Baisieux Sat, 22 Jan 2022 01:04:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Baisieux 32 32 Tom O’ Flaherty celebrated his first professional hat-trick with ‘a few pints and a pool at the pub’ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 22:41:45 +0000

It was the first hat-trick of Tom O’Flaherty’s professional career, so when he finished spinning the rings around Glasgow last weekend, the Exeter wing didn’t think to take home a memory.

“Oddly enough, Jonny Gray asked me this week if I had kept the ball,” he said. “But I didn’t even know it was a tradition, so I didn’t keep it. Not much really happened, I just went to the pub, had a few beers and played some pool. That was about all, nothing to mark the occasion!

It was a typical scenario for the 27-year-old Londoner; outstanding work for his club, without too much noise or fanfare.

Tom O’Flaherty scored his first professional hat-trick as Exeter dominated Glasgow last week

O’Flaherty has been a mainstay in the Chiefs’ trophy era in recent years, but is not part of the growing Devon contingent that have won international honours.

There has been no contact from Eddie Jones and, given his name, there could be a perception that he could represent Ireland, but that is not the case.

“No, I’m not Irish,” O’Flaherty said. “Just English – and I’m probably qualified for Jamaica, on my dad’s side of the family. I think they did well at Sevens, so that might be an option. That’s definitely something to explore.

If a call came from the Caribbean nation, it would add another layer to a fascinating and unorthodox sporting life. Despite becoming a talented prospect at famed Dulwich College, O’Flaherty didn’t follow the familiar path from school to academy to the club’s first team.

O'Flaherty has been a mainstay of the Chiefs' trophy era in recent years

O’Flaherty has been a mainstay of the Chiefs’ trophy era in recent years

But the winger hasn't joined some of his Exeter teammates in Eddie Jones' England squad

But the winger hasn’t joined some of his Exeter teammates in Eddie Jones’ England squad

O'Flaherty admitted he would consider playing for Jamaica Sevens if they called

O’Flaherty admitted he would consider playing for Jamaica Sevens if they called

On Saturday he will be back in familiar territory – serving for Exeter against the French club where he spent an enjoyable season, while studying the language at Cardiff University.

“I haven’t been back to Montpellier since I lived there, that is six or seven years ago,” O’Flaherty said. “I can’t wait to see some of the guys I used to know and see how the city has changed.

“When I was there, it was first to study, then rugby. I did a French degree. For language courses, which last four years, you spend the third year in the country. There were a few options, but everyone wanted Montpellier because it’s in the south of France! I was lucky to get it.

“Once I found out I was going there I had to think about what I was going to do rugby-wise and luckily for me I was able to play for Montpellier Espoirs, the reserve team. . I liked it.

The 27-year-old will face his former side Montpellier in the Champions Cup on Saturday

The 27-year-old will face his former side Montpellier in the Champions Cup on Saturday

“I like the French way of life. They seem to enjoy things more. The sun helps, but they have a more laid back attitude and a different work-life balance.

The passage to Montpellier punctuated his schooling – academic and sporting – in Wales. He played for Cardiff University, Cardiff RFC and Bridgend Ravens in the Welsh Premiership before ending up at the Ospreys when England flanker Sam Underhill was there.

“They lived together for a summer, before crossing the border again; O’Flaherty in Exeter and Underhill in Bath.

O'Flaherty (left) played rugby for Cardiff University while studying in the Welsh capital

O’Flaherty (left) played rugby for Cardiff University while studying in the Welsh capital

“I loved playing united rugby,” O’Flaherty said. “You play with your friends and have a drink afterwards, and you go out as many times as you want.

“In my second year I played for Bridgend on Saturdays and loved that too. I look back on those days fondly.

“When I was in college we played the SWALEC cup against a team from somewhere in the valleys. ‘a maul after being choked. They weren’t looking too fondly at us college students, as you can imagine!”

During his gap year, the winger traveled to New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Fiji.

During his gap year, the winger traveled to New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Fiji.

O’Flaherty did things his way. He was never in the academy or the age group system. After finishing at Dulwich, he helped out there during his gap year and played for nearby Blackheath in National League 1, before traveling to New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Fiji.

Even now, while reveling in his day job – especially the ultimate pinnacle of winning the European Champions Cup in 2020 – O’Flaherty retains the same old sense of adventure. “I like to do a bit of spearfishing and surfing,” he said. ‘Any opportunity that I might enjoy, I just go for it.

“When I came to Devon I had never heard of spearfishing, but Greg Holmes – an Australian – said ‘I think it would be nice to go spearfishing around here’, so I jumped with him. In the summer, it’s quite abundant around here.

On land, for O’Flaherty, the winters are also quite mild.

Government of Nunavut launches travel helpline Fri, 21 Jan 2022 16:13:00 +0000

Toll-free number available for travel questions related to COVID-19

The Government of Nunavut’s new Travel Helpline is designed to help residents understand changing travel requirements during the pandemic. (Photo by Melanie Ritchot)


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The Government of Nunavut has launched a new helpline for travelers seeking information on travel rules during the pandemic.

“The COVID Toll-Free Travel Line has been set up to answer questions from Nunavummiut about ongoing changes to travel requirements, both federally and territorially,” said Angela Petru, director of communications for the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The helpline can be reached by dialing 1-833-524-0735 and is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff are available to provide service in Inuktitut, English, Inuinnaqtun and French, Petru said in a news release Thursday.

“Safe travel during the pandemic can be complicated,” she said in the statement. “There are federal travel rules, proof of vaccination, rapid testing and public health measures to consider.”

The helpline is designed to help travelers be well prepared for any trip they need to take in or out of the territory, she said.

Petru added that the GN will assess the need for the transmission line on an ongoing basis.

The launch of the helpline comes after travel rules were relaxed in Nunavut on Monday, with travel restrictions ending in most communities.

In Ukraine crisis, Germany faces tough decisions over Nord Stream 2 – Fri, 21 Jan 2022 05:36:48 +0000

Germany could find itself in a no-win situation if Russia invades Ukraine, pitting Berlin’s main gas supplier against its most important security allies.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz would face pressure from the United States and other Western allies to respond to any invasion by halting the commissioning of the recently completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany.

But that would risk exacerbating a gas supply crisis in Europe that has been widely blamed on a shortage of gas flows from Russia and which has sent European energy prices skyrocketing.

The price spike has hit businesses and consumers across the region hard, including low-income workers in Germany whom Scholz’s Social Democrats (SPD) are counting on to vote.

“Germany is between a rock and a hard place,” said Marcel Dirsus, nonresident researcher at the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel.

“The Scholz government wants to keep Americans happy because they are Germany’s most important allies outside of Europe. But they don’t want to annoy the Russians either. It’s hard to do.

Russia has massed troops near its border with Ukraine and demanded security guarantees from the West, but denies plans to invade its former Soviet republic.

Any invasion would be likely to trigger new international sanctions against Russia, with measures against Nord Stream 2 widely seen as one of the most powerful ways to pressure Moscow.

But Scholz, who replaced Angela Merkel as chancellor late last year, is already facing disagreements within her coalition government over the scope of German sanctions against Nord Stream 2 if Russia attacks the Ukraine.

The Greens would like to scrap the project, which is still awaiting regulatory approval, as they oppose fossil fuels. They also want to send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin that military aggression abroad and undemocratic practices at home will not be rewarded with gas deals.

Business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP) have also signaled that they prefer a tougher approach to Russia.

Scholz hopes to find a compromise that will satisfy both his coalition partners and senior party officials, such as Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht, who said that Nord Stream 2 – which passes under the Baltic Sea and bypasses the territory Ukrainian – should not be dragged to Ukraine. crisis.

The German regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, is in charge of the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a process which began last September and is expected to last six months. Once the German regulator has completed its inspection, the authority will send a draft decision to the European Commission, which will also have a say.


The European Union’s most populous country and largest economy risks appearing divided, and Scholz risks appearing weak if he does not show strong leadership in the crisis.

“Scholz seems too passive and absent,” said Gwendolyn Sasse, senior fellow at Carnegie Europe, suggesting he should try to play a bigger role in the EU.

The SPD sees itself as the natural heir to Germany’s pioneering “Ostpolitik” policy of openness to the Soviet Union in the 1970s. But other European countries want Germany to do more to project the Europe’s influence and protect Eastern neighbors who fear what they see as Russian aggression.

Scholz could have his eye on opinion polls that show around 60% of Germans support Nord Stream 2, said Thorsten Benner of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi).

“For Scholz, there is also a concern for fairness: the United States is a major importer of Russian crude but has not committed to stopping imports while Germany should cancel Nord Stream 2,” Benner said. .

Energy prices in Germany in December were up 69% compared to December 2020. Russian military action in Ukraine could push them even higher.

“In the event of an invasion, we would see wild spikes in gasoline prices. All bets are off,” said Hanns Koenig, energy analyst at Aurora Energy Research.

The government would then face pressure to provide subsidies to low-income Germans and manufacturers who rely on gas for production, further straining public finances already strained by the coronavirus crisis.

Some European politicians say Russia can do more to lower prices and consumer bills in Europe, and have accused Moscow of using the energy situation for political purposes.

“Natural gas flows from Russia are at historically low levels,” Koenig said. “Russia is prioritizing routes it owns and sending far less than it has historically across others.”

Russia denies manipulating supplies, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock this week that Western attempts to politicize the Nord Stream 2 project would be “counterproductive”.

Dirsus said Scholz was unlikely to kill the project but could impose a moratorium on it if there was an invasion.

“It will be a step designed to show the Americans and other allies that Germany is responding, but at the same time they will send a signal to Russia that the project could still be revived,” he said.

(Editing by Georgi Gotev)

How long does it take to repair your credit score? Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:41:48 +0000

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Your credit score is like a financial report card that tells lenders how reliable you are when it comes to paying your bills. If you’ve made a lot of mistakes, like not making payments on time or racking up debt, your score will reflect that. But the other side of the coin is also true: responsible payment behavior will cause your credit score to rise again.

How long it takes to get a good credit score will depend on where you start, what kind of negative information is on your credit report, and how quickly you’ll be able to pay off your debts. While you can’t fix your credit overnight, you’ll see your score increase over time if you work to pay off your debts and make your payments on time.

Here’s what you need to know about how long it will take to repair your credit and what steps you can take to get started now.

What is a bad credit score and why is it important?

There are hundreds of credit scores, but the two most common credit scoring models are created by FICO and VantageScore. FICO considers a credit score between 300 and 579 to be “bad,” while VantageScore considers a “bad” credit score to be between 500 and 600, depending on the credit bureau. Experian. According to the VantageScore model, a credit score between 300 and 499 is considered “very poor”, while FICO does not have a separate “very poor” category. Keep in mind that your score may also vary with each of the three consumer credit bureaus – Equifax, TransUnion and Experian – all of which collect and report information independently of each other.

Having a bad credit rating can affect your life in many ways. “Every time you apply for a mortgage, a car loan, a lease, it will affect your payment. You’ll end up paying a higher interest rate,” says Jessica Weaver, CFP, CDFA, CFS, and author of “Confessions of a Money Queen. Bad credit can even affect employment and housing, adds Weaver. Some employers check your credit score during the hiring process, and landlords use your credit score to determine if you qualify to rent.

You could be denied a loan or credit card if you have bad credit, says Nathan Grant, Senior Credit Industry Analyst at Credit Card Insider. Even if you’re approved, “you’ll get worse financing terms than you can get and lower credit limits,” he adds. Bad credit can also affect your insurance rates.

Overall, bad credit can make your life more expensive, says Weaver. People on a budget should take special care in maintaining good credit to avoid unaffordable financing options.

What leads to bad credit?

Your credit score is a reflection of your credit history, and any derogatory mark on your credit report can lower your score. These include:

  • Late or missed payments: Your payment history is the most important factor in determining your score, and delinquencies remain on your credit report for seven years.
  • Accounts debited: This happens when a credit card issuer closes your account for nonpayment and you still owe the balance. It’s one of the worst derogatory marks you can get.
  • Accounts in collections: If you don’t make payments and your lender or issuer sells your debt to a third-party collector, the status of that account will show up on your credit report and cause your rating to drop.
  • Loan default: Failure to repay a loan will significantly damage your credit.
  • Bankruptcy: Bankruptcies are the ones that take the longest to recover. Chapter 13 bankruptcy stays on your credit report for 7 years, while Chapter 7 bankruptcy stays up to 10 years.
  • home foreclosure: If you’re behind on your mortgage payments, your lender could foreclose on your home, further damaging your credit.
  • High balances or maximum cards: Having a high credit utilization rate or using a large percentage of your available credit will negatively impact your score. Try to keep your credit utilization rate below 30%, if possible.
  • Closing of credit cards: Closing old cards will reduce the age of your credit history, and closing a card with a high limit will increase your credit utilization rate. Both could negatively affect your score. You should only consider canceling a credit card if it has an annual fee and you are no longer using it.
  • Asking for too many cards or loans in a short period: Applying for new credit results in a small temporary drop in your credit. Getting a new card every two years won’t be a problem, but applying for one card after another will hurt your score.

Pro tip

You can check your credit report for free every year on, the only source authorized by federal law to provide free credit reports from each of the three credit bureaus.

How often is your credit score updated?

Your credit score is based on the information in your credit report. Whenever something changes on your credit report, that’s when your credit score is usually recalculated, says Grant.

Your credit card company will typically update the credit bureaus once a month with your account details, matching each new credit card statement, he adds. So if you’re working to improve your credit, it’s a good idea to check your score on a monthly basis.

How long does it take to repair or rebuild your credit?

“It’s often possible to get a higher credit score in 30 days or less,” says Grant, but don’t expect your credit score to go from fair to excellent in that time. If you’ve had a major setback, it usually takes about one to two years to repair your credit, according to Weaver.

But it depends on your personal situation. For example, FICO Search shows that it takes about five to ten years to recover from bankruptcy, depending on your credit score. If you’re 30 days behind on a mortgage payment, you can fix your credit in about 9 months to three years. The higher your score was at the start, the longer it will take you to fully recover from the setback.

You should start the credit repair process as soon as possible so that you are ready the next time you need to apply for new credit. “If you’re planning on buying a house, a new car, starting a business, in six months to a year, start looking at your score and your report,” says Weaver.

The fastest ways to improve your credit score

Although repairing your credit score takes time, there are steps you can take to speed up the process:

  • Fix errors in your report: If you notice Errors on your credit report, such as incorrect balances or accounts that don’t belong to you, disputing these errors and having them removed from your credit report could quickly improve your credit score.
  • Request a credit limit increase: Depending on your issuer, you can request a credit limit increase online. You can also call customer service. If you’ve made payments on time but are using a large portion of your available credit line each month, this could be a way to lower your credit utilization rate and improve your score.
  • Repay the debt: Paying off debt is another effective way to improve your credit score. “Right away, prioritize paying the most you can afford within your budget while avoiding any late payments,” says Grant. A popular strategy is the debt avalanche method, which involves going after your most valuable credit cards first.
  • Make payments on time: The longer you can maintain regular and on-time payments, the more you will see an improvement in your score. If you tend to be forgetful, set up automatic payments – just make sure you keep a budget and have enough in your bank account to cover the costs, so you don’t get hit with overdraft or overdraft charges. repayment.
  • Change your consumption habits: If you find yourself in a cycle of debt and your balances aren’t being affected, you should take a step back and look at your overall finances and spending, Weaver says. “Stop adding to that credit card while you’re paying it off,” she says. Use a cash-based budgeting system while you control your finances. Once your debts are paid off, you can focus on using your credit cards responsibly so you don’t get into trouble again.
Alabama community colleges report surge in enrollment Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:29:00 +0000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) – Enrollment of students pursuing academic and workforce training courses at Alabama community colleges has surged amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nearly 144,000 students received education or training at a statewide community or technical college. This included 101,094 students enrolled in traditional college credit courses, which represented an increase of 4,700 students – or 6% – from fall 2020 to fall 2021. Among the programs with the largest increases in enrollment included welding, vehicle and body technologies, and business. .

“Our numbers continue to show a clear message that every community college in the state is here to serve students and businesses in their communities, and the people we have at each of our colleges are committed to providing programs and services that their local students, businesses, and industry need and seek,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

In addition to a continued focus on career planning, academic counseling, and workforce development and increased safety measures at each of Alabama’s community colleges, ACCS has frozen fees tuition and offered financial support to help students during the pandemic. CASC announced in the summer of 2021 increased scholarships for dual-enrollment students and expanded the use of these scholarships to include college courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The total number of students in 2020-21 includes more than 19,000 Alabama high school students participating in dual-enrollment programs.

Residents choose Alabama community colleges for accessible and affordable academic and vocational technical training opportunities that prepare them for success. As program enrollment grew, 34,434 degrees were earned in adult education and credit programs, bringing the total number of community college degrees and certificates earned to more than 140,000. Alabama over five years.

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A group of tenants calls for vigilance in the face of rent increases in Quebec in 2022 Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:59:00 +0000

A group suggests that tenants carefully examine their notice of rent increase and refuse any increase deemed excessive, Wednesday, shortly after the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec unveiled its average increase estimate.

The Regroupement des Comités Logement et Associations de Tenants du Québec notes in a press release that the rates “are not respected from the outset by the landlords” and reminds tenants that all uncontested rent increases are legal even if they are higher than the percentages indicated by the Administrative Housing Tribunal.

The association asks Quebec to “make the use of these rates mandatory” in order to curb rent increases in Quebec.

“Contrary to what the government of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) claims, there is no rent control in Quebec since the weight of the calculation of rent increases rests on the shoulders of the tenants”, adds the association.

According to the court’s calculations, the basic increase would be, for example, 1.28% in 2022 for unheated housing, to which could be added an amount for an increase in municipal taxes or for major work.

In an example provided by the court, a rent set at $1,000 for an unheated unit with a 5% increase in municipal taxes and no major renovations would increase to $1,020 in 2022.

For heated owner-occupied dwellings, the basic rates of increase are set at 1.34% for those heated by electricity, 1.91% when heated by gas and 3.73% when they are heated by electricity. are oil-fired.

In a separate statement, the Popular Action Front in Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) agrees with the group’s proposals and stresses that “one can refuse a rent increase and stay in one’s accommodation”.

The organization believes that the pandemic and the “shortage of rental housing”, in particular affordable, risk leading landlords to “take advantage of the situation” by asking for “abusive increases, while waiting for tenants to comply for fear retaliation such as harassment”. or even expulsion.”


For a group of landlords, the rent increases issued by the court on Wednesday are “not high enough when inflation has had such an impact on landlords over the past year”.

The Corporation of Quebec Real Estate Owners (CORPIQ) estimates that in the event of a dispute, a landlord could obtain a judgment allowing him to increase the rent by approximately 2%, but that it could go up to 5% s ‘he increases in municipal taxes, insurance and energy costs are “more pronounced.”

The association says the increase in base rent is “well below headline inflation”, while inflation “just skyrocketed”.

“Material and labor costs have boosted maintenance and renovation spending by about 25% this year, after the first year of the pandemic which had already inflated construction costs writes CORPIQ. “Unfortunately, grid computing continues to penalize homeowners and discourage maintenance and renovation.”

The Administrative Housing Tribunal has an interactive form on its website to calculate a rent increase.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on January 19, 2022.

President Biden announces nominees for ambassadors and key roles Wed, 19 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to name the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration:

  • Elizabeth Bagley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Jane Hartley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Alexander Laskaris, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chad
  • Alan Leventhal, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Kathryn Huff, candidate for Deputy Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy
  • Deborah Coen, candidate for the position of member of the National Council for the Humanities
  • William Brodsky, candidate for membership of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

Elizabeth Bagley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil

Elizabeth Bagley has worked in diplomacy and law for over four decades. Her diplomatic experience includes service as a senior adviser to Secretaries of State John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright. She has also served as Special Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, and United States Ambassador to Portugal.

Bagley is currently the owner and board member of SBI., a cellular communications company in Show Low, AZ. Previously, Bagley was Of Counsel for Manatt, Phelps Law Firm in Washington, DC, specializing in international law. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and as an associate producer for ABC News in Paris, France and Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, Bagley served at the State Department as Congressional Liaison for the Panama Canal Treaties, Special Assistant for the Camp David Accords, and Congressional Liaison to the Security and cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Accords) in Madrid, Spain. Bagley received a BA from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Secretary of State’s Honor Award, the Meridian International Public Diplomacy Award, and the Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal’s highest civilian honour.

Jane Hartley, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Jane Hartley served as Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco from 2014 to 2017. In this role, she worked to strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and France, focusing on counterterrorism cooperation. She arrived in Paris shortly before the Charlie Hebdo attack and served during the Bataclan and Nice attacks. Hartley later received the Legion of Honor from the President of France in recognition of his efforts.

Previously, Hartley was Managing Director of Observatory Group, an international economic and policy consulting firm. Prior to founding the Observatory Group, she was Chairman and CEO of the G7 Group, a leading research firm providing macroeconomic and policy analysis to global clients. Hartley is currently a member of the Harvard University Kennedy School Visiting Committee, as well as the Kennedy School’s Executive Committee and Dean’s Council. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of the board of trustees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is Chair of the Board of Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street). Hartley is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Hartley was a member of the board of directors of Heidrick & Struggles and appointed by the president to the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She was vice president of the executive committee of the Economics Club of New York and served as vice president at Universal (MCA) and Westinghouse Broadcasting.

Hartley also served in the White House in the Carter administration. She obtained a BA at Boston College (Newton College).

Alexander Laskaris, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Chad

Alexander Laskaris is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Minister-Counsellor class. He is currently a senior adviser in the Bureau of African Affairs and has expertise on African issues. He served as Deputy Commander of United States Africa Command, Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, and Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi. Other assignments include working as the head of the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Angola and desk officer for Rwanda and Burundi in the State Department’s Bureau of Central African Affairs. Laskaris has also served as a faculty member at the National War College, Consul General in Ebril, Iraq, and Team Leader of Iraq’s Mosul Province Reconstruction Team. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo.

Laskaris received a BA from Georgetown University and an MA from the US Army War College in Washington, DC. Its foreign languages ​​are French, Portuguese, Greek, Kurdish, Albanian and Spanish.

Alan Leventhal, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark

Alan Leventhal is President and CEO of Beacon Capital Partners, a leading owner and manager of office properties in the United States. It is home to leading innovative and growth companies, and its projects have transformed the urban environment. Previously, Leventhal was a general partner and then president and chief executive officer of Beacon Properties Corporation.

Leventhal served as chairman of the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for a decade and still serves on the board’s executive committee. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a life trustee of Northwestern University, and was a trustee and chairman of the board of trustees of Boston University. Leventhal is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map & Education Center and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of A Better City.

He received his BA from Northwestern University and his MBA from Dartmouth College.

Kathryn Huff, candidate for Deputy Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy

Dr. Kathryn Huff has served as the Principal Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy since May 2021. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana. -Champaign where she led the research group on advanced reactors and fuel cycles. Huff was also a Blue Waters Assistant Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Previously, Huff was a postdoctoral fellow with the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and her undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Chicago. Huff is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and has served as chairman of the Nuclear Nonproliferation and Policy Division, past chairman of the Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division, and a recipient of both Young Member Excellence and Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement. price. Through her leadership at Software Carpentry, SciPy, the Hacker Within, and the Journal of Open-Source Software, she has also championed best practices in open and reproducible scientific computing.

Deborah Coen, candidate for the position of member of the National Council for the Humanities

Deborah R. Coen is Professor of History and Chair of the History of Science and Medicine Program at Yale University, and a former faculty member at Barnard College and Columbia University. As a science historian, she is committed to diversifying her discipline and facilitating collaboration between the humanities and natural sciences. His research focuses on issues such as the relationship between science and democracy, the history of citizen science, and the politics of scientific uncertainty. She is particularly interested in the conditions that enable intellectual exchange across cultural divides, such as the supranational institutions of the Habsburg Monarchy. She is the author of Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism and Privacy (2007), and The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter (2013). His latest book is Climate in motion: science, empire and the problem of scale (2018), the first science history of climate dynamics before the computer age. His current research aims to illuminate the historical roots of key concepts in current climate science and policy, such as “usable” knowledge and “vulnerable” populations.

Coen earned an AB in physics from Harvard, an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard, where she was also a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the Mellon Foundation, and she was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014.

William Brodsky, candidate for membership of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

William (Bill) Brodsky has worked in the financial services industry for over 50 years. His career roles have included equity, options, futures, private equity and venture capital asset classes. Brodsky has worked at four major exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where he served as President and CEO from 1985 to 1997, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. (Cboe), where he served as CEO from 1997 to 2013 and Chairman from 2013 to 2017. In addition, he served on the boards of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA). Internationally, Brodsky has served as Chairman of the International Options Market Association (IOMA) and Chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges, the global body of over sixty of the world’s major exchanges. He also served for more than ten years on the International Capital Markets Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Currently, Brodsky is a trustee of Syracuse University, where he serves on the Investment and Endowment Committee. He is a life director of Northwestern Medical Healthcare where he was chairman of the board and chairman of its investment committee for fourteen years. He is Chairman of the Board of Navy Pier, Inc., the most visited venue in Chicago and the Midwest, and Chairman of Cedar Street Asset Management, Options Solutions and Redmont Wealth Advisors.


Uniper CEO expects Nord Stream 2 to carry gas next heating season Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:55:28 +0000

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FRANKFURT, January 18 (Reuters)Uniper, one of Nord Stream 2’s backers, expects the pipeline to be available for transporting gas from the start of the next winter heating season in October, its CEO said.

The pipeline, which is technically complete, still needs to be certified by the German network agency. Uniper’s UN01.DE Managing director Klaus-Dieter Maubach told the Handelsblatt’s annual energy summit that this was planned for the end of the summer.

“I expect – assuming the Ukraine-Russia conflict does not escalate – that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will have passed the certification process this summer, possibly late summer,” he said. Maubach said.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz signaled on Tuesday that Germany may consider shutting down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry Russian gas to Europe, if Russia attacks Ukraine.

“Of course, at Uniper, we are worried (…) about what is happening at the Russian-Ukrainian border and this is a risk that could have a very short-term impact on the gas supply”, a Maubach said.

He said he expected the pipeline to be available as a gas import infrastructure for the German and European market from the next gas year, which starts on October 1, 2022.

“Russia is an important and indispensable partner for us,” Maubach added.

(Reporting by Christoph Steitz and Vera Eckert; Editing by David Goodman and Alexander Smith)

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DMU is part of two £1.5m Community Renewal Fund projects Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:47:08 +0000

DMU is part of two projects worth over £1.5million awarded through the government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF).

The £1million Leicester Accelerator will see DMU scholars and students working with their counterparts at Leicester and Loughborough Universities to help businesses on their journey to net zero.

Through audits, training and workshops, the six-month program aims to help over 40 businesses and reach over 200 people in the city.

Dr Andrew Reeves, Lecturer in Energy and Sustainability at DMU, ​​said: “This is great news for the university and a testament to our expertise and focus on sustainability. We have decades of clean energy research and experience that we are keen to share through this collaboration and we are confident it will have a positive impact on businesses in the city.”

Separately, a team of 13 DMU researchers will be part of a £500,000 program to support the city’s textiles and clothing industry led by Professor Rachel Granger.

DMU will map all textile activity in the city, from companies and dye houses to brands. The university will then work with companies to develop a plan for industry growth, providing leadership training and shifting the focus from low-cost, non-compliant products to high-quality products.

In total, Leicester has received funding for five CRF projects. The other three are Positive Communities, to help boost job prospects; the She Inspired Business Playbox to help women find work; and a community ESOL program to help improve language skills.

Leicester City Deputy Mayor for Jobs and Skills, Cllr Danny Myers, said: “These projects will deliver some truly innovative and much-needed projects across the city, which will be a key part of our work to help Leicester to reach its potential as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.”

In April, the government is due to announce funding offers from the Shared Prosperity Fund, in which a series of faculty-wide information sessions are planned to help colleagues refine their ideas and apply. If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Ricketts, Regional Business Development Manager, at – or your Faculty Business Manager:

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Chip crisis pushes European car sales to new low – Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:34:21 +0000

EU car sales fell to a new low last year as the auto sector was hampered by the Covid pandemic and a shortage of computer chips, industry figures showed on Tuesday (January 18th).

New passenger car registrations in the EU fell 2.4% in 2021, to 9.7 million vehicles, the worst performance since records began in 1990, according to data from the European Manufacturers Association. cars (ACEA).

This follows the historic fall of almost 24% suffered in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions, and has brought new car registrations in the EU down to 3.3 million below pre-pandemic sales. 2019 crisis.

The lack of semiconductors, the computer chips used in a multitude of automotive systems in traditional and electric vehicles, was the main reason holding the industry back.

“This drop was the result of the shortage of semiconductors which negatively impacted automotive production throughout the year, but especially in the second half of 2021,” ACEA said.

Automakers initially downplayed the impact of the chip shortage, but it eventually led them to slow production and even idle factories.

Car sales in the EU rebounded strongly in the second quarter, but for most of the second half fell by around 20%.

The short-term outlook for supply is not good.

“The start of 2022 will still be difficult in terms of chip supply,” Alexandre Marian of consulting firm AlixPartners told AFP.

“The situation should improve by the middle of the year, but that does not mean that other problems will not arise, relating to raw materials, supply chains and labor shortages,” he said. he declared.

The chip shortage is a consequence of the pandemic, as manufacturers have been disrupted by lockdowns and sick employees, as well as supply chain issues and increased global demand for electronics.

The pandemic has also pushed up the prices of many raw materials and caused labor shortages in some regions.

Germany stuck in reverse

While markets in France, Italy and Spain posted modest gains, a 10.1% decline in Germany led to a drop in the overall EU figure.

Germany is by far Europe’s biggest car market, accounting for a quarter of total sales to more than 2.6 million last year.

While the shortage of semiconductors was the main factor holding back a rebound, the EU also underperformed compared to other major markets where the post-pandemic recovery was stronger.

The Chinese automotive market grew by 4.4% and the American market by 3.7%.

The drop in European sales could also reflect “the sharp increase in the average price of cars as well as an expectant attitude of consumers towards electric vehicles which leads them to postpone their purchases and to keep their current vehicle longer. “said analysts at Inovev, an automotive data analytics company.

Renault makes a dent in sales

Europe’s three major automakers all saw sales declines in the bloc.

Volkswagen managed to retain the top spot, but a 4.8% drop in sales to 1.4 million vehicles caused its market share to drop to 25.1%.

Stellantis, which was born from the merger of the Italian group Fiat and the French Peugeot-Citroën, suffered a more modest decline of 2.1% to 2.1 million units, taking its market share to 21.9%.

The Renault group suffered a 10% drop, with sales of its eponymous brand falling 16%, while sales of its low-cost brand Dacia and sports brands Alpine increased.

The French automotive group saw its market share shrink to 10.6%.

Germany’s BMW managed a 1.5% increase in registrations, but Daimler, owner of the Mercedes and Smart brands, suffered a 12.4% drop.

Korea’s Hyundai Group, which includes both the Hyundai and Kia brands, consolidated its position as the EU’s fourth-largest automaker with an 18.4% gain to more than 828,000 vehicles. Its market share rose to 8.5%.

The data, which is provided by ACEA members, does not include sales of US electric vehicle maker Tesla.

The ACEA data also did not include a breakdown by petrol, diesel and electric vehicles, which are provided in a separate quarterly report.