Barclays pay chief finally resigns after pension fund pressure

first_imgKieran Quinn, chair of the forum, said: “It is inexplicable how Barclays can have gone back on its promise to the 2014 AGM that Sir John would step down.”Barclays has now said Sunderland is to resign at next month’s AGM.A spokesman for Barclays insisted the resignation had nothing to do with shareholder pressure but that Sunderland was simply leaving the job because he had been on the bank’s board for nine years.He said there had been no promise made by Barclays last year that Sunderland would go during the year.Barclays issued a statement on 15 April last year that Gillies, who sits on the board of Standard Life and holds other positions, had been appointed as non-executive director.It said at the time Gillies would become a member of the board remuneration committee, with the intention that he succeed Sunderland as chairman of that committee “at a date to be agreed, consistent with ensuring a smooth transition”.Before Barclays announced that Sunderland was to resign at next month’s AGM, Quinn said the fact he was still in his role was “nothing short of misleading shareholders”.“Having messed up remuneration for 2013, Sir John has, in fact, stayed on as chair and presided over another year of still unacceptably high pay for 2014, and is still in place in March 2015,” he said.“Whether it is grossly excessive bonuses, the over-investment in the substantially underperforming investment bank, support for Bob Diamond, and now £1.25bn fines for Forex misconduct, Sir John has been part of every decision that has been disastrous for shareholder returns and the reputation of the bank,” Quinn said.Diamond was chief executive of Barclays before resigning in July 2012, following controversy over the manipulation of LIBOR interest rates. The chairman of the remuneration committee at UK bank Barclays is to step down at the annual general meeting (AGM) on 23 April following years of public and shareholder criticism of large pay deals awarded to top executives at the bank.The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) – which includes 64 public sector pension funds, collectively managing around £160bn (€224bn) – yesterday said the chair of the remuneration committee John Sunderland had to go from the Barclays board immediately.It said that, after controversy over the bonuses for the 2013 financial year, Barclays had made a clear statement ahead of its April 2014 AGM that Sunderland was stepping down as chair of the committee to make way for Crawford Gillies.However, 11 months later, he was still in the role, having therefore presided over another full year of remuneration decisions, LAPFF said.last_img read more

Oprah spreads her love

first_imgOprah Winfrey brought her brand of hope to South Africa recently. (Images: Nokuphila Nyawo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jaco-Louis Groenewald   PR Manager, Associated Media Publishing  +27 21 464 6250. RELATED ARTICLES • Oprah’s girls get 100% matric pass • Africa’s social change champions • Women taking SA forward • Madiba: role model for South Africa’s youthSulaiman Philip US phenomenon Oprah Winfrey hosted 6 000 adoring fans at Gallagher Estate in Midrand at the first South African O Magazine O You event this week. Her appearance on the stage was met with the sort of rapturous applause she received from her audience for 25 years when her hit talk show aired. Winfrey drew a crowd of young and old, all eager to hear the message she has been advocating for as long as she has been famous: fulfil your destiny and live your best life. Or as she put it: “You want to be the fullest expression of who you are. When the time comes you want to be able to say you blew it out.” For more than 5 000 episodes of Winfrey’s talk show, her aim was to help her audience find a purpose to their lives. It was the same message she brought to her excited fans at Gallagher Estate, who hung on her every word. It was also the message shared by the guest speakers who preceded her. Author Ariane de Bonvoisin, radio personality Redi Thlabi and professional organiser and de-clutterer Julie Morgenstern shared the light touch of their host as they proclaimed a simple message: from change something good will come. For the South African women at the event, Winfrey’s assurances that they could take control in small ways and create lives of value had helped them find meaning in their own lives. They identified with her struggles, with her weight issues, with the abuse she suffered and the depression she overcame. As private banker Anthea Riffle put it: “We really do idolise her because we see so much of ourselves in her.” Powerful audience The audience was a cross section of the powerful – Agang leader Mamphela Rampele and first lady Thandeka Zuma – media personalities – the Raphaelys and morning TV host Leanne Manas – and young and old fans. The front of row, however, was given over to students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Samantha Page, the editor of O Magazine South Africa, used the event to announce the launch of the OWN network programming block on the TLC channel (DSTV 172). From 17 October, every Thursday and Sunday, Oprah’s fans will be able to watch her brand of feel-good spirituality. The OWN network, Winfrey’s broadcast group, was not an immediate success and she used the lessons she learned from righting that ship to advise people who got to ask questions at the end of her presentation. The most valuable lesson she learned, Winfrey revealed, was finding the right people. “Surround yourself with people who know how to make your vision come true.” She added: “Ultimately, you have to make money because you are a business. I let other people worry about that. I worry about the message. I am always, always, always about holding true to the vision and the message, and when you are true to that, then people respond.” In such interactions, she uses the story of her own life and her triumphs over adversity, discrimination and abuse to inspire the women who listen to her. Without a regular TV show to spread her message, she interacts on a more personal level and her most important South African audience are the girls she calls her daughters, the young women who attend her academy in Henley-on-Klip, in Gauteng. The academy This weekend, the academy held its third graduation ceremony. There are now 160 South African girls receiving university educations thanks to Winfrey’s largesse. “When Madiba asked me how Africa was going to change, I told him I believed it was going to be her women that would change Africa,” she recalled. The academy was established in 2007 to provide a superior education to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Winfrey’s generosity grew out of a conversation over tea with Nelson Mandela at his Qunu home about education’s role in alleviating poverty. Built at a cost of $40-million, the school’s first graduating class of 157 girls are now at universities around the world. At the time of the academy’s opening Winfrey said: “The best way to effect change long term is to give children exposure and opportunity and nurture them to understand their own power and possibility.” Winfrey is a child of poverty, whose talent and hard work has made her wealthy and famous. The more powerful and wealthy she has become, however, the more she has looked for what she calls “important work”. When asked, she points to the establishment of her academy and the time she spends with her girls as her most joyful. In 2000, when she promised Mandela that she would start a school, her desire was informed by the old women and young girls she had seen walking along the road. She told the Gallagher Estate audience that those women reminded her of the grandmother who raised her and the young girls accompanying them could so easily be her. The future Winfrey shared the story of an awakening she had as a three-year-old. Her grandmother’s most fervent dream for Winfrey was for her to find good white employers in America’s South. “I was churning butter while she was boiling clothes and she kept saying to me that I needed to learn how to do these things because I would need to know how to do them. I promised myself then that that would not be my future.” Pointing skywards, she ended by saying: “Every so often I tell my gran: ‘Yes I have wonderful white people working for me now.’” In all, 6 000 women and about 10 men spent a day being inspired and motivated by Winfrey. For her audience, the community that has formed around her is just as important; these are woman like Shamala Chetty, who attended with her sister and friends. “I was going through a rough time this year. It was nice just to be around other women, other people who have come through and survived,” she said. And that is the secret of Winfrey’s appeal to South African women, and perhaps to women across the world. “She gives me hope for my life. It feels as if she is the only person in the world who understands how I feel.”last_img read more

Why water quality matters to me

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hot summer days recall memories of kids playing in the yard with sprinklers, watering the garden, drinking lemonade and fishing at the lake. Our country has not had to worry about water and seldom has there been a time in our history when safe water wasn’t abundant and inexpensive. Today we hear about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, algae blooms in Ohio, water lawsuits in Iowa, and drought in California.Many are quick to place blame and sources claim that ‘this’ or ‘that’ is the problem. Please do not misunderstand me. The science is important. I’m proud of the checkoff investments our corn, soybean and wheat organizations have made in research and education, along with other stakeholders such as The Ohio State University and Ohio Farm Bureau.  But as I sit in my farm office on a rainy day, I admit that kind of work seems really far away from my farm. What should I be doing here, today, right now? After considering that question, I believe there are three thoughts that will guide my farm and hopefully yours now and in the future.First, water issues are not going away and it won’t always be about phosphorus and nitrogen. Experts have been warning for years that demand and cost for clean water will continue to increase. Water rights will be questioned and actions that affect its quality will be scrutinized. We need to take actions now that will protect our families and our farm’s future.Second, agriculture will be a big part of the solution. Every farmer I know is committed to not only growing a bountiful crop or raising the best livestock, but making our piece of the world a better place. While Ohio agriculture can’t be the only ones at the table in order to address this challenge, the stage is set for us to take the lead. Now we need to get it done.Start by getting your fertilizer certification license. Ask your fertilizer retailer to be 4R certified. Develop a nutrient management plan, test your soil and know your runoff risk. Pay close attention to the results coming out of the most current research and know what it means to your farm. Challenge yourself to adopt one new conservation practice on your farm this year.These simple first steps have helped reduce my farm’s environmental impact and improve its profitability.
Finally, remember the reason we do this. Getting caught up in all the negativity is easy. The focus for me on my farm is to remember that my motivation for growing healthy food AND protecting the soil and water has not and will not change.This is why water quality matters to me.last_img read more

No vote on community rights in Williams County, yet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramA proposed county charter for Williams County, Ohio containing language similar to the Lake Erie Bill of Rights may not make it on the November ballot. The Ohio Supreme Court recently refused to compel the Williams County Board of Elections (BOE) to include the charter on the ballot for procedural reasons.The charter would have declared that the people of Williams County have the right to a healthy environment and sustainable community, and that the Michindoh Aquifer and its ecosystem have the right to exist, flourish, evolve, regenerate. Further, the aquifer would have the right of restoration, recovery, and preservation, including the right to be free from interferences such as the extraction, sale, lease, transportation, or distribution of water outside of the aquifer’s boundary.Even though the petition to put the charter on the ballot had enough signatures, the BOE believed that the language of the charter violated Ohio law, and therefore exercised its power to reject the petition and keep it off the ballot. The petitioners appealed the BOE’s decision to the Williams County Court of Common Pleas, and that court agreed with the BOE. Instead of going to the Court of Appeals, the petitioners tried to go directly the Ohio Supreme Court because the BOE will soon print the November ballots. The Ohio Supreme Court said the petitioners should have gone to the Court of Appeals first, and that it will not decide on whether the BOE has to include the charter on the ballot until the petitioners do so.This doesn’t mean the end for the proposed charter, but rather that more court time is in the proposed charter’s future.last_img read more

Data is the Future of Brand Identity

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Big Data#coding design#data design#design#designers David SchwarzCo-Founder of HUSH Related Posts David Schwarz is an award-winning Co-Founder of HUSH, an experience design firm. He has spent over a decade working with brands to design compelling experiences utilizing content, interactivity, architecture and technology. 8 Key Components to Building a Successful Busin… Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… Improving Customer Loyalty with 3 Easy Steps Brands have always used a host of different tools, from advertising to product design, to clearly define themselves to their audiences. They understand that without communicating their voice, values, mission and approach, many brands would feel largely interchangeable. Sure, Nike makes sneakers and apparel for athletes, with a message that speaks to speed, design, and form. But from a high level, the same description could seem applicable to Adidas, Under Armour, or New Balance.That’s why expressing a deeper, more nuanced brand identity is important. The right identity (or creative expression of that identity) resonates on an emotional level, illuminating the DNA of a company and building valuable connections along the way. In part, this is why a brand’s data is so exciting to designers (and experience designers in particular), whose skills make them uniquely qualified to understand and realize its potential for brand building.When combined with the power of physical experiences, data is a direct path to the people, products and processes that make every brand unique. It’s a digital fingerprint, something every company has other than its specific products, innovations, patents, services or origin story. Data is often invisible, existing in the background. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, for the designers that can harness it to create visuals and immersive physical brand experiences, data can convey scale, scope, movement and (most importantly) authenticity in a way that is much more honest, intimate and engaging.Data could prove to be the most effective resource for brand design and identity than any other force within a modern company. It’s more than a series of statistics – your data is your brand.The Evolution of Data DesignFor a long time, designers have been inspired by the challenge of transforming data into meaningful brand expression. But that process didn’t always result in interactive, data-rich interactive experiences.The relationship between data and design started as expressions of facts and figures which resulted in charts. There were motivated creators like Feltron that fastidiously explored data from any source and plotted it in ways that were almost non-hierarchical; the number of sneezes against the number of steps taken, against the number of conversations, and more. This gave way to data as mapping, and later, an obsession with data transposed onto geography or landscapes, from human to global scale.Eventually data became more humanized – using design to display information in ways that closely engaged the human senses. It was during this time that political data became objects, and transportation data became sound. Humanizing data softened it, making it more emotional, intuitive and revealing insights beyond the particulars of the data. It also reinforced the authenticity of the data and fostered a deeper understanding of the companies that used it.This gave way to the limitless potential of more real-world data-driven brand experiences and even products – including cars that are designed by the data of optimal driving. As a tool for expressing brand identity, data’s current application to the physical spaces has opened the door to new experiences that have completely redefined existing concepts of brand engagement.How Brands Are Designing Data-Driven ExperiencesBrand experiences have already been celebrated for their ability to inspire better engagement than traditional marketing, especially among millennial audiences. But when brand data becomes a more central part of designing an interactive space, these experiences become even more powerful tools for fostering brand connections.Several brands have already realized the potential power of data when treated as a core part of their identity and brand experience. For example, Uber and Lyft are loved because of their geographical, mapping, routing, and activity data which allows them to provide a fast and accurate experience across its apps and services. That seamless experience has become more indelible than the cars, drivers, or the literal branding in marketing and on the app.By comparison, Nike’s early investment in the digital and data, through their Nike+, Fuelband, Fuel, and NTC experiences made them a much stronger brand. Their Nike Community Board was just one of many examples of how merging physical experiences with invisible, global data could be invaluable in reinforcing Nike’s connection to community building, more than any marketing or advertising campaign. Equinox’s data experience is similarly unique. For their brand, data serves the science of their three-tiered philosophy around movement, nutrition, and regeneration by tracking physical activity, rest, nutrition, calories, and more. By quantifying everything you do inside and outside of their clubs, they can improve your the way you achieve optimal health. And as Equinox expands into the hospitality area with its new hotels, these physical spaces and the experiences they house will undoubtedly continue to leverage the data of their communities to optimize rest, nutrition and athleticism not possible in their clubs alone.A Data-Rich FutureWorking together, brands and designers can transform data into beautiful, expressive, functional experiences. But there is a potential for so much more. Data can truly become visual, sonic, physical, experiential interactions with a brand. And because data is unique to each brand that generates it, these interactions are closer to the future of “brand identity” than any logo, identity system or brand guideline.Data may be inherently invisible — made of 1s and 0s — but brands and their partners should always be committed to that magical service of “making the invisible, visible,” and using data to create new modes of effective communication. How data is leveraged to build an authentic connection to audiences — via optics, interaction and insights — will determine the successful brands of the future.last_img read more

Animating Text on a Path in After Effects

first_imgFollow this informative video tutorial to create more engaging text in After Effects.  Animating text on a path in AE is easier than you may think!When you want to create animated text in AE, with swirling lines and organic looking motion, there’s no need to bring in text elements from outside applications like Illustrator. Instead, you can animate the text on a path directly from within After Effects. In this video tutorial, post production pro Evan Abrams shows you how.Using Path Options in After Effects you can attach a word (or set of words) onto a mask path. This gives the impression that the text is following an invisible track, as it enters the frame, swirls around and then disappears. Evan digs into the advanced options of the After Effects animation tool to give the text on a path a more organic quality (expanding and disappearing as it moves along the motion path).Although this isn’t super complicated, there’s quite a few steps involved in pulling off a natural looking text path animation in AE. So, a high level of patience or After Effects skills is strongly recommended.Thanks for sharing, Evan!last_img read more

The Ins and Outs of Hollywood Film Distribution

first_imgSecuring film distribution might be the most challenging part of the entire filmmaking process. Here’s what it takes to get your project in front of an audience.Top image via KRVSThe process of film distribution is incredibly interesting and somewhat complex. Fear not — we’re going to break it down in very simple steps and terms. The foundation for the following information comes from The Business of Media Distribution by Jeffery C. Ulin.Please note that the distribution process we’ll be covering is the standard “Studio” process.Step 1: Selling Film RightsImage via DeadlineThe very first step in the distribution process is selling the rights to your film. You should have a deal in place with a producer before rolling on a single camera. With big movie productions, the film rights are secured by a major studio before production even begins. In some cases, even before pre-production.Intellectual Property (Ulin, pg. 56)It is vitally important to note that the majority of filmmakers establish their own production company, usually an LLC. This production company holds the copyright to the intellectual property, thus allowing the creator some control over how the property gets made. At this point the filmmaker would sell the rights to a producer, who would give the filmmaker an option fee. There is no standard option fee.Video via HowcastDirector Steven Spielberg created his own production company — Amblin Entertainment — in 1981. It was through this company that he handled all intellectual property copyrights for films like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, The Goonies, and Back to the Future. He and his company would then work out agreements for the film rights of these properties with one of the “Big Six,” who would provide a monetary budget for film production. For reference, here’s the Big Six: 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, Universal, and Walt Disney Studios.Percentage and Expiration of Rights (Ulin, pg. 68-69)When an intellectual property is optioned, the producer gives the copyright owner the option fee, and the film begins moving toward becoming “greenlit.” Understand that the option fee is a small number meant to help the producer reduce their losses in the event the project never makes it to production. When the project is eventually greenlit, the option is a “legally binding guarantee to purchase the film rights.”It’s important to note that film options have specific time frames attached to them; if a producer can’t secure full funding to greenlight the project, then the option will expire and the copyright holder can explore new avenues for production (or renew with the same producer).Once a project is greenlit and the film rights are secured, it’s time go into production and start securing a distributor.Step 2: Licensing AgreementImage via next step in the distribution process is securing a licensing agreement with a distributor who will work toward getting the film into theaters all over the world. Each of the Big Six has its own distribution division. For example, The Walt Disney Company distributes all film content Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, while Sony Pictures distributes through Sony Picture Releasing. Even mini-majors like The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate will develop the distribution for their own films.Within these distribution subsidiaries are people who secure national distribution and others who secure global distribution. These people are known as the Producer Rep and Sales Agent. Here’s what these jobs entail.Production RepresentativeA producer rep works with a film booker in the United States and secures leasing agreements to those chains. They are solely responsible for domestic distribution.Film Sales AgentThe sales agent works on a much larger scale. They work to secure international theatrical distribution, which means they collaborate with different groups in each country and/or region.Distribution Splits (Ulin, pg. 160)There are distribution splits where a companies will share the burden of distribution with other companies. For example, Bridge of Spies was distributed in the United States by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and distributed internationally by 20th Century Fox. Here’s what Elliot Grove of Raindance wrote about split rights:Commonplace are split rights deals, where distributors cherry pick territories and then decide which national rights they want. It could be they are interested only in TV, or DVD for example, leaving the other pieces of the distribution window to the producer to try to max out money-wise.Once the licensing agreements are in place, the distributors begin negotiating with a film booker.Step 3. Negotiating With a Film BookerImage via booking agent, film buyer, or film booker negotiates the lease terms for films from the Big Six and beyond. These film bookers work on behalf of theater chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark. There are also splits between the distributor and exhibitor (theater). The standard split was called the 90/10 split, though that has been replaced with agreements like House Nut, Firm Terms, and Four-Wall Structure. (Ulin, pg. 163-166)For a major Hollywood release, it’s common for the studio to take as much as 70, 80 or even 90 percent of the first week’s box office sales. In a typical exhibition contract, the studio’s percentage goes down every week that the film remains in the theaters. – How Stuff WorksDuring the celluloid era, distributors would send film prints, like the ones in the image above, to theater chains. However, in today’s digital age, distributors usually ship DCP (Digital Cinema Package) copies to theaters across the country and globally. Once these copies are in place and at the theaters, the film with make its theatrical run. While films used to stay in theaters for a year or more, the average release window now lasts roughly two to three months. The reason this time is so short: Ancillary rights.Step 4. Ancillary RevenueImage via AMC TheatersWhen a film reaches the end of its theatrical run, the DCP copies are returned to the distributor and the leasing agreement is paid out. This is not the end of the distribution process; now the film moves on to ancillary revenue. This revenue is all part of the agreement between filmmaker and studio/distributor. It’s incredibly difficult to retain all of the ancillary rights in today’s industry.Video via Danny LaceyWhile these ancillary rights cover a variety of things, let’s focus on the film content side of things.Psychical Media (Ulin, pg. 223)When it comes to physical media, there really are only two options available: DVD and Blu-ray. While this part of the home entertainment industry is still a worthy option (earning $6.1 billion dollars in 2015), it’s not the juggernaut it once was. However, there is still revenue to be earned. 4K Blu-ray players are emerging more consistently — but so is 4K digital distribution.Digital Media (Ulin, pg. 230)With each passing year, digital distribution is positioning itself to surpass disc-based media as the top home-entertainment revenue. Studios and distributors are including digital copies with psychical copies. They’re even beginning to release digital versions of films to online retailers like iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play before the disc-based option is released.Streaming & Television Rights (Ulin, pg. 234)This brings us streaming and television rights. Streaming is big business in today’s industry. In fact, Fortune stated in June of 2015 that streaming was closing in on DVD sales for the first time ever, thanks to the success of streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But don’t forget about television. Broadcast rights are something to be taken seriously, as documentary filmmaker Scott Thurman told us last year.Hopefully this gives you some insight into how film distribution works and where the industry stands in terms of distribution to theaters and home entertainment. Again, this breakdown is meant to expose how film distribution works within the studio structure. Distribution for independent film is a completely different process.Got any opinions on how the big studios handle film distribution? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Geena Davis The Time Is Now For Media To Make The Future

first_imgGeena Davis has penned an article for UN Women about gender equality in media both on-screen and off-screen.“Less than a quarter of the on-screen global workforce is female — much lower than in the real world,” she wrote. “Women are far less likely to be a judge or doctor or in any other professional or leadership position, and women and girls are twice as likely as men and boys to appear in sexualized attire or nude.“These very enlightening and disturbingly bleak findings were part of the first-ever international study on the portrayal of women in films that my institute on Gender and Media commissioned from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and presented last year with the support of UN Women and the Rockefeller Foundation.“I have stressed how important it is for future generations to have more female characters. We know that girls feel less empowered the more TV they watch, while boy’s views become more sexist. There are important ethical questions concerning stereotypes or hypersexual images to young children. No one thinks it is a positive development that, as one recent study found, girls as young as six are seeing themselves through the male gaze.“There is also an economic argument — research shows that films with more women and girls make more money, and are less likely to fail.“In the time it takes to create a television show or to make a movie, we can change what the future looks like. In other words, we don’t have to wait for society to turn things around, we can create the future now, through what people see. Yes, there are woefully few women CEOs in the world, but lots of them can be women on screen. How long will it take to fix the problem of corporate boards being so unequal? Well, they can be half women tomorrow, in films and on TV.“Here’s a simple solution; cast more women in roles written for men. The time is now for media to make the future – where we have done away with gender bias – a reality today, on-screen.”Read the full article here.last_img read more

Diplomats Convene For 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Conclave

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October  17, 2017 – Nassau – Diplomats representing the Bahamas and those accredited with relations to the country, have gathered in New Providence October 15-18 to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties.  During the Official Opening of the 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week, October 16, 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield gave the keynote address at Melia Nassau Beach resort affirming to diplomats that they have an important role to play.“The world is not static,” said Minister Henfield.   “We need to adapt our ways and methods to the changes, all without losing our identity.”He said he believed the country is on the right path to meeting the changes through opportunities such as the Diplomatic Week forum.“Bringing you into our midst has always been about exposing you first-hand to developments in The Bahamas and then letting you do your jobs,” he said.   “Therefore, we have put together some round-tables, some bilateral meetings and some presentations and visits to other parts of our archipelago to enhance your appreciation of The Bahamas, to see our capacity to blend our internal experiences and diversity with those of the rest of the world.”Diplomatic Week is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   It provides means for the country to strengthen ties and pursue social, cultural and economic exchanges and ideas with others.   This year’s Diplomatic Week also facilitates the introduction of the new government administration to the Resident and Non-Resident Diplomatic community.Furthermore, the week of activities presents an opportunity for public education and exchange on the role of diplomacy, the Foreign Service, and provides exposure to the services offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Diplomatic Week continues at Melia Nassau Beach resort through Wednesday, October 18.   Diplomatic representatives will also travel to Grand Bahama on Wednesday.   The majority of the officers are scheduled to leave the country on Thursday.By: Betty Vedrine (BIS)Photo captions: Diplomatic Week 2017 Representatives – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield, centre, along with other senior government officials and officials of the Ministry, are shown with accredited diplomats to The Bahamas – both resident and non-resident — at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Ministry’s 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week at Melia Nassau Beach resort, October 16, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield, during 4th Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Opening Ceremonies at Melia Nassau Beach resort, October 16, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Thanksgiving airport travel

first_img November 21, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Airports are busy today as people travel home for Thanksgiving.KUSI’s Dan Plante is at Lindbergh Field reporting on one of the busiest travel days of the year. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 21, 2018 Thanksgiving airport travel Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more