Comments are closed. NHS salaries too low to make graduate staff stayOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Graduates with health-related degrees need better starting salaries to stopthem deserting the NHS, according to their representative body. Professions Allied to Medicines claims that more than a third of itsgraduates are quitting their NHS jobs within the first 12 months, largelybecause salaries are far below the national average. Gary Newman, a spokesman for the PAM unions, said, “We have warned fora number of years that it is no longer safe to assume that students graduatingwith a relevant PAM degree will automatically move into the NHS. “It is clear from our survey results in this and previous years thatthe PAM starting salary is not sufficient to attract and retain adequatenumbers of graduates.” Newman said a survey last year revealed that 74 per cent of trusts havedifficulties recruiting physiotherapists, 70 per cent struggle to recruitoccupational therapists and 44 per cent have the same problem withradiographers. Tracy Myhill, vice-president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, believes flexible working practices and improved career developmentopportunities are as important as salary. “Earning more money as a locum will not provide them with the necessarycontinuous professional development essential to the development of theirlong-term careers. “Flexibility in employment arrangements and a real commitment todevelopment are much more likely to attract and retain such skills andexpertise within the NHS,” she said. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos.
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Two-thirds of companies offer employees who have adopted children specialpaid leave from work, according to research.The Pay and Benefits Bulletin, In May’s IRS Employment Review, shows thatpaid adoptive leave for staff ranges from as little as two days to 18 weeks.Nearly 60 per cent of employers offer long-service awards. These take theform of a payment of gift, usually every five years. The BBC offers staff 10per cent of their annual salary after 25 years’ service, for example.Most employers – 80 per cent – grant between three and five days off workfor bereavement. Almost 30 per cent offer employees discounts on the company’sproducts or services, and nearly a quarter, 23 per cent, offer pre-retirementleave. Paid pre-retirement leave can take the form of days off to attendretirement-related courses. www.irseclipse.co.ukviewgraphic requires flash enabled browser This is a System test file. Please ignoreOn 3 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today
Previous Article Next Article HR doubt over parenting lawOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The new duty allowing parents to request flexible working arrangements fromtheir employers is good news for many. But some are concerned over the increaseof red tape, reports Ross WighamEveryone will be a winner when the new duty for employers to considerrequests from parents to work flexibly becomes law in 2003, claim unions andpressure groups. The argument goes that staff will be happier and better parents, employerswill have more productive, motivated staff who are easier to retain, and littleJack and Daisy will get to be nurtured by both mum and dad. John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, said, “It is a useful firststep. We predict employers will see real advantages in adopting flexibleworking and there will be every reason to extend the new rights to parents ofchildren older than six.” But not everyone is playing happy families. While most employers areoptimistic that there will be benefits, nagging doubts remain about a rise inred tape and employment tribunals. Employers are expected to receive 500,000 extra requests a year for flexibleworking from parents following the announcement of the Work and ParentsTaskforce’s proposals at the end of last month. Around 3.8 million parents withchildren under the age of six will be eligible to apply for the new workingarrangements, along with an additional 200,000 with disabled children under 18.The taskforce estimates 80 per cent of requests will be solved duringdiscussions between employees and employers, and claims only 1 per cent ofrequests will be decided by tribunal. Some employers and representative bodies remain sceptical. David Yeandle,deputy director of employment policy at the Engineering Employers’ Federation,is concerned by the government targets and doubts whether the overworkedtribunal system can handle the extra burden. He warned that Acas will need more resources to mediate in flexible workingdisputes if a higher proportion of cases are not to end up in tribunal. He said, “The Government has set itself a challenge and I think thetargets are ambitious. Past evidence isn’t good and if it wants to achieve that1 per cent level it will have to put in place a good resource system.” Trade and Industry secretary Patricia Hewitt and the chair of the Work andParents Taskforce Sir George Bain both believe the new rules have struck aworkable compromise between employers and staff. Sir George Bain said, “We have recommended a prudent approach whichwill allow employers and employees to become familiar and comfortable with thisnew era of law. “We believe our recommendations are a significant step to change how weall work in the future.” The problems While many employers are grateful that parents have not been awarded anautomatic right to work flexibly – they are able to refuse the request if theyshow that it would harm the business – there are significant concerns. Mike Taylor, group HR director for building services company Lorne Stewart,is worried it will create more red tape for business. He said, “I think it is absolutely disastrous – the cost to businessdoesn’t bear thinking about. For companies who operate shifts it could beterrible. To set up this bureaucratic audit trail is completelyunnecessary.” Taylor is not alone. Clare Chapman, group HR director of Tesco, said,”We are concerned that the extent of the legislation is against the spiritof what it is intended to achieve. We think the way it will be implemented willremove much of the flexibility employers seek to embrace through existing HRpolicies and will produce additional challenges to the way they dobusiness.” There are also worries about dispute resolution. Digby Jones, head of theCBI, is concerned that the recommendations will be much more burdensome forsmaller businesses. The British Chambers of Commerce goes one step further and wants theGovernment to introduce a package of support mechanisms to help smaller firmsimplement the new legal duty. David Lennan, director general of the BCC, said, “It is important theGovernment provides a support package that meets employers’ needs. Generalguidance may be sufficient for many firms, but some will need help in coming toa decision on a particular case. “A fully funded consultancy service to guide small firms throughflexible working rights would be cheaper than the tribunal process. This woulddemonstrate its commitment to helping small firms rather than hindering themthrough regulations.” But Sir George Bain is convinced that 80 per cent of the additional 500,000predicted requests will be solved in-house. “We don’t want cases to go totribunal unless it is totally necessary,” he said. The plaudits The TUC believes employers will benefit significantly from the Work andParents Taskforce’s proposals. It claims firms will improve retention rates,save money on recruitment costs and get an additional resource of parents backinto work. There are many HR professionals who agree. Nikki Rolfe, corporate HRdirector at L’Oréal, said, “The new DTI proposals acknowledge andformalise the trend for flexible working for parents. This move is a positivefirst step towards striking a balance between work and family life.” Morag Fox, HR director of book retailers BCA, claims her firm providesstrong evidence of the success of flexible working. “We have had a flexible programme running for several years because weemploy lots of people who have a family. It actually helped us recruit peoplein places like Swindon where the labour market is very tight. Companies shouldallow their employees to have different starting times and be flexible in theirapproach to working parents,” she said. However, despite welcoming the move, some wanted the reforms to go further.Sue Monk, chief executive of Parents at Work feels some employers could exploitthe system and the tribunals won’t have the power to stop them. “We fear that parents in low skilled jobs or working in areas of highunemployment may lose out because they don’t have sufficient clout at work. Itmay be necessary to provide a tougher enforcement mechanism,” she said. Morag Fox, HR director, BCA “We have had a flexible programme running for severalyears because we employ lots of people who have a family”Clare Chapman, group HR director,Tesco “We are concerned that the extent of the legislation isagainst the spirit of what it is trying to achieve”Nikki Rolfe, corporate HRdirector, L’Oreal “This move is a positive first step towards striking abalance between work and family life”Case study: the fight for theright to work flexiblyKaren Maloney was a personnel andpayroll officer for construction firm James R Knowles. She had worked there forfour years and came back early from her maternity leave on a part-time basis.Maloney then asked to continue working part-time, but shortlyafterwards was told she would be replaced with a full-time member of staff. Hermanager told her she would be moved to a different part-time position and jobshare arrangements were not available. Despite repeated requests she was notgiven details of this position. An employment tribunal in Liverpool in December 2000 found thatMaloney had been discriminated against on the grounds of her sex, was unfairlydismissed and awarded her £18,000. The Equal Opportunities Commission claims the case is anexample of how inflexible employers can be. New guidelines for flexibleworking requests – Parents with children under sixwill be able to submit a request if they have worked at the firm for six months– An employee must submit the request in writing– The firm must then give the request serious consideration,making a business assessment – The employer must report back at a meeting within four weeks– If a request cannot be accepted employers must explain thebusiness reasons in a letter– The employee has the right to dispute the decision in-house– The employee can then go to a tribunalHow companies must justify thebusiness caseEmployers should give clear businessreasons justifying the rejection of a request based on:– Burden of extra costs to business– Inability to meet customer demand– Inability to organise work within available staffing– Detrimental effect on performance– Inability to find extra staff– Other reasons – to be specifiedwww.dti.gov.uk/er/review.htm Related posts:No related photos.
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HR services call centres are not new but a call centre dedicated purely tothe recruitment process is still a little more novel. DIY store giant B&Q,known for its commitment to diversity when it comes to staffing, is creditingits Recruitment Response Centre (RRC) in Tannochside, Glasgow, with not onlysaving time and money but also leading to greater staff suitability andstability. This is not due to just the bricks and mortar, it is also because ofa streamlined intranet-based recruitment system that it has in place. B&Q has more than 25,000 employees and expects this figure to rise to28,000 within the next year. To speed-up and streamline the recruitmentprocess, it leased a fully functional and maintained call centre from hostingspecialist [email protected] It meant B&Q did not have to invest heavily in buildings and equipmentor the ongoing cost of replacement and updating, explains centre manager, EllaHarkins: “In addition, we get only one annual bill for services, IT andtelephony instead of half a dozen, which makes budgeting far easier.” The RRC now handles all B&Q’s shop floor staffing requirements and lastyear recruited over 6,000 personnel. Jobs are advertised through the usual channels and when an individualapplies, personal details are collected and logged at the call centre. Thecandidate is given a freephone and PIN number for the next stage – a52-question telephone interview with a call centre employee, designed to assesssuitability for the job and cultural fit with B&Q. Successful candidates are contacted by letter and then complete a form forscanning into the recruitment database. Branches can then view applications via their intranet. “They only seecertain details about the person so they are only making a judgement onsuitability, skills and experience, not factors like age or gender,”explains Graham Ferguson, assistant manager at the centre. This is of courseimportant in the light of B&Q’s employment practices, such as its over 50spolicy. Ferguson, who was involved in the design of the system, claims it removesnearly all the administration work and allows them to focus on getting theright people. It also makes it easier to monitor recruitment advertising andidentify where and in what medium its recruitment adverts are most effective.The system is straightforward to use and B&Q is also designing a 30-minutee-learning programme to teach managers how to use it. By November, it shouldalso be possible to conduct the telephone interview online. “The new centre reduces the number of candidates that stores have tointerview – on average they now see three, rather than up to 20 in the past.Furthermore, centralised administration ensures consistency and quality,”says Harkins. Comments are closed. Streamlining the hiring processOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today
New degree taps into Indian talentOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today A new e-learning computing degree for students in India will be launched in2004 in collaboration with Londonlearning, Edexcel International and theUniversity of Northumbria at Newcastle. It is designed to broaden access to UK degrees for Asian students who enrolat the New Delhi-based British Council Knowledge and Learning Centre. Thecentre has 70 computers for members to access information and electronicresources. Tony Dickson, vice-chancellor at Northumbria, said: “Studentssuccessfully completing the BTEC and HND courses at the centre are welcome tocomplete their degree in Newcastle. This exciting development opens up moreopportunities for hundreds of students that are unable to come to the UK.”India is home to a wealth of computing talent and the online study will besupported by local Indian tutors, said Londonlearning managing director GerryBarnard. “The UK and India are connecting in the expanding market of e-learning.Together we are building a quality programme enabling more skilled young peopleto take their place in the international field of business and IT.” www.londonlearning.info Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Crisis council plans PPP to save servicesOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Crisis-hit Walsall Council is planning a partnership with the private sectorto try and turn around its performance. The proposed 10-year deal follows heavy criticism of council services by theDepartment of Health, schools’ watchdog Ofsted and the Audit Commission. Under the £30m joint-venture partnership, HR would be outsourced along witha number of frontline services. Deb Clarke, head of personnel and development at Walsall Council, said thedeal would improve the council’s efficiency and upgrade its IT capability. “The move will be of benefit to the council as it provides the financeto invest in new technology that it could not otherwise afford,” she said.Liverpool City Council formed a similar public-private partnership with BTin April last year. Between 50 and 100 of Walsall Council’s 1,400 staff would be seconded to thejoint-venture company as part of a new service centre, but would remain councilemployees on their original terms and conditions. Clarke stressed that there would be no compulsory redundancies and thecouncil would re-deploy staff where necessary. The new joint-venture company would run HR administration, payroll andrecruitment through a new high-tech service centre. Staff would be able toreceive payslips online and inform the council of sickness absence via theintranet. It would also control frontline road services, including refuse collection,road maintenance, and finance processes, including invoicing and council taxcollections. Clarke believes the partnership, which is set to be agreed in September,would also help the council meet the 2005 deadline to deliver essentialservices online. “We are making good progress on e-government, but this will really helpto improve the number of online transactions as well as the quality,” shesaid. Walsall Council employees are being asked to suggest names for the newcompany. By Paul Nelson
Trust between employers and staff is the key to boostingaccountability and responsibility in the workplace, but in reality neither keepto their side of the bargain. Worse still, the techniques used to foster trustoften have the opposite effect. Stephen Overell looks at the latest researchSeveral centuries before the era of suspicion and performance indicators,the philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal noted that “mutualcheating is the foundation of society”. Maybe he was thinking about work.A recent survey of 400 employees from the online recruitment firm Fish4Jobssuggests expenses fraud is rife.1 Outrageous cheats include the marketing director who bought his weddingshoes on a company credit card, the office manager who sold a laptop computerhe left out of a firm’s audit, the worker who took his dry cleaning on abusiness trip to have it charged to his employers, and the business consultantwho extended a work-related stay at London’s Savoy Hotel. In addition, a majority of office workers said they had taken home officestationery or put personal letters through the company mail system. There is no other word for this apart from theft, yet it has become sonormalised and so widely accepted that it seems faintly priggish to think itwrong. According to some studies a third of people steal from their employers2– infinitely more than the rate of criminality in the population as a whole.Yet such fiddles are rarely perceived as crime. They are either seen aslegitimate perks or as ‘wages in kind’ for other dissatisfactions – a form ofpre-emptive revenge. All fraud is a mixture of motive, opportunity and personal rationale. Andthe belief that employers are fooling them one way or another with hollowcommitments acts as a powerful driver for employees to cheat. Promises made atwork operate on similar logic to fishing quotas: there is no greater incentivefor over-fishing than the conviction that no one is abiding by the quotas. Soit comes as little surprise to learn that just 11 per cent of workers believewhat their employers tell them.3 As Onora O’Neill argued in this year’s Reith lectures,4 the methods manyorganisations now use to encourage accountability and responsibility at work –regulation, targets, mission statements, performance indicators and penaltyclauses – actually seem to be achieving the opposite. They foster mutualdistrust and suspicion of being cheated; the prevalence of tools designed toensure trust indicates its absence. Double-dealing by employers, meanwhile, takes two forms: it emerges eitheras massive greed and venality, of the sort now being uncovered on Wall Street;or it comes as institutional crookedness that employers tend to get away with,such as fiddling the rules when they are inconvenient and underhand, or unjustHR policies. The 28 per cent pay rise FTSE 100 chief executives have awardedthemselves certainly figures on the duplicity radar – as do the on-goingscandals in the City of London about unequal pay between men and women. Perhaps more common is the way that best practice principles are quietlyjunked whenever they clash with short-term contingencies. Expecting commitmentfrom employees, but not feeling obliged to offer job security, for instance. Orthe way so many organisations claim to advertise all positions in the name offairness and open recruitment, but wangle favourites into choice roles when thewhim strikes. For practical reasons of ‘he who pays the piper’, employer cheating isunder-surveyed by the usual gaggle of workplace pundits and soothsayers. Yet itis interesting that today’s fashionable credos of ‘living the employer brand’and ‘corporate social responsibility’ make great play of ethical behaviour as asource of differentiation. Different from what, exactly? Old corruption? Naturally, trust is one of those milksop notions that everyone would likemore of. Post-Enron, much is being written about building trust with employersrightly expected to take the lead. Yet in many ways understanding of thesubject has evolved little since Douglas McGregor (of Theory X and Theory Yfame) first began to look at it in the 1960s.5 It was McGregor who first showedhow much trust was a long-term project in which words play a limited part – twofactors that make it difficult for modern organisations. “Trust is adelicate property of human relationships,” he said. “Even a singleaction – perhaps misunderstood – can have powerful effects.” What is trust in the context of work? McGregor put the standard very high:”Trust means ‘I know that you will not – deliberately or accidentally,consciously or unconsciously – take unfair advantage of me’,” he wrote.”It means ‘I can put my situation at the moment, my status and self-esteemin the group, our relationship, my job, my career, even my life in your handswith complete confidence’.” Today this sounds a little 1960s. Surely a more limited form of trust isenough to make work function efficiently? But the emphasis on trust as a‘doing’ word, denoting activity, is perhaps the most significant legacy. Ofcourse, words written down, or spoken are very important in business. But thereis only one way to increase trust and it has little to do with eithercommunications strategy or employment contracts. It is, of course, easy to be too downcast about the less noble aspects ofemployment relations. For all the fraud figures and the sense that everyone islooking after number one, the CIPD maintains that, overall, the state of thepsychological contract is “fairly positive”.6 Organisations see aclear link between how they manage promises and commitments to employees andhow the employees respond and behave. While that link is obvious, self-interestshould play some role in generating trust. After all, saying you don’t trustmanagement and being unable to place any trust, are quite different things. So what should be the guiding philosophy of employment relations? A coupleof years ago, TUC general secretary John Monks went through a phase ofsuggesting in speeches that workplace relations should ideally be run along thelines of the Christian golden rule: ‘do unto others as you would have them doto you’. A bit preachy, perhaps, but it is very hard to think of a betterordinance for workplace relations. In the meantime, many might sympathise withSamuel Johnson that “it is better to be sometimes cheated than never tohave trusted”. 1 www.fish4jobs.co.uk; June 2002 2 Why Employees Commit Fraud, by Joseph T Wells, American Institute ofCertified Public Accountants, 1997 3 Mori poll on behalf of Smythe Dorward Lambert; November 1998 4 2002 Reith Lectures homepage at www.open2.net/trust 5 The Professional Manager by Douglas McGregor, McGraw Hill, 1967 6 Employer Perceptions of the Psychological Contract, by David Guest andNeil Conway, CIPD, 2001 Research Viewpoint plusRead related articles on this topic from XpertHR’s extensivedatabase free. Go to www.xperthr.co.uk/researchviewpointJoin the Xperts take a free trialBy calling 01483 257775 or e-mail: [email protected] is a new web-based information service bringing together leading informationproviders: IRS, Butterworths Tolley and Personnel Today. It features a newButterworths Tolley employment law reference manual, a research database andguidance from 13 specialist IRS journals, including IRS Employment Review. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Who’s fooling who?On 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today
If you thought you had it bad, pity the teacher who gathered she had beendismissed when her name failed to appear on the work roster, and the man passedover for promotion because he ‘didn’t smile in the company photo.’ Paul Simpsontakes us on a terrible journey through…You would think from the billions of copies of management books on thesubject of emotional intelligence that have been sold, that we’d all be workingfor fabulously enlightened bosses who were sensitive to their employees’ wantsand needs. Sadly, the evidence of our own experience and that of books such as BrutalBosses by Harvey Hornstein, suggests these renaissance managers are theexception, rather than the rule. Examples of truly spectacularly bad humanresources practice can be found, daily, in the press or on the internet. Andhere as in so many areas, it is the good old US of A which leads the trend. This A to Z compilation includes the edited lowlights of truly bad HR. Andby bad, we don’t mean the casually awful, such as the manager who left his confidential– and unflattering – employee appraisals on the laser printer for all the staffto see. Nor do we mean the merely miserly, such as the Woolworths branch whichfired a couple of staff for eating two two-penny sweets. We couldn’t find room for the US electronics manufacturer run by a chiefexecutive officer, who decided to simplify the management structure byappointing himself director of marketing, head of finance and head ofengineering, but probably upset his staff most with his habit of using theirwaste baskets as a spittoon for his chewing tobacco. To be included in this alphabet of atrociousness, companies and managers hadto demonstrate a higher level of idiocy. If nothing else, this compellingcompendium of the truly awful suggests that when management guru Peter Druckersaid in 1973, that the ideal of the professional manager had become reality, hewas probably being a tad over optimistic. A is for American Express, which doubly deserves entry in thisrogues’ gallery. The first HR error was a computer glitch: one in 200 employeesin the US were sent info on other staff’s social security numbers and taxsavings plans, rather than their own. This simple technical error seems asirrelevant as Anthea Turner when compared to the furore surrounding the caselast year of Vanessa Brennan, one of its British employees. She alleged herboss Michael Rutter was so abusive, she almost lost her baby. Brennan claimed that Rutter made her work 80 hours a week, and said her maternityleave present would be a book called 1,010 Things To Do With A Dead Baby.Rutter denied these claims although he was found guilty of sex discrimination,and Christine Robinson, the firm’s vice-president of human resources, admittedwith masterly understatement that she’d had “problems” with hisleadership style. Rutter later vanished abroad. B is for Burger King, the fast-food giant whose advertising makes abig virtue out of the fact that its burgers are flame grilled. A dozen BurgerKing marketing execs were also flame grilled, while walking over hot coals in ateam bonding exercise in October 2001. Despite suffering first and second degree burns, the vice-president ofproduct marketing, Dana Frydman (pronounced Fried-man and no, we’re not makingthis up), insisted the pain was worthwhile: “It made you feel that youcould accomplish anything.” Anything, presumably, except banning the useof naked flame in team bonding exercises.C is for computers that have begun to confirm sci-fi authors’ worstfears and started sacking people. Carl Filer, an 18-year-old cashier at aB&Q store in Bournemouth, had hoped to become a supervisor, but failed aGallup-designed automated telephone interview. Filer’s managers were notunhappy with his work, but felt obliged to follow the results of thecomputerised test. D is for Debbie, an employee at a small business which sadly, forlegal reasons, must remain anonymous. In 1998, her mother and sister diedwithin six months of each other. To most bosses, such a double blow might seemgrounds for compassionate leave, but not so for Debbie’s. When she returnedfrom her sister’s funeral, she was called into her boss’s office and told:”If any more of your close relatives die you’ll be fired.” Debbieshould have a lot in common with Robert Stennings, a SupaHeat driver for 10years, who booked a holiday so he could attend his daughter’s birth. WhenStennings got the call that his wife was in labour, his boss told him:”Don’t come back.” Stennings won £1,375 for unfair dismissal. E is for Enron, of course. It is not simply the fact that on the eveof its bankruptcy, the corporation found the time and money to pay $105m inretention bonuses to key employees, compared to an average redundancy paymentof $5,000 for the other staff. Nor that Enron’s ex-CEO Jeffrey Skillingdeclared that he couldn’t remember a key meeting because “the room wasdark.” Or even that the company adopted a ‘rank or yank’ system, by whichit fired the worst performing 15 per cent of its workforce every year. No, itis all of that, plus the way managers tacitly encouraged office affairs, gavenew sports cars to favoured employees with reckless abandon and allowed thecompany to become the ultimate bonfire of the vanities – a symbol of acorporate America which even investors are beginning to suspect is spinning outof control. F is for the Federal Aviation Administration, which last July wasordered to pay an air traffic controller $2.25m after firing him for notworking on his sabbath. Don Reed was adjudged to be a victim of religiousdiscrimination. He is a member of a non-denominational church, whose sabbathruns from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Two FAA managers hadallowed him to miss work on those days, but a third had told Reed his beliefswere “a scam” and fired him. G is for getting engaged, not advised if you’re working for an RAFnursing home. Care workers Richard Shepherd and Denise Keddie got engaged inspring 2001 while working together at an RAF nursing home in Brecon. Afterbeing initially congratulated on their happy news, they were told theiremployment would be terminated as their relationship might make it harder formanagers to fill the 24-hour shift schedules. H is for Her Majesty, currently basking in public adoration, but wholast June finally agreed that her staff had a point when they complained theirwages were ‘medieval.’ Pay was held back by a grading system of labyrinthinecomplexity which saw, for example, three different grades of dresser. The Queenfinally approved pay rises of up to 16 per cent for her domestic servants andmade more staff eligible for free meals. Not before time, either. A probationary kitchen porter at the Queen’s Sandringham estate wasdismissed in February 2000 after joking about putting cyanide in Her Majesty’sfood. That’s what you get for employing staff on a starting salary of £9,000 ayear. I is for the Indian Army which, recognising that morale among its 1.1million soldiers and officers isn’t quite what it could be, has come up withthe novel solution of offering troops inflatable penile implants. High altitude living and stress are reputed to be sapping soldiers’ sexdrives. Colonel P Madhusudhanan, an army urologist, says the surgery costs£3,500 a time, so the army sees “this very much as a last resort forsoldiers reporting marriage problems”. The treatment has been modifiedafter earlier attempts to insert ‘semi-rigid rods’ left soldiers with painfullyperpetual erections. J is for Japanese civil servants who must suffer at the hands of someseriously unfit managers as, when asked to pick their ideal boss in 1998, theyvoted for Mr Bean. Shipping Rowan Atkinson’s elastically limbed creation to therelative obscurity of the Japanese bureaucracy might be a very tidy solution, certainlypreferable to having to endure another TV series or movie. K is for kidnapping, used by Tony Toms, Field Marshal Montgomery’sformer bodyguard, in a bizarre bid to raise morale at the perennially troubledSheffield Wednesday football club. Toms joined the Owls during Len Ashurst’s1975-1978 managerial reign and soon impressed the players with his personalcredo: “If you’re not tired, you’re not working hard enough.” He tookall 20 players on a night of survival training – in January in Yorkshire, withsleeping bags and, he boasted, “practically no food”. Throughout the night, he interrupted their sleep with army-style roll callsand then kidnapped one player, Dave Cusack, to see if the other 19 noticed.Astonishingly, they didn’t. Toms later forced most of the squad to go throughthe ‘black tunnel’, a pipe filled with jet-black water. One player was soscared, his colleagues heard him shouting for his mum L is for lies. Your mother probably told you they could come back tohaunt you, but alas, so can the truth. A US project-management company asked anemployee during a performance review, whether he liked pie-charts. The employee confessed he didn’t like them at all. At his next review, hewas criticised by another manager for his refusal to do pie-charts. Theemployee pointed out that he’d never been asked to do pie-charts and had merelyexpressed an opinion about them, but his alleged refusal to do pie-chartsremained part of his personnel file. M is for ‘mea culpa’, which Andy Pearson, previously labelled one ofthe 10 toughest bosses in America, was big enough to say when confronted withsome of his more neanderthal managerial habits. When he ran Tricon GlobalRestaurants (which owns Pizza Hut and KFC) he liked to walk into a meeting andsay: “A room full of monkeys can do better than this.” Pearson hasnow realised that as a motivational method (let alone as a decent way tobehave), this had its limits. N has to be for Neal Patterson, who is still head of the Cernerhealthcare company, despite berating his staff last year in an e-mail which,when leaked, wiped 22 per cent off the value of the group’s shares. Theforthright Patterson had e-mailed managers to complain that: “We aregetting less than 40 hours of work from a large number of employees. Asmanagers, you either do not know what your employees are doing or you do notcare. In either case you have a problem and you will fix it or I will replaceyou” [emphasis as original]. His e-mail ended with the parting shot that”hell will freeze over” before employee benefits were increased. Thee-mail, posted on a Yahoo financial message board, sent the stocks plummeting.Cerner had, the year before, been voted one of the 100 best companies to workfor in Fortune magazine. O just happens to be the round but insignificant number of games (iezero) that Peter Cormack was allowed to prove his worth as manager of Scottishfootball club, Cowdenbeath. This football manager’s 10-day reign isn’t theshortest – Scunthorpe United’s Bill Lambton lasted just three days in 1959,although he left of his own volition. But few exits are as painful as that ofFulham manager Jimmy Hogan, sacked while in hospital in February 1935 havinghis appendix out. P is for ‘poor English’, the reason Michael Jones, who worked for aUK sushi firm, was fired by his Japanese boss. A tribunal awarded Jones £20,000after deciding that one of Jones’ superiors had “very poor writtenEnglish” and that his immediate boss “could barely converse inEnglish at all”. Murray Ingram might sympathise. He lost a temporary jobon a telephone helpline because he had a “harsh and aggressiveaccent” – ie he sounded Scottish. Q is for questionnaires, especially the self-assessing variety thatcost Mike Davies his £70,000 a year job as head of a Marks & Spencer storein Warrington, Cheshire, two years ago. The retail giant, which later admittedunfairly dismissing Davies, said that his scores were in the bottom 10 and thatDavies “was too passive and not proactive”. These scores were givenmore weight than the fact the store Davies had managed had been one of the mostsuccessful of its kind for four years. R is for Robert Huskisson, a dyslexic banker with the Abbey NationalBuilding Society who, earlier this year, was awarded £95,000 after he wastaunted by colleagues (he says his boss called him “Trebor” – hisChristian name spelt backwards) and fired for failing to meet sales targets. A tribunal decided he was not given a proper time to meet the bank’sstandards and his disability was ignored by his employer. Abbey National isappealing against the award. S is for Sam Goldwyn, the legendary foot-in-mouth Hollywood moviemogul, who once famously declared: “I don’t want yes men around me. I wanteverybody to tell me the truth even if it costs their jobs”. Staff whotook Goldwyn’s advice, usually found that it did cost them their jobs. T is for timetable, not of the semi-fictional railway variety, butthe timetables schools and colleges set out for staff for a forthcoming term.When Margaret Crump, who had taught art and design at Bristol’s Clifton Collegesince 1982, spotted that her name was not on the staff timetable for the termthat started in September 1995, she began to fear the worst. Six weeks later, she received a P45 with no accompanying letter at home.Nine days after that, she got a letter from her headmaster, saying heremployment would be terminated from the very next day. After a tribunalcondemned the college’s actions, the employer agreed to pay an undisclosed sum,believed to be £25,000, in compensation. U is for unsaid, as in ‘some things are better left’. The mostspectacular example being the remark in the October 2001 issue of theAssociation of Lloyd’s Members newsletter, that 11 September represented a”historic opportunity” for insurance underwriters to raise theirprofits. Whatever happened to such high falutin’ ideas as ‘corporatereputation’? But U is also for underwear, which Disney tried to issue to itstheme park employees last year. Workers were told they would have to wear company-approved underwear on thejob and have it laundered by company employees. After complaints that thelaundered undergarments contained scabies and lice, the company relented.Employees must still wear company-issued underwear, but they can at least takeit home to be washed. V is for vulgar, which is what bosses of the previously discreet NewYork equity investment firm Carlyle thought of this (edited) e-mail sent byPeter Chung, its new recruit in Seoul, in April 2001: “So I’ve been inKorea for about a week and a half now and life is good. I’ve got a spankingbrand new 2000 sq ft three bedroom apt. with a 200 sq ft terrace running theentire length of my apartment with a view overlooking Korea’s main river andnightline……Why do I need three bedrooms? Good question the main bedroom isfor my queen size bed,…where Chung is going to f*** every hot chick in Koreaover the next two years (five down, 1,000,000,000 left to go)…. the secondbedroom is for my harem of chickies, and the third bedroom is for all of youf***ers when you come out to visit.” Chung went on in similar fashion:”After I learn a little bit of the buyside business I’ll probably go outevery night. I have bankers calling me every day and they cater to my everywhim – you know (golfing events, lavish dinners, a night out clubbing). Whatcan I say,… life is good,… Chung is King of his domain here in Seoul…..So…. all of you f***ers better keep in touch.” His bosses got in touchvery quickly indeed, to inform Chung he was no longer king of his domain.W is for weather forecasting. Not normally a stressful business,unless – like BBC weatherman Michael Fish – you famously assure the nation notto worry as the worst storm in decades rips the countryside to smithereens. ButSean Boyd, a weatherman for a Californian radio station, earned the order ofthe boot for refusing to change his forecast on the afternoon of his station’spublic picnic from ‘partly cloudy’, to ‘partly sunny’. X has traditionally signified the unknown and analysts, investors andex-employees, still don’t know why 45 executives at Polaroid felt they had theright to claim $19m in ‘stay bonuses’ after the company had filed forprotection from its creditors under Chapter 11, sacked one in four of itsworkforce and ended healthcare benefits for retirees. (The bonus would haveworked out at $422,000 for each exec.) Rather than take responsibility for thecompany’s failure, they decided the most appropriate response was to try andtake a bonus. But then giving bonuses to execs at bankrupt companies is one ofthe hottest new crazes in corporate America. Enron tried it and so did PacificGas & Electric, which ‘only’ asked for $17.5m in bonuses for itsexecutives. Y is for ‘You’re not a team player’ – what a manager at a US companytold a software engineer who asked at the start of his performance review whyhe’d been passed over for promotion. The engineer then asked why he was notconsidered a “team player”, and was told: “You didn’t smile inthe company photo.” Z is for Zimbabwe, which isn’t big on HR acronyms, whether they arehuman rights or human resources. Robert Mugabe’s regime celebrated the end ofthe millennium by announcing pay rises of up to 90 per cent for public sectorstaff, and the immediate dismissal of 20,000 of the same staff to save $75m andkeep the International Monetary Fund off its back. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The A-Z of bad hrOn 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
UK plc pays the price as firms lose 1.5m days a year to stressOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. More than 1.5 million working days are lost to stress every year, costing UKemployers £1.24bn, a study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) andPersonnel Today magazine has concluded. The research by Occupational Health’s sister magazine also found that morethan half of UK organisations are reporting an increase in workplace stress. The Stress in the UK Workplace study of 700 senior HR practitioners suggestedthat stress-related illness now accounted for some 11 per cent of all sicknessabsence, while nearly half the employers polled believed the culture in theirbusinesses was a prime cause of stress. In a separate study of 2,000 workers by pollster BMRB, half felt underpressure to work long hours, with 42 per cent worrying about their job afterhours. A total of 40 per cent felt unable to report concerns over excessivepressure, 19 per cent dreaded going into work, a quarter admitted to worries overwork affecting their sleep and a third said they felt overwhelmed by theirworkload. Intriguingly, the public sector appeared to have a much firmer grasp on themanagement of workplace stress, with 75 per cent of firms providing guidance,compared with just 48 per cent of private sector organisations. With the problem of workplace stress showing no sign of disappearing, theHSE has taken a major step forward in its plans to tackle the issue, which willinclude next year’s launch of management standards. It has developed a practical guidance pack for employers and employees todevelop solutions. The guidance, Real solutions, real people – a managers’ guide to tacklingwork-related stress, has examples of practical measures that, said the HSE,could provide a starting point for the workforce to agree how to tackle thefindings of a stress risk assessment. Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, said:”Real solutions, real people provides a tool to help managers and staffdevelop solutions to tackle work-related stress that are specifically relevantto their organisation. It then encourages them to tailor their energy to theparticular needs identified by risk assessment.” Progress is being made on the management standards, too. The standards arecurrently being piloted by 25 organisations and, according to the HSE, thatprocess is now being evaluated. The next step will be to revise and develop the standards before they areput to further public consultation next spring. The publication is available from the HSE, tel 01787 881165, or online at www.hsebooks.co.ukStress: just an excuse for time off work?Most HR professionals believe employees use stress as an excuse to take timeoff work.According to the joint research by Personnel Today magazine andthe HSE, the majority of HR professionals had serious reservations about thenumber of genuine sick days attributed to stress.A total of 51 per cent of employers believed that just half ofall days lost to stress-related sickness absence were genuine. And 68 per centwere afraid to raise its profile in case it encouraged greater reporting ofstress-related absence.
Previous Article Next Article The Government needs to establish a new agenda for the workplace if the UKis to move to the ‘high road’ of partnership working and high performance. That was the message from the TUC’s general secretary Brendan Barber,speaking at AnUMan 2004, the annual employee relations event for unions andmanagement. He criticised the Government for being too responsive to employer grievanceson red tape, and said it had failed to listen to the views of trade unionsabout the everyday realities of work. “The sense of momentum when it comes to the workplace has been lost.Why isn’t the Government challenging the unions more to see where they can makea positive impact?” he said. “If we’re not careful, we’ll be back on the low road of long workinghours, poor work-life balance and a demoralised workforce.” Barber said the majority of workplaces were still dominated by command andcontrol management, and the challenge for unions was to put the case forpartnership ever more forcefully. He refused to be drawn on whether the skillset of union officials were up topartnership working, but admitted the TUC needed to explore training in the‘distinctive skills’ of problem-solving and communication. Unions blame Government for the loss of momentumOn 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Shutterstock Monitoring employee sentiment will be vital in helping organisations chart their recovery from the coronavirus crisis, but this needs to be done effectively if it is to provide accurate insight. Ritu Mohanka outlines seven myths that often hold HR teams’ engagement strategies back.Even in normal circumstances managers need to regularly communicate with their teams, but in the depths of a global pandemic that need becomes even more urgent.Employees don’t have a problem with giving feedback more regularly. Rather, what they have an issue with is being asked too many questions, and their employer not taking action.”Glint has just released results about the impact Covid-19 has had on employee wellbeing, based on responses from over 1.4m employee surveys. One of the key insights has been how grateful employees are for being asked how they’re doing and what support they need.While we’re on the road recovery the importance of employee engagement can’t be overstated. Engagement strategies have been proven to contribute to talent retention, innovation, customer loyalty, and overall workplace culture.However, the truth is that insight into employee engagement remains elusive in some organisations. A big contributor is a number of pervasive myths that stop us from getting this right. Let’s consider these here:“Measuring customer sentiment is the same as measuring employee sentiment”Employers often look at their customer research and data and think they should just replicate this collection process for the employee population. NPS (Net Promoter Score) is a common measure of customer satisfaction, after all, so why not use an internal employee ‘eNPS’, too?But measuring employee sentiment this way is risky. The relationship with the customer is very transactional, and has few, if any, critical touchpoints. The relationship with the employee is more intimate with multiple touchpoints, over years, even decades. Brands need to adjust their thinking.“More frequent pulsing leads to survey fatigue and poor response rates – and global surveys are dead”Large organisations think that moving to a more frequent pulsing model rules out a global approach, but agile modern surveying platforms allow you to pulse hundreds of thousands of employees or more in a matter of days, so this is a baseless fear.But does frequent surveying lead to massive survey fatigue and low response rates? Absolutely not. Employees don’t have a problem with giving feedback more regularly. Rather, what they have an issue with is being asked too many questions, and their employer not taking action. Giving employees the opportunity to voice concerns and then see action taken on those concerns is key to success.“Surveys are an HR-owned and driven priority”Rather than HR being the sole driver of change within the organisation, it’s the incremental changes at the grassroots level that have the greatest power to make organisational change happen. Modern engagement technology empowers managers right down to frontline staff, giving them data about their local strengths and opportunities as a team and offering suggested actions to drive improvement.“Action plans and action taking takes months after survey results are shared”A customer told me they could only survey every two years, else they wouldn’t have enough time and opportunity to drive action planning and change. But with the right technology, line-of-business managers can now get highly personalised and very prescriptive data and suggested actions out of a survey. With this, they can get out of an endless loop of action planning and ensure there is visible action taking across the organisation.“Surveys need to ask many questions in order to get many insights”We worked with Stanford University and independent HR experts to investigate data around measuring engagement and employee experience. The conclusion: 90% of the variance can be covered by a single survey question or statement. Effectively, this means surveys don’t need 50-70 questions.Instead, a few structured questions are required, along with open-ended fields appended to every question. In fact, the open-ended field is the source of the real employee insight – and by using artificial intelligence to analyse comments, you can get genuine insight.“Employees don’t write comments in surveys, hence the need to go wide and deep with the questions”Team members get very frustrated when they see that they don’t have the ability to leave comments after a question or when they have an open-ended question at the end of the survey only. The risk is that at the end of the survey when you ask an open-ended question, they have forgotten what point they wish to make, or no longer feel motivated to answer because they are frustrated by the length of the task.Employee engagementEmployee engagement isn’t just HR’s responsibilityThe four zones of team engagement and how to make the best of themThat’s why this fallacy that employees don’t write comments has gained traction. Actually, using a well-designed pulse, 60% of employees tend to leave comments, and usually two or three comments each.“We need industry-specific benchmarking to understand our unique insights”Even if you’re very specific and differentiated within your industry, CEOs like industry benchmarks. Experts agree, however, that there is very little variance in financial services versus manufacturing, for instance. It turns out that the best benchmarking you can do is looking at your own trends.What other employee engagement myths have you come across? By busting them we can deliver a happier and more engaged workplace, and a more profitable environment for everyone –it’s going to help us all in the process of recovery.Employee relations opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more Employee Relations jobs Seven engagement survey myths and how to bust themBy Ritu Mohanka on 3 Jul 2020 in Coronavirus, Employee relations, Latest News, Employee engagement, Personnel Today, Employee opinion surveys Reply Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. About Ritu Mohanka Ritu Mohanka is Head of Strategy & Business Development EMEA at employee engagement company Glint, now part of LinkedIn. Charu 24 Jul 2020 at 3:37 am # Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website The practice of employee engagement and management is all about employee retention. The main objective is to keep the workfiorce engaged and motivated for challenges. 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In total, officials estimate that the pandemic has cost the city $10.5 billion in tax revenue, according to the New York Post.The city is getting $1 billion more in income tax than it expected, thanks in part to Wall Street’s huge rally last year, and is also cutting some spending. But it has to close annual deficits in the neighborhood of $4 billion in the coming years.A windfall from the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday afternoon will help. Sen. Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate majority leader, said President-elect Joe Biden had agreed to reimburse the remaining 25 percent of $8 billion that New York spent on Covid response last year. That will bring the city and state about $1 billion each.FEMA had already covered the usual 75 percent of disaster expenditures, but Biden will grant a waiver to cover the rest of the cost, Schumer said.[NYT, NY Post] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsBill de Blasiocharles schumerPolitics Sen. Charles Schumers aid President-elect Joe Biden agreed to assist NYC. (Getty)Property tax revenue did not plunge with the city’s economy last year because assessments preceded the pandemic. This year, New York won’t be so lucky.The travails of hotels, office buildings and other real estate will cause property tax revenue to fall by $2.5 billion next year, the largest drop in at least three decades, the New York Times reported. The market value of those commercial properties fell 15.8 percent.“This is just a total economic dislocation for certain industries,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “We’ve never seen anything like what’s happened to the hotel industry. We’ve never seen Midtown in the situation it is now.”Read moreWalmart cuts off cash to pols who opposed election certificationNational Association of Realtors among biggest donors to “sedition caucus”Buttigieg hints at ripping up urban highways Message* Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 333 Johnson Avenue with Royalton Capital’s Jin Lee, Sciame Construction’s Frank Sciame and former Normandy partner Jeff Gronning (Royalton Capital, Sciame, Normandy)In a drama not quite worthy of a Netflix series but serious enough to trigger litigation, Normandy Real Estate Partners is being sued by its former investment partners for $106 million.According to the lawsuit filed last month in Manhattan, Normandy — which was part of an investment partnership called 333 Johnson Property Holdings — sold the holdings’ property at 333 Johnson Avenue to Steel Equities for $52.5 million, without disclosing to other partners including Royalton Capital’s Jin Lee and Frank Sciame of Sciame Construction that Netflix was interested in leasing the entire property.Read moreThese real estate players are thrilled with Netflix’s tax incentive-fueled New York expansionNetflix landlord in Bushwick snaps up property across streetNormandy, Princeton sell Bushwick warehouse to Steel Equities for $53M Share via Shortlink Email Address* Full Name* Message* After the sale was completed in December 2018, the value of the 160,000-square-foot site at 333 and 339 Johnson Street shot up to $361 million, Crain’s reported. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Netflix’s deal in Brooklyn in April 2019.Normandy, which has since been bought by Columbia Property Trust, admitted in court papers that the company was aware of Netflix’s interest in leasing the space but claimed that Netflix didn’t want to lease it from the partnership because of its lack of experience in building sound stages.The plaintiffs argue in court papers that Normandy negotiated with Netflix and Steel Equities behind the scenes. They allege that two principals of Normandy, as well as Princeton Holdings’ Joe Tabak and Robert Wolf of Read Properties, received undisclosed compensation from the deal.Representatives for Normandy and Princeton did not respond to requests for comment from Crain’s. Steel Equities and Read Properties could not be reached for comment. [Crain’s] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda TagsbrooklynCommercial Real Estate
Satellite radar interferometry (SRI) provides a sensitive means of monitoring the flow velocities and grounding-line positions of ice streams, which are indicators of response of the ice sheets to climatic change or internal instability. The detection limit is about 1.5 millimeters for vertical motions and about 4 millimeters for horizontal motions in the radar beam direction. The grounding line, detected by tidal motions where the ice goes afloat, can be mapped at a resolution of ∼0.5 kilometer. The SRI velocities and grounding line of the Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica, agree fairly well with earlier ground-based data. The combined use of SRI and other satellite methods is expected to provide data that will enhance the understanding of ice stream mechanics and help make possible the prediction of ice sheet behavior.
The timing and synchronisation of Greenland and Antarctic climate events that occurred during the last glacial period are still under debate, as is the magnitude of temperature change associated with these events. Here we present detailed records of local and moisture-source temperature changes spanning the period 27-45 kyr BP from water stable isotope measurements (deltaD and delta(18)O) in the recently drilled EPICA Dome C ice core, East Antarctic plateau. Using a simple isotopic model, site (DeltaT(site)) and source (DeltaT(source)) temperatures are extracted from the initial 50-yr high-resolution isotopic records, taking into account the changes in seawater isotopic composition. The deuterium isotope variability is very similar to the less precise deltaD record from the Vostok ice core, and the site temperature inversion leads to a temperature profile similar to the classical palaeothermometry method, due to compensations between source and ocean water corrections. The reconstructed DeltaT(site) and DeltaT(source) profiles show different trends during the glacial: the former shows a decreasing trend from the warm Al event (38 kyr BP) toward the Last Glacial Maximum, while the latter shows increasing values from 41 to 28 kyr BP. The low-frequency deuterium excess fluctuations are strongly influenced by obliquity fluctuations, controlling the low- to high-latitude temperature gradients, and show a remarkable similarity with a high-resolution southeast Atlantic sea surface temperature record. A comparison of the temperature profiles (site and source) and temperature gradient (DeltaT(source)-DeltaT(site)) with the non-sea-salt calcium and sodium records suggests a secondary influence of atmospheric transport changes on aerosol variations.
The daily amplitude of the solar quiet (Sq) magnetic variation of the horizontal intensity, H, of observatories at low and midlatitudes is analyzed, in search of significant long-term trends. These trends are expected based on secular variations of the Earth’s magnetic field (B) and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases which can affect Sq for instance through their effect on ionospheric conductivities and E-region electron concentration. The hourly horizontal geomagnetic field component, H, measured at Apia, Fredericksburg, Hermanus, Bangui, and Trivandrum was analyzed for the period 1960–2000. The solar activity effect was filtered out from the daily Sq amplitude of H, and then linear trends were calculated and compared to trend values obtained from the Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere model. Linear trends were calculated separately for periods of different secular trends in the magnetic field intensity, B. We found significant trends in experimental data for Apia, Fredericksburg, Hermanus, and for the period 1960–1983 for Bangui. There is reasonable quantitative agreement between experimental and simulated trends, and a qualitative agreement with trends expected from the secular trend in B.
Icebergs affect local biological production around Antarctica. We used an ocean glider to observe the effects of a large iceberg that was advected by the Antarctic Slope Current along the continental slope in the northwestern Weddell Sea in early 2012. The high-resolution glider data reveal a pronounced effect of the iceberg on ocean properties, with oxygen concentrations of (13 ± 4) μmol kg−1 higher than levels in surrounding waters, which are most likely due to positive net community production. This response was confined to three areas of water in the direct vicinity of the iceberg track, each no larger than 2 km2. Our findings suggest that icebergs have an impact on Antarctic production presumably through local micronutrient injections, on a scale smaller than typical satellite observations of biological production in the Southern Ocean.
In recent years, studies on psychrophilic lipases have been an emerging area of research in the field of enzymology. This study focuses on bacterial strains isolated from anthropogenically-influenced soil samples collected around Signy Island Research Station (South Orkney Islands, maritime Antarctic). Limited information on lipase activities from bacteria isolated from Signy station is currently available. The presence of lipase genes was determined using real time quantification PCR (qPCR) in samples obtained from three different locations on Signy Island. Twenty strains from the location with highest lipase gene detection were screened for lipolytic activities at a temperature of 4 °C, and from this one strain was selected for further examination based on the highest enzymatic activities obtained. Analysis of 16S rRNA sequence data of this strain showed the highest level of sequence similarity (98%) to a Pseudomonas sp. strain also isolated from Antarctica. In order to increase lipase production of this psychrophilic strain, optimisation of different parameters of physical and nutritional factors were investigated. Optimal production was obtained at 10 °C and pH 7.0, at 150 rev/min shaking rate over 36 h incubation.
Tags: Baseball/Boys Soccer/Carbon/Delta/Grand/Juab/Manti/Millard/Richfield/San Juan/Softball/South Sevier April 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/5 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-Jager Springer and Tanner Gonder each scored as the Delta Rabbits blanked Juab 2-0 Thursday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Tristan Anderson earned the shutout for the Rabbits.Region 15MOAB, Utah-Jameson Hawks and Jaxen Saunders both scored as the Grand Red Devils doubled up Richfield 2-1 in Region 15 boys soccer action Thursday. Ry Hosmer scored in the loss for the Wildcats.Non-RegionMANTI, Utah-Aron Trejo and Jose Ramon each scored and the Millard Eagles doubled up Manti 2-1 Thursday in non-region boys soccer action. Julio Carrasco scored in the loss for the Templars.SoftballRegion 14PRICE, Utah-Kaytlyn Cripps posted three home runs, amassing 7 RBI overall as the Carbon Dinos blanked Delta 18-0 in Region 14 softball action Thursday.BaseballRegion 15MOAB, Utah-Brodee Tebbs posted 2 RBI and Easton Hunt earned the win on the mound as the South Sevier Rams downed Grand 4-1 Thursday in the first game of a Region 15 baseball doubleheader.MOAB, Utah-Bruin Meador tripled and Nick Downard added a double as the Grand Red Devils earned a Region 15 baseball doubleheader split with South Sevier, prevailing 8-3 in the nightcap Thursday. Hayden Payne doubled for the Rams in the loss.BLANDING, Utah-Emmitt Hafen and Jake Shepherd each doubled, helping the Richfield Wildcats to a 4-1 win over San Juan in the first game of a Region 15 baseball doubleheader Thursday.BLANDING, Utah-Baylr Eldredge doubled and the San Juan Broncos earned a Region 15 baseball doubleheader split with Richfield in a 9-8 win Thursday. Brad James
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, Weber State football freshman standout tailback Josh Davis was named to the Jerry Rice award watch list, honoring the top FCS freshman in the country.Davis is one of 15 players across the nation named to this list. The presentation of this award dates back to 2011.Davis, a native of Sandy, Utah and a graduate of Alta High School, is third in the country in rushing yards per game (137.8 yards per contest) and has surpassed 100 yards in three of the four games he has played this season.He also has eight punt returns for 123 yards and seven receptions for 37 yards, giving him 708 all-purpose yards thus far on the season. Written by Brad James October 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football’s Josh Davis Named To Jerry Rice Award Watch List Tags: Alta High School/Jerry Rice Award/Josh Davis/Weber State Football
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Redskins claimed the rights to linebacker Reuben Foster two days after the San Francisco 49ers dropped him from their roster over alleged domestic violence against his girlfriend last weekend.“The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone,” Doug Williams, senior vice president of player personnel, said in a statement posted to Twitter.Foster was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tampa, Florida, after his girlfriend called 911. He was charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, according to a criminal report from the Tampa Police Department.Foster’s girlfriend told police that following a verbal altercation, he slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest and then slapped her on the left side of her face, according to the police report. It also noted that there was a 1-inch scratch on her left collarbone.“Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the burgundy and gold as a player,” Williams said in the statement.During a press conference on Wednesday, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden defended the team’s decision to claim Foster before an investigation wrapped up, saying, “We probably could have done that, but we saw an opportunity to claim him and we chose to do that as an organization.”“There’s no guarantee he is ever going to play here,” he added. “He’s got a lot of work to do personally, with the team, with the NFL, with himself before he even thinks about playing football again.”Foster has been placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List for the duration of the NFL’s investigation into his arrest.A player who is on the list is not allowed to practice or attend games, “but with the club’s permission, he may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation and other permitted non-football activities,” according to the 2016 personal conduct policy for NFL players, published on the NFL’s website.Williams said in his statement that the team chose to claim the rights to Foster “after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance.”A first-round pick for the 49ers in 2017, Foster has faced multiple run-ins with the law over the past year. In January, he was charged in Alabama for second-degree marijuana possession — a charge that was later dismissed, ESPN reported.In April, he was charged again with felonies for domestic violence, criminal threats and weapons possession, accused of abusing his girlfriend, ESPN reported. His girlfriend later recanted the allegations and a judge ruled there was no probable cause on the first two charges, while the weapons charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor. Foster pleaded no contest to that in June, ESPN reported.Though it’s unclear if the incidents earlier in 2018 involved the same woman, the criminal report from the Tampa Police Department said that Foster had been in an on-and-off relationship with his girlfriend for three years and that they had lived together in the past.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund November 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Redskins claim rights to Reuben Foster despite domestic violence charge
Tags: Cody John/Conner Toolson/Jake Toolson/Jerrick Harding/UVU Men’s Basketball/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Saturday, Utah Valley and Weber State men’s basketball meet for the 12th time in history Saturday at the Dee Events Center.The Wildcats narrowly lead the all-time series over the Wolverines 6-5. Interestingly, the home team in the series has always won.The Wolverines, who come into this game at 7-4, are 21st nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (39.8 percent), 26th in the nation in 3-point field goals (100), 34th in total rebounds (412 net rebounds) and 41st in defensive rebounds per game (28.91).Utah Valley scores 77.3 points per game and gives up 72.7 points per contest. Guard Jake Toolson posts 15.2 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field for the season. Fellow guard Conner Toolson is close behind him scoring 15.1 points per game and averaging 2.5 rebounds per contest as he shoots 50.8 percent from the field.Weber State comes into this game at 5-4 having lost two straight.The Wildcats average 83.4 points per game, while surrendering 74.2 points per contest.Star junior guard Jerrick Harding averages 20.7 points per game and 4.7 boards per contest with fellow junior guard Cody John ( a Wasatch Academy graduate) averaging 16.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per outing. December 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU and Weber State Men’s Basketball Meet Saturday Brad James
Tags: Oregon State Beavers/Pac 12/Utah Utes Baseball Robert Lovell Written by Utah led 2-0 until Oregon State tied up the score in the eighth. On their home field with it raining, the Beavers won it in the 11th with a single to right field.Brocoff pitched 6.1 innings and only gave up one run on five hits. He had six strikeouts.Both teams went scoreless until the sixth when Zack Moeller walked and Chandler Anderson got him home from second with a single.The Utes added to their lead the next inning when Oliver Dunn knocked in Tyler Thompson for a 2-0 lead.Oregon State responded though getting one run back in the seventh and then tied the score up in the eighth. The game ended up going into extras and Utah had hits in the ninth and tenth, but failed to get the lead back.The Beavers had runners on first and second in the bottom of the 11th and got a single to close out the second game of the double-header.Chase Fernlund led the way in the second game going 2-5.Zac McCleve came in for Brocoff and pitched 4.0 innings and only gave up three hits and two runs.In the first game, Oregon State took an early lead and Utah didn’t get their bats going enough to make up the deficit as the hosts went on to win 11-0.Next up, the Utes will play BYU in Provo, Utah on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch is at 6 p.m. April 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Falls in Double Header at No. 6 Oregon State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCORVALLIS, Ore. – Utah dropped both games of a double-header against No. 6 Oregon State on Saturday, April 6 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.After the Utes dropped the first game 11-0, they came back in the second game and got a great effort from starter Brett Brocoff, but ended up falling in the 11th, 3-2.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball senior guard Matthew Johnson has been named to the 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the second consecutive season.Additionally, Utah Valley senior guard Conner Toolson received this distinction.Others included Utah State senior guards Sam Merrill and Diego Brito.This honor recognizes men’s college basketball student-athletes who have excelled academically during the past season.This honors court lauds the talents and skills student-athletes possess on the court and exemplify in the classroom.To be eligible for this award, student-athletes must be either juniors or seniors academically, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 over the course of the past season, have attended the school in question for at least a year and be a member of an NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III or NAIA Division I or Division II school’s team with an NABC member coach. Tags: Division II/Division III/Matthew Johnson/NABC/NAIA Division I/NCAA Division I/SUU Men’s Basketball July 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local Numerous Utah Men’s College Basketball Players Named To NABC Honors Court Written by Brad James
May 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Jazz Loses Bojan Bogdanovic To Season-Ending Wrist Injury; Walt Perrin To Be Hired By Knicks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, per a report from ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, whenever the NBA’s season resumes, the Utah Jazz will have to do without one of their most important players.Wojnarowski confirmed that Jazz small forward Bojan Bogdanovic is lost for the season as he will undergo wrist surgery.Utah Jazz F Bojan Bogdanovic is undergoing season-ending surgery on his right wrist, sources tell ESPN. Full recovery expected for start of 2020-21 season. He’s averaged 20 points per game for Jazz, fourth-seed in West.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 18, 2020The 31-year-old Bosnian national, who is in his sixth season, was averaging a career-high 20.2 points for the 41-23 Jazz, who are presently No. 4 in the Western Conference standings.Bogdanovic also added 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for Utah in his first season with the Jazz.Bogdanovic was drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft with the No. 31 overall selection by the Miami Heat.He first played in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets (2014-2016-17) and has also spent time with the Washington Wizards (2016-17) and Indiana Pacers (2017-19).He has averaged 14.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for his career.Bogdanovic will undergo this surgery Tuesday.Furthermore, The Athletic senior NBA writer Shams Charania confirms Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin will be hired by the New York Knicks to work in their front office.Perrin has been in this position for the Jazz since the 2008-09 season.Prior to this, Perrin worked as a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves (1993-1995) and the Detroit Pistons (1995-2002).Charania confirmed that Perrin has been with the Jazz in various roles since 2002.Sources: The Knicks are finalizing hiring Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrin as assistant general manager as they reshuffle front office under Leon Rose. Perrin is a well-respected executive who has worked in Jazz organization for 19 years.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 18, 2020 Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic/Utah Jazz Written by Brad James
Cenovus Energy and Husky Energy will have a combined production of nearly 750,000boed. (Credit: Cenovus Energy Inc.) Cenovus Energy and Husky Energy have secured approvals from their respective shareholders for the previously announced CAD3.8bn ($2.99bn) merger.The two Canadian oil and gas producers aim to establish a new integrated oil and natural gas company with an enterprise value of CAD23.6bn ($18.55bn), inclusive of debt.The all-stock deal was announced in October 2020. Upon its closing, Cenovus Energy will be the surviving company with headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.At Cenovus Energy’s special shareholder meeting, the deal was approved by 93.31% of the votes cast. On the other hand, more than 99% of Husky Energy’s common shareholders and option-holders, and 97.85% of the company’s preferred shareholders voted in favour of the deal.Under the terms of the deal, Husky Energy’s shareholders will be issued with 0.7845 of Cenovus Energy’s shares in addition to 0.0651 of a Cenovus Energy’s share purchase warrant for each of the Husky Energy common shares they hold.Following the merger, Cenovus Energy’s existing shareholders will own about 61% stake in the combined company, while Husky Energy’s shareholders will own the remaining stake of about 39%.Cenovus Energy is currently focussed on oil sands projects in northern Alberta in Canada. The company is also involved in the production of natural gas and oil in Alberta and British Columbia, apart from having stakes of 50% each in two refineries in the US.Husky Energy has operations across Western and Atlantic Canada, the US, and the Asia Pacific.The combined company will have a production of around 750,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/d) along with an upgrading and refining capacity of 660,000BOE/d.The closing of the merger deal will be subject to the approval of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and also receipt of all the required regulatory approvals. The two parties at the time of signing the deal, expected it to close in the first quarter of 2021.Earlier this month, Cenovus Energy completed the CAD100m ($78.59m) sale of its Marten Hills oil assets in Alberta to Headwater Exploration. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2020, subject to court approval and regulatory approvals
For the first time The Negotiator held a Conference & Expo on the same day – and at the same venue, The Hilton on Park Lane – as the ever popular Negotiator Awards. The Conference was sponsored by GMG Property Services Group, Homelet, Reapit and Fully Furnished and supported by ARLA, NAEA and NAVA.More than 30 service providers had stands on the day – with all possible needs catered for, from software to corporate magazines and window displays to furniture providers.Whilst the conference was packed with interesting speakers such as Jones Lang LaSalle’s Head of Research John Neale, presenter Kate Faulkner, ARLA President Jane Ingram, and Guy Charrison, President, NAVA; the programme allowed for plenty of time to visit the exhibitors.We were delighted with the response to our stand and have several new partners as a direct result of the day!” Toby Limbrick Network AuctionsThe Expo gave delegates the opportunity to meet new and old faces and see people they may have only ever have chatted to on the phone. As Harry Simons, Partner, MPL Interiors said of his company’s experience of the Expo, “It was a productive day and provided a great chance for MPL to meet new clients and catch up with many existing ones. Many thanks to the Negotiator team for organising a very well-run and successful Conference.”For both delegates and exhibitors it went beyond networking to actually sealing deals.Toby Limbrick’s company Network Auctions also took a stand, he said, “We were delighted with the response to our trade stand at the Negotiator Conference. We were busy with enquiries from 8.30am until the close and the calibre of attendees was impressive, I’m pleased to say we have several new partners as a direct result of the day!”Susie Jones, Development & Relationship Co-ordinator, Lets with Pets commented, “Our stand was busy all day, the level of interest was such that there were even delegates coming to speak to me whilst seminars were running. I made some very good links and we have already seen results from a number of the enquiries made about the scheme on the day.”For those who couldn’t make the event, here is a listing of exhibitors.Speaker presentations are also available to download at www.thenegotiator.co.uk on the Conference tab; they’ll make more sense to those who attended, missing as they obviously do, the dynamic presentation of the speakers themselves – but they give a flavour and no doubt will reinforce a sound decision to come to the Conference next year if you missed it. February 15, 2012The 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 » Marketing » The Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012 nextMarketingThe Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012The inaugural Negotiator Conference & Expo was the support act to The Negotiator Awards 2012. If you didn’t make it, here is a flavour.Property Drum15th February 20120735 Views
Home » News » Agencies & People » Lomond acquires SDL Group’s Birmingham letting portfolio Lomond acquires SDL Group’s Birmingham letting portfolio16th August 201801,182 Views Lomond Capital has acquired SDL Group’s Birmingham residential lettings portfolio, which comprises 500 city centre properties, formerly the CP Bigwood residential lettings portfolio.This is the first city acquisition since Lomond Capital’s regional brand, John Shepherd, moved to its flagship city-centre office last year and cements its leading position in the Birmingham residential property market – with a team of 75.Bruce Evans, Chief Executive, Lomond Capital, said, “John Shepherd is already the number one lettings and estate agency brand in Birmingham, we are seeing more opportunities come through our doors such as the high profile Princes Gate development, due to be launched by John Shepherd New Homes. However, we are not resting on our laurels, continuing to grow organically and by acquisition.”Richard Crathorne, joint Chief Executive of John Shepherd, added, “This is a fantastic portfolio and we are committed to providing professional management services to landlords and investors.”Lomond John Shepherd lomond acquires sdl residential lettings SDL Group 2018-08-16The Negotiator Related articles Laptops donated by Hunters in memory of murdered York estate agent28th April 2021 Your Move parent group posts extraordinary profits surge28th April 2021 TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network27th April 2021What’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.
Home » News » Marketing » ‘Don’t be scared of leaving Rightmove’, pleads OTM chief previous nextMarketing‘Don’t be scared of leaving Rightmove’, pleads OTM chiefChief Executive Ian Springett claims it’s ‘business as usual’ for agents who quit Rightmove and that OTM already delivers more leads than its arch rival per £100 spent.Nigel Lewis26th November 201901,210 Views OnTheMarket Chief Executive Ian Springett has claimed that industry research by his portal among those who have already quit Rightmove shows that leaving it made‘no difference to their business’.“Some [agents] have even said that their working day has become easier because they are no longer chasing unproductive leads,” he said.OTM claims that Rightmove’s fees have increased by 12.5% a year on average and that the latest round of rises have seen some agents face increases of 30% year-on-year.The comments were made during a speech by Springett at the Relocation Agent Network Conference at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Central London, during which he also claimed that OTM is delivering 28 leads per £100 spent by agents on its platform when compared to Rightmove’s 16.800 branchesHe said that while Rightmove lost 800 branches between June 2018 and June this year, OTM had increased its branch count from 12,000 in December 2018 to 12,600 by the end of September this year.Figures released by OTM also suggest that offering agents equity in the business if they sign up to full-fee long-term deals is working, albeit slowly; the number of agents on this kind of deal has increased by 1,000 to 3,000 over the past 12 months.“Agents are the providers of both the core content and the revenue on which portals depend, so agents can shift pricing power away from Rightmove and Zoopla by supporting the agent-backed portal,” says Springett.“OnTheMarket is 70% owned by more than 3,000 independent agents operating over 6,000 offices and new agents committing to long term listing agreements can receive shares alongside. OnTheMarket aims to continue expanding its agent ownership group.”Ian Springett Rightmove OnTheMarket OTM property portals November 26, 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 2021
We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from 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. Horse Sport Enews Email* On the final day of competition for the WEF Premiere Week, the Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Older Section B wrapped up in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Chris Brown piloted his own Rebel to the championship with two firsts, two seconds, and a sixth-place ribbon.Brown, of Boynton Beach, FL, purchased Rebel last year and has been developing his relationship with the gelding since. The pair trains with Kimberly Stewart and GlenWillow Farm.“He’s got his own personality. He is a spoiled brat and wants attention all the time,” said Brown of the eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood by Bon Balou, the late stallion who stood at Dreamscape Farm in Langley, BC. “That’s what makes him a great show horse because he is a little bit of a fighter and he wants to always do well.”The first day of the division took place in the South Ring, which Brown described as challenging, but was still very pleased with Rebel’s performance. “It was a good learning experience for him. He is green and it is his first time showing at WEF, so we were very happy.”The duo won the under saddle on the second day of competition in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring and received a score of 84 to win an over fences class.“Today was much more my ride and his ride; we got to flow a little more,” commented Brown. “The courses are absolutely beautiful, they changed the footing, the ring is gorgeous, and the jumps are beautiful. What is not to love?”The reserve championship in the division went to Kristen Baran, of Toronto, ON, on her own Caramia. Baran rode Caramia to a first, three seconds, and a fourth-place finish.Hunter, jumper, and equitation competition will continue with week one of the Winter Equestrian Festival, starting on Wednesday, January 13, and running through Sunday, January 17.Full results from all classes here. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!
View post tag: Commander View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today First Female US Naval Commander to Reach India View post tag: Female View post tag: first View post tag: India View post tag: reach View post tag: Navy “I have a mostly male crew. They’re not old, but they’re not young either,” says commander of the USS Decatur,Shanti Sethi, in her blog, Adv…(indiatimes)[mappress]Source: indiatimes,March 17, 2011; First Female US Naval Commander to Reach India March 17, 2011 View post tag: US View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this article
View post tag: Frigate Guided-Missile Frigate USS Carr Arrives in Gdynia, Poland View post tag: Guided-missile View post tag: Gdynia View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Arrives Back to overview,Home naval-today Guided-Missile Frigate USS Carr Arrives in Gdynia, Poland Share this article August 19, 2011 The guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) arrived in Gdynia, Poland, Aug. 15, as part of a regularly scheduled port visit supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.While inport, Carr leadership will attend office calls with senior Polish military officials, hold a reception onboard for Polish and U.S. dignitaries, and Sailors will conduct a community relations project at a local orphanage.For Carr’s commanding officer Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski, this visit marks the first time in four generations that a member of his family has returned to Poland since immigrating to the U.S. in the late 1800s.“This is a great opportunity for me to finally return to the home of my ancestors,” said Kulakowski. “I hope to get the opportunity to travel an hour South of Gdynia, to visit the former home of my relatives.”Kulakowski said that the ship’s entire crew is looking forward to visiting the many historic sites in Gdynia.Carr Sailors will also compete in a soccer game with Polish navy sailors, and attend a reception aboard Okret Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Kosciuszko, a former U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate.Carr is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is on a scheduled three-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, August 19, 2011; View post tag: poland View post tag: Carr View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Navy
View post tag: lease View post tag: Nuclear-Powered View post tag: attack View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic October 6, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: India Authorities View post tag: to Back to overview,Home naval-today India to Lease Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Nerpa View post tag: ‘Nerpa’ View post tag: submarine Nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Nerpa which breakdown claimed lives of 20 sailors and shipwrights will be handed over to India late in Nov 2011, reported RIA Novosti on Oct 4 referring to a top-ranking source in Russian defense industry.It was planned to lease the sub to India as early as in 2008, although due to technical problems delivery term was postponed. Twenty servicemen and shipyard’s experts died of intoxication as a result of spontaneous operation of onboard firefighting system during sea trials in Nov 2008.“State commission convened and decided that Nerpa would be leased to India in second half of November”, said the interviewee.According to him, the session attended by representatives of Rosoboronexport and defense industry was held in Komsomolsk-on-Amur late in Aug or early in Sept behind closed doors.The source reminded that the Nerpa-leasing contract had been signed with Indian Navy in 2004. Delhi appropriated $650 mln for completion of the submarine in Komsomolsk-on-Amur with a view to lease her to Indian Navy. “Amur Shipyard will complete elimination of all defects till Nov 2011. Then the state commission will accept the sub and hand over Nerpa to India“, specified the source.India needs Nerpa to train crews of nuclear-powered submarines. Experience acquired by Indian submariners in SSN Nerpa will be useful while service in national submarine INS Arihant which is to be commissioned in 2012.In 1988 the Soviet Union leased a nuclear submarine to India, but the leasing term was expired in 1991 and was not prolonged. The crew served in that sub was retired, so Indian Navy had lost experience of nuclear submarine operations.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, October 06, 2011 India to Lease Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Nerpa Share this article
View post tag: Navy View post tag: class View post tag: Burke March 27, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Guided-missile View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Nitze Back to overview,Home naval-today Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Nitze Arrives in Villefranche, France View post tag: France View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Naval The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) arrived in Villefranche, France March 26 for a regularly-scheduled port visit.The visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security in the region.“We believe that regularly-scheduled port visits to our allies in the Mediterranean region increase our ability to work together for mutual prosperity and enhanced maritime security,” said Cmdr. Christopher Nerad, Nitze’s commanding officer.“We are going to Villefranche to strengthen relationships between France and the U.S.,” said Master Chief Bill Arbuckle, Nitze’s command master chief. “It will also give our Sailors a chance to see new places and to see some French culture.”While in port, the officers and crew will meet with local officials, host a tour of the ship for the U.S. Navy league, play sports with local teams and help maintain a local World War II U.S. cemetery.“We will be cleaning and maintaining the cemetery,” said Nerad. “We will be paying our respects and assuring that, for many years to come, it will be a place that people can come to remember the sacrifices of those who went before us.”This port visit also serves as an opportunity for the crew to soak in the French culture.“The crew will be able to gain an appreciation for the historical and cultural significance of the area,” said Nerad. “They will be able to relax and enjoy all that Villefranche has to offer.”Nitze is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 27, 2012; View post tag: USS View post tag: Arleigh View post tag: Villefranche Training & Education Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Nitze Arrives in Villefranche, France Share this article
Back to overview,Home naval-today ST Engineering Secures PVs Contract Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), its marine arm Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), has secured a contract worth €534.8 million(approx USD 699.3 mln ) to design and build four patrol vessels (PVs) and the provision of associated logistic support for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).This contract was awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman through a competitive international tender. ST Marine will build four 75-metre PVs based on its proprietary Fearless Class of PVs. The project will commence immediately with the first vessel expected to be delivered in 2Q 2015 and the final vessel in 3Q 2016.“We are honoured to be entrusted by the Royal Navy of Oman with this project. This is a significant contract to ST Marine and we are confident that we will live up to our reputation as a total naval solutions provider – from design to construction to logistics support and hopefully through life support for our customer’s vessels”, said NG Sing Chan President, ST Marin.The FEARLESS series of Patrol Vessels, premised on the indigenously designed and built FEARLESS-55, is highly versatile and capable of operating with different payloads. The vessel can be fitted with either waterjets or conventional propellers, and can be equipped with a whole range of weapons and sensors including hull mounted sonars and torpedoes, and USVs for extended surveillance, identification and enforcement. The larger FEARLESS-75 is equipped with a heli-landing deck for day and night operations of a helicopter or UAV.The FEARLESS series, with its modern shaping and fuel efficient hull form, is adaptable to various configurations of payload and capability and is suited for coastal patrol and constabulary use.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 09, 2012; Image: stenng Training & Education Share this article View post tag: secures View post tag: Navy View post tag: million View post tag: about View post tag: 699.3 View post tag: PVs View post tag: engineering ST Engineering Secures PVs Contract View post tag: contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: up View post tag: St. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USD View post tag: worth April 9, 2012
View post tag: sign View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Missiles Share this article View post tag: Navy Equipment & technology View post tag: contract Kongsberg, Brazilian Navy Sign Penguin Missiles Contract View post tag: Brazilian View post tag: Naval September 13, 2012 View post tag: Penguin Back to overview,Home naval-today Kongsberg, Brazilian Navy Sign Penguin Missiles Contract KONGSBERG has signed a contract with the Brazilian Navy for the delivery of Penguin anti-ship missiles and associated equipment valued MEUR 33. The missiles will be deployed on the Brazilian Navy’s new maritime helicopters.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 13, 2012; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: Kongsberg
Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: IKECSG Deploys from Naval Station Norfolk Training & Education View post tag: Norfolk USA: IKECSG Deploys from Naval Station Norfolk View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: Deploys The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG), with nearly 4,500 Sailors, deployed from Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Feb. 21, to support operations in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleets.The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), commanded by Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, along with German Frigate FGS Hamburg (F220), commanded by Commander Ralf Kuchler, departed from Naval Station Norfolk, and the guided missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), commanded by Capt. Dan Uhls, from Naval Station Mayport.Eisenhower returned three months earlier than previously scheduled in order to resurface its flight deck prior to a planned redeployment. The IKECSG is redeploying to support carrier strike group presence requirements in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations. Working with allied and partner maritime forces, the IKECSG Sailors will focus heavily on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.“This strike group is tested and always ready for the next mission,” said Rear Adm. Michael C. Manazir, CSG 8 commander. “I’m proud of the versatility and flexibility of every Sailor in this strike group. They have proven that we can meet all tasks set out for us by our fleet commanders. I look forward to once again playing a part in ensuring the security of international waterways and building partnerships around the world.”For this deployment, IKECSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN69), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, German Frigate FGS Hamburg (F220) and USS Hue City (CG 66). Aircraft squadrons of CVW-7 include strike fighter squadrons VFA-143 “Pukin Dogs,” VFA-131 “Wildcats,” VFA-83 “Rampagers” and VFA-103 “Jolly Rogers,” tactical electronics warfare squadron VAQ-140 “Patriots,” carrier airborne early warning squadron VAW-121 “Bluetails,” Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-40 “Rawhides” and helicopter anti-submarine squadron HS-5 “Nightdippers.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 22, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval February 22, 2013 View post tag: station View post tag: IKECSG View post tag: Defence Share this article
View post tag: Sri View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Defence April 4, 2013 Vice Minister of the Ministry of State Security of China, Mr. Zhou Qing and his deligation visited SLN Dockyard in Trincomalee on 02nd April 2013.The delegation was provided with a harbour cruise as well as an opportunity to visit the Naval Museum during their visit.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 4, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Security View post tag: Defense View post tag: Dockyard View post tag: visits View post tag: Minister View post tag: State View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Vice Minister of Ministry of State Security of China Visits Sri Lanka Navy Dockyard View post tag: Vice Training & Education Vice Minister of Ministry of State Security of China Visits Sri Lanka Navy Dockyard View post tag: Lanka Share this article
Back to overview,Home naval-today US Senate Committee Backs Strike on Syria View post tag: Senate View post tag: Syria View post tag: US View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic September 5, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: committee View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense US Senate Committee Backs Strike on Syria View post tag: Strike The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing a U.S. strike on Syria yesterday.The White House welcomed the Senate committee’s decision.“We will continue to work with Congress to build on this bipartisan support for a military response that is narrowly tailored to enforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons, and sufficient to protect the national security interests of the United States of America,” a statement from the White House read.The committee voted 10 to 7, with one member voting “present,” to approve using force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to The Washington Post.The senators Menendez, McCain, ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) voted in favor of the resolution.Voting against were Paul and Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) voted “present.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 05, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Backs
View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval View post tag: French November 3, 2014 View post tag: Visit The guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) arrived in the southern French anchorage of Villefranche-sur-Mer for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 1.The visit serves as a means to enhance Franco-American relations as the two countries work together to ensure a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe.The Mediterranean port of Villefranche is rich in history and cultural diversity.Truxtun, homeported in Norfolk, Va., deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of national security interests in Europe.[mappress mapid=”14286″]Press release, Image: US Navy USS Truxtun Pays Visit to Villefranche-sur-Mer, French Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Truxtun Pays Visit to Villefranche-sur-Mer, French View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: USS Truxtun Authorities View post tag: Villefranche-sur-Mer View post tag: Pays View post tag: News by topic
Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Bathurst Takes Part in LIMA 2015 Authorities HMAS Bathurst represented the Royal Australian Navy along with 36 warships from over 16 nations in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aeronautical Exhibition (LIMA) at Langkawi Island, Malaysia between 16-19 March.Participating nations opened their ships to each other to discuss systems and procedures, and displays including precise flying teams from Malaysia, Singapore, China and Indonesia and a low level high power overflight by a United States Air Force B52 Bomber.A highlight for many was the Chiefs of Navy Round Table discussing the perspectives of Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States of America, on ‘Enhancing the roles of ASEAN Navies and Partners in Maritime Security’.This presentation highlighted the requirements for all ASEAN Navies and partners to work together to achieve maritime security in the region, and identified many elements that these partners already conduct together including exercises and execution of bi and multi-lateral patrols to achieve this end state.One of the main events was the Fleet Review, in which all personnel, dressed in their best ceremonial uniforms ‘manned ship’ for the Malaysian Minister for Defence to review. The event was concluded with a low level flyover by five Malaysian Navy Helicopters.Officers of Bathurst attended a number of functions aboard foreign ships such as the Indian ship INS KAMORTA and the Pakistan ship PNS ZULFIQUAR. Conversations ranged from naval traditions and warfare through to the all important Cricket World Cup.To top off a great visit, the local Malaysian Navy, Air Force, Police and Coast Guard provided capability demonstrations daily in the harbour ranging from live firings on a not so distant island to fire fighting planes dumping water just after overflying the visiting warships at anchor. Helicopter formations and jet flyovers were also not uncommon throughout the day.[mappress mapid=”15539″]Image: Australian Navy HMAS Bathurst Takes Part in LIMA 2015 View post tag: Takes Part View post tag: LIMA 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS Bathurst View post tag: Naval March 31, 2015 View post tag: Navy View post tag: asia View post tag: Malaysia Share this article
View post tag: americas USS Vicksburg Arrives in Mayport, Florida View post tag: Navy Share this article The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) returns to her Mayport, Florida, homeport July 11 following a seven-month deployment with Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2.During the deployment the crew exercised and served with 61 ships and aircraft from 18 nations on three continents and logged 30,000 nautical miles.Led by Capt. Lyle Hall, the vessel spent the majority of her deployment assigned as the flagship for Rear Adm. Brad Williamson and SNMG 2, with his embarked, multi-national, NATO staff. The group operated in the Mediterranean, Black, North, and Baltic Seas.From December to June, the ship and the task group provided the Alliance’s primary maritime presence throughout the European operational theater.Vicksburg participated in 10 passing exercises and three major exercises with NATO allied and partner nations, including Operation Active Endeavor, which helped develop the prowess of Vicksburg Sailors and their interoperability with crews from multiple ships, commands, and nations.Having concluded her NATO mission, Vicksburg seamlessly turned over flagship duties to the German Navy ship FGS Hamburg, which will continue the SNMG-2 mission.[mappress mapid=”16470″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Mayport View post tag: Naval July 13, 2015 View post tag: Florida View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: USS Vicksburg Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Vicksburg Arrives in Mayport, Florida
Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Canarias Hosts EUNAVFOR MED Force Commander Authorities EUNAVFOR MED Force Commander, Rear Admiral Andrea Gueglio, paid his first visit to the Spanish military vessel Canarias, led by Cdr Manuel Alvargonzales, on October 8.Ship Canarias joined the European Force deployed in Mediterranean on October 5 from Rota harbor, carrying 202 crew members.Among them, a special Infantry boarding team and 3 pilots plus 18 persons dedicated to “Tweety”, the onboard SH-60B Seahawk helicopter.During his meeting, the Force Commander underlined the importance of the contribution already provided by Spain, in terms of both FHQ staff members and fixed wing air asset. He added that the integration of ESPS Canarias would increase very much the effectiveness of the European Force at sea, as well as and its ability to accomplish the mission.Canarias recently completed her first training integration exercise at sea, in order to perform the quickest and most efficient response to the European Force operational needs.At the end of the training day, “Tweety” helicopter performed several series of landing and take-off maneuvers on the Flagship Cavour fly deck, showing very high flexibility in operational activities.Image: EEAS October 12, 2015 ESPS Canarias Hosts EUNAVFOR MED Force Commander Share this article View post tag: EUNAVFOR Med View post tag: ESPS Canarias
Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Santa Maria relieves ESPS Tornado in Operation Atalanta View post tag: Spanish Navy View post tag: ESPS Santa Maria ESPS Santa Maria relieves ESPS Tornado in Operation Atalanta May 16, 2016 View post tag: ESPS Tornado Authorities EU NAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta has welcomed back the Spanish Navy frigate ESPS Santa Maria.The ship was previously deployed on Op Atalanta in 2011 and will be conducting counter-piracy patrols over the coming five months.ESPS Santa Maria has an embarked Seahawk helicopter on board, allowing her to carry out a wide range of tasks, including maritime surveillance and reconnaissance. She is also fitted with a Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) which further adds to her reconnaissance capability.ESPS Santa Maria’s arrival signifies the end of deployment for ESPS Tornado on the Operation.Her crew participated in many training opportunities with regional partners to further enhance the maritime-security of the region and keep seafarers safe off the Somali coast. View post tag: EU NAVFOR Share this article
Principal Duties: Must be licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in the State ofWisconsin. Full Time: 100% Job no: 226702-ASWork type: Faculty-Full TimeDepartment: VET M/SURGICAL SCIENCESLocation: MadisonCategories: Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine Lori [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Salary: American College of Veterinary Surgeons Board Certified or BoardEligible as a result of advanced training in Large Animal Surgery.Applicants with experience in surgery in species such as largeruminants, camelids, etc are encouraged to apply. Anticipated Begin Date: Official Title: License or Certificate: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/ Ongoing/Renewable Clinical service within the Section of Large Animal Surgery at UWVeterinary Care including day time and emergency duty, and back-upon call support to large animal surgery residents and technicians.Participation in clinical and didactic teaching of veterinarystudents and residents in large animal surgery.Up to 26 weeks of clinical duty per year. Will cover an equitableportion of lecture and laboratory teaching shared with the section(most recently averaging 10-15 lectures and 10-15 laboratories peryear). Required to be capable of lifting up to 40 pounds, standingor walking for prolonged periods, able to reach and/or climb aladder, kneel or sit on the floor, bending, squatting, and/ortwisting.Distribution of time is expected to be approximately Clinicalpractice 60%, Other services 40% (Teaching, Research andService) A875100-SCHOOL OF VET MEDICINE/SURGICAL SCIENCES Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Additional Information: The Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin,School of Veterinary Medicine is soliciting applications for 1full-time Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor in Large AnimalSurgery. The successful candidate will join the Large AnimalSurgery Section, which is comprised of 3 full-time ACVS Diplomates(including 1 ACVSMR double boarded surgeon), 3 residents/interns,and a dynamic group of certified veterinary technicians. Appointment Type, Duration: Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: Instructions to Applicants: The UW-Madison campus and the surrounding area have many enrichingopportunities. Madison has been named the most bike-friendly city;the Dane County Farmer’s Market is one of the largest in thenation; Madison has the most restaurants per capita of any U.S.city; Madison consistently ranks as a top community in which tolive, work, and play; and the University is nationally recognizedfor academics, research, and athletics. Please see the followinglink for more information:http://greatermadisonchamber.com/about-madison/visitor-info.The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunityemployer that embraces diversity and seeks candidates who willcreate a climate that attracts people from all races,nationalities, disabilities and genders. We strongly encourageunderrepresented minorities to apply.This position is available currently and applications will beaccepted until the position is filled.School of Veterinary Medicine home page:http://www.vetmed.wisc.eduUW Veterinary Care home page:http://uwveterinarycare.wisc.eduThis position is being announced simultaneously with PVL 226919;please note only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancylistings allows the School of Veterinary Medicine to considercandidates with both tenure-track credentials and non-tenure trackcredentials for this position. NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) JANUARY 01, 2021 DVM or equivalent Work Type: Academic Staff-Renewable Employment Class: Position Summary: Degree and Area of Specialization: Contact: Applications Open: Sep 16 2020 Central Daylight TimeApplications Close: To apply for this position, please upload a cover letter, resume,and a document listing three professional references. If you havequestions, please contact Lori Chamberlain [email protected], 608-263-5633.Specific questions about the position can be directed to Dr.Sabrina Brounts at [email protected] or Dr. Samantha Morelloat [email protected] The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/.Employment will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . Job Number: 226702-AS CLINICAL ASSOC PROF(D52NN) or CLINICAL ASST PROF(D53NN) Department(s): Institutional Statement on Diversity:
The University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology seekscommitted Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist for a tenureAssistant/Associate/Full Professor or non-tenure track ClinicalAssistant/Associate/Full Professor ranks to teach and practice atUF Health Shands Heart, Vascular, and Neuromedicine Hospital, UFHealth Shands Hospital, and Shands Cancer Hospital at theUniversity of Florida, a tertiary care teaching facility located inGainesville, FL (including tertiary care / Level I Trauma Center /High risk Ob / Comprehensive Stroke Center / Level 4 NICU /Congenital Heart Center / Solid Organ Transplantation / CancerCenter).Abundant opportunities exist to develop independent andcollaborative research as well as innovative education models.Department anesthesiologists practice at UF Health hospitals inGainesville, Florida, at the University of Florida alongside 90faculty anesthesiologists, 88 residents, 18 fellows, and 65CRNA/AAs.University employment benefits include 403(b) plan, 457 plan,individual and family health insurance, professional disabilityinsurance, domestic partner benefits, sovereign immunitymalpractice status, Baby Gator childcare available on-site, andothers. Gainesville is a vibrant, sun drenched, university citywith a low cost of living, Division I NCAA sports, and no stateincome tax.This position requires a M.D. or equivalent, skills in clinicalcare, ABA certification/eligibility, Cardiothoracic Fellowshipand/or Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiographycertification/eligibility and credentials to obtain a State ofFlorida physician’s license.Applicants should include a curriculum vitae. Applicants may attachoptional cover letter and three letters of recommendation or a listof three references to be considered.The Search Committee will accept applications until the position isfilled. Applications will be reviewed starting as soon as possibleafter the posting date.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
Nondiscrimination Statement If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsResumeCover LetterLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Letter of Reference 3Unofficial Transcript State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Qualifications Position TitleEconomics Adjunct – Jabs School of Business Posting Details Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6137 The appointment may include teaching undergraduate courses inmacroeconomics, microeconomics, and economic analysis. Position Summary The successful candidate will have a minimum regionally accreditedMaster’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Economics with at least threeyears of experience in the field. Prior teaching experience is aplus. Qualified applicants will become part of an adjunct pool andcontacted when a need emerges. Teaching Responsibilities * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo The Jabs School of Business at California Baptist Universityinvites applications for an adjunct faculty position ineconomics. * Are you a Christian?YesNo Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
The micro-mini is a must have this season, as the sexiest of all skirts regains its catwalk throne and gives our favourite slouchy combats a sharp kick in the pants. Patterned tights at D&G, leggings at Versus, opaque tights in bright colours at Marc Jacobs and almost endless thigh-high boots at Gucci all meant one thing – the focus is on legs this season. But the sudden leg-fetish is nothing to fear even if you don’t have the proportions of a supermodel – in fact it’s pretty good news. There’s no reason to slog for pointless hours on the cross-trainer; there is no J.Lo bottom of legs. Yes, most of us may turn green at the sight of Gisele in a miniskirt, but many guys may not agree with you. Britney’s legs are short and chunky and Beyoncé’s thighs are far from toned but guys go crazy over both. Go figure. Treat your own little slice of perfection to some of this season’s leg-hugging lovelies.All clothes from GAFF, Broad St,Short faded denim skirt £65; Black cow-neck top £54;Tartan skirt £72; Red and khaki top £27Model – KATIE CARROLLARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003
Oxford University scientists have used infra-red technology to open up a hoard of ancient papyri which could potentially reveal hundreds of lost Greek poems, tragedies and plays and bring about a ‘second Renaissance’.The collection, known as the ‘Oxyrhynchus Collection’ is the largest collection of classical manuscripts in the world. It contains over 800 boxes with more than 400,000 papyrus fragments. It is now stored in Oxford’s own Sackler library where specialists are applying the new, cutting edge imagery technology to reveal lost works by classical authors including Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and Lucian. The works of Sophocles, the giant of the golden age of Greek civilisation, are particularly sought after. The potential to decipher more of his works is eagerly anticipated by classicists around the world.The Oxyrhynchus Collection was excavated in the late 19th Century by members of the Egypt Exploration Society. When they were uncovered in a rubbish tip in the city, the papyri were worthless to the naked eye. They were worm-eaten and corroded. The condition in which they were found meant that since the collection was transported to Britain more than a hundred years ago (often in biscuit tins) the process of decipherment has been painfully slow.Professor Parsons of Christ Church, who has been wrestling with the Oxyrhynchus Collection for more than forty years explains, “for a long time we have been photographing the fragments by infra-red or ultra-violet light to bring up traces of ink.” Now scientists at Oxford, in collaboration with specialists from Bringham Young University in Utah, have begun applying multi-spectral imaging techniques developed from satellite technology to illegible sections of the papyri. “Multi-spectral imaging is going to produce the best results yet, since it combines digital imaging (so that the images can be enhanced by a computer) with the whole spectrum of light wave-lengths.”As the director of the Oxyrhynchus project, Dr Dirk Obbink toldCherwell that the development is “a significant discovery in that it will broaden the already substantial base of lost Greek and Latin Literature and writing in general that we have represented in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri collection in the Sackler, and in papyrus collections around the world.”When it has all been read (mainly in Greek, but also in Latin, Hebrew and other languages) up to five million new words will be added to the current body of classical works. Texts deciphered over the past week will be published next month by the Egypt Exploration Society, which owns the collection after financing its discovery over a century ago.In the past, substantial difficulties have been encountered in reading and interpreting damaged papyrus on many important projects. The Philodemus project at Herculaneum yielded several hundred rolls of text charred by the volcanic flow of Vesuvius, compressed by the weight of rubble and mud and congealed by water. Now multi-spectral techniques also promise to help retrieve this extensive library of Epicurean philosophy from the first century B.C. Classicists even believe that they are likely to be able to find and decipher lost Christian gospels, which were written at approximately the same time as the New Testament.ARCHIVE: 0th week 2005
Thirty people forced the Vodafone shop on Cornmarket to temporarily close on Saturday, in a protest against corporate tax evasion.The protest came after Private Eye magazine revealed that Vodafone negotiated a deal with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, agreeing to let the company off a large amount of tax. The actual figures are unknown, although Vodafone have denied a reported figure of £6 billion. Protesters sat inside the shop from 2pm for two hours, while others held banners reading, “Vodafone’s Tax Dodge: £6bn; Welfare Cuts: £7bn.”The protesters were eventually removed by police, and one Oxford Brookes student was arrested after refusing to leave.The protest formed part of a national day of action against Vodafone’s tax evasion, with sit-ins happening in stores in eight cities across the UK.
Oxford received 17,480 applications for undergraduate places this year, the “largest number of applications ever received”, a slight increase on last year when there were 17,216 applications. Meanwhile, University applications by UK students numbered 263,460 this December, a 1 per cent fall compared with this time last year, when there were 264,860 domestic applications.This year’s UCAS deadline was on Wednesday and there is still a possibility that last minute applications will have boosted the final total.The latest figures are in line with a trend since of Oxbridge applications continuing to rise despite a fall in overall UK applications despite the £9,000 fees introduced in 2012.Although part of this continued increase is due to growing numbers of international students, the University emphasized its ongoing outreach work and its “contact with 78% of all schools offering post-16 education – virtually all schools with students capable of making a competitive application to Oxford”.Specific attention was called to the Moritz-Heyman Scholarships which were introduced for the first time this year. Using a £300m donation received in 2012, the scholarships waive some or all tuition and living costs for lower-income Oxford students.Cherwell asked two students about possible reasons for Oxford bucking the trend. A second year historian, who went to a North London academy school and was the first person there to go to Oxbridge, said that living expenses in Oxford were “the crux of the issue” and the University’s bursaries greatly helped her. She believed they “made Oxford both more appealing” and contributed to the applications increase.However, she highlighted that Oxford’s global reputation is why so many continue to apply, “The fact is, when education is more expensive, you are more likely to try to make the best of it. I was always going to apply to university, whether the fees were increased or not, as I was informed enough to understand them. Many who were put off were either uninformed or looking for an excuse to not bother.” “I don’t think it’s radical to say that the stigma of 9k has been over-estimated.”Nikita Hayward, a Moritz-Heyman scholar at Worcester, agreed, highlighting that, “In schools that have less history of sending students to top universities correct information isn’t passed on to students as clearly as it could be.”Although she felt Oxford applicants were motivated regardless, she said realising Oxford’s financial support “was definitely another factor which made me prefer Oxford to my other UCAS choices”.With several universities charging the full £9,000, she said Oxford offered “the most for their money in terms of access to academic resources, study grants, travel grants, and paid internship opportunities”.Alfie Allen, a bursary recipient and mathematician at St Anne’s, agreed that applicants were now more ambitious. “With repaying the loan looming over the rest of your life, more people are going to want to feel like their degree will guarantee them something.”He added, “I’d be surprised if Oxford’s financial support didn’t at some point factor into the thinking of an average applicant who would receive it, but I’m not convinced that it would be the reason they’d choose here. If we’re talking about the average Oxford applicant, I’d be surprised if it factored in.”Their spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills stated, “Students will rightly want to make sure that they are making the best choices and consider carefully the information available to them. The Government has been very clear about the importance of widening participation and improving fair access in higher education.”
A University spokesperson said, ‘We expect our students to hold us to account and work towards a more diverse Oxford, and we are working across the university with them to improve Oxford’s diversity and ensure that the experiences of all students are represented and respected at Oxford. We are actively discussing with our students what more can be done to ensure a fully inclusive university experience.’At a meeting organised by Free Education Oxford on Wednesday evening, OUSU VP for Academic Affairs, Eden Bailey, accused the university of “deception and confusion” in its dealings with student representatives, while members of the group encouraged “direct action” in the coming year to combat the “neoliberal wet dream” of the implementation of the government’s TEF policy and fee increases. Free Education Oxford told Cherwell that, “in our view a truly Free Education can only be a decolonised and anti-racist education”, citing the Fees Must Fall campaign in South Africa as evidence of the “intersection between the two issues…which has been incredibly successful.” In September, Oxford University announced that undergraduate tuition fees would rise for current students to £9,250 in September 2017, up from the £9,000 cap set by the government in 2012. The government is expected to begin to enforce the new cap later this year.Wadham fresher Rachel Collett, who wore a red square and ribbon, said, “any rise in fees can really put off students from underprivileged backgrounds, as they think an Oxford education is too expensive for them.”A spokesperson for Rhodes Must Fall told Cherwell that “free education is instrumental to decolonisation. Increased reliance on donorship and private sponsorship limits democratic engagement, Oriel being a key example of this.”The fusion of RMF and Free Education led to some controversy. Michael Kurtz, who wore a red square, told Cherwell, “I resent the fact that they amalgamated the two causes”. Also, red goes really badly with subfusc.”Fresher Vida Adamczewski said she wore a red ribbon to protest that “Oxford doesn’t recognise its colonial history and should do more to promote diversity in the syllabus and student body.” Students wore red ribbons and squares at the University matriculation ceremony this Saturday, in support of what campaigners describe as “a free and decolonised education”. The campaign, styling itself as ‘matriculACTION’, was organised by a new collaboration between the Free Education Oxford and Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford groups, in an attempt to “demonstrate that the growing neoliberalisation and coloniality of the university are connected”.Red ribbons and squares, as well as leaflets, were handed out to students outside the ceremony, as campaigners also staged a decolonisation protest under the Bridge of Sighs.Lily MacTaggart, a campaigner with Free Education Oxford, said its purpose was to “call for free education and get people involved in our campaign”. She highlighted Oxford University’s decision to implement higher fees as one of the key points of issue, calling it “awful for access, as lower income students will be less ambitious with their applications”.
A motion to establish a new position of transgender representative on the Magdalen College JCR committee was passed unanimously at a meeting on Sunday evening.The motion, proposed by Matthew Elliot, stated: “Transgender students face a large number of unique and personal welfare needs and issues which often have little guidance or support from the JCR.” It provides for an amendment to the JCR constitution to add the trans rep to the committee.The duties of the new position include ensuring equality of opportunity and providing welfare support to all undergraduate students who identify as transgender, and lobbying for changes to college policies on transitioning students.The debate was brief and passed with little controversy: there were no points against the motion and with no abstentions or votes against. Magdalen’s JCR currently has an LGBTQ Trustee, Billy Nuttal, and Officer, Chiara McDermott.Nuttall, who seconded the motion, told Cherwell: “I am very happy that the JCR supports members of the trans community in our college.”By passing the motion Magdalen college joins Wadham, the only other JCR to currently have such a position. Katy Haigh, Vice-President for Women at Oxford SU, said: “It is great to see that common rooms are expanding their representative positions to better reflect the demographics and the needs of their students.”Magdalen student Ben Hopkinson, who attended the general meeting where the motion was passed, told Cherwell: “This motion proves that the JCR is committed to being welcoming and supportive to all members of Magdalen.”Another student, Amelia Horn said: “Matthew Elliot made crucial points on how the welfare needs of lesbian, gay, and bi students differ from those of trans students and so it is important to separate the role within the JCR.”According to the its equality policy, Magdalen College “welcomes diversity among its staff, students, alumni, and visitors, recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the College’s mission which can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences”.In 2014, the college’s LGBTQ rep, Elsa Field, resigned from her position after an article written for the St John’s Gender Equality Festival zine, which was described as “incredibly transphobic” by senior University figures. Elections for the position are expected to be held later this term.
“The campaign was based on allowing Members tostand on tables at Port and Policy, which is currently not allowed, due to therisk of damage to St Giles’ Church Hall.” This video has also since been deleted. It is unclear whether Simon is still running for Political Officer. In a videoposted on the page, Simon specifically referenced a ban on “Slav Squatting” ontables at OUCA’s Port and Policy as a catalyst for his run, accusing OUCAPresident Ellie Flint of “oppressing our meme culture”. But,speaking to Cherwell, OUCA PresidentEllie Flint said: “I am aware of a campaign page that was set upon Facebook by a member of OUCA. The page was in breach of our constitutionregarding electoral publicity, and has since been taken down. Candidate Iván Simon advertised what he referred to as “The official 2019 campaign for sound leadership and sounder port.” He further urged voters to “Vote IVAN for PO because you’re worth it.” A candidate for Political Officer for the Oxford University Conservative Association deleted a campaign Facebook page on which he pledged “To defeat the cucks and usher in a new golden age of soundness” just hours after its launch on Wednesday. Before beingdeleted, the Facebook page appeared to have been “Sponsored”, a feature whichallows page administrators to pay to promote their pages. The political usage of the word “cuck” originated on 4Chan’s infamous “Pol” board and is popular with the Alt-Right online. Iván Simon was contacted for comment.
St John’s College: No information yet. St Hilda’s College: No information yet. Hertford College: Those who must self-isolate before term have been asked between 7th and 13th September. They will receive rooms in the Graduate Centre/Folly Bridge, moving into their term time room once the 14 day isolation period has finished. Quarantine accommodation comes at no charge to students. Brasenose College: Students who need to quarantine are encouraged to arrive by 19th September and will be charged standard rates for their room band. Isolating students may spend 30 minutes per day in the quads if wearing a face covering. Meals may be catered from Hall, though it is unclear whether students can have takeaways and shopping delivered. Corpus Christi College: No information yet. When students must arrive by and where they will be housed also differs, from graduate blocks to term time rooms. Finally, some colleges have emphasised welfare support to those isolating. New College has designated specific locations within college for students to exercise. St Peter’s College has organised daily welfare checks and afternoon activities. Food provision has been another point of difference. Some colleges, such as Balliol, have opted to use the third party Compass Catering to provide meals to isolating students – at a cost of around £18 per day for three meals. Other colleges are opting to provide meals in house or are giving students facilities to cook. Students at St. Anne’s and Oriel will face a total bill of over £500 for the 14 day period. Colleges have varied widely in their approach to rent over this period. Some colleges, including Hertford, Magdalen, Queen’s, and Worcester College, have opted make accommodation free, while others are charging at their normal termly rate. St Hugh’s College: Students should arrive between the 14th and the 17th. There is a flat charge of £350, covering both ensuite accommodation and food for the 14 day period. Once students have finished their self-isolation, the rooms will be deep-cleaned ready for term-time students. Government guidance means that students travelling from certain countries overseas will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the UK. Following Oriel College’s controversial decision to charge international students self-isolating there before term over £700, including a nearly £30 per day food bill, Cherwell has conducted an investigation into colleges’ self-isolation policies for international students. St Peter’s College: After checking into college, students who must self-isolate will be directed straight to their allocated accommodation where they must remain for 14 days. They must have arrived by 19th September. Students will isolate in their term time room and be charged rent at the normal daily rate. St Peter’s Kitchens can deliver hot food to student’s doors for £14 per day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Compass Catering can also supply three meals for around £18 per day. If other food deliveries are arranged to mainsite, a non-quarantining friend will be required to collect it from the Porters Lodge. Outdoor areas have been assigned for exercise. Daily welfare checks will take place during the isolation period. Academics and students will be running activity programmes in the afternoon. Anyone in need of financial support should contact the Student Finance Officer. Merton College: According to the college’s website’s FAQs on coronavirus, provision of food, accommodation, and regular visits from the welfare team. Prices are not mentioned. Magdalen College: Students who need to quarantine have been asked to return on September 7th, 10th, 14th, or 17th. The cost of accommodation will be automatically covered by the Student Support Fund, so there will be no additional rent cost. The email made no mention of food provision. University College: International undergraduates should arrive from the 14th to the 17th September. The accommodation will be charged at £20.61 a night, the lowest normal nightly rate. Students isolating on arrival will be grouped into households. Non-isolating students have been given the option to volunteer for “delivering food” and “providing support” to the international students in exchange for free accommodation and meals during that time. See how colleges have responded below. Pembroke College: Students should arrive ideally by 20th September, but by the 23rd at the latest. Rooms will be priced according to the room band, and students will be batteled for the extra 14 day residence period. Food will be ‘available’ but exact arrangements were said to depend on the accommodation type. Anyone in financial hardship can contact the college as usual. Lincoln College: No information yet. St Edmund’s Hall: No information yet. Mansfield College: No information yet. Lady Margaret Hall: No information yet Wadham College: International undergraduates should arrive between the 14th and 16th September. Students will be able to purchase food boxes from the college. Accommodation will be made available ‘where possible’ to isolating students. ‘The charge for vacation residence will depend on site and arrival date’. Students can apply to the hardship fund. The college did not reply to further enquiries about cost. New College: Self-isolating students must have completed their quarantine period by the beginning of their term time lease in October but should also not complete it before their lease is due to start. Accommodation for this period will be charged at £22.12 per night plus insurance until 1st October, when it will increase to £23.04 per night. This means the minimum rent cost for the 14 days is £310.10. Students may only leave their room to exercise on college grounds or to collect food deliveries from the Porters Lodge. Food provisions were not specified. Balliol College: Students self-isolating before term are encouraged to return to college by 15th September. Students will be charged for the full cost of two weeks of rent for the room they have been allocated. Hot meals can be purchased from Compass Catering, at a cost of £15 per day plus 20% VAT for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Orders must be made 72 hours in advance and are charged to students’ battels. Takeaways and shopping can be delivered to the lodge, providing students can find a non-isolating friend to deliver it to them as porters will not be delivering to rooms. Somerville College: No information yet. Jesus College: Students can arrive as early as 7th September. Isolating students will be provided with an ensuite room. The catering team will provide three meals per day to the door, provided that students pre-book. The meals will be charged to battels, but details on accommodation costs were not specified. They also suggest renting an Airbnb or getting food deliveries from Tesco or Ocado. Exeter College: Overseas quarantining students are encouraged to arrive from 14th September. Students will typically be allowed to isolate in their term room, with the same rent price as during term. Meals can be collected from the Servery at the usual cost or from an ‘external contractor’. Christ Church: Students travelling from outside the UK should arrive back in Oxford by 15th September at the latest. Students will be provided with catering facilities and a small group of student helpers will be around to assist with shopping and food deliveries. Oriel College: Read our article here. International isolating students will be charged a flat cost of £400 for food over the two weeks for three meals per day, which breaks down to just £9.52 per meal or £28.57 per day, batteled. The total cost including accommodation is over £700. Students must arrive by 18th September. There are “some funds” available for anyone in financial hardship. Trinity College: No information yet. St Catherine’s College: No information yet. Queen’s College: Those who must quarantine before term should arrive on 20th September. They will be housed in ensuite accommodation. Food parcels will be provided to students on arrival and then can be ordered online. All charges, including rent and food, have been waived by the college, but there is still funding available to support any students with financial problems. St Anne’s College: Students should return to college on the week of September from the 12th to the 19th. They will be given ensuite rooms that will be deep-cleaned by scouts once the isolation period is completed. Hot meals will be delivered to the room. The total cost including food and rent is £548.10. Anyone who may struggle from the cost is urged to contact the Treasury. Keble College: Students can arrive at any point provided that they leave enough time to finish their isolation period before the beginning of term. Three meals per day can be delivered to the door, if desired, at the cost of £18 per day. Grocery deliveries are also possible. Keble accommodation is almost exclusively ensuite, and students will be housed in their term rooms, at the cost of £5 per night. Financial support is also available for struggling students. Worcester College: All students, regardless of whether or not they have to quarantine as they have come from abroad, have been allowed to return to college early at no cost. The college decided to revert its previous decision to charge for the self-isolation period following concerns raised by the undergraduates. If your college is missing and you have information, please contact [email protected]
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, killing more Americans than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Fortunately, there is a screening tool available for those at risk for lung cancer, but many people don’t take advantage of this option.The screening, called low dose CT, helps detect lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. If lung cancer has grown into a larger tumor or spread beyond the lungs, the prognosis is very poor.Low Dose CT—What it is & how does it work?Lung cancer screening is performed with a low-dose CT scan (commonly referred to as a “cat scan”) which can identify abnormalities in the lungs called nodules that could be–or could turn into—lung cancer. A low dose CT (LDCT) takes 3-D images of your lungs and can show nodules as small as a grain of rice.The goal of any cancer screening test (for example: PAP smear, mammogram, colonoscopy) is to identify cancer in its earliest stages so that it can be treated effectively. With any cancer—especially lung cancer—the earlier it is found, the better chance there is for a cure.Lung cancer is difficult to “cure,” except when the cancer is still very small and confined to a portion of the lung; in this case, the tumor may be surgically removed.Who should be screened?An annual screening for lung cancer (intended for long-term smokers) is now being recommended by major medical organizations, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.To be eligible for the screening, you must have the following risk factors:Be between the ages of 55-77*Have a 30 pack-year history or more**Be currently smoking or have smoked within the last 15 yearsNo current symptoms of lung cancer (more on that below)All criteria must be met for this testing. Because the test does involve some radiation, the risk for lung cancer must be higher than the overall lifetime radiation risk.*If someone has a higher risk due to extensive smoking history, or a first degree relative (parent, sibling) who had lung cancer, screening may be recommended earlier.**The “pack-year history” is determined by calculating how many packs of cigarettes per day have been smoked for what number of years. For example, if an individual started smoking at age 20, and smoked a pack a day until age 50, that would be 30 pack years. If that same person smoked 2 packs per day, 30 pack years would be reached by age 35.As mentioned, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in this country. And while smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer, people who don’t smoke also develop lung cancer. Exposures to chemicals (such as those that coal miners or veterans may have experienced), radon in the home and family history are also factors.Does insurance cover this test?Most insurance companies, including Medicare, currently pay for the screenings. If someone wants this test and is a good candidate, and their insurance doesn’t cover the test, we will work with patients on affordable payment options. We want this life-saving service to be available to as many people as possible.If someone thinks they may be a good candidate for the test, getting started with the process is easy. The first step is to contact your primary care doctor to discuss your lung cancer risk. He or she will then assess if you are a good candidate for the screening, and then provide a referral.The scan takes place at the Deaconess Midtown Hospital or at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. The testing appointment will last less than 30 minutes.How often should someone at risk for lung cancer be screened?It’s best to be screened once a year. Set a reminder with your primary care doctor to order the test at each annual wellness check-up. After you have completed your first LDCT screening, Jessica Waggoner, nurse navigator, will mail a reminder letter every year.If the scan does show an abnormality, then additional tests or more frequent screenings may be needed. Even if your scan does not show any nodules, yearly scans are suggested because lung cancer can still develop over time.Screening ResultsThe results are interpreted by a board certified radiologist, and abnormal results are also presented to the Deaconess Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board, where each patient’s scan and history is individually reviewed. Results are sent to the primary care physician or physician who ordered the test.If a patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, our Deaconess Cancer Services Nurse Navigator, Jessica Waggoner, steps in to help the patient begin the treatment process and various consultations.Does lung cancer have symptoms?Sadly, most lung cancers do not cause any symptoms until they have spread, which is why screening is so crucial.Some people with early lung cancer do have symptoms. If you go to your doctor when you first notice symptoms, your cancer might be diagnosed at an earlier stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective.According to the American Cancer Society, the most common symptoms of lung cancer are:A cough that does not go away or gets worseCoughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughingHoarsenessWeight loss and loss of appetiteShortness of breathFeeling tired or weakInfections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming backNew onset of wheezingIf you are at risk for lung cancer, we encourage you to be screened. And if you know someone who should be screened, encourage them to do so.For more information about the screening, or to schedule an appointment, call 812-450-LUNG. Screening for Lung Cancer Saves LivesDr. Jugesh CheemaRadiologist, Evansville Radiology FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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Eagles Have Four Named All-GLVC FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail EVANSVILLE, Ind. — University of Southern Indiana freshman forward Eric Ramirez (Vincennes, Indiana) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Conference at the GLVC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Awards Banquet Thursday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ramirez becomes the first USI men’s soccer player to be named Freshman of the Year since Kyle Penick in 2002.Ramirez, despite missing the last two matches due to injury, leads the Eagles in scoring with 21 points on a USI freshman-best and team-high 10 goals and one assist. He broke the USI freshman record for goals that was set by Eric Schoenstein when he posted nine in USI’s 1988 run to the GLVC championship.Joining Ramirez in earning first-team All-GLVC honors was junior goalkeeper Adam Zehme (Orland Park, Illinois). Zehme has had a career season in 2016, posting career-highs in wins (13), saves (68), and shutouts (7). The junior goalkeeper, who has a 0.85 goals against average (GAA) this fall, moved into the USI top four all-time with 12 career shutouts.Senior defender Michael Sass (New Palestine, Indiana) and junior midfielder Kyle Richardville (Vincennes, Indiana) were named to the second-team All-GLVC. Sass has helped lead the Eagles’ defense to a 0.85 team GAA, while posting three points on one goal and one assist.Richardville, who has missed the last three matches with an injury, has been the igniter of the USI offense this fall and follows Ramirez in the scoring column with 19 points on seven goals and five assists. Richardville’s seven goals and five assists also rank second on the Eagles.The third-seeded Eagles, who are ranked 20th nationally, continue GLVC Tournament action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. (CDT) when they play seventh-seeded University of Indianapolis at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. The GLVC Championship game is slated for 2 p.m. (CST) Sunday at Carroll Stadium, featuring the winner of the USI-UIndy contest against the winner of match between top-seeded Rockhurst University and fifth-seeded Quincy University.
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Born Randy Traywick on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, N.C., Travis grew up on a rural farm and began performing as a child with his brother Ricky as The Traywick Brothers. Travis often clashed with his father and dropped out of school, getting into scrapes with the law that continued until he won a Country Music singing contest at a club in Charlotte.Travis moved to Nashville in 1982 to pursue a recording deal. He was hired at The Nashville Palace to sing and cook. After initial failures in North Carolina and Nashville – Travis says he was turned down by every label in town at least once for being too Country – the singer recorded Live at The Nashville Palace and he got a deal with Warner Bros. Records where he was championed and signed by Martha Sharp.Travis’ first single, “On the Other Hand,” barely registered on the charts in 1985, but the next, “1982,” rose to the Top10. Warner Bros. re-released “On the Other Hand” and it quickly became Travis’ first No. 1 single, beginning a run of 10out of 12 chart-toppers. The subsequent album Storms of Life was the first of six straight Platinum certifications for sales in excess of 1 million units and announced Travis as an exciting new voice. He would win the Horizon Award for best new artist at that year’s CMA Awards.“Forever and Ever, Amen,” the first single from his 1987 album Always & Forever, also went to No. 1 and helped Travis score the first of seven career Grammy Awards. Always & Forever also took Album of the Year at the 1987 CMA Awards and Travis also won Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year.With his next four albums – Old 8×10, No Holdin’ Back, Heroes & Friends, and High Lonesome –Travis would go on to have 16 No. 1 songs, charting more than 50, and selling more than 24 million albums. The singer pursued an acting career in the 1990s and scored several major motion picture and television roles, including “The Rainmaker” with Matt Damon and a run of several “Touched By an Angel” episodes.Travis turned primarily to gospel music around the turn of the century, giving his career an unexpected boost with the release of iconic single “Three Wooden Crosses” in 2002. The song went to No. 1 on the Country and Christian charts and was the 2003 CMA Awards Song of the Year. Travis earned eight Platinum certifications and four Gold records in his career and is one of Country’s top-selling artists.The 56-year-old singer’s public performance career was put on hold in 2013 when Travis, who was then living in Texas, suffered a stroke as a result of a viral infection in his heart. With doctors telling the family that hope was virtually lost, he has fought back harder than ever and is now able to walk. His speech and singing continue to improve with hopes of being back in front of his loyal fans one day soon.He is currently living on his ranch in Texas with his wife Mary Davis-Travis, where he continues physical rehabilitation and has been making special appearances around the country. In May of 2019, Randy released his memoir, “Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life” with Ken Abraham. The long-awaited, deeply personal story of one of American music’s greatest icons, a remarkable tale of the utmost heights of fame and success, the deepest lows of life’s sorrows, and a miraculous return from the brink of death—told as only Randy Travis can. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail THE MUSIC OF RANDY TRAVIS WITH THE ORIGINAL R.T. BAND – FEATURING GUEST VOCALIST JAMES DUPRÉVICTORY THEATRE – OCTOBER 17TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 – 10 AMEvansville, IN– Victory Theatre is excited to add The Music of Randy Travis to their fall lineup. This will be the first time Randy Travis and his band has toured in 5 1⁄2 years. The Music of Randy Travis will have the original Randy Travis band and feature guest vocalist James Dupré who will perform all sixteen #1 Randy Travis hits and include a special appearance with Randy Travis, himself.About Randy TravisVery few figures in Country Music stand out as signposts along the way, the trendsetters who fearlessly predict and influence the future of the genre. Randy Travis is one of these performers and his impact still reverberates in the modern-vs.-traditional ebb and flow of popular trends.Blessed with a voice straight from the church altar, Travis immediately reminded fans of Country Music’s roots when his songs came to popular attention for the first time in the mid- 1980s after years of rejection. A soothing salve in the aftermath of “Urban Cowboy,” Travis’ voice helped launch the corrective Neotraditionalist movement with the heartfelt country and gospel songs that sounded so earnest and honest because it turned out the North Carolina- the born singer had lived those hard times and sometimes found the redemption he sang about.
November 20, 2017 By Adrianna PitrelliTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s legislative leaders from both parties and the governor share one big objective for the 2018 legislative session – workforce development.“We will work closely with the governor and I know our Senate colleagues have been looking at this all summer,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s yearly legislative preview event. “We have to take important measures to ensure every student is ready for college or a career.”Monday’s event was hosted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to talk about key issues for the 2018 legislative session. Leaders of the Republican and Democratic caucuses in the House and Senate joined the discussion to talk about their priorities for the year — many of which line up with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda, which was outlined earlier in the month.“We need to build a stronger, healthier workforce that is trained and knows how to grow so they can get the wages they deserve,” said Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, House minority leader. “Wages, salaries and household incomes are not growing at the rate we’d expect.”Healthcare, Pelath said, also plays into workforce development.“If you don’t have a healthy workforce, you don’t have the workforce you should have,” he said. “We need to explore solutions to maintain health insurance and maintain lives.”While Pelath accepts the healthcare issue is based in Washington, D.C., he encourages Hoosier lawmakers to stay informed about what’s happening.One of the chamber’s priorities is supporting a requirement that all primary and secondary students take computer science courses. That recommendation falls in line with Holcomb’s plan to require all schools to offer computer science courses.“As we increase the number of technology jobs in the tech sector, it becomes even more important to have required STEM coursework — especially in computer science,” said Caryl Auslander, vice president of education, workforce development and federal affairs at the Indiana Chamber. “This will better prepare students and help improve the skills gap.”Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said the addition of computer science coursework in the curriculum is a smart move and will allow for students to be more well-rounded.“I think it will help workforce,” Lanane said. “I think there is a way, maybe, the state can engage some institutions of higher learning.”Adding more practical classes to state requirements for graduation, will give students more opportunities because they will have more skills to make them ready for the workforce, said Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek. Hershman, the Senate majority leader, stepped in for President Pro Tem David Long.However, he said half the battle of getting a job is making sure people can pass a drug test — what he calls a “big problem of the state,” and a problem all lawmakers will continue to address in 2018.Finding a solution to have more reliable supplies of water in the state is also a hot topic for the chamber as well as both sides of the aisle — and Bosma said it’s a problem he hopes to see fixed in less than six years.“It’s not going to be easy, but I think we are in general consensus that there’s a problem,” he said. “Some wanted a water solution with a road solution and I said you can only deal with one crises at a time.”In the last legislative session, lawmakers passed legislation to increase gasoline taxes as part of the plan to boost funding for infrastructure repairs.Seen as both an environmental issue and an economic development issue, the chamber said a plan is needed for the state to effectively manage its water resources. Water prices are steadily rising for Hoosiers because of over usage and old infrastructure, which causes leaks.“Our state’s economy is growing more diverse, but we always will make things,” Auslander said. “And it often takes large, reliable supplies of water to do so.”Other key issues the chamber supports includes raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 and screening prospective employees for tobacco use.FOOTNOTE: Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
St. Mary’s Health Foundation will host its 36th Annual Heritage Open golf scramble on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at the Evansville Country Club. The net proceeds will allow St. Mary’s Center for Children to expand its behavioral health services for children in the Evansville and Tri-State communities to treat more children locally, with special emphasis on underserved and uninsured children and families.St. Mary’s Center for Children treats children for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Weight Management & Eating Disorders, Behavior Problems, G.I. Disorders and Feeding Disorders in our Pediatric Feeding Clinic – one of only three of its kind in the entire nation. Mike Head and Phil Raben, St. Mary’s Health Foundation Board Members, are co-chairing this year’s event.The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Morning golfers will tee off at 7:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. and afternoon golfers will hit the links at 12:15 p.m. The event concludes with a memorable evening of cocktails, delicious dinner stations and the awards presentation at 6:00 p.m.Tee times and sponsorship opportunities are available. To book your foursome and/or to sponsor this year’s Heritage Open, please call St. Mary’s Health Foundation at 812.485.4265. You can also visit www.stmarys.org/foundation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?” Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County are finally tired of the “Tax And Spend” attitude of our local elected officials? EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Funeral services took place July 27 for Evelyn Tripi, 82, of Union City. She passed away July 23. She was born in Jersey City and lived most of life in Union City. She was the owner of Evelyn’s Florist in Union City for many years. She was the wife of the late Salvatore Tripi and mother of William and the late Robert Tripi. She was also the grandmother of Heather, Shannon, John, Tiffany and Daniel Tripi as well as three great grandchildren.Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.
66, of Bayonne, passed away with her family by her side on September 3, 2017 at Jersey City Medical Center. “Kathy,” as she was known by all, was born in Jersey City and has resided most of her life in Bayonne. She was employed as a clerk for the Inserra Shoprite Supermarket in Bayonne for 17 years prior to her retirement in 2008. Kathy was predeceased by her parents, William and Margaret (nee Callan) Garrison and her siblings, Regina Knueppel and Ronald and Richard Garrison. Left to cherish her legacy are her husband of 49 years, Juan Matos; 2 daughters, Debra Wagner and her husband Stanley; Kelly Ann Matos and her longtime companion Frank Giordano; her son John Matos and his wife Michele; 5 grandchildren, David Jessica, Kathleen, Shannon and Matthew and 1 great-grandchild Christian. Funeral arrangements by DWORZANSKI & SON Funeral Home, 20 E. 22nd St.
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Pecks Beach Village in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in November 2012 in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City Housing Authority commissioners voted 4-3 Tuesday to make good on a million-dollar IOU to the city, then the three who voted “no”quit the board.Board of Commissioners Chairman Ed Price, Vice Chairman Steve Lalli and board member Marlene Sheppard resigned at the close of the meeting.The departure of almost half the board is the most recent chapter in a story that began when Superstorm Sandy flooded a 60-unit federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) low-income housing project at Fourth Street and Haven Avenue in October 2012.With Pecks Beach Village residents displaced from their homes and living in hotel rooms provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the city used an affordable housing fund and hired local contractors to expedite repairs and return residents to their homes. The city had no obligation to fund the repairs but spent $1.2 million on the work.But when the Housing Authority received FEMA and flood insurance reimbursements, the board balked at repaying the city.“The Authority puts itself in jeopardy if it pays the city without getting HUD involved,” Housing Authority Solicitor Charles Gabage said in March, before commissioners voted to seek guidance from HUD on potential repercussions from procedures that were not followed in the rebuilding effort.HUD informed the Housing Authority last month that because HUD money was not spent, the issue was entirely Ocean City’s.That paved the way for Tuesday’s 4-3 vote to reimburse the city $973,542. The original $1.2 million is offset by bills the Housing Authority already has paid and could be further offset by other credits approved in a new shared services agreement.Price’s resignation letter includes the following:“I feel that for the best of the Authority and due to the non-confidential nature of the Commissioners on the Authority, I must resign. The reimbursement of monies for the Pecks Beach Village construction and the non-existence of a Shared Services Agreement prior to the construction, which was under the previous chairperson and the nature of the construction performed by the city has caused me to be unable to continue to serve on this board.”Price left the meeting immediately after submitting his resignation. But he said later by phone that it was wrong for the city to enter into such a major project without any sort of signed agreement.“That’s not how government does business,” he said.He said that a week after residents returned to their homes in the winter of 2013, a nor’easter forced another evacuation. The Authority is applying for federal grants to elevate Pecks Beach Village — a multimillion-dollar project that is “not a matter of if, but a matter of when.” Any such project would displace residents, and Price on Tuesday questioned whether that winter would have been the appropriate time to complete all the work — given that residents had voucher for more permanent Section 8 housing at the time.“The only regret I have is that I was not chair a year earlier,” Price said. “Some red tape is there for a reason.”Earlier in the meeting, Sheppard had expressed some of the same sentiments about having to potentially rebuild Pecks Beach Village twice — once after the storm and potentially again if the Housing Authority were to receive a $6 million Community Block Development Grant to elevate the property.“The Ocean City Housing Authority has known for many, many years that Pecks Beach Village floods,” Sheppard said.The board had agreed on the need to rebuild and modernize, she said.But instead then Chairman Bill Woods “secretly” met with the city to reach an agreement on the emergency repairs without board approval, Sheppard said.“We were never informed, nor were the residents,” she said.During the meeting Sheppard successfully motioned to require prior finance board approval for travel requests for the Housing Authority executive director and to cap per-diem expenses during travel. Split votes on the seemingly routine requests reflected divisions on the board that contributed to the resignations.Sheppard said she was tired of being “harassed and bullied” by members of the board, city officials and members of the community.Price said that Residents Council President Charlene Porreca also resigned on Tuesday.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
The fair-skinned of the world gathered en masse Thursday on the Music Pier for Ocean City’s annual Freckle Contest.On a rainy evening when the boardwalk’s outdoor Family Night entertainment was cancelled, big crowds of the freckled and their fans gathered in the loggia of the Ocean City Music Pier.The competition is for folks with the most freckles. It is divided into age groups: 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults. Prizes are awarded.Here are some of the winners: Emily Daprato, 8, of Northfield wins the category for ages 6-8.Lane Zipperlen, 7, of Garnet Valley, Pa., finishes second in the category for ages 6 to 8.
A field of 760 runners started the new year with a 3.1-mile dash down the Ocean City Boardwalk on Friday. Runners at the starting line of Ocean City’s annual New Year’s Day 5K on Friday afternoon.The First Day 5K Run is popular part of Ocean City’s New Year’s Day celebration, which also includes the First Dip.Matt Hayes, a 20-year-old from Drexel Hill, Pa., won the race in 16:39, and Emma Zwall, just 12 years old, of Ivyland, Pa., was the top female in 19:25. Her 14-year-old was just 12 seconds behind as second female._______See complete results of the race at jbsportstiming.com_______The top 20 finishers were as follows:[table caption=”First Day 5K” width=”450″ colwidth=”20|100|50″ colalign=”left|left|center|left|right”]Place,Name,Time,Pace,Age,Gender,Hometown1,MATT HAYES,0:16:39,5:22,20,M,DREXEL HILL2,RICH HEIM,0:16:59,5:28,18,M,NA3,BRADEN DOMMEL,0:17:20,5:35,18,M,EXTON4,JEREMY SMITH,0:17:29,5:38,38,M,ELMER5,JESSE SCHMEIZER,0:17:32,5:39,15,M,OCEAN CITY6,NICK FLUKEY,0:17:38,5:41,18,M,NA7,EVAN SCHMEIZER,0:17:46,5:43,17,M,OCEAN CITY8,EVAN MONTEITH,0:17:51,5:45,17,M,NA9,ANDREW FLINN,0:17:54,5:46,16,M,WARMINSTER10,JOSHUA RUDD,0:17:55,5:46,16,M,NA11,CHRIS PELLICCIA,0:18:17,5:53,30,M,EASTHAMPTON12,DYLAN ASHBACH,0:18:18,5:54,19,M,NA13,BRIAN HILL,0:18:33,5:59,49,M,MIDDLETOWN14,TROY HILL,0:18:44,6:02,14,M,MIDDLETOWN15,JEFF KNOLL,0:18:48,6:03,53,M,PENNINGTON16,FRANK A. URSOMARSO JR.,0:18:52,6:05,51,M,WILMINGTON17,JEFFREY PRATA,0:18:55,6:06,43,M,COLORADO SPRINGS18,JESSIE WU,0:18:56,6:06,15,M,MOORESTOWN19,BRIAN DRISCOLL,0:19:14,6:12,57,M,WILMINGTON20,EMMA ZWALL,0:19:25,6:15,12,F,IVYLAND[/table]
Shades of Ocean CityTired of traveling offshore, enduring the traffic and the heat, to find your favorite brand of shades? Well, now you won’t have to! Directly across from the music pier on 8th street, Shades of Ocean City sells over 30 brands of designer and sport shades to don with style. Their quality inventory and expertise have awarded the store plenty of success in its existence with 3 other locations around South Jersey. You won’t want to miss this place! Shades of Ocean CityCone AppetitA whole new way to enjoy food on the boardwalk, this new location will soon enough be a boardwalk classic, serving your favorite comfort foods directly out of a handy bread cone! Soon to be open on 11th and boardwalk.Cone Appetit IT’SUGARCandy lovers unite! Opening its second South Jersey location is IT’SUGAR, a vibrantly colored candy wonderland that will be selling countless novelty, retro, international and giant candies! You can find it this summer on 9th and the boardwalkIt’s Sugar StarbucksTime and time again, Starbucks has proven itself with quality service and products. Already a sensation on the avenue, this new boardwalk location is expected to be a huge hit! Now you’ll not only find your favorite Starbucks brew or frappuccino on the island, but you can enjoy it with a view, too, across from the Music Pier on 8th and boardwalk. StarbucksGaleForceLast, but most certainly not least, is the attraction we’ve all been waiting for! Standing at nearly 125 feet tall and traveling 64 mph will be Playland’s newest thriller, the GaleForce roller coaster. It has three launches and a beyond 90 degree drop, making it the most thrilling ride attraction to be found on the boards this summer! You can find this thriller on East 10th street, easily seen from any angle of the boards.Galeforce Aloha Soft ServeAs the first place to ever serve the famous dairy free Pineapple Dole Whip in Ocean City, Aloha Soft Serve is sure to be a hit this summer! The fruity treat is a must for those hot summer beach days on the boards. But that’s not all this place has to offer- its topping bar boasts over 20 fun treats to add to their frozen delights and along with the Dole Whip, Aloha will also have sundaes, water ice, milkshakes and “Hulas”, a mash-up of your favorite candy toppings and ice cream! Located at 13th street. Aloha Soft Serve
The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 9 EMS calls May 30, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 106Motor Vehicle Stops: 17 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 9 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 10 Fire and 8 EMS callsTheft, Park Pl., at 12:08amMotor vehicle accident, 10th St. & West Ave., at 9:56amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 9th St., at 5:26pmDisorderly, 1000 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 8:26pmWarrant, Unit block Central Ave., one in custody, at 9:00pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. May 31, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 181Motor Vehicle Stops: 48 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 21 Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 14 fire and 16 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 900 block Haven Ave., at 12:00pmTheft, 300 block Wesley Ave., at 2:10pmWarrant, 800 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 11:32pm June 1, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 135Motor Vehicle Stops: 20 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 18 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 7 EMS callsWarrant, 9th St., one in custody, at 12:16amFraud, 2100 block Asbury Ave., at 9:30amShoplifting, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 7:04pmCDS, 300 block E. Atlantic Blvd., at 8:35pmWarrant, 9th St., one in custody, at 9:44pmWarrant, 34th St., one in custody, at 10:46pmTheft, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 11:23pm June 2, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 163Motor Vehicle Stops: 33 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 20 Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 8 EMS callsTrespassing, 900 block Seaview Rd., at 3:23pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Central Ave., at 4:06pmMotor vehicle accident, 1600 block Bay Ave., at 6:00pm May 29, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 288Motor Vehicle Stops: 53 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 3 Property Checks: 20 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 14 Fire and 16 EMS callsTheft, 1400 block Simpson Ave., at 1:10amCDS, 3300 block West Ave., at 1:59amWarrant, 1400 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 3:43amDisorderly, 100 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 6:37amTheft, 3600 block Central Ave., at 9:08amTheft, 2700 block Wesley Ave., at 10:27amMotor vehicle accident, Route 52, at 12:29pmShoplifting, 800 block West Ave., at 1:28pmShoplifting 1300 block Boardwalk, at 3:26pmTheft, 800 block Delancey Pl., at 3:52pmMotor vehicle accident, 3600 block Central Ave., at 4:44pmMotor vehicle accident, 16th St. & Central Ave., at 6:38pmTheft, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 6:39pmTheft, 800 block 7th St., at 7:04pmShoplifting, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 10:13pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 10:49pmTheft, 1800 block Central Ave., at 11:28pm Warrant, 900 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 1:47am Calls for Service: 1325 Daily Average: 257 City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. June 4, 2016: Saturday Calls for service: 257Motor Vehicle Stops: 45 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 29 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 10 EMS callsCity ordinance noise, 1300 block Central Ave., at 1:25amAssault, 4700 block West Ave., at 5:59amMotor vehicle accident, 17th St. & West Ave., at 8:48pm Warrant, 3100 block Central Ave., at 8:26pm CDS, 1500 block West Ave., at 10:52pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 9th St., at 10:59pmTheft, 900 block Ocean Ave., at 11:19pm Theft, 700 block 11th St., at 6:02pm June 3, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 192Motor Vehicle Stops: 29 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks:17 Alarms: 4 Warrant, 1000 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 12:42am
Registration is now underway for the 2016 football and cheerleading season for the Ocean City Junior Raiders youth football program. The program is open to anyone entering kindergarten through 8th grade in the fall 2016 and who is from the Ocean City High School sending district. Online registration can be found here: http://ocjryf.siplay.com/site/.Practice starts July 25, 2016. We are so excited about the new season. If you have any questions, you may call Coach Carl at (609) 513-5517, send an email to [email protected], or message the program on Facebook.
Stella Schwartz is crowned 2017 Junior Miss Ocean City by 2016 Junior Miss Ocean City Paige Aita. By Donald WittkowskiStella Schwartz, a 15-year-old high school sophomore who envisions herself performing on Broadway one day, was crowned Junior Miss Ocean City 2017 on Saturday night.Schwartz captured the pageant’s talent portion with a powerful vocal rendition of “Vanilla Ice Cream” that prompted shouts of “Stella, Stella” from the audience.She beat out 14 other contestants to win the 11th edition of the Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant. In addition to taking the talent contest, she was also the winner in the judges’ interview portion of the competition.“To be able to hold the crown on my head and represent Ocean City is indescribable,” she said.Schwartz waves to the audience at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School.A 10th grader at Ocean City High School, Schwartz is the daughter of Greta and Jeffrey Schwartz of Seaville. Her parents joined her on stage at the high school’s William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center moments after she won the title.“I’m ecstatic and relieved,” Greta Schwartz said. “There was a lot of stress. I’m very proud of her.”Schwartz’s career ambitions include becoming a professional performer. She dreams of singing on a Broadway stage some day.“Every since I was a little girl, Broadway was my No. 1 goal,” she said. “Broadway is my No. 1 goal in life.”Selected as the pageant’s first runner-up was Maddyn Randazzo, 14. Second runner-up was Mary Grace Jamison, 14. Third runner-up was Avery Fritsch, 12, and fourth runner-up was Grace Webber, 15.Fifteen contestants vied for the crown of Junior Miss Ocean City 2017.Junior Miss Ocean City was the city’s third and final pageant this year. McKayla Perry was crowned Miss Ocean City 2017 and Charlotte Erickson won the Little Miss Ocean City 2017 title over the summer.The Junior Miss pageant is open to girls between the ages of 12 and 15. They compete in the categories of talent, poise and composure, the judges’ interview and an on-stage question. Contestants vied for more than $3,400 in scholarship money and awards.Schwartz was crowned by Junior Miss Ocean City 2016 Paige Aita. A retrospective slide and video show of Aita’s one-year reign was part of the pageant ceremonies Saturday night. In her farewell appearance, Aita was awarded an honorary key to the city.As the newly crowned Junior Miss Ocean City, Schwartz will now take on the duties of ambassador for the city. Along with the other pageant winners, she will make publicity appearances at parades, contests and other special events.“In essence, they’re a valuable form of promotion for us,” said Mark Soifer, the city’s public relations director. “They have two purposes: They help us run the events and they help us promote the events.”Soifer, 84, who is retiring at year’s end after a 45-year career as Ocean City’s publicity chief, was honored during the pageant Saturday night.Miss Ocean City McKayla Perry, Little Miss Ocean City Charlotte Erickson and newly crowned Junior Miss Ocean City Stella Schwartz celebrate together.
City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council members Karen Bergman, Keith Hartzell and Peter Madden will, no doubt, feel extraordinarily confident of their chances of winning re-election when they step into the voting booth.That’s because the three incumbents will face absolutely no opposition in Ocean City’s May 8 municipal election.No other Council candidates submitted nominating petitions by Monday’s filing deadline, ensuring that Bergman, Hartzell and Madden will run unopposed for a new four-year term on the governing body.Mayor Jay Gillian, however, will be challenged by former Councilman John Flood in the mayoral election. As previously reported by OCNJDaily.com, both Gillian and Flood turned in their nominating petitions last week, setting up a clash between two experienced, high-profile politicians.Bergman, Hartzell and Madden, though, will face no such drama while running unopposed in the election for the three at-large Council seats. All three said Monday they believe the lack of opposition suggests that voters are satisfied with the direction the city is heading during their time on Council.“Generally, people are happy with the way things are going in Ocean City,” Madden said. “Right now, we’re working together and getting things done.”Incumbents Karen Bergman and Peter Madden are touting their teamwork.Madden, 40, who has served as Council president for the past two years, is seeking his second term. He is the broker and manager of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach real estate office on Battersea Road.Bergman, who has been touting the teamwork between Council and Gillian’s administration, agreed with Madden about voter sentiment.“I think people are happy,” she said. “I don’t think people want to break up our team. That’s a good thing. I’m proud to be part of the Council and the administration.”Bergman, 56, won election in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of former at-large Councilman Michael Allegretto, who resigned in 2015 to become the city’s director of Community Services.Bergman served as a Second Ward councilwoman from 2008 to 2012, but chose not to seek re-election in 2012. She returned to the governing body in 2015, when she was unanimously appointed by Council to temporarily fill Allegretto’s vacant seat leading up to the 2016 election. She is the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel.Keith Hartzell, seen here during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, is Council’s longest-serving member.Expressing surprise that no other candidates are running, Hartzell said he always assumed he would have an opponent when he began campaigning in January. Despite running unopposed, he said he still plans to go door to door to meet with voters in the next two months heading into the election.“I’m extremely humbled that I’m not going to be challenged. I hope that’s an indication that we’re doing a good job,” he said.Hartzell, 61, is the longest-serving member on Council. He first won election in 2006 and is seeking his fourth term. He is the regional sales manager for von Drehle Corp., a manufacturer of paper towels and tissue products.City Council includes seven members altogether. Council’s four ward seats were up for election in 2016.In the past two years, Council and the mayor have been focusing on an array of capital improvements, including beach replenishment, upgrades to the tourist-friendly Boardwalk, a series of drainage projects to reduce coastal flooding and the dredging of the shallow back bays.
By Tim KellyThe playoffs. This is why the players lift weights in July. This is why the coaches watch hours and hours of game footage throughout the season. All for a shot to go up against the best and to become a South Jersey champion.The NJSIAA football playoffs begin Friday night. Though Highland is the prohibitive favorite over Ocean City, the players, coaches and hundreds of fans are upset-minded and will show up at Highland’s Gloucester Township campus.The first round Group 4 game kicks off at 7 p.m. and pits the seventh-seeded Red Raiders (3-4) against the second-seeded Tartans (7-1), whose lone loss was by a single point to Burlington Township on October 20.Ocean City won its first three games before losing four straight. However, they hung in there against physically-imposing St. Augustine, lost in overtime to Oakcrest and last week dropped a 24-21 nailbiter to archrival Mainland on a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game. They also lost to Highland’s sister school Triton on the road after leading the game in the fourth quarter.Despite the four-game slide, Ocean City is in the big dance for the second straight year after a nine-year absence, which, along with the success of the Freshman and JV teams, says a lot about the positive direction of the program.“These games are probably a lot of fun to watch, but they are nerve-wracking to coach,” said OC head coach Kevin Smith. It doesn’t figure to get any easier. Highland has a high-powered offense and a defense that can shut people down. They averaged 38 points a game in three shutouts over Oakcrest, Moorestown and Paul VI.Highland has a punishing running game that averages an astounding 263 yards a game. The key to stopping the Tartans –if there is one– is to limit the damage sure to be inflicted by their sensational sophomore running back Johnny Martin III.Martin was held to under 100 yards on the ground just once all year, an 86-yard effort against Clearview, and Highland still won. He churned out a season high 244 yards against Kingsway, 184 against Oakcrest and 186 last week against Paul VI in a 55-0 romp. If he puts up similar numbers on Friday, it could be a long night for Ocean City.An OC defender brings down a Mainland ballcarrier as Mike Williscroft (68) moves in. (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)The Red Raiders offense has been uneven except for a consistent passing game. They have also had several costly special teams breakdowns and their defense has at time been vulnerable to the big play. That said, they’ve played hard all year with no quit and have been in every game.The teams have one common opponent, Oakcrest which beat OC 20-14 and lost to Highland, 30-0.But all that goes out the window on Friday.“It’s a new season,” Smith said of the playoffs, and at the moment everyone is 0-0.In Ocean City’s favor, the Raiders have played hard and made some big plays against quality opponents. With a few breaks, they could easily have three more wins. Quarterback Ian Aungst and the passing game have clicked when he’s had time to throw. Opposing defenses have not been tested much against the Raider running game, allowing them to dial up a variety of blitzes and leave the Raider QB susceptible to sacks.That hasn’t stopped the offense from moving up and down the field through the air. Their most impressive drive of the season may have happened late in the fourth quarter against Mainland when OC went 80 yards against the wind for a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game. Brendon Lashley and Jake Schneider have been among Aungst’s favorite targets.The defense has also looked very strong at times during the season. D-lineman Austin Green, linebackers Travis Stoerre, Billy Kroeger and Brandon Lin are a few of the standout defenders.Ocean City has been burned several times by big plays against the special teams. All three phases will have to be on their A-game in order for Ocean City to have a chance.The winner of Friday’s game advances to the semi-finals on November 9 against the winner of the Clearview – Hammonton first round contest.CORRECTIONS: In last week’s Mainland game story, we misidentified the receiver in a key 31-yard catch and run. Senior Tom Meehan actually made the play. Also we incorrectly stated Jake Schneider caught a touchdown pass and Brendon Lashley caught a pass for the two-point conversion. It was the other way around. We regret the errors.Senior linebacker Travis Stoerrie prior to last week’s Mainland game. Ocean City’s Tom Meehan makes a leaping catch between a pair of Mainland defenders (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)
Mayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,I would like to announce the first of several planned 2019 town hall meetings on issues including drainage, dredging and a new public safety building. The first public meeting will address our affordable housing obligations and plans. The presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). I encourage you all to attend to learn more and share feedback on this initiative. The plan is the result of a state Supreme Court order for all municipalities in New Jersey to provide affordable housing for families, individuals and the elderly.We were reminded this week how much we rely on our exceptional public safety teams in Ocean City. I want to commend our firefighters and our entire city team for their response to a fire in the 4800 block of Central Avenue. Their quick and efficient actions protected lives and property. They deserve our respect and gratitude.I also want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the families facing the devastating loss of these homes. I hope the rebuilding process is as smooth as it can reasonably be.First Night is on Monday, and there’s no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your entire family. If you’re in town this weekend, stop by the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway to get your all-inclusive admission buttons. You also can order your buttons online at firstnightocnj.com or by calling 609-399-6111. The lineup includes entertainment and activities that run non-stop from 4 p.m. through fireworks at midnight.Because New Year’s Day falls on Tuesday, there will be a change to the regular schedule of trash and recycling pickup. Regularly scheduled pickup will be pushed back by one day for most residents. See more information.Michele and I also would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we hope to see you at First Night and First Day.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
Detour signs were a common sight on Bay Avenue during construction. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority is replacing and rehabilitating the force mains that carry wastewater to the treatment plant on the bay at 45th Street. The work is being done on 31st Street from Haven Avenue to Bay Avenue and Bay Avenue from 31st Street to Eighth Street.The contractor has installed new 20-inch diameter pipe, backfilled and temporarily paved over the entire length of the project, except for an approximately 60-foot long segment that lies between 11th and 10th streets.When work resumes on Monday, Bay Avenue will be open to local traffic only between 14th and Ninth streets, with all work areas and materials zoned off.Other work scheduled during the week includes tapping into the existing 10-inch diameter force main at a point that is now within the valve vault that was installed on the property of the Municipal Utilities Authority’s 20th Street Pump Station, and the installation of vent piping and air release valves that serve the concrete chambers that have been installed throughout the length of the project.Neither of these tasks will require traffic shutdowns. Traffic control will be handled with lane shifts.For the longer term, it is expected that the new 20-inch pipe will become operable by about the end of April. At that time, the slip-lining of the existing 20-inch diameter force main will begin. The slip-lining phase of the project is expected to extend to mid to late June. It is not expected that large traffic detours will be required while slip-lining is ongoing and that traffic control will be handled via lane shifts.See full project update
April16 – 23 Bakers’ Tour in FranceLocation: Rhone valley, FranceContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 18 Chocolate Displays, Decorations and CentrepiecesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767 9303email: [email protected] Chocolate Wedding and Celebration CakesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Half-Day Chocolate WorkshopLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Full-Day Chocolate WorkshopLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] – 22 Two-Day North European Baking CourseLocation: Bread Matters, CumbriaContact, tel: 01768 88189922 – 27 World Bread ForumLocation: All Russia Exhibition Centre, MoscowContact, tel: +95 181 99 04/+95 755 50 35email: [email protected] Richemont Club of Britain AGMLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, email: [email protected] – 27 Advanced Practical Bread TechnologyLocation: Campden & Chorlywood, Chipping CampdenContact, tel: 01386 842104email: [email protected] – 29 SourdoughLocation: Panary, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 06 Two -Day Bread Matters Fundamental CourseLocation: Bread Matters, CumbriaContact, tel: 01768 88189905 – 09 SIAB Bakery ShowLocation: Verona, ItalyContact, tel: 0039 045 829 831505 – 09 AB Tech ExpoLocation: Milan, ItalyContact, tel: 0039 02 40922511email: [email protected] Bread CompetitionLocation: Artisan Food Centre, DorsetContact: Todd Sadler, email: [email protected] Half-Day Chocolate WorkshopLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] – 16 Residential – multiple programmeLocation: Panary, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 18 Advanced Practical Cake TechnologyLocation: Campden & Chorlywood,Chipping CampdenContact, tel: 01386 84210416 Sugar Craft – Cake Decorators at Work: three-hour demonstrationLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767930316 Federation of Bakers ConferenceLocation: Westminster, LondonContact, email: [email protected] bakersfederation.org.uk19 – 20 Basic Bread-makingLocation: Panary, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 22 Essential Skills For Working With ChocolateLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Advanced Skills for Working with ChocolateLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767930323 – 24 Caffè CultureLocation: Olympia, LondonContact, tel: 020 7288 6176email: [email protected] Chocolate Wedding and Celebration CakesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767930325 Chocolate Desserts and Individual CakesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, Manchester
British Baker has launched a website especially dedicated to the Baking Industry Awards at [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk].Log on to see full details of the 12 categories, including this year’s new categories, details on the judging process and how to download an entry form. You can also reserve your table for the big night, on September 17.The 2007 Baking Industry Awards will be held at the Great Room, Grosvenor House hotel, Park Lane, London, with approximately 900 guests drawn from across the industry in attendance.
May14 – 16 Residential – multiple breads programmeLocation: Panary, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 18 Advanced Practical Cake TechnologyLocation: Campden & Chorleywood, Chipping CampdenContact, tel: 01386 84210416 Sugar Craft – Cake Decorators at Work: three-hour demonstrationLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767930316 Federation of Bakers ConferenceLocation: Westminster, LondonContact, email: [email protected] bakersfederation.org.uk19 – 20 Basic BreadmakingLocation: Panary, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 22 Essential Skills For Working with ChocolateLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Advanced Skills for Working with ChocolateLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767930323 – 24 Caffè CultureLocation: Olympia exhibition centre, LondonContact, tel: 020 7288 6176email: [email protected] Chocolate Wedding and Celebration CakesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 767930325 Chocolate Desserts and Individual CakesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Easy-to-Make ChocolatesLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Sugar Craft – Human Figure ModellingLocation: The Slattery School of ExcellenceContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Sugar Craft – Character ModellingLocation: The Slattery School of ExcellenceContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] – 6 Going ProfessionalLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 10 British Traditional BreadsLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 15 Masterclass on breads: five-day courseLocation: Bread Matters, CumbriaContact, tel: 01768 88189912 Basic Bakery Processes, CCFRALocation: DublinContact, tel: 01386 84210413 Sugar Craft – Simple Cake Decorating SkillsLocation: The Slattery School of ExcellenceContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] One-Day Basic BreadmakingLocation: Cann Mills DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 17 Italian BreadsLocation: Cann Mills DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] – 19 Sugar Craft – Simple Cake Decorating SkillsLocation: The Slattery School of Excellence, ManchesterContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Continental, Italian and French breadsLocation: Cann Mills, DorsetContact, tel: 01722 341 447email: [email protected] Half-Day Chocolate WorkshopLocation: The Slattery School of ExcellenceContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected] Sugar Craft – Creating Shaped CakesLocation: The Slattery School of ExcellenceContact, tel: 0161 7679303email: [email protected]
Scottish firm Aulds has opened its new £7m factory in Renfrewshire. Employing over 170 people, the new 35,000 sq ft factory and office complex at Inchinnan replaces a previous facility destroyed by fire in September 2005.The new factory produces a range of frozen products, including gateaux and other desserts. Main customers are national foodservice companies across the UK and Europe.Since the fire at Inchinnan, Aulds has been operating its frozen foods business from a £2m semi-permanent production facility, established alongside the original factory, eight weeks after the original fire. This is now to be dismantled and removed.MD Alan Marr said: “The factory provides the platform to expand our frozen desserts business.”One of the top three manufacturers of frozen desserts in the UK, Aulds (Food) is a sister company of Thomas Auld & Sons, which operates a factory in Greenock producing fresh bakery products for the company’s 44 shops across West Central Scotland.
Ingredients supplier Bakels is launching a range of healthy products, including an Omega 3 patent-pending paste, which it says is unique on the market.Following the success of its Low GI bread mix, currently selling the equivalent of one million 800g loaves a month, MD Paul Morrow said the company was building its added-value health range.He told British Baker that Nutro-mega is a relatively ’cheap’ and ’effective way’ of adding Omega 3 marine oil to bakery products, costing around 7p to add 2% to a 400g loaf of bread. Bakers using the mix at the recommeded percentage can legally claim a two to three-slice portion “helps maintain a healthy heart”.The launch is part of a series of new healthy bread products from Bakels. Legally Low, a powdered improver, which is low in salt, sugar and fat, has been developed and is aimed particularly at public institutions. “If bakers use this product then they can legally claim that goods are low in sodium, sugar, fat and saturated fat,” said Morrow.Other new products include Oat Mix, enriched with beta glucan, and a Country Oven Low Gi pre-mix, which is baked in trays and then made into slices, with a GI rating in the mid-30s.Morrow added: “If products taste good and have added health benefits, it gives bakers an opportunity to increase their margins.”
Associated British Food’s (ABF) results for the year ended 13 September 2008, have revealed positive revenue growth despite economic challenges, according to a statement released by the company, with group revenue up 21% to £8.2bn. Operating profit for the food, ingredient and retail group stands at £554m, whilst adjusted operating profit has increased 7% to £664m.Revenue increased in its ingredients division by 21%, however adjusted operating profit only increased from £71m last year to £75m this year. ABF has made “good profit progress” within the area of yeast and bakery ingredients, and said it is “continuing to grow our bakery ingredients business, both through craft and industrial channels”.Despite sharp rises in input costs, particularly raw materials and energy, chief executive George Weston said: “These good results demonstrate the resilience of the group.” In the company’s statement, chairman, Martin Adamson commented that “there was strong improvement in the performance of Allied Bakeries following the very successful relaunch of Kingsmill in 2007”.Adjusted operating profit for its sugar division fell to £153m compared to £199m last year, though the company notes this is down to the impact of EU Sugar reform. Its Agriculture division saw adjusted operating profit increased to £33m compared to £18m in 2007, which was partly put down to stronger feed prices offsetting higher costs. Within grocery, adjusted operating profit increased to £194m compared to £153m last year, with revenue increasing by 25% over the same period. According to the company statement: “This was driven through a combination of acquisitions, price increases to recover commodity cost inflation and volume growth.“Considerable further investment was made during the year, particularly in the expansion of our sugar interests in China and Africa and also in our grocery and ingredients businesses,” said Adamson. “In Europe the transition to the new EU sugar regime is largely over and there is now the prospect of reasonable equilibrium in a market where consumption will exceed domestic product.”ABF employs around 96,000 people in 44 countries across the sugar, agriculture, ingredients, grocery and retail sectors.
Four new training providers have joined the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing, taking the number in the network to 32.The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Cafre) has become the first organisation to be accredited as part of the NSA in Northern Ireland, and will lead the development of a training network dedicated to the needs of the province’s food and drink industry.Bishop Burton College near Beverley, Yorkshire, and Derby College have also joined the NSA’s food and drink processing networks. Newcastle University has become the second member of the leadership and management network. Meanwhile, Sheffield Hallam University has extended its involvement with the NSA network by taking on an additional role to become champion of a network specialising in food innovation.NSA director Justine Fosh said the NSA has now published a directory listing all the training courses available from its members. It can be downloaded from the NSA for Food and Drink Manufacturing website at foodanddrink.nsacademy.co.uk.The NSA steering for bakery – made up of representatives from the baking industry including craft, plant and supermarket businesses as well as trade associations – is currently developing vocational qualifications and ways of delivering skills via a network of training providers, and guided by sector skills council Improve. It is due to announce further details of a pilot foundation bakery training scheme in the coming months.
British Baker is delighted to announce the launch of a cupcake cake-off competition in the run up to National Cupcake Week, which takes place from 14-19 September.British Baker and co-sponsors of National Cupcake Week, Puratos, welcome all professionals up and down the country to join in the fun by submitting their outstanding recipes and designs by 8 July.The competition is open only to bakery professionals, who want the chance to compete to showcase the best of British cupcakes.In order to contend for the cupcake king or queen title, we need you to send us a commercial scale recipe and method including topping (one that could be produced in a shop), plus photography, along with an application form, which you can download from the dedicated Cupcake Week page on our website – www.bakeryinfo.co.uk.Entries will be selected and judged anonymously by a panel of judges, made up of representatives from British Baker, National Cupcake Week’s co-sponsors and an independent expert. The 10 best recipes and images will be shortlisted, and the chosen entrants will then be contacted by the judges.The panel will then whittle down the shortlist to six winning recipes. Each of these will represent one retail day of the Week, from Monday to Saturday. An overall champion of cupcake champions will also be crowned.National Cupcake Week is being used to support the sale of cupcakes in any outlet that sells them, from craft bakers to cafes, supermarkets and convenience stores.Look out for more details on the competition in the next issue of British Baker, out 19 June, and on the official National Cupcake Week Facebook page.Please remember:Only professionals who either make or supply cupcakes as a business are invited to enter.The deadline is 8 July 2009.Send your entries to [email protected] or post to Cupcake Competition, Elizabeth Ellis, William Reed Business Media, Broadfield Park, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RT.
IndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – December 29, 2020 0 492 Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Man accused of armed break-in at former workplace near Middlebury Pinterest (Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail) A former trailer factory employee is accused of breaking back into the building and aiming a gun at another worker.Casey Balser, 24, was arrested, last week, after police were called to a factory near Middlebury.Balser first refused to hand the gun over to police, but an officer was able to detain him and place him in handcuffs.Officers allegedly found meth among the possessions he left behind after breaking in through the women’s restroom window, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.He’s charged with burglary, carrying and pointing a loaded gun without a license and resisting.Read more about Balser’s arrest from the original story published by The Elkhart Truth. Previous articleCity of South bend to offer free Christmas tree disposal starting next weekNext articleWarsaw Man Facing Intimidation Charge After Alleged Threats 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. Google+
Short external endorsements may be included with entries At the Office for Product Safety and Standards, we want to showcase the outstanding work you do to help British business comply with regulation – giving them the confidence to invest and grow, whilst protecting our communities.The Regulatory Excellence Awards recognise regulatory organisations, individual businesses and trade associations that have achieved positive outcomes through good practice.Entrants will have to demonstrate excellent use of better regulation tools and principles, such as Primary Authority, Better Business for All, the Regulators’ Code and / or consideration of regulatory impact on business growth.This is your chance to shine, share work with your peers and widen the impact it has around the country!The Awards are open to anyone involved in delivering better regulation – e.g. local authorities, national regulators, businesses and trade associations. The completed Awards entry form 2018 (MS Word Document, 79KB) must be returned to the Office for Product Safety and Standards by 18 May Individuals, teams or organisations can be nominated; by others and / or themselves Entrants may receive a follow-up call from us. Judging and the announcement of finalists will take place in June.Winners will be announced at a special full day showcase on 20 June, where we will share details of how we can help our local and national partners, hear from regulators, and have time for networking and refreshments. Entrants may supply a short (max one minute) supporting video Additional material is not required and will not be considered You can post or email entries. Scanned entries are acceptable
The Environment Agency manages flood risk on over 36,000 km of river, 9,000km raised flood defences and over 22,000 flood structures – from the Thames Barrier to local pumping stations. Since 2016, it has upgraded its response capability with more than 6,500 staff trained and ready to help protect communities when floods threaten, 40km of temporary barriers, 250 mobile pumps, and 500,000 sandbags. Partnerships to help respond during incidents have also been strengthened – including with the army.Government is investing £2.6 billion in flood and coastal erosion risk management projects between 2015 and 2021.Now in its third year, the annual Flood and Coast Conference brings together experts from across the globe to share ideas and opportunities to work together to tackle the risk of flooding and coastal erosion. More on the conference here: https://www.floodandcoast.com/.The Environment Agency is currently working in its next National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy which will address these challenging questions raised in Sir James Bevan’s speech. Country is better protected than ever against flooding Every £1 invested in flood schemes saves £10 in damages avoided During this century a new approach is needed to tackle flood risk in 21st Century Over the next century a different approach is needed to protect the country from flooding, the Environment Agency’s Chief Executive said in a keynote speech at the annual Flood and Coast Conference today (Tuesday 20 March).As he revealed that every £1 invested in new flood schemes saves the economy £10 in damages avoided, Sir James Bevan said that despite huge advances in flood protection, what worked so well in the past will not be enough in the future. Rising sea levels and higher populations in built-up areas will mean new approaches are needed to combat increasing flood risk. Since 2015, new flood schemes completed by the Environment Agency have benefitted more than 100,000 homes but to continue building on this success new 21st century approaches are needed.These include a call for greater business investment, quicker emergency response and increased use of natural flood schemes, in addition to ‘hard’ defences, in order to reduce the impact of flooding on communities around the country. He questioned how these challenges should be dealt with and suggest that more concrete – simply building our flood defences higher and higher – is not the answer.As he laid out his thoughts on the future of flood protection, Sir James Bevan said that tough questions had to be asked about what to protect. He questioned whether there might be a case for considering future funding priorities.He said that everyone has a part to play to reduce flood risk and that homeowners in flood risk areas should know the risks and what action they can take – and he praised communities and flood groups who have already taken great steps in this area.Sir James Bevan said: Almost every day in this country, when rivers and tides rise, rain falls and storms blow, thousands of people sleep safe and unaware that they are being protected by flood defences. But what works so well now – and has done in the past – may not be enough in the future. Over the next fifty years if we are going to give the country the best possible protection against flooding, we are going to need a different approach.
The Government Property Agency (GPA) was launched as an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office on 1 April.It will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Government Estate and generate benefits of between £1.4bn and £2.4bn over the next ten years. GPA’s initial portfolio of 80 properties will grow to over 1,000 as it takes on increasing responsibility for managing the general purpose central government estate.This is an unprecedented move to manage this property portfolio strategically to realise benefits that departments cannot achieve on their own. The GPA will partner with Government departments to find innovative property solutions and expertise to enable them to deliver wider business change more efficiently.Press Notice: Government Property Agency launches
The Government continues to work intensively with all the parties in Northern Ireland to bring about the restoration of devolved government. To date, however, the Executive and Assembly has not been restored.Regrettably it has been almost eighteen months since local Ministers were in office and taking decisions.As we outlined in our 2017 Conservative Northern Ireland manifesto, “in the continued absence of a functioning devolved administration, a Conservative Government will do all that is necessary to provide the good governance and political stability that Northern Ireland needs, including political decision making from Westminster if that is what is required.”In accordance with the principles set out by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in parliament, the Government will bring forward measures as necessary to provide the basis for good governance. First, we will take whatever steps are necessary to provide good governance and ensure the continued delivery of Northern Ireland’s vital public services. Second, we will continue to uphold our commitments from the Belfast Agreement and its successors. Third, we will continue to work to remove the barriers to devolution. That is why the Secretary of State has introduced in the House of Commons the Northern Ireland Budget Bill for the 2018-19 financial year and why the UK Government is considering further action to address pressing public appointments in Northern Ireland. The Government will make further legislative interventions which may be required to ensure good governance.The Government recognised the need for additional financial resources to be allocated to Northern Ireland alongside the Confidence and Supply Agreement agreed between the Conservative and Unionist Party and the Democratic Unionist Party in June 2017. To date £20 million was provided in 2017-18 Supplementary Estimates for health and education and in the 2018-19 Main Estimates a further £410 million will be made available, subject to normal Parliamentary approvals comprising, £80 million immediate health and education, £30 million to address mental health and severe deprivation, £100 million health transformation and £200 million infrastructure development.We will ensure that our commitments on major infrastructure spending, including the York Street Interchange road project and the broadband investment programme, agreed alongside of the Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party, are able to be taken forward so that the people of Northern Ireland benefit from the increased investment agreed in June 2017.The Government is determined to ensure Northern Ireland benefits fully from this additional expenditure. In the period ahead we will ensure that Members of the Legislative Assembly during the impasse continue to receive updates on the work of the departments in Northern Ireland as well as preparing for the return of devolved government. We recognise the value in ongoing consultation with Northern Ireland’s democratically elected representatives.
Prime Minister Theresa May today met Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta at Downing Street. Ahead of the informal Council in Salzburg later this week, the leaders discussed the Chequers proposal, and the importance of achieving a mutually beneficial economic and security partnership between the UK and the European Union. The leaders then discussed working together to tackle shared challenges including migration and modern slavery. The leaders acknowledged existing close bilateral cooperation in these areas and agreed that work should continue to disrupt the networks employed by people traffickers. Finally, the Prime Minister gave an update on the investigation into the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury and the leaders looked forward to swift progress on the EU Chemical Weapons Sanctions regime at the October Foreign Affairs Council. A Downing Street spokesperson said:
If you are unsure about the safety of a medicine claiming to be “natural” or “herbal” you should check for a Marketing Authorisation (MA) or Product Licence (PL) number or Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) number / the THR logo. This means the product has been assessed by MHRA for safety and has been manufactured correctly. For more information, visit NHS.If you are aware of Zudaifu cream being sold, please report it to MHRA at [email protected] News centreMHRA10 South ColonnadeLondonE14 4PU Out of office hours: 07770 446 189 (17:00 – 08:30) The MHRA has been working to prevent the further sale of Zudaifu cream and advises anyone who has bought it online to stop using it immediately.Zudaifu cream is not a licensed medicine and has been marketed in the UK as a “natural” Chinese herbal remedy for the treatment of a range of skin conditions, most commonly eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.Our analysis of the product found the presence of the steroid clobetasol propionate. This is the active ingredient in Prescription-Only medicines used for the treatment of a range skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.Creams containing steroids should be used sparingly and as directed by the prescriber. They should not be used on children under 1 year of age.This follows a warning earlier this year for a product called [Yiganerjing Cream](https://www.gov.uk/government/news/natural-doesnt-mean-safe-herbal-medicines-found-to-contain-steroids0 described as a “natural” Chinese herbal medicine that contained the same steroid and antifungal ingredients.Dr Chris Jones, Manager of the Medicines Borderline Section at MHRA said: Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. For real-time updates including the latest press releases and news statements, see our Twitter channel at https://www.twitter.com/mhragovuk Email [email protected] Media enquiries During office hours: 020 3080 7651 (08:30 – 17:00) We have again identified a potentially harmful cream described as a natural Chinese herbal medicine on the market. Selling creams directly to the public that contain strong steroids is illegal and they are potentially dangerous if they are used without medical supervision. Steroids must only be prescribed by healthcare professionals who follow strict criteria when prescribing them and can monitor patients using them. They can suppress the skin’s response to infection and can also cause long-term thinning of the skin. If steroids are applied long term, particularly on children, they can lead to other medical problems. Our advice to anyone who has bought it previously or is currently using Zudaifu cream – particularly on young children and babies – is to stop using it immediately. If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare professional.
A Huddersfield cake company managed to gain a £50,000 investment, thanks to its Christmas Dinner Cake, in a festive Dragons’ Den Christmas Special.ProperMaid, run by former school dinner lady Allison Whitmarsh, successfully obtained the funding from ‘dragon’ Deborah Meaden.Meaden, who admitted to not having cooked a meal for herself in 28 years, invested the money in return for a 25% stake. It is the 33rd investment she has made through the programme during the seven series, which total £2m.Whitmarsh, appeared on the BBC2 show, broadcast on Sunday 23 December, with her “traditional cakes with a twist”. Her pitch managed to intrigue two dragons, who battled over the investment.The star of her televised pitch was the highly unusual Christmas Dinner Cake, complete with all the trimmings, including carrots, parsnips, cranberries, Christmas spices, chestnuts and sprouts.Other flavour creations included: courgette and lime, beetroot and chocolate, liquorice and chocolate chilli and fudge, made with real chillies. Its dandelion and burdock cake won a Gold Star at the 2012 Great Taste Awards.Speaking about the investment, Meaden said: “This is the next stage in the massive revival of great British baking and Allison is a tremendous example of how entrepreneurs with great ideas, excellent products, a sound business model and the passion and drive to succeed can quickly make a difference in business, as well as in their local communities.“Together we’ll achieve great things for ProperMaid and the team is already working on a slimming cake to help shed those post-Christmas pounds.”Meaden said: “I couldn’t have dreamt, four years ago when I baked my first cake for a customer in my home kitchen, that in 2012 I’d have two dragons vying to invest in my business.”
Greggs has issued a profit warning after it revealed like-for-like sales (LFLs) were down 4.4% in the first four months of the year due to the poor weather.The BB75-leading bakery retailer said it had been particularly hit by adverse conditions in January and March.But it also said the picture was improving slightly, with the most recent two weeks indicating an underlying rate of LFL decline of around 1.5%, “reflecting in part the beginning of the weaker comparisons seen last year”.Total sales in the period grew by 3%, driven by its new shop opening programme and the continued development of wholesale and franchise sales.In a statement, the company, which recently saw the departure of chief executive Ken McMeikan, said: “We do not expect a significant improvement in the difficult underlying market conditions in the short term. The business is focused on continuing with our plans to invest in core sales performance whilst taking action to reduce costs.“Although we are only four months into the year, based on current own shop LFL performance we believe that profits for the year are likely to be slightly below the lower end of the range of market expectations.”It added: “We are continuing to experience lower footfall across much of the estate, although average transaction values have increased marginally. Our new shop openings remain focused on locations that have been less impacted by lower footfall, such as workplaces, travel and leisure destinations.”
Six products from chilled gluten-free brand NO.G will be launched in up to 245 stores Asda this week. The launch will be backed with an introductory price of £2 and a promotional tour of selected stores across the country.The custom built NO.G van – a converted 1957 2CV horsebox – will visit a number of stores giving out free samples to customers as well as more information on the brand.The NO.G range includes pies (chicken, bacon and leek, steak and ale, vegetable), Quiche Lorraine, cheese and onion quiche and crustless garden veg and Feta quiche.NO.G – certified gluten free by Coeliac UK – was launched in April 2014 by Nottingham-based Riverside Bakery. The range is also stocked by Ocado and Sainsbury’s.NO.G brand manager Sam Benjamin said: “More and more people are looking for interesting and delicious free from products. Customers love the high quality and great taste of our products and the fact that you don’t have to be a coeliac to enjoy them.”
Contactless payments are set to account for more retail transactions now the upper limit has increased from £20 to £30.The UK Cards Association said the average supermarket shop of £25.17 now fell below the contactless limit, giving shoppers more choice about the way they paid for goods, according to The Grocer.Software allowing for the greater payments started rolling out on 1 September among retailers that already accept contactless payment.Payment processing company Worldpay said that many of the larger stores would be ready to take on the new limit straight away. It said an automated process called a “heartbeat” had started to update all the terminals used by smaller stores early yesterday (Tuesday) morning to increase the amount they were able to take on their Worldpay terminals.Dave Hobday, managing director, said: “Increasing the limit to £30 will only intensify the demand for convenience and speed everywhere we shop.”Retailers are encouraged to contact their point-of-sale device provider for information about upgrading their contactless terminal.MethodData from the UK Cards Association show consumers spent more than £2.5bn on contactless cards in the first half of the year compared with £2.32bn for all of 2014. Spend using the contactless method climbed from £287m a month in January to £567m in June.Does contactless payment have a place in the baking industry? Take our survey to see whether bakers and their customers have embraced this new technology. Create your own user feedback survey
Causeway Capital, which acquired Patisserie Valerie last year, has merged the chain with its Bakers & Baristas business.The new combined operation, which will have more than 125 sites across the UK and Ireland, will be led by current Bakers & Baristas CEO James Fleming.Patisserie Valerie (PV) production managing director José Peralta and retail managing director Paolo Peretti, who have led a turnaround of PV following its acquisition by Causeway, will support the management during a transitional period before leaving the business.The new group will continue operating under their individual brands and will retain their existing, distinctive in-store offerings, stated Causeway.Causeway said the merger would enable both businesses to benefit from shared baking, coffee and customer service resources and new product development, and allow additional investment for growth, including new store openings.“We are really pleased to announce the merger of our coffee and patisserie investments,” added Causeway Capital partner Matt Scaife.“We want to thank Paolo and José for their hard work and leadership in delivering the Patisserie Valerie turnaround programme over the last 12 months. We look forward to continuing supporting the development of these two distinctive brands and the continued growth of the group.”Based in Limerick, Ireland, Bakers + Baristas has locations in shopping and outlet centres throughout the UK and the Republic. Sales have grown from £11m in 2015, when Causeway invested in the business, to £22m in 2019.Patisserie Valerie was acquired by Causeway last year, when its parent company Patisserie Holdings entered administration. Causeway took on 96 sites, but has since reduced this to 75 following a review of stores’ trading performance.“This merger represents a fantastic opportunity to establish a high-quality, branded coffee and patisserie business with a presence throughout the UK and Ireland,” said Fleming.“I am really excited to be leading the team and believe there are significant opportunities to leverage shared resources across the business to deliver best-in-class customer experience for both brands instore and online.”Before joining Bakers + Baristas, Fleming had been CEO of Euphorium Bakery and UK CEO of French boulangerie chain Paul.
Signature Flatbreads has created 75-100 jobs at its Dunstable factory following “significant” investment to boost production capacity at the site.The investment comes after the business, which produces own-label flatbreads for supermarkets, as well as its Deli Kitchen brand, said it saw strong sales in the lead-up to and throughout the pandemic.As such, an additional production line was commissioned in June, with another due to be installed this month.The company said it was pleased to be able to offer up to 100 new jobs in the challenging economic climate, particularly with the Office for Budgetary Responsibility’s projection that unemployment could reach four million people.“We want to build on our strong sales performance and reinvest into our company. Staff and efficient high-tech production are both essential to our success and will allow us to keep inspiring consumers with high quality, innovative breads,” said managing director David Laurence.“The company has already benefited from sales growth as people increasingly demand more interesting breads at mealtimes, which our products deliver.”He highlighted a good performance from its Greek Style Flatbreads, which he said was partly due to an increased desire to make eating at home more varied.
Source: Getty ImagesGet virtual Valentine’s Day is still a big deal for bakers, but the way they shift their wares may change.“Most of our sales this year will be online so there will be a big uplift through this channel,” notes Ginger Bakers’ Smith.Fulop Gabor, owner of London-based Jack & Beyond, believes that bakers can seize opportunities by offering UK wide shipping or local, contact-free delivery services.“Bakers should focus on working on their online presence by setting up a user-friendly website and online shop and start marketing their products to target audiences via social media such as Instagram and Facebook,” he adds.Gabor says that Valentine’s sales should not be too affected by lockdown, as the romantic day can easily be celebrated indoors. However, job losses and redundancies could include how much people spend on gifts this year. Source: Dawn FoodsDoughnutsForget chocolates, this Valentine’s Day consumers are opting to share the love with doughnuts.“Doughnuts are making a strong appearance again, along with plenty of vegan options,” adds Dawn Foods’ Passmore.Dawn is tapping into this trend with a new lovestruck recipe. Recipe developer and influencer Emma Hanton has whipped up Valentine’s vegan raspberry doughnuts for bakers to use. Made from Dawn’s new vegan doughnut mix and vegan fruit filling and glaze, the raspberry flavour amps up the nostalgia factor, it adds.Elsewhere, Krispy Kreme has teamed up with sweet brand Love Hearts on its range of heart-shaped doughnuts while Doughnut Time has created heart-shaped delights suitable for home delivery. Its range includes jam- and chocolate-filled treats as well as DIY options. Source: Bloom BakersLetterbox giftingLockdown restrictions mean that many couples will be spending Valentine’s Day apart. As such, letterbox gifting has become more popular than ever, with consumers posting iced biscuits, macarons or brownies to loved ones.“Gifting, sending loved one’s special treats and showing appreciation has definitely increased, this has become so much easier to do with many businesses making online purchasing simple, slicker and accessible,” says Lisa Smith from Ginger Bakers.Leeds-based Bloom Bakers, for example, has launched a new range of Valentine’s letterbox biscuits. For the first time this year, the brand has launched a dedicated Valentine’s shop with its most popular messages. Consumers can choose from Missing You Biscuits at £22.50 or an Individual Valentine’s Biscuit for £6 emblazoned with ‘You = Happy’.“Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for sending cakes in the post and we are seeing many bakeries, cafes and restaurants making the most of this business opportunity, using social media platforms to communicate their offering,” says Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods.“We are going to see thousands of brownies delivered by post too. There has been massive growth in on-line brownie delivery businesses as brownies are easy to make, for example, using Dawn’s Brownie Mix and make a great gifting item.” Source: Dawn FoodsValentine’s Day will likely be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean consumers don’t want to spread the love with flowers, chocolates and, er, doughnuts.To celebrate a Valentine’s like no other, bakers have adapted their offerings to fit a romantic occasion amidst a pandemic. There’s letterbox gifting, doughnuts and bite-size treats, which have all boomed in popularity.Lovingly Artisan, Paul Bakery and Pleesecakes, meanwhile, have already tapped into these trends with a host of new products. Here are some bakery trends sure to get hearts racing on 14 February: Source: Tiree Dawson PhotographyLocal pride Over the past twelve months, there has been a great appreciation for all things local and Ginger Bakers believes this will carry over to 14 February.“For Valentine’s Day this year we have collaborated with one of our neighbours in Cumbria. Shed 1 is a gin distillery and has a great seasonal gin, with buoyant alcohol sales during lockdown this seemed a perfect partnership,” says owner Lisa Smith.Called Shed Loads of Love, the cake is inspired by the classic Persian Love Cake and comprises dried edible rose petals and chopped pistachios. Source: Jack & BeyondBite-size Lockdown has increased the demand for smaller cakes and desserts that serve two people.As Valentine’s dinners at home become the norm, a host of high street retailers including M&S, Aldi and Morrisons have unveiled ‘Dine in for Two’ offers.Bakers everywhere, meanwhile, are rolling out miniature bakes, from cheesecakes to pavlovas.Cheesecake specialist Pleesecakes, for example, has created individual portions of heart-shaped cheesecakes including caramel & butterscotch, vanilla with a coconut twist and Nutella variants.Jack & Beyond, on the other hand, has a range of Valentine’s Day Cupcakes with an rsp of £3.60. These vanilla cupcakes are finished with buttercream icing and a topping of meringues.
AVON – Residents will gather for the annual town meeting Saturday to vote on $234,000 in municipal expenditures and to fill a seat held by a longtime member of the Board of Selectmen.Selectman Greta Espeaignnette does not intend to run for her seat this year, after nine years of serving as First Selectman. Candidates for the three-year term will be nominated for the floor, as well as candidates for four, 1-year positions: Treasurer, Tax Collector Constable and Road Commissioner.Selectmen are also proposing combining a number of open deputy positions into a single, part-time position, specifically the deputy Tax Collector, Town Clerk and Treasurer positions, as part of an effort to expand town office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. An additional $11,500 is proposed to be raised and appropriated to cover that cost.Those funds are included in the proposed $234,840 municipal budget, down $45,789 from the previous year. That decrease is mostly attributable to reductions in appropriations for road work and a replacement bridge and culvert on the Bob Orbeton Road.This year’s plan, according to the town report, is to pave a newly-improved gravel section of the Mt. Blue Road, with the majority of excise tax money going to that project.Also on the warrant is an article that would reduce the setbacks for construction around Mt. Blue Pond to the state-required 250 feet. The reduction in setback distance relates to Mt. Blue Pond no longer serving as the area’s drinking water source.The March 21 town meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the town hall.
Atlanta-based electronic/funk/instrumental outfit Space Kadet is a culmination of members from different bands and projects, coming together to creat something greater than the parts of its whole. Space Kadet explores genres on the spectrum from abstract dub to funk, drum and bass, chill downtempo electronic and more, all with the accompaniment of live instrumentation. Space Kadet came together to form a always changing, never ending, space odyssey.Today, this electrofunky group have released a brand new single, much to our delight. Stream “Generations,” below:Space Kadet originated in late 2014 in Auburn, AL and is now based out of Atlanta, GA. The band includes Rohan Prakash (Higher Learning) on drums and samples, Blake Catrair (Rodeo Trio) on Keys and Synth, Alex Etheridge (The Juice) on Bass and Production, Kyle Gissendaner (Ickybob) on Guitar and samples, and Phil Ordonez on Percussion. Having shared the stage with artists such as Stratosphere All-Stars, Zoogma, The Nth Power, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Werks, Dynohunter, The Nadis Warriors, the band is certainly posed for big things. With a full album in the works and performances at festivals like the Zen Awakening in Orlando and Reunion Campout at the Spirit of Suwannee in Live Oak, FL, things are looking good for Space Kadet fans.Don’t miss them at Montgomery, AL on Friday April 29th at The Sanctuary and Saturday April 30th at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa, AL! More information can be found here.[Single artwork via Josh Hamby, Cover photo via Arielle D’Ornellas]
One aspect of Prince’s rich legacy was his 50,000 sq. ft. recording studio/home, Paisley Park. Situated just outside of Minneapolis, Paisley Park played host to some of Prince’s greatest moments, including late night dance parties, artist collaborations, studio efforts, and more. The Park was seemingly symbolic of Prince’s larger-than-life abilities; if he can do it all, why wouldn’t he have a home that had it all?Fortunately, fans of the Purple One may soon get the opportunity to peer into Prince’s mansion. According to a new interview with Prince’s brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips, the family has plans to turn Paisley Park into a museum. “We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince’s memory,” said Phillips. “It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans — this would remember his music, which is his legacy… Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”The plan would be something similar to that of Graceland, which is a public museum devoted to the late great Elvis Presley. As of now, a timeline on the Paisley Park Museum is unclear, but opening Paisley Park would serve as an important memorial to such an enormous legacy. RIP, Prince. You will be missed.[Via The Sun]
For those planning to attend some or all of Phish’s 13-night run at Madison Square Garden in NYC, make sure to check out Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights.[photo by Andrew Blackstein] Phish‘s summer tour rolled through Philadelphia, PA around this time last year with two shows at the beautiful Mann Center For Performing Arts. Trey Anastasio, a New Jersey native and longtime Philadelphia Flyers fan, is always quick to rave about how much the band loves playing the classic shed (as he did during the first show of the run, to the delight of the hometown crowd).Crosseyed And Mannless: Phish Debuts Three In Philly FinaleOne certain highlight of the run was the 6/29/16 fan-favorite “Llama”. The classic tune, usually played at blistering speeds, was performed in half time, turning the rocker into a slow, dripping, super-funky jam for just the second time, following last summer’s “Raleigh Llama” from Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.You can watch the performance below, thanks to YouTuber LazyLightning55a:
Load remaining images The incredibly talented Icelandic group Sigur Rós rattled Detroit’s beautiful Fox Theatre this past Saturday, October 1st, playing a sold out show to an excited crowd. The band’s previous performance in the city was back in 2013, so many Michigan fans highly anticipated this show.That 2013 show featured the previous year’s Valtari release, and the then-upcoming Kveikur release. Unlike their previous visit, which included an orchestra full of violinists and choral singers among others, the group had a much more intimate show this time around, with no musicians accompanying them on stage. This is also Sigur Rós’ first tour as a trio, as Kjartan Sveinsson, the keyboardist for the band for well over a decade, left the band after their last tour.Despite these changes, the trio performed just as flawlessly, resoundingly and incredibly as in years past, and the audience’s constant captivation proved just that. In all of my years of attending various concerts and festivals, I don’t believe I have ever witnessed an audience so engulfed in the performance as this past Saturday’s. Barely any phones could be seen pulled out, as most attendees were simply too taken aback by all of the beauty to remember that the outside world even existed.The evening consisted of two sets of performances, with a 20 minute intermission in between. No opener was scheduled, and Sigur Rós went on at 8:30pm sharp as planned. Each set consisted of a blend of new songs, off of their upcoming album whose name is still a mystery, and various adorned classics from their two-decade discography. “Saeglopur” off of Takk was a favorite, as Jónsi’s piercing falsetto silenced the venue while a bow graced along the strings of his electric guitar, creating hauntingly beautiful tones.Equally mesmerizing to the evening’s music were the light and stage setup that accompanied it. LED lights and a massive backdrop created scenes of natural beauty, far off galaxies, thunderstorms and vibrant colors which splashed the high ceilings of the historic theatre, and with it, perfectly choreographed explosions of stage lights during each dramatic strike of Orri Páll Dýrason’s drums. In the group’s second set, the trio played the first two songs behind a semitransparent visual screen, while deep, darker lights set the tone, as their instruments resonated around the entire venue.The performance had a faultless balance of calm, devastating beauty created by the band’s many serene pieces, and the dramatic, vibrant contradictory pieces that shook each member of the audience back awake from a tranquil daze. The segue from one song to another was unforgettably fluent as well, leaving no time for much clapping until the very end, at which point the audience wasted no time in jumping up for a standing ovation following the band’s last song, “Popplagið”.Don’t miss Sigur Rós in a town near you! Check out their full US tour schedule below.Sigur Rós Tour DatesOctober 3 – Toronto, ON @ Massey HallOctober 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music HallOctober 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreOctober 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of MusicOctober 10 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe AuditoriumOctober 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland TheatreOctober 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre-Words and photos courtesy of Katie Laskowska. See the full gallery below!
Last month, Bozeman, MT-based bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers announced a full slate of Fall tour dates, with a headlining gig on Friday, November 11th at New York City jam-friendly venue American Beauty. Today, the group, who was recently on tour with Twiddle, announced that Kung Fu guitarist Tim Palmieri will be joining them for an acoustic support set.In addition to Palmieri, Hudson Valley-based Appalachian soul outfit Upstate Rubdown will also perform an opening set for the Dwellers. The show promises to be a solid night of music with plenty of opportunity for collaboration and jams.Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here.For additional event information and updates, check out the Facebook Event page.Kitchen Dwellers “Guilty” – Grand Junction, CO:Tim Palmieri performing Ween’s “Transdermal Celebration”:Upstate Rubdown – Otis Live:
Last night, jam-bluegrass veterans Railroad Earth brought their annual Horn O’ Plenty Getaway back to Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater for its sixth year. Neal Casal and Circles Around The Sun opened the show before Railroad Earth welcomed Casal onstage to sit in twice during their headlining slot.First, Casal joined the band during set one for a cover of JGB mainstay “My Sisters & Brothers”. Then, after an impressive, heavily improvised “1759” > “Goat” segment, the Circles Around The Sun guitarist lent some guitar to a “Warhead Boogie” > “Wayfaring Stranger” pairing to close set two. Railroad Earth had one more surprise up their sleeves for the encore, busting out Sam Cooke classic “Keep Movin’ On” for their first time since their tenth anniversary show at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on 5/7/11.Thanks to taper Bill Goldberg, you can listen to the full show below:The Horn O’ Plenty Getaway continues at the Sherman Theater tonight with special guest Boris Garcia.[h/t – JamBase, photo by Sam Watson]
[H/T OffBeat Magazine] A few days ago, we reported that Snoop Dogg hit the studio with George Porter Jr. of The Meters, vocalist William Bell, and drummer Cody Dickinson for a mysterious musical project. Now, the full extent of the project seems to have been revealed.It turns out that the artists had gathered in the studio for a recording session, apparently for the film Take Me to the River – New Orleans, a follow-up to the 2014 documentary Take Me to the River. The original film focused on the musical histories of Memphis and Mississippi Delta, and, in the film, members of the blues and R&B world that emerged from those cities reunited to create new music. Snoop Dogg and Dickinson were heavily involved in the first film, with Dickinson providing the score.The info comes from an Instagram post by Silverback Music Management, which is embedded below. In the photo, you’ll see rappers Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy in Snoop’s studio in Los Angeles with a giant collection of New Orleans legends. George Porter Jr., Cody Dickinson, and William Bell are there of course, alongside other legends like Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Cyril Neville, Terrence Higgins, “Big Sam” Williams, and Khris Royal.We can’t wait to hear the music that this group creates!
Dead & Company brought sunshine daydreams to a rainy sky in Burgettstown, PA on Thursday night at the KeyBank Pavilion. Both sets were laced with Grateful Dead classics that were superbly played through, exemplifying the tear the band has been on this tour. Eleven shows into summer, the band used the evening to introduce a few tour debuts to the mix.With the forecast set for rain and thunderstorms all night, the band kicked off the show with purpose. The set started off with a funky “Feel Like a Stranger” and “Easy Wind.” Guitarist John Mayer rocked it, with his blues guitar and vocal prowess matching the song perfectly. Pictures of Pigpen flashed on the screen towards the end of the song, with the crowd approving mightily. It was during this song that the torrential downpour hit. It didn’t last long, but left the place wet and muddy enough to add some extra fun to the lawn.“Cumberland Blues” had percussionist Mickey Hart playing what appeared to be shoes, clapping them together throughout the song. Keyboardist Jeff Chimenti shined on his solo, tickling the ivories for the song’s solo. “Throwin’ Stones,” played at a slower tempo, allowed a euphoric peak to be hit by Mayer. The jam was heavy on the energy and that brought the set to a great closing. It was also the song’s tour debut.As the sun was setting, the grooves ensued for a second-set opening “Jack Straw” that was monstrous. Mayer kept insisting that they delay the guitar chords, and when they finally sang “Jack Straw from Wichita…,” the place erupted. It was an amazing version.“Viola Lee Blues” kept the place dancing. Besides his playing, Mayer’s stage demeanor was entertaining. The way he was moving and shaking with his own groove was impressive. “He’s Gone” was wholesome to hear. “The Wheel” had a nice jam that turned reggae, with Mayer really belting out the outro lyrics before getting incredible dark.All of the sudden, a low rumble roll escaped Oteil Burbridge’s bridge, each note increasing in tone, culminating in the beginning of “The Other One.” The way he perfectly executed it was distinct to his own playing while still reminiscent of others who have done the same thing. “Drums” and “Space” were out there, and eventually landed in the conclusion of “The Other One.” The band finally played fan-favorite “Wharf Rat” on this tour, and it was soulful as ever. “Casey Jones” ended the set with a bang. The final tour debut of the evening was the encore-appropriate “Liberty.”Watch the first few songs from the first set below, courtesy of nugs.tv.Setlist: Dead & Company | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion | 6/15/17I: Feel Like A Stranger, Easy Wind, Cassidy, West LA Fadeaway, Row Jimmy, Cumberland Blues, Throwin’ StonesII: Jackstraw, Viola Lee Blues > He’s Gone > The Wheel > The Other One v.1 > Drums/Space > The Other One v.2, Wharf Rat > Casey JonesE: LibertyEnjoy the gallery below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Dead & Company | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion | 6/15/17 Load remaining images
Angélique Kidjo is releasing a track-by-track cover of Talking Heads’ groundbreaking 1980 album Remain In Light. As noted in a series of recent interviews, the Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and political activist was inspired by the album’s utilization of West African musical ideas when she first heard it many years ago, and her forthcoming release reimagines the songs with that in mind. Speaking with NPR, Kidjo explains:I discovered the album [Remain in Light] when I arrived in Paris in 1983. In the middle of the ’70s, we had a communist dictatorship that took place in Benin, and suddenly the radio we used to listen to Fela [Kuti], listen to The Beatles, listen to all kinds of music, becomes a place of darkness.And when I arrived in Paris, I was determined to catch up with the music I didn’t have. I became a music junkie. I went to a party with some friends of mine and somebody started playing the song of the Talking Heads called “Once in a Lifetime” and everybody was standing and dancing weird, and me, I was grooving. And I told them, “This is African music,” and they go, “Hell no, this is rock and roll. You Africans are not sophisticated enough to do this kind of music.”Kidjo’s take on Remain In Light dials back much of the original album’s sleek new wave production in favor of a style that puts more emphasis on the record’s West African influences, even incorporating lyrics from the Yoruba and Fon languages. Nevertheless, the recreation also features appearances by American artists like Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and British acts like Blood Orange, in addition to prominent African musicians like Fela Kuti drummer/musical director Tony Allen and Black Panther score percussionist Magatte Sow. “I always say, when you are inspired by a music, and you acknowledge that source of inspiration, it is cultural expansion,” Kidjo tells NPR. “But when you deliberately take somebody’s music and put your name on it, it’s not even cultural appropriation, it’s stealing — period. Cultural appropriation doesn’t exist.”“The Talking Heads, when they released this album, in the press release they acknowledge the fact they were listening to Fela when they did this album,” she continues. “They were reading the book [African Rhythms and African Sensibility] of [John Miller] Chernoff, and they tell people, ‘You want to understand our album? Listen to Fela and read the book.’”Kidjo’s Remain In Light will officially drop on June 8th—just 13 months after she hosted a May 2017 tribute to Talking Heads at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. However, you can listen to the full album via NPR‘s First Listen for the next few days. You can also check out a new WNYC interview in which Kidjo and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne discuss the making of the original album, Fela Kuti, and more.Angélique Kidjo – “Once In A Lifetime” (Talking Heads cover)