Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgEnterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileEnterprise Group Limited is a leading financial services and insurance group in Ghana. The company operates in 6 segments; non-life assurance, life assurance, pension administration, real estate, funeral services and investments. Enterprise Group Limited offers an extensive portfolio of products and services ranging from funeral finance and family income protection to micro insurance, corporate risk, fidelity guarantee, cash-in-safe, home and personal assets protection and product liability insurance policies. Enterprise Group Limited also assists with pension fund management and real estate development and management. The company was founded in 1924 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Enterprise Group Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House of Lords committee further examines the role of charities in civil society

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 10 October 2016 | News The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities will tomorrow continue its scrutiny of the charitable sector within civil society by holding an evidence session.Members will hear evidence from the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and The Baring Foundation. They will be represented respectively by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, and Mr David Cutler, Director.The Committee was set up in May this year “to assess the sustainability of the charity sector, to look at the pressures and challenges they face, and to examine the roles of governments and public bodies”. It has previously heard evidence from the Charity Commission, and last month fundraising think-tank Rogare submitted its evidence to the Committee. Tagged with: Law / policy •    What is the role and purpose of charities within civil society?•    What is the role of the state in civil society?•    How can charities, as part of civil society, play a role in supporting social cohesion and dealing with the effects of economic inequality?•    How has the increasing role of the charity sector in public service delivery affected its role in civil society?•    How should charities as civil society organisations respond to increasing demands for accountability?Tomorrow’s evidence session starts at 4.00pm in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords. You can watch the session live online, or a recorded version after the event. You can also follow on Twitter via the #HLCharities hashtag. The Committee, chaired by Baroness Pitkeathley, is exploring questions such as:center_img  46 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  45 total views,  1 views today House of Lords committee further examines the role of charities in civil societylast_img read more

ICE ramps up state terrorism in the South

first_imgFeb. 16 — The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has ramped up its presence in the South, specifically in North Carolina, over the past couple weeks. ICE has begun their known terrorism tactics of separating families and attacking Black and Brown workers. The raids started Feb. 5 at a workplace in a gun-manufacturing center in Sanford, where 27 workers were detained. They continued with arrests of parents attempting to drop off their children at a high school in Durham. There have been reports of ICE raiding homes and knocking on doors in neighborhoods with Black and Brown residents, specifically in the Latinx community. These neighborhoods are also heavily terrorized by a police presence. Even when im/migrants are doing everything “right,” they are punished and oppressed by the state. As of Feb. 12, ICE had detained more than 200 people across North Carolina. At least 60 of these arrests were collateral arrests of people who were not targeted, but who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. During a Feb. 8 press conference, ICE Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher admitted these raids are in direct response to several North Carolina sheriff’s departments’ refusal to collaborate with federal immigration officials, specifically in reference to the controversial Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. This section allows state and local law enforcement departments to voluntarily enter into a formal contract with ICE. Gallagher plans these raids to be the new normal.To avoid run-ins with ICE, undocumented immigrants have resorted to drastic measures. These include not going to work, keeping children out of school and fleeing their homes. Many of those living in Durham and other parts of the triangle area — which includes Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Carrboro — are afraid to drive and have been resorting to ride-shares. Community fights backAlthough ICE is attempting to maintain its campaigns of tyranny and manipulation, people have been fighting back.Since learning of the ICE raids happening across the state, activists have been coordinating rapid-response measures and demonstrations to keep  communities safe. The most recent tactics are volunteer ICE verifications, ride-shares and “know-your-rights” trainings and canvassing. Other groups have assembled vigils and actions in response to the raids. Several im/migrant-led organizations, such as Alerta Migratoria, Mijente, El Siembra and Comité de Acción Popular, have been pulling together groups over social media to respond and verify any known or suspected ICE activity. These organizations’ goal is to prevent rumors that may ignite more fear among undocumented communities. Another newly established online network is RadarSafe, which was created to inform communities about ICE raids, its whereabouts and how to identify ICE. RadarSafe also provides know-your-rights resources. Even though ICE remains present, the community in the South is determined to keep their people safe. They demand an end to the attacks on undocumented workers, families, children and undocumented LGBTQ people. They call for the abolition of ICE, demand that local politicians and sheriffs end any collaboration with ICE and put people’s safety first. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

U.S. global prison model: white supremacy on display

first_imgThe United States has institutionalized white supremacist violence at home and abroad through its use of police and prisons. This does not come as revelation, but as a call to action. Whether we examine photographs coming out of El Salvador’s prisons, or surveillance software used by U.S. police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, we must be resolute in our international aims to tear down these active monuments to white supremacy.Prisons have divided and dehumanized vast swaths of the population. Prisons disappear people after police round them up and put them there.Police in the U.S. have been used to break up liberation movements at home and abroad for centuries. The Los Angeles Police Department and the New York Police Department in particular have sent their officers to train and be trained in places like Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Thailand and Vietnam.Black Panther Party’s 1960s political artwork by Emory Douglass.In the U.S., police began as slave patrols to capture escaped enslaved African people. A notorious policeman explained that “control, not correction, is the key. Our job is to apply emergency treatment to society’s surface wounds. We deal with effect, not causes.” (“Badges Without Borders” by Stuart Schrader) The capitalist state attempted but failed to permanently quash the revolutionary spirit of movements like the United Farm Workers and the Black Panther Party. El Salvador: U.S exports repressive modelThe U.S. model of physical social control, perfect for maintaining white supremacy and U.S. empire, was exported to other countries. This connection is on full display in shocking photographs of prisoners piled on top of one another in El Salvador during the COVID-19 pandemic.The U.S. has had a hand in shaping El Salvador’s policing and subsequently its prison system since the early 2000s. The imperialist violence in the decades preceding this punitive export helped lay the groundwork for its prison project. Currently, El Salvador has the second highest incarceration rate in the world.  For every 100,000 people, 590 are locked up. The world’s top cop, warmonger and jailer — the U.S. — has 655 out of 100,000 incarcerated. (U.S. News & World Report, May 13, 2019) “In 1989 School of the Americas (SOA) graduate-led massacre at the University of Central America in El Salvador shook the earth,” according to SOA Watch. “The SOA, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, is a U.S. military training school based in Fort Benning, Georgia. The school made headlines in 1996 when the Pentagon released training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Despite this admission and hundreds of documented human rights abuses connected to soldiers trained at the school, no independent investigation into the facility has ever taken place.” (2017)In 2002, U.S. officials chose Costa Rica to host the next branch of the International Law Enforcement Academy. A broad coalition of Costa Rican labor and human rights groups pushed for transparency and accountability clauses to be included in the deal. Instead of agreeing to these clauses, the U.S. packed up and headed for El Salvador where the U.S. State Department quietly established an ILEA in San Salvador in 2005.The academy is part of a network of ILEAs created in 1995 under President Bill Clinton, who envisioned a series of U.S. schools “throughout the world to combat international drug trafficking, criminality, and terrorism through strengthened international cooperation. There are ILEAs in Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; Gaborone, Botswana; and Roswell, N.M.” (NACLA, March 6, 2008)These police academies have been used by the U.S. all over Central and South America to further imperialist foreign policy by backing governments that allowed them to plunder as they pleased. Regime changes were extremely violent and murderous. The destabilizing of a region politically is one of the root causes for migration to the U.S. Another cause is acceleration of the climate crisis through destruction of the environment in pursuit of profit. After migrants and refugees make the long and perilous journey, they are met with militarized U.S. law enforcement agents who were trained alongside the same forces that pushed them from their home countries.White supremacists and policing: a despicable historyMilitarized law enforcement bodies in the U.S., like local police or ICE, use surveillance tactics and technologies from companies with direct ties to white supremacists. Damien Patton, CEO of the surveillance start-up Banjo, was involved with both the White Knights and The Dixie Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Patton helped shoot up a synagogue. At his trial he testified, “We believe that the Blacks and the Jews are taking over America, and it’s our job to take America back for the White race.” (Banjo, boingboing.net, April 24) He has since denounced his past actions, but software he helped create and similar products are used by police and ICE for rounding up people to be caged.White supremacist collaboration with police maintaining order is not new. According to Edwin Black in his book “IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation”: “In the 1930s and 40s, IBM — through its German holding Dehomag — provided Hitler’s regime with electronic data processing machines and support. The Nazis used the machines to efficiently conduct censuses and identify ethnic populations.” The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network was a U.S. government-funded project that provided the origins of today’s internet. It was designed to provide a network for the U.S. Department of Defense’s computers, until it was decommissioned, in 1990, to allow for the creation of a global network. (theConversation.com, Nov. 2, 2016)Legal professor James Q. Whitman details in his book, “Hitler’s American Model,” how the Nazis in Germany were inspired by Jim Crow segregation and U.S. laws surrounding “race-based immigration, race-based second-class citizenship, and race-based anti-miscegenation laws.” Scholar Zoé Samudzi explains that “Nazism was a colonial production of racialized space from Jewish ghettos to Lebensraum’s always imperial intentions.” Lebensraum was the German concept similar to U.S Manifest Destiny. (@ztsamudzi on Twitter, March 5, 2019)The U.S. empire has the most violent history of institutionalizing and codifying white supremacy. This is exemplified in this moment of global pandemic, where the rapidly accelerating and completely preventable deaths of people in prisons are an act of genocide.Logical endpoints of white supremacist discourse are mass extermination. Prisons are concentration camps for the poor, oppressed nationalities and dissenters.The global vacuum pump that is the maintenance of imposed colonial, capitalist order is sucking all the oxygen out of us and our planet, literally and figuratively. The first to suffer and pay the steepest price are the people most oppressed by white supremacist ideology — which is designed to divide and conquer.Abolitionists: part of historic movementOur collective existence depends on remaking ourselves and the world around us. Abolitionists are part of the historic movement of people fighting for a new world. As one of the many political prisoners of the U.S. empire, Mumia Abu-Jamal, says, “Abolitionists are, simply put, those beings who look out upon their time and say, ‘No.’ They want to abolish state policies that they cannot abide. Slavery. Mass incarceration. The death penalty. Juvenile life. Solitary confinement. Police terrorism.” (Abolitionjournal.org, June 17, 2015)Abolitionists fight against the devastating and long-lasting effects of fatal state inventions of police and prisons. They raise up the long and colorful histories of prisoners’ resistance to brutal, ongoing conditions — that have mutated from the early days of domination and destruction of land and people. Abolitionists respond to repression with a myriad of tactics and levers for social change.They fight to redirect stolen resources toward human needs like health care, housing, safe water and food, and transforming the root causes of suffering. The Earth — and all life on it — depend on our collective ability to rapidly shift away from current oppressive structures.Abolitionists know there is a war at home and a war abroad. They see the way the empire cages and deploys militarized forces against people here, in the same way it militarizes fictional borders and funds police and prisons in other countries. It’s the same struggle, same fight against the further codification of white supremacy. As scholar Naomi Murakawa has said, “U.S. elites built the arsenal of oppression against subversives and revolutionaries by working across national boundaries. Liberation will require the same.” (Quoted in “Badges Without Borders”) It is incumbent upon us all, beyond our borders and within, to tear down the walls!  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Single-Family Rental Rates Accelerated at 2020’s End

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago With more than 30 years of writing/editing experience, Kristi Froehlich has crafted any number of brochures, blogs, articles, emails, speeches, press releases, web copy, and social media posts in her career. Over the years, she has written in several voices, including as C-suite executives, as a dog named Scout who spoke to hospital compliance issues, a NASCAR driver touting Prilosec, and more. She’s handled B2B and B2C pieces as well as internal communications, merger and acquisition pieces, and external audiences. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: FHFA Increases Actions to Prevent Home Loss Next: White House Foreclosure Ban Extension to ‘Deliver Immediate Relief’  Print This Post 2021-02-16 Christina Hughes Babb February 16, 2021 1,103 Views Related Articlescenter_img  As states begin managing administration of vaccines as well as mitigating continued unemployment concerns, rent prices will likely continue to experience mixed growth rates in metros across the nation, the researchers report. The full paper is accessible on CoreLogic’s blog. SFR stakeholders won’t want to miss this year’s Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit, scheduled for May 12, 2021, at the Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas. Click here or on the banner below for more info. Home / Daily Dose /  Single-Family Rental Rates Accelerated at 2020’s End   The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Kristi Froehlich Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Despite elevated unemployment concerns last spring and summer, a report released Tuesday signals a full recovery for both the low- and high-priced rental tiers in the single-family rental market.  December 2020 data indicated that national low-end rental prices rose 3.3%, compared to high-end price gains of 4.3% in December. Prices rose 3.8% year-over-year, up from a 2.9% year-over-year increase in December 2019 for higher-price tier rentals. That’s according to the Single-Family Rent Index (SFRI) report from CoreLogic, which analyzes price changes nationally and across major metropolitan areas. “In the final months of 2020, single-family rents posted the highest increases in over four years,” said Molly Boesel, Principal Economist at CoreLogic. “However, single-family rent price reaction to the pandemic and resulting recession differed greatly across metros. While rents in the Southwest United States strengthened, in some areas of the country—in particular, areas relying heavily on tourism—rents softened.” Also, according to the index, renters sought detached properties and—like homeowners— larger spaces to weather the pandemic, which kept prices of single-family properties on the rise and multifamily rents tumbling. While single-family rents increased on average, some areas of the country experienced lower growth and rent drops. Unemployment rates improved at various rates across the country in December and created a disparate impact on rent price growth. For example, unemployment in Austin, Texas, decreased to 5.3% in December 2020 while Honolulu’s unemployment decreased to 8.4%. And while year-over-year single-family rent in Austin grew by 4.7% in December, it decreased by 0.1% in Honolulu.  National single-family rent growth and the year-over-year changes, were as follows, CoreLogic reported:        Lower-priced (75% or less than the regional median): 3.3%, down from 3.5% in December 2019       Lower-middle priced (75% to 100% of the regional median): 3.6%, up from 3.1% in December 2019       Higher-middle priced (100% to 125% of the regional median): 4.1%, up from 2.7% in December 2019       Higher-priced (125% or more than the regional median): 4.3%, up from 2.4% in December 2019   Single-Family Rental Rates Accelerated at 2020’s End   Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Lansing accountant pleads guilty to bankruptcy and mail fraud

first_img BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Local accountant Andrew N. LaVigne pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering this week in federal court.LaVigne, 66, of Lansing, was a certified public accountant who practiced in Ithaca for more than three decades. In 2004, he filed for personal bankruptcy, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York said. The attorney’s office said LaVigne used his CPA practice to conceal millions in assets and also defrauded a woman of more than $1 million in a mail fraud scheme. Tagged: accountant, andrew lavigne, ithaca, northern district of new york, U.S. Attorney General Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor When he filed for bankruptcy, he owed about $7.6 million to more than 80 unsecured creditors after what the U.S. Attorney’s Office said was “a failed scheme to use their money to purchase sports and entertainment memorabilia and resell it for a profit.” During his bankruptcy, he reportedly claimed his home as his only asset and did not pay back the 80 investors he owed. With his guilty plea Wednesday, he admitted to using his CPA practice’s bank accounts to conceal between $3.5 and $9.5 million in assets from the United States Bankruptcy Court and the Office of the United States Trust, which he laundered by depositing funds unrelated to his CPA practice into his business accounts. He then used that money for his own benefit, including to buy sports memorabilia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.In a separate mail fraud scheme, LaVigne admitted to defrauding a client of $1 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Over a two-year period, LaVigne allegedly convinced a senior citizen to pay $3.6 million for shares of a company that LaVigne created, which he claimed would develop a piece of waterfront property at 101 Pier Road in Ithaca. The woman bought 90 percent of the company, the attorney’s office said, and LaVigne obtained an additional $1 million to invest in the company, but never built the property.“Instead, he used the victim’s money for his own purposes, which included writing checks to himself, paying for the construction of a house for a family member, and funding payroll for his accounting practice.  LaVigne also laundered payments he received from this scheme through his CPA practice accounts,” the news release said.LaVigne is scheduled to be sentenced July 30 by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. He faces a maximum imprisonment of 20 years on the mail fraud charge, 10 years on the money laundering charge, and five for the bankruptcy fraud. He could also be sentenced to pay a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor last_img read more

Missing New Hampshire couple identified as bodies found on Texas beach

first_imgMicroStockHub/iStock(PADRE ISLAND, TX.) — Two bodies found buried in a shallow grave along a Texas beach last week have been identified as a New Hampshire couple that had been missing since Oct. 16.The bodies of James Butler, 48, and Michelle Butler, 46, were found last Monday on a remote part of Padre Island, Kleberg County Deputy Sheriff Jaime Garza said in an interview with ABC News.“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the Butler’s on the tragic loss of their loved ones,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.Their deaths are being treated as a homicide, but the sheriff’s office has not listed any suspects in the case. The couple’s RV and truck are still missing.Garza said a deputy with the department was investing the GPS location of a last-known ping from one of the victim’s cellphones on the island on Oct. 26 when he noticed something unusual on the side of the dune — a bra covered in sand. Upon further investigation, they discovered a woman’s body.The next day, authorities cordoned off the area so they could “painstakingly” excavate the scene, so no evidence was destroyed. It was during the excavation that “all of a sudden digging a little bit further down, there was another set of legs and we found the second body,” Garza told ABC News.Garza said it took several days to identify the bodies because they had no identification and had badly decomposed. The sheriff’s office on Friday notified the Butlers’ family members their bodies had been found.The couple was reported missing on Oct. 23 after family and friends lost contact with them. Law enforcement officials said their last known contact was with a friend on Oct. 16.At this time, there is no publicly known motive, persons of interest or suspects.Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday morning to provide additional updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Video shows retired Navy SEAL boasting of ‘breaching the Capitol’

first_imgObtained by ABC NewsBy JAMES GORDON MEEK and CATHERINE SANZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A retired U.S. Navy SEAL is facing questions from the FBI after boasting in a Facebook video about “breaching the Capitol” last Wednesday after traveling to Washington to join a rally for President Donald Trump, an assault he said in the video that he hoped would ignite a “positive revolution.”The video shows Adam Newbold, 45, from Lisbon, Ohio, who the Navy confirmed is a retired reserve SEAL special warfare operator, in a car on his return home from Washington, telling his Facebook followers that he was “proud” of the assault on the U.S. Capitol building earlier that day.Newbold, in the video, seeks to defend the actions of those who broke into the Capitol by falsely insisting that the only destruction occurred as the rioters tried to enter the building, and also incorrectly says that nothing was vandalized.“There was destruction, breaching the Capitol, our building, our house. And, um, to get in you had to destroy doors and windows to get in,” Newbold says in the video. The video has been deleted from Facebook, but a copy of it was obtained by ABC News.Clad in the attire of his Ohio-based firearms training business, ATG Worldwide, also known as Advanced Training Group Worldwide, the former elite U.S. Navy frogman recounts the damage rioters inflicted, implying that he both witnessed the events and participated in them himself.“There are stories to tell from generations upon generations, um, that hopefully, uh … that hopefully it pans out to be a positive revolution,” he boasts. “HOOYAH!”Newbold, who served 24 years in the U.S. Navy and has said online that he trains civilians and police in tactical shooting, said he wanted to make lawmakers “think twice about what they’re doing” and to be left “shaking in their shoes.”When reached by ABC News on Tuesday, Newbold confirmed that he had recorded his thoughts in the front seat of a vehicle on the night of the riot. He said that the FBI has interviewed him about his activities in the nation’s capital, and that the bureau has asked for a second interview.“I am cooperating with the FBI,” Newbold told ABC News in a 45-minute interview in which he expressed remorse for his actions and said of the attack on the Capitol that “it was all taken too far.”Speaking in an anguished tone far different from his post-riot video, Newbold professed that he “felt rage” that day, but that he accepts that Joe Biden will be the next commander-in-chief.“I would like to express to you just a cry for clemency, as you understand that my life now has been absolutely turned upside-down,” Newbold told ABC News. “I am not a terrorist. I am not a traitor.”Newbold denied that he ever assaulted police officers guarding the Capitol or penetrated the building himself, but said he was caught up in the moment with the crowd of Trump supporters trying to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election. However after posting his own chest-thumping video on Facebook, he said the reality kicked in when he got word of the shooting death of one of the rioters, and later the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer.“It accomplished nothing. What the hell was it all for?” Newbold told ABC News.The involvement of active or retired military in the Jan. 6 insurrection has drawn special attention from lawmakers and law enforcement because of the oath that members of American armed forces take to follow the Constitution. At least three of the rioters arrested to date are believed to have served in the U.S. military, as have some of those taking the lead in spreading conspiracy theories around the 2020 election.Capt. Ryan Perry, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Command, said, “It would be inappropriate to discuss the actions of an individual, whose reserve service ended almost four years ago, that are subject to an ongoing federal investigation. However, Rear Adm. Howard made it clear earlier this week in his message to the current Naval Special Warfare Force that the attack on Capitol Hill serves as ‘an imperative for each of us to reflect on, and reaffirm, our oath to support and defend the Constitution. We serve this great nation and our fellow Americans — all of them — equally, and without political bias.’”Retired Marine Mick Mulroy and retired Navy SEAL Eric Oehlerich, both ABC News contributors, said in a joint statement that “as members of the military, we fought to defend our constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech. But the attack against the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was not about free speech; it was an insurrection. Any military member who participated violated their oath to defend the United States’ Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”For his part, Newbold told ABC News that he will never take up arms against the government he has served in “many deployments” with the military and an intelligence agency.While a number of those participating in the uprising wore military apparel, Newbold appears to be the first veteran from the U.S. special operations community to be identified as having participated in the events, which turned violent.One video remaining on Newbold’s event page for the D.C. rally for Trump advised his friends and followers to consider bringing walking sticks and mounted American flags to use as weapons to potentially fend off what he claimed could be violence by left-wing Antifa protesters, as well as pepper spray and collapsible batons to defend themselves if necessary. Law enforcement officials have said there is no evidence that anybody from Antifa participated in the violence on Capitol Hill last week.Some Trump supporters used the poles from their Stars and Stripes flags, as well as batons and pepper spray, to brutally assault U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department responding officers, as seen in violent videos from last Wednesday.Some have compared the videos of crowds cheering each swing of a makeshift club at a police officer to Romans cheering gladiators in the Coliseum.“Now I regret being in the crowd,” Newbold told ABC News. “When you are in the arena, you don’t see the big picture.”In a photo taken during the riot, Newbold is seen straddling an abandoned and ransacked U.S. Capitol Police motorcycle. Before going to Washington, he spoke of trying to turn police officers to his point of view, but now he says that once there, he tried to de-escalate the violence and even stopped others from attacking officers, and that he thanked the police for their service on the Capitol steps.But he also admits that in the video made after the incursion, he presented a much different tone than the one he has since adopted.“I will tell you that some of your friends, your brothers, your members here, and patriots, were on the very, very front lines of that,” Newbold says in his Jan. 6 video. “No matter how the media spins it, guys, it was a necessary thing.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Clear skies ahead

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Clear skies aheadOn 19 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Airtraffic control in the UK went through turbulent times in 2002, but theappointment of a new general manager signalled a change of fortune, and theNational Air Traffic Service is now firmly back on course. Ross Wigham reportsFlyingis supposed to be the ultimatefreedom and as your holiday jet cruises ataltitude, it can often feel like the only plane in the sky. It’s not. Onaverage, there are another 9,999 planes in the air somewhere around the world,with about 5,300 air movements per day controlled from the UK.Thereality is that the skies around the UK are filled with aircraft taking off,landing or en-route to somewhere else, all of which have to be controlled fromthe ground.Despitethe fact the UK has the largest amount of air traffic outside the US, theorganisation in charge of controlling the skies has been in crisis for the lastyear.TheNational Air Traffic Service (NATS) has been blighted by delays, poor employeerelations, recruitment difficulties, equipment problems and a continuallypostponed move to a new £623m nerve centre at Swanwick in Hampshire.Addingto its problems was a rocky transfer from public to private ownership.Eventsreached a nadir when staff threatened to go on strike over pay and a lack ofconsultation – a situation compounded by staff shortages, overwork and mistakeswith the new computer system.Thishad a direct effect on the public, with average delays of 2.6 minutes per flightand, at its worst, there were more than 900,000 minutes of delays in just onemonth.Theman brought in to resolve the situation was general manager Paul Louden, aveteran of the organisation with 35 years service – 19 spent as an air trafficcontroller at Heathrow airport.Onhis appointment a year ago, he immediately set about building closer links withthe main union, Prospect, to try to heal the rift with staff and get theorganisation moving in the right direction.”Weknew we had to fix our problems with the unions because as a company we werebleeding badly last year. Staff also needed to believe in the company morebecause we’re totally reliant on the staff to deliver,” says Louden.”HRalso had to start working with staff to re-build some trust and establishrelationships on an individual level.”Thefirst problem was the move to new Swanwick headquarters, which was 80 milesaway from the old centre (which is still in use) at West Drayton, near Heathrow.Loudenalso needed to regain the trust of the controllers as many had concerns oversafety following the installation of new equipment and NATS’ privatisation.”Wewanted to assure people that going through privatisation has had no impact onsafety. British Airways and the British Airports Authority are both privatecompanies and nobody questions their safety. There was a lot of resistance toprivatisation from staff,” he says.Togetherwith Prospect, he agreed a new approach to employee relationships conductedthrough a partnership approach called ‘Working Together’.TheWorking Together document stated exactly how the union and NATS should becommunicating – with a specific commitment to openness, honesty and discussion.NATSpromised to let the trade union representatives have more influence on thedecision-making process, problem solving, policy communication and training anddevelopment.”We’veworked hard with our staff and developed a partnership approach with the unionso we’re not in conflict. Working together is critical to us as is communicationwith our staff,” explains Louden.NATSalso built a new management team focusing more on the concerns of thecontrollers in the operations room, and used HR to communicate and negotiatewith the 1,200 strong workforce.”Allthe evidence shows that if you need to make major changes you [should] do itslowly. However, we built a new centre, introduced a new computer system andaltered the way people work. In hindsight, we should have done things moreslowly and the fact the project was late didn’t help,” he says.Becauseof the communications problems and the resentment that had grown around it, HRset up a graffiti board where staff could ask questions and raise issuesanonymously.Amanagement group was then set up to look at solutions and report back on whatwas being done to resolve matters.SharonJohnson, HR manager at Swanwick, says the idea helped get problems out in theopen and was a starting point for improving relations with the controllers.”Wefound that confidence soon grew and people were putting serious questions to usabout the organisation. This was the start of the improved dialogue,” shesays.HRalso worked on the organisation’s core values to see what the staff wanted fromthem. Staff from across NATS were put into groups to give feedback on what theyactually expected and needed.”Operationalstaff had been quite insular because their job is so important and safetycritical. It’s been good to get people together and get a broader perspectiveso they can contribute to the whole site.”Afterseveral meetings, the groups drew up literature to raise awareness and getfeedback on the changes within the company and its core values.However,there were still major problems around pay, conditions working patterns andstaff shortages, which Louden decided to handle with a new, conciliatoryapproach.”We’vemanaged to get rid of some conflict and the staff have bought into theseimprovements,” he says.”I’vetried to create an environment where staff can perform and they’ve done that inspades. Staff are the key element in the organisation.”Thenew centre provided a more comfortable environment to help staff deal with thechallenges of controlling aircraft  andLouden wanted the new management style to mirror this.”It’snot like in the movies where everybody is shouting and at each other’s throats.We’ve created a relaxed atmosphere where staff can concentrate and work in anincredibly focused way,” Louden says.Toreduce some of the shortages, NATS used the Working Together scheme to changethe way the UK’s 22 air sectors were operated and agreed a new overtime system.DavidLuxton, national secretary of Prospect, negotiated on the union side and agreedthe new overtime system that paid controllers an extra £500 per additionalshift.”Thiswas a breakthrough because it gave management the workforce flexibility itneeded and prevented the closing of air space,” he says.Italso helped reduce the delays from an average of 2.6 minutes last year to just1.5 minutes today. Although this was achieved following a reduction in flightsdue to 9/11, SARS and the war in Iraq, routes were becoming much more complexand budget airlines grew massively.”Thecloser relations have helped us to reach agreement and get results. Things likethe graffiti board helped because managers took ownership of theproblems,” he adds.Luxtonsays the talks have helped ease the atmosphere of distrust. Previously, many ofhis members were complaining about the prescriptive style of the managers andfelt there was nowhere to go with grievances.Althoughstaff also now feel more listened to, especially concerning safety andequipment, Luxton believes there is still much to be done.”Agood start has been made to addressing the issues, but we’re still working withNATS to address the problems of training, communication and trust betweenmanagers and staff.”Trainingis a particular concern as the current pass rate for new controllers is only 65per cent, which is adding to the staff shortages. However,NATS has just developed a much more sophisticated modelling system, whichshould improve this over the next five to six years.Recruitmentis still a major concern and Louden admits that even though around 100 newcontrollers are entering the service this year, he still needs more.”I’mconfident we have enough controllers to deliver the service, but I’m alsocertain we need to do more work on the way we select and train our new staff.”Facts–The new air traffic control centre at Swanwick cost £623m–Swanwick deals with more than2 million flights per year–The UK has the largest amount of air traffic outside the US–UK air traffic control deals with 5,300 air movements each day–London’s airports have 90 million passengers per yearWeblinkwww.nats.co.ukEmployeerelations at NATS before Louden’s arrivalNovember2002 – Staff threaten strike action after executives receive large bonusesdespite problems within the serviceNovember2002 – NATS admits passengers could face further delays because of staffshortages and computer problemsSeptember2002 – NATS is accused of sexism after placing a recruitment advertisemententitled ‘bird watching’ in lad’s magazine Loaded. It featured alongsideadverts for cannabis seed, sex lines and erotic websitesAugust2002 – Staff shortages intensified after it became clear just three newcontrollers would pass through training in 12 monthsAugust2002 – MPs attack the “cost-cutting and penny-pinching mentality” atNATSJuly2002 – The number of overload reports filed by staff doublesMay2002 – Staff admit to misreading the heights of planes and mistaking locationsbecause of confusing fonts on new computer systems last_img read more

Oxfored clinch warriors draw

first_imgBLUES RUGBY Worcester Warriors 26 Oxford 26 The Blues bid to regain their Varsity title looked decidedly promising on Monday night, as they forced an away draw with the Worcester Warriors at Sixways. Worcester, currently lying top of the first division, fielded a relatively strong side which included nine senior players as well as members of their development squad, while a series of minor injuries as well as World Cup commitments meant several key players were missing for the visiting team. Oxford were very quickly behind, as a combination of good passing by the Warriors and bad defence by the Blues led to two quick tries. Worcester winger Birchall’s pace exploited the narrowness of the Oxford back line, and after the first of several missed penalties for Oxford, Worcester fullback Hylton made it 14-0 in fourteen minutes. Far from beaten however, the Blues kept the pressure on, and their patience was rewarded when captain John Allen finished off a well-executed backs move with a powerful try. Having stopped the rot, Oxford’s defence seemed less shaky, and Adam Slade made an excellent tackle in the fortieth minute to prevent a third Worcester try. Fly half Jon Fennel’s last minute penalty ensured a creditable half-time score of 14-8. The Blues started the second half in style, with a quick try after a superb forward drive by winger John Bradshaw. A successful conversion would have handed Oxford the lead, but the score remained 14-13 as pressure on the Warriors’ defence increased. Another penalty took Oxford in front, before an excellent wide move in the sixtieth minute led to John Allen’s second try of the match, converted comfortably by Fennel. With the score now 14-23 to the visitors, the home side stepped up a gear, and a textbook dummy by Worcester winger Garrard gave Neil Mason an easy try. The conversion put the Warriors within two points of the Blues, when poor tackling by the Oxford defence gave Worcester captain David Officer another five points. Now three points ahead, the Warriors conceded another penalty, and Fennel’s conversion levelled the scores at 26-26. After a chaotic last few minutes, Worcester kicked for touch to take the draw. Far from being complacent, OURFC Chairman Martin Jackson was already focussed on progress and potential in the lead-up to Varsity: “We are testing the team at quite a high level, especially since a lot of players are new to the Blues squad. Our next match against Leicester will be vital, as they are also shortly playing Cambridge, so we’ll know where we are and what we want to do. A few silly mistakes cost us the game today.” However, with two consecutive draws against First Division teams, and an unprecedented sponsorship deal with Aggregate Industries, the atmosphere is optimistic.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more