Rio mayor to face inquiry over Olympic course misconduct

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO – The mayor of Rio de Janeiro will face an inquiry into alleged misconduct in the construction of a golf course for the 2016 Olympics in a nature reserve, according to documents provided by the public prosecutors’ office Friday. Golf’s return to the Olympics after a more than century-long absence was meant to be triumphal, but the construction of the course in the Marapendi nature reserve — a narrow strip of green in the heart of one of Rio’s fastest-growing neighborhoods — has been dogged by legal wrangling and protests by activists. The inquiry into Mayor Eduardo Paes was opened earlier this month by prosecutor Alberto Flores Camargo following a complaint by the environmental group Golf For Whom, which contends the city has harmed taxpayers by allowing a private developer to build the course at what is expected to be a massive financial gain. The documents released Friday represent yet another possible legal imbroglio surrounding the golf course. In a separate case, the state prosecutors’ office has alleged ground was broken without the necessary environmental impact studies and other legal requirements. The documents show that Camargo is deciding whether to bring civil charges of “misconduct causing damage to the public treasury” against Rio’s mayor over allegations he helped pave the way for the golf course developer to make a hefty profit on its $21 million investment. The activists allege developers stand to earn some $350 million, according to the documents. “It must be verified whether the benefits granted (to the developer) were excessive compared with the compensation demanded by the city, which would cause damage to the public treasury,” the documents said. The activists allege the city government gerrymandered the boundaries of the nature reserve and changed area zoning laws in order to allow for the construction of the course, as well as a neighboring complex of luxury residential towers, called Riserva Golf. Buildings in the area used to be capped at six stories, but the four towers that make up the Riserva Golf complex are expected to stand some 20 stories high. Officials with the Rio state prosecutors’ office say the inquiry could last up to a year, with the prosecutor ultimately deciding to shelve the complaint or bring charges against the mayor. A civil conviction on misconduct charges could result in a public official being forced out of office or banned from holding another public office for up to 10 years, the officials said. Paes took office in 2009, and his second term will end in 2016. Because the inquiry does not challenge the legality of golf course, it will not affect its construction. While the documents say that copies were sent to City Hall, as well as to the developers, a spokeswoman for Mayor Paes said in an email that “City Hall has not been officially informed about this particular matter.”last_img read more

Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives

first_imgProgressive administrative experience and a record ofsignificant departmental or university service. Professional Experience and QualificationsPhD or equivalent terminal degree in an engineering or sciencediscipline commensurate for faculty rank in the JonssonSchool. Knowledge of trends, current research, and effective practicesin diversity and broadening participation to support the success ofmarginalized groups in engineering. The Associate Dean will:collaborate with the Dean, the senior Jonsson School leadershipteam, and faculty leadership to envision, strategize and advocatefor measurable actions leading toward greater diversity, equity,and inclusion throughout the Jonsson School.lead the development and implementation of the school’sstrategic commitment to Diversity and Diversity-related policies byestablishing processes and initiatives that foster an inclusivelearning and working environment where all members of the schoolcommunity have an equal opportunity to succeed and feel a sense ofbelonging.serve as the official point-of-contact and representative forall Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and engagement efforts within theSchool.develop, implement, and maintain programs to recruit and retaina diverse talent in the Jonsson School.engage with student organizations to support equityinitiatives.develop evaluation tools and establish metrics to measureprogress and promote continuous assessment and improvement ofdiversity efforts.represent the School at conferences, workshops, and othermeetings of professional societies, and serve as liaison toindustry and government groups on matters related toDiversity.plan and manage Diversity education and training, and delivertraining to Jonsson School faculty and staff.chair the School-wide Diversity Committee.develop and maintain relationships to create innovativepathways to support Diversity. Evidence of excellence in classroom teaching, research, andscholarly work appropriate to qualify the candidate for appointmentas a tenured associate or full professor in one of ourdepartments. Erik Jonsson School of Engineeringand Computer ScienceThe University of Texas atDallascenter_img Individuals from underrepresented populations are stronglyencouraged to apply. Complete applications will include a coverletter, current CV, statement of administrative philosophy andaccomplishments, statement on diversity, equity and inclusion –including past accomplishments and vision, and contact informationfor three references. The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science atThe University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for theinaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives(DSI), which also includes matters of equity and inclusion. As anewly created role, the Associate Dean will lead the developmentand implementation of strategies to build and maintain a diverseand inclusive faculty, staff and student body and support equity inresearch, teaching, practice and community engagement. This is afull-time position that is 50% administrative and 50% faculty.Faculty appointment will be at a rank consistent withqualifications and experience. Experience working effectively as part of an executiveleadership team characterized by trust, open communication, andshared goals.Effectiveness in managing and building strong workingrelationships at all levels of an organization.Commitment to working with a diverse population of faculty,students and staff. Apply at https://engineering.utdallas.edu/about/careers/last_img read more

CEO who raised alarm at firm’s finances loses unfair dismissal claim

first_imgPeter WatsonAfter three months, during which Meredith and Watson had a positive relationship, Watson was alerted by the firm’s finance director to a loan wrongly recorded as profit costs, and then about disbursements being transferred to the firm’s office account. The total unpaid disbursements were estimated by the finance director at £1m, and discussions were immediately sought with Meredith.  There was no suggestion that Meredith was aware of these problems prior to being alerted by Watson, or that she was involved in any failure to pay disbursements. The tribunal heard it was clear from early email exchanges that Meredith was keen to get to the bottom of the problem, and there was no indication she was angry or upset with Watson. Meredith reported to the SRA immediately after issues were first raised, notifying the regulator of what Watson said was a ‘material failure’ to comply with accounts rules. Within two days, Watson and the finance director decided to resign with immediate effect. The following day their resignations were accepted following a brief board meeting.  Initially sent on gardening leave while efforts were made to persuade him to reconsider, Watson was told by Meredith the firm’s outstanding debt, including the unpaid disbursements, could be reduced. He replied that the firm could not sustain Meredith’s drawings and his income in the long term without growth.  The tribunal heard that some weeks later an ‘unpleasant’ meeting between the parties took place in which Watson was accused of over-reacting. In a letter to her lawyers, Meredith described how Watson ‘ran for the hills based on inaccurate information’. She later accused him of forcing the resignation of other directors and destabilising the company, and cited this breach of his duties as director for terminating his contract. Employment Judge Slater said elements of Meredith’s evidence were shown ‘not to be entirely reliable’. But the tribunal noted she had made no attempt to hide the problems at the firm. Even after disclosures were made, Meredith had wanted Watson to return to the firm, it was found. The judge added: ‘After reflection, [Meredith] took issue with the way that [Watson] resigned so quickly, without staying to see the real extent of the problem and working to see if it could be resolved. She decided to dismiss [him] once it became apparent that settlement terms were not going to be reached.‘Can [Watson’s] actions following the making of the protected disclosures be severed from the protected disclosures themselves? We conclude that they can.’ The SRA has said it is aware of the disclosures made. A former chief executive of a firm specialising in armed forces claims has failed in his employment claim for unfair dismissal weeks after alleging potential breaches of accounts rules. Peter Watson, who had invested £100,000 in north west firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors, made a series of disclosures to the firm and the Solicitors Regulation Authority about unpaid disbursements and other financial issues before he was dismissed in the autumn of 2017, an employment tribunal in Manchester heard. Firm founder Hilary Meredith told the tribunal that she took no issue with Watson’s disclosures and had notified the SRA once she was aware of the matters. She had sought to engage with the issues and felt let down by Watson’s actions. Watson submitted that Meredith could not truly believe he had committed misconduct justifying summary dismissal. He told the tribunal that she had made a decision to remove him and was looking to rely on any grounds she could.  Employment Judge Slater ruled that Meredith’s reasons for dismissal were not ‘materially influenced by the disclosures’. The complaint of unfair dismissal was judged to be not well founded. Watson, formerly with national firm Simpson Millar, joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors in April 2017 in what the firm described as a ‘transformational appointment’. His basic annual salary was stated to be £180,000. last_img read more

5 Takeaways: Mark Stoops previews Ohio

first_imgWeek 1 couldn’t have gone much better for Kentucky football. Week 2 will bring a stiffer challenge. Ohio has been to five straight bowl games under former Nebraska coach Frank Solich. Cats coach Mark Stoops met with the media Monday to talk about the Bobcats and his team’s confidence after an opening rout. A look at five key topics:1. WHO’S IN? WHO’S OUT?Starting left tackle Darrian Miller and backup wide receiver Rashad Cunningham are back after serving one-game suspensions for violations of team rules. Miller’s return allows Jordan Swindle to move back to the right side, although Week 1 replacement Kyle Meadows, a redshirt freshman, did a solid job.“I was impressed with Kyle,” Stoops said. “He was assignment-sharp for a young guy.”The bad news: starting running back Braylon Heard and starting wide receiver Javess Blue’s status for Saturday is uncertain after both injured ankles in the opener.“Right now we’re just treating them. This morning, they felt better,” Stoops said, adding there is a good chance both play against Ohio. “We’ll see how that plays out with the ankles. Braylon would be a question mark, I would say. He was the one who still felt a little sore.”More UK football: Updated Week 2 depth chartAs for previous injuries, receiver Alex Montgomery (ACL) is “working his way in” by running and cutting more in his effort to return to the field. “I’m not sure when that’ll be,” Stoops said. Receiver Jeff Badet (eye) has a doctor’s appointment Thursday and likely won’t play Saturday.2. STOOPS NOT TOTALLY HAPPYDoes the Cats’ coach worry about his team, which went 2-10 last season, getting overconfident after a 59-14 opening rout of UT Martin?“That won’t be a problem. It won’t be a pleasant film session today. I can tell you that,” he said. “There were some things I wasn’t happy with (on defense). There was some good, don’t get me wrong. But there were some things in the run game, some of our fits, just not striking people, being as violent as we needed to be.”He was also “very discouraged” by the second-string defense, which gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns, indicating Kentucky’s depth is still a significant concern. Maybe more surprisingly, star ends Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith had very little impact on the game.“They want to be playmakers … but you have to do that within the scheme,” Stoops said. “I think there were some guys that tried to do too much. That’s common in the first game … just not being patient. We have to be very precise on both sides of the ball, and then play with that great energy and play above and beyond. But doing your job first is important.”3. OHIO WON’T BE A PUSHOVERSolich went 58-19 in six seasons as Nebraska’s head coach – including a national title-game loss to Miami in 2001 when Stoops was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes – and has built the Bobcats into consistent winners.Ohio is 44-24 since 2009 and has been to five consecutive bowl games and six in the last eight years. The program had been to just two bowls in its history previously.“It’s obviously going to be a much bigger challenge for us. Coach Solich has been around for a long time and he’s been very successful,” Stoops said. “They’re a team that’s not going to beat themselves. They’re just good and sound.”Stoops was impressed with quarterback Derrius Vick, who was 18 of 24 for 262 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards in a 17-14 opening win at Kent State.“Our team and myself, we definitely can’t take anybody for granted,” Stoops said. “We’re at that stage where we need to play well no matter who we’re playing. This is a good football team.”Solich won’t take the Wildcats lightly either.“I think it’s only a matter of time there,” he said on the MAC teleconference Monday, “in terms of the athletes that they’ve been able to bring together in the last two recruiting classes.”4. STOOPS LIKES THE NEW GUYSIf you hadn’t noticed, Stoops is a pretty big fan of his new starting free safety, junior-college transfer A.J. Stamps, who had eight tackles, one for loss, a one-handed interception and multiple violent hits in his UK debut.“He can run and he has great ball skills. But I think what impresses me most is that comfort level, the instincts that he has,” said Stoops, who added that Stamps was “darn near 100 percent” reading run/pass. “I’m awful glad we won that (recruiting) battle, because he helps us.”True freshman defensive back Kendall Randolph, who played nickel Saturday, also caught the coach’s eye with four solo tackles and a big hit that forced a fumble the Cats returned for a touchdown.“He has great energy. He plays fast. He’s fearless,” Stoops said. “So we need to get him in the mix.”All the freshman receivers looked good, but Blake Bone made one play that no one on the roster did last season, leaping over a defender for a 36-yard catch.“It was very good to see,” Stoops said. “As I was sitting there during the game, that part of it was fun for me, to see plays like that. And A.J. to reed run/pass and pull the trigger and make a tackle. Part of me inside is like, ‘OK.’ Very relieved that I know there are some playmakers coming up.”5. SMALL CROWD NOT DISCOURAGINGThe announced crowd of 50,398 at Commonwealth Stadium for the opener was the smallest since the 2012 home finale against Samford (46,749), which was fired coach Joker Phillips’ farewell. The Cats’ smallest announced home crowd in Stoops’ first season last fall was 53,797 against Alabama State.Stoops was undaunted by Saturday’s showing.“I thought it was good. I know it was hot. I appreciate everybody coming. I know we have some obstacles with all the construction,” Stoops said. “Appreciate it and encourage everybody to keep on coming, because we’re getting better. Some good things are ahead of us.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at [email protected]last_img read more