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first_imgThe Worker Participation Committee (WPC) presented its new recommendations regarding the manufacturing of Notre Dame licensed products in other countries during a panel discussion in Geddes Hall on Tuesday.The presentation was primarily conducted by University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves and doctoral student in moral theology Craig Iffland. Both panelists outlined five points summarizing the WPC’s recommendations.“The core issue that the committee grappled with was the concept of can the University be a force for good on the inner factories in causing change at the worker level and influence and bring broader leverage to that by having others with us in the process,” Affleck-Graves said.The first recommendation, Affleck-Graves said, was to establish a standing committee to monitor the University’s progress. “I think that there’s a really strong feeling of the committee that this should be a standing committee,” he said. “Several other universities, like Michigan and Wisconsin, and others have standing committees, so the recommendation is that we should have a standing committee and that we should make progress on the recommendations that follow.” The second point called for the standing committee to broaden the range of human rights issues it reviews. “While worker participation [is] extremely important … things like child labor, the environment, health and safety. … These are also extremely important issues for people working in these factories,” Affleck-Graves said. “[We are recommending] the assessment should be broadened to cover those areas as well, and we did highlight the human rights as required by the licensing code of conduct.”The third and fourth recommendations focused on assessment and audit processes, depending on whether or not the country recognizes freedom of association by law. “In countries that recognize the freedom of association, by law, every licensee will be required to participate in the Sumerra assessment process to evaluate the organization’s current corporate responsibility program,” Affleck-Graves said. “So this came about because what we found was it’s very time-consuming and expensive to do these audits.According to the summary of recommendations released by the WPC, “Sumerra will also conduct an audit of all overseas factories where licensed products are manufactured,” and the proposed standing committee will provide ongoing oversight. For countries that do not recognize freedom of association by law, the standing committee may consider a limited exemption to manufacture in those countries after the factory completes both the Sumerra assessment and a more in-depth audit by Verité, according to the release.“The Verité instrument we feel is a very good instrument, it is long, it is complex and it requires an on-site campus visit by Verité, and Verité do not have the capacity to do more than a few factories for us a year,” Affleck-Graves said. “And so there’s this other organization, Sumerra — they do work with many of the major companies and they do routine assessments.”Countries with freedom of association by law, Affleck-Graves said, would undergo an audit and, based off the WPC’s determinations, may or may not need to undergo Verité depending on if the standing committee thinks there’s reason for a more in-depth view of the potential factory. For countries without freedom of association, Verité would be a requirement.“The idea right now is that the licensee, if they wanted to apply for an exemption, they would be required to complete everything that every other factory is saying you should complete,” Affleck-Graves said. “Which is one, the pre-survey by Sumerra, two, the Sumerra audit, three, Verité.”The final recommendation suggested the University work with other organizations to advance “respect for workers’ rights, other human rights and promote corporate responsibility,” the release said. Iffland said part of building partnerships was planning a consortium with other universities. “I think the basic idea here is to try to build stronger partnerships with other universities in thinking through how universities can put together their licensees, influence and improve worker conditions, wages, workers rights, at the factory level,” Iffland said. “So, what this is going to look like is not totally foreseeable within the recommendation. I would say that one thing we’d like to do over the next year is have some sort of consortium with other universities as well as Sumerra, to have some sort of broad discussion about corporate responsibility, universities, corporate licensees [and] what they can do to improve working conditions.”Affleck-Graves said he believes as Notre Dame gains more influence with major manufacturers around the world and within countries through a greater presence, it is easier to bring better working practices to multiple countries and the larger industry.”I think there is a strong feeling that Notre Dame can be a force for good in the world,” Affleck-Graves said. “And so the question is — where do you do the most good? There are workers in every country, and I would hate to abandon one country just because we favor another country.”Tags: John Affleck-Graves, recommendations, sumerra, Worker Participation Committee, working conditionslast_img read more

first_imgJAMESTOWN – The search for a man wanted on federal drug charges has ended.Jamestown Police say 27-year-old Michael Murphy was taken into custody on Tuesday by the US Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force, Jamestown Police, the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.After receiving a tip via Crime Stoppers of Western New York, police say Murphy was arrested at 31 Linwood Avenue while hiding in the attic.Murphy was charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute and several other federal drug-related charges. 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

first_imgShare: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) Photo: PixabayJAMESTOWN – A Town of Randolph man is facing charges after police say he harassed a person and violated an order of protection this month.New York State Police say 35-year-old Joshua Bender allegedly called the victim over 50 times in three days, leaving multiple voice mails.In doing so, police say, Bender violated two separate orders of protection.Bender was placed under arrest on Tuesday and processed at State Police Barracks in Jamestown. Troopers say Bender is charged with first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment.last_img

first_imgVIDEO: Governor Wolf Statement Regarding Incident at Al Aqsa Islamic Society Mosque in Philadelphia December 09, 2015 Statement,  Videos Harrisburg, PA  –  Governor Wolf issued the following statement, edited for clarity, regarding the recent incident at Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque in Philadelphia:“Pennsylvania and Pennsylvanians will not tolerate hate. We will not tolerate injustice. We will not tolerate unfairness. All of us should be outraged by what happened outside the Al Aqsa Islamic Society mosque in Philadelphia this Sunday night. What happened is a direct affront to Muslims and is a direct affront to every Pennsylvanian who holds dear the principles that this commonwealth was founded on.“William Penn founded our commonwealth on the principles of honesty, justice, fairness and tolerance for all people. He came here on a ship called the “Welcome.”“Our Muslim community is part of the fabric of Pennsylvania that makes us great. Its members are our brothers and sisters, our aunts and uncles, our fathers and our mothers. They own businesses and help build our communities.“The commonwealth stands ready to assist the city of Philadelphia in any way it can to get to the heart of what happened on Sunday night and to bring the perpetrator of this terrible injustice to justice.”# # #center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgReal estate: Oliver Hume Quarterly Market Insights – December Quarter 2018. Source: Oliver HumeOf those, the highest number of projects were in Moreton Bay (29), followed by Logan and Ipswich (26 each), the Gold Coast (23), Brisbane (18) and six in Redlands. Land lot sales fell 5.5 per cent in the December quarter – traditionally the period is a slow one but this time it was exacerbated by “a reduction of saleable lot supply within the market”, the report said.Emma Neville is developing 30 blocks over four stages at East View Estate, McDowall.It is on a site her husband had owned for decades and it took years to get to its current stage. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“He was lucky to buy it when it was little more than a bush block with a crumbling shack on it,” she said. “The approvals process did take a long time to complete, four years to be precise.”The process involved many changes, discussions and agreements between them, council, town planners and engineers, she said.The blocks would range from 402sq m to 468sq m spread over two cul-de-sac streets with one street entry and no through traffic.“My husband and I knew we’d eventually develop the land, I guess the first meeting with our town planner made us realise we needed a clear picture of how to commence. After several meetings and brainstorming ideas we agreed on the layout and block sizes which started the project’s momentum.”The 456sq m blocks in Stage 1 were priced at $458,000 each. WHO’S BUYING LAND IN QLD (Oct-Dec Q2) First home buyers 68 per cent (54% Q1)Second buyers 11 per cent (17% Q1)Third-plus buyers 21 per cent (20% Q1)Others 0 (9% Q1) (Source: Oliver Hume) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Land developer Emma Neville at work developing a residential housing estate with level, vacant blocks of land in McDowall, 9km from Brisbane CBD. Picture: Picture: AAP/Megan Slade.FIRST home buyers are driving a surge in demand for land across Southeast Queensland, with both volumes and prices rising, according to the latest Oliver Hume Quarterly Market Insights report.The three months to December report, out this week, said 2017 was a record year for the Australian property market and Queensland was set to experience underlying demand get even stronger.First home buyers were the key buyer segment for greenfield developments in the SEQ market, the report said, going from 54 per cent in the September quarter to a massive 68 per cent through the December one.Oliver Hume Queensland project director Matt Barr said the number of active projects in all SEQ municipalities rose 1.6 percentage points over the previous quarter to 128 during the December period.“Despite multiple projects selling out in the quarter, there were a number of new projects launched, bringing the overall total of active land estates up to 128.”last_img read more

first_img Katrina Walsh, Harcourts Coastal agent Josh Willatt, McGrath Palm Beach co-director Professionals Newlands Surfers Paradise director and principal John Newlands.Confidence has returned to our market since the federal election in June with the fear of negative gearing being abolished removed. Affordability combined with record-low interest rates make it an ideal time to invest into property. We are starting to see a strong surge from buyers relocating to the Gold Coast from Sydney and Melbourne whereby they can sell up at a higher price and purchase possibly a better property and have money left over. With advances in technology and more low-cost flights, people are able to live here and work interstate. Next year is shaping up to be a good year for both buyers and sellers. Real estate is performing well in a world and economy that is otherwise producing more concerns than optimism. It is clearly the preferred option for people over leaving their money in the bank or investing in a volatile stock market. With population growth well exceeding the supply of new property and with record-low interest rates, real estate is likely to continue to be the preferred asset class for most Australians. With increasing numbers of retiring Baby Boomers, the Gold Coast is likely to see a steady flow of migrators from southern states, giving us a healthy supply of well financed buyers. Housing affordability and tighter lending regulations will keep a lid on rampant price growth so 2020 should be a good, healthy, steady market for the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast property market is in for a good year, according to industry experts.THE start of a new year heralds fresh beginnings.While the Gold Coast property market emerged relatively unscathed from the chaos of 2019, a clean slate is a welcome relief.Property experts have dusted off their crystal balls to tell us what they think the next year has in store. Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens.The prospects for the Gold Coast market over the next 12 months are incredibly exciting.With interest rates at all-time lows and many experts believing they will remain so, we are currently experiencing an ideal buying scenario for those wishing to invest in the region.Sales volume is up, the effects of the banking royal commission are well behind us and southern interest in our market is the best I’ve ever seen. Harcourts Coastal agent Katrina Walsh.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoI firmly believe 2020 is poised for a stella year of growth in the Gold Coast market. If the strong buyer demand we have seen at the end of 2019 is any indication, then we are certainly in for further robust market conditions. With the continuing alignment of key market fundamentals, which includes low interest rates, infrastructure growth and unprecedented interstate migration, the Gold Coast is still one of the best value markets in the country. Very exciting times ahead. John Henderson Professionals director and auctioneer Luke Henderson.Houses on absolute beachfront will continue to see price rises, this will allow the less expensive properties to also move forward in price to fill that gap. Money should remain cheap to borrow and more readily available from the banks, which will see buyers upgrading to better quality positions, either on nicer water or closer to the beach. The entry-level market will remain strong as more parents push their children to buy property and job growth continues to increase due to many infrastructure projects and the benefits and opportunities that flow in from that. Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s Andrew Bell. Amir Mian, Amir Prestige Property Agents principal REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson.The year is already shaping up to be a great one for Gold Coast property owners andbuyers. Our local economy continues to benefit from strong migration to the city, a buoyant tourism industry and other factors such as low interest rates and low unemployment will fuel property demand in the coming year. Freestanding houses in established Gold Coast suburbs will continue to record strong price growth. Similarly, units in small boutique buildings located near the beach will also enjoy price growth. With the light rail extension to Burleigh Heads getting the green light and talks already underway to extend it to the airport, the demand for real estate will remain strong along the beachside strip between Broadbeach and Tugun. And of course, those special properties along the beachfront, on the river or on larger lots will continue to be sought after by buyers. Michael Kollosche, Kollosche director Andrew Henderson, REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman McGrath Palm Beach co-director Josh Willatt.With buyer confidence at an all-time high, low interest rates and low availability of stock, it’s the perfect recipe to see fantastic growth in the Gold Coast real estate market for 2020. Particularly in the southern end of the Gold Coast where we are seeing a huge influx of southerners mixed in with enormous amounts of infrastructure spending coming from both state and federal governments with the light rail extension and the M1 widening approval from Varsity Lakes through to Tugun bypass. With all this positive news, how can we not say we are in for an amazing 2020.center_img John Newlands, Professionals Newlands Surfers Paradise director and principal Luke Henderson, John Henderson Professionals director and auctioneer Ali Mian, Ray White Runaway Bay Group principal Ray White Broadbeach principal and auctioneer Mitch Palmer.I expect the Gold Coast property market will perform very well throughout the first half of 2020. Low stock levels will continue to create strong demand complimented by interest rates still at record lows, strong interstate migration and access to credit somewhat easier. The second half of the year will be more uncertain with debt now growing faster than income. Our market bottomed out in the third quarter of last year but at a much higher level than 2011. APRA’s influence on access to housing credit could take a little of the wind out of the sails for the second half of 2020. Any interest rate cuts will only be useful to those that can get access to a loan. A year from now, I anticipate the median sale price for the Gold Coast to be up but with most of the heavy lifting taking place in the first half of the year. Ray White, Runaway Bay Group principal Ali Mian.The Gold Coast real estate market for most of 2020 will continue on growth trend. The city is heading towards a bumper year as its population is growing at a reasonable rate and billions of dollars have gone into infrastructure spend over the last seven years. The city is reaping the rewards from it now. Developers’ confidence in the city’s real estate market for new dwellings has a positive outlook, which will encourage developers to construct more new dwellings that will provide more jobs. Historic-low interest rates are also offering great opportunities for first-home buyers and investors to invest in the real estate market. Lucy Cole, Lucy Cole Prestige managing director Mitch Palmer, Ray White Broadbeach principal and auctioneer Andrew Bell, Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Lucy Cole Prestige managing director Lucy Cole.There have been incredible happenings with the federal election earlier in the year and its unexpected result. This in turn gave confidence back to the market. Interest rates have been at an all-time low and will continue to stay low. The upheaval in Hong Kong has our expats seeking opportunities to return to Australia. There is definitely a resurgence in the market place for units, be it from investors or for people downsizing. Real estate agencies are experiencing a shortage of quality properties to sell from waterfront, villas, units, acreage and penthouses. Next year is going to see great growth for the Gold Coast. Amir Prestige Property Agents principal Amir Mian.I see more stability in the market place, especially investment stock as the returns in the bank are very low, which will push investors to secure more steady income through a strong rental market and also potential capital gains. The medium price bracket will flourish as low interest rates will push affordability higher and also cashed-up interstate buyers will keep eyeing the Gold Coast market, which they still see as great value and a better lifestyle. The high price bracket will perform at a more steady rate as well as demand is still there, whereas there are less properties on the market compared to the last two years. Hope Island, Sovereign Islands, Isle of Capri, Paradise Waters, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters and the Hinterland are always on high-end buyers’ search lists. Kollosche director Michael Kollosche.I think 2020 will be a continuation of what we’ve seen in the past six months with stock levels drying up in the prestige market. The lack of supply is putting pressure on pricing. As interest rates remain low, fewer people are wanting or needing to sell and that seems to be the catalyst for the market conditions we’ve seen. It’s been strong and I think it will continue to have slow and steady growth. Tolemy Stevens, Harcourts Coastal agentlast_img read more

first_imgThe project set out with the goal of reducing the cost of tidal power production by 20 per cent. Aachen University in Germany carried out initial trials of the prototype generator. As well as the testing in the project, the reliability of the PTO technology was verified by the organisation Wood. Seven European partners, led by Nova Innovation, have worked together on this project. The partners include the University of Edinburgh, SKF, Delft Technical University, RWTH Aachen University, Siemens and Wood Group. It will also explore potential uses outside the tidal sector. Subsea testing then followed by project lead Nova Innovation at Babcock’s Rosyth site in Scotland. The EU supported Tidal Turbine Power Take-off Accelerator (TiPA) project has developed technology that reduced the cost of tidal energy by close to 30 per cent.center_img However, the Edinburgh University analysis found that the new generator actually reduced the cost by 29 percent. Nova is applying the insights of TiPA to other EU-funded projects: D2T2 and EnFAIT. Nova Innovation The three-year TiPA project will develop a commercialisation strategy to license and sell the PTO technology to tidal energy developers. “We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to surpass our targets and reduce costs faster than anticipated, ” said Seumas MacKenzie, TIPA project manager.last_img read more

first_imgRobert Elmer “E.J.” Johnson 79, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday August 8, 2019 in Edgewood, Kentucky.He was born June 3, 1940 in Casey County, Kentucky, son of the late Grady Johnson and Maudie (Rodgers) Johnson.He worked as a Lineman for Public Service Indiana,and also for Town & Country Real Estate.Robert is survived by his loving spouse of almost 26 years, Harriett (Fehling) Johnson, children, Troy (Lisa) Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Julie (Eddie) Farley, TJ (Carina) Lewis, Angie (John) Carr, Marc (Angie) Lewis; siblings, Eldridge Johnson, Velma Mockbee, and Violet; grandchildren, Drew & Bret Lewis, John Pierre, Eva Carr, Hayley, Maycey & Brock Lewis, Kyle Ryan & Danny Steinman.He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Shane Johnson, and grandson, Cory Nolan Lewis.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Cory Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund (Checks should be made to the Dearborn Community Foundation) or Delaware UMC-Feed the Lambs (in Cory’s name). Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_img Press Association Tommy Bowe has urged Joe Schmidt’s Ireland to write their names in the Lansdowne Road history books by defeating New Zealand for the first time. “We know what a great opportunity we have in front of us. When you get that, it’s a great chance to make history,” Bowe said. “To beat the All Blacks this weekend, we know we’ll have to take the game to them, finish those chances that we create. “For us not to score a try against Australia, we’re very disappointed with that. With the players we’ve got, we know we can score tries.” Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training on Wednesday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit to face New Zealand. O’Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems and are rated doubtful for Sunday’s Dublin showdown. However, there was more promising news over the availability of full-back Rob Kearney, who was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem. center_img The All Blacks have won all but one of the 27 meetings between the nations – the exception a 10-10 draw in Dublin in 1973 – and are overwhelming favourites to claim Ireland as their 14th victim of the year. Sunday’s clash at the Aviva Stadium concludes this autumn’s Guinness Series and Schmidt’s side are determined to atone for their 32-15 defeat by Australia last weekend. last_img read more

first_imgIf you have any information about her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Miami Police department at 305-603-6300 or 305-579-6111. Authorities in Miami are currently searching for a missing 11-year-old girl.Jayla Jones was last seen Monday morning in the area of 177 NE 67th street.It was reported that she was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue pants.We need your assistance in locating 11 year old, Jayla Jones. She was reported missing today 8/10/20, from 177 NE 67 St. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and blue shorts. If you know her whereabouts, please call 305-603-6300 or 305-579-6111.— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 10, 2020last_img