New CEO for indie EnsenaSoft

first_imgNew CEO for indie EnsenaSoftHans Olsen joins Miko Mole studioRachel WeberSenior EditorTuesday 19th January 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEnsenaSoftEnsenaSoft, the game developer and publisher founded in Mexico in 2009, has appointed Hans Olsen as its new CEO. “I’m excited with the opportunity EnsenaSoft has brought before me, and I’m thrilled to be part of such a passionate group of developers,” he said. 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 Olsen was previously president of Game Promoter, a San Francisco based company focused on public relations and marketing. Prior to that he spent nine years at United Coders as director of public relations and then president. “EnsenaSoft is growing and we needed an industry specialist with a strong profile and extensive experience to lead us forward. Hans’ fit the bill and it’s a pleasure adding him to our executive team,” added chief creative officer Samuel DenHartog.If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on [email protected] employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update 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 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Slots at Hastings Racecourse

first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Vancouver, B.C. – The installation of approximately 150 slot machines utilizing existing floor space at Hastings Racecourse will be proceeding this month as part of the initial phase of an interim agreement between Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.“The contribution from slot machine revenues to the racing purse pool is a vital step towards rejuvenating the horse racing industry for all stakeholders through higher purse pools and stronger breeders programs,” said Ross McLeod, Chairman and CEO of Great Canadian. “The history and tradition of the horse racing industry is important to the Company. The development of new gaming and entertainment offerings at Hastings Racecourse has been a priority since first receiving approval for slot machines in 2004.”Mr. McLeod said the second phase of the Hastings redevelopment will increase the total number of slot machines to 600, subject to BCLC approval, and could be completed by late 2008 or early 2009.The initial 150 slot machines will be installed in the area that was previously the Lower Racebook at Hastings and will be operating from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.“This is the dawning of a new and exciting era for the thoroughbred industry in British Columbia,” said Michael Mackey, General Manager at Hastings. “Horse ownership and breeding will improve and for our great sport it will be a case of onward and upward.”Raj Mutti, Director of Operations at Hastings, said he was excited about the number of job opportunities that will become available for current and new Hastings employees. Mutti advises that qualified applicants will be invited to apply in person or online at www.hastingsracecourse.com Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Student Programming, Program Coordinator

first_imgPreferred Qualifications: ABOUT NOTRE DAME:The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F.Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is anindependent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame,Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Damehas received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 highereducation workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of HigherEducation’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey…and we areproud of it!This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of abackground check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felonyconvictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions donot automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case willbe examined separately to determine the appropriateness ofemployment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming ordishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in thedisqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewedat https://facultyhandbook.nd.edu/?id=link-73597. Equal Opportunity Employment Statement The University ofNotre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highestquality faculty, staff and administration. The University is anEqual Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building aculturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applicationsfrom female and minority candidates and those candidates attractedto a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dameprohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualifiedindividuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractorsto employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals withdisabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR60-300.5(a).APPLICATION PROCESS:Please apply online at http://ND.jobs”>http://ND.jobs to Job # S21257. For additionalinformation about working at the University of Notre Dame andvarious benefits available to employees, please visit http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd”>http://hr.nd.edu/why-nd. TheUniversity of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couplesand has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assistrelocating spouses and significant others with their jobsearch. Minimum Qualifications:Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree; preferred candidateswill have a master’s degree, ideally in college student personnel,counseling, higher education or a related area. The successfulcandidate will have experience with student group advising, largescale event planning and departmental administrativeresponsibilities. Qualifications include advanced understanding ofpersonal computers (including desktop publishing and Google suite),strong organizational skills and the knowledge of and desire todevelop cutting edge leadership and social programs. Additionalqualifications include exceptional communication and interpersonalskills necessary to deal effectively with a diverse group thatincludes students, staff, faculty and the public. The successfulcandidate will also possess a commitment to fosteringJudeo-Christian values, consistent with the mission of a Catholicuniversity founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross.center_img jeid-67c7cd04f07795479491c17fedb219d6 Student Programming, Program CoordinatorUniversity of Notre Dame The University of Notre Dame (https://jobs.nd.edu”>ND.jobs)is accepting applications for a Student Programming, ProgramCoordinator.Applications will be accepted until 4/2/2021.The Program Coordinator, Student Programming (PCSP) is a member ofa team of professionals within the Student Activities Office (SAO)responsible for the active advising of student-run, staff supportedevents, as well as the planning of a substantial, year round latenight and weekend programming series, in support of the studentdevelopment model which recognizes social programming as a vitalcomponent in student success, healthy socializing and community oncampus. As a member of the Student Programs Team, the PCSP supportsthe coordination of 60+ programming events throughout the year,including concerts, comedians, bus trips, game watches, etc., heldin various indoor and outdoor venues. The PCSP provides directionand assistance to major student programming organizations such asthe Student Union Board and class councils, and is a resource forstudent leaders of clubs and organizations in developing andexecuting programs for various audiences throughout the University.The PCSP reports to the Assistant Director for Student Programs,and is a full-time 12-month position with a significant amount oflate night and weekend programming responsibilities throughout theacademic year, as well as some limited evening and weekendresponsibilities throughout the summer.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:1) Serves as member of team coordinating 60+ programming events forSAO throughout the year, including regular programs in Legendsnightclub space, with a heavy emphasis on first three weeks of eachsemester, home football weekend programs, and large Universityevents such as Welcome Weekend, Junior Parents’ Weekend and SeniorWeek.2) Reviews submissions for SAO departmental approval ranging fromdances to food services; Serves as resource on contract matters andliability/risk avoidance; Supports various administrativeresponsibilities of the main office and other parts of the 20+person SAO staff team as necessary.3) Advises or co-advises specific student union programming groupssuch as Student Union Board or class councils in administeringtheir budgets, fundraising activities, planning for specialprograms and in ensuring continuity from year-to-year; Attendsmeetings and events of advising groups, and meets separately weeklywith the leadership of the organizations.4) Provides training for student union leaders and club leadersregarding effective programming practices, and is part of SAO teamat large, providing training and leadership development forstudents; Holds regular, published office hours for students withquestions or concerns about programs to drop in for resources andsupport, and is seen as an approachable resource forstudents.5) Serves as Activities Liaison for significant number of clubs,ensuring successful programs and compliance with University policy;Assists student clubs and organizations with the development andfacilitation of their large scale events, including concerts andspecial events.6) Provides on-site supervision of designated events as EventManager to oversee use, admission receipts, compliance withpolicies, hospitality for performer(s) and to assist in problemresolution in any of the SAO centers and venues.7) Supports the development of goals and student learning outcomesfor SAO programs, and the assessment of these goals andoutcomes.8) Participates as integral member of a large, multifaceted StudentDevelopment team interacting daily with colleagues in the GenderRelations Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services,Office of Student Enrichment, Office of Community Standards,RecSports, University Bands, Family Resource Center, and studentmedia groups.last_img read more

Facilities Maintenance II – Physical Plant Wasatch Campus

first_imgFacilities Maintenance II – Physical Plant WasatchCampusPosition Category: Staff – Full-TimeSummary:Are you responsible, hardworking and enjoy doing repairs andmaintenance? UVU is seeking a facilities maintenance worker whowill be responsible for performing preventative and repairmaintenance to ensure all buildings and/or equipment are in a goodand safe operating condition. Some positions may perform a varietyof tasks requiring specialized skills in multiple trades. Performsmaintenance and/or construction work requiring the application oftrade skills, codes, and standard trade practices. Inspectsassigned buildings, grounds, fixtures, machines, appliances andother units. Notes where maintenance repair is required. Performsminor installation, repair, and replacement of electrical,plumbing, carpentry, heating and cooling systems as needed. Reportsany complex or unusual problems to supervisor. Estimates time,personnel, and material required on assigned tasks and keepsnecessary records. Responsible for providing custodial care forbuildings and facilities. Maintains offices, classrooms, hallways,bathrooms, and other areas by performing general housekeeping andlight maintenance duties. Provides custodial maintenance throughvacuuming, mopping, sweeping, and removing trash. May maintain ordeliver supplies.Hours for this position are 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday -Friday.This position is located at the Wasatch Campus in Heber,Utah.UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generousleave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dentalinsurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver(undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents andsubstantial employer contribution to a retirement plan. To apply, visit: https://www.uvu.jobs/postings/22186 Physical Requirements:-Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work;heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50pounds. -Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) ofjob.-Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physicalrisks, which require following basic safety precautions.-Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such asextreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors,and/or loud noises. Preferred Qualifications: Required Qualifications:Graduated with a standard high school or the equivalent plus one tothree years of experience related to key roles andresponsibilities.Must have a valid driver’s license. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of training in proper use and disposal of hazardouschemicals and products.Knowledge of body fluid cleanup and proper protection.Knowledge of proper radio communications.Knowledge of pest control.Knowledge of all floor types, such as terrazzo, cement, wood,vinyl, and ceramic tile as well as carpet fibers, weaves andbackings.Knowledge of waxes/polishes, acids, other chemicals, buffers,extractors, vacuums and scrubbers.Knowledge of current cleaning techniques and proper cleaningchemicals.Good interpersonal communication skills.Ability to withstand strenuous and adverse workingconditions.Ability to follow oral and written instructions.Ability to perform skilled custodial duties, equipmentmaintenance and minorplumbing.Ability to climb ladders to replace light bulbs, ceiling tiles,and perform othercosmetic repairs. FLSA: Non-ExemptPay Range: $31,052 to $38,816Advertisement Number: STA18521Open Date: 04/23/2021Review Start Date: 04/29/2021Close Date: 5/5/2021Open Until Filled: NoSpecial Instructions to Applicant: Priority considerationwill be given to those applicants who apply on or before the“Review Start Date.” This job advertisement may close at any timeafter the review date.Please list a minimum of two references. References may becontacted at some point during the screening and selection processfor a letter of recommendation. Benefits Summary:UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generousleave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dentalinsurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver(undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents andsubstantial employer contribution to a retirement plan. Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant’squalifications and ability to perform the job without regard torace, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability,veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-relatedconditions, genetic information, or other bases protected byapplicable federal, state, or local law.jeid-0966dc4ec907c8459853b01460f74fd7last_img read more

Here’s what last week’s $10M-$30M investment sales market looked like

1890 Lexington Avenue and 22 St. Marks Place (Credit: Google Maps)Here’s what New York’s $10-$30 million investment sales market looked like last week.Just two mid-market investment sales in New York City were made public last week: L+M’s $23.7 million purchase of a nine-story apartment building in East Harlem and an LLC’s $10.7 million purchase of a five-story apartment building in the East Village. Here are the details.1. L+M purchased 1890 Lexington Avenue in East Harlem for $23.7 million from Brookfield. The property was part of Brookfield’s Putnam portfolio, some of which L+M and Invesco had partnered to buy earlier this year for $1.2 billion. The two firms recently closed on their purchase of the portfolio with roughly $823 million in financing from Wells Fargo. The property at 1890 Lexington Avenue stands nine stories tall with 64 units. Other properties in the portfolio include 1990 Lexington Avenue, 1940 First Avenue and 1295 Fifth Avenue.2. Park 80 Holding LLC bought 22 St. Marks Place in the East Village from 22 St. Marks Place Limited Partnership for $10.7 million. The residential property stands five stories tall with 22 units. Apartments in the building have recently rented for roughly $2,600 to $3,000 per month, according to StreetEasy. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now read more

“Beach Handball as Olympic Sport” battle starts in Lausanne

first_imgPingback: Beach Handball: la scalata olimpica inizia dal CIO (e con un bel po’ di Italia) 1 Comment Related Items: Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe first step of including Beach Handball in the Olympic programme has been made. As of the 2018 edition of the Youth Olympic Games, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Beach Handball will be part of the official programme. As a next step towards including beach handball in the programme of the Summer Olympic Games, the International Handball Federation together with the International Olympic Committee, the Canton of Vaud and the City of Lausanne will stage a beach handball exhibition game on Thursday, 16 July, on the shores of Lake Leman in Lausanne, announced IHF.The final goal of the IHF – Beach Handball as an official sport at the Olympic Games in 2024.Two teams in men’s and women’s category each, composed of the best beach handball athletes of the world at the moment will play against each other in order to present this summer discipline of handball to the Olympic movement and to the members of the International Olympic family. The demonstration matches will be played in the presence of Dr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee as well as various dignitaries from international sports federations and the worldwide Olympic movement.The event will begin at 18:00 and the two matches will bring out the most attractive feats of this rapidly evolving discipline. It will take place on the Plateau De Education Physique right next to the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. ShareTweetShareShareEmail 1 Comment last_img read more

First to close three depots

first_imgFirst has started consultation on plans to close three depots: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Hereford and Bracknell. A total of 222 jobs are ‘at risk’.It says: “In the wake of challenging local economies, reductions in external funding and insufficient passenger demand, difficult decisions had to be reached in order to sustain the long-term future of the local businesses.”Bracknell will close on 28 August. Some routes will be retained but will operate from First’s depot in Slough, including Greenline services to London and Legoland services. First has sold its Reading-Bracknell route 90 to Reading Buses.With strong competition in Bracknell, especially from Courtney Buses, First has been marginalised in the town for some time. In a statement Courtney Buses says: “We are working hard to assess resources and what we can do in response to First’s announcement that it is withdrawing from the Bracknell area.”First proposes to close Hereford and Newcastle-under-Lyme depots on 5 September. In Hereford only 3,500 passengers per day travel with First and it plans to withdraw completely from the area.In the Potteries, First will combine its Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke Adderley Green depots, which are in close proximity.First says it remains “committed to running a significant fleet in the Potteries in the long term and will remain a major employer.”Observers note that Potteries still has a large non-DDA-compliant single-deck fleet that needs to be replaced or withdrawn by 31 December. Vehicle reductions and cascades from Hereford (almost all DDA-compliant) mean this can now be achieved. It appears that earlier proposals for new buses have been dropped.In Bracknell and Hereford, given the volume of other bus operators in the area, First is “confident” that passengers won’t be left without a service.First Bus MD Giles Fearnley says: “In 2012 we launched our transformation plan, which has seen great success in a huge number of our local businesses. “However, despite all the hard work, we have been unable to make the progress we were seeking in Bracknell, Hereford and in some parts of the Potteries.“While these proposals are disappointing, we simply must ensure our local businesses are on a sustainable and solid footing in order that we maintain the momentum of change toward meeting our medium-term financial targets, and therefore protect jobs in the long term. Regrettably, we see no alternative but to close these depots.”last_img read more

Eberspächer Climate Control Systems to support zero emission vehicles

first_imgEberspächer UK Ltd, have been working closely with coach and bus OEM’s and vehicle conversion specialists to create engineered, often fully bespoke systems across all vehicle requirements.  Eberspächer heating, air-conditioning and climate control systems can be configured independently, or integrated to work alongside a vehicle’s existing heating and air-conditioning unit. It has systems that reflect the growing demand for zero emission, all-electric vehicles, such as Mellor’s Orion E 16-seat minibus.In keeping with its regenerative breaking and driver economy and environmental benefits, Mellor insisted upon fitting an Eberspächer bespoke PTC high voltage electrically powered heater, with water pump and control system. From the easy installation and immediacy of hot air or dual-air provided from a diesel-fuelled Eberspächer Airtronic heater, to the ability to ‘pre heat’ an engine and de-humidify interior windows with its diesel fuelled Hydronic water heater range.Large coach and bus passenger spaces nearly always have Eberspächer’s internally mounted Heating, Ventilating & Air-Conditioning (HVAC) evaporator systems installed which are designed to operate all day and all year round.For more information visit: www.eberspacher.comlast_img read more

Talent from Tbilisi

first_imgThe reforms, while modeled on Georgia, are different in important ways. There, Eka cleaned out the old militia wholesale and introduced an entirely new force. “It was intentional,” Eka says, “a strong message. We could do that because in Georgia, even with all its problems, there was no war at the time. Ukraine is already divided in the minds of the people, so a successful reform is one that will bring people together, not divide them into old and new.Zguladze, during an interview in Kiev | Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty ImagesSo we’re not sweeping out the old militia — we’re giving them a second chance, and a third chance.”The reforms started with a pensioning off of the old traffic policemen in Kiev, “the face of the government on the street,” who offered the capital city’s citizens their most intimate and intrusive experiences of corruption. “I’ve met every single one of them,” Eka tells me, “all 1,700 of the old police, in groups of 50, often for up to two hours. Each one was offered the opportunity to work in the new system, to go back to the academy and graduate with the new curriculum. The purpose of the exercise wasn’t to get rid of them, but to identify how many of them we could work with.”There are currently 1,900 new patrol police in Kiev, of whom only 68 are from the old force. Why the low proportion? “Only 800 of the original 1,700 old police could have applied because of age restrictions. Of those, only 200 applied, and 68 made it. But of those, 30 percent have become commanders by nomination of their peers. That’s some achievement! When they started, [the retrained old cops] were outcasts. The new ones were very unfriendly.”* * *Does Ukraine present a greater challenge than Georgia? “Of course it does,” says Eka. “We have to fight perceptions that are more sensitive. There, the problem was corruption and organized crime. Here it was the Maidan, and the complete demoralization of law enforcement agencies after the Maidan. We have to rebuild bridges of trust and respect of the public toward the police, but also the self-confidence of the police … the militia … toward itself.” Days ago — a week after I met Eka — policemen were attacked by protesters from the country’s far right outside the Parliament in Kiev. Three National Guard conscripts died and 55 are in hospital.How long will she remain in Kiev, I ask. “I’ve stopped planning,” Eka replies, with a weary curl of her upper lip. “If there’s anything I pledged my loyalty to, it’s the post-Maidan Ukrainians. I’m a patriot of Georgia, of Ukraine, and of the region. It’s unfair that we’re being held hostage by circumstances that don’t depend on us.”“As long as I feel myself useful here, I will stay. As long as I manage to avoid being part of the politics here, I stay.”Tunku Varadarajan edits POLITICO‘s Forum section. “So what’s with all the Georgians in Ukraine?” I ask Eka informally at her ministry on Academician Bohomolets Street. I’ve walked up four flights of Soviet-era stairs to get to her office and am still short of breath (though not as winded as the corpulent old policeman who accompanied me).  It’s 7:30 p.m. on a Monday, and she looks slightly rumpled from a long day’s work. She is a feather of a woman in a cadet-blue cotton dress, and I wonder about the incongruousness of her appearance in a milieu teeming with burly men who rarely smile.Eka’s English is perfect, lightly accented in a way that suggests that she speaks numerous other languages, all equally well. “We Georgians stand out,” she replies. “We make lots of noise. It must be the southern temperament! Georgia’s one of those few countries that’s made a significant noise — and real progress also — in this part of the world. There’s a lot of myth … mystique … attached to the Georgian reforms, to what worked and what didn’t.”The “success of Georgia,” Eka continues, “instigated the Maidan” — the political protest movement that ousted Viktor Yanukovych from the Ukrainian presidency in February last year.“With reforms, you can launch them with the help of outsiders, but for them to be sustainable they need to be locally owned” — Eka ZguladzePoroshenko was attracted to Georgian advisers, she says, because “we have the language, the knowledge, and a sound sense of Soviet and post-Soviet history. We understand many of Ukraine’s problems. We may not grasp every detail, and the scale and time-frame are different, but the challenge is the same as the one we faced. If our experience can help Ukraine find a shortcut to solutions, our mission would be successful. It was easy to convince us to come here, but the price we paid was high — we gave up our Georgian citizenship.”Eka is a Ukrainian national now, having been granted citizenship by Poroshenko. But she denies that she is an exile. “Unlike some of my Georgian colleagues, I left Tbilisi without any problem.” It is true that she was asked to continue in the interior ministry by President Bidzina Ivanishvili — Saakashvili’s successor — but “I declined,” she says. “I had such a conflict with his foreign policy, economic policy, law-enforcement policy, that there was no way for me to work there. I’m a firm believer that Western values, Western democracy, and Western aspirations are the way for Georgia … and for Ukraine.”Eka Zguladze visits the registration center in Kiev | Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images“I do admit that lots of mistakes were made by [the Saakashvili] government, but I’m still saying that there was the right energy, the right vision, the right people. Those things that worked in Georgia still work, such as the tax system, the education system, and the patrol police.” It is that last reform that she’s working to replicate in Ukraine, in her new job. * * *“Ukraine doesn’t have time,” Eka says, somewhat portentously. I ask her what she means. “The Ukrainian people have been very patient — with the Orange Revolution and after the Orange Revolution. Even after the Maidan. But they’ve sent a clear message about what they want, they’ve set the alarm ticking. This time the government has to deliver reform. The war in the east doesn’t help, but one way to fight this war is by getting reforms done.” With Ukraine’s economic crisis proving painfully intractable, police reforms were the obvious place to begin — a way to show visible success quickly.Eka was recently offered the job of head of Ukraine’s national police, but she turned it down. Why, I ask? “It may sound banal,” she says, “but I really have a feeling that I’m still a foreigner. I still don’t speak Ukrainian, though I understand it more and more.” (She speaks Russian.) “With reforms, you can launch them with the help of outsiders, but for them to be sustainable they need to be locally owned. Many wonderful local people are working on the reforms, but they’re so reliant on me. They say, ‘If you leave this will collapse. If you leave this won’t happen.’ I have management challenges. I need to identify local people, give them strength, empower them, so they can take over.”“If our experience can help Ukraine find a shortcut to solutions, our mission would be successful” — Eka ZguladzeThe most eye-catching reform that Eka has carried out is the establishment of the brand new Patrol Police of Ukraine, a force of young, spiffy cops in all-black uniforms that began in Kiev in June and made its debut last week in Odessa and Lvov. (The “rollout” of new patrols will continue in October and November in Nikolayev, Khmelnitski and Dniepropetrovsk, the aim being to go nationwide by next year.) Ordinary Ukrainians are enamored of these new policemen and — especially — policewomen, not merely because they cut a dashing figure on the streets, but because of their policing methods — courteous, and deferential to the needs of citizens — are so totally at odds with the ways of the traditional militia. There are Facebook and Instagram pages dedicated to the new police, and when the cops made their appearance in Odessa last week, a citizen tweeted: “Odessa residents also got very beautiful police. The streets are not only safer but also more beautiful.”Eka, herself, is a celebrity. “Every time I go out, someone gives me a flower, or a chocolate, or kisses me on the street.” KIEV — Everyone calls her “Eka,” and not merely because “Ekaterine Zguladze” is a helluva mouthful. The diminutive reflects the popular esteem in which Eka is held, as well as a certain giddy affection for this 37-year-old Georgian — a slender woman from Tbilisi in a sea of stolid Slavic men — who is the deputy minister for internal affairs of Ukraine, tasked with reforming its very corrupt and still palpably Soviet police force.Eka has performed the Great Police Reform Trick before, when, at the preposterous age of 27, she was appointed deputy interior minister in the Georgian government of Mikheil Saakashvili, cleansing the decidedly Augean stables of the country’s police force. Currently, she is one of a host of high-profile Georgians — among them Saakashvili himself, as governor of Odessa — at work in Ukraine on the invitation of President Petro Poroshenko.* * *last_img read more