College announces improvements to student social spaces

first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds today announced plans for substantial enhancements to undergraduate social spaces across campus. The Mather Multimedia Lab, the Eliot Grille activity space, the Student Organization Center at Hilles, the Cabot Café, and the Quad Grille lounge space in Pforzheimer House are all slated for improvement, Hammonds said.“The enhancements build on last year’s renovations to the Quincy House Grille, and are part of our ongoing effort to expand and improve the social spaces available to undergraduates,” Hammonds said. “Since 2006, the College has added or renovated over 57,000 square feet of social space, despite significant constraints on our ability to expand the physical footprint of campus. We are continually on the lookout for ways to offer students new places to meet and connect.”The enhancements to undergraduate social spaces will occur throughout the next calendar year, with the Eliot Grille slated to come online first in the early fall. Hammonds said that the improvements support the important part of the Harvard College experience that occurs outside of the classroom.“The lecture hall is not the only place where students encounter new ideas at Harvard,” she said. “It also happens over a late night snack at a House grille or a performance at the SOCH. By making campus social spaces more inviting, we make it easier for students to connect with—and learn from—one another.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

From protests to power plays

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zSQa4QJZjI” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/4zSQa4QJZjI/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> A year ago, few observers could have foreseen that a loosely organized demonstration in Kiev’s Independence Square would escalate into what some view today as the greatest destabilizing threat facing Western Europe since the end of World War II: the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Last November, Ukrainian protestors were initially angered at then-President Viktor Yanukovych for scuttling a trade deal with Europe. The protests quickly turned violent, sparking a national uprising known as the Maidan Revolution that led to Yanukovych’s ouster in February. It also provided a pretext for Russian President Vladimir Putin to arm pro-Moscow “rebels” in Ukraine and begin military “exercises” in the region that culminated in Russia’s seizure of Crimea in March. Despite widespread condemnation from leaders in the European Union (EU) and the United States, the dispute continues as tensions between Russia and Ukraine appear to be reigniting after a brief cease-fire. U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden met with top Ukrainian officials in Kiev on Friday to mark the anniversary of violent protests that led to the overthrow of Yanukovych. There, Biden criticized Russia’s incursion into Ukraine territories and warned that it would face “rising costs and greater isolation” if it did not withdraw its “illegal military formations, military equipment, and militants.” So far, the United States has offered the Ukrainian government help with military equipment and tools, but not arms.Radoslaw Sikorski, speaker of Poland’s parliament and a vocal critic of Putin, addressed the diverging fortunes of Poland and Ukraine since the collapse of communism for an event Nov. 20 co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard and the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. From 2007 until September, Sikorski was Poland’s foreign minister and a key figure in diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict. He spoke with the Gazette about the crisis and about thwarting Putin’s expansionism.GAZETTE: Despite the Sept. 5 cease-fire, Russia has restarted shelling and is moving tanks, artillery, and air defense systems into Ukraine, even as it continues to deny any involvement. Vice President Biden, who was just in Ukraine, said the annexation of Crimea is unacceptable. Where do things stand right now?SIKORSKI: I don’t want to report on current events because I don’t follow them hourly, but Ukraine has had two rounds of democratic elections. It has a democratically elected president now, and the Maidan Revolution has now been legitimized by a parliamentary election. So hopefully now they can have a pro-European and pro-reform majority, which hopefully means that they’ll start serious reforms.GAZETTE: What is the mood in Poland, and what have been the political and economic effects of this conflict thus far?SIKORSKI: Poland is affected far more proportionately than most European countries, let alone the United States, because trade with Russia [and] with Ukraine is a much bigger proportion of our trade. But we feel keenly that changing our borders by force in Europe should not stand, and that what’s happened is a very serious breach of the peace in Europe. And we are also worried about our Western credibility when documents such as the Budapest Declaration memorandum, which guaranteed Ukraine’s integrity, is being breached. We feel that the stakes in Ukraine are very high and go way beyond Ukraine itself.GAZETTE: Have the sanctions, the freezing of assets, the public condemnations, and other measures taken by the EU and the U.S. been effective? And if not, what else should be done to halt or reverse Russian forces?SIKORSKI: They would have been much more effective if they’d been implemented six months earlier, but I think President Putin himself in Brisbane [Australia] admitted that they are having an effect. But the trouble with sanctions is that usually they work, so to speak, in the medium term, whereas we need to influence Russian behavior in the short term. And the primary way in which we should do that is to recognize that the security of the eastern flank of NATO is now endangered, that militarily the eastern flank was neglected for 15 years, and it’s high time to redress that. … And now that Russia is annexing territories by force, it really is high time to start exercising, to start prepositioning equipment.We should always give Russia the opportunity to change course, to return to international cooperation, to respect international law. But we should also deter Russia from going further. That requires a mix of military deterrence, sanctions, and playing to our strengths, namely showing the attractiveness of our model of development, and persuading the Russian people that self-isolation doesn’t serve their interests.GAZETTE: What about Ukraine? How do you rate its response to this crisis thus far?SIKORSKI: President Yanukovych left the country disorganized. He “stole” on a heroic scale. The army and security services are in disarray. And it’s very difficult to conduct elections, manage a gas crisis, manage an insurgency and a confrontation with a more powerful neighbor all at the same time. But I believe that President [Petro] Poroshenko and Prime Minister [Arseniy] Yatsenyuk are the best team that Ukraine can possibly have right now, and I wish them well.GAZETTE: Why is that?SIKORSKI: Poroshenko is a man who has the capacity for dialogue both with Russia and with the West, and he’s respected in both places. And Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, I know him well, has a clear vision as to what needs to be done. But, of course, you need the politics to enable you to do it. Ukraine now, I hope, after the presidential and parliamentary election, will now have a period without elections and a period of national consolidation in response to foreign invasion, a period of extraordinary politics that should be used quickly to implement reforms, painful reforms that are sometimes difficult to carry out in ordinary times.GAZETTE: Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told the Associated Press that this conflict represents “the biggest crisis of security since the Cold War.” Do you agree, and how do other EU leaders view the situation?SIKORSKI: Some thousands of people have already died in this conflict, and large chunks of territory have been, by force, annexed by a neighboring country. So yes, when borders are changed by force in Europe again for the first time since World War II, it’s very serious. Of course, we realize that other countries have different perspectives on it, but we’ve managed to arrive at the sanctions unanimously.GAZETTE: Do you feel there’s more consensus now than, say, six months ago?SIKORKSI: Oh, definitely. People who were hoping this was some kind of misunderstanding with President Putin are disappointed that he is not listening to their arguments.GAZETTE: What do you think Putin wants? What are his long-range ambitions, and what will it take to stop him from realizing them? Is there any diplomatic strategy that might work?SIKORSKI: I think he’s told us very frankly what he wants. I encourage your readers to read his March annexation speech of Crimea, where it’s all laid out. He has given himself the right to intervene wherever there are Russians or Russian speakers, and wherever Russia ever historically held sway. That’s a very ambitious goal. If other countries proclaimed such doctrines — the United Kingdom; Mongolia, which once held the largest empire ever, from Korea to Poland; even Poland — we would be in deep trouble, because all borders in Europe are artificial in the sense that they are the outcome of historical disputes and accidents, and we’ve learned to manage problems of minorities and ethnic and linguistic rights across borders without changing them. We wish Russia would also live by the principles that she’s voluntarily subscribed to by joining the Council of Europe … the U.N.Diplomacy will work when we show enough strength, not just economic but also military, in intelligence, in the confrontation of the media apparatuses, so that he regains respect for us. We need to show our willingness to stand up for our own interests.GAZETTE: Are you concerned about the support Putin seems to be finding among countries like Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Serbia? Does that suggest his pathway into Central Europe?SIKORSKI: Putinism is an attractive ideology. It’s an ideology that resists globalization, resists European integration, resists cultural and sexual revolution, and is an ideology of national action. That’s very attractive for many people — not for the majority, thank God — but for many people, particularly on the fringes in Europe, both on the left and the right fringes. And these fringe groups are getting support, which is why President Putin has been quite successful in what he tries to do. I think it’s to do with attractive business propositions. And what would, I think, change [that] would be more American leadership in Europe.GAZETTE: What would that consist of?SIKORSKI: The times in which the U.S. would continue to draw down forces in Europe, perhaps those times should be over. Add them [put forces] where they are actually needed, because you have U.S. bases in Italy, in the U.K., in Spain, in all those places that are secure, and you don’t have them in countries that feel threatened.GAZETTE: You were quoted last month in Politico magazine as saying that in 2008 Putin had proposed dividing up Ukraine with Poland, but then later you disavowed those remarks. Can you clarify what Putin said, or what you meant?SIKORSKI: It was an anecdote, which got radically over-interpreted. GAZETTE: In that same piece, you described the annexation of Crimea as a significant milestone in Putin’s effort to centralize his power in Russia. Why has it been so important to his regime?SIKORSKI: The annexation of Crimea, because it was bloodless and relatively cost-free, was popular in Russia, and no doubt reinforced President Putin’s authority within the power structures, just like any success reinforces the authority of the chief executive. GAZETTE: So the lack of reaction from the West [was a problem]?SIKORKSI: And from Ukraine. Ukraine didn’t fight in Crimea. Now that Ukraine is fighting back in the eastern Ukraine, the policy is criticized.GAZETTE: Any sense of where this crisis will be in the next year?SIKORSKI: I know where I’d like us to be, which is Russia respecting its international commitments, stopping to interfere in Ukraine, and going back to full cooperation both with Ukraine, with which it has many common interests — for example in the area of gas, the area of space technology, in the area of arms industry, and also with Europe. Poland will be the first country to extend a hand of friendship as soon as Russia stops invading countries. Invading is perhaps too strong a word — destabilizing countries.The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

Fanning lecture

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaJoseph Glauber, deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department ofAgriculture since 1992, will speak on “Agricultural Policy andthe World Trade Organization” for the annual J.W. Fanning LectureJan. 14 in Athens, Ga.WTO negotiators from 147 countries are working out an agreementto liberalize trade in agricultural products. The new frameworktrade agreement is the topic of Glauber’s address.The Fanning Lecture will be at 10:30 a.m. in rooms K and L of theGeorgia Center for Continuing Education. Registration andrefreshments begin at 10 a.m. on the second-floor concourse.A noon luncheon and awards ceremony will follow in the banquetarea.The lecture is free. The luncheon is $20. For more information orto make reservations for the luncheon, call (706) 542-2481.last_img read more

Military Continues To Support Recovery In Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo April 08, 2010 The deputy commander of the military task force set up after a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti said the U.S. military will continue to support the work of Haiti´s government and international agencies after the task force is deactivated at the end of May.

 Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, deputy commanding general of Joint Task Force Haiti, noted during a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable yesterday that the mission in Haiti is out of the usual military lane.

 “In a traditional military mission, we can designate the enemy and do those things easily,” he said. “Here, really, the adversaries are the forces of nature and time.” 

 Another difference, Trombitas explained, is that instead of commanding and controlling the mission, the U.S. military has played a support role, “coordinating and collaborating” with lead agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, which provided security. 

 Trombitas said he is impressed by how well combat skills have transferred to the relief mission. He observed that servicemembers´ experiences working with civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq have paid off in Haiti.

 The general recalled that the Haiti mission started with work to bring “order from chaos” at the airport. He added that the Seabees performed “a Herculean effort in fixing the main pier [and] the south pier, with some underwater engineering there, bolstering the pylons that the pier stands on.”
 Current efforts are focused on preparing for the coming rainy season by relocating some of the 1.3 million displaced people from camps that are at risk for flooding, Trombitas said. He described the greatest needs as shelter, settlement and sanitation.last_img read more

Online CLE is only a click away for the busy Florida lawyer

first_img December 1, 2002 Regular News Online CLE is only a click away for the busy Florida lawyer Online CLE is only a click away for the busy Florida lawyercenter_img As important as maintaining the academic edge is in the practice of law, many busy Florida lawyers wait to the last minute to fulfill their continuing legal education requirement.It’s a problem Florida Bar Director of CLE Mike Tartaglia is eager to solve – and he believes online CLE may be one of the answers.Today CLE is mandated in many states, but interest in CLE programs initially developed following World War II when lawyers, returning from service, recognized the need to be refreshed and updated.“As lawyers helped themselves by bettering their knowledge and skills, they also helped their clients and the general public,” Tartaglia said.Florida is now among the 40 states where CLE is mandated and is one of more than 25 states that delivers CLE via the Internet.“Florida’s response to its lawyer’s request for online CLE has enabled The Florida Bar to become a national leader in offering online CLE to its members,” Tartaglia said.Court rule requires that Florida lawyers fulfill 30 hours of CLE every three years, all of which can be taken online. Tartaglia said in addition to the many rich “home-grown” live programs the Bar presents every year, the Bar streams the best and most topic-relevant programs on the Internet so that its members can fulfill their CLE requirements cost effectively when they are unable to attend a seminar.Online CLE also offers the opportunity to reach the 18 percent of The Florida Bar’s 70,790 members who reside outside the state.“We have a very high level of obligation to our members,” Tartaglia said. “We are committed to do all we reasonably can to make CLE affordable and available to our members at times and locations that are convenient for them.”He said online CLE offers convenience that is often difficult to find during the busy workday.“Online CLE brings an affordable and convenient option for busy attorneys who need to complete their CLE requirements with relevant topics,” Tartaglia said.The CLE compliance deadline is the other challenge for Florida lawyers, who often find they need more CLE hours at the last minute.“And one of the biggest problems for these lawyers is the desire for relevant courses close to the filing period,” Tartaglia said, adding that while most CLE providers do a good job of making courses available throughout the year, when a lawyer’s individual deadline nears, live programming is often difficult to schedule. “With online CLE, lawyers can both take a course that is relevant to their specialty as well as fulfill their CLE requirement from their desktop, at the last minute.”The Internet and its applications within the practice of law are in Florida to stay. And although lawyers should attend live programs for the benefits of human interaction, Tartaglia said those who need a few more courses can be sure that high-quality CLE is only a click away at www.taecan.com/Florida or www.legalspan.com/TFB/catalog.asp.last_img read more

Cop Saves Woman, 97, Trapped in Submerged Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 97-year-old Bohemia woman who became trapped in a submerged car escaped a tragic drowning after a quick-thinking police officer freed her from the locked vehicle and pulled her to safety, Suffolk County police said. The unidentified woman, who police said drove her car into the water at the Bay Shore Marina at 1:11 p.m. on Saturday, was transported to Southside Hospital after the successful rescue attempt. Suffolk police pull a submerged car out of the after. A woman inside the vehicle was rescued after being trapped in neck-high water. (Credit: SCPD)Tragedy was averted when a 911 caller alerted police to the submerged car. By the time Third Precinct Officer Nicholas Aspromgos arrived to the scene, the water had reached the woman’s neck, police said. He also noticed that the windows were rolled up and the doors were locked. Aspromgos broke the window and was able to pull the woman out of the vehicle. A Good Samaritan in the area helped the officer lift the woman to the dock, police said. Members of the Marine Bureau also responded to pull the vehicle from the water. The woman was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Suffolk police Marine Bureau officers respond to submerged car at Bay Shore Marina. (Credit: SCPD)last_img read more

Christina Anstead Slams Claims She’s an ‘Absent Mother’ Amid Divorce

first_imgAnt revealed his exit from his Discovery show earlier this month, and joked on Wednesday, November 4, about not being able to “hold onto” his wives or his job. (He was previously married to Louise Anstead, and they share daughter Amelie and son Archie.)His and Christina’s friends were “shocked” by news of their breakup, a source exclusively told Us Weekly in September. “They seemed happy together publicly and while in front of others,” the insider explained at the time.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – That same month, Ant wrote via Instagram that he and the Wellness Remodel author are “fine” and hope to “remain good friends.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The Christina on the Coast star shares daughter Taylor, 10, and son Brayden, 5, with her ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, as well as son Hudson, 14 months, with Ant, 41. She clarified that she is “with them” and “present,” concluding, “Stop parent shaming people, stop choosing sides when there is no side to choose. My point being when you see stuff on here, take it all with a grain of salt.”The California native’s social media upload about her “isolating” year came one day after she filed for divorce from the Wheeler Dealers host.Christina Anstead Slams Claims She’s an ‘Absent Mother’ to Kids Amid DivorceAnt Anstead and Christina Anstead. AFF-USA/ShutterstockShe and the English star announced their split in September. “Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” the Flip Your Life author captioned an Instagram post at the time. “We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”- Advertisement – Clapping back! Christina Anstead defended her parenting amid her divorce from Ant Anstead.“Despite what you see on Instagram, most people are struggling,” the Flip or Flop alum, 37, captioned a Thursday, November 5, mirror selfie via Instagram. “When I get told, ‘You must be an absent mother because you are not with your kids’ — smh wake up people. I hardly post anymore … and I def do not want to post my kids every freaking day to make it a contest of who’s a better parent. F that.”Christina Anstead Slams Claims She’s an ‘Absent Mother’ to Kids Amid DivorceChristina Anstead. Courtesy of Christina Anstead/Instagram- Advertisement –last_img read more

PM says France ‘not racist’ as Floyd tribute held in Paris

first_imgFrench Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was not at the demonstration, said there had been a “very big, very legitimate, widely shared” outpouring of emotion after Floyd’s death.”France, the national police, the gendarmerie, are not racist. But every time there is a racist act… it’s important that the whole country reacts,” he said in his first public comments on the topic since the rallies began.The prime minister also called for “respect and trust” towards the police, saying that the public should hold the force to high standards.Leaders of France’s radical left France Unbowed party and other left-wing parties attended Tuesday’s gathering, organised by the campaign group SOS Racisme. Police said there were 2,400 people at the demonstration, while SOS Racisme estimated the crowd size at a much larger 12,000.”There is a movement forming in the country against the horrible contamination of racism, where we wouldn’t want to see it — in an important body, the police,” said France Unbowed leader Jean-Luc Melenchon.The French protests have rallied around the case of a young black man, Adama Traore, who died in police custody in 2016.He lost consciousness in their vehicle and died at a nearby police station. He was still handcuffed when paramedics arrived. Topics : Thousands paid tribute to George Floyd in Paris on Tuesday as the prime minister insisted that France and its security forces were “not racist”, following a string of allegations of heavy-handedness and police brutality.Some placards at the rally, which took place at the same time as Floyd’s funeral in Texas, drew parallels between Floyd and those who have recently died at the hands of the French police.The killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, by white police officers on May 25 has sparked protests across the United States and inspired anti-racism rallies across the world. Chokehold banned Camelia Jordana — a singer and actress of Algerian descent who said last month that thousands of people like her feared being “massacred” by the police — sang “We Shall Overcome” at the meeting.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who rowed with Jordana over her comment last month, has moved to address some concerns about the police.He banned police from using chokeholds to detain suspects and has promised “zero tolerance” for racism in law enforcement.Castaner has acknowledged that too many officers “have failed in their Republican duty” in recent weeks, with several instances of racist and discriminatory remarks revealed.Dominique Sopo, the president of SOS Racisme, welcomed Castaner’s comments, saying it was understandable that citizens want the forces of order to be “beyond reproach”.Last weekend, some 23,000 people protested in several French cities to demand justice for victims of crimes allegedly committed by police.Tuesday’s demonstration went ahead despite the social distancing measures currently in force to prevent any resurgence of the coronavirus.Castaner acknowledged that worldwide feeling was running so high on this issue as to over-ride such considerations.Similar, smaller gatherings also took place in other cities across France.last_img read more

HK police arrest stabbing suspect, Pence slams China’s ‘betrayal’ of 1997 deal

first_imgHong Kong police arrested a 24-year-old man at the airport early on Thursday on suspicion of stabbing and wounding an officer during a demonstration against a new national security law imposed by Beijing on the financial hub.The arrest followed protests on Wednesday in which police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people as demonstrators defied the sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent in the former British colony.There were no signs of protests on Thursday. US Vice President Mike Pence said the new law was a betrayal of the Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong’s future after it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.”The national security law that China passed and now is imposing on Hong Kong is a – it’s a betrayal of the international agreement that they signed, and ultimately it’s unacceptable to freedom-loving people around the world,” he told CNBC on Thursday.Hong Kong police posted pictures on Twitter from Wednesday’s disturbances showing on officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by “rioters holding sharp objects”. The suspects fled while bystanders offered no help, the police said.A police spokesman said the arrested man was surnamed Wong but could not confirm whether he was leaving Hong Kong or working at the airport. Media, citing unidentified sources, said the suspect was on board a Cathay Pacific flight to London due to depart just before midnight. A witness said three police vehicles drove towards a gate as a Cathay Pacific plane was preparing to take off and about 10 riot police ran up the bridge to the aircraft.The suspect held an expired British National (Overseas) passport, a special status which provides a route to citizenship, the source told the Cable TV station.Cathay Pacific did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying on Wednesday posted on Facebook that a bounty of HK$500,000 ($64,500) would be offered to anyone helping catch the fugitive.China’s parliament adopted the security law in response to protests last year triggered by fears Beijing was stifling the city’s freedoms and threatening its judicial independence, guaranteed by a “one country, two systems” formula agreed when it returned to China.Beijing denies interfering.Hong Kong and Beijing officials have said the law is vital to plug holes in national security defences exposed by the protests, pointing to the city’s failure to pass such laws by itself as required under its mini-constitution, the Basic Law.Another unfulfilled constitutional requirement for Hong Kong is to introduce universal suffrage, the protesters’ main demand.Diplomatic tension The new law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. It will also see mainland security agencies in Hong Kong for the first time and allows extradition to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.Ten of the arrests made on Wednesday involved violations of the new law, police said, with most of the 360 or so others involved illegal assembly and other offences.Demosisto, a pro-democracy group led by Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, disbanded on Tuesday, hours after China’s parliament passed the legislation. Prominent group member Nathan Law said on Thursday he had left the territory.”I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,” he said on Facebook. “Based on risk assessment, I shall not reveal too much about my personal whereabouts and situation now… I do not know the date of my return.”Simon Cheng, who worked for the British consulate in Hong Kong for almost two years until he fled after he said he was tortured by China’s secret police, said activists were discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to keep the flame of democracy alive.In the latest diplomatic tension over the law, China said Britain would bear all consequences for any offer to Hong Kong citizens of a path to settlement.China also denounced the United States after the US House of Representatives passed legislation that would penalise banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement the national security law in Hong Kong.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the United States “must stop advancing the bill, let alone sign it or implement” it.Democratically ruled and Chinese-claimed Taiwan advised its citizens to avoid unnecessary visits to or transit through Hong Kong, Macau or mainland China. Britain and Canada have also updated their travel advisories for Hong Kong, warning their citizens of detention risks.Apparently seeking to allay fears that judges for national security cases would be cherry-picked by Hong Kong’s unpopular, pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma said they would be appointed on the basis of judicial and professional qualities, rather than politics.Hong Kong’s independent judiciary, one of many freedoms guaranteed when it returned to Chinese rule, has long been considered key to its success as a glittering global financial hub.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Finance

first_imgBrazil: Ferrovia Sul-Atlântico is planning to invest US$56m this year, despite making a loss of nearly US$19m.Canada: CP Rail is to spend C$87m on capital projects in British Columbia; C$47m will go on an intermodal terminal near Vancouver.China: The Ministry of Railways has applied for a US$300m World Bank loan to fund modernisation work.France: Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot announced on July 10 that SNCF’s debt would be reduced by Fr20bn to Fr48bn, in return for recruiting an extra 2000 staff by the end of the year.Great Britain: Franchise operator Prism Rail grew revenue by 7·5% in its first 14 months, to turn in a profit of £6·9m on a £199·2m turnover; bidding and restructuring costs converted this to a loss of £5·5m.Italy: Torino is planning a local bond issue to finance an automated light metro from Collegno to Porta Nuova. Proceeds from the sale of municipal undertakings would also go towards the project.Mozambique: Portugal may grant US$15m towards rehabilitation of 77 km of the Nacala corridor from Cuamba to the Malawi border.USA: The Federal Transportation Agency awarded $11·5m to Florida’s Tri-Rail on June 20 to fund double-tracking and renovation of Deerfield Beach station.First American Railways Inc has completed a US$11·1m private placement, covering purchase of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and providing capital for the Florida Fun-Train.last_img read more