Crime & Courts | Federal Government | Fisheries | Politics | WesternQuestions surrounding Supreme Court decision mean no federal officers patrolling lower Kuskokwim RiverJune 19, 2019 by Anna Rose MacArthur & Steve Heimel, KYUK-Bethel Share:The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is managing the federal waters of the lower Kuskokwim River during the 2019 king salmon run. (Graphic courtesy Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge)A U.S. Supreme Court decision is impacting the enforcement of fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim River. For the first time in at least seven years, no federal wildlife officers are patrolling the lower Kuskokwim River during king salmon season.The Department of the Interior chose to withhold federal officers following a decision in March by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Sturgeon v. Frost, the high court ruled in favor of moose hunter John Sturgeon, who was driving a hovercraft through the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve when the National Park Service stopped him and ordered him off of his hovercraft. State law allows hovercrafts in Alaska, but the National Park Service does not allow them on federal lands.Sturgeon’s attorneys argued that it’s up to the state to decide what kind of transportation can be used in Alaska’s navigable waterways through federal lands under ANILCA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.The court agreed and ruled unanimously in favor of Sturgeon. The state of Alaska celebrated. Gov. Mike Dunleavey called the decision “an important moment for Alaska’s sovereignty.”While the ruling contains language leaving federal subsistence fishery jurisdiction in place through federal lands in Alaska, authorities now say that they are not sure they have the authority to enforce it on the lower Kuskokwim, where the river passes through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge manager Ray Born says that the Trump administration has decided to put the issue on hold pending clarification.“Based on the Sturgeon decision,” Born said, “the Department of the Interior has decided not to send any refuge officers out on the river until we resolve what that Supreme Court decision means.”In other words, they haven’t decided whether the landmark Katie John ruling, on which federal subsistence fishing regulation is based, allows federal authorities to enforce it. About 200 miles of the lower river falls within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. This year, like several years before, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken over management of the king salmon fishery in these federal waters. That management situation remains in place, but for now it’s just Alaska Wildlife Troopers patrolling the lower river for the first time in seven years during king salmon season.Share this story:
OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A key challenge to the forecast will be continued social distancing measures. CIBC Economics said it expects such measures to be in effect well into next year because a potential vaccine likely wouldn’t be widely distributed before late 2021.“The need to limit crowds until then will leave some businesses shuttered, and others operating with reduced capacity,” the report said.As such, the jobless rate in Canada and the U.S. in 2021 could be about 3 percentage points higher than full employment — “a big improvement from where we stand, but akin to a typical recession level,” the report said. Joblessness will weigh on a full recovery in consumer goods, exports and capital spending.The report said the “long and potentially bumpy road” back to full employment isn’t reflected in the markets, which have recently exhibited optimism. In Canada, for example, the economic output gap is expected to have slack through 2021, and no sustained upside pressure on inflation is expected. There will be no need for tighter monetary policy through next year, the report forecasted.Further, equity markets are vulnerable to a stall or partial pullback, given the potential for a second wave of infections and an earnings recovery that will likely take many quarters. “That not only includes the time waiting for output to recover, but also reflects softer margins, and [earnings-per-share] dilutions during the downturn due to additional debt or share issuance, the absence of share buybacks, and insolvencies that transfer corporate assets to creditors,” the report said.It also noted pre-existing conditions in Canada that will challenge its recovery, such as relatively high levels of household debt.Also, immigration helps fuel consumer spending and the housing market, but has declined substantially since the pandemic began. As a result, Canadian GDP growth will “still be limping in 2021,” the report said.Canada will also be affected by reduced global demand for energy and manufactured goods, especially with the U.S. recovery expected to take until the end of 2021. “[T]he long-awaited rotation towards non-energy exports and business investment won’t be the Canadian economy’s saving grace next year,” the report said.For full details on the economic recovery in Canada and the U.S., as well as forecasts for the yield curve and exchange rates, read the full CIBC Economics report. The economy is starting to re-open, but the recovery likely won’t be smooth sailing. On Tuesday, a CIBC Economics report forecasted the recovery to occur over several quarters and outlined the challenges ahead for Canada and the U.S.CIBC forecasted Canada’s GDP to fall 6.2% in 2020 but rise 7.6% in 2021. For the U.S., those figures were −5% and 7.6%. Related news Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Michelle Schriver Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May iStock Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies CIBC Share this article and your comments with peers on social media
Advertisements RelatedFestival Activities Expected to be a Grand Affair Festival Activities Expected to be a Grand Affair CultureJuly 9, 2009 RelatedFestival Activities Expected to be a Grand Affair RelatedFestival Activities Expected to be a Grand Affair FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Festival activities, in celebration of Emancipation and Independence, are again promising to be a grand affair for Jamaicans islandwide.The events, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), under the theme: ‘I Believe in Jamaica!!!’, will commence on July 30 and culminate on Independence Day, August 6. This year, Jamaica celebrates 47 years as an independent nation and it will also mark 12 years since the country officially resumed Emancipation Day celebrations on August 1.The slate of festival events was unveiled on Wednesday (July 8), during a ceremony in The Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.Guest speaker, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, described the theme as a call to action for every Jamaican, and expressed the hope that each person will respond accordingly, and be motivated to contribute to Jamaica’s continued development.“We aim to reinforce in every Jamaican, how blessed we are to live in this country, this little piece of rock, and to be part of this great family of Jamaicans,” she said.The festival activities, Miss Grange informed, will provide a “national stage on which Jamaica’s achievements will be showcased.” She said the events will commence on July 30 with Mello-go-Roun’ at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, showcasing the best of the performing arts. The activities continue on July 31 with the National Emancipation Vigil in Spanish Town Square at 10:00 p.m., and Emancipation Jubilee at Seville, St. Ann.Emancipation Day, August 1, will see August Fair being staged at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, which Miss Grange advised will feature traditional folk forms in music and dance, culinary delights, and heritage displays, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Later that day, the Centre will host the World Reggae Dance Championships at 8:00 p.m.On Sunday August 2, the nation will join in worship in Independence thanksgiving services islandwide, with the national service slated for the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston. Later in the evening, the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will host the finals of the National Gospel Song competition, being staged under the theme: ‘I Believe in Praise!!!’.“This (theme) resonates with the individualised commitment of the overall theme: ‘I Believe in Jamaica!!!’, and is a testament of our recognition of the Gospel community’s contribution to our nation’s development,” the Minister said.The activities continue on August 5 with the National Emancipation/Independence Forum at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library at 10:00 a.m., and will culminate with gala events on Independence Day, August 6. These will include: the Independence float parade on the streets of the Corporate Area, beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Grand Gala at the National Stadium at 4:00 p.m., a street dance in Half-Way Tree at 8:00 p.m., along with street dances in towns and communities islandwide. A flag-raising ceremony in Sam Sharpe Square, and a Gala on the waterfront, will highlight activities in Montego Bay, St. James.There are other preliminary activities leading up to Emancipation and Independence, including the finals of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition on July 18 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre; the awards ceremony for the visual arts competition at the National Gallery of Jamaica on July 19; and the finals of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition on July 26 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. In addition, the JCDC will stage a Visual Impact and Awareness Campaign across the island from July 20 to August 10.In urging full support for the activities, Miss Grange said that it is important that, “while we celebrate our achievements since Independence, we examine the challenges we must overcome.”The launch also saw the unveiling of this year’s festival jingle aptly reflecting the theme for the festival celebration, ‘I Believe in Jamaica!!!’, which was written and composed by well known musician and producer, Michael Bennett. In addition, guests were treated to fashions depicting the national colours trimmed with bandana.
Australian gov reacts to Qantas international ticket sales The health and safety of Australians remains the Morrison-McCormack Government’s top priority, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said.International borders will be opened when international arrivals do not pose a risk to Australians.Decisions about when international travel resumes will be made by the Australian Government.The Australian Government is working on travel arrangements with countries, such as New Zealand, that have low community infections.Operations and ticket sales on particular routes are commercial decisions for airlines. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, community, Deputy Prime Minister, Government, health and safety, infrastructure, Minister, New Zealand, Prime Minister, Qantas, regional development, Safety, sales, Transport, travel
RelatedHealth Minister Says No to Smoking Areas Business Operators Must Post No Smoking Signs Within Six Months Health & WellnessJuly 17, 2013 Story HighlightsBusinesses have six months to post ‘No Smoking’ signsA fine of up to $1 million can be imposed The Ministry of Health is giving business operators a period of six months to post ‘No Smoking’ signs, in compliance with the Public Health (Tobacco Regulations) 2013, which ban smoking in public places. The legislation took effect on July 15.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on July 16, Legal Officer at the Ministry of Health (MOH), Sheryl Dennis, emphasized that owners and operators of businesses are required to post “No smoking” signs in visible places.“Signs are to be prominently posted in every compartment of public transport and businesses. They are also specifically instructed on how to place the signs, so that they are visible,” she said.Fines and custodial sentences can be imposed on organizations that fail to comply with the Regulations after the six-month period.Section 15 of the Public Health Act permits that when a company breaches the regulation, a fine of up to $1 million can be imposed.“Where a corporation is found liable, the individual fines and the custodial sentences can be applied to the (Directors) and the company,” Ms. Dennis said.“Owners and operators of businesses are encouraged to take steps that ensure compliance by posting signs within the specified time,” she said. RelatedMinistry Open to Dialogue on Tobacco Regulations RelatedNo Reversal on Public Smoking Ban – Dr. Ferguson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – One bad swing by Adam Scott led to two balls in the water on the same hole Saturday in the Honda Classic. Even with a quadruple bogey, he managed to be satisfied with a 4-under 66 and a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia. A bizarre and breezy afternoon ended at PGA National with two players whose fortunes changed mightily in the final hour. Scott looked better than ever, 7 under through 14 holes and only once having to save par. He was three shots ahead going to the tee on the par-3 15th, and it was starting to look like a runaway. Some 20 minutes later, he was one shot behind Garcia. ”Pretty costly,” Scott said. ”But fortunately, I had a couple shots to spare. Hopefully, it won’t cost me too big in the grand scheme of things.” Garcia lost the lead with a bogey from the bunker on the 17th, and caught Scott with a short birdie on the 18th for a 67. They were at 9-under 201. The Honda Classic: Articles, photos and videos Blayne Barber had a 69 and was four shots behind. Scott and Garcia were quick to point out that Sunday might not be the two-man race, and there was plenty of evidence to back them up. Rickie Fowler had a one-shot lead going into the third round and was the first player at the Honda Classic to go bogey-free through the opening 36 holes. And then on Saturday, he couldn’t make a birdie. Fowler made bogey on the easiest hole at PGA National, the par-5 third, and wound up with a 74 to fall five shots behind. Nothing went right for Jimmy Walker, starting with the first tee. Playing alongside Fowler, he was introduced as ”Jimmy Fowler.” Walker had the lead with his birdie on the third hole. He didn’t make another birdie until the 18th hole, and that was to break 80. Walker wound up 11 shots out of the lead. ”Who can tell me that the guys that are 4 under are not going to go and play like Adam did today?” Garcia said. ”We’ll see how the day goes. And then if it becomes a two-horse race on the last three or four holes, I’ll welcome that. But I will expect some of the guys behind to shoot a good number and make it tough for all of us.” Thanks to one swing by Scott, those guys at least have a chance. Justin Thomas opened with three straight birdies and had to settle for a 68, putting him at 4-under 206 with Fowler. Graeme McDowell had a 67 and was six shots behind at 207 along with Scott Brown and Vijay Singh (68). Singh made a double bogey on the 15th hole without hitting in the water, hitting in the bunker or hitting in the rough. His problem was the golf ball hit the putter four times from 20 feet. Still, nothing was more shocking than Scott on the 15th. The former Masters champion with one of the prettiest swings in golf was flawless. He didn’t miss a green through 13 holes. He ran off four straight birdies to close out the back nine, starting with a 50-footer on No. 6, the toughest hole of the day. He stretched his lead to three shots. Get through the final four holes, and he might have made it easy on himself. And then his 6-iron soared into the wind, and everything changed. Scott went to the front of the circular drop zone and was stunned to see it bounce over the back of the green and tumble into the water. After checking to see if he could play out of the water – he couldn’t – he went back to the drop zone for a third try and hit it 10 feet from the hole. He missed that for a 7, and Garcia’s long two-putt par gave the Spaniard the lead. Scott’s most important holes were the next two. He pulled his tee shot left, cleared the water from the rough and got up-and-down for par ”The par there was very important at the time, because it’s really stopping a severe bleed after 15,” he said. And then he hit 6-iron to 10 feet on the 17th for birdie, regaining the lead when Garcia made bogey. Scott didn’t seem overly bothered by the quadruple bogey, mainly because of the 17 other holes he played so well. ”I did a lot of things really well today, so it’s exactly the round I needed,” he said. ”I need to put one more together tomorrow. It’s going to be an exciting day for me.”
An important conservation program could expire in September unless Congress passes legislation to save it.The Land and Water Conservation Fund was the subject of a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing last month. The hearing, which included Montana Sen. Steve Daines, comes as both the House and Senate consider passing legislation to permanently extend the fund.The LWCF was created in 1965 and uses profits from offshore oil and gas developments to fund conservation and land acquisitions across the country. The primary goal of the fund is to protect land and ensure that it is accessible for recreation. It also offers funds to state and local governments to buy and protect land.While the program has enjoyed overwhelming public support – a bipartisan poll found that 82 percent of voters approve of it – much of the money from offshore oil profits has been redirected in recent years to the government’s general funds, according to the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition.However, some supporters believe the fund should be reformed. In her opening comments during the land and water conservation hearing on April 22, Energy and Natural Resources chairperson Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said more money should go toward land maintenance as opposed to land acquisition.“It seems counterintuitive, particularly in Western states with high percentages of public lands, to add more to what we already have – and struggle to properly care for – except perhaps when there is a case to be made that the acquisition would reduce long-term administrative costs,” she said.Reed Watson, executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, supported the idea of directing funds toward maintenance. During his testimony on April 22, he noted that the Department of the Interior has a $22 billion maintenance backlog.“If the federal estate was a house it would have a crumbling driveway, rusting pipes and a leaky roof but the owner of the house keeps expanding it and not maintaining it,” Watson said.Others who testified at the hearing, which was held on Earth Day, included Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor, National Association of State Park Directors Executive Director Lewis Ledford and Public Policy for the Nature Conservancy Managing Director Lynn Scarlett.During the hearing, Daines asked about the program and its benefits to Montana. In a statement to the Beacon, the Montana senator said that he supports the LWCF and looks forward to finding ways to reform it and build consensus to get it reauthorized.There are currently two bills in the Senate to permanently reauthorize the LWCF, one of which has bipartisan support. Montana Sen. Jon Tester has signed on as a co-sponsor for both bills. In the House, Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick recently introduced bipartisan legislation as a companion to one of the bills in the Senate.Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke also supports the program.“Rather than designating more land as wilderness, we should look at programs that work in Montana, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund and state grants,” Zinke told the Beacon last week. “These are viable options to preserve traditions like multiple uses on our land for anything from recreation to timber harvests. Montana stands to benefit economically when we ensure public access to our federal lands is preserved and maintained.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email
on November 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm Tweet Deadline: 7 November, 2012Open to: candidates with demonstrated experience in human rights education project management, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluationSalary: £34,884 per annumAmnesty International’s Human Rights Education Team at the International Secretariat in London is seeking an Education for Human Dignity Project Coordinator. The role is a fixed term contract starting immediately to 31 May 2013 and is based in London, UK.The Education for Human Dignity Project is in the final stages of its three-year international partnership funded by EuropeAid, aimed at raising awareness, informing debate and enabling action in order to tackle human rights abuses that drive and deepen poverty. Through human rights education and participatory approaches, young people and those that work with them (including teachers, youth workers and multipliers) have an increased understanding of the relationship between poverty and human rights, and are equipped and empowered to take action and call for human rights solutions to poverty.Job descriptionA successful Project Coordinator will have planned, coordinated, implemented, evaluated and reported on all parts of the Education for Human Dignity Project to ensure achievement of the project goals and objectives. This includes the coordination of the development and production of support tools and resources (including multimedia resources) for use by project partners, and the provision of effective support and advice to project partners in the implementation of projects at the national level.S/he will have contributed to the effective functioning of the project team, and enhanced its contributions to the overall project goals, AI mission, the mandate of the Human Rights Education Team, and the development of human rights education policies while upholding AI’s values at all times.Specified tasks:Lead on the final phase of the project and ensure adequate evaluation and reporting, in particular: oversee the external evaluation and ensure that learning is appropriately captured and disseminated, draw up final narrative and financial reports for external donors, and ensure that all project records are in order in preparation for an external audit. Senior Research Adviser at Amnesty International Support the operational framework of the project and coordinate activities Advocacy Officer at the Amnesty International Belgium Coordinate the identification and analysis of lessons learned from the project through a utilization-based evaluation. Reproduce lessons learnt and facilitate a shared learning process in order to ensure effective implementation of the project. One thought on “Call for International Human Rights Education Project Coordinator, Amnesty International” +1 Problem analysis, budget management, evaluation and reporting to relevant bodies within and outside the Amnesty International movement to ensure that the project is effectively managed within the context of the International Human Rights Education Strategy and the parameters of the external donor. Share 0 Reddit Aren’t the guys at Amnesty International on strike: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/amne… ? ← PhD Fellowship in Environmental & Energy Economics, Germany Call for International Human Rights Education Project Coordinator, Amnesty International Pocket By Andreas Moser says: LinkedIn 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Offer all participating Amnesty International sections and structures and project partners on-going support and advice to plan, develop, implement and monitor human rights education activities under this project at the national level and ensure they have the necessary information and training to use the support resources and tools. Similar Stories Coordinate the overall operations, outputs and outcomes of the Education for Human Dignity project team, ensuring smooth, efficient and effective operations and high quality outputs from the project team. Log in to Reply Other tasks as assigned within the responsibility, scope and nature of the post in order to ensure the effective implementation, evaluation, final reporting and transition of the Education for Human Dignity Project.EligibilityRequired skills and experience:Proven experience in human rights education project management, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Demonstrated experience managing externally-funded projects (ideally by EuropeAid), with proven skills in reporting to external donors and partners, financial management, problem identification, stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and evaluation.Knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects related to human rights, human rights education or other education for social change, including experience in designing, planning and implementing evaluative projects, and drafting project proposals.Proven understanding of human rights education methodology and practical experience in using such methodology to deliver human rights education projects.Experience in drafting substantial external and internal reports and briefings, including reports based on results based management and theory of change frameworks. Experience in monitoring and overseeing large complex multi-currency budgets and taking strategic decisions on most cost-effective solutions, taking into consideration funders’ requirements.Excellent written communication skills with a proven ability to communicate on behalf of and represent Amnesty International in different fora, tailoring style and content of material for different purposes and people of different cultures.Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact in dealing with and building relationships with key stakeholders (both internal and external) at all levels.Ability to build support for and represent the project within the movement and liaise with people at all levels of the organization.Ability to schedule and plan work by setting clear goals, experience of working to deadlines and adjusting priorities according to needs.Ability to coordinate and motivate individual members of a team including volunteers, and generate and maintain team spirit.Demonstrated ability to analyze complex global and regional situations and exercise good political judgment.SalaryFull time salary will be £34,884 per annum (pro rata for part time staff)ApplicationTo find out more about this opportunity and to apply online, please visit the official website and search for reference 891BR.The deadline for applications is 7 November, 2012. 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Brooklyn’s home sales dipped in Q3, but the median home price was above $900K (iStock)The pandemic paradox is holding strong in Brooklyn: Even though the number of homes sold has dipped dramatically from last year, prices remain higher.An analysis of third-quarter property sales by The Real Deal found that the one- to three-family market in Brooklyn suffered a massive slowdown, with the overall number of deals dropping by 57 percent year-over-year.From July to September, 582 sales closed in the borough, totaling $660 million. That’s down from 1,356 totaling $1.4 billion in the same period last year. That was also a 20 percent drop from the second quarter, when 727 homes were sold.While market activity was slow, pricing remained high: The median Brooklyn sale price in the third quarter was $902,000, up 3.8 percent from a year ago.The average price per square foot rose even more, up 4.3 percent to $480. Prices rose in part because the supply of available homes fell.The priciest neighborhoods were very similar to the second quarter, with Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights topping the list.The drop in sales volume is a reflection of the city’s Covid-19 lockdown, which started in March and put the kibosh on home tours for several months. Although in-person showings resumed in June, the closing process on homes usually takes 30 to 45 days, so while there may well be an uptick in sold homes in the fourth quarter — the number of signed contracts was up in August — any sales gains have yet to be reflected in the data.The most expensive sale in Brooklyn’s one- to three-family home market during the third quarter was a single-family townhouse at 314 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. The three-story, five-bedroom home closed for $5.9 million, or at a 13 percent discount from the initial asking price of $6.795 million, according to StreetEasy.Read moreSuburban housing market surged in August while Manhattan trailedManhattan is cold, the suburbs and Brooklyn are hot: Here’s what the resi market looked like in JulyAs Manhattan struggles, Brooklyn’s sales market is “booming” Full Name* Contact Akiko Matsuda TagsbrooklynHousing MarketResidential Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Share via Shortlink
Ubisoft reportedly places executives on leave amid abuse investigationTommy François and Maxime Béland each face at least three claims of misconductJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefMonday 29th June 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareTwo senior members of Ubisoft have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into abuse and bullying within the publisher, a new report has revealed.Bloomberg cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter, who claim Tommy François and Maxime Béland have both been placed on leave.Each man faces at least three claims of misconduct from a mix of named and anonymous accusers.François is the publisher’s vice president for editorial and creative services, and is based at the company’s Paris office. Béland is vice president of editorial and works in the Toronto office.Neither commented to Bloomberg, but Ubisoft spokeswoman Stephanie Magnier said: “These are under investigation, so we are not commenting further at this time.”GamesIndustry.biz has contacted Ubisoft for more information.The news follows a wave of allegations against Ubisoft staff members, ranging from racist and homophobic comments to physical assault and threats of rape.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Last week, the publisher announced it had brought in external consultants to aid the investigation into these claims, as well as its existing policies, process and systems designed to prevent, detect and punish such behaviour.Bloomberg reports there has also been a message on the company’s internal employee network encouraging staff to share their experiences with the company, although this has reportedly been met with some skepticism.Ubisoft was just one of several companies to face allegations of abuse over the past week, as more claims emerged against dozens of developers, streamers and influencers.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 58 minutes agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.