El Consejo debate estatus del Pacto Anglicano en pequeños grupos

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Foto para ENS de Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service — Auckland, Nueva Zelanda] El Consejo Consultivo Anglicano consumió una hora el 31 de octubre (hora local) en una conversación privada para debatir el estatus del Pacto Anglicano, pero no tomó ninguna decisión.Esas conversaciones en grupos de reflexión, precedidas por una breve sesión plenaria abierta al público, ha sido el patrón de esta 15ª. reunión del CCA.Antes de que empezaran las conversaciones de reflexión el 31 de octubre, Victoria Matthews, obispa de la Diócesis de Christchurch en Nueva Zelanda, le pidió a los miembros que consideraran “¿por qué [el Pacto] es causa de temor [para algunos] y por qué una señal de esperanza para  otros?”.Los resultados de los diálogos de reflexión se les entregaron a la Comisión Permanente Interanglicana sobre Unidad, Fe y Orden (IASCUFO) y al Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana “mientras se disciernen los medios de llevar el asunto adelante”, según un folleto sobre el proceso.Está programado que los miembros se reúnan otra vez para debatir sobre el pacto el 6 de noviembre, el penúltimo día de la reunión [que se extiende] desde el 27 de octubre hasta el 7 de noviembre. No resulta clara si cualesquiera resoluciones acerca del pacto se propondrán durante esa sesión.Josephine Hicks, miembro del CCA en representación de la Iglesia Episcopal, le dijo a Episcopal News Service que su grupo de reflexión sostuvo “una conversación muy buena” en la cual participaron miembros de [las iglesias de] Tanzania, Kenia, Burundi, Australia, Escocia, las Antillas, México, Cuba y Pakistán, además de ella misma.Los integrantes de los grupos intercambiaron opiniones acerca del estado de la discusión del pacto en su provincia, cómo ha sido el proceso y qué le ha enseñado la experiencia a la provincia respecto a ser anglicanos y ser parte de la Comunión Anglicana.Hicks dijo que la conversación acerca de los procesos utilizados en cada provincia “nos hizo recordar que nos gobernamos a través de diferentes procesos en la Comunión y nos esforzamos por entender los procesos de los demás”.“Alguien comentó que enterarse de que una provincia ha rechazado o aceptado el pacto afecta el proceso de dilucidar de otra provincia”, dijo ella, añadiendo que otra persona resaltó que “escuchar en las primeras etapas lo que pensaba [del pacto] cierto número de iglesias africanas en particular no había afectado lo suficiente el criterio de las provincias”.Cuando el grupo consideró lo que los miembros habían llegado a saber a través del proceso del pacto, dijo Hicks, “el verdadero tema de esos comentarios fue que hemos madurado como Comunión y que obviamente tenemos diferencias pero que lo que nos mantiene unidos es mucho más fuerte que lo que nos divide”.“Observamos que aún estamos en la Comunión, aunque algunas provincias hayan rechazado el pacto y algunas lo hayan aceptado y algunas estén aún considerándolo”, abundó Hicks. “Eso nos demuestra que aún podemos estar en Comunión sin un pacto”.Algunos miembros del grupo dijeron que “el proceso del pacto nos ha ayudado a concentrarnos en algo más que en los asuntos que nos dividen”, según comentó Hicks.Hicks comenzó su período de tres reuniones en la reunión de 2005 en Nottingham, Inglaterra, cuando miembros del CCA tanto de la Iglesia Episcopal en Estados Unidos como de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá asistieron como observadores luego que ambas provincias retiraron voluntariamente su participación aviniéndose a una petición de los primados anglicanos —o arzobispos principales— para darle espacio a la consideración de los problemas de la sexualidad.Ella dijo que algunos de los miembros de su grupo de reflexión aquí comentaron que “hay un espíritu mucho menos contencioso en esta reunión [si se le compara con la reunión intermedia de Jamaica en 2009] y la gente cree que parte de eso es el proceso del pacto que nos ha ayudado a concentrarnos en las relaciones como algo que es más importante que un pedazo de papel”.“Ese espíritu parece palpable en esta reunión”, concluyó ella.Matthews dijo durante su presentación que  “no es la labor de la  IASCUFO promover el pacto, sino más bien supervisar la recepción del pacto”.La obispa dijo que en el curso de esa supervisión, ella, como miembro de la IASCUFO, había aprendido que “hay en verdad dos documentos circulando. Uno es el documento que la gente tiene en mente y el otro es el Pacto Anglicano en el papel”.“A veces el documento en discusión es irreconocible como el Pacto Anglicano”, apuntó.Durante una conversación de mesa el día anterior, miembros del CCA discutieron la manera en que sus provincias tomaban las decisiones difíciles.“De la misma manera que su provincia le hace frente a una decisión difícil, así lo hace la Comunión Anglicana de iglesias”, dijo Matthews en el Consejo. “La interrogante detrás del pacto es cuál es el mejor camino. ¿Hay un camino seguro de mantenernos unidos? ¿Cuál es nuestro temor más profundo cuando consideramos los procesos de la toma de decisiones?”Haciendo notar que el Consejo había dedicado la noche anterior a considerar cómo las familias pueden cambiar sus interacciones de respuestas violentas a pacíficas, Matthews sugirió “que en la idea original del pacto había un deseo de permitir que la Comunión Anglicana de iglesias fuese un lugar seguro para el diálogo y el intercambio de ideas.“El documento actual del Pacto Anglicano no logra eso para todas las iglesias de la Comunión Anglicana y es por eso que algunas iglesias han rechazado el documento”, dijo ella. “No obstante, según escuchamos anoche, en el tuétano del pacto de Dios está ‘yo seré tu Dios y tú serás mi pueblo’. Y debemos tener eso presente”.Debido a que están “los que dicen que [el pacto] es punitivo y los que dicen que no tiene dientes”, Matthews afirmó que ella cree que el pacto “ni siquiera se percibe, no digamos se recibe, como un camino verdaderamente seguro en el cual encontrarnos los unos con los otros”.Ella invitó a los miembros [del Consejo] a considerar el porqué para algunos el pacto es “algo de temer y para otros un señal de esperanza”.Y Matthews le pidió al Consejo “reflexionar sobre lo que hay en el pacto que nos brinde un camino posible para que caminemos juntos” y si el pacto pudiera ser “potencialmente útil en su provincia cuando usted tenga que enfrentarse con una situación difícil”.El Pacto Anglicano se propuso por primera vez en el Informe Windsor de 2004 como un modo de que la Comunión y sus provincias pudiera mantener la unidad a pesar de las diferencias, especialmente relacionadas con los problemas de la interpretación bíblica y la sexualidad humana. La última reunión del CCA, en mayo de 2009 en Jamaica, decidió aplazar el someter a la consideración de las provincias el tercer y último anteproyecto del pacto porque los miembros del CCA pensaban que el proceso del pacto para resolver disputas necesitaba trabajarse más.Luego de que un pequeño grupo de trabajo solicitara reacciones de las provincias acerca de ese proceso, la versión final del pacto se sometió a la consideración formal de las provincias en diciembre de  2009. Un relato actualizado del estatus de esa consideración puede encontrarse aquí.Antecedentes del CCAEl CCA es uno de los cuatro instrumentos de la Comunión, siendo los otros  el arzobispo de Cantórbery (que sirve como presidente del CCA), la Conferencia de Lambeth de Obispos Anglicanos y la Reunión de los Primados.Instituido en 1969, el CCA incluye a clérigos y laicos, al igual que a obispos, entre sus delegados. La membresía [del CCA] consta de una a tres personas de cada una de las 38 provincias de la Comunión Anglicana, dependiendo del tamaño de la feligresía de cada provincia. En los casos donde hay tres miembros, hay un obispo, un presbítero y un laico. En los casos donde se nombran menos miembros, la preferencia se le da a los laicos. La Constitución del CCA puede encontrarse aquí.El Consejo se reúne cada tres o cuatro años y la reunión de Auckland es la 15ª desde su creación.La Iglesia Episcopal está representada por Josephine Hicks, de Carolina del Norte; la Rda. Gay Jennings, de Ohio y el obispo Ian Douglas de Connecticut.Jefferts Schori asiste a la reunión en su carácter de miembro del Comité Permanente de la Comunión Anglicana, que se reunió aquí antes del comienzo de la reunión del CCA.  Douglas también es miembro del Comité Permanente.Una lista completa de los participantes en la 15ª reunión del CCA se encuentra aquí.Toda la cobertura que ha hecho ENS del CCA15 se encuentra aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ center_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Nov 5, 2012 Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more

Business start-ups can turn to Internet for advice

first_imgVital health and safety information for small business start-ups can now befound on the Internet, courtesy of a partnership between IOSH and Norwich UnionRisk Services. A new website, www.safestartup.org, has been created to provide essentialguidance for small businesses on their health, safety and environmentalobligations. It is free to use and is supported by the Health and SafetyExecutive and Small Business Service. By interacting with a friendly website helper, known as “Alex”,users can learn about general principles and legal stipulations for health andsafety at work, and will eventually be able to explore the particularrequirements of their industry in further detail. The site provides guidance on welfare matters, insurance categories and riskassessment and examines the contents of a health and safety policy, allrelevant to the size and nature of the user’s organisation. The overall aim of www.safestartup.org is to provide a site which isinteractive, informative and user-friendly, enabling small and medium sizecompanies and business start-ups to meet their health and safetyresponsibilities right from the beginning. It is hoped that the site will gosome way in addressing the current situation in which, on average, the rate offatal and major injuries in small firms is almost double that for firmsemploying more than a thousand people. The site, which was launched in October to mark the start of the EuropeanWeek for Health and Safety at Work, will be developed further with the additionof extra criteria, including occupational health provision. Further informationabout safestartup.org can be found in a free leaflet available through theSmall Business Service, local Business Link operators and the Prince’s Trust. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Business start-ups can turn to Internet for adviceOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Time to put your cards on the table

first_imgTime to put your cards on the tableOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today The Information and Consultation Directive will take time and resources toimplement, which is why HR must ensure it is not left to the last minute.Roisin Woolnough reportsEmployers need to think long and hard about how they communicate businessnews and changes to staff, following the Government’s announcement on theInformation and Consultation Directive. While the legislation itself does notrequire companies to have an employee consultative body, it does stipulate thatif just 10 per cent of the workforce demand it, then the company must provideit. What form that consultative body takes is to a certain extent left up to theemployer. The framework has taken into account the varied nature of existingarrangements between employers and employees, some of which are highlysuccessful, and the DTI has avoided a one-size fits all approach. One thing the DTI, employer and employee industry bodies are all agreed uponis that companies should at the very least establish if they comply with thedirective and what the business implications are. Any organisations that fallfoul of the directive could face a fine of up to £75,000. “HR people are going to want to drive this initiative, rather thanrespond to demands from employees,” says Ken Allison, Head of HRConsulting at Bond Pearce. “There are good business reasons for doing itahead of time, so that you have the machinery in place and representatives canhandle their roles well.” The EU-legislation takes effect for companies with 150 employees or more inMarch 2005, in 2007 for those with 100 or more employees and in 2008 for thosewith 50 or more employees. Information and consultation means just that and nothing more. “People tend to think consultation is the same as negotiation, but itis not,” says Patrick Burns, director of advocacy for The Work Foundationconsultancy and think-tank. “Consultation still very much leaves decisionmaking in managers’ hands. The directive says a company must be prepared tolisten to employees’ views, state its own views and then make a decision,”he adds. The legislation came about because of EU concerns about the number ofcompanies making public announcements about fundamental changes to their businesses– such as restructuring and mass redundancies – with no prior warning to staff.Employees have to be informed and consulted on management decisions thataffect their future, and the consultation has to be meaningful. It also needsto be done right down to departmental level and at the time the decision-makingprocess is taking place – not when plans have already been finalised. “If the board signs this off, saying ‘Yes we must consult’, but thenthey go through the motions at national level, then there is a problem,”says Burns. “All the personnel we have spoken to said consultations haveto take place while there are still options and the decision can still beaffected.” If companies only pay lip service to the notion of consultation, Burns believesemployees and unions could bring about cases of non-compliance. “If I had to predict a potential flashpoint,” says Burns, “itwould be confidentiality. Accidental exposure is a problem, but not if peoplelearn from good management.” A major concern expressed by employers is that employee reps will leaksensitive corporate information, but Burns sees no reason why this shouldhappen if they understand what is expected of them. He says representativesneed to be given good training to ensure issues such as confidentiality are notbreached. Senior and middle management also need to understand just what theprocess entails, what information needs to be disseminated and when it shouldhappen. “It is very important to work out if both sides feel confident thatthey have the skills to deal with this,” says Burns. “Clarity is veryimportant as accidents of confidentiality often happen because protocols andprocedures are not clear enough.” It is up to HR to set the guidelines, audit the systems already in place,provide the framework, organise elections and monitor progress. That wholeprocess takes time and resources, which is why it is important that it is notleft until the very last minute. “It’s very hard to see how an organisation will get something set upthat is credible, functioning and compliant in under six months,” saysBurns. “You need to find out how well your system works and match it torequirements and have effective dialogue with employee representatives and atboard level.” Global companies also need to bear in mind how their EU counterpartsinteract with employees. “There are issues around links between UK arrangements and Europeanarrangements,” says Allison. “The works council in the UK would haveto nominate a rep to the EU council, which might be a lot more trade-uniondominated.” This could be tricky for employers and it’s up to HR to negotiate itsuccessfully. Whatever happens, Allison says that for employee councils to beeffective, companies need to set them up and treat them in an appropriatemanner. “Make sure it’s not imposed from the top – implement it in aconsultative way,” he says. weblinks www.cbi.org.uk www.dti.gov.uk  www.tuc.org.uk  www.theworkfoundation.co.uk  Philippa James, HR Officer at AlfalvalThe sales and services arm of Swedish process engineering manufacturerAlfalaval has had an employee representative body since mid-1999. “We started it because we had a new managing director who was very muchinto being open and communicating with employees,” says HR officerPhilippa James. Called the Employee Consultative Forum, it meets three times a year withfive representatives from different divisions of the business. Representativesfrom the UK’s 200-strong workforce are elected for a two-year period. “Employees can ask most questions they want to, particularly thingssuch as whether there are any areas that cause problems and office improvementsin working methods,” says James. The company will not discuss any issues that are deemed strictlyconfidential or anything relating to particular individuals, and the forum doesnot cover minor workplace issues, such as washroom provisions. “That’s forthe facilities people,” says James. Before each meeting, the agenda is set out so that suggestions can be putforward, and James says that employee opinion surveys show the staff feel theforum is working. On the question ‘I’m kept well informed on the company’sprogress’, the opinion surveys show that 50 per cent of employees agreed in2002, compared with 34.2 per cent in 2001. And the staff response to ‘Thecompany does a good job of keeping employees informed about matters affectingus’, showed an increase of 25 per cent from 2001 to 40.4 per cent in 2002. James feels the forum is fairly well aligned with the directive, althoughshe feels the company may need to make the processes a bit more in-depth in thefuture. www.alfalaval.com Information and consultation regulationsWhen will the regulations begin toapply to my company?Organisations which employ more than 150 employees will be liableto act on a staff request to set up a new information and consultation(I&C) body (a works council) from 23 March 2005 onwards. Where the organisations have more than 100 employees, theoperational date is 23 March 2007, and where the undertakings have more than 50employees, the operational date is 23 March 2008. As from those dates, the lawdoes not require employers to do anything. However, if requested by theiremployees, they will from those operational dates be required to commencenegotiations on the setting up of an information and consultation body/workscouncil. How will such a request for aninformation and consultation body/works council be triggered?Employers will be required to set up an I&C body when theyreceive a petition of more than 100 employees from within the undertaking. Thiskickstarts a process whereby the employer has six months in which to negotiatean I&C agreement. If an agreement is not reached, a lead-in period of afurther six months will operate, at the end of which the ‘default model’I&C body will automatically operate. In the next six months, the employer has the opportunity tocontinue to try to reach an agreement on a voluntary I&C body and/or toarrange the transition arrangements for the operation of the I&C defaultmodel.What is the position where myorganisation already has an I&C-type body such as a staff consultativeforum? Will this have to be disbanded?Unlike the position for European works councils, having anexisting agreed I&C body is not a complete defence to stop new negotiationsproceeding to set up a works council under the I&C regulations. However,the draft regulations do provide some limited measure of support in thissituation. Existing I&C arrangements can remain in place unless and until aformal petition, from more than 10 per cent of employees, is received. Where the employer wishes to preserve its existing staffconsultative forum, it has the option to call a ballot of all the employees inthe undertaking to vote on whether they want to proceed with the statutoryI&C negotiation process. If less than 40 per cent vote in favour ofprogressing with the negotiation for a new I&C agreement, then the employercan continue with the existing employee consultative forum, and the employeescannot submit a new petition for an I&C negotiation for a period of threeyears. Where the original petition to set the I&C negotiationprocess into motion is signed by at least 40 per cent of the employees in theundertaking, there is no entitlement for an employer to hold a ballot. Theemployer is forced to go ahead with the negotiation for a new I&Cagreement. What does the default modelprovide for?The draft regulations provide for information andconsultation in three areas:– The recent and probable development of the undertaking’sactivities and the economic situation– The current situation, structure and probable development ofemployment within the undertaking and any anticipated measures envisaged whichmay put a threat on employment within the undertaking– Decisions likely to lead to substantial changes in workorganisation or contractual relations, including collective redundancy and TUPEtransfersIn the first two of these, consultation is described as”an exchange of views or establishment for dialogue”. In the third –substantial changes in contractual relations and work organisation –consultation is defined as “with a view to reaching agreement”. Itshould be noted that this ‘higher’ level of consultation comes close to a formof negotiation, and would include subjects such as terms and conditions, hoursof work, methods of work, places of work, use of machinery and equipment atwork, changed methods of working, and so on.  Interestingly, the I&C Regulations referto “decisions likely to lead to substantial changes of work organisationand contractual relations”. In addition, the default model has provisions relating toconfidentiality. Unlike the position for European works councils, the draftregulations (in their current form) limit the employer’s ability to withholdconfidential information to where disclosure of it would, judged objectively,seriously harm or prejudice the undertaking. What is the timeframe for myorganisation to negotiate an I&C agreement before the default modelstructure is applied?There is an initial negotiation period of six months, beginningwith the date when the petition for the start of the negotiation process isreceived by the employer. If an agreement is not reached by the end of thatperiod, the default model will automatically apply, but there is a furthersix-month lead-in period for the employer to make arrangements for this – forexample, employee elections. At any time, the parties can extend the period ofnegotiations for an I&C agreement. Employers must do the following, all within the six-monthperiod:– Carry out an audit of its existing I&C arrangements– Develop a strategy on I&C– Educate and brief senior management– Manage employee expectations– Devise and implement the employee communication programmes onI&C– Develop an I&C agreement with which to begin negotiations– Train line managers on I&C– Arrange for the election of employee representatives tonegotiate the I&C agreement– Actually negotiate the I&C agreementSix months is a very short timescale to do all this, and ithighlights the importance of doing the preparatory work well ahead of the March2005 deadline.Compiled by Fraser Younson,partner, McDermott, Will & EmeryFive key points for hrKen Allison’s five key points that HRneeds to get right:– Have clear and realistic expectations of what the processwill deliver and what it is for, so that employees do not think it is anegotiating body– Display a willingness to discuss substantial issues soemployees find it meaningful– Ensure staff representatives are trained properly andunderstand their roles– Manage the agenda and communications strategy. Everyone needsto know when consultation is going on– Ensure that senior management commitment is visibleThe legalitiesThe legislation comes into effect forcompanies of:– 150 employees or more in March 2005– 100 employees or more in March 2007– 50 employees or more in March 2008Employee requests only have to be acted upon if 10 per cent ofthe workforce are behind the motion. If the employer already has a consultative agreement withemployees, then 40 per cent of the workforce need to endorse the 10 per centrequest for a review to be mandatory. How the directive is implemented is up tothe employer and employees to decide, unless they cannot agree, in which casethere are standard directive provisions.Claire Logan, organisationalchange manager at SafewaySafeway set up what it callsColleague Councils in March this year. It started with four councils and hassince added another. “We have gone for a staged implementation approach andthen we will roll it out across the whole company,” says Claire Logan,organisational change manager at Safeway, which employs 90,000 in its 480stores across the UK. Each council meets once a month, with between seven and 10representatives, and two weeks later, representatives from those councils go toa Total Council Meeting. “Individual council meetings provide the agenda for theTotal Council Meeting,” says Logan. “That ranges from discussionsabout pensions through to piloting a corporate training programme. If there areparticular initiatives we are wanting to work through we talk to them prior togetting board approval.”Logan says there have been teething problems in the informationflow. “The timing of the meetings is a challenge,” she says.”You need to balance how often you meet with having enough time for peopleto get feedback on the outcomes and generate ideas and suggestions. You need toget that right for it to be effective.”Each council member represents between 50-100 people and 47members have been trained so far. The training focuses on the legal issues.There are council sponsors at a senior level and meetings arechaired by an HR facilitator. Logan says acting as a facilitator swallows upsome HR hours, as does typing up the minutes, but that they have also savedtime and resources through trialling the training programme with the reps. www.safeway.co.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Alumnus speaks on U.S., India Relationship

first_imgNotre Dame alumnus Tim Roemer spoke Wednesday about the advances in technology that have transformed interaction and communication between the United States and India. Roemer, a Notre Dame alumnus, former U.S. Congressman [D-IN-3] and former Ambassador to India, spoke on the nature and importance of the United States’ interactions with India. The lecture, titled “Twitter, Buffett, and Darwin: India and the United States Relationship,” was the second installment of the Distinguished Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. As India’s economy develops and its middle class grows and becomes more and more successful, Roemer said the country is becoming one of the biggest markets in the region for innovative technology. India also is home to a large number of English speakers and maintains a good relationship with the U.S, Roemer said. The region as a whole has an emerging middle class that is bigger than the entire U.S. population, he said. To illustrate the opportunities technology provides to that middle class, Roemer showed a photograph of a woman wearing traditional dress, carrying a metal pot on her head and talking on a cell phone, which he said would have cost $15. The woman, Roemer said, along with a hundred others, was transporting dirt from a construction site. “She is a small-business owner,” Roemer said. “She’s on this phone while she’s working at this job, and she is calling, as a small-business owner who grows flowers – she on that phone is hiring two new people because she just got a text from Twitter that the price of flowers has gone down, and she can afford two new employees. … That phone is life-changing for that woman, as a business owner.” Roemer said the elevation of millions of people from poverty to the middle class has impacted hugely both business and trade. If India’s economy continues to grow – which, he said, is not guaranteed – multinational firms are going to shift their focus to Asian markets. “If you are an international business and you want to succeed in the next 30 or 40 years, are you going to keep selling in the U.S. and EU and depend on 50, 60, 70 percent of your sales there, or are you going to expand into those markets right there?” Roemer said. “That’s this middle-class migration that is absolutely essential for the U.S. to get a hold of, to understand, and to entice our manufacturing companies to create jobs here . . . there is a real incentive, given these trends, to do more and more manufacturing in the U.S. and export these products into these new middle-class markets so you can see the resurgence of American products in the U.S.” Roemer said that the development maintenance of a good relationship between the U.S. and India, especially India’s rising middle class, is crucial. He said the past three U.S. presidents have cooperated closely with India regarding national security as well as trade. The governments of both nations recently have “supported generally a health U.S.-India relationship,” he said. Despite problems like border disputes with Pakistan, inflation, and rising food prices, trade between the two countries is increasing, Roemer said. Roemer outlined three models for companies to emulate in order to take advantage of this relationship. First, he said the “Warren Buffett Model,” is best exemplified by General Electric [GE]. GE CEO Jeffery Immelt often holds board meetings in India to expose members to the country, culture, and market, he said. “Immelt has been very, very smart about teaching his company and getting some of his best leadership to go to some of these places,” Roemer said. “If you want to run the company and you haven’t had one of those tough assignments, … if you have run the company, and you’ve been president of India, of Nigeria, of Indonesia, you really are going to see where the future of GE is.” Second, Roemer said the “Winston Churchill Model,” is best exemplified by Starbucks. CEO Howard Schultz tried to enter India in 2005 but was not successful, he said. In 2010, however, Starbucks returned. But, the company made several fundamental changes, such as partnering with Indian companies and using domestic products.  “He figured it out, and that is the Churchill Model – try it, don’t ever give up, come back again and again,” Roemer said. “That’s Churchill’s great commencement speech – never ever, ever, ever, ever give up. Schultz did not, and I think he’s onto the right thing now, and I think he’s going to succeed in India. Third, the “Darwin Model,” is an “evolutionary model” best exemplified by IKEA, he said. When it entered the Chinese market, Roemer said Ikea changed almost everything about how it presented its products, from its value proposition to its promotions to where it manufactured its products. “You have a completely different model for almost every value network and category from Europe to China. IKEA is just going into India now, and it will be a hybrid of these two approaches,” Roemer said. “It will change again.” The U.S.-India relationship is positive now, Roemer said. This relationship will remain important because India is civically engaged, religiously diverse, and respects the rule of law, he said. “That potential influence in the entire region as India grows in confidence, as India grows in influence, as India grows in articulating its foreign policy and working with other countries is absolutely and potentially profound in the future,” Roemer said. “I’m betting that future presidents are going to see this, see the economic and religious and political advantage and continue to make this one of the most important relationships in the world.” Contact Emily McConville at [email protected]last_img read more

Benowa Waters mansion is the American dream

first_imgPat McCarthy and his daughters (left to right) Ainsley, 17, Ava, 13, and Lauren, 20, at their family’s dream home in Benowa Waters. Picture: Glenn HampsonCreating a dream home to accommodate a busy family of seven is no easy feat, but the McCarthys managed just that. Their Benowa Waters mansion has a long list of luxury inclusions, such as a 2500-bottle wine cellar and adjoining waterfront tasting room for the adults. And for the kids, the pool and tennis court were a hit. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoA tennis court is just one of the luxury inclusions. The family are selling 64-66 Charolais Cres, Benowa Waters, to downsize. Owners Pat and Penelope McCarthy built the lavish property at 64-66 Charolais Cres 14 years ago. “It was our dream home,” Mr McCarthy said. “We had five children ranging from five to 21 at the time and lived in Benowa Waters but were looking for a much bigger home to suit a growing family.“At the house, everyone has their own space to go and chill out, watch TV, play games, play outside, but there are also lots of communal family areas for us all to be together.” MORE NEWS: The secret to building a Gold Coast dream home MORE NEWS: Enchanting Tamborine Mountain cottage ready for next chapter The expressions of interest campaign ends on March 18. Mr McCarthy said tennis lessons had been a Saturday morning ritual, with a coach hosting lessons for the whole neighbourhood on their family’s court. “We also started the Halloween craze in Benowa Waters,” he said. With only two kids left at home, they decided it was now time for the family to downsize and are on the hunt for their next dream home. The expat Americans designed the luxury coastal house to have a Hamptons feel. “We are both from the Hamptons and brought a lot of that feel with us. We wanted the look and feel of the places we grew up,” he said. “It has a beautiful coastal feel and is a modern house for a large family that enjoys the waterfront lifestyle.”center_img The tasting room and wine cellar — wine not? Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Plenty of spots to entertain. The six-bedroom house sits on a 2015sq m lot and offers 60m of waterfrontage, with a pontoon that can hold a 20m vessel. There is a private sandy beach, a boat shed and numerous indoor and outdoor living and entertaining zones. Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the property, with the expressions of interest campaign closing on March 18. Pick up a copy of the Gold Coast Bulletin today to see the Coast’s top 50 dream homes.last_img read more

ECCB Monetary Council meets in Montserrat

first_imgLogo of ECCB. Photo credit: antiguaobserver.comBRADES, Montserrat — The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) held its 70th meeting in Montserrat on Friday, under the chairmanship of Reuben Meade, Montserrat’s chief minister and minister for finance.A handing-over ceremony to mark the change in chairmanship from Nazim Burke, minister for finance, Grenada, preceded the meeting. Chairmanship is rotated among the eight member countries on an annual basis at the July meeting, as dictated by the established protocol observed by the Monetary Council.The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Agreement 1983 mandates that “the Council shall meet not less than twice each year to receive from the Governor, the Bank’s report on monetary and credit conditions and to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank, and for such other purposes as are prescribed under this Agreement”.Accordingly, Council was apprised of the recent monetary and credit conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) for the twelve months ended March 2011 and the near to medium term prospects in light of the global economic and financial developments.Monetary and credit conditions in the currency union continued to be negatively affected by conditions in the real sector which had been less than favourable in recent times. Following a decline of 5.4 percent in real output in 2009, the ECCU recorded a second consecutive year of negative growth in 2010 when a contraction of 1.8 percent was recorded. Many sectors including construction, wholesale and retail and financial services continued to decline, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous year.One positive development was a 2.6 percent increase in the hotels and restaurants sector, influenced by a 3.3 percent rise in stay-over visitors. Available data for the first quarter of 2011 suggest that the mild recovery continued, with a modest increase in activity in the tourism and construction sectors.The divergences in global growth evident in 2010 are expected to continue in 2011 and 2012, with economic activity in the emerging market economies far outpacing that in the advanced economies. This uneven pattern of growth will have important implications for economic activity in the ECCU, given the region’s close trading links with the slower growing advanced countries, namely the USA, the UK and Canada.The current elevated global prices for oil, food and other commodities could lead to inflationary pressures, retard the economic recovery in the advanced countries and adversely affect the growth prospects for the ECCU.In these circumstances the Council was informed that the ECCU is projected to grow by roughly 2 percent in 2011 and by 3 percent in 2012, with modest expansions in the major sectors, particularly, construction, hotels and restaurants, and wholesale and retail trade.Monetary and Credit ConditionsThe Council was updated on developments in the variables which define the monetary and credit conditions in the ECCU during the twelve months ended March 2011 and the factors contributing to these developments:• Deposits in the banking system slowed to a growth rate of 2.4 percent from a rate of 3 percent in the previous year, reflecting the continued weak economic conditions.• Total credit expanded by 0.3 percent compared with a rate of 2.1 percent in the previous twelve months also consistent with the low level of economic activity and with commercial banks becoming more risk-averse in the current environment of increased credit risk.• Commercial bank liquidity showed a steady increase during the period as the pace of deposit growth outpaced that of credit expansion.• Commercial bank lending rates continued to decline as economic activity remained subdued. At the end of March 2011, the weighted average lending rate across the ECCU stood at 9.5 per cent, 0.3 percent lower than the rate at the end of March 2010.• The Central Bank’s net foreign assets position continued to be strong, buoyed by official grant and loan inflows for member governments as inflows from private direct investment and travel receipts continued to be below pre-crisis levels.• The ratio of gross foreign assets to demand liabilities, which represents the backing ratio for the currency, stood at 95.5 per cent at the end of March 2011, well above the statutory level of 60 per cent and the operational target of 80 per cent.• Consumer prices continued to rise during the period under review, reflecting higher international prices for oil, food and other commodities.Monetary Policy AssessmentThe Council, taking into account the recent developments and the outlook agreed that, at this time, policies must be geared towards protecting the stability of the financial system and maintaining the credibility of the currency. In the current circumstances the effectiveness of the administered interest rates, that is, the Central Bank’s discount rate and the minimum savings rate in influencing domestic economic activity and supporting the recovery was thought to be minimal.The Council accordingly directed that the Central Bank’s administered rates be maintained at their current levels, namely:(i) The regulated minimum rate of interest on savings deposits at 3.0 percent.(ii) The Central Bank’s discount rate at 6.5 percent.Financial Sector StabilityThe Council was updated on the major financial sector stability challenges and risks facing the ECCU. Recent events in the regional and international markets had underscored the importance of a coordinated regional strategy for maintaining financial sector stability, and a well developed and integrated regulatory framework to handle the complex nature of modern financial institutions, particularly conglomerates.In addition, the Council, acknowledging that the non-bank financial sector constitutes a significant part of the ECCU financial system, agreed that the regulatory gaps in this sector needed to be addressed with some urgency.In recognition of the Bank’s mandate to preserve the soundness of the financial system, the Council agreed to recommend to member governments support for the actions required to address the immediate risks to financial sector stability including:(i) Full operationalisation of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), which was recently established as a majority-owned company of the governments of the ECCU with the following broad purposes:• To provide financial assistance to distressed institutions in restoring liquidity and solvency;• To mobilize and deploy external technical and managerial support for the restructuring of financial institutions; and• To act as a conduit through which the realignment and restructuring of the financial sector in the ECCU will take place.The Council noted that the inaugural meeting of the Board of Directors took place on 08 July 2011.(ii) Strengthening of the regulation and supervision of the financial system by:• The passage of outstanding financial legislation, including uniform legislation for the non-bank financial sector, and in particular, the Cooperatives Societies Bill and the Insurance Act aimed at reducing the risks associated with those sectors; andThe Council agreed that the Central Bank should undertake technical analysis for determining the possibility of establishing a single regulatory body for the insurance sector.Acknowledging that fiscal and debt sustainability are critical in maintaining financial stability, the Council also agreed to recommend to member governments:(i) The adoption of an approach to addressing the debt issue which would result in an adjustment to the debt structure and a more manageable debt profile; and(ii) Active participation on the Regional Government Securities Market (RGSM) by all member governments in order to achieve cost savings on interest expenses as well as reduce the bunching of debt payments.Reports from Ministerial Sub-Committees of the Monetary CouncilMinisterial Sub-Committee on InsuranceThe Council was updated on developments related to the CLICO/BAICO resolution strategy. In particular, the Council noted the actions taken to date, including the sale of the BAICO property portfolio and the launch on 18 May, 2011 of the ECCU/BAICO Health Insurance Support Fund. Work on the sale of the traditional life insurance portfolio was now underway.The Council noted that the ultimate resolution of the BAICO/CLICO issues was dependent on the available funding. Accordingly, the Council considered funding options for the resolution programme as well as different compensation scenarios for addressing the financial obligations to policyholders and depositors. The Council agreed that given the limited fiscal space of the ECCU member governments at this time, priorities would have to be set with regard to the implementation of the resolution programme.The Council reiterated that the regional approach being taken by the ECCU member countries was critical, but that co-operation from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago was of utmost importance in finalizing a compensation scheme.Ministerial Sub-Committee on BankingThe Council noted the report on the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Banking which updated members on the immediate challenges facing the banking sector. The Council was apprised of developments related to the operationalisation of the Resolution Trust Corporation. The Council also noted that the ECCB was collaborating with technicians from the IMF, the World Bank and the CDB in exploring various regional options for addressing the issues.Ministerial Sub-Committee on DebtThe Council was informed that the ministerial sub-committee on debt held its inaugural meeting on 12 July 2011 and confirmed its terms of reference as well as those of the technical committee formed to provide advice and technical support to the ministerial sub-committee. Council noted that the sub-committee focused on three critical policy issues during its first meeting, namely, the debt situation and its impact on the banking system; a regional approach to debt management and debt restructuring; and the role of the regional government securities market (RGSM) in debt management.The Council reiterated that given the prevailing economic and financial conditions, debt management and debt restructuring must be pursued aggressively and collectively with institutional arrangements at the political, technical and country levels.Ministerial Sub-Committee on Credit UnionsThe Council was updated on developments in the credit union sector since the last meeting of the Council. The Council noted the status of the Revised Cooperatives Societies Bill and agreed to urge those member countries which had not yet done so, to take the necessary actions to bring the legislation into effect. The Council further noted that the inaugural meeting of the ECCU Association of Credit Unions took place on 7 July 2011. The association is expected to form a partnership with ECCU member governments to create the context and conditions favourable to the development of the credit union sector.Ministerial Sub-Committee on International Financial ServicesThe Council was updated on recent developments in the international financial services sector, which focused on the status of the peer reviews which are being conducted as a requirement of the OECD’s Global Forum in assessing whether countries have the adequate legal infrastructure for the exchange of information for tax purposes. The Council noted the importance of completing the reviews as the peer review reports become public documents which serve as a guide for doing business internationally.Policy Implications of Rising Food and Oil PricesThe Council noted the impact of the global commodity price shock, currently underway, on domestic prices and in particular, the increases in the food sub-index and the fuel and light sub-index of the ECCU consumer price index which rose by 4.2 per cent and 8.3 percent over the period March 2010 to March 2011. The Council further noted that because of the importance of these items in basket of goods, the overall consumer price index rose by 3.3 percent over the current review period compared with an increase of 0.9 percent a year earlier. The Council considered the options available to member governments in trying to achieve a balance between fiscal sustainability issues and meeting social welfare objectives and noted the steps being taken by some member governments to mitigate the impact of the rise in prices on domestic consumers.Being fully cognizant of the fact that ECCU member governments are fiscally constrained, the Monetary Council agreed to recommend that member governments: (i) Maintain the pass-through pricing mechanism for petroleum products; (ii) Institute measures to enhance productivity within the agricultural sector as a means through which price gains may be passed on to both producers and consumers. The Council agreed that the ECCB should conduct an analysis of LPG pricing in the region to inform a more transparent approach to the implementation of the subsidy on this type of fuel.The ECCU Eight Point Stabilisation and Growth ProgrammeThe Council considered an implementation strategy for the ECCU eight point stabilisation and growth programme, which had been agreed to by member governments in response to the protracted negative impact of the global financial and economic crisis on the economies of the ECCU.The Council noted the elements outlined in the implementation strategy including the benchmarks, targets and monitoring indicators as well as the action plan.The Council recommended that member governments adopt the proposed strategy for the implementation of the ECCU eight point stabilisation and growth programme and aim to integrate it into their national strategies and programmes.Publication of Member Governments’ Fiscal TargetsAs another step towards fiscal transparency and accountability, the Council noted that the 2011 annual fiscal targets agreed to by member governments were published on the ECCB’s website. The Council considered the review and reporting processes for monitoring fiscal developments and agreed to report on the fiscal performance for 2011 relative to the targets at the meeting of the Monetary Council in February 2012.Recommendations of the Pension Commission: Update on National ConsultationsCouncil noted the action to date on the report of the commission on pension and pension administration reform, which had been established to examine the pension arrangements in the ECCU and to make recommendations for reform. Among the recommendations and in the context of the Economic Union were that:• There should be as much standardization of plans as possible within the jurisdiction and across the region and between plan types.• There must be immediate vesting of benefits and full portability of plans to reflect the spirit of free movement of labour.• There should be a move towards the standardization of the retirement age for the region which should be applicable to both public and private sector employees.The Council noted that the consultations on the recommendations of the report had begun in some of the member countries of the Currency Union and recommended that member governments, which had not yet started should commence the national consultations as early as possible.The Council further noted that steps were currently being taken to recruit consultants to address the legal and administrative issues required for the implementation of the recommendations of the Pension Commission.Update on the Public Expenditure Review CommissionThe Council noted the update on the work of the Public Expenditure Review Commission, which was established to investigate and make recommendations on appropriate ways of rationalizing public sector expenditure in the currency union.The Council further noted that the Commission would be holding consultations with representatives of the public and private sectors throughout the ECCU to obtain input on critical issues related to public expenditure reform.The Council was informed that the final report of the Commission is expected to be presented to the Monetary Council in October 2011.Update on the Debt, Growth and Development Task ForceThe Monetary Council noted the update on the debt, growth and development task force, which is a collaborative effort between the ECCB, member countries of the ECCU, the OECS Secretariat, the CDB, the World Bank, the IMF and the IFC, aimed at examining the prospects for growth in the ECCU and to recommend a path for stimulating and sustaining growth.The Council noted that the Task Force held its inaugural meeting on 11 March 2011 and is expected to present a report to the October 2011 meeting of the Council.Upgrading of EC Dollar NotesThe Council approved the addition of a Braille feature on the EC dollar notes to facilitate easier use by the visually impaired. The feature would be included in the new notes, which would be available for circulation in 2012.Date and Venue of the next meeting of the Monetary CouncilThe Council agreed that the next meeting of the Monetary Council would be held on 21 October 2011 by videoconference.Caribbean News Now Share LifestyleMoney ECCB Monetary Council meets in Montserrat by: – July 18, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 185 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Men’s volleyball drops tight battle against Penn State

first_imgUSC’s football team was not the only one who battled it out with Penn State at the beginning of the new year. The men’s volleyball team travelled to Columbus, Ohio for the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge and took on the Nittany Lions.Unlike the Rose Bowl matchup last week, however, the Trojans fell to Penn State on Saturday, suffering a narrow five-set defeat.From the start of the game, the battle was set to be a long and tough one, as the teams went on to tie 20 times throughout the first set. It took a kill and a Penn State hitting error to clinch USC’s win at 32-30, ending the back-and-forth set. Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder led the charge with 10 of his career-high 33 kills in the first set alone.The Trojans’ momentum would not continue into the second set though as they struggled with both serving and hitting errors. The Lions were able capitalize on the mistakes, and they surged ahead and finished the set quickly without the same back-and-forth required in the first.But whatever head coach Jeff Nygaard said to the team in the locker room worked, because the Trojans returned to the court for the third set looking like the team that had started the game.It began much like the first, with neither team pulling away with the lead, battling for each and every point. It was Penn State that struggled with hitting errors this time, however, which allowed USC to pull ahead and ultimately win the set. The Trojans were ahead 2-1 and only needed one more set to win it all. Though junior setter Gert Lisha set excellently throughout the match, leading to his total of 57 assists, and Yoder provided strength on the outside, Penn State still rallied back from being down early to take the set, 25-23. This forced a fifth frame that would leave the Trojans with a defeat.In the end, Penn State had more digs, blocks and service aces than the Trojans. This was seen most clearly in the final set, where the Trojans never regained the lead after the first point. This was due to the Lions’ redshirt freshmen Calvin Mende, who notched 25 kills and five blocks on the game, and senior Chris Nugent’s 22 kills.USC showed its ability to be aggressive and make the plays that were needed, but not the consistency that would have led it to victory. However, with the increasing strength of freshmen opposite hitter Aaron Strange and Yoder’s unwavering power, the Trojans look to build on the positives in the coming weeks.The men’s volleyball team looks to move to 2-2 as it takes on Long Beach State at the Galen Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Fifa defends video referees

first_imgFootball’s world governing body’s described video referees as “the future”, defending their role in the Confederations Cup.Fifa president Gianni Infantino said in a statement, it’s helping referees make correct decisions at what’s a “milestone tournament”.The VAR (pron: V-A-R) system’s been used five times in Russia during the first round of group games. Photo © Pixabaylast_img