‘Brokers’ to help firms take back sick or stressed staff

first_img Previous Article Next Article ‘Brokers’ to help firms take back sick or stressed staffOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today The Government has announcedplans to introduce a “job broker” scheme to persuade employers totake back injured, sick or stressed employees.Under the proposals, thebrokers will intervene and persuade employers not to sack staff who couldcontinue to work after treatment, adaptations to the workplace or a change ofjob description.Rehabilitation clinics andemployment specialists from the private sector and NHS trusts will compete torun pilot job broker schemes, as part of the Government’s New Deal for DisabledPeople. They will also encourage employers to provide curved keyboards, biggercomputer screens, ground floor offices and flexible hours to allow clinicvisits or retraining.Ministers believe the schemecould help reduce the massive costs incurred by the Government and businessthrough long-term sickness. It cost business £10.7bn last year in statutorysick pay and wages, according to a CBI survey.The scheme will cost £12m andthe Government hopes it will reduce the £7bn cost of long-term disabilitybenefits.Research by the DfEE has shownthere is a six-week cut-off point when employees are more likely to bedismissed. Each week 17,000 people reach their sixth week of absence due to aserious illness, back or muscle problem. Nicholas Taylor, HR director atPizza Express, welcomed the scheme but stressed that most employers wouldalready re-employ staff who have been absent through sickness for six weeks. Hesaid, “The real difficulties arise after very long periods of time, suchas 14 months.”The Department of SocialSecurity spent £25bn on sickness and disability benefits, of which incapacitybenefit cost about £6.8bn.ByRichard Staines Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more


first_imgThisweek’s lettersEqualitycan’t rely on comparisonsI’veread your coverage of equal pay policies and felt I had to make some comments(News, 6 March).Iwork in the NHS as an administration manager, dealing mainly with the personnelissues of 300 staff as we have no personnel department.Havingfought tooth and nail to get office staff re-graded, I have some experience ofthe problems of the principle of equal pay. The trouble is there are no mendoing these jobs, or anything similar, for comparison. There are no male receptionists,medical secretaries, ward clerks or general administrative staff, so theseemployees’ salaries remain appallingly low.Howcan you move away from male equivalent comparisons? If you can’t, the majorityof women will never be on a par with men’s pay as women congregate in these“female” type of jobs.SallyAshworth Administration managerRoss Community Hospital, Ross-on-WyeVoluntarypolicy would be ignoredYousuggest that the offer of flexible working for parents should be voluntary(News, 27 February). This is a good way of ensuring that it does not happenexcept in those cases where there is a clear benefit to the employer. Experienceshows that voluntary codes do not work, a recent example of this being the agediscrimination code of practice. This has not even been adopted bygovernment-funded bodies such as universities. LesJones, Via e-mailGivena choice, small companies will not implement family friendly working.  Being a full-time working single parent, Iwould welcome legislation that forces firms to have such policies. MarilynMaidment HR manager, Acequote.com, CardiffYourfountain pen is so last centuryIhave recently started reading Personnel Today and I am confused. I was told it wasat the cutting edge of the HR industry and has fully accepted electroniccommunication as the way forward. Sowhy does the writer of the Letter of the Week receive a fountain pen? Is it areminder of the good old days, or did you get a job lot just before PersonnelToday moved into the 21st century? EileenWoodHuman resources administrator, Europ Assistance Agencieshave to protect businessIrun a recruitment agency employing over 40 people. It began in 1989, grewthrough the recession and is now being seriously threatened by proposed newregulations being introduced by the Minister for Competitiveness, Alan Johnson.TheDTI is determined to limit recruitment agencies’ ability to charge a fee whensomeone it has supplied as a temp is subsequently employed directly. Originallyit wanted to ban such fees entirely, and later to limit the restrictions afterthe end of a booking to a maximum of four weeks.Theminister now proposes to reduce the maximum protection period to only eightweeks after the end of an assignment, rising by up to six weeks in the case ofshort bookings.Wedeal with markets that use professional freelance workers. Placements aregenerally short, repeat bookings for the same worker are the norm and gapsbetween bookings of more than the proposed quarantine period are common. Ouraverage cost incurred in advertising, interviewing, testing and administrationfor each new applicant runs into thousands of pounds. With costs like thisrepeat business has to be protected.Itis hard to see how we will be able to continue our service unless Johnson comesto his senses and changes these disastrous proposals. SteveGibson Workstation SolutionsEvaluatingNEDs crucial to success Re“Call for better training and pay for non-execs” (News, 30 January). Althoughnon-executive directors have brought much value to many boards it would bewrong to claim that their contribution is universally recognised. Ourresearch suggests that they are most effective when their brief is clear andunderstood by all the board – an obvious comment, but not always commonpractice.Withan expanding role, the NED needs to spend more time in the organisation –infrequent board meetings and attendance at the annual strategy review are nolonger enough. Trainingis often not given since the holders are usually experienced business people. Agreater time commitment will bring demands for higher remuneration, especiallywhen one considers the legal responsibilities of the NED are not significantlydifferent from those of the ED.Evaluatingthe NED’s contribution is crucial. However, it is surprising that in so manycases assessment does not occur. It is interesting to speculate on the HRdepartment’s responsibility to ensure this most fundamental managementprocedure applies to the top of the organisation.PaulSmithConsultant coach, Penna Executive Coaching Comments are closed. LettersOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


first_imgGuruOn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s guruConvenienceshopper runs out of work timeAsthey say, it’s all a matter of timing. Guru was about to give up on hisattempts to get an interview with Peter Jackson, personnel director ofWalsall-based T&S Stores, which runs the One-stop and Dillons chain ofconvenience shops, when he finally got through.Jacksonis uniquely placed to comment on a matter of great significance: his company isthe only one ever to be prosecuted for breaching the Working Time Regulations.An outpost in Norwich failed to abide by article 71a, which says employers mustoffer night workers free health assessments. Butwithout a trace of irony, Jackson said he’d love to help but was up to hiseyes, and would be for the rest of the week, and indeed next week and wasterribly sorry, but just really, really didn’t have the time.Ministersplay election gameWhyare cabinet ministers like London buses? Because you wait for ages for one toturn up and then five rush by all in one go. This was the Industrial Society’sexperience last week at the launch of the new New Deal.Asa gesture towards all the hard work it has put in on the New Deal – a lot ofwhich got cast aside because unemployment dipped below one million – Tony Blairdecided to hold the launch at the Industrial Society’s HQ. So pleased was theGovernment with the New Deal, which has adopted more of a welfare for workapproach, that five ministers turned up, including the PM and Chancellor of theExchequer.Apparently,the ministers demanded a massive summit table for the press briefing, and justwhen the press were about to arrive, rushed to get the best positions as if itwas a game of musical chairs. You couldn’t guess a General Election wasapproaching, could you? Fireservice has pick of the cropGurucould now write a book on entertaining performance appraisals followingcontributions from his disciples. The best this week come from the HampshireFire and Rescue Service. Such as, “This fire-fighter is able to use his own initiativewhen told to do so.” Howlersin job applications were good too: “I entered the Army boxing trials but Ipassed out before I knew whether I had won or not” or “My mother served thecommunity for many years and I have seen the pleasure she gets from it”. ButGuru’s favourite was, “I worked as a trainee butcher, my main tasks wererolling joints and mincing.”Drugsmuggler searches for pot of goldThereare job ads and then there are job ads. A former drugs smuggler has put anadvert in a Canadian newspaper in a bid to find a job. Sensibly,Brian O’Dea’s “for hire” advert asks potential employers to overlook thedownside of his criminal past. He acquired considerable business skills runninga global drugs operation which smuggled 75 tons of cannabis into the US in the1980s. The 33-line advert in the National Post is titled “Former marijuanasmuggler”. O’Dea claims his gang landed and sold more than £69m worth ofmarijuana in the US. He was arrested and charged with conspiracy to importdrugs in 1990. Inhis ad, O’Dea said, “Having successfully completed a 10-year sentence,incident-free, for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the US, I am now seekinga legal and legitimate means to support myself and family.”Anyonein the import and export business might baulk at offering this job candidate aposition but if you want to offer O’Dea a clean break you can visit www.jimcam.sonn.com/employment.jpg Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

US firms see a doubling in homeworking

first_img Comments are closed. US firms see a doubling in homeworkingOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Flexible working practices havedramatically increased in the US, according to research by the Society forHuman Resources Management.The SHRM 2001 BenefitsSurvey reveals that the number of employers offering flexible time off andhome-working has doubled over the past five years.It shows that 62 percent of US employers offer paid time off plans, compared with 33 per cent in1997. Under these schemes,all leave is combined into a general pool with the employee then deciding howit will be used.The number ofemployees enabled to work from home has almost doubled with 37 per cent ofemployers allowing them to telework, compared to 20 per cent in 1997.The number oforganisations offering flexitime has grown from 46 per cent to 58 per cent overfive years, while the number of employers allowing job shares also increased.”Reflecting ourincreasingly busy society, employers are offering more flexible benefits,”said SHRM president, Helen Drinan.The annual SHRMBenefits Survey questioned over 700 human resources professionals on the 160top benefits offered by employers in the US.www.shrm.org Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

CIPD recruited to promote the use of Aesop

first_imgThe CIPD has been chosen as a member of a cross-industry alliance launchedlast week by Chancellor Gordon Brown to promote the use of employee shareownership in the UK. The institute is joined by the CBI, the Institute of Directors, the TUC andthe Industrial Society as members of the Employee Share Alliance (ESA), whichwill work in partnership with the Government to improve the take up of the AllEmployee Share Ownership Plan. The alliance, formed by non-profit organisations Job Ownership and ProShare,will host 13 regional roadshows promoting the new share incentive plan. “The scheme is a great opportunity to improve company results andreward employees through wider share ownership all with the help of the taxman.Its flexibility means it has mass appeal which is why so many key organisationsback it,” said Peter Kenyon, executive director of the ESA. www.cipd.co.uk CIPD recruited to promote the use of AesopOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

HR poll on access to interview notes

first_img Previous Article Next Article A Personnel Today online survey reveals 56 per cent of the 316 respondentsoppose guidelines in the Data Protection code on recruitment and selection,which give job candidates the right to read interview notes.The code, to be published later this month, aims to clarifyemployers’ responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998 which came intoforce on 24 October 2001.James Darley, global team leadergraduate recruitment, global markets, Deutsche Bank”To allow every candidate the opportunity to look at theirinterview notes worries me. If you are not trained as an interviewer then notescan be misconstrued. It is important to remember that when interviewing, noteshave to be written very quickly and observations such as ‘slouching in chair’could be mistakenly seen as the reason they did not get the job.”Frances Wright, HR director,psychometric testing company SHL”The showing of notes can be misleading as they can betaken out of context. I doubt if a third person could read my handwriting. Wheninterviewing you must get things down as quickly as possible without worryingabout whether someone can read your writing.” Carl Gilleard, CEO, the Associateof Graduate Recruiters”I can see it could be seen as a constraint and apotential burden, as large organisations would have to set up huge files. It’sanother responsibility for the recruiter that could add another layer ofbureaucracy.”Diane Sinclair, employment relations adviser, CIPD”Showing applicants their interview notes could create anadded administrative burden for HR staff. Clear guidance is also needed. Thecode must list the exemption circumstances where interviewees cannot see notes.” Comments are closed. HR poll on access to interview notesOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Treadmill Britain needs to lighten up

first_imgIs work dominating your life, controlling everything and creating moredisappointments than delights? Our brilliant ‘Off Message’ columnist Stephen Overell, this week challengesus with the notion that there should be a campaign for less work and more leisure.It might sound like a light-hearted and trifling proposition but he’s raised aserious point. Overell is not calling for increased idleness, just the freedom to havespare time, to relax and not to feel guilty about not being useful. He argues that we’re obsessed with employment as our only meaningfulactivity when leisure is equally worthwhile, allows us to express our talentand personality and makes us feel so much better. Only a mad person would disagree with him. But it’s important not todemonise the workplace and deny how significant work is in many people’s lives.Call them sad, but for some people the job really is the foundation of theirwell-being and identity. It’s the satisfying and rewarding part of their life,they are passionate about it and don’t feel anywhere near as positive abouttheir leisure time, which deliberately plays second fiddle. For many, happiness at work correlates with happiness in life. It’s acomplex issue, but few can deny that employed people tend to be happier andhealthier than the unemployed. Overell paints a picture of treadmill Britain, but his ‘total work culture’belies the fact that attitudes are shifting away from long hours towards moreflexibility between home and job. Workers and employers recognise that wellbeing is dependent on balance and that no longer means working nine to five.The next generation will undoubtedly be much more protective of their leisuretime and demand it from prospective employers. Reference to analysis Industry leaders and employees in this country have a long way to go beforethey reach agreement and are comfortable with levels of work versus play. Butif you are in the Overell camp and value your leisure time more than work, thenavoid jobs in Hong Kong and aim for Berlin, Copenhagen or Paris where theaverage number of annual working hours are lowest. These are not lazy cities ofcourse, just vibrant business centres, chilled out about rest, work and play. By Jane King, editor Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Treadmill Britain needs to lighten upOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgLettersOn 10 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today This week’s lettersYou don’t speak for me, KilroyThirty years ago, terms such as ‘nigger in the wood pile’ were considered‘normal’. Equal opportunities ambassadors were accused of ‘taking the fun outof work’ for outlawing them. Fun for whom? Nowadays, we use much more subtle ways of keeping people in their place,therein maintaining the status quo. We play on words and use language totransmit subtle messages to preserve privileged status and demonise anyone whois different. This is effectively what Robert Kilroy-Silk did when he reverted to oversimplistic, monofaceted, stereotypes of Arabs in a recent newspaper article.His subsequent attempts to redirect his comments towards ‘states’ rather thanpeople do little to negate the impact of his original message. Under the Race Relations Act, the BBC had little option but to suspendKilroy’s TV show until matters have been investigated, as requested by theCommission for Racial Equality. What surprises me is that the learned Kilroy has not been held to accountbefore now – his-ill fated article first appeared back in April 2003, butfailed to attract attention. His claim of “not intending to causeoffence” is no defence. What matters is the impact of his actions and, inthis case, the spokesperson for The Muslim Council made it clear that offencewas taken. My work as a diversity specialist involves challenging ways of thinking anddoing business that is taken for granted, as well as pushing comfort zones. Thepeople who push back with the cry of ‘political correctness gone mad’ areinvariably people with a vested interest in the status quo. For inclusion to work, undoubtedly a much broader distribution of power isneeded and this is possibly the single biggest threat to those who historicallyhave enjoyed positions of privilege. The main criteria for such positions areoften the ‘right’ colour, the ‘right’ sex, and the ‘right’ education, alongwith the ‘right’ accent. Kilroy’s comments will no doubt speak for some, as was the case with EnochPowell’s infamous ‘Rivers of blood’ speech. But not for those of us who valuethe contribution of Arabs and other marginalised groups in our society. Your‘truth’ is not mine, and you don’t speak for me, Kilroy. Tess Finch-Lees Diversity specialist, Pearn Kandola Do you support age discrimination? It would appear that Personnel Today believes in age discrimination in theworkplace. Not only do you have Stephen Burgess from Virgin Atlantic – a companynotorious for its ageist beliefs – on the judging panel for the Recruitment AdvertisingAwards (RADS), you also award the airline for one of its discriminatoryadverts. This specifically states a ridiculous upper age limit, which has nobearing on the job, except for pandering to Mr Branson’s sexist and ageistbeliefs. Martin Simpson Details supplied John Langford, RADS chairman of judges, replies: As you would expectfrom a judging panel containing a number of senior HR professionals, neitherthe age requirement nor the potentially sexist tone of some of the Virgin adsescaped comment. Indeed, on the point of age in particular, a discussion ensued as to whetherthe work should be excluded. Opinions were divided, but unless someone canadvise differently, nothing in the ads constituted a breach of employment lawas it stands, and Virgin have supportable reasons for the policy. As such, itwould have been a controversial piece of censorship to exclude Virgin on thegrounds it raised political hackles. Where would that end? It is a feature of a great deal of very good advertising that it stands alittle closer to the line than some find comfortable. The RADS judge quality ofcommunications, originality and effectiveness, not the underlying HR policy orcorporate culture. Stephen Burgess from Virgin Atlantic did not judge or in any way act as anadvocate in any categories where Virgin had an entry in the final shortlists –a rule applied to all judges. The judging criteria do allow a significant proportion of the marks awardedto be based on how well the individual judge feels the employer has compliedwith current best practice, and compliance with such issues as diversity andequality. The judges each scored this section according to their opinion. Recruitment agents need to back off I read with some amusement and interest HR Hartley’s column on recruitmentconsultants (HR Viewpoint, 27 January). I work in a town where there are close to 20 recruitment agencies. Thecompetition is fierce and the phone calls I receive as an HR recruiter arerelentless. They seem to stem from one particular breed – 20 to 25 years of age, blonde,plenty of ‘slap’ (that will infuriate one of your recent correspondents), andall desperately eager to get sole rights for my recruitment needs. Initially, I would agree to meet the agencies. I would explain about thecompany and our recruitment strategy. So it is incredibly annoying when somecompanies phone me every Friday afternoon or Monday morning asking me if I needa temp. One well-known agency has a very eager new recruit, who called to tell me shehad the perfect candidate and when would I like to interview her? My responsethat I wasn’t recruiting at the moment caused a brief intake of breath,followed by a very assertive: “Well, when will you be recruiting, I cankeep her for you?” I responded: “When I need someone”. Clearly, that was not thecorrect answer. She said she would call me back the following week to reassessmy recruitment needs. She also said she would visit me in the next week todiscuss, in person, my recruiting requirements. Is it any wonder that people like me try to avoid calls from agencies? Theyshould spend less time and money on endless silly freebies – pens, mousemats,baskets of sweets on Valentine’s Day, etc. Then maybe they could take a goodlook at how they pay their staff, rather than have them on some kind ofcommission basis, which puts pressure on them to make a sale. I tell the agencies that if I am looking to recruit, I will contact them.How hard is that to understand? My only consolation is that the agency employees usually get so frustratedthat they move on pretty quickly. The downside is that some other eager hopefulcomes on board to begin the harassment afresh. Details supplied Skills pool must be of a high standard I read with interest HR Hartley’s column (HR Viewpoint, 3 February) in whichhe chastises the Government about the poor state of the nation’s basic literacyand numeracy skills. The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is the catalyst between business andeducation – working to reduce the differences between the skill needs ofemployers and the skills of staff. Hartley highlights two specific points. First, the very real problems the UKmust overcome with regard to basic literacy and numeracy. Second, the roletraining professionals play in overcoming skills shortages in the workplace. In that, he had described the two key points behind Modern Apprenticeships –the need to address the country’s skill standards, and the critical role of theemployer in delivering workplace training. Modern Apprenticeships allow businesses to train new or existing employees,aged 16 to 24, in the specific skill needs of their organisation. The LSCprovides funding towards training, and businesses benefit by having moreproductive staff. The Modern Apprenticeship includes essential key skills, from communicationto the application of numbers, and industry-developed vocational qualifications– resulting in a National Vocational Qualification. Modern Apprenticeships arecreated by business, for business. The LSC will spend £815m on Modern Apprenticeships over the next academicyear, and more than £900m in 2005/06. But our funding is not enough. We need employers to join us, making acommitment to introduce the Modern Apprenticeship as workplace training. This isworkplace training that has been strategically developed to address everyaspect of the skills shortage – from key skills to vocational skills – not justfor the individual business, but to ensure that the skills pool we all drinkfrom is filled to the highest standard. Gaynor Field Programme manager – work-based learning, Learning and Skills Council Mr Overell needs to check his dates Steven Overell (Off Message, 20 January) suggests Max Weber’s seminal The ProtestantWork Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism was first published in 1958. I think not. A little research soon reveals it was published in 1920, theyear of Weber’s death. But then I am old enough to remember the bad old dayswhen the IPM (as was) examination syllabus included a course of study insociology. Mark Alcroft Chartered FCIPD, Burtons Foods Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Conference report

first_imgConference reportOn 4 May 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Michael Millar gets feedback from people at this year’s MCE Global HumanResource Management Conference in Seville, Spain.Karen Moloney, conference chairperson We talk about work-life balance, but it’s really about work-life blending.People are now looking for offices that offer spiritual succour. Costas Markides, professor, London Business School You need to go beyond training people. You need to put in place theorganisational environment that gets your people working for the company goalsand strategy. Strategy is just a piece of paper that comes alive through theday-to-day behaviour of people. Philippe Brawerman, former president of Cisco Systems, EMEA, Belgium, onthe impact of technology on HR Managing the ‘dotcom’ generation is managing the future. They wanttechnology-based work methods that include networking, which means more than justhaving e-mail, and total coverage where, how and with who they want. As aprovider of the working environment, you [HR] need to recommend technologicalthinking to the organisation. Jagdish Parikh, managing director, Lemuir Group of Companies, India There is a growing gap between what we know and what we do. Most peopledon’t think about what they are think-ing about. The most significant changemanagers are HR managers. They need to be aware of and act within the fivelevels of living – social, managerial, existen-tial, organisational andpersonal. Herminia Ibarra,chair professor in organisational behaviour, INSEAD,France, on recognising the need for change Don’t wait until the wolf is at the door. No pain, no gain? Pain isoverrated. If you don’t see the future or the alternative, the pain willparalyse you. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Millions more staff eligible for overtime under new law

first_imgNewemployment regulations affecting the overtime eligibility of millions of USworkers have been introduced.Thoseearning $23,660 (£13,322) or less a year are now eligible for time-and-a-halfwhen they work more than 40 hours a week.Underthe old rules, overtime rights were granted to anyone earning less than $250(£140) a week – the equivalent of $13,000 (£7,280) a year – but the new limitwill make more than a million additional low-wage workers eligible for overtimepay.TheUS Department of Labor’s ‘FairPay‘ rules guarantee overtimepay for more than 6 million workers – and overtime accounts for up to a quarterof their earnings.Thoseearning between $23,660-$100,000(£13,322-£56,310) in most executive, professional, or administrative positionsare now ineligible – hiring and firing powers is one determinant ofineligibility. While white-collar workersearning $100,000 or more are now excluded from overtime pay.However, police, firefighters,and other public safety officers are unaffected, as are union workers coveredby contracts.FairPay’s listings and jobdescriptions may also disqualify millions of workers, including juniorsupervisors, chefs, and employees with graduate degrees, who could all bereclassified under the new system.www.dol.gov/fairpayByJoel Ceausu Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Millions more staff eligible for overtime under new lawOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

CPD: Helping hand – managing work-related hand-arm vibration syndrome

first_img Jeremiah Egonio 8 Sep 2019 at 5:48 pm # It is estimated more than two million workers in the UK are exposed to high levels of vibration as a result of their work tasks, potentially putting them at risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Risk managing this condition, as well as managing and understanding the mental and physical implications when it does present, can be challenging, as Annie Khan and Anne Harriss explain.Work related hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a health disorder associated with the use of vibrating tools and machinery (Taylor et al, 1994). It is imperative that clinicians understand the disability associated with it (House et al, 2008). HAVS may be encountered in a number of workplaces; employees at particular risk include arboriculture, construction and vehicle repair workshops Poole et al, (2015).The Health and Safety Laboratory (2018) suggests that more than two million workers in the UK are still exposed to high levels of vibration as a result of their work tasks. The good news is that from information available on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website there is a general reduction in claims for conditions associated with the use of vibrating tools – vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome (http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/causdis/vibration/index.htm).About the authorsAnnie Khan is an occupational health adviser and Anne Harriss is professor emeritus in occupational health and course director Occupational Health Nursing and Workplace Health Management Programmes at London South Bank UniversityHand-arm vibration, also known as hand transmitted vibration (HTV), is defined by Harada and Mahbub (2008) as the transfer of vibration often transmitted from work processes into workers hands, arms or fingers, mainly from hand held power tools. Damage can occur following as little as six months’ exposure.Nerve damage, musculoskeletal conditions and restricted blood-flow to the hand and fingers occur. This can cause debilitating symptoms and effects, including grip strength reduction and symptoms suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome.Collectively this is known as HAVS. Symptoms may arise collectively or in isolation and result in both mild and severe HAVS. Mild HAVS is characterised by episodic blanching, numbness and tingling. As the condition becomes severe symptoms progress to cyanosis, skin necrosis and eventually to gangrene, although this is rare. The client may experience symptoms suggestive of HAVS whilst at work but these may improve in the period that the worker waits to consult their OH provider.Neurological injuries first present with numbness in the fingers, impaired dexterity, and sensation to touch being significantly compromised. Diagnosis results in loss of work for safety reasons (Gemne et al,1997; Poole et al, 2015; Cooke et al, 2015).Therefore, the detrimental impact of HAVS presents a wider issue; those no longer able to undertake their usual work processes leave a large financial burden on this population (Sutinen et al,2006; Hagberg et al,2002; Lawson et al, 2003).Vascular changes within the fingers are termed “vibration white finger” (VWF) resulting from loss of perfusion to the fingers due to vasospasm leading to a loss of sensation in the hand and fingers (Ye et al, 2016; House et al, 2017).Initially, symptoms of white finger may go unnoticed; only the finger tips are affected in less severe cases. However, in cases where exposure to vibration continues, the condition worsens, the effects become visible and the frequency of attacks increase. According to NERC (2011) VWF is the most widely known and observed clinical manifestation of HAVS.A further category, musculoskeletal injuries, presents with loss of grip that can be associated with arthritis and a fundamental structural change in muscle fibres. Prolonged exposure to excessive levels of vibration can cause irreversible damage, severely affect ability to work and the quality of life. The degree of injury is related to the magnitude of vibration and the duration of the exposure.Other factors such as the method of work, workplace temperature and damp or windy conditions also have a bearing on severity. Workers with medical conditions including diabetes, circulatory or nervous disorders are at increased risk of developing HAVS. Therefore, an individual’s health status and any medication must be taken into account when considering the adverse effects of HAV (NERC 2011).The HSE (2017) reports that in 2016 455 new claims of vibration white fingers and 240 new claims of carpal tunnel syndrome related to HAVS were reported in UK. Furthermore, from 2007 to 2016 20 women and 7,335 males had reported vibration white fingers.On top of this, 300 women and 3,315 men reported carpal tunnel syndrome related to HAVS (HSE, 2017). These statistics highlight HAVS as a persistent major health hazard faced by workers exposed to excessive vibration. Findings consistently suggest that early recognition of signs and symptoms and effective preventative control measures are key factors to managing the adverse health effects from vibration exposure (Mason, 2005).Legislative requirementsSection 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 encompasses the duty of care of employers to ensure the health and safety of their workforce. More specifically the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (2005) is applicable in relation to work processes with the potential to expose employees to vibration. Under these regulations employers are required to:undertake risk assessments;control exposure using a hierarchy of controls approach;provide employees at risk with appropriate information, instruction and training on the effects of, and control methods which can be used to reduce exposure; andprovide health surveillance for employees at risk.In order to reduce/limit individual exposure, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (2005) stipulates that action to reduce exposure must be undertaken when a daily exposure action reaches 2.5 m/s2A (8) and a daily exposure limit value (ELV) is set of 5 m/s2A (8).Regulation 5 requires employers to risk assess work processes identifying vibration exposures. This involves by observing working practices, including reference to the magnitude, type and duration of exposure. Risk assessments must be repeated should there be changes to work processes, practices or equipment.Regulation 6 encompasses the responsibility of the employer to ensure that risks from vibration exposure are either eliminated at source or reduced to as low a level as reasonably practicable. Measures to mitigate vibration effects include providing:appropriately designed work processes and equipment which is well maintained;information and training for employees, such that work equipment may be used correctly and safely; andclothing to protect employees from vibration exposure and to cold and damp, which exacerbates the effects of vibration.Regulation 7 requires health surveillance for those at risk in order that health effects linked with vibration exposure are identified at an early stage. (HSE 2005).HAVS and the associated carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are both reportable occupational diseases as outlined under Regulation 8 of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR).Management, prognosis and the responsibility of the employerEffective control measures aimed at reducing exposure to vibration are essential as the effects of HAVS are irreversible (Heaver et al, 2011). The impact of a diagnosis of HAVS on a patient’s mental health is significant should changes to or even a loss of employment result, and the financial implications are potentially devastating. Implementation of protective and preventive measures for construction workers and others who are at risk of development of HAVS is vital (Weir et al, 2005; Chetter et al, 1997).The associated costs of HAVS to the State, the employer and the sufferer are significant. As prescribed diseases, once diagnosed both HAVS and CTS entitle an employee to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.HAVS is estimated to cost employers millions of pounds per year in compensation (O’Hagan, 2012). By illustration, Balfour Beatty Ltd was fined £500,000 after the Health and Safety Executive found workers exposed to levels of vibration which put them at risk of developing HAVS (HSE, 2018).Pathophysiology of HAVSVibration from hand-held tools that is absorbed by the hands and arms has the potential to affect anatomical structures, including the peripheral circulation and sensory and motor nerves leading to vascular and neurological effects.Vascular effectsSoft tissues of the hand absorb the vibration, leading to mechanical vascular damage to blood vessels with additional neurological damage affecting vaso-regulation; consequently there is a close association between the vascular and neurological effects of HAVS. Finger blanching characteristic of HAVS is exacerbated by the cold, working in cold environments with cold tools worsens the condition.Vibration exposure results in muscular contraction in the hand and arm that is transmitted to blood vessels. Vasospasm and vasoconstriction in turn reduces the supply of nutrients including oxygen and glucose to the tissues leading to ischeamia. There is a reduction in the production of adenosine triphosphate production stimulating anaerobic respiration affecting muscular function. Changes in pH and ineffective function of the sodium and potassium pump results and is associated with a reduced resting membrane potential (RMP) of neurones, muscle and cellular damage results.If the plasma membrane cannot maintain the resting membrane potential, an influx of sodium ions occurs, leading to inflammatory changes within the dermis and epidermis of the skin, nerves and muscles, and an increase in blood viscosity, each affecting the hand and digits.Immediately after finger blanching, increasing numbness, tingling and pain is frequently reported. This results from the return of blood circulation following tissue ischemia with subsequent tissue re-warming leading to reactive hyperaemia with reddening and painful throbbing sensations in the fingers. These symptoms generally worsen due to chronic inflammatory changes and are eventually present in the absence of cold.The skin loses its elasticity; as a result increased collagen deposits within the skin. This affects vasoconstriction within the blood vessels of the digits, reducing peripheral circulation resulting in ischemic changes.Neurological changesVibration exposure also causes inflammatory responses including epi-neural oedema and peripheral neuropathy (Gemne, 1997). Gemne (1997) refers to the damage of nerve endings and a loss of cutaneous peri-vascular nerve fibres in fingers, nerve fibrosis and de-myelinated neuropathy in the peripheral nerve trunk.Eventually there is damage to mechanoreceptors, inducing sensory loss. Fine motor movements are compromised and chronic pain may result because of the effects on non-myelinated “C” nerve fibres involved in the transmission of chronic pain: mechanoreceptors, thermo-receptors and nociceptors.Effects on muscle and soft tissueThe discomfort and stiffness reported by those with HAVS are associated with neural and muscular damage. Epithelial changes result in decreased release of, or increased metabolism and degradation of, nitric oxide from the endothelium. This decreases smooth muscle sensitivity (Gemne, 1997) and increases the laying down of collagen fibres.Constant rapid exposure to vibration precipitates cell necrosis, affecting the ability to determine hand-grip pressure. The tool user then has a tendency to hold their work tools more tightly, so further constricting the blood vessels within the digits and further compounding the problem.The literature does not yet paint a comprehensive view of the relationship between the cause (vibration) and resulting pathophysiology (neurological, vascular and musculoskeletal components) of HAVS. Several studies suggest that the knowledge on the exact mechanism leading from the chronic vibration to signs of HAVS in the clinical setting is not fully understood (House et al, 2010; Mahmood et al, 2014; Chen et al, 2016; Campbell et al, 2015).Ye and Griffin (2016) highlight absorption of vibration by the muscles beyond their limits leads to tissue tears, bending and stress, creating tissue damage by increasing inflammation and oxidative stress.Ebrahim et al (2014) note that the biopsy of abductor pollicis longus muscle in patients suffering from HAVS demonstrates muscle fibre damage which they propose is associated with prolonged vibration exposure.The most common symptoms of HAVS include a vascular component, associated with secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon (Ong et al, 2015). Vascular symptoms of HAVS result from vasospasm in the vasculature in the hands and arms, resulting in loss of perfusion and ischaemia resulting in tissue blanching (Ye et al, 2016).Blanching is a loss of blood supply, resulting in polyneuropathy and loss of sensation in the digits causing loss of feeling. There are clear health implications and significant workplace health and safety implications in relation to the employee experiencing such symptoms (Viktorova et al, 2016; Takemura et al, 2016). With prolonged ischaemia employees may develop cellulitis which if not treated quickly can lead to development of sepsis and septic shock (Levy et al, 2015).Although the mechanical pathophysiological obstruction can be blamed on the vasospasm, studies fail to address the exact causal link between chronic exposure to vibration and vasospasm (Necking et al, 2004; Egan et al, 1996). However, Stoyneva et al, (2003) suggests that patients with HAVS have increased thickening of the smooth muscle in the digital arteries and they note that inflammatory factors and molecules such as endothelin-1, responsible for vasoconstriction, appear to be unregulated in these individuals.Musculoskeletal HAVS, a common complication, is an inability to maintain the same grip strength as before HAVS developed. Such workers are prone to dropping equipment, dangerous when using electric saw or a pneumatic drill (Necking et al, 2004). Additionally, dropping objects accidentally, particularly if working at heights, could pose a risk to other workers and the public.The pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal compartment is attributed to structural changes within muscle fibres diminishing their function reducing dexterity and grip strength (Bodley et al, 2015; Pavan et al, 2016) impacting negatively on their ability to undertake job tasks effectively impacting on their ongoing employability.There seems to be little thrust in research for an industrial solution, without specialist equipment removing the risk factors of HAVS, some employers have little motivation to invest in equipment which allow workers to perform work tasks safely.Neurological effects associated with vibration exposure and HAVS include loss of sensation, numbness, or tingling in the digits. Sensation loss results from polyneuropathy within sensory nerve endings in the digits due to myelin loss (Takemura et al, 2015).Furthermore, studies indicate a loss of digital cutaneous perivascular nerve fibres in patients diagnosed with neurological HAVS. This is important as these nerve fibres are responsible for the production of calcitonin-gene related peptide, a vasodilator. Loss of this would alter the balance between vasoconstrictors and vasodilators, swaying the concentration of vasoconstrictors to be higher than vasodilators (Kuryliszyn-Moskal et al, 2015).In contrast to vascular HAVS, the neurological symptoms of including finger numbness, is not exacebated by environmental factors such as temperature, (Bast-Petterson et al, 2015). As the signs and symptoms of vascular HAVS are made more acute as a result of a cold temperature, measures can be made to improve temperature of the hands through thicker gloves, and better insulation in the work place.However, this is not the case for neurological or musculoskeletal HAVS, thus highlighting an unmet need, as well as further exacerbating the urgent need for developing preventative measures.Activities of living are affected – simple tasks including lifting a kettle filled with water may be too difficult leading to implications for the individual and their family, who may need to assist with, or undertake tasks previously completed by the individual (Janicak et al, 2004).HSE (2011) highlights the importance of breaks and stringent time monitoring for employees who are using vibrating equipment. Frequent breaks must be taken to prevent prolonged vibration exposure. Breaks in isolation are unlikely to be effective in reducing HAVS cases if the employee is still using the equipment daily for several years.Health surveillanceA five-tiered health surveillance approach is used for workers exposed to vibration as followsTier 1 (pre-employment). A worker self-administered questionnaire which may be supplemented by an OHN assessment. Baseline information can be recorded and there are opportunities to educate employees regarding measures they can use to protect themselves.Tier 2. An annual questionnaire completed by a responsible, competent person. This may be a supervisor, technician or an OHN. Provided no abnormalities are detected no further action is required at this point.Tier 3. This clinical assessment undertaken by a suitably qualified clinician (such as an OHN) incorporates recording a history and using a targeted clinical examination of vascular and neurological function of the arm and hand. This is supplemented with a musculoskeletal assessment. Objective tests included within this tier assess grip strength using a dynamometer, manual dexterity assessed using a Purdue peg board and neurological deficits assessed using monofilaments. Should symptoms suggestive of HAVS be noted a referral to an FOM HAVS approved occupational physician follows constituting the fourth tier.Tier 4. Standardised tests are used to make a formal diagnosis of HAVS. Once a diagnosis of HAVS has been confirmed HAVS this condition is reportable under RIDDOR. At this point the employer should be advised regarding the type of work that may now be appropriate.Tier 5. Tier 5 is optional and incorporates a referral to a specialist laboratory such as Health and Safety Laboratories.Health surveillance is just one element of health protection for workers exposed to workplace vibration; effective control measures are of greater importance. Bazylevska et al (2017) highlight that health surveillance is crucial for detecting health issues at an early stage – early treatment can prevent the condition worsening.Health surveillance allows employees to raise concerns about their present working environment and any potential health issues in relation to this (Gillibrand et al, 2016).ConclusionHAVS is a debilitating, preventable condition. It is essential that employers and employees are fully informed of the effects of vibration and of the need for effective measures to control exposure. An awareness of early signs and symptoms of HAVS amongst those working with vibrating tools is essential in order that early referrals to occupational health can be facilitated.Significant factors in the development of HAVS includes failure to understand the importance of assessing risk and exposure levels, putting control measures in place then regularly evaluating and maintaining them. 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Science of the environment: Health and Safety Procedure number: 37, version 1.0, issue: July.O’Hagan, J (2010). ‘In safe hands: the importance of vibration monitoring’’. Occupational Health,64(3), pp.1-10.Ong, V, and Denton, C (2015). Secondary Raynaud’s Phenomenon. In Raynaud’s Phenomenon (pp. 107-127). Springer, New York, NY.Pavan, P, Stecco, A, Stern, R, logna Prat, P, and Stecco, C (2016). Fibrosis and densification: Anatomical vs functional alteration of the fascia. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 20(1), p.151.Poole, C, and Cleveland, T (2015). Vascular hand–arm vibration syndrome—magnetic resonance angiography. Occupational Medicine, 66(1), pp.75-78.Stoyneva Z, Lyapina M, Tzvetkov D et al (2003). Current pathophysiological views on vibration-induced Raynaud’s phenomenon. Cardiovascular Respiration,57, pp.615-624.Sutinen, P, Toppila, E, Starck, J, Brammer, A, Zou, J, and Pyykkö, I (2006). Hand-arm vibration syndrome with use of anti-vibration chain saws: 19-year follow-up study of forestry workers. International archives of occupational and environmental health, 79(8), pp.665-671.Takemura, S, Yoshimasu, K, Tsuno, K, Fukumoto, J, Kuroda, M, and Miyashita, K (2016). Associations between anthropometric factors and peripheral neuropathy defined by vibrotactile perception threshold among industrial vibrating tool operators in Japan. Journal of occupational health, 58(2), pp.145-154.Taylor, P, and Taylor, W (1994). Hand-arm vibration syndrome. The Journal of family practice, 38(2), pp.180-185.Viktorova, I, Fleck, M, and Kose, M (2016). HAVS and HAV-nots: Investigating Resonance in the Human Arm Caused by Contact with Machinery. Mechanics, Materials Science & Engineering Journal.Weir, E, and Lander, L (2005). Hand–arm vibration syndrome. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 172(8), pp.1001-1002.Ye, Y, and Griffin, M (2016). Assessment of two alternative standardised tests for the vascular component of the hand–arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Occupational Environment Medicine, 73(10), pp.701-708.OH job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more OH jobs Previous Article Next Article Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website One Response to CPD: Helping hand – managing work-related hand-arm vibration syndrome Hi, Good day. I just wanted to ask that during the health surveillance is it included the age bracket in which the most vulnerable age in HAVS? Anyway just kindly recall whether it is being mentioned in the articles or not.Thanks so much and have a blessed day. JeremiahHSE officerDoha Metro Project CPD: Helping hand – managing work-related hand-arm vibration syndromeOn 6 Sep 2019 in Continuing professional development, Musculoskeletal disorders, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Reply Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

How a socialist on City Planning Commission would affect real estate

first_imgEmail Address* TagsevictionJumaane WilliamsRental Market Full Name* Cea Weaver (Photos via Twitter; Getty; iStock;)The appointment of a socialist tenant advocate to the City Planning Commission won’t by itself block development in New York City, but it could be a thorn in the side of an already wounded real estate industry.Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has nominated tenant advocate Cea Weaver to the City Planning Commission, the New York Post first reported. She would replace Michelle de la Uz, who was often a dissenting vote within the body (she voted against the Lenox Terrace expansion and the Special Flushing Waterfront District).Jumaane Williams (Getty)In a statement, Weaver said the City Planning Commission is a “public entity and should be driven by and for the public good rather than private interests.” Her colleagues on the commission would concur, but figure to disagree with Weaver on how to achieve that public good and how much private interests can benefit in the process.ADVERTISEMENTThe public advocate appoints one of the commission’s 13 members, who include experts in urban design, finance, real estate, law and both market-rate and low-income development. Weaver would be the panel’s only tenant advocate.The first question is whether Weaver’s nomination will be confirmed by the City Council. Her association with the Democratic Socialists of America and previous clashes with City Council majority leader Laurie Cumbo — who last year held a counter-protest against a DSA-backed Senate candidate — are no secret. Weaver has focused much of her work on state-level legislation, but in 2017 she was also at odds with Cumbo over the Bedford-Union Armory development, which ultimately went forward.But it would be a shock if the Council picked a fight with Williams, who presides over Council meetings and is popular with constituents and colleagues. In a statement he called Weaver “an unwavering advocate for equity and justice on behalf of New Yorkers” and urged the chamber to quickly confirm her appointment.Typically, the City Planning Commission gives the green light to development projects during the city’s public land-use review process, after the local community board and borough presidents have weighed in. To stop new developments, Weaver would have to persuade six of the commission’s other members to vote with her — an unlikely scenario. Seven are mayoral appointees.But she could use her perch to draw attention to her agenda, which includes canceling rent, funding public housing and stopping all evictions. With a formal platform, she could face off with developers directly during public hearings.Asking pointed questions of developers and other stakeholders can affect the outcome of projects, and after the Amazon HQ2 debacle, the death of the Industry City rezoning and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reversal on a Crown Heights residential project, few would discount the role of public opinion.In a webinar hosted by The Real Deal last year, Weaver spoke of land owners’ historical role as gentry and argued that they should be obliged to share more of their wealth with the less-monied classes.“Asking folks who have generated wealth off of owning land for many years to give up a little bit during great social need, while we fight for government intervention, is not that drastic of a thing,” she said then, arguing that rent should be canceled during the pandemic.In a statement to the New York Post, REBNY president James Whelan said Weaver’s appointment would be a “significant setback” for the city’s post-pandemic economic recovery.“[I]t would be unfortunate if the City Planning Commission became another vehicle to block the creation of good jobs and much-needed housing and investment,” he said.But others feel differently. Queens state Sen. John Liu, who as a City Council member and later comptroller was frequently at odds with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, hailed Weaver’s addition to the commission as an “important appointment.”“The City Planning Commission has historically been over-represented by developers, and woefully under-represented by housing advocates,” Liu said. Being a dissenting voice, even if it does not change the outcome, should not be dismissed as a “protest vote,” said the former comptroller, whose appointees were known to cast dissenting votes against Bloomberg-backed measures.One other way Weaver’s appointment could affect the real estate industry is by giving one of its most ardent foes a well-paying part-time job for at least a five-year term.Commissioners receive a salary of nearly $65,000 (the chair, Marisa Lago, is also the director of City Planning and earns $243,171). For comparison, Weaver earned $45,000 for a nine-month gig orchestrating the tenant campaign to rewrite New York’s rent law.With the potential for reappointment, Weaver’s agenda could have an official platform for many years to come.Read moreReal estate pros and foes clash on rent strike covid responseThe money behind the New York tenant movementCancel-rent housing activist tapped for city planning commission Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Contact Georgia Kromreilast_img read more

Growth rate and nucleic acid ratio in cultured cuttlefish Sepia officinalis (Mollusca: Cephalopoda)

first_imgJuvenile cuttlefish Sepia offcinalis were hatched and reared in the laboratory at six ration levels and two temperatures. At 12.5 °C there was little growth whereas at 17.5 °C growth rate responded strongly to ration level. Nucleic acids were extracted into buffer containing 0.01% SDS and assayed by fluorescence using ethidium bromide and bis-benzimide and by absorbance at 260 nm. The sensitivity of nucleic acid assay using ethidium bromide was increased by shortening the excitation wavelength to 305 nm. RNA:DNA ratio was strongly correlated with growth rate in cuttlefish held at 17.5 °C; at 12.5 °C, the relationship was similar but not statistically significant. At low growth rates, RNA:DNA ratios were similar to those reported for larval fish; nucleic acid ratios at higher growth rates were higher than reported so far. This may be related to the very high growth rates achieved by manylast_img read more

Unusual occurrence of Illex argentinus (Cephalopoda: Ommastrephidae) in the diet of albatrosses breeding at Bird Island, South Georgia

first_imgIn Southwest Atlantic waters, the short-finned squid Illex argentinus is distributed along the Patagonian shelf and slope, from approximately 22° to 54°S ( Haimovici et al., 1998). I. argentinus has rarely been recorded in the diet of marine predators breeding on the Falkland Islands, but very few detailed studies have been undertaken (Thompson, 1992). However, it is present in the diet of wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans (Rodhouse et al., 1987) and white-chinned petrels Procellaria aequinoctialis (Berrow and Croxall, 1999) breeding at Bird Island, South Georgia (54°S 38°W), approximately 600 km distant to the east.Other predators at South Georgia, such as the grey-headed albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma and black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophrys have not been recordedfeeding on I. argentinus. The squid component of the diet f those species at South Georgia is dominated by Martialia hyadesi both in number and mass (Rodhouse et al., 1990; Rodhouse and Prince, 1993). This study presents new data on the unusual occurrence of I. argentinus in the diet ofalbatrosses breeding at South Georgia in 1999 and evaluates alternative hypotheses tolast_img read more

Muscle growth in polar fish: a study of Harpagifer species with sub-Antarctic and Antarctic distributions

first_imgMuscle growth was investigated in Harpagifer species with sub-Antarctic (Harpagifer bispinis, environmental temperature (ET) 4-11°C) and Antarctic (Harpagifer antarcticus, ET -1.5 to +1°C) distributions. The trunk musculature of 1 d-old larval H. antarcticus, 0.84-0.93 cm standard length (SL), contained 1025 :t 76 fast muscle fibres per cross-section (Mean :t SE, n=6). Zones ofmuscle fibre formation were restricted to the dorsal and ventral cones of the myotomes. The maximumdiameter of fast muscle fibres increased linearly with standard length and was 270 ~m at 10.1 cm SL.The density of myogenic progenitor cells, determined by staining sections for c-met and myogenic regulatory factors (MyoD, myf-5, myf-6, myogenin), decreased with increasing body length. The number and size distribution of fast muscle fibres with respect to standard length was indistinguishable in H. bispinis and H. antarcticus, although the number of c-met+ve cells and the maximum body size was higher in the Antarctic species. Comparative studies indicate that a large maximum fibre diameteris a general characteristic of the Notothenioideii. This may reflect the radiation from a small bodiedancestor with a relatively low fibre number, although adaptive explanations related to metabolic ratereduction cannot be excluded.last_img read more

Bacterioplankton production in freshwater Antarctic lakes

first_img1. Bacterioplankton production was measured in the water columns of two ultra-oligotrophic, freshwater Antarctic lakes (Crooked Lake and Lake Druzhby) during an annual cycle. In both lakes bacterial production, measured by the incorporation of [H-3] thymidine, continued in winter and showed a cycle over the year. The range of production was between 0 and 479 ng C L-1 h(-1) in Crooked Lake and 0-354 ng L-1 h(-1) in Lake Druzhby. 2. Abundance and mean cell volume both varied, producing marked changes in biomass during the year, with highest biomass occurring in the winter and early spring. Biomass showed similar seasonal trends in both lakes. 3. For most of the year inorganic forms of nitrogen and phosphorus were detectable in the water columns of the lakes and were unlikely to have limited bacterial production. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) was below 3000 mug L-1. Dissolved amino acids and carbohydrates contributed 5-25% of the DOC pool in Crooked Lake and 5-64% in Lake Druzhby. Dissolved carbohydrates were consistently low, suggesting that this may have been the preferred carbon substrate for bacterioplankton. 4. Aggregate associated bacteria had higher mean cell volume, abundances and production than freely suspended bacteria in Lake Druzhby, while in Crooked Lake aggregate associated bacteria consistently had higher mean cell volumes than free bacteria, but abundance and production were on occasion higher in free bacteria compared with aggregate associated communities. 5. The data indicated that production is limited by continuous low temperatures and the limited availability of suitable DOC substrate. However, the bacterioplankton functions year round, responding to factors other than temperature.last_img read more

Effects of long-term implanted data loggers on macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus

first_imgWe tested the hypothesis that implanted data loggers have noeffect on the survival, breeding success and behaviour of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus . Seventy penguins were implanted with heart rate data loggers (DLs) for periods of up to 15 months. When compared to control groups, implanted penguins showed no significant difference in over-wintering survival rates, arrival date and mass at the beginning of the breeding season. Later in the breeding season, implanted penguins showed no significant difference in the duration of their incubation foraging trip, breeding success, fledging mass of their chicks, date of arrival to moult and mass at the beginning of the moult fast.We conclude that implanted devices had no effects on thebehaviour, breeding success and survival of this species. Wecontrast these results to those from studies using externally attached devices, which commonly affect the behaviour of penguins. We suggest that implanted devices should be considered as an alternative to externally attached devices in order to obtain the most accurate representation of the freeranging behaviour, ecology and physiology of penguins.last_img read more

Molecular phylogeny of coleoid cephalopods (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) inferred from three mitochondrial and six nuclear loci: a comparison of alignment, implied alignment and analysis methods

first_imgRecent molecular studies investigating higher-level phylogenetics of coleoid cephalopods (octopuses, squids and cuttlefishes) have produced conflicting results. A wide range of sequence alignment and analysis methods are used in cephalopod phylogenetic studies. The present study investigated the effect of commonly used alignment and analysis methods on higher-level cephalopod phylogenetics. Two sequence homology methods: (1) eye alignment, (2) implied alignment, and three analysis methods: (1) parsimony, (2) maximum likelihood, (3) Bayesian methodologies, were employed on the longest sequence dataset available for the coleoid cephalopods, comprising three mitochondrial and six nuclear loci. The data were also tested for base composition heterogeneity, which was detected in three genes and resolved using RY coding. The Octopoda, Argonautoidea, Oegopsida and Ommastrephidae are monophyletic in the phylogenies resulting from each of the alignment and analysis combinations. Furthermore, the Bathyteuthidae are the sister taxon of the Oegopsida in each case. However many relationships within the Coleoidea differed depending upon the alignment and analysis method used. This study demonstrates how differences in alignment and analysis methods commonly used in cephalopod phylogenetics can lead to different, but often highly supported, relationships.last_img read more

Biodiversity change after climate-induced ice-shelf collapse in the Antarctic

first_imgThe marine ecosystem on the eastern shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula was surveyed 5 and 12 years after the climate-induced collapse of the Larsen A and B ice shelves. An impoverished benthic fauna was discovered, that included deep-sea species presumed to be remnants from ice-covered conditions. The current structure of various ecosystem components appears to result from extremely different response rates to the change from an oligotrophic sub-ice-shelf ecosystem to a productive shelf ecosystem. Meiobenthic communities remained impoverished only inside the embayments. On local scales, macro- and mega-epibenthic diversity was generally low, with pioneer species and typical Antarctic megabenthic shelf species interspersed. Antarctic Minke whales and seals utilised the Larsen A/B area to feed on presumably newly established krill and pelagic fish biomass. Ecosystem impacts also extended well beyond the zone of ice-shelf collapse, with areas of high benthic disturbance resulting from scour by icebergs discharged from the Larsen embayments.last_img read more

Cenozoic climate change and diversification on the continental shelf and slope: evolution of gastropod diversity in the family Solariellidae (Trochoidea)

first_imgRecent expeditions have revealed high levels of biodiversity in the tropical deep-sea, yet little is known about the age or origin of this biodiversity, and large-scale molecular studies are still few in number. In this study, we had access to the largest number of solariellid gastropods ever collected for molecular studies, including many rare and unusual taxa. We used a Bayesian chronogram of these deep-sea gastropods (1) to test the hypothesis that deep-water communities arose onshore, (2) to determine whether Antarctica acted as a source of diversity for deep-water communities elsewhere and (3) to determine how factors like global climate change have affected evolution on the continental slope. We show that although fossil data suggest that solariellid gastropods likely arose in a shallow, tropical environment, interpretation of the molecular data is equivocal with respect to the origin of the group. On the other hand, the molecular data clearly show that Antarctic species sampled represent a recent invasion, rather than a relictual ancestral lineage. We also show that an abrupt period of global warming during the Palaeocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) leaves no molecular record of change in diversification rate in solariellids and that the group radiated before the PETM. Conversely, there is a substantial, although not significant increase in the rate of diversification of a major clade approximately 33.7 Mya, coinciding with a period of global cooling at the Eocene–Oligocene transition. Increased nutrients made available by contemporaneous changes to erosion, ocean circulation, tectonic events and upwelling may explain increased diversification, suggesting that food availability may have been a factor limiting exploitation of deep-sea habitats. Tectonic events that shaped diversification in reef-associated taxa and deep-water squat lobsters in central Indo-West Pacific were also probably important in the evolution of solariellids during the Oligo-Miocene.last_img read more

Characterization of a novel N-acylhomoserine lactonase, AidP, from Antarctic Planococcus sp.

first_imgN-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs) are well-studied signalling molecules produced by some Gram-negative Proteobacteria for bacterial cell-to-cell communication or quorum sensing. We have previously demonstrated the degradation of AHLs by an Antarctic bacterium, Planococcus versutus L10.15T, at low temperature through the production of an AHL lactonase. In this study, we cloned the AHL lactonase gene and characterized the purified novel enzyme.last_img

Habitat preferences, foraging behaviour and bycatch risk among breeding sooty shearwaters Ardenna grisea in the Southwest Atlantic.

first_imgPelagic seabirds are important components of many marine ecosystems. The most abundant species are medium/small sized petrels (<1100 g), yet the sub-mesoscale (<10 km) distribution, habitat use and foraging behaviour of this group are not well understood. Sooty shearwaters Ardenna grisea are among the world’s most numerous pelagic seabirds. The majority inhabit the Pacific, where they have declined, partly due to bycatch and other anthropogenic impacts, but they are increasing in the Atlantic. To evaluate the sub-mesoscale habitat preferences (i.e. the disproportionality between habitat use and availability), diving behaviour and bycatch risk of Atlantic breeders, we tracked sooty shearwaters from the Falkland Islands during late incubation and early chick-rearing with GPS loggers (n = 20), geolocators (n = 10) and time-depth recorders (n = 10). These birds foraged exclusively in neritic and shelf-break waters, principally over the Burdwood Bank, ~350 km from their colony. Like New Zealand breeders, they dived mostly during daylight, especially at dawn and dusk, consistent with the exploitation of vertically migrating prey. However, Falkland birds made shorter foraging trips, shallower dives, and did not forage in oceanic waters. Their overlap with fisheries was low, and they foraged at shallower depths than those targeted by trawlers, the most frequent fishing vessels encountered, indicating that bycatch risk was low during late incubation/early chick-rearing. Although our results should be treated with caution, they indicate that Atlantic and Pacific sooty shearwaters may experience markedly differing pressures at sea. Comparative study between these populations, e.g. combining biologging and demography, istherefore warranted.last_img read more

Annelid Fauna of the Prince Gustav Channel, a previously ice-covered seaway on the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula.

first_imgThe Prince Gustav Channel is a narrow seaway located in the western Weddell Sea on the northeastern-most tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The channel is notable for both its deep (>1200 m) basins, and a dynamic glacial history that most recently includes the break-up of the Prince Gustav Ice Shelf, which covered the southern portion of the channel until its collapse in 1995. However, the channel remains mostly unsampled, with very little known about its benthic biology. We present a preliminary account of the benthic annelid fauna of the Prince Gustav Channel in addition to samples from Duse Bay, a sheltered, glacier-influenced embayment in the northwestern portion of the channel. Samples were collected using an Agassiz Trawl, targeting megafaunal and large macrofaunal sized animals at depths ranging between 200–1200 m; the seafloor and associated fauna were also documented in situ using a Shallow Underwater Camera System (SUCS). Sample sites varied in terms of depth, substrate type, and current regime, and communities were locally variable across sites in terms of richness, abundance, and both taxonomic and functional composition. The most diverse family included the motile predator/scavenger Polynoidae, with 105 individuals in at least 12 morphospecies, primarily from a single site. This study provides first insights into diverse and spatially heterogeneous benthic communities in a dynamic habitat with continuing glacial influence, filling sampling gaps in a poorly studied region of the Southern Ocean at direct risk from climate change. These specimens will also be utilized in future molecular investigations, both in terms of describing the genetic biodiversity of this site and as part of wider phylogeographic and population genetic analyses assessing the connectivity, evolutionary origins, and demographic history of annelid fauna in the region.last_img read more

Weber State Women In Action In WBI Quarterfinals

first_img Tags: Central Arkansas/Larryn Brooks/Taylor Baudoin/WBI Invitational/Weber State/women’s basketball Written by Brad James March 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Women In Action In WBI Quarterfinals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCONWAY, Ark.-(Weber State SID) Monday, the Weber State women’s basketball team seeks to continue its season as they travel to Conway, Ark. to face the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.The Wildcats have previously had success in the WBI, advancing to the 2016 championship game in the event, only to fall to the Louisiana-Lafayette (now Louisiana) Ragin’ Cajuns 87-85.Overall in the event, the Wildcats have a 4-1 all-time record.The proficient Wildcats are Top 20 nationally (out of 349 Division I women’s basketball teams) in several key categories, such as 7th in 3-point field goals per game at 10.3.The Wildcats are currently 21-10 on the season and are led by redshirt senior guard Larryn Brooks.The 5’6″ star guard out of Richmond, Ky. averages 20.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Her contributions on the season netted her Big Sky Conference first-team honors as well as Newcomer of the Year honors after transferring from Texas Tech.The Sugar Bears, who represent the Southland Conference, are 23-9 on the season and led by 6’0″ senior forward Taylor Baudoin who averages 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.This evening also represents the first game in history between these two programs.last_img read more

Serena Williams seeded No. 25 after Wimbledon rules amended for maternity leave

first_imgJune 27, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams seeded No. 25 after Wimbledon rules amended for maternity leave Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(LONDON) — Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been seeded 25th for this year’s tournament as she returns to the sport after giving birth to a baby daughter in September.Ending weeks of debate, the All England Club that organizes the British Grand Slam tournament decided to amend the rules and seed her, instead of following the ranking list that doesn’t take into account players’ taking a break for maternity leave.Williams, the most successful tennis player in history who was ranked No. 1 when she took her maternity leave, is ranked 183rd in the world after returning to the tour in March.She tweeted Monday: “7 days until Wimbledon. It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since my first title in London. What I remember most from that day is the genuine happiness and support from my competitor, big sister and best friend @Venuseswilliams.”Williams has a 9-month-old daughter Alexis with husband Alexis Ohanian.Williams, 36, told Good Morning America previously that it has been “interesting” to watch the world of tennis adjust its rules for new moms.“Unfortunately, in the ’90s they changed the rule whereas if you were injured [and] then you came back, you lose your seeding,” Williams said. “But they never took into account women that left No. 1 [because of pregnancy] “and left not for an injury, but to have a great life and not give up tennis, but to come back.”Katrina Adams, the U.S. Tennis Association’s president, agrees. Players should not be “penalized” for starting a family, she recently told The New York Times.“We think it’s a good message for our current female players and future players,” she said before today’s ruling. “It’s OK to go out and be a woman and become a mother and then come back to your job, and I think that’s a bigger message.”Williams has an ally in John McEnroe, the legendary U.S. tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion, who now sits on the tournament’s seedings committee. To him, it’s a straightforward decision.“I don’t think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight,” he said before today’s ruling. “Why in the world would they want to play her in the first, second, third round? Nor should they, in my opinion.”Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki said she totally supports Williams.“She’s the greatest player to ever play the sport, having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years,” she said before today’s ruling. “She deserves a seeding.”Williams played unseeded at the French Open in May, eventually pulling out of the Grand Slam in the fourth-round because of an injury. Wimbledon runs from July 2 to 15.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball at Illinois State Wednesday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNORMAL, Ill.-Wednesday, BYU men’s basketball returns to the road after a six-game home-stand by facing the Illinois State Redbirds of the Missouri Valley Conference on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.In the Cougars’ 5-2 start to the season, they have limited opponents to 40 percent shooting or lower five times.Thus far on the season, BYU opponents are only shooting 38.8 percent from the field, placing the Cougars in the Top 50 in the NCAA in that regard.The Cougars are also 7th nationally in turnovers as they only commit 8.9 turnovers per game. They also rank third in the country in assist to turnover ratio at 1.98:1.BYU is 1-0 all-time against Illinois State, having won 80-68 last December 6.BYU is led by Yoeli Childs, who averages 20 points and 12 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field.The Cougars are also out-scoring opponents on average, 81.4-69.6 to start the season.The Redbirds are coached by Dan Muller, who is 127-82 (.602) in his seventh year at the helm in Normal, Ill.Senior guard Milik Yarbrough is the Redbirds’ star as he posts 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.7 percent from the field for the season early on. Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Dan Muller/Illinois State Redbirds/Milik Yarbrough/NCAA/Yoeli Childs November 26, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball at Illinois State Wednesday Brad Jameslast_img read more

Dixie State Football Commences Spring Practices March 19

first_img Tags: Dixie State Football/spring practice The spring practice schedule commences Tuesday March 19 from 3:00-5:00 pm. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Tuesday, Dixie State football announced its spring football practice schedule, including 13 practice sessions and the annual spring game Saturday April 13 at 1:00 pm. March 5, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Commences Spring Practices March 19 Select sessions will also run from 7:00-9:00 am. Following the spring game on April 13, there will be two more practice sessions: April 16 and April 18. Both of those will run from 3:00-5:00 pm. Brad James Written bylast_img read more

Utah Baseball Visits Arizona This Weekend

first_imgSenior left-handed pitcher Joshua Tedeschi is the Utes’ ace as he is 3-0 on the season. Brad James The Utes and Wildcats’ series dates back to 1952 with Arizona leading the all-time series 69-61-12. Tags: Arizona baseball/Cameron Cannon/Erick Migueles/Joshua Tedeschi/Matt Fraizer/Quinn Flanagan/Ryan Holgate/Utah Baseball/Zack Moeller Redshirt junior catcher Zack Moeller (3 home runs, 17 RBI) is the Utes’ statistical leader with senior outfielder Erick Migueles, a native Tucsonan himself as he returns home this weekend, has one home run and 12 RBI for the Utes. Migueles also has a team-leading .391 batting average for the Utes. The Wildcats are led by freshman outfielder Ryan Holgate ( a team-best three home runs and 19 RBI), junior infielder Cameron Cannon (2 home runs and 15 RBI) and junior outfielder Matt Fraizer (a team-best 22 RBI).center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTUCSON, Ariz.-Friday, the Utah Utes’ baseball squad (6-6 on the season) visits the Arizona Wildcats (10-6) at Tucson, Ariz. for the Pac-12 conference opener for both squads. March 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Visits Arizona This Weekend Written by Freshman right-handed pitcher Quinn Flanagan is 2-0 on the season on the mound for the Wildcats, leading the team in that category.last_img read more

BYU Football’s Lopini Katoa Named As Candidate For Doak Walker Award

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDALLAS-Wednesday, BYU sophomore tailback Lopini Katoa was named as a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award in its 30th year of existence.Named for the three-time All-American tailback who starred at Southern Methodist and later with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, this award honors the top tailback in college football annually.This is the only major collegiate award requiring all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students in the same classification.Last season, Katoa amassed 423 yards on 76 carries (5.6 yards per rush) and ran for nine scores.The native of American Fork, Utah also ranked third on the squad in all-purpose yards with 537 yards.10 semifinalists for this award will be named in November before three finalists will be announced November 20.The recipient of this award will be named live during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show December 12 on ESPN. Tags: American Fork Utah/BYU Football/Detroit Lions/Doak Walker Award/Home Depot College Football Awards Show/Lopini Katoa/Southern Methodist July 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Football’s Lopini Katoa Named As Candidate For Doak Walker Award Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Utah Men’s Basketball Is Headed To Battle 4 Atlantis In 2020

first_img Written by November 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Is Headed To Battle 4 Atlantis In 2020 Brad James Tags: Battle 4 Atlantis/Utah Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNASSAU, Bahamas-Friday, the University of Utah men’s basketball team was announced as one of the participants as one of 8 teams competing at the 2020 Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis (November 25-27, 2020) at Nassau, Bahamas.The Utes will be joined in the field by Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Wichita State.This is the second time Utah will compete at this event. In 2011, the first season for current head coach Larry Krystkowiak, the Utes fell 75-47 to Harvard, 89-75 to Massachusetts and 87-65 to UNC Asheville.last_img read more

49ers’ CJ Beathard on brother’s murder: ‘I can find some peace knowing that he is at peace’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard says he’s heartbroken after the murder of his younger brother, but says he’s finding “some peace knowing that he is at peace in heaven.”Clayton Beathard, 22, and Paul Trapeni III, 21, were stabbed to death outside a Nashville bar in the early hours of Dec. 21.Trapeni was a student at Rhodes College in Memphis, while Clayton Beathard was a junior at New York’s Long Island University, where he played quarterback on its football team.C.J. Beathard, 26, is opening up about his relationship with his little brother, saying he had “the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever known.”“He is the most loyal guy that I have ever known in my life and has always been so dang proud of my family and I,” Beathard wrote on Instagram Friday. “It sounds so cliché but Clay is the best example of a dude that lights up every room he walks into whether it’s with his loud contagious laugh or just the smile on his face.”“He also has the weirdest ways of making unforgettable relationships with literally everyone he meets,” Beathard added. “Clay is the sweetest, most humble, toughest, and kind hearted people this world had in it, but he was called home and now has none of the pains and stresses only this world could give.”C.J. Beathard, a backup signal caller for the 49ers, described coming to terms with his brother’s death.“I just know Clay is looking at us grieving down here right now saying ‘stay strong’ ‘I’m doing great up here’ and ‘I will see you soon,’” Beathard said. “What happened is absolutely awful and has been and will continue to be the hardest things my family and I have had to go through. But I can find some peace knowing that he is at peace in heaven right now, and I know without a doubt God will bring a whole bunch of good out of this.”“My relationship with God has strengthened so much already throughout this along with my family’s. I have come to see a whole new view on life, in such a good way,” Beathard said.He ended his post by urging others “to make sure you tell everyone you love that you love them as much as you can, because you have absolutely no idea when the last time you may talk to or see them again will be.”The prime suspect in the stabbings, Michael Mosley, 23, was captured Wednesday at a vacant home in Ashland City, Tennessee, following a days-long manhunt.Mosley’s attorney, Justin Johnson, says his client acted in self-defense, reported The Tennessean.He’s set to appear in court on Jan. 7.Clayton Beathard’s father, Casey Beathard, told ABC News on Friday: “We are thankful that [Mosley] is off of the streets. We are sad because two incredible young men are missed.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 28, 2019 /Sports News – National 49ers’ CJ Beathard on brother’s murder: ‘I can find some peace knowing that he is at peace’ Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Production begins from second well of Sillimanite gas field in North Sea

first_imgThe Sillimanite gas field is located directly on the maritime border of the Netherlands and the UK The D12-B platform at sea. (Credit: Wintershall Dea GmbH) Wintershall Noordzee has commenced production from the second b2 well at the Sillimanite field located approximately 200km off the coast of Den Helder, the Netherlands.Drilling on the second Sillimanite production well started in February 2020 by Wintershall Noordzee, a 50-50 joint venture of Wintershall Dea and Gazprom EP International.Wintershall Noordzee managing director Robert Frimpong said: “Nobody could have foreseen the impact the outbreak of Covid-19 would have on our activities.“However, by rapidly adapting to a new reality and through perseverance, we have managed to bring this new well on stream without any incidents and within budget and timeframe.”Discovered in 2015, the Sillimanite gas field is located directly on the maritime border of the Netherlands and the UK.Sillimanite gas field commenced production in February 2020Following the signing of an agreement between the UK and the Netherlands, gas production from the field commenced in early 2020.Frimpong added: “However, we experience an increasingly challenged environment in the Southern North Sea, with new exploration activities at a record low. Improving the investment climate is therefore crucial to secure the continued success of the Dutch E&P sector.“It requires improved framework conditions that encourages and supports continued exploration, developments and sustenance of infrastructure essential to the energy transition.”The gas from the b2 well will be transported through the 12km-long pipeline connecting the D12-B platform to the existing Neptune-operated D15-A production platform.From there, the gas will be transported to shore through the Noordgastransport (NGT) gas transportation system.Wintershall Noordzee is currently undertaking drilling programme at the Sillimanite South exploration well.If successful, the gas from the third well will be added to the export pipeline in the fourth quarter of 2020.last_img read more

Allseas’s Pioneering Spirit removes topsides for Total’s Tyra redevelopment

first_imgThe vessel will return to the Tyra field to remove the TWA jacket in 2021 and the TEA jacket in 2022 Removal of integrated production facilities (IPF) module by Pioneering Spirit. (Credit: Allseas.) Swiss-based offshore contractor Allseas has announced that its heavy lift vessel Pioneering Spirit has successful removed the processing and accommodation topsides and flare jackets for the Total’s Tyra redevelopment project.The removal work is part of the French oil and gas company Total’s $3.3bn redevelopment of the Tyra field in the Danish waters of North Sea.The gas field, which is located 225km off the coast of Esbjerg, Denmark, is being redeveloped by Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) that comprises the Total Danmark, Noreco and Nordsofonden.The Pioneering Spirit has removed over 27,000 tonnes of facilities from the gas field over the last two weeks, and shifted them to recycling yards in Denmark and the Netherlands.Allseas’ scope of work in the project comprises engineering, preparation, removal, transportation, load-in to shore and recycling of the Tyra East Alpha (TEA) and Tyra West Alpha (TWA) topsides and jackets, integrated production facilities (IPF) module along with two flare jackets and monopole.Pioneering Spirit will return to Tyra to remove the TWA jacket in 2021The company said that the last two structures and flare jackets will be shifted to a cargo barge from Pioneering Spirit for load-in to the Sagro yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.It said that the motion compensated topsides lift system of the vessel has removed the 14,000 tonne TEA topsides and 7,800 tonne TWA topsides.The vessel’s new aft-mounted crane was deployed for the removal of the smaller, lighter structures of the platform.The Pioneering Spirit will next sail to Kristiansand, Norway, to remove the Ninian Northern topside installations from the field for Canadian Natural Resources International.Upon completion, the vessel will return to the Tyra field to remove the TWA jacket in 2021 and the TEA jacket in 2022.In June this year, Allseas’s Pioneering Spirit has successfully completed the single-lift removal of Shell UK’s Brent Alpha platform located 186km off the northeast coast of the Shetland Islands.last_img read more

ZPG results: buying spree dents profits but revenues increase

first_imgZPG has published its full-year results, revealing a substantial increase in turnover but smaller than expected profits.The group, which operates portals Zoopla and PrimeLocation, saw its turnover increase by 24% but profits only rise by 2%, reflecting the costs of its many acquisitions over the past year including – it was announced today – a Dutch AVM provider called Calcasa.It joins other acquisitions including personal finance website money.co.uk, agent software firm Expert Agent, agency website provider TecniWeb, agent print media and signage specialist Ravensworth and data firm Hometrack.This buying spree helped push up ZPG’s debt by £45 million to £191 million, or nearly 80% of its turnover for the year of £244.5 million, while its borrowings have increased in value by £110m to £266m.ZPG says it now has 14,772 branches signed up to its portals, a 6% rise compared to the same time last year, which helped push up revenue within its property arm by 41%.Revenue per branchThis, the company says, is in part down to the 1,000 agents it claims have left OnTheMarket and returned to Zoopla over the past 12 months.ZPG also now says it has 969,000 listing on its sites, up 5% year-on-year while average revenue per branch was £358 a month, an increase of 5% year-on-year.This compares with Rightmove’s comparable figure of £911 a month.“Our Property division performed very well driven by strong demand for our additional products, further migration of our software partners to cloud-based products and a continuation of returning portal partners,” says ZPG CEO Alex Chesterman.“We significantly enhanced the partner cross-sell opportunity with the successful integration of our acquisitions in website, software, data and print products and saw the average number of products per partner increase by 27% over the period.“Our audience continued to grow and remains highly engaged with a new record of 648 million visits to our websites, of which 72% were via mobile devices.”Hometrack OnTheMarket PrimeLocation Alex Chesterman Ravensworth tecniweb Zoopla ZPG results November 29, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » ZPG results: buying spree dents profits but revenues increase previous nextProducts & ServicesZPG results: buying spree dents profits but revenues increaseListings fees from member agents rise by 5% but the cost of buying so many companies over the past year shows in its full year results.Nigel Lewis29th November 20170915 Viewslast_img read more

Sold! Fourth women in a row wins NAVA auctioneer of the year

first_imgThe NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2018 has been awarded to Debs Latham of SDL Auctions, the fourth time in a row that a woman has won the competition.Debs takes the prestigious Auctioneer of the Year title from last year’s winner Georgina Hilton, a novice auctioneer at Christie’s in London.Debs joined SDL Auctions in 2018 following a career as a civilian and military air traffic controller.The fiercely contested, high-octane competition was sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers and Essential Information Group and was held at the Cambridge Belfry.12 contestants started the competition to auction a diverse range of five auction lots designed to challenge, encourage creativity and simulate the sort of lots that they would come up against in real-life auctions.The judging panel included Clive Emson, Richard Madley and David Sandeman. Runners up were Lucy Gregory of Dreweatts Auctioneers and Nick Maddocks of Gibbins Richards.Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark CEO said, “A fantastic and exhilarating experience for bidders and competitors alike. The value of the experience for novice auctioneers speaks for itself as previous winners and runners up have gone on to grow within auctioneering. Well done to everyone who took part.”Debs, with blonde hair and in a black dress, is in the centre of the photo of all the finalists.SDL Auctions NAVA Auctioneer of the Year auctioneers Debs Latham December 20, 2018The 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 » Auctions news » Sold! Fourth women in a row wins NAVA auctioneer of the year previous nextAuctions newsSold! Fourth women in a row wins NAVA auctioneer of the yearDebs Latham of SDL Auctions wins this year’s gong following a career as both a civilian and military air traffic controller.The Negotiator20th December 20180926 Viewslast_img read more

Tenant fees ban impact will less than expected, says major estate agency group

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Tenant fees ban impact will less than expected, says major estate agency group previous nextAgencies & PeopleTenant fees ban impact will less than expected, says major estate agency groupBelvoir says the hit on its gross profits will be just 3% nine months after the tenant fees ban is introduced on June 1st, not the predicted 8% reduction.Nigel Lewis31st January 201901,407 Views  Franchised estate agency giant Belvoir says the impact of the tenant fees ban will be less than it had initially expected and will reduce its gross profits by 6% initially, and then by just 3% after nine months.The company had initially predicted an 8% reduction after the tenant fees ban comes into effect on 1st June this year.This upbeat prediction is within the company’s full-year results for 2018, which overall reveal revenues up by 21% helped by increased fees from its sales and lettings franchisees and a 20% increase in revenue from its financial services division.Belvoir is benefiting from a long-standing industry trend; franchised estate agents tend to do better during tough trading periods. Fees paid by its franchisees increased by 7.1% and its branches outperformed both the UK’s sales and lettings markets.Revenue growthUnderlying revenue growth within the company’s lettings operation was 2.6% during 2018, more than the national figure of 1.8% while sales revenue increased by 8.5% against a backdrop of national transactions dipping by 2%.But like many large estate agency groups, Belvoir is relying heavily on its financial services operation for most of its growth. Brook Financial Services, which it bought in 2017, alongside recently-acquired broker MAB, helped increased its revenues from selling mortgages by a fifth.“In 2018, Belvoir delivered on its promise to support franchisee growth through its Assisted Acquisitions programme, adding network revenue of £6.9m, ahead of our £6.6m target for the year and over double that achieved in 2017,” says CEO Dorian Gonsalves (above).MAB Belvoir brook financial services Dorian Gonsalves January 31, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Symonds & Sampson buyer in Italy wins the bidding for a parcel of ‘paradise’

first_imgSymonds & Sampson sold properties in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire at their April auctions with buyers from all over the region, the South East and London as well as abroad.Auctioneer Mark Lewis was very pleased with the results, “We had mainly residential and commercial lots for sale but there were also some parcels of amenity land that proved very popular.”Highlights included a dilapidated thatched cottage at Pimperne, Dorset, which proved very popular and sold for £110,000, 22 per cent above guide; a three bedroom detached cottage which sold for £260,000, 30 per cent above reserve and an attractive building plot in Charmouth sold for £150,000; 76 per cent above guide.In East Devon a 10 acre broadleaf wood sold for £74,000 – an excellent 64 per cent above guide, but the most excitement was reserved for a wooden bungalow (pictured) set in grounds of about 0.67 acres. Described by one viewer as a piece of paradise there was scope to apply for planning permission for a new property on the site and it attracted great interest. There were 18 bids before the gavel dropped at £400,000 to a buyer in Italy.Mark Lewis property auctions auction lots auctioneers Symonds & Sampson June 28, 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 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 » Symonds & Sampson buyer in Italy wins the bidding for a parcel of ‘paradise’ previous nextAuctions newsSymonds & Sampson buyer in Italy wins the bidding for a parcel of ‘paradise’The Negotiator28th June 20190217 Viewslast_img read more

£14m development of luxury apartments is now underway

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » £14m development of luxury apartments is now underway previous nextLand & New Homes£14m development of luxury apartments is now underwayThe Negotiator6th April 20200365 Views The transformation of a West Midlands office block into 69 high quality apartments in a £14million build to rent development is underway.Construction and Fit-Out Solutions (CAFOS) was appointed by Urban Village Capital to deliver the project at Four Oaks House, Sutton Coldfield.Transforming this tired building into a great place for people to work, rest and play!The building will offer a high quality mix of one and two-bedroom apartments over four floors, with an impressive roof terrace and secure car parking, for the private rented sector. It is expected to reach practical completion in Q4 2020.Birmingham-based Urban Village Capital is led by CEO Nick Sellman, COO Kevin Sharkey and construction director Jamie Sellman.Nick said, “It’s exciting to see work start on our Four Oaks House project which will bring a fresh lease of life to this high-profile building.“We have instructed CAFOS to deliver the transformation of this tired building into what will be a great place for people to work, rest and play. The location is outstanding, just a stone’s throw from Four Oaks train station, and a short walk to Sutton Park. The many shops, bars, restaurants and community facilities at Mere Green are also nearby.”He added, “We are growing our PRS portfolio and will be retaining all of the apartments at Four Oaks House.”www.urbanvillagecapital.co.ukConstruction and Fit-Out Solutions Four Oaks House Sutton Coldfield Nick Sellman Jamie Sellman CAFOS Urban Village Capital Kevin Sharkey PRS April 6, 2020Jenny 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 2021last_img read more

Miles & Barr completes on MBO/Share buyback

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Miles & Barr completes on MBO/Share buyback previous nextAgencies & PeopleMiles & Barr completes on MBO/Share buybackThe Negotiator30th April 20200353 Views Miles & Barr has completed on a successful MBO/Share buyback. Mark Brooks has become the new Group Managing Director of the Miles & Barr estate agency group. Mark says, “Having been at M&B since March 2000, where I started as a trainee negotiator whilst I decided what I wanted to do with my degree, I have risen through the ranks and then joining three colleagues in buying-out the founding partners Christian Miles, Stuart Barr and Darren Ellis.Mark says, “We have had lots going on here in East Kent over the years: We opened our first office in January 1999, we did our first £1m acquisition in 2002 doubling our business. We won ‘Kent Business of the Year in 2007’ the first Estate Agent to win the award. We grew to seven offices and 120 staff by Nov 2007… and the story continues through to this year and we have robust growth plans to expand our lettings portfolio over the coming years to a minimum of 5000+ homes.”Miles & Barr estate agency group MBO/Share buyback Mark Brooks Miles & Barr April 30, 2020Jenny 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 2021last_img read more

Latest proptech disrupter? Conference where visitors create the content!

first_imgThe poster boy of UK proptech James Dearsley is today launching what he says is the first online conference for the sector featuring user-generated content.Dearsley, who is co-founder of proptech platform Unissu, says the event will not feature speakers or group discussion in the traditional sense; i.e. where an audience watches experts on a stage.He says trying to replicate a traditional hotel ballroom conference online during Covid doesn’t work, and that until people can once again reconvene face-to-face, his alternative is the only way to go.“In January of 2020 we had looked at virtual conference software and dismissed it out of hand,” he says.“Trying to replicate a physical conference into a digital format also didn’t work.“Conferences in person create a ‘stickiness of location’ which keeps people present at least till mid-afternoon.“Digital conferences that we are seeing at the moment suffer a lack of this.”Dearsley’s new proptech conference is called RE:Connect where visitors can create sessions on topics they want to discuss and “in doing so you encourage a cross pollination and democratisation of ideas in the process and create an experience that is, hopefully, new and refreshing for the attendees,” he says.“No more standard stage with sessions laid on for you for you to watch like a passive observer. If you want to create something, go ahead. If you want to just watch, no problem, create your own experience.Dearsley has gathered 40 global industry partners and promises 500 sessions and over 100 hours of content.RE:Connect James Dearsley proptech January 7, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Latest proptech disrupter? Conference where visitors create the content! previous nextProptechLatest proptech disrupter? Conference where visitors create the content!Unissu founder James Dearsley says his unusual Re:Connect global proptech event is the only way to do conferences during Covid – andy maybe beyond?Nigel Lewis7th January 20210293 Viewslast_img read more

Rightmove now pushing through 11% fee hikes on renewals, say agents

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Rightmove now pushing through 11% fee hikes on renewals, say agents previous nextMarketingRightmove now pushing through 11% fee hikes on renewals, say agentsPortal confirms it is in discussions with customers, as emails go out confirming increases citing support given during Covid.Nigel Lewis5th February 202113 Comments12,910 Views Agents have been told by Rightmove that they face substantial hikes in their monthly fees when they come up for renewal.This includes one Home Counties single-branch agent who is a long-standing customer of the portal whose account manager has told him to expect a hike of 11% on his current monthly cost.An email sent to this agent, and others, points out that the costs of their core membership will increase even though their overall package options are being pared down.Instead, they are invited to either drop their spend on existing bolt-on services or upgrade to an enhanced package and eliminate their core membership fee altogether.“Whichever way you look at it, the portal is pushing through increases to recoup its lost revenue from the ‘reduced bill’ policy during the darkest days of the first lockdown,” says industry and proptech analyst Andrew Stanton (pictured).“Rightmove makes 74% gross profit and in 2019 made a pre tax profit of £213 million, so if they hike the baseline fee to each agent by between 8% and 12%, which are the figures numerous agents have shown Proptech-PR, will add anything from £15 million to £20 million or more in turnover, or 5% to 7%.“With new technology from other portals and platforms ahead of the game, and failure to innovate, the last thing I would do after last year’s schism and wall of silence is hack off your core clients.”Zoopla, which has a comparable agent client list but lower fees, says it spent £30 million on its agent discount scheme last year.The Negotiator approached Rightmove for comment. Its spokesperson said that: “We can confirm that we’re having conversations with some agents where their contracts are due for renewal.“As well as discounting agents’ bills to help them when the markets were closed last year and delivering a record numbers of leads and exposure for agents’ properties when the markets reopened, we’ve also worked on a number of innovations to help them for the long term.”Rightmove says this includes online viewings, its Local Market Indicator data service, a redesigned property details page, and its Rightmove Hub platform.The portal also says it is in the process of rolling out its viewings manager service to help letting agents book and manage viewings with tenants.Andrew Stanton Rightmove February 5, 2021Nigel Lewis13 commentsAndrew Goldthorpe, PropertyMutual.com PropertyMutual.com 5th February 2021 at 2:52 pmAgreed Andrew Stanton. The disconnect between the C suite and the members is appalling.Rightmove achieved success 20 years ago precisely because it DID NOT have to borrow £millions to take on an entrenched corporate duopoly. It would never have got off the ground if it had to. Rightmove achieved rapid success with agents because a) it was unique, b) there was no corporate duopoly, and c) it offered an unwritten contract with agents for mutual betterment. Monetisation had to follow, but the selloff did not, and that contract with agents was forever broken. I also believe that Zoopla and OTM fall into this same category. They may be delivering leads at the moment but at what cost to agents’ control over their own destiny?My sincere hope is that the Covid crisis has finally made the scales fall from agents’ eyes. It is my view that the more money a “challenger” raises, and I include OTM as a challenger, and the more they shout about what big trousers they have, the worse it is for agents! All investors have an exit strategy. All investors want back those same £millions back, plus interest, plus annual profit share and dividends. And how do these “challengers” make back those £millions? Off the backs of agents, by leveraging the traffic their listings generate, and the second-tier transactions that they hope to sell to consumers. It is essentially the same 20-year-old business model, except at least they are being honest about using agents’ data generates to make money for investors!Zoopla could not be more brazen about it, and the other stock market owned portals will inevitably have to follow their lead as their shareholders are in the driving seat. Bizarrely, some see this as a virtue. Sure, some revenue will go back to agents, but it should be 100%!Log in to ReplySteve Way, Oxlets Ltd Oxlets Ltd 5th February 2021 at 1:28 pmThis is exactly why I dumped Rightmove in April 2020. I’m a one man lettings & property management business and with their constant and excessive hikes it was simply an unsustainable model. It hasn’t impacted my business at all other than more money in the bank, more money to my pension pot and funds to use on increasing social media presence. It’s not the agents that need convincing that Rightmove are bad – it’s the public. The message has to be conveyed that people will lose out on their dream home if they blinker themselves to one portal when searching. The more the searching public realise this, the more the other portals will challenge Rightmove and then the more agents will leave them. I’m with Zoopla and OnTheMarket – these together are giving me more, and higher quality, leads than Rightmove ever did, esp OTM. So good riddance to Rightmove, they deserve to lose.Log in to ReplyMitchell Klein, Propertymail Propertymail 5th February 2021 at 1:10 pmSounds like extortion….!!!Years ago they would of been looked into, especially with their profit margins. Today because they have shareholders they are applauded.I wonder how many more agents will be forced to close because of their huge costs.Log in to ReplyAlan Mauchan, MBM Home Lets MBM Home Lets 5th February 2021 at 11:17 amI run a lettings-only single outlet in Glasgow. We left Rightmove two years ago after endless price hikes and can say we absolutely don’t need them. We use Lettingweb as portal to Zoopla, Primelocation etc. They are a one-stop shop for referencing and digital leases too with local support and good contact – quite the opposite of RM as I recall…Log in to ReplyAdam McHenry, Cadman Homes Cadman Homes 5th February 2021 at 10:15 amCriminal – Monopoly behaviour and should be investigated. We created this “addiction” and the inelastic demand that’s been seen by us all over the years. Rightmove’s days are numbered it seems.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 5th February 2021 at 11:27 amTotally. We are like lemmings, “”he’s on RM so I must be too!” NonsenseIm not any longer and Im not suffering, IN FACT we are busier and £1600 pm better offLog in to ReplyJeff Cox, Henleys Resdiential Ltd Henleys Resdiential Ltd 5th February 2021 at 10:14 amWell, you can either stomach it or make some noise. The more agents who kick off, the more likely RM will back down. We have made our views very clear to RM and they are reviewing the price hike.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 5th February 2021 at 11:25 amAbsolutely right. I am still shouting…. cant you all hear me?Log in to ReplyRaphael Phillips, Houseman Properties Houseman Properties 5th February 2021 at 9:17 amI pulled my company off of Rightmove last year After 11 years. Best thing ever we have had no drop in sales or rentals. Never questioned by Landlord or Vendor about this. If you had good quality properties on at the right price and you’re clever enough to secure a soul agency I promise you it makes no differenceLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 5th February 2021 at 11:25 am100pc agreeLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 5th February 2021 at 8:56 am#nosurprisethere#saynotorightmove warned you all this could and would happen, myself specificallyIt was always on the cardsIm told we cost them £49m last yearThey were always going to claw it back somehow and the ones who stayed will take the bruntAmazed so many were blinkeredYou still aways have time to fix this, join us “leavers” and make the point that they cant control the market with a belligerent attitudeIts to late now to gain teh @Zoopla discount as we have BUT at leat, like us, you will save shed loads of dosh#we’reinthemoney#saynotorightmove……. we didLog in to ReplyFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 5th February 2021 at 8:45 amWell all I can say is that if the agents are stupid enough to pay it then they have more money than sense. We left RM last March and haven’t looked back since then.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 5th February 2021 at 7:49 amGiven that Rightmove is a SaaS solution, Software as a service which means it is a digitally repeatable process which incurs a minimal footprint of cost, to be charging higher and higher fees just because you can is not a brilliant business model. With many new property platforms launching in Beta mode and Boomin about to emerge, all offering a freemium model, as the actual cost of digitally listing property, the main function of Dinosaur Rightmove, is minimal, this latest wrong move by Rightmove may well be their ‘let them eat cake’ moment. An 11% hike for agents, when the Bank of England is very clearly talking about negative interests rates, you can not make this sort of c-suite disconnect with reality up.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 2021last_img read more

Lisa Carlsen and Livestream 2 Win $137,000 1.55m CSI3* Grand Prix

first_imgMore from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Show jumping competition concluded on Sunday of Desert Circuit III at the Desert International Horse Park in Thermal, CA, with the FEI $137,000 1.55m CSI3* Grand Prix, sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition. Canadians topped the leaderboard claiming all three podium positions with Lisa Carlsen and Livestream 2 (Lordanos x Heidebluete) stopping the timers at 38.8 seconds earning the top spot. Livestream 2 is an eleven-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Attache stables.With the second fastest time, Beth Underhill (CAN) and Sandy Lupton’s Count Me In (Count Grannus x Sunshine), a fourteen-year-old Hannovarian gelding, posted a clear round at 39.22 seconds to claim the red ribbon. The top three was completed by Ben Asselin (CAN) and Luikan Q (Luidam x Camina Van De Kornelishoeve), a twelve-year-old Anglo European Sport Horse owned by Attache Stables, for their time of 39.54 seconds.Riders were put to the test against Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) stout thirteen obstacle course and a 79 second time allowed. With multiple big lines and a triple combination, riders battled to secure a spot in the jump-off round. Five of the original thirty-seven combinations returned for the shortened course where they raced against the clock to see who would earn first. Carlsen set the Roeckl Sport time to beat as the first clear in the jump-off with their time of 38.8 seconds.The mental game is just as important as the physical and Carlsen had to pass that test today. “The one jump I didn’t like and that I was a little more aggressive at was the jump away from the ingate,” expressed Carlsen. “For some reason, I just don’t like that jump and where it sits. It has nothing to do with him, it is just me personally. That was the one where I think I got a little lucky in my first round.”Carlsen and Livestream 2 are no strangers to the winner’s circle here at the Desert International Horse Park. Just a year ago, at this exact time, they were being crowned champions of the $200,000 Valencia Sport Saddlery Grand Prix. Carlsen was given the ride in December of 2019 and since then, the pair have been building an even better relationship.“COVID-19 was a good year for me because I really got to know him during that time frame when we weren’t competing. We have really bonded and we came out strong this year. I have been consistently jumping a lot of four faults,” reminisced Carlsen. “My horse is very fast. That is one thing I do know about him […] This week, he came out strong and jumped double clean the other day and double clean today.”Complete results here. Tags: Beth Underhill, Lisa Carlsen, show jumping, Desert International Horse Park, Livestream 2, Benn Asselin, Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Italy: Leon E. Panetta Visits NAS Sigonella

first_img View post tag: € View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Panetta Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta visited U.S. and Coalition service members on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Oct. 7 during a overseas tour that consisted of stops in Israel, Egypt, Belgium and Italy.The purpose of the stop was to thank not only the U.S. service members, but also Italian and Coalition forces for their support during operations in Libya.Operation Unified Protector is the NATO-led mission that succeeded Operation Odyssey Dawn, established to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.U.S. and Coalition service members gathered on the flight line as Panetta described the operations as a true Coalition effort.“I have to tell you that at the time that this mission was embarked on, there were a lot of critics about whether it was the right mission at the right time with the right force; whether NATO could do the job. There were a lot of questions about the mission overall, and I think the critics have been proven wrong. NATO came together effectively, came together quickly, operations were put together effectively – and this was a complicated mission. There’s no questions about it,” said Panetta.“In Sigonella, nations came together to conduct complex operations that have not only protected the lives of innocent civilians, but have served to demonstrate the remarkable capacities resident in each nation’s forces,” said Capt. Scott Butler, NAS Sigonella commanding officer. “The historic deployments by Sweden and UAE, along with the efforts of our traditional NATO partners, are game-changers. From this base, a military force whose composition is unique in the modern age, prosecuted enemy targets with great precision and, as the Secretary said, made the world a safer place for our children. There can be no higher calling.”“Sigonella was extremely important to the mission that was conducted in Libya, and all of you know the tremendous role that was played by each of you in that mission,” said Panetta.[mappress]Source: navy, October 09, 2011 Authorities View post tag: usa View post tag: Leon View post tag: NAS View post tag: Sigonella Back to overview,Home naval-today Italy: Leon E. Panetta Visits NAS Sigonella Italy: Leon E. Panetta Visits NAS Sigonella View post tag: visits Share this article View post tag: Italy October 9, 2011 View post tag: Navylast_img read more

ESPS Patino Hosts Media Day

first_img View post tag: day View post tag: Naval Training & Education March 19, 2012 View post tag: ESPS View post tag: Patino View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navycenter_img ESPS Patino Hosts Media Day A media day was held onboard the EU Naval Force Spanish flagship, ESPS PATIÑO alongside Mombasa Port on Thursday 15 March.  The event was hosted by the EU Naval Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jorge Manso and the EU’s Head of Delegation in Kenya, Mr. Loedwijk Briet.  They were also accompanied at the Media Day by the Ambassadors to Kenya from Spain and France, Mr Javier Herrera and Mr. Etienne de Poncins respectively.  Rear Admiral Manso gave the 26 journalists, who travelled from Spain, Sweden, Kenya and Somalia, a presentation on the EU’s counter-piracy mission – codenamed ‘Operation Atalanta’, in which he described the significant achievements made by the EU Naval Force warships to deter and disrupt piracy on the high seas, and he went on to describe the successful cooperation and coordination with the other counter-piracy forces, such as NATO and the Combined Maritime Force (CMF).From a political perspective, the Head of Delegation Kenya, Mr. Briet addressed the journalists, emphasising that through the EU Comprehensive Approach, the EU is the largest single financial donor to Somalia (in the region of 1 Bn EUROS). He described ongoing work to improve the rates of successful prosecution of suspect pirates and that the fight against piracy is an international responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 19, 2012; Image: eunavfor View post tag: Media Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Patino Hosts Media Day View post tag: hostslast_img read more

UK: Medical Training Onboard HMS Diamond

first_img View post tag: Onboard UK: Medical Training Onboard HMS Diamond View post tag: Training View post tag: Medical View post tag: News by topic August 24, 2012 View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval Share this article Training & Education The Royal Marines and the Royal Navy Boarding Team in HMS Diamond have had their First Aid knowledge put to the test. As a continuation of their training, the sailors and marines are receiving instruction in life saving techniques by the onboard medical team.Keen to keep these skills up to date, Diamond’s Sickbay arranged a series of practical scenarios to consolidate their knowledge and enable hands-on experience in a controlled environment. Every week a different topic is covered; this can range from minor accidents while undertaking normal duties to injuries that could be sustained during boarding operations on Diamond’s current deployment.The team are coached through scenarios and then offered the chance to critique one another’s performance.Last week saw the team learning how to insert intravenous drips to administer potentially life-saving fluids. Next week will see the teams get to grips with techniques to control a patient’s airway and the treatment of chest injuries.Captain Richard Hughes Royal Marines, Officer Commanding Officer the Marine team onboard said:“This invaluable training instils the confidence within the Royal Marine and Royal Navy Boarding Team that every member is able to effectively carry out life saving treatment.” [mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 24, 2012; Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Medical Training Onboard HMS Diamond View post tag: Diamondlast_img read more

X-47B Starts Landing Operations Aboard USS George H.W. Bush

first_img View post tag: USS View post tag: George View post tag: Operations May 20, 2013 The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) has begun touch and go landing operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) May 17.For UCAS-D, this represents the most significant technology maturation of the program. Ship relative navigation and precision touchdown of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) aircraft.Don Blottenberger, UCAS-D Deputy Program manager, commented, “This landing, rubber hitting deck, is extremely fulfilling for the team and is the culmination of years of relative navigation development. Now, we are set to demonstrate the final pieces of the demonstration.”Earlier in the week, the UCAS-D test team and CVN 77 worked together to successfully complete the first ever launch of an unmanned aircraft from an aircraft carrier proving the importance of introducing unmanned aviation into the already powerful arsenal of aircraft squadrons.“We are proud to be a part of another historic first for Naval Aviation. The landing was spot-on and it’s impressive to witness the evolution of the Carrier Air Wing,” said Capt. Brian E. Luther, Commanding Officer USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)The various launch and landing operations of the X-47B on the flight deck of George H. W. Bush signify historic events for naval aviation history. These demonstrations display the Navy’s readiness to move forward with unmanned carrier aviation operations.Capt. Jaime Engdahl, program manager for Unmanned Combat Air Systems program office, said,“When we operate in a very dynamic and harsh carrier environment, we need networks and communication links that have high integrity and reliability to ensure mission success and provide precise navigation and placement of an unmanned vehicle.”“Today, we have demonstrated this with the X-47B, and we will continue to demonstrate, consistent, reliable, repeatable touch-down locations on a moving carrier flight deck,” he continued. “This precision relative navigation technology is key to ensuring future unmanned systems can operate off our aircraft carriers.”The UCAS-D program plans to conduct shore-based arrested landings of the X-47B at NAS Patuxent River in the coming months before final carrier-based arrestments later in 2013.George H.W. Bush is currently conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthening the Navy’s forward operating and war fighting ability.[mappress]Press Release, May 20, 2013. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aboard View post tag: Defence View post tag: Landing View post tag: Naval View post tag: X-47Bcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today X-47B Starts Landing Operations Aboard USS George H.W. Bush View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Bush Training & Education View post tag: starts Share this article View post tag: H.W. X-47B Starts Landing Operations Aboard USS George H.W. Bushlast_img read more

Piracy in the Indian Ocean Still a Threat

first_img Share this article Piracy in the Indian Ocean Still a Threat View post tag: could May 16, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Piracy in the Indian Ocean Still a Threat View post tag: Threat The revelation this week that the owner of an Algerian cargo ship whose crew was held by Somali pirates paid them $2.6 million in ransom is yet another indication that the rewards these denizens reap for their illegal, life-threatening work remain a serious stumbling block to ending maritime organized crime, AdvanFort Company President and COO William H. Watson said.“Those ship owners and operators who have still not hired a highly-reputable private maritime security company (PMSC) continue to risk paying what amounts to an illegal tax in support of further organized maritime extortion,” Watson noted in a statement. “It is a cost that ends up being borne by all of us.”Watson noted that the MV Blida, carrying 17 Algerians, six Ukrainians, two Filipinos, one Jordanian and one Indonesian, was overtaken by a gang of heavily-armed pirates on its way from Oman to Tanzania, with almost all the hostages freed after a bag full of cash was dropped from a plane to the captors.“The fact that Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, has just issued a warning that Somali pirates still remain determined to get out to sea and attack easy targets should be a wake-up call for those still asleep at the helm of security for their companies,” Watson added.“Tarrant’s observation that piracy’s threat in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere is not over, but is merely contained for now, means that the costs associated with world-wide shipping remain burdened by a transnational security threat that carries with it an unnecessary tax that unfairly buffets the maritime industry and those consumers whose life depends on the free flow of commerce.”“The silver lining in all those clouds on the horizon is the fact that those vessels protected by first-rate PMSCs remain outside the pirates’ greedy reach,” Watson said.Rear Admiral Tarrant’s warning was issued after the EU Naval Force warship ESPS Rayo located a skiff with six men on board that was 320 nautical miles off the Somali coast. That the small, open-top boat was so far out to sea caused the Rayo to send a team to investigate.As a result Tarrant said that he was “very concerned that seafarers and nations will lower their guard and support for counter piracy operations in the belief that the piracy threat is over. It is not; it is merely contained. We should remember that at its height in January 2011, 32 ships were pirated by Somali pirates and 736 hostages were held. It is crucial that we remain vigilant or the number of attacks will once again rise.”Although the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean are now protected by a coalition of world navies, in 2011 pirates staged 439 violent attacks and held hostage 802 crewmembers. Although the ransom paid by the Saudi owner of the MV Blida was $2.6 million, the average paid to pirates that year was $4.97 million.According to a recent report, the some $170 million in ransom payments to piracy made during 2011 was a more than 50 percent increase from the total of $110 million they received in 2010. During the period 2007-2011, it noted, the ransoms paid “have increased sevenfold,” with average ransoms increasing from about $600,000 in 2007 to some $5 million in 2011.In February 2011, $13.5 million in ransom was paid to secure the release of a supertanker, the MV Irene, which carried 2 million barrels of Kuwaiti oil, estimated to be worth $200 million and destined for the United States.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: Indian View post tag: Again View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: ocean View post tag: rise View post tag: Naval View post tag: piracylast_img read more

First NH90 Step B Delivered to Italian Navy

first_img First NH90 Step B Delivered to Italian Navy November 12, 2013 Share this article Industry newscenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today First NH90 Step B Delivered to Italian Navy The first NH90 NFH Step B has been delivered to the Italian Navy. This fully operational naval helicopter will be assigned to the 5th Helicopter Squadron of the Italian Navy at the Sarzana-Luni base. The Italian Navy has ordered 56 NH90s, 46 of which in the NFH variant.“This NH90 Step B will allow its crews to fully take advantage of its tremendous mission system” explains Xavier Poupardin, Delegated Managing Director of NHIndustries.The Step B configuration features a range of significant advancements in mission capability including mission systems integration for both air-to-surface missiles such as the Marte MK/2S and torpedoes, advanced satellite and encrypted communications, radar and avionics capability enhancements. Next year the five previously delivered Italian Navy NH90NFH in Step A (MOC, Meaningful Operation Capability) standard, will begin to be retrofitted to bring them to the final configuration.“The NH90 NFH is the most recent and versatile helicopter for naval warfare” it is designed according to precise NATO Staff Requirements. It is equipped with a state of the art weapon system combining on a modern platform several types of sensors with a complete weapon suite. The NH90 NFH is able to perform a wide range of missions such as Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, SAR, Transport, Special Ops support, Boarding, Medical Evacuation, Maritime reconnaissance and Anti-Piracy In any type of environment. It can safely operate from a ship even in rough weather.The NH90 is the optimal choice for tactical transport, naval operations thanks to its large full composite airframe, its excellent power to weight ratio; and its wide range of rôle equipment. It features a redundant Fly-by-Wire flight control system for reduced Pilot’s workload and enhanced flight characteristics.As of today, more than 164 helicopters have been delivered and are in service in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman, Australia and New Zealand.The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter program is managed by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland SpA (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Fokker Aerostructures (5.5%).[mappress]Press Release, November 12, 2013; Image: NH Industrieslast_img read more

SOY 2013 Winners Advanced to Chief Petty Officer

first_img View post tag: SOY Share this article View post tag: Petty View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Deputy Chief of U.S. Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy Vice Adm. Michelle Howard was the guest speaker at the pinning ceremony hosted by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy (MCPON)(AW/NAC) Mike Stevens.Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mahtob Johnson, U.S. Fleet Forces Sea Sailor of the Year; Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 1st Class Matthew Meadows, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year; Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Paul Marticorena, Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year; and Cryptologic Technician (Collections) 1st Class Patricia Madigan, Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year were each presented their Chief Petty Officer appointment letter from Howard prior to having their anchors pinned to their collars and combination covers placed on their heads. “The rank of chief petty officer is one of special order. It shows not only that you have served successfully, but that your service has met with the commendation of your seniors,” said Howard. She continued, “When you are promoted to chief petty officer, your uniform changes, your quarters and method of living changes, the treatment afforded to you by your senior officer changes, but don’t forget that these are not the only features of your life that change. Along with all of these changes comes a very great change in your responsibilities, as well as the absolute necessity for a different point of view.”Before the anchors were pinned on the Sailors of the Year, MCPON Stevens spoke about one of the top questions he’s asked during fleet visits. “Sailors will ask what they can do to better ensure a successful career and I offer what I call my foundations of success,” said Stevens. “Work hard for your Sailors every single day, stay out of trouble, and be a good and decent person.” He added, “Some may disagree, but I believe that the most important focus area is to be a good and decent person.” “Treat yourself and your Sailors with dignity and respect,” he said. Families, friends and shipmates traveled from around the world to attend the ceremony and share the highlights of their accomplishments and achievement on advancing to chief petty officer. Throughout their week-long visit to Washington, the Sailors of the Year and their families toured historic sites and enjoyed special events held in their honor. “This has been an outstanding opportunity and a very humbling experience,” Meadows said.[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today SOY 2013 Winners Advanced to Chief Petty Officer View post tag: Officer View post tag: chief The 2013 Sailor of the Year winners were meritoriously advanced to Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial, May 22. SOY 2013 Winners Advanced to Chief Petty Officer View post tag: Naval View post tag: Advanced Authorities View post tag: 2013 May 23, 2014 View post tag: Winnerslast_img read more

Lockheed Martin Modernizes Air Operations Capabilities for U.S. Marine Corps

first_img View post tag: Martin View post tag: Operations Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed Martin Modernizes Air Operations Capabilities for U.S. Marine Corps View post tag: air The Theater Battle Management Core System (TBMCS) within the U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Air Command Center was upgraded with the Marine Corps Air Mission Planner application to provide the Marines with a modernized mission planning application to better plan and execute aviation operations.Developed by Lockheed Martin, TBMCS is the primary system for coordinating and executing the air campaign. It links the command and control systems for the United States Air Force, United States Navy, and United States Marine Corps, and integrates with ground systems for the Army systems, enabling coordinated, synchronized air battle management.“Replacing 18 years of legacy applications was a challenge,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. “By collaborating with the Marines on a regular basis we provided a system with the functionality that met all their expectations.”The TBMCS system integrates a full range of intelligence, targeting, and airspace deconfliction applications that support coordination of precision engagement fires, safe passage and near real-time warnings of threats. For the Marine Corps, Lockheed Martin updated the airborne command and control capabilities that produce air tasking orders that coordinate flying operations for fighters, cargo planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. By replacing 1.5 million lines of legacy code with 500K lines of modernized code, the updated planner offers the USMC improved capabilities for planning, tasking, and coordinating their air operations.In a joint development test consisting of Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel, the Marine Corps Air Mission Planner was formally evaluated in March 2014 at the Ryan Center at Langley, AFB in Virginia. The planner successfully passed the most rigorous test environment that TBMCS had seen in several years.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2014; Image: Lockheed Martin The system that allows the U.S. Marines to coordinate flying operations for all air assets has been modernized by Lockheed Martin. View post tag: Lockheed Lockheed Martin Modernizes Air Operations Capabilities for U.S. Marine Corps View post tag: Naval View post tag: capabilities View post tag: marine View post tag: Navy View post tag: Corps Equipment & technology View post tag: News by topic June 12, 2014 View post tag: Modernizes View post tag: U.S. Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Bangor Leaves Rosyth Dockyard for Sea Trials

first_imgThe SP(D), carried out under the Surface Ship Support Alliance Class Output Management (COM) arrangements by the Babcock-led Sandown class COM team, has included a number of upgrades, significantly enhancing HMS Bangor’s operational capability, sustainability and habitability standards, as well as a substantial maintenance package.Upgrades and improvements have included installation of a modernised IT communication system, an updated fire detection system, major galley and laundry updates, and several upgrades to enhance the ship’s ability to operate in hot climates. HMS Bangor is the first of class to be fitted with modern, economical, environmentally friendlier diesel generators, easing the maintenance load and improving reliability.Maintenance work has included a full structural survey, significant paint coating including a full outer bottom paint scheme replacement using modern more sustainable coatings, weather deck covering renewal, and complete overhaul of the ship’s reverse osmosis plant and boat crane. Other significant work packages include maintenance on Sonar 2093, the platform’s main weapon system.Babcock Warships Managing Director, Mike Whalley, said: “The work to be undertaken on Bangor was defined by the Babcock-led Sandown class COM team, based on knowledge of the ship’s material state and our experience of previous Sandown class refits, to minimise the level of emergent work and optimise efficiency and value for money. We are delighted now to have successfully and safely completed the upkeep work, and to see HMS Bangor leave Rosyth for sea trials in the best possible material state.”MoD MCM Team Leader Captain Giulian Hill said: “I am delighted HMS Bangor is returning to sea, especially having completed the first of class installation of the new diesel generators. This along with other important upgrades will help to sustain her capabilities into the future.”Following sea trials, HMS Bangor will return to the Fleet by early July.[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014; Image: UK Navy HMS Bangor Leaves Rosyth Dockyard for Sea Trials June 16, 2014 Share this article Sandown class mine hunter HMS Bangor has left Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard for sea trials on Friday, 13 June, following a successful six month Support Period (Docking) (SP(D)). View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: trials View post tag: Leavescenter_img View post tag: Rosyth Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Bangor Leaves Rosyth Dockyard for Sea Trials View post tag: Naval View post tag: sea Authorities View post tag: HMS Bangor View post tag: Dockyardlast_img read more

Japanese Naval Ships Visit Sri Lanka

first_img View post tag: JS Suzunami View post tag: JMSDF November 11, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Japanese Naval Ships Visit Sri Lanka Japanese naval ships, JS Makinami (DD-112) and JS Suzunami (DD-114), arrived at the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit on November 10, 2015.The two ships are en route for counter piracy operations off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden.This visit marks the 50th port call to Sri Lanka by the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships since 2009.Prior to their departure on November 11, the visiting Japanese ships are scheduled to conduct a Passage exercise with an SLN ship with the aim of sharing professional expertise between the two navies.Under the Act of Punishment and Countermeasures against Piracy, Japan has been deploying two Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyers with Japan Coast Guard law enforcement officers on board since March 2009, as part of the international effort to enhance maritime security through naval patrols and escort operations. As of June 30, 2015, Japan’s vessels have escorted 3,577 ships in 621 escort missions.Japanese vessels are also part of the Combined Maritime Forces participating in CTF-151 and conducting zone-defense activities from December 2013, while continuing its escort operations.[mappress mapid=”17396″]Image: Sri Lanka Navy Japanese Naval Ships Visit Sri Lankacenter_img View post tag: JS Makinami Authorities View post tag: Sri Lanka Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Australian Navy sailors rescue drowning man during RIMPAC

first_img August 1, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy sailors rescue drowning man during RIMPAC View post tag: RIMPAC Authorities Two Royal Australian Navy sailors deployed to Exercise RIMPAC have saved the life of a drowning man in Honolulu, Hawaii.According to the Australian Navy, Hawaiian resident Chad Gillingham fell more than four meters from the pier into the harbor shortly before midnight earlier this month and suffered a serious head wound and lacerations after striking exposed rock on the way down.Petty Officer Marine Technician Dave Finney, from Modbury in South Australia, and Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Craig Davis from HMAS Canberra arrived at the scene a short time later.Petty Officer Finney said he saw Gillingham struggling to stay afloat on the evening on July 7 and made the call to enter the water to provide assistance.“We quickly assessed the situation and determined that Mr Gillingham was unable to help himself – that’s when I made the decision to jump in,” he said.Once firefighters and paramedics arrived, Petty Officer Finney fitted a neck brace and pulled Mr Gillingham out of the water.Reunited at the scene of the accident, Gillingham said he had little recollection of the events.“I remember hitting the water and being overwhelmed by a peaceful feeling,” he said.“I thought, this is it. My next recollection is seeing a fireman in a black coat yelling down at someone who was helping me in the water. Then I woke up in the Queens Medical Centre.”Canberra Class Amphibious Ship, HMAS Canberra is visiting Pearl Harbor, Hawaii as part of the Australian Defence Force commitment to Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.The ship is currently at sea as part of the world’s largest maritime exercise involving 25,000 people from 26 countries.center_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Australian Navy sailors rescue drowning man during RIMPAC Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgBaylor College of Medicine and Department Summary:Baylor ( www.bcm.edu ) isrecognized as one of the nation’s premier academic health sciencecenters and is known for excellence in education, research, andhealthcare and community service. Located in the heart of theworld’s largest medical center ( Texas MedicalCenter ), Baylor is affiliated with multiple educational,healthcare and research affiliates ( Baylor Affiliates).SummaryLocation: Baylor Psychiatry ClinicThe Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at BaylorCollege of Medicine has an immediate opening for a LicensedClinical Social Worker with experience in a clinical environmentdedicated to the care of mental health patients.Job Duties• Working in conjunction with faculty Psychiatrists, Psychologists,and Social Workers to extend care to patients experiencing anxiety,OCD, grief/loss, depression, and other clinical issues.• Expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy and otherevidence-based forms of psychotherapy• Focus on providing direct patient services and supervisinginterns and students• May participate in programmatic research and scholarship• Adheres to all Baylor College of Medicine policies andproceduresMinimum QualificationsEducation: Licensed Clinical Social Worker Degree (LCSW)Experience: Three or more years clinical experience with MentalHealth conditions, which can include time during training.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.2824CA; CHlast_img read more

Pediatric Cardiologist/Director of Echocardiography

first_imgChief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Children’s Hospital of Richmond of the Virginia CommonwealthUniversity Health System has committed itself to transforming thePediatric Cardiology Division into a model academic unit devoted toexcellence in clinical care, teaching, and clinical, translational,and basic research. Is this employee on a H1B Visa? School/UnitSchool of Medicine Required Qualifications Working TitlePediatric Cardiologist/Director of Echocardiography Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Type of SearchNational Number of Months12 www.vcujobs.com Position Responsibilities Diversity Statement Information Date Posted03/20/2019 Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Posted Salary Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentResumeReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3 * How did you learn of this position?vcujobs.comProfessional / Field Group {e.g., Academy of Management}Chroniclevitae.comDiversejobs.netHigherEdJobs.comIndeed.comLinkedIn.comVCU Recruiter / Search FirmReferral / Word of MouthOther (See Next Question)Unsure DepartmentPediatrics Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Preferred Qualifications • Experience with advocacy at local, state, and nationallevel• Success in generating revenue (grants/contracts) Mission or Goal of Unit Open Until FilledYes RankOpen Proposed Hire Date09/01/2019 Position NumberF62790 VCU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital joined together in July2010, forming Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU . Together, weare a full-service Children’s Hospital that offers a robustcontinuum of pediatric services, research and education. TheChildren’s Hospital of Richmond and the School of Medicine atVirginia Commonwealth University are committed to transforming thePediatric Cardiology Division into a model academic unit devoted toexcellence in clinical care, teaching, and clinical, and basicresearch.Development of our multi-faceted cardiac imaging service(echocardiography, cardiac MRI and CT, PET imaging) is one of thetop priorities for the Children’s Hospital Foundation HeartCenter.We are seeking an outstanding BC/BE pediatric cardiologist withadvanced echocardiography training experience at the assistant orassociate professor level to fill a non-tenure eligible position asthe Director of the echocardiography laboratory. Candidates withexperience in fetal echocardiography, functional andthree-dimensional echocardiography and high research productivityare highly desired. Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/87893 Grant funded position?No Application Deadline Date • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Pediatrics and PediatricCardiology• Experience with clinical care of patients ages birth to 21• Experience with education of house-staff, medical students, andothers• Experience with research• Excellent interpersonal skills• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . 1. TeachingFaculty member will have teaching responsibilities in the area ofCardiology. Faculty member will provide guidance and mentorship tostudents, residents, fellows, nurses and echocardiographytechnologists in the area of Cardiology.2. ResearchFaculty member will have experience in securing revenue throughgrants and contracts and will serve as a research mentor to othermembers of the division and the Division of PediatricCardiology.3. ServiceFaculty member will serve on departmental or School of Medicinecommittees when appropriate.4. ClinicalFaculty member will be responsible for providing pediatricechocardiography services, as well as general cardiology inpatientand outpatient duties as needed. * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source, pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting? (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.'(Open Ended Question) Application Process/Additional Informationlast_img read more

Instructor – Rising Scholar

first_img1. Teaching: Will assist with undergraduate teaching.2. Research: Will conduct clinical, bench or population research inthe context of aMasters’ Program in Clinical Translational Research.3. Clinical: This appointment as Instructor of Medicine comes withclinical privileges within the Hospitalist Medicine section and thetrainee will be assigned a mandatory, limited number of hospitalistnight shifts. The night shifts will be limited to14-16 hours perweek, averaged over 4 weeks, within the Hospitalist Night MedicineProgram. There will also be an optional additional clinicalcomponent of training within the individual areas of interest. Thiswill be tailored to meet the need of the scholar but will notexceed 20% of effort time. The individual will have clinicalprivileges within the Hospitalist Medicine section.4. Other (for instance administrative duties, etc.) Willparticipate in other activities as assigned.At the end of the program, trainee is expected to be competitivefor an appointment as an Assistant Professor faculty position andfor a KL2 or KL3 NIH training grant or for ready for a clinicalfellowship in an internal medicine specialty. Posted Salary Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. * If you selected ‘Other’ for your referral source pleaseindicate where you heard about this posting. (If you did not select’Other,’ please enter ‘n/a.’)(Open Ended Question) Please apply online at https://www.vcujobs.com.Please submit a CV, up to 3 reference letters, a letter of interestin the program, and the area of research interest from the listbelow, prior research experience (if any), and future careerplans.Research Areas:Allergy/Immunology –Lawrence Schwartz MDMast Cell BiologyCardiology -Antonio Abbate, MDInflammation and Heart FailureEndocrinology -Francesco Celi, MDThyroid Function and Fat MetabolismFamily Medicine -Alex Krist, MDAnton Kuzel, MDFamily Medicine and Population HealthHepatology –Jasmohan Bajaj, MDBrain-Gut Axis, Microbiome, Liver DiseaseArun Sanyal, MDRichard Sterling, MDLiver DiseaseHospital Medicine -Rehan Qayyum, MDPatient-Centered Outcomes ResearchOncology –Gordon Ginder, MDEarly-Phase Clinical TrialsSteven Grossman, MDLung CancerPulmonary/Critical Care -Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MDLung Cancer/ExosomesAlpha (Berry) Fowler, MDAcute Lung Injury/ SepsisFor additional information, please contact either Program Director:Antonio Abbate, MD, PhD, Associate Chair for Research, DOIM :Email- [email protected] or, Rehan Qayyum, MD, MHS(Hospital Medicine Division Chair: Email –[email protected] Date Posted02/21/2019 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? School/UnitSchool of Medicine Number of Months12 Are you Board Certified or Board Eligible in Internal Medicine?YesNo RankInstructor DepartmentInternal Medicine Proposed Hire Date07/01/2020 Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Type of SearchNational Position Responsibilities • The candidate must be a physician that is Board Certified/BoardEligible in Internal Medicine.• Prior research experience and interest in a career in AcademicMedicine.• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/87045 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3center_img Do you have prior research experience and an interest in acareer in Academic Medicine?YesNo * How did you learn of this position?vcujobs.comProfessional / Field Group {e.g., Academy of Management}Chroniclevitae.comDiversejobs.netHigherEdJobs.comIndeed.comLinkedIn.comVCU Recruiter / Search FirmReferral / Word of MouthOther (See Next Question)Unsure Open Until FilledYes Mission or Goal of Unit Working TitleInstructor – Rising Scholar Preferred Qualifications Position NumberF62900 The chief purpose of this position is to support our researchmission. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Required Qualifications Diversity Statement Information Application Process/Additional Information Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Application Deadline Date Grant funded position?No Advance research, and education missions of the Academic MedicalCenter in the areas of Hospital Medicine. Position TypeTeaching and Research Facultylast_img read more

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Mental Health Nursing

first_imgJob Description:The Department of Nursing at Salve Regina University invitesapplications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professorspecializing in Mental Health. The department emphasizes excellencein clinical and classroom teaching, student advising and research.Opportunities for contributing to program and curriculumdevelopment are also available.The start date for the position is Sept. 1, 2021. Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity inemployment and education to all employees, students and applicants.No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against orharassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin,sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion,disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteranstatus, genetic information or any other basis protected byapplicable federal or state law, in the administration of SalveRegina’s employment policies, education policies, admissionpolicies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and otherUniversity administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, itdoes not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educationalprograms or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to makingits programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliantwill all applicable non-discrimination laws. Additional Information:Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligibleemployees including: Requirements:A PhD or DNP in Mental Health nursing is required from an ACEN orCCNE accredited institution. Must be eligible for appropriate RNlicensure in Rhode Island. About Salve Regina University:Salve Regina University, ranked among the best institutions ofhigher education in the United States by U.S. News & WorldReport, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in scenicNewport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina offers challenging academicprograms in a highly supportive environment and an innovative corecurriculum that provides students with a solid foundation andbroader perspective. The historic, 75-acre campus enrollsapproximately 2,500 men and women and offers Associate,Baccalaureate, and Master’s degrees, the Certificate of AdvancedGraduate Study, and three doctoral programs. health and dental coveragelife insurancelong-term disability403B plantuition benefits and more Application Instructions:Applicants must apply online by providing a cover letter, resume,teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. SalveRegina University, as a comprehensive Mercy, Catholic University,welcomes people of all beliefs and encourages students to work fora world that is harmonious, just, and merciful. In your coverletter, please highlight how your teaching, scholarship,leadership, and service might serve to support the University’smission and its commitment to diversity, dialogue, and lifelonglearning. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks arerequired of successful candidates. Salve Regina Universityparticipates in E-verify.URL: www.salve.edulast_img read more

ASPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Position – Department of Biomedical Engineering

first_imgPostdoctoral position is for three years, with an optional fourthyear. Start date between August 12, 2021 and October 1,2021. Approximately 75% effort will be in the research lab, and25% will involve teaching-related training and activities. Scholarwill be co-mentored by a core engineering faculty member and apartnering clinician. Research areas include Biomedical ImagingSciences, Regenerative and Immune Engineering, Genome and EpigenomeEngineering, Molecular and Cellular Systems Biology, CardiovascularDisease Prevention and Treatment, Computational Medicine, CancerEngineering, and Systems Neuroscience and Neuroengineering. Fortheir training in instructional approaches and their teachinginternships, fellows will be guided and mentored by experiencedSTEM faculty from Morgan State and Coppin State University, twoHistorically Black Universities (HBCUs) in Baltimore City.Must have a background or interest in biomedical engineering andtheir applications and have received a PhD or MD/PhD inengineering, computer science, biophysics, chemistry,molecular/cellular physiology, neuroscience or genetics within thepast two years. MD degree may also qualify if having a previousdegree in engineering. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanentresident and commit full-time effort to the program for threeyears. Successful applicant must have an expressed interest inteaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Applicants should beable to explain how training in teaching and mentoringundergraduates will enhance their future career success.Underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and womenare strongly encouraged to apply.The following documents must be uploaded to the Interfolioapplication site http://apply.interfolio.com/82372 no laterthan July 12, 2021 . Applicants will be accepted on arolling basis.(1) Current CV. Include brief description of PhD thesis,publication list, and any teaching experience.(2) Personal statement describing your career goals and why youfeel this program is right for you (600 word max).(3) Research statement summarizing past and current researchexperiences, future research areas of interest, and up to 3engineering core faculty of interest (600 word max). It is highlyrecommended that you have already contacted those faculty.(4) Teaching statement summarizing previous teaching and mentoringexperiences that generated your interest in this trainingopportunity (600 word max).(5) Graduate school transcript(6) Optional: copies of publications.The following information must also be supplied no later thanJuly 12, 2021 deadline:(1) Confidential letters of recommendation/evaluation fromtwo persons familiar with your work,one of whom ispreferably your PhD advisor.(2) Name and contact information of one more reference who may becontacted by phone or email.For further information, refer to the program website(iracda.jhu.edu). For detailed questions, contact Tina Cavaluzzi([email protected]).The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

Nelson’s Columns: A Blindman’s Bluffs

first_imgLet’s be honest, most people never venture further than Europe. When the cheap spirit of wanderlust awakens, a group trip (courtesy of Easyjet) to the sun-kissed regions of Spain soon cures the travel-bug. Often the holy trinity of boozy paradises – Majorca, Minorca and Malaga – in association with Club so and so, adequately nourish the Joepublic soul with the sublime necessities of sand, sea, sex and more sex. Meanwhile Africa merely registers as that place where Bob Geldof “did his bit for us, for those skinny kids”. Often the seasonal destination of many a “Hoorah Henry” and the hutbuilding wealthy Gap year student, “cos laahk yah know, I raahlly wanna help the children”, Africa remains distant and inaccessible to most. A continent that conjures up images of expense, famine, disease and poverty couldn’t really be a holiday destination for the masses, could it? Lonely Planet’s excellent new travel guide, Africa on a Shoestring aims to dispel the miasma of thought surrounding the continent. A mixture of social comment, history, practical information and observational humour, this sturdy tome is an invaluable guide for any budgetconscious traveller aiming to explore the impressive diversity of Africa. From the Roman and Pharaonic temples of the Maghreb (North Africa), to the spicy charm of the East, the platelicking cuisine of the West and right down to the jaw-droppingly inspiring natural sites of Southern Africa, any adventurer on a tight budget can experience the continent to its fullest, particularly students suffering from the monstrous after-effects of a student loan. The emphasis is on “shoestring” and so each page is conceived with this concern in mind; the helpful itineraries to plan budget backpacking around specific regions of Africa, from North to South, “the Maghreb Meander” to “French Footsteps”, must be looked at. With this endlessly useful one-stop reference guide, you can’t really go wrong. Lonely Planet adds yet another jewel to backpacking culture.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

Timeless Rock Classic?

first_imgThe Datsuns Outta Sight/Outta Mind The brazen simplicity of The Datsuns’ self-titled first album (2002) seemed cleverly-timed. Not being modish, knowing or subtle made them attractive to rock fans seeking spanking riffs without an overdose of thought. And after two years of touring, their second studio album reveals that The Datsuns really weren’t joking – they just like rock music. Outta Sight/Outta Mind begins with ‘Blacken My Thumb.’ With a relentless tempo and throwaway riffing, it’s a good summary of what they do. As you listen to the eleven subsequent tracks on the album, it becomes clear that they don’t do much else. Bossy vocals and riffdriven arrangements will certainly be enough to satisfy those listeners looking for a return to the days when a rock and roll attitude was nothing to be ashamed of. But they seem to be taking their influences more seriously this time. They have ex-Led Zeppelin band member John Paul Jones producing. Despite this promising collaboration, their take on classic rock has regressed from their early-career highlight ‘Harmonic Generator.’ They also claim to offer a more considered attitude to songwriting. Lead singer Dolf de Datsun (real name Rudolph de Borst) describes Outta Sight/Outta Mind as “an album of stories.” But lyrics are not as carefully constructed as this might suggest; instead, they sing loudly about some things that have happened to them. He is even honest about their flightiness, describing the band as “constantly running from one drama or another.” Light relief can be found in ‘Girls Best Friend’. This song and “What I’ve lost” distinguish themselves by offering some lyrical depth. Dolf has commented, “I really love the idea that albums can be time capsules, that when you listen to that album you hear where the band were at, at that point in time.” Anyone digging up Outta Sight/Outta Mindsome time in the future would struggle to discover much at all about where The Datsuns were ‘at’. As Dolf reminds us in ‘Messin’ Around,’ “If it’s pure and it’s simple, doesn’t make it right.” A variation on a theme is fine but the Datsuns fail to provide enough interest to make their high-intensity guitar sound worthwhile over the course of an album.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

Album Review: The Libertines, Best Of

first_imgby Emma Butterfield Pete Doherty. The Libertines. Made your mind up already? The album contains no unreleased material, and I imagine the rationale behind releasing it is to subsidise Doherty’s habits, or the other members’ vanity bands. It won’t reach new listeners that somehow missed them the first time around (all of 3 years ago), and their antics have already polarised their potential audience. Aficionados have already sought out every demo and bootleg, and the rest of us have been avidly ignoring them (and will presumably continue to do so). That said, if they were ever going to release a best of, it would have to be now: they depend on our knowledge of their antics. ‘What Katie Did’ is a tacky Beach Boys pastiche (without the 4-part harmony), whose appeal derives from the fact that we all know who Katie is. This is Doherty’s killer device – the listener feels like they’re in on his secrets. Doherty’s lauded wit is nothing more than a series of inside jokes. The poppy five-note melodies and four-line choruses have lasting appeal, but the humour will fall flat when the audience isn’t au courant with the self-proclaimed prince of Albion and his ‘bird from South London’. All that will remain are some songs which attempt a punk aesthetic (a conspicuous gurgling scream in ‘Up the Bracket’, and every song less than 4 minutes), but maintain a simple tunefulness. The Libertines are Busted, but with suits and skag. Their sound is at odds with their reputation for outrage – it’s conventional, pretty and melodic: the title track, with its refrain of ‘oh I cherish you my love’ is very sweet (saccharine, in fact, were it not for the occasional references to blood up the walls). ‘Don’t Look Back into the Sun’ recalls a similarly titled Britpop anthem. Unlike Oasis, though, the Libertines’ music won’t outlast their myth.last_img read more

OUSU council to vet motions

first_imgStudents may no longer be able to propose motions directly to OUSU Council if plans for radical reforms to the decision-making structure go ahead.OUSU plans to ensure that all student motions are directed through a sub-committee which will be able to discuss and amend the proposal.Currently, any two students can propose a motion directly to Council, which meets on alternate Fridays, where it will be discussed, amended, and voted on.If the suggested changes are carried out, then all motions will have to go through the subcommittee unless they can gather 50 signatures.The Review group states: “Experience in recent years shows that this has frequently led to incoherent and contradictory policies being passed that can be potentially damaging for the Student Union.”OUSU President Martin McCluskey said that this will help give OUSU the “robust decision-making process” demanded by the government’s 2006 Charities Act.He added that the current system of proposing a motion to a full council can be “terrifying” for students.  He added that the process of amendment by sub-committees would also mean that motions are “really well thought-out”, and that block voting in Council would be less likely.He was keen to emphasise, “None [of the committees] are meeting behind closed doors.”However James Dray, an ex-Returning Officer for OUSU, opposed the changes.  He said, “I do not think that it is in the interests of democracy to have apparatchiks deciding what can and cannot be voted on.”He added, “These committees are likely to be dominated by hacks who are going to be even more intimidating in small meeting room in the bowels of OUSU towers than they are in Council.” Worcester JCR President, Maanas Jain, reacted positively to the change, saying, “The time we have in council would be more effective.” He added that the democratic aspect was not being removed in any way.An OUSU rep, who asked to remain anonymous, also said he was fully in support of the changes. He added that it would help “stop OUSU being bickering amongst people who don’t agree.”Stefan Baskerville, the JCR President of Univ, argued, “OUSU Council is currently inaccessible and seen as out of touch, ” and that the proposals would be “an improvement on the status quo.” It is currently thought that while anyone can currently bring a motion direct to OUSU Council the vast majority of motions are brought by OUSU Sabbatical officers.Joe Mullan, the JCR President at St Peter’s College, said, “Some change is definitely required – as the current Council system does not work. It’s almost certain that the proposed new system will substantially increase policy coherence, something which is really needed.“The changes will encourage more people to become involved in thepolicy making process by bypassing the need for them to have to make their case to Council, which can be quite intimidating for first time speakers.”OUSU Council will not, however, have the power to amend motions, though it can make recommendations.last_img read more

Oxford ‘failing’ foreign students

first_imgInternational students have criticised the University for failing to help them successfully integrate into life at Oxford, and have complained that their fees are unjustifiably high.In a Cherwell survey of international students from colleges across the University, almost 50% of the respondents admitted to having difficulties integrating with fellow students at Oxford and agreed that not enough was being done to help them.A member of the OUSU International Students’ Committee (ISC), said that he felt support from the University was ‘seriously lacking,’ adding that ‘international students in Oxford are barely acknowledged, let alone catered for. Fees are huge but there is no help financially, and there is a serious lack of transparency.’Anuvrat Rao, an Economics and Management student at Mansfield, said that although his experience of Oxford had been positive, he felt let down by the university and his college who had not given him enough support. ‘As an international student, I don’t really see what the university do for us. I felt a bit left in the dark when I first arrived here. I wasn’t given any induction or information,’ he said.International students form 14 per cent of full-time undergraduates and 63% of the graduate population at Oxford. According to statistics compiled by former lecturer and Senior Tutor at the London School of Economics Mike Reddin, Oxford is the third most expensive university for international student studies in the UK, with students facing fees of up to £17,800 for science-based courses, while those studying for MBAs are charged in the region of £35,000.Respondents to Cherwell’s questionnaire complained about the ‘extortionate’ fees they faced, with 37% stating that they were unfair. Students argued in favour of more grants and scholarships for international students, and several said they felt their fees were merely used to subsidise national students’ tuition.Co-chair of the ISC Angel Sarmiento agreed that the issue of fees was a ‘valid concern’, but pointed out that Oxford tuition fees were not out of proportion with other top universities around the world, such as Harvard, which charges around £22,600 a year.A Queen’s College undergraduate said that the lack of financial aid from the University made other institutions more attractive: ‘Many colleges, including my own, don’t offer any scholarship or bursary for foreign students from developed countries. This makes the US, where financial aid is more available for international students, a more tempting destination, and indeed, many good international students are lured away from Oxbridge by top US institutions.’Students have called on the University to do more to help promote integration, with suggestions including the creation of a ‘buddy’ system, assigning each international student a British student to help them settle in, as well as the organisation of more ‘mixer’ events and greater provision of college accommodation.Over a quarter of survey respondents agreed that it was difficult for international students to befriend nationals and commented on the divide which exists between the two groups. A Wadham undergraduate commented, ‘You really have to be proactive in order to integrate, and even then it can be difficult’ and she suggested the organisation of socials where international students could meet nationals.In response to the survey results, a Oxford University spokesperson indicated recent developments in provision for international students, including a ‘meet at greet’ service at Heathrow and the prioritisation of international scholarships in its fundraising campaign.She said, ‘The University takes these issues seriously. We are not complacent and will continue with our efforts to improve opportunities for cultural integration further.’Âlast_img read more

Motion to allow multiple terms in OUSU comes under fire

first_imgO’Connell too questioned the motivations behind allowing sabbatical officers to return in the name of stability, stating his belief that political ambition underpinned the rule change.“Obviously the case here hinges on whatever ‘political continuity’ is supposed to mean,” he said. “No doubt Hugo Chavez in Venezuela has removed the ban on him being president for life in the name of ‘political continuity’. I can’t see a positive reason for it other than to allow certain people to perpetuate their careers in Oxford.”Paul Dwyer said that the benefit of his proposal would be that officers “would actually have time to carry through more long term plans, which currently isn’t possible” and added that successful officers should be allowed to continue. He said, “If someone is doing a fantastic job in their position, I don’t think it a bad thing that they should have the chance to continue for another year.”Both Dwyer and Iwu have denied that they want to run for an additional year in office.The motion is proposed alongside concerns over a lack of interest in this week’s OUSU by-elections, despite attempts of the executive to increase student participation.Two of the positions failed to attract a single nominee and four were uncontested.Concerning the lack of candidates for some part-time positions on the executive, Iwu admitted, “In an ideal world we’d have people for those positions. We’re going to try hard to get people to run and advertise them again.”He said apathy towards elected positions does not indicate any apathy towards OUSU as a wider student body. “When we assess people’s interest in OUSU the elections are just one small part of that. You’ve got to look at it as a whole and consider RAG, Target Schools and our grassroots campaign.”OUSU Returning Officer Madeline Stanley said, “OUSU is stepping up its publicity in general and also seeing increased support and involvement from students notnecessarily on the executive.” She argued that by-elections for the part time executive would inevitably attract less interest than sabbatical elections, and stressed that OUSU had “just had some highly visible statutory elections for sabbatical officers which really engaged the student body with huge numbers of activists and voters.”The lack of competition for the part-time vacancies means that only the only real competition in this week’s by-election was for the position of Academic Affairs Campaign Officer. The positions of Community Outreach & Charities Officer, Students with Disabilities Officer and Graduate Welfare Officer only had oneOUSU were unable to find a single candidate for the positions of Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ and Anti-Racism Officer, Mature Students Officer or LGBTQ Officer. A controversial motion that would allow OUSU sabbatical officers to run for multiple terms in office has been attacked by members of the student body.Paul Dwyer, current Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs, proposed the motion claiming that it would help the “long term future of OUSU”.Oxford is currently one of only three student unions – the others being Warwick and Edinburgh – that do not allow sabbatical officers to run for re-election.However, the motion has been met with suspicion throughout the University. Jim O’Connell, OUSU rep for University College, attacked the motion stating the he saw “no real rationale for the rule change” adding that it “would institutionalise rule by a narrow, self-perpetuating clique student”.President Lewis Iwu supported the proposal, stating that “continuity can help the student’s union”, but has nevertheless acknowledged the potential danger of increased politicisation and the growth of cliques. He said,“The decision OUSU council has to make is whether that outweighs the benefit of having someone with two year’s experience. If it does emerge that sabbatical officers are forming cliques and dominating OUSU then I think there would be a reaction against that…we should trust the electorate.”However others have questioned the benefits of such political stability. Wadham JCR President, Will McCallum, expressed fears that the changes “will only serve to add to this image of a non-influential student body”. He stated,“I believe that OUSU is about current students. University life does change year by year and having a student who has been two years out of Oxford is not necessarily a good idea.”He argued that the motion would hamper progress in made in reducing the cliques of the Union, saying “OUSU is gradually becoming less and less cliquey at the moment, partly due to the recent Gaza motion, and it would be nice to see this continue, something this motion will not help.”last_img read more

Police say Hertford Fire still under investigation

first_imgPolice have confirmed that they are still treating last term’s second fire at Hertford as a possible case of arson.At around 4:49pm on Friday of 8th week, black bin liners full of rubbish in the basement around the Radcliffe Square entrance to the college burst into flames. Soon, tall flames and plumes of smoke surrounded the building, scorching and blackening the outside walls of the college.Fire engines soon arrived and succeeded in extinguishing the fire within ten minutes. Aside from some melted guttering, the damage was merely cosmetic. The fire brigade remained in the area for another hour, to ensure no smoke had entered the building and that the building was safe to be re-entered. Students were soon allowed back in.Police arrived on the scene shortly afterwards, later confirming that they were treating the blaze as suspicious. A spokesman from the fire services stated that “arson is still being investigated… the details of the fire appear suspicious”.A spokesman for Thames Valley police said in a statement “the causes of the fire are still unknown”, and that “investigations are ongoing”. However, college bursar Peter Baker denied this, claiming “police have ruled out arson, and are satisfied that the fire was accidental”. As yet, nobody has been arrested or taken in for questioning.This fire was the second to have broken out on Hertford College property this term. In the early hours of Tuesday, Week 2, a fire outside the Warnock House property on St Aldate’s forced the evacuation of 100 , although there were no injuries in this incident either. Again, arson was initially considered as the cause of the fire, although police then ruled this out.In spite of the two fires, college sources say they remain satisfied with Hertford’s fire safety and have no plans to alter their fire procedures. Sources in the emergency services have emphasised that they do not blame the college for the either incident.Oxford’s fire service described Hertford’s response to the fire as exemplary, saying they were “very satisfied with the college’s fire measures” and were impressed by the speed and efficiency with which buildings were evacuated.last_img read more

OULC visits Downing Street

first_imgFive members of Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) were invited for a tour of 10 Downing Street this week, following their successful campaigning work during Trinity term. “This is the first time the Labour Club have been invited to 10 Downing Street,” said Charlotte Carnegie, co-Chair of OULC for Hilary term. OULC is the biggest student Labour Club in Britain. Over the past two terms, OULC’s speakers have included Alistair Campbell, David Miliband, Jack Straw, Peter Mandelson, Harriet Harman and Ken Livingstone. Carnegie described what happened at Number 10. “We had the chance to see Gordon Brown’s main office as well as Tony Blair’s former office, which was quite different, with armchairs and sofas. Then we went to the second floor where Margaret Thatcher worked; every Prime Minister seemed to have their specific way of working with a different room layout. We bumped into Peter Mandelson and Ed Balls. We also saw Gordon Brown’s son, which reminded us that 10 Downing Street is a family home as well as offices.”Hannah Cusworth, co-Chair of OULC for Hilary term commented, “In Trinity we did a lot of canvassing and worked from 5am until 10pm on the day of the local and European elections.” She added, “I think the Party values the fact that we’re working to help Labour on a national scale, not just having drinks.” Oliver Harvey, President of the Oxford Conservative Association (OCA) commented, “OCA have always had very strong links with the national Party. We hope they feel that we are a valuable addition to the campaigning force.”Harvey wished to add that “OCA have also been to Downing Street, to deliver a petition about the health care of ex-service men and women. We were then hosted by Lord Freeman, a Conservative Peer, at the House of Lords.”last_img read more

Oxford student in Twitter bomb threat

first_imgOne of Oxford University’s leading student journalists has been the recipient of an anonymous Twitter bomb threat. Tweets were sent out on Wednesday to a number of female journalists, including Cherwell Editor Anna Leszkiewicz.The tweets contained the message “A BOMB HAS BEEN PLACED OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. IT WILL GO OFF AT EXACTLY 10.47PM ON A TIMER AND TRIGGER DESTROYING EVERYTHING” and are being investigated by the police. Identical messages were sent to other female journalists, including former-Cherwell Editor Hadley Freeman and TV critic Grace Dent. Police were called to Leszkiewicz’s house and confirmed that the threat is believed to be a hoax.Leskiewicz told Cherwell that “[she] didn’t take the threat seriously, but it was still quite a jarring message to read. I reported it after I realised the user was targeting women, and read that the police were asking recipients of the tweet to inform them.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%7979%%[/mm-hide-text]Twitter has come under fire in recent weeks following a spate of incidents, including rape threats made against Labour MP Stella Creasy and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. A petition for Twitter to install a ‘Report Abuse’ button was launched and currently has over 108,000 signatures.The Metropolitan Police Service confirmed that they are investigating “allegations relating to bomb threats sent to a number of females on Twitter”. So far no arrests have been made.last_img read more

Crinkled plate may be new method for weight loss

first_imgA new crinkled plate, designed graphic designer Nauris Cinovics at the Art Academy of Latvia, has been suggested as a method of weight loss and reduced food intake.The plate was presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal, as a possible variable in reducing the weight of the 30 per cent of the world’s population who are obese.Cinovics told The Guardian: “My idea is to make food appear bigger than it is. If you make the plate three-dimensional [with the ridges and troughs] it actually looks like there is the same amount of food as on a normal plate—but there is less of it.”The plate is made of clear glass, and although it looks the same as a normal plate from above, it has ridges and troughs, which reduces the amount of food that can be piled onto it.In addition to holding less food, it is suggested that the speed of eating will be slowed down as people navigate the troughs and ridges.Professor Charles Spence is a behavioural psychologist at Somerville college, who specialises in the perception of food and taste. Spence’s book Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating reveals the importance of the “off-the-plate” elements of a meal, such as the weight of the cutlery, the placing on the plate, the background music, and more.Many things can influence perceptions of how much one has eaten and what it tastes like. For example, Spence’s research has indicated that “sweet” tastes are better expressed by means of rounded shapes, typefaces, and names, and low-pitched sounds.Spence told the Cherwell: “[this wavy plate] certainly fits well with the literature suggesting that using smaller plates tricks brain into thinking that there is more food.”The Smaller Plate Study is a famous study conducted by Dr Brian Wansink and Dr Koert van Ittersum which indicated that people eat less when eating off of a ten inch diameter plate as compared to a plate of twelve inches in diameter, without having an effect on perceived fullness or satisfaction.“That said, there is a fine line between effortlessly nudging people toward eating less and making it difficult to eat, which trying to retrieve your food from between the cracks might turn out to be,” said Spence.Professor Susan Jebb is a professor of diet and population health at the Nuffield department of primary care health sciences. She told the Cherwell that the new plate is an interesting idea to reduce food intake and portion size.However, she added “before we start recommending this we need evidence from a study that shows people really do eat less overall and don’t compensate for smaller meals with more snacks.”Cinovics is planning on testing the plate in a trial soon, and if the results are significant, we may all see crinkled plates in our households soon.last_img read more

Vice-Chancellor slams safe-space culture

first_imgOxford Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson has hit out at the “cosseted” culture of university ‘safe-spaces’ and ‘no platform’ policies.In an interview for the Irish Times, Richardson said: “It may be that middle-class children have been too cosseted by their professional parents.“It may be in part accentuated in social media where we tend to operate within an echo chamber of like-minded people,” she said.This reflects comments made by the Vice-Chancellor last year, in which she called on students to engage with ideas they don’t agree with.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph after her appointment as the University’s highest-ranking executive officer in January 2016, she said: “We need to expose our students to ideas that make them uncomfortable so that they can think about why it is that they feel uncomfortable and what it is about those ideas that they object to.”In the Irish Times interview Richardson also expressed concerns over the impact of Brexit on Oxford University. She described the University’s academic staff as “eminently poachable” as a result of Britain’s planned exit from the EU.According to the Oxford University statement on Brexit, 18 per cent of Oxford’s staff and 16 per cent of its students are from the EU.An Irish national, she revealed that she had applied for a British passport before the EU referendum last year.“To be perfectly honest I started the process of applying for British citizenship in anticipation of Brexit because I thought it could be difficult if I found myself as Vice- Chancellor of Oxford without the right to remain,” she said. Richardson’s comments come after Oxford University was deemed a “hostile environment for free speech” by the online politics magazine Spiked in February.The magazine cited OUSU’s ban of pro-life groups and the prevention of the student magazine No Offence from being handed out at the 2015 freshers’ fair as its justification.In a statement, the University said that it considers freedom of speech to be “the lifeblood of a university”.In March, Universities Minister Jo Johnson wrote a letter to be disseminated to all universities outlining his desire to restrict censorship.Johnson said: “The government proposes to raise the issue of freedom of speech, with a view to ensuring that a principle underscoring the importance of free speech in higher education is given due consideration.”last_img read more


first_img“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.center_img “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more

Obituary For Kathryn Kramper Massey

first_imgObituary For Kathryn Kramper MasseyKathryn Kramper Massey died peacefully in her sleep after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, 24 July, 2019 at the age of 82. Kathryn Kramper was born on January 21, 1937 in Sioux City, Iowa.She is the daughter of the late James Neff Kramper and Mary Catherine (Hurley) Kramper.Kathryn was raised on the Dakota City, Nebraska family farm where they had livestock and crops. She was the outdoor type and would rather be with her father working in the fields than doing housework.Kathryn grew up with three siblings, older sisters, Julia (Dyra) and recently deceased Patricia (Messner) and younger brother James. Another sister, June Marie Kramper, lived for only 1 day in May 1942. Kathryn graduated from Cathedral Grade School in Sioux City, IA and Bishop Heelan High School, also in Sioux City, IA. She was active in chorus, musicals, plays, and school events. She was a talented singer.She graduated from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN in 1958 where she studied microbiology. Kathryn married James Lee Massey in 1958 and they raised four sons in South Bend, IN; Thomas Aquinas Massey (Joanne) of Evansville, IN, Robert Bellarmine Massey (Adele) of Camarillo, CA, Peter Canisius Massey of Bloomington, IN, and John Damascene Massey (Kerry) of Long Beach, CA.Also surviving are grandchildren, Rachel, Scott, Elizabeth, Brianna, Robert, and Brittney Massey. Kathryn returned to school after raising her children and graduated from Indiana University (South Bend) with an MS in Education. Kathryn was a teacher for many of the schools including Charter Hospital. She also taught GED courses for the school corporation. Kathryn enjoyed gardening, playing bridge and attending Notre Dame Women’s basketball games while living in South Bend. Kathryn moved from South Bend to Evansville in 2015 to be closer to her family.Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave, Evansville, IN. A celebration of Kathryn’s life will begin at 6:00 pm at the funeral home with her brother, Deacon James Kramper, officiating.In lieu of flowers, the Massey family requests donations be made to the amazing local charity organization, “Arc of Evansville” (www.arcofevansville.org) 615 W. Virginia St., Evansville, IN 47710.Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com.To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kathryn Kramper Massey please visit our Sympathy Store.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Appointments Announced at Ivy Tech Community College

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Ivy Tech Community College Evansville is announcing several individuals who have accepted new roles within the college. They include:Kelly Cozart — vice chancellor for academic affairs. Over the past three years, Cozart served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Prior to that, she served as interim vice chancellor. Cozart began her career at the College as an adjunct faculty member and became chair of Interior Design Program in 2003. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Illinois, a Master of Arts degree in art history from Indiana State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in post-secondary educational leadership at Indiana State University. Cozart’s appointment will begin September 16.Deb Anderson — vice chancellor for student success. Anderson began her career with the Evansville campus in June of 2006 as director of student success and retention.  Since 2007, she has served in various student affairs leadership roles. Anderson holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Arts/Italian and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Kansas. She is currently a doctoral candidate in post-secondary educational leadership at Indiana State University. Anderson’s appointment will begin September 16.Denise Johnson-Kincaid — vice chancellor for enrollment services. Johnson-Kincaid began her career at the College as an admissions counselor/outreach coordinator in 1994. In 2003, she became assistant director of admissions and moved on to director of admissions in 2006. Since then, she has held various titles including her most recent as director of express enrollment and admissions as well as diversity officer. Johnson-Kincaid will continue her direct oversight of express enrollment and admissions while serving as vice chancellor. Johnson-Kincaid holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Murray State University and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from Indiana State University. Johnson-Kincaid’s appointment will begin September 16.Erica Schmidt — executive director of resource development. Schmidt holds a Master of Arts degree in communication and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies from the University of Southern Indiana; and is currently studying fundraising management with the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Schmidt began her career with Ivy Tech in 2014, and became interim executive director of resource development in January of this year. In addition to her current director position, she has worked as an adjunct instructor in communication at the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech. Schmidt assumed her new role on August 16.last_img read more

Art In The Garden Seeks Art Vendors

first_imgThe Southwest Indiana Master Gardener’s Association (SWIMGA) is hosting the first outdoor Art in the Garden at their Display Garden off the Lloyd Expressway in Evansville.The event is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with a rain date of Sunday, July 21.Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to sell their works and show their processes if possible.There will be no judging, awards or commissions taken by SWIMGA. There is a $10 entry fee. There is space for only 20 artists! Spots will be confirmed in order of entry form and payment received. Call Karen Krahling 618-384-7912 or Kay Haller 812-867-5898 for more information.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Team Guttenberg slate kicks off 2017 election campaign

first_img× GUTTENBERG — The Team Guttenberg council kicked off its 2017 election campaign/fundraiser March 9 at West New York’s II Vaporetto restaurant. It happened a few days after Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff announced he would not seek reelection himself. Drasheff—who first won election in 2009–cited a desire to spend more time with his family as his reason for stepping down. The election will happen in November.Councilman Wanye Zitt will head the ticket as mayoral candidate. Joining him will be Councilwoman Monica Fundora, Councilman John Habermann and Candidate for Council Richard Delafuente.A number of elected officials, including Sen. Nicholas Sacco, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, and the departing Drasheff, attended the event. For more information on the kickoff, read the upcoming edition of the North Bergen Reporter.last_img read more

JORDAN, ANNA (nee: Wagner)

first_img95, passed away on April 15, 2017. The wife of the late John ‘Jack’ Jordan, and mother to Paul, his wife Michele, the late John A. and the late Terrance P. Grandmother to Paul M. Jordan, his wife Kathleen, and Erin Bordieri, and her husband Vincent. She is the great-grandmother to Grace and Mikayla Bordieri and Mary Kate Jordan. Anna is survived by her siblings Evelyn King, David Wagner, Virginia Nelson and her husband Walter and Lillian Meyer and is pre-deceased by siblings Mary, Irene and Andrew Wagner. Anna is an aunt to many nieces and nephews. Anna settled in Bayonne in 1949 and was a very active member of St. Mary’s senior group and a parishioner of the church. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org, or a charity of your choice. McCRACKEN Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union, NJ.last_img read more


first_imgA mass of Christian burial was held June 19 at St. Aedan’s Church, Jersey City, for Elaine D. McGrath, 81, of Madison, formerly of Jersey City. She passed away June 16. Born in Jersey City, Elaine was a 65 year resident of Virginia Avenue. She moved to Madison 14 years ago. Elaine worked for Waldor Products of Jersey City for many years. She enjoyed researching her family’s genealogy and was a devoted grandmother to her 14 grandchildren. Her summers with her family at Avon-by-the Sea were some of her happiest times. Elaine was predeceased by her husband, Robert P. McGrath; sisters, Claire Ahearn, Marge Baran, Marie Lenahan, Joan Van Dermark and Barbara Kwiatkowski; and brothers John and Thomas Lenahan. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Marandola and her husband Mark, Sharon Ebert and her husband Paul and Barbara McGrath and sons, Robert and his wife Stephanie, Michael and his wife Cathyann and Thomas and his wife Linda; brother, Eugene Lenahan; seven granddaughters and seven grandsons.Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

Should the PATH run to Newark Airport? Let the Port Authority…

first_img× NEWARK — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold two public hearings regarding a possible PATH extension near Newark Airport.The first hearing will take place Nov. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center in Newark. The center is located at 92 Carmichael Dr.The second hearing will happen Nov. 30, also from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Hilton Newark Penn Station’s Garden State Ballroom. The hotel is located at 1048 Raymond Blvd.If everything goes as planned, the new station will be located on off-airport property east of Frelinghuysen Avenue (at Noble Street), per the Port Authority website. It would also be near the Newark Liberty International Airport New Jersey Transit station and PANYNJ monorail station in Newark.“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve transit access to employment centers in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City for New Jersey commuters and increase transit options to EWR for air travelers and airport employees,” the expansion website says.For more information, contact the project team at 917-933-7440, or email [email protected]last_img read more

PA approves $364M Holland Tunnel upgrade

first_imgJERSEY CITY — The Port Authority Board of New York and New Jersey approved a major rehabilitation and resiliency project for the Holland Tunnel to repair and restore critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems caused by Superstorm Sandy, and to install protective measures to mitigate future flooding in the facility.The $364.2 million project includes repairs and replacement of systems damaged by latent salt resulting from the October 29, 2012 storm, which filled the tunnel with 30 million gallons of water and resulted in flooding up to 9 feet above the North Tube roadway.As part of the project, repair and replacement will be done to the tunnel’s power cables, fire detection system, voice communication system, lighting, pump room equipment, and repairs to concrete, drum rings, curbs, ceilings and wall tiles. The project includes improved lighting to enhance driver visibility in the tunnel. Approximately 84 percent of the project cost is projected to be reimbursed by federal funds.In addition to repairs to tunnel systems, the project also includes resiliency measures to increase the stop log height at the doorways of the ventilation buildings in New York and New Jersey to meet current FEMA design flood elevation standards.Work on the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019 and take approximately five years to complete. The work must be staged during limited overnight hours to minimize disruption to travelers. Full single-tube closings are expected for 48 months. It is anticipated that one tube will be closed at a time, with traffic diverted to the Lincoln Tunnel during the closure.The Port Authority will work with communities that may be impacted by the project to insure that all planning for traffic mitigation and diversions are sensible and do not create any unintended impacts. In the coming months, staff will meet with the elected officials from the surrounding communities.last_img read more

Division of Recreation to host Co-Ed Outdoor Volleyball Tournament on April…

first_imgThe Division of Recreation will be hosting a Co-Ed Outdoor Volleyball Tournament on April 14 during the Dennis P. Collins Park Rededication.The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. on the new sand volleyball court in the park.Teams may consist of a maximum of 5 players and there must be at least 2 women and at least 2 men on the court at all times. Players must be 16 years and older to participate.The deadline to enter a team in the tournament is April 10. There is no fee to participate.To submit a roster, please call Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or email [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgFuneral mass was offered June 21 at St. Ann’s RC Church, Hoboken, for Domenico Lisa, 87. He passed away on June 16 at Jersey City Medical Center. Born in Monte San Giacomo, Italy, “Dominick” immigrated to Hoboken in 1951 and lived there until the time of his passing. Predeceased by his wife, Marietta, a brother Pietro Lisa and his wife Lana, his in-laws Rafael and Lena Capporino, Michael and Jennie Rizzo and Giuseppe Rizzo, he leaves to mourn his passing a grand host of nieces, nephews and their children. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Angelina Rizzo, and his lifelong friend and business partner, Vincent Pasquale. Both he and Dominick established the D & V Barber Shop on 10th and Washington Street in Hoboken; still in existence, it recently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Dominick was a past officer of the Monte San Giacomo Club and a dedicated member of the Hoboken Elks.Services arranged by the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, Hoboken.last_img read more

Fun is the Product at Heritage Surf and Sport

first_imgDan Heritage opened his first store in Sea Isle in 1962.“We sell fun,” said Jim Hennessy of Ocean City’s Heritage Surf and Sport. “I am the luckiest guy in the world.  I couldn’t ask for a better job.”The enthusiasm is infectious throughout the Heritage stores in Sea Isle, Margate, and of course Ocean City. The original location in Sea Isle has been an institution there since it opened as the Little Wave Surf Shop 1962.  The founding Heritage family then changed the name to Heritage Surf and Sport and launched its location in their Ocean City hometown in 1978.“Our mantra is to be the best surf shop we can be,” Hennessy says. “We want to provide the best customer experience with honesty, integrity for everyone.  We want every customer to walk out of here feeling good.  If you want to ride big waves in Nicaragua we’ve got you covered.  If you want to learn to surf on a soft board we’ve got you covered.”Heritage has also embraced the skater community and provides a full range of boards, helmets, pads and clothing. Hennessy was on the advisory panel that met over a two year period in the planning stages of the new skate park, and he praised the final outcome.  “The city and the designers of the park really nailed it, coming up with more of a surf-oriented park, as compared to the street type park. It is more in line with the community.  Skating came from surfing.  At its very origin, the sport was called sidewalk surfing.”In response to the new skating market in town, Heritage offers long boards, short boards and everything in between.So what else is new at Heritage?Hennessy said this season’s clothing lines are arriving daily. “The colors are nice and vibrant,” he says.  “Blues and oranges, for example.  They are bright but normal colors, not the extra bright neons we’ve seen the last few years.”The other new additions are shorts and shirts made with a 4-way stretch type fabric.“These items are great for mobility for surfing and leisure. The fabric moves with you, not against you.”He said breathable “dri-fit” clothes continue to have a significant share of the inventory, and have begun to show up in some of the womens’ garments, as have the stretchy blended fabrics.“It’s all about being comfortable,” he says.Heritage’s main store is at 744 West Ave., a 7,000-sq. ft. paradise for the surfer or surf clothing enthusiast. They can be reached at (609) 398-6390; by email at [email protected] and online shopping is available at www.heritagesurf.com.They also have a store at 14th St. on the Boardwalk that specializes in clothing, board rentals and lessons.  Surfing lessons take place every day in the summer.  Group and individual lessons are available as are private lessons.“We will do whatever it takes to tailor the lessons to the person,” Hennessy says. “We even do birthday parties.”When he speaks of his customers, Jim waxes poetic.“We are honored to be there and help meet the needs of the surfing and skating communities,” he says.Spoken like a man who knows how to sell fun.last_img read more

Ocean City Housing Authority Plans Facelift for Bay View Manor

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe Ocean City Housing Authority on Tuesday approved plans for $250,000 worth of improvements that will spruce up its Bay View Manor senior-citizen complex over the next three years.Plans call for cleaning the exterior, painting the units and improving the hallway lighting for the five-story building at Sixth Street and West Avenue. Bay View Manor’s floors, elevator and landscaping will also be upgraded.In addition, the two stairway towers will be repainted for the first time since Bay View Manor was built in the 1970s, housing authority officials said. The new paint will eliminate the musty odor that permeates the stairways now.“It will be better living conditions,” Jacqueline Jones, the authority’s executive director, said of the overall benefits of the project to the residents.The facelift for Bay View Manor is the second major project planned by the housing authority as it continues to recover from an embezzlement scandal last year involving its former executive director.Last week, the authority received approval from the Ocean City Planning Board to develop a new $4.2 million senior-citizen housing project that will replace its flood-prone Pecks Beach Village housing site on Fourth Street.The new two-story building will be constructed on what is now a parking lot adjacent to Bay View Manor. Construction is expected to start in 2019 and be completed by 2020. The 20-unit project will be funded by a Hurricane Sandy recovery grant.From left, Bob Barr, a city councilman who is also the housing authority chairman, Jacqueline Jones, executive director, and solicitor Charles Gabage show off an architectural rendering of the proposed $4.2 million project.The new project will be named in honor of former housing authority Commissioner Edmond C. Speitel Sr., who died in September.Speitel, who was chairman of the authority’s finance and redevelopment committees, helped to oversee the project from the conceptual phase. He also helped guide the authority through a tumultuous phase last year after the agency’s former executive director, Alesia Watson, pleaded guilty to embezzling federal housing funds and was sentenced to three years of probation.After Watson was ousted by the board of commissioners, Jones was brought in as the new executive director as part of a series of management and financial reforms designed to strengthen the agency.The authority uses federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bay View Manor facilities.During the authority’s board meeting Tuesday, Jones reported that the agency has enough reserve funds on hand to make it through a possible government shutdown in Washington, D.C. A shutdown would temporarily turn off the spigot for federal subsidies from HUD. Each month, the housing authority receives $27,000 in HUD subsidies to help fund its operations, officials said.The government shutdown looms Friday unless President Donald Trump and Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and House can reach agreement on the politically volatile issue of immigration.Jones, saying she believes there will be a shutdown, assured the board members that the authority has enough savings on hand to carry it through the next few months if the federal subsidies from HUD dry up.“We have money to operate for a few months,” she said.She added, “We’re OK, so far.”At their board meeting, the housing authority’s commissioners were told that a government shutdown in Washington, D.C., would not affect the agency.In an interview after the board meeting, Jones estimated the authority has enough reserve funds to last for four months. She strongly doubted, if a government shutdown does occur, that it would drag on longer than four months.“Four months, that would be outrageous,” she said.Jones noted that the housing authority has set aside reserve funds to protect it from emergencies, such as a government shutdown“It’s always smart to have some savings because you never know what’s going to happen,” she said. Proposed upgrades to Bay View Manor will be done over the next three years.last_img read more

Get Ready for Bike MS: City to Shore Ride into Ocean City

first_imgThe MS City to Shore ride attracts thousands of bikers and raises millions of dollars in the fight against multiple sclerosis. By Maddy VitaleIn just two months, more than 6,000 cyclists riding for Bike MS: City to Shore Ride will roll into Ocean City, amid an exuberant crowd of supporters.“It is the second largest MS cycling event. It is a very big ride for the organization itself, and a key event for our fundraising,” said National Multiple Sclerosis Society Media Relations Manager Michelle Welk. “The funding goes toward research and services.” The ride, which benefits the Greater Delaware Valley MS Society, goes from Cherry Hill to Ocean City Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. Cyclists will enter Ocean City via the Route 52 Causeway, the main gateway into town.  There are multiple routes and cyclists can choose a 25 mile ride up to a 180 mile excursion. The cyclists will travel through flat terrain and the back roads of South Jersey, to the blueberry fields of Hammonton.Last year’s ride raised $5 million to fund critical services and groundbreaking research for some of the 2.3 million people diagnosed with MS nationwide, Welk said.“It is an incredible event,” Welk said. “It is always well attended. The more we spread awareness about it, the better.” Jeff and Pam Craighead address City Council about this year’s Bike MS: City to Shore Ride.Jeff and Pam Craighead are involved with the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride.Pam Craighead, who was diagnosed with MS about 26 years ago, commented after the Council meeting that she is fortunate to be on a medication that slows the progression of the disease. Her great aunt was diagnosed with MS in the 1950s, long before there were medical advances and medications to help ease the symptoms of the disease.She said thanks to the medications, “I now have hope.” The Craigheads presented a plaque to show their appreciation to the Ocean City Council at a regular meeting July 12. The Council, the city and the police department have been very supportive of the event, they said.“The police force was phenomenal,” Jeff Craighead said of police handling traffic and ensuring riders were safe during last year’s City to Shore ride.Sgt. Brian Hopely, of the police department’s Traffic Safety Unit, assigns officers to the ride each year. Volunteers from the city’s Community Emergency Response Team also assists with crowd control. Pam Craighead with City Council holding a plaque she and her husband Jeff Craighead presented to Council to show their appreciation for the city’s support of the Bike MS ride.The goal of this year’s ride is the same as every year before it: to raise as much money as possible for programs to help people with MS and to one day find a cure, Welk said.She said the ride grows every year. Cyclists participate in the ride solo or with teams. What began in 1980 with just 200 cyclists riding for MS raising $33,000, has grown into more than 80 events nationwide, raising millions of dollars for MS research and medications, according to the National MS Society.  In addition, the funds go toward community assistance programs, Welk said.“The money raised by the City to Shore ride helps with medical breakthroughs, but we also want to help the 2.3 million people worldwide who have MS,” Welk said. “We need to help them with their day-to-day needs.” For more information visit www.nationalmssociety.org.last_img read more

Salem County Man Identified in Fatal Boating Accident

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEState Police identified two men Thursday who were thrown from a boat that washed ashore on a north end beach in Ocean City the day before.As a result of the Wednesday morning accident, Philip Azzante, 59, of Alloway, Salem County, suffered fatal injuries, according to State Police. The operator of the boat, George Boos, 73, of Thorofare, Gloucester County, was transported to an area hospital.Details about the relationship between Azzante and Boos were not released at this time and authorities are still investigating what led to the accident.Authorities received a call at 11:58 a.m. Wednesday about an unoccupied boat. Troopers from the State Police Atlantic City Marine Station were first on the scene, along with the U.S. Coast Guard. “At some point or another, both occupants were ejected off and the boat continued on unmanned,” State Police Sgt. Philip Curry said.The investigation remains open.Multiple agencies worked to locate the missing boaters.A cell phone aboard the recreational fishing boat helped police in identifying one of the boaters.Members of the Coast Guard Delaware Bay command center were notified by the Ocean City Police Department that a 26-foot center console recreational boat was found beached with personal belongings still aboard near Great Egg Harbor Inlet at Seacliff Road, according to a Coast Guard release.State Police determined the identity of one of the men through a cell phone found on the boat. The officers acquired a video feed from the Somers Point Marina confirming that the two men left the marina early Wednesday morning.A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City searched the waters along with a 29-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Great Egg and small boat crews from Ocean City police and the Longport Fire Department.Azzante and Boos were spotted in the ocean and a Coast Guard swimmer was lowered into the water from the helicopter to rescue the men. Authorities are still trying to determine what led to an accident that left one man dead and another injured off the waters in Ocean City. last_img read more

Inter Link boss quits to restore monastery

first_imgCake company Inter Link moved to calm anxiety in the City this week, following the sudden resignation of chief executive Paul Griffiths.Griffiths left immediately to focus on private and charitable interests, including the £7m restoration of Gorton Monastery in Manchester, which he hopes to turn into a venue for concerts and events.The news came a week after Alternative Investment Market listed Inter Link revealed a private equity house had approached it with a bid to take it private (British Baker, 22 September, pg 12). Firms said to be interested include 3i, Hg Capital and LDC.Non-executive director Jeremy Hamer told British Baker the management changes will not affect these discussions, which are expected to conclude in the next month.He said: “It was a surprise to us when Paul decided that he wanted to spend time away from the business world. It is a big change, but Alwin Thompson, Inter Link’s executive chairman, has always been very hands on, and there will be continuity at the top.”Chris Thompson, previously finance director, has been appointed interim chief executive and may take the position permanently, Hamer said. The firm will also strengthen its senior finance team.Hamer emphasised: “We have an executive chairman, the founder of the company who still runs the company to a very large degree.”Paul Griffiths, 53, was appointed as Inter Link chief executive in September 2003. He grew up in Gorton and served as an altar boy at the monastery. He had been thinking about leaving his £200,000-a-year post for some time, he said.last_img read more

Soda bread solution

first_imgThink of the most difficult-to-handle dough, batter or mix your bakery has to deal with on a daily basis. Flapjacks may spring to mind but, for many, soda bread tops the list.Combine cold, fresh Irish buttermilk, with extra coarse wholemeal flour, wheat flour, bread soda, salt and wheatgerm and the result is best described as being like porridge. Scale up to industrial quantities and you need plant and equipment that is up to the job.One of the main Irish producers of soda bread is McCambridge (Rathcoole, Co Dublin). Established in 1985, the company is a wholly Irish-owned food manufacturer that has history of food production going back to 1945. It started baking in 1994 and also still produces a variety of luxury cakes, puddings and ice cream, in addition to speciality breads.The recipe for its best-selling Irish Stoneground Wholewheat Brown Bread has been in the family for generations and it gives the product a distinctive nutty texture and taste. The product is yeast-free, low in fat, high in dietary fibre and has no added sugar. British consumers can now buy it over the internet in cases containing eight loaves at £15.60 per case.In April 2005, McCambridge bought Gills bakery and, following a strategic review of operations, decided to move all soda bread production to the Gills site, seeing great market opportunities for soda bread produced in a modern plant on purpose-built production lines. Managing director Michael McCambridge takes up the story: “We took a long hard look at the market and, with the help of a third party consultant, decided the time was right to invest in its future.”We had previously worked with European Process Plant (EPP) and purchased a small amount of packaging plant from them. After talking to a number of other suppliers we were very impressed, not only with the equipment EPP could supply and support, but with its overall approach to the project, particularly the partnership attitude employed.”McCambridge decided on an automated VMI double-spiral, three-bowl carousel mixing system. “This not only offered us the capacity but, perhaps more importantly, the mix consistency we were seeking,” explains McCambridge. “A very gentle mix is a prerequisite for a quality end product.”The machines have been designed by VMI to be robust as well as efficient, says EPP. Every carousel system is individually specified, including the mixer and tool type, as well as the number of ingredients’ feeding stations, mixers, bowls and bowl elevators. VMI systems can be full integrated with both the upstream – silos, small ingredients systems – and downstream equipment, including dividers and depositors, says the firm.Soda bread has very different production requirements to yeast plant bread and, for an installation of the size required by McCambridge, it was imperative that every detail was correct. Take, for example, the ovens. When baking soda bread there is no need for a turbulent air flow in the ovens and the product needs to be placed in heat as quickly as possible after mixing for the 10-12-minute bake. Get the baking profile wrong, and the loaf will burst open.RADIANT HEATEPP did its homework and liaised closely with engineers at Gouet, designer of the 18m-long Cyclothermic tunnel oven that is the centrepiece of the production line. The oven is easy to use and, importantly, easy to learn. It uses purely radiant heat to achieve the best possible quality. Even heat distribution is critical to achieving consistent product colour, shape and eating quality. The airflow through the heat exchangers, ducting and radiators in the oven is optimised to achieve this.The oven is divided into six zones and has two separate burners/heat exchangers to enable maximum adjustment of the baking temperature curve as the products travel through the baking chamber.EPP also supplied the tray conveyors to link everything up and an automatic tray stacker to store trays and to maintain a constant feed of trays through the plant. In consultation with EPP, a needle depanner was specified – perhaps to the surprise of some. The system was chosen in preference to a vacuum depanner, as it is quieter in operation, more energy-efficient and more reliable, with 100% of the product being depanned.LEAP OF FAITHMichael McCambridge admits that, in many ways, it required a great leap of faith on his part to put his trust – and money – in EPP and VMI and Gouet. But on the day the new oven was fired up in the Rathcoole Bakery, beyond the expectations of all involved in the project, the very first product put through the oven was 90% right and it was not long before what McCambridge describes as the “sweet spot” was found and full-scale production could begin in earnest.The order for the equipment was placed in November 2005 and, by the following July, soda bread was continually cooling on the newly installed spiral cooler before being placed in resealable Freshgard packaging, ready for despatch. The new plant has improved production efficiency in terms of the number of people required, as well as reducing energy consumption.McCambridge Group is also expanding in the UK. It now owns Husseys Bakery in Berkshire, Queen of Hearts cake supplier in Oxford as well as West of England Bakeries based in Plymouth. nlast_img read more

Baby cakes

first_imgCupcakes are making a bit of resurgence as a fashionable bakery treat, which is great news for cake-maker Fiona Cairns. Or at least it should be. “They’re not cupcakes, they’re fairy cakes!” huffs Cairns, only half-jokingly of her products. I stand corrected.So is there any real difference between fairy cakes and cupcakes? The answer lies across one large continent-splitting pond. “I just think that what we make is a very English product. To me, a ’cupcake’ is an American term for a larger, more muffin-like cake. Ours are much more delicate and I prefer the name ’fairy cakes’. I think we’re unique in calling them fairy cakes, not cupcakes.”The cupcakes vs fairy cake debate is one that has raged – and blood was spilt over the matter – within the pages of Waitrose magazine. “In America, a cupcake is a bit like a cookie, something you might pick up on your way to work. It’s a more casual thing, whereas what we do is more precious, more gifty – it’s an alternative to giving a chocolate box,” explains MD Kishore Patel. Cairns then unexpectedly adds: “But next week we’ll start to make American-style cupcakes, with buttercream on top!”The firm’s first foray into cupcakes will initially be for Waitrose own-label. Whether fairy or cupcakes, the fashionable revival of traditional topped box cakes is commonly cited as having been kick-started in New York in the mid-’90s with the likes of the famed Magnolia Bakery (see pg 19). This traditional-style bakery, popped up in films and TV series, including Sex & the City, with queues stretching around the block. But Fiona Cairns was on the scene a whole decade earlier, having begun selling fairy cakes and fruit cakes to Harrods and The Conran Shop some 20 years ago.traditional goes mainstreamThe firm now specialises in manufacturing premium branded and own-label celebration cakes, fairy cakes and biscuits for the likes of Waitrose, which has stocked Fiona Cairns for 14 years, and Sainsbury’s, which came on board a year ago. Cupcakes are just another example of a traditional product returning to the mainstream, says Patel. “We like to take an old product and breathe life into it,” he says. “A cupcake is as old as the hills. We think there are some great old ideas that you can interpret crisply in a modern way, and people love it.”The spritely pace of innovation – the firm gets through around 50-60 fairy cake designs in a year – means new product categories such as cupcakes can take on a momentum of their own. “Like everything we do, we make brother and sister products. Cupcakes are likely to be one of those products where we will do a Fiona Cairns label and an own-label,” says Patel.Waitrose will have a different design from John Lewis, Sainsbury’s or Harrods. Even seasonal variations are unique to each retailer. “We’ve almost got too many ideas, if that’s possible!” says Cairns.Over the last 20 years, the products have refined and the level of detail improved, while the stable of designs is ever-changing. All decorations are handmade. “In the early days, I trained everybody. Now there’s an ethos within the business of paying attention to detail – because that’s the way I am, I’m very fussy.”Our cakes are very highly finished; everybody understands that. With the clear way it’s packaged [in a simple transparent box], there’s nothing between the consumer’s eye and the product. If there’s a thumb-mark on there it’s obvious.”Cairns has clearly been flexing her PR muscle over the years, achieving a steady drip-feed of coverage for her products in magazines and national newspapers. Patel says: “Keeping the brand in the consumers’ attention through the press is quite an important part of our whole approach. It’s not just about getting the product right and making it taste good and look good, it’s also about getting the customer to pick it up and buy it.”boosting the brandSo does the business have a marketing budget? “Yes – it’s zero! That’s very much Fiona’s role. We have established our brand and we want to work on growing the business,” he adds.This means building on the good start the firm has made in Europe, as well developing new product lines. The brand was successfully introduced into French department store Le Bon Marché – said to be “the Selfridges of Paris” – in January this year. “Nobody knew quite how the fruit cake would go down, but they’re selling really well,” says Cairns. They have already pricked the attention of six French publications, including Figaro and Elle magazines.Elsewhere, the firm is looking to develop shortbread biscuits, to take on the likes of Duchy Originals in the medium term. However, the organics route is not something that is high on the agenda.But cakes are the mainstay and about 600,000 fairy cakes are made every year, plus around 16-20,000 little fruit cakes, which come in five sizes. The smallest cake costs £8, while a 9kg fruit cake wedding cake retails for around £250. “We built the company up on the reputation of our fruit cake,” says Cairns.So what are the technical issues that a business like Fiona Cairns faces? “As a point of difference we generally develop a product and then cost it – sometimes products fall by the wayside, because they’re too expensive to make,” says Patel. “When I started, there wasn’t much competition, but there is now,” continues Cairns. “But there are technical barriers to entering into the market, and that puts some people off. I used to design whatever I wanted, with no limitations – all you needed was an oven. That’s completely changed over the last five years. I go to our technologist before I design anything, and not afterwards, as I used to do,” she says.One abandoned product – sugar mice with a string tail – was pulled at the 11th hour due to restrictions on using string coming to light. Thankfully, technical manager Anthony Green is now on hand to ensure the smooth planning of product development. “If everything is right at the NPD stage then the product will be fine when you scale up,” he says.going naturalOne technical development is a move away from synthetic colours to natural, wherever possible. “There is a new colour on the market from GMT that’s completely natural. So we’re striving to improve every detail,” says Green.Plans are afoot to double the building space by August this year, having outgrown the factory in Fleckney, Leicestershire. By acquiring a neighbouring unit, the company is set to increase production, warehousing and office space to 11,000sq ft. Costing an estimated £250,000, the plan is to have the new building ready in time for the Christmas rush.So where would the business like to be in five years’ time – a listing in every major supermarket, perhaps? Patel thinks not; the key, he says, is not to overstretch oneself. “With food manufacturing, managing growth is quite tricky,” he explains. “Suddenly, you can go from being a niche provider to a very vulnerable supplier. That’s the process we’ve got to watch. If we sell a little to five supermarkets, the margins are not as good as if we sell in depth to one, because the cost of running that account is fixed. But we’re ready to grow.” n—-=== Fiona Cairns – the business ===Location: Fleckney, LeicestershireCustomers: The Conran Shop; Waitrose; John Lewis; Sainsbury’s; Harrods; Fortnum & Mason; Le Bon MarchéMajor ingredients supplier: BakoTurnover: £1.5m with £2m projected by next yearProducts: Celebration cakes make up 65%, with fairy cakes and biscuits accounting for the remainderKey personnel: The company is run by the husband and wife team of Fiona Cairns, who heads up product development and marketing, and MD Kishore PatelStaff: 35 (permanent)Distribution: directInteresting fact: Fiona Cairns makes Christmas cakes every year for Paul McCartney—-=== Fiona Cairns – the CV ===First trained in graphic design and then worked as an illustrator; undertook cookery training and became a pastry chef at Hambleton Hall, Rutland; began her own business, baking from homeHistory: “In 1986, I was baking from my kitchen table,” says Cairns. “We went on a skiing holiday with friends and decided to take each other a present that cost under £1 – not very easy. So I made little baby fruit cakes. My friends loved them and said I should market them.”My first-ever order was for six dozen cakes for The Conran Shop. I remember freaking out, thinking, ’How am I going to make all that on my own?’ Then I rang the buyer at Harrods and they really liked the product too; they’re still selling the same product, although the detail and designs are more refined than they were in the early days. Now you see little cakes everywhere.”—-=== Cupcake craze ===Magnolia Bakery, New YorkWhere: 401 Bleecker Street, Manhattan, New York CityMagnolia is credited in some quarters for sparking a cupcakes revival, when it opened in the mid-1990s selling old-fashioned boxed cakes. Long queues are a regular fixture and customers are limited to just 12 cupcakes. The bakery stays open until as late as 11:30pm on weekends. Owner Allysa Torey wrote The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes from New York’s Sweetest Bakery with former co-owner Jennifer Appel in 1999.Hummingbird Bakery The closest UK equivalentWhere: 133 Portobello Rd, LondonThis American-style bakery, opened in 2004 by Tarek Malouf, sells highly indulgent cupcakes – so much so that the chocolate cupcakes were described by one reviewer as “as good as sex”.last_img read more

Making the right match

first_imgMillers will repeatedly tell you: “There’s no such thing as poor quality wheat – there are just different specifications of wheat.” Bakers, on the other hand, have been heard in recent months to exclaim, “This flour is rubbish!” (The expletives have been substituted to avoid upsetting our more sensitive readers.)Craft bakers have been complaining of some really horrible flours from the latest UK harvest. In September we reported huge wastage problems at plant bakeries, especially with wholemeal – with up to 20% wastage in some plants – and complaints ranging from loaves not rising to side-walling (loaves baking with concave sides in the tin).So what’s the reason for this? Due to disruptive weather, some wheats in the UK have developed better than others and prime breadmaking wheats of recent years – such as Warburtons’ favoured wheat, Hereward – have seen a big drop in protein quality. On top of this, Hereward has not adapted well genetically to the weather, climate or bakery use, says John Cottrell, technical director for ADM Milling.While bakers would love more consistency with wheats, the truth is that varieties can degenerate with time, as they’re reproduced year after year. “Wheat varieties go out of date and become less and less reliable in the quality of output as they get older,” says Cottrell.He says ADM’s Technical Centre in Avonmouth, was ahead in identifying and solving problems with this year’s wheats. The harvest assessment in mid-August set early alarm bells ringing that wheat quality was severely impaired. Using digital scanning technology, ADM was able to compare this year’s wheat baking characteristics to last year’s. It quickly realised there was a problem.”We were able to see very early on – what everybody now knows – that there’s a big drop in protein year-on-year, and were able to correct those problems early on to produce a consistent quality flour,” he says. “What we’re seeing is one of the best years last year compared to one of the worst years in recent times this year. It took some time to smooth out and we like to think that we were ahead of the game.”Now, flours are as good as last year’s, he claims. “Very few of our customers had issues.”So what kind of alchemy can turn a bad wheat to good? The answer lies in the choice of wheats. “We buy wheat by individual variety – whether that’s Hereward, Malacca or Cordiale – not just by Nabim Class, which some of our competitors do. We then select which wheats to blend,” says Cottrell.While there were big drops in Group 1 Malacca and Hereward proteins, Group 2 Cordiale only saw a 0.5% drop in protein. Meanwhile, Group 1 Solstice emerged as a major bread wheat. Spotting this early on allowed the miller to make the necessary adjustments.Secondly, the team investigated why the flour wasn’t baking well. Although protein was down, historically it wasn’t disastrously low. ADM established that changes were needed to the way the wheat was being milled.The mills needed to be reset, changing the way the grains go through the various rolling stages, which ultimately alters the baking profile of the wheat. Changing where in the milling process the starch is ground and how the protein is separated on the mill results in better starch and protein components for quality baking, says Cottrell.”This has been a year where the millers have had to earn their money – where they’ve had to set up their mills exactly right.”ADM is involved in a government-funded ’LINK’ project to identify quality traits within the wheat genome, in order to breed better wheats for the next generation of bakers. “It takes 10 years to breed a wheat and a huge investment, which, at the end of the day, comes to nothing if the farmers or millers don’t like it,” he says.The Technical Centre has been ADM’s flagship research facility since the turn of the decade. It has a pilot-scale bakery on site, using a variety of equipment (see opposite) to reduce the variability of test bakes.”Part of what we do is understanding what the customer wants and making sure they match the right flour to the right process,” says Tina Glen, Technical Centre manager. “The benefit of the Centre is that we are able to demonstrate that if the baker were to change X, Y or Z, they would get a better product. Most bakers, of any size, don’t have time to make batches of different things, but we can make batches of a weaker flour with more fat, or a stronger flour with a longer process – whatever they want to do – and then send them the results.”Ultimately, the aim to is to transform all the speculation, opinion and instinct that is the craft of bakery and nail down some of the mysteries lurking within the dough. As Cottrell says: “What we’re trying to do is cut through some of the magic of baking and say, ’We can prove this.’” n—-=== Kit you can tap into ===Typically, only medium- to large-sized companies take advantage of ADM’s Technical Centre facilities, but you can be the smallest one-off bakery and still tap their testing expertiseLaboratoryThis houses a range of equipment to carry out comprehensive testing on wheat and flour, including innovative NIR (near infrared) scanning spectroscopyMilling roomThe large milling room has two pilot-scale Bühler mills and associated equipment, useful for assessing new wheat varieties and making a rapid evaluation of each new crop’s milling quality.BakeryPilot-scale plant to mimic a full plant bakery process, high-speed and spiral mixers, umbrella moulder, final moulder, rotary prover and travelling oven. Also, Artofex mixers, static provers and deck ovens for simulating in-store bakery and artisan craft bakery processes. Equipment for morning goods, batters, frying and hot-plate goods are used. A dedicated confectionery bakery offers controlled conditions for pastry work and other flour confectionery.C-CELLThis combines digital imaging to computer software allowing a slice of bread/cake/pastry to be analysed for quality factors in an objective, measured way, with results recorded and stored.TA-XT Texture analyserThis measures the texture of doughs and finished goods such as bread, pastry, tortillas and croissants.—-=== It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it ===The process – and not the ingredients – is the vital element in baking, says ADM.Technical director John Cottrell says: “Any baker worth his salt will tell you he can make a loaf of bread out of any old rubbish. I can give one of our bakers flour of the lowest specification and they can turn it into a prize-winning loaf. But they’re using their hands, paying attention to detail and making sure they get every stage of the process right.”The mixers, he believes, have the biggest influence on the dough’s development. If you get that stage right, you’ll get a better product. “Probably the biggest truism is that the dough has to be right when it comes out of the mixer. If you’re asking, why is so-and-so’s bread better than someone else’s, almost always I would say it was becaue of their attention to detail in their process.”A question in point is how do you make good puff pastry? ADM has modified C-Cell technology to assess puff pastry the same way as bread is assessed. What it learned was that you have to balance the flour to the process. Put simply, the layers of fat in puff pastry give off steam during baking that create pockets, and having the right cell structure determines the eat quality. That process can now be measured. If the protein in the flour is too strong, you will not get oven lift; if it’s too weak, the steam will burst straight through.Some bakers make puff pastry quickly through the laminator with no time to relax. For that, very low-protein quality flour can be used. In a longer process, a weak-protein quality will result in a collapsed mess. Conversely, if you use a really good protein flour in a quick process, the protein is so tough that it will shrink the dough by the time it goes in the oven. So flour type is intrinsically linked to the process. “Every baker knows that – that’s nothing new,” says Cottrell. “But what they were unable to do before was quantify it. When you can do that you can start to apply science to manipulate things in the process one at a time to find out what’s important in the ingredients and process in making a product.”—-=== Four things we learned at ADM’s Technical Centre ===1 Pile it high, sell it, er, high!The UK has the highest wheat yield per hectare of any country in the world. The biggest driving force in the last 20 years has been yield per hectare, with farmers choosing wheats that maximise profitability. Demand for biofuels and animal feed has further pushed UK farmers towards very high-yielding wheats – such as Alchemy, a Group 4 wheat, which this year provided the biggest yield in the UK. It is possibly the least suitable for breadmaking.2 By 2027, combine harvesters will be cleverer than you areNo industry other than milling receives lorry-loads of deliveries every day and every single one of them is different. Wheat is bought on protein, moisture, hagberg, specific weight and cleanliness. But massive changes in quality year-on-year are compounded by local variations, because every field of wheat is different. The bigger farms are now using satellite tracking to measure soil conditions of individual parts of their farms. ADM Milling technical director John Cottrell says: “If you look forward 20 years, combine harvesters will have near infrared (NIR) fitted, which measures protein, moisture, starch damage and water absorption. This will be measuring the wheat as it’s harvested and the CCFRA is working on that right now.”3 You need the steady hand of a neurosurgeon to perfectly slice and scientifically scan a puff pastryBy carrying out digital imaging on a C-Cell machine you can measure the structure of a baked puff pastry – but you have to slice it neatly first. “After about 3,000 goes at it, you eventually get the knack!” says technical development co-ordinator Karyn Boniface. Technology will always need expert knowledge to make sense of the reams of data the equipment spews out, adds Cottrell. “We, if you like, tie the technologists’ brains into the computer. Everything is based on their evaluations but we take away the vagaries of subjective analysis. The C-Cell won’t be in a bad mood because it had a row with the wife in the morning. It will score the product consistently every time.”4 The ADM Technical Centre is like an octopusThe centre specialises in “wheat knowledge” for all international wheat that’s available to the UK; it acts as the octopus body for ADM’s eight mills to keep tabs on quality assurance, such as test-baking different wheats from around the country, as well as customer support.last_img read more

Welcome to Bakers Review!

first_imgFrom 30 January British Baker will be publishing Bakers Review in partnership with the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB).Bakers Review will feature once a month within the pages of British Baker, covering the latest industry, legislation and regulation news as well as general advice on issues affecting craft bakery businesses. This means that British Baker will be the only magazine to target bakers and bakery buyers in craft, wholesale, plant, supermarkets, convenience stores, coffee shops and foodservice.The NAMB has been representing the interests of the craft baking industry throughout England and Wales for over a century.last_img read more

Craft baker embraces new technology to boost sales

first_imgArtisan craft bakery Winnie’s has been using bluetooth technology in a fresh bid to target nearby consumers.The bakery, based in Meadow Street, Weston-super-Mare, started trialling the technology as part of its marketing campaign, by alerting con- sumers with messages of special offers in-store.Bluetooth wireless technology allows data to be sent to mobile phones in the vicinity. However, a Greggs shop in Regent Street, based across the road from Winnie’s, caught wind of the scheme and started promoting its own sausage rolls right outside Winnie’s shop.Winnie’s owner Jeremy Chamberlain said it started trialling bluetooth in January and, by the Easter holidays, its messages were getting picked up by a number of tourists as well as its core customer base. “We didn’t spend thousands of pounds on it. You can put a bluetooth server on your computer, create a message and anyone who has their bluetooth on in the area gets offered the message. If they accept it, the special offer pops up on their mobile,” he explained.The bakery sends out around 100 messages a day, around 60-65 of which are accepted by consumers, which has followed through to around 5-10 people coming into the shop “waving their phones”, said Chamberlain. “We’ve had quite a good response. We’ve been experimenting a lot, trying to create offers that actually work.”The Greggs outlet in Regent Street declined to comment.last_img read more


first_imgResearch by Costa Coffee revealed that where people live not only affects their dialect but also how they taste food and drink. Taste preferences from 13,000 people in the UK’s major regions have been analysed by food psychologist Greg Tucker, with input from Andy Taylor, professor of flavour technology from the University of Nottingham and advisor to Heston Blumenthal.The research revealed that each region in the UK has its own unique taste dialect of flavours. For example, nearly a third of people who were asked preferred foods traditional to the south west, especially Cheddar cheese and Devonshire cream teas.Findings also revealed that the Scots are the slowest eaters and prefer Yorkshire pudding and Italian ice cream to haggis and kippers.The south and south east, which have a huge variety of cultural influences, had the least-defined taste dialect of all the regions, and people from the north east look for tastes that offer immediate satisfaction, claimed the report.”Just as with spoken dialects, where accent is placed on different syllables and vowel formations, people from different regions have developed enhanced sensitivities to certain taste sensations and seek foods that trigger these,” said Taylor.last_img read more

FSA announces salt reduction progress

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published commitments from a number of bakery manufacturers highlighting the progress they’ve made with salt reduction. The document which features commitments from retailers, manufacturers and key trade associations, includes companies such as Burton’s Foods, United Biscuits and Premier Foods.Marks and Spencer has announced its bread and sandwiches now meet the 2012 salt reduction targets, while PepsiCo crisps now contain 55% less sodium.Tesco said it has removed 780 tonnes of salt from its bakery category, with 270 tonnes less salt being used as an ingredient in its in-store bakeries.Burton’s Foods achievements include a 25% reduction in salt in its Jammie Dodgers biscuit brand and all butter shortbread since 2000. The firm said that 95% of its sweet filled biscuits and 98% of sweet unfilled biscuits are already under the 2012 maximum category targets.FSA head of nutrition, Clair Baynton, said these commitments will be updated regularly to show how the companies’ salt reduction programmes are progressing.“We are aware that there are increasing difficulties for businesses in continued salt reduction and we welcome their efforts to reduce salt to the lowest levels that are achievable in their products,” she added.last_img read more

WorkOne centers to being reopening June 8

first_img Google+ WorkOne centers to being reopening June 8 Unemployment numbers remain high, and WorkOne offices across Northern Indiana will be opening on Monday, June 8th. However, they will not all have a normal operating schedule just yet.Elkhart, South Bend, and Warsaw will operate Monday through Friday. Plymouth will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Rochester’s office will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.Their in-person services are also limited. Full details can be found here with ABC 57 News By Carl Stutsman – June 4, 2020 0 272 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMiddlebury wants public input on plan for 2030Next articleGroup of Mishawaka Firefighters test positive for COVID-19 Carl Stutsman Twitter Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Vice President Mike Pence to return to Indiana on Friday

first_img (Ryan Dorgan/The Elkhart Truth) If his kids were elementary, high school, or college-aged, former Indiana Governor and Vice President Mike Pence says he would send his kids back to school during the coronavirus pandemic.Pence is supposed to address the reopening of schools Friday night in Indianapolis in a meeting with leaders of higher education at Marian University. When he was in South Carolina Tuesday, Pence said there are “real costs” to keeping kids out of class and children have a lower risk of catching the respiratory illness.“Children without a serious underlying condition have a very low risk of serious outcome to the coronavirus. Millions and millions of children rely on a school lunch program. There are children with learning disabilities who receive the counseling and the assistance in their schools that’s going unattended,” said Pence at the University of South Carolina Tuesday.Pence thanked South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster for leading the way on getting kids back to school.“We are with you,” Pence said. “We are going to work closely with your governor and all your state health officials to make sure the people of this state have the testing, the personal protective equipment, the therapeutics, and the supplies to meet this moment.”Pence also said the White House is about to release another coronavirus relief bill, which has “bipartisan support.” He says education will be a big part of it.Shortly after Pence’s talk with Marian University leaders, he and First Lady Karen Pence are supposed to return to Washington D.C. Friday night. By Network Indiana – July 24, 2020 1 496 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Google+ Facebook Vice President Mike Pence to return to Indiana on Friday Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleSen. Young on the importance of the National Defense Authorization ActNext articleMan paralyzed after crash in Elkhart Friday Network Indianalast_img read more

Elkhart police asking for help finding forgery suspect

first_img Elkhart police asking for help finding forgery suspect Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/Elkhart City Police) Detectives are requesting assistance from the public in identifying the suspect in aforgery case.The surveillance photo included in this story shows the suspect.Detective Scott Johnson is asking for assistance from anyone with information regarding the suspect in the photo.Anybody with information regarding the suspects please contact Det. Johnson at 574-389-4720 or the tip line at [email protected] Pinterest WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – September 15, 2020 0 339 Google+ Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleGoshen Health reports COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise againNext articleElderly man struck, killed by a golf cart in northwest Indiana 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

Second teenager charged with murder stemming from Central Park shooting

first_img Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – January 11, 2021 1 398 Second teenager charged with murder stemming from Central Park shooting Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart man sentenced in federal court on weapons chargeNext articleHoosier lawmaker authors bill to stiffen penalties for people arrested for rioting 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 Facebook IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A second teenager faces murder a murder charge stemming from the shooting, last month, in Central Park in Mishawaka.Tayshawn Malczynski, 16, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 6 and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.Daniel Allen, 17, was charged early last week.According to court documents, Malczynski and Allen tried to rob 18-year-old Vincenzo Trozzy and another teen while trying to rob them of marijuana. Trozzy was killed.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released the following statement regarding Malczynski’s charges:The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against Tayshawn Malczynski, 16 years old of South Bend, in connection with a St. Joseph County Metro Homicide investigation. He is charged in the December 15, 2020, fatal shooting of Vincenzo Trozzy (Central Park, Mishawaka).He is charged with:Count I: Murder a FelonyCount II: Attempted Robbery Resulting a Level 2 Felonyin Serious Bodily InjuryCount III: Attempted Murder a Level 1 FelonyA Felony Firearm Sentencing Enhancement was also filed in this cause number.Mr. Malczynski was arrested on January 6, 2021 and booked into the St. Joseph CountyJail in connection with this investigation.Probable cause was found. Defendant was ordered held without bond and remains in thecustody of the St. Joseph County Jail. He is scheduled to appear before a St. JosephCounty Magistrate this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. (Traffic & Misdemeanor Courtroom, 1855Courthouse, 112 S. Lafayette Blvd, South Bend).Daniel Allen, 17, was also previously charged in this investigation with Murder, a Felony;Attempted Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 2 Felony; AttemptedMurder, a Level 1 Felony; and a Felony Firearm Sentencing Enhancement. He wasordered held without bond and remains in custody at the St. Joseph County Jail. Mr.Allen’s initial hearing is scheduled for January 21, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Hurley.The sentencing range for Murder is 45 to 65 years. The sentencing range for a Level 2Felony is 10 to 30 years. The sentencing range for a Level 1 Felony is 20 to 40 years. AFelony Firearm Sentencing can add an additional 5 to 20 years to the conviction of theunderlying offense. Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

One person hospitalized after shooting on Diamond Avenue in South Bend

first_img WhatsApp One person hospitalized after shooting on Diamond Avenue in South Bend Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/ABC 57) One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in South Bend.The shooting happened around 4 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, in the 1000 block of Diamond Avenue.There was no immediate word about the extent of the injuries.There was no immediate word about any suspects, arrests or the circumstances that led to the shooting. Facebook By Jon Zimney – February 28, 2021 1 219 Pinterest Facebook Previous articleMan injured in Friday night shooting in Benton TownshipNext articleMan formally charged after shooting on Roosevelt St. 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.last_img read more

Press release: Debt management directors disqualified for a combined 11 and a half years

first_img act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Stephen Anthony Wooley and Kevin John Dursley gave disqualification undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.Stephen Anthony Woolley, from Stoke on Trent, who was the director of Security and Wealth Credit Management Limited which traded as Brightsource Financial Solutions, has been banned from acting as a director for eight years from 11 January 2018.Kevin John Dursley, from Gloucestershire, who was the director of Corders Administration Limited which handled the day to day administration of the debt management plans, has been banned for three years and six months from 21 November 2017.Security and Wealth Credit Management Limited went into administration on 16 September 2015 with debts of £2,058,219.The Insolvency Service’s investigation showed that Mr Woolley breached the fiduciary duties he owed to the company by failing to take adequate steps to ensure that debt management plans were properly administered by Corders Administration Limited on behalf of the company, resulting in estimated losses of between £413,657 and £2,042,007 to members of the public already in financial distress.Corders Administration Limited went into administration on 16 September 2015. The Insolvency Service’s investigation showed that Mr Dursley failed to ensure that Corders Administration Limited adequately managed, supervised and administered debt management plans on behalf of Security and Wealth Credit Management Limited.Its failures contributed to losses of at least £443,302 to members of the public already in financial distress.Commenting on the disqualifications, Aldona O’Hara, Head of Insolvent Investigations, Midlands and West, said: Notes to editorsStephen Anthony Woolley is of Stoke on Trent and his date of birth is January 1959.Security and Wealth Credit Management Limited (CRO: 08195266) was incorporated on 29 August 2012 and traded from premises in Cheltenham under the style Brightsource Financial Solutions.Security and Wealth Credit Management Limited went into Administration on 16 September 2015.On 20 December 2017 Mr Woolley gave a disqualification undertaking which was accepted by the Secretary of State on 21 December 2017. The undertaking comes into effect on 11 January 2018 for a period of 8 years.Kevin John Dursley is of Gloucestershire and his date of birth is October 1970.Corders Administration Limited (CRO: 07715423) was incorporated on 22 July 2011 and went into Administration on 16 September 2015.On 30 October 2017 Mr Dursley gave a disqualification undertaking which was accepted by the Secretary of State on 31 October 2017. The undertaking came into effect on 21 November 2017 for a period of 3.5 years.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Twitter YouTube Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 Press Office The Insolvency Service will look closely at any evidence of misconduct and take appropriate action where others have suffered as a result of directors’ actions, as has happened in this case This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Email [email protected] You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: LinkedIn Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. This is a serious case where the failures of the directors of both companies have caused distress to members of the public who were already in financial difficulty.last_img read more

News story: Flights protected in no deal Brexit scenario

first_img Measures put forward by the UK and the EU will ensure that flights can continue in any scenario; deal or no deal. This is good news, not only for the industry but most importantly it reaffirms the fact that passengers can book flights with confidence, as normal. We expect these contingency measures will never be needed and our efforts remain focused on securing a deal from the EU. The government has set out how it will reciprocate to EU airlines the rights granted to UK airlines by the regulation.Around 164 million passengers travel between the UK and the EU each year so these measures will ensure that passengers can continue to take business and leisure flights in a no deal scenario.This announcement gives industry certainty and the public the assurance needed to book and fly with absolute confidence.These proposals are a no deal contingency measure and will only come into force if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The UK remains committed to securing a deal but continues to prepare for all scenarios. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Today (7 March 2019) the UK government confirmed details of measures that will ensure flights will continue if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.This follows the publication of technical notices in October 2018 which clearly stated that the UK would adopt a pragmatic approach to securing flights.This announcement comes as the EU is also about to finalise its no deal aviation regulation that will protect UK airlines flying into Europe. Both these proposals will ensure continued aviation connectivity in any scenario.Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said: UK government sets out detailed plans confirming protection for flights in a no deal scenario EU no deal aviation regulation also about to be finalised to ensure UK airlines can continue to operate to Europe contingency measures provide industry and holidaymakers with the certainty they need and ensure flights will continue after 29 March 2019center_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

first_imgThis page has been withdrawn because it’s out of date.Read the latest hospital discharge service guidance.,To meet the needs of people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), this document sets out how all health and care systems and providers will alter their discharging arrangements and provision of community support to enable the discharge of all patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so.A range of virtual resources and live interactive sessions have been developed to support every sector to work through how to achieve this new way of operating. These are detailed in the document.last_img read more

Press release: Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated advice tailored to local COVID alert levels

first_imgThose considered most clinically vulnerable to receive updated guidance tailored to their local area, in line with new local COVID alert levels New guidance will support them to take appropriate protective actions in their everyday lives, while retaining as much normality as possible Clinically extremely vulnerable group includes those with specific health conditions, certain cancers and organ transplant recipients people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the prevalence of the virus across the country and we know those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are looking for practical advice on how they can carry on their lives while the virus remains in our communities. The new system will provide clarity on how best those in this group can keep themselves as safe as possible depending on the rates of transmission in their local area. Whilst advisory, I would urge all those affected to follow the guidance wherever they can and to continue to access health services for their medical conditions. We will continue to monitor the evidence closely and fine-tune this approach to make sure everyone in this group is clear about the safest way to go about their daily lives, particularly over the coming winter months. Find out more on the local COVID alert levels framework Background informationSee the updated guidanceThose with the following conditions fall into the clinically extremely vulnerable group: for local COVID alert level medium: strictly observe social distancing, meet others outside where possible, limit unnecessary journeys on public transport and work from home where possible, but you can still go to work and children should still attend school. This is on top of restrictions for everyone to only meet in groups of up to 6 people for local COVID alert level high: reduce the number of different people met outside, avoid travel except for essential journeys, work from home where possible and reduce the number of shopping trips made or go at quieter times of the day. You can still go to work if you cannot work from home because all workplaces should be COVID-secure, and children should still attend school. This is on top of restrictions for everyone to not meet other households indoors, unless part of a support bubble, and to only meet in groups of up to 6 people outdoors for local COVID alert level very high: work from home, in general stay at home as much as possible, and avoid all but essential travel. You should also significantly reduce shopping trips, and if possible use online delivery or ask people in your household, support bubble or volunteers to collect food and medicines. People in these areas are encouraged to still go outside for exercise, and can still go to school and to work if they cannot work from home. We recognise that a small number of individuals may require additional support to follow the guidance at this alert level, and they are advised to contact their local authority if they need assistance It is extremely important that clinically extremely vulnerable people continue to receive the care and support they need to help them stay safe and well. Providers of social care and medical services are making every effort to ensure services remain open and as safe as possible. You should continue to seek support from the NHS for your existing health conditions. If you are told to go to hospital for a routine appointment, then the NHS has measures in place to make sure that it is safe for you to do so.There are currently 2.2 million people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. The Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS will write to all those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and their doctors, outlining the changes to the guidance. Anyone advised to shield in the future will be written to individually as before.Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director and Director of Health Protection at Public Health England (PHE), said:center_img Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus, tailored to where they live the government has announced.The guidance will be tied into the new local COVID alert levels framework, meaning those at the highest risk of serious illness from the virus will receive specific advice depending on the level of risk in their local area, as coronavirus rates continue to rise.With many national measures now in place that apply to everyone – for example, the rule of 6 and mandatory face coverings – the clinically extremely vulnerable group is already helped by wider protection measures not previously in place when shielding was originally introduced in March.These additional precautions set out today, recommended by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) for England, will ensure an extra layer of protection specifically adapted to people’s locations and level of risk, as dictated by the local COVID alert levels.Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Dr Jenny Harries said: solid organ transplant recipients people with specific cancers: people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell) people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decision People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, we recommend that you follow the advice to help protect yourself at each alert level as set out in the guidance. In addition to the rules you must follow at each alert level, you can take additional precautions. Continue to maintain strict social distancing, wash your hands regularly and try to keep the number of social interactions that you have low. The fewer social interactions you have, the lower your risk of catching COVID-19. With coronavirus rates continuing to increase, now is the time to take action and ensure we protect the most vulnerable in our society. Today’s announcement will mean every person most at risk from serious outcomes from the virus will have specific advice targeted to local levels, which they can follow to keep themselves as safe as possible, while ensuring they can also keep as much normality in their lives as possible. The clinically extremely vulnerable group includes those with conditions affecting the immune system, certain cancers and organ transplant recipients among others. The new advice will help this higher risk group better protect themselves from the virus, without needing to follow more restrictive shielding guidance.Those in exceptionally high-risk areas may still be advised to adopt formal shielding in the future, including to stay at home, not go to work or school and limit social interactions to their own household and support bubble. Those in these areas will also be updated if the decision is not to follow shielding advice. If shielding advice is reintroduced in their area, they will also be eligible for a support package – including food access support, medicines deliveries and any additional care or support required. They may also be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay or Employment and Support Allowance.Shielding advice will not automatically be triggered by an area going into local COVID alert level very high, but will be considered as an additional intervention, agreed by ministers under advice from local public health experts and the Chief Medical Officer or DCMO. The government will write to people in these areas if they are advised to adopt formal shielding again.The advice for the clinical extremely vulnerable, which will be in addition to the basic restrictions set out in the local COVID alert levels framework everyone must follow, includes:last_img read more

Ireland’s coffee shop market rises 14%

first_imgIreland’s coffee shop market is outperforming the Irish retail sector with sales growth of 14%. According to Allegra World Coffee Portal’s report, Project Café2015 Ireland, the coffee shop market has grown in the past 12 months, driven by the expansion of leading players like Insomnia, Costa and Starbucks.Insomnia is the market leader with 96 units and a 31% outlet market share. It has major expansion plans and several new partnerships including Debenhams, Compass and Spar UK.Allegra World Coffee Portal predicts the total coffee shop market in Ireland will exceed 750 outlets and €610m turnover by 2020, driven by branded coffee chain expansion and non-specialist operator growth. The branded coffee shop segment is forecast to exceed €360m across 515 outlets by 2020, with outlets predicted to see a 9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and revenue at 14.5% CAGR over the next five years.Ireland, traditionally a tea-drinking nation, is catching up to the UK in terms of coffee drinkers. Now, 83% of coffee shop visitors drink coffee at least once a month and 62% drink coffee daily, compared to the UK where 95% of coffee shop visitors drink coffee at least once a month and 75% drink coffee daily.The report said the “third wave” in the artisan coffee segment had influenced operator and consumer expectations about quality coffee and store design. There has also been a greater commitment to coffee credentials from the non-specialist sector, such as fast food, supermarkets and retail stores, adding to competitive pressures.last_img read more

Starbucks to trial recyclable coffee cups

first_imgStarbucks will begin testing a new kind of recyclable coffee cup as it looks to cut waste.The news comes in the face of criticism from environmental campaigners, who say 2.5 billion plastic cups are dumped in landfill sites in the UK every year.The new recyclable Frugalpac cups were designed by British entrepreneur Martin Myerscough, who developed a thin plastic membrane that is removed during the paper recycling process, meaning the materials can be recovered and re-used.A Starbucks spokesperson told British Baker: “We are very interested in finding out more about the Frugalpac cup and we will be testing it to see if it meets our standards for safety and quality with a view to trialing its recyclability.”The objective of increasing paper cup recovery and recycling was introduced in June when the packaging industry and coffee retailers, including Starbucks, came together to launch the Paper Cup Manifesto.The manifesto has more than 30 participants representing suppliers, manufacturers, and high street brands to waste processors.The campaign will feature in a BBC documentary, Hugh’s War on Waste: The Battle Continues, which will be screened on Thursday next week.In March, Starbucks responded to criticism of its recycling record by announcing that it would offer a 50p discount to customers who bring in their own coffee cup.last_img read more

New York Bakery Co creates breakfast bagel bar

first_imgNew York Bakery Co is launching a bagel pop-up site in London this weekend.Dubbed the Bagel Breakfast Break, the event will run over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend in Shoreditch.Families will be offered a range of free bagel-based breakfasts, including a build-a-bagel option with over 20 different fillings and eight types of bagel including the firm’s bagel thins.Filling options include pastrami with mustard and pickle, and avocado and poached egg.“We hope the experience will encourage Brits to slow down and think differently around breakfast,” commented Christina Honigfort, head of marketing at New York Bakery Co. Breakfast benches, blackboards and games will be provided to entertain children.A competition will run alongside the event, offering one family a year’s supply of New York Bakery Co bagels. To enter, families need to share their experience on social media with the hashtag #TasteBagelsTasteNewYork.To guarantee a seat at the event, families will need to reserve tickets, although a limited number of walk-ins will be available.The pop-up eatery will be at 133 Bethnal Green Road from 8am until 2pm on the Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Royal Academy AAE pastry winners announced

first_imgThe Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced the winners of its Annual Awards of Excellence 2018.Running since 1983, the awards are designed to inspire and encourage young professionals to achieve high standards in their chosen profession – kitchen, pastry or service – and offer them guidelines for success in their career.It is an examination rather than a competition, and all or none of the candidates could achieve the award. Candidates had to attain a score of over 70% in the tasks set and judged by industry experts and chaired by John Williams, executive chef at The Ritz London.Candidates in the pastry section had five-and-a-half hours to produce 12 allumettes, 16 dipped chocolates with a raspberry ganache centre, 16 sable tartlets and 16 creative financiers, and a sugar stand with a flower to incorporate the theme of a summer fairground.Winning candidates have been invited to a gala dinner where the candidate who has scored the highest mark in each section will be announced and declared the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Young Chef, Young Pastry Chef or Young Waiter of the year.The full list of AAE winners is:PastrySophie Bamford, 21, Newcastle upon TyneNicholas Bentley, Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, OxfordshireBastien Carriou, Harrods, Knightsbridge, west LondonNikola Krikavova, Hakkasan, Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, west LondonKitchenGercelynn Mae Dionio, Restaurant Hywel Jones (Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa), WiltshireConnor Farrer, The Ritz LondonFaye De Souza, Restaurant Associates, DeloitteFrederick Smith,  The Pig on the Beach, DorsetJade Stevens,  Restaurant Hywel Jones (Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa)Andrew Tranter, Trinity, Clapham, south LondonServiceDimitri Auriant,  Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Park Lane, west LondonAlessandro Bello, The Ritz LondonCatarina Caldeira, The Vineyard Hotel and Spa, BerkshireElizabeth Forkuoh, The Strathearn at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, ScotlandGiovanna Gucciardo, Le Gavroche, Mayfair, west LondonValerija Kirjackaja, The Ritz LondonRyan Kenyon,  André Garrett at Cliveden House, BerkshireMarion Pépin,  Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill, west LondonAndrea Saccogna,  The Woodspeen, BerkshireBethan Sampson, Pollen Street Social, Mayfair, west Londonlast_img read more

Good Grain Bakery seeks £150k via crowdfunding

first_imgFree-from baker Tara Taylor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure £150,000 investment for her Good Grain Bakery business.Taylor said the investment would enable her to upgrade and expand the equipment at the bakery, boost its brand presence and create the capacity to launch into major grocery outlets.“For now, we’ve got the capacity to expand within our current premises, so we’d be looking to upgrade our equipment – which we need a deposit for,” Taylor told British Baker.“We’d also like to increase our shift output so we can run two shifts and produce up to four times what we currently do, as well as introduce some automation in the packing department.”The campaign is currently being run through Crowdcube, which gives businesses the opportunity to gain investment shares for 30 days after 20% of the target has been reached.Taylor set the target investment as £150k but hopes she can over-fund and reach a total of £250k.To support this, she has been promoting the page on social media.“The idea is that you raise the money through your own network of people, so I’ve really promoted the campaign on LinkedIn, and I’ve made promotional videos to share on there. I’m also using sponsored campaigns, emails, and talking to friends, family and customers,” Taylor added.Investors paying over £5,000 will receive a share in the business, and those under that amount will receive preferential shares.last_img read more

Update: 10-year-old charged in bomb scare

first_img[Editor’s Note: We’ve updated this article to reflect that Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was the investigating agency for the incident.][Update 10:51 p.m.] – A press release issued by Superintendent Tina Meserve Thursday evening had additional details about the district and first responder responses to the threat, which was called in at 4:03 p.m. Meserve said that three buses were on the road with students when the threat came in: two diverted to the New Sharon Fire Department while a third went to the Starks Fire Department. The parents of those affected students were notified directly by the bus garage.The elementary student that police believe called in the threat is 10 years old, according to Meserve. The student has been charged as a juvenile with terrorizing, a Class C felony. The case will be referred to the Juvenile Community Corrections Officer.The case was investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.Meserve confirmed that all district buses, including one at an athletic event, were searched with bomb-sniffing dogs. Buildings were also evacuated until the investigation was complete. School will be in session Friday.The response to the threat and the ensuing investigation included the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police Department, Maine State Police, Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, Somerset Regional Communication Center, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, Somerset County EMA, Franklin Region Communication Center, Wilton Police Department, Winthrop Communication Center, RSU 73, the RSU 9 bus garage and local area fire departments.[Update 7:16 p.m.] – Police have identified an elementary school student as the person that called in a bomb threat to the Franklin County Regional Communications Center Thursday afternoon, Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck said.Peck said that the elementary school student had made an admission regarding the threat, which was called in utilizing the 9-1-1 line at the dispatch center at 4:10 p.m. The caller said that a bomb had been placed on an unspecified RSU 9 bus. After-school activities at RSU 9 schools were subsequently cancelled and parents were asked to pick their students up from school.Peck said that the student, who is approximately 8 or 9 years old, would be charged. The specific nature of those charges hadn’t been determined as of Thursday evening.Personnel from RSU 9, the town fire departments, as well as local, county and state police had assisted with the evening’s incident, Peck said, while the district’s buses had been searched and cleared by dogs. School will be held tomorrow, per usual.Peck said that he wanted to thank the public, which had responded with information pertaining to the incident and had assisted the police. He reiterated that the safety of the district’s students was paramount, and that all of the evening’s efforts that gone toward securing that safety.###FARMINGTON – Parents of Regional School Unit 9 students are being asked to come pick up students involved in after-school activities Thursday evening, after a bomb threat was called into the Franklin County Regional Communications Center.No device of any kind has been found. No injuries of any kind have been reported.According to Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck, the call came into the dispatch center through 9-1-1 at 4:10 p.m. The caller claimed that a bomb had been placed on a RSU 9 bus. A particular bus was not specified in the call.Peck said that school officials and police made the decision to immediately suspend all after-school activities and to cancel the afternoon shuttle bus. When the call came in, most RSU 9 buses were in the bus garage. Two buses that were already on the road when the call came in and they were evacuated.Parents of students involved in after-school activities are asked to come pick up their children at their respective schools as soon as possible. A PowerSchool notification has been sent to parents with that information and a request to that effect.Officers and police dogs are already on the scene and will be checking the buses and school buildings, Peck said, calling the threat a “top priority.” More dogs are expected to arrive from other departments throughout the evening.“We’re going to be checking all the buses,” Peck said. “Safety [of students] is paramount and we want to err on the side of caution.” Peck said that school buildings would also be checked.As of 6 p.m., the plan is that RSU 9 will reopen on Friday at the normal time. New information will be posted when it becomes available.last_img read more

Members Of TAB, Biscuits, Lettuce, Almost Dead, Meters & More Announce Everyone Orchestra Run

first_imgThe beloved instrumental fusion of Everyone Orchestra is heading to the Northeast, as the Matt Butler led jam session will perform four shows from May 19th through the 22nd. These editions of EO each feature a slightly different lineup, bringing together a talented array of musicians for the performances.Among those slated to appear are: Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce), Rob Mercurio (Galactic), Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Natalie Cressman (TAB), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), John Kimock (KIMOCK/Mike Gordon), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Marco Benevento. Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Brian Jay (Pimps of Joytime), and Steve Kimock.A full breakdown of the daily schedules and performance locations can be viewed below. More info available here.last_img read more