Black cap for judges’ pensions

first_imgEarlier this year I blogged that judges’ generous pension entitlements would end up squarely in the line of fire following fiscal meltdown. And lo, it has come to pass, as the two main parties try to out-macho each other in respect of how severely they can punish public servants who were in no way responsible for the crash. George Osborne, the next chancellor of the exchequer if you believe the opinion polls, proposed a £50,000 a year cap on taxpayer-funded public sector pensions at this week’s Tory party conference. Judges are probably the occupational group that would suffer most. To recap, judges pay just 1.8-2.4% of their salaries to accrue a final salary pension at the rate of 1/40th for each year of service, up to 20 years. This is quite staggeringly generous. Let’s say you’re a judge earning £170,000 a year – halfway up the ladder. For a modest outlay of about £34,000 before tax at current prices, you can retire after 10 years’ service on an annual pension of £85,000 for life. If you live for another 20 years, that’s a cool £1.7m from the taxpayer. Only the governor of the Bank of England (1/30ths) fares better in the public sector. Even better, this is a final salary scheme. Move up and you stand to get far more. A £50,000 cap would soon derail this particular gravy train. Pensions already earned, or already in payment, would appear to be sacrosanct. However, it seems a future Tory government would change existing public sector pension schemes to stop further pension accrual above £50,000 while scheme members are still in employment. At what cost? The Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) points out that it is ‘important to assess the value of the judicial pension as a substantial part of the reward package’. Quite so, because judges’ salaries – while hefty – don’t come close to what the best of private practice has to offer. Is the prospect of becoming a judge about to become a whole lot less attractive? Or will judges be treated as a special case, as they were when Lord Falconer removed the requirement that tax relief on personal pension savings be limited to the lifetime limit?last_img read more

Thought for tomorrow: Logistics

first_imgIt is possible that some construction professionals reading this will not like the reality of what I am about to say. But it is a fact that while technologies continue to make us more productive, the world can only change as fast as logistics will allow it. So, when we think about how the construction industry might look 25 years from now, we would be foolish not to consider logistics. There is much talk of AI and the “internet of things”, but these advancements require vast amounts of data to allow them to make informed decisions—data that (even if it is being captured) is often too fragmented to provide a usable dataset. So let us instead focus on another aspect of the current trajectory of logistics. This technology already exists, and the only barrier is that it requires a change of mentalityModern methods of construction are not new but those methods continue to drive efficiency through process – and there is so much more that can be done. Imagine this future: BIM designed buildings generating components fabricated simultaneously in factories, shipped and tracked to local preassembly facilities, consolidated and prepared for installation on site where large modular components are transported to the workface by skilled modern logistics teams wearing exoskeletons giving them the strength and stamina to hold components in place for final connections performed by professional assembly technicians. Safe, efficient, manageable and simple to sequence. This technology already exists, and the only barrier to implementation is that it requires a change of mentality – the same change the automotive industry experienced 50 years ago. Do you have a Thought for Tomorrow? Just send your name, job title and company, and 250 words to, with the heading “Building Your Future”, answering these questions: What would you like the construction industry to look like in 25 years’ time?And what needs to change to make that happen?last_img read more

5 minutes with… Nic Clark, managing director, KLH

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GE and Baker Hughes join forces

first_imgGE will own 62.5 percent of the reformed company, while Baker Hughes will maintain 37.5 percent.The “new” entity will provide equipment, technology and services to the oil and gas industry, with USD32 billion of combined revenue and operations in over 120 countries, said a statement.Jeff Immelt, chairman and ceo of GE, said that the cooperation will create an “industry leader” that is ideally positioned to grow in any market.”Oil and gas customers demand more productive solutions. This can only be achieved through technical innovation and service execution, the hallmarks of GE and Baker Hughes,” he added.The transaction is expected to close in mid

City legal employment on the rise

first_imgGrowth has returned to the City legal services job market – but the total number of people employed in the sector is still below that before the financial crash, according to figures published today. The London Employment Survey published by lobby group TheCityUK shows the number of jobs in City legal services grew by 2.8% last year, to 106,000. This is forecast to increase to 108,400 in 2014. In 2007, the year before the banking crash, 118,800 people were employed in legal services in the City.The number bottomed out at 95,600 in 2010, recovered strongly to 114,900 in 2011 but dipped to 103,100 in 2012. Overall employment in financial and related professional services in London increased by 2% in 2013 to reach the pre-crisis peak of around 688,000. Employment in the sector recovered from a small decline in the first half of 2013 to finish the year with a 13,200 gain. This was the third successive year of growth.While forecasting further growth this year, TheCityUK said: ‘There are clearly threats that could derail the recovery such as political uncertainty in the UK and EU, adverse tax policies and ill-considered sector regulation from the EU.’last_img read more

Multi-million Dollar Project Planned for Jamaica’s Cockpit Country

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has funded a project titled, ‘Conserving biodiversity and reducing land degradation in the Cockpit Country’ to the tune of US$6-million.This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in Parliament earlier this week.He informed the Lower House that several demonstration investment projects in sustainable land management, sustainable forest management and agricultural development practices will be undertaken in selected areas within the Cockpit Country.“These include small business enterprises that are economically viable and culturally acceptable; a grant facility to incentivise the uptake of best practices; biodiversity and climate-resilient agriculture; sustainable ecotourism initiatives; and sustainable forest management approaches for rehabilitation and restoration,” Vaz said.He also told the house that along with Prime Minister Andrew Holness they visited the Cockpit Country forest reserve where the Prime Minister planted the first permanent monument on the boundary.“I would like to utilise this platform to reiterate… that there is no mining in the area to be protected as the Cockpit Country (Designated) Protected Area. This was confirmed by the relevant regulatory and management agencies,” Vaz said.last_img read more

Inmate claims he escaped for his children

first_img Share LocalNews Inmate claims he escaped for his children by: – December 20, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Ken Royer, who escaped from the Dominica State Prison on 11 October, 2013 was sent back to jail to finish off his twenty-six month sentence plus an additional six months for escaping.When he appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on December 20, 2013 two days after being captured, he told the court, “sorry but I had to do it to take care of my children”.Royer escaped from the prison through an opening while on the prison farm with four other inmates and one supervising officer. When a head count was conducted by the officer he realized that Royer was missing and immediately alerted the rest of the prison and a search ensued but was futile.It was then the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Force was informed of his escape and all out districts and police departments were alerted.The man who avoided the authorities for two months told the court he had permission from the prison superintendent to bring his children some money however he was to be accompanied by a prison officer and this never happened.“I get frustrated and I left,” he said.He added that he is the father of seven children with the youngest being just seven months.“I was having difficulties in maintaining my children and no one wanted to help me.”He asked the magistrate to have mercy on him and show leniency toward him adding that he did not run when he was informed the police were coming for him.“I tell him to tell them I [am] there and I [am] eating.”Magistrate Pacquette told him, “you don’t think other inmates have children and want to see their children?”Royer, according to Magistrate Pacquette, has previous convictions and is known for escaping from custody. He sentenced Royer to six months in jail to run consecutively with the one he “ran away from”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Researchers Develop Stretchable and Conductive Film for On-Skin Electronics

first_imgResearchers at  the RIKEN Thin-Film Device Laboratory have succeeded in producing a stretchable and conductive electronic material by combining polyurethane nanofibers with silver nanowires, making on-skin electronics a possibility.To be suitable for use as wearable electronics, a material needs to be both stretchable and conductive. It should also be breathable and durable. Finding a material that satisfies all four criteria is not easy. One promising strategy is to combine elastic polymer nanofibers with a network of conductive metal nanowires, but it is challenging to get the two components to bond tightly to each other.Importantly, the two components bond strongly to each other. There’s very good adhesion between the silver nanowires and the polyurethane nanofibers. This is why the team simultaneously achieved very good stretchability and conductivity. The team suspects that hydrogen bonds, the same bonds that hold pulp fibers together in a sheet of paper, are responsible for this good adhesion.The film could find use as electrical wiring that can be used on the skin. Its flexibility allows it to stretch when a person bends their elbow or knee, and it can be stretched to three times its initial length. In the same way, it could also be used for wiring on robots. Another potential use is as a sensor. As its conductivity changes when it is stretched, it can be used to detect movement. The team demonstrated this by using their film to monitor the angle of a bent wrist and detect a person’s pulse.The film has other advantages besides good stretchability and conductivity. When the researchers tested their film by stretching and releasing it 1,000 times, they observed that its conductivity dropped off only moderately, indicating that it has good durability. Furthermore, it is easy to fabricate. This film can be obtained by solution processes. That is very important for the mass production of the industrial product.Kenjiro Fukuda (one of the lead researchers on the project) notes that his team consists of researchers from different fields of expertise. Zhi Jiang brought his knowledge of stretchable nanowires to the project, while Fukuda and other team members supported the fabrication of the polymer nanomesh structures.The team intends to improve the stretchability of the material by using longer silver nanowires. They also plan to experiment with other combinations of materials and pursue applications of these breathable conductors in real-time health monitoring systems and soft robotics.last_img read more

Shades of Brilliance

first_imgPictured are scenes of the Port Isabel Lighthouse and market square on Wednesday, at sunset. The images display a brilliant Laguna Madre sky in shades of purple, yellow, orange and blue. (Staff photos by Ray Quiroga) RelatedLMAG invites public to anniversary partySpecial to the Parade The Laguna Madre Art Gallery is having a party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, and you are invited! The gallery opened for business one year ago and members will be celebrating the gallery’s first anniversary with food and entertainment. Port Isabel Chamber…January 31, 2013In “News”It’s Your Business: Co-op opens popular art storeBy THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the Parade Local artists have a new place to display their artwork after the closing of the Purple Parrot in Port Isabel. The Laguna Madre Art Gallery co-op had a soft opening on Feb. 8 after a few months of planning and securing the lease…February 23, 2012In “South Padre Parade”Laguna Madre Art Gallery features April workshopsSpecial to the Parade Laguna Madre Art Gallery has scheduled two new workshops for April. Gallery artist Sally Heath will hold a Beaded Bangle Bracelet workshop on April 22 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and gallery artist Beth Fedigan will present her Encaustic II workshop on April 29 from…April 17, 2013In “South Padre Parade” Sharelast_img read more

Tahun 2038: Dunia Butuh 804 Ribu Pilot Wanita,Soal “Recovery Plan” Hadapi Virus Corona, Dirut Garuda: “Kita Ingin Jadi…

first_imgNamun akhirnya Tiburzi mendapat pekerjaan sebagai pilot American Airlines wanita pertama. Dia tidak menghadapi tentangan dari rekan pria tetapi menerima surat dari istri seorang pilot yang menuduhnya mengambil pekerjaan dari seorang pria yang membutuhkan untuk memberi makan keluarganya. Saat ini, sebagian besar maskapai mendorong wanita untuk bekerja di kokpit dan diperkirakan sekitar 804 ribu pilot wanita diperlukan untuk memenuhi permintaan pada 2038 mendatang.Jika maskapai benar-benar ingin mendapatkan persentase pilot meningkat, mereka perlu mengatasi hambatan nyata yang mencegah perempuan mengambil kursi di kokpit. Beberapa maskapai yang menyadari hal ini, menempatkan pilot wanita mereka sebagai teladan yang terlihat. Kapten Qantas Helen Ternerry mengoperasikan penerbangan Project Sunrise tanpa henti dari London ke Sydney. Ternerry diketahui sudah terbang bersama Qantas selama 31 tahun.“Anda tidak bisa menjadi apa yang tidak bisa Anda lihat. Daripada membicarakannya, kita meletakkan gambar di sana”, kata Trenerry.Di luar operator legacy Amerika Serikat, United Airlines memiliki jumlah pilot wanita tertinggi, yaitu 7,40 persen persen. Pilotnya berada di depan anak-anak di kelas untuk menginspirasi imajinasi mereka dari tahap awal. Maskapai ini “melibatkan gadis-gadis di seluruh dunia ketika mereka mulai memikirkan masa depan mereka sendiri sehingga mereka dapat memastikan masa depan yang kuat bagi para wanita di industri ini.Media sosial juga membantu generasi global digital asli yang dapat melihat kehidupan perempuan dalam pesawat terbang, seperti Eva Claire Marseille (@Flywitheva), yang membawa 153 ribu pengikut dengannya saat ia menerbangkan Boeing 747 di seluruh dunia. Tetapi ada dimensi yang sangat nyata dan sering tidak disebutkan tentang menjadi seorang wanita yang dapat membuat wanita percaya bahwa menjadi pilot mungkin tidak melengkapi rencana hidup lainnya, yaitu memiliki anak.Bahkan ada pertanyaan apakah menjadi seorang pilot dan sebagai ibu bisa berdampingan? Mungkin ada yang berargumen bahwa sejumlah pramugari bisa mengelola waktu mereka meski karir seorang pilot sangat berbeda. Namun, kedua peran itu penting untuk memastikan keselamatan dan kesejahteraan penumpang. Pilot memiliki jalur yang lebih panjang dan lebih keras untuk dipekerjakan dan tetap dipekerjakan oleh sebuah maskapai penerbangan.Mereka menjalani pelatihan dan memeriksa sepanjang karir mereka, termasuk sesi simulator penerbangan intensif dan pemeriksaan jalur tahunan. Jika maskapai penerbangan serius dalam meningkatkan jumlah pilot wanita, kebijakan kerja fleksibel mereka perlu memenuhi kebutuhan wanita. Perwira pertama senior Virgin Atlantic, Adelle Roberts, terbang lama dan menghasilkan daftar 75 persen, yang cocok untuknya.“Adalah mungkin untuk menjadi pilot dan ibu. Saya melakukannya dan saya dapat dengan jujur ​​mengatakan bahwa sepanjang karir saya, saya tidak pernah memiliki keseimbangan kehidupan kerja yang luar biasa,” kata Adelle.EasyJet telah membuat kemajuan besar dan mengatakan itu sesuai dengan tujuannya untuk 20 persen dari semua pilot yang baru direkrut menjadi perempuan pada tahun 2020. Saat ini, India menjadi pemimpin dunia yang memiliki pilot wanita sebanyak 12 persen dan dua kali lipat lebih banyak dari Amerika Serikat.Baca juga: Madeleine Schneider, Pilot Cantik yang Punya 1,1 Juta Followers InstagramSebagian alasannya adalah meningkatnya pertumbuhan penerbangan komersial di India, dan sebagian adalah kurangnya kesenjangan gender dalam pembayaran berkat mandat serikat pekerja, tidak seperti di industri lain di India. Organisasi pelatihan juga ikut serta dalam aksi tersebut, dan mengambil sikap aktif dalam menangani perwakilan perempuan dalam penerbangan yang kurang.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related (Pilot Career News) Pilot perempuan pertama yang berlisensi di dunia adalah Raymonde de Laroche. Dia mendapatkan lisensinya 110 tahun lalu pada 8 Maret 1910. Namun bila berkaca pada masa lalu, di tahun 2020 ini, hanya ada lima persen pilot perempuan dan 1,42 persennya adalah kapten. International Society of Women Airline Pilots mengatakan, jumlah total kapten penerbangan wanita di Eropa bahkan tidak memenuhi kebutuhan di penerbangan Boeing 747.Baca juga: Deborah Lawrie, 67 Tahun, Pilot Wanita Tertua yang Masih Aktif di Maskapai KomersialPadahal maskapai melakukan upaya bersama untuk mendorong perempuan ke kokpit. merangkum (8/3/2020), dalam Perang Dunia II, wanita memiliki peran penting yakni The Women Airforce Service Pilots atau WASPS mengangkut dan menguji pesawat militer pada awalnya. Tahun 1960-an Bonnie Tiburzi sangat ingin terbang untuk maskapai komersial meskipun ada beberapa yang mengatakan tidak mempekerjakan wanita sebagai pilot.last_img read more