People

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. David Connor on PPP in the NHSDavid Connor is a determined individual. In April, he completed the LondonMarathon, raising over £2,000 for the Cardiac Patients’ Society. He is alreadyplanning to conscript as many people as possible into running in next year’sevent. As head of HR and modernisation for NHS Estates Trading Fund, Connor is incharge of a five-strong team, based in Leeds. The organisation provides aconsultancy service to help implement the NHS Plan, and the immediate challengefor the HR team is to ensure a smooth transition into a public-privatepartnership in April 2002. It is the first time any agency of the Department ofHealth has done so. Connor’s role is a strategic one. “I’ve devised the HR modernisationbusiness plan for the trading fund which sets the agenda for the year and themain initiatives we have as we move towards PPP,” he says. Responsibilities include developing a working-in-partnership agreement withthe trade unions, overseeing a monthly staff survey, evaluating a diversityaction plan, and developing a strategy to reward and retain staff. “I want to push things back to ensure we can look at the marketplaceand see the best way to get the best people and keep them. If there’s one wordto describe what we’re doing, it’s flexibility.” Connor’s MA in HR at Huddersfield University is due for completion thisyear, and he spends his spare time cheering on Leeds United FC. CVJanuary 2001 to date Head of HR and modernisation, NHSE Trading Fund1999-2000 Senior HR advisor, NHS Estates1996-1999 Personnel manager, Community Trust1994-1996 Senior personnel officer, Community TrustOn the move…A Whitbread Restaurants HR director is the new chairwoman of the BritishHospitality Association Employment Committee. Angie Risley replaces Granada’sStephanie Monks. Risley says, “There are some real problems facing theindustry, not least the skills crisis. The committee aims to address the issueshead on, and we hope to create a better working environment for hospitalityemployees.” IPC Media has appointed its first recruitment manager. Debbie Pask willreport to the HR and services director, and will be responsible for providing arecruitment service across the business. She will oversee IPC’s recruitmentsuppliers, negotiate terms of business and manage recruitment advertising. Pasksays, “I am looking forward to working with all departments to ensure IPCemploys the best people in a time-efficient and cost-effective way.” Jill Bradley has become training manager at Recall Recruitment. She willcoordinate and manage staff learning, training and development. Her role willinclude formulating strategy and development plans as well as introducing newprocesses and systems. Recall hopes to achieve Investors in People status bythe end of the year. PeopleOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

HR positive about meeting disability law regulations

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR positive about meeting disability law regulationsOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Eight out of 10 HR managers claim they have had no problems complying withdisability law, according to a CIPD report. Adapting to Disability reveals that 80 per cent of respondents believe thesupport of senior managers and directors is the best way of breaking downbarriers for people with disabilities at work. The research claims the biggest obstacle to employers in complying with theDisability Discrimination Act 1995 has been employees’ negative attitudestowards people with disabilities. Two-thirds of respondents report attempts to change the attitude ofco-workers and supervisors. Dianah Worman, equal opportunities adviser at the CIPD, said, “With the 2004 deadline for compliance drawing nearer it is vitalemployers anticipate any changes that need to be made. “By not doing so employers run the risk of losing out on talentedpeople. They also run the risk of legal challenge and awards against employersare unlimited.” Eight out of 10 of the 800 HR managers surveyed are familiar with framingquestions – asking about an applicant’s ability to perform specific tasksrather than their disability. last_img read more

Personnel Today Awards 2001 update

first_img Comments are closed. Personnel Today Awards 2001 updateOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Shortlisted teams for The easycando Award for e-learningThisaward celebrates HR teams or operational departments which have been innovativein e-learning. The shortlist comprises teams which have demonstrated thate-learning use has exceeded its organisation’s expectations. The judge haspicked entries which incorporated web technology and demonstrated aparticularly innovative approach to learning, including evaluation of itseffectivenessConsigniaE-learning teamWhatthey didHavingno viable environment for the delivery of online learning in December 2000,Consignia implemented an externally hosted e-learning portal and learningmanagement system capable of delivering content to learners via anyInternet-enabled computer. The LMS is integrated with HR systems for themaintenance of records and has capacity beyond Consignia’s own workforce.Thesystem was deployed across all 31 business units through the work of across-functional group of training, IS strategy and purchasing professionals.In a break from the usual method of introducing such initiatives, the teamimmediately set up a number of foundation projects to introduce the basice-learning system rather than running time-consuming pilot projects.Thee-learning system has been created and implemented without the help of a singlecentral sponsor or a dedicated budget. Instead, the team received backing froman internal innovation fund and tapped into further resources which would havebeen spent on piecemeal solutions.Whythey did itAvariety of drivers made it necessary for Consignia to find new ways to delivertraining to staff at all levels. The company has to meet ongoing trainingcommitments while supporting business change initiatives group-wide.Benefitsand achievementsThesolution has the potential to impact on the development of employees,suppliers, customers and partners. “The scale of this project is asignificant achievement,” says Nigel Marsh, e-learning management servicesmanager, “The use of external partners in creating the system has alsochanged the philosophy of resourcing training services within the company.”InJuly 2001 Consignia sought to upgrade 44,000 business PCs and deploy a standardset of software. To support this, the e-learning system provided the equivalentof 29 days of optional training at a cost of £12 per user per year. Withoutthis infrastructure such training would cost upwards of £4.4m and take up tothree years to complete.TheteamNumberin team 6 Number of employees 240,000Scottish EquitableGroup training departmentWhatthey didForthe past 10 years the group training department of Scottish Equitable hasdelivered high-quality learning materials at a competitive cost to its internaltarget audience. As part of this provision the department has developed theiruse of e-learning techniques, from simple programmes through to more complexmultimedia presentations incorporating audio and video material. Whiledelivering principally through localised networks or via CD, a recent projectfor the company’s international division resulted in the department adoptingWeb development toolsto provide training products via the Internet. The companyis one of a handful of organisations to achieve the British Association forOpen Learning accreditation for Materials Development.Thecompany runs two learning centres, each equipped with multimedia PCs andholding over 100 multimedia and CBT courses from a variety of providers. Alibrary offers access to more than 300 books and videos while dedicated staffensure students get the most from the facility. The company is planning to opena third centre in one of their satellite offices.Whythey did itThetraining department works closely with internal customers to ensure thedelivery of appropriate and effective training solutions. In one project, thedepartment is supporting the implementation of a new Common OperatingEnvironment across the company, collaborating with two external trainingproviders. Development and consultation procedures aim to maximise the valuedelivered by training.Benefitsand achievementsIn2000, the learning centres delivered some 20,000 hours of training, saving over£150,000 through avoiding the need for classroom courses. “One of our mainachievements is certainly the BAOL accreditation,” says group trainingmanager, Stephen Leitch, “At the same time the increased usage of internaltraining materials has made a significant contribution to businessobjectives.” The provision of e-learning is acknowledged as an importantfactor in developing and retaining staff and is viewed as a clear competitiveadvantage for the company.TheteamNumberin team 18Staff responsible for 3,500 (5,000 in Aegon Group)Multimedia developer Steve Galway  Learning centre manager Jillian Givan Multimedia developer Rachel Kewley Learning centre administrator Sharon CameronMultimedia developers Tracey McKenzie and Gordon Hamilton Training delivery manager Jo Fielding GartmoreInvestment managementLearning and development teamWhatthey didTeamingup with global e-learning solution provider Wide Learning, the HR learning anddevelopment team produced a series of six online learning modules to meet theneeds of regulatory and compliance training. This project has established OWL –Online with Learning – as a prime delivery channel for training material.Theconcept was sold across the business, emphasising the flexibility of deliveryto the target audience of fund managers. Employees needed just-in-time learningto fit around their workload which can fluctuate according to stock marketmovements. At the same time, the e-learning solution meant those who alreadyhad the requisite knowledge could simply take a test to prove their skills.Thecompliance manager can deliver courses to new starters as and when required andhas access to assessment data which indicates when learning objectives havebeen met. This information can be passed to the Financial Services Authority asevidence of the company’s compliance and is protection against costly legalproceedings.Whythey did itUnderthe Financial Services and Markets Acts, the Financial Services Authority willbecome Gartmore’s statutory regulator on 30 November. This has meant ensuringthe company meets compliance requirements in areas such as money laundering,data protection and conflicts of interest. At the same time, the company neededto train 150 people on Information Systems in a two-week timeframe. Both ofthese needs indicated that an online learning system would be an ideal solution.Benefitsand achievementsTherehave been clear cost benefits through the reduction of classroom training.Moreover, since the company has only four permanent staff in the learning anddevelopment team, delivering classroom education to meet the FSA’s standardswould be impossible. “We’re trying to work to create an environment ofopen learning for all,” explains Karen Martin, Gartmore’s learning anddevelopment manager. “We want to move towards a culture of the independentlearner where people have access to the information they need, rather thanrelying on subject matter experts in particular fields.”TheteamNumberin team 5 (plus one specialist from compliance for course content)Staff responsible for 850Senior compliance manager Steve EllkinsAssistant learning & development manager Beverly ClaytonLearning & development administrator Carrie FordAssistant learning & development manager Angela Brier HR developmentmanager David KelhamLearning and development manager Karen MartinJudge’scommentPaul McKinlay, Asda StoresConsigniaNothaving a viable online environment in place did not put this team offdeveloping online training for all levels of their business. E-learning is nowused by all 31 business units – a major achievement in such a diverse operation.ScottishEquitableSE’scommitment to e-learning has been endorsed by the BAOL of Materials Developmentaccreditation. Online training has led to a significant change in thedevelopment and retention of staff as well as being used to enhance inductionand recruitment processes.GartmoreE-learninghas been developed and implemented as an innovative way to deliver new financialregulatory and compliance courses to staff.Itwas a smart move to get the chief operating officer on board. easycandois a trademark of Futuremedia, a proven provider of effective e-learningsolutions to corporate clients including Ford Motor Company, The Post Officeand BT. The easycando solution provides a single source of market-leadingcontent, learning management technology, professionalservices and supportlast_img read more

HR needs freeing up to be a major player

first_img Comments are closed. I have just returned from Denver, where I attended the 2002 SHRM ThoughtLeaders conference, an annual retreat hosted by the SHRM Foundation tohighlight the projected hot items for HR professionals over the next fiveyears. I was intrigued by the almost singular focus on the impact of e-HR, and howour profession can and will be shaped by this, and what HR leadership mightlook like going forward. Professor Ed Lawler of the University of Southern California explored whatwill happen to HR after e-HR really arrives. Lawler, professor of managementand organisation at the university’s Marshall School of Business, believesthere are three possible outcomes. HR becomes the subset of an IT-basedorganisation; HR is obliterated by e-HR and is no longer needed or relevant; orHR finally gets the running room and legs necessary to truly move forward – notjust as a business partner, but as a business player. My vote is clearly on the side of HR taking a fully engaged role within anorganisation. This, however, presupposes two things. First, that senior managementin your entity want and embrace this, or at the very least will let you movethis forward; second, that you – as the HR leader – have the skills,competencies and capabilities to manage and deliver this for your business. Cheryl Fields Tyler, vice-president of performance consultancy the ConcoursGroup, proposed an interesting three-phase model of HR, which segmented ourprofession as transactional, partner and player. I liked this, and can happilyadvocate that being a business partner and having a seat at the table is nownecessary, but no longer sufficient. Yes, for those of you who’ve been aspiringto business partner status, I’m saying that’s not enough. So how do you know where you are? On the transactional front, if HR isconsumed with discussions with frontline employees about address changes andinsurance paperwork, then this is all we’ll be perceived to be of value for.Yes, it must be done, but it can’t be perceived as our sole raison d’etre. On the business partner side, if we spend our time with the right people(the business development folks, finance, operations, board members, et al),but only discuss HR issues, then we’ll have achieved partner status at least –but are we really there? I believe, though, that it is not until we spend our days talking withbusiness leaders, board members, external stake (and stock) holders aboutbroader business issues, and effectively deliver the people component ofsolutions, that we will truly be players. The technologies coming with e-HR and various outsourcing mechanisms willclearly liberate HR professionals to do other things. Whether we choose to movethis into more value-added areas of support for our businesses, or allow ouroccasional irrelevancy to take over, is really the next great question. By Lance J. Richards, Board Director, SHRM Global Forum Related posts:No related photos. HR needs freeing up to be a major playerOn 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

A fifth of UK staff fear their job may soon be redundant

first_img Comments are closed. A fifth of UK staff fear their job may soon be redundantOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. One in three workers believes Britain is heading for a recession and morefear unemployment will rise, according to a survey. A poll of 1,000 employees by HR consultants Chiumento finds 20 per centbelieve they are at risk of losing their job, and almost a quarter say theircompany is already cutting back on staff. Forty per cent believe unemployment will rise during the next year and 29per cent that their sector is in decline. In the past 12 months almost 40 percent had experienced redundancy directly or through close friends or family. Forty-four per cent say they now view redundancy as a fact of life, but 45per cent still claim they are worried about how they would make ends meet nextyear. Senior and middle managers are feeling the most unsure about their future –20 per cent say they are worried about their job, while just 14 per cent ofjunior employees feel at risk. Chiumento’s managing director Richard Chiumento said: “The UK is now aservice rather than a manufacturing economy so the days of regular masslay-offs among blue collar workers are past. The mass lay-offs affect a wholerange of more senior employees from highly qualified call centre staff to Citybankers.” More than a third of those surveyed said they would view redundancy as afresh start. www.chiumento.co.uklast_img read more

No new recruits for 50% of final salary pensions

first_imgNo new recruits for 50% of final salary pensionsOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. More than half of all final salary pension schemes are now closed to newrecruits or to all members of staff, according to research by the Associationof Consulting Actuaries (ACA). Thirty-five per cent of employers have reviewed their scheme in the pastyear and 32 per cent are ‘currently’ reviewing their pensions arrangements. More than 42 per cent of employers are trying to reduce spending on pensionsand 51 per cent are looking to reduce forward pension liabilities. ACA chairman Gordon Pollock called on the Government’s forthcoming pensionsGreen Paper to bolster occupational pensions by offering employers tax or otherincentives if they provide them to staff. The research finds employer contributions into final salary schemes haveincreased by 14 per cent in the past year, while contributions intooccupational money purchase schemes are not increasing to offset deterioratinginvestment returns. Less than 1 per cent of employees at the firms surveyed have joinedstakeholder schemes. www.aca.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Unifi v SWT in union-partnership debate

first_imgModernbusiness needs to create a partnership with all employees that will relegatetrade unions to a supportive role, according to Beverly Shears, HR director ofSouth West Trains.Atthe HR Forum aboard the Aurora last week, she locked horns with Rory Murphy,joint general secretary of finance union Unifi, over trade union partnershipswith business.Shesaid that while industrial relations were traditionally adversarial, the reallyimportant relationship should be between staff and management, not unions andmanagement.”Ibelieve in trade unions supporting people when the distribution of power isoff,” she said. “But what a trade union says it wants may not be thesame as what staff want.”Theirmachineries are not for everyone, only trade union members. Employers have aduty to support and listen to everyone,” she added. “You don’trepresent everybody at your peril.”Shearssaid bosses should have a professional relationship with unions and apartnership with staff, while Murphy argued trade unions should be at thecentre of business as the consultants of the 21st century, balancing theprotection of staff with the profit and growth of the company.Hedrew delegates’ attention to Unifi’s life-long learning programmes, which hesaid were the best in the UK.Hesaid employers must realise unions had come a long way since the miners strikeand ‘the winter of discontent’, and did not have ‘flat caps and whippets downour trousers’.”Whilethings don’t remain perfect, there is still a role for the trade unions toplay,” Murphy said. “Nobody’s looking for trouble, but actions ofemployers drive employees to distraction.”Ihave to remind companies that nothing militates a worker more than acompany.” Unifi v SWT in union-partnership debateOn 11 May 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Letters

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today This week’s lettersEmployers should give the older workforce a chance I have a 30-year HR career building businesses in the finance, IT andtelecoms sectors in the UK, continental European and Asian markets. My role wasmade redundant and I hit 50 at around the same time. For the first time, I actively sought a job and aimed for a ‘head of HR’role in a medium-sized business, or a director in a larger organisation. Armed with guidance and advice from an outplacement firm, I built mymarketing plan, networked and attacked the market for both interim andpermanent roles. I was particularly unprepared for one specific response to my enquiries – Iwas too old. I had naively concluded my age wouldn’t be a problem. After all,successful businesses look for talent irrespective of race, sexual orientation,religious conviction, age etc. Don’t they? I guess there are genuine underlying reasons for this discrimination. Imight have to leave the company bash to catch the last train home. Then again,I might also manage to get some sleep over a weekend, and be slightly lessirritable than my younger colleagues most Mondays, which surely illustrates alack of team spirit. I might even have the occasional opinion that maychallenge a perceived wisdom. That would get me labelled as ‘set in my ways’,and veering towards inflexibility. Because I was ‘elderly’, I would be totally unaware of (and to be honest,uninterested in) swiftly forming and dissolving relationships and sexualtensions within the department, and there my judgement would almost surely beimpeded. As for my powers of concentrationÉ well, I’m not sure I can recallwhere I was going with that last point! Based on this analysis, maybe there is legitimate reason for practising agediscrimination while recruiting. I have to admit, there has been great sensitivity employed when drawing theproblem of my age to my attention. Here are a few of the more ‘creative’explanations as to why my applications didn’t succeed: – ‘The client was looking for someone at an earlier stage of their career’ – ‘The client was looking for someone who was more mouldable’ – ‘The client was looking for an up and comer, not someone who was alreadythere’ – ‘Most organisations would tend to recruit newer talent’ – ‘There isn’t enough clear space between your profile and the boss’s’ – ‘We have decided to go for someone who has longer-term possibilities’(good grief! Better take a closer look at the last medical report). Poetic, but frustrating. Based on my experiences, anti-ageism legislationcan’t come soon enough. Ian Clabby Details supplied Youth is not the only key to a skills crisis In his column, John Connolly highlighted the contraction of the EU’sworking-age population – a reduction of 40 million people in the next 50 years(Professional agenda, 4 May). But his assumption that the only solution to ourshrinking workforce is to invest increasingly more in younger people isshort-sighted. We need to extend working age and better utilise the workforces we alreadyhave. There is a pool of older, talented and experienced people who continue tobe excluded from the labour market. More than a million people aged 50-64 wouldwork if they could, and many over 65 would perhaps like the opportunity tocontinue working. Of course, there must be investment in the education and training of young people,but Connolly fails to acknowledge that the traditional employment model of ajob for life and retiring to make way for fresh blood is well past its sell-bydate. Employers and the Government must ensure that the whole workforce has theskills needed for work, whatever their age. Sam Mercer Director, The Employers Forum on Age Flexible work is not just a parental issue The article ‘Childcare? What Childcare?’ (25 May) rightly identifies abarrier to retaining and attracting good staff who might otherwise fall intothe ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of parenthood. But childcare isn’t just about crècheprovision or nursery vouchers. Certainly, at pre-school stage, parents want to maximise their time withtheir children and their income for childcare provision. However, once theystart school, pick-up times and long holidays dictate a different flexibleworking formula, and after the move to secondary school, those requirementschange again. Employers should start to look at the client requirements of their businessand think creatively around a 24/7 – or at least 24/5 – scenario. Thetraditional nine-to-five mindset suits very few as a rigid structure,particularly where companies operate across different time zones. Re-engineeredhours – and team-based, rather than dictated solutions – can increase bothflexibility and better service the needs of the business. Employers need to study their business culture, and make it less rigid andmore open to change. The workplace has changed dramatically in the past fiveyears, and smart employers will understand that change is on-going. Theevolving requirements of their staff and clients means that flexibility is theonly constant. Don’t make this an issue only for parents. Carol Savage Managing director, Flexecutive.co.uk Perseverance is the way to get on in HR I read Melanie Callaghan’s letter (Letters, 11 May) with interest. I too, found it extremely difficult to get my foot in the proverbial HRdoor, after completing a degree in business administration. Perseverance was mymiddle name for a good while after I left university, but I am glad to say thatit paid off, and after starting (and self-funding) my CIPD course in peoplemanagement and development, I managed to find a job as an HR assistant at theUniversity of Central Lancashire. It has proved to be the best move I ever made and I just wanted to assurepeople that it possible to progress up the HR ladder. You just have to keep atit and it will happen – eventually. Congratulations to Personnel Today for producing a fabulous magazine. Ithoroughly enjoy reading it every week! Liz Bush HR assistant, University of Central Lancashire Bogus data fee scam sets sights on h&s Following your past coverage of the scam of organisations receiving demandsfor payment for bogus data protection registration, they have now moved on tohealth and safety. We have just received a letter from something called the ‘Health &Safety Registration Enforcement Division, Rochdale’. It states we are notregistered as being compliant with the Health & Safety Act 1974, andtherefore risk up to two years imprisonment per offence, disqualification ofdirectors and unlimited fines. To avoid such actions, we should return a formwith a registration fee of £199 if we are compliant, or £249 if we feel we arenot! Evidently, yet another scam is trying to make a fast buck from employerswho are not fully aware of the legislation. Steve Chilcott HR manager ,Octavia Housing and Care last_img read more

Drug testing is on the increase but effectiveness is inconclusive

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article An independent inquiry in to drug testing at work has predicted the numberof employers testing staff will increase, but warned that evidence of itseffectiveness is inconclusive. The inquiry found that evidence of a link between drug use and accidents atwork, absenteeism, low productivity and poor performance was inconclusive, withemployers reporting very few positive tests. After an 18-month investigation the inquiry panel said other factors such asbad working conditions, a lack of sleep, health problems, work-related stressand excessive workloads had a much greater impact on safety and poorperformance. Employees working under the influence of drugs or alcohol were cited as anobvious risk but the report warned that testing was not an effective measure ofon-the-job intoxication and could only reveal previous offences. The evidence suggests that alcohol poses a far greater risk in the workplacethan illicit drug use, but the report claimed that testing did not act as asignificant deterrent. The inquiry recommends that employers should use drug and alcohol testingonly in safety-critical jobs or where they believe staff are involved inillegal activities at work, intoxicated in the workplace or where performanceslips below an acceptable threshold. The findings, which were facilitated by Drugscope and the Joseph RowntreeTrust, also paint a confused legal situation in the area of testing. It pointsout that there is no direct legislation, with all legal decisions based on theinterpretation of human rights and data protection rules. Ben Willmott, employee relations advisor at the Chartered Institute ofPersonnel and Development, said employers should think carefully before introducingtesting. “This is a legal grey area that needs clarifying. Our researchshows staff subjected to monitoring are less likely to have high levels ofmotivation and likely to suffer from stress.” www.drugscope.org.uk Drug testing is on the increase but effectiveness is inconclusiveOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

On the move

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Charlotte Rayner has joined the Universityof Portsmouth as professor of HRmanagement at the Portsmouth BusinessSchool. Rayneris one of the UK’s leading authorities on bullying in the workplace. Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank, hasappointed Michael Evans as managing director and head of HR. Evans joins thefirm from General Electric, where he was senior vice-president of global HR forGE Capital’s Commercial Equipment Financing business. Derrick Anderson, chief executive of Wolverhampton City Council, has beenappointed as the Home Office’s diversity champion for race, gender anddisability issues. Anderson will be working closely with the Home Officepermanent secretary, John Gieve, to deliver a newfive-year staff race and diversity programme. Littlewoods Stores has announced the appointmentof Andrew Ayers as head of HR and training. Ayers joinsfrom Arcadia, where he was head ofHR and management development for more than three years. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article On the moveOn 10 Aug 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

on the move

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s on the moveLucy Stoner (pictured) has been promoted to head of HR at Care InternationalUK, a global humanitarian organisation. Stoner joined Care in July 2003 fromthe Commission for Health Improvement, where she worked as an HR adviser. United Co-op Funeral Group has appointed Sylvia Dyson as HR manager. Shewill be responsible for 160 funeral businesses across the North West, Yorkshiredown to the Midlands, and Northern Ireland. Dyson has 10 years worth ofexperience in HR, including working for the Co-op’s Late Shop business, as wellas Little Chef and internet service provider Tiscali.Paddy Lillis is the new deputy general secretary of Usdaw,the union of shop, distributive and allied workers. He joined in 1989 as anarea organiser. He was promoted in 1997 to the post of divisional officer incharge of the union’s South Wales and Western division, which has its mainoffice based in Cardiff. Manpower, a leading employment company, has announced that Mark Cahill hasbeen appointed managing director for the UK. He joins from Brook Street, wherehe was managing director. Cahill replaces Tony Howard, who has moved to a newrole as non-executive chairman of both Manpower UK and Brook Street. on the moveOn 28 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

South Florida real estate on climate change: ‘Que Sera, Sera’

first_img Share via Shortlink Tags Climate ChangeResidential Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (Photo illustration by The Real Deal)Real estate is famously all about location. And in Florida, climate change is expected to put some of the toniest locations underwater over the coming decades — either permanently or during storm-driven flooding.Insurers are taking notice and hiking rates accordingly. Developers and homebuyers, however, seem oblivious to the threat.Florida’s geography makes it vulnerable to storms from both the Atlantic and the Gulf, where warmer water is increasing their size and intensity, and rising sea levels make storm surges more devastating along the low-lying coast. And hurricanes aren’t the only problem, as the amount of rain dumped by even normal storms has been increasing steadily for decades, leading to more flooding even in inland areas. Yet people keep moving to the Sunshine State. Despite the looming threat of the next big hurricane, flooding on a sunny day and maps depicting much of the coast underwater in a few decades, residential construction is struggling to keep up with demand, and the prices of waterfront homes keep climbing.ADVERTISEMENTBuyers do periodically bring up the question of climate change, said Jay Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman Florida. “But it’s really just that: a question,” he said.Water under the bridgeThe last hurricane season was the most active and fifth-costliest on record, with 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes, six of them Category 3 or higher. The east coast of Florida was largely spared, though, while the Gulf Coast states suffered significant damage. That doesn’t appear to have put a damper on deals.Between July and January, residential sales volume hit nearly $33 billion in the tri-county region of South Florida, a 47 percent increase year-over-year, according to data from Analytics Miami. Buyers from the Northeast, Midwest and California came in droves, many of them closing on $1 million-plus properties.“Thankfully, we’ve had two [hurricane] seasons now where we’ve escaped wind damage and flooding,” Parker said. “It’s really important for the overall comfort of our market.” With commercial investment, major asset managers and debt and equity providers are pulling back from the cities most vulnerable to climate-driven disasters, but the same can’t be said for residential real estate, especially in the Miami area. Buyers are more focused on the major tax savings, cost of living and quality of life that come with living in Florida, especially during a pandemic that kept people inside their homes and shuttered businesses around the country. And despite some states reinstituting business closures, Florida is still open.Buyers don’t usually consider extraordinary events like flooding when purchasing a home — and that goes for markets beyond South Florida as well, said Ana Bozovic, founder of Analytics Miami.She pointed to the percentage of New York City homes in flood zones and how that has “never deterred appreciation of New York City properties and people moving there.”“Climate change is not high on the scale of what people are considering when they’re relocating,” Bozovic said.No safety netSome Florida residents, however, are selling their homes because they can’t afford the rising cost of flood insurance, which certain lenders require if a property is in a designated flood zone. Others don’t want to experience another deadly hurricane, or are concerned about the rising cost of living. That’s the case for some of financial planner David Treece’s clients. One who lived in Key Biscayne decided after Hurricane Irma hit in 2017 to sell her waterfront home and rent elsewhere, Treece said. Other clients are opting to move to less expensive parts of Florida. Doug Jones, managing partner of South Florida-based JAG Insurance Group, said pricing isn’t affected only by local climate disasters because the companies are insuring properties around the world. “We went through a 10-year period with no major storms, and prices continued to go up,” Jones said. “They’re global companies. They still insured wildfires in California or tsunamis in Asia, so they’re taking losses around the world.”Insurers will open and close ZIP codes on an almost weekly basis, especially in Miami Beach and other coastal communities, leaving homeowners with fewer options.Even beyond risky areas, Jones said, major companies such as Allstate and State Farm have pulled back from writing new policies across the whole region. “We happen to be in a time now where we have very few carriers willing to offer insurance in South Florida,” he said.The more expensive a property is, the fewer insurance options there are. And every year, the premiums increase relentlessly — unlike the cost of a typical long-term mortgage. And that’s a mismatch Jones does not expect to last.“I’m surprised we don’t see more lenders turning down 30-year mortgages,” Jones said. “I can see that being a problem down the road on an older home where there’s a good chance water is going to walk right in the front door.” North Bay Road in Miami Beach after a rainstorm Feb. 16With the influx in out-of-state buyers, many of them don’t realize how expensive insurance can be in Florida until after they make an offer on a house, he said. “They’re absolutely shell-shocked when it comes to the price they’re paying for insurance. These folks are buying the largest properties on the water, which makes them the least desirable to insurance companies,” Jones said.Sean Harper, CEO of Kin Insurance, said the cost to insure a residential property in Florida is double the national average. His company prices policies in part by looking at when a home was built or whether it was updated recently.As a result, Kin may write cheaper policies for homes in the same ZIP code if they have a new roof or were built in the past 10 years, since new waterfront homes are built at a higher elevation than their older neighbors.Just days after Hurricane Irma, cryptocurrency investor Mike Komaransky and his wife closed on a waterfront home in Coconut Grove, a neighborhood that was largely flooded by the storm surge. But the $7.6 million bayfront mansion was built about 40 feet above sea level, with the living area beginning on the second floor.In pockets of South Florida where flooding is common, residential sales are affected, but it is not often a primary reason for homeowners to sell, said Sebastian Jaramillo, a partner with Miami-based law firm Wolfe Pincavage. Jaramillo said that some condo owners are leaving areas such as Brickell, where people can be seen kayaking down Brickell Avenue after a heavy rainstorm. But those owners could also be moving further inland just because they want more space, he said.What, me worry?For brokers and many buyers, climate change just isn’t a near-term concern, despite the many projections forecasting a partially underwater Florida. Texas is in a similar (leaking) boat. The Lone Star State is also experiencing a boom in home sales, has mostly warm weather and no state income tax — but also plenty of hurricanes. Ironically, the fact that these regions have long been buffeted by the very sort of extreme weather that climate change will make worse may actually lead their markets to downplay the threat.“No one has told me they’re not buying here because of sea-level rise or hurricanes,” said Ron Shuffield, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty in Coral Gables. “A lot of other places are having some pretty crazy weather. Our market has always had hurricanes. We’ve learned how to deal with them.”last_img read more

Foreclosures and evictions could be halted for rest of 2021

first_imgAnother rule would allow servicers to offer loan modifications to homeowners who have suffered from the pandemic without going through the full review required to adjust a mortgage, the Times reported.More than 3 million households are past due on their mortgage payments, and nearly 1.7 million will hit the end of their forbearance periods in September, according to the consumer agency, the Times reported.The agency is seeking public comment on its proposals.[NYTimes] — Keith Larsen (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)An onslaught of home foreclosures and evictions could be forestalled for another year.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking at restrictions on mortgage servicers that would prevent struggling homeowners from going straight into foreclosure.The agency has proposed a measure to stop mortgage servicers from proceeding with foreclosures until after Dec. 31, according to the New York Times. The idea is to give borrowers more time to get a mortgage modification that reduces their monthly payments.Read moreBiden to extend foreclosure moratorium mortgage forbearanceBiden 1.9T package would extend eviction ban boost rent relief Fannie and Freddie extend eviction foreclosure moratorium Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink foreclosuresHousing MarketMortgagesResidential Real Estatecenter_img Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Medical offices are just what the doctor ordered for landlords

first_imgProperty owners have continued investing in the field. While sales volume for all commercial real estate dropped 32 percent in 2020 compared to the year prior, $11.2 billion worth of medical office buildings were purchased in 2020. That’s only slightly below the $12 billion worth of properties bought in 2019.Major players are now entering the field. MedCraft Investment Partners launched a $500 million fund in January that will be dedicated to medical office acquisitions. Additionally, Kayne Anderson Real Estate is closing a $2.5 billion fund that will devote half of its fund to medical offices.“There will be a place for telehealth in the future,” Mindy Berman, JLL’s healthcare group leader, told the Wall Street Journal. “But it’s not going to replace the need for bricks and mortar.”[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share via Shortlink Doctors and medical professionals have remained on time with their rent payments in the past year (iStock)Medical offices have been a bright spot for real estate investors during the pandemic, despite the fact that telehealth saw a boom during the pandemic.Doctors and medical professionals have remained on time with their rent payments in the past year, unlike other office tenants, the Wall Street Journal reported. While some tenants have paid less than 85 percent of rent collections, medical professionals have paid 95 percent of rent owed.And despite in-person visits falling 60 percent early on in the pandemic, telemedicine appointments accounted for just over 8 percent of visits in December, indicating that patients are going back to offices.Read moreBaptist submits plans for medical offices, Altman multifamily project in KendallBrooklyn medical buildings sell for $40MPrivate equity firm sells West Palm medical offices at discount Email Address* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Full Name* Commercial Real EstateInvestmentReal Estate Investmentlast_img read more

An active mantle mechanism for Gondwana breakup

first_imgDespite over thirty years of plate tectonic theory, the reasons why supercontinents like Gondwana disintegrate into smaller continents and disperse remain enigmatic. Current ideas mostly involve changes in plate-boundary driving forces (passive mantle hypothesis) in preference to an active plume mechanism, even though mantle plumes were present at most stages of Gondwana breakup. The role of these plumes in the breakup process is uncertain, and ideas vary from the chance unroofing of a pre-existing plume, which only contributed in the production of extensive flood basalts, to plumes that controlled the position of breakup. The magmatic and tectonic record along the proto-Pacific margin of Gondwana indicates that there were important changes in subduction zone forces during the initial stages of Gondwana breakup. However, the absence of subduction along the Neotethyan margin at the time of breakup, together with the fact that the initial rift formed almost at right angles to the active subducting margin, suggest a potential active role for a mantle plume in the initial separation. An active mantle mechanism, involving a very large thermal disturbance or megaplume, may, in contrast to a passive mantle hypothesis, more readily explain the formation and rotation of microplates in the South Atlantic region. It accounts also for the production of unusually large igneous provinces (Chon Aike province in Patagonia, Karoo province in southern Africa, and Ferrar province in Antarctica) just prior to breakup.last_img read more

Modelling the outer radiation belt as a complex system in a self-organised critical state

first_imgThe dynamic behaviour of the outer electron radiationbelt makes this area of geo-space a candidate forthe concept of self-organized criticality. It is shown herethat frequency distributions of measured outer electron radiation belt data are well-represented by power-laws over two decades. Applying the concept of self-organized criticality to interpret the shape of the distributions suggests another approach to complement existing methods in the interpretation of how this complicated environment works. Furthermore sub-grouping the radiation belt count rate data as a function of spatial location or temporal interval (e.g. L-shell, magnetic local time, solar cycle, …) shows systematic trends in the value of the slope of the power-laws. It is shown that the inner part of the outer radiation belt is influenced in a similar manner to the outer part, but in a less profound way. Our results suggest that the entire outer radiation belt appears to be affected as the sum of its individual parts. This type of study also gives the probability of exceeding a given threshold value over a given time; limiting the size of “an event”. The average values could then be compared with models used in spacecraft design.last_img read more

Regional genetic diversity patterns in Antarctic hairgrass (Deschampsia antarctica Desv.)

first_imgAim To determine patterns in diversity of a major Antarctic plant species, including relationships of Antarctic populations with those outside the Antarctic zone. Location Antarctic Peninsula, Maritime Antarctica, sub-Antarctic islands, Falkland Islands and South America. Methods Amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLPs) and chloroplast sequences were used to study patterns of genetic diversity in Antarctic hairgrass (Deschampsia antarctica Desv.) and the genetic relationships between populations over its distribution range. Thirty-eight populations were sampled from a large part of the distribution of D. antarctica, and additionally, herbarium specimens were included for areas from which we could not obtain fresh samples. Results A gradient in AFLP diversity was observed going from the Falklands southwards into the Antarctic. This gradient in diversity was also observed within the Antarctic Peninsula: diversity was lower further south. Diversity in the chloroplast genome of D. antarctica was low. Only three chloroplast haplotypes were found, each with a strong regional distribution. Main conclusions The phylogenetic construction of AFLP marker frequencies in meta-populations of D. antarctica supports a stepping-stone model of colonization, whereby gene flow mainly occurs between neighbouring populations. It is concluded that long-distance gene flow is very limited in D. antarctica. A very low diversity was found in the sub-Antarctic islands in the Indian Ocean, indicating that these populations have experienced a recent evolutionary bottleneck.last_img read more

Contrasting responses to nutrient enrichment of prokaryotic communities collected from deep sea sites in the Southern Ocean

first_imgDeep water samples (ca. 4,200 m) were taken from two hydrologically-similar sites around the Crozet islands with highly contrasting surface water productivities. Site M5 was characteristic of high productivity waters (high chlorophyll) whilst site M6 was subject to a low productivity regime (low chlorophyll) in the overlying waters. Samples were incubated for three weeks at 4 °C at in-situ and surface pressures, with and without added nutrients. Prokaryotic abundance increased by at least two-fold for all nutrient-supplemented incubations of water from M5 with little difference in abundance between incubations carried out at atmospheric and in-situ pressures. Abundance only increased for incubations of M6 waters (1.6-fold) when they were carried out at in-situ pressures and with added nutrients. Changes in community structure as a result of incubation and enrichment (as measured by DGGE banding profiles and phylogenetic analysis) showed that diversity increased for incubations of M5 waters but decreased for those with M6 waters. Moritella spp. came to dominate incubations carried out under in-situ pressure whilst the Archaeal community was dominated by Crenarchaea in all incubations. Comparisons between atmospheric and in situ pressure incubations demonstrated that community composition was significantly altered and community structure changes in unsuspplemented incubations at in situ pressure was indicative of the loss of functional taxa as a result of depressurisation during sampling. The use of enrichment incubations under in-situ conditions has contributed to understanding the different roles played by microorganisms in deep sea ecosystems in regions of low and high productivity.last_img read more

The importance of geomagnetic field changes versus rising CO2 levels for long-term change in the upper atmosphere

first_imgThe Earth’s upper atmosphere has shown signs of cooling and contraction over the past decades. This is generally attributed to the increasing level of atmospheric CO2, a coolant in the upper atmosphere. However, especially the charged part of the upper atmosphere, the ionosphere, also responds to the Earth’s magnetic field, which has been weakening considerably over the past century, as well as changing in structure. The relative importance of the changing geomagnetic field compared to enhanced CO2 levels for long-term change in the upper atmosphere is still a matter of debate. Here we present a quantitative comparison of the effects of the increase in CO2 concentration and changes in the magnetic field from 1908 to 2008, based on simulations with the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIE-GCM). This demonstrates that magnetic field changes contribute at least as much as the increase in CO2 concentration to changes in the height of the maximum electron density in the ionosphere, and much more to changes in the maximum electron density itself and to low-/mid-latitude ionospheric currents. Changes in the magnetic field even contribute to cooling of the thermosphere at ~300 km altitude, although the increase in CO2 concentration is still the dominant factor here. Both processes are roughly equally important for long-term changes in ion temperature.last_img read more

The impact of predation by marine mammals on Patagonian toothfish longline fisheries

first_imgPredatory interaction of marine mammals with longline fisheries is observed globally, leading to partial or complete loss of the catch and in some parts of the world to considerable financial loss. Depredation can also create additional unrecorded fishing mortality of a stock and has the potential to introduce bias to stock assessments. Here we aim to characterise depredation in the Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) fishery around South Georgia focusing on the spatio-temporal component of these interactions. Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella), sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), and orcas (Orcinus orca) frequently feed on fish hooked on longlines around South Georgia. A third of longlines encounter sperm whales, but loss of catch due to sperm whales is insignificant when compared to that due to orcas, which interact with only 5% of longlines but can take more than half of the catch in some cases. Orca depredation around South Georgia is spatially limited and focused in areas of putative migration routes, and the impact is compounded as a result of the fishery also concentrating in those areas at those times. Understanding the seasonal behaviour of orcas and the spatial and temporal distribution of “depredation hot spots” can reduce marine mammal interactions, will improve assessment and management of the stock and contribute to increased operational efficiency of the fishery. Such information is valuable in the effort to resolve the human-mammal conflict for resources.last_img read more

Global political responsibility for the conservation of albatrosses and large petrels

first_imgMigratory marine species cross political borders and enter the high seas, where the lack of an effective global management framework for biodiversity leaves them vulnerable to threats. Here, we combine 10,108 tracks from 5775 individual birds at 87 sites with data on breeding population sizes to estimate the relative year-round importance of national jurisdictions and high seas areas for 39 species of albatrosses and large petrels. Populations from every country made extensive use of the high seas, indicating the stake each country has in the management of biodiversity in international waters. We quantified the links among national populations of these threatened seabirds and the regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) which regulate fishing in the high seas. This work makes explicit the relative responsibilities that each country and RFMO has for the management of shared biodiversity, providing invaluable information for the conservation and management of migratory species in the marine realm.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/18

first_img Written by April 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerRegion 17SALT LAKE CITY-Jason Nkoy and Mats Lindgren each scored twice as the Rowland Hall Winged Lions downed Wasatch Academy 6-2 in Region 17 boys soccer action Wednesday. Avery Wade scored twice in the loss for the Tigers.Region 18PAROWAN, Utah-Jose Ramon found the net twice and the Millard Eagles downed Parowan 5-2 Wednesday in Region 18 boys soccer action. Alex Wall, Aaron Trejo and Wyatt Alcala also added goals in victory for the Eagles.SoftballRegion 15MONROE, Utah-Savannah Hansen went yard and the South Sevier Rams waxed Richfield 5-3 Wednesday in Region 15 softball action.Baseball2-A SouthMILFORD, Utah-Hunter Willden got the win on the mound and the Milford Tigers downed Kanab 5-1 in 2-A South baseball action Wednesday. Sam Orton doubled for the Cowboys in the loss.FILLMORE, Utah-Hayes Monroe went yard and doubled as the Millard Eagles routed Parowan 10-2 in the first game of a 2-A South baseball doubleheader Wednesday. Tyson Aburto earned the win on the mound for Millard.FILLMORE, Utah-Carson Teeples earned the win on the mound as the Millard Eagles doubled up Parowan 12-6 Wednesday in the second game of a 2-A South baseball doubleheader.Region 14NEPHI, Utah-Alex White and Talon Mangelson each tripled as the Juab Wasps routed Union 9-2 Wednesday in Region 14 baseball action. Damon Davidson and Tucker Memmott each doubled in the win for the Wasps.Girls GolfRegion 15The Richfield Wildcats won the Region 15 girls golf tournament at the Hideout Golf Course in San Juan County Wednesday with a team score of 181. Emery was second with a 223, Grand third with a 224 Manti took fourth with a 236 and the home team, San Juan placing fifth with a 239. South Sevier and North Sanpete round out the team scores.Individually Richfield’s Maddie Miller won the tournament with a 42. Joopy Bamrungmuang of Grand shot a 43 to take second. Piper Harris and Natasha Oldroyd of Richfield tied for third with a 46 and the Wildcats’ Hayden Harris and Ellie Hair tied for fifth with a 47. Brad James Tags: Juab/Kanab/Milford/Millard/Parowan/South Sevierlast_img read more

Texas Tech hires Utah State’s Matt Wells as next head football coach

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Loren Orr/Getty Images(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) — Just one day after he was named Mountain West coach of the year for his work at Utah State, Matt Wells has decided to leave the school to take the head football coaching job at Texas Tech.Wells went 44-34 in six seasons at Utah State, including an impressive 10-2 campaign this year. The award was the second time Wells won that conference’s coach of the year award.Texas Tech announced the decision on Twitter Thursday night. ESPN reports Wells is expected to bring his offensive coordinator David Yost, and his defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, with him to Texas Tech.Wells replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired on Sunday at the end of a disappointing 5-7 season at Texas Tech. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img November 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Texas Tech hires Utah State’s Matt Wells as next head football coachlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 2/11/19

first_img Written by Beau Lund February 12, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/11/19center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDetroit 121, Washington 112Cleveland 107, N.Y. Knicks 104Indiana 99, Charlotte 90Toronto 127, Brooklyn 125Oklahoma City 120, Portland 111Milwaukee 112, Chicago 99Minnesota 130, L.A. Clippers 120Houston 120, Dallas 104Denver 103, Miami 87NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEWashington 6, L.A. Kings 4Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1San Jose 7, Vancouver 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(4) Virginia 69, (8) North Carolina 61OT (14) Kansas 82, TCU 77Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gunfire injures four at Raptors parade in Toronto

first_imgJune 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Gunfire injures four at Raptors parade in Toronto Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailYu Ruidong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Four people were injured in Toronto Monday after gunfire erupted during a celebration for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.Footage from the scene shows thousands of fans running after the gunshots began. More than one million people were said to have crowded the streets of downtown Toronto Monday as the city hosted a parade for the team, which defeated the Golden State Warriors last week to win their first NBA championship. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said none of the injuries were life threatening.Three people have been arrested so far and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah State Athletics Announces New Bag Search Policy

first_img Tags: Clear Bag Policy/Maverik Stadium/Spectrum/Stony Brook/USU Athletics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State University and Utah State athletics announced the implementation of a phased security check at football and men’s basketball games for the 2019-20 athletic season.This will include a bag search and fans are encouraged to arrive early so things go smoothly.As of the football program’s first home game of the season, September 7 against Stony Brook, all bags brought to Maverik Stadium will be subject to search.For the 5:30 pm kickoff, the gates will open at 3:30 pm and authorized personnel will ask all guests to open their bags and display its contents.All guests need to have either a 12x12x6-inch clear bag or a one-gallon-sized clear and sealable bag.Items not allowed at the Spectrum or Maverik Stadium include alcohol, tobacco, smoking or e-cigarettes paraphernalia, non-service animals, artificial noisemakers, fireworks or laser pointers, bicycles, scooters or skateboards, camera lenses greater than 4 inches (fully-extended), monopods, bipods or tripods, stadium chairs with leg or lawn chairs, coolers, glass, aluminum or metal containers, drones or remote-controlled devices, outside food or drink, personal heaters (propane), strollers, umbrellas and weapons. Written by August 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Athletics Announces New Bag Search Policy Brad Jameslast_img read more

President Trump to attend World Series Sunday (if it lasts that long)

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he would attend the World Series in Washington Sunday night, although there is a chance the series might not last that long. The World Series is the best of seven games; with the Washington Nationals up two games to none over the Houston Astros, and with two more games before Sunday, it is possible the series might not even extend to Sunday.Trump joked to reporters in the Oval Office that he was not sure if he would throw out the first pitch.“I don’t know,” he said, when asked if he would do it. “They’re going to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy.”The fall classic returned to the nation’s capital this week for the first time in 86 years.In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt threw out the first pitch. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img October 25, 2019 /Sports News – National President Trump to attend World Series Sunday (if it lasts that long)last_img read more

Allen scores 19 as Utah rolls past Weber State 60-49

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Timmy Allen scored 19 points to lead the Utah past Weber State 60-49 in the Beehive Classic on Saturday.Riley Battin added nine points and 10 rebounds and Mikael Jantunen and Branden Carlson each had nine points for the Utes (8-2).Jerrick Harding scored 17 points, Cody John had 15 and Kham Davis contributed 11 for the Wildcats, who fell to 3-6.Utah led 31-25 at the half after overcoming an early six-point deficit. After the break, Battin scored four quick points, Carlson dunked and the Utes never relinquished a double-digit lead the rest of the way.In the second half, both teams had a hard time finding the bottom of the net as they combined to shoot 2 for 18 during one stretch.But the Utes got buckets around the basket and if they missed, they tallied 11 points in the second half on second chances to go along with a 47-34 rebounding advantage.The Utes played without their starting point guard Rylan Jones, who was second on the team in minutes played, but had bruised ribs.On the other side, the Wildcats finally have a mostly healthy team after a rash of injuries at the beginning of the season but haven’t been able to find an offensive rhythm.Preseason Big Sky MVP Harding averaged 28 points in Weber State’s two wins last week but didn’t start scoring until the Wildcats were down big in the second half.The Wildcats had 14 missed layups and dunks against Utah’s extraordinary length. The Utes’ aggressive switching defense on Weber State’s perimeter screens kept the Wildcats off balance.BEEHIVE WON’T BE BACKThe three-year experiment of the Beehive Classic is over. The annual doubleheader featuring Utah’s top four basketball schools at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz, didn’t ever capture the imagination of fans. Instead of the intensity of an in-state rivalry, the arena was filled to just a quarter of the lower bowl with fans in a huge arena that had the buzz of an exhibition contest.The matchup was the first for the Wildcats and Utes since 2011 after a legacy of playing each other nearly every year. Utah now leads the series 27-14.BIG PICTUREWeber State: Against a defense with some length and athleticism like Utah’s, the Wildcats had a hard time generating good shots and making them. They converted just 33% of their field goals and got nothing in the mid-range as the Utes ruled the paint and harassed the Wildcats on the 3-point line.Utah: The youth of the Utes— with no seniors and just three juniors — was apparent again, as it has been through the early part of the season, with unforced turnovers and poor shot selection early in the game and again late. But Utah did enough to win their fourth straight going into a big matchup with Kentucky.UP NEXTWeber State: Hosts Bethesda (California) on Tuesday.Utah: Plays No. 8 Kentucky in Las Vegas on Wednesday. December 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Allen scores 19 as Utah rolls past Weber State 60-49 Written by Tags: Beehive Classic/Timmy Allen/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball/Weber State Wildcats Basketballlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 11/17/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:No games scheduled.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img November 18, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 11/17/20last_img

Brady Christensen, Jake Oldroyd, Named As AP All-Americans

first_img Tags: BYU Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Monday, BYU football left tackle Brady Christensen was named to The Associated Press All-American first team and kicker Jake Oldroyd was named as a third-team All-American per a release.Christensen, a junior out of Bountiful, Utah and Bountiful High School, is the Cougars’ first AP first-team All-American selection since quarterback Ty Detmer in 1990. Incidentally, Detmer became the first Heisman Trophy winner in program history that season as well.Christensen has now earned All-American honors from six organizations, becoming the first Cougar since tight end Dennis Pitta to earn multiple All-American honors. The future Baltimore Ravens star achieved this feat in 2009.Oldroyd, a sophomore out of Southlake, Texas, has made all 13 of his field goal attempts this season and 60 of his 62 PAT attempts.He is also one of three finalists across college football for the Lou Groza Award, which is annually awarded to the top kicker in FBS college football.Oldroyd’s 99 net points on the season rank him No. 11 nationally. Oldroyd is the first BYU kicker to earn All-American honors since Matt Payne in 2004. December 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local Brady Christensen, Jake Oldroyd, Named As AP All-Americans Brad James Written bylast_img read more

McDermott International enters into agreement for up to $1.7bn of new financing

first_imgNew facility underscores strong lender support for McDermott McDermott International enters into agreement for up to $1.7bn of new financing. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel from Pixabay. McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) (collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement (the “Agreement”) with certain of its secured lenders (the “Lenders”) under which the Company will have access to up to $1.7 billion of additional financing, including letter of credit capacity. Under the terms of the Agreement, McDermott will have immediate access to $650 million of financing comprised of $550 million under a term loan facility and $100 million under a letter of credit facility, before reduction for related transaction fees and expenses.The Company expects to utilize the amounts available under the Agreement to finance working capital and support the issuance of required performance guarantees on new projects.“This new credit agreement is a continued signal from our lenders that they support McDermott, our underlying business, growth strategy and ability to achieve a long-term balance sheet solution,” said David Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “The Agreement provides near-term liquidity for the Company to manage working capital and provide performance guarantees on expected new awards. We remain focused on serving our customers’ needs, supporting our dedicated employees and maintaining our valued relationships with our subcontractors, suppliers and other business counterparties, all as part of our efforts to enhance our position as a premier, fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry.”McDermott continues to pursue the previously announced strategic alternatives process for Lummus Technology and the sale process for the remaining portion of the pipe fabrication business. McDermott has decided to terminate its previously announced sale process for its industrial storage tank business.The Company’s ability to access the remaining amount of financing under the Agreement is subject to various conditions that are at the discretion of the Lenders. Those conditions are detailed in the Form 8-K that the Company filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today (the “Form 8-K”).McDermott also announced that it is withdrawing its previously stated guidance for full-year 2019. Separately, the presentation material used by the Company in discussions with the Lenders regarding the new financing is included as an exhibit to the Form 8-K.Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal counsel to McDermott in connection with the new financing and related matters, Evercore is serving as financial advisor and AP Services, LLC, an affiliate of AlixPartners, is serving as operational advisor. Barclays is acting as lead arranger on the financing. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

SBM’s first completed Fast4Ward hull arrives in Singapore

first_img SBM’s first completed Fast4Ward hull arrives in Singapore. (Credit: Charlie Xia/SBM Offshore) After a journey of 2,300 nautical miles, the Fast4Ward® hull has safely arrived at Keppel yard in Singapore from China. This is SBM Offshore’s first generic hull, the Multi-Purpose Floater (MPF1) in its series of hulls currently under construction. This first, new build hull was completed by Chinese yard SWS in December and is part of our industry-changing, Fast4Ward program. The hull’s arrival represents a significant milestone on the path to delivering the Company’s first standardized FPSO.The hull was completed in less than two years from first steel cut in March 2018. The MPF1 hull was allocated to the Liza Unity FPSO for offshore Guyana, following Final Investment Decision (FID) by ExxonMobil, Hess and CNOOC in May 2019. This milestone is in line with our client’s project schedule, which targets Liza Phase 2 start-up in early 2022. Source: Company Press Release The hull’s arrival represents a significant milestone on the path to delivering the Company’s first standardized FPSOlast_img read more

Recon secures contract for Garraf oilfield in Iraq

first_imgRecon will be responsible for the engineering design services and technical support to the procurement, construction, commissioning activities The Garraf oilfield is estimated to hold 1.3 billion barrels of oil reserves. (Credit: Pixabay/Adam Radosavljevic) China’s oil and gas field service company Recon Technology has secured a $2.8m engineering and construction service subcontract for a heavy oil transportation system in Garraf oilfield.The subcontract was awarded by engineering, procurement and commissioning services provider, Grand Energy Development.Under the contract, Recon will be responsible for the engineering design services, and technical support to the procurement, construction, commissioning activities.The firm will also provide the training services of the heavy oil transportation system project.Located in the province of Thi Qar, Iraq, around 5km north-west of Al-Refaei city and 85km north of Nasiriya city, the Garraf oilfield is 17.5km long and 5.5km wide.Garraf oilfield is estimated to hold 1.3 billion barrels of oil reservesRecon co-founder and CEO Shenping Yin said: “With advanced technique and wide experiences in the automation and digitalization of oil and gas industry, Recon has a relatively competitive advantage in the engineering design and construction businesses in oilfield segment.“With the successful completion of the project, we expect to construct more oilfield projects and hope to help more oilfields reduce costs and maintain yields at a healthy level in the near future.”The Garraf oilfield is estimated to hold 1.3 billion barrels of oil reserves.The oilfield is undergoing further development in stages, based on the Final Development Plan approved from the Government of Iraq in 2018.It is estimated to achieve crude oil production of approximately 230,000 barrels per day by the end of the year.A heavy oil pipeline with a total intended capacity of 275,000 barrels per day will be constructed to support the Garraf production target.Recon in engaged in supplying China’s largest oil exploration companies with advanced automated technologies, gathering and transportation equipment and reservoir stimulation measures.The measures are intended for increasing petroleum extraction levels, reducing impurities and lowering production costs.last_img read more

Russia’s Gazprom launches $1.3bn Euro+ complex at Moscow Refinery

first_imgThe Euro+ facility forms part of Phase II of the Moscow Refinery modernisation programme Russia President Vladimir Putin during the official launch of the Euro+ complex at the Moscow Refinery. (Credit: kremlin.ru/ Gazprom Neft PJSC) Gazprom Neft has announced the launch of the new RUB98bn ($1.3bn) Euro+ complex at the Moscow Refinery located in Russia.The Euro+ facility is said to be a key project under Phase II of the Moscow Refinery’s modernisation programme, which started in 2011. The second phase of the modernisation project is scheduled for completion by 2021.Commenting on the launch, Russia President Vladimir Putin said: “This launch marks the completion of a crucially important major project. I should stress that, with the commissioning of the Euro+ complex, 80% of the Moscow Refinery will now have been modernised.“And, in this case, not only have production and other facilities been built and upgraded — new, modern treatment facilities have also been constructed, and regular air-quality monitoring has been put in place.“All of which is setting game-changing environmental standards, and improving people’s quality of life.”The Moscow Refinery’s Euro+ facility is designed to enable the production of gasoline and diesel fuels and aviation kerosene while reducing environmental impacts.The commissioning of the Euro+ facility follows the decommissioning of the Moscow Refinery’s five obsolete previous-generation installations.Gazprom Neft CEO and management board chairman Alexander Dyukov said: “This complex brings together modern oil refining technologies, some of the highest levels of automation in the industry, and innovative digital solutions.”Moscow Refinery upgrade project estimated to cost $4.9bnGazprom Neft expects the total investment in Moscow Refinery upgrade project from 2011 to 2025 to reach RUB350bn ($4.9bn).Russian Minister for Energy Alexander Novak said: “The launch of the Euro+ facility is a landmark event for our refining industry, and for the people of Moscow and Russia.“This launch will also facilitate an increase in exports of these products — something that is fully consistent with the objectives the President has set for the refining industry, and fully consistent with the Presidential Decree on National Projects signed just two days ago.”Last year, Gazprom Neft reported the completion of the first-phase construction of the Biosphere water treatment facility at Russia’s Omsk Refinery.last_img read more

New portal Yellf claims its leads will be better quality

first_imgYou wouldn’t think there was much room for another property portal in the UK or anyone left with the money and courage to muscle in on the existing three.Despite this, a City-based company is launching Yellf which is to charge agents between £159.99 and £279.99 a month and says it has already begun contacting branches to sell packages.Yellf, which is short for Yellow Fish Property, hasn’t gone live yet but says it will be more than just a medium for listing properties offering a free ‘one-stop-shop’ to those buying or renting a home including agent reviews, price indices, market statistics, crime data and travel information.According to Companies House, Yellf was registered in November although it has been active on Twitter since September last year.Yellf also says its ‘information’ approach will deliver more serious qualified leads to agents than other portals because buyers and tenants will be less likely to be window shoppers, which in turn will “save agents time and money”, says founder and sole director Edwin Bouhene, 48.Agents will also receive an ‘unrivalled support package’ and be offered a paid-for tailored digital service that will include daily Facebook and Twitter content for agents.“The management team at Yellf.co.uk fully expect that their revolutionary new website will be met with scepticism even pre-launch as they are operating in a highly competitive market,” says Bouhene.“They are just asking that, very much like a new car, agents test drive Yellf.co.uk and once they have experienced the website, its features, functionality and benefits to their business, provide the company with an honest review.”property portals Edwin Bouhene Yellf December 12, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » New portal Yellf claims its leads will be better quality previous nextMarketingNew portal Yellf claims its leads will be better qualityYoung start-up says its service will be unique and include social media elementNigel Lewis12th December 201601,027 Viewslast_img read more

Hundreds of agents go back to ZPG

first_imgHome » News » Hundreds of agents go back to ZPG previous nextProptechHundreds of agents go back to ZPGThe Negotiator3rd August 20170522 Views ZPG, owner of Zoopla and PrimeLocation, reports that over 800 estate agency branches have left Onthemarket (OTM) to re-join ZPG over the past two years.The latest return came from the famous London agent Cluttons, which re-joined Zoopla just weeks after it went into pre-pack administration in May, a legal move that enables a struggling UK business to be bought before going into administration.As part of the overhaul of the business, the 250-year-old company and its six branches in the UK re-joined Zoopla in May and, Zoopla says, gained 100 leads across its office network during the first 24 hours.Ian Odam, Director of Jeanes Holland Burnell, a multi-branch agency based in Somerset, said, “In January 2015 we joined Onthemarket. After two years of supporting the OTM project, we felt unable to sustain our membership with them any longer as we believed we were missing out by not listing our stock with ZPG. In December 2016, we re-listed with ZPG and such has been the response that our offices received as many leads in the first few weeks as we received in the previous 6 months with Onthemarket and is on par with the number we receive from Rightmove.”Mark Goddard, Managing Director of ZPG Property Services said, “Agents are increasingly feeling the pain of spending marketing budgets inefficiently and missing out on the enormous exposure we provide. We welcome back any agent who wishes to enjoy the benefits that most of their competitors do. Our agent partners benefit from the most cost-effective brand exposure and lead generation as well as a wide range of tools that allow them to generate additional revenues.”Prime Location Zoopla ZPG August 3, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

It’s a U-turn! Government set to recommend national register for landlords

first_imgHome » News » It’s a U-turn! Government set to recommend national register for landlords previous nextRegulation & LawIt’s a U-turn! Government set to recommend national register for landlordsDespite statements in parliament criticising register for “adding bureaucracy”, ministers have changed their minds.Nigel Lewis25th June 20191 Comment2,852 Views The government is to perform a U-turn and is now set to recommend that a national register of landlords is introduced, its review of the UK’s selective licensing schemes is to reveal.Ministers have until now been vocal in their opposition to such a scheme and in February last year Heather Wheeler MP told parliament that: “The Government does not support a mandatory register of private landlords.“The majority of landlords provide decent and well managed accommodation and requiring those landlords to sign up to a national register would introduce an unnecessary and costly additional layer of bureaucracy.”But it is understood that the partial success of Rent Smart Wales, which is a national register of landlords by the back door, and Scotland’s compulsory scheme, are believed to have swayed the government to recommend a similar scheme for England.John Stewart (left), Policy Manager for the Residential Landlords Association, said: “Ministers have repeatedly made clear that a national register of landlords would become an unnecessary and costly additional layer of bureaucracy. We agree. All it would become is a list of good landlords which brings us no closer to finding the crooks that operate under the radar.”Licensing reviewIn June last year the government revealed its intention to review selective licensing in the UK, which has seen an increasing trend in local authorities bringing in blanket licensing both for HMO and general rental properties.The latest to introduce this, as The Negotiator reported last week, is Lewisham council, which has asked the Secretary of State for permission to licence all of the privately rented properties within its boundaries.In January this year it was also announced that all landlords are to be required to join a redress scheme. June 25, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 25th June 2019 at 9:55 amGood idea, well overdue but why oh why do government have to be so underhand?Next thing though will be the cost, wait for government to fleece landlords yet again!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Savills wins key contract to advise on England’s newest town… Northstowe

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Savills wins key contract to advise on England’s newest town… Northstowe previous nextLand & New HomesSavills wins key contract to advise on England’s newest town… NorthstoweThe agency’s Cambridge team is advising Homes England on what will be the largest new conurbation to be built since Milton Keynes.Sheila Manchester2nd October 201901,149 Views Savills has won a key contract to advise Homes England on the next stage of the UK’s largest new town since Milton Keynes. The development team at Savills Cambridge will help with the delivery of phase two of the development at Northstowe, to the north west of Cambridge.Some 350 homes have been built so far on phase 1 of the scheme. Homes England is leading the delivery of the next two phases, which include developing the town centre and building 8,500 homes by 2040.The agency’s local and Public Sector Land teams are providing consultancy and disposal advice on the remainder of phase two, which includes residential schemes and the delivery of the town centre. They will deliver guidance on the timing of the town centre development in relation to the residential units and how the mixed use aspect – retail, leisure and community facilities – meets changing market conditions.Abigail Jones, Associate Director in the Development team at Savills Cambridge (left), said, “Northstowe is a major new development in the heart of our patch. The town centre will be the focus of life within Northstowe with the opportunity to create a vibrant and distinctive identity.”The marketing of Phase 2b, with 250 dwellings with 40% starter homes, is underway, as are the first stages of the town centre strategy. Northstowe will be the largest new town since Milton Keynes, with 10,000 new homes proposed.Mike Goulding Head of Strategic Land at Homes England added, “We’re developing a community that will provide the homes, infrastructure and facilities people in South Cambridgeshire need. Strong local partnerships are key to the project’s success, so we’re pleased to have Savills join us and look forward to working with them.”Read more about Homes England. northstowe Alex McKinlay Mike Goulding Homes England Savills Cambridge October 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Propertymark reveals its new chief – Tim Balcon

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Propertymark reveals its new chief – Tim Balcon previous nextAssociations & BodiesPropertymark reveals its new chief – Tim BalconAfter several months of revolving doors including the departure of David Cox and Chris Hamer, the trade association has appointed a non-property figure to be its CEO.Nigel Lewis24th September 20202 Comments2,281 Views Propertymark has revealed its first overall CEO – Tim Balcon – who until recently led the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.Balcon has been picked for his 20-year track record in turning around organisations like Propertymark and growing membership – not for any history in the property market. As we reported in July, the recruitment spec for the job excluded any mention of property industry experience.Balcon has previously worked at exams regulator Ofqual as well as an energy industry skills organisation and a vocational training advisory committee.“Housing is arguably the most important portfolio within the economic playbook and I look forward to bringing my experience of regulation, Government oversight and educational strategy along with my experience inside a number of different membership bodies, to bear on the next stage of the business’s development,” he says.Controversial departuresBalcon’s arrival follows the controversial departure of ARLA chief David Cox and the announcement that Mark Hayward, NAEA Chief Executive, is to retire.Also, earlier this month Propertymark’s chairman Chris Hamer abruptly resigned, which Propertymark says was his decision.It has also been confirmed that Nicky Heathcote, Senior Independent Director of Propertymark is to be its Interim Chair following Chris Hamer exit.Nicky has been a Non-Executive Director at Propertymark for two years and has over 30 years’ experience in the property sector and sits on numerous industry and government advisor boards.Nicky Heathcote says: “On behalf of the Board I warmly welcome Tim to Propertymark. We are delighted to have found someone of Tim’s calibre, he brings substantial understanding of professional membership bodies and his leadership qualities will be invaluable as Propertymark navigates a changing sector and forthcoming legislation on behalf of our members.”Balcon adds: “I am thrilled to join Propertymark at such a pivotal juncture. “I welcome the opportunity to work closely with members over the coming months to ensure that we continue to serve them and represent their interests, enforcing high standards and playing our part in shaping housing policy.”tim balcon Mark Hayward propertymark chris hamer David Cox September 24, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 28th September 2020 at 1:54 pmI wish Mr Balcon well with his new position, and his background in growing memberships is an obvious advantage, at least for Propertymark. My worries are though, that the rank and file membership who need guidance with how the property industry is moving, especially the role of technology, may get limited help in this vertical.Growing membership is one thing, running training courses and charging for them another, charging annual subscriptions for membership another, but actually helping property professionals on the front line make sense of a quickly changing commercial world is another. Where the reach of technology doubles each year, and is not a linear progression, which is why so many other industries have seen great established businesses wiped out very quickly as they failed to adapt.Log in to ReplyFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 24th September 2020 at 10:32 amRight, so this is really is all about aligning themselves ready for ROPA. Stuff the members, and their need for someone who has a decent property background 🙁Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Hacker attacks on smaller estate agencies are increasing, claims IT firm

first_imgA leading IT supplier to the property industry says its seeing more and more smaller estate agencies being targeted by hackers as larger corporates have made it more difficult for criminals to infiltrate their own systems.Totality Services, which offers cloud-based IT solutions to a variety of businesses, says too many SME estate agencies do not invest in IT security or on the right security, so they are more likely to be the victims of fraud such as mailbox hacking or data theft.“The majority of new business enquiries we receive from property businesses are after they have been through the harrowing experience of a hacking or internal leak, but we also see many property businesses wanting better service too,” says co-founder Luis Navarro tells The Negotiator.“It’s very common to see a start-up estate agency going with a local one-man-band or a small IT support provider, and as they grow the service levels drop, and the all-important strategic and security advice just isn’t there.”Navarro also warns that today’s negotiators, armed with multiple devices including phones, tablets and laptops – and particularly so since home working has become the norm – are more vulnerable to hackers.“All business-critical data should be backed up with a 3rd party provider,” he says.“Company-wide security settings should be deployed such as regular enforced password changes and screen lock after a few minutes of inactivity and no staff member should be able to change these settings.“And agents should deploy DNS protection to prevent ‘man in the middle’ attacks on all laptops and PCs.“This solution provides an additional layer of protection when accessing the internet from outside the office – it blacklists dangerous sites and filters out unwanted content.”Totality Services Luis Navarro hacking February 2, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Hacker attacks on smaller estate agencies are increasing, claims IT firm previous nextProducts & ServicesHacker attacks on smaller estate agencies are increasing, claims IT firmCriminals are turning their digital gaze to more vulnerable SME estate agencies as larger and corporate rivals spend more on security.Nigel Lewis2nd February 202101,413 Viewslast_img read more

Equestrian Canada Approves New Corporate Reserve Fund

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. Horse Sport Enews Email* SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved a new Corporate Reserve Fund Policy, which will take effect on May 1, 2021.The Corporate Reserve Fund ensures that EC is positioned to respond effectively to variable economic conditions and to fund special projects that align with strategic goals while, at the same time, safeguarding its operational budgets, providing financial stability and ensuring that it can seamlessly fulfill its mission for years to come.“The Corporate Reserve Fund allows us to build a financial reserve that protects our activities against emergency situations, such as natural disasters, revenue losses, and, of course, pandemics,” said EC President, Chris Sorensen. “The Fund may also be used for a variety of key activities and special projects that are aligned with our Strategic Plan.”Corporate reserve funds are created to protect not-for-profit organizations and to ensure that emergency funds are available to support them, if required. Organizations that establish reserve funds must adhere to a Board-approved reserve fund policy that explicitly documents the reasons for maintaining the reserve balances; how the reserve amounts were calculated and quantified; and how the reserve amounts will ultimately be used.“Our new Corporate Reserve Fund Policy was developed over the past year, and, recently, was further adjusted in response to feedback we received from our Operational Committees last December, when we first presented the policy,” explained EC CEO, Meg Krueger. “We decided to slow down the review process and take the time to address their very real concerns. We re-presented the policy framework to the Committees in March and April, adding further detail on historical balances and future funds, and it has been a positive process that shows real solidarity in our sport.”One of the recent modifications made to the Corporate Reserve Fund Policy pertains to the use of historical balances, which will be drawn down over time, with all future Corporate Reserve Fund deposits specifically allocated to building the Corporate Reserve Fund.“As chair of the Jumping Committee, I have been very concerned about the reserve fund topic. I’m so pleased to say that in working with Meg, I feel the major issues of our committee were addressed. Meg has undertaken a collaborative approach to moving forward with a forward-thinking strategic policy that will allow the disciplines to thrive, as well as protect EC from unforeseen financial difficulties like we’ve all been facing through this pandemic,” said EC Jumping Committee Chair, Karen Sparks.EC Endurance Committee Chair, Dessia Miller, added, “Navigating through EC governance and accounting practice changes over the past six years has sometimes been very challenging for our relatively small discipline. We are pleased to see that the Endurance Committee’s efforts over that period have resulted in an equitable financial structure that maintains the integrity of funds specifically ear-marked for international endurance competition. There is more accountability that in turn offers freedom to grow endurance programs both nationally and internationally without having to fight for our fair share. This is a solid financial foundation that we can build upon.”“We are pleased with the balance this new policy strikes between allowing Committees to continue supporting necessary projects and the common goal of business viability and transparency for the national federation at large,” concluded Equine Medication Control Committee Chair, Dr. Yves Rossier.EC’s Corporate Reserve Fund will ensure:EC’s ability to manage its cash flow and maintain financial flexibility when needed;The long‐ term financial stability of EC and its ability to respond to varying economic conditions;The availability of emergency funds to support EC when required;The availability of supplementary funding for special projects to assist in achieving EC’s strategic goals; and,The capacity of EC to continuously carry out its mission – “to lead, support, promote, govern and advocate for the equine and equestrian community in Canada” – for years to come.EC’s Corporate Reserve Fund will be developed over a 10-year period and the goal is for it to reach 50% of EC’s annual operational budget in that time and to provide necessary financial support for special projects across the organization that help achieve EC’s strategic goals. It will be seeded in May 2021 with a one-time, 15% allocation from each discipline balance and will grow annually, thanks to an annual investment and savings strategy, starting in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.“We are very pleased with the resulting policy. We want to thank our Discipline and Operating Committees for their commitment to fiscal responsibility and their solution-oriented mindset throughout the policy review process,” said Krueger. “When we work together, we always come out stronger.” Tags: Equestrian Canada, Corporate Reserve Fund, last_img read more

Indonesian Navy Orders 10 Warships

first_img View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: orders View post tag: Warships View post tag: 10 View post tag: Indonesian View post tag: News by topic National ship-building company PT Palindo Marine Industri located in Batam, Riau Islands province, has received an order from the Navy for…By Jimmy Hitipeuw (kompas)[mappress]Source: kompas,April 7, 2011; April 7, 2011 Indonesian Navy Orders 10 Warships Back to overview,Home naval-today Indonesian Navy Orders 10 Warships Share this articlelast_img read more

Japan: Essex Amphibious Ready Group Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Japan: Essex Amphibious Ready Group Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit View post tag: usa View post tag: Ready View post tag: marine View post tag: Unit View post tag: Navy View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Embarks View post tag: Essex View post tag: Expeditionary View post tag: Groupcenter_img View post tag: Japan View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic September 28, 2011 Training & Education Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) embarked more than 2,000 Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan for the ARG’s amphibious integration training (AIT), and certification exercise (CERTEX) Sept. 26.The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) worked hand-in-hand with the Marines to safely load personnel, equipment and vehicles in support of the upcoming training and exercise.Throughout the AIT period, the MEU will conduct various exercise raids, ship-to-shore movements, flight operations and visit board search and seizure exercises.“The embarkation of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit allows our amphibious ships to train for real world situations”, said Capt. Bradley Lee, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11.During the exercises, ARG ships will conduct flight and well deck operations at sea across all of the platforms. The exercise will aid the ships of the ARG in remaining proficient in flight operations, well deck operations, ballasting, surface craft control, navigating close to shore and numerous deck evolutions, all of which may be called upon if the ARG is needed to assist in a disaster relief mission.“Working with the MEU allows our Sailors to increase their overall effectiveness at conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, a core capability of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy,” said Lee.The MEU will work with the ARG in conducting amphibious raids via landing craft air cushions (LCAC) landing craft utility vehicles, and amphibious assault vehicles.AIT and CERTEX give the ARG and the MEU the opportunity to practice their skill sets in a combined and joint environment and are designed to increase both unit’s effectiveness.“The ability to work jointly with our Navy brethren is crucial to our contingency response mission in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Marine Capt. Andrew Reaves, 31st MEU​ fires officer. “Given the rapid major subordinate element turnover of the MEU, conducting regular joint training like AIT is vital in maintaining unit readiness and proficiency in core competencies.”AIT and CERTEX are important in assessing the ARG and MEU’s ability to conduct operational maneuvering from sea to shore before supporting bilateral exercises or contingency missions, said Reaves.“Thirty-first MEU’s amphibious integration training is a crucial event which allows the Marines of the MEU to conduct training and practice integration with our Navy counterparts of the amphibious ready group,” said Reaves.In order to conduct the exercise and various training evolutions, the ARG’s combat cargo department had to onload 242 pieces of cargo, 33 trailers and more than 60 vehicles across three ships.“The onload went very well,” said Gunnery Sgt. John W. Janney, Essex senior combat cargo assistant. “We completed it with the rising tides, and we were able to kick out one LCAC in the middle of operations. We were able to use the two weeks before we got under way to get our Marines trained and licensed to operate the forklifts, and they knocked it out of the park.”Essex Amphibious Ready Group reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. J. Scott Jones, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.[mappress]Source: navy, September 28, 2011 View post tag: 31st Japan: Essex Amphibious Ready Group Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Share this articlelast_img read more

USA: Nightwolves Await Formal Disestablishing amid Budget Cuts

first_img The Nightwolves of Carrier Airborne Warning Squadron (VAW) 77 will be formally disestablished during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, March 9.The Nightwolves, a reserve E-2 squadron based at NASJRB New Orleans, have been responsible for various missions within the strategic reserve including counter-narcotics and human trafficking interdiction, disaster response and missile exercise support.VAW-77 consists of six E-2C Hawkeye aircraft and 112 personnel (72 Full Time Support and 40 Selected Reservists). The squadron’s beginnings go back to 1995, when the U.S. Congress created the reserve squadron as a result of the United States’ escalating war on illegal drug trafficking.VAW-77 received four specially modified E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft optimized for counter-drug missions. As part of the Navy’s post-Cold War role, VAW-77 flight crews patrolled the waters of the Caribbean in joint missions with the U.S. Coast Guard and other drug enforcement agencies in search of illegal aircraft and ships.Due to budgetary constraints, the Navy decided to decommission VAW-77 in fiscal year 13. While this choice was difficult, it was within the limits of the resources available to the Navy. There will always be the need to balance direct warfighting capability against missions like those assigned to VAW-77.“Their last flight was Jan. 29,” said Lt. Cmdr. Erin Wreski, program manager for Commander Naval Air Force Reserve’s (CNAFR) Tactical Support Wing. “Their disestablishment ceremony will be March 9, and the squadron officially closes its doors March 31.“The squadron’s six aircraft will be transferred to other carrier airborne warning squadrons,” Wreski said. “And the squadron members will transfer to various other CNAFR squadrons around the country.”The Navy remains committed to missions within the strategic reserve including counter-narcotics and human trafficking interdiction. Navy ships and aircraft have unique capabilities to detect and monitor criminal activities in the maritime domain, especially tracking the movement, by sea and air, of illicit materials intended for the United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 15, 2013 View post tag: await View post tag: Disestablishing Share this article February 15, 2013 View post tag: Nightwolves USA: Nightwolves Await Formal Disestablishing amid Budget Cuts Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Nightwolves Await Formal Disestablishing amid Budget Cuts View post tag: cuts View post tag: Formal View post tag: usa View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: budgetlast_img read more

Busy HMAS Ballarat Logistics Management on Display

first_img View post tag: logistics View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Ballarat August 2, 2013 View post tag: Display Busy HMAS Ballarat Logistics Management on Display View post tag: Naval View post tag: Management Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Busy HMAS Ballarat Logistics Management on Display View post tag: busy Training & Education View post tag: HMAS A group of Supply Chain and Logistics Management students and professionals attending the biennial Smart Conference and Expo, recently braved the winter rain to participate in a site visit to Fleet Base East and to HMAS Ballarat.As the Smart Conference aimed to immerse delegates in the latest information and knowledge on supply chain and logistics management, visiting Ballarat offered a unique insight into the logistical challenges and opportunities the RAN presents.Commander 8th Brigade, Brigadier Allan Murray, a professional logistician and past national president of the Logistics Association of Australia said that as industry is keen to learn from Defence, especially its ability to manage complex spare parts and also to put in place supply chains at short notice in degraded environments, the visit to Ballarat was a great opportunity.I gained a good understanding of the difficulty you face in storing inventory and the limitations of space onboard. The amount of manual handling required to move stores throughout the ship of your type is another difficulty,” BRIG Murray said.Another factor is the fatigue management noting your busy time at sea. It’s definitely not a warehouse, it is a fighting Ship and rightly that fact takes primacy over civilian approaches to logistics.”Coinciding with these visits has been the pre-work up training including 5 Inch and 12.7mm gunnery, warfare serials, seamanship evolutions and officer of the watch manoeuvres with HMA Ships Perth andStuart and ESPS Cantabria.LEUT Dylan Phillips who was involved in coordinating the visits along with developing the training plan in his role as the Operations Officer said the past month had been a very busy period for Ballaratespecially with the shake downs and work up training.Although it has been extremely busy it is a great opportunity to bring the ship back together after a long period alongside in maintenance” LEUT Phillips said.At the same time it is hosting different groups of personnel onboard provides an excellent opportunity to show off Ballarat and showcase what the Navy does”[mappress]Press Release, August 2, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navylast_img read more

UK: Royal Navy to Overhaul Interiors of Ships and Subs

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Share this article April 17, 2014 View post tag: Interiors View post tag: Royal Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy to Overhaul Interiors of Ships and Subs Industry news View post tag: Subs View post tag: Navy The investment by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to refurbish chairs, mattress covers, bed linen and curtains across the fleet will secure more than 200 jobs at Lang & Potter.New materials and colours schemes will be used to improve recreational and living areas for crews, who can be at sea for up to 180 days at a time.The MOD’s Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Vice Admiral Simon Lister, said:“It’s easy to underestimate the importance of the living conditions at sea. The quality of the ship’s furnishings is important to keep crews safe and comfortable whilst deployed around the world.Supporting this British small business will create more jobs, and keep morale high both in Plymouth and at sea.”Lang & Potter will provide new soft furnishings to the Royal Navy over the next 4 years. The contract will enable them to recruit and train new staff adding to a team of over 200.David Potter, Managing Director at Lang & Potter, said:“We are extremely pleased to have won this contract to deliver highly specialised textiles that meet the Royal Navy’s stringent requirements whilst helping men and women at sea feel as much at home as possible. It’s a challenge we are very much looking forward to, and we hope to bring some innovative ideas that provide both value for money and improved practicalities.Winning this contract will safeguard existing jobs at Lang and Potter and will enable us to recruit and train new staff.”[mappress]Press Release, April 17, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Overhaul View post tag: UK View post tag: and A Plymouth-based company has been awarded a £5 million contract to overhaul the interiors of all the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines. UK: Royal Navy to Overhaul Interiors of Ships and Subs View post tag: shipslast_img read more

Australia: Vertical Launch System Installed in First AWD

first_img View post tag: system Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Vertical Launch System Installed in First AWD Industry news The Vertical Launch System (VLS) has been successfully installed in the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD). Combat proven with more than 3,500 successful missile firings, the MK 41 VLS module has been deployed by 12 navies, in more than 20 different ship classes in more than 180 ships. View post tag: AWD The system is a modular design with the basic foundation being an eight-cell MK 41 VLS module that can be assembled in desired numbers to meet specific mission and hull requirements. It is approximately 6.7 metres long and is installed below deck.A considerable amount of pre-work was undertaken to ensure installation ran smoothly and due to the sensitivity of the equipment on the VLS modules, a weather-tight staging area was constructed to ensure there was no risk of the equipment getting wet.The nature of the lift was a first, made possible by using the Manitowoc crane’s two hooks to successfully rotate the equipment from the horizontal to the vertical, and save time during the rotation. Traditionally, this is done using two separate cranes by BIW in the United States.The installation was a highly precise exercise, with an allowance of only 1mm on one side, and up to 10mm on other sides. Expert guidance was provided by a Test Director who travelled from the United States to verify the installation checkpoints.The success of the operation was evident when the first two modules were installed on the first day and the remaining four modules on the second day, when the schedule had allowed for the installation of one module per day.The thoroughness of preparation, organisation and team work allowed this significant time saving and further, through lessons learned in the installation to ship 01, the rigging team believe that it may be possible to load out all six modules in just one day for the remaining ships.[mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2014; Image: ASC Australia: Vertical Launch System Installed in First AWD May 7, 2014 View post tag: verticalcenter_img View post tag: launch View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: installed View post tag: first View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

HMAS Cerberus Incident Resolved

first_img HMAS Cerberus Incident Resolved View post tag: Incident Authorities View post tag: Asia-Pacific After a routine inspection at HMAS Cerberus yesterday morning resulted in suspected hazardous material being located in a residential unit, a 400 metre safety zone was established around the accommodation block.Victoria Police attended the scene and assessed that there was no suspicious material. However, there were some hazardous items identified which Defence does not permit to be stored in on-base accommodation.A Defence member was taken for questioning by Victoria Police, but was later released without charge.All restrictions on the movement of personnel around the base have now been lifted and activities at the base have returned to normal.Defence is providing support to the member who was questioned.[mappress mapid=”14088″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMAS Cerberus View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Cerberus Incident Resolved October 17, 2014 View post tag: Resolved Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Grimsby Joins Exercise Noble Justification

first_img View post tag: europe View post tag: NATO View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Atlantic Ocean Authorities October 21, 2014 View post tag: HMS Grimsby Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Grimsby Joins Exercise Noble Justification View post tag: Exercise View post tag: joins View post tag: Navy HMS Grimsby recently joined a fleet of NATO warships to take part in Exercise Noble Justification in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean.The Faslane-based minehunter is taking part in the exercise which encompasses anti-submarine and electronic warfare components as well as the full range of surface and air combatants including B52 Stratofortress bombers.The aim of Noble Justification is to prepare and test NATO countries for a rapid response to an emerging issue.Alongside Grimsby will be 23 warships: ten frigates, two amphibious ships, five auxiliary ships and five minehunters along with a number of submarines, small units and marines.Ultimately the exercise is being played out to validate the Spanish Maritime Forces as the 2015 NATO Maritime Response Force, as well as strengthening interoperability and partnership between NATO allies.HMS Grimsby’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Will King, said:Exercise Noble Justification is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my ship’s company to work alongside our allied NATO nations, develop force integration and increase our readiness.Although we are constantly training with our partner nations, this is the first time that many of my sailors have taken part in such a large scale exercise of this nature – it is a very worthwhile opportunity for us.NATO Allied Maritime Command, based at Northwood, is responsible for directing the exercise, ensuring that the NATO Response Force faces a realistic and demanding scenario, with a number of challenges.NATO’s Maritime Commander, Vice Admiral Peter Hudson RN, added:Exercise Noble Justification exercises a high density, high threat scenario in which NATO responds to a threat to its integrity and the sovereignty of its member states.Noble Justification runs until October 26.[mappress mapid=”14138″]Press release, Image: UK Navy HMS Grimsby Joins Exercise Noble Justification View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: Naval View post tag: Noble Justification Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Abraham Lincoln Advances 236 Sailors

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln Advances 236 Sailors View post tag: Advances Share this article View post tag: 236 Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) gathered on the track at Huntington Hall not just for weekly physical fitness training, but for the results of the advancement exams, Nov. 21. The tension was thick and the faces were painted with nervous excitement as Sailors waited to hear their names called. The crowd of Sailors fell silent when Capt. Todd Marzano, Lincoln’s executive officer, stepped up to the microphone and said, “We’re going to start with the new First Class Petty Officers …”Exactly 236 Lincoln Sailors advanced to 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Class Petty Officer, respectively. As expected, advancements to E-4, E-5, and E-6 have risen compared to last cycle’s results of 184 advancing.Marzano expressed his pride in all of the Lincoln Sailors who advanced to the next rank.“The number of Sailors who advanced is significantly higher than last years’ numbers,” Marzano said. “It’s really a testament to the professionalism and hard work of all the Lincoln Sailors.”Many Sailors who advanced this cycle, such as Fire Controlman 3rd Class Joseph Williams, have taken the advancement test multiple times, which made the feeling that much more rewarding, he commented.“Now that I made [Petty Officer] 2nd Class, I feel relieved,” Williams said. “I’m glad I finally have the opportunity to step up to bigger and better things in my career.”Fire Controlman 2nd Class Travis Raub also advanced this cycle, and is looking forward to the responsibilities expected of him, given this new rank.“I’ve been in the Navy for six years, and I’m proud to have made [Petty Officer] 1st Class,” Raub said.For Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Darin Speers, his newly acquired rank is a chance for him to prove himself, take on more responsibilities, and be better equipped to support the command’s mission.“Now that I’ve advanced, this is a good way for me to develop my leadership qualities,” Speers said. “I know that I deserve it because I worked hard for it, now I have to step up and take on more of a leadership role.”Lincoln is currently undergoing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class carriers.[mappress mapid=”14538″]Press Release; Image: US Navy View post tag: Maritime View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Abrahamcenter_img Training & Education USS Abraham Lincoln Advances 236 Sailors View post tag: sailors View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: USS November 24, 2014last_img read more

US approves sale of 15 patrol boats to Kuwait

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US approves sale of 15 patrol boats to Kuwait February 21, 2018 US approves sale of 15 patrol boats to Kuwait Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Kuwait Navy The US state department has approved the possible sale of 15 fast patrol boats to Kuwait under a contract worth an estimated $100 million.According to an announcement from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Kuwait government requested the sale of fifteen fast patrol boats outfitted with two .50 caliber machine guns each.Kuwait ordered a total of 36 machine guns, thirty installed and six spares.The boats would be built by Vigor subsidiary Kvichak at their Kent, Washington, site. Kuwait intends to use the boats for patrol, interdiction, and maritime protection. View post tag: USlast_img read more

NAVCENT wraps up exercise Lucky Mariner 18

first_img US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), representatives from Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) and the commercial shipping industry completed exercise Lucky Mariner on April 11.Lucky Mariner is an annual exercise led by NAVCENT’s Task Force 55 (TF 55), focusing on NCAGS skill sets employed against threats to shipping, deconflicting military operations with commercial shipping and maintaining the free flow of commerce in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.“Military and commercial partnerships are key to preserving the free flow of commerce in this critically important region with three major choke points. Lucky Mariner allows us to practice naval cooperation and guidance for shipping skill sets, which are essential to maritime security and the global economy,” Cmdr. Daniel Gavigan, Commanding Officer of NR NCAGS Chicago supporting TF 55, said.The exercise practiced the coordination and mobilization of NCAGS, a component of US Fleet Forces, and the commercial shipping industry, providing Fleet Commanders assistance in risk management by providing situational awareness and real-time interpretation of the merchant shipping landscape.The twenty-one-day exercise included the embarkation of NCAGS shipping coordination teams onto commercial vessel Safmarine Kuramo.Capt. Nikolaus Keydel, master of M/V Safmarine Kuramo, a containership, explained that voyages through the northern Persian Gulf have been peaceful in recent years, attributing that peace to the continued presence of US Navy forces in the region.NAVCENT is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. View post tag: NCAGS NAVCENT wraps up exercise Lucky Mariner 18 View post tag: NAVCENT April 16, 2018center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today NAVCENT wraps up exercise Lucky Mariner 18 View post tag: Lucky Mariner 18 Share this articlelast_img read more

Royal Navy’s greenest ship makes its Portsmouth debut

first_img navaltoday Royal Navy’s greenest ship makes its Portsmouth debut View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Portsmouth Naval Base April 3, 2020, by View post tag: HMS Tamarcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s greenest ship makes its Portsmouth debut The Royal Navy’s new offshore patrol vessel HMS Tamar has arrived in its homeport of Portsmouth for the first time, becoming the fourth of five new OPVs to be delivered from Glasgow shipyards.HMS Tamar – which has the accolade of being the greenest vessel the navy has ever had — will now spend time on tests and trials allowing its crew to become acquainted with the vessel before they begin operational sea training together.In the meantime, the crew are ready to assist the UK government as part of defense’s contribution to tackling the coronavirus epidemic if called upon.“It’s a great achievement for both the ship’s company and our partners in BAE Naval Ships who built Tamar to arrive at Portsmouth Naval Base and begin her generation to a multi-role patrol vessel,” Lieutenant Commander Mike Hutchinson, Commanding Officer of HMS Tamar, commented.“While many of our colleagues across the Armed Forces are already supporting the NHS during the immediate Covid-19 response, our current focus is on bringing Tamar to readiness so that the Royal Navy’s mission to protect our long-term national interests at home and overseas continues.”The ship is the first of its class to have a urea filter installed which will reduce damaging diesel exhaust emissions by about 90%.It is hoped a formal commissioning ceremony will take place later in the year.HMS Tamar’s other sisters are already taking on vital maritime security work, with HMS Forth patrolling the Falkland Islands and HMS Medway in the Caribbean.HMS Tamar and its sister ships are larger, faster and able to stay at sea for longer than many comparable vessels. The vessel carries a 30mm main cannon, can conduct helicopter operations and can embark up to 50 personnel, in addition to about 40 crew.Five refined River class OPVs were ordered in 2014 to supplement those already in the navy’s fleet. The final vessel, HMS Spey, is in fitting-out on the Clyde and will also be based in Portsmouth. Vessels Share this articlelast_img read more

Deputy Director

first_img• Serves as second in command to the Massey Cancer Center Directorand plays a major role in overall research planning and developmentof the Center• Plays a significant role in ensuring all Center activities are inline with the mission, vision, core values, strategic goals, andstrategies to achieve those goals• Leads key strategic activities as assigned by the Director (e.g.,the development of strategic action plans and metrics for short-and long-term goals)• Works with Massey Director, Associate Directors and ProgramLeaders to determine research direction by identifying andprioritize scientific priorities and initiatives• Assists Director with facilitating the integration of basic,translational, clinical and cancer control research• Facilitates integration among members and senior leaders topromote collaborations leading to translation of science intoclinical arena• Works collaboratively with cancer service line leaders to buildclinical research infrastructure within the hospital setting• Leads development of CCSG renewal and charged with developingcomprehensive strategy.• Provides input to Director on research related budgetary andfiscal priorities and allocation of resources• Serves as a leader in scientific faculty recruitments• Assists with setting the agenda for Sr. Leadership meetings(e.g., Executive Committee and other meetings) serves as Chair inabsence of Director• Sets agenda and serves as the chair of the Scientific SteeringCommittee• Serves as the chair of the Space Committee and responsible foroverall development of space plan and review• Actively participate in fund raising activities, help identifyopportunities, and have recurring meetings with developmentofficers to cultivate prospective donors.• Responsible for reviewing endowments (chairs, professorships,scholars) and providing recommendations to the Massey Director onreappointments Preferred Qualifications Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. RankOpen • Terminal degree• Demonstrable leadership experience within a Cancer Center• Sr. Academic level scientist with prior history of tenure trackposition• Extramural funding track record• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment todo so as afaculty member at VCU Tenure StatusTenure Eligible Proposed Hire Date10/01/2021 Number of Months12 Position Responsibilities The mission of the School of Medicine is to provide preeminenteducation to physicians and scientists in order to improve thequality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarlyactivity and a diverse educational context, the School seeks tocreate and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuouslyimprove systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, itis our mission to develop more effective health care practices toaddress the needs of the diverse populations we serve, and toprovide distinguished leadership in the advancement of medicine andscience.The mission of the Massey Cancer Center is to serve as acomprehensive center of excellence in cancer research, preventionand control, patient care and education. Our guiding principles areto make important discoveries about cancer and to translate thesediscoveries rapidly into better prevention, detection, treatmentand control of cancer to enhance the quality of life of allindividuals affected by cancer. Mission or Goal of Unit We invite you to apply for the position of Deputy Director of theMassey Cancer Center. The purpose of the Deputy Director role is toserve as the second in command to the Center Director and toprovide leadership and direction with other members of the seniorleadership team for the Center, comprising the Executive Committeefor Massey Cancer Center ( MCC ) in the furtherance of the missionto improve the lives of all Virginians by delivering cutting-edgecancer care through patient-centered prevention and treatment;high-impact, innovative research; community input and engagement;and education and training of the next generation of researchersand healthcare professionals. The Deputy Director is charged withworking with the Associate Directors, Program Leaders, SharedResource Leaders and members to implement the strategic plans andfacilitate the integration of basic, translational, clinical andcancer control research. The Deputy Director is responsible foridentifying opportunities for strategic growth and development tofacilitate interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary cancer researchso as to harness the considerable intellectual talent andscientific resources of VCU and focus them on solving the nation’scancer problem. Required Qualifications Candidates must submit an application, diversity statement & CVat www.vcujobs.com.As a preeminent national, urban, public research university andacademic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University iscommitted to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – anenvironment where all can thrive in their pursuit ofexcellence.Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions toDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words)providing your career aspirations and contributions towardpromoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement,you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, andfuture academic and professional activities have or will contributeto VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.Note: Examples include working with others to further thegoals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity thattangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed,fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research andscholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoringstudents, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff fromtraditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive andsuccessful organizational experience. Type of SearchNational Diversity Statement InformationFor more information on diversity statements, includingguidelines, please click here .center_img Grant funded position?No Posted SalaryCommensurate with experience Position NumberF66830 School/UnitMassey Cancer Center DepartmentMassey Cancer Center Date Posted11/06/2020 Working TitleDeputy Director Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101530 Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Application Deadline Date Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Application Process/Additional Information Open Until FilledYes • At least 3 years at the level of Associate Director leadership orabove at a Cancer Center• Experience with clinical trials• MD or MD/PhD• Extensive publication record• Extensive evidence of extramural funding• Extensive cancer basic, translational and clinical researchexperience Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3last_img read more

Ten Canoes

first_imgWhen ten Aboriginal men go off on a fishing trip, it becomes apparent that a young man has taken a fancy to another man’s wife. Her husband starts to tell him a tale: ‘A long, long time ago…a story far before long ago. Before we can remember.’ The black and white film blurs into colour as we embark upon a tale of two brothers’ love for the same woman. As the narrator puts it, it is a tale of ‘too many words, but not enough women’. This conflict over a woman leads to confrontation with another tribe in which a stranger is murdered. The upholding of tribal law, revenge, courage, love, and loss are all invoked in the course of the conflict. The story is simple, and told simply, but with a humour and emotional power that belies its naiveté. The director makes effective use of juxtaposed shots; sweeping panoramas of Northern Australian landscape cut suddenly to a close-up of the swollen belly of a naked young woman. Different languages reinforce this sense of contrast as the narrator speaks in English, but the actors in various local dialects; in fact, this is the first feature-length film in an indigenous Aboriginal language. One hundred and fifty spears, ten canoes, three wives…trouble’ reads the film’s tagline, and when it gets it right the story is just that – funny and affecting. These funny moments are somewhat undermined as the sub-titles often reveal yet another melodramatic and doom-ridden epithet. Also, the director’s attempt to make a film which satisfies both local tastes and a Western cinema-going audience’s proclivities can stall it in platitudes and politically correct snapshots. Its greatest asset is David Gulpilil as its narrator, whose lively and witty voice-overs fully exploit the comic scenes. The film attempts to explore Aboriginal culture and beliefs, where we came from, why we’re here and where we’re going using local tribal people whose first ‘acting’ attempts are spot on. For a patient viewer, the film is a powerful exploration of Australia’s cultural heritage.1 JuneRenoir, Barbican,Key Cities Lucy Karstenlast_img read more

Small Change

first_imgBy Max Seddon Samuel Beckett’s influence on Peter Gill is obvious and acknowledged. Beckett as touchstone, in fact, for the drama sans drama is so common in the last thirty years that it goes beyond cliché somewhere, becoming a quasi-religious absolute truth. And yet, this somber little meditation over the kitchen sink from a Welsh slough of despond is more existential and, as far as I’m concerned, more profound than anything the Irishman ever wrote.Childhood neighbors Vincent and Gerard are looking back to the miserable banality of their and their embittered mothers’ lives in the miry torpor of working-class 1950s Cardiff. Twenty years later, while so much has changed, nothing has happened. This life is so real, and yet so lifeless, the very essence of the dying process itself. With nothing left but their memories, they flit in and out of them in search of a comforting, familiar pain. Gerard’s mother (Christa Brodie) is uneasy with the ease in which she can tranquilize herself. “When I was your age I had three or four kids,” she repeats to her son, unable and unwilling to come fully to grips with the gulf between them. Her sadness is not that of pain suffered but that of the onlooker to a tragic act, without the experience or the capacity to feel it herself. “I wish I could cry like that,” she says of Vincent’s mother, who in Ellen Buddle’s care undergoes a slow disintegration.Mrs. Driscoll’s absent husband and wayward son get the better of her resolve, and Buddle looks as angry as she does upset watching the boys from her chair in purgatory. Buddle has one of those strange, captivating faces that can pull off a little boy and a Russian babushka with equal aplomb, and she puts it to excellent use here. Archie Davies’ auspicious debut also deserves a mention; doubtless a starry future awaits him. But what really makes the play so great is the dull glow that sneaks out of it and creeps over you without your noticing. Like James Salter’s prose, Gill’s dialogue can break your heart without ever being consciously “lyrical” or going for firework language. Norris’ troupe justly never overbear onto the script and spoil the magic.Of course, they are men, not Gods. Thanks especially to Brodie’s half-on, half-off Oirish drawl, I had no idea where we were until Norris told me afterwards. The symbolism and the gay touches, especially when Vincent and Gerard are looking at the stars, are a smidge obvious sometimes. As the latter, Alex Worsnip’s statements to the audience are laboredly, unsuccessfully poetic, though they are redeemed by the delicate childish sensitivity he shows playing younger ages. And it did take me a while to work out what was going on; it felt like an AA meeting at first.Yet having seen half the play, in open rehearsal, a week and a half before first performance, I’ve truly been lost for six hundred words. Small Change has an elusive, ethereal blank beauty, rare and precious as a gem. This from a play that brazenly violates every rule in the book, not least by a near total lack of pace, trite, overworked themes, and one cardinal, cardinal sin, the proletarian blackface minstrel act of Oxford students playing salt-of-the-earth types. No small achievement to overcome. This is not to say, now, that anyone involved is a visionary genius. I can’t tell. By its nature this is beauty whose practitioners may not be aware of exactly what makes it so gorgeous and may be unable to repeat it again; in which case all the more reason to see it now. Go.      Dir. Barney NorrisO’Reilly, 7.30pm Weds-Sat4th Weeklast_img read more

Queen’s JCR president fired for 2:2

first_imgNathan Roberts, Queen’s ex-JCR President, has been pressurised to stand down from his position as a result of a dissatisfactory result in prelims.Following below average results in his Trinity collections, the PPE student was given the target of obtaining at least 60 in all Prelims papers by the Tutorial Review Committee(TRC). He was told if he failed to meet the target he would lose the presidency.Roberts obtained a mid-2:2, yet he refused to resign from his position. He explained, “I informed the SeniorTutor I would not resign and asked to present to the TRC again before returning to Oxford. I had spoken brieflyonce so far on the issue and felt it important that I could make the case outlined in the letter.”However, Roberts claimed that the TRC did not wish to see him and he was informed that if he did not resign he would face rustication or expulsion.“I was also told that I would not be able to attend this meeting, not because of formal procedure, but at the committee’s discretion”, he added.The ex-President concluded, “It is my opinion that the decision made by College has not been the right one, nor has it been legitimate. There is nothing in college literature that specifies that the President or anyother Exec member can be removed.”The second year PPEist met with the college executive last week and stood down from his position last weekend.He declined to officially comment on the situation until the extraordinary meeting of the JCR on 11th October,the Sunday of first week.Rebecca Mackintosh, acting Queen’s JCR President and ex-Vicepresident said, “The JCR executive met on Sunday and reviewed and approved the hard work of Nathan Roberts and as such the executive passed a vote of confidence.”Joyce Millar, the academic administrator at The Queen’s college, refused to comment on individual cases.However she added, “It’s an academic institution and we have to concentrate on academics. We review eachcase individually.”Many students disagreed with the decision taken by the college. One Queen’s student commented, “Theydon’t seem to be applying the rules uniformly. I find it difficult to believe that there were other people getting2:2s who were also stopped doing extra- curricular activities.”last_img read more

Trippy Tabs

first_imgTwo Hungarian drug-smugglers received prison sentences last week after attempting to use bookshelves headed for the Cambridge University Library to smuggle amphetamines into the country.The illegal cargo never made it to the ‘Other Place’ as the pair were stopped by the UK Border Agency while trying to enter Britain at Ramsgate in September 2009. Police found £1.3 million worth of speed hidden inside a set of roller-shelves when they searched the lorry.Although the University has been quick to emphasise that the drugs did not make it as far as the library, some students have expressed disappointment at the interception of what could have been a welcome distraction during a day’s work.Sandor Szabo, 45, and Csaba Hollo, 36, each now face six years in prison.last_img read more

London house prices linked to foreign politics

An Oxford University study conducted by two academics at the Saïd Business School has found that property values in the capital have benefitted for over 20 years as wealthy foreign buyers use property as a means to protect their money.The study showed that the impact of the foreign buyers was separable from other factors that affect house prices, such as the government’s Help to Buy scheme. The two academics who conducted the study, Tarun Ramadorai and Cristian Badarinza, said, “This goes a long way towards explaining why London house prices have continued to rise at a disproportionate rate compared with those in the rest of the country, and can also shed light on the well-known fat that capital flows appear to flow ‘uphill’ from relatively poor to relatively rich countries.”London has a status as a ‘safe haven’ due to the apparent tendency for properties there to retain or increase in value regardless of events in other parts of this world, making it an attractive city in which to invest in property. The research showed evidence for this effect in the countries studied, including southern Europe, Chine and the Middle East. Some students in Oxford are skeptical of the safety of investing in property in the UK. One PPE student from Oriel commented: “I think it ironic for the British housing market ever to be considered a safe haven. “The fact that the London market is dominated by foreign buyers is hardly new information. However it is interesting for such a link between political upheaval and economic trends, even between countries at opposite sides of the world, to be affirmed.” The methods used in the study to calculate the effects of ‘safe haven’ demand on house prices could also be applied to other assets, such as gold, and to other major cities. Millions of house price transactions spanning a 15 year period were analysed in the study.The Halifax and Nationwide say that house prices rose around 8% last year, much of which can be attributed to rises in the south-east. The house prices in areas with a high proportion of residents from a particular country were almost 0.5% higher in the months following an increase in that country’s political uncertainty. read more

Oxford to become first city to ban all polluting vehicles

first_imgPolluting cars are set to be banned from Oxford city centre in a newly-announced scheme starting in 2020. The City Council’s plans would make Oxford the world’s first zero emissions zone.The initiative aims to exclude all petrol and diesel cars, including taxis and buses, from six city centre streets. The area would include Queen Street, New Inn Hall Street, Ship Street, St Michael’s Street, and Market Street. Students from colleges inside the new zero emission zone, including St Peter’s and Jesus, would not be able to drive to their colleges when moving in at the beginning of term.This area is projected to expand in several stages over the following 15 years, and would eventually encompass the majority of the city centre.By 2030, at the proposed scheme’s end point, the zero emissions zone would stretch from the train station to Magdalen College, and north to the Museum of Natural History. 23 Oxford colleges would eventually be affected by the ban including Christ Church, New, and St John’s. When asked about the impact on students moving in to their university accommodation, Tanner said: “Either parents will have to use electric vehicles or they’re going to have to walk a bit further, and carry things a bit further.“This is something where everyone is going to play their part to clean up the air in the centre of the city and that means all of us using petrol vehicles less and using electrical vehicles more.”The plans have caused some upset among students at affected colleges. Second-year St Peter’s student Eimer McAuley said: “The new ban on non-electric cars seems both impractical and inconvenient for students at Peter’s.“I don’t really see how it’s possible for people to get their stuff from outside the city centre on foot.”St Peter’s JCR President El Blackwood told Cherwell: “It is frustrating that little provision has been made for students moving in and out of their colleges”.Those who fail to follow the regulations are likely to face penalty charges, similar to the £60 bus gate fines currently levied on motorists caught parking in public transport only zones.Several students have voiced their opinions on the new initiative. Jesus College JCR’s Environment officer, Imogen Dobie, told Cherwell: “This move by the council is a mixed bag for students. “While the practicalities are obviously annoying, it would be extremely exciting to be the first zero emissions zone, especially after the recent warning that Oxford was one of eleven British cities set to breach the safe limits set for PM10s.”In May 2016, Oxford was listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of eleven UK towns and cities failing to meet air quality standards. On Monday, the council is set to launch a six-week consultation on the proposal. It promises to seek responses from all regular travellers through the city centre, including university students. Buses using the route will be replaced by non-fossil fuel alternatives. In total, the proposals are expected to cost £14 million.The plans seek to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the city centre. The zero emissions zone is anticipated to reduce pollution by up to 74 per cent on certain streets and improve the air quality of the city.Several streets, including George Street and High Street, are currently above the European Union’s legal pollution limit of 40 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre.Oxford City Council environment chief, John Tanner, told Cherwell: “In some city centre streets, the pollution is still above the safe level so we really had to take action because this is a health issue which is affecting hundreds of people.“Young children, people who are unwell, and elderly people are already affected. Some die earlier because of this pollution so it’s clearly something we’ve got to act on.“Also, it fits in with our determination to join in the campaign to tackle climate change because we’re encouraging people to switch from using fossil fuels to using green electricity.”last_img read more

Women-only scholarship opened to all genders

first_imgA fellowship previously exclusive to women was made to be availible to all genders after it was deemed illegally discrimanatory last term.The Oxford Council, the university’s senior administrative committee asserted that the award was “discriminatory on the grounds of gender”. A spokesperson for the university cited “complying with legislation” as the primary motivation.The Joanna Randall-MacIver junior research fellowship, established in the 1930s for women in the humanities, is worth £46,800 over two years. The amendment received approval on November 19 2018.The move has provoked a backlash from former recipients. Elizabeth Cullingford, now Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, condemned the change: “There have been ‘men only’ stipulations on most Oxford emoluments for roughly the last thousand years,” she said. “Women, who only became full members of the university in 1920, still have a bit of catching up to do.”But Professor Cullingford conceded that, although regrettable, she would accept the change if “the law requires it.”Another previous recipient, who wished to remain anonymous, also opposed the change: “It’s sad to see the struggle against discrimination being invoked to justify such a move. Men have never been underrepresented among Oxford’s academic staff. Women still are.”Louise Richardson, Oxford’s Vice Chancellor, announced the amendment on November 13 2018. Usually, revisions to university legislation require the backing of 20 academics. But A study this year by the Equality Challenge Unit revealed that women make up 56.5% of undergraduate students but account for just 45.3% of UK academic staff. Many academics support positive action schemes to rebalance gender inequality.Dr Xiaofan Amy Li, a former recipient, said: “I do not think that a women-only scheme is discriminatory towards men, precisely because existing gender bias in society already puts women at a disadvantage.”She also added: “nevertheless, ethnicity bias is a much bigger problem than gender bias in academia and the percentage of BAME academic staff is very low. If the Randall-MacIver fellowship can be opened up to male BAME candidates, that will be a very welcome move.”Women began studying at Oxford in 1870, but were not granted degrees until 1920.The fellowship is funded by the estate of British-born archaeologist David Randall-MacIver. It’s named after his wife Joanna Randall- MacIver, who died in 1932, and was established for “women graduates only.” Notable recipients include archaeologist Georgina Herrman OBE and the Tate’s current Head of Art Historical Research Jennifer Mundy. reforms billed as “administrative changes” can be fast-tracked by the Oxford Council. Proposals can then be opposed by the Oxford Congregation, made up of all Oxford academics, if two letters are sent to Gill Aitken, the university’s Registrar, which in this case were not received.Oxford responded: “Under the 2010 Equality Act, employers are not normally permitted to advertise or recruit to posts open to one gender only. As a consequence, Oxford Uni- versity has changed the terms of a number of historically-created posts so they are no longer gender-specific. The Joanna Randall-MacIver Fellowship is the most recent example.”“The University is very much aware of the lack of women in academic roles and is work- ing to end the imbalance as a priority. Several initiatives to promote equality, including pro- fessional development programmes for female academics, are now well-established and beginning to show an impact.”Employment law regarding academic fellowships is ambiguous. Fellows are technically students, undertaking doctoral research, but receive a stipend and housing allowance of £23,400 per annum. The Equality Act 2010 deems it unlawful to discriminate against gender in posts of employment.Partner at Winckworth Sherwood law firm, Bettina Bender, concluded that the fellowship did constitute a position of employment: “it would appear that the research fellow may at the very least qualify for worker status even if they do not in fact qualify as an employee,” she said. “The Equality Act 2010 and the prohibition on positive discrimination of female applicants would therefore apply.”last_img read more

Worcester Provost Resigns

first_imgThis resignation follows recent changes in the leadership of St Catherine’s College, The Queen’s College and Christ Church. In a message to his ‘WorcesterFamily’ on the 14th March, the Provost cited the “toll on familylife” and a “slow[ing] of academic productivity” as reasons for his departure,as well as reduced opportunities to teach. Professor Bate stated that he “feel[s] his work at Worcesteris done”, making reference to recent successes seen at the college. These includethe completion of the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre and the Tercentenary Campaign,the latter of which has raised over £100 million to “endow Worcester for thenext three hundred years”. In addition, Bate thanked his wife, biographer Paula Byrne, for her ‘unstinting support’, saying that “it is now time for me to take a back seat, and give her support, as she takes forward her important work for mental health and wellbeing, especially among young people, through her ReLit Foundation.” The role will be taken up in the interim by Dr Kate Tunstall. Due to take up the role of Vice-Provost just a month before Professor Bate’s departure, the twenty-year French Fellow has been selected by the Governing Body to hold the position, with the current Vice-Provost extending his tenure. center_img The Provost of Worcester College, Professor Sir JonathanBate, has announced his resignation from the post, effective from the 12thSeptember 2019. He went on to specify that future projects may entail “Shakespearean scholarship and performance…making the case for the public value of the humanities and… leading an initiative to bring a humanities contribution to the global crisis of sustainability.” Awarded a Knighthood in 2015 for services to literary scholarship and higher education, the Provost expressed a desire to “return to academic work” over the next decade. He will also remain a member of the college, having been elected to a Senior Research Fellowship. last_img read more

As Living Memory Fades, Our Words Keep D-Day’s Sacrifice Alive

first_imgSeventy-five years have passed, but the heroism of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy still resonates as strongly as it did that June Tuesday in 1944 when America awoke to the news.This will almost certainly be the last time our country will be able to commemorate such a milestone anniversary while the heroes who participated in the D-Day invasion are still here with us on Earth. Even the very youngest World War II veterans are now well into their 90s.The country and the world are blessed that more than 180 D-Day veterans were able to join President Trump and other world leaders in France. The living memory of what it means to fight and die “to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity” — as President Roosevelt put it when he spoke to the nation for the first time following the landings — is rapidly fading.That memory is not merely of a single, bloody day in 1944, or even of the Second World War more broadly. It is the living memory of a generation whose struggle forged the world we enjoy today. As Living Memory Fades, Our Words Keep D-Day’s Sacrifice Alive But the ranks of those who listened to those words live while the outcome of that struggle hung in the balance are rapidly dwindling.The National WWII Museum estimates that there are fewer than half a million American World War II veterans left, out of the more than 16 million who answered the call of duty three-quarters of a century ago. By the time of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the museum projects that there will be fewer than 100,000.FOOTNOTE: The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare President Roosevelt defined that struggle for the GI Generation, calling on them to “conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies” and to “lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace[,] a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men.” TOWNHALLSean Spicerlast_img read more

The Gannett–GateHouse Merger Is Really Happening

first_img Newsonomics: The Gannett–GateHouse Merger Is Really Happening, But Expect To See More Than 10% Of Jobs Cut Off The TopBy KEN DOCTOR @kdoctorThe megamerger is really happening. Expect the new Gannett — the brand that will survive that chain’s acquisition by GateHouse Media — to officially take wobbly flight soon, perhaps around Thanksgiving. Gannett and GateHouse shareholders are scheduled to vote on the deal today.Both companies, the country’s No. 1 and No. 2 newspaper publishers, say it’s full speed ahead. Independent financial analysts tell me that their data-driven analysis shows a 90-percent-plus chance the merger completes. The deal has already gotten the blessing of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division; that approval flashes a very green light to all the other newspaper chains eyeing various mergers and recombinations.So by New Year’s Day 2020, all the companies’ news products across 265 markets will move under one giant umbrella. Never before in U.S. history have we seen a single company own and manage so much of the American newspaper business — about one of every six dailies. (Both companies are declining comment on the merger’s details at this juncture.)In other words, it’s been a boffo opening season of The Consolidation Games, the newspaper-industry drama that’s played out in corporate offices, bank meeting rooms, and the stock market since the beginning of 2019 — and which is certain to be picked up for a second series in 2020.Readers, advertisers, and journalists will feel the reverberations of the Gannett–GateHouse merger for years to come:Expect aggressive early moves to begin achieving the $300 million in cost-cutting synergies the dealmakers have claimed to justify the deal.More than 10 percent of the chains’ combined workforce — about 25,000 in the United States — will likely get the dreaded call from HR that their services will no longer be needed. How big a cut will that be? If the headcount reduction reaches 3,000 — which would be 12 percent of the workforce — that’s the equivalent of McClatchy’s entire employee count. And McClatchy will be the second-largest newspaper chain in America after this merger is complete.New Gannett CEO Mike Reed has emphasized that the coming cuts will come almost entirely outside the newsrooms. Business-side functions — from advertising to production to finance to circulation — will take the brunt of the cuts. Most of the headcount cuts will come in the merged company’s first year, but some will bleed into Year 2.Fundamental to those cuts is the adoption of single, uniform systems across the enterprise. Think back to the year-plus of pain that one paper, the Los Angeles Times, went through to untangle itself from Tribune/Tronc’s centralized tech platforms. Now think of how time- and money-consuming it will be to do that across those 265 markets, and you get a sense of the multiyear synergy headache upcoming.Gannett and GateHouse each have largely centralized their newsroom tech stacks, with each relying largely on a singular content management system. Those will merge onto one CMS. Merging the companies’ much-touted digital marketing services businesses shouldn’t be particularly difficult, several sources tell me.But in most other business functions, a truly motley array of systems still abound. Worse yet, few are cloud-based and run centrally, meaning that even papers using the same software for the same functions are often using different locally installed versions of it.The Calendar AheadThe date to circle on your Consolidation Games calendar is November 14. That’s the day both Gannett and GateHouse shareholders are scheduled to vote on the deal.GateHouse’s NEWM stock got clobbered soon after the merger announcement, GateHouse down 33 percent over the next three trading sessions. It’s recovered some, but it’s still down 32 percent from the start of 2019. No one is wowed by this deal. It is a marriage of the possible, two partners without many other prospects. Given the ongoing pace of deterioration in newspapers’ operating numbers, that’s the best face even the dealmakers can put on it.That’s also the pitch to shareholders: You’ll make more money with New Gannett than with either the old Gannett and old GateHouse. Or to put it in the financial speak of the roadshows conducted by the principals to reassure anxious investors: “Nobody has a better path to create value.” That’s shareholder value, of course.These are two struggling companies seeking short-term salvation — enough oxygen to get a few more years down the road. Taking a $300 million whack at all the “redundancies” in day-to-day operation seems a better choice than going it alone. Sure, it’ll cost $100 million or so to cut all those jobs and rationalize all that tech — most of it in severance. But that’s far preferable, both Gannett and GateHouse believe, than a thousand smaller cuts, atop the thousands both have already made.Will shareholders buy that argument? The share prices say yes. While there have been several shareholder lawsuits, they look like the sort of attorney-cash-ins common in these kinds of mergers. Experienced financial observers tell me they shouldn’t hold up the deal.Both Gannett and GateHouse shareholders will get the usual independent advice. Most likely before Halloween, the two major shareholder advisory companies will weigh in with their recommendations on how shareholders should look at the transaction.ISS and Glass Lewis are now assessing the deal, though they haven’t yet approached the principals with questions. Their recommendations can be somewhat unpredictable; recall the odd call in May to put one of Alden Global Capital’s slate on the Gannett board, a bizarre ISS recommendation during Alden’s failed acquisition try. But both are likely to see the deal logic and say, at some length and in finance-speak, “Uh…okay.”The companies can close the transaction within just a few days of shareholder approval. Expect that to happen in November, just before or after Thanksgiving.That’s also when we’ll see the shape of the New Gannett’s new exec team. We know that Paul Bascobert, announced as CEO by (Old) Gannett at the time of the merger announcement has been touring the company’s offices. He touts the value of the deal and the company to come, while of course spending lots of time reassuring workers who see the ax hanging overhead. At the same time, Bascobert is doing his own assessment. Together with Reed, Bascobert’s first order of business will be a profound reorganization of the company.A new slimmer structure — much more GateHouse-thin than Gannett-like — is on the way. Streamlining is the name of the game. Heads will roll, though a few of the highly placed Gannett ones will be attached smartly to golden parachutes. Gannett CFO Alison Engel will join Bascobert’s operating team, but the guessing game is on at both companies as to which other execs will ascend — and which won’t. The biggest question: the fate of current GateHouse (operating) CEO Kirk Davis, Mike Reed’s long-time business partner in building the company.The New Company’s PrioritiesAll eyes will be on the New Gannett, but it’s tough to say what anyone will actually see.CEO Mike Reed says he intends to maintain the cohort of journalists now working in both companies. Still, expect some cuts, likely small, in areas like statehouse coverage or regional/statewide sports, due to new regional clustering caused when nearby papers become New Gannett siblings. We can watch whether the company reinvests such resources in the enterprise/investigative teams both companies have built and publicly promoted.But will there be any new investment? In the product? In the newsrooms? That’s one of the big questions here. The marketplace has not rewarded either company’s products; revenues keep sliding, and subscriptions — print or digital — haven’t nearly filled the gap caused by the great print ad decline.But the financials in this deal cry out: Repay the debt first.As I’ve reported, Apollo Global Management may have been the only financier ready to put in the $1.8 billion it took to put this deal together. And in doing so, Apollo was able to demand an 11.5 percent interest rate — an indication of both the risk in the deal and the cold shoulder other financiers gave it.The impact: On Day 1, the New Gannett will have a mountain of debt to pay off. And the language of the loan allow it to repay it faster than its five-year term without penalty. The faster New Gannett pays off the debt, the less interest it pays, just like any working stiff with a credit card bill. The incentives to make debt payments Priority 1 are clear.But! Also consider that New Gannett is also promising its shareholders lots of earnings. In its filed financials, the company has painted a rather rosy picture of how it will improve those earnings — despite continuing deep ad decline and the threat of a recession that would likely further pressure revenue.After they feed debt repayment and earnings, Reed and Bascobert will get to decide where to invest in their new company. How much will they have to work with?The magic words here are “excess cash flow” — that’s the money the new company will have after it meets its basic obligations. If Reed’s projections will bear out, then perhaps substantial investments can be made. The history of the last few years, though, says there are significant odds against the company having enough cash to transform the business for the next decade — even if there is a strategic vision in place for how to spend it.Mix-And-MatchSo where does this outsized deal leave the prospects for others mergers and acquisitions?Everyone I’ve spoken with close to that question say to expect very little to happen between now and the end of the year.Looking into 2020, it’s noteworthy how relatively quickly this megamerger got the DOJ green light. The department’s antitrusters could have decried the big regional domination the New Gannett will have in states like Ohio and Florida. (Both pretty important places politically.) But they didn’t.These same regulators had objected to what was then Tronc’s attempts to buy, separately, the Orange County Register in 2016 and the Chicago Sun-Times in 2017. In each case, DOJ didn’t want one company to own two big properties in a single market (alongside Tronc’s L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune).In Gannett–GateHouse, there is no single city that hosts papers from each company. (There aren’t that many two-paper markets left, after all.) The clusters this merger will create are more regional. So the DOJ’s Tronc-era standard didn’t apply.(In Florida, New Gannett will own dailies in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Naples, Brevard County, Fort Myers, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Winter Haven, Panama City, the Treasure Coast, the Space Coast, and more. In Ohio, it will own Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, and more — three of the state’s four largest papers by weekday circulation.)The pitch to regulators by Gannett and GateHouse attorneys came down to one word: “duopoly.” As in the Duopoly, Google and Facebook, which dominate digital advertising at a scale multiples beyond what even the most mega- of newspaper megamergers could dream of. They made the case that newspapers really can’t control ad pricing in any market, even if they owned clusters of papers adjacent to each other.It appears DOJ bought that argument. If so, as the next waves of M&A conversations roll forth, would-be buyers and sellers believe they can remove the DOJ review concern (triggered by the Hart Scott Rodino Act) from the table.(Of course, the DOJ isn’t exactly the same animal today as it was in previous administrations. Makan Delrahim is a former Trump White House deputy counsel who was confirmed as head of the antitrust division in September 2017. In an interview with The New York Times, he “emphasized that antitrust is intended to support free markets and that the government should intervene only when necessary. A monopoly is perfectly legal until it abuses its monopoly power, he said.”)But it’ll take more than regulatory openness to get more mergers moving quickly. Every other newspaper company sees the same kind of cost-cutting synergies Gannett and GateHouse do. But they also learned a harder lesson from their tie-up: Deal financing, when it’s even possible, is really expensive. Apollo’s 11.5 percent rate is three or more points higher than the refinanced debt other companies such as McClatchy have negotiated recently. With tight cash flow and even tighter cash flow projections, every extra point of interest has a real impact — mostly in accelerated cutting of jobs, including in newsrooms.Right when Gannett and GateHouse shareholders are voting next month, each of the publicly owned newspaper companies will be reporting its 3rd-quarter financials. There’s little evidence any of those will meaningfully revise the narrative of unending decline. When talk turns to M&A in 2020, the warts of all prospective mates will be front of mind.So expect that McClatchy and Tribune (which last tried to pair off in December) will dance anew. Lee Enterprises — recently challenged by activist hedge fund Cannell Capital, now the company’s largest shareholder — wants to rationalize its debt; it may welcome a partner. And then there’s always MNG Enterprises — the former Digital First Media and MediaNews Group, controlled by Alden Global Capital, run by Heath Freeman. Like the Joker, it can appear when least expected.It’s Freeman who Mike Reed can thank for putting Old Gannett into play by pursuing it back in January. As Gannett’s board and leadership anxiously searched for an anybody-but-Heath alternative, GateHouse arrived at their doorstep bearing with flowers of friendship. It took most of the year to conquer the largest newspaper company in America — but what Freeman started, Reed is finishing.Freeman, of course, probably still found a way to make money along the way. As of June 30, Alden owned 3.7 percent of Gannett. The best guess, say number crunchers, is that Alden made or could make (its current Gannett holdings aren’t yet public) at least a dollar a share. So figure that the Alden will take in somewhere around $4 million to 8 million on the deal — without all the hassle of buying Gannett or figuring out a future for it.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE HARMONY WAY BRIDGE?”

first_imgUndoubtedly the most asked question I get on my rounds here in New Harmony is, “What’s going on with the Bridge?” When I deliver my paper, inevitably the question keeps popping up. Well, here’s a bit of an update!The initiative to bring life back into the Harmony Way Bridge is still getting traction. Lora Arnsberg and the Bridge Committee is making progress in Illinois. There were meetings on the other side of the river several months ago by Bridge Committee members and Officials and Citizens over there, now they seem to be paying off. After all, we need Illinois to be a participant and a supporter of this project. Our towns actually make up one community that has been separated for the past seven years by the closing of our common bridge connection.We are all currently waiting for Indiana Governor Holcomb, Posey County Commission President Jim Alsop and New Harmony Town Council President Alvin Blaylock to make their appointments to the new Indiana Harmony Way Bridge Authority. So far that hasn’t happened. When it does it will open the door for Indiana Regional Cities to transfer some $350,000 to the Authority for work to be done on our bridge. It will also open the door for the White County Bridge Commission to transfer the ownership of the bridge to the Authority. Lora says that, “Until these things are nailed down there’s not much to do in public meetings or otherwise!”Most recently she reported to the New Harmony Gazette that, “The Illinois bridge legislation passed their House by 117-0 and passed the Senate 52-2. The Illinois Governor has 60 days to sign, veto or just let it become law without signature. The final version was good and includes the property tax exemption, the ability to bond and apply for grants. All that we asked for.”This is all good news and shows remarkable progress and cooperation between our two States. I’m sure all of you feel the same as I do, that this Bridge Committee has done truly outstanding work on something that has needed a change like this since 1940. “WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE HARMONY WAY BRIDGE?”June 4, 2018 by: Dan Barton, Publisher of the New Harmony Gazettecenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“READERS FORIUM” JULY 9, 2019

first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Are you pleased with the direction of Vanderburgh County or the City Of Evansville ? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertisers,Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Are you pleased with the direction of Vanderburgh County or the City Of Evansville ? We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?center_img If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.,Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Are you pleased with the direction of Vanderburgh County or the City Of Evansville ?last_img read more

Mount Vernon Awarded $700K For Water Improvements

first_imgThe City of Mount Vernon was awarded $700,000 for drinking water system improvements by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Wastewater Drinking Water Program.This project replaces 4,500 linear feet of existing 133-year old cast iron water mains between Main Street and Wolflin Street and on Wolflin Street between W. 8th Street and W. 4th Street. The goals of the Wastewater Drinking Water Program are  to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate-income communities and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth Records

first_img Destanie Dunning and Michael Scott, Evansville, daughter, Alyse Elizabeth Rose, Jul. 24Meagan Pedigo and JaDon Payne, New Harmony, Ind., daughter, Harper Jo, Jul. 24Pauline Drew and Adam Tate, Eldorado, Ill., son, Maverick James Dean, Jul. 25Dominique Johnson and Corbin Fisher, Evansville, daughter, Ny’eese Dominique, Jul. 25Ashley and Kane Cunningham, Ellery, Ill., son, Kip McCoy, Jul. 25Kendra and David Schultz II, Newburgh, daughter, Claralene Violette, Jul. 25Rachel and Bryan Johnson, Evansville, son, Sebastian Quinn, Jul. 25Tanisha and Blas Castro Jr., Evansville, son, Adam Emeliano, Jul. 26Stephanie and Vern Rye, Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter, Cybill Grace, Jul. 26Brigitte and Cody Younker, Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter, Emberlyn Raine Marie, Jul. 26Jillian and Andrew Newman, Evansville, daughter, Maizee Jo, Jul. 26Kylie and Chad Thralls, Princeton, Ind., son, Kahne Allen, Jul. 26Lisbeth and Rey Gaytan, Evansville, son, Rey David, Jul. 26Susan Bryan and Aiden Haley, Keensburg, Ill., son, Sebastian Owen, Jul. 27Kimberly Perez and Keith Gorman, Evansville, daughter, Amelya Renee, Jul. 27Catherine Whitaker and Timothy Landon Jr., Evansville, son, Timothy Allen III, Jul. 27Mary Jacobson and Chad Galloway, Evansville, son, Elijah Cole, Jul. 27Joann and Derek Hunter Jr., Evansville, daughter, Ariyah Renee, Jul. 27Kristi and John Beals, Evansville, son, John Robert, Jul. 27Kristie and Tony Alspaugh, Evansville, son, Wyatt John, Jul. 27Amanda Wagner and Robert Redden, Evansville, daughter, Charlotte Elaine, Jul. 28Kathleen Politz and Nicholas Fuller, Evansville, son, Nicholas Robert, Jul. 28Katherine and Jacob Duvall, Carmi, Ill., son, Buckett Michael, Jul. 28Courtney and Josh Stonestreet, Evansville, son, Maverick Drew, Jul. 28Nicole Feddersen and Roger Watson, Evansville, daughter, Megan Lily, Jul. 29Alexis Nagle and Tobius Whitfield, Evansville, son, Brayden Timothy, Jul. 29Marcia and Jeremy Whetstone, Princeton, Ind., son, Jack Karter, Jul. 29Felisha Short, Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter, Lacey Lynn, Jul. 29Stephanie and David True, Evansville, daughter, Makenzie Marie, Jul. 29Stacy and Justin Ross, Mount Vernon, Ind., son, Jerimiah Allen, Jul. 30FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

BEN SHOULDERS AND ANGE HUMPHREY HONORED BY TRI-STATE ALLIANCE (TSA)

first_imgTri-State Alliance (TSA) hosted their annual TSA Celebrity Dinner on Sunday night, August 12.  It was a sellout crowd with 300+ guests and celebrity waiters from all over the community with a live auction to follow.Kelley Course served as emcee and Wally Paynter was again the event organizer.  As part of the evening, the 2018 Humanitarian Award was given, which is an annual award given to an individual (or individuals) who give back to our community in many different ways.This year’s two recipients were Reverend Ange Humphrey, local television news host of “Lifestyles” with WEHT, and Vanderburgh County Commissioner, Ben Shoulders, Vice President with Old National Bank.  Congratulations to both Ange and Ben for this prestigious annual award!!* All money raised benefited AIDS research.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Aces Swimming And Diving Finishes Fall Slate

first_img Aces Swimming And Diving Finishes Fall SlateSwimming and diving closed out the fall season this afternoon with a matchup against Missouri State.The both men and women fell to the Bears: the women 133-108, and the men 131-89.“It was a very, very fun meet. I was really happy with the way we raced, the way we competed,” said head coach Rickey Perkins. “It’s been a difficult week of training; we trained this morning really hard, trained yesterday really hard, but we still stepped up and raced. That’s what I’m really proud of. Our goal is always to see how good we are against everybody we compete with. Not necessarily about them, but about us and our ability to give our very best, day in and day out.”Junior Danielle Freeman shone once again for the Aces with a victory in the 50 freestyle, her time a 24.53. Freshman Emma Hennessy snagged third with a 25.59.Sophomore Kristen Myers outtouched Missouri State’s Sara Bacher in the 200 IM. Her time of 2:10.48 carried her to the first place spot. Additionally, she took second place in the 100 butterfly with a 59.13.Other notable performances include senior Michaela Kent’s second in the 100 freestyle with a 53.33. She was followed by sophomore Madi Jones in third with 54.44. Jones also clock in at 1:56.38 for second place. Freshmen Kristy Kupfer and Ashton Adams took second and third in the 1000 freestyle with 10:59.51 and 11:07.98 respectively. Kupfer took another second place in the 500 freestyle with a 5:22.34.The women ended their night with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay. Sophomore Sam Gowdy, Kent, Myers, and Freeman defeated Missouri State with a final time of 1:38.76.The men showed a consistent performance as both relays took home second place finishes. Junior Dan O’Brien, senior Everett Plocek, freshmen Paul Cozzens, and sophomore Jared Sutphin scored a 1:36.66 in the 200 Medley Relay. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, sophomore Matt Duke, O’Brien, freshman Brandt Hudson, and sophomore Blake Wheeler clocked in at 1:28.17.Individually, O’Brien took the 100 backstroke in a 52.61. Cozzens showed consistency of his own tonight; he posted a 1:56.76 in the 200 IM for second place. He took second again in the 100 butterfly with his 52.89 efforts, a season best. Junior Prescott Marcy and sophomore Andrew Schroeder came next in third and fourth with 54.43 and 55.94 respectively.Sutphin clocked in at 48.24 in the 100 freestyle, just shy of a first place finish. Fellow Aces took the rest of the race: sophomore Matt Duke at a 49.58 and junior Gabe James at a 50.52. Hudson took a pair of third place finishes in his lineup. He touched in with a 1:46.03 in the 200 freestyle and a 4:52.84 in the 500 freestyle.More season bests were attained by Andrew Cotton and David Stoddard in the 1000 freestyle with 10:16.97 and 10:36.56 respectively. Jacob Sampson dropped his 100 Freestyle time to a 1:01.57, and Brendan Ninneman took a season best in the 100 backstroke with a 56.10.On the diving side, junior Courtney Coverdale took to the boards in her usual fashion with a sweep in both events. She scored a 243.45 on the 3-Meter, and 255.90 on the 1-Meter. Freshman Alyssa Vonder Haar took second place on the 1-Meter at 216.67 points, with Kasey Rein following in fourth at 165.90 points.Miguel Marcano took first on both board as well, with a 230.17 on the 3-Meter and 200.62 on the 1-Meter.The Aces will return in 2017 with a home meet against Saint Louis on January 21.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Eagles Land Four On Academic All-District Track and Fields Teams

first_imgThe University of Southern Indiana landed four student-athletes on the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field teams Thursday.Seniors Johnnie Guy (Palmyra, Indiana) and Tyler Pence (Springfield, Illinois) along with junior Josh Guy (Palmyra, Indiana) were selected to the men’s squad, while sophomore Emily Roberts (Fredericton, Ohio) represented the Screaming Eagles on the women’s squad.Already a two-time first-team Academic All-American, Johnnie Guy is on the All-District IV team for the third consecutive year after amassing a 3.65 grade point average in engineering. Guy was the GLVC Runner of the Year as well as the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country and has earned a combined three All-America awards in cross country and indoor track, bringing his school-record total to 14.Guy is pushing for his second national title in the last three years in the 10,000 meters Thursday night at the NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships before finishing his collegiate career in the 5,000 meters Saturday night.Pence also earned first-team Academic All-America honors a year ago after capturing the national championship in the 10,000 meters. Pence, who was the indoor national champion in the 5,000 meters in 2015, is looking to become the second student-athlete in school history to earn three national championships when he toes the line in the 10,000 meters Thursday night and the 5,000 meters Saturday night.An elementary education major with a 3.52 GPA, Pence was the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association Track Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015 and is on the Academic All-District IV team for the second straight year.Josh Guy, the twin brother of Johnnie Guy, is claiming Academic All-District IV honors for the first time after earning All-Conference honors in both cross country and indoor track & field. Also an engineering major with a 3.64 GPA, Josh Guy earned All-Region honors in the 10,000 meters this spring after earning All-America honors in the event last year. He also is competing in the 10,000 meters Thursday night at the NCAA II Championships.Roberts has had a stellar season at USI as she garners her first Academic All-District IV award. The GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for Cross Country, Roberts finished fifth at the NCAA II Cross Country Championships to earn her first career All-America honor.A pre-occupational therapy major with a 3.72 GPA, Roberts earned second-team All-America honors in the indoor 5,000 meters before shattering USI’s outdoor records in both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. She currently ranks third, nationally, in both events and will compete in the 10,000 meters at the national meet Thursday night before finishing the year with an appearance in the 5,000 meters Saturday night.All four student-athletes will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.The NCAA II Outdoor Championships are Thursday-Saturday in Bradenton, Florida. Live results and video are available at GoUSIEagles.com. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

YESTERYEAR BY PAT SIDES: RIVERFRONT ICE GORGE OF 1936

first_imgRIVERFRONT ICE GORGE OF 1936Submitted by PAT SIDESThe Ohio River has overflowed its banks many times throughout Evansville’s history, with the worst episode occurring in early 1937.Besides flooding, the river has also frozen on numerous occasions, disrupting steamboat traffic for weeks. This photo was taken at Evansville’s riverfront in February 1936, after prolonged sub-zero weather produced an ice gorge that extended from Uniontown, Kentucky, to Rockport, Indiana.When it reached Evansville, people were able to walk across the river, and some boaters were marooned by floes and jams.The wharf boat pictured here, which had been stationed at the riverfront for decades, was damaged beyond repair. After the ice gorge finally broke, the destruction continued when rising water forced some residents to evacuate their homes. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cops Connecting With Kids Pick Cedar Hall School Students Part of “Reveal Week”…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Evansville Police Officers and Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the staff of Cedar Hall School yesterday for their 2018 Walt Disney World trip reveal.At the school wide assembly our law enforcement professionals  announced that 16 students will travel to Walt Disney World as part of the “Cops Connecting With Kids” program in January, 2018.The group will take 48 kids in total from McGary Middle School, Glenwood Leadership Academy, and Cedar Hall. The McGary kids found out they earned their trip on Monday. The Glenwood kids will find out on Friday morning during their 9:00am assembly.The “Cops Connecting With Kids Disney” trip is completely funded through a sponsorship program and fundraisers. The goal of the “Cops Connecting With Kids” program is to build relationships with kids through positive interactions with law enforcement.In the first three years of the program, 118 kids earned an all expenses paid trip to the Disney theme parks. The 2018 trip will bring the total to 166 kids.last_img read more

The Legal Consequences Suffered By Former President Clinton Stemming From Lewinsky Scandal.

first_imgThe Legal Consequences Suffered By Former President Clinton Stemming From Lewinsky Scandal.by Dan EvenShortly after Bill Clinton took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to make the case that his wife Hillary Clinton should be the next President of the United States, an image purportedly listing the various fines and consequences he suffered for lying under oath during the Monica Lewinsky scandal showed up on social media.The list displayed above is mostly accurate, although some of the claims deserve extra clarification:Bill Clinton was disbarred from practicing law in Arkansas and was also disbarred from practicing law in front of the Supreme Court over the Lewinsky incident.While Clinton can no longer practice law in front of the highest court, it’s not accurate to say that he was disbarred from either the Supreme Court or from practicing law in Arkansas. Clinton’s license was suspended in Arkansas, but he was not disbarred, and while Clinton did face the possibility of being barred from arguing in front the U.S. Supreme Court, he resigned before the ruling was handed down.On his last day in office in 2001, Clinton agreed to a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license in order to head off any criminal charges for lying under oath about his relationship with Lewinsky. Clinton has been eligible to seek reinstatement of his license since 2006, but as of 2013 he had not applied to do so.Shortly after Clinton’s license was suspended in Arkansas, the U.S. Supreme Court suspended Clinton from presenting cases in front of the highest court (which he had never done) and gave him 40 days to contest his disbarment (which Clinton did not do). Instead, he resigned from the Supreme Court bar:Former President Clinton, facing the possibility of being barred from practicing law before the U.S. Supreme Court because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, has resigned instead, his lawyer said.“Former President Clinton hereby respectfully requests to resign from the bar of this court,” his lawyer, David Kendall, said in a two-page letter to the high court’s clerk. Kendall did not elaborate on why Clinton decided to resign.Clinton’s resignation from the Supreme Court bar will have little practical impact. Clinton has not practiced before the Supreme Court and was not expected to argue any cases in the future.He also paid a $25,000 fine over the Lewinsky incident.In addition to agreeing to a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license, Clinton accepted a $25,000 fine:Mr. Clinton paid the fine with a personal check on March 21, said Marie-Bernarde Miller, the lawyer who handled a disbarment lawsuit brought by a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court.“The case is completed,” Ms. Miller said.Clinton was fined $90,000 for giving false testimony in the Paula Jones case.In April 1999, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright found Clinton in contempt of court for giving false testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment trial and fined him over $90,000:The federal judge who found President Clinton in contempt of court levied a penalty of $90,686 against him, making him the first chief executive ever assessed such a payment.Repeating her condemnation of Clinton for lying under oath in the Paula Corbin Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright said that she was imposing the sanction to cover some of Jones’ legal expenses and “to deter others who might consider emulating the president’s misconduct.”Robert S. Bennett, Clinton’s private attorney, said that he would not challenge the ruling. “We accept the judgment of the court and will comply with it.”He also paid an $850,000 settlement over the Lewinsky incident.Bill Clinton did write a large settlement check, but that money went to Paula Jones and not Monica Lewinsky,In 1994, Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton. Thar case dragged on for four years (while Clinton was serving as President) before it was finally settled in November 1998 with a check for $850,000:Clinton mailed the settlement cheque to Mrs. Jones, even as he braced for the heaviest fallout yet from her harassment suit — an impeachment trial in the Senate.To finance the settlement, the president drew about $375,000 from his and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal funds and got the rest of the money, about $475,000, from an insurance policy, a White House official told The Associated Press.“This ends it. The check is being Fed-Exed” to Bill McMillan, one of Mrs. Jones’ lawyers, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

TASTY TIDBITS Lincoln’s boys enjoy hoop resurgence Remembering Wejnert; Marist girls…

first_img ×LION NATION PRIDE – The Lincoln boys’ basketball team advanced all the way to the semifinals of the recent Hudson County Tournament. From left are Tariq Royster, Randy Antenor, head coach Bill Zasowski and Najuan Jenkins. The association between Bill Zasowski and Lincoln High School came together pretty innocently.Gary Pitchford, a friend of Zasowski’s and an alumnus of Lincoln, threw Zasowski’s hat into the ring when the time came over the summer to find a new boys’ basketball coach at Lincoln. LION NATION PRIDE – The Lincoln boys’ basketball team advanced all the way to the semifinals of the recent Hudson County Tournament. From left are Tariq Royster, Randy Antenor, head coach Bill Zasowski and Najuan Jenkins.center_img “Gary reached out to me and told me that the job was open,” said Zasowski, the Bayonne native who played at St. Anthony and then began his coaching odyssey all over the state, with several stops, including an extended stay at Rutgers-Newark. “Gary told me that they were trying to get the Lincoln program going. Out of the respect I had for him, I looked into it.”But Zasowski had spent the last 13 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a year as the women’s head coach at R-N after spending seven years as one of the top assistants to Joe Loughran with the men’s team there.Coaching high school again would be a bit of a challenge, but an intriguing one.“I was looking for the chance to run my own program,” said Zasowski, a teacher in Bayonne who helps to coordinate a lot of the Bayonne youth basketball program. “Lincoln was close enough for me to teach in Bayonne and get to Jersey City in time for practice. There was an opportunity to keep the Lincoln program going in the right direction. With the state sectional (NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II), you can make a real run in the states.”Zasowski was also familiar with the Lincoln program from his days as a Hudson County recruiter at Rutgers-Newark.“I got to see the players at Lincoln and I thought they had an opportunity to have some success,” Zasowski said. “I was optimistic from the start.”So Zasowski took the job at Lincoln, poised to make some noise in the county and state.He was also floored when 75 kids showed up at the initial meeting.“Word was beginning to spread,” Zasowski said. “They heard that I wanted to take it [the Lincoln program] to win a higher level, that I was a guy coming in with college experience. I couldn’t believe the amount of hard workers who came out.”When conditioning meetings began in October, Zasowski noticed he had a group of hungry kids ready to make a change.“I started talking to the kids and building relationships with them,” Zasowski said. “They had a presence about them. I knew they were going to play hard and work hard.”Duron “D.J.” Henderson and Dante Darby were two players who stood out right away. Henderson is a junior, Darby just a sophomore.“D.J. is as tough as nails with a strong desire to win,” Zasowski said of the 5-foot-9 junior. “He just keeps getting better. Darby [a 6-foot forward] is a gamer who wants the ball. He has a huge upside. He has the whole world in front of him.”Jalen Scott, the football standout who is a pure physical specimen, was a little late getting into the basketball mode after the grid season. He’s a 6-foot-4 junior.“He’s as strong as a bull,” Zasowski said. “He’s also different than any other kid. Because he’s so strong, the other guys feed off his plays.”Randy Antenor is a 6-foot-3 senior who never played basketball before.“Randy was a diamond in the rough, like our version of the Swiss Army knife,” Zasowski said. “He can play anywhere and can do so many different things.”Najuan Jenkins is a 6-foot-2 senior.“He’s a fantastic athlete,” Zasowski said of Jenkins, who scored 25 points in a win over Union City last week. “He’s a great volleyball player with the ability to jump through the roof. He’s not afraid to take the tough shot. I’m upset I’ve only had one year with him.”Tariq Royster is a 6-foot-4 senior who has that endless energy clock.“He plays hard the entire time he’s out there,” Zasowski said. “He can defend a larger guard. He has long arms and blocks shots. He’s a blue-collar kind of kid.”La’Quim Walker is a 6-foot-7 junior who began his high school days at St. Anthony.“Some of the things he does are fantastic,” Zasowski said. “He has to embrace the physicality of the game.”Zasowski didn’t know what to think at first.“We started to come together,” Zasowski said. “The first couple of days, we just had to slow down. I had to go back to being a teacher of basketball again, teaching concepts and things I wanted to get done. We started out rather slow, but we needed to know how things had to be to get done.”The Lions hit a bit of a wall a few weeks ago, then responded. When time came for the Hudson County Tournament, the Lions appeared to be ready.“They fought through the adversity and played lights out,” Zasowski said. “They were down 13 against Ramapo and managed to come back and get the win. It all came full circle at the right time.”The Lions managed to defeat North Bergen in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. There, the Lions ran into six-time defending Hudson County champion Hudson Catholic. The Lions scraped and clawed their way against the Hawks and remained close for three periods before falling, 67-53.“These kids had never been a part of anything like that before,” Zasowski said. “I wanted to see how they reacted to the crowd and the aura of it all. We were right there for a while. My goal is to go deep in the county and the states every year.”Sounds like Zasowski is at Lincoln to stay for a while…While Hudson Catholic was slated to face St. Peter’s Prep once again for the boys’ county tournament title – the two teams have met in each of the last eight title games – Secaucus and undefeated Marist will square off in the girls’ title game. Marist is now 21-0 and will be playing in its first county title game. Secaucus is 21-3 and won the county title two years ago. The county tournament finals were set for Saturday at St. Peter’s University, girls at noon, boys at 2 p.m…Prayers go out to the family of Rich Wejnert, who died last week after a brave battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.Wejnert was the second in the litany of St. Anthony NCAA Division I basketball scholarship players when he went off to South Carolina in 1977, then transferring to Fairfield.Wejnert was the first McDonald’s All-American to come out of St. Anthony. Wejnert spoke last fall at the 50-year anniversary tribute to legendary coach Bob Hurley at the Casino in the Park and talked about his battle with cancer. He was a marvelous coach at Paramus Catholic. It’s a big loss to the St. Anthony family. Rest in peace…Hudson Reporter Boys’ High School Basketball Top Five: 1. St. Anthony (19-5). 2. Hudson Catholic (22-3). 3. North Bergen (18-5). 4. Snyder (13-9). 5. Lincoln (15-10)…Hudson Reporter Girls’ High School Basketball Top Five: 1. Marist (21-0). 2. Secaucus (21-3). 3. Lincoln (20-4). 4. Bayonne (19-5). 5. Weehawken (21-3)…–Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]last_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgIn response to video that shows Jersey City police allegedly kicking and dragging someone from a fiery car crash after a long chase last weekend, the Hudson County prosecutor says the matter is being intensely investigated and has asked the public both for help and for patience. The Tonnelle Avenue incident puts Jersey City in the cross hairs of national attention. For the most part, the city’s police have avoided much of the negative publicity that has highlighted confrontations elsewhere in the country and which has inspired the Black Lives Matter movement. “On Sunday, June 4, shortly after 11 p.m., Jersey City police officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Ocean and Cator avenues in Jersey City,” said a statement from the office of Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “The vehicle fled the area and was pursued by officers. The fleeing driver, Leo C. Pinkston, age 48, of Jersey City, was allegedly involved in at least two separate automobile crashes. The first crash occurred as he allegedly attempted to drive between two lanes of traffic while travelling on Tonnelle Avenue. Multiple shots were fired at the suspect by Jersey City police officers. Several blocks later, Pinkston crashed into a utility pole, causing a fire and injuring an innocent male victim who was also driving on Tonnelle Avenue.” Click here for more.Kind. Compassionate. Humorous. Engaging. Irreplaceable. Members of St. Francis parish used all of those words last week to describe retired Father Michael Guglielmelli, who died in a car crash in Monmouth County over the weekend. Guglielmelli age 81, a born and raised Hoboken resident, died alongside his sister Dolores “Dora” Guglielmelli, age 87, Sunday night after a car accident on Route 537. They were riding in a Dodge Caravan that was rear-ended at a red light by a 19-year-old driver in a pickup truck, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Both siblings were transported to CentraState Medical Center where they were pronounced dead later that evening. Click here for more. × Fifth and sixth graders from Weehawken’s Theodore Roosevelt School teamed up with seventh through 12th graders from Weehawken High School to plant flowers at Waterfront Park last month. The students are members of Peer Leadership, a group that leads by example and by remaining drug and alcohol free. The event was part of the Weehawken Beautification Project and sponsored by the Weehawken Elks—the latter of which provided a grant for the tools and flowers the kids used. The Peer Leaders go around town, performing volunteer efforts such as packing bags for cancer victims and participating in benefit drives. The older Peer Leaders are at almost every single community event in Weehawken, and do at least 10 events monthly. Click here for more.last_img read more

FIRST MASS

first_imgFIRST MASS — The first Friday mass for the students of All Saints Catholic Academy for the month of October was celebrated by Fr. Zenon, assisted by altar servers from grade 7. ×last_img

Ocean City Students Safe, Shocked and Determined After Rocket Explosion

first_imgOcean City High School senior Mercy Griffith listened to the cheers at liftoff and felt “so, so excited” as she watched an unmanned rocket leave the ground early Tuesday evening carrying a science experiment designed by her and five classmates.But Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins, Alison Miles and she then saw a bright flash of fire as the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.Griffith said they heard a loud boom that resonated across the water to the safe viewing area where they watched the launch. Uncertain at first exactly what was happening, the students stood paralyzed and in shock, and they all cried when they came to the quick realization of what had happened, she said.Griffith shared her first-hand account during a news conference Wednesday morning at Ocean City High School, where the students, teachers and school administrators involved in the project gathered to share information on the catastrophe and reflect on lessons learned from it.Students, teachers and administrators involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), including Superintendent Kathleen Taylor (at podium) and Board of Education President Joe Clark (to her left), talk about the rocket that exploded Tuesday in Virginia.Nobody was injured in the explosion of the rocket launched by the private Orbital Sciences Corporation.“First, we want to say that we are thankful no one was hurt in this accident,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said in a prepared statement. “Our students and staff were in a safe secure location to view the launch.”The OCHS experiment is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), a national program designed to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in the U.S. The Ocean City students competed against others nationwide for the opportunity to have their experiment conducted aboard the International Space Station.The Ocean City experiment analyzes the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of E. coli bacteria to lettuce cells — information that would be practical if people ever tried to cultivate food during long periods of travel in space, according to Bowersock.“Our students are learning that the world of science is full of twists and turns — the line between success and disappointment can sometimes be blurred,” Taylor said. “We recall the words of another great New Jersey scientist, Thomas Edison, ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’ ”Science teacher Dan Weaver said multiple “ferries” are going up to the International Space Station in the next several months, and the SSEP could find space on one for the student experiments.“Making the experiment again is going to be pretty easy for us,” Bowersock said. “We were not saddened so much about our experiment as were for all the people who worked on the rocket.”The students had a chance to meet with engineers, a former astronaut, scientists and other student science teams during their trip to Virginia.“You can be sure that we in Ocean City are determined to succeed,” Taylor said. “We will use this moment to spur us on to greater and better things. We are going to try not just one more time, but many more times.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Student scientists explaining their space experiment at a news conference Wednesday include (from left) Dan Loggi, Lauren Bowersock, Alison Miles, Kaitland Wriggins, Mercy Griffith and Kristina Redmond.(The video footage above was filmed by Ocean City High School student Matt Unsworth for the school TV station and news site OC-TV/Current OC.)last_img read more

President of OC Home Bank Steven Brady to Give Economic Forecast

first_imgSteven Brady is the president of the OC Home Bank. He will provide an economic forecast on Jan. 14.The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly membership luncheon on Thursday Jan. 14, 2016 at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City.The event will begin at 12 p.m. and will feature guest speaker Steven E. Brady, president of Ocean City Home Bank. Brady will give his economic forecast for 2016.The luncheon is $25 and is open to all members and member guests. Reservations may be made by phone at 609-399-1412 or e-mail at [email protected] —News Release from Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

Wanted: Citizens to Become Certified Members of the Joint Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

first_imgFor Immediate Release:Ocean City, New Jersey – The City of Ocean City and Upper Township will host free training classes for citizens to become certified members of the joint Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Classes run for 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue). The classes begin March 15 and end May 24.The Ocean City Office of Emergency Management has offered CERT classes to citizens for more than 10 years. The program training includes all aspects of disaster preparation including Basic Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Animal Safety, Disaster Psychology and Natural Disaster Preparedness.Class instructors include Jim Eberwine, retired local meteorologist and representatives from Atlantic City Electric who will train participants in electrical safety during storm events.CERT volunteers played a vital role during Superstorm Sandy and have been called on many times since then.Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Ocean City or Upper Township. Upon completion of the training, participants will have learned basic first aid, become CPR and AED certified and be prepared to assist with emergency response needs for their community, neighbors, family and themselves.Class size is limited, so citizens are encouraged to register early. To register, please visit www.ocnj.us/CERT. Residents also can contact Ocean City OEM Coordinator Frank Donato at [email protected] or Upper Township OEM Coordinator Scott Morgan at [email protected] For more information on the CERT program visit www.citizencorps.gov/cert.last_img read more

Mayor’s Update December 23

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian December 23, 2016Dear Friends,I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I’d like to extend a Happy Hanukkah to all who will start celebrating the Jewish holiday tomorrow evening. And regardless of faith, I’d like to wish all of you the best as we head into 2017. Please take the time to enjoy the season with your family and spread joy and good will to your neighbors and friends.Ocean City businesses are open and the city is decorated for the holidays. Remember to visit our local restaurants, and if you are visiting family out of town, bring some favorite treats from Ocean City shops.First Night is just a week away, and if you have not purchased admission buttons for your family, there is still time to do so.  You can order your buttons online at www.FirstNightOCNJ.com  or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ.  Buttons also can be purchased in person at the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, and at Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue).I’m happy to report that work on the boardwalk reconstruction project in front of the Ocean City Music Pier is nearly complete, and the venue will be open for First Night events, including the popular Neil Diamond tribute. Free parking will be available at Moorlyn Terrace and Eighth Street, in addition to the free shuttles that run all night on New Year’s Eve.Registration is also open for the First Day 5K Boardwalk Run. The race will start at 1 p.m. and race-day registration will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street. The course starts on the boardwalk and travels north this year.Registration for the First Dip and First Day is also open. Visit herocampaign.org  to reserve your commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt with a $20 donation to the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. Event-day registration starts at noon at the Music Pier, and the plunge this year will go off north of the Music Pier on the beach between 7th Street and 8th Street.City Council will hold its final meeting of 2016 on Thursday, December 29 at 1 in the afternoon. This meeting is the annual year-end meeting, and will be held in Council Chambers in City Hall. Because the date was announced at the last meeting, the second reading of a proposed boardwalk performers ordinance is listed on the agenda. But I have asked City Council to table the ordinance to allow more time for discussion with everybody who will be affected. If council votes to do so, the public hearing and second reading likely will take place at the Jan. 12 council meeting.Because the holidays fall on a Sunday, there will be no change to the regular schedule of trash and recycling pickup for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.Finally, I’d like to congratulate our capital projects manager, Matt von der Hayden, and the entire city team on helping to win a $30,000 Sustainable Jersey grant for the purchase of an electric car. We’re all blessed to live in such a beautiful place, and every little bit we can do to protect our environment and resources is important.I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

Ocean City Businesses Thank Veterans on Saturday November 11th

first_imgBy Andrew DeCredicoIn Ocean City, Veterans Day is a day where the heroes past and present are remembered for the sacrifices they made and the price they paid for all that we take for granted in our every day lives. Each year businesses and citizens like to give a big ‘thank you’ to these heroes. Often times they are in the form of services, discounts, or even something as simple as saying “thank you for your service.”Two years ago a customer came into Ready’s Coffee Shop & Restaurant and offered to buy 2 eggs with a coffee for any veterans who came in on Veteran’s Day.  Doug Wing, the owner of Ready’s, thought this was a fantastic way to give back to veterans, and offered to split the cost of their meals with her.Last year, Ready’s decided to front the bill themselves.  Doug takes pride in thanking the veterans and this year they will be doing it again. On Saturday November 11th any veterans that come to Ready’s Coffee Shop and asks for the “Veterans Day deal”, will receive a two egg breakfast with a coffee, on the house.  “I’ve always felt Ready’s is the hometown breakfast joint,” Said Wing, “so it just seemed like the right thing to do, to give back to our veterans.”A busy Doug Wing is enjoying some coffee on a quick breakClearly, other businesses in town agree and are offering their services to veterans as well. Brian Coggins, owner of Car Caress located just behind the CVS on 16th street, is offering veterans a free carwash at his business. Members of the military, both past and present, will be able to come have their car washed for free “We’re just trying to give back.” Said Coggins. “They’re the reason we’re here doing what we’re doing.”Car Caress is located just behind the 16th Street CVS at 1635 Haven Ave.Another business that is giving back is Johnson’s Popcorn.  They are offering veterans a free 10 oz bucket of popcorn.  Johnson’s has a reputation for giving to veterans and active service personnel year round . They have been known to ship out popcorn buckets to platoons over seas, and help out in a variety of ways with veteran organizations throughout the year.Johnson’s Popcorn is located between 13th and 14th Streets on the boardwalk.If veterans like pizza, then Manco & Manco’s is the place for them this Saturday. On November 11th veterans can get 50% off all of Manco & Manco’s tasty eats. Although they are best known for pizza, the 9th street location of Manco & Manco’s also serves wings, tenders, and some tasty fries.Manco & Manco’s Pizza is located on 9th Street at the boardwalkOn Saturday November 11th don’t forget to thank any veterans you meet. Without them  our country would be a very different place. Our veterans have risked their lives helping win wars and keep peace all over the world.Before you leave the house in the morning, make it your day’s goal to thank all the service members you see.  We should be thanking them everyday, but on November 11th, please make it a top priority.So far, this Veterans day in Ocean City is shaping up nicely.  The men and woman who have served or are serving will have the opportunity to start their day with a great breakfast, then get their car washed, head over and have a tasty lunch, and then will get something sweet for desert.If your business is making an effort to thank veterans on November 11th and you would us to add you to this article, just email: mik[email protected] and we will get the word out.God bless America. Ready’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant is located on 8th street between Asbury Ave. and Central Ave. at 415 E 8th St.last_img read more

OCHS Athletes Ready for Next Level

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleAJ Oves, of Ocean City, says he is ready to head off to St. Joseph’s University in the fall to row for the crew team.He’s excited about becoming a Hawk at the Division I school in Philadelphia.“They are an amazing and very competitive team. I’m really excited to row at such a high level and see where I can stand,” AJ said Monday. “St. Joe’s ended up being the right choice for me. I liked every aspect of the school and how it is right on the river.”Oves and 11 other student-athletes were recognized during a college commitment ceremony at the high school, where parents and friends filled the library and snapped pictures with their cellphones.AJ Oves, 18, of Ocean City, with mother at left, Donna, Grace (sister), and father, Alex.Athletic Director Vince Leavey said with the 12 high school athletes announcing their college plans, the total number of Ocean City student-athletes to be playing at the next level is 41, which he called outstanding.“These students are all great kids and great athletes,” Leavey told the audience. “It is an honor to be a part of this. They are not only student-athletes, but outstanding students.”For the 18-year-old AJ Oves, academics has always been a priority. He plans on majoring in biology, but he is not sure what he would like to do with his degree just yet.During AJ’s high school career, he spent the first year in the freshman boat, but the last three rowing varsity.He said he owes his success and strength to his parents, Donna and Alex Oves.“My parents really have always been there to support me through tough training days and there are plenty of them,” AJ said. “They also went to all of my regattas.”Donna Oves said the entire family is so proud of AJ and happy he is attending college nearby.“We will get to go to all of his regattas,” she noted. “He is our oldest and he is the first one to play college-level sports.”Erica Stratten, 18, of Ocean View, pictured with her mother, Denise, will dance in college.Erica Stratten, 18, of Ocean View, who is in the dance program at Ocean City High School, will attend Coastal Carolina University, where she will do all types of dancing from hip-hop to jazz.Erica, who has been dancing since she was 3 years old, plans on majoring in science and hopes to become a physician’s assistant.“I love dancing. I’ve been doing it since I was little. I’m looking forward to being on the dance team,” she said.Denise Stratten, Erica’s mother, said she was excited for her daughter, but she wished that she was attending school closer to home.In addition to AJ Oves and Erica Stratten, these student-athletes were recognized for their achievements and will go on to play at the college level:Andrea Teofanova – Swimming – Carnegie Mellon UniversityBen Wiley – Swimming – Rowan UniversityJack Branin – Crew – U.S. Merchant Marine AcademyMackenzie Matura – Track & Field – Stockton UniversityKevin King – Track & Field – Rowan UniversityGavyn Fox – Track & Field – Widener UniversitySophia Gresham – Track & Field – Rowan UniversitySamantha Levai – Track & Field – Ursinus CollegeMolly Hoffman – Basketball – Rowan College at Gloucester CountyTJ Stanton – Golf – Ursinus College A dozen student-athletes at Ocean City High School made their college commitments during a signing ceremony Monday. Two of the students were absent from the event.last_img read more

New Campaign Promotes Safety in O.C.

first_imgPolice urge the public to take safety seriously. Here is a trailer wrapped with a safety message that was displayed over the summer. From left are Police Lt. Brian Hopely, Assistant Library Director Leslie Clarke, Library Director Karen Mahar and Capt. Charlie Simonson. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Police Department) By Maddy VitaleSome of Ocean City’s best known landmarks are the centerpiece of an enhanced safety campaign unveiled Wednesday by the Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City Free Public Library.The police department and library joined forces late last year to create a safety awareness campaign that combines free safety-themed items such as key chains and magnets with vinyl-wrapped police trailers that display pedestrian, beach, bicycling and motorist safety tips, Police Lt. Brian Hopely explained.The materials will be available wherever the police trailers go throughout the year and will also be in the library bookmobile and in the library at 1735 Simpson Ave. The library provided $20,000 in funding for the materials in the 2019 budget.The idea is to get the safety message across to people, while also making the locations recognizable and distinctly Ocean City, Hopely noted.“The trailers show local, iconic images specific to Ocean City, so people can relate to these pictures and take notice of the safety messages,” Hopely said.Library Director Karen Mahar and Lt. Brian Hopely display some of the free items that feature safety messages.Hopely, along with Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar, discussed ways they feel the partnership will be a success. The goal is to also open it up to other community support in the future.Mahar said the partnership enables the two entities to support both educational and community outreach partnerships really highlighting the “Think Safety” and “Operation Safe & Secure” campaigns.“Our library continues to play an invaluable role in providing resources and expertise that fosters community engagement and transforms lives through education and lifelong learning,” she said.Images that represent to people that they are in or entering Ocean City include the water tower, the Route 52 Causeway, a lifeguard boat and a mother and daughter shopping in the downtown. Each photo displays specific safety tips. Some of the messages in the campaign are “Walk Safe OCNJ,” “Swim near a Guard,” “Watch your Children,” “Wear a Helmet,” “Obey Signs and Signals” and “Share the Road.”In May, a pedestrian died after being struck in Ocean City, underscoring the importance of safety measures and awareness.Hopely noted that children will receive coloring place mats that have pedestrian safety tips on them. “Be Aware … Cross with Care” is one of the messages that children will learn about while sitting with their parents or guardians at resort eateries.Other free merchandise with tips for motorists, pedestrians, swimmers and bicyclists include “Think Safety” pop sockets for cell phones and “Think Safety” refrigerator magnets. One message features a mother and daughter shopping along Asbury Avenue to highlight the importance of pedestrian safety. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Police Department)Some of the locations where the police department will feature the trailers will be at the Spring and Fall Block Parties, Fourth of July parades, weekly Farmers Markets and First Night celebrations.Business owners will also join in with “Safe and Secure” storefront posters created to include beach, traffic, pedestrian and bicycle tips.Mahar said in late 2018 she was approached by Hopely and Police Capt. Charlie Simonson about the possibility of a partnership. The hope is that it will grow to include more partnerships throughout the community. Library Board of Trustees President Jennifer Shirk said of the partnership, “This is one more example of how our public library can strengthen the community and add immeasurable value through education and public awareness.”For more information, visit www.oceancityvacation.com, www.oceancitylibrary.com and follow the Ocean City Police Department @OCNJPolice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.The library bookmobile will also feature materials to give out with safety messages, including keychains and magnets.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: June 21

first_imgDear Friends,I have received many inquiries about the rental service at Ninth Street Beach setting up beach chairs and umbrellas before they are rented. I want you all to know that I have reached out to the owners to set up a meeting. I hope to reach a compromise that protects the rights of both the public and the private owner. Preserving public access to the beach is absolutely essential to every resident, guest and business in town.Our Public Works team has added handicapped-accessible mats with sitting areas to beaches at Surf Road and 59th Street, and I’ve asked them to add 14th Street. The extended mats were placed at 34th Street a few weeks ago.These mats create a hard surface on the beach that allows wheelchairs and those with limited mobility to travel across the soft sand and enjoy the beach.New handicapped-accessible mats with sitting areas have been added to the beaches at Surf Road and 59th Street. (Photos courtesy of City of Ocean City)This program is new and experimental. We will study issues related to effectiveness, usage, maintenance, and protecting the equipment from storms as we continue to work on making Ocean City more accessible to all.I want to let you all know about an innovative new program from the Ocean City Intermediate School. With the help of shop and STEM teacher Stu Lichtenstein, students have constructed food donation boxes where renters and guests can drop off leftover non-perishable foods before they return home from vacation.The donation boxes will sit outside the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1801 Bay Avenue. All collected food will be donated local and regional food banks.Building Supervisor Todd Lauer returned from a recent vacation with the idea to turn leftovers into a positive. I hope you all will spread the word about the new boxes and help feed the hungry.Food donation boxes will sit outside the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1801 Bay Avenue.Once again, I remind you not to place your recyclables in plastic bags. To save your taxpayer dollars and to help save the environment, please place cans, bottles and other recyclables directly into your recycling container. An excess of plastic bags in our single stream recycling flow causes entire truckloads to be rejected – with all the material then ending up in a landfill at a cost to taxpayers.It looks like we have another great weather forecast for the weekend. I hope you get a chance to check out the new Bayside Family Day. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the bayside park at Second Street and Bay Avenue.The lineup will include free kayak and stand-up paddleboard demonstrations, mini Pirate Voyages and mini back-bay cruises for small fees, fishing and crabbing demonstrations with rods for kids to use and a knot-tying station, Ocean City Sailing Foundation displays and information, U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, food vendors, music and more.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Care Facility in Cape May County Reports Multiple COVID-19 Cases

first_imgWEST WILDWOOD1 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESOFF QUARANTINEDEATHS AVALON42 TOTAL RECOVERED WILDWOOD51 DENNIS TOWNSHIP5 LOWER TOWNSHIP333 15 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP153 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY99 NORTH WILDWOOD21 1 SEA ISLE CITY01 WEST CAPE MAY1 The Cape May County Health Department (CMCHD) confirmed that 15 residents and 11 staff members at Victoria Manor, 3809 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, tested positive for COVID-19.No deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak as of Monday morning.“Public Health has been preparing for the possibility of outbreaks happening in skilled nursing facilities and other congregate care settings, and we have provided clear guidance for facilities in responding and controlling the spread of illness,” Cape May County Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing Mary Tighe said.She added, “We, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Health, are working closely with the facilities now to protect residents and staff.”CMCHD began investigating immediately upon notification of ill staff and residents within the facility. Ill staff and residents began being tested, with some coming back positive.In response to these positive tests, the CMCDH assisted in delivering 400 surgical masks and 200 gowns, according to a county press release.Staff and residents who do not have serious symptoms are monitored and medically isolated, but not hospitalized.The facility continues to follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines for disease outbreaks in long-term health care facilities including deep cleaning on a regular basis.Victoria Manor is a skilled nursing facility with 120 beds. The facility is following all health recommendations to prevent further spread of the virus.“The situation is very serious, and we are deeply concerned about residents of our senior care facilities in Cape May County,” County Health Officer Kevin Thomas said.He continued, “That is why we need everyone to follow the stay-at-home order, social distancing guidance and other measures in recent health orders – to protect the people in our community who are vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19.”In addition, there has been one confirmed death in Cape May County and a total of 99 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection countywide.Following is a breakdown of confirmed coronavirus cases for each municipality in Cape May County: CAPE MAY POINT0 WILDWOOD CREST5 TOTAL ACTIVE83 OCEAN CITY51 STONE HARBOR0 WOODBINE0 TOTAL DECEASED CAPE MAY CITY12 UPPER TOWNSHIP611 For more information, call the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov.For additional information visit the Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net or on Facebook.last_img read more

Tyler Onesty Memorial Fundraiser Fights Addiction

first_imgBy MADDY VITALETyler Jay Onesty would have turned 26 on Sunday. The Ocean City High School graduate died of a heroin overdose in 2017. In his memory, and in an effort to help others battle addiction, the third Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit in his name was held.Tyler’s brother, 22-year-old Zach, and parents Sally and Marte Onesty, of Ocean City, welcomed friends, family members, employees of mental health and drug treatment services and people in recovery, who lined up at Golden Galleon Mini Golf at 11th Street and the Boardwalk to spend a day enjoying Tyler’s favorite pastime – miniature golf.“I feel like we are keeping Tyler’s memory alive and we are helping make an impact on other people who suffer from disease and addiction,” Zach explained.All of the proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for current and future Ocean City High School students who have been affected by drug addiction in some way and are furthering their education at the college level or at a trade school. Donations also go toward providing transportation to detox or rehab facilities.Over the last two years, the benefit has raised $6,000. Sally Onesty said the fundraiser would not be possible without the support of Playland’s Castaway Cove owner, Scott Simpson, who donates the golf course for the event each year. People wait to go inside Golden Galleon Mini Golf at Playland’s Castaway Cove for the benefit.“This year we hope to raise $5,000,” Sally noted. “This is the first year where we have really good weather. If we double the number of people here, then we can double the number of people for scholarships.”Since losing her oldest son, Sally has made it her priority to speak about the opioid crisis throughout Cape May County and the nation. The goal is to save as many lives as she can by offering ways to get people the help they need.It could be as simple as paying for an Uber to take a person to drug treatment or pay for the first week of sober living.Monica DiGesu, a recovery support specialist for Serenity Estates, a Hansen Foundation sober living facility, said she was happy to attend the fundraiser.“We always try to support local fundraisers to help people with treatment,” DiGesu said. Nikki Axler, of Ventnor, is in drug treatment. She played a round of mini golf with friends. “It’s for a  good cause,” she said.Marte Onesty said the day that Tyler died, they discovered his last phone messages were helping others with their troubles with addiction.“He just couldn’t help himself,” he said of his son. “It is good to be able to help kids with recovery or with education in Tyler’s memory.”John McKernan, of Ocean City, displays a tattoo he got in memory of his close friend, Tyler Onesty.One of Tyler’s best friends, John McKernan, 26, of Ocean City, works for the city in the Department of Public Works. He only had an hour to spend at the benefit. But he said he would not miss it for the world.“It feels good to be here. It is a great event that draws a lot of people,” McKernan said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Tyler. He was my best friend. We hung out every day.”McKernan said Tyler had so many great qualities. He even has a tattoo in honor of his friend on his right arm.The benefit helps keep Tyler’s memory alive, but event or no event, he will always be remembered by those who knew him, McKernan noted.“He would do anything to help people,” McKernan said. “He was a charismatic, awesome kid to be around. ” For those who could not attend the fundraiser but would still like to make a donation, send it to C/O Tyler Jay Onesty Scholarship Fund, Sturdy Bank, 661 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226.Nikki Axler, of Ventnor, sizes up her mini golf shot during the fundraiser. Sally and Marte Onesty with son, Zach, of Ocean City, host the third scholarship event in honor of their late son, Tyler, who died of a drug overdose.last_img read more

PFM PACKAGING MACHINERY

first_imgFlowrappers supplied by PFM PACKAGING MACHINERY (Leeds, West Yorkshire) are ensuring that McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow can capitalise on a major expansion in its core central Scotland wholesale market, which includes the foodservice sector, independent retailers, cash and carries, local authorities and education establishments. McGhee’s co-owner, Ian McGhee, explains: “Our new bakery is a huge development, with the most up-to-date bakery plant and processes. So it was vital that our packaging should be upgraded to reflect the image of the company that we are now portraying.”The company has bought two identical PFM high-speed Hurricane servo-controlled horizontal flowrappers in the last 10 months to add to the three it had already been successfully running. The Hurricane, PFM’s most versatile machine, achieves a maximum speed of 60 packs per minute.last_img read more

RHM buy approved

first_imgPremier’s £1.2bn proposed takeover of RHM was approved by The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on 5 February.The OFT announced that the acquisition, which would make Premier the UK’s biggest food producer with combined sales with RHM of around £2.6 billion per year, would not be referred to the Competition Commission. “We very much welcome this decision and look forward to completing the acquisition, anticipated to be in the middle of March,” said John McIvor, RHM’s director of investor relations and industry strategy.A decision of the Irish Competition Authority on the acquisition is expected to be announced on 9 February. McIvor said that he did not want to speculate on the outcome but added: “We take great comfort from the OFT’s decision.”Both companies have called an EGM on 15 February and the deal is expected to finalise on 16 March 2007.The OFT invited written representations about any competition or public interest issues raised by the deal towards the end of last year (see British Baker, 15 December, 2006, pg 12).last_img read more

Go with the flow

first_imgWell, another financial year has gone and trade has been pretty good. We could always have done with more, but we have eaten regularly. At this time of year, we now start thinking about how we will survive another year.The news is not really good, but, as bakers, we are relatively better-protected than most high street traders. After all, people have to eat and we are selling low-priced products they need and enjoy. But what support do we get from local councils?Recently, while speaking to a senior manager in local government, he asked me why so many people took an instant dislike to him. Well, I told him, it just saves us time. There is no getting through to them that we are the best judges on how to spend our money. While we all despair on how our money has been and will be wasted, there appears no way we can stop it, as the bureaucrats live in a different world and mind-set than the rest of us.Looking back on the past year, I find it incredible that I appear to arrive at the right answer, after trying all the wrong ones first. Where is the wisdom that is supposed to come with age?Change: don’t you get fed up with the word? I do, although I know we have to change constantly. Change requires a great deal of thought and very careful and detailed planning if it is to succeed.I have always found that if you write ideas down, rather than just discussing them, many flaws in the ideas invariably start to show. Writing everything down can be time-consuming, but the discipline of doing so is vital and often leads to disaster if one does not do so.So what is really the biggest problem facing us? I think it is to generate the necessary volume of trade to cover overheads, without losing profit margins. Market traders are the perfect example of how to run a business: they buy a product at 50p, sell it at £1 and, if it doesn’t sell, they will constantly reduce the price until they get rid of it – and then try not to repeat the mistake.Bakers, however, will often keep making a product that does not sell and tend to blame the customer for not having the good taste to buy it. Should the product show a continual fall in sales – and you are quite sure the quality is right – then drop it. Either tastes have changed or the product is unfashionable. So just go with the flow and give your customers what they really want, not what you think they want.This is particularly true of Christmas lines. For most of us, they are falling off drastically. Both taste and buying patterns have completely changed.Shopper s are busy people and shop for convenience; to them, that means the supermarket for Christmas food and often Easter, too.I always remember my mother going from butcher to baker to grocery shop and on and on. But those days are long gone. Now, the market is dominated by one-stop shopping. We no longer sell so many Christmas or Simnel cakes. And as for mince pies… well, we used to sell more on Christmas Eve than we now sell in nine weeks.Should you be one of the few who are still selling plenty of seasonal lines in your shops, good on you. But I’ll bet the majority are not selling anything like the volume you once did. So change is essential.last_img read more

Ireks brings in Vital line

first_imgAt the Baking Industry Exhibition, Ireks launched Avena Vital mix. With more than 60% of oats in the mix, it is designed to offer a healthy-looking and tasting loaf.Avena Vital is said to contain a high percentage of wholemeal oat flour, thick rolled oat flakes and coarse oats. Additionally, it also includes sunflower seeds and yellow linseeds, for goodness, plus aromatic brewing malt, made by Ireks at its own malthouse.Neil Woods, UK sales manager, said: “Avena Vital is a bread where you can really experience the full taste of oats. As well as their special taste and numerous valuable ingredients, they are now being rediscovered by more and more consumers.”Ireks specialises in mixes, improvers and brewing malts and supplies to over 70 countries.[http://www.ireks.com]last_img read more

FWB puts on its gloves

first_imgFWB Products has launched a range of gloves for the catering and foodservice industries. The range includes nitrile, latex, temperature-resistant, chain mail and disposable varieties. The gloves have been designed to be compliant with all relevant food legislation and regulations.FWB Products distributes products for engineering, industrial and trade, with more than 45 years’ experience of supporting the food and catering markets through the provision of a full range of workwear.[http://www.fwb.co.uk]last_img read more

KP’s new look for nuts

first_imgUnited Biscuits’ (UBUK) brand KP Nuts is refreshing its image from July, with revamped packaging and new flavours. It will also be launching a new Clip Strip merchandising unit for its salted and dry roasted peanut. Two new flavours – MSG-free Salt & Vinegar and Spicy Chilli – will be available in 200g and 80g price-marked and non price-marked packs. On the back of the success of KP’s Baked & Seasoned Nuts, it has launched Baked & Seasoned Mixes, containing inclusions rather than just mixed nuts. These will be available in Chilli & Lemongrass with Sweet Fire Red Pepper Pieces, and Sea Salt Rosemary with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, in 110g packs.The new look packs will feature clear nutritional information, and the different varieties will be colour-coded from the middle of the pack upwards. The Clip Strips aim to provide a merchandising solution for independent retailers to display certain lines in a secondary site.”The redesign and new flavours encourage consumers to re-evaluate the brand and see what taste challenges are available, whether seeking an impulse snack or a premium treat,” said Nick Stuart, commercial manager at UBUK.MRRP: £1.89 (Baked & Seasoned Mixes)[http://www.kpnuts.com]last_img read more

Pun in the oven

first_imgEverybody loves a pun. Puns have been keeping journos at The Sun in gainful employmnent for years, especially when there’s a bread-related story to write and they have to ’RISE TO THE OCCASION’ and ’USE THEIR LOAF’. And so it is that we applaud the organisers of the Real Bread Campaign for continuing this fine tradition with a Twitter competition to find the best bread-themed song title. Here’s the shortlist (you’re not allowed to groan).l Another One Bites The Crust Queenl Bread Bread Wine UB40  l Ciabatta Out Of Hell Malt Loafl Achy Bakey Heart Billy Ray Cyrusl Knead You Tonight INXSl It’s a Naan’s World James Brownl Hit Me Bagel One More Time Britney Spearsl Muffin Compares 2U Sinead O’Connorl I Put a Spelt On You Nina Simone/Screamin’ Jay Hawkins  l Rye Do Fools Fall In Loaf? Frankie Lymon and The Teenagersl Crumb Together The Beatlesl Crust the Way You Are Barry Whitel Oliver’s Sarnie Hovis Costellol Never Baguette Bake ThatMark McKellier can bathe himself in glory after coming up with the winning Ciabatta Out of Hell.last_img read more

Seasonal sortie

first_imgRaymond Blanc’s bakery and patisserie chain Maison Blanc has unveiled a host of new products to tempt consumers for the remainder of 2011.Its autumn/winter range will see the addition of a ’moelleux’ a chocolate sponge infused with orange, with a rich chocolate centre available in both small or large formats. Its seasonal cupcakes include cinnamon, blood orange and apple and blackcurrant varieties. Its Halloween range will feature a pumpkin tart and a Haunted Cake, complete with crumbled brownie and chocolate sable biscuit tombstones.Looking further ahead, its Christmas range will include an ’Xmas Pressie’ sponge cake, cupcake pudding cupcakes, a Maison Blanc Christmas cake, a yule log, and mince pies.last_img read more

President Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

first_img Previous articleSuspect arrested after double shooting, crash at Hickory & EdisonNext articleReward offered for suspect arrest after deadly hit-and-run in Michigan City Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNews By Jon Zimney – September 26, 2020 0 475 Twitter Pinterest Google+ President Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court Rachel Malehorn / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) President Trump has officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The president made the announcement during a White House event on Saturday, Sep. 26.Barrett currently serves as a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.The announcement is certain to ignite a bruising election-year confirmation battle, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to put up Trump’s nominee for a vote.So who is Barrett? News 8 in Indianapolis talked to three of Barrett’s fellow law professors from Notre Dame, and they all said that they think she would be the best person for this Supreme Court seat.“She is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. In addition to her legal intelligence, which would make her an unbelievable selection for the court, she is also one of the warmest open-minded people that anybody could meet,” said Daniel Kelly, a professor of law at Notre Dame.So far, Barrett is the only potential pick President Trump has interviewed. If chosen it could mean another Republican-appointed justice on the Supreme Court. There are already five, so this would far outnumber the current three Democratic appointees.Barrett’s colleagues said judges must interpret the law without political bias and she would do that. They said she has the support of former students, professors and co-clerks.“I think everyone should feel better if Amy Barrett is on the US Supreme Court because you will never find someone who is more fair-minded, more honest, more disciplined, more just than Amy Barrett,” said Carter Snead, a professor of law at Notre Dame and the director of the Center of Ethics and Cutler at Notre Dame.“She is so sincere and direct and transparent. You know what you are getting with her. There aren’t any hidden agendas or playing games, she is honest about what she thinks about the law,” said Pablo Carozza, a professor of law at Notre Dame and the director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.For some background, Barrett began her career as a law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. She went on to become a law professor at her alma mater, Notre Dame.Fellow law professors said her education diversifies her from the rest of the court, who are mostly Harvard and Yale-educated judges.“Her philosophy of the judiciary and of what judging requires does not permit a person to integrate and import their own personal views or their own politics into her work as a judge and that should give everybody comfort,” said professor Snead.However, she has been criticized. Back in 2012, CNN reported that Barrett signed onto a public letter protesting that abortion and contraception coverage of the Affordable Care Act were “an assault on religious liberty.”Barrett’s Catholic faith was also a major focal point during her 2017 confirmation hearing for the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court. However, her colleagues say that her religious beliefs shouldn’t be a consideration.“In the United States, we don’t have a religious test for any kind of office, right? And, so the fact people would try to make a big issue out of this is completely shameful and should be condemned,” said Professor Kelly.Now that Senator Mitt Romney has said he is on board with moving ahead with a vote, before the election, it all but ensures any nominee put forward will be confirmed.“If it were to go forward, if it does, Amy is the best person I could imagine in to be nominated and so if there is going to be a process. I am very happy she is in the mix for it and hope it ends up being her,” said Professor Carozza. WhatsApplast_img read more

Monuments protection bill goes to Governor Holcomb’s desk

first_img By Network Indiana – April 10, 2021 3 246 Twitter Previous articleGov. Whitmer recommends high schools close to in-person learning, take-out only to battle COVID surgeNext articleIndiana legislators won’t adjourn when they adjourn Network Indiana Google+ By Charles Edward (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that would allow the state to withhold money from cities that fail to protect monuments and memorials from vandalism and destruction.The bill also instructs State Police to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of any person who “damages, defaces, or destroys religious property” and says funding for cities and counties “may be withheld” if it is found that they have failed to protect such monuments.Last summer, protesters spray-painted the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Also, up to 80% of the war monuments and memorials in Indianapolis were damaged the weekend of May 29-31 of 2020 during two nights of riots.The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 36-10, with Republicans voting for it and Democrats against it.It also makes it easier to charge rioters with a felony by classifying riots as a felony if they cause at least $750 of damage and at least five people are involved.Sen. Greg Taylor is one of many Democrats who oppose the bill. He says it focuses on protecting property, not people.It was sent to Governor Holcomb’s desk. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Monuments protection bill goes to Governor Holcomb’s desk Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Press release: PM call with President Trump: 4 March 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said, The Prime Minister had a telephone call with President Trump earlier today. They discussed Syria, and the appalling humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta. They agreed it was a humanitarian catastrophe, and that the overwhelming responsibility for the heart-breaking human suffering lay with the Syrian regime and Russia, as the regime’s main backer. They agreed that Russia and others with influence over the Syrian regime must act now to cease their campaign of violence and to protect civilians. The Prime Minister raised our deep concern at the President’s forthcoming announcement on steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that multilateral action was the only way to resolve the problem of global overcapacity in all parties’ interests.last_img read more

Press release: Search begins for a UK 5G city of the future

first_img Doctors and other health care professionals using real-time video consultation and remote treatment for those less able to travel Digital Minister Margot James said: Expressions of interest can be made from 30 March with a closing date for applications of 5 June. DCMS will then work with the selected local authority to choose delivery partners for infrastructure and network services, who can bring the 5G technology into service and operate them through the trial period. Further information is available here Local authorities and industry will both have the opportunity to participate in workshops for the project commencing from the end of April 2018 and running until June 2018. Earlier this month, the government announced six winning projects from across the UK to test 5G technology. Also this month was the launch of UK5G, a new national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK. Interested parties can apply to join the network at www.UK5G.org. This is a huge opportunity for an urban area to become the flagship of our ambitious programme to make Britain fit for the future and a world leader in 5G. Trialling 5G at scale across an entire city is a chance to prove the economic benefits predicted from this new technology, test different methods of deployment and boost the connectivity of ordinary people working and living there. The Urban Connected Communities Project, a key part of the Industrial Strategy and the next step in the government’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme, will develop a large-scale, citywide testbed for wireless 5G infrastructure.This will include testing how new technology can make urban communities inherently safer, greener, more efficient and more attractive places to live. It is expected the winning bid will be trialling a variety of initiatives, which could include: The 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, aimed at continually driving the UK’s connectivity, telecommunications and digital sectors, and investing in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.The NPIF is designed to bolster UK productivity, which is crucial to raising living standards. Through the NPIF, the government is investing in the vital infrastructure needed to make it easier for people to connect with others, and work remotely and flexibly.Following a competitive process, the government expects to select a location in summer 2018. The urban project will be followed in the summer by a large-scale Rural Connected Communities Project.ENDSNotes For Editors Revolutionising the way visitors experience tourist venues through the use of augmented and virtual reality technologies Funding for the project will come from the £200 million assigned so far to develop 5G technologies as part of over £1bn investment in next-generation digital infrastructure, including through the £31bn National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is now seeking expressions of interest from local or combined authorities with a coverage area in the region of 500,000 people to be the public sector partner and lead the delivery of the project. Interest from large cities below 500,000 population but with very strong, clear digital leadership and vision will be considered.As well as enhancing connectivity for residents and businesses the urban testbed will trial 5G applications across multiple sectors including public services, industry, transport, healthcare, media and entertainment, and allow different deployment models to be explored.The project will specifically target ‘pinch-points’ of poor connectivity in cities, including areas of high demand such as mainline stations or city centres where heavy usage rather than a lack of signal leads to not-spots.Robert Driver, CEO of Cambridge Wireless on behalf of UK5G said: Maintenance of manufacturing assembly lines through use of robotics and augmented reality would enable millions of measurements per second to be taken to predict when parts need replacing or rerouting to improve productivity. Following the successful launch just this week of UK5G, the new 5G innovation network for the country, we are delighted to see the government announcing such ambitious plans to fund a large scale 5G testbed within an urban environment. This, along with the other projects being funded, will accelerate the development and adoption of 5G in the UK. We look forward to working with Government to make this a success. Making traffic jams and disjointed journeys a thing of the past through widespread use of sensors and real-time monitoring and management of traffic and public transportlast_img read more

Speech: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster speech to CBI Scotland

first_img and for us to conduct our own trade policy and sign free trade agreements that will benefit businesses and consumers here in Scotland, as well as those in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland too Thank you Paul for that kind introduction – and thank you everyone for that very generous welcome.Before I start, and on behalf of everyone here, can I pay tribute to Paul, your tenure with the CBI, and for everything you have done on behalf of the thousands of businesses across the UK.Leading this organisation through two general elections and a referendum on our membership of the European Union would be a tall ask for anyone, but you have kept the CBI at the forefront of our national debate – and it is fair to say you have kept the UK Government permanently on our toes.And so for that I thank you, and wish you all the success in the future.It is a pleasure to be with you today, and to have the great privilege of addressing CBI Scotland. And it is also a pleasure to be back here in Edinburgh.Whenever I visit this great city, I am constantly reminded of the weight of history that is all around us.Edinburgh isn’t simply a thriving, modern capital within our United Kingdom.It is the cradle of so much that our country, and indeed Europe, can celebrate in terms of philosophy, literature, architecture, poetry and political thought.It is the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment, a period in our history when pragmatism, reason and freedom of thought rose to the fore.And so it is the proud home of many of our finest intellectual figures, such as Adam Smith, whose statue stands proudly just a few streets away from here, and whose legacy continues to remind us of that virtue of choice that is so integral to our economic way of life and wellbeing.That is what I want to touch on very briefly with you this lunchtime: the importance of making choices – not just in the economic sense, but in the political sphere too.The choice to leave the EUBecause politics is ultimately about having preferences and making choices.Left or right; conservative or socialist; liberal or protectionist; Unionist or Nationalist; I guess Hearts or Hibs; even Celtic or Rangers – it is the virtue of having different choices which makes democracy something we must always cherish and respect.I am sure there are many of you here who voted to Remain in the European Union nearly two years ago. As many of you will know, I also fought hard for such an outcome.But on June 23rd 2016, the British people made a clear choice to leave the European Union and forge a new and different path for ourselves in the world.Now it is incumbent all of us, both individuals and governments, not just to accept that choice as democrats – and not merely to understand why the British people made that choice – but to minimise the risks and seize the opportunities that this choice presents.Now there will be those here in this room who, for perfectly understandable reasons, have concerns about the challenges we face – and want nothing more than certainty and clarity as negotiations proceed.But you should be in no doubt of the resolve of the UK Government to respond to those concerns and deliver a Brexit that prioritises certainty and clarity for businesses and consumers in all four parts of our union.Update on negotiationsAnd as negotiations proceed, that is precisely what we are doing.We have already agreed a fair deal on citizens’ rights, ensuring that EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals can get on with their lives broadly as they are now.We’ve agreed a good financial settlement for British taxpayers, made in the spirit of our future partnership with the EU.We’ve agreed a Joint Declaration with the EU that makes clear our mutual determination to preserve the Common Travel Area, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and uphold the totality of relationships embodied in the Belfast Agreement, both East-West and North-South.And we’ve reached agreement with the EU on an implementation period, providing that certainty and clarity for people and businesses so they will only see one change when we enter into a new relationship with the EU in the future.So while these are real achievements we have made in the interests of businesses and individuals across our country, we must now look to build our future economic partnership with the European Union.In her speech at Mansion House in March this year, the Prime Minister set out her aim for a deep and comprehensive partnership in which: for trade at the UK-EU border to be as frictionless as possible And I am pleased to say that, despite what you may have read, this work is now nearing completion.So as negotiations continue, these are choices that will have the best interests of Scottish businesses and consumers at their heart, and the need to provide clarity and certainty as soon as possible for you all.Importance of the UK common marketBecause this is a long road that has many different twists and turns, as we together journey out of the European Union.But as negotiations continue on that future deep and special partnership we all want to see, we must not forget the need for certainty and clarity here at home as well.It is why the UK has a responsibility, through our modern industrial strategy, to improve living standards, spread prosperity and promote growth around all parts of our country, and ensure we are match fit for the next wave of technological change that is fast approaching.For example, our Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund is providing £795 million for potential innovators, and we are working to ensure as many Scottish bidders as possible are successful.And we are investing in new City Deals – which have been committed to or agreed for all seven of Scotland’s cities – as well as a Borderlands Growth Deal to help secure prosperity in southern Scotland. We have also opened formal negotiations for the Ayrshire Growth Deal.But it is also why the UK has a deep-seated responsibility to maintain the integrity of our union.When I spoke in North Wales earlier this year about the value of our union, I emphasised the importance the UK Government places on preserving the common market of the United Kingdom – what many of you may refer to as the “internal market” or the “UK single market” that comprises Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.I also emphasised why it is so crucial that our businesses and consumers face no new internal barriers to conducting their business on the day of our exit in March next year.For it is only by maintaining the coherence of that common market – and keeping barriers to trade within it to an absolute minimum – that businesses and consumers in all parts of our union can continue to benefit.Preserving that common market is exactly what the EU Withdrawal Bill, currently making its way through Parliament, will do.It will make sure that, as we carry out the delicate process of transferring European Union law back onto the UK statute book, we do so as smoothly as possible…The current regulatory and legal framework will remain in place, but on a UK rather than an EU legal footing.If and when we wish to move away in future from the current rules, we can do so in a considered and deliberate fashion, taking account of consultation with business.So it will make sure that when we leave the European Union in March next year, we do so in a way that avoids a damaging cliff-edge for businesses, firms; factories, industries and consumers alike – so that businesses have certainty from day one of our exit.And on devolution, the Bill will make sure that, as this process is carried out, we retain the ability to keep common and temporary UK frameworks where necessary, while we work on the long term solution – such as one set of package labelling and hygiene rules, instead of four different ones.The Bill respects the devolution settlement – but stops short of giving any part of the UK a veto over that temporary mechanism.This has always been a red line for us.For if one part of the UK has a veto over the ability to establish a common framework across the rest of the UK, it could be used to undermine this common market we all, everyone in this room, prospers from.And the message we have from business is that the UK common market is vital to their growth and prosperity.For Scottish businesses trade four times as much with the rest of the UK as they do with the EU.And as businessmen and women you want to be sure that your factories in Paisley and farms in Perthshire will be able to continue selling their goods freely to customers in Preston and Swansea and Londonderry.And not only will the temporary preservation of common frameworks guarantee certainty for businesses trading within the United Kingdom – it will mean that, with a clear set of commonly-recognised standards, we can agree those new trade deals with the global growth markets of tomorrow as well.Indeed, when I visited China just last month, I saw first-hand how hard our network of embassies around the world work to promote both UK and Scottish exports, such as the finest Scotch Whisky, of which 61 per cent of exports go to countries outside the EU.I even had the pleasure of seeing the First Minister during my visit to China, who was also using the network of UK embassies to promote Scottish goods overseas.And just this morning I was visiting Diageo here in Edinburgh hearing about the breadth of ambition the industry has to reach new and emerging markets and build on the strength of the internationally renowned quality of Scottish food and drink.And during my last visit to Scotland in January, I also visited a Marine Harvest factory in Rosyth, specialising in salmon sales and learned that not only do they sell to every part of the UK, but export the fish heads to China and the skins to Thailand, where they are made into crisps.That is why having a successful domestic market and competitive global markets are complementary to one another, and why the UK Government is committed to delivering directly for Scottish businesses and consumers.Put simply, respecting and preserving the United Kingdom common market is to uphold one of the fundamental expressions of the constitutional integrity that underpins our existence as a union.But put even more simply, any attempt to undermine that common market would represent a self-inflicted blow to the thousands of firms who owe their prosperity to its success.Clause 11 negotiationsNow I am well aware from the conversations I have had with Scottish and Welsh businesses that what they care about is what all this means for business – and whether it provides the certainty they need.That is why all of us – Westminster, Cardiff and Holyrood – have worked hard to identify only those absolutely essential areas where we agree that UK-wide frameworks are needed.And of course it is worth underlining that we already have UK-wide frameworks in all these areas right now.Our approach as we leave the EU however, is to see the vast majority of powers returning from Brussels bypass Westminster entirely.Indeed, we have moved a considerable distance in the spirit of compromise and collaboration so as to ensure we reach a deal with the Scottish and Welsh Governments that not merely respects the devolution settlements and improves upon them, but also upholds the Sewel Convention and provides the certainty that businesses require.That is why I was pleased that the Welsh Government, in this spirit of pragmatism, recently agreed to our approach, and to recommend the Welsh Assembly give legislative consent to the Withdrawal Bill.As the Welsh CBI, the Federation of Small Business in Wales, and the Farmers Union of Wales have all made clear, this deal is very good not only for the Welsh economy and its people, but for the whole of the UK too.And as the First Minister for Wales himself said this week: “the nature of an agreement is that you come to ground that you believe to be common ground”.I am glad that thanks to the joint work of the three governments there is now far more common ground between all.The door is still openBut it is also why it is disappointing that the Scottish Government still does not feel able to sign up to our proposals and deliver that certainty for businesses.Of course, it is now for the Scottish Parliament to decide what view it wants to take on the compromise we have reached, and that we have now agreed with the Welsh Government.So that is why I say to the Scottish Government – and to the Scottish Parliament – the door is still open.At a stroke, they can join the Welsh Government – who have also put so much into getting us to this stage – and recommend to the Parliament here in Holyrood that we should end any lingering question of legal uncertainty for businesses in all parts of the UK.Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago, the Food and Drink Federation Scotland, Scottish Bakers, and the Scottish Retail Consortium all emphasised the importance of the UK common market.How it benefits Scotland’s businesses enormously by lowering costs and increasing efficiency and how it also benefits Scotland’s consumers by providing more choice and keeping prices down.And as the Scottish Government themselves have agreed, it makes sense for there to be frameworks applying across the UK in some areas.But no matter what the Scottish Government decides, I want to reiterate that the UK Government is committed to acting in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement that – even now at this late stage – is open to the Scottish Government to sign up to.Scottish businesses can see this in black and white: our Intergovernmental Agreement is public for all to see.You can have that certainty and clarity that we will work to agree the approach needed to protect our vital common market, and that we will respect – in full – the devolution settlements as we do so.ConclusionSo as we all face choices, the Scottish Government also faces a choice.But I am confident that, if we work together, we can and will forge a path that fully respects the democratic choice the United Kingdom made two years ago while maximising clarity and certainty wherever we can for our families and businesses not just here in Scotland, but across our whole country.For our union is strongest when each of its constituent parts is strong and working together.As I have said before, the unity that exists between our four nations gives us a scale of ambition that none of us could possess alone.But this ambition can only be realised if we do work together, and make those choices that are truly in the national interest.For together, we are a union that is greater than the sum of its parts.A country that can remain a strong, global leader.A United Kingdom at home.And an active, force for good in the world.Thank you very much. trade between the UK and the EU would be as frictionless as possible She also made clear that one important objective in building that partnership would be to seek a new customs arrangement with the European Union.At Lancaster House in 2017, the Prime Minister said that we will be leaving the EU’s customs union, its Common Commercial Policy, and the Common External Tariff.But she also said that we do want to have a customs agreement with the EU. As she said, we have an open mind on how: it is not the means that matter, but the ends.And that is why last year, we set out two potential options for what this new customs arrangement might be.Option one was a customs partnership between the UK and the EU, in which the UK would mirror the EU’s requirements for imports from the rest of the world, applying the same tariffs and the same rules of origin as the EU for those goods arriving in the UK and intended for the EU.The other option was a highly streamlined customs arrangement, in which we would jointly agree to implement a range of measures to minimise frictions to trade.This would include waivers for goods moving between the UK and the EU, “trusted trader” schemes, specific exemptions for small businesses, and online systems – such as for customs declarations to be made far from the border, as is already the case with VAT declarations when VAT regimes between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are different.But whatever option we are discussing, our objectives remain the same: and in which there is no hard border on the island of Ireland with no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland UK regulatory standards remain at least as high as the EU’slast_img read more

News story: Prime Minister takes Welsh firms on first visit to Africa

first_img This visit offers the chance to highlight how the best of British innovation, technology, manufacturing and construction can address the toughest challenges of the developing world in an efficient and impactful way. Having witnessed the transformative effect on Hydro technology on the lives of some of the most disadvantaged in the world, the prospect of doing so on a much larger scale with such strong partners and the financial clout of the U.K. government would be extremely exciting, and I hope this trade mission will help identify some immediate opportunities. Pioneering Welsh firms will join the Prime Minister on her first visit to Africa as she sets out the opportunities available for UK businesses to grow in emerging markets across the continent.Cardiff-based company Sure Chill will be one of 29 representatives of UK business from across the country representing the very best of British business in technology, infrastructure and financial and professional services.Their revolutionary cooling technology is already used worldwide, including in 20 African countries. Products such as their vaccine fridge can stay cool during a power outage for over 12 days without power in temperatures of 43C. They are working with organisations such as UNICEF and the World Health Organisation as well as world leading brands to develop solutions for homes and businesses.Also joining the Prime Minister is Carmarthenshire water technology company Hydro Industries who develop, design and operate state-of-the-art solutions for water purification and the processing of industrial effluent, delivering clean technology to a global market.Visiting South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya over the course of the trip, they will meet with leading businesses, policy makers and entrepreneurs in order to build new investment, trading and export ties between the UK and these emerging markets.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will join the Prime Minister in South Africa to meet with a range of businesses to discuss trade and investment opportunities with Wales and the UK.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Africa is a very important market for Sure Chill, from our life-saving vaccine refrigerators to our life-changing off-grid domestic refrigerators, and also for the future application of our energy shifting green technology. It is always a privilege to visit Africa to see our pioneering work first-hand and an honour to be here on this occasion with Prime Minister Theresa May as the UK strengthens its ties with the fast developing continent. Nigel Saunders, CEO of Sure Chill, said: The Welsh companies I am taking to Africa are leading examples of how UK innovation is transforming the technology sector on a global scale. The ambition and commitment to driving change that both Sure Chill and Hydro Industries showcase is exactly what I want to see from British businesses, and I am pleased they are joining me on this important visit as the UK looks to deepen its partnership with Africa.center_img Wayne Preece, CEO of Hydro Industries, said: Africa is developing fast; more than half of the anticipated growth in global population between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Africa, and according to the International Monetary Fund, African economies are amongst the fastest growing in the world, making it a significant trading and investment partner for the UK.During the visit, the Prime Minister will set out how new partnerships between the UK and Africa can add value to the UK economy, create new market opportunities for British businesses, and boost jobs and prosperity for the benefit of all.Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said: The African market presents so many opportunities for Welsh businesses looking to grow and to find new audiences outside of the EU. Companies like Hydro Industries and Sure Chill have already experienced significant success when taking their products around the world. I have no doubt that this visit will help to open more doors for them, and will be a real source of inspiration to other businesses from Wales looking to make waves in markets overseas.last_img read more

News story: Secretary of State meeting with Chief Minister of Gibraltar: 26 September 2018

first_imgSecretary of State Dominic Raab said:“I was delighted to welcome the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo for a discussion about the shared opportunities that lie ahead as the UK and Gibraltar leave the EU together.“We had a productive conversation about the importance of UK-Gibraltar ties and the vital work going on to deepen and strengthen these into the future.“The UK is fully involving Gibraltar as we negotiate our departure from the EU, and this meeting was just one of the many ways in which we are ensuring that their priorities are taken into account.“I look forward to working together to secure a prosperous future for the UK and Gibraltar outside the EU.”last_img read more

Press release: Regulator publishes Sector risk profile 2018

first_img ensure that sales activity is underpinned by an understanding of local housing demand and the mitigations available if sales and staircasing do not match expectations be clear about their health and safety responsibilities, both for stock that they own and stock that they manage, to ensure that tenants are safe in their homes and staff are safe at work The regulator’s Sector Risk Profile 2018 is available on the RSH website.Further information The Regulator of Social Housing promotes a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants. For more information visit the RSH website. This year’s publication also emphasises risks to specialist providers, including the particular risks inherent in lease-based providers of supported housing, on which the regulator will be issuing a further report in due course.Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive of RSH said: The Sector Risk Profile 2018, published today (11 October 2018) by the Regulator of Social Housing, highlights health and safety issues, failures to meet stakeholder expectations and reliance on sales as significant potential risks for social housing providers to manage.The report, now in its sixth edition, sets out the range of strategic and financial challenges facing the social housing sector. It is designed to help registered providers, board members and others to understand the operating environment and to think strategically about how their organisation can manage its risks.Whilst the sector continues to have to manage a range of issues to ensure that it remains viable and well governed, the regulator has highlighted 3 key areas for boards to consider. Boards should:center_img The risks facing each organisation will depend upon the scale and nature of that business. It is important that boards understand the specific issues that they face, carry out adequate stress testing and plan meaningful mitigations. We will look for assurance from providers that they have robust stress tests, internal control systems and appropriate risk management. We will also continue to monitor the exposure that sales risks have on the sector as part of our quarterly review of providers’ overall financial strength. The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen unprecedented scrutiny of the social housing sector, landlords’ relationship with their tenants, and public interest in the sector’s wider social role. In this context providers must show how they are delivering on their social purpose and objectives, and meeting their promises and commitments. Where things go wrong providers should be open and transparent and look to put the issue right as quickly as possible. Failure to do so could not only undermine stakeholder confidence in individual providers but also affect the reputation of the sector as a whole. The regulator’s annual Sector Risk Profiles are available on the RSH website. See our Media enquiries page for press office contact details. For general queries, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. consider their stakeholders expectations in their decision making, including tenants and residents; lenders and investors; and central and local governmentlast_img read more

Press release: UK energy statistics: statistical press release – December 2018

first_img If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. UK energy statistics: statistical press release – December 2018 Energy Trends and Energy Prices publications are published today 20 December 2018 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The publications cover new data for the third quarter of 2018. Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes. Energy Prices covers prices to domestic and industrial consumers, prices of oil products and comparisons of international fuel prices.center_img Request an accessible format. PDF, 574KB, 16 pageslast_img read more

Press release: New partnership unlocks land for development across England

first_imgA new partnership has been announced by Homes England and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation today to develop land being released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).The partnership brings together the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), combining its own in-house expertise with the skills, people and finance of Homes England to help unlock the constraints, create greater certainty and speed up the construction of homes.Nick Walkley, Chief Executive from Homes England and Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation have sealed the partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.Nick Walkley, Chief Executive of Homes England said: “This partnership provides another great opportunity to intervene in the market – and the sites will contribute towards the 300,000 homes needed each year to meet the growing demand. We are pleased to be using our skills and resource to work closely with DIO on the delivery of these brownfield sites.“Through the Memorandum of Understanding we will be able to work with local authorities and communities to progress schemes faster and more efficiently providing homes where they are needed.”The land will remain in the ownership of MoD throughout the project whilst Homes England prepares the site for development through planning and investment with governance from DIO.Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation said: “DIO and Homes England have agreed to work together to develop sites for housing in an arrangement that will maximise value for the public purse.“We are pleased to be entering into this partnership with Homes England for the benefit of local communities. The combined expertise will ensure sites no longer needed for Defence can be developed into much needed housing while delivering value for money.”#The first seven sites under the new partnering agreement have also been announced today. These are: Claro & Deverell Barracks in Ripon, North Yorkshire; RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire; MOD Site 4 in Stafford, MDPGA Wethersfield in Braintree, Essex, Swynnerton Training Camp in Stone, Staffordshire, Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham, Lincolnshire and Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire.ENDSFor more information contact Kate Hall, Communications Officer at Homes England 0115 852 6900 or 07967 782252 [email protected] to Editors:About Homes EnglandHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.For more information visit our main page or follow us on Twitter.About Defence Infrastructure OrganisationThe Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), part of the Ministry of Defence, plays a vital role in conserving and maintaining the Defence estate as well as supporting our Armed Forces to live, work, train and deploy on operations.For more information visit the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) website. or follow on Twitter @mod_diolast_img read more

News story: Residents encouraged to have their say to improve building safety

first_img Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg The Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017 resulted in the greatest loss of life in a residential fire in a century. It shattered the lives of many people and shook the trust of countless more in a system that was intended to ensure the most basic human need of having a safe place to live.Following research into building safety culture across the industry, it became apparent that too many in the building industry were taking short cuts that could endanger residents in the very place they were supposed to feel safest – their own home. That’s why the government commissioned Dame Judith Hackitt, an engineer and former chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive, to review the system and find out how it can be improved.Dame Judith’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety made it clear that there needs to be a culture change in the industry, underpinned by changing how homes are designed, built, maintained and managed in the future.Following the review, the government began analysing Dame Judith’s recommendations to understand what needed to be done to overhaul the system. To make sure residents are safe and feel safe in their homes, it became evident that the government needed to take forward all of Dame Judith’s recommendations and go further.Having your sayIn December 2018, the government published its plan to make building regulations stronger and more effective. The plan, Building a Safer Future, committed the government to ensuring that high-rise residential buildings are safe to live in.The government intends to bring forward new laws to improve building safety. Before doing this, it has launched a consultation (see the quick read) on the details and invites your views over the next 8 weeks.What the government is doingThe consultation launched today proposes a stronger voice for residents of high-rise buildings to ensure their concerns are never ignored. This includes better information regarding their buildings so that they can participate in decisions about safety, as well as clear and quick routes of escalation for their concerns if things do go wrong.Clearer accountability for building safetyDame Judith recommended the creation of a system of ‘dutyholders’, people who will have responsibility for keeping residents of these buildings safe, and making sure building regulations are followed. Dutyholders will be responsible for keeping vital safety information about how the building was designed and built and is managed. This is known as the ‘golden thread’ of information and will be kept electronically for the entire life of a building, from its design to its place as a home for residents. The people responsible for this information will have to make sure it is up to date and that the right people can access it, including residents.Powers and sanctionsIf the people responsible for a building ignore their responsibilities, a new building safety regulator will have the authority to take enforcement action against them. This could include criminal and civil sanctions, like fines or imprisonment.The building safety regulator will be responsible for overseeing the safety of new and existing buildings. Their strong focus will be on checking that safety is being properly considered and necessary safety measures are put in place when new high rise residential buildings are being designed and built, and that robust safety measures are in place for existing buildings.The intention is that, as a result, the regulator and people responsible for a building’s safety will be working towards the common goal at the heart of the new regime – the safety of residents.The government is also consulting on new ways of ensuring that construction products are safe and used properly.Implementing clearer standards and guidanceFor the building safety regulator to work effectively, clearer standards and guidance need to be produced. For construction products and systems standards, the government proposes creating a new standards committee to provide it with impartial advice on the new standards and guidance.The government has also consulted on a full-scale technical review of the building regulations guidance on fire safety, known as Approved Document B. The intention is to improve accessibility and usability of the guidance by publishing a single, online searchable document of all the approved documents and guide to the building regulations so everyone in the industry is clear on how to use them.Taking actionFollowing the Grenfell Tower fire, the government committed to reforming the building industry to make sure a tragedy like this does not happen again. The aim is for these building safety reforms to work together to improve safety by creating a culture change in the building industry.The safety of residents is of the greatest importance and steps are already being taken to strengthen the power residents hold and ensure their views and concerns are listened to by those responsible for managing their buildings. This includes through the Social Housing Green Paper, New Homes Ombudsman and the recent call for evidence on how residents and landlords can work together to keep their building safe, and the Social Landlords Best Practice Group, capturing and sharing effective ways for residents and landlords to work together on building safety.The government is funding the replacement of unsafe aluminium composite material cladding, like the type used on Grenfell Tower, from high-rise residential homes and has introduced a ban on combustible materials on the external walls of new high-rise buildings.Residents, building owners, the construction industry and the fire safety sector are all encouraged to make their voices heard by participating in the consultation and helping shape the future of building and fire safety to make sure residents are safe and feel safe in their homes.The Home Office has also launched a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England. The call for evidence is the first part of a process to ensure that the Fire Safety Order is fit for purpose for all buildings it regulates. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Media enquiries Email [email protected] Social media – MHCLG Contact form https://forms.communit… Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale.last_img read more

Newcastle bakery finds buyer

first_imgEighty-five jobs have been saved after Tindale & Stanton’s Newcastle bakery was sold as a going concern. The bakery has been acquired by new company, Star Cottage Bakery, made up of a consortium of four former managers.The administrator, The P&A Partnership, was called in earlier this month when Bakery Products, which acquired the Tindale & Stanton bakery last year, went into administration. Bakery Products had also acquired the bakery and 11 shops from Woodhead Bakery when the firm went into administration last April.In a separate deal, two bakery shops in Harrogate which were owned by Bakery Products, Scarborough, have been sold to a new company, Howards Bakery, saving a further 16 jobs. Star Cottage Bakery bought the Tindale & Stanton bakery on Friday 22 June. Joint administrators John Russell and Andy Wood had continued to trade Tindale & Stanton in a bid to find a buyer.Said Wood: “We are pleased to have been able to sell the business as a going concern, particularly as the buyers are former employees. The quick sale of Tindale & Stanton is an endorsement of the rescue process that an administration enables.”He said the employees had been supportive of the administrators throughout the process, as had its key secured creditors, “who gave us their backing to keep the business trading”.>> Bakery Products fails to find buyer>> Second bakery saved by Bakery Products>> Woodhead Bakery in double acquisitionlast_img read more

Dickinson & Morris launches new lines

first_imgDickinson & Morris is looking to drum up more business during National Baking Week (15-21 October) by launching an eclectic range of European breads and confectionery.The bakery firm, based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, said the new products will land on shelves at its Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe next Monday.Ten confectionery products will be introduced, including florentines, coconut madeleines and a range of Bandolino cakes, along with seven new bread varieties such as Pia Do Crescent and Pia Twists, Pumpernickel and a light rye bread.Steve Fogo, bakery manager at Dickinson & Morris, told the Melton Times: “We’re launching the new products in line with National Baking Week. We’re recognised for our pork pies, but to complement that we want to introduce quality traditional breads from around Europe and confectionery lines to match.“We felt we hadn’t been doing justice to the rest of our products and realise that our confectionery and bread range haven’t really been updated for about four or five years. I was invited to go to Germany with two companies and ingredients suppliers in May and, from there, we developed some new products.”last_img read more