Africa and middle east: Tailor-made relocation

first_imgAnycompany relocating a key member of staff to its African or Middle Eastoperations needs to get the details right from the outset to ensure a smoothtransition. Alan Hosking reportsRelocatingstaff to a place of work in an African or Middle Eastern country where culturesare very different from those they are used to must be done right withprecision as first impressions are everything. Get the assignment off to a badstart and it’s just a matter of time – and money – before those same peoplehave to be repatriated at considerable expense to the company. Not to mentionloss of productivity and loss of revenue.Forthis reason, when considering relocating staff to Africa and the Middle Eastwhere cultures differ substantially from those of Western, developed countries,it is best to follow the outsourcing route and make use of one of thespecialist global relocation companies which have the infrastructure andnetwork to make relocation as seamless as possible. They have the capacity topartner you through the whole relocation process, advising and supporting youalong the way in order for the assignment to be completed successfully.Servicesof relocation companies vary and, like any case where you’re shopping forservices, it is important to take note of the old adage, Caveat Emptor – letthe buyer beware. Some provide more comprehensive services than others and youpay for what you get. It is therefore important for HR executives planning aninternational assignment for a member of staff to make full use of the servicesof a company that can tailor its services to meet their specific needs.Youcan generally expect a good relocation company to provide assistance in fourphases:–Before the assignment is initiated–The actual relocation and initial entry into the country–Everyday living during the course of the assignment and–The repatriation at the conclusion of the assignment.Reputablerelocation companies offer a range of services and support which start wellbefore the expat has left for their assignment and end with their return totheir home country. It is advisable to call on their services well before theassignee is even presented with an offer letter for the assignment, as therelocation company will be able to advise on the contents of the letter whichshould include details on compensation, allowances, vacation benefits, healthplans, shipment of personal effects, transportation, travel, tax, work permits,housing/accommodation and repatriation at the end of the assignment.Theycan also be expected to provide reliable information regarding local conditionsrelating to political activity, levels of crime and personal safety in the formof what one company calls a City Location Evaluation Report.Theyshould be able to comment on the advisability and safety of working in certaincountries backed up by current “on the ground” information regardinglocal conditions.Onecannot rely on newspaper reports only to determine whether a region is stableor not. The recent suicide bombings in Israel, for example, need not mean thatthe whole Middle East region is unsafe. By the same token, while it isdefinitely not safe for white people to be sent to Zimbabwe in the light ofMugabe’s open aggression and his complete disregard for any legal processeswhich do not suit his political agenda, numerous other African states are quitestable and getting on with life quite normally. National borders are generallyintact and must not be viewed merely as state lines where what’s happening inone country is easily allowed to affect the stability of neighbouring countries.ExperiencedHR managers agree that a high level of assignment failures can be attributed tothe unhappiness of the spouse and/or children for some or other reason, sorelocation of staff where families are involved is a bit more complicated, andthe interests of all family members no matter what their ages, should beconsidered. One does not want to have a highly competent, highly skilled andexperienced executive wanting to bail out of an assignment because ofunhappiness in the home.Accurate,up-to-date information which affects family members is critical to the successof the assignment. For instance, parents who have a natural concern for theirchildren’s schooling need to be given accurate information about appropriateschooling options in order for them to be able to make informed decisionsregarding whether it is best to place children in boarding schools back home orwhether they can send them to a local school.Assistancebefore the assignment is initiated includes legislation requirements and workpermit applications, orientation seminars and cultural training, structuringexpatriate salary and benefit packages, tax efficiency considerations for thehome and host country, medical care and medical insurance details, emergencyevacuations, and pre-schools and schools. Assistance during the actualrelocation and initial entry into the country includes travel and transportarrangements, custom clearance of personal belongings, hotel accommodation,finding a suitable residence, banking, personal security, vehicle lease orpurchase options and vehicle registration.Furthersupport provided to make everyday living more comfortable includes local homerental or purchase, community information, entertainment options, places ofworship, doctors’ and hospital addresses and telephone numbers plus 24-hourpharmacies. To smooth the arrival further therelocation company should be ableto help with home furnishings and/or referral to suitable interior decorators,house maintenance referrals and installation of utilities. Otherinformation which can be invaluable is of recreational or sports clubfacilities, domestic help recruitment, subscription to a satellite serviceprovider, Internet service provider, mobile phone company and/or how to gethold of local or international newspapers and magazines.Atthe end of the assignment the expatriate should be given assistance withwinding up all matters such as the sale of the house and vehicles or conclusionof house rental, cancellation of all subscriptions and arranging for finalpayments, as well as shipment of all belongings back to home.Inthe light of a trend towards outsourcing a number of the HR functions, it seemsto make sense to take that route when undertaking the complex and risky processof relocating valuable and talented staff to regions which do not necessarilyprovide all the comforts and conveniences of the home country. By including apartner in this process, one is going to save time and money, as well as ensurea greater chance of the assignment being completed successfully.FutherInformationwww.omnimoving.comwww.expat-essentials.comwww.eskeljawitz.co.zawww.eca-international.com Africa and middle east: Tailor-made relocationOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more


IU McKinney’s Jegen Remembered For Love Of Teaching

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Marilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comLawrence Jegen III spent much of his professional life in the classroom, gaining a reputation as a demanding presence who had an encyclopedic knowledge of tax law and someone who cared about his students and would willingly offer advice and counsel long after they had graduated.Jegen, 83, died at his Indianapolis home May 17 after an illness. Arrangements are pending.He taught for 56 years at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where much of his teaching and scholarly work focused on federal and state taxation, business and estate planning, and philanthropy. He also helped launch and taught for 40 years a preparation course that helped generations of Indiana lawyers study for and pass the bar exam.“There are tens of thousands of people who are Indiana lawyers because of Larry Jegen,” said Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner John Maley. “We are better lawyers and critical thinkers because of him.”Law students walked into Jegen’s tax classes terrified, having already heard stories of him and of tax law. The students used the tax code as their textbook and were expected to have not just read the material but to have studied it since, as Maley explained, whether something was deductible or taxable might depend on one word.When the income tax course was a requirement, the 100-plus students would be seated in alphabetical order and Jegen would be the focus. Walking back and forth, lecturing without notes, he would call upon the students, quizzing them with a series of questions that would underscore the point he was making.The students would avert their eyes, not wanting to look directly at him for fear of getting tossed a question. And when someone appeared to be losing interest, Jegen would query, “Friend, as you with me?”“He loved tax,” said former student and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Margret Robb. “He wanted his students to understand tax because he believed if they understood it, they would love tax too.”His teaching extended outside the classroom as he became known nationally as one of the foremost experts on tax law. Jegen would speak and lecture around the country and often offered his insights to judges, attorneys and legislators.In the 1970s, he was a driving force behind the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which has become the underpinning of pensions and 401(k) plans. He helped draft the bill and then testified before Congress, where he explained the very technical piece of legislation.After the bill’s passage in 1974, he attended the signing ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House at the invitation of President Gerald Ford.“Without him, I doubt we would have ERISA as we know it today,” said Curtis Shirley, solo practitioner in Indianapolis.As a professor, Jegen received numerous awards and honors. He received the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion, which is the highest award granted by Indiana University, in 1993 and in 2005. He was also honored with the IU President’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989, IU’s Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1997, and IU McKinney’s Black Cane Award for Most Outstanding Law Professor six times.Indianapolis criminal defense attorney James Voyles, partner at Voyles Vaiana Lukemeyer Baldwin & Webb, remembered seeking Jegen’s expertise for some of his cases. In those conversations, Voyles reverted to his student days and kept calling his teacher “professor Jegen” even though Jegen kept insisting he be called “Larry.”Even so, Voyles counted his former tax professor as a trusted mentor.“I never felt I could be his peer,” Voyles said, “but I always felt I could be his friend.”last_img read more


Press release: Government launches Vaccine Taskforce to combat coronavirus

first_img The UK has some of the best vaccine scientists in the world, but we need to take account of the whole development process. This taskforce will ensure the UK can take an end-to-end view. This includes funding research, like the recent NIHR/UKRI call, and ensuring manufacturing capability to deliver a COVID19 vaccination as quickly as possible. The UK has a long-term commitment to vaccines investment and is the largest funder to Gavi, the global vaccine alliance. Gavi will play a key role in making any new coronavirus vaccine available and affordable to the world’s poorest countries, which will help to slow the global spread of the disease and protect the British public from a deadly second wave of the disease. Gavi has helped to immunise over 760 million children worldwide in the last 20 years.Notes to editorsAltogether 27 research projects have received a share of a £25 million investment. This follows a government research call to accelerate coronavirus studies and support the UK’s world-class scientists and researchers to further the development of vaccines and treatments, as well as improve diagnosis and understanding of the disease.Find out more about the research projects announced today.This announcement is part of a £25 million research response, which was announced in February. The first round of projects were announced on 23 March and the second round of projects announced today. The funding is being managed by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Department of Health and Social Care through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).Through the Joint Initiative on Research in Epidemic Preparedness (JIREP) in collaboration with Wellcome, the UK government has provided up to £5 million to the initiative, which was announced on 6 March 2020. Details of these UK aid-backed research projects were announced yesterday. UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport said: UK scientists are working as fast as they can to find a vaccine that fights coronavirus, saving and protecting people’s lives. We stand firmly behind them in their efforts. The Vaccine Taskforce is key to coordinating efforts to rapidly accelerate the development and manufacture of a potential new vaccine, so we can make sure it is widely available to patients as soon as possible. Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance said: Imperial College London testing a vaccine against coronavirus that aims for the body to produce more protective antibodies Public Health England developing a new antibody that could offer protection against infection and disease progression of coronavirus Public Health England studying how COVID-19 can be transmitted from person-to-person by determining how long it can survive in the air and on different materials found in hospitals and households like fabric, plastics, metals and ceramics A new Vaccine Taskforce will drive forward, expedite and co-ordinate efforts to research and then produce a coronavirus vaccine and make sure one is made available to the public as quickly as possible 21 new research projects combating coronavirus will receive government funding from a £14 million pot investment to rapidly progress treatments and vaccines this follows the government’s £250 million pledge to develop a vaccine, putting the UK at the forefront of international efforts to fight the virus The research community’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been outstanding. In a matter of weeks, researchers have formed projects to develop potential vaccines, repurpose existing drugs and explore the potential for new medicines, and to examine how the virus is transmitted and causes wide variation in symptoms. Pre-clinical trials of vaccines and clinical trials of drugs are already underway. The pace at which this work has been carried out is tribute to the UK’s world-class research base and its dedication to the fight against this disease. The UK is home to world leading scientists, researchers and companies who are all at the forefront of vaccine development and manufacturing. The taskforce will ensure that any potential coronavirus vaccine, when available, can be produced quickly and at scale so it can be made available to the public as quickly as possible.center_img supporting the discovery of potential coronavirus vaccines by working with the public and private sector, rapidly mobilising funding, supporting leading academics and identifying ways to fast-track clinical trials preparing the UK as a leader in clinical vaccine testing and manufacturing, working with companies already at the forefront of vaccine development reviewing government regulations to facilitate rapid and safe vaccine trials developing funding and operational plans for the procurement and delivery of vaccines building on the UK’s research and development expertise to support international efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine We’re doing everything possible to save lives and beat this disease, and that includes working flat out with businesses, researchers and industry to find a vaccine as quickly as possible. The UK is world-leading in developing vaccines. We are the biggest contributor to the global effort – and preparing to ensure we can manufacture vaccines here at home as soon as practically possible. Today’s announcement is part of the UK’s wider efforts to support and accelerate the development of a vaccine for coronavirus. This includes the UK already pledging £250 million from the government aid budget, the biggest donation by any country, to the international programme to develop a coronavirus vaccine under the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: The taskforce is also working closely with the Bioindustry Association, which has set up an industry-led group, to accelerate vaccine development and manufacturing.Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: The government also announced today 21 new coronavirus research projects set to benefit from a share of around £14 million in government funding.One new project led by the University of Oxford will trial an anti-malarial drug believed to have anti-inflammatory properties to determine whether it could diminish the effects of COVID-19 on people in high risk groups. GP surgeries across the UK have been invited to take part in this ground-breaking trial, to ascertain whether it could reduce the need for affected patients to go to hospital and speed up their recovery.Other projects receiving vital government funding from this new pot include: This follows an initial £10.5 million allocated to 6 promising coronavirus projects in March, 2 of which are enabling pre-clinical and clinical vaccine trials, as well as supporting researchers to develop manufacturing processes to produce a vaccine at a million-dose scale.Additionally, funding under the international CEPI programme is helping scientists and researchers, including those in the UK, continue to lead global efforts to develop a workable coronavirus vaccine. Pioneering British researchers at the University of Oxford are among its recipients, alongside the universities of Edinburgh, Liverpool, Southampton and Bristol. UK aid is working with CEPI to ensure any coronavirus vaccine, once developed, is available and affordable to the NHS.Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said: Rapid development and production of a coronavirus vaccine will be driven by a new government-led Vaccine Taskforce, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced today (Friday 17 April).The taskforce, led by Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan van Tam, will support efforts to rapidly develop a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible by providing industry and research institutions with the resources and support needed. This includes reviewing regulations and scaling up manufacturing, so that when a vaccine becomes available, it can be produced quickly and in mass quantities.Representatives from government, academia and industry are coming together to form the taskforce. Members will include government Life Sciences Champion Sir John Bell, as well as AstraZeneca, and the Wellcome Trust.The taskforce will focus on 5 strands of activity including:last_img read more


GE Capital invests £80m in Hovis

first_imgGE Capital has provided an £80m facility to finance the future growth of the Hovis brand.The facility will be used to fund general working capital needs following the acquisition of a controlling stake in Hovis Limited by The Gores Group last month.The move comes as Hovis looks to improve the efficiency of its operational infrastructure, reinvigorate the Hovis brand and develop its range of products including the Taste Sensation flavoured loaves, which were launched last month.Adam Johnson, managing director of corporate structured finance at GE Capital, said: “Hovis is an iconic British brand that has embarked on a new phase of growth as it looks to regain its leading position in the UK bread market. We’re pleased that we were able to provide the right type of financing package that best suited Hovis’ needs.“The FMCG sector is a strategic sector for us and one we feel is well-suited to the flexibility of alternative finance.”Fernando Goni, managing director at The Gores Group, said: “We are excited about the prospects of Hovis given its strong heritage brand and talented management team, and are pleased to be working with GE Capital to develop the company into the future. GE Capital has a deep understanding of the UK food industry and an extensive set of financing capabilities that will help the company drive value for all stakeholders involved.”In January Premier Foods announced that it had separated its bread business into a joint venture with The Gores Group. The move raised £28m in cash.last_img read more


Agreement reached for sale of Saddleback

first_imgRANGELEY – The owners of Saddleback Mountain announced Thursday evening that they had reached an agreement with an investment fund to purchase the ski resort.In a statement, the Berry family said that it had an agreement for the purchase and sale of Saddleback Inc. and the Saddleback Land and Timber Corp. to Arctaris Impact Fund. An investment fund based out of Boston, Arctaris first expressed an interest in the property in 2018.“This beautiful mountain has so much potential and it looks like the Buyer has a strong plan moving forward,” Dawn Klein of Lakehome Group, the Berry family’s real estate broker, said as part of the statement. “We are excited for the acquisition to be complete for the Saddleback Resort community and the entire Rangeley area.”Saddleback, previously the third largest ski mountain in the state and an employer for up to 300 people during peak winter season, previously announced that it would be unable to open for ski operations in the 2015-16 season unless it secured $3 million in financing to purchase a new four-person chairlift. That lift would replace a 51-year-old double chair that accesses the top of Saddleback Mountain.The Berry family announced that it was actively trying to sell the mountain in 2015, with Saddleback later indicating that ownership was in “serious negotiations” with a potential buyer. In 2016, a community group announced its intention to raise funds to purchase and operate the mountain. Then, in 2017, agreements were signed with the Majella Group, headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, to take over mountain operations, including hiring and replacing lifts. That sale was never finalized, however, and Majella Group’s CEO became mired in financial and legal issues in 2018.The Berry family purchased Saddleback in 2003, investing more than $40 million in improvements and expanding both the workforce and number of visitors, to as many as 110,000 annually, over a 12-year period.Thursday’s announcement did not include the financial details of the sale or any timeline regarding Arctaris’ next steps or Saddleback reopening.last_img read more


Pretty Lights Live Band Announces West Coast Tour Dates

first_imgElectronic Soul master Pretty Lights and his new band have added more dates to their summer tour. With previously announced stops at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH, Red Rocks, Telluride Town Park, Northerly Island in Chicago, IL, and the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN, this new run of dates will focus on the West Coast, as Pretty Lights will be headlining Seattle’s famous Bumbershoot Festival.The band, consisting of Derek Vincent Smith, Brian Coogan,Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns will start their six-show-run at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, WY, and will stop at a mix of smaller, more intimate venues and outdoor amphitheaters, before winding things down at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV.See below for full details on the new tour dates. There is a Pretty Lights fan Pre-Sale beginning Wednesday July 13th at 10am MST, and the general on-sale will be on Thursday, July 14th at 10am local time. Click here for more details.Pretty Lights West Coast Tour Dates:08/30 Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre09/01 Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewing Company09/02 Sandpoint, ID – The Hive09/03 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot09/04 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater09/06 Reno, NV – Reno Events Centerlast_img read more


Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Join Forces At The Music Farm [Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgLast Wednesday night, Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought their heavy-hitting double-bill tour to Columbia, SC’s Music Farm. Pigeons kicked things off with a killer set featuring a crowd-pleasing “Porcupine > Cantina Song (Star Wars) > Porcupine” segment and a ripping version of “Lightning” with Dopapod’s Rob Compa sitting in on guitar.Following Pigeons’ performance, Dopapod took the stage and kept the momentum high, with an energetic performance highlighted by an excellent segue from “Trapper Keeper” into “Hey Zeus  (¿Que Tal?)” (and back into “Trapper Keeper”) as well as a brand new tune called “Found”. You can see setlists for both performances below, as well as photos of the show courtesy of photographer Ellison White.The tour rolls on to Luna Light Music Festival in Darlington, MD this weekend!Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at The Music Farm, Columbia, SC – 10/12/16Whoopie, Porcupine > Cantina Song > Porcupine, Julia, Pop Off, Burning Up My Time > Offshoot > Pink Panther > Offshoot, Lightning*, The Liquid, Ocean FlowsNotes:* w/Rob Compa (Dopapod) on guitarSetlist: Dopapod at The Music Farm, Columbia, SC – 10/12/16Cure, Priorities, Trapper Keeper> Hey Zeus! (¿Que Tal?) > Trapper Keeper, Trickery, Vol. 3, #86, Found, Blast, Present Ghosts, SonicEncore: Turnin’ KnobsDopaPigeons Gallery – 10/12/16 Load remaining imageslast_img read more


Beverly Hills doctor sentenced in massive medical scam

first_imgSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Beverly Hills doctor who authorities say performed unnecessary surgeries on patients in one of the nation’s largest medical insurance fraud schemes has been sentenced. Dr. Mario Rosenberg was sentenced Friday to probation and community service. He’ll also have to pay nearly $3 million in restitution. Prosecutors say he and 18 others took part in an Orange County-based scheme to recruit thousands of healthy people to undergo unnecessary and dangerous operations, which were then billed to insurers. The $154 million scheme ended in 2008 with 19 people being indicted. Rosenberg pleaded no contest in 2014 to felony insurance fraudlast_img read more


Business icon Bruce Lisman to talk about Vermont’s economic vision May 13

first_imgIn the world of finance, “having skin in the game” means that a player has put his own assets at risk to make a deal produce a profit. What assets does Vermont bring to the economic table? After a distinguished career on Wall Street, Bruce Lisman has some powerful ideas to share about how his native state can become an economic powerhouse.Lisman will speak on “How Vermont can Become its Own Version of an Economic Powerhouse Without Abandoning its Values,” on Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 5-6:30pm at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center – Diamond Ballroom. There is no charge and reservations are not required. His talk is part of the Sheraton Economic Series 2010 presented by the Ethan Allen Institute.After a long and sparkling career in international finance, native Vermonter Bruce Lisman retired in 2009 as Chairman of the JP Morgan Chase Global Equity Division.He has served as a Director on the boards of Vermont’s National Life Group, Merchant Bancshares, the Shelburne Museum, American Forests, CVPS, and Pace University. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and has served as Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.last_img read more


1-800-PIT-BULL is for real

first_imgIn Rep. David Simmons’s crusade to restrict what he sees as bad lawyer advertising, the example he mentions over and over is the law firm using the phone number 1-800-PIT- BULL.It has become almost the apocryphal example of what many see as ads that provoke public hostility toward the profession and the legal system. So apocryphal, that attorney John Morgan, in a June 30 debate with Simmons in Orlando, questioned whether it was real.He offered to bet Simmons $1,000, with the loser contributing to the winner’s favorite charity, if Simmons could find a lawyer ad using the PIT BULL number.Hope Morgan’s checkbook was handy. Simmons noted all anyone has to do is dial the number and that the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel had written about the phone number. Although Simmons didn’t mention it, there is also a pending Bar grievance case against the firm, partly over the use of that phone number.A quick search on the Web also showed that the Miami Herald has also written about Pape & Chandler, P.A., of Ft. Lauderdale. And the firm’s Web site offers to sell T-shirts and hats with their pit bull logo and distinctive phone number.The ad has an interesting history with the Bar. The firm initially submitted a transcript of its TV ads, but not a videotape. The transcript noted that the ad would have an 800 number and logo, but didn’t said the logo would be a pit bull and that the number would be 1-800-PIT-BULL. The firm was given a preliminary approval of the ad, with the caveat that a final approval would not be given until the videotape was filed with the Bar, which it never was.That led to review by the local grievance committee after the ad was aired. That committee dismissed the case with a letter of advisement to the firm.But then the Bar’s Statewide Grievance Committee, which handles violation of the Bar’s ad rules, took up the case after former Bar President Tod Aronovitz, acting as an individual attorney, filed a complaint shortly before he took office in June 1992. Another Bar member also complained. Last September, the committee found probable cause and in February the case was referred to a referee. In May the firm filed affirmative defenses and asked that the charges be dismissed.According to Tony Boggs, the complaint alleges that the firm’s ad, including the use of the pit bull phone number improperly characterizes the firm’s legal services, can create unjustified expectations about the firm’s services, and could be misleading and manipulative.In its motion, the firm said the Bar is prohibited from acting by the initial grievance committee’s dismissal and letter, that the ad is protected by the First Amendment, and that the Bar’s actions do not follow rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court on lawyer advertising, among other reasons. August 1, 2004 Regular News 1-800-PIT-BULL is for realcenter_img 1-800-PITBULL is for reallast_img read more