Fun-style intranet keeps staff keen and involved

first_imgFun-style intranet keeps staff keen and involvedOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today If employee portals and corporate intranets are to be exploited to the full,they need to become as important a bookmark to the employee as CricInfo is tothe cricket fan or to the share trader. After all, we know from thedotcom crash of last year that it isn’t enough to put a website up and expectpeople to use it. And much like a B2C website, B2E sites must offer compelling content. Global IT services company Wipro believes it has come up with a successfulformula by incorporating a fun element into its portal, Channel W, which aimsto be the single window through which its 9,500 “Wiproites”, spreadacross more than 10 countries (with headquarters in India), can interact andbond with each other. “We were redesigning our intranet and realised what we had was ratherflat. We wanted something that would mean that employees went to it of theirown volition,” says George Joseph, manager of talent engagement anddevelopment at Wipro. The average age of Wipro employees is 26 and they are, typically,”talented and fun-loving”, spending most of their time in front ofthe computer. With this in mind, Channel W has been designed to look more likea youth portal and, in addition to self-service HR tools and a knowledgemanagement system, staff can use it to organise their social lives, buy andsell items and set up interest groups. Feedback is encouraging, with the majority of areas actively used. The buyand sell section, for instance, is heavily populated because of all therelocation going on within the company. “I’ve just moved to London fromIndia and used it to dispose of some of my possessions,” says Joseph.”You can sell whatever you like, and it doesn’t need administratingbecause the buyers and sellers interact directly.” As well as helping to sort his home life out, the self-service HR side ofthe portal has immeasurably helped in his working life too, says Joseph.”It has let me concentrate on the more value-added and forward-thinkingareas of HR.” Those working on projects together can also brainstorm online and it giveemployees on the shopfloor a chance to have a direct line to senior personnel. The serious side to the portal is its role as a corporate communicationsdevice and as a hub for the company’s collective knowledge. As aknowledge-intensive company, which is growing at a rapid pace, it knows it mustuse the technology to manage and share this knowledge. As Vivek Paul, Wipro’svice-chairman, explains, “Managing our intellectual capital efficientlyhas become one of the most critical factors that will help create businessvalue and provide competitive advantage for Wipro as an organisation. Channel Wis a vehicle to achieve this.” Wipro has also opened the portal up to clients to act as a showcase for thecreativity in the company and this has led to customers expressing an interestin having one of their own. But they don’t come cheap: the cost of developing a full-functionalityportal like Channel W is $3-5m, while a scaled down version would cost about$1m. “When we delivered Channel W, we did not do it with the intention ofhaving a saleable product,” explains Paul. “Sometimes you do something that you think is smart for yourself andrealise it can be sold to others.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The CIPD should focus on developing senior HR

first_imgThe CIPD should focus on developing senior HROn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This issue focuses on the tools HR people are using to demonstrate theimpact of their interventions on the bottom line. If you want to know where tofind the relevant articles, you’ll find the page numbers promoted prominentlyat the top of the front page. The use of metrics, balanced score cards, performance indicators and a wholeparaphernalia of related approaches is increasing as HR directors fight forcash for their initiatives and try to justify their existence. Butdemonstrating the value of progressive HR practices is really only the firstphase of a mammoth challenge – the ultimate aim should be to get board membersto view their staff as a value, or an asset that can be calculated, rather thana cost. As HR directors know to their frustration, there is still a long way togo. This is despite the fact that the CIPD has banged on about the evidencedemonstrating the impact of progressive HR practices on the bottom line atevery available opportunity. This is all very well, but the way to change theminds of top executives is to demonstrate the value of HR in a language theyunderstand, and to show it working in their organisations. There are manyhigh-calibre HR directors already achieving this, but they are in great demand.Real change will only come when there is a much bigger pool of senior HRprofessionals with the experience and capabilities to drive this agendaforward. The problem is that at the moment there is a vacuum in HR managers’continuing professional development at the highest levels. Every time senior HRpeople gather they bemoan the fact that the CIPD qualification has no relevanceat their level. Sadly, they also point out that the institute is making noconcerted effort to fill the gap in senior HR development. If the institute won’taddress this need, then someone else will have to. By Noel O’Reilly Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


first_imgPeopleOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Looking after the nation’s collection of film and moving image culture mustclass as the dream job for anyone who considers themselves a cinema fan. Somany must envy Jill McLaughlin, who has landed the role of planning andresources director at the British Film Institute. “I am thrilled to have been given the responsibility for overseeing themanagement of the Bfi’s human resources. This new position creates a greatopportunity for me and my team to develop quality support services,” shesays. “As a keen popular cinemagoer I am also looking forward to learningmore about the scope and impact of film.” Before her appointment, McLaughlin enjoyed three months off between jobs andoccupied herself with holidays to Vietnam and Lapland as well as visits tocultural sites around London. She is now focused on making a positivedifference to HR at the Bfi. “HR can help the Bfi achieve its objectivesby developing a sustainable change programme that results in a customer-focusedorganisation,” she says. “I hope people within the organisation view HR as being a team thathelps the Bfi achieve its aims and that the HR team and myself can make apositive difference.” McLaughlin enjoys helping people perform better and is looking forward toworking in an environment influenced by creativity and the arts. “Whetherthis is by improving communications, a new appraisal scheme, a managementdevelopment programme or just good listening and advice – HR impacts throughoutan organisation and I enjoy that aspect. “I’m most looking forward to the completely different environment, thevariety of responsibilities that will require me to use some of my generalmanagement experience.” CV2002 director of planning and resources, The British FilmInstitute2000 HR/central services director, Adepta Services1994 Personnel and training director, CSL group1993 Central services management, Deloitte& ToucheOn the moveConal Scholes is the new humanresources director at TDG European Chemicals. Reporting to managing directorGraeme Rooney, Scholes’ initial focus will be on efficiency, utilisation,industrial relations, employee involvement practices and performancemanagement. He will also be responsible for group-wide management developmentinitiatives at the firm’s training centre in Manchester. Previously he gainedexperience at Mitsubishi, Northern Foods, BBC and in the health sector.FundsHub, which supplies software forfinancial service companies, has made Mike Blakemore head of development for ateam of software developers. He joins from where he was head ofdevelopment, responsible for creating and managing the software team thatcreated’s website. He will run the team working on the company’sinternet-based fund distribution platform.Tony Molloy has been recruited as HRcontroller for Stanley Leisure’s betting division. He joins from UnitedBiscuits where he was HR manager for the supply chain division. He will beresponsible for all HR activity for the 3,000 employees in its UK bettingshops. Molloy, who began his career at Unilever as an industrial relationsofficer, was employee relations manager at NFC and a regional personnel managerat Littlewoods. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Employers must promote replacement ILA scheme

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The report into the failure of the Individual Learning Account scheme, whichfolded in November last year, has recommended that employers should be involvedin the promotion of any replacement initiative. The scheme, which entitled people to grants of up to £200 towardseducational courses, was launched in September 2000 but collapsed after it wasrevealed that some registered training providers were making bogus claims. The report also calls for a replacement scheme to be set up, for adults whoonly have GCSE qualifications rather than the previous approach where alladults over 19 were eligible for ILAs regardless of their qualifications. The CIPD called for any future scheme to provide funding for individuallearning using bankor building society accounts rather than the previousvoucher system. Jennifer Schramm, training and development advisor, said: “In Sweden,they use a real account only available to people on low incomes, topped up bythe government. Whatever is in the account when the person retires ispensionable.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employers must promote replacement ILA schemeOn 7 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Hospitals fail to protect staff

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Hospitals fail to protect staffOn 2 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Hospitals are failing to manage the occupational exposure of theirhealthcare staff to blood and body fluids, according to doctors at London’s StThomas’ Hospital. Out-of-hours management of occupational body fluid exposures, particularlywhen it came to prescribing post-exposure prophylaxis against HIV, wasinconsistent with in-hours practice. A total of 177 body fluid exposures were reported over a six-month period,109 of which were initially assessed in the OH department and 68 in A&E. Of those originally assessed in A&E, only 21 attended the OH departmentfor follow-up. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002; 59: 415-418. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Private sector must match public transferors’ terms and conditions

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Private sector employers taking on public sector staff as a result oftendering will have to match their previous terms and conditions, includingpensions, according to a new code of practice. The code, due out imminently, also aims to quell union complaints about atwo-tier workforce by ensuring employees recruited by the private sector areoffered “broadly comparable terms and conditions” to thosetransferring from the local authority says???. It is expected to form part of the conditions of all local authoritycontracts as well as transfers following retendering and will apply theprinciples set out in the Cabinet Office Statement of Practice on StaffTransfers in the Public Sector. This states staff should transfer under theprotection of the TUPE regulations. Private sector employers must make pension provision that is actuariallycertified as being “broadly comparable” with the public servicescheme and allow staff to transfer their accrued service credits. New recruits must be offered employment on “fair and reasonable”terms and conditions which are, overall, broadly comparable to those of thetransferred employees, and must include an offer of “reasonable”pension arrangements. “In many ways the code is what many organisations with good personnelpractices have already been following,” said Mary Mallett, deputyvice-president of Socpo. But John McMullen, head of employment at Pinsent Curtis Biddle, said thecode would significantly reduce employers’ ability to negotiate flexibleagreements on staff transfers. Previous Article Next Article Private sector must match public transferors’ terms and conditionsOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Equal pay gap widens for first time in five years

first_img Previous Article Next Article The gap between men and women’s wages has widened for the first time since1997. According to the New Earnings Survey statistics by the Office for NationalStatistics, women who work full-time earn just 81.2 per cent of the averagefull-time male wage, compared to 81.5 per cent in 2001. They also show thatpart-time female staff earn 58.9 per cent of the male full-time average hourlywage, compared to 58.7 per cent in 2001. The Office for National Statistics said the boost to low-earning women’ssalaries from last October’s increase in the minimum wage, was wiped out by theimpact of large pay rises for male professional and managerial workers inLondon. The widening pay gap has also been attributed to big pay deals for theCity’s predominantly male workforce over the past year. Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission Julie Mellor said: “Womenwho work part-time pay a heavy price for not working the traditionalnine-to-five. Those in typical part-time jobs such as cleaning or catering,which offer the flexible hours they need to look after their children, findthere are low hourly rates of pay. We just don’t put a proper value on thesetypes of jobs because they have traditionally been done by women,” shesaid. “Britain’s woeful record on pay has to change if we are ever to see amore equal society. It will only change if companies of all sizes review theway that they pay their staff. It is not enough to recognise the problem. Overthe longer term the Government needs to look at why women’s jobs remainundervalued and underpaid.” The EOC has developed an Equal Pay Kit to help employers carry out payreviews, and also developed guidance for software producers developing ITpackages which can be used to assess companies’ pay systems. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Equal pay gap widens for first time in five yearsOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

E-learning news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This month’s e-learning news in brief– This year’s British Association for Open Learning Conference will givedelegates a chance to conduct a learning and technology audit designed to helpthem choose their own best learning methods and materials. This is just one ofthe case study workshops taking place at the event, being held at the ScarmanHouse Conference Centre in Warwick on 29-30 April 2003.– Online testing portal Skillsarena has added a remote testing ability toits service, which enables organisations to create and administer testing ofits workforce ‘from anywhere, to anyone and on anything.’ Employees can alreadybe tested in areas such as Microsoft Word and Excel and speed typing and dataentry.– LMS provider Thinq has achieved adopter status for the e-learningspecification model SCORM – the Sharable Content Object Reference Model. Scormstandards aim to drive the e-learning industry forward by promotinginteroperability between different systems and software.– Futuremedia is designing and developing a £144,000 communication packagefor agribusiness Syngenta, aimed at educating its sales and marketing teamsthroughout Europe on a new product to be launched later this year. E-learning news in briefOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Seven deadly sins

first_imgAhost of legislation kicks in when an outsourcing deal is under way.  Learn from the most common mistakes, to makesure that everyone – and everything – is covered. Helen jerry reportsOutsourcing– which involves the transfer of employees between a customer and supplier –presents complex legal issues. When a business unit changes hands a host oflegislative issues relating to employment rights arise. But practical actionscan prevent or overcome a number of nightmare situations.Theterms and conditions of employment for outsourced staff in the UK are protectedby the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE),which are derived from European legislation under the Acquired Rights Directive(ARD). TheARD places unexpected restrictions on employers when outsourcing staff andprevents the outsourcing of workforces without employers taking proper steps toinform and consult with staff about the expected impact.–Mixing business transfers with business downsizing and redundanciesInsome instances, economics may require an employer to undertake an outsourcingproject and cut jobs at the same time. Business transfers of employees andredundancies can clash. To avoid the clash, employers needs to be clear on thefacts behind its strategy. Will the downsizing and business transfer besimultaneous? If so, are the two related? If there is a relationship, then theemployer may face claims because job losses connected with the TUPE transfermay automatically be unfair. Consequently, the employer faces an expensive andmessy situation – and a public relations crisis.Ifthe employer can show the two issues are not inherently related, however, itmay have a statutory defence to the claims, an ETO (economic, technical ororganisational) reason entailing changes in the workforce, which should defusethe crisis.Toshow the transfer and redundancies are unrelated, a paper trail, proving theETO, is important. But to avoid the necessity of proving the ETO at allrequires effective communication with the workforce. Properly informed staffare less motivated to make claims.Ideally,communication begins before the formal consultation processes. An employer haslegal duties to inform and consult under TUPE and in mass redundancysituations. This can mean managing several streams of parallel and possibleoverlapping consultation (under TUPE, collective redundancy legislation and onindividual redundancies) at the same time. Thehuman resources department will need to ensure employee representatives are inplace, that the right people are consulted on the right matters, and that theaims (commercial and legal) of each consultation are borne in mind throughout.Early, transparent communication will alleviate the stress of this. –Failing to spot the impact of the deal’s employee dimension on timeframesAnemployer may be wholly unaware that the TUPE regulations require consultationwith employees – and that these duties must be factored into the outsourcingtimetable. Early liaison between HR and the commercial team is essential sothat the facts of the outsourcing can be established and the risks of failureto inform and consult staff flagged. Furthermore,HR’s early involvement enables that team to understand the scope of the dealand the headcount involved as well as identifying the necessity to consult, ifapplicable. Any changes to staff conditions or benefits mean consultation mustgo ahead.Theactual impact on timing will depend on all the facts. If there is asimultaneous downsizing exercise, and multiple jurisdictions are involved,consultation on the outsourcing may involve a period of up to a year or more insome European countries with criminal, as well as civil, penalties for failureto comply with the law. For unprepared employers, this can mean an unacceptablelevel of delay in deal timeframes and frequently “difficult” European countriesare removed from scope at short notice where insufficient planning has beenprovided for. Commercially, this is usually an undesirable outcome.–Failing to look at the end from the beginningAnoutsourcing company must think now about what will happen at the end of itsoutsourcing contract. When the contract is about to expire, and the servicesare offered for tender to new suppliers, the customer must identify theprovisions, if any, which will assist a potential retransfer either backin-house or on to a new supplier. Withoutthe right contractual framework, the employer may be unable to identifyaccurately how many people will be transferring, what their terms andconditions are and also what potential claims are lurking that will transferwith the staff; under TUPE, the liability for most claims transfers to the newemployer. This onus of responsibility can be amended by tight contractualdrafting. Therefore, what liabilities the parties are prepared to accept, bothat the beginning and end of a contract, must be established when the contractis initially drafted. Specific termination assistance should be included, suchas a requirement for the provision of: –Employee information–A hands-off period for key, and potentially transferring, staff–Transfer of key individuals who may not be covered by TUPE –Indemnities for apportionment of risk–Obligations impacting successor suppliers.Thesupplier will only be prepared to discuss these terms at the beginning of acontract, rather than at the end when it risks losing out to a competitor.–Ignoring third-party employeesATUPE outsourcing may unexpectedly involve the movement of staff in addition tothe obvious dedicated workforce. To avoid difficulties with both claims fromunidentified additional transferring employees, as well as the difficultiesposed by the non-transfer of key individuals, an employer should carefullyidentify as soon as possible who is in scope and who they work for – andwhether they are likely to transfer under TUPE. Foursets of people to consider are: the employer’s own employees; those who arededicated to a service that has already been outsourced; any subcontractoremployees; and individual contractors. The complications of failing to identifythe actual transferring workforce are many.Forinstance, thought needs to be given as to which party picks up the costs offailing to inform and consult with any additional employees who transfer.Further, in Europe, subcontractor staff do not normally transfer across underthe Acquired Rights Directive. However, if the subcontract under which theywork allows the customer control over their day-to-day working then they mayclaim co-employment by the customer and, as an employee, they could claim theytransfer across to the customer’s supplier. And so on.Toiron out any co-employment issues that may arise in Europe, local legal adviceshould be taken early on. –Ignoring a European Works CouncilInthe rush to contract-out services, a company may misunderstand the role of itsWorks Council. Lawyers will normally use this term to refer to the EuropeanWorks Councils set up under European legislation, but in many organisations theterm is actually commonly used to refer to local employee representative fora. Theconfusion becomes a problem when a company believes it is complying with itsduties to consult with its Works Council, but it is actually talking only tolocal employee representatives in each country. Both sorts of works councilswill need to be involved in consultation, both in accordance with theirconstitutions.–Failure to understand the impact of data protection lawThereis a prevalent misconception about how much information can be shared with apotential supplier at each stage before completion of an outsourcing. If anemployer gives away too much specific personal information (such as salary)during due diligence without express consent of an individual, it is likely tobe in breach of the European Data Protection Directive. To avoid this, ensurepersonnel information is anonymous and relates to bands of employees. Becertain that detailed information cannot be specifically linked to any oneperson. Immediately before  completion,more specific information can be shared, for instance, to facilitate seamlesspayroll provision.–Failing to consider the effects of an outsourcing that covers more than onecountryWhenan outsourcing covers more than one country it may be complicated by mixingvarious legislative frameworks together. Problems arise with an agreement thathas been drafted with the legislation of one country in mind but which is thenrolled-out and applied to a number of countries. Wiseoutsourcing companies will factor in the time and cost of getting local adviceabout whether the contract terms are lawful or enforceable in each specificjurisdiction. It is vital to make any necessary local variation agreements toensure contractual certainty. This process can be complicated by differences ofopinion between local lawyers taking a purist approach and in-house humanresources departments that have local understandings and agreements with staff.Factorin the time necessary to get the necessary advice and to ensure the advicereceived is consistent and accepted locally. If not, multi-million eurotransactions may be held up at the last minute for lack of agreement in ajurisdiction with only a handful of affected staff.ConclusionTosummarise, the common pitfalls encountered in the people aspects of anoutsourcing deal can all be minimised in most cases by: early fact-finding; arealistic approach to the timing needed to ensure compliance with the statutoryregime; and an open, and open-minded, approach to communication with staff. Affectedemployees are real people with real jobs – and while they rarely have theopportunity to stop a company doing what it wants, they will have the power tomake the process as easy – or as painful – as the company makes it for them.HelenJerry is head of employment law at Shaw Pittman UK Related posts:No related photos. Seven deadly sinsOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

International news

first_imgThis week’s International newsOlympics in jeopardy as builders walk out Greece’s preparations for the Olympics hit a further stumbling block afterconstruction workers went on a 24-hour strike over pay. Thousands ofconstruction workers in Athens did not turn up for work after rejecting a 3.2per cent pay rise. The General Confederation of Labour trade union is demandingan 8 per cent hike in wages. Commenting on the employers’ pay offer, the unionsaid: “If these provocative positions are maintained, a conflict will beinevitable with all its consequences for the country’s priorities ahead of theOlympic Games.” The strike took place on the same day as the ceremony tomark the arrival of the Olympic flame in the Greek capital. German engineering giant sheds 2,500 jobs Siemens, the German engineering company, says plans to offshore jobs tocounter mounting competition from Asia and high domestic labour costs willaffect around 5,000 staff. The company, one of Germany’s biggest employers,will cut 2,500 jobs in the country as a result of the plans, and another 2,500local staff will have to change job or location, a company spokesman said.Siemens employs 170,000 staff in Germany, but has cut 35,000 jobs worldwide inthe past three years and 60 per cent of its workforce is now abroad. Lastmonth, Gerhard Schrîder, the German Chancellor, called offshoring‘unpatriotic’. Chinese graduates desperate to show ‘skills’ Female graduates in China are getting so desperate for jobs that some areattaching revealing photos of themselves to their CVs, together with details oftheir dancing and drinking abilities. The China Daily newspaper reports thatgender bias means female graduates are often shunned for jobs and so areturning to ever more imaginative ways to entice potential employers. Some womenare pictured in mini skirts or bikinis, while others tell of their abilities inthe field of singing and dancing, according to the newspaper. China has equalopportunities legislation, but Beijing Municipal Women’s Federation said therewas “a lack of implementing measures to help achieve that goal”. US economy bounces back with new jobs The US economy created 308,000 jobs in March, the largest monthly increasein four years, and shattered the 200,000-per-month gain expected in times ofeconomic recovery. The news comes after repeated attacks by presidentialcandidate John Kerry, who had criticised low job creation under George Bush andthe Republicans. The unemployment rate rose from 5.6 per cent to 5.7 per centas more workers came into the market, according to the US Labour Department.”Today’s employment report clearly demonstrates the positive impact thePresident’s pro-growth economic policies are having on job creation,” saidUS treasury secretary John Snow. Call for rights for Ireland’s migrant workforce The Human Rights Commission and the National Consultative Committee onRacism and Interculturalism have called for government action to tackle theexploitation of migrant workers in Ireland. The two groups launched a reporttoday recommending ways to make government policy friendlier to migrants andways to integrate foreign workers into Irish society. Maurice Manning, thepresident of the Human Rights Commission, said such workers should be treatedas human beings rather than economic entities. He also said human rights mustbe a key feature of the Irish Government’s proposed immigration legislation. International newsOn 13 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Taking the CEO direct to the desktop worldwide

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article ByLiz Mackenzie, Technical manager at Forbidden Technologies explains howvideo-streaming technology can help HR get its message acrossWhatis video streaming? Videostreaming digitises and compresses traditional video to allow it to be sentacross the internet. Users access these videos through a website or via ane-mail. Recipients do not need to save and download large files before viewing.Whyis it relevant to HR?Videostreaming can deliver the HR message in the most cost-effective and highlyvisual way to staff desktops across the organisation. Time and budgetconstraints mean senior management is often unable to communicate directly withall staff. With video streaming, the chief executive can be delivered direct toevery employee’s desktop. This is particularly useful for multi-site andmultinational organisations where face-to-face meetings are logisticallydifficult. It can be used to introduce new board members, HR policies orstrategies and product lines. With a video e-mail, you can also track who haswatched the video and when – great for ensuring full awareness of new HRissues.Manyorganisations currently use corporate video to outline company vision or toprovide internal training, and streaming allows every employee access to thesepresentations online. Whatare the technical issues – can anyone run it at their desk?Thebeauty of video streaming is that there are very few technical issues involved.No additional investment in IT hardware is required. If the video is compressedand streamed using the most effective technology, it can be watched byrecipients on a corporate broadband network, by remote workers dialling up fromhome via a 56K modem, or even by staff on the road, accessing the content bymobile phone or personal digital assistant (PDA). Canyou give any examples?Werecently worked with global financial services organisation, Misys, tointroduce a new departmental chief executive to all staff within days of theappointment, setting out his ambitions for the company and saying ‘hi’. WhenPierre Danon, chief executive of BT Retail, set out his vision for customerrelationship management, his presentation was videoed, compressed, and streamedto employees, as well as being uploaded to the website for external viewing. ForbiddenTechnologies also used its own solution to communicate its financial results tothe company and its 2,000-plus shareholders.Wherecan I find out more? provides products and services that enable organisations to delivercorporate messages by video. Taking the CEO direct to the desktop worldwideOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

If something works, let’s prove it – now

first_imgIf something works, let’s prove it – nowBy Jane King on 12 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Leadership development can be an inspiring learning experience for the individual, but for the employer it is an expensive leap of faith. It’s puzzling that in 2004, millions are being spent on something for which there is little quantifiable evidence to prove that it works. We all want to believe that leadership development makes a difference – that there’s a causal link to employee and organisational performance – and yet we struggle to prove it. Key players in the leadership movement have been questioning the lack of effort around measuring return on investment and linking it to business goals (see page 1). Both the providers in this field and HR teams must take responsibility for this ongoing weakness. From a provider’s point of view, it seems ironic that some continue to win significant business in this sphere without providing the tools to truly evaluate their effectiveness. HR has been allowed to get away with it because few business leaders understand the concept and even fewer have actually benefited from leadership development themselves. Paul Kearns’ criticisms of the BBC’s leadership approach will have been well intended as a warning to other businesses. He has been one of the strongest and most effective advocates for the HR profession to be accountable and to get into shape with human capital management. For years, his mantra has been: talk about the value not the cost and look for outputs not inputs. The BBC defends its lack of performance objectives by insisting that it’s a public service with no bottom line. But the same applies to local government, the NHS, and all the emergency services, which are all wrestling with the challenges on a day-to-day basis. At its most simplistic, just tracking change in your leaders once they have been involved in development initiatives is a good starting point. For instance, are there differences over time and what contribution has this made towards achieving the overall strategy? Retailers, for example, are now able to quantify the relationship between the development of their leaders and increased levels of satisfied employees and customers. As the most high-profile public-sector organisation, the BBC should be aiming to set an example for the rest of the country to follow. And while financial measures may not always be the right tool for measuring success at organisations like the BBC, some attempt at evaluation is essential, even when something as subjective as creativity is a key output. Leadership providers are doing themselves a disservice if they ignore the need for hard results. There are some fantastic development schemes out there, but too many are failing to prove their worth. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Permanent gains from temporary workers: smart casuals

first_img The latest developments on agency workers’ rights have placed the spotlight on working conditions for temps. How can HR deal with them fairly and legally? Roisin Woolnough reportsThe role of temporary workers in the UK labour market has never been under so much scrutiny. Last month, the European Union confirmed that it was to agree to the CBI and TUC’s deal to give agency workers equal pay rights to permanent staff after working for an employer for 12 weeks, despite a directive pressing for those rights to be in place from day one.But that’s no excuse for employers to sit back on their laurels. Temporary staff account for three per cent of workers at any one time, according to the Confederation of British Industry. And at the moment, that demand is even higher than normal as many employers are trying to fill skills gaps without taking on more permanent employees. A report earlier this year by professional services provider KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation shows that demand for temp workers is buoyant, while permanent staff hires are in decline. The credit crunch is partly to blame, with employers loath to take on new staff in case they have to lay them off again, with all the ensuing costs and bureaucracy. Employers enjoy the flexibility of being able to take on and then shed temps as demand fluctuates, or as internal finances dictate. “There has been a shift towards some employers hiring temps rather than committing to full-time staff,” says Richard Grace, joint managing director at recruitment firm Gordon Yates. “This is because they can backpedal more easily.”Justifying the costMark Roberts, operations director at recruitment agency Gap Personnel, says employers are also keeping a close watch on the cost of temps and making managers account for any extra labour expenditure. “Many businesses are really focusing on their cost base and therefore making their senior managers justify the use of temporary labour,” he says. Susan Fanning, partner at law firm DLA Piper, thinks that – despite the EU’s decision to agree to equality after 12 weeks – the status of temporary workers is still bound to change over the next 18 months or two years. “One way or another the current position will change,” she says. “It is not clear what the next stage of the directive is, but there is bound to be some movement this year when the French get behind the [European Union] presidency this month.”Fanning says the main emphasis of the directive is on access to pay and the same benefits and employment conditions as permanent staff. There is also the controversial possibility of employment protection on the dismissal side. UK businesses have been lobbying for these changes to come into effect – if they have to – at 12 months. But at the moment, Fanning says it is looking as if the cut-off period will be six weeks. The directive is meant to protect and be beneficial to temps. However, the increased costs and administrative burden that it is bound to cause could actually work against them and lead to a reduction in demand for their services. “Although there are strong arguments for and against the AWD, the general feeling in the recruitment industry and across our clients is that it could stifle the flexibility of agency workers,” says Roberts. “Furthermore, industry analysis carried out by the CBI found that 57 per cent of companies questioned would decrease agency use under the AWD and 10 per cent would stop using agency labour completely.”Employment status claimsBusinesses don’t want the extra costs or administration and nor do they necessarily want temps to start making employment status claims. To protect themselves, Fanning says employers must make sure that all paperwork relating to agency workers reflects that they are an employee of the agency. “And be careful about including agency employees in more mainstream areas, such as training,” she says.That said, a chief complaint made by temps is that they are treated as second-class citizens in the workplace. A Gordon Yates survey found that 27 per cent of temps dislike the limited career development of temporary work, 14 per cent dislike the lack of recognition, and six per cent dislike not being part of a team. Yet, temps have a lot to offer and may even be able to teach in-house staff a thing or two. “An advantage of agency staff includes the potential extent of their experience,” says Isabelle Simon-Evans, assistant director of people and organisational development at the charity, The Children’s Society. “Experienced agency staff who have carried out a variety of placements may come with a wider knowledge base of processes and systems and an ability to hit the ground running.”Be careful that your permanent staff don’t feel outdone though. Managers need to let permanent staff know what any temps are being brought in to do and why and that everyone is to work together. Integrate the temp with your permanent workforce, particularly if it’s an assignment of some longevity. “A little bit of input and integration goes a long way,” says Grace. “Some companies are very good at bringing temps in, getting them accepted and part of the team quickly.”Take good careThe temp needs to feel an important, valued part of the workforce. If employers want to get the best out of the temps they use – and happy people tend to make better, more productive workers – they need to take care of them. This begins with induction. Induct a temp well, make sure they know what they’ve been hired to do and why and there’s a greater chance they can do the job they have been hired for.For some organisations, their casual workforce is so important that they take very good care of them. Many large retail organisations keep individuals on a database and re-hire them during busy periods. Asda has 10,000 seasonal workers on its payroll for key times of the year, such as Easter, Christmas and the current sunny season. “They are contracted to work a minimum of 10 weeks a year,” says Stuart Price from the colleague relations team at Asda. A major benefit for Asda of retaining these seasonal workers is that they can hit the ground running. “We only have to train seasonal colleagues once,” he says.Many of them will be on board now that summer is here. The agricultural industry, catering and hospitality, tourism also all make heavy use of temps over the summer months. So as HR departments build up their summer workforce, the need to think long-term about your temporary workforce is more pressing than ever. Top tips: Dealing with agency workers’ rights Don’t stick your head in the sand. The situation will continue to move this year so be ready for it Keep an eye on developments Consider getting involved on the lobbying side When new legislation comes in, make sure your paperwork reflects that agency workers are employees of the agency, not yourselves. Source: DLA Piper Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Permanent gains from temporary workers: smart casualsBy Roisin Woolnough on 15 Jul 2008 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Mapletree Investments bets big on European office market

first_imgShare via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsEuropeOffice Real Estatecenter_img Chairman Edmund Cheng (Photos via Esplanade; Unsplash)Singapore-based real estate asset manager Mapletree Investments is launching a European office fund.The firm aims to raise a half billion euros, or around $606 million, for the Mapletreee Europe Income Trust and looks to reach that goal by the end of March, according to DealStreetAsia. Mapletree is targeting a 12 percent return on the fund.Mapletree seeded the fund with seven of its European commercial properties, including three in the United Kingdom and three on the European continent. The firm owns more than 100 properties in Europe, including 10 office properties.With the coronavirus pandemic squeezing landlords and driving down pricing, it’s a good time to buy. CBRE projects that office rents in the U.S. could fall by as much as 8 percent this year; some European markets could see a similar dip.Mapletree has around $60.5 billion in assets under management and is also active across Asia, Australia, and the United States. Institutional investors including pension funds and insurance companies are a large source of investment.In 2019, the firm made a push in the U.S. and European logistics sector with a $1.8 billion fund. That same year it also bought an apartment building in Chicago. [DealStreetAsia] — Dennis Lynchlast_img read more

“Breaking” news: Bryan Cranston lists eco-friendly SoCal beach pad

first_img Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Bryan Cranston and his California beach house (Getty, Realtor)Actor Bryan Cranston has listed the eco-friendly Ventura County, California home he built during the final season of “Breaking Bad.”Cranston and his wife Robin Dearden bought the property the home sits on in 2007 for around $2.5 million, and completed the 2,450-square-foot house in 2013. It’s listed for just under $5 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.The actor — who told the publication that he’s an architecture “nerd” — helped design the three-bedroom home, and brought in a team of designers to make it as eco-friendly as possible. The listing for the property calls it “a true net-zero build” that produces as much electricity as it consumes.Cranston told the Journal he’s selling because he doesn’t spend much time there, but initially resisted the idea of parting ways with it because of how much work was involved. He’s since had a change of heart.“There’s something lovely about creating something of tremendous pride and effort and turning it over to someone,” he told the publication.Beach houses in Southern California have sold well amid the pandemic, particularly in nearby Malibu. Tyra Banks recently bought a home overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Cranston’s target price range.Some homes have traded for eight figures: Investment banker Ken Moelis bought his neighbor’s beach house for $21.5 million earlier in February, while cosmetics mogul Chris Tawil flipped a beach house for $24 million at the end of January. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch  Celebrity Real EstateLuxury Real EstateResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

WeWork exits first Hong Kong location as part of global downsizing

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Tower 535 in Hong Kong and WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani (Photos via SOM, Getty)WeWork, which recently struck a $9 billion deal to go public via a special-purpose acquisition company, is still working on its path to profitability. Part of that strategy involves shedding space around the globe.In its latest move, the co-working company exited its 90,000-square-foot office in Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post. That amounts to a 20 percent reduction in the territory, leaving WeWork with 360,000 square feet of office space.The company gave up eight floors at Phoenix Property’s Tower 535 in Causeway Bay.The Tower 535 office was WeWork’s first Hong Kong location when it opened in 2016. The company’s lease with Phoenix Property ends in 2025, and the early exit may result in a penalty for WeWork, according to the report.WeWork leased 830,000 square feet of office space in Hong Kong at its peak in 2019. The city’s wider property market has taken a hit since pro-democracy protests began later that year; the coronavirus pandemic has further weakened demand.WeWork’s recent move to cut space builds on new management’s mission to slash the company’s once-massive global footprint and become profitable by the fourth quarter.WeWork has been dumping leases in numerous cities for over a year. So far in 2021, WeWork has exited multiple Manhattan locations and at least one in Los Angeles.Co-working and flex-office firms have struggled amid the work-from-home world, which has reduced the need for conference room and event space, and for related office operations. Meanwhile, WeWork competitor IWG has added more than 50,000 square feet of flexible office space in Hong Kong over the last six months.[SCMP] — Dennis Lynch  hong kongOffice LeasingWeWork Tagslast_img read more

Oracle co-founder pays $80M for North Palm Beach estate

first_img Tags Share via Shortlink Message* The property was developed in 1991 and last sold in 2012 for $17.5 million, records show.Waterfront luxury residential sales in Palm Beach have set new records during the pandemic, in terms of both number of closings and sky-high prices.In February, private equity titan Scott Shleifer paid more than $120 million for the oceanfront mansion at 535 North County Road in Palm Beach, setting a record for Florida and marking one of the most expensive home sales in the U.S.Other recent buyers and sellers have included Steve Wynn, Greg Norman, Tommy Hilfiger and David Tepper.In the past two weeks, hotelier Beatrice Tollman sold her Palm Beach mansion at 174 Via Del Lago for $57 million. And Wynn paid $24 million for a lakefront home after flipping and buying other properties in Palm Beach.Contact Katherine Kallergis Email Address* Larry Ellison and 12525 Seminole Beach Road (Getty, Google Maps)Larry Ellison, billionaire co-founder of Oracle Corp., paid $80 million for the North Palm Beach estate owned by hedge fund manager Gabriel A. Hoffman.The sale, which closed slightly above the $79.5 million asking price, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. It adds to a dizzying number of ultra-high-end deals to close over the past year in South Florida.Ellison is worth nearly $100 billion, according to Forbes. He’s chairman and chief technology officer of the Austin, Texas-based software company he co-founded, and was previously CEO.Hoffman heads the activist hedge fund Accipiter Capital Management.He initially listed his 7.35-acre compound at 12525 Seminole Beach Road in June with Douglas Elliman agent Gary Pohrer.Elliman agents Chris Leavitt and Ashley McIntosh, who promoted the sale on Instagram, represented the seller, while Elliman’s Tonja Garamella brought the buyer. The agents all declined to comment.ADVERTISEMENTThe Tuscan-style, 15,514-square-foot mansion has seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, three half-baths and more than 520 feet of ocean frontage. The property features a large private pool, theater, wine room, chef’s kitchen, tennis court, and guest suite. It’s accessible via helicopter.Read moreHedge funder’s North Palm Beach estate hits the market for $80M Sale of Palm Beach estate asking $140M sets new Florida record Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper paid $68M for Palm Beach mansion Full Name* North Palm Beach Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

What Biden’s first 100 days meant for real estate

first_img Email Address* President Joe Biden (Getty, iStock)President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday unveiled a $1.8 trillion spending plan that would eliminate a “special real estate tax break” for certain investors.The partial demise of that tax break, mentioned briefly as part of the American Families Plan, is just one of several policy initiatives affecting real estate that have started to take shape under Biden, some of which fulfill promises he made on the campaign trail.The president has already extended the federal eviction and foreclosure moratoriums twice and teamed up with the Democratic Congress to distribute an unprecedented $27 billion in pandemic rent relief and emergency housing vouchers.As Biden marks his first 100 days in office on Thursday, here are the five issues that the real estate industry is watching.1031 exchangesThat “special tax break” the Biden administration alluded to is the 1031 exchange. Also known as like-kind exchanges, it allows real estate investors to defer capital gains taxes by funneling the proceeds from a sold property into a new one. Ultimately, this means investors can defer tax liabilities indefinitely by repeatedly selling properties and rolling the proceeds over.The American Families Plan, which would help fund access to education and child care, would eliminate 1031 exchanges in cases where the gains are more than $500,000. Industry experts have warned that changes to the program would prove economically devastating as the nation recovers from the pandemic.Opportunity ZonesDuring his campaign, Biden vowed to reform the Trump-era tax incentive aimed at encouraging development in designated “distressed areas.” But the question remains: What exactly will his administration try to do?On the campaign trail, Biden identified a few areas he sought to change, including increasing reporting requirements for investors. He also floated an incentive for Opportunity Zone funds to partner with community organizations to ensure that investments are dedicated to distressed areas.The key concern with the program is that it has failed to fulfill its goal of infusing investment in low-income communities. The program allowed investors and developers to defer unrealized capital gains by investing in “opportunity funds” that would, in turn, pour money into underserved communities.The latest report to find fault with the program was published last week by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley. It found that only 16 percent of the 8,000-plus census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones received investment in 2019. It also concluded that much of the money was sunk into real estate, construction and finance businesses in areas “with pre-existing upward trends in population, income and home values” and with fewer elderly and non-white residents, according to the New York Times.Fair housingShortly after his inauguration, Biden signed executive orders instructing the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the effects of the Trump administration’s actions on key fair housing measures. One was the 2015 Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule, which required local governments that receive federal funds to identify discriminatory housing policies and map out plans to combat them. Donald Trump repealed AFFH last summer.Another was the “disparate impact” rule, which codified a legal standard allowing claims of housing bias to move forward in cases where there wasn’t an explicit intent to discriminate. Last September, Trump upped the standards for such claims, establishing a five-pronged test for pursuing allegations of unintentional discrimination.This month, HUD took the first formal steps to reinstating the AFFH and “disparate impact” rules.InfrastructureThere is a lot packed into Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which not only pledges funds to roads, bridges and public transit, but also proposes changes to zoning laws and the public housing system.The plan reportedly includes funding for the long-delayed Gateway Tunnel under the Hudson River, a lifeline for commuters and nearby property owners when existing tunnels are eventually shut down for much-needed repairs. It also calls for the construction or rehabilitation of 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income buyers and an infusion of $40 billion into the country’s public housing system. According to a fact sheet on the plan, Biden is also pushing to eliminate exclusionary zoning laws including bans on multifamily housing.Climate goalsLast week, the president pledged that the U.S. would halve its emissions, from 2005 levels, by 2030.The plan’s success will rely, in part, on property owners. In 2019, residential and commercial properties accounted for 19 percent and 17 percent, respectively, of carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion, including allocated electricity emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Buy-in from those sectors will likely rely on incentives and investment at the federal and local levels in electrification and retrofitting programs.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name*center_img Share via Shortlink Tags 1031 exchangesJoe BidenPoliticsReal Estate Investmentlast_img read more

Studies of ionospheric F-region irregularities from geomagnetic mid-latitude conjugate regions

first_imgScintillation data from near Boston, U.S.A., and spread-F data from Argentine Islands, Antarctica are used to investigate the diurnal and seasonal variations of the simultaneous occurrence of medium-scale (~ 1–10 km) irregularities in the electron concentration in the F-region of the ionosphere at conjugate magnetic mid-latitude regions. It is found that these two stations near 52° CGL observe similar irregularity occurrence on ~75% of occasions at night when the data are considered on an hour by hour basis. During solstices, the relationship is dominated by occasions when irregularities are absent from both ends of the geomagnetic field lines; however, at equinoxes, periods of the simultaneous occurrence and non-occurrence of irregularities are approximately equally frequent. During periods of high geomagnetic activity, processes associated with the convection electric field and particle precipitation are likely to be important for the formation and transport of irregularities over these higher mid-latitude observatories. These processes are likely to occur simultaneously in conjugate regions. On days following geomagnetic activity, two processes may be operating that enhance the probability of the temperature-gradient instability, and hence lead to the formation of irregularities. These are the presence of stable auroral red arcs which occur simultaneously in conjugate locations, and the negative F-region storm effects whereby latitudinal plasma concentration gradients are increased; these effects are only similar in conjugate regions. During very quiet geomagnetic periods, F-region irregularities are occasionally observed, but seldom simultaneously at the two ends of the field lines. There is also an anomalous peak in the occurrence of irregularities over Argentine Islands associated with local sunrise in winter. No explanation is offered for these observations. Photo-electrons from the conjugate hemisphere appear to have no effect on irregularity occurrence.last_img read more

Ecology and seed morphology of endemic species from Kerguelen Phytogeographic Zone

first_imgMorphological descriptions of the seeds of eight phanerogamic species are provided together with observations on the dispersal of the seeds and the habitats of parent plants. These are discussed in relation to long-distance dispersal and proposals are made for future research.last_img

Ice cores and astronauts

first_imgWhile policy-makers discuss the benefits of manned spaceflight to the moon and beyond, scientists and engineers are considering how to protect astronauts from the harsh realities of space. During the Apollo era, when astronauts went to the moon, the sun emitted one of the largest bursts of energetic charged particles on record. Luckily, this occurred between the Apollo 16 and 17 missions, on 2nd August 1972; otherwise, if the astronauts had been on a moon walk, they would have received a life threatening dose of radiation. Today, solar energetic particle (SEP) events are recognised as one of a wide range of hazards affecting astronauts, spacecraft, aviation, and ground-based technology that is referred to as space weather.last_img read more

Antarctic winter tropospheric warming – the potential role of polar stratospheric clouds, a sensitivity study

first_imgOver the last 30 years, Antarctic mid-tropospheric temperatures in winter have increased by 0.5 K per decade, the largest regional tropospheric warming observed. Over this period, amounts of polar stratospheric cloud(PSC) have also increased, as rising CO2 concentrations cooled the stratosphere. By imposing an idealisation of these increases in PSC within the radiation scheme of an atmosphere-only general circulation model, we find that they could have contributed to the observed warming. The present generation of global climate models do not properly represent PSCs, and so these results demonstrate the need to improve the representation of PSCs. Copyright. (C) 2009 Royal Meteorological Society and Crown Copyrightlast_img read more

A comparative study of phycobilliprotein production in two strains of Pseudanabaena isolated from Arctic and tropical regions in relation to different light wavelengths and photoperiods

first_imgPhycobiliproteins, which include phycocyanin, allophycocyanin and phycoerythrin, are the group of colouredaccessory photosynthetic pigments present in cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Pseudanabaena is a genus ofmicroscopic cyanobacteria, cosmopolitan in distribution and known to be rich in phycoerythrins. Cyanobacteriaare photosynthetic organisms, thus, one of the factors that influences their metabolism is the quality andquantity of incident light. In order to determine the production of phycobiliproteins (mainly phycocyanin andphycoerythrin) in this genus, the quantity of these pigments was investigated in two different strains ofPseudanabaena, P. catenata USMAC16 isolated from an Arctic location (Svalbard) and P. amphigranulataUSMAC18 from a tropical location (Tasik Harapan, USM, Malaysia). The aims of this study were twofold. First,to determine the influence of different light wavelengths (white, green and red) and exposure duration (photoperiodof 12–24 h (h)) on phycocyanin and phycoerythrin production in the two strains. Second, to comparethe production of phycobiliprotein between the two strains. Highest phycocyanin production was obtainedunder red light, while phycoerythrin production was highest under green light. Highest production was achievedwith photoperiod 24:00 h L:D (L: light, D: dark) in the polar strain and 12:12 h L: D in the tropical strain. P.catenata (Arctic strain) was a good producer of phycoerythrin when grown under green light.last_img read more

UVU Baseball Signs Three During Spring Period

first_imgJune 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU Baseball Signs Three During Spring Period Written by Tags: Alexander Marco/Jesse Schmit/Nick Sheehan/Scott Madsen/UVU Baseball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Tuesday, Utah Valley University baseball coach Scott Madsen confirmed the signing of three standout talents to national letters of intent during the spring signing period.These players are outfielder Alexander Marco of Las Vegas, right-handed pitcher Jesse Schmit of Queen Creek, Ariz. and outfielder Nick Sheehan of Fresno, Calif.Marco is a junior who previously played at Cochise College of Douglas, Ariz. and batted .315 with five home runs and 67 RBI for the Apaches.Schmitt previously played at South Mountain C.C. of Phoenix and had a team-best 1.84 ERA for a Cougars team that went 52-10 on the season and advanced to the championship round of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.He pitched 29.1 innings on the season, striking out 20, while posting a 1-1 record and a pair of saves.Sheehan comes to Orem after playing for Fresno City College, while he batted .333 and amassed seven home runs and 42 RBI for the Rams. His contributions helped FCC to a Central Valley College conference title and a berth in the California Community College Athletic Association Nor-Cal Super Regionals.The other Wolverines’ signees thus far are Robert Brodell of Brawley, Calif., Matt Dalke of Phoenix, Mason Gray of Phoenix, Jake Plecas of Flagstaff, Ariz., Logan Petet of Boise, Idaho, Ty Vargas of Palmdale, Calif. and Cole Yocum of Mesa, Ariz. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner party with Stanley Cup, Alex Ovechkin at DC restaurant

first_img Beau Lund June 10, 2018 /Sports News – National Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner party with Stanley Cup, Alex Ovechkin at DC restaurant Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(WASHINGTON) — The two biggest items in Washington, D.C., crossed paths on Saturday night as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner posed with the Stanley Cup.It was a matter of pure coincidence as the president’s daughter and son-in-law visited D.C. hotspot Café Milano for a date night while Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin was celebrating with the Stanley Cup.The Capitals won the Stanley Cup, the NHL’s championship trophy, on Thursday. They defeated the underdog Las Vegas Golden Knights in the series, 4-1, to win their first Cup.The Keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard, who has traveled with the Cup as its overseer for 27 years, posted a photo of the trophy with a casual Ivanka Trump and Kushner.Jokes about the Trumps meeting with a Russian flooded Twitter, but everyone at the restaurant seemed to be enjoying themselves.ABC News’ Kenneth Moton happened to be at Cafe Milano, Franco Nuschese’s trendy Italian dining spot, when the partying Capitals arrived and filmed the Cup’s grand entrance.Ovechkin had quite the day with the Stanley Cup. He had visited Nationals Park to throw out the first pitch before the Giants played the Nationals Saturday afternoon. Plenty of Twitter users also captured Ovechkin frolicking in a fountain in the nation’s capital Saturday, as well.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SUU Football Returns Home To Host Sacramento State For Homecoming

first_img Written by Tags: Chinedu Ahanonu/Elijah Chambers/Elijah Dotson/Homecoming/Immanuel Anderson/Jaelin Ratliff/James Felila/Jay Green Jr./Kevin Thomson/Mister Harriel/Sacramento State/SUU Football/Taelin Webb/Ty Rutledge Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-For the first time in six weeks, Saturday Southern Utah University has a home football game as the Thunderbirds entertain Sacramento State for Homecoming.SUU has started the season 0-5, losing the home opener to North Alabama and then falling to Oregon State and Arizona from the FBS’ Pac-12 Conference.They commenced the Big Sky Conference season on the road as well, losing their first two conference games to Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington.The Thunderbirds have been led on the season by receiver Ty Rutledge (22 rec, 316 yard, 2 TD’s) and linebacker Chinedu Ahanonu (1.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss).In the backfield, SUU is paced by tailback Jay Green Jr. (81 car, 363 yards, 3 TD’s) and James Felila (53 car, 260 yards, TD).Cornerback Taelin Webb has broken up eight passes as well for the Thunderbirds on the season, serving as the defensive leader.Sacramento State comes into this game with a record of 2-3, while the Hornets lead the Thunderbirds 9-8 all-time.The Hornets are led by signal-caller Kevin Thomson, who has completed 67 of 116 passes (57.7 percent) on the season for 7 touchdowns against only one interception.The Sacramento State running attack has been bolstered by tailback Elijah Dotson, who is 13th in the FCS in rushing yards with 586, and has run for seven scores. Dotson is also 12th in the FCS in rushing yards per game at 117.2 yards per contest.Receiver Jaelin Ratliff has hauled in 16 passes for 377 yards and a score on the season for the Hornets.Defensively, linebacker Immanuel Anderson leads the Hornets with 41 tackles on the season and has netted a team-best 5.5 tackles for a loss on the season.Defensive back Mister Harriel leads the team with interceptions on the season with two and defensive lineman Elijah Chambers has a team-best 4.5 sacks to pace the Hornets. October 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Returns Home To Host Sacramento State For Homecominglast_img read more

Bees Nipped By El Paso

first_imgAugust 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Nipped By El Paso Written by Tags: El Paso Chihuahuas/PCL/Salt Lake Bees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(El Paso, TX) — Jared Walsh pushed a run across in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Bees fell to the Chihuahuas 7-6 in El Paso.Jose Rojas hit his 30th homer of the season and drove in three runs. Jose Rodriguez took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning.Salt Lake is now 57-and-76 and will continue their road trip tonight in Texas. Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco to miss 4-6 weeks with neck injury, won’t need surgery

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(DENVER) — Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will miss at least four weeks with a neck injury, ESPN reports, and may be placed on season-ending injured reserve.The Denver Broncos still plan to have doctors review Flacco’s neck injury, but expect the 34-year-old to be out for four to six weeks. The injury is reported to be a bulging disc in Flacco’s neck, and is not expected to require surgery.In Flacco’s absence, the team will turn to Brandon Allen as their starting quarterback. The 27-year-old played college football at the University of Arkansas. Head coach Vic Fangio said this week the team would consider signing and elevating rookie Brett Rypien from the practice squad, or if fellow rookie Drew Lock is ready to be activated from injured reserve.Flacco has been sacked 26 times in eight starts this year, the third most in the NFL. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. October 31, 2019 /Sports News – National Denver Broncos QB Joe Flacco to miss 4-6 weeks with neck injury, won’t need surgery Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

UHSAA suspends all spring activities for two weeks

first_img Tags: Coronavirus/COVID-19/UHSAA MIDVALE, Utah (March 12, 2020) – The Utah High School Activities Association is announcing the suspension of the Association’s State Debate Championships scheduled for this weekend due to ongoing prevention efforts with the COVID-19 virus.The Association is also suspending all UHSAA spring activities beginning Monday, March 16, for a period of at least two weeks. Member schools and/or districts as a local decision may suspend spring activities immediately. Those member schools and/or districts will need to work with the UHSAA on suspensions. All out of state school related travel has been suspended immediately for a period of at least two weeks.In consultation with board directives and information provided by state public health officials, the UHSAA has suspended spring activities to properly fulfill best practices regarding protection of students and the general public. More information will be sent to member schools and/or districts as it becomes available. Robert Lovell Written bycenter_img March 12, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local UHSAA suspends all spring activities for two weeks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmaillast_img read more

Equinor completes sale of shares in Lundin Petroleum

first_img Image: The Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. Photo courtesy of Espen Rønnevik / Øyvind Gravås – Equinor ASA. Equinor and Lundin have completed both parts of the transaction announced on 7 July 2019. This follows all transaction conditions being met, including government and regulator approvals. The overall result is that Equinor has divested a 16% shareholding in Lundin for a direct interest of 2.6% in the Johan Sverdrup field The overall result is that Equinor has divested a 16 percent shareholding in Lundin for a direct interest of 2.6 percent in the Johan Sverdrup field and a cash consideration of around USD 650 million.The first part, Sparebank1 Markets’ acquisition of around 54.5 million shares in Lundin Petroleum AB from Equinor ASA, concluded on 5 August and followed the approval of the transaction in Lundin Petroleum AB’s Extraordinary General Meeting on 31 July 2019.The second part, Equinor Energy’s acquisition of a 2.6 percent interest in the Johan Sverdrup field from Lundin Norway AS, concluded on 30 August. The effective date of this acquisition is 1 January 2019.last_img read more

Repsol completes acquisition of Eagle Ford asset from Equinor

first_img Image: Eagle Ford production site in Texas. Photo: courtesy of Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor. Norway-based oil and gas company Equinor has completed the sale of its Eagle Ford asset to Spanish energy firm Repsol for $325m.Under the terms of the agreement, Repsol has acquired a 63% stake and operatorship of Equinor’s onshore business in the Eagle Ford in Texas, US. The asset covers around 69,000 net acres.Following the transaction, Repsol will own a 100% interest in the asset and becomes the operator.The agreement enables Repsol to improve its producing assets portfolio management and control operating synergies.Equinor Development and Production International executive vice-president Torgrim Reitan said: “This transaction supports Equinor’s strategy to optimise our onshore US portfolio, enhancing our financial flexibility and focusing our capital on our core activities in the country.“The US is a core area for Equinor, demonstrated by recent acquisitions including assets in the Gulf of Mexico, onshore acreage in the Austin Chalk and the Empire Wind project offshore New York.”The acquisition is part of Repsol’s asset rotation policyIn November, Repsol had said that the transaction agreement is included in its planned investments in the upstream unit for 2018-2020, and is part of its asset rotation policy to achieve a balanced and profitable portfolio.The acquired asset accounts for approximately 70,000 net acres and 34,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day of production, which are expected to take the total output of Repsol at Eagle Ford to approximately 54000 barrels of oil equivalent a day after the completion of the acquisition.Repsol had stated: ‘The acquisition is aligned with Repsol’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, which identifies North America as a key business area due to the extensive existing infrastructure and the stability of the regulatory framework.”Separately, it has signed an agreement to acquire a 20% non-operated interest in the Monument prospect in the Northwest Walker Ridge area in the Gulf of Mexico. Equinor plans to begin drilling the well before the end of the year. Repsol has acquired 63% stake and operatorship of Equinor’s onshore business in the Eagle Fordlast_img read more

Hornbeck Offshore enters into restructuring support agreement

first_imgThe Restructuring Support Agreement contemplates a $75m debtor-in-possession term loan facility provided by existing creditors Hornbeck enters into restructuring support agreement for comprehensive balance sheet restructuring. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Hornbeck Offshore Services announced that the Company and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a restructuring support agreement (the “Restructuring Support Agreement”) with secured lenders holding approximately 83% of the Company’s aggregate secured indebtedness and unsecured noteholders holding approximately 79% of the Company’s aggregate unsecured notes outstanding related to a balance sheet restructuring of the Company expected to be implemented through a voluntary pre-packaged Chapter 11 case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas in the coming weeks with a targeted completion date prior to the end of the second quarter of 2020.The Restructuring Support Agreement contemplates a $75 million debtor-in-possession term loan facility provided by existing creditors and permitted use of existing cash on hand and cash generated from operations to support the business during the financial restructuring process, which will enable the Company to operate in the ordinary course of business without disruption to its customers, vendors and workforce.  The Restructuring Support Agreement provides for payment in full of all vendors and employees.In addition, pursuant to the reorganization contemplated by the Restructuring Support Agreement, the Company will achieve long term enterprise benefits including (i) a significant de-levering of its capital structure; (ii) post-emergence access to $100 million of new equity capital through a common stock rights offering, fully-backstopped by existing creditors and (iii) the ability to arrange additional post-emergence financings for certain purposes, including strategic initiatives.The parties to the Restructuring Support Agreement agreed to other customary terms and conditions including certain transfer restrictions, releases of all claims and interests that are treated in the plan of reorganization, and termination rights upon the occurrence of certain events, including the failure of the Company to achieve certain milestones, which milestones may be extended with the consent of the holders of a requisite amount of secured and unsecured indebtedness and the Company.The Company expects the pre-packaged Chapter 11 reorganization to be completed very quickly with the support of its creditors.  Both prior to and subsequent to the expected Chapter 11 filing, the Company will have sufficient liquidity to continue operations, meet all operational payment obligations and support its business, and will continue to operate in the ordinary course of business without disruption to its customers, vendors and workforce. The Company remains focused on executing on its strategic priorities and is committed to maintaining safe, efficient and responsive operations during the reorganization with its vessels available and service delivery continuing as normal.Commenting on the Company’s plans, Todd M. Hornbeck, Chairman, President and CEO stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent drop in oil prices due to an acute global supply-demand imbalance have significantly impacted the industries we serve, making an already challenging environment for the Company even more difficult.  The shared objectives of the Company and our creditors are to meaningfully reduce the Company’s financial leverage on a consensual basis and source new capital to position the Company for future growth.  I want to thank our secured lenders and unsecured noteholders for joining together with us on a game plan for an expedited court-supervised financial restructuring process.  This consensual approach to reorganization and recapitalization is in the best long-term interest of our Company, as it will enable us to take advantage of new opportunities while continuing to support our customers, retain our employees and pay our vendors.”As previously reported, on March 31, 2020, the Company entered into agreements pursuant to which requisite majorities of the Company’s secured lenders and unsecured noteholders agreed to forbear from exercising certain of their rights and remedies with respect to certain defaults by the Company.  Pursuant to the Restructuring Support Agreement, these forbearances are extended contemporaneously to the relevant dates in the Restructuring Support Agreement.Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Winstead PC and Jackson Walker LLP are serving as legal counsel to the Company, Guggenheim Securities, LLC is acting as financial advisor, Portage Point Partners, LLC is serving as restructuring advisor and Stretto is serving as claims and noticing agent. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Keppel delivers jack-up rig Hild to Borr Drilling

first_imgBorr Drilling had ordered 11 jack-up rigs in total from Keppel FELS The rigs are currently being built by Keppel FELS to the KFELS B class designs. (Credit: Freeimages/QR9iudjz0) Singapore-based Keppel Offshore & Marine has delivered its sixth newbuild jack-up drilling rig to Borr Drilling.The new jackup rig Hild was delivered by Keppel O&M subsidiary Keppel FELS and built to its KFELS Super B Class design.Borr Drilling had ordered 11 jack-up rigs in total from Keppel FELS.Hild is designed to operate in 400ft water depth, drilling to 35,000ft.The new rig features a maximum combined cantilever load of 2,700 kips as well as high capacity hook loads of about two million pounds.In a statment, Keppel Offshore & Marine stated: “Developed by Keppel O&M’s technology arm, Offshore Technology Development, the KFELS B Class designs have a market share of about a quarter of all jackup rigs delivered since 2000. “The innovative and cost-effective rig incorporates industry-leading safety and environmentally friendly features which provide maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges.”The rig design has performed in major offshore exploration and development programmes across various locations around the world.Following the recent delivery, Borr Drilling will have nine KFELS B Class and two KFELS A Class rigs in its fleet.Earlier, Keppel FELS had built the Saga, Skald, Thor, Hermod, and Heimdal KFELS Super B jackups for Borr Drilling.Keppel had sold five jackup rigs to Borr Drilling for $745m in May 2018In May 2018, Keppel O&M, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel FELS, had signed an agreement with Borr Drilling for the sale of five existing jackup rigs for $745m.The price for the rigs had excluded any down payments made by the original owners.The rigs were scheduled to be delivered from the fourth quarter of 2019 to the fourth quarter of 2020.last_img read more

Hunters takes aim at London float

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Hunters takes aim at London float previous nextAgencies & PeopleHunters takes aim at London floatHunters is set to float on the AIM Market, while Benham and Reeves claims to now be London’s largest independent letting agency.PROPERTYdrum25th June 20150590 Views Hunters is preparing to float on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange to take advantage of the improving residential property market.The large estate agency firms, which has over 150 branches, the vast majority of which are franchised, has already appointed Numis Securities as Nominated Adviser and Broker with a view to start trading on AIM by the end of next week.Kevin Hollinrake (left), the Chairman of Hunters, who was recently elected as a Conservative MP, said, “Hunters is a highly ambitious company. Our success to date has been born out of our focus on providing our customers with an exceptional service combined with local market knowledge. The Group is excited about its next chapter as a public company. This status will help to further enhance the Hunters brand and provide access to capital to accelerate business growth.”Hunters last week welcomed Norfolk-based Kudos Residential to its fast growing network estate agents. All seven of Kudos Residential’s branches, located across the county, including the main towns and cities of Norwich and Great Yarmouth, have all been rebranded.Glynis Frew (right), Managing Director of Hunters Property Group, said, “This is another exciting milestone for Hunters. As we continue to widen our reach, we are delighted to have Kudos Residential on-board and look forward to what promises to be a very successful future working together under the Hunters umbrella. This compliments our branch opening in Bungay, Suffolk in October 2014 – which saw us break into the East Anglian market for the very first time.”Kudos Residential’s seven-strong network encompasses offices in Norwich, Hellesdon, Brundall, Poringland, Long Stratton, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.Chris Starkings, Director of Kudos Residential, said, “Through the opening of new offices and the acquisition of other local estate agents, we have grown organically to become Norfolk’s largest independent agent; with customer service at our heart.“It is unusual to see a business of Hunters size, which is so service driven and we wanted to partner with someone who had the same values as ourselves. The national network that Hunters offers is of huge benefit to our local offices – particularly the reach it has in London.”Meanwhile, Benham and Reeves Residential Lettings claims that it is poised to become London’s largest independent letting agency with the opening of two new offices in Hammersmith and in Wapping.“While some of our competitors are closing offices and just operating through a website, we feel there is nothing like face-to-face contact and a handshake,” said Managing Director Anita Mehra. “These new offices will allow us to ensure customer service is always at the forefront.”Glynis Frew London float London Stock Exchange lettings Kevin Hollinrake Hunters AIM market Benham and Reeves June 25, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Agent fined the most in Burnham-on-Sea fee fixing scandal speaks out

first_imgOne of the four agents which last week agreed to pay fines totalling £370,000 following a Competition and Markets Authority investigation into price fixing in the Somerset seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea has given its reaction to the case for the first time following the announcement.The agents – which included Greenslade Taylor Hunt (GTH), Abbot and Frost, Gary Berryman and West Coast Property Services – admitted breaking competition law by colluding to set a minimum 1.5% commission fee for sales in and around the town.Charles Clarke (pictured, left), Chairman of GTH, has said that the fine covered activities during 2014 and 2015 by the company’s local business.He said that GTH cooperated with the CMA fully and that as soon as concerns were raised by the watchdog, an investigation of all offices and departments within the firm was undertaken. GTH is to pay the largest proportion of the total fine, at £186,054.“We are entirely satisfied that this issue resulted from the wholly misguided and inappropriate actions of one GTH Partner, acting entirely alone, at one branch of our group and that no other office or department was involved in any way whatsoever,” he told“The partner’s actions at Burnham-on-Sea were undertaken with neither the consent or knowledge of other GTH Partners or staff at any other office in our organisation.“Any discussion of commission rates, however informal, between competing businesses is not permissible and the firm condemns such behaviour in the strongest terms.“Activity of this nature is a breach of GTH’s high ethical standards and is entirely inconsistent with the company’s long-established values. We profoundly regret what occurred at Burnham-on-Sea.”Charles also said that the Partner concerned recognised that their actions were a gross misjudgement and that they had apologised to staff both locally and within the group. Discussions about the Partner’s future responsibilities are also on-going, he said.Greenslade March 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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 » Agencies & People » Agent fined the most in Burnham-on-Sea fee fixing scandal speaks out previous nextRegulation & LawAgent fined the most in Burnham-on-Sea fee fixing scandal speaks outGreenslade Taylor Hunt chairman says problem was down to “wholly misguided and inappropriate actions” of one PartnerNigel Lewis6th March 201701,888 Viewslast_img read more

General election reduces ALL housing market indicators

first_imgNot many agents have thanked Theresa May for holding a general election during the crucial summer months, and now the extent of the damage being caused by the campaigning is laid bare.All the UK’s housing market health indicators fell last month which, according to NAEA Propertymark which compiled the figures, is “most likely down to uncertainty triggered by the snap General Election starting to take effect, as buyers put their plans on hold until the result is clear”, it says.House hunter number fallThis includes the number of house-hunters in the market which fell by 4% to 381 per branch, property supply per branch which dropped by 8% to 36 per branch, and the number sales agreed per branch. This fell from ten per branch in March to eight in April.This is the third April in a row during which politics has conspired to dampen down the housing market after last year’s EU Referendum – which had the hardest impact on the market – and, before that, the 2015 General Election.For example, during the EU Referendum the number of house hunters dropped to 325 per branch, 17% lower than the current figure of 381.“Periods of political uncertainty tend to halt activity in the housing market, and this is exactly what we’re seeing this month,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark (pictured, above)“All of the main political parties have outlined significant housing promises in their manifestos and we’d hope to see these policies rolled out in the new Government’s first six to 12 months in Parliament.Buyers and sellers alike are recognising this and adopting a ‘wait and see’ strategy to decipher how or if the value of their existing or future homes will be affected.”But the underlying property market does appear to be improving, the NAEA figures show. In April the proportion of homes sold for more than their asking price was 7%, increase from 5% in March.Mark Hayward General Electoin 2017 Theresa May May 30, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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 » Housing Market » General election reduces ALL housing market indicators previous nextHousing MarketGeneral election reduces ALL housing market indicatorsApril report from NAEA reveals cooling market including number of homes on market down by 8% as campaigning drags on.Nigel Lewis30th May 201701,098 Viewslast_img read more

Citizens Advice attacks Tenant Fees Bill over ‘lost keys’ clause

first_imgHome » News » Citizens Advice attacks Tenant Fees Bill over ‘lost keys’ clause previous nextRegulation & LawCitizens Advice attacks Tenant Fees Bill over ‘lost keys’ clauseCharity says default fees definition must be tightened up to prevent rogue agents exploiting major loophole in legislation.Nigel Lewis22nd May 201801,346 Views Citizens Advice has attacked the default fees allowed within the government Tenant Fees Bill because it will create a loophole that unscrupulous agents could exploit.The independent advice organisation, which is a network of 316 charities around the UK which also campaigns on consumer issues, says agents will be able to charge without limit for tenancy breaches such as late rent or lost keys and that this will enable them to carry on charging unrestricted fees.Citizens Advice is also unhappy at how long the legislation is taking to enact, highlighting how it believes £13 million a month is being taken in “uncompetitive fees” from tenants by agents.Default feesDefault fees were debated last night in the Commons during the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill, but Citizens Advice says the ‘guidance’ that the government promised to issue later on in the legislative process “would not be legally enforceable”.Instead it wants to government to include what can and cannot be charged for various services to tenants, and has called for deposits to be capped at four weeks’ rent, not six.“The government’s pledge to ban fees will be fundamentally undermined unless the clause on default fees is significantly tightened,” says Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice (pictured).“The loophole leaves tenants vulnerable to rogue landlords and agents looking to continue charging unfair fees.“The government must tighten this clause and issue a clearer definition of what a default fee is. Leaving this just to guidance risks poor outcomes for both renters and landlords.”  May 22, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Emoov achieves best ‘price achieved’ of all the hybrid estate agents, says data firm Twentyea

first_imgEmoov is the most successful hybrid estate agency for price achieved, a survey by property data firm Twentyea has revealed.It has undertaken a competitive pricing analysis of the whole UK for both the regions and the whole of the market. The research looked at data from the past two years and benchmarked Emoov’s competitors against an average selling price of £352,263.This research found that Emoov delivered the best value to vendors by £4,000 compared to its main hybrid and online competitors, on average.Twentyea’s data shows that Emoov sold properties on average for £1,596 more than HouseSimple, £2,093 more than Yopa and £3,939 more than Purplebricks, for example.Hatched, which was closed down by its parent group Connells last month, does not feature within the research.Twentyea says it calculated price achieved for each of the hybrid estatebagents by taking the average of the price changes for an agent’s listings, which it reached by comparing Land Registry data with a property’s initial asking price.“Purplebricks and Yopa are listing agents and they do a very good job of marketing to sellers, listing the home and then taking their hands off the wheel,” says Emoov’s CEO Russell Quirk (left).“I’m a traditional agent at heart and I’ve always set out with Emoov to do the sales progression bit as well as the high street.“The Twentyea data means that it is now absolutely and statistically provable and correct that where eMoov is concerned you save money on fees and we get vendors a higher price.”Hatched Purplebricks hybrid estate agents Russell Quirk Emoov YOPA October 4, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, Agency Negotiation Agency Negotiation 4th October 2018 at 10:20 amThis constant misrepresentation of dubious statistics fools no one. Read the report.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Emoov achieves best ‘price achieved’ of all the hybrid estate agents, says data firm Twentyea previous nextAgencies & PeopleEmoov achieves best ‘price achieved’ of all the hybrid estate agents, says data firm TwentyeaNigel Lewis4th October 20181 Comment1,449 Viewslast_img read more

Blogger challenges Rightmove over agent’s ‘ghost’ rental property listings

first_img A blogger has highlighted over the weekend how reluctant the UK’s industry regulators are to deal with apparent ‘ghost’ rental properties on Rightmove.It details how late last year one branch of a leading London estate agent was suspected of re-listing properties that had already been let.After being contacted, Rightmove blamed the problem on a technical hitch within the agency’s property software, and that the portal had removed them manually.The blogger’s unnamed source, which includes screenshots of both Rightmove’s and Portico’s listings, also presented the information to local and national Trading Standards but was told the issue related to lettings and therefore could not be investigated.The re-listed properties were also referred to the Advertising Standards Authority, which treated the adverts as an informal issue and declined to launch a full investigation.Rightmove replyIn a letter issued by the portal concerning the re-let rental properties, one of its data quality team says: “Following feedback on how property’s update through the agent’s software to Rightmove, I have raised this directly with the agent’s software provider.“It has been found from our own technical investigations that the properties were being removed internally by the agent but were not coming off Rightmove.“The software provider has been testing this and confirmed the technical issue that they are causing the agent to have.”Rightmove says in the blog that it is now monitoring Portico’s listings to ensure the problem does not re-occur.Portico has been contacted by The Negotiator but has not to date replied to the points made in the blogger.  Portico Rightmove April 8, 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 Home » News » Marketing » Blogger challenges Rightmove over agent’s ‘ghost’ rental property listings previous nextMarketingBlogger challenges Rightmove over agent’s ‘ghost’ rental property listingsResearch findings points to portals and regulators being too reluctant or slow to tackle instances of properties re-advertised after being let.Nigel Lewis8th April 201901,271 Viewslast_img read more

Connells signs up to Etech to provide home valuation reports

first_imgHome » News » Connells signs up to Etech to provide home valuation reports previous nextProptechConnells signs up to Etech to provide home valuation reportsNational estate agency is to use latest software to value homes within its survey business.The Negotiator16th April 20190845 Views Connells Survey & Valuation has confirmed its partnership with eTech Solutions, which provides mobile surveying and workflow management software.The estate agency is adopting eTech’s Mortgage Valuation mobile application for the completion of Mortgage Valuation Reports across the business. The move to eTech brings further efficiencies to the surveying team, with a platform to deliver further planned enhancements to their customer service.Operating on an Apple iPad, the software interface is easy to use with electronic data capture all in one place.Home valuationsIntelligently mapped lender forms and pre-determined question sets with inbuilt validation, will eradicate omissions and errors, reducing Post Valuation Queries. Users can also create floorplans on-site and the integration with OS Master Maps saves time on each valuation.Ross Bowen, Managing Director of Connells Survey & Valuation, says: “The appointment of eTech to support our surveying activities dovetails with our improvement plans. This technology, combined with our mutual focus on providing outstanding customer outcomes delivers a compelling proposition to all our customers.”Mark Blackwell, Chief Operating Officer at eTech added, “We hope this is just the start of the journey with Connells Survey & Valuation and are excited about what’s ahead, with our roadmap for future development and the integration of more technological enhancements and solutions for the sector.”mobile surveying and workflow management software Connelle Survey & Valuation eTech Solutions April 16, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Selly Oak water tower sells at Bond Wolfe debut

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Selly Oak water tower sells at Bond Wolfe debut previous nextAgencies & PeopleSelly Oak water tower sells at Bond Wolfe debutThe Negotiator16th May 201901,438 Views An historic Birmingham landmark could become home to a spectacular rooftop penthouse as well as three luxury apartments after it was purchased at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ inaugural sale at Villa Park.The locally listed former water tower, built in 1902 and previously part of Selly Oak Hospital, already has planning permission for conversion into three apartments.But the new owners are now looking into adding a prestigious glass penthouse on the roof of the property.Talwinder Singh bought the tower in partnership with his brother-in-law Gurpreet Singh for £238,000 at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ sale at Villa Park on 13 March, where it had appeared with a guide price of £100,000.We are thrilled to purchase such a beautiful building and plan to start work on it very soon to convert it.Talwinder said, “We are thrilled to purchase such a beautiful building and plan to start work on it very soon to convert it to residential use.“We bought it with the knowledge that it already has planning permission for three luxury apartments to attract premium rental incomes, and we may well go ahead with that – but we might have a plan to seek extra permission for a glass penthouse on the rooftop.”Selly Oak water tower auction Bond Wolfe Bond Wolfe auction Talwinder Singh May 16, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Quirky listings: A farm in Idlicote, Warwickshire for sale at £1.35million

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Quirky listings: A farm in Idlicote, Warwickshire for sale at £1.35million previous nextHousing MarketQuirky listings: A farm in Idlicote, Warwickshire for sale at £1.35millionA hot property – famous for its racing camels and pigs…Sheila Manchester24th July 20190807 Views If you want to propel your agency into the press you could take a snort at this listing.Butler Sherborn has listed a Warwickshire farm at Idlicote, together with a number of racing camels and racing pigs.The Fossett family has been training and racing their camels and pigs for almost 20 years but now their property has been listed for sale with Butler Sherborn.The Old Farmhouse is an imposing 18th Century Cotswold stone farmhouse that’s known locally as ‘where the camels live’, admittedly within a well-fenced paddock.The gorgeous house has period features such as flagstone floors, exposed beams and original fireplaces.Spread over three floors, it offers a well laid out family home with potential for modernisation, with all the expected rooms and spaces, as well as a self-contained annexe. There is an enclosed garden and a yard area with a Dutch barn converted to create five stables, tack room/workshop, a storage building and WC.The property runs to 3.4 acres, of which approximately 3 acres are the paddock of well-established grassland.Ben Way, at Butler Sherborn’s Stow-on-the-Wold office, “The Old Farmhouse is situated close to the unspoilt and idyllic hamlet of Idlicote and within some of Warwickshire’s prettiest countryside. It is well located to all main communication links including the M40 motorway just 9 miles for good access to Oxford, the Midlands and London, Birmingham International Airport and railway network.” Sadly, the camels and pigs are also moving on. Old FarmhouseIf you have a quirky listing let us know: [email protected] properties Indian wedding camels racing camels Old Farmhouse Idlicote Sheila Manchester July 24, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Black country properties priced to pull in bidders

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Black country properties priced to pull in bidders previous nextAuctions newsBlack country properties priced to pull in biddersThe Negotiator26th November 20190198 Views Black Country house prices continue to rise, which is bad news for bidders but good news for Bond Wolfe Auctions.Average house prices in the area start at £150,000, but there are plenty of homes listed for a fraction of that at the next Villa Park auction. They include a one-bedroomed, floor maisonette in Tipton, with a guide of £30,000+. Over in Wednesfield, a two-bed semi (pictured) at 114 Blackhalve Lane has a guide price of £24 – 29,000, while in Bilston a semi at 7 School Drive’s guide is £29 –£34,000.Gurpreet Bassi, Chief Executive of Bond Wolfe Auctions, said, “Lots like these show it is still possible to pick up good quality homes at our auctions at prices well below the current market value. It is why our events are proving increasingly popular, both with young people looking for a first home and canny investors with a sharp eye for an excellent investment. “Many of these properties will require some degree of modernisation work, but still offer astonishing value for money. And there are plenty of opportunities for budding property entrepreneurs.”Bond Wolfe Auctions has already offered 490 lots since launching in January this year, including properties across the East and West Midlands and as far afield as Wales and Scotland.The first four auctions have raised £55 million in sales with an average success rate of 85.5% against the national average of 72% – making it the most successful auctioneers in the Midlands this year.Black Country house prices Gurpreet Bassi auction auctioneers Bond Wolfe Auctions November 26, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Haart reveals how much it is paying home-working partner agents

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Haart reveals how much it is paying home-working partner agents previous nextAgencies & PeopleHaart reveals how much it is paying home-working partner agentsCompany has begun advertising for external candidates including basic salary, perks and potential OTE salary.Nigel Lewis15th September 20202 Comments3,624 Views Haart has revealed its first Welsh partner agent as it continues to roll out its expansion strategy across the UK  and also how much they can earn under the new scheme.The latest partner is 51-year-old Belinda Bishop who has worked for the firm for over ten years but is to become a branch partner for Haart in Cardiff, although previously she has worked for Chewton Rose, also part of the Spicerhaart family.Spicerhaart has also been recruiting externally for partners to join the network, offering a £20,000 to £30,000 basic salary, OTE earnings of £75,000, home working, a BMW company car and, once £100,000 profit is met, an additional 2% on all sources of income.The company is reticent about how many Haart branches it is closing or moving to ‘virtual status’, saying only in July that 23 branches mothballed during Covid would not open, and that a further four were due to be closed when their leases were due for surrender.Branch networkThe company’s spokesperson was not able to give an update on progress, so the Negotiator has compared Haart’s branch list from to two years with its current network of offices published on its website, which is assumed to be accurate.This reveals that of the 131 branches it had two years ago, 12 have gone ‘virtual’ and no longer cite a physical address, while nine have closed.The Partnership initiative is kicking off in the West Midlands, Leeds, Brighton, Southampton, the Oxford-Cambridge corridor and in additional locations around its existing Bristol Property Centre, but has since spread to other areas including Wales and including its other brands such as Butters John Bee.belinda bishop haart Chewton Rose spicerhaart September 15, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsRussell Quirk, Properganda Properganda 15th September 2020 at 9:23 amShow me a haart ‘hub’ agent earning £75,000 pa in a year’s time and I’ll eat my pantsLog in to ReplyChris Arnold, andsothestorybegan andsothestorybegan 15th September 2020 at 11:50 amThere’s no doubt whatsoever that Haart agents despite it being a far from perfect model have a far, far better opportunity of making it than with Keller Williams.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Merry Christmas and a happier New Year!

first_imgHome » News » Merry Christmas and a happier New Year! previous nextMerry Christmas and a happier New Year!It’s been a weird year for us as much as it has for the property industry. Let’s drink to returning to a semblance of normality.The Negotiator24th December 20200256 Views Merry Xmas to all our readers, and hopefully – Covid vaccine willing – a very happy New Year.The Negotiator has been here for over 35 years now, reporting on the property industry. But it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a year like 2020.It’s been a weird mix of moving some of our operations online, postponing gatherings and working from home even more than we did before, all while a mini-boom has hit the property market.And while estate agents saw property sales escalate after the property market re-opened following the first national lockdown, we’ve seen visits to our website double this year, which we launched four years ago alongside our existing magazine, awards and conference.Let’s hope the Government can get Brexit sorted, manage the defeat of Covid and that 2021 will be year the nation returned to a semblance of normality.The Negotiator teammerry christmas happy new year 2021 December 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Estate agency closes branches following death of local agent from Covid

first_imgAn estate agency in Norfolk has closed its branches and told customers it would like stricter Covid restrictions to be introduced.Although rumours from within government in recent weeks have indicated Ministers are mulling a housing market closure as Covid deaths hit record numbers, no decision has yet to be made.But ITV News says Norfolk firm Henleys has decided the risks of having a branch open are too high following the death of a local estate agent in Wymondham – which is approximately 30 miles from its two offices. He is Gavin Wilkinson, who died recently after contracting Covid and being admitted to hospital.Two-branch Henleys, which has offices in Cromer and North Walsham, has subsequently closed its high street branches, adding a note to its office door that says the decision ‘has not been taken lightly’.“We just felt that we wanted to do our bit by closing our offices,” business owner Jeff Cox (pictured) told ITV.Very fortunate“We’re very fortunate that we can work from home, we have all the facilities in place to do that.“Because of the massive increase of covid cases in the area, we’ve had to rethink things very, very carefully to just make sure what we’re doing is absolutely safe.”The mayor of Wymondham, Kevin Hurn, was also featured on the programme, paying tribute to Gavin Wilkinson (pictured), saying he was “an extremely well liked person who was very, very good at his job”.Wilkinson worked at the Wymondham branch of Sequence agency William H Brown as its sales manager. He is the second agent to die from complications brought on by Covid following the death of  Kent branch manager Chris Cane in November.covid death Henleys Estate Agents jeff cox Norfolk January 20, 2021Nigel Lewis3 commentsDean Harding, Good Life Homes Sales & Lettings Good Life Homes Sales & Lettings 20th January 2021 at 6:43 pmEstate agency remains a very low risk environment with low volumes of client interaction in controllable environments.If you take sensible operational precautions the risks are virtually zero.I don’t think using the death of a colleague as a way to promote your own businesses virtues is ethical or morally justified.I would also remind everyone that the average age of death from Covid is 82 and that the likelihood of someone dying who is fit and well without any serious underlying condition remains extremely small.Log in to Replytim wardley, haart haart 20th January 2021 at 10:10 amThe SHG have decided it’s too high risk for now. It’s a watching brief.Log in to ReplyAdam McHenry, Cadman Homes Cadman Homes 20th January 2021 at 9:08 amA good move, we’ve closed the office to minimise risk to staff and customers, and are operating “chain break” appointments where only certain staff are doing certain appointments so if there is a positive case it’s easy to break the infection chain by only isolating certain staff. Better for business, better for staff, better for customers.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Estate agency closes branches following death of local agent from Covid previous nextCOVID-19 newsEstate agency closes branches following death of local agent from CovidBusiness owner Jeff Cox says risks of keeping branches open is too high after surge in cases locally.Nigel Lewis20th January 20213 Comments6,930 Viewslast_img read more

BBC virtual property tours investigation opens privacy ‘can of worms’

first_imgHome » News » BBC virtual property tours investigation opens privacy ‘can of worms’ previous nextProptechBBC virtual property tours investigation opens privacy ‘can of worms’Both virtual tours suppliers and estate agents will have to be much more vigilant when uploading 3D material to the internet, says one supplier.Nigel Lewis16th April 202101,596 Views A virtual viewings platform has warned that the industry faces a major privacy headache after the BBC’s revelations that a virtual tour uploaded to Rightmove by a Dartmoor estate agency included unblurred pictures of private financial documents belonging to the owner.This included a dividend cheque and an insurance policy document, along with other material identity thieves could easily use such as family photographs.Fowlers, based in Chagford (pictured), has apologised and told the BBC that the usual blurring of photographs and other material clearly visible in the tour had ‘slipped past’ both its staff and the owner. It has since withdrawn all its 3D tours to check them before they go live again.But virtual tours now present a major headache for both estate agents and the platforms that upload and host them, which in this case was Matterport, because of their high resolution.Privacy controlA competitor virtual tours provider, Pupil, says the problem for the virtual tours industry is that there are no agreed quality or privacy control measures for suppliers and agents to adhere to.The platform launched a year ago and says it has completed 100,000 tours so far.But it claims that because agents are required to ‘capture’ the property themselves and then the information is processed, published and hosted by the hardware manufacturer, this leaves a big hole in the process – as Fowlers has discovered.“The duty of care to consumers is lost in this process, raising a growing safeguarding issue in the residential market as more viewings take place online,” says  Pupil’s spokesperson Harry Turner (pictured).“This risks customer reputations, highly personal consumer data leaks and an erosion of trust in the residential property market.”Pupil says it has a dedicated digital quality control team that checks tours before they are published which is tasked with blurring out sensitive content.This includes a bewildering array of potential bloopers including door numbers, car registration number-plates, personal documents, any reference to names of occupants, personal photographs and even items picked up in reflections.“We are acutely aware of the risks, and we believe [this kind of best practice] needs to become a more widespread to keep consumers’ identities and personal details private.”Read the BBC article.virtual viewings privacy viewings privacy BBC viewings privacy Pupil virtual viewings Harry Turner Fowlers Matterport April 16, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Longines Global Champions Tour Madrid Confirmed

first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. 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. From May 21-23, 2021, the grass arena of the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid will once again receive the best riders and horses in the world with the arrival of the Longines Global Champions Tour and the Global Champions League. It will be the second leg for the tour in 2021 and the first major outdoor equestrian event of the season in Europe.The Organizing Committee of the event will redouble its efforts to guarantee the health safety of the event. The capacity will be limited to 50% and anti-COVID-19 and anti-EHV protocols will be implemented.It will be the 110th edition of the CSI Madrid, the oldest international sporting event in the capital of Spain. The sports program will distribute close to € 1,000,000 in prizes distributed among the 15 classes. Highlights include the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on Saturday and the Copa de S.M el Rey Caser Seguros Trophy on Sunday. Tags: show jumping, Longines Global Champions Tour, CSI Madrid, SIGN UP Email*last_img read more

USS Farragut Arrives in La Rochelle, France

first_img View post tag: Farragut View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Navy USS Farragut Arrives in La Rochelle, France View post tag: France View post tag: Naval September 10, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Farragut Arrives in La Rochelle, France center_img View post tag: USS View post tag: La Rochelle Guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in La Rochelle, France, for a port visit, Sept. 7.During the visit, Farragut Sailors will have a busy schedule including participating in sporting events against local teams, conducting a community service project, and experiencing the local culture.Farragut’s visit to La Rochelle comes after its visit to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, during which Farragut Sailors competed in sporting events with German sailors, toured historical monuments and enjoyed the local culture.“I was incredibly happy with our visit to Wilhelmshaven,” said Cmdr. Glen B. Quast, commanding officer of Farragut. “Germany and the U.S. share a joint set of goals and priorities, and I am confident that we will achieve these together as we continue combined operations around the world.”Farragut also hosted tours of the ship for local military representatives and civilians, giving Wilhelmshaven residents the opportunity to explore the ship as Farragut Sailors explained shipboard life and the U.S. Navy in general.Farragut is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 10, 2012; Image: US Navy Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

USS John C. Stennis arrives to Bremerton homeport

first_img USS John C. Stennis arrives to Bremerton homeport August 15, 2016 Share this article View post tag: USS John C. Stennis View post tag: US Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS John C. Stennis arrives to Bremerton homeport U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to its homeport of Bremerton, Washington on August 14, after it made a stop over in San Diego on August 10.The carrier returned from a scheduled seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.John C. Stennis departed for the deployment on January 15, and operated in both U.S. 3rd and U.S. 7th Fleet areas of operation, including more than 60 days in the South China Sea.During deployment, John C. Stennis worked together with allied nations, participating in multinational exercises including Foal Eagle with the Republic of Korea military, Malabar with the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, with twenty-six participating nations, 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.John C. Stennis also conducted dual carrier operations with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during which both aircraft carriers performed coordinated flight operations.John C. Stennis made port calls to Guam, South Korea, Singapore, Philippines and Hawaii. Sailors had the opportunity to experience local cultures on their own or through morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) tours.Over the course of deployment, John C. Stennis Sailors performed over 8,500 launches and recoveries of aircraft, conducted 30 replenishments at sea and received approximately 13 million gallons of fuel. The crew also hosted 580 distinguished visitors including the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. Authoritieslast_img read more

Naval Group launches sixth French FREMM frigate Normandie

first_img Share this article Authorities Naval Group launches sixth French Navy FREMM frigate Normandie Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Group launches sixth French Navy FREMM frigate Normandie View post tag: Naval Group View post tag: French Navy View post tag: FREMM Normandie French shipbuilder Naval Group on February 1 launched the French Navy’s sixth FREMM frigate ‘Normandie’.The shipbuilder floated out its overall eight FREMM vessel 12 months after the start of hull assembly in the building dock on the Lorient site.This launch brought the company a step closer to the milestone of delivering six anti-submarine FREMMs to the French Navy by 2019, as set out in the French Military Programming Law 2014-2019.Normandie is set to leave the dock in autumn to undergo its first sea trials before delivery to the French Navy, foreseen in summer 2019.Six FREMM frigates were already delivered between 2012 and 2017. The Aquitaine in 2012, the Provence in 2015, the Languedoc in 2016 and last but not least the Auvergne in April 2017. On the international market, Morocco took delivery of the Mohammed VI in 2014 and Egypt took delivery of the Tahya Misr in 2015.The FREMM Bretagne, floated in September 2016, will be transferred to Brest, where it will be based, in the second quarter 2018.The two final frigates, Alsace and Lorraine, will be delivered to the French Navy before the end of 2022, according to Naval Group. These frigates will be equipped with strengthened air defense capacities. The assembly of the FREMM Alsace in the Lorient building dock will start in spring 2018.FREMM frigates are built within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation).Italy is building four anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and six general-purpose variants, while France will have six ASW and two anti-air warfare variants.The 142-meter long ships are equipped with the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles and the MU 90 torpedoes. They can reach maximum speeds of 27 knots and have a range of 6,000 miles at a speed of 15 knots. The ships can be operated by a crew of 108, with the helicopter detachment included. February 2, 2018last_img read more

Tenure-track faculty position: Workplace Mental Health

first_imgTheDepartment of Mental Health of the Johns Hopkins UniversityBloomberg School of Public Health is seeking an Associate orFull Professor level faculty member to lead a new Center for MentalHealth in the Workplace. Prevention of mental illness and promotionof mental health in adulthood can have a major impact on thepublic’s health. A significant and often overlooked venue fordevelopment and dissemination of prevention and treatment inadulthood is the workplace. The vast majority of adults areemployed, including the majority of adults with a mental illness.Partnership with employers and other corporate stakeholders canmaximize prevention and promotion efforts by supportingdissemination of effective interventions to the workingpopulation.We seek a senior-level researcher with these keycharacteristics: Ability to partner with non-academic stakeholders (e.g.,employers, businesses) to develop an interdisciplinary program ofresearch on workplace mental health;Possesses entrepreneurial and leadership qualities;Demonstrates an understanding of clinical mental healthdisorders as distinct from occupational stress;Passionate about the potential of developing a public healthapproach addressing workplace mental health. The Department of Mental Health is the only department dedicated tomental health and situated in a school of public health. We bringtogether leading researchers across multiple disciplines joined bytheir passion for understanding, preventing, and treating mentalhealth and substance use disorders and addressing related phenomenain the areas of aging, autism, adolescent health, child sexualabuse, disturbed sleep, environmental exposures, global mentalhealth, and suicide. Faculty, students and community health leadersin Mental Health are dedicated to educating the next generation ofpublic health workers and scientists about the importance of mentalhealth, the specific skills needed to address public mental healthissues and the integration of mental and physical health.Department faculty conduct a range of research in amulti-disciplinary environment, collaborating with otherdepartments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (SPH), withmultiple departments in the School of Medicine, and with otherdivisions of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). In addition, wehave active and close collaborations with a number of local andstate agencies. Many DMH faculty have joint appointments in otherSPH departments or other divisions of JHU. We also have multipleNIH training programs that include pre- and post-doctoral studentsfrom Mental Health and across departments and divisions, creating ahighly collaborative and productive research, training, andpractice environment.Applicants should have a doctoral degree in public health,psychology, sociology, social work, or a related discipline or anM.D. with public health experience relevant to prevention scienceand workplace settings.Review of applicants will begin in January 2020. Interestedcandidates should send a letter describing research and teachinginterests, names and addresses of potential references, and aCurriculum Vitae via Interfolio by clicking the “Apply Now”button.Questions regarding the position should be addressed to Dr. DanieleFallin at [email protected] Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information Ability to meet institutional expectations of a tenured ortenure-track faculty member, as evidenced by:high-quality research published in high-impact journals;funding for research secured from federal, foundation and/orphilanthropic resources;collaboration with peers and mentorship of students and earlycareer faculty;last_img read more

ASHS – Associate/Professor Occupational Therapy

first_imgA.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences(ATSU-ASHS), Department of Occupational Therapy invitesapplications for a mid-career faculty position at the associateprofessor or professor ranks for the accredited residential MSOTand OTD programs. The position will require relocation to thegreater Phoenix area as programs are fully residential.Responsibilities :Teach, design, and/or manage assigned components of the entry-levelMS and OTD curriculum. Advise and mentor students for research andcapstone projects. Facilitate development ofexperiential/community-based components of the entry-levelresidential OT curriculum with university partners. Teach in areasof content expertise, and develop an active scholarship /researchagenda to provide research opportunities for students. Participatein departmental, institutional and/or other professional serviceactivities that support the mission of the institution. Serve oncommittees as assigned.Qualifications/Requirements:Academic doctoral degree required or in progress from anaccredited institution (PhD preferred).Established record of scholarship and student advising.Licensed/eligible for Arizona OT licensure.Knowledge/experience in OT education, scholarship, andresearch.Minimum of 5 years experience in occupational therapy that mustinclude at least 2 years’ experience in an academic setting.Teaching experience in any of the following areas: behavioralhealth; pediatrics; research methods, evidence-based practice;neuroscience and/or pathophysiology; and/or administration andmanagement.Clinical experience in settings with pediatrics and/ or mentalhealth practice.Prior teaching experience required.Previous experience as a full-time faculty with teachingresponsibilities at the post-baccalaureate level, stronglydesired. Interested persons should apply online and submit a letter ofinterest and curriculum vitae.Please contact Jyothi Gupta, PhD, chair and program director, [email protected] for additional information.last_img read more

Maintenance Supervisor

first_imgJoin the PSC family and connect with accomplished and diversecolleagues who inspire and innovate students and transform livesand futures. Along with helping our students reach their goals,Pensacola State makes career fulfillment a reality.Job Description:The Maintenance Supervisor position is a 12-month full-time careerservice position. This position is primarily assigned to theWarrington Campus but may be assigned to work at any of thecampuses throughout the district. The Maintenance Supervisor willsupervise, coordinate, and participate in the work of an assignedgroup of maintenance personnel engaged in the operation, repair,service and maintenance of college buildings, systems, andequipment in one or more types of skilled trades. The MaintenanceSupervisor will plan and schedule work for support staff ensuringproper distribution and adequate staffing, space, and facilitiesfor the subsequent performance of duties; inspect completed work toensure compliance, and participate in the installation,modification, trouble-shooting, testing, servicing, and repairingof major college equipment and facilities. Additionally, thesuccessful candidate will establish and maintain a schedule ofpreventive maintenance, review and evaluate existing modes ofmaintenance operations and recommends methods for increasedefficiency and cost reduction. The Maintenance Supervisor may berequired to work evenings, weekends, during holidays, and collegeclosures due to natural disasters. This position reports to theMaintenance Manager.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or GEDequivalency and five years full-time experience in a skilled tradeat the journeyman level, one year of which must have been in asupervisory or lead worker capacity are required. Possess a currentvalid driver’s license, and the ability to drive a standardtransmission. Successful results of a criminal background check arerequired.Pursuant to College policy, it is an employment eligibilityrequirement for an applicant to meet the requirements of §435.04(2), Florida Statutes, related to background investigations.Any person failing to meet the requirements of the statute will bedeemed not qualified to hold employment in this position. A FloridaDepartment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) approved background check willbe conducted on every successful candidate as a condition ofemployment, and any person who fails to disclose any adverseinformation contained in the background investigation at the timeof submitting the employment application will be disqualified fromemployment.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Prefer four years’ experience withdigital controls and HVAC controls software, and five years’commercial air conditioning and boiler experience.ANNUAL SALARY: $29,400.00 ($15.02/hour)SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: Applicants are strongly encouragedto submit a cover letter and résumé to supplement the onlineapplication. If veteran’s preference is claimed, a copy of theDD-214 must be submitted. Supplemental materials must be uploadedand assigned to the online application. If you have any questionscontact Monica L. Williams at [email protected] .APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled – Toreceive full consideration, the online application and supplementalmaterials must be received via the Workday applicant portal. The benefits package provided by the College includes major medicalinsurance, life insurance and Florida retirement contributions.Other benefits offered include participation in the wellnessprogram, tuition waivers, educational opportunities, and paid sickleave.Supplemental life, dental, vision, and disability insurance areavailable at group rates.Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any personon the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color,gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability,sexual orientation, or genetic information in its educationalprograms, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding TitleIX and the College’s nondiscrimination policies, contact theExecutive Director of Institutional Equity and Student Conduct at(850) 484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard,Pensacola, Florida 32504.last_img read more


first_imgBuena Vista University is seeking a full time Custodian that willperform a variety of semi-skilled manual tasks and duties insupport of various services provided by the Custodial Services.Ability to work independently, without supervision, is essential.This position requires lifting up to 40 pounds, and the ability towork off a step ladder. High school diploma or equivalent isrequired. A background check will be conducted on the finalcandidate.BVU Benefit Highlights- Benefits start the first day of themonth following employment Excellent health, dental, vision, life and disability insuranceoptionsEmployer contribution into retirement planGenerous paid vacationClothing allowancePaid holidaysUndergraduate degree tuition grant and tuition exchangeopportunities for employees and dependents EOE/ADA/Smoke-Free Employerlast_img read more

Research Technologist

first_img Save Research Technologist School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Johns Hopkins University Share More searches like this Twitter Johns Hopkins University Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Similar jobs Research Technologist The Department of Pathologyis seeking aResearch Technologist. Underthe general supervision, performs clinical and/or researchlaboratory experiments by following established procedures andprotocols or with instruction. Uses basic science knowledge tolearn techniques/methods of the lab. Runs lab tests and completesmeasurements as assigned. Identifies and resolves common problemsand uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects.Understands the role of senior lab members and accepts constructiveguidance. Sets-up experiments based on defined standards. Collectsand maintains project data.Specific Duties andResponsibilities:Performs or research labtests and experiments. Follows established procedures andprotocols, utilize appropriate techniques to perform laboratorytests and/or experiments which may include:Exchanges routineinformation in an appropriate manner requiring good oral andwritten communication.Regular interaction withstudents, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, andother clinical fellows.Responsible for routineoperational activities such as reviewing inventory, maintaining upto date records of tests, preventative maintenance of equipment,etc.Performs miscellaneousrelated duties as assigned.MinimumQualifications:Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences,chemistry, or related field required.Some relatedpost-undergraduate work experience preferred.PreferredQualifications:Research laboratory experience for example mousebreeding, genotyping, brain tissue processing, tissue cutting, andimmunohistochemistry, neuroanatomy, stronglypreferred.Additional Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities:Good oral and written communicationskills.Knowledge of good lab practicesrequired.Must have excellent organizationalskills.Ability to work independently, as well as partof a team.Knowledge of MicrosoftExcel.Equipment, Machine, or ToolRequirements:Computer and Laboratory equipment such as:paraffin microtome, freezing microtome, cryostat,vibratome.Uses various software applications, such as,email, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and software for dataanalysis.PhysicalRequirements:Sitting, standing andwalking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) orarm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulateobjects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinicalenvironment.Work Environment /Whileperforming the duties of thisjob:Occasionally required totraverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment,supplies, or specimens from other locations oncampus.Required to operate computerkeyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools suchas pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/orslides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratorywork stations, gathering specimens, and loadingequipment.Prolonged visionrequirements including viewing computer screen, paperreports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required todistinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closelyexamine specimens (including via a microscope).Laboratory environment -Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential forpersonal injury or harm is minimized if established safety andhealth precautions are followed. Must refer to and are expected tocomply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocolsand safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material datasafety sheets in assigned work areas.Able to read and understandall Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable toassigned work area.Working in laboratory wherethere may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperaturefluctuations, and working around lab equipment. Research areas mayinclude animal, human, human products, DNA, radiation protocols,and other bio-hazardous materials. Use of personal protectiveequipment may be advised or required.May transport equipment andsupplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (inthe laboratory or on campus.May be required to liftand/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, orprecautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalincubes). In some areas work space is limited.May be required to completeannual competency review, and must insure compliance with JohnsHopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy and Procedure, Health, Safety andEnvironment regulations, and all applicable privacy andconfidentiality laws/practices.Many department laboratoriesoperate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift.Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holidayassignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meetbusiness and patient needs).Classified Title:Research Technologist ​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRO40/E/02/CCStarting Salary Range:$14.14 – $19.44/Hour;Commensurate with experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pmExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:School of Medicine, East BaltimoreCampusDepartment Name:Pathology NeuropathologyPersonnel Area:School ofMedicineThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more: Maryland, United States LinkedIn You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Research Technologist You need to sign in or create an account to save Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Facebook The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Research Technologist Research Technologist Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Save Research Technologist last_img read more

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

first_imgThis position requires the candidate to have high level experienceworking with mice, cell-based assays and common laboratory assayslike protein and nucleic acid extraction, Western blotting, PCR,qPCR, microscopy and immunological assays like IF, IHC and ELISA.Knowledge of animal care and handling, animal anesthesia, dailymonitoring of animals in an experimental study, performingbehavioral assays (motor, cognition, and pain), delivery ofexperimental drugs, assist in preparing theanimals for in vivo testing, maintaining mouse breeding coloniesand genotyping, record keeping of surgery logs and animal treatmentlogs, record keeping of data. In addition, the position requiresgoodcare of laboratory equipment, space and supplies management,participating in the ordering of reagents and consumables,coordinate the use of the laboratory space and instrumentation,organized storage ofthe biological samples. Sample processing to include, but notlimited to, plasma isolation from blood, tissue sample fixation andembedding in paraffin DepartmentInternal Medicine Position NumberP00001 The position serves to complement the principal investigators of afederal funded project to successfully conduct the proposed invivo, ex vivo and cell experiments. The main goal of the project isto determine the effects of inflammatory pathways on thecardiovascular system and cardiomyocytes at a physiological andmolecular signaling level.As part of the postdoctoral training and the mentored professionalgrowth, the successful candidate is expected to write post-doctoralgrant proposals as principal investigator, to write manuscripts andtoparticipate in writing review articles. Preferred Qualifications Additional Information Normal work hours Normal work days Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Quick Link Sensitive PositionYes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will berequired. Description of the Job Remove from posting on or before At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Job Category Posting Details Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Position TypePost Doc Resource CriticalNo Special Instructions to Applicants Open Until FilledNo Hours/Week Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Organizational Overview Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with otherteam members in a diverse work environment and knowledge of thecardiovascular physiology, metabolic disorders. Use/performance ofanimal models of cardiovascular disease and small animalechocardiography are a PLUSAnimals models and surgical techniques to master include coronaryartery ligation in mice, implantation of osmotic pumps,nephrectomy, telemetry probe implantation, small blood vesselcannulation, invasive measurement of hemodynamic parameters andpreparation of primary cardiomyocyte cultures, vascular graftimplantation. If such knowledge is lacking, applicant is expectedto learn and successfully perform such techniques. Adequatetraining will be offered by the PIs and the applicant must showprogress during the training.Proven experience in grant and/or manuscript writing. * Please describe your work experience, education, and trainingthat is directly related to this position.(Open Ended Question) CampusMCV Campus Working TitlePostdoctoral Research Assistant Job Open Date01/14/2021 Required Qualifications Anticipated Hiring Range$52,704 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Code/TitlePD – Post Doctoral Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Optional & Required DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3last_img read more

Oriel fellow on the way to being canonised

first_imgA former student of Trinity Collegeand Fellow of Oriel, John Henry Newman, is heading towards canonization after aBoston deacon claimed that prayers to the Oxford theologian curedhim of a spinal disorder.Newman was a key member of the OxfordMovement, also known as Tractarianism, which was a controversial Anglican highchurch movement active in the 1830s. He was made vicar of the University Churchof St Mary the Virgin on High Street in 1828. Newman shocked the Victorian Anglicanchurch by his conversion to Catholicism in 1845, and founded the EnglishOratory in Birminghamin 1848. Newman’s beatification cause, thefirst step towards becoming a saint, was opened in 1958. He can already bedescribed as the Venerable John Henry Newman, but canon law requires a miracleto be performed by the individual before they can be considered a candidate forsainthood.Until the miracle described bythe Bostondeacon, who cannot be named, no miracles had previously been performed at Newman’sintercession. “I had to tell [Pope John Paul II] that the English are not verygood at miracles,” Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said in an article in TheTimes. “It’s not that we are not pious, but the English tend to think of God asa gentleman who should not be bullied.”  The current head of the Catholic Church,Pope Benedict XVI, is said to have admired Newman since his days as a student.In a letter to TrinityCollege, where Newman wasthe first Honorary Fellow, he praised the Cardinal’s “disciplined commitment tothe pursuit of religious truth”. Father Robert Byrne, Provost ofthe Oxford Oratory which was founded by former members of Newman’s Birmingham oratory, said “Newman has long been associatedwith Oxford andso we are absolutely  delighted with thenews.” If canonised, Newman will be the firstEnglish saint since the Reformation. Other Oxfordsaints include St Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford,and St Edmund Campion, a scholar of StJohn’s college martyred at Tyburn in 1581 and canonisedin 1970. Clare Hopkins, archivist of Trinity College said “[The honorary Fellowship] wasan honour that meant a great deal to him, as it was only six years after theStatutes of the University had changed to allow Catholics to be members,something that had been denied to them since the reign of Elizabeth I. Hisvisit to Trinity was his first visit to Oxfordsince his conversion…TrinityCollege remains veryproud of John Henry Newman today.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Varsity renamed The Xchanging Boat Race

first_imgXchanging PLC, a global business re-invention company, is to become the first title sponsor of the 156th annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race next April.The new event logo, visible along the Putney-Mortlake course, will feature Xchanging’s brand. The Race has been drawing increasing audience figures, with 153 countries screening the event in 2009.The 2010 Xchanging Boat Race commences at 16.30 BST on Saturday, 3rd April.last_img

Gender-specific toilets flushed away at Regent’s Park

first_imgA motion has passed at Regent’s Park College to reverse the conversion of the only gender-neutral toilets on site into a male and disabled toilet.The change comes following what certain members of the JCR called a “disappointing” decision by the college administration to make these toilets available only to male and disabled students over the Christmas holidays, which was not discussed with the undergraduate student body.There was particular concern that the sign on the door discouraged disabled women from using the toilet, especially as it is the only disabled toilet in that area of the College.Regent’s Gender and Sexuality Representative Will Tomsett told Cherwell that the initial decision by the college authorities was the result of a complaint by a male member of cleaning staff, who felt uncomfortable cleaning the unisex toilets whilst women were using them.Tomsett, who proposed the motion, underlined the importance of gender-neutral toilets to the ‘welcoming and accepting body’ of the college.He also underlined how they planned to tackle the issue that had caused the conversion in the first place, telling Cherwell, “At the meeting we discussed putting up a sign saying ‘These toilets are cleaned by male members of staff’, which would hopefully negate the awkwardness felt by the member of staff upon encountering women users of the facilities.”The Welfare officer at Regent’s Park, Isobel Wilson, likewise expressed her satisfaction with the decision of the JCR, commenting, “Regent’s prides itself on its supportive and inclusive community, but to be so it is fundamental that we have a safe space for every member and guest of the college.”“The toilets, which service the college hall, are deemed particularly important with the consideration of transgender guests who may be visiting the college for Formal Hall, as well as providing a safe space for any students of the college who are unsure or undecided of their gender.” She went on to explain that she is now confident that the SCR will listen to the concerns of the undergraduate body over the issue and will reinstall the gender-neutral toilet with immediate effect.JCR president Alex Rennison issued the following statement, “The reinstatement of the toilets as a gender neutral space will of course be a change for the better, with the JCR feeling strongly that a reversion to gender-binary use would be a step back for a community that prides itself on being welcoming to all students and guests alike.”The motion could prove an important step to raising the awareness of the matters of sexuality across the university. Regent’s Gender and Sexuality Representative has expressed his hope that the decision acts as a stimulus for change and discussion.He commented, “I’d like to see unisex toilets provided in other colleges as all too often it is easy to ignore the real issues that trans people are confronted with in the simple act of going to the toilet.”“I welcome the recent survey conducted of college LGBTQ reps across the University relating to the provision of gender neutral toilets in colleges; creating a safe space for trans students and guests is a really important priority for JCRs to have, and I’m glad to see that this is being discussed across Oxford.”An additional motion to turn the women-only toilets into gender-neutral toilets has also been proposed, but was yesterday rejected at the general meeting with the support of Tomsett.Tomsett added, “I believe that to do so would be removing a safe space for female guests, as well as the fact that a number of female members of staff use these toilets to change into their work clothes at the start of the day.”Second year English student Morgan Harries told Cherwell,“I am really glad that the JCR managed to pass the motion, especially as we were not consulted on the change in the first place. These gender-neutral toilets prove our our college’s attitude of acceptance and its inclusive environment.”last_img read more

Revealed: Oxford research associate’s far-right links

first_imgCW: This article contains reference to anti-Semitic and Islamophobic content and language.An Oxford research associate and former Exeter fellow – who was scheduled to speak at a far-right conference last week – wrote, ‘liked’, and retweeted anti-Semitic and Islamophobic content, Cherwell can reveal.A University spokesperson stressed he was no longer part of University staff, leaving in 2017.On Twitter, Leonard also argued that immigration “should be fought with every means possible,” writing that “tens of millions of Muslims support ISIS,” and claiming that immigrants are responsible for 82% of crime in Sweden.Leonard also wrote: “With so few Jews, it is extraordinary that the [Swedish] print media is largely owned and edited by Jewish families.”George Soros, who frequently features in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, was also targeted. According to Leonard, the “arch plutocrat” desires “the break-up of the national consciousness” via immigration.After being contacted by Cherwell two days before the separate Traditional Britain Group (TBG) conference – which was held last Saturday week – Dr Stephen Pax Leonard distanced himself from the event, stating that he had cancelled his speech “some time ago” after realising that TBG was a far-right group.TBG gained notoriety in 2013 when it called for those of “non-European stock” to be “requested to return to their natural homelands.” When Cherwell contacted TBG founder Gregory Lauder-Frost, however, the far-right organiser said that Dr Leonard pulled out “precisely 48 hours beforehand.” On the TBG website, the group complained that the cancellation of his “long-standing” booking at such short notice had prevented them from finding an adequate replacement.The ethnographer would have been speaking alongside representatives of the German AfD and Austrian FPÖ, who have been criticised in recent years for Islamophobia.Two of Leonard’s books have been published by Arktos Publishing, which is led by UK CEO Gregory Lauder-Frost. According to its editor-in-chief Jason Jorjani, the publishing house is “the leading press of the alt right.” It is also linked to Identity Evropa, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center says “peddles the delusion of white genocide.”In his most recent book, The Ideology of Failure – which was to be the topic of his talk – Leonard rails against Islam, ‘cultural Marxism,’ and migrants, who, he argues, “are committing rape and murder on a daily basis.”His previous book, Travels in Cultural Nihilism, in which he argued that diversity was equivalent to “cultural abandonment and ethnic dilution,” was described as by white supremacists online as ‘eloquent’ and ‘impassioned’.Leonard personally recommended the book via Twitter to Pamela Geller, the far-right anti-Islam campaigner and friend of Tommy Robinson.A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “Dr Leonard was employed as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford on a project in linguistic anthropology until 2017 when his fellowship ended.“On leaving the University, he was accorded the title of Research Associate, which is often extended to external researchers collaborating with Oxford academics on specific projects. Dr Leonard has no current collaborations with Oxford and this unpaid title is due to expire in April 2019.“Dr Leonard is not a member of Oxford University staff, no longer writes or comments as an Oxford academic, and the University therefore has no comment on his current activities and publications.”Dr Leonard is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Durham University, who described his views as “wholly inconsistent” with their own.Dr Leonard has been contacted for further comment on his online activity.An earlier version of this article stated that Dr Leonard was employed by Durham University. We’d like to clarify that he is actually a Senior Research Fellow, and is not employed by St. Chad’s or by the University. The Senior Research Fellow position is an entirely honorary position and expires at the end of this academic year.last_img read more

Sexual harassment: Additional measures adopted by University

first_imgChanges follow the launch of a Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service last October, which provides a safe place to “be heard independent of your college or department.” The Support Service and the new measures are being promoted through the ‘Oxford Against Sexual Violence’ campaign, launched in 2018. Detective Inspector James Senior of Thames Valley Police said: “Just one sexual offence in Oxford is one too many and my team and I are committed to ensuring that students wanting to have an enjoyable night out at pubs and clubs are able to without fear of being sexually assaulted. “This behaviour is clearly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” Oxford University has outlined several additional measures it will take to tackle student harassment and violence, it was announced on Monday. The all-in-one service offers free, professional and confidential support for all students, regardless of age or gender. The service supports students across the university “whatever they choose to do”, including if they decide to make a formal report against another student. The procedures set out the timelines for different parts of the disciplinary process, written in clear and concise language, and explain what both reporting and reported students can expect from the process. The Support Service says it will go through the options available with a specific focus on the needs of individual students. These fall into four areas, “Immediate health needs, reporting options, therapeutic support options and practical support.” In cases of sexual misconduct, new disciplinary procedures outline considerations that should be considered, as well as actions the University can take during ongoing investigations. Appointed on a five-year term, reviewers will receive specialist training and will be supported by specialist caseworkers who will ensure that complex and sensitive cases are being handled appropriately. New measures to support students include an increase to staff numbers in a dedicated support centre, the appointment of specialist staff, and changes to disciplinary procedures. The additional measures we have taken this year further highlight our resolve in tackling this issue and our commitment to supporting our students.” Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University of Oxford does not tolerate sexual harassment and violence in any form, and we all have a responsibility to act. The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is something we truly believe in and we feel confident signposting our students to it for the best support.” Sending a clear message that sexual violence or harassment of any form is unacceptable, the campaign is a joint venture between Oxford University and the OU Student Union. The University plans to work in partnership with the Thames Valley Police to prevent sexual offences. Roisin McCallion, Vice President of Welfare & Equal Opportunity at Oxford SU, said: “We are delighted with the additional steps which have been taken to support students affected by sexual harassment and violence. Run by a team of specialist advisors and an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who work independently of the University, the team has increased to seven members of staff since its launch. Independent reviewers will join the Protectors’ Office to lead cases relating to sexual harassment and violence. last_img read more

Christ Church Chef avoids prison for knife threat

first_imgOn 30th January 2020, Christ Church kitchen staff member was spared jail yesterday for threatening a bouncer outside of Kiss Bar after a staff party on the evening of 10 January. Oxford Crown Court heard from prosecutor Julian Lynch that the incident took place in the early hours after the staff party outside Kiss Bar on Park End Street. The kitchen staffer, Dean Lewis, 28 years old, had already admitted one count of a knife threat in a public place. The police were called in the early hours of 11 January and Lewis was arrested and the knife he threatened the bouncer with was found in his pocket. During his police interview Lewis claimed that he could remember little about the night because of the amount of alcohol he had drunk. Described in a reference by his steward at Christ Church, Lewis was termed a “hard-working and talented young chef”. Lewis pleaded guilty and the Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC ordered a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years. Lewis was also ordered to complete two programmes to tackle the charge of his offences and that he must obey a two-month curfew. After being denied re-entry due to intoxication, the situation escalated with verbal abuse and then revealed what was described in court as a ‘lock knife’ with a 6cm blade. Then Lewis threatened stabbing bouncer, Emeka Collins. The court also heard that Lewis has a number of previous convictions including the possession of a blade and wounding. Christ Church have declined to comment on Lewis’ employment status and any plans put measures in place to discourage excessive drinking at staff socials in the future.last_img read more

Oxford societies respond to Chauvin trial outcome

first_imgCW: racism, violenceOxford University societies have responded to the trial of Derek Chauvin, which found Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last June. The murder of Floyd sparked a wave of global protests against racism and racial violence within the police force. Anvee Bhutani and Chase Koch, Presidents of Oxford American Society, told Cherwell: “The murder of George Floyd last year was a crime and tragedy and his death sparked the global Black Lives Matter movement last summer to inspire social change and has since also revived many important conversations around race and equality.”“While Oxford American Society is glad that the jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts, we understand that this verdict cannot bring back the life that was lost nor does it provide justice for any of the other individuals that have fallen victim to police brutality.”They added: “Unfortunately in America, incidents like this are far too common, and, in fact, the Ohio police killed Black teenage girl Ma’khia Bryant just as this very verdict was being read out in court.”“Police brutality in America comes at a systemic level, and therefore, it will take systemic efforts to change the way Black and other minority groups are treated, as opposed to one positive outcome.”Chair of Oxford Stand Up to Racism, Ian Mckendrick, told Cherwell: “Oxford Stand Up To Racism welcomes the guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd as a major victory for the Black Lives Matter movement, without which the conviction of Derek Chauvin would not have been possible.”“The movement in the UK raised important demands for action to tackle institutional racism, and some important changes were won. But racism remains deeply entrenched in British and American societies and much more needs to be done to root it out.” Oxford University Labour Club told Cherwell: “OULC are relieved to see Derek Chauvin found guilty of the charges against him. While we are pleased to hear of the verdict, the trial serves as a somber reminder of the progress that remains to be made in tackling racism, particularly within our institutions.”Oxford ACS and OUCA have been contacted by Cherwell for comment. Image credit:Marcin Pieluzek / CC0 1.0last_img read more

New Rules Approved for the Veterans Affairs Agency

first_imgNew Rules Approved for the Veterans Affairs AgencyJANUARY 4TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANAHoosier officials approve a new set of rules designed to rein in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.This move comes after a state audit revealed the agency had given more than $40,000 in grant money intended for struggling veteran to its own employees.The department is now required to get approval from the state commission for any grant over $2,500. In the past, the department director had the authority to approve any grants.The new rules also establish income eligibility standards based on federal poverty guidelines.Comments0 commentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Judge Orders IBM To Post $25M Bond In Indiana Welfare Case

first_imgIBM Corp. must post a $25 million bond as it appeals a $78 million judgment in a long-running case that stems from the company’s failed effort to automate much of Indiana’s welfare services. POSTED BY INDIANALAWYERJanuary 9, 2018 Marion Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued the order Tuesday while granting IBM’s request to halt enforcement of the full monetary judgment as its appeal is pending. The company has two weeks to post the $25 million, which is Indiana’s maximum for an appeals bond.Armonk, New York-based IBM has appealed Welch’s finding in August that the technology and consulting giant owes Indiana $78 million in damages from its botched attempt to privatize and automate the processing of Indiana’s welfare applications.The judge wrote in Tuesday’s order that IBM had argued that its “financial strength proves that it will have the means to pay” about $90 million — the amount the award is expected to grow to, with interest, over the two years its appeal will likely take.She noted in approving the $25 million bond that Indiana’s attorneys had sought “more certainty” that IBM would be able pay up if its appeal fails. But Welch wrote that Indiana’s concerns about IBM’s long-term viability, and its ability to pay the full amount, seem “highly unlikely except under extreme circumstances” given the company’s annual revenues in the billions of dollars.“To no longer be viable, IBM would have to suffer a disaster or Enron-Ievel scandal to no longer be a viable company in the approximately two-year appeal process,” she wrote.story continues belowJohn Maley, a Barnes & Thornburg parnter representing Indiana, praised the judge’s “prompt ruling” coming a month after she heard arguments in the matter. “We’re pleased that IBM, like all others, is required to post this bond,” he said Wednesday.IBM spokesman Clint Roswell said the company is happy with the ruling.Indiana and IBM sued each other in 2010 after then-Gov. Mitch Daniels cancelled the company’s $1.3 billion contract under which an IBM-led team of vendors worked to process applications for food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits.Indiana pulled that contract in late 2009, less than three years into the 10-year deal, following complaints about long wait times, lost documents and improper rejections.The Indiana Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that IBM breached its contract and directed the trial court to calculate the damages. The justices affirmed an award of nearly $50 million to IBM in state fees, but allowed Indiana to seek more than $172 million in damages from IBM.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Governor Calls A Special Session To Focus On Taxes, School Safety

first_imgGovernor Calls A Special Session To Focus On Taxes, School SafetyMarch 21, 2018  By Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Monday that he will call a special session of the Indiana General Assembly to address the school safety and tax issues left unfinished in the disorganized end of the 2018 session last week.It would be the first special session in a non-budget year since 2002, Holcomb said, but necessary to complete the work.“In essence, what we’ll be doing is putting some time back on the clock,” Holcomb said. “As you know, many of these items, obviously these items, were on their way to passage, and would have signed them all but we ran out of time.”One of the more chaotic moves came when, as the clock clicked closer to midnight March 14, the official end of the session, Holcomb was asked by House and Senate leaders to extend it by one hour, to 1 a.m. Thursday.After Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson objected, President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, relented and at 12:10 a.m. the Senate adjourned. Bills that included additional money for school safety, autonomous vehicles and the state takeover of the Gary and Muncie school corporations died.Holcomb said he was told by House and Senate leaders that he had the authority to take that action.When asked why Republicans, who hold supermajorities in both the House and the Senate, could not complete their business before the deadline, Holcomb said, “Your guess is as good as mine.”Holcomb said he wants the special session to be limited in scope, such as adding $5 million to the Indiana Secured School Fund, allowing school corporations to get extra money for school safety and providing the Muncie School Corporation a $12 million loan.House Bill 1230 included $5 million for school safety Holcomb had requested from legislators. As the clock ticked down to midnight on the final day of the session, lawmakers rushed to finish committee reports in time for a vote on the floor but failed to do so.“It is what it is. We ran out of time,” Holcomb said. “But the beauty of our system is we can fix this, and we can do it in short order.”Holcomb also said he wants the General Assembly to update the state’s tax code to conform with changes in the federal tax law.The Chamber of Commerce said if the legislature fails to address the changes, Hoosier companies would have to file their taxes twice—once for the state and once for the federal level.“For smaller-sized businesses, that could mean another $1,000-$1,500 and for the larger ones, considerably more for internal staff time and/or outside accounting expertise,” the organization said in a news release. “In total, the compliance cost could easily be north of $100 million.”When asked about the cost of bringing back legislators for the special session, Holcomb could not give an exact number but his office has estimated it could reach $30,000 a day.“Whatever the cost is, is dwarfed by the cost of inaction,” he said.Lanane released a statement saying the public should not have to spend $30,000 a day for a special session.“There is absolutely no reason the Republican supermajority couldn’t get all of these bills, some of which enjoyed bipartisan support, passed on time,” he said in a press release. “It was internal bickering within the Republican caucuses that held everything up until the last minute causing them to run out of time.”Long said the Senate will support his decision.“We will be efficient and focused, and are committed to collaborating with our colleagues in the House and with the governor to act in the best interest of Hoosiers,” he said in a statement.House Minority leader Terry Goodin, D-Austin, said the only reason there should be a special session is to address the problems with the Department of Child Services.“It should be everyone’s priority to protect the lives of at-risk children,” he said in a press release. “During the session, the Republicans chose to do nothing, hiding under the guise of waiting for a private consultant to tell us what we already know: there’s a lot that’s wrong with DCS.”Holcomb called for a review of DCS in January after the agency’s former director, Mary Beth Bonaventura, resigned and said children are at risk because of a lack of funding. A review by the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group will publish its full findings by June 21.Holcomb said he thought that problems with DCS can wait until next year’s session.Holcomb said he would meet with leaders from the House and the Senate later this week to talk about the agenda, which might include additional items lawmakers might add.FOOTNOTE:  Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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

Indiana Police Uncertain Why 2,500 Assault Kits Untested

first_img Indiana State Police say a review has found more than 2,500 untested sexual assault evidence kits languishing at police departments across the state for unknown reasons.That’s the finding of a study lawmakers requested this year.State police said Friday a total of 5,396 untested kits were found. But about half are linked to instances where a case could move forward without the evidence, no crime was reported, or authorities determined an assault wasn’t committed.Republican Sen. Mike Crider of Greenfield sponsored a measure leading to the audit. He says it’s unclear what happened with the other 2,560 kits. He denies it’s an evidence of law enforcement not taking sexual assault seriously.State law enforcement officials pledged during a news conference to test some of the kits.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

UE Patricia H. Snyder Concert to Feature Doc Severinsen and UE Jazz Ensemble –…

first_imgThe Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series will present Doc Severinsen and the UE Jazz Ensemble on April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Theatre, downtown Evansville. The event is free and open to the public, and all tickets have been reserved. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early as walk-ups will be accommodated by filling no-show seats on a first-come-first-served basis at approximately 7:20 p.m. A line for walk-up tickets will form outside the Victory Theatre before the event.The renowned bandleader and the UE Jazz Ensemble, comprised of UE students, will perform Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, and big band classics.The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public. For more information, please visit our website: LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Commentary:  Unaccompanied Minors, Illegal Aliens, the Asylum Scam, And the Opioid Crisis By Richard Moss MD

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Unaccompanied Minors, Illegal Aliens, the Asylum Scam, And the Opioid Crisis By Richard Moss MDThe hysteria over “separating children” of illegal alien families is revelatory of a deepening divide in the country based on shifting demographics and the further radicalization of the media and the Democrat Party.  The policy of separating children from their parents is not new.  It is based on rules that precede the Trump administration.  Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton followed it.  But only under Trump have such measures been likened to “Nazi concentration camps,” or “Japanese internment centers.”   Separation occurs when officials find that the adult is falsely claiming to be the parent, is a danger to the child, or is placed in criminal proceedings.  The difference is that adults who came as part of a family unit were previously allowed to enter the country pending legal outcomes.  Under Trump, as part of his “zero tolerance policy,” all adults are prosecuted to communicate that this administration is serious about enforcing our laws.  It is also complicated by the changing nature of illegal entry into the country across the southern border.  Previously, mainly young males from Mexico had driven it.  Now thanks to DACA, sanctuary cities, “catch and release,” the “asylum” scam, and the promise of amnesty under the Obama administration, the migration has shifted to women, children, and “family units,” as they are treated more leniently. The controversies manufactured by the left must be unpacked.  To begin, however sympathetic illegal alien children and family units may seem, they were not forced to enter the country.  They can stay in their own country.  It’s not our fault that their countries are dysfunctional.  Many countries are dysfunctional.  Billions of people live in failed nations.  There are a handful of Western nations and nations in East Asia that are successful.  Being dysfunctional is a normal state of affairs in most countries. When a US citizen commits a crime he will be detained by law enforcement.  If he has children, he will be separated since no child is placed in adult detention centers.  This is what happens to American citizens when they go to jail.  Why should we privilege foreigners?The cost of caring for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) is substantial.  According to the Washington Times, HHS paid over $1.4 billion last year to care for nearly 41,000 UACs in its facilities, who stayed 41 days on average, costing taxpayers about $670 per day for each child.We often don’t know if the children being “ripped” from their parents are the actual parents and have actual family ties.  In 2008, for example, DNA tests on refugees from African countries who claimed to be families showed that the rate of fraud was so high the refugee program from these countries had to be suspended.  The flood of fraudulent asylum claims is another problem.  It imposes great burdens on our limited resources.  According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 90% of asylum seekers are rejected.  The asylum claims from Central America are up 800% in the past six years with a backlog of 300,000 cases because of the promise of amnesty and catch and release.It is reasonable to question the morality of parents and families who would take or send their children on such a dangerous journey from Central America through Mexico.  Many children face abuse including rape, assault, theft, and murder. Some parents give their children over to smugglers for profit.   Some migrants take children who are not their own, using them as bargaining chips. It is American policies regarding immigration that are behind the wild surges in illegal alien entry into the country in recent years from Mexico and Central America including children and adults – not persecution.  Drug cartels and their “coyotes” control all movements of migrants and profit enormously by these surges.  Migrants are used as diversions to allow more high-value illegals to enter the country.  Many are used as “drug mules” themselves smuggling illicit drugs into the country.  By tying up ICE resources with illegal entry between ports of entry criminals, human traffickers, and drug smugglers can pass readily through regular ports of entry.  From 2012-2014, UACs from Central American countries increased by 490,444, or 610% driven by Obama era policies.  Ninety-five percent of illegal border crossers cited the promise of amnesty as the main reason behind immigration, not violence back home.  (They are not refugees or victims of persecution but economic and welfare migrants.) This incentivized parents to send children, hire coyotes and pay off drug cartels and smugglers.  Drug mules and human traffickers paid record funds.  The poppy fields of Mexican drug cartels tripled from 2013-2016.  The UACs also served as recruits for MS 13 and other illegal alien criminal gangs.  The increased flows of UACs and “family units” are responsible for the “opioid crisis.” It is UACs and other illegal aliens serving as either diversion for other smugglers or drug mules themselves bringing in heroin, fentanyl, meth, cocaine, and other illicit drugs manufactured by drug lords in Mexico.  It is a billion dollar industry that accounted for three-fourths of the more than 60,000 drug-related deaths of Americans in 2016.  It is not doctors legitimately prescribing pain medicine for postoperative patients, cancer victims, or chronic pain patients that is behind the crisis.  It is an epidemic based on illegal drugs produced in Mexico and brought into the country and distributed by migrants from Mexico and Central America. It is necessary to expose the immorality of the open borders, anti-ICE, anti-American left by demonstrating the costs to Americans and to illegal aliens.  The solutions to this crisis are straightforward.  We must end all cross-border immigration.  Asylum seekers must apply at US embassies and consulates in Mexico and Central America, not on American soil.  A wall should be built.  We must expand interior enforcement, end sanctuary cities and catch and release, and begin deporting illegal aliens, particularly violent criminals.  Federal court jurisdiction over immigration must be removed.  We must make it clear to Mexico and Central American nations that we will no longer tolerate them sending their criminals, unemployed, and impoverished to our country.  It is up to them to reform their own failed states.  Nobody has a claim to our shores without our consent. FOOTNOTE: Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016 and 2018. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children.  For more information visit  Find Richard Moss, M.D. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.THE CITY-COUNTY OBSERVER POSTED THIS ARTICLE WITHOUT OPINION, BIAS OR EDITING.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: West Side Nut Club Takes On Spring Project

first_img West Side Nut Club Takes on Spring ProjectProceeds from the West Side Nut Club’s Fall Festival are being put back into the community this Spring. Dozens of nut club members spend the day volunteering at Ruth’s House, an area shelter for women. Ruth’s House received a complete renovation…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img


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If you have an unbelievable work ethic (we’re talking the top 10% of anyone you… $9.50 an hour Easily apply Special Education – Coordinator of Exceptional Learners Front Desk Associate May 3 Has a valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation means available. Prepare information for delivery to outside contractors for annual tenant… May 3 Easily apply StaffQuick 4 reviews – Evansville, INlast_img read more

Judge Blocks Indiana’s Attempt To Limit Birth Certificate Ruling

first_imgJudge Blocks Indiana’s Attempt To Limit Birth Certificate RulingMarilyn Odendahl for www.the indianalawyer.comIndiana’s motion to alter the judgment allowing both females in a same-sex marriage to be listed on their child’s birth certificate was met with a sharp caution from the bench about re-litigating or attempting to limit the court’s order.Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, issued a ruling Dec. 30 granting in part and denying in part the state’s motion to alter or amend judgment in Ashlee Henderson and Ruby Henderson, et al. v Dr. Jerome Adams, et al., 1:15-cv-00220.The Hendersons and seven other female, same-sex married couples and their children had filed a complaint against the state because the birth certificates only listed the birth mother as a parent.Finding that Indiana was discriminating against these women and violating the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses, the court entered a permanent injunction preventing the state from withholding the presumption of parenthood to female, same-sex spouses of birth mothers.The state responded to the June 2016 ruling with a motion asking the court to modify and clarify the declaratory judgment and permanent injunction.In particular, it requested the court remove its order barring the state from enforcing the “born in wedlock” and “born out of wedlock” statutes. Indiana argued the plaintiffs lack standing because the law only applies to adoption proceedings.However, the court provided a reminder that the state’s Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 59(e) motion is not an opportunity to re-litigate motions.Pratt wrote, “Because the State Defendant has failed to point out a manifest error of law or fact and seems to simply relitigate its argument from its summary judgment reply brief, the Court DENIES the Motion to Amend Judgment regarding the request to remove any declaration or injunction directed at Indiana Code 31-9-2-15 and 31-9-2-16.”Again, the court fired back when the state asked for clarification of whether the permanent injunction applied only to wives of birth mothers who conceived through artificial insemination by an anonymous donor.The court noted that nowhere in its order were “anonymous donors” discussed or considered.“The Order means what it says and says what it means,” Pratt wrote. “It applies to female, same-sex spouses of birth mothers and children born to a birth mother who is married to a same-sex spouse. It does not apply additional limitations as the State Defendant questions.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bequette Tapped As USI Director Of Public Safety

first_imgSteve Bridges, University of Southern Indiana vice president for finance and administration, has tapped Steve Bequette as the USI director of public safety effective January 9, 2018. Bequette replaces current director of public safety Steve Woodall, who will retire from the University after 10 years of service.In his role, Bequette will be responsible for the security and safety of a diverse community of 15,000+ students, faculty, staff and visitors at USI. He will be the primary point of contact and liaison with external law enforcement agencies (local, state, federal) and emergency response organizations.Prior to his appointment, Bequette has served as assistant director at USI since 2009. He worked in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department for 34 years before joining USI, and has more than 12 years of experience in leading criminal investigations. Bequette is a 1980 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1998 with a focus in executive police management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from the University of Evansville.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Law Enforcement Explorer Post Open House

first_img The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will host a Law Enforcement Explorer open house and Recruitment Night on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center located at 1901 Lynch Road. The program is open to young men and women ages 16-20 as well as their families.Law Enforcement Exploring is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement with members of local law enforcement agencies. Founded on July 12, 1963, it is one of the Exploring programs offerd by Learning for Life, a non-scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides leadership opportunities and community service activities.Sheriff Dave Wedding explained, “Law Enforcement Exploring is a great way for students to develop leadership skills and improve self-confidence.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Through fun and exciting ‘hands-on’ career related activities and community service opportunities, students will gain valuable experience that will help prepare them for a career in law enforcement.”The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens within their communities. During the open house, potential post members will have the opportunity to observe just a sample of what they will see and experience throughout their experience with the law enforcement explorer post program. They will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with current Explorers.The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 82 is open to young men and women ages 16 through 20 years old that are enrolled in High School or College with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of law enforcement. Explorer Post 82 is entering its sixth year in Vanderburgh County. Last year, over 20 youth from local high schools and universities participated in the Explorer Post. During the year, Explorers participated in classroom and hands-on-training with full time law enforcement and emergency services personnel. Training included: first aid, handcuffing and arrest techniques, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, criminal investigations, and community emergency response.Along with the class room and hands on training, Explorers interacted with children at the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Tent at the Vanderburgh County 4H Fair, the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, and staffing positions during Field Sobriety Check Points. Explorers have also participated in several “Ride-A-Long” opportunities.Agencies from federal, state and local levels coordinate the Law Enforcement Exploring programs throughout the United States. The majority of the community programs are managed by local police departments, including sheriffs, chiefs of police and state police.Nationally, over 33,000 explorers participate in Law Enforcement Exploring. The program highlights include: the National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies, motor patrol ride-alongs, career achievement awards, National Law Enforcement Exploring Conferences and scholarship opportunities.Law Enforcement Career Exploring posts typically meet on a monthly basis during the school year. Most programs parallel the high school calendar and begin in the fall. There are a number of programs that start at other times during the year to meet the needs of the host organization and participants. Programs are flexible enough to fit in with other activities.For more information contact Deputy Erik Nilssen at (812) 421-6201 or click here to email him. You may also follow the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Post on Twitter @LEPost82 or on Facebook at VCSO Explorer Post 82. For more information on Explorer Posts visit LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Pro Se Inmate Wins Appeal Of Sentence Modification

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comAn inmate’s pro se legal briefs arguing for a modification of his 70-year drug sentence impressed the Indiana Court of Appeals, who granted him another chance to make his case that he deserves leniency as a model prisoner who made the best of his time behind bars.Woodford, 61, has been in prison for 16 years after he was convicted of Class A felony dealing in cocaine, Class D felony possession of a controlled substance, and being adjudicated a habitual offender. Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry C. Shewmaker ordered that the final 12 years of Woodford’s sentence be served on in-home detention in community corrections. Woodford appealed because Shewmaker didn’t reduce his sentence despite Woodford’s exemplary record in the Department of Correction.In September 2015, Woodford filed a sentence modification petition that asked he be placed in community corrections. He cited his age, educational achievements, and the fact he had remained free of conduct violations during his 16 year incarceration. He argued on appeal that he was entitled to the full relief he sought and asked the court to weigh his appeal as an abuse of the trial court’s discretion, which the Court of Appeals declined to do.“The 2015 sentence modification statute gives the court authority to ‘reduce or suspend the sentence and impose a sentence that the court was authorized to impose at the time of sentencing,” Judge L. Mark Bailey wrote, citing I.C. § 35-38-1-17(e)(Supp. 2015). “Based on our review of the hearing transcript and the court’s written order, it is unclear whether the trial court was operating under the 2015 sentence modification statute when it modified Woodford’s placement rather than reduce or suspend his sentence. Accordingly, we will not review the trial court’s modification order for abuse of discretion as Woodford requests, but instead remand the petition for consideration under Indiana Code § 35-38-1-17 (Supp. 2015).”The court made this observation in a footnote: “Woodford obtained a legal assistance/paralegal diploma, earned a computer operator apprenticeship, and completed an associate degree in organizational leadership with a 3.917 GPA. Given the quality of Woodford’s written briefs in this case, we are not surprised by Woodford’s academic achievements.”The court also rejected the state’s arguments that Woodford could not seek a modification without the consent of the prosecutor. Consent was not required because Woodford’s convictions were not for violent offenses, the panel wrote.The case is William J. Woodford v. State of Indiana, 20A03-1601-CR-171.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: EPD Press Conference-Money Used in 2018 To Fight Gang Activity

first_imgAmanda PorterReporter and Anchor for 44News FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Officials say money will be allocated in 2018 to fund a gang task force in Evansville after recent violent crimes lead the city into the New Year.The gang task force will be split into two units, an intelligence unit, and an outreach unit with out reach programs where EPD meets with parents and kids likely, or known to partake in gang activity in an effort to prevent the kids from becoming apart of the criminal justice system, or victims of crimes themselves.Mayor Winnecke, Evansville Police Chief Bolin, and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff David Wedding all came together in a press conference to talk about what the city plans to do about violent crimes.Sheriff Wedding says there has been 19 murders in Evansville in 2017 alone, with 14 being killed with a gun.Evansville Police Chief Bolin says the department will continue building relationships with community outreach programs such as Coffee with a Cop.Chief Bolin says the shot spotter, a device alerting the public to gun shots fired in the area, shows violent crimes have increased and the suspects are getting younger and younger.That’s why in 2018, Mayor Winnecke says money will go towards improving the gang task force.“We have additional resources allocated to the gang task force, and those officers charged specifically with getting people who have gun, and drug, and gang activity background off the streets, that’s the biggest difference. this new allocation of resources will be dedicated to getting those people off the streets, and that is where we think we can make the biggest dent in reducing the number of violent crimes and murders in the community.”Officials says neighborhood watch groups can request officers to their neighborhoods, but the list is long.In 2017, E-P-D has responded to 827 shots fired calls and taken more than 480 guns off the street.Chief Bolin says these numbers shows how proactive the department is in getting guns, and violent criminals off the street.44News will have more details, and specifics of the conversation later tonight at 6 pm.last_img read more

Tough on Crime

first_img House Republican lawmakers are working hard on legislation to combat Indiana’s illegal drug epidemic, which is wreaking havoc on our communities, creating problems for law enforcement and straining our criminal justice system. Various proposals for new laws to curb illegal drugs are moving through the legislative process, including:House Bill 1235 would give prosecutors a powerful tool to keep the worst drug dealers behind bars. If passed, a drug dealer convicted of a Level 2 felony for dealing would receive a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years in prison, but could be sentenced up to 30 years.Under House Bill 1157, drug-related felony convictions would be uploaded to a statewide database, which would trigger a stop-sale alert if the felon attempts to buy medicine containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) without a prescription. PSE is used in various cold, flu and allergy medications and is also used to make meth.Under House Bill 1390, a consumer could purchase medications containing PSE without a prescription if they have a prior relationship with a pharmacy or purchase a smaller dose. A prescription would only be required in the small number of cases where a person does not have a pre-existing relationship with a pharmacy and refuses the smaller dosage or tamper-resistant options. This works to combat “smurfing,” where persons purchase PSE at multiple stores to skirt individual purchase limits with the intent to sell it to a meth cook.House Bill 1211 would give prosecutors more tools to convict those who attempt to make meth, and those who cause meth fires.These bills reflect a strong effort by the House Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the illegal drug epidemic plaguing all areas of our state. If you have questions or input as we continue moving Indiana forward, please contact me at (317) 232-9816 or [email protected],State Rep. Wendy McNamaraFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” 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? IS IT TRUE we predict that the Mayor will stack the City Council Chambers this coming Monday evening with supporters of the proposed $28 million dollars Aquatic Center at Garvin Park?  …when the Mayor makes his public pitch to City Council to build the Aqua Center we hope they will ask him to give them a detailed breakdown on how much of our tax dollars has he spent on projects since he been in office?  …we hear that total the projects costs he presents to City Council will be mind-boggling? IS IT TRUE on Monday we predicted that Garvin Park across from the entrance of Bosse Field will be the proposed site for the new $28 million dollars Aquatic Center? …its now being reported by other media outlets that the new Garvin Park Aquatic Center will accommodate the needs of competitive swimmers of as well as recreational swimmer?. …the proposed Garvin Park Aquatic Center will also have designated areas for diving, competitive swimming, as well as swimming lessons if the Evansville City Council approves this $28 million dollars project? IS IT TRUE we still stand by our prediction that once the $28 million Aquatic Center is finished that the Mayor will sign a contract with the local YMCA to manage the new Aquatic Center?  …that the local downtown YMCA is currently building a new state-of-the facility next to their current location?  …since the city is going to sign a long-term contract with YMCA to manage the new Aquatic Center we wonder why the Mayor didn’t suggest to the YMCA Board of Directors that they make the new Aquatic Center part of the new downtown YMCA facility? … it’s obvious that the blending of the new YMCA facility and the proposed Garvin Park Aquatic Center into an adjoining facility would not only save a bunch of money but also would be the crowning jewel for development of downtown?IS IT TRUE  Mayor Winnecke told the Courier and Press that “he’s really disappointed by the decision to reduce the security force at the Evansville Regional Airport?” …Winnecke also told the Courier and Press that “I’ve expressed that opinion to Mr. Joest multiple times over the last 12 months?”  …the Mayor makes 3 out of 5 appointments to the Evansville Regional Airport Authority?  …it’s common knowledge that the Mayor has a major influence on the decisions on board that he makes the majority appointments to?  …many of our readers feel that its time that the Mayor puts political pressure on the current Airport board members by asking them to enhance public safety at the Evansville Regional Airport Authority Board?IS IT TRUE  several years ago we remember when the “Jacobsville Join In” office was officially opened on North Main Street?  …that a large group of people observed the Mayor, officials from Echo Housing and the Evansville DMD officially cutting the ribbon to opening the office?  …at the official opening, the dignitaries in attendance told us how “Jacobsville Join In” is going to make major positive changes in the North Main Street corridor? …recently without fanfare “Jacobsville Join In” group abruptly vacated their office located on North Main Street?  …that “Jacobsville Join In” was sponsored by ECHO Housing and allegedly received their operating funds from the Evansville DMD?  …we hope the reason for the abrupt closing of “Jacobsville Join In” office on North Main Street didn’t have anything to do with the current “Forensic Audit” being conducted at ECHO Housing Corporation?IS IT TRUE that after all said and done last week Evansville showed that it could put on a controversial event without looking like fools?… Ford Center set a record for attendance at any event ever held or ever will be held with approximately 11,500 people jammed inside to show support for President Donald Trump?…the Evansville Police Department estimated that an additional 2,000 were outside wanting to get in but were denied entry due to the limited capacity of the venue to safely hold more than 11,500 people?…the recording capacity at Roberts Stadium was just over 14,000 that drove from miles around for a KISS concert in the mid 1970s when the Gotham rockers were the rage of the teenage nation and the kings of the nighttime world?…we do wonder if President Trump could have broken the record that KISS set if the capacity to hold more people was in place?IS IT TRUE there were resistance members who held a rally far over by The Centre whose numbers have been estimated around a 1,000 people? …except for three solitary incidents both crowds were well behaved toward one another and that is a reason for all of the Tri-State to be proud?…one of those three instances was a disturbed person who shook a knife and a middle finger at a helicopter that was circling the Ford Center for some undisclosed official purpose?… Evansville showed better behavior that big American cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York when President Trump showed up?…in these other cities violence and destruction of property are commonplace when President Trump comes to town and that says very bad things about the people and cities where such things occur unopposed?IS IT TRUE that the real head-scratcher of the day was the fact that Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke seemly invented a reason to be out of town for a presidential visit that makes most Mayors gleeful with civic pride? …what really puzzled us is why didn’t the Mayor allow Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer to publicly welcomed the President to Evansville? …we hear that President Trump was cordial about the fact that no one from the Winnecke Administration was available to welcome him to Evansville since he held off on making up names for the cast of characters who normally would have been at the front of the receiving line?IS IT TRUE we were told that Steve Hammer give some of his 70 VIP tickets to the “Trump and Braun” political rally at the Ford Center to the some of the following well known local Republicans? …they were; Steve Schaefer, Richard Martin, Hobart Scales, Nicholas Hermann, Michael Duckworth, Christine Keck, Gary Schutte, Jr., Alfonso Vidal, David Clark, Marsha Abell Barnhart, Aulden Nance, Brenda Goff, Jeff Knight,  Michelle and Frank Peterlin, Chad Howard,  Dottie Thomas, Aaron Wilson, and Danny Koester to name a few?  …we were told that they really enjoyed themselves?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the new owners of Ellis Park are going to invest the money to make the track and casino more upscale and customer friendly?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, Channel 44 News, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, Hot Jobs” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Praise for additional rent protections

first_imgDear Editor:The Dec. 11 edition recently reported on additional tenant protections in our city. For seniors 2 percent, and other residents, 3 percent. I applaud Mayor Stack and all the commissioners for extending this to those living on fixed incomes or those struggling to pay their rent.Our residents should also check out the website, Twitter, or Facebook for Phil Murphy, candidate for governor.His website states that a minimum wage earner in NJ works at least 100 hours to rent an “average” 1-bedroom apartment. Candidate Murphy supports a minimum wage of $15. I do too.A minimum wage is roughly 50 percent below what’s needed for essentials.Moreover, this website declares that Gov. Christie has not provided enough aid to seniors and low-and-middle class income levels.Strengthening the minimum wage would “benefit about one million workers,” according to the website.I support Phil Murphy on these and other issues and refer readers to his website for more information and fact-checking.As Trump enters office, I plan to volunteer for Phil Murphy’s campaign and to say “no” to insider politics and “no” to Gov. Christie.Sincerely, Tony Squirelast_img read more


first_img82, of Bayonne passed away on July 16, 2017. Born in Cammarata Sicily, Italy, Vito was the husband to Angela (nee: Ficarrotta) and the father to Josephine Narcisi and to Salvatore Narcisi and his wife Christina. Vito was also the grandfather to Antonio & Matteo Narcisi and to the late Lorenzo. Vito was predeceased by his sisters Lucia and Giuseppina and surviving him are his sisters Lia (Victorio) & Maria, his brothers Nicola (Concetta) & Giovanni (Rosalia) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more


first_img62, of Bayonne, New Jersey passed away on December 1, 2017 at the Jersey City Medical Center with his family by his side. Thomas was born in Jersey City and was lifelong resident of Bayonne. Thomas was a self-employed Construction Worker, working in the Tile Industry for many years. Husband of Louise Newman (nee: Kasmer). Father of the late Thomas Joshua Newman and Shannon Louise Newman. Son of Violet Johns (nee: O’Brien) and her husband Gustav Johns and the late Charles Newman. Brother of Kenneth Newman and his late wife Nancy, Janet Ortiz and her husband Joe, and the late James Newman. Brother-in-Law of James Kasmer and the late Maureen Newman, Mary Ann Kasmer, Patricia Polito and John Polito. Thomas is also survived by many nieces and nephews, Sonny, Stan, Billy, Charles, Lavonca, John, Brittany, Joseph, and Marisol, and many other great nieces and nephews and many cousins. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Voting the ticket

first_imgCARL HOETZL To the Editor:Where has voting the ticket gotten Bayonne? Nowhere. There has not been one law, rule, or other legal item brought before the Bayonne City Council that has been defeated in a very long time. The Davis, Smith, and Doria administrations were all running mates. No one from the opposition had a council seat. I think this should stop. The mayor may have the two councilmen-at-large from his ticket but the ward councilmen should all be from different parties. That way the mayor and at-larges need to convince one other councilman to see it their way and vote with them.last_img read more


first_img68, passed away at Arbor Glen Center, Cedar Grove, NJ on August 5, 2018. Alex was born in Bayonne and resided there most of his life. He was predeceased by his parents Genevieve (nee: Serafin) and Alex Gobruk and his sister, Catherine. He is survived by his friends, Gerard and Betty Anne Ruane and their family. Funeral arrangements by WILLIAM KOHOOT Funeral Home, 854 Avenue C.last_img


first_img× North Bergen’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony took place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2018 in the veterans’ memorial area within James J. Braddock Park. Freeholder Anthony Vanieri served as master of ceremonies.Mayor Nicholas Sacco offered solemn reflections on the events of 9/11/01 and honored four North Bergen residents who lost their lives in the tragic events of that day: Christopher Amoroso, NBHS Class of 1990; Robert Cirri, NBHS Class of 1980; Sal Edward Tieri, NBHS Class of 1978; and David LaMagne. The ceremony also honored Sgt. Marcos Gorra, NBHS Class of 2005, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.A joint presentation of colors was provided by the North Bergen Police Honor Guard and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard, followed by the North Bergen High School Advanced Chorus singing the National Anthem and “God Bless America.”Father Yuvan Alvarez presented the invocation and benediction. Also offering remarks were Superintendent of Schools George Solter, who spoke about the importance of teaching the significance of 9/11 to students who were not yet born when the tragedy occurred; Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, expressing his appreciation for law enforcement officers who lost their lives on that day or later endured hardships as a result of being first responders; and County Executive Thomas DeGise, with personal reminiscences of the event and its immediate impact.Among the many other dignitaries attending the event were Commissioners Julio Marenco, Hugo Cabrera, Allen Pascual, and Frank Gargiulo, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and Assemblyman Pedro Mejia, Parking Authority Executive Director Bob Baselice, DPW Supervisor John Shaw, Library Director Sai Rao, and many other township officials and administrators.Women’s group donates school supplies to Fulton AnnexMayor Nicholas Sacco was on hand Friday, Sept. 7 to express the township’s appreciation to the women of GEMS, a local social group that raised funds and donations to provide school supplies and uniforms to students at Robert Fulton Annex.Kids from all grades were invited to come pick out backpacks and supplies from among the different designs.The donations were intended to provide assistance to the students of Robert Fulton Annex, many of whom are immigrants, as they cope with the challenge of an academic career in an unfamiliar language.GEMS conducted fundraising events and solicited donations earlier this year, raising about $1,000 in addition to the supplies. The money is going toward school uniforms for students who need them.The women’s group holds drives or social programs several times a year to give back to the community in various ways. This was their first such function at Fulton Annex.Museum passes available free at the LibraryNorth Bergen and Guttenberg residents can now reserve and borrow museum passes for free at the library and resource center.Library members can currently reserve free passes to the Newark Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Garden State Discovery Museum.Passes are available to borrow for three days (including pick-up and return), and there is a $20 refundable deposit required at the time of pick-up.Call 201-869-4715 ext. 3 with any questions. North Bergen celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15There’s an event almost every day during Hispanic Heritage Month in North Bergen. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the township will hold dozens of cultural and educational events to highlight and promote the contributions Hispanics have made throughout our history to keep our community strong.The North Bergen Free Public Library is hosting a vast array of events and activities, in addition to the parades and other fun celebrations taking place during the festive month. Among the many events scheduled are dance classes, Spanish films, art programs, cooking demonstrations, family activities, a carnival, and more. A full calendar of events taking place throughout the township is available at Hispanic Heritage Week was established in 1968 and expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988. The month includes the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile, Belize, and Mexico.North Bergen hosts a thriving and robust Hispanic community comprising individuals from many countries who have made enormous contributions to our diverse society by sharing their talents, culture, traditions, and their deep connection to family values. The township strongly supports this celebration of the rich cultural traditions and significant achievements of our Hispanic and Latin American communities.Ceremony in Braddock Park honors 9/11 victims on 17th anniversarylast_img read more

Manco & Manco Owners Arrested on Tax Evasion Charges

first_imgThe year-round location for Manco & Manco Pizza on the Ocean City Boardwalk between 9th and 10th streets was closed Thursday (April 3).Chuck and Mary Bangle, owners of Ocean City’s popular Boardwalk pizza chain Manco & Manco, were arrested Thursday morning (April 3) by Internal Revenue Service special agents and charged with multiple counts of tax evasion.The Bangles face a 30-count indictment, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.The indictment includes five counts of income tax evasion for 2007 through 2011 and one count of making false statements to the IRS. Charles Bangle is also charged with 23 counts of structuring financial transactions to avoid reporting requirements, according to Fishman.The Bangles appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden federal court and were released on $100,000 bail.“Between 2007 and 2011, Charles and Mary Bangle skimmed large sums of cash from the business,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Charles Bangle deposited significant amounts of that cash into their personal bank account at TD Bank in amounts less than $10,000, the amount which triggers a Currency Transaction Report from financial institutions to the U.S. Department of Treasury.”“The Bangles then used the money to pay for personal expenditures. They concealed approximately $981,000 in income from the IRS, which they had a legal obligation to report on their personal income tax returns. Had they accurately reported all their income to the IRS, the Bangles would have owed an additional $336,273.”The Bangles claimed the deposits into their personal checking account were from cash salary earned at the pizza business.Manco & Manco has three locations on the Ocean City Boardwalk and another on the mainland in Somers Point. For most of the iconic chain’s 58-year history in Ocean City, visitors knew the spot as Mack & Manco. Anthony Mack and Vincent Manco founded the chain in 1956. The partnership between the two families ended and the name changed in 2011. Chuck Bangle, the son-in-law of former co-owners Frank and Kay Manco, purchased a controlling interest at that time.Chuck Bangle is the chair of Ocean City’s Tourist Development Commission.Chuck Bangle handled the day-to-day operations of the business and Mary Bangle was responsible for handling cash and payroll, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Each of the 30 counts of the indictment carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the investigation.Two Manco & Manco locations on the Ocean City Boardwalk are closed for the season. The year-round location on the 900 block of the boardwalk also was closed with a sign announcing winter hours only on Fridays through Sundays.Bangle has not returned a call for comment.Bangle’s position as Tourist Development Commission chair would not be affected until the case is adjudicated, according to City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson.Read the full text of the Bangle indictment.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fireworks and Jeep Rally in Ocean City for Father’s Day Weekend

first_imgNew fireworks displays are scheduled for June 14 and July 16 this summer.The crowning of a new Miss New Jersey on Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier won’t be the only big event in Ocean City this weekend.A Father’s Day Weekend fireworks display is set for 10:30 p.m. Saturday (June 14). The display will be best viewed from any of the downtown blocks of the boardwalk between Fifth and 14th streets. It’s a first-time event sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association.More than 400 Jeeps will be on display in Ocean City during the second annual Jeep Invasion Weekend.On Friday (June 13) between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., the Jeeps will be displayed on Asbury Avenue from Sixth to Ninth streets. On Saturday (June 14) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  the Jeeps will line the Ocean City Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street. Twenty vendors will be featured in the Saturday display. The New Jersey Jeep Assn. provides the rally that is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants and Ocean City Tourism Commission.The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association will dedicate a flagpole to veterans from the Gardens section of Ocean city. The ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Saturday (June 14) at the Longport toll plaza in Ocean City. The American Legion, VFW, Mayor Gillian, Peggy Lloyd , Ambassador and former Congressman William Hughes, Sr.  will be in attendance and participate in the dedication. All are welcome.And starting after the weekend, Restaurant week in Ocean City will run from Monday (June 16) to Saturday (June 21) with participating establishments offering special dining selections from prix fixe menus. For details, visit read more

Walk for the Wounded on Ocean City Boardwalk Set for Saturday Morning

first_img2013 Walk for the Wounded on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response — a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to injured soldiers and their families — will present the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday (Sept. 27).WHO: The event involves:Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to wounded soldiers and their familiesMedal of Honor Sponsor Ocean City Home Bank, and numerous other supporters, advertisers, and walkersThe Ocean City Fire Department who work tirelessly selling stickers and T-shirts to raise money for Walk for the WoundedCongressman Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey Senator Jeff Van Drew, and Ocean City Mayor Jay GillianSergeant Robert Gordon, who served five years in the United States Army Airborne Rangers, will speak. Sergeant Gordon served two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq. He is now fighting Medullary Thyroid Cancer, a rare cancer that only attacks approximately 1,700 people a year.WHAT: The 6th Annual Walk for the Wounded, a three-mile walk aimed at drawing attention to the plight of returning soldiers and their families, while raising funds to help meet their critical needsWHEN: Saturday, September 278:00 am: Tidal Wave begins to perform8:30 am: Registration begins9:30 am: Introductions and welcomes, including: Steve Brady, President and CEO of Ocean City Home Bank; Emcee Phil Martelli; Benediction by Jim Schmidt of Shore Medical Center Pastoral                                                         Services; Pledge of Allegiance by Ocean City American Legion; National Anthem by Marmora resident Julia Fumo, age 13; Presentation by Ocean City Fire Department9:55 am: Remarks: Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian; New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew; Congressman Frank LoBiondo; Lisa Jenkins, wife of a soldier who has been helped by Operation First Response10:05 am: Keynote Speaker Sergeant Robert Gordon10:10 am: The three-mile walk begins at the Music Pier and proceeds to 14th Street1:00 pm: All children who raise $10 or more receive a wristband for rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier from 1:00 to 5:00 pmWHERE: Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Ocean City, New Jersey__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ocean City Then and Now: Baby Parade Is Thursday

first_imgTwins Lee and Stanley Heist in the 1915 Ocean City Baby ParadeThe Ocean City Sentinel had a front page article about the Ocean City’s Baby Parade 100 years ago on Sept. 9, 1915.It began: “The parade, under the auspices of the Hotel Proprietors’ Association, was a complete success in point of turnout and the uniqueness of many of the costumes of the little ones. It served to draw thousands of people to the Boardwalk forming one of the greatest throngs ever seen there, and the parade pleased all.”The article included a picture of the award-winning twins, Lee and Stanley Heist, who were dressed as Ocean City lifeguards (see image above).The 106th annual Baby Parade will be held August 13 on the Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 12th Street. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.— By Fred Miller, historian and former OCBP lieutenantlast_img read more

Tuesday Beach Update: Work Continues at 55th and 56th

first_imgCheck OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 1PROGRESS: As of Tuesday at dusk, the beaches at 55th Street and 56th Street remain closed as the south end beach replenishment project moves into its final phase.Beaches between 37th Street and 54th Street are now complete, and the pipeline feeding that part of the project has been removed.The main pipeline feeding sand to the beaches is split into three, so a wider area of the beach can be covered.WHAT’S NEXT: Work will continue in the area between 55th Street and 59th Street in the final phase of the project. Sand-pumping is expected to be complete within three weeks. Dune crossover work will follow. And the planting of dune grass is scheduled for November.READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for free The Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy (CRAB) drives into the surf on Tuesday evening (Sept. 1) to survey the height and slope of the rebuilt beach at 56th Street.last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report…

first_imgTheft, Coral La., at 2:34pm Fraud, 2400 block Bay Ave., at 9:41am February 8, 2016: Monday Motor Vehicle Stops: 19   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 14      Alarms: 2Calls for service: 67 The Police Department assisted with 7 Fire and 3 EMS callsFraud, 600 block Atlantic Ave., at 11:00am Please remember that during the winter months all outside water should be shut off and drained. Also your interior heat should be set at a temperature that will keep your pipes from freezing. February 10, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 82Motor Vehicle Stops: 35     Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 24      Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS callsWarrant, 1300 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 3:40pm February 9, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 68Motor Vehicle Stops: 24     Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0     Property Checks: 20     Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 5 EMS calls Water leaks – 1 February 13, 2016: Saturday Calls for service: 74Motor Vehicle Stops: 32  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1  Property Checks: 17    Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS callsBurglary, 4700 block Asbury Ave., at 4:26pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block West Ave., at 6:28pmWater leaks – 2PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. February 11, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 92Motor Vehicle Stops: 33 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 24       Alarms: 7The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 3 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 8th St. & Ocean Ave., at 2:12pmWarrant, Gull Rd., one in custody, at 8:06pmWarrant, 2300 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 10:21pm  Theft, 14th St., at 2:18pm Weekly Activity Report  February 7 – 13, 2016         Calls for Service: 558            Daily Average: 80  February 7, 2016: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 75Motor Vehicle Stops: 25     Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 26      Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 14 Fire and 9 EMS callsWarrant, 2800 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 8:45amTheft, 900 block Park Pl., at 9:16amCDS, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 11:58am February 12, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 100Motor Vehicle Stops: 45  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1  Property Checks: 28   Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 3 EMS calls Theft, Oxford La., at 2:45pm 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. Motor vehicle accident,, 100 block 34th St., at 11:43amlast_img read more

Remains Of Tropical Storm Cindy To Affect Our Area

first_imgIt will be very tropical-like to start this weekend as we will see an increase in humidity ahead of a cold front that is tapping the remains of Tropical Storm Cindy. Friday & Saturday we can expect the threat of some locally heavy downpours. The remains of Tropical Storm Cindy dumped 6-12 inches of rain across the Gulf States is getting pulled up along a frontal system that is approaching our region. While we do not expect a washout, any scattered showers and storms can produce locally heavy downpours in a short amount of time. Fortunately, most of the precipitation will fall north and west of the area. Our best chances of rain will be Friday morning and Saturday morning.Computer models show the first round of scattered showers and storms arriving Friday Morning. ( line of showers/t’storms is expected to arrive Saturday morning. ( forecast rainfall amounts should remain under 1″ along the coast. (Courtesy: NOAA)Temperatures Friday and Saturday will be around 80 degrees with a good amount of cloud cover both mornings. UV index will be very high as sunshine should break out by afternoon. Winds will also be breezy from the southwest ahead of the front. Ocean temperatures, currently in the low 60s, have taken a dip this week due to upwelling. Wave will be 2-3ft on Friday and rise to 3-5ft by Saturday.Front will clear by Sunday and we should see a good amount of sunshine and lower humidity. Dry westerly winds will still push our temperatures back up to 80 degrees. Enjoy your weekend!last_img read more

Making History With Ocean City Museum Camp

first_imgOcean City Historical Museum offers history camps such as these from the summer of 2018. (Courtesy Ocean City Historical Museum) By Maddy VitaleDid you ever wonder who founded Ocean City? What about when the Boardwalk was built? Did you ever hear of a ship named Sindia?These are just some of the questions that will be answered during the Ocean City Historical Museum’s History Camp.Sessions are $25 per child and run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 9-13 and July 16-20 and Aug. 6-10. The camp, in its third year, is sponsored by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library, and includes snacks, prizes and a pizza party.  Babs Stefano, vice-president of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, said the children love history camp.  “It is a fun, exciting way to learn about the history of Ocean City,” she said.Museum volunteer Susan Hohman tells children about some of Ocean City’s history. (Courtesy Ocean City Historical Museum)The July camps, called “Museum Camp,” are designed to teach kids how to be tour guides. Children ages 7 and up are invited to attend the program. The camp offered in August called “Making History” is for children 10 and up. It offers a challenge for kids to select a topic, do research on it, and give a presentation to the public in the library on the last day of camp.About seven museum volunteers explain the rich history of Ocean City to the “campers.” Stefano said during the July camps, children learn specific facts about the historical pieces in the museum.“They become official tour guides for the last day of camp,” Stefano explained. “The museum volunteers don’t do the tours that day. The kids do.”  The older “campers” showcase what they learned in the August camp with a presentation.“What I stress in the “Making History” camp is they learn research techniques,” Stefano, a retired teacher said. “It helps them in school.”Children in the August camp session get to do a presentation on their favorite historical topic at the library. (Courtesy Ocean City Historical Museum)Last year children picked interesting topics for their presentations, Stefano said. One child explained the history of Ocean City’s mascot dog “Hobo.” Another child discussed the pools at the historic Flanders Hotel.Theo Wood, a University of Pennsylvania student, works at the museum in the summer. He helps with the history camps.“I like working with the kids and helping them learn about history in a more fun and interesting way,” Wood said.The kids participate in scavenger hunts, crossword puzzles and other educational games. The scavenger hunts are always a hit with the camp kids, Stefano noted.The students each get their own clipboard and badge and they go around and hunt for the objects on their piece of paper.“They have a lot of fun,” Stefano noted.This year the history camp is introducing a new game, involving a 24-piece puzzle. There are clues where to find the pieces, which are scattered in the museum.“It may say to find a puzzle piece behind the Sindia compass,” Stefano said.Babs Stefano, of the Ocean City Historical Museum, says the kids love the scavenger hunts.She said the goal of the camps is to show younger people all that the museum has to offer about Ocean City.  “We needed something that could get the kids interested in the museum,” Stefano said. “We wanted to show them all of the things they could learn.” Al Crescenzo, a museum volunteer and retired teacher, said the history camps have been a success and he hopes they could offer expanded daily hours for the camps in the future. Kids loved it so much the first year, they returned for the second camp, he said.Upper Township resident Lori Palombo stopped in to find out more about the history camps.Lori Palombo, of Upper Township, stopped by the museum Monday to find out more about the history camps. Palombo was a history major in college and thought her 8-year-old daughter might benefit from the camp.“I think it is great,” she said to Stefano. “Maybe, I will have my daughter do it.”Stefano said the camps offer more than just learning about history.The children become friends.“By the second day of the camp the kids form bonds. One little boy made a friend and his mom said he finally found someone he could really relate to,” she said. “The relationships they make with us as museum volunteers and each other is amazing.”The Ocean City Historical Museum is located at 1735 Simpson Ave. For more information visit or call (609) 399-1801.The last day of camp children receive certificates. Here they are last year with Mayor Jay Gillian (left) and Ken Cooper, of the Historical Museum. (Courtesy Ocean City Historical Museum)last_img read more

Smallest OC Baseball Player Stands Tall, Inspires Team and Coaches

first_imgBy Tim KellySebastian Hudak’s unlikely journey as a baseball player began with a note handed to him by a new friend at his new school.It ended — for this season — with a spot on his league’s All-Star team and a run at the South Jersey championship.Ten-year-old Sebastian has Noonan’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which often manifests in a form of dwarfism. He relocated to Ocean City in 2017 from Riverton, Burlington County with parents Chuck and Kelly and six brothers and sisters. A seventh sibling, 10-month-old Clay, joined the brood a bit later.Following a year of home schooling to better adjust to their new town, the school-aged Hudaks entered the OC public school system last September.The usual “new kid” stigma did not affect Sebastian, whose nickname is “Sea Bass.”“He never had problems making friends,” his mom said. “Sea Bass makes friends wherever he goes.”Thus, it was unusual to hear that her son had bonded with Wyatt Tolson and his twin brother Graham. What was unusual was a note Sebastian handed her soon after he entered OC Primary School.“It was the name and phone number of (the twins’) dad Dan, and an invitation to come out for the Ocean City-Upper Township fall baseball program.“It was so ‘old school’ to receive a note like that and it was so Sebastian,” she said with a laugh.He played with the “fall ball” program and this spring joined the “Padres” of the 10-and-under Ocean City Little League where he played for Coach Terry Clemens.“What immediately stood out was Sebastian’s spirit, and how the other kids rallied behind him,” Clemens said. “He’s such an underdog as the smallest kid and so enthusiastic, it raised the level of play of all the kids.  I honestly I didn’t know he had any kind of (physical challenge) until I saw him trying to run.  He was hustling as hard as he could, but he wasn’t as fast as the other kids.”“Then I spoke to his Dad and found out that he had Noonan’s Syndrome. Until then he was just the little guy trying harder than anyone.”The Padres plowed through the regular season beating all comers and reached the championship game, where they finally lost.“They really had an amazing season,” Kelly said.Sebastian’s take: “I liked playing on that team. The best part was, we were really good!”Sea Bass contributed to the Padres’ on the field, and not just as their inspiration. “He always played hard.  He has a great glove,” his coach said.  “Offensively, he gets the bat on the ball.  The only area where (Noonan’s) affected his play was running the bases.”Children growing up with Noonan’s syndrome can be affected by short stature, heart defects and other physical problems and developmental delays, according to the Mayo Clinic website.In Sebastian’s case, a mild heart murmur shortly after birth developed into a larger problem with his heart valve and eventually, the Noonan’s diagnosis and open heart surgery. Since then, his symptoms have been managed well by his parents and doctors.“His current height is four feet, two inches”, his mom said. His spirit is so big it can’t be measured, both coaches said, and none of the physical challenges has held Sebastian back.The Hudak family needs just one more kid to field its own baseball team. Parents Chuck and Kelly and kids Fisher, Mary, Wade, Charlie, Sebastian, Poppy, Ollie and Clay gather for a group photo. (Courtesy Hudak family)“He comes from a great family,” Dan Tolson said. “They are very spiritual, and Sebastian certainly is a spirited boy.  He was the spirit and the light of our team. That rubbed off on all of the other players.”The other Hudaks are Fisher, 17; Mary, 15; Wade, 13; Charlie, 11; Poppy, 6; Ollie, 4; and baby Clay.Following their son’s big season with the regular team, Kelly was surprised to receive an e-mail from Tolson, asking why there had been no response to his call for players interested in representing the league on the All-Star tournament team.“(Sebastian) is exactly the kind of guy every team needs,” he said. He’s that kid who tries his hardest all the time, no matter what (the score might be),” Tolson said.Kelly was stunned. “He really did well (in the regular season).   But the All-Stars?  We didn’t respond initially because we assumed he was not at that level.”But when tourney play began there he was. Designated as a sub, Sea Bass came off the bench.Sebastian Hudek is introduced before a recent Ocean City Little League All-Star tournament game.In tournament play, Sebastian made his mark just as he did in the regular season, and again raised his team’s level of play. They went 2-1 in pool play to advance to the knockout round and reached the South Jersey semifinals before falling to Northfield.Inserted in right field against Middle Township, Sebastian made a spectacular catch to help preserve an 8-6 victory. “It was the defensive play of the game,” Tolson said. “It pumped everybody up.  They were so excited for their teammate.”Ocean City Little League official Greg Donohue said inclusion is a big part of the league’s mission.“We leave it up to the parents,” Donohue said. “If the parents think their child can benefit from participating, we make every effort we can to accommodate the opportunity to play baseball.”No one would doubt Sebastian benefitted. Earlier in the regular season, the youngster made an unusual request of his coach.“Sebastian told me ‘I want to pitch’ and we had the opportunity to put him out there on the mound,” Clemens said. “He did an outstanding job, pitching a scoreless inning.”Soon after the season, the note-passing that started Sea Bass’s baseball career came full circle.“I received a beautiful thank you note,” Clemens said. “Sebastian mentioned his stint pitching for us as one of the things he was thankful for.“That’s the kind of kid he is.”Mom Kelly Hudak with the younger branch of the family from left: Poppy, Clay, Sebastian and Ollie. Sebastian Hudak, (just left of center, with arms folded, hat on backwards) with his Ocean City Little League All-Star teammates. (Courtesy Kelly Hudak)last_img read more

Rec Department Copes With COVID By Livestreaming Games

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIIt’s not exactly NBA TV.You won’t see LeBron James, Joel Embiid or Luka Doncic throwing down dunks or hitting three-pointers.But perhaps there are some future Lebrons, Joels or Lukas in the making. Call it mini-NBA TV.Parents wanting to see their children showing off their moves on the basketball court may now watch the games on livestreaming offered by the Ocean City Recreation Department.Livestreaming of the Recreation Department’s community basketball league for kids in the third to eighth grades is yet another innovative way for parents and grandparents to share in their children and grandchildren’s lives in the COVID age.Dan Kelchner, director of Ocean City Community Services, called it a “creative solution” for coping with the challenges of the pandemic.“It’s one of the things where the unique circumstances of COVID allowed the Recreation Department and the community to get together to overcome something that presented itself as a problem,” he said.The state’s COVID moratorium on large gatherings prevents parents and grandparents from attending the basketball games, which take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School.As an alternative to watching the games in person, the Recreation Department borrowed the video equipment from the Intermediate School’s library to livestream the action.“We’re getting positive comments from parents,” Recreation Supervisor Kristie Fenton said, adding that grandparents enjoy it, too.A link is sent by the Recreation Department to the families for the livestreaming. The first games on Jan. 16 were not recorded. However, the department now plans to record the games, allowing the players to watch themselves after they get home, Fenton said.Fenton characterized it as “phase one” of a broader livestreaming program that will also include the Recreation Department leagues for children’s indoor soccer and lacrosse.Games are also being recorded so the children can watch themselves after they get home.Indoor soccer and lacrosse are coming up after the basketball league wraps up on Feb. 27. Registration for basketball is now closed, but the Recreation Department is opening it up for other sports. Visit for details.Children from Ocean City, Upper Township and Sea Isle City participate in the leagues, Kelchner and Fenton said.In the past, the Recreation Department used the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk for league games. The sports center, however, is under reconstruction now for an expansion project, so the basketball games are taking place at the Intermediate School.“The only way we could do anything was through our continued collaboration with the school district,” Kelchner said of the help from the Intermediate School.For sports and other activities for even younger children, the Recreation Department is offering the “Little Rec’ers” program Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Eighth Street Recreation Center in Ocean City.Essentially, children between the ages of 3 and 5 from Ocean City, Upper Township and Sea Isle enjoy a half day of activities ranging from arts and crafts to sports, yoga and even science, Kelchner said.In the past, there was a fee for the Little Rec’ers program, but the city is now offering it for free during the pandemic.Sign-ups for the program are on a daily basis. Visit for details. The Ocean City Recreation Department children’s basketball league games are now being livestreamed for parents and grandparents to watch. This photo is of a game in 2020 at the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center. (Photos courtesy of Kerri Janto)last_img read more

Berkshire Hathaway’s Patrick Halliday Wins “Circle of Excellence” Award

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors congratulates Patrick Halliday, an Ocean City Asbury Avenue office sales associate, for receiving a NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award Platinum Level.NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Platinum Award winners qualified for the award by producing a minimum of $20 million and 30 units or 125 units in 2020. The NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence Sales Award recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to the 2020 REAL Trends 500 report.The company was recently awarded “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and/Love” in the 32nd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend Study.With over 5,500 sales professionals in more than 75 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1, for the fifth year in a row, in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.For more information, visit Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors sales associate Patrick Halliday.last_img read more

Ambit International

first_imgAmbit International (Enfield, Middlesex) has launched two new models in the President range of spiral mixers, targeted at industrial bakeries with high capacity requirements. Manufactured by Kemper, the latest models – the 200 and 250 – handle dough capacities from 160kg up to 400kg. The wheel-out spiral mixers are equipped with a hydraulic fork-locking system that ensures greater stability of mixing bowl to drive mechanism. New wheel positioning means the bowl moves easily and a double wheel friction drive gives consistent mixing results, claims the company. Fully automatic, the President range is equipped with stainless steel flour dust prevention covers and a built-in motor protector with bowl scraper.last_img read more


first_imgSome things never cease to amaze me. They are so blindingly obvious that you think, how can that possibly be? We are worried sick about the number of people carrying knives but do NOTHING to ban them. They are as deadly as guns, so why are we afraid of zero tolerance on something so dangerous? Why talk about putting metal detectors in schools and on stations? Instead, why not make the perpetrators fear the punishment more than the crime?It is certainly a question posed by a bakery worker who, between his car and the door of the bakery, came face to face with a thug brandishing a knife in the early hours of Monday morning. He found the courage to push the guy backwards and then, as he put it, run for his life.He saw no point in talking to the police and was glad of the few quiet hours to get over the shock. He is angry at ‘society’ more than at the knifeman. But he is a lot luckier than the special constable stabbed last week. So those of you at bakeries and in-stores who start early in the morning, please be vigilant; life on the streets has changed considerably.Change is certainly on the menu in a different way at Dunns of Crouch End where the craft bakery is “re-thinking entrenched opinions” (pg 12). “When we say, ‘We’ve always sold things this way, we’ve never done that,’ it can sometimes be an incredible handicap,” says proprietor Chris Freeman. He has introduced Sunday opening, learned from customers carrying Starbucks coffee into the shop, reaped financial benefits from advertising the use of lower GI breads and premium sandwich fillings and catered for ‘free-from’ requests.Greggs meanwhile is increasing its range of ‘healthy’ options while Jim Winship of the British Sandwich Association tells us about the growth of ‘premium’ sandwiches, and the need to educate the public about reducing salt gradually. Pure common sense!Finally this week – calling all plant bakers – we have the first ever category for plant production managers in the Baking Industry Awards, sponsored by Zeelandia. I am delighted that this sector of the industry is represented at last. If your plant bakery has an efficient production manager, please send off for an entry form now! We look forward to seeing you at the Grosvenor House on September 18.last_img read more

Hatco boasts fresh toaster line

first_imgHatco has launched a pull-up slot toaster, which is available in two-slot, four-slot and six-slot variants.The toaster comes finished in stainless steel and has a removable crumb tray.It features easy-to-use control knobs and is simple to dismantle, says the company, adding that even untrained staff can change elements, thus avoiding the need for users to call out expensive engineers.[]last_img

Being ethical means going beyond Fairtrade, says seminar speaker

first_imgCafé businesses need to “get beyond Fairtrade” if they want to be truly ethical, according to Caffè Culture seminar speaker Paul Allen.Allen, editor of the BBC’s Green website and author of Your Ethical Business, said companies must wake up to consumer demand for ethical products and practices. “Consumers expect businesses to offer them products that are environmentally and ethically sound,” he said.”For cafés, it’s almost time to get beyond Fairtrade,” Allen added. “There are an awful lot of other things you can be doing.” He pointed to trends towards organic, free-range, local sourcing, and sustainability as things that cafés could invest further in.He also said businesses could influence their own suppliers to act in a more ethical way. “You can influence their behaviour, like at Innocent Drinks, where they said, ’Unless you change the way you work, we’re going to do business with these other guys’,” he said.There are three key elements to an ethical business – people, planet and profit or the “triple bottom line”, Allen added. “Profit is key, because if you’re not profitable, no one will ever hear of you and what you’re trying to achieve.”Exhibitors of greener goods at the show said businesses of all sizes were showing more interest in their products.Marcus Hill, managing director of London Bio Packaging, said: “Ultimately, it’s about consumer demand and managing your brand. If you’re not looking after the environment then your brand suffers. It’s not altruism that’s driving it.”Rachael Santell, marketing manager of Planglow, said independent cafés were particularly interested in biodegradable packaging “because they see it as something they can promote”.—-=== Ways to make a difference ===* Businesses located in a deprived area can help empower local communities* Make sure your business is accessible by public transport. Encourage cycling to work* Focus on local, seasonal and organic food* Support Fairtrade coffee* Source your energy from providers which use clean energy or reinvest in renewable energy* Invest in energy-saving gadgets* Make food fresh to avoid packaging waste* Use recycled paper and biodegradable packaging, wherever possiblelast_img read more

In Short

first_imgM&S sandwich dealChilled and frozen food producer Uniq has awarded NFT a three-year contract to distribute sandwiches to Marks & Spencer. Uniq produces an average of 250,000 units a day, which NFT will deliver through its network. NFT is a provider of logistics solutions within the food retail and manufacturing sectors.Turkington joins ABBEngineering company Turkington Industries is now equipped to offer robot-based automation solutions after joining ABB’s Robotic Partner Network. The company designs, builds, tests and commissions bespoke automated systems for a range of applications, including tray de-panning, strap handling, packaging and palletising, primarily for the baking industry.Rain scare for raisinsGrowers in California’s raisins industry breathed a sigh of relief after rain earlier this week threatened the drying process, according to the California Raisin Administrative Committee in the UK, which said no damage had been done. Marketing director Peter Meadows said the temperature is forecast to increase to between 33ºC and 35ºC.Tate & Lyle facilityTate & Lyle has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing and research and development facility for its Food Systems business for the Asia Pacific region in Queensland, Australia, which will also serve as the Asia-Pacific HQ.School meals contractBolton Metropolitan Borough Council is tendering for the provision of bread and bakery products to the School Meals Service & Civic Catering, estimated at up to £550,000, from March 2010-July 2012.last_img read more

Maple Leaf

first_imgplans new mega-bakeryMaple Leaf subsidiary Canada Bread has announced that its new C$100m mega-bakery will be in Hamilton, Canada.Speculation has been rife over where the plant might go since the announcement last month that Canada Bread was looking for a site outside Toronto to replace three smaller bakeries, which it described as ageing and unable to expand.The company said that the 375,000sq ft bakery would be built on a 10-hectare site, creating 300 jobs. Construction will start in June and the first production lines are due to be commissioned 12 months later. The Toronto bake-ries will close by the end of 2013.last_img read more

Mono buys rights to make Bluebird machinery

first_imgMono Equipment has announced the purchase of Bluebird Packaging Machines after it went into liquidation in April.Bakery and foodservice equipment manufacturer, Mono said it has sold Bluebird equipment for many years, and the brand fitted perfectly into its own product portfolio. Bluebird manufactures automatic wrapping machines and L-sealers. “When I heard Bluebird was going into liquidation, the decision to buy the rights to manufacture their excellent product range and to use the Bluebird badge was an easy one to make,” commented Mono Equipment’s MD Andrew Jones. “It would have been a great loss to see such a highly respected brand fade into obscurity.”Mono has bought the exclusive rights to manufacture Bluebird’s product range, which will be built at its South Wales site, and to continue to use the Bluebird name. The firm said the acquisition will provide a valuable extension to its end-to-end bakery equipment range.last_img read more

Butcher MI Dickson to extend bakery production

first_imgButcher MI Dickson is extending its South Shields bakery after getting a £200,000 boost from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).The family business is investing another £800,000 in kitting out the site, which will double capacity and create five new jobs. The 2,000sq m site is adding another 575sq m to the building, allowing it to produce an extra 15 tonnes of baked goods a week.MI Dickson produces cooked meats and sausages, as well as pies, pasties and bread, which is used to make sandwiches at its 20 delicatessens around the north east. Said marketing manager Elena Dickson: “The expansion will allow us to have a much better factory for baking, cooling and packing.”Pies and pasties are sold under its own brand in Asda and Sainsbury’s shops in the region, but Dickson added that, with the extra capacity, the company hoped to be able to get into local Tesco and Morrisons stores as well, before targeting nationwide distribution. Adrian Sherwood, RDPE manager at One North East, said: “The new ovens they are buying with RDPE funding are more energy-efficient than their existing ones; the refrigeration areas are better insulated and the compressors are more efficient – together ensuring reduced energy consumption.”MI Dickson was named ‘Best UK Family Business’ in the £5m-£25m turnover category of the Coutts Prize for Family Business 2009/10 and was recently visited by David Miliband MP, who toured the factory and saw the factory plans.last_img read more

Matthew Walker Derbyshire

first_imgInstalled: four 53Lti thermal transfer coding machines for manufacturing of Christmas puddings; installed by Allen Coding Systems, which manufactures thermal transfer, hot foil and laser coding and marking equipment.Currently installed: Matthew Walker currently has 10 of Allen Coding’s machines fitted on its production lines, divided between 53LT thermal transfer coders and Compact 205 units.Solution: Part of food giant Northern Foods, the firm makes Matthew Walker-branded puddings, as well as own-label puddings made to individual recipes for the major retailers in the UK; it also produces under licence for prestigious customers such as Duchy Originals and Harrods. As the Compact 205 models it has been using have been wearing out, the company has decided to replace them with the superior 53LT unit. It has done this in four cases to date, most recently during the summer of 2010.How it fits: The 53LTs are installed in two lanes on the same lines and are being used to label Christmas puddings and sponge puddings. Operating at speeds of up to 50 per minute, they apply dates and lot codes on to Matthew Walker’s product base labels.Benefits: longer time between reel changes, less compressed air, quicker code changes than the Compact 205 and fewer numerals to control.Supplied by: Allen Coding read more

In Short

first_imgAcademy experienceTwo Tameside College bakery students recently had the chance to visit the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Banbury, after winning an all-expenses-paid trip. Fay Corrigan and Rebekah Simpson won the prize after competing in the California Raisins’ Future Baker Competition 2010 last year. The students, accompanied by Tameside tutor Lorna Jones, attended the three-day trip last month, and produced items including chocolate brownies alongside other delegates.Exclusive cake clubCake lovers can indulge their passion in exclusive settings by joining a new private members’ club. Launched by experimental baker Lily Vanilli, 180 named after the temperature at which cakes bake is a cake and cocktails club, which aims to give members fun and glamour. The British Baker columnist reported that she had already had more than 2,000 applications for membership.Sweets for OrchardBakery supplier Orchard Valley Foods is now managing the decorations and ingredients operation of confectionery company Tangerine. Dolly Mix, Jelly Diamonds, Chocolate mini eggs and Jelly Beans are all available from the Tenbury Wells-based company.Hygiene coursesThe Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has launched a programme of topical and cost-effective training courses, delivered by some of the leading experts in their respective fields. The SOFHT TrainingAcademy courses cover subjects such as the latest on HACCP, pest control, managing enforcement challenges, control of allergens and handling hazardous substances.last_img read more

him! insights

first_imgThe meal deal is on the food to go shop customer’s radar and it is something they would consider purchasing, but they have not completely bought into this offering from their coffee shop. So there is an opportunity to increase basket size, as there is a missed opportunity. Establish credibility for a meal deal offering for breakfast and lunch, such as chilled and hot sandwiches + cake + coffee. But an alternative interpretation is that a coffee shop’s focus should be on its core range and it should leave meal deals alone.last_img read more

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first_imgGreenhalgh’s creates interactive siteNorth-west bakery chain Greenhalgh’s has launched its new e-commerce-enabled website where customers can design their own bespoke cakes by scanning and submitting photos. It also offers recipes, product details and a shop locator.Peters adds to fleetNorth-east craft chain Peters Bakery is looking to double its fleet of vans from eight to 10 by the end of the year, according to The Northern Echo. It currently has four with one more on order, and delivers hot and cold food to offices in the Durham and Washington areas, via its Peters Direct concept.ADM celebrates webADM Milling is celebrating four years since the launch of its interactive e-commerce website mark the occasion, 10 lucky ADM 4flour customers will win credit to the value of £100 each, to be redeemed against any ADM Milling product. Simply place an order by 31 July 2011 for your chance to win.EFSA noteThe European Food Safety Authority has issued a new explanatory note for submitting a dossier on the safety evaluation of a food enzyme. To view the note go online at read more