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first_img April 13, 2012 HMS Westminster’s Pirate-Busters Train with Kenyan Counterparts View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval HMS Westminster’s pirate-busters trained with their Kenyan counterparts when the Portsmouth warship visited the great port of Mombasa. As well as exercising with local forces, the frigate was used to promote trade between the UK and East Africa and launched an initiative by Anglo-Kenyan authorities to keep tourists and mariners safe.The Portsmouth-based frigate arranged some counter-piracy exercises with Kenyan forces when she visited Mombasa.The Royal Navy’s ‘capital ship’ is about as well-honed as it gets in such operations; she’s spent the past few weeks sweeping the Indian Ocean for criminal activity, with her mixed team of Royal Marines of 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group – the Corps’ specialists in board and search – as well as the ship’s ‘home-grown’ boarding experts ready to pounce.“The Kenyan Navy are well trained, well prepared and brimming with enthusiasm,” said Lt Carl Isherwood, Westminster’s boarding officer.“It was a delight to have had the opportunity to train with them and we have all taken something away from it.”The focal point of the warship’s time in Kenya was the visit of the UK’s Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, who hosted a group of Mombasa’s business and trade leaders onboard to discuss the economic development of the Port of Mombasa as a gateway for trade to East Africa.Westminster was also used as the venue for the launch of the ‘SeaSafe’ initiative. This campaign will see the UK authorities, through the High Commission, partner with the Kenya Tourist Industry and the Government of Kenya to provide useful advice to visitors, helping them enjoy the Indian Ocean safely.Continuing the theme of forging closer ties with the Kenyans; a number of sporting fixtures were played by Westminster’s sides against local opposition.The debut match by Westminster Warriors rugby team was a hard fought affair against Mombasa RFC with the locals just edging the victory 15-7. The ship’s netball and football teams were also put through their paces against local teams.Also away from the frigate, several members of the ship’s company attended a memorial service for the nine Royal Navy personnel who lost their lives when HMS Brilliant’s helicopter crashed near Mombasa in 1989; the Lynx was carrying crew ashore when it came down in the bush about 20 miles outside the city.Another group visited the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa to chat with patients and distribute small gifts to a variety of delighted patients in the children’s, maternity and burns wards.“The hospital,” says Sub Lt Gez Tin, “was extremely well staffed with caring and attentive staff doing a tremendous job.”HMS Westminster is once more back on patrol in the Indian Ocean conducting counter-piracy operations and making the high seas safer for those going about their lawful business.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 13, 2012; Image: royalnavy Share this article View post tag: with View post tag: Kenyan View post tag: traincenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Pirate-Busters Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Westminster’s Pirate-Busters Train with Kenyan Counterparts View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Counterparts View post tag: Westminster’s View post tag: Navylast_img read more

first_imgFlour prices seem set to rise – again! A formal announcement is due in the next few weeks but British Baker has gained advance knowledge that another price increase is imminent (pg 4).Before you feel like shouting “unjustified”, most bakers I have spoken to say the corresponding bread price rises earlier this summer have gone through. So they should. Consumers still pay less for good bread in this country than almost anywhere else in Europe. And it is worth noting that according to a new report from Warburtons (pg 6), sales of bread have risen 9.4% this year with brown, grains and seeded bread putting on the most sales.Allied Bakeries, “disappointing year” (pg 12) with Kingsmill and own label is tempered by the realistic assessment that things will probably not improve until after 2007, which leaves time for good planning rather than knee-jerk reaction.Certainly Britain’s second biggest retail chain Three Cooks needs to re-visit its whole formula of leasehold shops, which sell bought-in goods. Its strange quote last week that firms that ’both baked and ran shops were not viable’ has proved totally inappropriate. I wish it luck with its recovery plans (pg 4). I also suggest it looks at models that have both baked and run shops very successfully indeed! Yes, trading has been tough, even impossible for many. But there are hordes of examples of those who do it really well.Coffee shops, in my opinion, are now a bigger threat to craft bakers than fast food joints like McDonalds. Though where they may win on ambience a lot of them fall down on service. With this “feelings” orientated generation, it should provide an opportunity for craft sales staff to interact more, albeit briefly with customers, and be a vital part of training. When you buy something in Marks & Spencer now, they actually congratulate you on your own choice of purchase. That’s customer service!Elsewhere this week we look at flavours. Unifine offers everything from natural flavours and fruits to a tiramisu flavour made from 210 ingredients! And do read why student baker Lisa Glenton chose bakery as a profession. She loves it! If only more people out there got the message.last_img read more

first_img We want every young person to have the confidence to strive to fulfil their ambitions. For those young people who are vulnerable or face extra barriers, Universal Credit provides them with intensive, personalised support to move into employment, training or work experience; so no young person is left behind as they could be under the old benefits system. As we rollout Universal Credit, we have always been clear we will make any necessary changes along the way. This announcement today will reassure all young people that housing support is in place if they need it. Twitter – Facebook – LinkedIn – YouTube – England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 3267 5144 We welcome this decision to reinstate housing cost entitlement for 18 to 21-year-olds. This means no young person will need to disclose vulnerability in order to find somewhere to live. We hope this decision will increase landlord confidence in offering accommodation to younger people, knowing they can access assistance with their rent if needed. The decision is particularly timely as the Homelessness Reduction Act comes into force. Follow DWP on: The employment rate is at 75.3% – up from 74.6% compared to a year ago and the joint highest rate since records began. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed young people is down 40% since 2010.St Basils CEO Jean Templeton said: Read the written statement about these changes Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 Press Office London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 This change means that there are no barriers to young people accessing housing because of their age and is in line with the Homelessness Reduction Act which comes into force next month, and the government’s commitment to eradicate rough sleeping by 2027.More informationThe Youth Obligation is available in areas offering Universal Credit full service. It means 18 to 21-year-olds receive intensive work-focussed support from day one of their claim. If they are still unemployed and claiming Universal Credit after 6 months they are referred to work-related training or guaranteed work experience to give them the skills to gain an apprenticeship, move into education or work.St Basils provides support for young people, including emergency accommodation, supported accommodation, advice services and skills services. The government will amend the regulations so that all 18 to 21-year-olds will be entitled to claim support for housing costs within Universal Credit.Alongside the Youth Obligation, this change will mean young people get comprehensive and intensive work-focussed support, whether they are ‘learning’ or ‘earning’ as they set off into adulthood. They will also be assured that if they secure a tenancy they will be entitled to receive support towards their housing costs in the normal way.Work and Pensions Secretary of State Esther McVey said:last_img read more

first_img Judge upholds Harvard’s admissions policy SIMMONS: The fundamentals of learning tell us that it’s much better when you come into contact with difference, because you get to do all kinds of things that prompt your thinking about that difference. Let me give you the example that I typically use.I was at Wellesley College in a Greek philosophy class, and for some reason the professor used the example of apartheid in South Africa. Well, as a young person, I was quite passionate about the injustice of apartheid in South Africa. I didn’t really think very deeply about it. I just thought from an emotional level that it was simply wrong, and I thought of white South Africans as being evil, not unlike most of my peers at the time [who felt the same way]. As the discussion went around the room and students participated, it was evident that pretty much everybody in the class condemned apartheid as being unjust. But there was one girl who raised her hand, and when the professor called on her, she said she disagreed. Well, it startled me at first. But then she identified herself as South African. She was white South African. And she went on to argue why apartheid was not the evil that we thought it was. And she said at the end simply, “It’s our country too.”There are two things about that encounter: First, just the idea in that era of encountering a white South African in my classroom was extraordinary. Secondly, she put a human face on this system that I thought about, and she forced me to think about the fact that there were countless people in South Africa who felt passionately that they had a right to do what they were doing to Black South Africans; they had a right to the country; it was theirs because they made it what it was. And I had to think about that. And so I explain to people that today, when I think about that course, I cannot remember a single person in it, but I have never forgotten her. And that was decades ago.That’s what learning does. The encounter with difference can do that in a much more powerful way than simply knowing the facts, or reading about it, and it forces you to think about things in a different way. Now did she convince me of her position? No. But more importantly, she forced me to think about the way in which I was considering a problem in South Africa, and the way in which I was painting every single white South African with the same brush. Encounters like that taught me to be much more open-minded in the way that I encountered people, and in the way that I considered the political environment, and in the way in which I treated human beings who disagreed with me. And I would say that as a leader, the single most defining attribute of my leadership is the ability to do that. And that’s what I long for our future students and for citizens of this country: to have leaders who are prepared to hear their perspectives, prepared to respect them, in spite of the fact that they might disagree with prevailing views. All of that is so vital to something we call democracy. Because if we believe that we are entitled to govern as a people, then how do we govern if we cannot talk to each other, if we cannot know each other?GAZETTE: You mentioned your time at Wellesley. What are some other ways you experienced diversity as a young person?SIMMONS: When I was a child, I knew that the world thought of me as being unworthy, a blight on the world. I knew that because people spoke openly about how unworthy African Americans were. And they consigned African Americans to a certain station in life because of that unworthiness. That’s the reality that I that I grew up in, but somehow I had a sense that could not be right. And so, I wanted to probe. I couldn’t learn that in Houston, where I grew up, because Houston was very segregated. And so at the first opportunity, I went to Mexico because I got a scholarship when I was 17 or 18 years old to travel there to learn Spanish. I just wanted to see: Is this the reality of every culture? Is this what I have to look forward to no matter where in the world people live? Would this be the attitude everywhere? And that started me on language study, because I just knew as a child that there was something wrong with our country, that it was sick. And I needed to find a way to think about what my future could be in the country that hated me. Could I ever learn to be at peace in an environment that treated me so unjustly?That learning process was very important to me, as was the fact that my first encounter with difference was actually in Mexico, not in my own country, because I was in segregated circumstances here. Then I had an opportunity to go to Wellesley and to study for a year. And from there, I went to France to study for four years. So I was clearly in search of difference myself. How could I learn about human beings and what accounts for the way we behave toward each other? What are the cultural histories that promote the kinds of behavior that I was exposed to as a child? And so I wanted, as a consequence of my own kind of personal search for understanding, to be a part of an effort that tries to persuade people of a different model. And I’ve had a wonderful career. I’ve been able to work in positions to try to bring about a different approach. So imagine my surprise to find today at the end of my career that we’re back in the soup and almost as bad as ever. It’s immensely disappointing to me. So I asked myself, “What can we do this time?” Because clearly the efforts in the past, while they yielded some results, did not dig deep enough roots to continue the forward advancement, because we keep falling back. I am very interested in the question of what can we do to secure these improvements in such a way that every generation will not have to fight for them all over again. GAZETTE: Since the election of Barack Obama, some have said these types of admissions programs are no longer needed because we are in a “post-racial society.” Is that your experience? Do you think we have pushed past the need to think about diversity? “I am so fearful for the country, so very fearful for the young people who have to grow up in a world where these schisms multiply because our leaders are insufficiently capacious in their caring and concern and their knowledge.” SIMMONS: I don’t even understand what people are talking about when they say we’re in a “post-racial society.” What do they actually mean? They mean that token efforts prove that race is no longer a factor. That is the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard. There is no convincing data to back that up at all. So what is the reality that we have today? We have the growth of hate groups. We have increased violence against different groups. We have African American disparities, economic and health-related, and other disparities that are extraordinary, that point to the fact that widespread discrimination remains. I don’t understand the whole “post-racial” comment, frankly. I would say that applies to the fact that a few people can get through. But what does that prove? That proves that one person managed to get through the thick of discrimination because of their extraordinary attributes perhaps, because the timing was right, because of some other some other factors that cannot be quantified. But the fact that that happens periodically does not mean that there is no need to address the systemic racism in the country.GAZETTE: In your testimony, you pushed back on this notion of using a “ceiling” or “floor” when it comes to colleges and universities trying to create a diverse student body. Why?SIMMONS: Well, quite a quite apart from it being patently illegal to do that, I know that in this technological age that is heavily leaning toward quantitative measures and proofs that it is very hard to deal with the fact that human beings cannot be reduced to algorithms. That’s painful to us. Nevertheless, give me 10 people, and I will show you 100 ways in which they are different from each other. My work in admissions at Radcliffe had a very significant impact on me in the way that I looked at human capacity. Because we can look at things that we see on paper and we can make judgments about individuals, but we can never be certain of what the outcome is going to be. I’ve never seen anyone who can actually predict what a human being is, in the end, capable of doing. You can tell from their experience, you can tell from their intelligence what they could do under good circumstances, but the human will produces outcomes that you sometimes can’t predict.What I’m saying is: How many of a certain group do you need to have on a campus for that campus to function in the way that you want for a learning environment? I don’t know anybody who is capable of determining that. In admissions, we look at every individual. We look at what they’ve done in the past. We look at how much they have cared about learning. We look at what their interests are. We look at the fact that they’re from South Dakota, and that we may not have many people from South Dakota, and so on. So when you’re looking at a selective admission process, you’re looking at every individual and trying to determine whether or not they bring something to the learning environment. That’s what you’re actually doing. You’re not counting out how many people you have, and how much you know is too much, or how many are too few. I don’t know anybody who does that. And I don’t know anybody who, if they could do it, would have a good result from it.GAZETTE: What would happen if Harvard and other institutions were forced to give up their current process of admissions and, for example, only focus on grades and test scores when assessing applicants? A sharecroppers’ daughter who went on to become the first Black president of an Ivy League institution, Ruth Simmons has a unique perspective on why diversity is critical to preparing students to lead, work, and live in an increasingly globalized world. Simmons, the former president of Brown University and currently president of Prairie View A&M University, testified on Harvard’s behalf during a 2018 trial of a lawsuit challenging Harvard’s right to use race as one among many factors in its admissions practices. In a 130-page ruling issued in October 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs found that the University’s policies don’t discriminate on the basis of race, don’t engage in racial balancing or use quotas, and don’t place undue emphasis on race in considering applicants. Last week, a federal court heard oral arguments in an appeal of that decision. Simmons recently spoke with the Gazette about the importance of diversity in education.Q&ARuth SimmonsGAZETTE: In your opinion, what is fundamentally at stake in this case?SIMMONS: What’s at stake is the future of the country. As I said during the trial, I’ve lived through the period in this country when we did not have the good sense to have a plan to bring different groups together to explore our responsibility to share the governance of the country, living in silos, as we did during the segregated period in this country. That was not a useful way of empowering people, of working with others to bring about important advancements in society. That’s one aspect of it.The other aspect was that the nation concluded following the Civil War and Reconstruction that African Americans in particular did not have the intellectual capacity to advance to higher levels of learning. And that attitude pervaded education, and in general professions in the country, for a very, very long time. I hope we now know that conclusion was erroneous and self-interested on the part of people who wished to preserve privilege for a narrow segment of society. So now we’ve reached the point where we’re beginning to understand that individuals from many different backgrounds can contribute, importantly, to the advancement of the country. Why are we trying to go back to a period where we don’t try to plan for the integration of difference? I think it’s an indication of moving backwards, reimposing upon the country the trenchant unfairness that we dwelt in for so many years.And I think that continuing to bring students together as they learn enables them to do the most fundamental work that human beings need to do: to learn about other people. If we don’t learn about other people, we are subject to stereotyping, to bias, to unfair treatment of others, purely on the basis of our lack of knowledge and lack of experience working with other people. For leaders especially, this is a very particular problem. Imagine a nation that produces people who go on to leadership in the country, who are totally unaware of difference, who have no respect for people who are different, and who stoke the kind of divisions that divide a country. That’s where we are right now. And if there’s anything that tells us how important this case is, it’s to look at where we are today and the kind of hatred and violence that is aroused against groups.GAZETTE: During your testimony, you spoke about needing leaders fit for the times. You also referenced the enduring schisms in society based on political, cultural, and religious differences, and the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. What, if anything, have the intervening months taught us about the importance of educating future leaders who reflect the broad diversity of the American experience? SIMMONS: I would say that if I thought and felt that way when I was testifying, I feel that way even more today. Look at all of the incidents that we’ve seen since then that point to the dangers of ignorance around diversity, the dangers of separating society into enclaves, the dangers of resentment. I am so fearful for the country, so very fearful for the young people who have to grow up in a world where these schisms multiply because our leaders are insufficiently capacious in their caring and concern and their knowledge. If anything, I think we should bear down much harder in trying to put people together, trying to ensure through the programs that we offer that they have the capacity to interact with people of different races, of different religions, of different preferences and so forth.GAZETTE: Can you say more about how diversity in education can help overcome the racial discrimination and racial injustice the country is facing? “Imagine my surprise to find today at the end of my career that we’re back in the soup and almost as bad as ever. It’s immensely disappointing to me. So I asked myself, ‘What can we do this time?’” Ruling finds that College does not discriminate Appeals court hears arguments in admissions case SIMMONS: Well, I think it would be a much impoverished environment to be sure. I think any educator will tell you that the most rewarding and surprising aspects of their work have to do with individuals who have produced radically different results from what they might have expected. I give the example of a student I had who had top scores, absolutely beautiful in every respect in terms of their academic profile, who came to college and stayed in his room playing video games the entire time. So, you can try to do this quantitatively, and some universities find a way to do that. But why is Harvard different? And should a place like Harvard exist? Well, in this country we don’t have a national system of higher education, as many countries do. And in those countries, you can take exams and they admit students in exactly that way. But here’s what I hear every place that I travel where people ask me about the higher education system in the United States. The one thing they say is that they would long to have the kind of creative environment that we have on our campuses, but they have not found a way to do that sticking strictly to those quantitative measures that they have.The beauty of higher education in this country is that it’s very differentiated. We have women’s colleges. We have male colleges, very few, but we have some. We have African American institutions. We have religious institutions. And then we have great research universities like Harvard. And so what makes Harvard distinctive? What makes it distinctive are the individuals who come to Harvard, who interact with others from across the world, and who come out changed for it and ready for leadership. That’s what makes Harvard distinctive. Now, do you want to destroy that possibility in the best higher education system in the world? Why would you do that?So I think preserving the flexibility of institutions to create these classes, with very different students coming together, learning from each other, intensifying the environment for learning, both in and outside the classroom, preparing for leadership, is critical. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could say that you can prepare for leadership in this country and be assured that all the people you lead are going to be just like you? But the fact is that there is no leader, whether of a corporation, a university, or the whole country who is going to be leading such a populace. There is no leader who is going to have a task like that. And so how do we prepare for the kind of country that we need to have with responsible leadership that is trusted by the people, where everybody feels an identification with that leadership? If we’re not trying to create that, by God, I fear for what the future might be like in this country.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length.center_img Hundreds of social scientists, business executives, Nobel laureates, state attorneys general, colleges rebut group appealing judgment in favor of Harvard’s policies Major outpouring of support for University in legal battle over admissions approach The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Plaintiff looks to overturn district court ruling that affirmed Harvard’s policies to ensure a diverse student body Relatedlast_img read more

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How credit unions can connect with the next generation of Anna StanleyMillennials are an increasingly important demographic for marketers to reach. In fact, Whole Foods recently launched a new chain of stores under a separate banner that will be geared to appeal to Millennials—in product selection, pricing and marketing strategies. One motivating factor is the sheer size of this generation. In 2015, Millennials will overtake baby boomers as the largest living generation in the U.S., and will represent nearly 76 million consumers.The millennial generation, ages 18 to 34, is not only the largest population segment, it is the most racially diverse and highly educated generation in American history. Given these facts, the millennial generation is increasingly important to the future success of credit unions. The National Credit Union Administration reports that the average natural age per credit union member account is over 50 years. Credit unions need to be working aggressively now to attract and retain younger members to prosper as a viable financial services provider in the future.Reaching Millennials will not happen simply by launching a Facebook page or tweeting updates. While social media is the preferred vehicle to reach Millennials, the following strategies will help your credit union gain and, more importantly, maintain Millennials’ attention.Millennials Are Always OnAccording to research by social marketing platform Crowdtap, Millennials spend an average of 17.8 hours a day reading and perusing different types of media. Those hours represent a total across multiple media sources, including Facebook, text messages, print magazine, television and others, some of which are consumed simultaneously. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shawn Kisana Mr. Kisana is responsible for MBL’s accounting, human resources and other administrative functions of MBL. He is responsible for developing and implementing the accounting policies and procedures that govern … Web: Details For credit unions that operate a member business lending program, getting to know the details of a member’s needs is key to establishing a long-term and successful relationship.As member service continues to evolve, this typically involves developing and implementing vibrant member engagement programs. Far beyond the typical sales and service culture, member engagement both encourages and requires credit union staff to drill deeply into the minutia of the personal and business needs of members.This is especially true when it comes to seasonal business lending requirements. Credit unions that know their members well will also recognize that not every business is run and operated the same way. Seasonal businesses require understanding of a different nature when it comes to cash flow requirements.Examples of seasonal businesses include any business related to a holiday (Halloween, Christmas, etc.), businesses tied to specific weather (summer camps, ski lodges, etc.), and other cyclical events (such as tax preparers in the first quarter, gym owners in January and lawn care specialists in the spring and summer).How can your credit union help seasonal business lending members? Following are a few ideas.Offer short-term loans and lines of credit. These can be invaluable lifelines to seasonal business lending members. This extra cash flow can also help with potential “tight spots” on a member’s calendar. Other options include business credit cards and revolving lines of credit. Another positive to this is that credit unions can help keep their seasonal business members out of the clutches of high-rate lenders.Assist in seasonal member business planning. Discuss their unique and individual needs with every business member. By taking a look at the calendar and anticipated cash flow challenges ahead of time, your credit union cannot only help the seasonal business number keeps his or her head above water, it can also deepen and develop the relationship.Offer flexible terms. Seasonal businesses are particularly afflicted by the highs and lows of cash flows. To the extent possible, be understanding of this and work with your seasonal business lending members to accommodate flexible payment terms, rates and dates.Credit unions that work hard now to understand, anticipate and appreciate the business needs of their members, particularly seasonal business lending members, stand a better chance of developing successful long-term relationships. By taking a few steps to help ensure such healthy relationships, credit unions also position themselves as the lending and business services provider of choice for countless potential business lending members.last_img read more

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Details Are you one of the board members pretending to look engaged and interested?  How curious are you in the board packet and in understanding how your organization is confidently and consistently serving your community?  What are you doing to add value while mitigating risk? It is a shame that 67% of board members are Pretenders. This phenomenon of looking busy during the board meeting is called social loafing. Individuals tend to put forth less effort in a group than if they were working alone.  Group meetings with six people have individuals contribute with a 40% effort, and most boards have at least seven members. Heavy social loafing is a challenge for the CEO. How satisfied would you be if your CEO performed at 40% effort?  What would be different if each board member arrived ready to contribute at 100%, asked one or two strategic oriented questions, and lead or proactively added value to rigorous dialogue?  Such an exuberant board meeting requires a:    forward focused agenda    board packet aligned with a strategic board mindset    skill at asking the right questions (not the micro questions!)    competence in framing the challenge, issue, or opportunity    new practices moving from tactical to framing    a commitment to be a high-performing board be each board memberEvery organization needs a high performing board and it as a right of each account holder. A collateral advantage is caliber professionals will be more apt to join a rigorous board.  The CEO will be higher performing to pace with a strategically focused, high performing board. Why are you waiting?  No longer permit the Pretenders in your boardroom. last_img read more

first_imgUnai Emery trusted Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in penalty decision Comment The striker had missed his last effort against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang praised Lacazette for letting him take the penalty after his previous miss, and Emery insists he has confidence in both his strikers.ADVERTISEMENT‘Here we have some different players who can shoot the penalty. They decided,’ he said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Aubameyang has experience and is a specialist. Today I had the same confidence in both.’ Advertisement Arsenal now have their Champions League fate in their own hands (Picture: Getty)‘It’s going to be difficult, we think game by game,’ Emery said.‘I don’t know if it’s the best, I think we’re improving and we are being competitive in different matches.‘We cam feel today very proud of every player and I want to say to our supporters thank you because they helped us a lot today. There was big spirit and big commitment.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Lacazette told Aubameyang to take the penalty (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says he trusted Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make the right decision after the latter scored a penalty in the 2-0 win over Manchester United.Aubameyang missed his last spot-kick against Tottenham, but was told by Lacazette the penalty was his when Fred brought him down in the box.With the game finely balanced at 1-0 going into the final 20 minutes, Aubameyang stepped up to put some daylight between Arsenal and United. (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s victory over United meant the Gunners leapfrogged the Red Devils into fourth place in the Premier League.Emery’s side is also the first league team to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the United boss took over in November.Arsenal are now the frontrunners to claim the final Champions League spot and Emery hailed the home support after the crucial win.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 Coral BarrySunday 10 Mar 2019 7:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShareslast_img read more

first_imgApart from its equity holdings, only Keva’s hedge funds saw losses, returning -2.9%.Private equity and real estate holdings both returned less than 1%, with property achieving the second-best performance of 0.7%.Keva’s best-performing asset class was fixed income, which at the end of March accounted for more than 46% of its €44bn in assets.Stefan Björkman, managing director at the €5.7bn Etera, said investment income was “stable” throughout the first quarter.Unlike Keva, Etera said property was its best-performing asset class, returning 2% over the quarter, compared with 0.5% from its fixed income portfolio.Equity losses were lower, with a return of -1%, while alternatives also lost a comparable -1.2%.However, Keva’s Huotari struck a note of caution when discussing future returns.“The underlying problem appears to be that none of the central [bank] operators seems to offer an intelligible way out of the current situation,” he said.“In the coming years, we might have an even bumpier ride ahead than we expected.” Finnish pension investors have suffered low returns as a result of “very unsettled” capital markets, according to Keva.The local government pension provider saw losses of 0.8% over the first three months of 2016, partly down to a 4.4% loss from its equity holdings, while pensions mutual Etera managed to return 0.1% over the same period.Tapani Hellstén, Keva’s acting managing director, said investment performance was in line with the fund’s expectations, although his CIO Ari Huotari said first-quarter returns were “meagre”.“The capital markets have been very unsettled, and we have performed reasonably well in investment operations in the middle of the storm,” Hellstén added.last_img read more

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 29 Aug 2012Marriage really matters. Thank God we are talking about it. As Professor Patrick Parkinson said in these pages last week, marriage is ”by far the most stable, safe and nurturing relationship in which to raise children”. However, fewer people are choosing marriage as a way of relating to someone of the opposite sex and fewer people are nurturing children in a family with marriage at its heart.I can understand that. Individualism leaves us with little reason to join our life to that of someone else. Apart from that, for many marriage has become an arena of suffering, exploitation and disappointment. We choose to bypass it. Yet I would say that we need to go back to biblical principles and understand, improve and support marriage rather than abandon it.I freely admit that for me, the earthly title and vocation I cherish most is ”husband”. It all began with promises, and each day I try to live out the commitment I made. Marriage is not always easy and I know that for some it proves painfully impossible. But, mostly, making our promises before witnesses and trying to keep them is what works best.Public promises make a marriage. Marriages are founded on promises of lifelong, exclusive bonding. Provided that the promises commit both man and woman in good times and in bad ”till death do us part”, and that both intend to relate only to each other, the promises are effective in creating the marriage. Husband and wife can certainly make identical promises.But promises can reflect something even more profound. Since they unite not simply two people but a man and a woman – two different bodies for whom marriage holds different consequences, needs, expectations and emotions – the promises can express these differences, and traditionally have done so.Many of our young people want to be ”wives and husbands” rather than simply ”partners” and in their weddings they come as ”bride and groom” rather than simply two individuals. They believe that expressing these differences, including different responsibilities, makes for a better marriage.Both kinds of promise are provided for in the Sydney Anglican diocese’s proposed Prayer Book, which has been the subject of commentary this week.There is nothing new in this – it is the same as the Australian Prayer Book which has been used for decades.Where different promises are made, the man undertakes great responsibility and this is also the wording of the book, as it has always been. The biblical teaching is that the promise made voluntarily by the bride to submit to her husband is matched by the even more onerous obligation which the husband must undertake to act towards his wife as Christ has loved the church. The Bible says that this obligation is ultimately measured by the self-sacrifice of Christ in dying on the cross.This is not an invitation to bossiness, let alone abuse. A husband who uses the wife’s promise in this way stands condemned for betraying his own sworn obligations. The husband is to take responsibility for his wife and family in a Christ-like way. Her ”submission” is her voluntary acceptance of this pattern of living together, her glad recognition that this is what he intends to bring to the marriage and that it is for her good, his good and the good of children born to them. She is going to accept him as a man who has chosen the self-discipline and commitment of marriage for her sake and for their children. At a time when women rightly complain that they cannot get men to commit, here is a pattern which demands real commitment all the way.Secular views of marriage are driven by a destructive individualism and libertarianism. This philosophy is inconsistent with the reality of long-term relationships such as marriage and family life.Referring to ”partners” rather than husband or wife gives no special challenge to the man to demonstrate the masculine qualities which he brings to a marriage.Men have to accept the limitations imposed by a commitment to marry. Both husband and wife must exercise self-control and the acceptance of boundaries, although in ways which are somewhat distinctive. My greatest interest in the draft service the diocese has prepared is the high standard being proposed for men.When a husband promises to love his wife as Christ loved the church and give himself up for her, he is declaring his intention to be a man of strength and self-control for her benefit and for the benefit of any children born to them. Such qualities, properly exercised in the spirit of self-sacrifice, enhance the feminine and personal qualities of his wife.Each marriage and each era will work this out differently. It is in this context and this alone that the revised marriage service enables a woman to promise submission.Her submission rises out of his submission to Christ.It is a pity that the present discussion has been so overtly political. Instead of mocking or acting horrified, we should engage in a serious and respectful debate about marriage and about the responsibilities of the men and women who become husbands and wives. The Bible contains great wisdom on this fundamental relationship.The rush to embrace libertarian and individualistic philosophy means that we miss some of the key relational elements of being human, elements which make for our wellbeing and happiness. It’s time to rethink marriage from first principles. It really matters.Peter Jensen is the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney. read more