Q and A: asylum seekers and refugees

first_imgQ and A: asylum seekers and refugeesOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. There is a lot of confusion surrounding asylum seekers and refugees.  Personnel Today addresses the key questionsQ:  How is an asylum-seekerdefined? A:  An asylum-seeker is a person who hasfled from his or her home country and is seeking refugee status in anothercountry. Q:  What is meant by refugee? A:  For an asylum-seeker to gainrefugee status they must: – Be outside their country of origin or outside the country where they usuallylive, and be at genuine risk and in fear of serious harm – Prove their own government does not want to or is failing to protect themfrom harm – Prove that their fear is linked to their civil, political or social status.For example, they are being persecuted by the state because they are affiliatedto an opposition political party or because they are of different ethnic origin– Need and deserve protection. Q:  How many asylum-seekers enterthe UK? A:  There were 77,040 applicationsreceived last year. This is an increase of over 5,000 on 1999.  Nearly 6,000, (5,815), applications forasylum were received in March 2001. The March figure, the last to be published,is 5 per cent up on February’s figure of 5,520. Q:  How many asylum-seekers aregranted refugee status in this country? A:  Last year, 10,185 asylum-seekerswere given refugee status – 10 per cent of the 110,065 asylum decisionsmade.  In 1999 only 7,815 refugee statues were granted from 33,720 decisions made, or33 per cent. In March of this year, 1,700 people were recognised as refugees, up from 1,205in February. Q:  Where do UK asylum-seekerscome from? A:  The most common nationality foran asylum-seeker in the UK last year was Iraqi, with 7,080 applicants. This wasfollowed by Sir Lankan with 6,040. Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iran supplied the UK with 5,695, 5,230 and5,170 asylum-seekers respectively in 2000. In March 2001 the most applicants for asylum came from Afghanistan, with680. Somalia was second with 470 applicants for asylum. Q:  What do immigrant workerscontribute to the UK’s economy? A:  In a Home Office report publishedthis year, immigrants put £2.5bn back into the economy, 10 per cent more moneythan British-born residents do.  Thereport also claims that immigrant workers do not take jobs away from Britishpeople, they fill gaps. Q:  How skilled are the UK’srefugees? A:  More than a third of refugeesquestioned by the Home Office in 1995 held a degree, postgraduate orprofessional qualification.  More than 90per cent could speak two languages, while 65 per cent spoke at least threelanguages. Q:  What are the regulationsgoverning employing asylum-seekers in the UK? A:  Under the Asylum and ImmigrationAct of 1996, it is a criminal offence for employers to take on employees whoseimmigration status prevents them from working in this country. Employers areliable for fines up to £5,000. last_img read more

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Latin america

first_imgLatin americaOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article When multinationals entered the Latin American region a decade ago, the biggest challenge was to find capable staff. Today the problem of how to attract, motivate and retain high-impact performers is beginning to surface.In Latin America, as in the US, Canada and Europe, total remuneration packages start with base salary but also typically include long and short-term incentive pay and benefits. In countries with a strong flow of foreign investments such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, a fair salary has to be topped up by a package of other rewards, incentives and working conditions.Surprisingly, one of the key motivators is cars, followed by bonuses. To attract top-level talent in Brazil for example, companies need to provide executives and managers with a luxury car, as well as a defined benefit retirement plan.But expectations and cultural values regarding total remuneration packages can differ significantly from country to country in the Latin region. “In Argentina where the economic situation is very unstable,” says Luis Perez Van Morlegan from Argentinean-based HR consultancy Bertoni & Asociados/H Neumann International, “many good executives are looking for work but obviously the top performers are employed and not always willing to leave unless another company offers them a substantial hiring bonus. One of the best methods of attraction is a bonus because it is linked to the performance of the employee within the company. It represents a percentage of the annual remuneration which is the equivalent to two to five times the wages.”Long-term incentives such as stock option programmes were implemented in a growing number of companies in the region, especially in the fast expanding hi-tech and telecommunication sectors. “In Mexico,” explains Hugo Oliveri, a consultant based at the Mexican offices of professional services firm Watson Wyatt, “stock options are becoming a very strong tool to retain highly skilled performers. They represent 25% of the basic salary. Bonuses are given in 80% of companies, which represents 20% of the basic salary.”A survey carried out by Watson Wyatt in Puerto Rico indicates that despite the high unemployment rate of approximately 11 per cent, base salary increases range from 4.5 per cent to 4.8 per cent each year. And yet, over 50 per cent of those companies surveyed are experiencing difficulties in attracting and retaining critical skills and talent.“To tackle this problem,” explains US-based HR consultant Douglas H. Hachenburg, “companies have to incorporate pay-for-performance with large opportunities for high performers. A strong recruitment strategy is also important to select the most qualified individual. Finally, improving employee communication in areas such as benefits is also crucial. Bonuses are paid at all levels, with more senior positions eligible for substantial payments, although not as high as in the US. Cars are one of the most attractive and frequent management perquisites in the country.”For many companies in the region, variable pay continues to play an important role in linking rewards to performance. Programmes that have increased in utilisation since 1998 are: individual performance incentives, team/small group incentives, spot recognition awards and retention bonuses.But there are also three non-financial incentives that have a strong impact in attracting highly skilled workers in the region – job stability, training and promotion.However, as work-life balance issues are important in Latin America, benefits that recognise family commitments go down well with employees too. Anna Maria Gonzalez, for example, HR manager of fmcg company Sara Lee in the Dominican Republic, says management at Sara Lee in the Latin region has focused on its employees’ number one priority – their families.“Dominican companies are following US examples by including family members in fringe benefits, such as life and health insurance, club memberships and so on. But we are also going the extra mile to look after employees by recognising home commitments. Help is given through organising summer camps, Christmas parties and picnics for staff and family members. At Christmas we also give out food baskets for the family,” says Gonzalez. “And this is a great way to hold on to staff.”Many companies in the region also provide free lunches and vitamins for employees, especially in areas where malnutrition is a problem. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Directive set to restrict temporary workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Directive set to restrict temporary workersOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The current draft of the EU Agency Workers Directive would act as adeterrent to employers and force many temps to take up permanent jobs that theydon’t really want, it is claimed. A draft directive has been passed by the European Parliament and was duebefore the EU council of ministers today. However, a study of temporary and permanent administrative staff shows thattemps generally work short contracts through choice and don’t want permanentjobs. The survey of 1,800 staff shows that 80 per cent choose to work as tempsbecause of the flexibility it offers, while 53 per cent enjoy the variety ofroles. The current draft of the directive means that agency staff must have equalconditions to permanent staff from the first day of employment. Steve Carter, managing director at Office Team, who carried out theresearch, said he feared the draft could decimate the temporary jobs market. “We understand the motivations behind the directive and support anyinitiative that improves working conditions. However, the guidelines threatento act as a deterrent to employers, which could restrict the job market fortemps,” he said. Letter to Tony BlairThe Engineering Employers Federationand a number of major companies including IBM, M.W. Kellogg Limited, Siemensand Smiths Group Plc, have written to the Prime Minister outlining theirconcerns over the draft agency workers directive.To view a copy of this letter go to www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=16342 Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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EAT gets shirty with Jobcentre

first_img Comments are closed. EAT gets shirty with JobcentreOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today A legal ruling that decided a man working for Jobcentre Plus had beentreated less favourably because he was required to wear a collar and tie towork has been overturned after an appeal. An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the case must be heardagain before another tribunal in Manchester, although the case could eventuallyend up at the Court of Appeal. The original verdict last year backed Matthew Thompson’s claim that he wasbeing unfairly treated on the grounds of his sex because higher standards ofdress were expected of male staff. This cleared the way for a further 6,950 other male job centre staff tolodge similar complaints. However, the appeal has now put the outcome of the case – Work and Pensionsv Thompson, EAT/0254/03 – back in the balance by deciding the first tribunaldid not ask the right question. Michael Ball, employment partner at law firm Halliwell Landau, said adefinitive outcome could be some way off. “The EAT said that the questionthe employment tribunal should have asked was whether, applying contemporarystandards of conventional dresswear, the level of smartness required by staffcould only be achieved by men if they wore a collar and tie.” The next hearing of the case, which will be heard within the next sixmonths, must consider if men can achieve an appropriate level of smartnesswithout wearing a collar and tie. “The issue is not resolved by asking whether the requirement for acollar an tie meant a higher level of smartness was required of men than women.It’s whether an equivalent level of smartness could only be achieved in thecase of men by making them wear a collar and tie,” Ball explained. “The tribunal had not made any findings that specifically determinedthe correct question. It could go on for a while yet.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Informed in Five: “Hardball”

first_imgInformed in Five: “Hardball”On 30 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Hardball – FiveKiller Strategies for Trouncing the Competition by George Stalk, Jr, andRob Lachenauer. Harvard Business Review, April 2004. ThemesThe mostsuccessful companies of the moment – Toyota, Dell and Walmart – play‘hardball’, meaning that they have a single minded focus on pursuing competitiveadvantage and its benefits, such as leading market share, great margins, rapidgrowth, and all the intangibles that go with being in command. ‘Softball’players in contrast are in trouble – most airlines, the US auto industry, therecording industry – because they have gone soft and the discourse is around‘squishy issues’: leadership, corporate culture, customer care, knowledgemanagement, talent management, employee empowerment, and the like. Thehardball manifesto is about focusing relentlessly on competitive advantage andstriving for ‘extreme’ competitive advantage, for example Walmart’sexploitation of its core business of Logistics or Toyota’s production system. Businessesshould avoid attacking competitors directly to avoid confrontation; an exampleis the way Southwest Airlines avoided the airports used by much bigger rivals. You shouldexploit people’s will to win and avoid complacency, greediness, laziness,indifference, bureaucracy, hierarchy and other sins, and foster a sense of urgency.However,businesses should stay within the law and ‘know the caution zone’.Messages The keyhardball strategies are:● Devastateyou rivals’ profit sanctuaries ● Plagiarisewith pride – think Ryan Air and Southwest Airlines● Deceivethe competition● Raisecompetitors’ costswww.hbr.org/Informed in five is a service fromthe Personnel Today HRDirectors Club to keep you on top of what’s in the top business journals. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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International news

first_imgInternational newsOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today This week’s International newsUS suds giant pampers loyal staff with free holidays US household products giant Procter & Gamble is rewarding virtually allof its 90,000 employees with two free days off. The makers of Pampers nappiesand Clairol haircare products said it will provide the one-off benefit to allof its staff worldwide, giving them the choice of taking time off or the cashequivalent. Each year the company gives special awards of 50 shares of stock to2,000 employees. This year, it will increase that number to 3,000 employees.Chairman and chief executive Alan Lafley announced the benefits last week.”We’ve never before offered a company performance award such as this, butyou’ve earned it,” he said. UK bucks trend as EU pay rises slow down The rate of pay increases across the EU fell between 2002 and 2003, althoughthe UK bucked the trend, according to a report from the European Foundation forthe Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. In the EU and Norway averagecollectively agreed pay increases were 3.1 per cent in 2003, down from 3.5 percent the previous year. The UK collectively agreed pay increases of 3.2 percent on average in 2003, up from 3 per cent the previous year – higher than theaverage increases in other large EU countries such as Germany (2.5 per cent)and Italy (2.2 per cent).  www.eiro.eurofound.eu.int/2004/03/update/tn0403103u.htmlAccidents will happen – especially in Estonia While the UK’s record on serious accidents at work is getting worse, thefactories, building sites and offices of some eastern European countriesjoining the EU are becoming safer – except in Estonia. According to statisticalagency Eurostat, assuming serious accidents per 1,000 workers in 1998 are ratedat 100, the UK’s index for 2001 rose to 110, (although it fell to 92 for fatalaccidents). By contrast, some major improvements were made in Hungary, (whoseindex fell to 86 for serious accidents in 2001), and in Poland (78), Lithuania(85), Slovakia (84), and the Czech Republic (91). However, some worryingproblems were identified in Estonia, (up to 132), Cyprus (112) and Latvia(116). Protests grow as US catches anti-offshoring bug Trade unions in Europe have long been attacking moves by employers tooffshore work to lower-cost countries, and now similar grassroots initiativesare under way in the US, writes Mark Childs. An article in national dailynewspaper USA Today said corporate stock purchases, coffee-shop planningmeetings and picket lines are some of the tactics workers are using tocapitalise on the anti-offshoring sentiment. A group in Minnesota has formed anetwork of 1,000 people to contact federal and state legislators aboutoffshoring issues, and plans to boycott a company which has outsourced jobsabroad. Other tactics include buying stock in companies that outsource in a bidto influence board meetings. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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KKR doubles down on industrial with $835M acquisition

first_imgKKR’s Henry Kravis (Getty, iStock)KKR is ramping up its bet on industrial real estate.The investment firm closed on the acquisition of 9.7 million square feet of industrial properties in seven markets for about $835 million, according to a release.In total, there are about 100 properties in Atlanta; Baltimore, MD; Chicago; Central and South Florida; Central Pennsylvania; and Dallas.KKR will acquire the portfolio from High Street Logistics Properties, bringing the firm’s total industrial portfolio to about 30 million square feet. Rumors of the sale were initially reported earlier this month.CBRE National Partners represented High Street in the transaction.KKR made the investment through its Real Estate Partners Americas Fund II. Since launching a real estate platform in 2011, the firm has increased its real estate assets under management to $14 billion.ADVERTISEMENTInstitutional investors have been pouring money into industrial real estate as demand for e-commerce has been ramping up due to the pandemic. Earlier this month, Stockbridge Capital Group and a partner announced a warehouse deal valued at about $2 billion, marking one of the biggest commercial transactions this year.Industrial property values are up about 8 percent from before the pandemic, compared to a 8 percent drop for all real estate property types, according to a research firm Green Street.Contact Keith Larsen Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsCommercial Real EstateIndustrial Real Estate Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address*last_img read more

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Seeing green: Land rush is on in latest states to legalize cannabis

first_img Tags Share via Shortlink (iStock)In November, voters in Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota approved recreational cannabis use in their states.Those votes have opened the door for the sort of land rushes seen in other states that have legalized marijuana, with cannabis companies searching for retail and commercial space, according to the Wall Street Journal.It can be tough for pot purveyors seeking space to operate: Their choices are often limited by strict regulations on cannabis sales and cultivation, and landlords may hesitate to work with them because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.For those companies, that means paying a premium to rent or buy. Anthony Coniglio’s company NewLake Capital Partners Inc. owns 19 properties in eight states leased to cannabis businesses.“It’s like holding the winning lottery ticket,” Coniglio said, regarding landlords who are willing to rent to those tenants.Massachusetts-based Curaleaf Holdings, which operates retail stores in 23 states, currently sells medical marijuana in New Jersey, which recently legalized cannabis but has not yet finalized a framework for distribution. The company bought its second dispensary in the state last year and reportedly paid about twice as much as the property would cost for other uses.“People know they can charge cannabis an absurd amount,” said Patrik Jonsson, Curaleaf’s regional president for the northeast. “It’s the new norm.” [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch cannabisCommercial Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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Seeing green: New York set to legalize recreational marijuana

first_img Full Name* Tags Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Liz Krueger (Getty)After years of failed attempts, New York lawmakers have hashed out a deal to legalize recreational marijuana.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers reached an agreement on the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act, which would allow people who are 21 and older to purchase marijuana and grow the plant in their homes, Gothamist reported. It will create an Office of Cannabis Management to implement state regulations, and the bill also has provisions to divert funds to education and drug treatment.The bill is expected to be approved sometime this week, per the report.Legalizing pot will bring in some serious green for the state: The move is expected to raise $350 million in taxes annually while creating 30,000 to 60,000 jobs, according to the governor’s office. A state sales tax on marijuana would be 9 percent. Local sales tax would be 4 percent, of which a quarter goes to counties and the rest goes to cities, towns and villages.While a regulatory framework hasn’t been finalized, legal weed could also help retail landlords fill their empty storefronts. There will be some kind of licensing program allowing for retail facilities that sell marijuana and CBD products.While many retailers saw their sales plummet during the pandemic, marijuana product sales remained steady in those states where it was already legalized.Sen. Liz Krueger, one of the bill’s sponsors, told Gothamist in a statement that her goal has been to “end the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana prohibition that has taken such a toll on communities of color” across the state, and to use the economic windfall of legalization to help heal those communities.“When this bill becomes law, New York will be poised to implement a nation-leading model for what marijuana legalization can look like,” she said. [Gothamist] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreRetail sales are bleak, unless you’re selling potJackpot: Cannabis REIT has $120M in capital to lend to operatorsSeeing green: Land rush is on in latest states to legalize cannabis Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Contact Akiko Matsuda Message* Share via Shortlink Andrew CuomocannabismarijuanaRetail Real Estatelast_img read more

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Over 340M sf of industrial space set for delivery in 2021

first_img Share via Shortlink BrazilCoronavirus Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Tesla’s Gigafactory (Tesla)Everything is bigger in Texas so it’s no surprise the Dallas area is leading the way in industrial construction.About 28 million square feet of warehouses and distribution centers across 81 projects in Dallas-Fort Worth are scheduled to be completed by year-end, according to a report from CommercialSearch, a CRE listings company. That puts the state’s third most-populous city far ahead in the recently published ranking, which tracked the top 20 markets with the most amount of industrial space set to be delivered.In total, about 342 million square feet of industrial development is expected to be delivered across the U.S. this year, a remarkable 24 percent increase from last year, the report found. And also not surprisingly, Amazon has a part to play.ADVERTISEMENTThe Everything Store will lease 8 of the 10 largest projects on the list, the report found. That’s including a 4 million-square-foot logistics center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is tied with Tesla’s Gigafactory as the largest industrial project set for completion.Phoenix was second with 18.4 million square feet of industrial space and Chicago, always a powerhouse in the category, was third with nearly 17 million square feet.And Southern California’s Inland Empire, another industrial stronghold, was a close fourth with 16.3 million square feet. That metro region around Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties has 104 individual projects set to be delivered, more than any other market in the nation.In New Jersey, developers will complete just under 8 million square feet of industrial space this year.The pandemic has boosted the need for e-commerce space, leading to a spike in industrial development and overall activity. Investors are eager to get in on the action. But big investors have had their eye on the sector for some time.Blackstone Group has built up its industrial portfolio over the last several years from just 9 percent of its total holdings to 27 percent.Tesla’s Gigafactory project, in Austin, Texas, meanwhile, accounts for 40 percent of the 10.3 million square feet of industrial space scheduled for completion in the city this year. Amazon also has a 3.8 million-square-foot facility under construction outside Austin.Propelled by those two projects, Austin’s total expected deliveries is a five-fold increase over 2020, the most drastic of any major market. Dallas’ expected total, by comparison, would be just 2 percent above its amount last year.last_img read more

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A review of observational, theoretical and numerical studies of VLF triggered emissions

first_imgWe review theoretical and numerical studies of VLF triggered emissions generated by manmade signals propagating in the whistler mode in the magnetosphere. Instead of listing all the past studies on the subject we select some of those works which give important ideas and the theoretical basis for future studies. The main purpose of the paper is to clarify what problems remain unresolved and to make suggestions for future studies. We first describe the phenomenon of VLF triggered emissions and give a brief review of experiments and observations. We then summarize the basic physics of VLF wave-particle interactions, which is indispensable for an understanding of the triggering mechanisms. We review important ideas and theories, as well as numerical models so far employed, summarize the present understanding of the phenomenon and consider briefly those problems which need further study. Especially, we focus our attention on numerical simulations whose capabilities in nonlinear physics are increasing with the increasing power of supercomputers.last_img read more

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Stratigraphy and regional significance of the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous Byers Group, Livingston Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe Byers Group, exposed on Byers Peninsula, western Livingston Island, Antarctica, comprises a mudstone dominated sequence at least 1 km thick which accumulated in a marginal fore-arc environment. The basal, 105 m thick Anchorage Formation consists of radiolarian mudstones and tuff-rich interbeds of Kimmeridgian-Tithonian age; it correlates with Upper Jurassic organic-rich mudstone units throughout the proto-South Atlantic region. The succeeding 244 m thick Devils Point Formation marks the first major pulse of coarse volcaniclastic material into the basin. It is in turn followed by the extensive President Beaches Formation, comprising several hundred metres of finely laminated mudstones with at least two major sandstone intercalations. Molluscan and dinoflagellate cyst taxa indicate a Berriasian age and comparatively nearshore depositional environment for this unit. An unconformity of late Berriasian or early Valanginian age separates the three lowest formations from the Chester Cone Formation. The fine-grained Sealer Hill Member at the base of the latter is dated as Valanginian, and grades up into several hundred metres of pebbly sandstones and pebble-granule conglomerates. These mark the second major volcaniclastic pulse and may be of Hauterivian or even younger age. Definition of this major new group will facilitate more precise Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous stratigraphical correlations within the southern South America-Scotia arc-Antarctic Peninsula region. It will also aid our understanding of the critical palaeogeographical transition in the northern Antarctic Peninsula from anoxic basin to active magmatic arc.last_img read more

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Comparative anatomy of the cardiac foramen ovale in the Pinnipedia

first_imgThe structure of the cardiac foramen ovale from eight genera of pinnipeds was studied using the scanning electron microscope. Specimens were obtained from fetuses or neonates of the Californian sea lion (Zalophus californianus), Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella), walrus (Obenus rosmarus), grey seal (Halichoerus gryphus), ringed seal (Phoca hispida), bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus), Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli), and crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus). In each species, the structure that permits oxygenated blood from the placenta flowing in the caudal vena cava to pass directly into the left side of the heart, the foramen ovale, when viewed from the terminal part of the caudal vena cava had the appearance of the entrance to a short tunnel. A thin fold of tissue, the developed remains of the septum primum, projected from the caudal edge of the foramen ovale into the lumen of the left atrium. It constituted about 75% of the inner surface of the tunnel, and was generally unfenestrated. The wall of the interatrial septum contributed the “floor.” The distal end of the tunnel was straight-edged. In most cases the septum primum was long enough to cover the foramen ovale. The siting of pulmonary veins in the roof of the left atrium appeared to be such that drainage from them after birth would press the septum primum over the foramen opening, thereby functionally closing it. Collapses of the tunnel was seen in all the neonatal seals, and in the 1-month-old neonate the fold of tissue was anchored to the interatrial septum along the surface of the crista dividens, which lay in the left atrium. Cellular protrusions and thread formation may play a role in the closure of the foramen ovale.last_img read more

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Krill transport in the Scotia Sea and environs

first_imgHistorical observations of the large-scale flow and frontal structure of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the Scotia Sea region were combined with the wind-induced surface Ekman transport to produce a composite flow field. This was used with a Lagrangian model to investigate transport of Antarctic krill. Particle displacements from known krill spawning areas that result from surface Ekman drift, a composite large-scale flow, and the combination of the two were calculated. Surface Ekman drift alone only transports particles a few kilometres over the 150-day krill larval development time. The large-scale composite flow moves particles several hundreds of kilometres over the same time, suggesting this is the primary transport mechanism. An important contribution of the surface Ekman drift on particles released along the continental shelf break west of the Antarctic Peninsula is moving them north-northeast into the high-speed core of the southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front, which then transports the particles to South Georgia in about 140–160 days. Similar particle displacement calculations using surface flow fields obtained from the Fine Resolution Antarctic Model do not show overall transport from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia due to the inaccurate position of the southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front in the simulated circulation fields. The particle transit times obtained with the composite large-scale flow field are consistent with regional abundances of larval krill developmental stages collected in the Scotia Sea. These results strongly suggest that krill populations west of the Antarctic Peninsula provide the source for the krill populations found around South Georgia.last_img read more

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Krill population dynamics at South Georgia 1991-1997, based on data from predators and nets

first_imgCentral to understanding krill population dynamics is knowledge of their population structure. To examine this we used length-frequency distributions from 142 wk of sampling (n = 23996 krill) of 3 predator species breeding at South Georgia and 12 wk of sampling (n = 10252 krill) from scientific nets from the same area over the summers of 1991-1997. In comparing the 5 years for which both predator and net samples were available, despite differing selectivities and spatio-temporal circumscriptions, both predators and nets were sampling the same overall krill population. Greatest similarity resulted from comparing net samples with samples from Antarctic fur seals and macaroni penguins combined; least temporal variation occurred in predator samples from late summer (March). From the 7 yr predator time series, within-year variation was greatest in 1991 and 1994, both years of low krill biomass at South Georgia. In both of these years large krill dominated during December but were completely replaced by small krill by February. The mean length of the March krill population showed a regular increase from 1991 to 1993, fell to a minimum in 1994 and thereafter increased steadily to 1997. Using these data in conjunction with putative size/age-group cohorts in the length-frequency distribution, we suggest that years of high mean krill length reflect failure of small krill to recruit into the population, producing a period of low krill biomass in the following year. Similar recruitment failure in the same years was evident in krill populations in the Antarctic Peninsula region to the south, indicating large-scale events. This supports suggestions of periodic fluctuations in krill production and recruitment which may relate directly to physical phenomena such as cycles in the distribution and extent of sea ice.last_img read more

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Widespread association between the ericoid mycorrhizal fungus Rhizoscyphus ericae and a leafy liverwort in the maritime and sub-Antarctic

first_imgA recent study identified a fungal isolate from the Antarctic leafy liverwort Cephaloziella varians as the ericoid mycorrhizal associate Rhizoscyphus ericae. However, nothing is known about the wider Antarctic distribution of R. ericae in C. varians, and inoculation experiments confirming the ability of the fungus to form coils in the liverwort are lacking. Using direct isolation and baiting with Vaccinium macrocarpon seedlings, fungi were isolated from C. varians sampled from eight sites across a 1875-km transect through sub- and maritime Antarctica. The ability of an isolate to form coils in aseptically grown C. varians was also tested. Fungi with 98–99% sequence identity to R. ericae internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and partial large subunit ribosomal (r)DNA sequences were frequently isolated from C. varians at all sites sampled. The EF4/Fung5 primer set did not amplify small subunit rDNA from three of five R. ericae isolates, probably accounting for the reported absence of the fungus from C. varians in a previous study. Rhizoscyphus ericae was found to colonize aseptically-grown C. varians intracellularly, forming hyphal coils. This study shows that the association between R. ericae and C. varians is apparently widespread in Antarctica, and confirms that R. ericae is at least in part responsible for the formation of the coils observed in rhizoids of field-collected C. varians.last_img read more

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Naupliar development times and survival of the copepods Calanus helgolandicus and Calanus finmarchicus in relation to food and temperature

first_imgWe measured egg hatching tunes and stage specific naupliar development tinges of the key calanoid copepods Calanus helgolandicus and C. finmarchicus in response to temperature, food quantity and food type. Calanus helgolandicus development times decreased with increasing temperature and when fed Isochrysis galbana (4.4 mu m ESD) rather than Prorocentrum micans (29.5 mu m ESD). Nauplii needed higher food carbon concentration to develop past the fast feeding stage (N3) when fed 1. galbana compared with P micans. At low food carbon concentrations nauplii developed more slowly past N3 than at more saturated levels. The survival of nauplii fed P. micans increased with temperature, but starved nauplii survival decreased at higher temperatures. We parameterized a temperature-dependent model of development for both species which fitted the observed stage durations under non-limiting food extremely well and demonstrated that C. finmarchicus develops faster than C. helgolandicus. Further data are needed to clarify the effect of food-temperature interactions on development rates.last_img read more

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Intra-population variability of the non-breeding distribution of southern giant petrels Macronectes giganteus is mediated by individual body size

first_imgLiterature reports that body size can be associated with latitudinal distribution, for instance larger animals inhabit higher latitudes and colder habitats. This rule can be applied for species and populations within a species. The potential influence of body size on non-breeding distribution and habitat use at the intra-population level was investigated for southern giant petrels Macronectes giganteus (Gmelin) from Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands. The non-breeding distribution of 23 individuals was tracked, and total body length, culmen length, wing length, wing load and body mass were measured. Positions of core areas were used to estimate the latitudinal distribution of each individual. Smaller individuals were found to be associated more with lower latitudes, where warmer conditions and more coastal and productive waters prevail, whereas large males were associated more with higher latitudes, with colder conditions near sea ice caps, presumably feeding on carrion or preying on penguins. This association reflects a latitudinal gradient, with smaller individuals positioning themselves towards the north, and larger individuals towards the south. In this case, body size, individual distribution and habitat use were found to be associated, highlighting the importance of studying potential effects of individual body size on the ecology of seabirds.last_img read more

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Substorm ‐ Ring Current Coupling: A comparison of isolated and compound substorms

first_imgSubstorms are a highly variable process, which can occur as an isolated event or as part of a sequence of multiple substorms (compound substorms). In this study we identify how the low energy population of the ring current and subsequent energization varies for isolated substorms compared to the first substorm of a compound event. Using observations of H+ and O+ ions (1 eV to 50 keV) from the Helium Oxygen Proton Electron instrument onboard Van Allen Probe A, we determine the energy content of the ring current in L‐MLT space. We observe that the ring current energy content is significantly enhanced during compound substorms as compared to isolated substorms by ~ 20‐30%. Furthermore, we observe a significantly larger magnitude of energization (by ~ 40‐50%) following the onset of compound substorms relative to isolated substorms. Analysis suggests that the differences predominantly arise due to a sustained enhancement in dayside driving associated with compound substorms compared to isolated substorms. The strong solar wind driving prior to onset results in important differences in the time history of the magnetosphere, generating significantly different ring current conditions and responses to substorms. The observations reveal information about the substorm injected population and the transport of the plasma in the inner magnetosphere.last_img read more

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Aurora in the Polar Cap: A Review

first_imgThis paper reviews our current understanding of auroral features that appear poleward of the main auroral oval within the polar cap, especially those that are known as Sun-aligned arcs, transpolar arcs, or theta auroras. They tend to appear predominantly during periods of quiet geomagnetic activity or northwards directed interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). We also introduce polar rain aurora which has been considered as a phenomenon on open field lines. We describe the morphology of such auroras, their development and dynamics in response to solar wind-magnetosphere coupling processes, and the models that have been developed to explain them.last_img read more

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Bacteria in the lakes of the Tibetan Plateau and polar regions

first_imgThe Tibetan Plateau, also termed ‘the Third Pole’ harbors the largest number of high-altitude lakes in the world. Due to the presence of extreme conditions such as low temperature and oligotrophy, the lakes of the Tibetan Plateau share environmental features in common with lakes in the polar regions. However, the extent to which these environments are analogous, or indeed whether they harbor similar microbial communities or a high level of endemic species is poorly understood. Here we compared high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing data from the lakes of the three different regions in order to characterize their taxonomic diversity, the community composition and biogeography. Our results showed despite the similarity in environmental conditions, the spatial distribution of the bacterial communities was distinct with only 3.1% of all operational taxonomic units (OTUs) being present in all three regions (although these OTUs did account for a considerable proportion of the total sequences, 36.4%). Sequences belonging to Burkholderiales and Actinomycetales dominated the shared OTUs across all three regions. Scale dependent distance decay patterns provided evidence of dispersal limitation. Climatic variables and dispersal limitation were apparently both important in controlling the spatial distribution of bacterial communities across regions. This work expands our understanding of the diversity and biogeography of lake bacterial communities across the Tibetan Plateau and provides insights into how they compare to those of the Antarctic and Arctic.last_img read more

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Weber State Football Moves Up In Rankings; Landon Stice Named Conference Player of the Week

first_img Tags: AFCA Coaches Poll/Eastern Washington/Landon Stice/Montana/Northern Colorado Bears/South Dakota/STATS FCS/UC Davis/Weber State Football September 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Moves Up In Rankings; Landon Stice Named Conference Player of the Week FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, Weber State football moved up in the FCS national rankings.They were voted as the #7 team in the land in the STATS FCS poll and are ranked eighth in the AFCA Coaches Poll.The Wildcats, after a 27-10 rout of South Dakota, posted eight sacks and three turnovers in the win over the Coyotes.Weber State is one of four teams representing the Big Sky Conference to be ranked. Additionally, Eastern Washington is ranked sixth, Montana is #19 in the land in the polls and UC Davis checks in at #21 this week.The Wildcats return to the gridiron Saturday at Stewart Stadium as they host the Northern Colorado Bears of Greeley, Colo. at 6:00 p.m.Also, Wildcats senior linebacker Landon Stice, a Stansbury High School product out of Stansbury Park, Utah, won Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week honors for his contributions in Saturday’s win.Stice returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown, posted six tackles, recorded half a sack, half a tackle for a loss, an interception and a quarterback hurry in the Wildcats’ win.Stice is also tied for first place in the Big Sky Conference with two interceptions on the  young season and is sixth in the conference in tackles, averaging 8.3 stops per game. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 10/12

first_img Written by October 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/12 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootball2-A SouthSALINA, Utah-Peydon Wood came up with a clutch interception to stymie a potential North Sevier game-winning drive in the closing moments and the South Sevier Rams downed North Sevier 24-20 Friday, securing the #5 playoff spot in 2-A South play in the regular season finale for both squads.Tyson Chisholm (34 car, 156 yards, TD) led the Rams, especially in the second half when the offense relied heavily upon his strength at tailback to keep the Wolves’ defense on the field.Wood also hauled in 3 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown for South Sevier with Tracen Winkel (5 of 12, 124 yards, TD) making numerous clutch plays in the passing game for the Rams.In defeat, Marshall Okerlund (16 of 28, 225 yards 3 TD’s/2INT’s) was solid for the Wolves, as was Landan Gale (4 rec, 110 yards, TD) for North Sevier.Please check midutahradio.com during this upcoming week often for the latest information on playoff schedules, dates and times. We will do our best to keep you informed.BEAVER, Utah-Kaleb Barney threw a 27-yard touchdown pass, via a trick play, to Ryker Albrecht, and ran for a 55-yard touchdown run as the Beaver Beavers routed Enterprise 28-10 Friday in 2-A South football action. Albrecht also ran for a touchdown for the Beavers, as did EJ Allred in the rout.3-A SouthRICHFIELD, Utah-Emmitt Hafen threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Winters and the Richfield Wildcats doubled up Manti 14-7 Friday in 3-A South football action. Gavin Brown added a 9-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats. In defeat, Mason Thompson had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Templars.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Easton Wright threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Juab Wasps got past North Sanpete 36-29 in 3-A South football action Friday. Bodee Blackett caught one of Wright’s touchdown passes and had touchdown runs of 30 and 60 yards in the win for Juab. In defeat, Chance Clawson threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Bowles and added a pair of touchdown runs. Brock Justesen added a 2-yard touchdown run in the loss for the Hawks.2-A NorthDELTA, Utah-Jake Jackson had three touchdown runs and the Delta Rabbits doubled up ALA 42-21 in 2-A North football action Friday. Austin Topham threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for Delta while Trey Brough added a 35-yard scoring run in the rout for the Rabbits.FILLMORE, Utah-Brooks Myers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Millard Eagles pounded Gunnison 42-6 Friday in 2-A North football action. Austin Burratson had touchdown runs of 25 and 2 yards in the win for the Eagles as well.1-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Codey Hanson’s 9-yard touchdown run lifted Parowan to a 27-21 win over Kanab in overtime Friday in 1-A South football action. Kayden McDonald had a 34-yard touchdown run, Marcus Fox threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Carter Jackman and Cody Stubbs returned an interception 27 yards for a score in defeat for the Cowboys.MILFORD, Utah-Bryson Barnes tossed three touchdown passes and added a 5-yard touchdown run as the Milford Tigers outgunned Monticello 32-26 in 1-A South football action Friday. Bret Beebe added an 11-yard touchdown run in the win for Milford.VolleyballRegion 20ORDERVILLE, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes smacked Bryce Valley 3-0 in Region 20 volleyball action Friday. The Buffaloes prevailed 25-5, 25-11 and 25-20 to earn the sweep of the Mustangs. Brad James Tags: Landan Gale/Marshall Okerlund/North Sevier/Peydon Wood/South Sevier/Tyson Chisholmlast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 10/16

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVolleyballRegion 14LINDON, Utah-Tuesday, the Delta Rabbits routed the Maeser Prep Lions 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action. The Rabbits took wins of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-15 on the evening.NEPHI, Utah-The Union Cougars came up with a 15-10 win in the decisive fifth set to outlast the Juab Wasps 3-2 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Wasps took 28-26 and 25-17 wins in the second and third sets, only to see the Cougars win the next two sets for the win.Region 15MANTI, Utah-The North Sanpete Hawks dismantled Manti 3-0 Tuesday in Region 15 volleyball action. The Hawks earned wins of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-14 to net the sweep.Region 17SANDY, Utah-The Wateford Ravens earned a 15-7 win in the fifth set to prevail against Wasatch Academy 3-2 in Region 17 volleyball action Tuesday. The Tigers prevailed 25-21 and 25-13 in the second and fourth sets, respectively.Region 18GUNNISON, Utah-The Gunnison Bulldogs smacked Beaver 3-1 Tuesday in Region 18 volleyball action. The Bulldogs prevailed 25-17, 26-24 and 25-21 in the clinching fourth set. Beaver won the third set 25-19 in the loss.SALINA, Utah-The North Sevier Wolves swept Parowan 3-0 in Region 18 volleyball action Tuesday. The Wolves prevailed 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23 to earn the sweep.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Ronnie Robinson’s 21 kills led the Enterprise Wolves to a 3-0 sweep of Millard Tuesday in Region 18 volleyball action. Tags: Volleyball October 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/16 Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Weber State Men’s Basketball Commences Big Sky Season At Eastern Washington

first_img Tags: Big Sky Conference/Brekkott Chapman/Dee Events Center/Delaware State/Eastern Washington/Jerrick Harding/Jesse Hunt/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by December 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Commences Big Sky Season At Eastern Washington FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHENEY, Wash.-Saturday, Weber State men’s basketball commences its Big Sky Conference portion of the season with a road trip to Cheney, Wash. to face the Eastern Washington Eagles.The Wildcats are 6-5 on the season and are coming off an 83-69 win over Delaware State December 22 at the Dee Events Center.Junior guard Jerrick Harding scored 36 points in the win over the Hornets, netting him Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors.The Wildcats score 81.5 points per game and surrender 73.8 points per contest.Harding averages a team-best 21.2 points per game with senior forward Brekkott Chapman posting 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Weber State.The Eagles come into this game at 2-9 and are outscored by 13 points per game (78.5-65.5).Senior forward Jesse Hunt averages 15.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Eagles.Weber State has dominated the series as the Wildcats are 48-22 all-time against Eastern Washington, including a 17-16 record at Cheney. Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/25/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEPhiladelphia 3, Tampa Bay 2NY Mets 9, Baltimore 7Rochester 5, Minnesota 2Albuquerque 7, Colorado 3Washington 5, NY Yankees 3Milwaukee 10, Toronto 5Omaha 3, Kansas City 2St. Louis 6, Memphis 3Houston 12, Pittsburgh 9Chi Cubs 3, Boston 2Chi White Sox 6, Arizona 3Oakland 5, San Francisco 4LA Dodgers 8, LA Angels 7San Diego 8, Seattle 0AMERICAN LEAGUECleveland 10, Texas 1NATIONAL LEAGUEAtlanta 8, Cincinnati 5Miami at St. Louis 1:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOrlando 119, Philadelphia 98Memphis 115, Oklahoma City 103Utah 125, Phoenix 922OT Portland 148, Brooklyn 144NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEPittsburgh 5, NY Rangers 2New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1Toronto 7, Florida 5Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4Dallas 5, Winnipeg 2Nashville 1, Minnesota 0St. Louis 3, Vegas 1L.A. Kings 3, Calgary 0Detroit 3 San Jose 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/25/19 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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USU Basketball’s Sam Merrill Named To Jerry West Award Watch List

first_imgOctober 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Basketball’s Sam Merrill Named To Jerry West Award Watch List FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball senior guard Sam Merrill was named to the Jerry West Award watch list. This award annually honors the top shooting guard in Division I men’s basketball.Of the 20 candidates for the award, Merrill, a sharpshooter out of Bountiful High School, is the only representative of a Utah university.Merrill is the reigning Mountain West Conference player of the year and Mountain West Conference tournament MVP.His 20.9 points per game paced the Aggies en route to both Mountain West regular season and conference tournament titles for Utah State.He had team highs in points (731) and assists (147) as he averaged 4.2 assists per gameLast season, Merrill earned third-team All-American honors from Stadium, honorable mention All-American honors from The Associated Press and first-team All-Mountain West and first-team all-District 17 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.Merrill spent part of his off-season participating in the CP3 Elite Guard Camp as one of only 15 collegiate point guards invited to the camp hosted by current NBA player, Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder.Merrill and his Aggies teammates commence the season October 30 as they host NAIA foe College of Idaho in an exhibition game. Their first game against a fellow Division I opponent is a home game against Montana State November 5 Brad James Written by Tags: All-American/Chris Paul/Jerry West Award watch list/Sam Merrill/USU Men’s Basketballlast_img read more

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Utah State Football Visits Air Force Academy Saturday Night

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Saturday, Utah State football (4-2, 3-0 in Mountain West Conference play) visits Falcon Stadium to battle the traditional power Air Force (5-2, 3-1 in Mountain West play) as the two jockey for position in the Mountain Division.Air Force is calling for both Falcons and Aggies fans to wear white as the academy is celebrating a “White Out For Aurora” in honor of Aurora, the deceased official live falcon mascot that had served in this capacity for 23 years.The Aggies are 33-18 (.647) all-time as a Mountain West Conference member and 14-11 (.560) on the road.Utah State ranks 43rd nationally (32.7 points per game) in scoring offense.Junior receiver Savon Scarver has also assisted with the Aggies’ special teams as he leads the nation in kickoff return average at 43.4 yards per return.Junior signal-caller Jordan Love completes 59.6 percent of his passes (133-223) for 1,506 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.Senior tailback Gerold Bright (83 car, 445 yards, 4 TD’s) averages 5.4 yards per carry and junior back Jaylen Warren (62 car, 408 yards, 4 TD’s) averages 6.6 yards per tote, as he is just behind Utah senior back Zack Moss nationally, ranking him 16th in the country.Graduate student receiver Siaosi Mariner (26 rec, 403 yards, 2 TD’s) and sophomore wide-out Deven Thompkins (18 rec, 257 yards, 3 TD’s) are the Aggies’ leaders in the receiving department.Senior kicker Domink Eberle has made 11 of 13 field goal attempts and has made all 23 of his PAT’s on the season. Eberle is only two points short of breaking the Aggies’ all-time scoring record, set by tailback Robert Turbin (308 points, 2007-2011).Defensively, the Aggies rank 44th nationally (23 points per game) in scoring defense.Junior linebacker David Woodward ranks second nationally in tackles (13.7 per game) and forced fumbles (4).Woodward is also tied for the team lead in sacks (2) with senior defensive end Tipa Galeai, graduate student defensive end Jacoby Wildman and junior defensive end Nick Heninger.Junior safety Shaq Bond has two interceptions to lead the Aggies.Air Force comes into Saturday’s game having won three out of their last four games, including a 56-26 rout of Hawaii at Honolulu last Saturday.The productive Falcons score 37.4 points per game, ranking them 18th nationally. As is always the case at the academy, the running offense rules the roost.The Falcons have run for 2,132 yards, the most in the nation. Their 304.6 yards per game on the ground is second nationally and their 5.3 yards per carry ranks 19th nationally.Junior quarterback Donald Hammond III completes 50.8 percent of his passes (31-61) for 677 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions for Air Force.Hammond has also run for 258 yards and a team-best eight rushing scores for the Falcons.Junior tailback Kadin Remsberg (89 car, 531 yards, 5 TD’s) is the Falcons’ top tailback. Senior fullback Taven Birdow (103 car, 462 yards, 4 TD’s) and sophomore fullback Timothy Jackson (59 car, 358 yards, 4 TD’s) have also been solid for Air Force.Senior receiver Geraud Sanders (20 rec, 479 yards, 4 TD’s) and fellow senior wide-out Benjamin Waters (9 rec, 292 yards, 2 TD’s) are the Falcons’ leading receivers when Air Force does decide to pass.Senior specialist Jake Koehnke has made all seven of his field goal attempts and 28 of his 32 PAT’s for the Falcons.The Air Force defense gives up 24 points per game, tied for 49th nationally with Louisiana Tech and USC.Junior inside linebacker Demonte Meeks and junior defensive tackle Jordan Jackson have 2.5 sacks apiece for Air Force.Sophomore defensive back Milton Bugg III leads the Falcons with three interceptions. Senior inside linebacker Kyle Johnson and senior defensive lineman Mosese Fifita have two forced fumbles apiece for the Falcons to lead the squad in that category.This is the 8th all-time meeting in the series, with the Falcons leading the Aggies 4-3 all-time. October 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Visits Air Force Academy Saturday Night Tags: Air Force football/Utah State Football Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Baker Mayfield ‘frustrated’ by losing, has tense exchange with reporter

first_imgOctober 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Baker Mayfield ‘frustrated’ by losing, has tense exchange with reporter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield abruptly ended a media session on Wednesday after a reporter asked him about the team’s sense of urgency in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots.Discussing the team’s final possession of the first half of that game, Mayfield told Tony Grossi, a reporter for 850 WKNR, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Cleveland to “Stop saying ‘but.’ I just told you the clock was running and we had a penalty.”“You want to give them the ball back? No. You don’t play, you don’t know it. That’s just plain and simple.”When asked if he was pleased with the drive, Mayfield got agitated, saying “Was I happy with the drive? No, we didn’t score points. The dumbest question you could ask. What? Jesus, Tony.”Minutes later, Mayfield tweeted about the situation. “Don’t call it emotional when it’s convenient and passion when it fits. I care about winning, so yeah I’m frustrated.”“If I was to act like it’s okay to lose, then y’all would say I’ve gotten complacent. My sense of urgency is at an all time high,” Mayfield said. “And if I offend anybody along the way…that’s too bad.”The Browns have disappointed to start the season, winning just two of their first seven games. That after the team was a trendy pick to win the AFC North division. Mayfield, meanwhile, has been at the center of those struggles, having thrown the most interceptions of any quarterback this season. Cleveland faces the Denver Broncos on the road this Sunday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 1/31

first_imgJanuary 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/31 Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Joshua Thalman posted 18 points on 7-12 from the field as the Richfield Wildcats smacked San Juan 62-47 in Region 12 boys basketball action Friday. The proficient Wildcats shot 58.5 percent (24-41) from the field in the win as they improved to 13-4 and 6-1 in Region 12 play. Morgan Albrecht added 13 points and 6 rebounds on 5-6 from the field for the Wildcats in the win.Randall Flavel netted 16 points and 8 rebounds on 7-8 from the field in the loss for the Broncos, who fell to 12-6 and 3-4 in Region 12 play.The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 4:30 pm for a home game against Grand. The Broncos are staying in Sevier County overnight and will play at South Sevier Saturday at 4:30 pm.MONROE, Utah-Brandt Williams amassed 28 points and 14 rebounds and the South Sevier Rams gashed Grand 64-48 Friday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Milo Birdwell’s 12 points and 7 rebounds led the Red Devils in defeat.Region 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Derek Smith posted 36 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Delta Rabbits drilled North Sanpete 79-47 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Dallon Steadman and Robert Olson had 9 points apiece in the loss for the Hawks.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Brendan Allred stepped up with 15 points and the Juab Wasps edged Union 53-52 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Keaston Young had 19 points in defeat for the Cougars.Region 16DUCHESNE, Utah-Janzen Keisel led the way with 18 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs bested Duchesne 58-47 in Region 16 boys basketball action Friday. Gavin Davis netted a game-high 20 points for the Eagles in the loss.MONTICELLO, Utah-Burke Mickelsen netted 28 points as the North Sevier Wolves routed Monticello 64-45 Friday in Region 16 boys basketball action. Cedar English and Devin Hatch had 13 points apiece in the loss for the Buckaroos.Region 18FILLMORE, Utah-Sam Marshall posted 19 points as the Millard Eagles humbled Enterprise 61-46 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. CJ Drake had 13 points for the Wolves in defeat.KANAB, Utah-Sam Orton amassed 18 points and the Kanab Cowboys downed Parowan 46-40 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Max Topham’s game-high 19 points paced the Rams in the loss.Region 20JUNCTION Utah-Quade Gleave’s 12 points led the way as the Piute Thunderbirds stonewalled Milford 44-37 in Region 20 boys basketball action Friday. Heston Sullivan had 14 points for the Tigers in defeat.PANGUITCH, Utah-Ryker Hatch had 14 points as the Panguitch Bobcats stymied Valley 45-38 Friday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Braden Heaton had 12 points to pace the Buffaloes in the loss.Bob Kirk InvitationalCUMBERLAND, Md.-Richard Isaacs Jr. led the way with 16 points and 5 assists as the Wasatch Academy Tigers fell 61-58 to the St. Benedicts (N.J.) Gray Bees in overtime Friday at the Bob Kirk Invitational.Girls BasketballRegion 12MOAB, Utah-The South Sevier Rams routed Grand 76-25 Friday in Region 12 girls basketball action.Region 16DUCHESNE, Utah-Oakley Butler posted 21 points and the Duchesne Eagles routed Gunnison Valley 51-33 Friday in Region 16 girls basketball action. Rian Christiansen had 9 points in the loss for the Bulldogs.Non-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Nataly Dunka netted 14 points and the Wasatch Academy Tigers gashed Beaver 45-39 in non-region girls basketball action Friday. Avery Brown posted 24 points for the Beavers in defeat. Tags: Richfield basketball/San Juan basketballlast_img read more

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UVU Men’s Basketball To Play St. John’s Saturday

first_img Written by Tags: St. John’s Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailQUEENS, N.Y.-Per news released Wednesday morning, Utah Valley men’s basketball is to visit St. John’s of the Big East Conference Saturday afternoon at Queens, N.Y.The Wolverines (5-5, 3-0 in WAC play) face a St. John’s squad (8-7, 3-6 in Big East play) coming off of a 74-70 win over Connecticut Monday.UVU scores 77.8 points per game, ranking the Wolverines 78th nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, UVU surrenders 76.6 points per game. This ranks the Wolverines 293rd nationally in scoring defense.Senior guard Jamison Overton is the Wolverines’ leading scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game and he is tied for the team lead in steals (11) with junior guard Trey Woodbury.Redshirt sophomore center Fardaws Aimaq (17.5 points per game, a national-best 15.1 rebounds per game, a team-best 19 blocks per game), Woodbury (15.4 points per game, a team-best 41 assists) and graduate student forward Evan Cole (11.9 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per contest) also score in double figures on-average for the Wolverines.The Wolverines are coached by head coach Mark Madsen, who is 16-24 (.400) in his second season leading the program.St. John’s scores 78.7 points per game, tying the Red Storm for 63rd nationally in scoring offense with Akron.Defensively, the Red Storm surrenders 77.9 points per game, ranking St. John’s 308th nationally in scoring defense.St. John’s statistical leader is sophomore guard/forward Julian Champagnie. He leads the Red Storm in scoring (20 points per game), rebounding (7.2 boards per game) and blocked shots (16).The only other Red Storm standout to score in double figures on-average is junior guard Greg Williams Jr. (10.9 points per game).St. John’s is led in assists (69) and steals (37) by freshman guard Posh Alexander.The Red Storm is coached by Nolan Richardson disciple Mike Anderson, who is 25-22 (.532) in his second season leading the program.Anderson is 394-222 (.640) as a Division I head coach. This includes stints at Alabama-Birmingham (2002-2006), Missouri (2006-2011) and Arkansas (2011-2019) ahead of his time with the Red Storm.Saturday’s meeting is historic as it commemorates the first time the Red Storm and Wolverines have met on the hardwood. January 20, 2021 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball To Play St. John’s Saturday Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Drone attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais ‘likely’ to delay Saudi Aramco IPO

first_imgSaudi Aramco IPO contingent on production recoverySaudi Arabia’s energy minister last week assured traders his country’s oil production will be back to normal by the end of September, after drone strikes on two key facilities created uncertainty across the Asian oil market.Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said half the production lost as a result of the attacks had already been recovered, with a statement that provided relief for global oil markets, which saw price dips of up to 7% on 17 September.Speaking alongside the 59-year-old prince, Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nasser also looked to quell fears over potential supply issues and assure the increasingly anxious industry his firm will recover.He said: “These synchronised attacks were timed to create maximum damage to our facilities and operations.“The rapid response and resilience demonstrated in the face of such adversity shows the company’s preparedness to deal with threats aimed at sabotaging Aramco’s supply of energy to the world.“We have a hard-earned reputation for nearly 100% reliability in terms of meeting our international customers’ requirements and we have defended that.“Not a single shipment to an international customer has been or will be missed or cancelled as a result of these attacks.“We have proven that we are operationally resilient and have confirmed our reputation as the world’s leading supplier.” Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser is among those who have been trying to calm global oil markets in the wake of the drone attacks earlier this month (Credit: Saudi Aramco) Saudi Aramco will likely delay the release of its initial public offering (IPO) following the drone attacks on two of its key oil facilities earlier this month, according to Reuters sources.The global oil and gas sector has been anticipating the state-owned giant going public for some time, with the release of its debut bond in April this year confirming its status as the world’s most profitable company.Its chairman Yassir al-Rumayyan said publicly after the attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais projects, that the IPO would launch within one year. It had previously been slated for 2020 or 2021, but Reuters’ sources now suggest it could be later still.Reportedly armed with a “direct knowledge of the company’s thinking”, the sources told the news agency that Saudi Aramco “needs to build confidence — in addition to restoring production”. Despite the company’s efforts to assure traders it’s on the road to a rapid recovery, Reuters sources claim the launch of Saudi Aramco’s IPO is a way offcenter_img Debut bond creates anticipation for IPOSaudi Aramco took its place as the world’s most profitable company on 1 April, when it released its debut bond, and has been expanding ever since with a flurry of acquisitions.The oil and gas giant generated a gargantuan $111bn (£85bn) last year, comfortably topping second-placed Apple ($59.5bn – £45.6bn), which became the first company to be valued at more than $1tn (£770bn) in August.Samsung, Google’s parent company Alphabet, and JP Morgan Chase came third, fourth and fifth with $35.1bn (£26.9bn), $30.7bn (£23.5bn) and $30.7bn (£23.5bn), respectively, while Aramco’s industry rivals Shell and Exxon Mobil took home little over $20bn (£15.4bn) apiece.last_img read more

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Oil Search announces capital and operating expenditure reductions

first_imgThe company said that the forecast capital expenditure going forward from April has been reduced from $400 – $500m to between $200m and $300m Oil Search is an oil and gas exploration and development company. (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) In light of the recent material decline in oil prices and global circumstances, Oil Search has undertaken a comprehensive review of its planned activities in 2020. The objective of the review has been to minimise forward expenditure and maximise liquidity, while protecting the Company’s base value and preserving the option to deliver our world class growth projects when market conditions improve.Apart from work programmes required to ensure ongoing reliable and safe operations, all discretionary activities within the Company’s control that have not yet commenced are being suspended or deferred. Where possible, some projects that have commenced have also been suspended safely. This action will result in a material reduction in investment expenditure in 2020, from US$710 – 845 million as previously disclosed, to US$440 – 530 million. Forecast capital expenditure going forward from April has been reduced from US$400 – 500 million to between US$200 million and US$300 million.Oil Search has also commenced a systematic review of all operating and corporate overhead costs, aimed at delivering a sustainable, material reduction in these costs without compromising the ongoing and safe production of oil, condensate and gas in PNG. Deferrals of non-essential capital projects will flow through to material reductions in direct support and operating costs. Analysis and implementation of the flow-on impact on operating costs is currently underway and revised guidance on operating costs will be provided once the associated restructuring costs have been fully quantified.In addition to managing for the low oil price environment, Oil Search has prepared comprehensive business continuity plans and is well advanced in its preparations to adjust its work practices and exposures, to reduce the risk of disruption to reliable and safe operations from COVID-19.Dr Keiran Wulff, Oil Search’s Managing Director said:“The recent dramatic fall in oil prices to below US$40/bbl, due to the impact of COVID-19 on oil demand, combined with concerns about a material increase in oil production following the recent failed OPEC+ meeting on further production cuts, has led to a major drop in oil and gas company share prices. It is unclear how long these events and the consequent oil price and share market volatility will last.While Oil Search is fortunate to have world class assets, these unprecedented times require us to take immediate and decisive steps to position us for a potentially extended period of lower oil prices and business uncertainty.We have consequently implemented a halt in all discretionary spend, which will reduce capital expenditure significantly in 2020. While it is premature to forecast budgets for 2021, if lower oil prices persist, Oil Search will focus on protecting the value of our core assets and limiting any other activities. We are also well advanced in preparations to rapidly reduce our operating and corporate costs, for immediate implementation.Since early in the year, the Company has been evaluating the potential impact of COVID-19 across our business. We have established a multi-location, cross-functional COVID-19 Task Force which has prepared business continuity and emergency response plans to manage the impact of COVID19 on our workforce, operations and workplace environments. This has included identifying business critical personnel and projects and having layered plans for implementation.We have recently been made aware of an individual in PNG who has developed flu-like symptoms after returning from field break. This individual works for a landowner company that currently supplies services to one of our camps. In accordance with World Health Organisation advice and the Company’s protocols, the individual and his close contacts have been isolated and the relevant authorities notified. The individuals will remain in quarantine until they are fully recovered and cleared to return to work. The plans that the Company has made to minimise the impacts of Coronavirus onthe Company’s activities are now being implemented. The health and safety of our employees and contractor community remains our highest priority.The early systematic preparation for managing the impact of COVID-19 on our business and the measures we are now implementing to minimise capital spend, operating costs and corporate expenses, will assist the Company with the financial flexibility to ride through a potentially extended period of global disruption and enhance Oil Search’s resilience in a lower oil price environment.We are confident that these measures, combined with our balance sheet structure and liquidity, will position the Company for success despite the challenges currently facing the global energy industry.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Total, Apache make fourth hydrocarbon discovery in Suriname’s Block 58

first_imgThe discovery was made by the Keskesi East-1 well, which encountered a total of 63m net pay of hydrocarbons Apache transferred operatorship of Block 58 to Total earlier this month. (Credit: Anita starzycka from Pixabay) Total and Apache have made their fourth hydrocarbon discovery in the offshore Surinamese concession Block 58 through the drilling of the Keskesi East-1 well.The previous three discoveries are Maka Central, which was made in January 2020, Sapakara West in April 2020, and Kwaskwasi in July 2020.The latest one, which is an oil and gas discovery, was made after the Keskesi East-1 well was drilled by a water depth of nearly 725m.At this depth, the wildcat well intersected a total of 63m net pay of hydrocarbons, which was made up of 58m net black oil, volatile oil, and gas pay in Campano-Maastrichtian reservoirs, and 5m of net volatile oil pay in Santonian reservoirs.According to Apache, fluid samples show API oil gravities of around 27-28 degrees in the Campanian reservoir and 35-37 degrees in the Santonian.Apache CEO and president John Christmann said: “We are very pleased to announce our fourth consecutive discovery in Block 58 at Keskesi, which confirms oil in the eastern portion of the block.“We are excited to commence the appraisal program on our initial discoveries and extend our Block 58 exploration program to the north in 2021.”Total, Apache continue drilling for deeper Neocomian aged targetsThe partners are carrying out drilling to pursue deeper Neocomian aged targets.In line with the terms of its joint venture deal, Apache transferred operatorship of Block 58 to Total, earlier this month. Both the companies have a 50% stake each in the offshore Surinamese block.Apache will continue to be the operator of the Keskesi well until the Noble Sam Croft drillship is released.Total exploration senior vice president Kevin McLachlan said: “We are delighted to announce this new discovery, which confirms this first exploration campaign as a full success and adds to the proven resource base.“We are also excited, as new operator of the block, to start the appraisal operations designed to characterize the 2020 discoveries, while in parallel start a second exploration campaign on this prolific block in 2021.”last_img read more

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New is the new old

first_imgTraditionally, period London property has consistently outperformed new build in terms of desirability and price, but, says Sara Ransom of Stacks Property Search, “We’re beginning to see the tide turn, with a whole range of buyers preferring new to old.“The ‘jewel in the crown’ of new developments, for example, the penthouse apartment, would attract a premium, sustained even at resale, but for most newbuilds in London, capital growth could rarely compete with that achieved by period properties.“But as developers become more inventive, regulations become stricter and developments improve, more buyers are opting for new build. Instead of featureless blocks, developers are designing blocks with inventive layouts, higher specs, excellent soundproofing, on-site facilities such as shops, concierge, creche, cinemas and communal space.“Millennials, brought up in draughty period country homes, and environmentally aware, want properties that can demonstrate good EPC ratings and electric car charging points.“American buyers had traditionally insisted on new build, but are now championing the old – but not the draughty, leaky version of old! Projects that leave the period façade in place, replacing the rest with ‘brand new’ are top of the list for USA buyers.“Examples include The Phillimores in Kensington (pictured) and the Lancasters overlooking Hyde Park, both offering a fusion of traditional architecture with brand new design and construction. Any number of stunning original warehouse developments surrounding Tower Bridge have been rebuilt from the outside in.”new properties Sara Ransom The Phillimores Kensington penthouse apartments Stacks Property Search September 17, 2019The 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 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » New is the new old previous nextLand & New HomesNew is the new oldThe Negotiator17th September 20190187 Viewslast_img read more

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SDL’s extraordinary year

first_imgSDL Property Auctions ended the year on a high note after achieving extraordinary results in the face of the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.As Timed Auctions continued uninterrupted on the company’s website, the National Property Auctions calendar came to a successful conclusion with another live-streamed Auction Event.The final National Property Auction of the year was conducted by auctioneers Andrew Parker and Rory Daly from the company’s head office auction studio, with enthusiastic bidding over the telephone and internet – as well as proxy bids – for a catalogue of more than 150 lots.Managing Director and auctioneer Andrew Parker said, “This was a fantastic way to end our calendar of auction events in a year which has proved our adaptability as a company. We have seen some extraordinary results – which is thanks to the support of our customers and the backing of a wonderful team of dedicated, hard-working people.”Bidders were undaunted by the prospect of carrying out a full renovation of 50 Rutland Road in West Bridgford, one of the city’s most desirable locations where the lot on offer was sold on behalf of Rushcliffe Borough Council for £277,000.www.sdlauctions.co.uk SDL Property Auctions andrew parker online auctions auctioneers January 29, 2021Jenny van BredaWhat’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 » Auctions news » SDL’s extraordinary year previous nextAuctions newsSDL’s extraordinary yearThe Negotiator29th January 20210122 Viewslast_img read more

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Boomin portal to launch on 2nd April

first_imgAfter months of will-they-won’t-they speculation, Boomin says it will launch on Friday, 2nd April with 5,000 branches signed up including 55 of the top 100 agents in the UK.This, it claims, gives the Bruce brothers’ platform more agents using the platform at launch than either Zoopla or OnTheMarket managed when they first went live.Based on Rightmove’s recently-reported of just over 19,000 estate agency branches in the UK, this gives Boomin approximately 26% coverage of the overall market.Co-founder Michael Bruce says: “We are not just trying to build a credible alternative to Rightmove, we are determined to change the centre of gravity, where more of the power is held by the agents and the rewards more equally shared.“The portal of the future will go way beyond a classified advertising model and Boomin will spearhead that change.”Latest agents to sign up as ‘founder agents’ include Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Portico, McCartney, Hackney & Leigh and Edward Mellor.Simon Havens, Head of Residential Sales at Greenslade Taylor Hunt (pictured), says: “The Boomin proposition is exciting and looks very much like the portal of the future, opening up a wealth of new client/agent opportunities.”Agents have until 31st March to sign up to Boomin, after which the better deal offered to founder agents will be withdrawn.Bruce has also confirmed that his portal’s £50m media blitz is due to start on April 2nd.“The pips are already being squeezed by Rightmove and, if left unchecked and based on past experience the vast majority of agents will be paying 60% more by 2024,” says Bruce.Bruce: this is what Boomin will be.michael havens Boomin Greenslade Taylor Hunt Michael Bruce March 8, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 8th March 2021 at 11:39 amNobody’s fool, Boomin swerve the 1st of April, and as they say they are not looking to win the big three portal race, they are in a different event altogether, looking to enrich agents and increase the UX of the property consumer. This is where the new battle lies, provide a great experience for a property consumer, provide tangible RIO for the agent client, and stop increasing your annual charges to your capitive agent clients, when you do not offer anything new. I advise on proptech and portals and platforms globally, it might make sense if RM, ZPG and OtM, take a non UK look at what is really going on. And what proptech should be featuring in any property portal strategy, they might be very surprised. Proptech-PR we advised 50 proptechs last year, but more importantly 20 real estate businesses, and numerous investors, all wanting to know about the next best thing.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 8th March 2021 at 8:34 amAT LAST, credible challenger with financial backing to disrupt the status quoGood luck and looking forward to the launchIve joined….. have you?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 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 » Boomin portal to launch on 2nd April previous nextProducts & ServicesBoomin portal to launch on 2nd AprilAfter months of speculation the Bruce brothers’ new portal and its huge £50m media blitz will go live in just over three weeks.Nigel Lewis8th March 20212 Comments4,819 Viewslast_img read more

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Somali Pirates Kill Four Americans

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Somali Pirates Kill Four Americans Somali Pirates Kill Four Americans Share this article View post tag: Americans View post tag: Naval February 23, 2011  The fate of the four Americans held by pirates on their yacht off Somalia ended in tragedy today as all four perished at the hands of their…(swampland)[mappress]Source: swampland, February 23, 2011;  View post tag: kill View post tag: Somali Pirates View post tag: four View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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NOAA’s Fisheries Service Restricts US Navy Training off Washington Coast

first_img View post tag: Naval April 13, 2011 Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Washington View post tag: Service NOAA’s Fisheries Service Restricts US Navy Training off Washington Coast View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today NOAA’s Fisheries Service Restricts US Navy Training off Washington Coast View post tag: NOAA’s View post tag: Training View post tag: coast View post tag: Restricts NOAA’s Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization (LOA) to the U.S. Navy that includes measures to protect marine mammals while conducting research, development, test and evaluation activities and range expansion at the Naval Sea System Command Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Range Complex, in waters off the state of Washington.The regulations require the Navy to implement protective measures to minimize effects on marine mammals.The Navy requested authorization for the activities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act because while the high and mid-frequency sound generated by sonar, and other active acoustic sources, are not expected to harm marine mammals, they may affect the behavior of some marine mammals or cause a temporary loss of their hearing sensitivity.Although they also utilize active sonar, the Navy’s activities conducted at the Keyport Range Complex are very different from the training activities addressed in other Navy rules. The active sonar and active acoustic sources are lower in volume than those used in training activities. The majority of the sound sources used in the Keyport Range Complex activities are high-frequency sonar sources, which have not been associated with marine mammal strandings and do not propagate sound energy as far as mid-frequency sonar.NOAA’s Fisheries Service does not expect the Navy’s activities to result in injury of marine mammals. NOAA is requiring the Navy to use mitigation measures to minimize behavioral effects on and temporary hearing loss by marine mammals. NOAA’s Fisheries Service has made a determination that these activities would have only a negligible effect on the species or stocks involved.Under the authorization, the Navy is required to follow mitigation measures to minimize possible effects on marine mammals, including:-establishing marine mammal safety zones around each vessel using sonar and active acoustic sources -using Navy marine observers to spot marine mammals so that operations can be shut down if marine mammals are seen within     designated safety zones.These measures should eliminate the potential for injury, minimize behavioral effects, and significantly reduce the number of marine mammals exposed to levels of sound likely to cause temporary loss of hearing. Additionally, the regulations and authorization include an adaptive management component that requires the Navy and NOAA’s Fisheries Service to meet yearly to discuss new science and Navy research and development.The Navy has developed a monitoring plan to help better understand how marine mammals respond to various levels of sound and to assess the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Implementation of this monitoring plan is a requirement of the regulations and the authorization, and its results will be reviewed annually as part of the adaptive management component. Additionally, the Navy has developed (with input from NOAA’s Fisheries Service) an integrated comprehensive monitoring plan to better prioritize monitoring goals and standardize data collection methods across all of their U.S. range complexes and study areas.The Navy has been conducting research, development, test and evaluation activities, including the use of active sonar and active acoustic sources in the Keyport Range Complex for more than 60 years. The Navy provides research, development, test and evaluation activities and in-service support for expeditionary maneuver warfare, operations in extreme environments, and coastal operations.This regulation, which will remain in effect for five years, governs the incidental take of marine mammals during the Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation activities, and includes required mitigation and monitoring measures. The letters of authorization, which are required for the Navy to legally conduct their activities, are issued annually, provided the Navy abides by the terms and conditions of the letter, submits the required annual reports, and shows their activities do not result in more significant effects to marine mammals than authorized.NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.[mappress]Source: noa, April 13, 2011 View post tag: Fisherieslast_img read more

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SAIC Signs USD 42 Million Navy Contract

first_img Share this article SAIC Signs USD 42 Million Navy Contract Industry news October 24, 2011center_img Science Applications International Corporation​ (SAIC) announced today it was awarded a prime contract by the United States Navy to provide operational and tactical support to United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF). The single-award contract has a six-month period of performance, four one-month options, and a contract value of more than $42 million if all options are exercised.USFF supports both the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Combatant Commanders worldwide by providing responsive and sustainable Naval forces. The command provides operational and planning support to Combatant Commanders and integrated warfighter capability requirements to the CNO. Under the contract, SAIC will provide operational and tactical support to USFF and associated fleet commands, assisting them with fleet training policy and curriculum development and implementation. SAIC will also assist with development, execution, assessment, and reconstruction of simulation-driven training events and exercises. “We look forward to continuing to provide USFF with the critical operational and tactical support needed to enable the fleet to support the warfighters during a demanding cycle of pre-deployment planning and training,” said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. About SAICSAIC is a FORTUNE 500(R) scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy & environment, health and cybersecurity. The company’s approximately 41,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of approximately $11 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2011. For more information, visit saic.com. SAIC: From Science to Solutions(R)Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in SAIC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2011, and other such filings that SAIC makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.[mappress]Source: PRNewswire, October 24, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today SAIC Signs USD 42 Million Navy Contract last_img read more

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Australia: Exercise DARDANELLES Tests Teamwork Skills of Members of NEOC

first_img View post tag: Tests View post tag: DARDANELLES Australia: Exercise DARDANELLES Tests Teamwork Skills of Members of NEOC View post tag: Naval View post tag: Exercise Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense February 25, 2013 Training & Educationcenter_img View post tag: NEOC View post tag: members View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Exercise DARDANELLES Tests Teamwork Skills of Members of NEOC Exercise DARDANELLES held at HMAS Creswell on 17 February, tested the teamwork skills of members of New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) 48 as their second week in the Navy came to a close.Held just weeks after many had joined the RAN, the exercise was an introduction to the challenges of working with others in a mentally and physically fatiguing environment.Facilitated by the Royal Australian Naval College staff and supported by members of Navy specifically chosen to assist during the officers’ initial training period (ITP), DARDANELLES provided a perfect opportunity to foster communication and coordination skills.The format involved four demanding activities that required flexible decision-making as well as communication, teamwork and endurance.Leading Seaman Chef Kurt Gallagher, Bass Divisional Staff for the duration of the four week ITP, explained the significance of the exercise, “This shows them how important teamwork is for life at sea.“Our role as ITP staff here at Creswell is to prepare trainees for challenges that will face them later in their careers, it’s really rewarding.”Sixteen permanent and reserve Navy personnel were selected as additional ITP staff for NEOC 48 from the rank of Able Seaman to Chief Petty Officer. Those selected provide mentoring guidance to develop the foundations for the transition into Naval life.DARDANELLES is one of the many exercises conducted at Creswell that prepare the officers for specialised category training. It is part of the ongoing professional development provided by Creswell on behalf of Navy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Teamwork View post tag: skillslast_img read more

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NDEP, HMAS Stirling Crew Attend Friendly and Fun Fair

first_img View post tag: HMAS April 17, 2013 View post tag: Stirling Back to overview,Home naval-today NDEP, HMAS Stirling Crew Attend Friendly and Fun Fair View post tag: Navy View post tag: friendly View post tag: Fair View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: attend [mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 17, 2013; Image: View post tag: Fun View post tag: NDEP View post tag: Australia Navy Domestic Engagement Program (NDEP) and HMAS Stirling personnel recently attended a Friendly and Fun Fair held at Endeavour Primary School on Tuesday, 9th April 2013.The annual Family and Fun Fair promotes the Buddy System, an anti-bullying program within the primary school where a younger student buddies up with an older student for the duration of the day and together they undertake various challenges.Domestic Engagement Coordinator Chief Petty Office Toni Ralph said with 10 per cent of the school’s students belonging to Navy families, the NDE team members and sailors from HMAS Stirling were right at home. “We showed children, both familiar and not familiar with Defence or Navy just what it is that we do on a daily basis,” she said.“We encouraged the older students in the buddy pairs to teach and support the younger students to carry out activities that they had not previously done before like using a fire extinguisher.”To showcase a variety of Navy equipment, Navy Police Coxswains taught students how speed guns worked and showed students through the Naval Police vehicles. Survival at sea equipment such as life rafts and life jackets were also demonstrated to students by members of the Ship Safety and Survivability School.Endeavour Primary’s Defence School Transition Aide School, Mrs Sharon Lamont said that the Navy display was once again a favourite amongst the children. “The children love the interaction with Navy members,” she said.“For students not from military families, Navy involvement helps them understand what the families of their classmates do and what the Navy is all about.” Training & Education View post tag: crew View post tag: Naval NDEP, HMAS Stirling Crew Attend Friendly and Fun Fairlast_img read more

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HMAS Choules Returns to Sea

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMAS Choules Returns to Sea View post tag: HMAS HMAS Choules has returned to sea following sea assurance testing of the ship’s six propulsion and power distribution transformers which were replaced after a defect was identified in June 2012.The ship then followed a graduated program of trials and training which concluded with a final successful readiness assessment on 12 April 2013.Navy and the Defence Materiel Organisation have worked together to achieve this outcome. Air Force also assisted by transporting the transformers from Germany.The ship will now participate in a number of minor amphibious exercises in North Queensland during May and June 2013 before joining other Navy ships in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 13 off the Queensland coast.The Navy’s amphibious force includes Choules, the Landing Ship Heavy HMAS Tobruk, Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, and three Landing Craft Heavy vessels.The first Landing Helicopter Dock, recently named NUSHIP Canberra, is due to achieve initial operating capability by the end of 2014.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 12, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Returns Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Choules Returns to Sea Share this article View post tag: sea Training & Education View post tag: Naval April 12, 2013 View post tag: Choules View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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UK: BMS Launches Unique Laser for Repelling Hijackers or Potential Attackers

first_img Equipment & technology UK: BMS Launches Unique Laser for Repelling Hijackers or Potential Attackers Britannia Maritime Security (BMS) is launching a unique laser which offers the private maritime security industry a non-lethal option for repelling hijackers or other potential attackers.The SMU – 100 Laser Dazzler, which works both day and night at 800 metres with two square metres coverage, is designed to cause temporary blindness and nausea, with no long-term effects.BMS Managing Director Stuart Niven will introduce the weapon at the Ships & Ports Security session of the Transport Security Expo on 13-14 November at Olympia in London.“The Dazzler has been developed over a number of years by Paul Kerr, an ex-Royal Marine Commando and now Head of Development at our partner Photonic Security Services,” explains Niven. “Its unique pencil-thin beam is scanned over the scene to temporarily impair vision without any danger of long-term damage to either the user or the target.”The laser will penetrate sunglasses and, by scanning to cover two square metres, it affects all the people in an approaching skiff or boat. It comes with a mounting pole for use on a ship’s bridge wings, although it is also designed to be used by personnel on oil platforms and other maritime environments. Full training in using the weapon will be provided by BMS.“This unique product is key operated and intrinsically safe,” says Niven. “Conventional lasers use simple optics to generate an expanding beam and by-standers close to the unit can receive eye injury from reflections. This is not the case with the SMU-100 Laser Dazzler.“We are delighted to be given the opportunity to launch the SMU-100 Laser Dazzler at the Transport Security Expo as it attracts exactly the audience we want.”The SMU-100 Laser Dazzler is waterproof, low maintenance and the ideal product for deterring potential attackers without causing long-term damage.UK-based BMS specialises in best practice in managing risk, supplying escort vessels, protecting oil and gas assets and providing anti-piracy solutions. It was the first company accredited by Panama to offer protection on transits on board Panamanian flag vessels.[mappress]Press Release, November 26, 2013; Image: BMS Share this articlecenter_img November 26, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: BMS Launches Unique Laser for Repelling Hijackers or Potential Attackers last_img read more

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Image of the Day: Airman Signals to MV-22 Osprey

first_img August 22, 2014 Image of the Day: Airman Signals to MV-22 Osprey View post tag: americas View post tag: Osprey View post tag: MV-22 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Airman View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Image of the Day Authorities Airman Juillian R. Sawyer, from Columbus, Ohio, signals to an MV-22 Osprey during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). View post tag: Signals Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a scheduled deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibilityUSS Makin Island (LHD-8), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Makin Island, target of the Marine Raiders’ Makin Island raid early on in the United States’ involvement in World War II.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 22, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Airman Signals to MV-22 Osprey Share this articlelast_img read more

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Damen Completes Build of Two FCS 5009 Patrol Vessels

first_img View post tag: Maritime Back to overview,Home naval-today Damen Completes Build of Two FCS 5009 Patrol Vessels Damen Completes Build of Two FCS 5009 Patrol Vessels January 15, 2015 View post tag: 5009 View post tag: two View post tag: completes View post tag: FCS View post tag: vessels Industry news View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: build DSCT has prepared the vessels for outfitting with Sea Rogue weaponry; a system that includes a 20mm cannon forward of the wheelhouse and two 12.7mm Browning guns fitted respectively port and starboard of the wheelhouse. The Sea Rogue can be operated by a hand controller and has an accurate target-tracking feature. Working with manufacturer Reutech, DSCT can install the weaponry in a matter of days. “The FCS 5009 is deliverable in two formats. It can be either a fast crew supply ship or a security patrol vessel,” says DSCT Chairman Sam Montsi, explaining that, though the vessels are complete and ready to go, they still possess flexibility. DSCT is able to carry out the final conversion for either option within a matter of weeks. They are also the first in their class to be outfitted with MTU engines that offer a lighter weight-to-power ratio for increased speed. “What this shows is the flexibility of Damen vessels,” continues Mr Montsi. “Even though we build for stock, the design of the vessels means they are capable of accommodating a range of different features to match specific requirements.”The completion of the FCS 5009 Patrol boats and the opening of Shed 9 with its additional capabilities mark the start of a new phase for Damen Shipyards Cape Town and demonstrate the strength that comes with being a member of one of the world’s leading shipbuilding groups. Press Release View post tag: Damen View post tag: Patrol Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has completed the build of two FCS 5009 Patrol vessels, the first of their type to be built in South Africa. Another of the same class is already in operation with the Cape Verdean Coast Guard. “This continues our policy of building in Africa for Africa,” said Friso Visser, Sales Manager Africa for Damen, “and its makes us very proud to see our South African facility maintaining the Damen tradition of building technically advanced vessels to the highest standards. The versatile FCS 5009 Patrol boats have consistently shown themselves to be an ideal solution for patrolling an EEZ. They have low operational costs, are very fuel efficient, have a competitive purchase price and, crucially, are easy to maintain. Overall, they provide a reasonable Total Cost of Ownership, making them attractive to countries that have a requirement to patrol an EEZ.”last_img read more

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HMAS Perth Welcomes Veterans

first_img View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Veterans View post tag: HMAS Perth Association February 23, 2015 View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Perth Welcomes Veterans HMAS Perth Welcomes Veterans View post tag: Australian Navy Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: members Share this article On a recent shore visit to Sydney, HMAS Perth hosted members of the New South Wales HMAS Perth Association, which included the Perth I survivor, Mr Frank McGovern. The veterans were given a guided tour through the ship and shown the state-of-the-art equipment installed as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.The visit provided a welcome opportunity for the crew to maintain the strong links that exists between present ship’s company and the former officers, sailors and families of those that previously have sailed under the Perth’s name.After the tour, the Commanding Officer Captain Ivan Ingham greeted the visitors in his cabin and received on behalf of the ship, a replica Perth I crest hand crafted by Perth Association member, Mr Terry Blanch, whose father was lost on Perth I the historic Second World War cruiser. The plaque now has pride of place on the ship’s bridge as a symbolic link to HMAS Perth I and the Perth AssociationThe ship will stay on the east coast conducting trials before returning to Fleet Base West at the end of March to start her Unit Readiness workup, prior to undertaking a busy exercise program.[mappress mapid=”15202″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: welcomes View post tag: HMAS Perthlast_img read more

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USS Harry S. Truman Offers Education Opportunities

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) began accepting registrations for the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education Distance Learning (NCPACE-DL) placement tests, June 16, offering Sailors an opportunity to take college courses while underway.NCPACE-DL provides both officers and enlisted Sailors with the opportunity to complete undergraduate and graduate courses while at sea. The program also offers options for Sailors to earn an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.NCPACE-DL briefs aboard Truman are scheduled monthly and registration is offered at those times.Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Harry S. Truman Offers Education Opportunities USS Harry S. Truman Offers Education Opportunitiescenter_img View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval June 22, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

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British lost WWII submarine found off Sardinia

first_img View post tag: HMS P 311 Share this article An Italian diver claims to have found the sunken wreck of the British World War Two submarine HMS P 311 lying off the coast of Sardinia at a depth of ninety meters.The wreck was sighted by Massimo Domenico Bondone and his team of divers not far from the island of Tavolara, Italian news site La Nuova Sardegna reported.The Royal Navy is now in the process of examining the claims to determine whether or not the wreck is, in fact, the lost submarine, BBC reported a navy spokesman saying.Bondone told the Italian news site that the wreck of the 84-meter-long vessel was almost intact. Only the bow is damaged by the mine she struck. The seventy one men crewing the submarine are still trapped inside the submarine, lying in their steel coffin for 73 years.HMS P 311 was a T-class submarine whose construction was completed in March, 1942. The submarine was commissioned in August 1942 under the command of Lieutenant R.D. Cayley.She became part of the 10th Submarine Flotilla at Malta in November 1942. Contact with P 311 was lost during a mission that started December 28 and she was declared overdue on January 8, 1943, after she failed to return to her base.It is believed that the submarine struck a mine and sunk off Sardinia, on or around January 2, 1943. British lost WWII submarine found off Sardinia View post tag: World War II Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today British lost WWII submarine found off Sardinia May 27, 2016last_img read more

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US Navy receives patent for seawater to fuel conversion

first_img US Navy works on enabling ships to produce fuel from seawater. Obtains first patent Authorities June 9, 2016 View post tag: US Navy The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been granted the first U.S. patent for a method to simultaneously extract carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater.According to the U.S. Navy agency, this single process provides all the raw materials necessary for the production of synthetic liquid hydrocarbon fuels.Researchers from the U.S. Naval Reserve, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and NRL are among the co-contributors and inventors in the patent issued April 5, 2016, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO).The Electrolytic Cation Exchange Module (E-CEM), developed at NRL, provides the Navy the capability to produce fuel stock (LNG, CNG, F-76, JP-5, etc.) at sea, or in remote locations.According to NRL, the E-CEM has successfully demonstrated proof-of-concept for a simultaneous recovery process of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater. The carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas recovered from the seawater as feedstock are catalytically converted to hydrocarbons in a second additional synthetic process step.“A ship’s ability to produce a significant fraction of the battle group’s fuel for operations at sea could reduce the mean time between refueling, and increase the operational flexibility and time on station,” said Cmdr. Felice DiMascio.“Reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with the potential to increase the Navy’s energy security and independence, with minimal impact on the environment, were key factors in the development of this program.”Dr. Heather Willauer, research chemist at NRL said: “Building on the success of the first exchange module, we have scaled-up the carbon capture process to improve efficiency and substantially increase feedstock production.” “Using a scaled-up, second generation E-CEM prototype, we will substantially increase CO2 and H2 production capable of producing up to one gallon of fuel per day, an increase nearly 40 times greater than with the earlier generation E-CEM.”To accommodate increased feedstock production, NRL is also scaling up the catalyst system to synthesize fuel from CO2 and H2. Having fully realized the product distribution of hydrocarbons using a small plug flow chemical reactor, NRL has recently partnered with a commercial entity to test the catalyst using their large-scale chemical reactor.“Basically we are optimizing both processes separately, CO2 and hydrogen production and recovery, and synthesis of hydrocarbons from CO2 and hydrogen,” Willauer said. “Since we will be producing enough feedstock in the near future, we envision integrating the two processes at our Key West facility to further evaluate how full-scale end-to-end production might evolve.”At these scales, Willauer contends there will remain several issues to resolve, however, the team hopes to have the two processes operating at Key West by late 2016.The Electrolytic Cation Exchange Module (E-CEM), developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), provides the Navy the capability to produce the raw materials necessary to develop synthetic fuel stock for production of LNG, CNG, F-76, and JP-5, at sea, or in remote locations. The size and scale of the E-CEM is the next step towards integrating and commercializing these systems. Photo:U.S. Naval Research Laboratorycenter_img View post tag: development Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy works on enabling ships to produce fuel from seawater. Obtains first patent Share this articlelast_img read more

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USS Coronado wraps up operational testing of COBRA

first_img April 24, 2018 US Navy littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) has successfully completed operational testing of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) System, the navy has announced.This second phase of testing for Coronado, which began shortly after completion of developmental testing, Feb. 22, involved in port and underway operations with support from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and Mine Countermeasure Detachment 6.“The crew onboard was the perfect fit to conduct this testing,” said Danny Lunden, test director for Mine Countermeasure Mission Package, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division. “We all worked so well together and did so in such a short amount of time.”The operational testing included identifying possible landing zones for amphibious forces, detecting mines, and locating obstacles that would prevent forces from entering mission critical areas.Personnel used both an MQ-8B Fire Scout and a MH-60 Sierra to process information and plan beach zone operations. As well, the testing required an upgrade to the Fire Scout and Mission Package Computing Environment to support the coastal mine reconnaissance missions.Designated LCS testing ships, of which Coronado is one, are single-crewed and focus solely on testing hardware, software and concepts of operations for specific mission modules in order to develop the best tactics and doctrine within each ship’s specified warfare area.Sailors assigned to the test ships say they are excited to be part of shaping the future of LCS.“This was an incredible and ground-breaking experience for myself and the mission package detachment,” said Chief Mineman Lindsey Wolghemuth, mine detachment chief petty officer. “We get to see how LCS can not only rapidly respond, but how diverse each mission can be on each platform.” Authorities USS Coronado wraps up COBRA coastal mine detection system operational testing View post tag: US Navy View post tag: LCS View post tag: Cobra Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Coronado wraps up COBRA coastal mine detection system operational testing Share this articlelast_img read more

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Arrowhead 140 design for UK Type 31e frigate revealed

first_img View post tag: Babcock View post tag: Arrowhead Share this article Photo: Arrowhead 140 design. Photo: Babcockcenter_img View post tag: Type 31e A Babcock-led industry team has officially unveiled the Arrowhead 140 concept as their design for the UK defense ministry’s Type 31e general purpose light frigate program.Babcock, Thales, OMT, BMT, Harland and Wolff and Ferguson Marine are all part of the team bidding for the UK MoD’s £1.25 billion Type 31e program.As announced on Thirsday, the Arrowhead 140 will have a hull form based on the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates OMT designed for the Royal Danish Navy.The decision to base the Arrowhead on the in-service Danish frigates is aimed at lowering program risks, the team said, adding that their Type 31e contender was engineered to minimise through-life costs.At almost 140m the platform will optimise operational flexibility. This ‘wide beam’ ship is easier to design, easier to build and easier to maintain due to its slightly larger size, Babcock said.“Arrowhead 140 will provide increased survivability, operability and capability – compared to a standard 120m design. When you consider that this ship can be delivered at no extra cost and that it will support improved radar performance, increase platform stability and facilitate better helicopter operations in bad weather, whilst enhancing crew comfort – we believe it will bring a significant edge to modern naval capability,” Craig Lockhart, Babcock’s managing director, Naval Marine said.Arrowhead 140’s distributed build and assembly approach, comprising Babcock Appledore in North Devon, Ferguson Marine on the Clyde, Harland and Wolff in Belfast with integration at Babcock Rosyth, Fife, optimises the partners’ UK facilities, innovation and skills whilst cleverly ensuring capacity for parallel programmes remains. All of which is geared to generate a genuine resurgence in shipbuilding across the UK and when coupled with the virtual design alliance between Babcock, OMT and BMT it supports the intent of the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy.last_img read more

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US Navy sets up CMV-22B Osprey COD wing

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today CMV-22B Osprey Carrier Onboard Delivery wing set up in San Diego Share this article Authorities October 11, 2019, by The US Navy established Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing (COMVRMWING) 1 in a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, on October 10.Capt. Dewon Chaney assumed command of the new wing and will be the first commodore to take on the integration and implementation of the CMV-22B Osprey into fleet operations.The mission for the wing will be to conduct high priority cargo and passenger transport services in support of aircraft carrier strike groups and task forces.“Sailors and Marines have worked hard to ensure the mission capability of these aircraft, and the opportunity to lead this group is a privilege,” said Chaney, a career helicopter pilot with extensive experience piloting four different Navy aircraft. “This community’s stand up is a joint endeavor, and will bring unmatched capability to a carrier strike group near you.”The CMV-22B Osprey is a variant of the MV-22B and is the replacement for the C-2A Greyhound for the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that can take off and land as a helicopter but transit as a turboprop aircraft, and the airframe recently surpassed the threshold of 500,000 flight hours.Osprey, with its increased range, speed and payload capabilities will provide the Navy with significant increases in capability and operational flexibility over the C-2A, which has served the fleet since 1965. CMV-22B operations can be either shore-based, expeditionary or sea-based.Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander, Naval Air Forces, was the principal speaker at the event and said Naval Aviation is peaking, and the carrier air wing of the future is coming soon.“The aircraft carrier remains the centerpiece of naval power, and carrier strike groups bring unparalleled power to the fight” said Miller, the Navy’s ‘Air Boss’. “No other weapons system has the responsiveness, endurance, battlespace awareness, and command and control capabilities of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, its embarked air wing and accompanying ships.”Miller continued to say that as our adversaries evolve, so must our ships, aircraft training and tactics; the COD mission has played a pivotal role for carriers since the first TBM Avenger in World War II, and the C-2 Greyhound has filled that role admirably since 1965.“The CMV-22 Osprey is not only part of our future,” emphasized Miller. “It’s part of our ‘now’ that’s going to be provided in every subsequent squadron that transitions.”A year ago, the Navy established the first CMV-22 squadron (VRM-30) and plans are in the works to establish a sister squadron on the east coast.The first deployment for VRM-30 is currently planned for 2021 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and officials say the complete transition from the venerable Greyhound to the newer and more modern CMV-22B Osprey is expected by 2028.Photo: Bell Boeing View post tag: US Navycenter_img CMV-22B Osprey Carrier Onboard Delivery wing set up in San Diego View post tag: CMV-22 View post tag: Cod navaltodaylast_img read more

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Coordinator of Professional and Organizational Development

first_imgCriteriaCRITERIA : The following criteria, which are not the sole criteriaused in the final hiring decision, will be used to review theapplications of those persons who meet the stated minimumqualifications and to select those qualified applicants who will beinterviewed. Other information and observations made during theinterview process may be considered in the selection process. Job Requirements Is Background Check Required?YesPosting NumberPGCC154311/12Open Date12/18/2020Close DateOpen Until FilledYesBackground Check StatementA limited background investigation will be conducted prior to anoffer of employment. A signed authorization for release of personalinformation will be required if selected for aninterview.Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplicants who are selected for an interview will be required toconduct a 5-10 minute presentation during the interview.The college is currently in a Modified Academic and BusinessOperation ( MABO ) model, which means some of the work is beingperformed from remote locations. When the conditions permit, basedon CDC and College Administrator’s guidelines, employees will berequired to resume their work on campus as directed by management.This position is located in the state of Maryland.Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Do you have two years of professional experience inorganizational development consulting, instructionaldesign/training?YesNo Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in OrganizationDevelopment or Human Resources Training and Developmentpreferred.Two years of professional experience – organizationaldevelopment consulting, instructional design/trainingexperience. Applicant must be available to work Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. The work schedule is subject to change based on theneeds of the department.Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and writtenstandard English.As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to presentacceptable documentation showing your identity and that you are aU.S. Citizen or an alien who is authorized to work. * Which of the following best describes your level of completededucation? (Education details must be included in yourapplication.)Master’s Degree or above from an accreditedcollege/universityBachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/universityAssociate’s Degree from an accredited college/universityOne to two years of college credit (30 credit hours isequivalent to one year)Less than 30 credits from an accredited college/universityHigh School Diploma or GEDNone of the abovecenter_img How did you hear about this employment opportunity? If youselected ‘Other’ please indicate source:(Open Ended Question) Oversees instructional design projects for the unit includinginstructor led and online training programs. May providefacilitation services to individual units and departments.Manages the Professional and Organizational Development’sportal site.Designs, develops and implements communication strategy tosupport the launch and create awareness of various learningprograms.Assist Director and/or Manager with conducting, analyzestraining needs assessments, and develops/updates annual trainingcalendar, lesson plans, and curriculum based on results.Provides guidance of the Learning Management System to supportstaff.Conduct needs analyses to support growth and development ofstaff to meet the needs of the strategic goals and objectives ofthe college.Provide direction of content development projects to supportprofessional development experiences that foster growth andretention of employees throughout the college community.Assist with managing project plans, program management,implementation and evaluation of all related Professional andOrganizational Development programs/training content. Includesdesigning, developing and implementing communication strategy tosupport the launch and create awareness of various learningprograms and learning experiences.Develop training strategies to support the implementation ofnew or changed systems/processes and prepare the organization forchange driven by learning initiatives.Provide oversight to project and vendor management for trainingneeds.Participates in appropriate professional growth and developmentactivities/conferences.Performs other duties as assigned. Job Vacancy AnnouncementPosition TitleCoordinator of Professional and Organizational DevelopmentPosition TypeStaffDepartmentHuman Resources and Organizational DevelopmentFLSAExemptUnion/Non UnionNon UnionFull Time or Part TimeFull TimeGrade14Salary RangeHiring Salary Range$66,281 – $72,909/AnnuallyFixed Term/Tenure Track (Faculty Only)Regular or TemporaryRegularJob Description SummaryResponsible for creating and implementing professional developmentand training programs for college faculty and staff.Minimum Qualifications * Briefly describe your experience referenced in the previousquestion. Do not enter ‘See Resume'(Open Ended Question)How did you hear about this employment opportunity?HERCHigherEd JobsHispanic OutlookIndeedPersonal ReferralPGCC WebsiteSocial Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook)The Chronicle of Higher EdThe Washington PostOther: Please indicate belowEducause Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterOptional DocumentsLetter of Recommendation 1Otherlast_img read more

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Nurse, Practitioner – (STA006780)

first_imgEEO/AAQualifications :Master’s Degree and 3 years experience.Requires application of advanced principles, techniques and theoryin a professional discipline or a thorough general businessmanagement knowledge. Knowledge of this level is typically obtainedthrough a directly job-related Master’s degree or equivalent formaltraining in a recognized field of specialization that is directlyrelated to the type of work being performed.Requires a minimum of three (3) years of directly job-relatedexperience.Requires technical certification or licensing directly related tothe job, as specified on a job description addendum. Provides primary care services to patients presenting to the UHStudent Health Center. This includes the management of healthproblems and the promotion of optimal health in both the GeneralMedicine and the Women’s Clinics. Perescribe treatment for illnesses within the Family NursePractitioners scope of practice, based on Standing orders and NursePractitioner Formulary.Order and interpret diagnostics studies.Determine which problems are within the scope of practice andwhich require referral to specialists according to mutuallyaccepted guidelines.Communicate, consult and collaborate with other professionalsinvolved in the delivery of total patient care.Perform minor diagnostic and surgical procedures within scopeof practice. Fully inform patients of risks and benefits of anyprocedure.Perform well woman’s examination and routine physicalexaminations.Evaluate, test for and treat sexually transmissiblediseases.Educate and counsel patient’s regarding contraceptivemanagement.Competence in use of electronic medical records and informationsystem is providing effective documentation of patient care.Participate in quality management and quality improvementactivities.Participate in educational and informational programs asrequested.Performs other job-related duties as assigned.last_img read more

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Student in drink- driving

first_imgAn Exeter student was arrested by police and held in custody overnight after a car crash in St Clement’s Street last week.According to other Exeter students, the third-year had earlier been thrown out of the college on 27 October by the porter, after littering the lodge with food and causing excessive noise before driving off in a car with a friend. It is not know whether it was he or his friend who was driving, or who was at the wheel at the time of the crash. The Exeter third-year has refused to comment on the issue. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Him and someone else went driving, and crashed the car. They were both arrested and spent the night in the cells.”“I’m not sure which one of them was driving at the time.”The student was of the opinion that they would both have been over the limit. Subsequently the police have confirmed that both students in the car were over the legal limit when arrested.The student, who wished not to be named, has been disciplined a number of times in the past, including being thrown out of three balls. He was made  to sign a contract by College authorities promising not to disturb college life any further after being expelled from an Exeter ball.“He got kicked out of 3 college balls: our own, Lincoln and Hilda’s,” said another Exeter student. “There was an incident last year in which the police were called to the college’s accommodation on Iffley Road to prevent him from drink driving then.”Another student, who also wished to remain anonymous, criticised the college for not acting more harshly with him.“He has totally deserved any punishment doled out by college. In fact, I would go as far as to tell you that the punishment is sending down, and even this is not far enough in my opinion. “He deserves everything he gets, and I hope he is sent to prison. It is a disgustingly selfish and vile action to drink drive, where not only your own life is at danger, but those of others around you,” they said.Thames Valley Police confirmed that police had been called to an incident on the morning of the 27 October in which a car had crashed into a barrier outside The Duke pub on St Clement’s, though they refused to confirm the names of those arrested.Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested for being above the legal alcohol limit and for failing to stop at a road accident. One was also arrested for using the vehicle without third-party insurance.They were released on police bail, under instruction to return to the station on 30 November to be either formally charged or acquitted. Exeter College refused to make a comment on the case, saying it was an internal disciplinary matter.According to a survey carried out in August by the charity Brake, almost one in five drivers from the ages 17-18 has admitted to drink driving. Jools Townsend, head of education at Brake, said “Every day young drivers kill and seriously injure themselves and others through a deadly combination of inexperience and taking risks like drink driving.” Brake have called for targeted road-side testing of drivers’ alcohol levels, in order to reduce drink-driving related deaths by youngsters.Louise Randall, OUSU Vice-President for Welfare, said that drink driving was extremely irresponsible as it put other road users in danger.“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and potentially lethal not only to the driver but to those around them.”“We urge students to drink responsibly and never to take the wheel whilst under the influence. Nominate a designated driver, and don’t be afraid to take car keys off those who have been drinking. Don’t pay the price for taking risks, take a taxi,” she said.last_img read more

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Don rejects PM’s stance on cannabis

first_imgAn Oxford pharmacologist has attacked the government’s plans to upgrade cannabis to a class B drug, ignoring directions not to speak to journalists.Professor Les Iversen (above), a leading expert on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said that the government should not ignore the advice of the group, which is expected to conclude that reclassification is not justified.“I was not pleased to read what appears to be a deliberate leak about the government’s alleged intention to reclassify, regardless of advise received,” Iversen said.His outburst follows claims that the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Jaqui Smith are determined to reverse the decision to downgrade the drug to class C once the ACMD has completed their report in the next few months.He claimed that if the government went ahead with reclassification regardless of the ACMD’s report, its authority would be undermined.“If [we] were to recommend no change and this were to happen, I believe it would be the first time that any Home Secretary acted against the recommendations offered and it would call into question the whole function and future of this group,” he continued.The general recommendations of the ACMD report are not yet known, but ministers are already making clear that Jaqui Smith is prepared to overrule the expert group.According to the Reverend Martin Blakeborough, a former member of ACMD, Les Iversen and his collegues will be opposed to the Government’s stance. “There is no significantly new evidence to suggest that cannabis is any more harmful than in the last review we did eighteen months ago,” he explained. “There is no way that the ACMD would support any reclassification of cannabis unless there were some political shenanigans going on.”by Omotola Akerelelast_img read more

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Israeli president shouted down by students

first_imgWatch Cherwell’s video of the protest against Peres’ lecture here Armed police flanked the Bodleian on Tuesday night as Shimon Peres arrived in Oxford to present a lecture to students and staff at the Sheldonian.But the heavy security could do little to prevent a verbal assault on Peres as students interrupted his speech with a series of attacks on Israel’s policy on Palestine.Throughout the course of the talk, entitled ‘the globalisation of peace’, a series of eight students stood up and shouted statements in what they described as a gesture on behalf of the Palestinians.One student shouted, “I represent the thousands of farmers who’ve had their land stolen illegally to build Israeli settlements.”Another student, who loudly heckled Peres and called him a war criminal, was escorted out of the building by security guards.Around 40 students gathered in front of the Sheldonian to protest at Peres’ visit and at one point chants of ‘Free Palestine’ threatened to drown out his voice.The response of other students to the hecklers was mixed, with some booing and hissing and some clapping in response to those who interrupted the president. At the end of the talk, some students present remained seated while others stood to enthusiastically applaud.Peres was invited to Oxford by Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, in order to inaugurate the first of a series of five lectures on the subject of peace.Mr Graham said that he was “well aware of the opposition that has been expressed about this invitation” but that “the fundamental purpose of a University which is to hear and discuss and examine all points of view.”During his speech, Peres hailed the election of Barack Obama as “the end of racism” and “a clear demonstration that we live in a different world.”He also addressed the problems of peace negotiations and the progress made by Israel in the fields of science, agriculture, alternative energy and medicine.last_img read more

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“Unacceptable” hygiene threatens college halls

first_imgThe colleges are inspected regularly by Oxford Council Health Officers, usually every 12-18 months.Not all college kitchens came in for criticism however, with Lincoln College receiving a glowing report from Health inspectors.It was described in the report as having “excellent premises,” with a “beautiful traditional kitchen which has kept up all the original elements i.e. large fireplace, wooden beams and floors.”It also reserved notable commendation for the “tight ship” run Head Chef, Jim Murden, who has been working in the kitchen for more than 35 years.Merton also passed with flying colours and was described as “very well run” with kitchen and equipment in “very good order” and high standards of cleaning evident. Corpus Christi was also described as “a good example overall.”Officials at colleges with less glowing reports responded to the revelations, with many stressing they were working to ensure the highest possible Healthy and Safety standards.Many Balliol students remained completely unaware however of the conditions in which their food was cooked.“I like the food we get a lot,” said student Isabel Thompson. “It always looks clean and safe and there’s no nails in the soup or anything, so I’m a fan.”At Mansfield, the Food and Beverage Manager Lynn Partridge said that the college had endeavoured to improve their facilities since the report into conditions.“The inspection brought to light several structural problems which have now been rectified,” she said.“We have since be re-inspected and the Environmental Health Officer was completely satisfied.”Despite these developments however, not all students at the college seemingly satisfied with the food on offer.Melvin Chen, a second-year Economics and Management student at the college, said, “The food really is awful – I usually eat at the Business School instead. “I had lunch there the other day and it really was terrible, so I feel justified in saying that.”Another student, Beatrice Male said the food was remarkably expensive for what was on offer.“The food is quite expensive, there is a two for one mark-up on everything,” she said. “You can’t even get a packet of mini-hobnobs for less than £1.”New College JCR’s Food, Housing and Amenities Officer, Steve McGlinn, said he was very surprised by the safety breaches identified at his college.He particularly pointed out that a survey last term found that members of the JCR rated food quality and service at 4.2 out of 5.“Certainly, over the last year, we’ve seen a marked improvement in the food,” he said.“Bringing in a new Head Chef has particularly made a difference. I know from working there that H&S is taken seriously, and so I, for one, am generally happy with how things operate.“Over the past year, there’s been some repainting too, which is all the better.”Balliol and Worcester, the colleges with highest number of contraventions, both have low food costs relative to other colleges. However, many students are paying more for the products of some of the catering facilities with the most infringements. Mansfield, for example, had 6 breaches of legislation, and yet the average lunch in Mansfield hall is over 70% more expensive than Balliol and a third more expensive than the college average.At Pembroke and New College, the student buying lunch and dinner from hall every day of term can pay over £1,200. In contrast at Christ Church, the cheapest college in terms of food, it can cost as little as £764.Lyn Partridge highlighted that the figures at Mansfield do not take into account different qualities of food. “I’m not aware that we are more expensive than any other college for the basic choice; however, students cannot expect items such as rib eye steak for the same price as sausages.”The price of excellence is not necessarily high for the student however. While eating at Lincoln costs just above average, Corpus and Merton have some of the least expensive halls around, with lunches averaging about £2.55 and dinners about £3.20. The appalling state of college kitchens across Oxford University was revealed this week, after a Cherwell investigation uncovered more than 134 breaches of basic hygiene regulations.Inspections carried out in 27 colleges exposed numerous violations of food safety laws, including dust and mould growth, damaged cooking equipment and “ingrained dirt.”It unmasked a shocking picture for students, many of whom pay hundreds of pounds a year for food prepared in kitchens not fully up to Health and Safety standards.The worst offending kitchen was that of Balliol College, after the Environmental Health Officer from Oxford City Council condemned the conditions as “unacceptably dirty.”Meanwhile at Worcester College, staff were forced to work around a collapsed ceiling in the plate wash area, while tiles, shelves, the main catering unit and a dry goods store all desperately required repair.Pest control was also a problem at Mansfield and Pembroke Colleges, with rats ravaging a rear yards full of debris. A mouse was also found feeding off food spilling from wheelie bins at New College, which was also criticsed for dirty work surfaces.The offences were among many later exposed by Cherwell investigators in documents obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.The biggest number of infringements was at Balliol, where inspectors found 18 breaches of hygiene regulations late last year.In a subsequent letter to the college’s Domestic Bursur, the inspector warned: “I am concerned at the continued decline in the structural fabric of the premises.”Among the violations he highlightered were evidence of dust and mould growth, “unacceptably dirty” doors to fridges, blistering paint and even the floor throughout the kitchen “starting to split and break up.”last_img read more

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Oxford Council husts hotly contested

first_imgCandidates for wards representing Oxford University students have clashed over key issues ahead of city council elections on May 3.The hustings at Oriel College on Wednesday evening saw prospective councillors for the Carfax, Holywell and North Wards pitch themselves to an audience of students and local residents, facing a multitude of questions on topics ranging from education to wheelchair accessibility in the city centre.The twelve candidates include three current Oxford finalists, Alex Harvey, Sam Hollick, and Robin McGhee. There were also two University members of staff: Anne-Marie Canning and John Howson.Classic battlegrounds of housing and bicycle theft were hotly debated. Accusations were levelled at Labour and the Greens by the Liberal Democrats, with their candidate for Holywell, Robin McGhee, bemoaning a stifling of housing availability. He said that the two parties “just don’t get the point” about the use of caps.However, Adam Ramsay, Green candidate for Carfax, later released a statement denying that he supported housing quotas.The Conservatives currently have no councillors in Oxford and are expected to suffer from the factor of incumbency on a national level.Tim Patmore, Conservative candidate for Carfax, comparing Oxford to other local authorities with “less council tax and regulations”, said that he “would like to transform Oxford into a town more like Banbury”.His fellow party candidate for Holywell, Robert Sargent, said, “Bringing in a couple of Tory councillors will bring some sanity to the city.”The Green Party is looking to boost their presence in Oxford, one of places in the country where they are best represented. Amongst other proposals they pledged “sensible measures” to bring back the recently scrapped Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).When asked to explain how he would fund the EMA, Ramsay vowed to tax four- and five-star hotels, bluntly declaring, “We want to take it off rich people.” He believes that government policy has led to pupils being unable to finish school, and remarked, “In the city famous for education, I think it’s a disgrace.’ Robin McGhee, however, pointed out, “City councils don’t actually have the powers to do that.”Ramsay’s Labour rival Anne-Marie Canning, defending the council’s record, maintained that “the Labour vote’s the only vote for a student”.National politics inevitably also framed the debate. Adam Ramsay claimed, “We’re seeing inequality widen across the country at the fastest rate we’ve seen since Victorian Britain.”Labour Party candidate for Holywell, Alex Harvey, took a swipe at the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government: “They can’t play politics with people’s lives in the name of deficit reduction.”“This is a government that is both economically incompetent and morally incompetent.”Robin McGhee was defiant in the face of perceived popular disaffection with the Lib Dems. “I haven’t been amazingly pleased with everything we’ve done in government, but I’ve been proud by the way we’ve prevented the Tories from doing some very bad things indeed.”Previously a minority administration, Oxford City Council became a majority Labour council after the last local elections in 2010. Labour currently hold 26 out of 48 seats, whilst the Lib Dems hold 16 seats and the Greens hold 5. Polling will take place between 7am – 10pm next Thursday. The full list of candidates is as follows:Carfax: Anne-Marie Canning, LAB; Tim Patmore, CON; Adam Ramsay, GRN; Duncan Stott, LD. Colleges: Balliol, Blackfriars, Brasenose, Exeter, Jesus, Keble, Lincoln, Pembroke, Regent’s Park, St John’s, St Peter’s, Nuffield, St Benet’s, St Cross, TrinityHolywell: Alex Harvey, LAB; Sam Hollick, GRN; Robin McGhee, LD; Robert Sargent, CON. Colleges: All Souls, Christ Church, Corpus, Harris Manchester, Hertford, Linacre, Magdalen, Mansfield, Merton, New, Oriel, Queen’s, St Catz, Teddy Hall, University, WadhamNorth: Sushila Dhall, GRN; James Fry, LAB; John Howson, LD; Samantha Mandrup, CON. Colleges: Green Templeton, Kellogg, LMH, Somerville, St Anne’s, St Antony’sColleges in other wards – St Margaret’s: St Hugh’s, Wolfson; St Mary’s: St Hilda’s; Jericho and Osney: Worcesterlast_img read more

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Antigua and Barbuda asks All Souls for reparations

first_imgWhen approached for comment, All Souls referred Cherwell to a statement on its website reading: “Over the last three years the College has taken several steps to address the problematic nature of the Codrington legacy. It has erected a large memorial plaque at the entrance to the Library, ‘In memory of those who worked in slavery on the Codrington plantations in the West Indies’. It has pledged a series of donations to Codrington College, Barbados (a theological college also founded by a bequest in Codrington’s will) to a total of £100,000. And it has set up three fully funded graduate studentships at Oxford for students from the Caribbean; in effect, £6 million of the College’s endowment is now set aside, on a permanent basis, to produce the income that funds these studentships.” All Souls recently removed Codrington’s name from its library. The College did not remove a statue of Codrington from the library’s centre. Common Ground told Cherwell they supported Mr Browne’s call for direct reparations from the College. They added: “We want to echo the sentiments of Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, who have already voiced their support for the initiative, and also expressed their disappointment at the fact that the statue of Christopher Codrington still remains standing within the college. By allowing the Codrington statue to remain in place the College is unable to fully stand in solidarity with Black communities both here and in the Carribean. It also shows a failure to truly comprehend the full extent of the dehumanisation, exploitation and trauma on which the College’s wealth stands. The efforts to repair past damages with current studentships offered to students in Barbados are undermined by their continued commitment to upholding the statue and the lack of direct reparations. Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has written to the Warden of All Souls College to ask that the College pays reparations to the country. Mr Browne said that the College had benefited from profits earned by enslaved labour on the islands. Image: Andrew Shiva / CC BY-SA 4.0 Mr Browne’s letter suggested to Sir John Vickers, Warden of All Souls, that the College should “repay its debt to enslaved persons on Antigua and Barbuda, who were the real source of benefit to all souls.” The proposed reparations would take the form of the creation of a scholarship to the college for “eligible Antiguans and Barbudans”, and donations to the Five Islands (Antigua) campus of the University of the West Indies”. “It is positive to hear that the college has responded and agreed to investigate academic initiatives relating to the Codrington legacy and reach conclusions in the coming academic term. We sincerely hope that the college chooses to take action and pay reparations where they are owed. Back in November 2020, after All Souls announced that they will be preserving the statue of Codrington, Common Ground responded to say that we believe the College needs to go beyond acknowledgment if it truly wants to express its ‘abhorrence of slavery’ and stand in solidarity with those affected by colonial injustice. We feel that paying direct reparations to Antigua and Barbuda would be a step in the right direction for All Souls on the way to truly facing up to the atrocities on which the foundations of the College are built.” The College’s library was constructed with a £10,000 endowment from Christopher Codrington, which is now worth around £1.7 million. Codrington owned 900 acres of land on Antigua, the larger and more mountainous of the two islands which make up the country. The smaller island of Barbuda, now famous for its pink sand beaches beloved by Princess Diana, was inherited from his father, who secured a lease of the island at no cost in 1685. His sugarcane plantations were tended by enslaved people. The use of enslaved labour on the island was not stopped by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, although the island’s enslaved population were still emancipated at that time. After Christopher Codrington’s death in 1710, the owners of his Barbuda plantations were compensated with a payment of £8,823. 8s. 9d under the Slave Compensation Act 1837 for the loss of 411 enslaved persons. The UK Treasury was still making payments under this act until 2015. The Office of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda has been approached for comment.last_img read more

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SOUTHWEST INDIANA CHAMBER HOSTS THE ANNUAL MEETING & DINNER

first_imgSOUTHWEST INDIANA CHAMBER HOSTS THE ANNUAL MEETING & DINNERFEATURING  WALTER MCCARTY & YEARLY BUSINESS AWARDSEVANSVILLE, Ind. The Southwest Indiana Chamber will host the Annual Meeting & Din­ner from 5 pm to 8 pm at Old National Events Plaza.Annual Meeting & Dinner signifies the change in board leadership. We celebrate successes of the past year, look ahead to a new year and honor local business and their leaders. At this signature event, awards are pre­sented to the most outstanding businesses and individuals of the year including Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year. This event attracts Chamber Members, elected and appointed officials, key community leaders and our strategic partners. This event is the largest Chamber networking event of the year.This year we are very pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be UE men’s head basketball coach Walter McCarty. New this year! An online silent auction will be available for participation to benefit the Southwest Indiana Chamber Foundation.Gold Sponsor: Vectren; Silver Sponsors: BKD CPA’s & Advisors, Deaconess, Old National Bank and 106.1 KISS FM, My 105.3 WJLT, 99.5 WKDQ, News Talk 1280 WGBF-AM, 103 GBFAbout Southwest Indiana ChamberSince 1915, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has been a trusted ally of the regional business community. Today we are one of the state’s largest, strongest, and most impactful nonprofit business organizations, representing a total membership of more than 1,500 businesses, organizations, and agencies. About one-third of members have invested in our organization for 10 or more years. While nearly all major employers in our region invest in the Southwest Indiana Chamber, 71% of our member businesses have 25 or fewer employees.Learn more about the Chamber, our members, and the Southwest Indiana regional business community at www.swinchamber.com. 318 Main St., Suite 401, Evansville, IN 47708.# # #FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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“LIVING OUTSIDE THE BOX”

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare “LIVING OUTSIDE THE BOX”Joe Wallace is the author of the forthcoming book called Living Outside the Box that took its inspiration from a series of situations where thinking outside the box never lead to action. Finally, in a moment of frustration, Joe uttered the words “what good does it do to think outside the box if you don’t have the courage to live outside the box?”   The title and the idea of this book were born with that statement.Excerpt from Chapter 2: Eternal Awareness“Some people seem to have an insatiable curiosity about what is going on around them.  Others are content to go with the flow and avoid the exercise of learning what makes their surroundings tick and more importantly what are the opportunities from the improvement that are literally right under one’s nose. The level of curiosity that a person has is directly proportional to the number of opportunities to enjoy life to the fullest or identify things within a particular region or ecosystem that are in need of improvement.The origins of entrepreneurship are the ideas and perspectives that people have and then act upon to create changes that often have profoundly positive economic or social outcomes. These outcomes can range from businesses that create wealth through solving problems by offering solid solutions to existing problems to elegant services that make human life better.Ideas and perspectives germinate in the minds of acutely aware individuals during the day to day activity of living. By the powers of observation and through a healthy feeling of discontentment with the status quo, curious visionaries identify potential solutions to society’s problems. When these visionaries have ambition, drive, and access to capital, sometimes they become entrepreneurs. When their ideas become successful products and services, the entrepreneurs and their communities can accumulate wealth and enhance the quality of life.”Author Bio:Joe Wallace is CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership that operates the Palm Springs Innovation Hub where he also serves as the founding Managing Director. Wallace entered the world of mentoring entrepreneurs and businesses serving as the founding President and CEO of the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville and Innovation Pointe where entrepreneurship was the prime focus. Joe’s work has been honored with the CSU San Bernardino’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award, the R & D Top 100 Award, the Clean Air Award, and the Indiana University Growth 100 Award along with many others.  Over his career, Joe has been recognized as a creative leader who is not afraid to live his life outside the box.  Wallace was graduated from Stanford University with an MS in Mechanical Engineering and has earned technical certifications from both Harvard and MIT. With over 10 start-up businesses and experience mentoring over 100 others, Joe enjoys a reputation of a person with a depth of technical knowledge who applies common sense solutions that work to business and life.EDITORS NOTE: We highly recommend if your a CEO of a developing corporation this book is a must read for you middle and upper echelon management team!Joe’s book is extremely insightful and intellectually based.last_img read more

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Senators Braun, Sinema, Rick Scott, & Coons Introduces Student Loan Tax Elimination Act

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare CONTACT:Senator Braun: [email protected] Sinema: [email protected] Scott: [email protected] Coons: [email protected] Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Student Loan Tax Elimination Act of 2019, which removes the “origination fee” adding unnecessary debt to student borrowers’ overall student loan costs.“Student loan origination fees are nothing more than a hidden tax that burdens students,” said Senator Mike Braun.  “This legislation is a step forward and offers one solution to addressing our broken higher education system that fails to put students first.”“Education was my key to opportunity. Our bill eliminates burdensome federal student loan fees, helping Arizona families better afford college and increasing opportunities available to Arizona students,” said Senator Kyrsten Sinema.Senator Rick Scott said, “Our students deserve every opportunity to graduate college and pursue successful careers without mountains of debt. Throughout my time as Governor, I focused on keeping college costs low so every Floridian could get an affordable education. In Florida, we’ve held the line on tuition for six years straight and increased the transparency of education expenses. Now, I’m proud to build on these efforts by supporting the Student Loan Tax Elimination Act so more students can afford a great education and pursue their dreams.”“The cost of college places an ever-increasing burden on a growing number of Americans. In Delaware, 62 percent of bachelor’s degree students have student debt, and that debt averages more than $34,000 per person. I’m proud to support this measure to reduce the student loan burden for students in Delaware and across the country,” said Senator Chris Coons.BACKGROUND:Student Loan Tax Elimination Act: “The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to loans made under part D of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087a et seq.) for which the first disbursement of principal is made, or, in the case of a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan, the application is received, on or after July 1, 2019.”Origination fees are 1 percent for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and 4 percent for all Direct PLUS Loans where the fees offset subsidies to lenders.  “The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, specifies a loan origination fee of 1 percent for all Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and a fee of 4 percent for all Direct PLUS Loans for both parent borrowers and graduate and professional student borrowers. Origination fees are adjusted annually due to sequestration.  Origination fees are a relic of the bank-based guaranteed student loan program, a program where the fees offset subsidies to lenders that no longer originate such loans.”  (National Association of Student Financial Administrators, Accessed 05/31/19)Student loan origination fees send $1.7 billion to the federal government. “Student loan origination fees, the hidden student loan tax, generated a staggering $1.7 billion in revenue for the federal government in the award year 2017-18, and $8.3 billion over the past five award years.”  (National Association of Student Financial Administrators, Accessed 05/31/19)The average undergraduate student pays $294 and the average graduate student pays $1,174 in origination fees. “The average undergraduate borrower in a four-year program will pay an estimated $294 in origination fees and associated interest if enrolled in a standard 10-year repayment plan, while the average graduate student in a two-year program pays about $1,174 in fees and interest on that fee if repaying over 10 years.” (National Association of Student Financial Administrators, Accessed 05/31/19)last_img read more

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TROPICANA EVANSVILLE ANNOUNCES 22nd ANNUAL CHARITY TOURNAMENT

first_img Since 1996, Tropicana Evansville has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season in Indiana by hosting charity slot and blackjack tournaments at the casino in the month of December. These tournaments are unique in that players’ entry fees are either a new toy valued at $10 or more, or $10 or more in cash. The generosity of Tropicana Evansville’s players is exhibited through the many toys collected and money donated. This year’s tournaments will be held Monday, December 4 through Thursday, December 7.REGISTRATION WITH TOYSBegins Monday, December 4 at 8AM in the Tropicana Evansville Hotel Lobby. REGISTRATION WITH CASHBegins Monday, December 4 at 11AM in the Casino Tournament Area.All proceeds benefit two Evansville area organizations, Salvation Army’s Toy Town and Santa Clothes Club. Tropicana Evansville has a 21-year history with both organizations and has donated more than 21,899 toys ($218,990 value) and $42,280 to assist them in their efforts over the years. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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GARRET MATHEWS PRESENTS “SANDRA’S STORY” A TWO ACT DRAMA/COMEDY

first_imgGARRET MATHEWS PRESENTS “SANDRA’S STORY” A TWO ACT DRAMA/COMEDY“Sandra’s Story” is a two-act drama/comedy that examines urban poverty through the eyes of a precocious 10-year-old girl. Only one child in Sandra’s class does not qualify for the free-lunch program. Few caregivers graduated high school. Many have problems with drugs and alcohol.A dozen or so years ago, she invited me to volunteer at her fourth-grade class at Cedar Hall Elementary, an at-risk school in Evansville. It was truly an eye-opening experience. Many of her kids had never been to the mall or a ball game or a museum. So I took them, usually in groups of two or three. Occasionally I wrote metro columns (Evansville Courier & Press) about our adventures.Not only did Mindy welcome me into her classroom, she facilitated our excursions by clearing the way with the children’s caregivers.While “Sandra’s Story” is a work of fiction, several things that transpired in Mindy’s classroom and on our little field trips are in the play.I dedicate this production to Mindy, and educators like her in the ongoing struggle to impart knowledge and wisdom to their young charges when the home front isn’t always what it should be.Toni Schaperjohn directs “Sandra’s Story.” Jasmine Withrow is stage manager.The eight-person cast includes veteran performers Rick Kersting, Candi Vincent, Mark Atchison and Jim Hunter.Show dates are March 18, 7 p.m.; March 19, 7 p.m.; March 20, 2 p.m.; March 24, 7 p.m.; March 25, 7 p.m.; March 26, 7 p.m.  at Studio 321 on the East Side near Eastland Mall.  Evansville-area agencies that work with at-risk young people have been invited to set up informational booths in the theater lobby. EDITORS NOTE:  Garret Mathews is retired from writing the metro column for The Evansville Courier & Press. He came to the newspaper in 1987 after writing for the Bluefield (W.Va.) Daily Telegraph for 15 years. He penned more than 6,500 columns on subjects ranging from mail-order brides and Appalachian snake-handlers to a female bootlegger from Western Kentucky who was still selling wine and beer on the sly at 91. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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This Week at USI

first_imgSTUDENT EVENTSA collection of events on campus and in the community sponsored by USI student organizations can be found on the USI events calendar by clicking here. Below is a list of events and activities happening in and around the USI community in the coming weeks:2 p.m. Wednesday, August 28Student Involvement FairThe University of Southern Indiana will host its annual fall Student Involvement Fair at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 28 on the Quad, weather permitting. This is an opportunity for departments, student organizations and community groups to introduce themselves to the USI student body. More InformationOpen through Friday, September 6; Reception at 2 p.m. Friday, September 6Visiting art professors Amanda Smith and Tonja Torgerson showcase their paintings and prints at USIThe University of Southern Indiana Art and Design department presents the exhibition Converters: Work by Amanda Smith and Tonja Torgerson, on display through Friday, September 6 at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries on the USI campus. Amanda Smith is a painter and assistant professor of art at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Tonja Torgerson is a printmaker and visiting assistant professor at Indiana University. The public is invited to the free reception for the exhibit from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries. Read More FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img SAVE THE DATERegistration closes Tuesday, October 15; Race is Saturday, November 2Registration now open for the 18th annual Norwegian Foot MarchThe 18th annual Norwegian Foot March, an intense mental and physical challenge, will take participants 18.6 miles through the rolling hills of Evansville’s west side. Carrying a 25-pound rucksack, participants will begin and end on the USI campus, working to make it back to the finish line generally in under four and a half hours depending on age and gender. ROTC cadets, soldiers and veterans, as well as civilians, may register individually or as part of a four-member team. Registration can be completed online or by calling USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989. Early registration is recommended, as the event sells out quickly. ROTC cadets from any school can register for $25 and all other participants can register for $45. Registration will close on October 15 or when the event is full at 500 participants. More Informationlast_img read more

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Going forward Weehawken High School’s 2017 grads pursue their futures far…

first_img ×  1 / 2  Daniel Sanchez will study biomedical engineering at Yale University.  2 / 2  From left to right: Weehawken High School graduates Kathleen Dewan, Northwestern University; Grace Denfeld, Thomas Jefferson University; Isabel Jaffoni, Georgia Tech; Gauthier Dunan, CUNY Baruch College; Kamil Rahhali, Georgia Tech; Kenzi Fukuda, Babson College; Nicole Primero, Boston College; Gabriela Carrera, Pitzer College; Jaimie Pineda, Stevens Institute of Technology; and Daniel Sanchez, Yale University. ❮ ❯ 1 / 2  Daniel Sanchez will study biomedical engineering at Yale University.  2 / 2  From left to right: Weehawken High School graduates Kathleen Dewan, Northwestern University; Grace Denfeld, Thomas Jefferson University; Isabel Jaffoni, Georgia Tech; Gauthier Dunan, CUNY Baruch College; Kamil Rahhali, Georgia Tech; Kenzi Fukuda, Babson College; Nicole Primero, Boston College; Gabriela Carrera, Pitzer College; Jaimie Pineda, Stevens Institute of Technology; and Daniel Sanchez, Yale University. ❮ ❯ From Illinois to Georgia, from Massachusetts to California, the Weehawken High School Class of 2017 is pursuing its education further away from home than ever before.“This year’s class applied to colleges in many more states than in previous years,” said Francesca Amato, Weehawken school district’s director of academic affairs and innovation. “They are expanding their horizons. We’re encouraging them to not be afraid.”center_img Amato should know. A teacher for two years, a guidance counselor for 10, and a curriculum chief for the past two years, Amato has helped guide most of the Class of 2017 to their graduation day. She credits, in part, the college fairs held by the district since March 2016 for the greater inspiration.“They are being exposed to more options than previous classes,” Amato said.But exposure to more options isn’t the whole story. The Class of 2017 is especially driven, Amato said. “The students in this particular class have been very competitive from the get-go, and especially hard-working ever since they got to seventh grade,” Amato said. “This class has always been trying very rigorous courses.”Increased Advance Placement classesAdvanced Placement (AP) classes offered to Weehawken High School students have nearly doubled from 16 during 2015-2016 to 31 in the 2016-2017 academic year, when the school administered 240 AP exams to 112 students.“These students are very dedicated, and have always challenged themselves,” said Amato. “They have a great amount of grit: When they’ve tried something and have encountered hardships, they’ve persevered.”In May, the Washington Post named Weehawken High School to its list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” which ranks the top 12 percent of high schools in the nation.“We set a district goal to increase AP Exam participation by 10 percent and we saw an increase of 83 percent,” Board President Richard Barsa said.Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Zywicki said, “We’re developing a ‘culture of risk,’ in which our students feel supported enough to take on the challenge of college-level work while still in high school.”Given the amount of AP classes the graduating seniors have taken, it would be hard to believe that they have time left for extracurriculars. But somehow, Weehawken High students make time for activities. “It’s true that it’s always best give a busy person more work to do, because they always get it done,” Amato said, referring to the comedienne Lucille Ball quotation, If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. “Being busy helps the students learn time-management skills, and how to prioritize.”The studentsBoston College-bound Nicole Primero certainly knows how to prioritize. Having taken a whopping 10 AP classes, she also recently won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Scholar/Athlete Award. To earn that honor, students must maintain a high grade point average while excelling at sports. “I didn’t know about it until I won it,” Primero said. The senior is a standout cross-country; basketball, softball and tennis.Daniel Sanchez, who will be studying biomedical engineering at Yale University, is also bracing himself for a less congenial environment than he’s enjoyed at Weehawken High School. “I will be going to school with sons of politicians and super-rich people,” he said. “It’s not that it makes me uncomfortable, but I will be a little different from them. I’ll be in a different world.” Sanchez is nothing if not persistent, though. He has taken nine AP classes, and in October, 2016, broke the record for the 5K for Weehawken High School. He’s played on the school’s soccer; baseball; track and field and cross country teams; played tenor sax, baritone sax, and clarinet for the Weehawken High School Marching Band; served about 140 hours in Peer Leadership, and appeared in every school musical save one, when he injured his leg playing aforesaid sports.Kamil Rahhali will major in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech, rated the number 1 school for that field by U.S. News & World Report. “Biomedical engineering is the Liberal Arts of engineers,” Rahhali said. At Georgia Tech, he will learn how to modify the DNA of single-cell organisms to serve a particular purpose, such as dissolving plastic, or detecting a poison in a water supply. “I had a definite interest in this since I was pretty young,” Rahhali said. “Even in third grade at Roosevelt, I knew I wanted to be a scientist, and genetics fascinated me.” Seeing the film, “Jurassic Park,” didn’t hurt, either.Taking two biology courses with Weehawken High School science teacher Theresa Milos, Rahhali said, “further developed my knowledge of and reaffirmed my interest in biology. I enjoyed her class in general and her as a teacher.” Rahhali credits his classmates with his academic success. “My classmates helped me push myself. I was really driven because I was surrounded by the best students, and we pushed each other to strive for higher aims,” Rahhali said. The fact that Georgia Institute of Technology is 870 miles from Weehawken is itself alluring. “It’s exciting,” Rahhali said. “It feels like traveling and exploring new places is part of my life, and it is something that I will continue doing;: engaging in new cultures and new experiences.”Gauthier Dunan, who will attend CUNY Baruch College in New York City, is returning to a city where he says he underachieved as a student. “The teachers in New York City weren’t as supportive or as connected to the students as the teachers in Weehawken High School are,” Dunan said. “The school system here as a whole is very welcoming. That’s pretty much what turned me around. I wasn’t such a good student before, and Weehawken helped me get back on track. Because it’s such a small school, it helped me create closer bonds with everyone: students, teachers and staff.”Dunan says that, along with its supportive teachers, it was the high school’s academic rigor that finally fired up his interest. “Sophomore year turned me around. It came to a point I knew I could do better, and I wasn’t pushing myself enough, so I decided to take action. And, the courses became more challenging so they engaged me more.” With the confidence that the Weehawken experience gave him, Dunan is ready for New York City again. “I’m kind of excited about it,” he said.Dunan has taken seven AP classes. While at Weehawken High School, he played on the soccer team; was a member of the Science Club as well as the Chess Club; served in Peer Leadership; and as an editor on the yearbook staff. Despite having studied ancient Greek philosophy and rhetoric during the last two summers at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, he is planning on a career in finance.last_img read more

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Re: Sexual aggression at the workplace

first_imgDear Editor:The Outing in Hollywood of producers, directors, actors by survivors of this alleged sexual misconduct is freeing to all people who are and were subject to it.The survivors weren’t carrying this burden and secret any longer. The alleged perpetrators didn’t have power over them any longer. I say hurrah for their bravery and their courage. Let’s all stand together with the survivors.Regards,Renee Wallacelast_img

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ALBA, JOSE A.

first_imgFuneral services have been held for Jose A. Alba. He passed away Dec. 12 at the Alaris at Harborview, Jersey City, after battling a long illness. Jose was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and he settled in Hoboken in the late 1970s. He worked for many years at the Tennico Manufacturing Company in Carlstadt. Jose is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mrs. Rosa Alba; also his son, Port Authority Detective Lieutenant Jose F. Alba, also his grandchildren, Michael Alba, Joseph Alba, Jose Alvarado, and Adrian Velez. He will also be sorely missed by his devoted family in the Dominican Republic, especially his sisters Cila Alba and Elijia Alba.Services arranged by the Lawton Funeral Home, Hoboken.last_img read more

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GALLO, JOSEPH

first_img88, of Bayonne, passed away on June 28, 2018 at home. Joseph was born in Bayonne and resided there lifelong. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years Rosina (Valerioti) and daughter Margaret. He is survived by his son Louis and his wife Linda. Brother of Giro and the late Louis. Brother-in-law of the late Anthony Valerioti, Vincent Valerioti, Dominick Valeriioti, Antoinette Valerioti, Madeline Valerioti and Mildred Valerioti. Uncle of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many cousins and friends. Funeral arrangements by GREENVILLE MEMORIAL HOME, 374 Danforth Ave., Jersey City.last_img read more

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The Bayonne Youth Soccer Association Girls U11 Lightning soccer team wins…

first_imgThe Bayonne Youth Soccer Association Girls U11 Lightning soccer team has done it again. This is the third season in a row they have won their Northern Counties Soccer Association flight.The Lightning team went 8-1-1 in league play scoring a league best 37 goals led by Gracey Iszczyk with 20 goals. The team only allowed 12 goals the entire season behind a 5 game shutout performance by the goalie, Katie Mulcahy.The Lighting team is coached by Joe Galano with Assistant Coach Sal Gaetani.last_img

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Rapha Wellness Center opens in Bayonne

first_imgBayonne Mayor James M. Davis will preside at a ribbon cutting for Rapha Wellness Center’s grand opening at 2 p.m. on March 29, 2019. The event is free and open to the public.Dr. Hanna has been practicing in the Bayonne area since 2010, treating patients suffering from acute and chronic pain due to orthopedic and neurologic conditions and sports-related injuries. In 2013, he founded the Ignite Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in Bayonne.Rapha Wellness Center is a unique facility where leading physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, a chiropractor, and a dietitian work together to provide patients every type of scientifically proven treatment they need in one place.In many cases, several different factors contribute to pain and mobility issues, from injury, illness, and surgery to aging or a change in weight. Rapha Wellness Center offers multiple forms of therapy to address all of them with the right therapy at the right time to ensure an effective recovery.Rapha Wellness Center offers free consultations. Patients can schedule appointments or get more information by calling 888-NJ-RAPHA or 201-455-6691, emailing [email protected], or visiting raphawellness.com. Adults and children in the Gateway Region who suffer from chronic pain or behavioral, physical or occupational conditions have a new place for healing that goes deeper than any one therapy or approach.Rapha Wellness Center is a new, 4,500-square-foot adult and pediatric physical therapy and healing wellness center in Bayonne founded by Rimoun Hanna, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Its professional staff offers physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory intergration therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, cryotherapy, weight management, medical and sports massage, and sauna therapy.last_img read more

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Mario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant Returns After 17 Months of Sandy Repairs

first_imgMario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at 1510 Bay Avenue in Ocean City is back open after a year and half of repairs from Superstorm Sandy.Mario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant on Bay Avenue near 15th Street in Ocean City reopened Thursday (March 27).Superstorm Sandy flooded the popular neighborhood restaurant on Oct. 29, 2012, and the owners have been dealing with insurance claims, repairs and renovations for a year and a half.“Sandy — I don’t like the name any more,” co-owner Guiseppe Cannuscio said on Thursday morning after City of Ocean City and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce leaders helped cut a ceremonial to mark the long-awaited  reopening. “We made it. We didn’t give up.”Bay Avenue in front of the restaurant is detoured for a county road construction project, but local traffic to the restaurant is permitted. Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook __________last_img read more

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Hundreds Race in Ocean City For Cure to Crohn’s Disease

first_imgEmily Kropp, left, who vacations in Ocean City, and her best friend, Megan Fant, participate in the Guts and Glory 5K Run-Walk in Kropp’s honor. She suffers from Crohn’s disease and has raised more than $32,000 for a cure. By Maddy VitaleEmily Kropp was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease, when she was just a child. More than 30 years later, she still fights the ailment, which is under control at the moment.Instead of concentrating on her own struggles, Kropp, of Philadelphia, helps others by raising funds for research in hopes of finding a cure.Over the last nine years she and her team, “Team Tummy,” have raised $32,000 through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and that number keeps growing.On Sunday morning, Kropp, the 2018 “Honored Hero” for the foundation, gave opening remarks at the 24th annual Guts and Glory 5K Run-Walk in Ocean City benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.Participants start the run/walk geared up in their team shirts.“This is a very special day for me,” Kropp, 40, who summers in Ocean City, shouted into the microphone.  “I look forward to this day. It shows how a small community comes together.” The event serves as a fundraiser for the charity and is also a meeting place for people to connect with others suffering from irritable bowel disorders, according to the CACF.Before the start of the race, Carly Presnell, development director for the foundation, addressed the crowd.“You are our heroes. You are the reason we gathered here today. You all empower, inspire, connect us to our mission to raise funds for a cure,” Presnell said to applause “We admire your strength and perseverance.”Carly Presnell, development director for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, gives opening remarks before the race.Hundreds of runners and walkers lined up at the intersection of Haven Avenue and 18th Street for the start the race wearing team shirts that read: “Jogging Josh,” “Team Tummy” and “Got Guts.”Kropp and her best friend, Megan Fant, walked side by side.Kropp was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of eight and has had her battles with the uncomfortable, sometimes debilitating disease.Medicine, she said, keeps it under control. Her disease is considered stable, but she suffers from flareups.“I feel very lucky I have had such wonderful healthcare,” Kropp said.Runners are triumphant as they cross the finish line.Kropp may have grown weary from going to doctors throughout her life, but it is also how she found her calling, she said.She is a nurse in the oncology department at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOPS).“I was exposed to a lot of nurses as a kid, and it sounds cliché, but it is the silver lining in all of this,” Kropp said. “I found my passion.”Kropp’s friend Fant said one of the things that makes Kropp so special is that through all of the health struggles, she never complains. “She is such an inspiration,” Fant said, while walking with Kropp for “Team Tummy.”Rhondell Domilici, director of advancement and volunteer engagement for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, said there are between 1.6 million and 3.1 million patients suffering from irritable bowel disease nationwide.“A lot of people suffer in silence,” Domilici said. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was 12. Like Kropp, Domilici credited advancements in medicine to help her manage the disease. But there is a lot more that could be learned about the disease, which would help to hopefully find a cure, she added. Teams race for their family members who suffer from Crohn’s disease.“There is a plethora of medications and new options,” Domilici said. “Other than finding a cure, we are hoping to be able to personalize the treatment approaches with a couple of lab tests rather than patients trying different drugs to see if they work.”Domilici said medical experts have found a correlation between Crohn’s disease and genetics. Stress, diet and viruses are also the culprits in the ailment that is most prevalent in the United States, Canada and Europe.Paul Gellar, director of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, said roughly 90,000 people suffer from the disease throughout the region.“The growth is incredible,” Gellar noted of the disease diagnosis being on the rise in the area. Some people didn’t participate in the event but were there to support their loved ones who did.Bob McArthur runs for two family members with the disease.Allison Spiro, of Red Bank, and Emma Johnson, of Hopewell Township in Mercer County, watched as their friend ran in support of a friend’s daughter who has Crohn’s disease.“We are here to show our support,” Spiro said. “Everyone knows someone with the disease.”For more information or to donate visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation at www.CCFA.org.last_img read more

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IAWS INVESTS in Scottish training academy

first_imgIAWS Foods UK – the company behind Cuisine de France, Delice de France and La Brea Bakery – has reinforced its commitment to the Scottish market by locating its latest baking academy in Bellshill near Glasgow.The facility, which launched last month, has been designed to become a centre of training and development excellence for all IAWS staff, as well as for its foodservice and retail customers. Incorporated into an existing building at IAWS Foods’ premises in Bellshill, the new academy accommodates the full range of baking and bake-off facilities. Specialist instruction covers all IAWS products, including those sold under the Delice de France, Cuisine de France, Hiestand and La Brea Bakery banners. The aim, says IAWS, is to “ensure that everything, from quality French and artisan breads to Viennoiserie, patisserie and desserts, will be baked to perfection every time”. Attendees are guided on everything from storage to presentation of the company’s products, including merchandising and point of sale. It is in the best commercial interests of both IAWS and its customers to have the company’s products prepared and presented in the best possible light, comments IAWS Foods UK MD Stephen Silvester.Tailor-made trainingHe also emphasises that tailor-made training programmes will be available through the academy. These will cover, for example, baking guidelines; new legislation; product preparation, including use of equipment; storage methods; temperature control; and hygiene. The £250,000-plus project at Bellshill has also involved the development of on-site offices, meeting rooms and storage capacity. The expansion programme has led to further recruitment within the sales, operations and baking academy functions. According to Mr Silvester, workforce numbers have risen from 10 to 60 since IAWS established its presence in Bellshill a decade ago. “The academy will help grow the volume of our business and, by implication, more jobs will come with that,” he adds.It was in the mid-1990s that IAWS Foods established its first academy in Britain – in Southall, London – and another was created several years later at IAWS’ Stone premises in Staffordshire. The new facility at Bellshill, which is capable of training up to a dozen people at one time, has incorporated the best features of the other two, according to Mr Silvester. “It was logical for us to open our third academy in Bellshill,” he comments. “Scotland is the fastest-growing region for IAWS Foods UK – our products have been very well received there and the market is growing. We have made a commitment of manpower and money to Scotland, and the academy is part of that.” With a core range of some 800 products, the group also has products that are unique to the Scottish market, he adds.The opening ceremony at Bellshill was performed on November 10 by local MSP Michael McMahon in front of some 150 guests, including existing and prospective customers. However, several dozen people had already undergone training at the academy in the weeks leading up to its official launch. According to Mr Silvester, many thousands have now attended one or other of the company’s academies in the UK. “We get fantastic feedback from the customers, but also from the staff the companies send for training,” he observes. “We try to make it interesting, informative and very practical for them, with a little bit of humour involved too. Whenever we open a new account, we encourage customers to take up what we consider to be this unique proposition.”IAWS Foods UK’s three academies come under the remit of director of food standards Roger Banfield. An academy manager has yet to be appointed at Bellshill, but he or she will be supported by training and category development staff, whose role will include visiting customers’ premises and offering advice on, for example, presentation and merchandising.Irish connectionIAWS Foods UK is part of Dublin-based IAWS Group – a major food and agri-business concern with operations in Ireland, Britain, continental Europe, Canada and the US. Employing over 3,000 people, the group turned over more than e1,400m in the year to July 31, 2005. Food is the largest division within the group and encompasses brands such as Cuisine de France (retail), Delice de France (foodservice) and US-based artisan bread specialist La Brea Bakery. Divisional turnover in the 2004/05 period increased by 22.6% to just short of e900m, with sales in the UK improving by 13%. IAWS has launched La Brea Bakery in the UK over the last year. According to Mr Silvester, consideration is still being given to the possibility of introducing La Brea Bakery production capacity at its Stone facility in Staffordshire.Earlier this year, IAWS acquired the UK business of Swiss company Hiestand, which makes breads confectionary and savouries. These “niche, gourmet products” are proving particularly popular with hotels, notes Mr Silvester.last_img read more

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ADM bolsters delivery fleet

first_imgADM Milling (Brentwood, Essex) has wheat flour mills located around the UK and a technical centre in Avonmouth, Bristol. From these mills, the company supplies all the bakery and food manufacturing sectors, from multinational manufacturers to in-store bakeries, caterers and craft bakers.Primary products are a range of white, brown, wholemeal, cake and speciality flours, as well as an extensive range of bakery mixes, ingredients, bran and bakers’ sundries.ADM has recently made a major investment in new delivery vehicles, adding to its existing fleet. It can offer a delivery service ranging from bulk tankers several times a day down to bags stacked in the right place in the bakery.last_img read more

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Employment law: a balancing act

first_imgEmployment law is predominantly concerned with protecting the rights of wor-kers but it also recognises that businesses require flexibility from their employees. When it comes to changing terms and conditions of employment – and where there is a pressing need for business change – the law will not simply allow the employee to stay on their existing contractual terms forever. The need to allow changes to be made while protecting an employee’s contractual rights is seen as a “balancing act” by the courts. How this process works in action has been helpfully re-stated in the recent case of Scott & Co v Andrew Richardson. The case concerns a change to shift patterns. Scott & Co runs a debt recovery service in Scotland. Richardson was employed to collect debts by Scott & Co. He acted as a door-to-door operative (known as a sheriff officer) and he worked standard daytime hours, with occasional overtime in the evenings when required. A change in the way that debt recovery was carried out in Scotland encouraged Scott & Co to change employee hours in order to move onto a shift system. An emphasis on negotiating repayment, rather than seizing goods, meant that some employees regularly had to work an evening shift rather than doing overtime. Richardson objected to this change.The perils of unilateral change UK employment law doesn’t allow an employer unilaterally to impose changes to an employee’s contract of employment. Normally, any change requires the employee’s agreement. To secure this agreement, employers will normally consult with their employees over suggested changes.Where all else fails and a reluctant minority refuse to agree to a change, an employer can only implement the change by dismissing those employees and offering re-engagement on the new, amended terms. Of course, this approach carries inherent risks. Employees have no obligation to accept; they can choose to claim unfair dismissal instead and an employment tribunal will then have to rule on whether the dismissal, based on the employer’s reasons and approach, was fair or unfair. Such was the case with Richardson. In his view, the move by Scott & Co to a shift system was an excuse not to pay overtime. Although his colleagues largely accepted the proposed change, Richardson held out against it and was ultimately dismissed. The tribunal’s decisionAt the initial tribunal hearing, Richardson succeeded in his claim for unfair dismissal. Scott & Co said that there was a sound business reason for dismissal. Legally this fell into the fair category for dismissal known as “some other substantial reason”, a catch-all provision normally invoked where there is a genuine business need to implement a change that might otherwise result in an unfair dismissal. However, the tribunal disagreed, based on the circumstances. It found that there was no fair reason for dismissal. The employment appeal tribunal overturned that decision and re-emphasised the degree of discretion that an employer has when seeking to re-organise its business. It found that unless a decision to change terms and conditions is “trivial” or “whimsical”, an employer should normally be able to pass the initial stage of proving that there was a potentially fair reason for dismissal.When proving that potentially fair reason, an employer’s commercial discretion over its own business practices will be respected. It must be appreciated, however, that having made out a potentially fair reason for dismissal, an employer must go on to demonstrate that it acted fairly in all circumstances. This is a “balancing act” between the interests of employer and employee. The appeal tribunal went on to consider the factors from previous case law, which indicate whether a dismissal is reasonable in these circumstances. These are likely to include:the benefit to the employer from the changes;whether the dismissal could be considered reasonable in light of the number of employees who accepted the changes;(where relevant) whether a trade union accepted that the change was reasonable and was ready to recommend it. On this point the appeal tribunal decided that Richardson’s case should be sent back to another tribunal for reconsideration. As the consultation process adopted by Scott & Co had convinced Richardson’s colleagues to accept the change, then applying the guidance from the appeal tribunal, it appears that he might have some difficulty in winning his claim the second time around!Practical stepsIn light of the indications given above, how will an employer normally implement contentious changes to terms and conditions of employment? Normally, an employer will engage in a process of consultation to sell the change to employees. This consultation will commonly take place with employees and/or their representatives, allowing the sound business reasons for change to be presented to the workforce and any incentives offered for the change to be explained. Only when consultation is exhausted without full agreement would the remaining employees have their existing contracts terminated upon notice with an offer of re-engagement upon the revised terms. Clive Day is a solicitor at Eversheds LLP.last_img read more

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Hoshizaki

first_imgThe full range of Hoshizaki’s compact counter fridges and freezers are now available with drawers. Depending on storage requirements, doors and drawers can be supplied.The fridges and freezers are constructed entirely from solid stainless steel with 304-grade stainless steel interiors, promising long-term durability and efficiency, says the company.Temperatures are adjustable between +12°C and -6°C on the fridges and -7°C and -25°C on the freezers, allowing different types of storage.last_img read more

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Lamination for the nation

first_imgGerman bakery machine manufacturer Fritsch has revealed the latest addition to its range – the Fritsch Laminator 300. It has been designed for bakers who require automation and better quality in the production of dough sheets.The Laminator 300 is tailored for bakeries that produce between 200 and 1,000kg of dough per hour, and as much as 1,500kg during block production times. It has a net dough sheet width of 60cm and a maximum belt speed of six metres per minute. It can also be adapted to handle the production of puff pastry blocks as well as soft pre-proved dough for products such as ciabatta.[http://www.fritsch.info]last_img read more

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3663 adds to Whites

first_imgFoodservice company 3663 is adding a number of products to its Whites range. Three new pavé loaves – perene, walnut and multigrain – are based on a rustic-style French bread.They are suitable for sandwiches or to accompany soups. They need to defrost for 90 minutes at room temperature and are then baked for 11 minutes at 200?C. All are delivered in 9x450g packs.Whites has also added a Belgian chocolate cheesecake to its line-up. The cheesecake is sold frozen and is pre-cut into 14 portions. Each portion should be defrosted for two to three hours in a refrigerator at around 5ºC.[http://www.3663.co.uk]last_img read more

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Reporting in

first_imgAlex WaughDirector, nabimOver recent months we have all relaxed as, despite problems with the quality of the UK harvest, wheat prices have fallen from their peak levels of a year ago. Since early December, however, the wheat market has rebounded, moving up by 15-20%.What is going on?It boils down to a familiar story: markets tend to look forwards rather than backwards, and the future is uncertain. Although there was a record world wheat crop in 2008, plantings are lower for 2009. The International Grains Council estimates a fall of 1.6% globally, and trade estimates are for an 8% decline in the UK. So far, crops appear to have wintered well. However, in the southern hemisphere, Argentina is in the grip of a drought, which has reduced the overall harvest of many crops and reminded the market that supply and demand remain delicately balanced. Wheat stocks rose slightly after the 2008 harvest, but stocks of rice and maize remain at, or close to, record lows.Essentially, if there is a significant problem during the growing season for northern hemisphere crops, it is likely that there will again be a deficit in production. The sharp decline in the value of Sterling is also unhelpful, and has increased the cost of imports sharply since the autumn.That is why current quotations for new-crop (October/November) 2009 wheat are higher than today’s values. We can expect a nervous and volatile wheat market in the coming months, depending on the news about weather and crop conditions around the world. With luck, all will turn out well and prices will remain close to current levels. If things go awry, however, we had better be prepared for the return of higher prices, febrile markets and political intervention, as governments seek to secure food supplies.last_img read more

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Commoditisation danger for gluten-free breads

first_imgA leading gluten-free bakery supplier has warned that the category could become commoditised if supermarkets continue to push their own-label products.Nutrition Point which owns DS (dietary specials) bread and Trufree snacks and biscuits believes gluten-free faces a similar predicament to mainstream bread 10 years ago, before value and more diverse brands returned to the category. MD Chris Hook said there was already a nearly 70:30 split between own-label and brands, which was set to increase. Hook has refused to supply own-label products, while a few of the firm’s own products have even been delisted.”I’m beginning to feel a little bit vulnerable and am increasingly being expected to justify our existence,” he said. “We’re doing a lot of innovation, but the retailers say they want these products under own label why would I hand over the recipe and intellectual property rights?”Paddy Cronin, commercial director of United Central Bakeries, which produces both own-label and branded gluten-free bakery products, including the Genius range, said there was a place for both, as long as brands offered a point of difference. But he added that a degree of commoditisation could bring prices down. “Part of the problem is that production is in batch quantities, so you cannot get the same efficiencies as standard products.”Jeremy Woods, MD of Mrs Crimbles, had no plans to supply own-label. He said: “My job is to promote my brand and product range any category needs strong brands, as consumers want choice, and there’s still a role for them if you have good products.”last_img read more

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Fox’s makes crisp move on Rocky

first_imgFox’s Biscuits has added a new biscuit bar to its Rocky range. The new Rocky Crispy Crunch has been described by the firm as a “rugged and textured biscuit bar”, which is covered in milk chocolate and contains wafer and biscuits bits.It joins Rocky Chocolate and Rocky Caramel in a bid to drive further growth in the chocolate biscuit bar (CBB) sector.According to Fox’s CBBs command the largest share of the sweet biscuit market at 26% (Nielsen MAT to w/e 12.06.10).Rachel Moffatt, brands sector director for Fox’s, added: “Following its highly successful relaunch last year, the current Rocky portfolio continues to grow in popularity, up 6.5% Nielsen MAT to w/e 12.06.10, whichhas led to the development of Rocky Crispy Crunch.” The launch will be supported by in-store media, price promotions and PR activity.last_img read more

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Snow still causing problems in Scotland

first_imgAlthough much of the snow has melted in the south, bakeries in the north of England and Scotland have continued to struggle with the elements.“We are quite used to dealing with snow up here but the severity and duration of this recent blast has taken everyone by surprise,” said Lewis McLean of McLean’s Highland Bakery in Morayshire.“We had about 8-10 inches of snow in our car park, last week. Out of 130 staff only three did not make it into work, even one of those whose car slid off the road and crashed, made it to work the next day on the bus.”He added: “We’ve managed to help quite a few local shops by supplying them with extra stock as deliveries from the south had been running late or were stuck.” André Sarafilovic of Stephens Bakery in Dunfermline, commented: “Miraculously we are getting all of the products out and customers are buying everything they can get their hands on. “When this type of things happen it brings out real community spirit. A local farmer even came over without being asked and cleared our delivery yard – it’s amazing what people will do for a steakbridie!”last_img read more

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Probiotics reach UK baking industry

first_imgProbiotic bread and cakes could be on UK shelves within the year, potentially stealing share from dairy cabinets.Products containing traditional probiotics are usually in the chilled, short-life dairy category such as yoghurts, but US manufacturers have started adding probiotics to dry goods and Orlando Baking has just launched what it claims to be the first probiotic bread.Traditional probiotics good bacteria which can deliver health benefits have not been able to survive extreme temperatures, which meant baking or freezing foods containing the cultures was not possible. However, Ganeden Biotec’s new probiotic strain GanedenBC30 is a powder that claims to overcome these problems and can be used in products such as muffins, cereal bars and extruded products.UK-based ingredients firm Cornelius has recently started distributing GanedenBC30 in the UK and reports plenty of interest from bakery firms. “People are serious about using it,” said Joy Thomas, business manager, health and food, at Cornelius. “It shouldn’t be too long before a bakery product is launched.”last_img read more

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Maple Leaf fails to find buyer

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery has confirmed its closure within the next few months, as a deal with a potential buyer fell through to save its Walsall site, according to the Express and Star.The bakery manufacturer, which has been based on Raleigh Street since the 1800s, said it was in talks with a buyer last month during a 90-day consulation period to try and preserve the company’s longstanding history at the West Midlands location.However, a total of 236 employees felt the blow during the Christmas period as the company announced the buyout was not to go ahead, with the bakery due to close between February and March, reported the paper.The move has come despite the Canada Bread-owned Maple Leaf Bakery announcing a 3% increase in third-quarter profits in 2011.Paul Clipson, HR director at Maple Leaf Bakery, told British Baker last year that the business would be focusing on its speciality bread brands, such as The New York Bakery Co, for 2012, which helped accumulate more than £80m profits for the third quarter to 30 September 2011, compared to £78.2m in the previous year.last_img read more

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Governor Holcomb, First Lady test negative for COVID-19

first_img Twitter Governor Holcomb, First Lady test negative for COVID-19 (Photo supplied/State of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb and First Lady Janet Holcomb have tested negative for COVID-19.The Governor and First Lady began quarantining on Tuesday, Nov. 17, after several members of their security detail tested positive for COVID-19 and they were determined to be close contacts of the infected individuals.The couple received both an Abbott rapid test and a nasopharyngeal PCR test, and had negative results on both. They are doing well and are not experiencing symptoms.Per the advice of Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver, the Governor and First Lady will not be tested again unless they develop symptoms.They will continue their 14-day quarantine and can resume a normal schedule with masking and social distancing on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleSilver Alert for 12-year-old Elkhart girl has been cancelledNext articleMan hospitalized after being struck by vehicle in South Bend 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. Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 21, 2020 1 274 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

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Tis the season for house fires

first_img By Jon Zimney – December 16, 2020 0 151 Google+ Tis the season for house fires Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Pinterest (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) It’s the time of the year when you may be decking your halls with lights, or putting up a Christmas tree. But, it’s also the time of year when it gets a bit chilly, which means you may be lighting a fire or bringing out that space heater.“We do see an increase in fire and burn injuries related to decorations, and more cooking, and the heating appliances that people use,” said Director of Public Education with the National Fire Protection Association, Andrea Vastis, when asked about fires this time of year.She said a good rule of thumb to have is a 3 feet rule.“Keep your tree three feet away from a heat source, anything that can catch fire,” she said. “Keep those portable space heaters 3 feet away from curtains, or bedding.”That rule also applies to kids and pets when you’re cooking, in case they try to grab or bump anything onto a stove or open flame.Just last Saturday, a house on Greer Dell Road in Indy caught fire while a man was asleep on the couch, the smoke alarm woke him, and he was able to get out. He told the Indianapolis Fire Department he believes the fire started because of a space heater in the back bedroom.Then on Monday, a woman’s home caught fire. Kyrsten Doyle said it was because of a candle she left burning on her vanity. She was downstairs with her son when she noticed the smoke.“You have maybe two to three minutes to get out of a home,” Vastis said. “Unfortunately, today’s fabrics and furniture burn hotter and faster. Once that fire starts, once you hear the sound of that smoke alarm it is time to get out.”She shared a few tips on how to avoid fires this holiday season:Make sure your tree isn’t dryOnly use outside lights outsideMake sure none of the chords you’re plugging in have frayed wiresStand by your pan when cookingHave a meeting place outside your home in case of a fireDon’t run back insideCall 911 once you’re outside the home Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Facebook Previous articleU.S. Senate confirms Kirsch to replace Amy Coney Barrett on U.S. 7th Circuit Court Of AppealsNext articleFrontline Hoosier Guardsmen receive COVID-19 vaccination 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.last_img read more

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News story: New protection against identity fraud for company directors

first_imgCompany directors are twice as likely to be victims of identity fraud, research shows New laws will allow directors to remove their personal address from the company register whilst still ensuring transparency at Companies House Protection will help to ensure the UK continues to be one of the best places in the world to start a business – a key part of our Industrial Strategy Under the new laws, directors can replace their personal addresses with an alternative one, like a company address, where they can be contacted to ensure companies meet their legal requirements.Currently, personal addresses can only be removed when Companies House and the relevant authorities judge there is a serious risk of violence or intimidation as a result of the company’s work.The new laws will also ensure transparency in legal information as public authorities such as the police, the insolvency service and the pension regulator will still be able to access directors’ information, such as their personal address.The laws will come into force by the end of summer 2018. New laws to help protect company directors from identity fraud and personal harm will be introduced by the Government today (22 February).The new laws will enable company directors to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register on Companies House. Directors must still provide their business address as a legal requirement.This comes in response to reports that fraudsters are using this publicly available information to pose as company directors to buy products online. There are also concerns the information is leaving company directors vulnerable to violence and intimidation.They are twice as likely to be the victims of identity fraud, with company directors being victims in one in five recorded cases, according to research by fraud prevention organisation Cifas.These new regulations will also help to ensure people feel safe when setting up a new business by protecting directors from identity fraud.Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said:center_img Through our Industrial Strategy we have set our blueprint for ensuring we build on our reputation as one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. These new laws will protect new and existing business owners from potential harm and identity fraud, while ensuring we maintain our high standards of corporate transparency.last_img read more

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News story: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia’s visit, March 2018

first_img first joint executive committee on healthcare memorandum of understanding on clean energy United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia announces new deals in entertainment, sport and creative industries UK-Saudi Arabia partnership to boost livelihoods and economic development in poorest countries Foreign Secretary’s remarks alongside Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir the Prime Minister jointly hosts UK-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council inaugural meeting Announcements Find out more: Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia begins a new chapter. Saudi Arabia has also set out Vision 2030, a roadmap to open up the country’s economy over the next 15 years. This will provide opportunities for British businesses in sectors including education, entertainment and healthcare where they have world-class expertise. It also includes plans for Saudi Arabia to become a global investment powerhouse and the Crown Prince’s visit will help explore ways in which Saudi Arabia can build on its investment in the UK in sectors such as infrastructure.British Ambassador Simon Collis talks about the ties between our 2 countriesSaudi Crown Prince VisitMore about the Crown Prince’s visitOverview of the visit Crown Prince concludes his 3-day visit to the UK United Kingdom-Saudi Arabia Joint Communiquécenter_img His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman has visited the UK for the first time since he became Crown Prince in June 2017 and since Saudi Arabia started a major programme of domestic reforms. Saudi Arabia is amongst the largest political, diplomatic and economic power in the Middle East, and the visit ushered in a new era in our bilateral relations with one of our oldest friends in the region.Mohammed bin Salman visits the UKMbs visits the UKThe Crown Prince’s visit built on the Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia in November 2017. It will help to enhance our co-operation in tackling international challenges such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria. Introductory information Prime Minister Theresa May looks ahead to the visit Saudi reformer Mohammed Bin Salman deserves our support: Foreign Secretary’s articlelast_img read more

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News story: Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) Bulletin August 2018

first_img PCA Bulletin August 2018 This bulletin provides information relating to: the PCA’s initial response to the first Pubs Code compliance reports submitted by pub companies the PCA’s questionnaire for tied pub tenants on the Market Rent Only (MRO) option the publication of monthly MRO data by pub companies regulated by the Pubs Code a call to action to tied pub tenants on the issue of dilapidations the PCA’s new Intelligence and Compliance Manager the PCA’s tied pub tenant survey 2018 how to find out more about the Pubs Code and the role of the PCA 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. Request an accessible format. PDF, 153KB, 3 pageslast_img read more

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News story: Matt Hancock warns of dangers of social media on children’s mental health

first_img Mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated as such. I recognise there is concern amongst parents about the impact of social media on their children’s mental health so I am conducting a thorough evidence review and will draw up advice to help empower parents and provide clarity. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has issued an urgent warning on the potential dangers of social media on children’s mental health, stating that the threat of social media on mental health is similar to that of sugar on physical health.He confirmed that the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies, is reviewing the impact that excessive social media can have on children’s mental health.The CMO will draw up guidance to help parents ensure children don’t use social media in a way that harms their mental health.The guidance will include what age a child should be allowed to sign up to a social media account, and how often they should have access.The CMO’s review will also cover: cyberbullying online gaming where there is a social media aspect sleep problems problematic internet use, also known as ‘internet addiction’ Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said:center_img Dame Sally will publish interim findings from the review in December.Evidence shows that children who spend more than 3 hours using social networking websites on a school day are twice as likely to report high or very high scores for mental ill-health.The government has made children and young people’s mental health a top priority in the NHS, and is half way through a major programme to improve access to specialist NHS services, supported by £1.4 billion of funding.While the Health and Social Care Secretary welcomes the progress some social media companies have made, there is much more to do.Next year, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to launch an online awareness campaign to raise awareness of all existing information and tools for parents on limiting their children’s screen time.Matt Hancock is also continuing to engage with his ministerial colleagues at DCMS and the Home Office around their upcoming Online Harms white paper.The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said: Overwhelmingly technology is a force for good, but we are seeing more and more evidence that children using social media sites for hours on end each day is having a detrimental impact on their mental health. I want to empower parents to keep their children safe in the digital age which is why I’ve asked the Chief Medical Officer to draw up helpful guidance to allow them to make an informed choicelast_img read more

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News story: Automated design for a more efficient railway: apply for funding

first_img the competition opens on 22 October 2018 and the deadline for applications is at midday on 19 December 2018 a briefing event will be held on 1 November 2018 in London, where you can find out more about the competition and how to make a quality application total project costs must be between £50,000 and £200,000 projects can last between 6 months and one year businesses could get up to 70% of their costs All projects must show how they build on existing automated design technology and work in a simulated rail infrastructure design environment.Competition information Figures show that around 1.7 billion passengers use the UK’s railways every year. This number has more than doubled in the last 20 years – requiring innovative ways to design railway infrastructure that will support growth in future capacity.Working with Network Rail, Innovate UK has up to £300,000 for businesses with projects to fast-track automated design. The aim is to build safer and higher-capacity railway infrastructure, save money and improve services.Long-term planning and capacityPlanning for the long-term future of the UK’s railways involves navigating a complex range of systems.As well as crossing many different types of terrain and land uses, there are underlying considerations such as stock and track maintenance, bridges and tunnels. Importantly, planning must reflect passenger need.This competition is looking for ways to make automated design more efficient, allowing Network Rail to accelerate new designs, explore long-term performance and assess demand.Building on existing technologyThe competition is open to industrial research projects as well as experimental development projects that are closer to market.Projects should automate the design of at least one of the following: track layout overhead line electrification traction power supply system signalling systems other railway infrastructure not mentioned here Find out more about this competition and apply.last_img read more

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Speech: How we make public health fit for the future

first_imgSensible people, the British public – we should listen to them more often.I think what it proves to me is that if there is nannying to be done, then let’s do it really, really well, but as a child grows up, and transitions into adolescence and then adulthood, we must be crystal clear with them: they are active participants in their own health.And that’s exactly how we should treat them.I do not like the phrase ‘nanny state’, like some critics say, but what I do like is an active state with active citizens.So personalised prevention means the government, both local and national, working with the NHS, to put prevention at the heart of our decision-making.And we want to hear from you: your experiences, your ideas – the consultation on the prevention green paper runs until next month.Because for prevention to succeed, and improve the nation’s health over the next decade, everyone has a contribution to make.Making healthier choices for ourselves and our families – eating well, staying active, being smoke-free, and taking care of our mental health.Laying the foundations for good health throughout our lives.Investing in and building up that asset that will allow us to live happy, healthy, fulfilled lives.Only by working together can we achieve this vision.Only by treating health as a shared responsibility between an active state with active citizens.All of the constituent parts: local authorities, national government, the NHS, communities, individuals, everybody in this room, everybody who believes in the power of public health, playing their part.All of those marginal gains – that’s the margin of victory.That’s how we move from dealing with the consequences of poor health to promoting the conditions for good health.That’s how we finally make the NHS a National Health Service rather than a National Hospital Service.Because we’re all on the same team.We all want the same thing: a Team GB, that’s there for everyone, where every child can grow up healthy, where everyone is treated like an individual.That’s the future of public health, and that’s what I believe we can achieve if we work together. Good morning.What a wonderful theatre. It’s refreshing to be in a building where everything works – and everyone gets along.They tell me that when the construction work here is completed, the new Warwick Arts Centre will have more space, more facilities, and be more accessible – essentially it will be: bigger, better and fit for the future.Today, I’d like to talk to you about how we make public health fit for the future, what we need to do to build on our success – and we’ve had some huge successes that should be celebrated – but also the work we still need to do – the challenges and opportunities of the next decade.Because I believe the 2020s is going to herald a fundamental shift in how we think of health, especially public health: proactive, predictive, personalised prevention – that’s the future of public health.And, I’d like to start with the story of a great British victory against the odds – don’t worry this isn’t about Brexit – it’s the story behind Team GB’s complete and utter domination of elite cycling.Now, in 2002, the team had won just one solitary Olympic gold medal in its 76-year history.But over the next decade, they won 8 gold medals at 3 Olympics – they transformed British cycling from an international laughing stock to world leaders – everyone wanted to imitate.And they did it by the theory of marginal gains.Team GB worked out that if you broke down all the constituent parts that go into elite cycling, if you can improve each one by just 1%, then add it all together: that’s your margin of victory. That’s how you achieve success.Now, I use this example because the whole story of public health is one of marginal gains.We’ve always been driven by the data. And we must continue to be driven by the data and make decisions based on evidence whether it’s on sugar, vaccination or opioids – 3 things I will return to.But the other reason I use the example of cycling is because public health is also made up of so many constituent parts: national government, local authorities, the NHS, employers, and, most importantly, individuals.Of course, funding is important, and I will always fight for fair funding for health and social care, and I will always fight for local government, like I did in the Spending Round, because nobody knows your communities, and their needs, better than you.But public health is about so much more than just the public health grant: it’s about the whole system working together, and travelling in the same direction.Because the big stuff, the easier stuff, has been done: on smoking, on immunisation, on HIV – even on clean air.The only way forward is one of marginal gains, gradual improvements, hard-fought progress. So many of you have played a role in achieving these gains.Thanks to our concerted efforts on smoking – legislation and education – we now have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe.50 years ago, 1 in 2 adults smoked. Now, less than 1 in 6 adults smoke in England.Yet, for the 14% of adults who do still smoke, it’s the leading cause of illness and early death, and we know the less well-off you are, the more likely you are to smoke, exacerbating existing health inequalities.So how do we get that 14% closer to zero?Our prevention green paper has set an ambition for England to be smoke-free by 2030.Ten years to get people to give up cigarettes or switch to less-harmful alternatives.It’s a big ask, but I’m confident we can do it – through a proactive approach to prevent young people from taking up smoking, and through personalised support to help persistent smokers kick the habit.Personalised prevention: this must be the guiding principle of public health in the 2020s.And to achieve it we must harness the predictive power of genomics, and the data-crunching power of AI so we can get to people before they have a problem, so we can prevent bad luck or bad choices leading to bad outcomes.That’s the reason we’re going to review the NHS Health Check programme, not to scrap it or remove it, but to see how we can improve it, how we can use tech and data to target people more effectively. There has long been a debate about whether this programme is good value for money and what we are saying with this review is that we want to look at making sure the money we do spend is better targeted.Now, of course, when it comes to clean air, that’s a global challenge that requires a global response, and the UK has taken a global lead with the Clean Air Strategy we launched earlier this year: an ambitious, 25-year, cross-government plan to improve our health by improving our environment.But when it comes to the other 2 big public health challenges of the next decade – obesity and mental health – then personalisation, more targeted interventions and more tailored support is how we achieve those marginal gains.It’s how we succeed in our goal to help people live healthier, happier lives.And this is how we do it: starting in childhood – actually even before a child is born, genomics and AI can help us diagnose and treat rare diseases while they are still in the womb, so they are born healthy.We use predictive prevention to reach the parents who need help with infant feeding and nutrition.We use opt-in data from smart devices and wearables to identify which children need more help with physical activity, which children may be at risk of mental health problems.I know sometimes it sounds like I think technology and data is all that matters. But it only matters because we care about people. Better data and smarter tech can help us get to them faster, but tech can’t replace people. Face to face, human interventions will always be the most effective way to help young people, particularly with those children not lucky enough to be born into safe and loving homes.To give every child the best possible start in life we need to fundamentally change the way we think about health – it’s not a problem to patch up when things go wrong. It’s an asset, a foundation to build on, something to protect and nurture, something society must invest in for every child along with good housing, a strong economy, and well-paid work, because good health is what makes everything else in life possible.When we have it, we take it for granted. But when we don’t…As Health Secretary, I’ve met with many parents of seriously ill children and it’s clear there’s nothing more painful than seeing your child in pain. But what’s also at the forefront of those parents’ minds is all the opportunities their child is going to miss out on as they grow up – all the normal things we take for granted.If we can prevent ill health, if we can promote good health, then we give every child the chance to fulfil their potential in life.That must be our goal.That is both the challenge and the opportunity we face in public health over the next decade.So strong action to take excess calories, salt and sugar out of our children’s diets – like the successful sugar levy on soft drinks has done.Strong action against manufacturers and advertisers so they can’t bombard young brains with junk food messages.Tough action against social media companies and tech firms to remove suicide and self-harm content, and tackle the spread of anti-vaccination propaganda.And even tougher action to stop Britain’s opioid crisis becoming any worse – and I don’t use that word lightly. When 1 in 10 adults in England are on opioids, that’s a crisis.Of course, painkillers have an important role to play, but the first duty of public health must be to protect the public.We can’t afford to be complacent. We’ve all seen the devastation opioids have caused in America’s heartland.We can not let that happen here. It is our job to prevent this problem from escalating.So I’m extremely grateful for the PHE inquiry. Your recommendations, your evidence on painkillers and anti-depressants will inform the actions we take to tackle this head-on.The report published this week was very important and will mark a milestone in the attitude we take to over-medicalisation. The report was assured and based on evidence but also clear so that the public can understand. It backs up our own anecdotal evidence that there is a problem that must be tackled, and tackle it we will.So all of those things taken together – children’s diets, social media harms, anti-vax, opioids – should and are being led by national government, but that’s not going to be enough.We can’t tax and legislate our way out of childhood obesity.We certainly can’t tax and legislate away the mental health problems our young people face.They’re part of the armoury, yes, but they’re not a silver bullet.Because at the heart of it we’re talking about changing human behaviour. And if you want to change the way people act, then you need to understand the way people think.The Department of Health and Social Care has polled people across the country on prevention, from all age groups, from all backgrounds, so we can understand what the great British public think, and what they expect from us.And there were 2, clear, overriding messages: the overwhelming majority of people believe the responsibility for their health lies with them – the individual, not the state. I think this is a good thing and should underpin our approach – we must do more to empower people to look after their healthcenter_img that our efforts on prevention must be focused on childrenlast_img read more

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Intersnack buys KP Snacks business

first_imgUnited Biscuits has sold its KP Snacks business to Intersnack in a deal believed to be worth between £400m and £500m.In a joint announcement this morning (5 December), the biscuit manufacturer said the two companies had signed an agreement for the County Durham-based firm to acquire the snacks business for an undisclosed sum.The transaction is expected to be complete during the first quarter of 2013.The move means Intersnack will acquire such brands as McCoy’s, Hula Hoops, KP Nuts and Skips, as well as Phileas Fogg, Space Raiders, Nik Naks and Wheat Crunchies. In addition, the transaction includes KP’s UK manufacturing facility and a head office, among other assets.UB will retain ownership of its baked bagged snack brands manufactured in its biscuit factories, including Mini Cheddars and Twiglets.David Fish, group non-executive chairman at UB, said: “KP Snacks is an excellent fit into Intersnack’s existing operations. This exciting deal ensures the KP brands continue as part of a major European snacks business, which gives them the scale and support needed in a competitive marketplace. It also allows UB to concentrate its attention solely on continuing to develop and grow its baked biscuit and snack product range.”Maarten Leerdam, executive chairman, Intersnack, said: “We are very pleased to be teaming up with KP Snacks, which represents a strong and highly complementary fit with the Intersnack family of leading businesses throughout Europe. Intersnack is a strong believer in the power of iconic, local hero brands, and we aim to leverage these strengths for further expansion. As a privately-owned company, we operate our business with a long-term view. As such, the joint know-how of KP Snacks and Intersnack will drive the development of these iconic brands.”KP Snacks reported an annual turnover of £280m, as well as consistent top- and bottom-line growth over the last five years, and employs approximately 1,500 members of staff. British Baker reported on UB’s decision to separate the snacks business back in August, after the company steadily denied related rumours. Nick Bunker, formerly president of Kraft Foods UK/Ireland, was appointed as chief executive of KP Snacks in the same month.Intersnack is a European manufacturer of savoury snacks, producing such brands as Pom-Bear crisps.last_img read more

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FSA warns levels of cancer-chemical underestimated

first_imgThe level of public exposure to the cancer-inducing chemical acrylamide could be higher than previously thought, due to people ignoring manufacturer cooking instructions.According to research by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), public knowledge of acrylamide is poor and cooking instructions are often ignored or glanced over. This undermines previous estimations of acrylamide consumption, which are based on manufacture instructions being followed.Acrylamide forms when high-starch foods such as bread and biscuits are cooked. The concentration of the chemical increases with cooking length and temperature and the FSA advised bread should only be lightly toasted.It has been linked to nerve and reproductive system damage as well as cancer. However, the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) risk assessment, published 4 June, 2015, concluded concentrations in food only posed a cancer threat.There is no legal limit for acrylamide in food, though an EU limit of 0.1 μg/L exists for drinking water. European Commission (EC) ‘indicative values’ also exist for food groups considered to contribute most to dietary acrylamide exposure to advise manufacturers on acceptable levels in their products.The FSA said: “Reducing acrylamide levels in food will not be easy, as acrylamide forms naturally in some foods when they are cooked or heat-treated.“There are many variables that can impact on the final level of acrylamide in a given food, ranging from crop variety, storage conditions, agronomic factors, seasonal variation and then the processing or cooking conditions.”ReducedAccording to the report, acrylamide could be reduced by reducing the quantity of asparagine, an amino acid which turns into acrylamide during cooking, in food.The FSA suggested it could take a long time to develop low-asparagine crops but that countries which allowed genetic modification have an advantage. It said the USA had already developed and passed as safe a low-acrylamide producing genetically engineered potato.For the baking industry, reducing acrylamide in bread and toast might be made possible by asparagine-consuming strains of baker’s yeast. Canada-based Renaissance Ingredients has been selecting non-genetically engineered strains which it claims can reduce acrylamide levels in bread and toast by an average of 80%.last_img read more

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Essex flour miller ADM sets new world record

first_imgEssex-based ADM Milling appears to have smashed the world record for the fastest time to turn wheat into 13 loaves of bread. A seven-strong ‘field to loaf’ team successfully completed the challenge in 12 minutes 42.32 seconds – beating the previous record of 16 minutes and 30.83 seconds.The result is now pending authentication from the Guinness World Records.British Baker’s sales manager Sam White, who witnessed the event held in a field at Codhamhall in Brentwood, Essex this week, said: “The team only had two attempts at the record. The first one failed as they did not mill enough flour to produce 13 loaves, which had to be edible, so everyone was on tenterhooks the second time around.“We were delighted when they beat the record. A huge cheer went up.”The event, attended by 50 baking industry representatives, was held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.ADM partnered with the London hospital’s children’s charity earlier this year and aims to raise£100,000 to fund an enclosed isolation recovery bay in the hospital’s new post-anaesthetic care unit, due to open in 2017.VIDEO LINK: British Baker’s Sam ‘combines’ business with pleasure at ADM’s world record field-to-loaf challengelast_img read more

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Renshaw expands into Australian market

first_imgUK-based sugarcraft brand Renshaw Professional is continuing its overseas expansion with the opening of an Australian operation.While the business has supplied leading Australian grocery retailers with own-label products for three to four years, the brand made its debut Down Under last month.Renshaw has produced 18 lines specifically for the Australian market, and is using third-party warehousing and a dedicated sales resource to market the range.The company has 30 cake decorators representing the brand across Australia, with products already featuring online on Cake TV, and more than 30 members of the Australian Cake Decorating Network visiting the Renshaw Academy in Liverpool to gain further knowledge on the products.Dedicated digital media, competitions, trade shows and advertising will support the Australian roll-out.The Renshaw brand launched into the US and Canada in 2016 and is using this experience as a blueprint for the Australian launch. Renshaw, which has a dedicated warehouse and offices just outside New York in Rockaway, New Jersey, has recently relaunched 45 lines in the US. The company said the activity has resulted in its highest-ever monthly US sales in November.In the UK, the company launched eight new sugarpastes last month ahead of a global roll-out. The line-up includes Petal paste for fine detail, modelling paste, white chocolate modelling paste, milk chocolate modelling paste, and Extra for covering deep cakes. Three confectionery covering icings are being launched for the B2B market – caramel, white and milk chocolate. In October, Renshaw owner Real Good Food reported a £5.5m annual profit from its Cake Decoration division.last_img read more

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Steve Dawson resigns from Real Good Food board

first_imgSteve Dawson – who helped turn around the Bahlsen US business – is to leave his non-executive position on the board of Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF).Dawson joined the board as an independent non-executive director just under a year ago, when RGF described him as an “experienced specialist in food and beverage brands in the UK and in North America”. He was previously interim CEO of Bahlsen North America, where he stabilised the business and cut operating losses by two-thirds.RGF appointed Dawson as it looked to turn the business around following a troubled period that included the exit of founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté, a string of profit warnings and concerns over its corporate governance.Dawson became CEO of the US division of desserts supplier Pots & Co in July, and told RGF that this commitment meant he would have to quit his non-exec role. He will serve on the board until 31 October.“The board would like to thank Steve for his contribution as a non-executive director over the past 12 months and wish him well with his future endeavours,” stated RGF, adding that the process of finding a replacement was under way.RGF recently announced its full-year results and revealed plans for the development of its cake decorations division.last_img read more

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130 People Were Arrested In Connection To A Musician Gear Theft Ring

first_imgWhen a number of touring bands (including The Black Lillies, Zane Williams and more) had gear stolen in Houston, TX, the police department began an undercover effort to investigate. What they discovered was absolutely shocking, as over 130 individuals were arrested and over $2 million was recovered.The multi-departmental effort focused on the stealing and black market resale of all sorts of equipment, including vehicles and musical instruments. According to Lt. Mike Osina of Houston Police Department, “These thieves were stealing anything and everything they could put their hands on. They went after trailers they saw parked on the streets of Greater Houston. They stole four wheelers, quad runners, lawn equipment, motorcycle equipment.”Country artist Zane Williams was quoted in the Click2Houston report on the arrests, talking about how his van and 100-year-old violin were stolen after a performance in Houston. “Yep, they stole my van and everything in my van, then they stole my trailer too… I’m really glad they got picked up.”Titled “Operation Wheels And Deals,” many of those connected to the robberies are also connected to gangs. According to the report, there are more charges and arrests to come. Hopefully acts of justice like this will make it safer for artists to hit the road.last_img read more

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The String Cheese Incident Welcomes Scott Sharrard At Scorching Summer Tour Closer

first_imgAfter a fun first night at the Kings Theatre, the String Cheese Incident returned to Brooklyn last night to complete their two-night run and their Summer tour to a close. The show was filled with thrilling moments, excellent jams, spot-on covers, and a high octane guest spot from Gregg Allman Band’s Scott Sharrard.Coming out of the gate hot, the band opened with a thumping, extended version of “Valley Of The Jig” that really got the crowd moving. The soulful and funky “Black And White” came next, and the band took that song out for a walk before segueing into a fun, Latin-tinged “Yo Se”. After a quick version of “Farther”, the band played “Sweet Spot”, a track from the band’s new SCI Sound Lab project. SCI kept the newer songs going with a fun take on the Kyle Hollingsworth tune “Stop Drop Roll” before finishing up set one with a huge, locked in version of their classic “Round The Wheel”.After a short break, SCI returned to the stage and immediately picked up where they left off. “Desert Dawn” was the perfect set two opener. After a spirited run through the song’s form, the band performed easily the jam of the night, moving as a unit through several unique, progressive rock-like sections before bringing the song to its natural end. The impressive improv section was a true highlight in a show filled with them.After the raging set two opener, the band returned to their Sound Lab to perform another new track, “Get Tight”. After a short-but-sweet version of the new song, the band picked things back up with a funky version of “Rain” that gave the band another opportunity to stretch out their improv muscles, with Michael Kang coming in at the perfect time to bring the jam to its climax.Rhythm guitarist / singer Billy Nershi then stepped up to the microphone to introduce a special guest, none other than Scott Sharrard. Sharrard played the entire Allmans Family Incident with the band at The Peach Festival on Friday, serving as band leader as the band worked through a set of Allman Brothers classics. The band seemed to be loving the Allman Brothers musical vibe, and kept the party going with incredible versions of “Hot’Lanta” and “Southbound” that simply had the audience going bananas. Sharrard was particularly impressive, trading lead solos with Michael Kang in true tension-release fashion, creating an enormous amount of energy in the room. Anyone who was at The Peach on Friday was gifted with some bonus Allmans material, and anyone who missed The Peach was absolutely blessed to catch some of the magic from that performance. Sharrard and SCI also managed to slip in a version of “On The Road” in between the two covers, and overall created a huge, non-stop segment of musical magic.Watch “Hot ‘Lanta” below, courtesy of Gabe Sokker.Sharrard left the stage to raucous applause, and the band kicked into the evening’s final segment. Starting with “Way Back Home”, the band moved quickly into “Whiskey Before Breakfast” before landing on an out-of-left-field, set-closing cover of Led Zeppelin‘s epic rocker “Kashmir” that left the crowd begging for more.The band took a short break before delivering a three-song encore to finish their summer tour. Opening with “Honky Tonk Heroes”, the band then turned in a quick version of “Hobo Song” before creating one more opportunity to rage with their fans, bringing things to a close with a huge version of “Rosie” that had the crowd dancing all the way out of venue and into the streets of Brooklyn.After a great summer that saw the String Cheese Incident bring their carnival-esque live show across the country, the band capped off their summer with an excellent show that found the band truly locked in and in command of their collective sound. The fun covers, spirited jamming, and all-around positive vibes all add up to a band that’s currently at the top of its game.The String Cheese Incident will now take a few months off before they play three nights at Suwanee Hulaween this October.The String Cheese Incident | Kings Theatre | Brooklyn, NY | 8/15/2016Set 1: Valley of the Jig, Black and White > Yo Se, Farther, Sweet Spot, Stop Drop Roll, Round the WheelSet 2: Desert Dawn, Get Tight, Rain, Hot ‘Lanta[1], On the Road[1] > Southbound[1], Way Back Home > Whiskey Before Breakfast > KashmirEncore: Honky Tonk Heroes, Hobo Song, Rosie[1] Feat. Scott Sharrard on guitarlast_img read more

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moe. Treats Raleigh To A 30-Minute “Recreational Chemistry” & More Highlights [Review/Gallery]

first_imgThough they started the night announcing that the coming hurricane would be cancelling the last two shows of their tour, moe. seemed hell bent on making the most of the time they did have. Armed with a set list of classics and newer tunes alike, they took the Lincoln Theatre stage in Raleigh, NC last night to uproarious cheers from a packed house of fans ready to defy the storm gods and get lost in the epic jams sure to come.They didn’t have to wait long, as guitarist Al Schnier got things started with the familiar strains of “Moth,” signaling a fun show to come. Not even halfway through the much loved tune, the band took a sideways turn and morphed into “Mar-DeMa,” with the instrumental tune giving each member a chance to purge the pent up energy and frustration from being forced to cancel shows. Schnier had a impressive evening, taking numerous fiery solos and generally sounding like he was at the top of his game.Continuing the uninterrupted flow the band seamlessly went into “Y.O.Y” before stretching out with a “Sensory Deprivation Bank” that gave another perfect platform for some long jams and intense back and forth between guitarists Chuck Garvey and Schnier. Garvey, as always, was fleet of finger and ambitious in intent with his jams, mirroring the aggressive nature of the set list itself. Closing out their lengthy opening stanza by completing the “Moth,” the band took a moment to catch their breath and soak in the appreciative cheers and applause raining down on them from the crowd.The mellow intro of “Brittle End” and its languid pace in general was offset by the fierce fretwork by Garvey during his solo, as if he was single-handedly trying to change the intent of the tune itself. Strangely, his efforts created a dichotomy that enhanced rather than distracted, and the piece was made stronger by his work. Garvey and Schnier had their usual rock solid platform built by drummer Vinnie Amico and percussionist Jim Loughlin under them to operate on. That dependability enables all of the exploration that moe. so clearly loves.For their first set closer, the band chose “Plane Crash,” a song they have played roughly three gazillion times in the past. Such familiarity famously is ripe to breed contempt, but thanks to the space their beat keepers give them the string players are free to work on keeping the tunes interesting for themselves and the audience. With things like the opening sandwich and the twists and turns “Plane Crash” took on its spiral towards set break were far reaching and provocative, thanks as always to the free wheeling, bass slapping style and raucous vocals of Rob Derhak.For a band nearing the end their third decade of existence, one could understand passions waning, but their appetite for exploration and improvisation is still strong. Still hungry after their first musical sandwich, moe. started the set with what most see as their definitive song, “Rebubula,” before wandering into the true highlight of the evening, a thirty plus minute “Recreational Chemistry.” The night’s take on the song was full of musical misdirection, with traditional roles being swapped and the tour-long positive energy permeating everything the band tried.Some of their more recent creations, “White Lightning Turpentine” and “Paper Dragon,” showed that even more recent compositions are open to change, and even the tiniest of alteration seemed to give moe. a charge that was directly felt in the vibe of the room. The Garvey penned “Four” and its droning chorus settled the crowd into an appreciative trance, setting them up perfectly for the welcome surprise of the closing of the set’s musical loop, firing right back into the waiting “Rebubula.”After the always stirring closing chorus the band excused themselves to catch their breath moe. ventured back out, calming the calamitous demands of the still hungry fans with a special two song encore. While the “New York City” was spirited enough on its own, the happy blast of energy that accompanied the churning and surging “Okayalright” had everyone singing along at the top of their lungs and dancing with the fervor of a fan base desperate to savor every last possible musical drop of joy out of the evening.In speaking with fans who have seen this entire fall run, the sense was that the band is not just firing on all cylinders, but seeming to be having a great time in the process. That assumption was certainly backed up by the evidence on display during the three hour performance, and with the abbreviated tour closer coming the next night the band, had no reason to leave anything in the locker room.It’s uplifting to see the power of music sustaining its purveyors and helping elevate them to new heights and moe. is showing no signs of slowing their endless trips around the country and the world. Here’s hoping the road never ends for the five guys from New York named moe.! See you tonight in Asheville.Setlist: moe. at Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC – 10/5/16I: Moth > Mar-DeMa > Y.O.Y. > Sensory Deprivation Bank > Moth, Brittle End, Plane CrashII: Rebubula > Recreational Chemistry, Do Or Die, Paper Dragon, White Lightning Turpentine >(nh) Four > RebubulaEnc: New York City, Okayalrightlast_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Welcomes Nicole Atkins For Their Ryman Auditorium Debut [Setlist/Videos]

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead played at the famed Ryman Auditorium last night in Nashville, Tennessee. The Grateful Dead tribute band, continuously reinventing old tunes into new, is on the road this week, hitting Charleston’s Music Farm tonight, and two Florida appearances this weekend with the Sunshine Blues Music Festival in St. Petersburg and Boca Raton.The southern run started off strong last night, with appearances from Nicole Atkins throughout both sets. The vocalist sat in on “The Music Never Stopped” and “Dancin’ In The Streets” during set one, and returned for “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)” during the second set.A few clips have surfaced on the Internet with from these YouTube and Instagram users, including this snippet of “Terrapin” and more! Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 1/12/17Set 1 (7:51PM – 9:08PM)Truckin’ (SM) ->Tennessee Jed @ (TH) ->The Music Never Stopped (SM & NA)>Dancing In The Streets (SM & NA) ->Brown Eyed Women (TH)Set 2 (9:47PM – 11:30PM)Help On The Way (TH) ->Slipknot! $ ->Throwing Stones % (SM) ->Dark Star Jam ^ ->Throwing Stones Reprise (SM)The Stranger (Two Souls) (NA) >Let It Grow & (SM) ->He’s Gone (All) >Terrapin Station * (TH)ENC: GDTRFB (All with NA) ->WBYGN (Instrumental ending)@ – With unknown tease MB# – With a “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Jam (Band)$ – TH broke a string% – With a Dancin Tease (TH)^ – With a GDTRFB Tease (TH)& – With a “Norwegian Wood” (The Beatles) Tease (SM) & a “Kashmir” Jam (SM & Band)* – With Ruben & Cherise Teases (MB then Band) an “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles) Jam (TH & Band)[photo via @doranseladams on Instagram]last_img read more

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Willie Nelson Is Forced To Cancel More Tour Dates As A Result Of Illness

first_imgAfter canceling three shows set for February 6th, 7th, and 8th at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California, Willie Nelson has been forced to cancel more dates due to his undisclosed illness. Nelson had shows set for Friday, February 10th at the Desert Diamond Casino in Sahaurita, AZ, and Saturday, February 11th at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, NM, and, unfortunately those shows have now been canceled, according to a report in Rolling Stone.The report did mention that Nelson’s team is working on re-scheduling the dates and that he is still on pace to make his show at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Thursday, February 16th.Our thoughts are with Willie Nelson, and we hope he makes a speedy recovery!last_img read more

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Jamiroquai Announces First U.S. Show In 13 Years

first_imgAbout a year ago in the middle of January 2017, Jamiroquai announced their triumphant return after years outside the spotlight. In March of last year, the group released Automaton, a follow up to 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star marking the band’s eighth studio album. To complement their new album, Jamiroquai embarked on a global tour in 2017, hitting Tokyo and Seoul in addition to major cities across Europe. However, North American cities were conspicuously left off of Jamiroquai’s 2017 come-back tour, leading many to hope that 2018 will see the group hitting the U.S.. After Coachella announced that Jamiroquai (April 13 & April 20) would perform at the 2018 edition of the California music festival, rumors of more North American tour dates began to grow, as promoters on the West Coast, as well as band members themselves, heavily hinted at more dates to come.Today, Jamiroquai officially announces a show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA, marking the first time the group has performed their own show in the United States since November of 2005, “in what will be one of their three North American dates in 2018.” Pre-sale for the April 17th show begins this Thursday, January 18, at 6pm GMT with the password “automaton”, with general on-sale on Friday, January 19 at 6pm GMT. Ticketing information can be found here.Earlier this morning, Jamiroquai released a new Bonus Track from Automaton, “Now We Are Alone”. Check it out here!last_img read more

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Khruangbin Announces 2018 Fall Tour

first_imgKhruangbin has confirmed a new set of fall tour dates in support of their sophomore album, Con Todo El Mundo. The outing will bring the band through much of the West Coast as well as parts of the Eastern Seaboard between November 6th and December 12th.Khruangbin’s newly announced dates will put them back on the road a month after they wrap up a tour in support of soul and R&B singer Leon Bridges. That run will kick off on August 9th at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, marking the trio’s debut at the picturesque Colorado music venue.Known for their laid-back, instrumental brand of world music, Khruangbin has been slowly built up its fanbase over the past five years. The group released its debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, in 2015 to much critical acclaim, while their latest effort, Con Todo El Mundo, was released earlier this year. Last week, the trio put out a new music video for the the single “Cómo Me Quieres,” which appears on Con Todo El Mundo.Tickets for all of the fall tour dates (except Oakland) will go on sale on June 15th. More fall dates will be announced in the near future. Khruangbin Fall Tour Dates:August 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheater ^September 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^September 12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^September 14 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu ^September 15 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield ^September 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNe Ampitheater ^September 18 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company ^September 20 – Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre ^September 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion ^September 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^September 25 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre ^September 27 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach ^September 28 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Hall ^September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore ^October 3 – Washington, DC @ Anthem ^October 4 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena ^October 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^October 6 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^November 6 – Phoenix AZ @ Van BurenNovember 7 – Las Vegas NV @ VinylNovember 9 – Oakland CA @ Fox TheatreNovember 10 – San Diego CA @ Observatory North ParkNovember 11 – Los Angeles CA @ The WilternNovember 17 – Portland OR @ Crystal BallroomDecember 1 – Columbus OH @ Newport Music HallDecember 8 – Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn SteelDecember 11 – Raleigh NC @ Lincoln TheatreDecember 12 – Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse^ supporting Leon BridgesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Tune Into Free Video & Radio Streams Of LOCKN’ Festival This Weekend

first_imgLOCKN’ Festival opened its gates on Thursday morning, and fans were eager for the festival to announce a webcast, as the beloved Arrington, VA festival has done in past years. Luckily for fans unable to attend the festival this year, LOCKN’ has confirmed multiple options to watch and listen to the weekend’s festivities, including both the main stage lineup and late-night sets.SiriusXM and Relix have offered two different options for fans. SiriusXM’s Jam On (channel 29) will be broadcasting select sets throughout the weekend, starting on Friday, August 24th, at 2 p.m. (ET). SiriusXM’s coverage will include both of Dead & Company’s headlining sets, Widespread Panic with Margo Price, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals with Taj Mahal, Sheryl Crow, Turkuaz, and many more. SiriusXM’s full schedule for the weekend can be found below. You can listen live here.Additionally, Relix has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s and Airstream to webcast a free stream from LOCKN’. As of press time, Relix has yet to share their full webcast schedule for the weekend. Follow Relix’s YouTube channel below for LOCKN’ coverage throughout the weekend. You can tune in to the LOCKN’ webcast via www.relix.com/live.Relix LOCKN’ Festival Webcast 2018 [Video: Relix]Relix and LOCKN’ Festival are encouraging viewers and fans to register to vote. Festival organizers explain, “#TheFutureIsVoting, and your voice matters!” Register to vote by texting ‘VOTER’ to 40649. Already registered? Get location election alerts: text ‘VOTER’ to 40649. Want to help register voters at concerts? Text ‘VOLUNTEER’ to 40649.Click here to see the full weekend schedule.Lettuce (left) and Umphrey’s McGee (right) mid-transition on night 1SiriusXM’s Jam On (channel 29) Lockn’ Festival 2018 Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET)Friday, August 24th2 p.m. Ghost Light4 p.m. Turkuaz5 p.m. Moon Taxi6 p.m. Toots & The Maytals with Taj Mahal8:45 p.m. George Clinton & P-Funk10 p.m. Widespread Panic with Margo PriceSaturday, August 25th3:05 p.m. BIG Something4:05 p.m. Keller & The Keels5:05 p.m. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong6:05 pm. Foundation of Funk7:05 p.m. Tedeschi Trucks Band9:15 Dead & CompanySunday, August 26th12:30 p.m. Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel2:15 p.m. Spafford3:15 p.m. Matisyahu4:15 p.m. Blues Traveler5:25 p.m. Sheryl Crow6:35 p.m. Tedeschi Trucks Band8:45 p.m. Dead & CompanyView Full SiriusXM Schedulelast_img read more

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The Milk Carton Kids Play Intimate “Duo” Show At Tarrytown Music Hall [Photos]

first_imgOn Sunday, The Milk Carton Kids played an intimate “duo” show at Tarrytown, NY’s Tarrytown Music Hall, in support of their recent fourth studio album, All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do.Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have been touring with a band over the past few years, so it was nice to see the stripped-down indie folk duo perform a selection of originals, as well as a special cover. The evening was highlighted by noteworthy takes on “New York” and “Michigan”, followed by a special cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here” in the encore slot.Check out a beautiful gallery of photos below from The Milk Carton Kids’ Tarrytown show, courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Head to The Milk Carton Kids’ website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.The Milk Carton Kids | Tarrytown Music Hall | Tarrytown, NY | 2/24/2019 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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