Steven Beshear, former Governor of Kentucky, and Gina McCarthy, former Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are on campus at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health this spring as Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows.Under the Senior Leadership Fellows Program, those who have recently served in top-level positions in government, multilateral institutions, nonprofit organizations, and journalism have an opportunity to share leadership vision and experiences through mentoring and teaching students who aspire to similar roles, interacting with faculty, and participating in campus life at both Harvard Chan School and Harvard University. As part of the program, Beshear and McCarthy will each teach a half-semester leadership development course reflecting their individual careers.Concurrent with her Menschel Fellowship, McCarthy is also an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School this spring.Beshear’s course, titled Health Policy and Leadership: A Governor’s Perspective on Leadership, will shed light on where states fit into the broader U.S. system of government and how state government is unique from federal operations.In McCarthy’s course, titled Leadership in Environmental Health: Integrating Science, Public Policy, and Political Rhetoric, students will learn how environmental protection is public health prevention and will explore case studies about pressing environmental policy issues.
LONDON (AP) — It may be on the other side of the world but the U.K. is to apply to join a trade partnership involving many of the economics around the Pacific Ocean. A year after it formally left the European Union, the government said Saturday that wants to join the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to officials in Japan and New Zealand on Monday to formally make the request. Negotiations are expected to commence this year. Supporters of Brexit said one of the main benefits lies in the ability of the country to forge its own trade deals with anyone around the world.
Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has carried out an audit of Statoil focused on how it safeguards the planning and execution of drilling and well operations on Visund A. The objective was to verify that Statoil and its contractors in the Visund organisation meet the regulatory requirements, PSA explained.The audit identified three regulatory non-conformities, concerning the diverter system in the BOP stack; pressure control equipment; and the company’s own follow-up and assessment of maintenance, maintenance effectiveness and maintenance history in the drilling facility.In addition, five improvement points were identified in connection with certified well-control competence for individual job positions; roles and requirements for competence concerning risk assessments; identification and description of safety-critical tasks; information for the safety delegate service; and information dissemination and employee participation in connection with change processes.PSA has given a deadline to Statoil until September 25, 2017, to report on how the non-conformities will be dealt with.