Ignorance is no defence in bias against disabledOn 19 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Recent decisions by the EAT indicate that employers can no longer turn a blind eye to staff with disabilitiesIt is not always obvious that a person has a disability. If an employer dismisses an employee for not performing to the required standard, to what extent can he rely on ignorance of a disability within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 if it turns out that the performance failings were due to, for example, chronic fatigue syndrome?Under the Act an employer discriminates against a disabled person if, for a reason which relates to the disabled person’s disability, he treats him less favourably than he treats or would treat others to whom that reason does not or would not apply or if he fails to comply with a duty to make reasonable adjustments and, in either case, he cannot justify the less favourable treatment or failure to make adjustments, as the case may be. Less favourable treatmentIn HJ Heinz v Kenrick, 2000, ICR 491, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that less favourable treatment can be established even though the employer had no knowledge that an employee has a disability.The issue was examined again recently by the EAT in London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham v Farnsworth, EAT 461/99. Here, the borough withdrew an offer of employment after receiving a medical report from its retained occupational health physician which referred to prior episodes of ill-health. The employment tribunal found that the applicant was suffering from a disability. The EAT held that the OH physician’s knowledge of that disability could be attributed to the borough as she was in effect part of the “decision-making” team which decided not to employ the applicant. But the EAT added that less favourable treatment would still have been established even if the borough had not known of the disability.Both Kenrick and Farnsworth conflict with the previous EAT decision in O’Neill v Symm, 1988, ICR 481, in which it was held that knowledge of the disability was necessary. The EAT in Farnsworth, however, has decided that O’Neill is no longer good law and that the issue of disability in the context of less favourable treatment should not be viewed solely through the employer’s eyes but requires an objective approach.While the effects of these recent developments would seem to place the employer in a “no-win” situation, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for employers when it comes to the question of justification.JustificationJustification can only be established where the reason for the less favourable treatment or failure to make adjustments is both material to the circumstances of the particular case and substantial. In Farnsworth, the EAT held that actual or constructive knowledge was a necessary ingredient when deciding if an employer had justified a failure to make adjustments but that, while it may be relevant to the issue of justification of less favourable treatment, it was not a vital factor.In the light of these recent decisions it would seem that employers can no longer turn a blind eye as to whether an employee may have a disability, particularly when considerations of redundancy or disciplinary action arise in connection with absence. It is important to note, however, that the Act does not impose a duty on employers to make adjustments to facilitate the employment of disabled persons. By Linda Farrell, partner at Bristows Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
Source: Company Press Release The North LNG Tank, Calcasieu Pass. (Credit: Venture Global LNG, Inc.) Venture Global LNG, Inc. is proud to announce the successful raising of the second LNG storage tank roof at the company’s Calcasieu Pass LNG export facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. This major project milestone was completed nearly three months ahead of schedule and comes a mere nine months after the project’s final investment decision (FID).The 1.8 million pound tank dome and assembly were air raised into place on Tuesday, May 19th, less than a month after the raising of the first LNG tank roof on April 24th. Air raising allows for better and safer access as well as a faster construction schedule, as the roof can be erected concurrently with the shell. The tank dome was raised in one hour and 20 minutes using 0.25 psi of pressure. CB&I Storage Tank Solutions, a division of McDermott International, Inc., is constructing the project’s dual 200,000 m3 tanks.Venture Global is also pleased to announce that the first modules for the export facility’s 720 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant have now arrived at site. Key components of the gas insulated switchgear (GIS) have been successfully installed on schedule, and the site has also begun receiving and setting modules for the air cooled condenser (ACC).Venture Global LNG is a long-term, low-cost provider of LNG to be supplied from resource rich North American natural gas basins and is currently constructing or developing 50 MTPA of production capacity in Louisiana. The 10 MTPA Venture Global Calcasieu Pass facility is under construction at the intersection of the Calcasieu Ship Channel and the Gulf of Mexico. The 20 MTPA Venture Global Plaquemines LNG facility is expected to commence construction this year and is located south of New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Venture Global LNG is also developing the 20 MTPA Venture Global Delta LNG facility, adjacent to Plaquemines. Venture Global LNG is a long-term, low-cost provider of LNG and is currently constructing or developing 50 MTPA of production capacity in Louisiana
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A historic season for a deep and talented Ocean City High School girls swimming team ended Sunday with a loss in the state Public B championship meet against an even more powerful team from Chatham High School.The Red Raiders fell, 99-71, in the state title meet at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Ocean City went into the meet unbeaten and ends the season at 14-1. Chatham, 16-0, won its fourth consecutive state title.Ocean City won its first South Jersey title two weeks ago and defeated Princeton in the state semifinals last week.Ocean City senior Noel Styer won the 50-yard (23.77 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (53.48 seconds) sprints for Ocean City. She tied her own school record in the 50.Ocean City freshman Amanda Nunan won the distance freestyle events (200 yards and 500 yards). Nunan shattered her own school record in the 500 with a 4:50.66.The 200-meter freestyle relay team of Aly Chain, Gabby Breazeale, Nunan and Styer gave Ocean City its fifth victory in the meet’s 11 events. But Chatham’s depth kept the meet out of reach for Ocean City.Returning a solid core of underclassmen to competition next year and anticipating the arrival of some talented eighth-graders, the Red Raiders should be poised for another run at a title next year.
The ONR is a public corporation sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is responsible for the regulation of nuclear safety and security at 37 nuclear licensed sites in the UK. It also regulates transport and ensures that safeguard obligations for the UK are met.About Mark McAllisterMark McAllister has worked in the international oil industry since 1979. He served as Chairman of Oil Spill Response and Prevention Advisory Group (OSPRAG) which formulated the joint response of the North Sea oil industry, trade unions and government to the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. He has helped pioneer a new marine heavy-lift technology aimed at ensuring the safe and efficient removal of large offshore oil and gas platforms. In 2009, Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Technology from Robert Gordon’s University in recognition of services to the oil industry.The ONR ChairMark McAllister takes up his 5-year appointment as ONR Chair from 1 April 2019. Current Chair, Nick Baldwin CBE, stands down on 31 March 2019 at the end of his second term of office having completed over eight years of service.Nick was initially appointed Chair of the interim ONR in 2011, then an agency of the Health and Safety Executive. He became the first statutory Chair of the vested organisation in April 2014, after successfully steering the organisation through the complex process of becoming a public corporation.The post of ONR Chair attracts a salary of £52,800 based on a minimum time commitment of 8 days per month (96 days per annum).The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates all appointments made by the Secretary of State to the Office for Nuclear Regulation.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 3267 5112 England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 Press Office Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp Follow DWP on: I am delighted to be appointed Chair of ONR. As the UK nuclear regulator, ONR has a vital role in ensuring the continued safe operation of the current nuclear portfolio and the suitability of new nuclear reactors. I look forward to working with the Board and the executive team to ensure that the ONR continues to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry. The Department for Work and Pensions is pleased to appoint Mark McAllister as the new Chair of the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).As Chair, Mark will be responsible for ensuring that ONR delivers its mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry on behalf of the public. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, gained in a wide ranging career in the international oil industry.Mark will succeed Nick Baldwin CBE, who has held the post of ONR Chair for 8 years. Nick has led ONR’s Board since 2011, prior to ONR becoming a public corporation and independent nuclear regulator in 2014 and since, through its crucial transitional and development years.The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton said: London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 I’m delighted to welcome Mark McAllister to the role of ONR Chair. He will bring a wealth of relevant experience and skills, and I am confident that the ONR will continue to provide valuable advice under his leadership. I would also like to thank the ONR’s current Chair, Nick Baldwin, for the high quality and constructive support he has provided to me and my predecessors over the past 8 years. His considerable contribution to nuclear safety, security and the success of ONR throughout some challenging times has been very much appreciated. Mark McAllister will take up his 5-year appointment on 1 April 2019.About the ONR Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA Mark McAllister said:
It’s been an exciting year for Jamiroquai fans, as the British funk/acid jazz group returned to the scene exactly 12 months ago. Two months later, the group released Automaton, a follow up to 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star marking the band’s eighth studio album. To complement their new album, Jamiroquai embarked on a global tour in 2017, hitting Tokyo and Seoul in addition to major cities across Europe. However, North American cities were conspicuously left off of Jamiroquai’s 2017 come-back tour, leading many to hope that 2018 will see the group hitting the U.S.—marking the first time the group has performed in the United States since November of 2005. With Coachella officially on the books, and messages from band members and promoters pointing at a North American tour, 2018 is officially on the rise for another big year with Jamiroquai.Today, Jay Kay and crew released a new Bonus Track from Automaton. “Now We Are Alone” is the first in a series of new bonus tracks promised as a special “Happy 2018 present,” with a note from Jay Kay himself.‘’After decimating every other species on the planet, humans may find out the poverty of their own existence, with nothing but cattle and domesticated animals left for company. What a tragedy we are creating. Hope you enjoy the track. Love. J’’Listen to “Now We Are Alone” by Jamiroquai below, and stay tuned for an announcement on 2018 U.S. tour dates!If you haven’t already, download the full album here.
Welcome to episode 61 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP is your trusted payment processing partner whose mission is to drive the credit union movement forward.Do you think policymakers’ perception of credit unions is static? Listen as Ryan Donovan, Chief Advocacy Officer at the Credit Union National Association, and I examine the impression that policymakers still have of the credit union movement, and discuss how CUNA is working to align those perceptions with the pace of change that’s happening in our industry. We also chat about how CUNA’s approach to advocacy and public policy challenges has changed over the years. Ryan and I also talk about what he sees as the biggest challenges for credit unions at the advocacy level and the need to engage members in a conversation about the public policy changes facing credit unions. Ryan also shares what he feels needs to change to keep credit unions relevant going forward fundamentally, including modernizing the Federal Credit Union Charter, leveraging state league’s progress and efforts, and further promoting the great things credit unions are doing for their members and communities. Hit play to learn more about Ryan’s hopes for the future, past accomplishments, and leadership style, as well as his perfect day in the office. We also discuss the many mentors that have supported him from his time as a Legislative Director to now. Plus, hear about the first time he got into memorable trouble in high school, and how he was able to affect change through the situation.If you ever wanted to know how politics on the Hill affect credit unions, this is the episode you don’t want to miss. Ryan has been there and shares his experiences. So, sit back, take notes, and enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Ryan:Ryan Donovan, Chief Advocacy Officer at the Credit Union National [email protected] | Twitter | FacebookShow notes from this episode:Shout-out: to our friends at CO-OP Financial Services, our first sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the work Ryan and his team at the Credit Union National Association are doing hereMake sure to follow CUNA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter tooShout-out: Ed Filene Shout-out: Jill Nowacki Learn more about CUNA’s Project Zip Code hereShout-out: our friends at the Northwest Credit Union Association Shout-out: our friends at the Iowa Credit Union LeagueShout-out: Jeff OlsonShout-out: our friends at the Credit Union Association of the DakotasLearn more about CU Social Good hereShout-out: our friends at the Wright-Patt Credit UnionShout-out: our friends at the University Federal Credit Union Shout-out: our friends at the California and Nevada Credit Union LeaguesShout-out: Bill Cheney Shout-out: U.S. Rep. Bradley Sherman Shout-out: Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt Learn more about the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), the federal PAC of CUNA here Shout-out: Samantha PaxsonShout-out: Tracie KenyonShout-out: Bill Hample, former Chief Policy Officer at CUNA (Ryan’s mentor) Shout-out: Jim Nussle Shout-out: Jill Tomalin Shout-out: Todd SpiczenskiShout-out: Greg MichligShout-out: Brad Miller Learn more about CUNA’s grassroots efforts hereLearn more about CUNA’s advocacy priorities hereShout-out: our friends at the National Credit Union AdministrationGive it up for the St. Louis Cardinals! Learn more about Prodigy Communications Corporation hereShout-out: Diana DykstraShout-out: Mitt RomneyAlbum mentioned: Flying Upside Down by Griffin HouseBook mentioned: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystalPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Jeff Olson, Bill Cheney, Sam Paxson, Tracie Kenyon, Jim Nussle, Diana DykstraYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here In This Episode:[01:47] – Welcome to the show, Ryan![02:17] – Ryan shares what he sees as the most significant challenges coming to credit unions from an advocacy level. [05:01] – Do you think the pace of change in credit unions and the perception of policymakers can align?[06:08] – Ryan shares about the need to engage members in a conversation about the public policy challenges facing credit unions and keep them informed about the status and cooperative structure would make his job more manageable.[09:15] – What do you think needs to change to keep credit unions relevant fundamentally?[10:49] – Ryan speaks about what he will be proud to have accomplished a year from now.[13:52] – Ryan shares what his inspiration was for taking the job at CUNA in 2007.[16:37] – Has the inspiration changed with time on the job?[19:05] – Ryan believes his leadership style is to hire good people and then get out of their way.[21:31] – “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will lead you there” is something he says all the time to his team.[22:26] – How have you cultivated in yourself the ability to make hard decisions?[24:02] – Ryan shares the mistakes he made when he started and the mistakes he sees young leaders making now.[26:34] – He speaks about the mentor he most admired and how much he learned from him.[28:42] – Have you ever had self-doubt in your career? How did you get past it?[30:59] – Ryan chats about a regular day at CUNA and tells us what a perfect day would include.[32:04] – Is there a moment of accomplishment that you look back on and smile?[34:30] – Ryan speaks about the advocacy goal and the new course they have taken. [37:35] – Ryan shares what he does when he has a day off to recharge.[38:34] – What were you like in high school, and do you remember when you first got into memorable trouble?[41:38] – Ryan chats about wanting to be a pilot when he grew up.[42:07] – He has to eat lunch at noon every day, or his whole day feels off.[42:31] – What is your favorite album of all time?[43:37] – What book do you believe everyone should read?[44:24] – Personal fitness and his girls have become more important, and partisan politics and the small stuff have become less important.[46:01] – Ryan shares that when he hears the word success, he thinks of Mitt Romney.[47:42] – Do you have any final thoughts or asks of our listeners?[48:57] – Ryan, thank you for being on the show! 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
NEWS SCAN: Avian flu in Egypt, low-path H7 outbreaks, H5N1 and raccoons, Malaysia’s pandemic exercise
Apr 6, 2009H5N1 strikes another Egyptian childEgypt’s health ministry said yesterday that a 6-year-old boy from Qalyubiya governorate, just north of Cairo, is hospitalized in critical condition and on a ventilator with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported yesterday. He got sick on Mar 22, was hospitalized on Mar 28, and received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) on Apr 3. The report did not say if the boy had been exposed to sick or dead poultry. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the boy’s case, he will be listed as Egypt’s 63rd H5N1 case-patient, of which 23 have died of their infections.[Apr 5 SAIDR report]Kentucky and Germany report H7 at poultry farmsAgriculture officials in Kentucky announced on Apr 3 that they were investigating a suspected low-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak at a broiler/breeder farm in the western part of the state. The farm processes hatching eggs for Perdue Farms, Inc., which in mid March noted a drop in egg production and found that the birds had antibodies for avian influenza. Testing by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, found evidence suggesting exposure to an H7 virus, and further tests confirmed the finding. Perdue plans to cull 20,000 chickens from two of the farms’ barns, and state agriculture officials are conducting surveillance within a 2-mile radius of the farm. Elsewhere, animal health officials in Germany will cull 17,000 turkeys at a commercial farm in Kleve district in the western part of the country near the border with Holland after a low-pathogenic H7 virus was detected in preliminary tests, according to a translation of a German media report that appeared on ProMed mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The samples are undergoing further testing at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute on the Isle of Riems.[Apr 3 Kentucky Department of Agriculture press release][Apr 3 ProMed mail post]Japanese researchers find raccoons had H5N1 exposureJapanese researchers said today that they have detected H5N1 avian influenza antibodies in 10 wild raccoons, the first such finding in the country’s mammals, the Daily Yomiuri reported today. They presented their findings at a conference of the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science and warned that infected raccoons could spread the virus to chicken farms. They based their findings on blood from 998 raccoons that were collected since 2005 from three locations in western Japan and one site in the eastern part of the country. They said that the 10 raccoons that showed H5N1 antibodies were probably infected by eating the carcasses of sick birds or inheriting the antibody from a parent. In December 2008, US researchers reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) that they found antibodies to a variety of influenza subtypes in raccoons. When they experimentally infected the raccoons, they found that the animals can become infected with avian and human influenza A viruses, shed and transmit the virus to other animals, and seroconvert. Raccoons have avian- and human-type cellular receptors, which could make the animals a mixing vessel for creating novel flu strains.[Dec 2008 EID report]Malaysia conducts pandemic containment exerciseMalaysia’s health ministry today began a 2-day exercise to test the country’s ability to respond quickly to the early signs of an influenza pandemic, according a report from Bernama, the national news agency. Today officials from the health ministry and the WHO primarily were testing decision-making processes, said Dr. Mohd Ismail. Tomorrow’s plans call for a table-top exercise to test the government’s operational capacity to implement rapid containment measures.[Apr 6 Bernama report]
Apr 23, 2009Human cases of avian flu in EgyptEgypt’s health ministry today reported that a 25-year-old woman from Cairo governorate died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection yesterday, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The woman, who was pregnant, was previously reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Apr 21 as Egypt’s 65th case-patient. A source from the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) told CIDRAP News that the woman miscarried the baby. If confirmed by the WHO, her death will be Egypt’s 25th caused by H5N1. In other developments, the WHO today confirmed the H5N1 infection of a 4-year-old boy from Sohag governorate. He got sick on Apr 18 and was hospitalized and treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) the same day and is now in stable condition. The WHO’s confirmation of his infection pushes the number of Egypt’s H5N1 cases to 67 and the global total to 421, of which 257 have been fatal.[Apr 23 Xinhua story][Apr 23 WHO statement]Study: US hospitals better prepared for disasters, but much work neededUS hospitals are significantly better prepared for disasters and public health emergencies now than they were in 2001, but much work remains to be done, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biosecurity released today. The study evaluated the first 5 years of the US Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Hospital Preparedness Program from 2002 to 2007. It found that the most useful indicators for measuring the preparedness of hospitals are ability to surge to accommodate additional patients during disasters, how well hospitals do in training their staff for disasters and realistic exercises, and how well hospitals perform during actual disasters. The study was funded by HHS as an independent evaluation.[Apr 23 HHS news release][Full report of study]Michigan Salmonella outbreak may be linked to sproutsMichigan’s Department of Community Health (MDCH) yesterday announced that 16 of the state’s residents from five different counties have been sickened by the same Salmonella Saintpaul strain, and they suspect that the source may be contaminated sprouts. Illness onset dates range from Mar 23 to Apr 6. Two patients have been hospitalized. The MDCH, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating the outbreak. The outbreak involves the same Salmonella Saintpaul genetic fingerprint as an outbreak a few months ago in a handful of Midwestern states. Sprouts were suspected, but the pathogen was never found in any of the product from the company or consumers’ homes.[Apr 22 MDCH press release]FDA final rule banning animal material in food and feedThe FDA announced yesterday that its final rule banning certain materials from animal food and feed, to protect humans and animals against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, will take effect Apr 27. However, it has established a compliance date of Oct 26 to allow rendering companies more time to adjust to the new requirements. The rule was broadened last year to bar materials most likely to include the BSE agent, including brains and spinal cords of cattle aged 30 months or older. The rule also prohibits cattle carcasses that haven’t been inspected and cleared for human consumption unless the brains and spinal cords have been removed or the cattle are younger than 30 months old.Emergency steps announced for Horn of Africa polio outbreakSouthern Sudan has launched emergency measures to stop a polio outbreak from spreading across the Horn of Africa, according to a ReliefWeb report yesterday. The outbreak has spread this year from Southern Sudan and western Ethiopia to Kenya, Uganda and northern Sudan. To address the spread of disease, Southern Sudan – the President of the Government of Southern Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has launched a “President Action Plan for Polio Eradication in Southern Sudan” and formed an Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee to address the crisis. Mayardit, while acknowledging Southern Sudan as the outbreak’s epicenter, has urged all state governors to give full support to outbreak response.[Apr 22 ReliefWeb story]
Mario Paleka is the new director of the Tourist Board of the City of Zadar, it was decided at today’s session held at the Bastion Hotel by the Tourist Board of the Tourist Board chaired by Mayor Branko Dukić, reports the portal eZadar.hr.Today, there are seven candidates left (Hrvoje Anić, Šime Šokota, Ива Бенцун, Željka Benčik, Mario Paleka, Stjepan Vrsalović, and Jure Javoran presented its programs, and according to the court five members of the Tourist Board of the Tourist Board, the best program was offered by Mario Paleka and was elected the new director of the Tourist Board of the city of Zadar.Hrvoje Anić received three votes, and Iva Bencun one, while Mario Paleka received five votes. By the way, Mario Paleka is a kinesiologist by profession, and currently holds the position of president of the Supervisory Board of NK Zadar. So much for the profession.PROFESSION AND MARKET DEVELOPMENT OR POLICY AND STATUS QUO?The tourist profession is furious about the selection of the new director of the Zadar Tourist Board, solely because the selection was based on the old political line, and not on the professional side. It is enough to just look at the CV and business trip of Mr. Paleka, and say Ivo Bencun or Hrvoje Anić, who were opponents. In the beginning, you can see who did what and what the result was. Whether he has practical or political experience. Also, it is interesting and symbolic that the session was chaired for the first time by the Mayor of Zadar Branko Dukić. Smart enough.In the whole story, the least important is the diploma, whether it exists or not and what profession it is (of course it is always desirable to have a university education), the only important thing is specific market experience, competencies, knowledge and vision of development. What someone has done so far, what projects he has worked on and led, and practical market experience. Of course, in the whole story we should talk about market development and market processes, not political functions, but that is why we are where we are. Do we want market and strategic development or status quo and inertia. We are either growing or stagnant, ie we are losing pace with the competition.And then we wonder how to proceed? Not at all.