…in brief

Related posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Thisweek’s news in briefHSBCcuts jobsHSBChas announced it will shed 1,400 jobs, blaming rising National Insurance costsand red tape for the losses, to be achieved via redundancies and naturalwastage. It has around 40,000 staff in the UK, and says rising NI costs and newrules forcing banks to pay interest on small business accounts, prompted themove. www.hsbc.co.ukDownthe tubeTheLondon Underground workforce ‘is rife with drink and drugs’ and managers arestruggling to control a ‘work-force that seemed determined to break every rulein the safety book’, according to Evening Standard journalist Chris Millar. Hefound evidence of dismissals for cocaine abuse and contractors arriving drunk.www.thetube.comRaildeaths chargeEightsenior managers employed by Railtrack and Balfour Beatty are to be charged withmanslaughter over the Hatfield rail crash in which four people died. Thecompanies will be charged with corporate manslaughter and two Railtrackdirectors will face lesser charges under health and safety rules.  www.railtrack.co.ukServicepay dropsPayrises in the service sector have dropped to their lowest level in nine years,according to the CBI. It finds average pay deals in the sector dropped to 2.8per cent in the three months to April, the lowest figure since April 1994. www.cbi.co.ukHRrip-offs PersonnelToday is investigating companies that send businesses unsolicited and expensiveHR products then demand payment for them. A judge recently ordered the wind upof one such ‘disreputable’ company. Have you been targeted?  E-mail: [email protected]

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Wins Eighth Straight Game

first_img Brad James February 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Wins Eighth Straight Game The streaking Trailblazers have now improved to 13-8 on the season as they won their eighth straight game Saturday. Tags: Adams State/Colorado Mesa/Connor Nichols/Dixie State men’s basketball/Fort Lewis/Julien Ducree/Matt Conway Written by In defeat, Connor Nichols posted 28 points for the Mavericks. The Trailblazers return to the road Friday and Saturday as they visit Alamosa, Colo. and Durango, Colo. to visit Adams State and Fort Lewis, respectively. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Matt Conway posted 17 points and 10 rebounds on 5-9 shooting as the Dixie State Trailblazers bested Colorado Mesa 80-73 Saturday at the Burns Arena in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action. Julien Ducree added 13 points on 6-9 shooting for Dixie State in the victory.last_img

US Navy’s Boxer amphibious group arrives in Asia Pacific

first_imgUS Navy’s Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), entered the US 7th Fleet area of operations on September 23.Led by amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), the group arrived in Asia Pacific after spending three months in the US 5th Fleet.Joining 7th Fleet’s Naval Forces, the Boxer ARG and 11th MEU will work side-by-side with regional partners and allies to promote maritime security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.“Seventh Fleet AO is a dynamic region that will present our forces opportunities to conduct realistic training through complex, combined and joint exercises,” said Capt. Jason Burns, commander, Amphibious Squadron FIVE.The ARG includes the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). The 11th MEU is deployed with Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and serves as a theater reserve and crisis response force.While in the US 5th Fleet, the ARG transited multiple straits to include the Strait of Hormuz, Bab-al-Mandeb strait and through the Strait of Tiran into the Gulf of Aqaba where Boxer ARG and 11th MEU conducted Eager Lion, US Central Command’s largest and most complex exercise that integrates forces in a multilateral environment and strengthens military-to-military relationships. View post tag: US 7th Fleet View post tag: US Navy Photo: Photo: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Boxer ARG Share this articlelast_img


first_imgAt the request of the deceased, no funeral or memorial services have been held for Stephen “Steve” Nicolou, 72, formerly of Union City. He died April 1 at his home in Centerville, Ga. Steve was born in Jersey City to Costas and Rosemarie (Bernett) Nicolou. He graduated from Union Hill High School in Union City, New Jersey. After graduation Steve enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard and served six years as a hospital corpsman achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class. Steve went on to become a physician assistant studying at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of his death Steve was a medical provider at Georgia Department of Corrections. Survivors include his wife Edelma Gallardo Nicolou of Centerville, Ga.; sons Stephen Stokes Nicolou of Rome, Ga. and Mark (Courtney) Nicolou, grandchildren Oliver Alexander and Charlotte Rose of Tallahassee, Fla.; sister Florence Nicolou and niece Sarah Rose Nicolou of Des Moines, IA; as well as many cousins and friends.last_img

Labour calls for legislation on sugar, salt and fat

first_imgThe Labour Party has called on the government to enforce stricter legal levels of sugar, salt and fat content in the food industry, as current administration launches a new health awareness campaign.Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary, has asked the government to consider introducing legal limits on such ingredients, instead of the current voluntary agreements used by the food industry, to tackle ongoing issues of child obesity in Britain.He said: “The government has failed to come up with a convincing plan to tackle this challenge. If we fail to act on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s warning we are storing up huge problems for the country and the NHS in the long-term. That is why Labour is calling for new thinking and why we’re initiating today’s consultation.”Labour has published a Policy Review document entitled ‘Children, food and obesity’, which looks at tackling child obesity to improve the nation’s health, including the idea to implement a new maximum permitted levels of fat, sugar and salt in food aimed at children.The document comes as new research, published in recent weeks by the OECD, shows that in the UK 26.6% of girls and 22.7% of boys are considered overweight or obese.The Department of Health in England has said its Responsibility Deal with food companies shows the voluntary approach can be successful.Labour’s call to action has come at the same time as the government has launched its Be Food Smart campaign, aiming to expose the hidden levels of sugar, salt and fat in food.The scheme will include a collaboration between television network ITV, food manufacturers and advertising from Change4Life, which will host the first health-focused advertising break takeover, starting tonight (7 January).It will highlight specific facts, such as a large pizza containing more than a wine glass of fat, to help make consumers more aware of what is in their food.The television advertising break campaign will also feature food businesses Asda and The Co-operative Food, and will include a range of healthy eating tools and information, from recipes to money-off vouchers.Anna Soubry, public health minister, who launched the campaign, said: “Making healthier, balanced meals on a budget can be a challenge for families. This new Change4Life campaign offers families free healthy recipes and money off those much-needed cupboard essentials to encourage everyone to try healthy alternatives.“Thanks to the continuing success of Change4Life, a million mums have changed their behaviour.  But England has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe, with over 60% of adults and a third of 10- and 11-year-olds overweight or obese.“We want to make it easy for everyone to keep track of what they eat and make healthier choices. That is why we are also developing a simple and clear system for front-of-pack labelling that everyone can use.”The campaign will also see the launch of a new smartphone and tablet application, featuring a meal mixer and a shopping list function to help people make healthy choices in the supermarket.last_img

Full Audio From Gov’t Mule & Friends’ Star-Studded Set At The Peach Has Emerged [Listen]

first_imgSETLIST: Gov’t Mule & Friends | The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA Traveling Tune > Stone Cold Rage, Revolution Come, Revolution GoCan’t You See#Soulshine* >Night Time Is The Right Time*Devil Likes It Slow+Which Way Do We Run+Hottentot^Kind Of Bird^Traveling Tune >Cortez The Killer%# w/ Marcus King & Jack Pearson* w/ Chuck Leavell & John Scofield+ w/ John Scofield^ w/ John Scofield & Marc Quiñones% w/ Jimmy Herring & John Bell[h/t – JamBuzz][Cover photo via Heath Robson/Gov’t Mule Facebook] This past Saturday, August 12th, following his appearance in The Peach Music Festival‘s all-star tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes took the stage with Gov’t Mule and a slew of special guests for an equally talent-packed “Gov’t Mule & Friends” set.Peach Fest Hosts Legendary Tribute To Gregg Allman And Butch Trucks, Widespread, Mule, And MoreAfter opening with three cuts off latest album, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, Gov’t Mule moved into a cover of The Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Can’t You See”, which featured sit-ins by Marcus King and Jack Pearson. Once King and Pearson had left the stage, Warren’s fellow Allman Brothers Band vet Chuck Leavell and guitar legend John Scofield joined the band for a heartfelt rendition of “Soulshine,” which segued into “Night Time Is The Right Time.”Revolutions Come And Revolutions Go, But Warren Haynes Is Here To Stay [Interview/Album Stream]Leavell then left the stage, while Scofield remained for renditions of “Devil Likes It Slow” and “Which Way Do We Run.” Next, former Allmans percussionist Marc Quiñones joined the Sco-Mule configuration onstage for  performances of “Hottentot” and “Kind of Bird.” The band followed that up with a reprise of “Traveling Tune,” the road-weary Revolution Come…Revolution Go lament that opened the set. Finally, Mule pulled out their final surprise of the evening–Widespread Panic guitarists John Bell and Jimmy Herring–who helped lead the band through an incredible cover of Neil Young classic “Cortez The Killer” to close the show.You can listen to the full Gov’t Mule & Friends set from The Peach 2017 below courtesy of taper Ted Gakidis (uploaded by JamBuzz):You can also check out footage of Marcus King and Jack Pearson joining Mule for “Can’t You See” below, via YouTube user Sean Roche:last_img

Bees on the brink

first_img Pesticide found in 70 percent of Massachusetts’ honey samples Related HSPH research finds effect at low levels Pesticide tied to bee colony collapse “When temperatures drop, bees lock their wings down and shiver their muscles to generate heat,” Crall said. “What we found was that, in control colonies, even as the temperature fluctuated widely, they were able to keep the temperature in the colony steady to within a few degrees. But the exposed bees, they pretty dramatically lose the capacity to regulate temperature.”The experiment also revealed that pesticide exposure impacted bees’ ability to build an insulating wax cap over the colony.“Almost all of our control colonies built that cap,” Crall said. “And it seems to be totally wiped out in the pesticide-exposed colonies, so they lose this capacity to do this functional restructuring of the nest.”Going forward, Crall said, there are some additional questions the study raised that he hopes to address.“This work — especially on thermoregulation — opens up a new set of questions, not just about what the direct effects of pesticides are, but how those pesticides impair the ability of colonies to cope with other stressors,” he said. “This work suggests that, in particularly extreme environments, we might expect the effects of pesticides to be worse, so it changes both how we go about practically testing agrochemicals in general, but it points to specific questions about whether we might see stronger declines in certain environments.”Taken together, Crall believes the findings point to the need for tighter regulation of neonicotinoids and other pesticides that may be impacting bees.“I think we’re at a point where we should be very, very concerned about how the ways in which we’re changing the environment are undercutting and decimating insect populations that are important not only for the function of every ecosystem … but that are very important for food production,” he said. “Today about a third of food crops are dependent on pollinators, and that’s only rising. Up until now, we’ve had this abundant, natural gift of pollinators doing all this work for us, and now we’re starting to realize that isn’t a given.”In addition to Crall, de Bivort, and Naomi Pierce, the Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, the study was co-authored by Callin Switzer, Ph.D. ’18; Stacey Combes from University of California, Davis; former organismic and evolutionary biology research assistants Robert L. Oppenheimer and Mackay Eyster; and Harvard undergraduate Andrea Brown ’19.This research was supported with funding from Biobest, the National Science Foundation, the Winslow Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, the Moore and Sloan Foundations, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award, and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. Harvard study says it’s among class of pesticides implicated in Colony Collapse Disorder For bees, being social is everything.Whether it’s foraging for food, caring for the young, using their bodies to generate heat or to fan the nest, or building and repairing nests, a bee colony does just about everything as a single unit.While recent studies have suggested exposure to pesticides could have impacts on foraging behavior, a new study, led by James Crall, has shown that those effects may be just the tip of the iceberg.A postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Benjamin de Bivort, the Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Crall is the lead author of a study that shows exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides (the most commonly used class of pesticides in agriculture) has profound effects on a host of social behaviors.Following exposure to the pesticide, bees spent less time nursing larvae and were less social than other bees. The bees’ behavior was observed using an innovative robotic platform, which also showed that exposure impaired bees’ ability to warm the nest, and to build insulating wax caps around the colony.The study is described in a Nov. 9 paper in Science.,“These pesticides first came into use around the mid-1990s, and are now the most commonly used class of insecticide around the globe,” Crall said. “Typically, they work through seed treatment — high concentrations are dosed on seeds, and one reason farmers and pesticide companies like these compounds is because they are taken up systemically by the plants … so the idea is they provide whole-plant resistance. But the problem is they also show up in the pollen and nectar bees are feeding on.”Over the past decade, Crall said, a number of studies have linked pesticide exposure with disruptions in foraging, “but there were reasons to suspect that wasn’t the whole picture.”“Foraging is only a part of what bumblebees do,” Crall read more

John H. Shaw steps down

first_img Learning to find ‘quiet’ earthquakes John H. Shaw, the Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology, stepped down at the end of June, having served as chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) since 2006.Shaw, who joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and is also a professor of environmental science and engineering at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is a structural geologist and applied geophysicist who studies the nature of faults in the earth’s crust as they relate to energy systems and natural hazards, particularly earthquakes. One of the key directions of research for Shaw’s lab is the scientific visualization of models of the Earth’s structures around energy systems and active faults. He co-chairs the board of the Southern California Earthquake Center. Shaw also help found the EPS’s Visualization Research and Teaching Lab.Reflecting upon Shaw’s 13 years as chair, Jeremy Bloxham, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics, whose tenure as dean of FAS Science coincided with Shaw’s time as EPS chair, noted that, “John’s extraordinarily successful shepherding of the department was built upon a foundation of leading by example: his outstanding teaching, his groundbreaking research, but most of all the incredible respect he showed for everyone in the department — the undergraduates, the graduate students, the administrative and research staff, and the faculty.”Shaw talked to the Gazette about mentoring, virtual reality labs, and how climate change has shaped the curriculum.Q&AJohn H. ShawGAZETTE: It’s almost impossible to say the word “Earth” nowadays without thinking immediately of energy and climate change.SHAW: There’s always been a close connection between Earth science and geology and societally relevant issues. In the context of climate change, there’s not only a research mandate to understand this complex natural system and the ways in which we’re impacting it, but there’s also an important role to educate people about what we know and what we don’t know, and with that uncertainty, [to think about] how we can make good decisions that are going to protect our planet and ourselves.GAZETTE: How is this shaping the undergraduate curriculum in EPS?SHAW: When it comes to energy and the environment, students are increasingly aware of what’s going on in the world around them, and they are bringing these interests into the classroom. As a relatively small program, we expanded our Gen Ed offerings in recognition that issues of Earth science are pressing issues in society. We want to give students the opportunity to be educated about these topics, even if they are not pursuing our field. We also changed our model of introductory courses. It used to be there was a single introductory course, or set of courses, required of all students, but that model created a barrier to entry. Something that we’ve done to reflect the spirit of an environmental science and engineering advising cluster is that we now offer a wider sweep of introductory courses for students to take that reflect their particular interests. There are more ways into a concentration than there used to be.GAZETTE: Data visualization is essential to your research and teaching. How has the VR and teaching lab contributed to your scholarship?SHAW: My research involves scientific visualization of Earth models that we build describing both energy systems and active faults — things that lie below the surface so we can’t see them with the naked eye. There’s a real importance to having a virtual reality that describes these geological structures and systems, because we want to understand and predict their behaviors and to inform people about them.We developed the visualization laboratory more than a decade ago and at first it was dedicated to our research. It’s now become a powerful tool for teaching science in a way that’s much more interactive. The lab also has had applications beyond EPS, helping faculty and students across the University to conduct their scholarship and teaching.During the past decade we’ve partnered with the FAS Science Education program and a number of different groups to support a staff that enables use of the lab and associated VR resources across a range of disciplines. For example, we’ve partnered with Peter Der Manuelian for his course on Egyptology, enabling students to virtually be present in the Giza Plateau, and this past year we had new applications, including virtual field trips to Mars and French language classes in Paris.GAZETTE: EPS, together with environmental science and engineering, has recently created a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee. Why was this important for you as chair?SHAW: We want to be sure that we are providing a teaching and learning environment that is as welcoming as possible to all members of our community. If you’re trying read more

Vermont Tax Revolt

first_imgMost of Vermonts Legislature and many in its media and the general intelligentsia do not really believe our state faces a serious crisis regarding our tax burden or economy; lets look at the facts.As leader of Vermont Tax Revolt found at www.VermontTaxRevolt.org(link is external) this recently formed grassroots organization is composed of nonpartisan-seeking citizens who are concerned not only with Vermonts weighty tax burdens, but with what we see as ominous signs of worse things to come. As our web site voluminously lists, lets look at some of those more troubling danger signals should give pause and reflection to all Vermonters.Vermont is in a demographic free-fall: Vermonts share of people aged 25 to 29 is the lowest in the nation while its share of people aged 50 to 54 is the highest in the country; Vermont has the lowest birthrate in the nation; Vermonts young people leave our state at 4 times the national average; and lastly, because of an anomaly of birth cycles, in approximately 2012, our school population will actually begin to increase just as our aging population and their income tax dollars begin to retire, causing what the Ethan Allen Institutes Off The Rails report terms our coming train wreck. Between 2000 and 2006, Vermont lost 11,000 quality private sector jobs and found 20,000 new jobs; 65% of which came from either government (4,000) or from the education and health services field (9,000) and these mostly in the field of social assistance. This is an unsustainable tread: our taxpaying businesses shrink, leaving our remaining private sector businesses and home owners to support a growing government and non-profit sector. In addition to these two major demographic and economic challenges, the Vermont Tax Revolt organization has identified at least $3.5 billion of unfunded liabilities and expenses facing Vermont taxpayers, all of which are identified on its web site.This October witnessed the first of almost 80 million baby boomers that will file for retirement in the coming years. In addition to the projected $50 trillion deficit facing Medicare and Social Security, these retirees will be cashing in their IRA’s and 401k’s. This demographic tsunami will result in an enormous amount of claims on the goods and services of this nation, and if output in the form of the goods and services that these retirees demand doesn’t at least keep pace with this demand – shortages and inflation will occur. Imports may seem like a viable option, but if we’re not producing the wealth to pay for them, we’ll just be adding to our deficit spending. Drilling down to Vermont’s economic and demographic crisis, Senator Shumlin is on record as stating that “Vermonters do not have the additional earning capacity to raise [even] $250 – $350 million.” In order for Vermont to keep pace with the claims on its economy, entitlements and transportation infrastructure needs, it must abandoned its preoccupation with its culture of distribution and redistribution of wealth and embrace a culture of producing real wealth, not just financial claims on it. Over time, tax revenues are determined by economic and productivity growth.With our young sons and daughters fleeing Vermont at 4 times the national average, with quality private sector job growth almost nonexistent along with the general lack of affordability for the average, working middle-class family and Vermont taxpayers facing at least $3.5 billion of unfunded liabilities and expenses, the facts just dont validate denial of the obvious any longer.Winston Churchill said it best: The multitudes remained plunged in ignorance of the simplest economic facts, and their leaders, seeking their votes, did not dare to undeceive them.Folks, its time to awaken this sleeping giant.Tom Licata leads Vermonts citizen-led grassroots organization, found at www.VermontTaxRevolt.org(link is external). He lives in Burlington.last_img

Email platform costs at your credit union

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Email marketing platforms typically cost between $40,000 and $50,000 annually, according to CUES member Kenneth Jost, senior AVP/marketing at $3.8 billion/380,000-member Redstone Federal Credit Union, Huntsville, Ala., who adds, “Most vendors offer a not-for-profit discount that makes the technology more feasible for credit unions.”Cost also depends on the level of service required, as well as on the number of subscribers in the email list, says Jesse Boyer, president/CEO of CUES Supplier member and strategic partner DigitalMailer, Inc., Herndon, Va.“Bigger credit unions generally have the internal resources to handle all aspects of email marketing; smaller or mid-sized ones don’t. So it’s important to know what they can handle in house and what kind of support they need,” he says.Ray Parenteau, founder/president of ClickRSVP, Milford, Mass., breaks out the different levels of service like this: continue reading »last_img