Union activists prepare for protest

first_imgWhatsApp LIMERICK trade union members from both the public and private sectors are preparing for the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s for ‘Day of Action against Austerity and Debt’ taking place this Saturday, February 9 at 1.30pm. Unions including SIPTU, CWU, MANDATE, IMPACT, ASTI, UNITE and BATU are supporting the march which is being coordinated locally by the Limerick Council of Trade Unions. People from Clare, Limerick and Tipperary are expected to assemble at the Mechanics Institute on Hartstonge Street in Limerick City for what is expected to be one of the biggest protests seen in the Mid West in recent years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Frank McDonnell, President of SIPTU’s Limerick District Council, called on SIPTU members throughout the county to support the protest: “Working people have taken enough; we can’t take any more. The recent budget has cost working families around €2,000 a year in additional taxes and cuts. This is all because we have been saddled with a €64 billion bank debt that does not belong to us. We need jobs not cuts.”“The debt burden affects all of us. That’s why we are calling on everyone who cares about the future for this country and their children to join us next Saturday to send a clear message to the EU, the government and our Minister of Finance that this debt burden must be lifted while those who can afford to pay must be made to pay their fair share.”The march is one of six taking place throughout the state on the same day and time with the others planned for Galway, Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Sligo.SIPTU Organiser Paul Gavan confirmed that the protest is open to all groups and individuals who “support the ICTU call for a deal on debt, a jobs stimulus programme, and increased taxation for the wealthy rather than more cuts for working families”. Linkedin NewsLocal NewsUnion activists prepare for protestBy admin – February 4, 2013 734 Previous articleProbation missed through fear of further assaultNext articleLate nights and down-tuned grooves on new Rest album admin Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter Print Emaillast_img read more

Pfluger introduces border protection bills

first_img Pfluger introduces border protection bills By Federico Martinez – May 24, 2021 Facebook “In Midland there were ministers and other people in the community who wanted to help, but they couldn’t because of the federal government,” Pfluger said, noting people wanted to make sure the youth had adequate clothing, hygiene products and other basic supplies.Pfluger said he’s not yet sure which committees the bills will be sent to for review. The first bill will likely be sent to multiple committees like Homeland Security and a COVID-related committee.“Now it’s up to the committees,” said Pfluger, who expressed concern that one or both bills could be stalled or die at the committee level.Pfluger and other Republican legislators admit they will have an even tougher challenge passing a proposed alternative budget for fiscal year 2022. Pfluger last Wednesday announced his support for the budget proposed by the Republican Study Committee.“Democrats have only been in charge for five months and they are already wrecking our economy,” Pfluger said.“Inflation is rising, job growth is stalling, the national debt continues to skyrocket, and House Democrats continue to wrongly pursue trillions in crippling tax hikes that will harm Texas farmers and ranchers, businesses, and families.”Pfluger said the Republican budget proposal would balance the federal budget and cut spending by $14.4 trillion in 10 years, and reduce taxes on American families by $1.9 trillion.“The proposal is straightforward,” Pfluger said. “It’s about not spending more than what you’re taking in.”Pfluger said he and other Republicans will be lobbying their Democrat counterparts to support the proposal and take their argument to voters via the media and by visiting communities.“I knew this was going to be a challenge,” Pfluger said. “It’s unlikely (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi will do anything fiscally responsible.“It’s going to take patience and getting out and talking to our constituents. We’re going to have to show the American people this will work.” Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas A bill that would divert COVID-19 stimulus funds to reimburse local law enforcement agency efforts to protect the border, are among several “common sense” bills recently introduced by Republican Congressman August Pfluger, (TX-11).A second bill would require the federal government to inform and coordinate with local government leaders in advance when placing immigrant youths in temporary detainment centers, like the ones set up in Midland and Pecos earlier this year without community leaders’ knowledge.“These are pretty straightforward, common sense bills,” Pfluger said during a Monday afternoon phone interview. “It will require the federal government to work with local government and do things like provide weekly updates.“The federal government hasn’t been very transparent – it’s almost embarrassing – all we’re talking about is good communication that will help protect communities and the kids.”Pfluger was one of many state, and local leaders who were upset when the federal government secretly began transporting immigrant youths and lodging them in hastily setup detainment centers in Midland and other Texas communitiesFederal officials continuously rebuffed inquiries from Pfluger and local leaders who wanted to know how many youths were being detained in Midland, how long they would be detained and refused requests to visit the centers.center_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Local News Previous articleSCHOLAR ATHLETES: Villarreal leaves behind strong impression at Fort StocktonNext articleUniversity of Texas of the Permian Basin’s STEM Academy Elementary Field Day Federico Martinezlast_img read more

Iconic detection for Fortress

first_imgFortress Technology has devised a new high-performance metal detector, ICON. It features a new touchscreen front panel, which has been designed to be ’future-proof’, as well as having the ability to be easily retrofitted to older models in Fortress’ Phantom series. The firm said the new detector delivers fast accurate detection of metal contaminants and detailed data collection. Information such as product configurations, reject and faults are stored in an onboard database and are accessible via a USB or wired ethernet. The new model comes with multilevel password protection, which controls access to specific areas of the system for different users.last_img read more

Breaking ground with new degree

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Juan Reynoso is about to step into largely uncharted territory. When he graduates this spring, he’ll be only the second person to have completed a new joint Master in Public Health (M.P.H.)/Master in Urban Planning (M.U.P.) degree program. Launched in 2016 by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the program allows students to pursue a transdisciplinary education in urban planning and public health and sharpen their understanding of key areas including policy, sustainability, and social determinants of health.Over the course of the program, Reynoso has bounced between studios at GSD, where he’s wrestled with urban planning challenges, and classrooms at Harvard Chan School, where he’s learned about population health and has grown especially interested in how environmental exposures, such as air pollution or tainted drinking water, affect health.“It’s so interesting because each graduate School at Harvard has its own culture, its own pedagogy, its own way of thinking,” Reynoso says. “This program has allowed me to break out of those silos. And that’s helped me to better make connections among a wide variety of disciplines so I can analyze how certain urban planning efforts have health co-benefits or how certain health interventions have environmental benefits.”Pollution in the valleyReynoso’s interest in the intersection of health and design traces back to his parents. They were born in rural Mexico and immigrated to California, living first outside of Los Angeles and later moving to the Central Valley — the inland stretch of California that’s one of the most important agricultural hubs in the world. “I was born in Tulare County, which is a pretty rural agricultural area that consistently has some of the worst air quality and water quality in the country,” he said.As a young boy, Reynoso was oblivious to the air pollution that drifted into the valley from nearby cities and the myriad pesticides that doused the surrounding farmland and would get kicked up into the atmosphere when strong winds swept through. Looking back now, he can’t help but wonder whether the environment of Tulare County was harming him. “I was very sickly as a child,” he recalled. “I missed half of my kindergarten year because I was always ill with respiratory diseases. How is a child supposed to be successful when the environmental exposures surrounding them are making them sick?”Reynoso’s family eventually picked up and moved to Escondido, a city in San Diego County. The difference in his health was “night and day,” he said. “Rather than miss half the school year, I’d miss like 10 days at most.”Reynoso was an excellent student and by high school his schedule was stacked with advanced placement classes. Around the same time, a series of wildfires tore through Southern California and came unsettlingly close to Escondido. Smoke and haze lingered in the air and Reynoso started wondering what that meant for his and his community’s health. “I was taking a class in environmental science at the time, and all these things started clicking for me,” he said.With these experiences in mind, Reynoso chose to major in human biology with a concentration in environmental health at Stanford University. After graduating, he joined The California Endowment, a statewide foundation focused on health. While there, he worked on its Building Healthy Communities initiative, exploring a wide range of issues that sat at the intersection of policy, urban planning, and health, including active transportation and community land use.Bridging disciplinesWhen Reynoso began exploring graduate schools, the joint M.P.H./M.U.P. program hit all the right notes. It blended his interests and fit his ambitions to improve community health through cross-disciplinary strategies.“Juan is an energetic problem solver. As one of the first students in the joint M.P.H./M.U.P. program, he has been active in helping to build a community of students. As a leader in the Healthy Places Student Group at the GSD, an area of growing student interest, Juan has been really active in organizing events and promoting dialogue,” said Ann Forsyth, Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Planning and director of the Master in Urban Planning Program at the GSD.Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard Chan School, said it’s heartening to see students like Juan push the field of public health forward. One of the shortcomings in Allen’s own public health training, he said, was a lack of focus on building science, design, and urban planning. “Juan is working to bridge the gap between these disciplines,” Allen said. “He really is a pioneer.”Reynoso isn’t sure what his next step will be after he graduates. But he knows that he wants to tackle some of the biggest health and environmental challenges in a way that prioritizes equity and justice. He thinks back often to his childhood in the Central Valley, and of the disparities that persist across his beloved home state. He hopes that his training at Harvard can help remedy some of these problems.“California is the richest state in the richest country in the world, and there are millions of people who don’t have access to clean drinking water or who are constantly exposed to air pollution or who are harmed by the environment in which they live in myriad other ways,” he said. “We need to work collectively in order to solve the public health challenges of today.”last_img read more

​AP1 to lose 4 internal equity managers in shift to passive

first_imgAP1 is overhauling its equity strategies after internal analysis revealed various missed return goals, and plans to shift some of its foreign developed markets investment to passive or systematic management.The new passive investment will be managed in-house, said the fund – one of Sweden’s four main state pension buffer funds – with the switch resulting in four of its six equity manager employees being made redundant.Mikael Angberg, head of asset management at the SEK352bn (€33.5bn) pension fund, said: “We are doing some restructuring in the equity portfolio that affects our organisational structure.”AP1 said that over the spring and autumn of this year, it had analysed and evaluated all equity strategies and found that in some cases return targets had not been achieved. Angberg said the pension fund had decided to continue with active fundamental management in some parts of its equity investment, but to switch to internal passive or systematic management for others.“We have also restructured the mandate with external managers in emerging markets (EM),” he said, adding: “These changes give us better conditions to achieve our return target and better risk utilisation.”In March, AP1 picked 14 managers for EM equities allocation, having re-tendered the mandates the previous May. Though all firms on the list were approved, not all would manage money, the fund said at the time, with the funding decision to be made separately.A spokeswoman for AP1 told IPE the pension fund’s Swedish equity investments we would continue to be managed on an active fundamental basis, but in other areas such as developed markets, management would switch from active to passive or systematic management.The fund was not yet able to say what proportion over overall equities would be managed passively after the changes, she said.The changes will not involve any new tenders for external managers, she said.At the end of June, AP1 had 32% of its total SEK352bn portfolio in listed equities. Of this SEK124bn, SEK38bn was invested in Sweden, SEK35bn in developed markets and SEK51bn in emerging markets, according to the pension fund’s latest interim report.Angberg said the equity management changes being made would allow AP1 to cut its annual costs by a considerable amount, even if they did lead to some one-off costs.“Unfortunately, this also means that four equity managers are becoming redundant and we have now started union negotiations,” Angberg said.It was always sad, he said, when “very competent and esteemed” colleagues were affected by a change in this way, but he added that unfortunately sometimes it was necessary.Overall, AP1 currently has six employees working on active equity management, and the fund has a total of 68 staff.“I also want to make it clear that this change has nothing to do with our equity manager leaving the fund,” Angberg said.On Friday, AP1 confirmed that Olof Jonasson, the pension fund’s head of equities, had agreed to leave the organisation amid a dispute sparked by a breach of the fund’s internal rules over personal investments he had made.Jonasson became the second high-level AP1 executive to leave under a cloud this autumn, with the fund’s then chief executive Johan Magnusson having been fired in September for buying shares in an IPO in which it had already been decided that AP1 would participate in as an anchor investor.last_img read more