A vision of floating cities

first_imgBy the end of this century, sea levels could rise worldwide by 3 feet or more, inundating coastal cities and spurring catastrophic storms roughly every three years.In Africa, at least 20 cities — including Cairo, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — are especially vulnerable to rising seas. At the top of the list is Lagos, Nigeria, a fast-growing, low-lying coastal city of 13 million. By the year 2100, sea levels there are expected to have risen nearly 4 feet.Houses and roads in Lagos are built on spongelike terrain that was once sandbars, lagoons, and mangrove swamps. Lagos is also riven with a confluence of inland rivers, adding to its vulnerability to flooding. In 2011, intense rainfall flooded homes, overwhelmed sewers, and turned streets into rivers. Hardest hit in such events are the poor. Slums already hold 70 percent of people in Lagos, a city that draws 3,000 more residents every day.In the face of that watery future, Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of the firm NLÉ and a recent visitor to Harvard, proposes a solution: Build houses that float. His African Water Cities Project envisions a future in which modular coastal dwellings are built on platforms stacked with flotation devices.Adeyemi delivered a lecture on the project March 7 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). That week and the next, he was one of four architects on campus who work in Africa, attending one conference on African development (where design panels and lectures were organized by Africa GSD, a student group) and another on public spaces.Their projects are spread out in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Rwanda, and Nigeria. But they share the idea that architecture can be a powerful tool for social justice, including an appreciation of all things local, from labor and crafts to materials and design.For his floating cities, Adeyemi had a ready-made local model: Makoko, a slum Venice of 2,200 buildings and 150,000 people on the edge of Lagos. “Everything happens on water,” he said of what he called a “dream world” on the edge of the sea. “It’s an example of maximum urbanization with minimum means.” The streets are water, the cars are gondolas, and the houses are propped on stilts.Inspired by the clever minimalism of the local residents, he showed a picture of a house with a lumber roof and a bamboo façade. Its owner stood near the kitchen space and open-air bathroom. “This man has all he needs,” said Adeyemi.Makoko’s commerce is afloat too. In another picture, a woman rowed from house to house in a boat full of goods, sort of the local “mall,” he said. Century-old Makoko also provides Lagos with a third of its fish and most of its milled lumber.Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of the firm NLÉ, recently spoke at Harvard on his concept of floating cities.One “seed,” afloatAdeyemi’s prototype structure — he called it a “seed” — was started in 2011 and dedicated earlier this month. The Makoko Floating School is a three-story, 720-square-foot building afloat on a platform of recycled barrels and fitted with solar panels. Its louvered sides and peaked roof, sloping into a rainwater collection system, echo the aesthetics of the nearby houses. “It’s not quite a building,” said Adeyemi, “and it’s not quite a boat.”In deciding on flotation options, “We settled on the solution we found right there,” he said of the recycled barrels. The same local-is-best ethic applied to the structure’s wood frame and bamboo finish and to the labor, which was provided by “local carpenters who build boats,” said Adeyemi.The project started from a sense of personal responsibility. Makoko’s former school was a sagging frame house on reclaimed land and needed replacing. The ensuing floating school soon led Adeyemi to a conception of greater scale that could help coastal African cities respond to the effects of climate change. Floating structures, modular in design, could be linked into neighborhoods, he said. Someday, whole floating cities could even migrate from one coastal area to another, giving urbanization mobility.For his floating cities, Adeyemi had a ready-made local model: Makoko, a slum Venice of 2,200 buildings and 150,000 people on the edge of Lagos. “Everything happens on water,” he said of what he called a “dream world” on the edge of the sea. “It’s an example of maximum urbanization with minimum means.”Present-day Makoko just grew, and it works, despite its seeming chaos. “There is no planning in the conventional sense,” said Adeyemi, and the predictable challenges are stubbornly universal: sanitation, education, housing, and a utilities infrastructure for water, waste, and power.The project was barely under way when disaster loomed, not from a flood, but from a Lagos city plan to tear down seaside slums. Five hundred Makoko homes were razed, and thousands of residents displaced. Adeyemi and others stepped in, offering the power of their new idea. That was enough, he said, to put resettlement plans on hold for now.With help from the United Nations Development Programme, the floating school — the tallest building in Makoko — was finished. “It’s become a sort of icon for the community,” said Adeyemi.A watery futureMore floating schools, churches, and theaters could be next, he said.“It’s very inspiring. Every image you show shouts pleasure,” said H.W.J. “Henk” Ovink of Adeyemi’s presentation. “But it’s so fragile politically.”Ovink would know. He’s director general for spatial planning and water affairs in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, a key post in a low-lying nation that for centuries has dealt with the politics and technology of invasive seas.He called the Makoko project “almost an island on the water, in a political sense” in Nigeria, where, as with most places, visions of floating cities are not part of the conversational landscape. In the Netherlands, he added, “this would be in our DNA.”The U.N.’s interest is helpful, said Ovink. But the issues of coastal sea level rise and the fate of coastal cities are just beginning to get attention. He told Adeyemi, “You are in the beginning and the middle of a very complex political debate.”Even if there were no debate, asked Ovink, would this model of modular floating structures be better than what is there now, and could it scale up in applications elsewhere? “We tried this in the Netherlands,” a nation of 17 million people where only 2,000 live in floating structures. “I hate to disappoint you. We have a culture of living with water, but it doesn’t mean we want to live on water,” he said.But Makoko has already made Lagos officials think more of the reality of a water-vulnerable city, said Ovink, making the project a way “to enlarge the debate.”There might be another way to rethink the Africa floating cities idea, he added. Ovink proposed Adeyemi do a studio — a test-case class — on floating buildings that are on coastal land, not on the water. That might be a useful vision for cities confronting rising seas, a brand of architecture that is not fixed on foundations, but that depends on buoyancy.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s implements Master’s program in speech pathology

first_imgWhat started out as an undergraduate program squeezed into three classrooms has expanded and updated to become a feature academic program at Saint Mary’s, director of clinical practice in the department of communicative sciences and disorders Janet Lovett said.In June 2013, the College implemented its changes to the new master’s program and the current communicative disorders clinic housed in the Madeleva classroom building, Lovett said. The clinic treats clients from the surrounding areas.The new master’s program, speech pathology, will simply be referred to as the communicative sciences and disorders department (CSD), though the undergraduate students still receive their degrees in communicative sciences and disorders, Lovett said.“There are 20 Saint Mary’s seniors, and there are four Notre Dame students who are co-exchange students who can’t really take it as a major but take all the required courses,” she said. “Total, I think, our major is about 95 students across all three years.”All seniors will participate in the clinical practicum for the fall semester, during which they will be assigned two clients, Lovett said.“This year we have 40 clients. We will be building the clinical population in anticipation of the start of the program,” Lovett said.The news of an anticipated master’s program in communicative sciences and disorders excited many in the Saint Mary’s and South Bend communities, but for now, the graduate program is considered an additional focus, Lovett said.“We hope to take our first students in the fall of 2015. We have an accreditation visit coming up in October [from] the Council on Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA),” Lovett said.In the meantime, faculty and staff want to keep the undergraduate program strong on its own, providing and maintaining the same level of opportunities it currently offers, Lovett said.“We have to build the clinic especially. We have the faculty in place. We have five faculty now, but the clinic needs to be able to provide enough experience in a lot of communication disorders for the graduate students to get at least a portion of the 400 hours they have to have in order to get certified need,” Lovett said.“It’s a long process,” she said. “There’s an academic piece. There’s a clinical piece. There’s a resident kind of [period], what we call clinical fellow. You practice under the mentorship of a full-fledged speech pathologist. Then you have to make sure you meet your requirement to meet clinical requirement, your C’s.  In Indiana you have to be licensed also, and most states around us do require [the same].”Colleges and universities now incorporate a five-year program for audiology students that combines undergraduate and master’s degrees, Lovett said.  Saint Mary’s does not currently plan to offer a master’s in audiology, Lovett said.The clinic’s future goals include developing a telepractice program, Lovett said. Telepractice is a type of speech language pathology that clinicians use with long-distance clients.“It’s very similar to providing speech services to people who need speech therapy,” she said. “Telepractice will be training the clinicians [in] what are the questions you ask, what do you practice, [what are] the things you have to do if you’re licensed in Indiana and your client is in Montana, or vice versa, [and] you have to be licensed in that state,” Lovett said.Lovett said she was one of the first to be hired for the master’s program. As an adjunct professor with fellow communicative disorders professor Susan Lathem, Lovett helps bring clients to the program and hires the clinical staff, including program chair Dr. Michael Flahive, Lovett said.“As the program director, he is responsible for making sure all the academic and clinical pieces are in place,” she said. “Obviously I’m in charge of the clinical, but he’s in charge of everyone. He makes sure that our students are in a position to go out and do what they’re supposed to do and getting the appropriate grades. We work hand-in-hand when it comes to what we’re supposed to do.”Seniors Emily Scanlon and Emily Hazen have enjoyed the activity and opportunity their major has offered them during their time at Saint Mary’s, Hazen said.“We love the program. I really like all the professors [and] clinicians. We’re glad we decided to focus on this area,” Hazen said.Hazen and Scanlon each completed 25 hours of observation last semester watching the members of the class of 2014 work with their clients, Scanlon said.  This year, they will use what they’ve learned through watching students engage with clients, Scanlon said.“We’ve seen how it’s done,” Scanlon said.The clinic and master’s program will have a chance at accreditation in October when the CAA comes to evaluate the system and facilities, but students such as Scanlon and Hazen will continue to pursue the study of communicative sciences and disorders either way, Scanlon said.“It doesn’t really seem like work, because we love it,” she said.Tags: master’s program, SMC, speech pathologylast_img read more

COVID-19 UPDATE: 266 New Cases Reported In Chautauqua County Friday

first_img30 85 14 2 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 40-493 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 14048- Dunkirk57 32 1 14138- South Dayton2 165 2 3 4 14710- Ashville9 80-89164 20-29828 Zip Code 21 Total 18 4635 14738- Frewsburg10 60-69569 86 3.6% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 14784- Stockton1 439.5 Percent Active Cases 819 38 99.7 0.8% 0-19580 3 20 0.0% 21 26.5% 14081- Irving2 92.7 50-593 847.6 14740- Gerry0 494.3 20 14724- Clymer2 96.8 2.1% 96 0-390 14787- Westfield9 14747- Kennedy7 139.8 52 Age Group 19 0.7% 1.0% 14720- Celoron1 60-693 502.5 72 6.65% 1.1% 0 90+83 0 536.1 14733- Falconer9 14136- Silver Creek10 14 Symptoms Symptoms Known3407 70-7911 254.1 14769- Portland1 213 14782- Sinclairville3 370.4 4 509.8 14 0.3% Age 14767- Panama3 3 554.4 0.53% 17 579.2 14712- Bemus Point6 22 12.51% 201.2 MAYVILLE – During Friday’s COVID-19 update, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported 266 new cases of the virus.In an update to the department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, leaders say 722 cases are now active, up from 645 the day before.In Jamestown 213 cases are active with 82 new cases reported in the update.Of those, 42 people are hospitalized, down from 43. The seven-day average percent positivity rate decreased to 11.2 percent from 12.4 percent.Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 4,635 cases of the virus with 3,873 people recovering and 40 related deaths in Chautauqua County.More from local health leaders is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 103 0.86% 0.3% 384.6 0.8% 0.4% 158 18 3.8% 52 642.6 14723- Cherry Creek1 175 394.9 722 2.2% 14718- Cassadaga2 1 218.7 38 119 184 75.58% Number 1229 1.9% 266 13.31% 13.1% 80-8917 1.1% 0.3% Number 1036.9 50-59686 40-49649 3.1% 14 14775- Ripley3 6 237.2 Percent of Total Cases 1.6% 14781- Sherman0 3 554.2 772.4 39 0.3% 9 629.3 556.9 464.2 47 4 143.6 147 95.8 2.7% 101 0.8% 14716- Brocton0 14 1.79% 17.7% 14726- Conewango Valley1 70-79308 146 4 14063- Fredonia27 0.0 10.37% Fatality Rate by Age Group 33 24.42% 14062- Forestville2 17.86% 30-39617 Yes2575 1 17 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 12.28% 14.00% 12.28% 14736- Findley Lake1 Percent 14701- Jamestown82 100.0% 14722- Chautauqua0 3.4% 0.00% 3.61% 14757- Mayville6 0.6% 36 New Cases 3.57% 6 2.2% 424.5 0.5% 181.2 14750- Lakewood9 All Ages40 0.7% 124 2.6% 0.46% Total Cases 4.0% 0.44% 14 3.54% 369.6 No832 14728- Dewittville0 Fatality Rate 90+3 Total Deaths 605 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kristjan Staničić, CNTB: Where one invests in quality, there are no problems with achieving good results

first_imgThis year, the fact that large destinations have higher tourist traffic, such as Zagreb and Split, came to the fore, said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board. This year, he adds, there has been an increase in domestic guests in the pre- and post-season. There is also an increase in distant markets, the USA, China, Korea, Australia. The Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld, the president of the HGK Family Tourism Association Martina Nimac Kalcina and Sean Lisjak from the HGK Marina Association were guests at the Open. The structure of everything that is happening in both Zagreb and Croatia actually shows that we are not stagnant and that we have very good results so far compared to what we planned, said Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Zagreb Tourist Board. For Zagreb, we forecast growth of between 2 and 5 percent, Zagreb currently has 3% more arrivals and 4% more overnight stays, so we are at the level of Croatia, and Advent is yet to come. “About 33% had a better season, 33% the same, 6% said they had a great season. 25% said they had a worse one. This means that there was still a large occupancy, people were satisfied. As for those who had a 25% worse season, I think that there is a limit when a part of the renters has to ask themselves what they are doing wrong and why they were poorly filled in the peak season”, Said Kalcina. “The result is very clear. At the moment we have 4 percent more arrivals, 2 percent more overnight stays, but most importantly the financial results are better than last year. It is fiscalized that in catering services, accommodation services, agency services, even 13% more, and when we add this some average is about 8% more, about 600 billion and XNUMX million kuna is more fiscalized than last year”, Said the minister. The Minister supports everything that can make progress in tourism. In addition, he points out that one of the most important laws on tourist land will follow, which, he says, will be sent to the procedure very soon. It, he adds, enables over 3 billion of new investments, employment and what comes with it. “We can actually say that we are a destination of 365, and we record about 100 registered guests every month from the beginning of the year until the end, which is actually very good. In the summer months a lot more. For us, these are guests who continue their vacations in another destination in Croatia, but the rest of the year, these first six months and after, now what awaits us are guests who come to Zagreb on purpose because they discover the capital.She added. “Nautics does not have great challenges that it cannot cope with. What I always emphasize is that within some legal solutions to bring new preconditions for new steps in nautical as such, ie the marina where we will open the possibility of additional earnings. All our marinas are more or less adequately filled, 98% is the occupancy of marinas”, States Lisjak. In continental tourism, the increase in arrivals is 30%, the minister said. He points out that it is planned to invest 575 million kuna in tourism in five Slavonian counties. “Two important messages emerge: where there is investment in quality, there is no problem with selling capacity and achieving prices. And the second is the extension of the main tourist season to the pre-season and post-season, which is one of our strategic goals”, Said Stanicic. “After a few years, this year we are seeing an increase from Russia, Ukraine, France, Brazil. Thus, the World Cup affected the visibility of Croatia and the strengthening of the brand’s strength in the global emitting market. I think that the Croatian National Tourist Board, together with the ministry, thanks to our footballers for their success, used it well for promotional purposes.” Nautics is going in the direction we expected. With about 17 thousand berths for guests whose structure does not change so intensively, with all the investments that marina owners make, we achieve the results we have planned, claims Sean Lisjak, Association of Marina HGK. “But unlike Croatia, the structure of our guests is significantly different. The most numerous guests are from South Korea, the most numerous per night are guests from the USA. The Germans are traditionally second to us, however, the structure of our guests in the top ten are guests from all over the world, and the least actually European”, Explained Bienenfeld. As for small renters, the vast majority were well filled and this shows that there is still a great deal of interest in private accommodation. The information she receives about the season is positive, said Martina Nimac Kalcina, president of the Family Tourism Association. What was the highlight of the tourist season? Why did we have a slight minus in July and growth in August? Have we succeeded in striving to have tourism all 365 days a year? What do we do for promotion in our country and in the world? Are we threatened by competitors in the Mediterranean? What will the next season be like, will we lower prices and increase the salaries of employees in tourism? Do we have enough workers? All indicators show that we have planned well and with quality, the minister added. “There were about 800 more people in Croatia this year. I avoid those physical numbers, the financial results are important to me, which were very good. So we changed the laws, went to recategorization. Where there is investment, there are results – in campsites, hotels and private accommodation far greater occupancy. If I say that St. Peter in the woods villas with pool have 160 days occupancy I think I said it all. They are 50 km from the sea.” If we were to evaluate the tourist season by physical indicators and by what happened in July, it would be that something was wrong, however, nothing new is happening that has not happened before, commented the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli on the July minus . Source / photo: Croatian Radio and Televisionlast_img read more

Indonesia’s factory activity in deepest-ever contraction as pandemic disrupts supply, demand

first_img“The contraction in all of the PMI-BI components was caused by slower demand and a disrupted supply chain as a result of COVID-19,” the central bank said in a statement.Manufacturing industry contributed around 19 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), which grew by 4.97 percent in the fourth quarter last year, the slowest in four years. Economic growth is expected to reach 2.3 percent this year, a 21-year low, with a possibility of contracting by 0.4 percent contraction under the worst-case scenario, government forecasts estimate.Read also: Indonesia’s factory activity at record low as COVID-19 paralyzes businessBI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on April 9 that GDP growth would reach 4.7 percent in the first quarter but would weaken to 1.1 percent in the second quarter as the government implements stricter COVID-19 containment measures. Growth is seen at 1.3 percent in the third quarter and 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter. Indonesia’s factory production contracted by a record level in the first quarter of the year as a result of weak demand and disruption to the supply chain against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest survey has shown.Bank Indonesia’s Prompt Manufacturing Index (PMI-BI) was recorded at 45.64 percent, the lowest level ever, compared with 51.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019. An index reading above 50 indicates expansion while below 50 reflects contraction.The contraction was seen in all component indexes. The order volume index was at 47.28 percent, production volume index at 43.1 percent, goods stock volume at 46.69 percent and the manpower index at 47.63 percent. The virus has infected more than 1.8 million people around the globe including 4,241 in Indonesia, forcing factories, shops and schools to close amid government-imposed lockdowns and social restrictions. This has upended supply chains and crushed demand for goods as consumers stay at home worried about job prospects, reining in consumer spending, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of Indonesia’s GDP.According to the BI-PMI survey, almost all sectors of manufacturing have tumbled in the first quarter except for food, beverages and tobacco. However, the central bank projects an improvement in factory activity in the second quarter due to increasing volume in factories.“Manufacturing activities will slightly recover in the second quarter of 2020 to 48.79 percent,” the central bank projected. “The recovery will be driven by expansion in the order volume and goods stock volume indices.”Read also: COVID-19 impacts across Indonesia’s business sectors: A recapBI’s survey was largely in line with IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), the gauge for manufacturing activities. Indonesia’s PMI slumped to 45.3, the worst in the survey’s nine-year history.”Under stricter antivirus measures, demand weakened sharply at the end of the first quarter. New business inflows fell at the fastest rate in the series history, dragged down by a plunge in export sales,” the survey statement reads.”At the same time, factory shutdowns led to a marked drop in production, with output also falling at a survey record rate.”Indonesia has implemented large scale social restrictions (PSBB) measures within the capital city Jakarta, the nation’s virus epicenter, to contain COVID-19. The measures include closing down schools and public places, prohibiting crowds gathering and restricting mobility and commercial activity to those serving essential needs only.Topics :last_img read more

Philippe Coutinho wanted Liverpool return before Bayern Munich transfer

first_imgJurgen Klopp claims Liverpool could not afford the loan deal for Coutinho (AFP/Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp is also said to have privately concluded that Coutinho would not dramatically improve his side, while he is also happy with the various attacking options he has in his squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementKlopp, meanwhile, has admitted that the move was too costly for Liverpool.‘It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it [to sign Coutinho], we have already spent the cash that we got for him,’ he told Goal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We were reluctant to hand him over, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak.‘The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy. He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Philippe Coutinho wanted Liverpool return before Bayern Munich transfer Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 20 Aug 2019 1:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link128Shares Philippe Coutinho was reportedly keen on returning to Liverpool (AFP/Getty Images)Philippe Coutinho wanted to return to Liverpool before completing his move to Bayern Munich, according to reports.Barcelona were open to selling the Brazil international this summer but he has now joined Bayern on a season-long loan, while the German champions have the option to buy for €120 million (£109.8m).Coutinho was heavily linked with a return to the Premier League with Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal all reportedly interested in a deal.But according to The Athletic, Coutinho’s representatives ‘made it clear’ to Liverpool that he would prefer a move back to Anfield.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, the report claims that Liverpool were not interested in an expensive loan deal which would include the option to buy. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Dani Ceballos to complete Arsenal return on season-long loan today

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Sep 2020 10:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.4kShares Ceballos is set to re-join the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are set to complete the re-signing of Dani Ceballos on another season-long loan deal today, according to reports in Spain.The 24-year-old spent the 2019/20 campaign at the Emirates on loan from Real Madrid, helping fire Mikel Arteta’s side to their FA Cup triumph.It was a slow start to life in north London for Ceballos, struggling initially to break into the team under Unai Emery and then suffering an injury in November which kept him out for the best part of two months. Comment Advertisement Dani Ceballos to complete Arsenal return on season-long loan today Ceballos tasted success with the Gunners in the FA Cup (Picture: Getty Images)The Spaniard’s fortunes began to turn around under Arteta, and particularly after the Premier League restart, when he formed a solid partnership with Granit Xhaka in midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCeballos returned to Madrid at the end of the domestic campaign to consider his future and even took part in training with the La Liga giants earlier this week.However, the playmaker has been allowed to return to the Gunners on another season-long loan and according to ABC, he jetted into London on Wednesday to complete his medical.The report states that he will sign the contract today to keep him at Arsenal until next summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe news will come as a big boost for Mikel Arteta, who relied heavily on Ceballos as a creative spark in midfield.Ceballos is set to join Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes as Arsenal’s third major summer signing ahead of next season.The Gunners’ Premier League campaign kicks off on September 12 with a trip to Craven Cottage where they take on newly-promoted Fulham.MORE: Why Arsenal failed with bid for Manchester United-bound Donny van de BeekMORE: Napoli want Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos without paying transfer feeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisementlast_img read more

Irish regulator recruiting extra staff as IORP II transposition in sight

first_img“Irish occupational pensions are about to undergo the most significant changes in at least a generation,” he said.He highlighted as the most significant changes that trustees would need to demonstrate their focus on members’ interests – as opposed to just on compliance – and that defined benefit schemes would have to prepare and examine a much wider range of financial and actuarial data and “demonstrate that they understand and are managing their scheme so that members have a reasonable chance of receiving the benefits sit out in the scheme rules”.“The new obligations that will result from IORP II will go a long way to ensuring that members are more likely to receive their benefits and that unachievable promises are identified in good time,” he said.Kennedy also suggested that small schemes would find it challenging to comply with the new regime, which he said would specify the obligations of trustees in detail.“Although in the best schemes, these obligations are already being met, for many schemes, this is not so and much change will be needed,” he said, adding that the regulator considered that large schemes were better placed to protect the interests of pension savers.Kennedy said the regulator’s oversight would be “much more interventionist” under the IORP II regime, as it would be adopting a policy of forward-looking risk-based supervision with the objective, where possible, of preventing threats to the interests of pension scheme members.“We recognise that trustees and their advisers will need to understand their new obligations and the expectations of the Authority in considerable detail,” he added. “Communication will be an important part of the Authority’s work in coming years, especially in the immediate aftermath of the IORP II transposition.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The Irish pensions regulator is recruiting extra staff to deliver the enhanced supervision mandated by the IORP II Directive, which it expects to be transposed into domestic law before the end of the year.In a statement on the Irish Pensions Authority’s annual report and accounts, regulator Brendan Kennedy said the organisation had received approval to increase staffing by 17 to a total of 93.5, and that the extra resources would be needed to introduce forward-looking risk-based supervision of occupational pension schemes, as mandated by the new EU pension fund directive.The IORP II requirements are another reason the Authority is looking to increase fees. Last year it said it would do so to meet the cost of delivering data to the EU pensions and insurance regulator EIOPA. At the time there was little indication IORP II would be integrated into Irish law anytime soon.With transposition of the EU legislation now in sight, according to Kennedy, he said “there can be no doubt that significant change is coming to Irish pensions, and the nature and direction of that change is clear”.last_img read more

Shooting lands man in hospital

first_imgThe motive in the shooting was notimmediately established.  The 38-year-old resident Jerry Jaronsustained a gunshot wound on the hand, a police report showed. Jerry Jaron was wounded in a shooting incident in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City on Dec. 20. POLICE STATION 4 According to police investigators, aheated argument ensued between Jaron and Vivero around 9:10 a.m. on Dec.20.    Bacolod City – A man was shot in Barangay Estefania. Officers of Police Station 4 conducteda manhunt operation against Vivero, who fled after the incident./PN Police identified the suspect asresident Michael Vivero. This prompted Vivero to shoot Jaron,police said. Jaron was brought to the CorazonLocsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here for medical treatment.      last_img

COVID-free ICER resumes operation

first_imgIn the two weeks that ICER stopped operating, Treñas tasked the Bureau of Fire Protection to receive calls seeking emergency assistance./PN “Okay na…balik na sila sa operation,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The city government’s emergency response unit has resumed its operation. Treñas said ICER has resumed receiving calls for emergency assistance through contact numbers 0955-986-7404 and 0919-066-1554. The first personnel to test positive for COVID-19 was ICER’s 48-year-old male driver from Barangay Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo district. He was Western Visayas’ Patient No. 66 and was among the frontliners who underwent mass testing by the city government. The second personnel was a 28-year-old female from Jaro district or Patient No. 63. She was an administrative staff at ICER’s office. The rest of the unit’s personnel completed their 14-day quarantine and also tested negative for the illness. Immediately after ICER got its first COVID-19 case – the eighth confirmed COVID-19 case in the city – it suspended its operation and the City Health Office launched contact tracing to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The two personnel of the Iloilo City Emergency Responders (ICER) who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have recovered, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas.last_img read more