Tributes pour in for Jakes Gerwel

first_img29 November 2012Tributes have been pouring in for Professor Jakes Gerwel, an important figure in South Africa’s struggle for liberation from apartheid and the director-general in former president Nelson Mandela’s office, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 66.A distinguished academic and politician, Gerwel served as vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape from 1987 to 1994, and as chancellor of Rhodes University from 1999.A close friend and associate of Mandela, Gerwel retired from politics when Mandela stepped down in 1999 after serving one term as president of South Africa, choosing to join Mandela in his post-presidential work.President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday added his voice to those expressing their condolences to the family and friends of Gerwel. “We will sorely miss the tenacity and dedication of this distinguished academic and leader of our society,” Zuma said in a statement.Former president Thabo Mbeki also paid tribute to Gerwel, describing him as “an outstanding South African who contributed to the country in a wide variety of fields, including literature, academia, politics, government, business and sport, particularly cricket, while remaining always very humble and self-effacing.”Mbeki said in a statement that he had first got to know Gerwel when he was vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, where he made an enormous contribution in transforming the institution and positioning it as “the home of the left” in South Africa.“He therefore stood in the front ranks of those who helped to transform our centres of higher education into institutions which would use their concentrated brain power to contribute to the transformation of our country into a non-racial and non-sexist democracy,” Mbeki said.As the first director-general in President Nelson Mandela’s office, Gerwel acted as a “pathfinder and dean” of South Africa’s post-apartheid civil service.“With his wealth of experience, commitment and selfless dedication to public service, Prof Gerwel still had much to offer our country and people,” Mbeki said, adding that today’s civil servants would do well to study Gerwel’s example in order to “draw appropriate lessons in addressing the challenges of the civil service and the masses of the people it is meant to serve”.A memorial service in honour of Gerwel will be held in the Main Hall, University of the Western Cape at 3pm on Saturday.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Amid funding dispute, Senate biomedical innovation effort teeters ahead

first_imgThe massive biomedical innovation bill that breezed through the U.S. House of Representatives last summer is moving through the Senate, albeit on much weaker tailwinds. In the first of three scheduled hearings, the Senate’s health committee today approved an initial set of bipartisan proposals aimed at speeding the discovery and development of new medical treatments. Lawmakers hope the bills can be combined into a companion to the House bill, known as 21st Century Cures.This piecemeal approach, which Senate health committee chair Lamar Alexander (R–TN) laid out last month, signaled partisan tensions over certain proposals in 21st Century Cures, notably an $8.75 billion boost for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over 5 years, which in the House proposal would consist of dedicated mandatory funding, not subject to the annual budget appropriations process and budget caps. (The House bill proposes selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to create the needed revenue.)Alexander has been resistant to that approach, together with Republican colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. Today he indicated that the NIH windfall isn’t off the table, and that he is personally “willing to consider using mandatory funds” to support five priority areas: President Obama’s precision medicine initiative, the recently announced cancer moonshot, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative, a system of grants for “big ideas” across NIH institutes, and support for young investigators. (Those first three programs are also priorities in President Obama’s 2017 budget request released today.) But he noted that any proposal would need to find that funding by reducing existing mandatory spending elsewhere. 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She accused Republican lawmakers of diverting the conversation from research funding and trying to loosen FDA’s requirements for drugmakers at the expense of patient safety. “If Republicans are determined to gut [FDA] under the guise of improving it, then get ready for a fight on this,” said Warren, who pledged not to support any more “so-called ‘innovation’ legislation” until the committee reached a bipartisan agreement that includes guaranteed NIH funding.Richard Burr (R–NC) heaped on the pessimism. “There’s not going to be an innovation bill,” he said. “I plan to write one, but I doubt there’s one that can get out of this committee.”Despite the dark clouds, a preliminary agenda for the panel’s 9 March hearing includes discussion about “bipartisan legislation to modernize [FDA] and [NIH],” including ways to support both precision medicine and the cancer moonshot.last_img read more

Former France international Eric Abidal announces retirement

first_imgFormer France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for ‘personal reasons’.Abidal, 35, made 67 appearances for France and last featured in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in November 2013. He had stints at clubs including Barcelona, Olympique Lyonnais, Monaco, and, most recently, Olympiakos Piraeus, and played in the Greek club’s 2-0 Super League win at home to Panionios on Wednesday. “Today I announce my decision to end my career here at Olympiakos,” Abidal told a news conference in Athens.”The reasons are personal,” he added. “Every top-level player understands that there comes a time and my time has come.”With Barca, Abidal won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, as well as four La Liga titles, and was runner-up with France at the 2006 World Cup.He said there was a possibility he will join the Barca or Olympiakos coaching staff in some capacity but would first take a break to spend time with his family.”Now what I want to do is rest and enjoy spending time with my family and then I will take some decisions as far as my future is concerned,” Abidal said.last_img read more

Paradigm Shift Needed In Public Healthcare Delivery – Dr. Tufton

first_imgStory Highlights Dr. Tufton also noted that there is need to refocus on primary healthcare, with emphasis on advocacy for persons to stay out of hospitals, while noting that many times, this discussion does not enter the narrative discourse. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a paradigm shift is needed in the way public health is administered.Speaking at the ‘Make Jamaica Well Again’ Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organised by WordAlive Medical Mission, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Thursday (August 30), Dr. Tufton said part of that shift involves forging and strengthening partnerships.“That principle has to be extended at a much larger level as it relates to public health within our country. We see some 200-plus missions supporting public health initiatives in Jamaica each year. We have to do more to cater to, accommodate, invite, and support more of that collaboration,” he stated.The Minister pointed out that the State is unlikely to ever be in a position to do enough to meet the demand for public healthcare delivery, based on the “challenges that we face”.“The second thing is advocacy. I am of the view that beyond giving a clinical prescription as to how to correct the ills of the body, we have to spend more time influencing the thought process of individuals, in terms of what is right and what is wrong,” Dr. Tufton argued.He further said advocacy has to be supported at all levels of society and not just legislatively.“I come under a little attack or pressure sometimes when I speak of the restriction of certain food items within the schools, because it sounds as if you beating up on an industry. But frankly speaking, we have to see ourselves as guardians of trying to influence behavioural change,” he stated.The Minister added that “certainly, as it relates to our young people in schools, they need to be guided; we have an obligation to provide that guidance and we do that in partnership and collaborations with others”.Dr. Tufton also noted that there is need to refocus on primary healthcare, with emphasis on advocacy for persons to stay out of hospitals, while noting that many times, this discussion does not enter the narrative discourse.“So the demonstrations (and) complaints are [about the need to] build more hospitals. Well, in building more hospitals, you will never ever satisfy the need if you don’t get people to adjust their behaviour, and that behavioural change has to come from the very basic primary community,” the Minister stated.The 2018 Medical Mission, which started August 27, will conclude today (August 31) in St. Catherine with the host venue being the Work and Faith International Fellowship in Spanish Town.Since Monday (August 27), hundreds of citizens from the community have received free healthcare, medication, food, school bags and food care packages. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says a paradigm shift is needed in the way public health is administered. Since Monday (August 27), hundreds of citizens from the community have received free healthcare, medication, food, school bags and food care packages.last_img read more

Canadian pensions fared well in 2017 thanks to strength of stock markets

first_imgTORONTO – Defined-benefit pension plans in Canada generally ended 2017 in better financial condition than they’ve experienced for most of the past decade, according to figures released Wednesday by Mercer.The international pension consulting firm’s Canadian index of pension health — based on a hypothetical, representative fund — stood at 106 per cent on Dec. 29, up from 102 per cent at the beginning of the year and a dismal 70 per cent after the 2008-09 financial crisis.“Equity markets had crashed and interest rates were very low. And both those things meant that pension plans were pretty poorly funded,” said Manuel Monteiro, who leads Mercer Canada’s financial strategy group.Two major reasons for the turnaround have been extra payments by plan sponsors and the recovery of stock prices.“Interest rates haven’t really helped. … But equity markets have done well and companies have putting lots of money into these pension plans to get them fully funded,” Monteiro said.According to Mercer estimates, a typical balanced pension portfolio with a combination of equity and fixed-income investments would have returned 5.3 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2017.The firm said many of the Canadian defined-benefit pension plans that it tracks were fully funded, or very close to fully funded, at the end of the year.The median solvency ratio for Mercer’s 604 pension clients in Canada was 97 per cent — meaning half of the pension plans had enough assets to cover at least 97 per cent of their obligations.That’s an improvement from the end of 2016, when the median solvency ratio for Mercer clients was 93 per cent.Looking ahead, however, Monteiro cautioned that plan sponsors should consider lowering their level of investment risks.“Obviously, if we do have another market downturn, we could see the funded positions of the plans deteriorate pretty significantly,” he said.Defined-benefit plans have become less common in recent years because of the cost and financial risk they pose to employers if investments perform poorly.According to a Statistics Canada report issued summer, defined-benefit plans accounted for 67.1 per cent of employees with a registered pension plan in 2015, down from a rate of over 90 per cent in the 1980s.Many employers have opted for other retirement options that put them at less financial risk and two provinces — Quebec and Ontario — have moved to relax the rules for defined-benefit plans under their jurisdiction.Monteiro said both Quebec and Ontario have moved away from requiring that a defined-benefit pension plan have enough assets to cover retirement benefits even if the sponsoring company goes out of business or can’t make up the fund’s shortfall.“They’re basically saying that you don’t need to keep your plan fully funded on a solvency basis. You only have to keep it funded on a going-concern basis, which assumes that the plan and the company can continue forever.”The federal government introduced legislation to create a new category of target benefit plans that would give plan sponsors leeway to reduce the level of retirement benefits if its unfunded liabilities reach a certain threshold — but that proposal is still before Parliament.Monteiro said that his sense is that the federal government may not bring in target benefit plans or do so very slowly, and that there may not be many sponsors that make the switch from defined-benefit plans.“But if they did, it would tend to push this index down because plans wouldn’t have to fund on a solvency basis.”last_img read more

Foiling NPAs

first_imgWith the Look Out Circulars issued against debt-ridden Bhushan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) chairman Sanjay Singhal and his wife and vice-chairman Aarti Singhal by CBI, the immigration authorities at all airports and entry-exit points across the country will notify CBI should Sanjay and his wife try to elude from the country. CBI had earlier this month registered a case of cheating amounting to Rs 2,348 crore against Singhal and the others including unknown public servants. Subsequently, CBI carried out searches at 18 locations across cities connected to the company. BPSL sits on the maturity point of the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) initiated against it back on July 26, 2017, on a plea of PNB. The resolution plan submitted by JSW Steel is yet to be approved by the principal bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) which reserved its order on Tuesday. Embroiled in heavy debts with a huge loan default of Rs 47,204 crore availed from 33 banks and financial institutions between 2007-14, BPSL was admitted in the New Delhi branch of NCLT for CIRP. Sanjay Singhal had made a last-minute offer to pay the financial creditors in full and take the company out of CIRP, under section 12 A of the IBC. The FIR filed by CBI also alleges that BPSL was one of the few companies to have paid kickbacks to those owned and controlled by Deepak and Rajiv Kochhar in a quid pro quo deal for getting loans sanctioned from ICICI bank headed by Deepak’s wife Chandana Kochhar at the time. The FIR reveals that ICICI bank had disbursed loans amounting to Rs 586.6 crore to BPSL between 2007-14. While ED remains in-charge of inquiring into the matter, this certainly reveals a nexus of cheating and criminal conspiracy which involves forging documents, falsification of accounts on a major scale by eminent industrialists and top-officials such as Singhal, Kochhar, and even the Sandesara brothers of Sterling Biotech currently on the run for being wanted in Rs 8,100 crore bank fraud. While investigating agencies gradually uncover the nexus, high-amount NPAs on top of money-laundering instances surface with absolutely devastating misuse of authority for personal gains. While the IBC Act, 2016, has been instated to combat insolvent companies and PMLA Act, 2002, to tackle money-laundering cases, the perpetrators have largely eluded from authorities – escaping the country – resulting in enactment of FEO Act, 2018. Cross-validation of loans and financial health of companies has to be regulated to prevent a drastic NPA and money-laundering scenario. The problem of NPAs has to be tackled from the root – loans granted despite sketchy remarks with falsified periodic validations. Having a cure for such adversities should not eclipse the need for preventive measures to avoid recurring instances of such adversities in the first place.last_img read more

BJP to get mandate bigger than in 2014: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the BJP would get a bigger mandate than in 2014 in the general elections and the “New India” is a positive India which does not accept the “negativism of Rahul, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee and TDP”. In a blog post, “Has the Congress Thrown its Hands up?”, Jaitley said voting for the first three rounds of the elections covering 303 parliamentary seats is over and electoral battle now enters the Hindi heartland. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He said that in most of the states where elections are to be held in the coming rounds, it is a direct contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition party “is in no position to effectively take on the regional parties or the BJP”. “Therefore, the only issue in the future rounds is the width of the margin of victory of the BJP. Will it be a repeat of 2014 in terms of votes, or will it be more? A euphoric reaction at the ground suggests a mandate larger than 2014. A 65 per cent to 70 per cent approval rating for an incumbent Prime Minister is unprecedented in India. It is reflecting in the groundswell,” Jaitley said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said the Congress has announced 424 seats, though the proposed grand alliance at the national level died before it was born. Jaitley said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in the last one year, built up “a fake narrative” on Rafale and loan waiver to business houses, which was contrary to the truth. “The fake issues evaporated and now strike no chord with the electorate. Having to apologise to the Supreme Court for false public narrative significantly diminishes the credibility of a political leader. Rahul became a victim of his own falsehood,” Jaitley said. The BJP leader said that the “desperation reached a peak” when Gandhi, “without realising that Arvind Kejriwal was playing games with him”, offered him four seats contrary to the advice of the party’s state unit and “displayed the desperation of a loser”. Attacking the Congress leader further, Jaitley said that instead of sharing the nationalist mood in the country post Balakot, Gandhi positioned his party against both the national interest and the national mood. “He considered Balakot not a blow to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism but to the Congress party. When the Kashmir parties take a position of soft separatism, the Congress has been unable to reveal either its stand for or any opposition to it.” Jaitley said that the desperation reached climax when the Congress and the NCP had to “outsource” the job of attacking Prime Minister to MNS leader Raj Thackeray without realising the fallout of such a move in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other north Indian states. He said the Congress manifesto on national security was completely against the nationalistic mood in the country. “Rahul had to seek cover at Wayanad and Priyanka had to skip Varanasi and feel satisfied not to contest because there was no Wayanad available to her. The ‘New India’ is a positive India. It does not accept the negativism of Rahul, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee and TDP. The ‘New India’ wants to look up rather than be cynical and critical about their own country,” he said. Jaitley said that the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are 48 years behind the times. “2019 and 1971 are 48 years apart. India’s social combination and economic profile has completely changed. The Congress is contesting the 2019 election on the 1971 agenda. It is not in tune with the times. The writing on the wall is loud and clear. Those who lived a life of entitlement all through, give up when office seems to be a distant dream,” the Minister said. He said that in the North East, Bengal and Odisha, the contest was between the regional parties and the BJP and the party also appears to be making significant gains in the east. Among the southern states, Karnataka appears to be going the BJP way. “With the regional parties dominating Andhra and Telangana, the Congress in both states and the TDP are staring at a washout.”last_img read more

Ohio State mens gymnastics finishes 3rd at nationals Johnson wins high bar

The OSU men’s gymnastics team poses for a photo after the NCAA championships on April 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Luke Swartz | Lantern reporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team played host to the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Championships over the weekend at St. John Arena. The event, which spanned two nights, was broken into two qualifying sessions Friday and the finals the following evening.The Buckeyes came into the weekend boasting the reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in redshirt sophomore Sean Melton, the Big Ten Coach of the Year in Rustam Sharipov and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in Alec Yoder.Friday night’s qualifier pitted the Buckeyes against five of the nation’s top schools and individual gymnasts from non-qualifying schools. OSU (433.400) finished in second place as a team on the night, advancing along with Friday night’s winner, Stanford (434.350), and third-place Illinois (432.050). Those three joined Oklahoma, Penn State and Minnesota, which qualified in the first session of the day.On Saturday night, the qualifying teams and athletes participated in the championship portion. After an up-and-down night, which saw Buckeyes bouncing around the team standings, the hosts eventually fought their way back and cemented themselves in the standings, taking third place on the night with a score of 433.150.The third-place finish was the best finish for OSU in the NCAA finals since 2005. The Buckeyes finished only behind No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 Oklahoma, which clinched its second consecutive title.“The guys never give up, so this is what it is all about,” Sharipov said. “This year we (were) Big Ten champions (and) third in the NCAAs, it’s great.”Senior and team captain Alex Johnson took home the national title on the high bar (15.200), his first career national title in his final collegiate event. “It means the world to me, but honestly coming in, I was more worried about the team.” Johnson said. “My coach always preaches that if you go in with team goals in mind, individual accolades will come, and that’s what happened tonight, so I’m ecstatic.”Having had a strong season, the Buckeyes felt they could have put forth a stronger performance in the NCAA Championships, but Yoder said he realizes that finishing in third place is nothing to be disappointed with.“This is so much fun, of course it’s a bummer that we didn’t come out on top like we wanted,” Yoder said. “How close this team is to each other (and) the amount of passion, pride and excellence in the gym is great. I know we have what it takes to be the best.”Individually, six different Buckeyes were recognized with All-American honors, the most OSU has ever had at an NCAA championship.Johnson received his first while Yoder brought in three awards in his first NCAA championship. Melton added two All-American awards with sophomore Seth Delbridge, sophomore Alex Wilson and senior Emeric Quade receiving their first All-American honors. read more

Man Arrested For Yelling And Firing Off Rounds In Residential Area Of

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Heavy Down Drive in Kasilof for a report of an intoxicated male yelling loudly and shooting rounds off from a pistol, on April 12. Kuhlmann was arrested for misconduct involving a weapon in the 4th degree and disorderly conduct in the 6th degree. According to the online Trooper dispatch, upon arrival the male could be heard yelling at the top of his lungs. AST contacted the male identified as Charles F. Kuhlmann, 60, of Kenai. Investigation revealed Kuhlmann was intoxicated and had been shooting his pistol. He was transported and remanded to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held until sober and released (O/R) on his own recognizance.last_img read more

TOWN ELECTION UPDATE Selectmen Bendel Caira Pull Papers To Run For ReElection

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Less than one week after nomination papers became available, Selectmen Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel have already pulled papers, indicating each man will be seeking re-election to a second term to the board.On the School Committee side, incumbent Jo Newhouse, who was appointed to her seat in August, has also pulled papers quickly, as has last year’s runner-up Jesse Fennelly. Incumbents Julie Broussand and Tom Talbot have not pulled papers to date.Longtime Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Robert Peterson Sr. has also pulled nomination papers to seek re-election.According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how things stand as of January 7:Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year termsGreg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — has not returned yetKevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetWilmington School Committee — 3 seats — 3-year termsJo Newhouse (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetJesse Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/7 — has not returned yetShawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year termRobert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — has not returned yetTo get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Bendel & Caira Win Re-Election, O’Mahony Joins The BoardIn “Breaking News”TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Broussard & Talbot Will NOT Seek Re-Election To School CommitteeIn “Government”ELECTION UPDATE: Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo, Daryn Marsh Join Selectmen RacesIn “Government”last_img read more