic to say that families can’t do that. If their children are their first priority, they’re going to spend that 37 cents a day and put that food in their belly. – Christine Rankin• I’d like to say that there are so many wonderful parents who have money and there amazing amount of parents who don’t have money. It’s about the love that you put into your children. – Hannah Tamaki• Well why not help families budget? Instead of giving them fish, teach them how to fish. – Bob McCoskriehttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1306/S00254/is-the-big-problem-facing-kiwi-kids-poverty-or-parenting.htm