first_imgThe Shwe gas project, which comprises the development of three offshore Myanmarese fields, has been in production since July 2013 ONGC Videsh to make additional investment in Shwe gas project, offshore Myanmar. (Credit: Stephen Marrable from Pixabay) ONGC Videsh is set to make a new investment of $121.27m for the further development of the Shwe gas project offshore Myanmar following approval from the Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.The company, which is the overseas division of India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has been a participant in the gas project since 2002.A consortium of companies from South Korea, Myanmar, and India has been involved in the Shwe gas project, located in the Bay of Bengal. Also part of the project is GAIL, which is another Indian state-owned company.The Myanmarese project is operated by South Korea-based POSCO DAEWOO and the other partners apart from the Indian duo are Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise and Korea Gas Corporation.The first gas from the offshore gas asset was drawn in July 2013. Plateau production at the Shwe gas project was achieved in December 2014.According to the Indian government, ONGC Videsh had injected $722m till 31 March 2019 in the project.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official website stated that the additional investment will help in strengthening energy bridges with the country’s neighbours.The Prime Minister website stated: “The participation of Indian PSUs in oil & gas exploration and development projects in neighbouring countries is aligned with India’s Act East Policy, and also part of India’s strategy to develop Energy Bridges with its neighbours in addition to further strengthening India’s energy security needs.”Details of the Shwe gas projectLocated in Blocks A-1 and A-3, the Shwe gas project is contained in water depth ranging between 85m and 140m. The project, which is off the coast of Rakhine State, comprises the development of the Shwe, Shwe Phyu, and Mya fields.The three Myanmarese fields have a combined estimate of 4.5 trillion cubic feet of gas in reserves. The fields are being developed in three phases.In September 2019, McDermott International announced winning of a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Posco International for the third phase of the gas project.last_img read more

first_imgProduction from BM-C-33 block will be sent to an FPSO moored at the site The development concept for BM-C-33 project will involve an FPSO moored at the field. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay) Equinor and its partners have sanctioned the development concept for the offshore Brazilian gas and condensate block BM-C-33, which will involve the use of a floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO).The BM-C-33 block is located in the Campos Basin pre-salt region. It contains the Pão de Açúcar discovery, which was made by Repsol Sinopec Brasil in 2010.Equinor is the operator of the BM-C-33 block with 35% stake, while Repsol Sinopec Brasil holds a 35% stake. The other partner in the offshore Brazilian block is Petrobras with a 30% stake.Equinor projects senior vice president Geir Tungesvik said: “BM-C-33 is a key project in our portfolio and concept select is an important milestone in our effort to mature the project.“It is important to further optimise and improve the project business case to make it more robust for future market.”According to Equinor, production from BM-C-33 block will be sent to the FPSO moored at the site. The FPSO will process gas and oil/condensate to sales specifications before they are exported.Crude oil from the BM-C-33 project will be offloaded using shuttle tankers and shipped to the international market following ship-to-ship transfer.Equinor said that the partners have selected a new-build hull to accommodate 30 years lifetime of the field.The Norwegian company said that the gas export solution of the project is based on an integrated offshore gas pipeline, which will connect the FPSO to a new dedicated onshore gas receiving facility to be located inside the Petrobras TECAB site at Cabiúnas.From the Petrobras TECAB site, the gas will be sent to the domestic gas transmission network.Equinor said that capacity for gas export is planned for 16Mm3/day with average exports estimated to be 14Mm3/day. The company said that the daily oil processing capacity of the FPSO will be 20,000m3.Equinor Brazil country manager Veronica Coelho said: “BM-C-33 holds substantial volumes of gas. A completion of the ongoing liberalization of the natural gas market in Brazil in line with the current plan, is key for the further development of the project.“BM-C-33 is an asset that can generate value for the society, both through the creation of direct and indirect jobs, ripple effects, and through a gas supply that can induce industrial growth, as has happened in other countries.”The Brazilian block is located nearly 200km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and is contained in water depths up to 2,900m.It is estimated to hold resources of over 700 million barrels of light oil and three trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas.last_img read more

first_imgHomes that were designed and built specifically for the rental market used, generally, to be called council houses. Not any more, councils gave way to housing associations who do indeed still build properties specifically for the rental market but the new Build to Rent sector has a broader remit – homes designed for Generation Rent – and for the future.Now, the first cross-industry organisation dedicated to driving the professionalisation of the sector has been launched. The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) will focus on driving up standards of customer service and delivery to ensure that all renters are given the best possible experience.Its creation has been championed by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, who is calling on the industry to work together to deliver more homes for rent and better standards for residents.The UKAA says that its aim is to differentiate the multi-family housing market from the amateur ad hoc rental service provided by small-scale landlords that currently make up the bulk of rentals. This is bad news in the longterm for traditional private landlords but it has to good news for tenants, especially those, says UKAA, who are making a lifestyle choice by choosing high quality, branded purpose built rental homes that offer added benefits of ancillary amenities on the doorstep and the peace of mind of renting from a large, professional landlord.Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said, “I want to see the private rented sector respond to the nation’s housing needs by providing new forms of supply and improved quality and choice. I welcome the UKAA as a body that can help build the capabilities of the build to rent sector in this country, bringing together the needs of private renters with the institutional capital that wants to invest in meeting their demands.”With more than nine million renters in the UK and vast potential for that number to grow, there is a huge opportunity for build to rent developments as an institutional asset class. In recent months alone, the number of developers and investors committing to projects has risen encouragingly but there is still a distance to go before renting becomes the professional, service-led industry backed by large institutional investors that it is in the USA.As well as providing a valuable platform for the industry, the UKAA will lead educational training, customer service delivery, study tours and provide a suppliers’ forum, market data and a range of resources.A growing number of high-profile companies and professionals from across the sector have already signed up as members including Atlas, Hermes, Greystar, Manchester Life and Savills with suppliers including Roomservice by CORT and Yardi. The UKAA is working in conjunction with all of the other industry bodies and is in the process of establishing regional branches, which are so far under way in Manchester and Scotland.Founder of the UKAA and Chairman of Chainbow, Roger Southam said, “This evolution of the rental sector is creating some interesting dynamics and raising many questions about what renting in the UK should and will look like. There is clearly a case for using the extensive experience gained by the USA and working together to create a more professional market to ultimately give renters a better service.”To find out more visit http://www.ukaa.org.uk or follow @TheUKAA on TwitterGeneration Rent rental market build-to-rent UK Apartment Association UKAA April 20, 2016The 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » The UK Apartment Association (UKAA) launches previous nextAssociations & BodiesThe UK Apartment Association (UKAA) launchesUKAA launches to drive professionalisation of rental sectorThe Negotiator20th April 20160843 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgThe British public are falling out of love with newbuild homes and most would prefer to see the billions being poured into developments spent on refurbishing existing traditional housing stock instead.Research among 2,000 people reveals that 81% of them are “unenthused” about living in a new-build home while 79% said the government should focus its efforts and funding on refurbishing existing, run-down properties.The figures during the same week when NHBC revealed that the number of new homes registered within its scheme decreased by 7% to 29,123 during the second quarter of the year.The government is concentrating its efforts on new-build to fill the gap between demand and supply in the UK, and says it will build 1.5 million new homes by 2022.But former housing minister Grant Shapps recently said two million homes need to be built as soon as possible to achieve balance in the property market.More new homesOver the past 12 months 147,960 new homes have been built and, supported by the government’s Help to Buy scheme, the number of new homes coming to the market increased by 21% year-on-year during the first three months of the year, figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government show.The quality of these new builds isn’t impressing many people, the research by bridging loan specialist Market Financial Solutions.It says 60% of the people it canvassed said too many new-build developments they had seen were poorly-built and unattractive and 41% said they lacked character and were “eye-sores within their localities”.A quarter of the respondents were happy for other people to live in them, though, saying they would buy a new-build as a buy-to-let, but wouldn’t live in one themselves.“Today’s research sends a strong message to both those involved in property development and the Government,” says Paresh Raja, CEO of MFS.“Despite the distinct need for a greater national supply of housing, the public appetite is evidently stronger for refurbished traditional properties over new-builds.“However, the UK’s current housing strategy is heavily predicated on new-builds, much to the frustration of buyers across the market.“Clearly more needs to be done to support aspiring property buyers by doing more to encourage the refurbishment projects that are essential to satisfy widespread demand.”      August 11, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » 80% of UK buyers unimpressed by newbuild homes previous nextAgencies & People80% of UK buyers unimpressed by newbuild homesShocking figures reveal many people consider new-build properties poorly built and an eyesore.Nigel Lewis11th August 201701,439 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgHunters has four new branches in Essex and Hertfordshire as Mullucks Wells, one of the region’s most well established agencies, with offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Epping, Great Dunmow and Saffron Walden joins the Hunters Group.They remain independently owned and continue to trade under the Mullucks Wells name, but will have a fresh new branding as ‘Mullucks, part of Hunters’. Directors, Richard Roberts, Jo Wilson, Daniel Galati and William Wells remain at the helm.Mullucks Wells launched in Bishop’s Stortford in 1991. Richard Roberts, Managing Director, said, “We’re delighted. Our experienced local teams and the excellent service they have become renowned for will be further strengthened by the benefits of a nationwide network offering.”Glynis Frew, Chief Executive of Hunters Property Plc, said, “Expansion within Essex and Hertfordshire is an important strategic move for us and we’re delighted to have franchise partners of this calibre on board.”Hertfordshire Mullucks Wells Hunters growth Hunters Essex April 9, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Hunters grows in Essex and Hertfordshire previous nextAgencies & PeopleHunters grows in Essex and HertfordshireThe Negotiator9th April 20190348 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Online letting agents Howsy raises £5 million to set up Midlands hub previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnline letting agents Howsy raises £5 million to set up Midlands hubHowsy – formerly NoAgent – says it wants to make renting a property as easy as booking a hotel room and is using the new cash to expand its team and footprint.Nigel Lewis4th September 201901,997 Views Online property management platform and letting agent Howsy formerly known as No Agent has raised a further £5 million from investors, it has been announced.The company, which has been going since July 2016 and now claims to have 60,000 landlords and tenants using its service, has raised the cash from both existing investors and also Mayfair-based Skybound Capital, which is a relative newcomer to the proptech scene.Based in the London digital ‘village’ of Shoreditch, Howsy says the money is primarily being used to set up a second operation in Coventry, expand its London team and makes several high-profile senior hires.These include Mark Hodson, who used to work for PayPal and also retail website NotOnTheHighStreet.com.AcquisitionsHowsy has also revealed that it intends to make several ‘acquisitions’ but wouldn’t confirm to The Negotiator whether these would be of rival online lettings firms or traditional ones.“We’re delighted to close on our largest funding round to date and this really cements our current position as one of the leading Proptech companies in the UK,” says founder and CEO Callum Brannan (left).“We’ve already started to turn this around on a national scale and this latest raise, along with a few strategic acquisitions, should not only help us in our mission, but it will enable us to scale fast as well as look at opportunities outside of the UK.”Howsy offers a similar service to a traditional high street agent but through a centralised staffed and digital online service for landlords. This includes a free tenant-find service and then packages starting at £35 a month rising to £115 a month for full management.Read more about Howsy.Howsy callum brannan September 4, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Young former estate agent to disrupt traditional conveyancing referrals system previous nextProducts & ServicesYoung former estate agent to disrupt traditional conveyancing referrals systemAlex Beagrie, 24, says his experience working in estate agency taught him that the way consumers are referred to conveyancers needs updating.Nigel Lewis22nd October 20201 Comment11,226 Views A 24-year-old former estate agent has claimed that industry referral fees earned from conveyancing based on a narrow and cosy list of approved ‘panel’ suppliers will soon be ancient history.Alex Beagrie, who worked in estate agency in Surrey prior to setting up his proptech conveyancing platform ExchangeTrain.co.uk, says he founded the business after realising that the system which enables agents to earn fees from conveyancing is fundamentally unfair to consumers.Talking to The Negotiator, he says that Trading Standards’ efforts to force agent to be more transparent about the fees they earn from referring third-party services to client could be a game changer for platforms like his.Agent recommendations“Sales agents earn fees on the basic premise that most buyers are either first timers or move so infrequently that they need a recommendation about the best conveyancer,” he says.“This has served the industry well for decades but home movers are now more digitally savvy and are looking for online support to help them, and clearly the regulatory authorities are waking up to that.”Beagrie says that although his business is still only a few weeks old, he’s had thousands of enquiries from home movers looking for an independent conveyancing recommendation.“I have an estate agency background but I’m not a conveyancer, nevertheless I’ve realised that there is an opportunity for a service that offers home movers more choice while still enabling agents to earn income from referrals,” he says.ExchangeTrain.co.uk is currently consumer focussed, but Beagrie says he wants it to appeal to agents by offering an alternative way to continue earning fee opportunities, while at the same time opening up the market to a wider range of conveyancers.Read more about referral fees.Alex Beagrie exchangetrain.co.uk Sales progression conveyancing October 22, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 22nd October 2020 at 6:36 amMy thoughts are that any business needs income to survive, I wish Alex well, but unless he is going to run a non-profit enterprise he will need to charge someone an amount, the moment this occurs he will be in the same nexus that all companies belong to. From my thirty years of being an agent, ensuring an exchange is key as this is typically the largest fee element of the transaction. So agents will naturally recommend conveyancers who enhance this journey, and make an exchange more likely.If they receive a fee or not, the vital component is that the agent has positive connection with the driver of the sale post the sale being agreed, the person who transfers the title from vendor to buyer.A comparison site for the general public to see what is the ‘best deal’, is always going to be subjective, is it measured by the cost of conveyancing? the level of service? As Alex is stating he wants agents to still have a fee for referring conveyancers, am I to assume at some point his business will be seeking a fee from either agents or solicitors to promote them, in which case we are back at square one.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgA lettings agency in Scotland has denied allegations made by ex-employees and landlords to a local newspaper that some of its customers have been overcharged for property management work.The lettings agency involved is a franchised branch (pictured) of Martin & Co in Stirling, whose owners deny any wrongdoing.Details of problems at the branch featured yesterday in the Sunday Mail, the sister paper of Scotland’s Daily Record, following complaints over incorrect invoices made by landlord Scott Buchanan.He told the newspaper that he has been contacted by 15 other landlords in the area who claim they have been over-charged for electrical and safety work at properties.Former employees of the business contacted by the Sunday Mail claim that maintenance companies were created which were used to bill landlords for work.InvoicesThe newspaper also says it has seen paperwork that shows real contractors were asked to re-submit invoices for higher amounts than originally billed for.This paperwork and other evidence has been passed to local Trading Standards officers.“I just want proof that my property has been properly looked after and that I’m not being charged some arbitrary amount,” says Buchannan.“In the absence of answers from the branch and head office, I’ve passed the evidence I gathered to Trading Standards and the Property Ombudsman.”Both the Ahmeds and Martin & Co head office have declined to comment further. Both are suing a former manager over a missing database of client details.Read more about Martin & Co.sunday mail Scott Buchanan Martin & Co Stirling November 30, 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 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 » Lettings agency probed after landlord complaints about incorrect invoices previous nextAgencies & PeopleLettings agency probed after landlord complaints about incorrect invoicesMartin & Co branch in Scotland has been referred to Trading Standards and The Property Ombudsman by customer.Nigel Lewis30th November 20200821 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Navy Assists in Repatriation of Sri Lankan Fishermen Navy Assists in Repatriation of Sri Lankan Fishermen View post tag: Repatriation Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of 11 Sri Lankan fishermen along with 2 fishing boats on 8th August 2012.The boats named “Natasha Daughter” with 6 fishermen and Deshakthi Kaveesha-2 with 5 fishermen were taken over from the Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajshree at the International Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai by Sri Lanka Naval Vessel P 451 attached to the Northern Naval Command and Sri Lanka Coast Guard vessel CG 43 .Repatriation of Sri Lankan fishermen and the fishing boats comes as a direct result of the collaborative efforts made by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian officials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 10, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Navy August 10, 2012 View post tag: Assists View post tag: Lankan View post tag: Naval View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Sri Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img Training & Education Sailors of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) participated in a community relations (COMREL) event at the Rhone American Cemetery (RAC) March 9.RAC was established Aug. 17, 1944 for American Soldiers who were killed during World War II. The French government granted free use of the land to the American government as a permanent burial ground without charge or taxation.While Sailors initially expected only to beautify the areas around the cemetery, the COMREL turned into a historical lesson of the fallen Americans who lay at rest.“It was an incredibly humbling experience,” said Chief Religious Program Specialist (SW/FMF/EXW/IDW) Shari M. Chisholm, leading chief petty officer for the Religious Ministries department. “We went to improve the condition of the cemetery but were also treated to a lovely tour of the cemetery and learned some history behind the brave patriots who died for our country.”Sailors viewed the cemetery grounds which consisted of 861 memorial tombstones, 294 names on the “Wall of the Missing,” a bronze relief map and a chapel. The map showed the military operations in the area and the advance up the Rhone River Valley.Bruce C. Malone Jr., superintendent of the cemetery, said that hosting Sailors on the cemetery grounds was especially meaningful for himself and his crew.“It’s an honor and a privilege for us to be able to share this heritage and history with these Sailors,” said Malone. “I hope this trip sparked an interest in [these Sailors] about this cemetery’s American history so that they will look further into it.”Malone said Americans often only remember the bodies that made it back home after World War II and forget about those left behind in Europe.In the chapel on the grounds is a floor-to-ceiling mosaic mural that recalls the eternal care of the Almighty. The mural, like much of the chapel interior, was designed by Austin Purves of Litchfield, Conn. It symbolizes French parents mourning the loss of American sons.During the event, Ike Sailors also learned about the American Battle Monuments Commission, the history of the operations in France and about who is buried in RAC.“You often read about this kind of stuff in history books,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class John Armendariz, maintenance leading petty officer of Supply department’s S-8 division. “But being here in person is a surreal experience. It was strange to be standing on the same grounds as where these brave men actually fought for my freedom.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 12, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Sailors Volunteer at Rhone American Cemetery USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Sailors Volunteer at Rhone American Cemetery Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: DRAGUIGNAN View post tag: France View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic March 12, 2013last_img read more

first_img USNS Spearhead Conducts Operational Experiments Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Spearhead Conducts Operational Experiments Authorities View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: News by topic Members from U.S. 4th Fleet and Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) were onboard Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) from 5-12 June executing a multi-faceted experiment examining the JHSV’s ability to conduct alternate missions. View post tag: conductscenter_img View post tag: Experiments July 7, 2014 View post tag: Navy The main goal for the experimentation campaign, co-developed by the Navy’s Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) program with and in support of 4th Fleet, is to inform updates to the JHSV’s concept of operations (CONOPs). The campaign will continue throughout Spearhead’s maiden deployment. The FLEX program, managed by NWDC on behalf of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet, is about delivering tangible products to the warfighter, specifically by assisting the Navy in integrating new and versatile assets into the Fleet.“Experimentation initiatives that are linked to our operational mission are exactly how we want to continue to support greater DoD efforts,” said Rear Adm. George Ballance, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. “The SOUTHCOM theater is particularly conducive to innovation and experimentation, as initiatives can immediately be used in support of real-world operations. In these austere times of reduced resources and assets, we need to gain as much efficiencies as possible; experimentation is one way to achieve that. U.S. 4th Fleet is the Theater of Innovation.”The experiments conducted included the first launch and recovery of the BAT Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) off of a naval vessel, the initial launch of the PUMA UAS off of a JHSV in this theater, and the maiden launch and tether of the Aerostat off of a JHSV. These technology enablers would enhance JHSV’s ability to perform several additional missions, including Counter Illicit Trafficking.“We had a very successful experimentation period with NWDC,” said Capt. Sam Hancock, mission commander for Southern Partnership Station Joint High Speed Vessel 2014 (SPS-JHSV 14). “We now look forward to continuing the development of capabilities by employing these technologies from Spearhead.”All experiment objectives were met and NWDC is in the process of analyzing the data to complete a preliminary assessment.“We attribute this success to our strong partnership with 4th Fleet and the focused teamwork of the military detachment and civilian mariners while underway,” said Lt. Allison Withers, NWDC Experimentation lead afloat.4th Fleet and NWDC will return for a second experimentation phase in September.[mappress]Press Release, July 07, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: americas View post tag: USNS Spearheadlast_img read more

first_img View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval May 25, 2015 View post tag: americas The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) May 22 following the successful completion of its carrier incremental availability.Harry S. Truman marked the first carrier incremental availability performed at NNSY. These shorter carrier availabilities are usually performed at Naval Station Norfolk. The 15-week availability began in November, but Truman’s time at NNSY was extended to allow for additional work to be performed.Major tasks completed on Truman included modernization of the propulsion plant, main engine and attached lube oil pump repairs as well as major inspections of the catapult launch system. NNSY work was comprised of approximately 135,000 man-days, with support also provided by Ship’s Force, Multi-Ship/Multi-Option (MSMO) contractor, Newport News Shipbuilding and Alteration Installation Teams (AITs).Twenty percent of the U.S. Navy’s carrier force has been under the care of NNSY over the last several months. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) is now in the final stages of its docking planned incremental availability, a more comprehensive modernization event. To support continual production on this concentrated availability, job readiness cells (JRCs) were placed for the Truman project team in both the carrier hangar bay and on the pier. JRCs provide mechanics tooling and consumables in an area conveniently co-located next to a project, supporting nonstop execution of work.Truman is the Navy’s ninth nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth in the Nimitz class. The ship was launched in 1996 and delivered to the United States Navy in 1998.[mappress mapid=”16059″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Availability NNSY Completes USS Harry S. Truman Availability Authorities View post tag: NNSY Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today NNSY Completes USS Harry S. Truman Availability View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

first_img October 9, 2015 View post tag: Migrants Irish frigate LÉ Samuel Beckett transferred 474 rescued people, to the port of Vibo, Italy, Oct 7.Having rescued 242 persons from a wooden barge on Monday, October 5, the LÉ Samuel Beckett was subsequently tasked with taking the transfer of a further 232 persons who had been rescued by the Italian Coastguard Vessel Luigi Datilo.Transfers were conducted at sea utilizing LÉ Samuel Beckett’s RHIBs (rugged hull inflatable boats).On completion of embarkation, the ship proceeded north to the nominated port of safety, Vibo, Valentia. The ship provided sustained care to the 474 rescuees embarked, including 4 infants en route.[mappress mapid=”17140″]Image: Irish Navy View post tag: Irish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today LÉ Samuel Beckett Brings 474 Migrants to Safety Authorities LÉ Samuel Beckett Brings 474 Migrants to Safety View post tag: Vibo Valentia Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US aircraft carrier Carl Winson completes in-port phase of TSTA June 30, 2016 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: TSTA Authorities US aircraft carrier Carl Winson completes in-port phase of TSTA Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completed the in-port phase of Carl Vinson’s Tailored Ship’s Training Availability on June 24.TSTA is the first combined training event of the inter-deployment training cycle. During TSTA, training drills and real-world scenarios placed an emphasis on damage control, flight deck operations and simulated combat, each of which were evaluated by Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific.Sailors practiced firefighting, responded to man overboard musters, conducted boat operations, and responded to simulated attacks from multiple threats.“Preparing for and executing TSTA in-port evolutions has improved readiness across the ship,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jose Melendrez, Carl Vinson’s integrated training team coordinator. “From the propulsion plant drills going on deep within the ship to the topside scenarios on the flight deck, TSTA has given every department the chance to assess readiness and improve basic warfighting skills.”Melendrez said while TSTA’s main focus is crew training, the training provides an assessment of the material condition of the ship and its systems, the critical criteria during the ship’s upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection.“To have a successful INSURV, we need a well-trained crew using equipment that meets and exceeds Navy standards,” said Melendrez. “TSTA gives us a chance to have a questioning attitude during every evolution, with each Sailor making sure the systems they are experts on are well-maintained and operational.”The TSTA in-port phase will formally conclude after members of ATG Pacific brief the ship’s top leadership on their observations. Share this article View post tag: USS Carl Vinsonlast_img read more

first_img Authorities September 19, 2016 Pacific Partnership returning home after four months underway Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Partnership returning home after four months underway center_img View post tag: Pacific Partnership View post tag: US Navy After concluding mission stops in six countries, this years’s Pacific Partnership arrived in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility en route to Hawaii aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Pacific Partnership members are on a brief stop as the mission nears conclusion.Mercy departed Naval Base San Diego May 11 and served as the command platform for the Pacific Partnership 2016 mission. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual, multilateral disaster response preparedness mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.“The objective was to improve interoperability between countries to strengthen the relationships and partnerships,” said Cmdr. Miguel Gutierrez, director of medical operations, Pacific Partnership 2016.Countries visited during Pacific Partnership 2016 included Timor Leste, the Philippines, Vietnam, Palau, Malaysia and Indonesia. Throughout the mission, Pacific Partnership personnel shared and gained expertise from each partner nation through subject matter expert exchanges in medical, engineering, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, cooperative health engagements and Women, Peace and Security seminars. Key leader and community relations events provided for direct engagement and enhanced relationships with partner nation leadership and local citizens.“The engagements from every line of effort built capability and interoperability, which helped strengthen and establish relationships with each partner nation,” said Royal Australian navy Capt. Mike Spruce, deputy mission commander, Pacific Partnership 2016. “This mission is a lot about exchanging ideas, and the knowledge and skills shared throughout Pacific Partnership 2016 will last well after the mission is over.”Mercy and the Pacific Partnership 2016 team are scheduled to arrive at Naval Base San Diego at the end of the month.last_img read more

first_img Salary Not Specified LinkedIn Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Facebook Residence Life Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Twitter GeneralSummary/PurposeThe Residence Director is a member of the CommunityLiving team with the goal of enhancing the student experience andproviding quality services for the students at Johns HopkinsUniversity. They are responsible for fostering a student-centeredcommunity where faculty involvement and a broad range ofdevelopmental programming initiatives are valued. Reporting to anAssistant Director of Residential Life, the Residence Director isresponsible for the ongoing welfare of the communities under theirpurview, providing staff supervision and supporting all aspects ofthe Residential Life program. They will be an active andcontributing member of a team of Residential Life and CommunityLiving professionals committed to their staffs, students, and thedevelopment of community in their residentialareas.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesSupervise andevaluate the paraprofessional staff in assigned residentialarea.Create an environment that supports the developmentof a sense of community amongresidents.Manage the day to day operation of assignedresidential area and handle all administrativeresponsibilities.Meet and interact with students for the purpose ofcounseling, conflict resolution, crisis management and mediation.Respond to incidents and administer discipline in assignedcommunities to ensure appropriatebehavior.Assess needs and interests of students and supportstaff in the development a wide range of programming initiativesincluding educational, social, recreational and culturalprograms.Support implementation of the Residential Lifedepartment wide programs.Provide assistance to department leadership andparticipate in developing and implementing all student stafftraining sessions, including monthly staff development sessions forstaff.Provide primary after-hours emergency coverage(on-call duties) to residents and student staff; work closely withthe Dean of Student Life office to provide support to students incrisis.Assist with supervision and administration ofResidential Life departmental responsibilities; take on aleadership role in a departmental area, e.g. liaison with otherdepartments, assessment processes, department wide programs,orientation, committee work,etc.MinimumQualificationsMaster’s Degree in Student Personnel or relatedfield, and 2-3 years of experience in Housing/Residential Liferequired.Student Affairswork preferred with related work in Housing and/or ResidentialLifeSpecial Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesStronginterpersonal skills with solid administrativeabilitiesExperience working in a fast-paced, multi-culturalenvironmentExperience in mediation, conflict resolution, andcrisis management.Additionalinformation:This is a 12-month, full-time position with aflexible work schedule to include evenings and weekends as itrelates to programming or on-call. The selected candidate isrequired to live-in on campus in designated University housing.This position is considered an essential employee (requiredattendance) and will be asked to be on-call to assist with anyuniversity emergencies that affect the students living in campushousing.Classified Title:Residential LifeAdministratorWorking Title: ResidenceDirector ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CE Starting Salary Range:$38,833.68 – $53,404 /Commensurate with ExperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Up to 37.5hours/week Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 60004476-Residential Life OperationsPersonnel area: University Student ServicesThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-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 [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Washington and Lee University Assistant Director of Residence Life You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Texas, United States Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Assistant Director of Residence Life HomewoodCampus Residence Life Coordinator – (STA006918) Similar jobs Save Residence Life Coordinator – (STA006918) University of Houston More searches like this Share Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Virginia, United States The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

first_imgPositions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe positions are filled. Prior professional US experience with progressiveresponsibility.Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively withdiverse campus community. Curriculum development and significant teaching experience atall collegiate levels.Funded research experience as a Principal Investigator.Demonstrated ability to identify project opportunities andindependently develop proposals that are subsequently funded.Experience with students’ academic mentoring and as a thesisadvisor.Experience in program assessment and execution of a continuousimprovement plan. ABOUT FLORIDA POLY:Florida Polytechnic University opened for classes in 2014-15 and isthe twelfth university in the Florida State University System. TheUniversity was created as an exclusively STEM-focused publicuniversity that offers high-value undergraduate and graduatedegrees and that has intentional industry connections with a focuson economic development of the high-tech I-4 corridor. Dedicated topreparing students for the competitive STEM workforce, FloridaPolytechnic University blends traditional subject matter masterywith problem solving and laboratory experiences to provide studentswith learning opportunities applicable to both the workplace and acareer of lifelong learning. The University delivers its courses insmall class sizes, emphasizes a positive student to facultyexperience, and is dedicated to both its teaching and researchmission.Faculty are employed at Florida Poly via renewable, term definedappointments, codified in a collective bargaining agreement, thatsubstantially mirrors tenure systems with reappointment andprogression in rank upon completion of a significant review ofaccomplishments.Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s ultra-moderncampus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway betweenTampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines smalltown comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High-Tech Corridor ishome to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has morethan 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college.Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World,Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thrivingperforming art centers. With no income tax in Florida, and homevalues increasing by approximately 10% over the past year, Lakelandand Central Florida continue to rise among the best places to liveand work.EXPECTED STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience andqualificationsAPPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related fieldSix years of experience as a faculty member or as anindependent researcher. APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submitthe following in PDF format to the Florida Polytechnic CareersWebsite: https://floridapoly.edu/about/careers/careersportal Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to workin the United States. This proof must be provided prior toemployment at the University. An appointment is not final untilproof is provided.center_img Active participation in professional activities andorganizations. Associate Professor or Professor – Computer Science (InteractiveGraphical Applications)Job Description SummaryThe Department of Computer Science at Florida PolytechnicUniversity invites applications for an Associate Professor orProfessor with broad teaching capacity that supports bothundergraduate degrees and with research specialization thatsupports interactive graphical applications. The Computer Sciencedepartment is home to the largest undergraduate program in theUniversity which delivers an ABET accredited degree in ComputerScience with specialization areas in Game Development, CyberSecurity, Software Engineering, and Autonomous Systems. Successfulapplicants must be capable of teaching a range of classes in thecurriculum, at all levels, and ideally would contribute toinstruction focused in at least one of the following areas:graphical interactive programs, Cyber-Security, Autonomous Systems,Software Engineering, and Distributed/parallel computing.This position is part of a strategic expansion of the departmentthat will add approximately eight faculty to the current thirteenfaculty members that comprise the department faculty. Thedepartment also delivers a Masters of Science degree in ComputerScience and the expansion of the faculty will be critical togrowing the size of this graduate program.Ideally, applicants will provide evidence of prior success inteaching (both undergraduate and graduate) and research with anestablished record of independent research funding, publicationhistory in high quality, peer reviewed journals, and supervision ofgraduate and/or undergraduate students.Job DescriptionMINIMUM QUALIFICATION: DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Diversity Statement:Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal accessinstitution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provideequal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities toall (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants foradmission, students, and others affiliated with the University)without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex,religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status,veteran status or genetic information.Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please besure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field beforecontinuing through the application. Once your applicationhas been submitted, no changes may be made and additionalattachments will not be considered.An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable duringthe application process. For positions requiring a degree, theofficial transcripts are required upon hire.Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United Statesrequire a equivalency statement from a certified transcriptevaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of anaccredited institution within the USA. This report must be attachedwith the application and submitted by the applicationdeadline.All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date ofthe job announcements.This position requires a background check, which may includea level II screening as required by the Florida Statute§435.04. Cover letterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Research InterestsStatement of Teaching PhilosophyList of at least 3 professional references (names and contactinformation)Unofficial copy of the Ph.D./M.Sc. transcriptlast_img read more

first_imgRunaway hostage braves media storm to start term at TrinityMatthew Scott, the student who so dramatically escaped from kidnappers in the Columbian jungle last month, came up to Oxford yesterday to start his degree. The engineering student arrived at Trinity College as planned, despite having returned to the UK only a fortnight ago. Scott was taken hostage by a Columbian terrorist group while trekking to the remote Lost City ruins in the Sierra Nevada mountains on 12th September. After two days of marching with seven others at gunpoint, Scott made his escape in low visibility caused by rainfall, “I saw a chance and ran. I heard the river on the right and I followed the sound. The sides were very steep. I jumped over the edge very quickly. I was lucky not to break my arms or legs.” Scott trekked alone without any food for 12 days to escape from his captors and was picked up by indigenous people from the local area, “The tribe that found me gave me soup and beans with a little salt and three oranges.” When found, he was flown by helicopter to a military base at Santa Marta in the Caribbean. Despite speculation that he might postpone starting university, Scott explained that his plans would be unaffected by the horrifying ordeal, saying “I’m going to be just fine. Life is looking pretty good.” Although he is still in pain due to trench foot contracted during his 12-day jungle nightmare, Scott’s sense of humour does not seem to have suffered. He told Cherwell, “I am looking forward to Freshers’ Week. I took some trouble to make it.” James Scott, Matthew’s father, said: “Matthew is a very lucky boy. We thought he might be dead. We did not know whether he was alive or being tortured. We are absolutely thrilled. It was a very risky escape.” The College president, Sir Michael Beloff QC, expressed relief at Scott’s safe return to the UK, praising his “initiative and determination”. On his return, Scott’s picture was featured on the front page of nearly every national newspaper. After arriving to a frenzied press conference at Heathrow, Scott spent the days before coming up in negotiation with the press over coverage of his story, courting five-figure sums. Cherwell can confirm that Scott’s own story of events is to be published in the Daily Telegraph and is expected to appear within the next few days. He was understandably reluctant to speak in detail about his experience, saying “For the moment I have to consider that some of the information I hold is still sensitive and the situation is very tense. I am worried about the safety of the other seven hostages. Any publicity that this story attracts could damage their position.”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

first_imgThe Cuppers competition upto this point has been unpredictable and as we head towards the semi-final stage we can recap on what has happened thus far in the tournament and also look ahead towards the final matches.Last year’s finalists, Queen’s, have put up a strong challenge thus far, with a confident victory over Brasenose getting their challenge off to a good early start.Perhaps the most impressive achievement in the tournament has, however, been that of Worcester who have got two teams through to the quarter finals. The first squad was tipped to make that stage, and victories over Wadham, Wolfson and Magdalen proved those predictions to be correct. The victory against Magdalen was particularly notable given the strength of their opponents; McTaggart and Thompson had proved a great doubles’ combination.However for Worcester seconds to progress so far has been something of a revelation. A victory over an understrength Exeter side was perhaps expected but to beat the tradtionally strong New College in the last 16 was certainly a turn up for the books.Looking ahead to the final stages there are three teams that stand out.Last year’s winners St Catz have looked strong so far as they cantered to a series of victories; don’t bet aginst.Queen’s also look a strong force with a squad of Carpenter, Grainger, Bowden, Hazzard and Pickles a match for anyone.However Worcester 1 look to be the best pick as they have the deepest squad and having failed to mount a strong challenge last year they will be keen to impress in 2007’s competition.Although the weather hasn’t helped this year, watch out for cuppers to dominate the end of term.Stuart Williamsonlast_img read more

first_img****Winner of the Palme d’Or, this is the latest acclaimed film from the burgeoning Romanian film industry. The second feature from director Christian Mungui, it tells the story of a student in 1987 communist Romania seeking an illegal abortion. The pregnant Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) is aided by her roommate Ollita (Anamaria Marinca). As they try to avoid the prying eyes of the state and a prison sentence they seek the help of Mr. Bebe who is to perform the operation.The defining feature of this film is its sometimes shocking realism. The camera does not shy away from the details and this is vital to its ultimate success. By denying the preservation of his characters’ dignity, Mungui creates an effect of reality that immediately grips the viewer, aided by the conspicuous absence of music. He makes the most of a low budget with inventive use of the camera. The action switches between long stationary takes, often forcing the viewer to follow the characters from afar, to fast-moving handheld shots, many at night, which make the action difficult to follow but help to create a tense atmosphere. There is also good use of subtle tools such as background movement, light and shadow that keep one’s eyes glued to the screen, even through long periods of no dialogue.The standout of this film, however, is the wonderful performance from Marinca as its resourceful heroine. There are very few moments when she is not on screen as the story is told from Ollita’s perspective, a wise choice by Mungui that results in riveting tension and fully utilises Marinca’s undoubted talent. Often she is alone and there is reliance only on her facial expression and body language to carry the shot, but she is a magnet for the camera. Vasiliu provides excellent support as the timid Gabita; indeed the performances are good all round.Occasionally Mungui tries too hard to demonstrate the difficulties of living under the communist regime: a scene at the dinner table of a party which hurriedly covers most of the faults in Romanian sociey feels a little too blunt. But ultimately the film is a great achievment; captivating yet grounded in realism throughout. by Ben Williamslast_img read more

first_imgOxford police raided a property on Howard Street last Sunday, seizing one hundred cannabis plants.A spokesman for the drugs unit of Oxfordshire Police Department, PC Leigh Thompson, has stated, “drugs are a huge priority for us and we will continue to crack down on those supplying and trading in them.”No arrests have been made following the raid. Police are appealing to members of the public to come forward with information.last_img

first_imgHe also added that the Fire Services were “far from dismissive of this.”Pulse, the student run club promotions company, which has organised several events at both Escape and OFS, commented, “PulseNation exists to give students the best night out possible. We only work with people we think will support us in achieving this aim and we are confident that all the venues we work with are complying with the rules. If people are claiming otherwise we’ll speak to the management teams, but we’re committed to providing students with safe, fun and cheap nights out.”Pulse has worked in collaboration with OUSU since last year.Rosanna McBeath, OUSU’s VP for welfare, said, “student safety is very important, especially when out in clubs. OUSU knows that the staff at Pulse Nation do check that clubs are complying with Fire Safety laws, we wouldn’t have agreed to collaborate with them otherwise. At the end of the day, though, Pulse Nation has to take the club operators at their word. I hope in light of this investigation both the clubs and the authorities work harder to ensure that fire safety standards are complied with.”Several students have expressed distress at the findings of the investigation.Victoria Turk, Oriel JCR Entz rep, added, “it also worries me that Escape doesn’t have anyone who could help with medical problems, as I’m sure these occur frequently among clubbers.”Alexander Bulfin, JCR President of University, commented, “The question should not be whether Entz Officers should sell tickets to nights at these venues, but whether club night organisers should be using them in the first instance. Students and JCRs pay these promoters to organise nights out for them – this should mean ensuring that it is safe as well as fun and value for money.”Other students have revealed their lack of concern about fire safety when out clubbing.Rachel Chew, a St Peter’s first-year, added, “I usually don’t look where the fire exits are as I feel safe and I trust the organisers.” Fire services are investigating claims that students’ safety may be at risk after a Cherwell investigation has revealed that three Oxford nightclubs could be lacking basic fire safety precautions.Cherwell investigation of eight nightclubs in Oxford has raised concerns about the compliance of Kukui, Escape, and OFS with fire regulations as stated in the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005.These concerns are being followed up on by the Oxfordshire Fire Service.The Order states that all employees must be given adequate fire safety training when they commence employment as well as receiving refreshers as appropriate. This must include training in the use of fire equipment.But staff at the clubs interviewed by Cherwell indicated that they had never received any fire training, a finding described as very disturbing by the fire service.One Kukui staff member said that the club’s fire and safety training is “pretty casual.” She said they had taken no action for almost half an hour on one occasion when the fire alarm went off in the upstairs of the club.She said, “the fire alarm went off last November for 25 minutes upstairs. They couldn’t hear it downstairs. I didn’t do anything. People were in the club. Someone eventually heard it and went and told the staff downstairs.” She added, “the alarm was fixed afterwards.”She also said that she had not experienced any fire drills while she had been working at the club, admitting that she only knew how to use a fire extinguisher from her previous job.Another staff member also admitted that the club had not trained her to use fire extinguishers.Two other staff members who have been working at Kukui since October said that they too had never received any fire training at the club. At Escape, staff spoken to by Cherwell had also received no fire training. One staff member admitted that he couldn’t even use a fire extinguisher.They mentioned that the club had mock drills but that these were “not treated seriously.” They said that if there is a fire “we just go out” and that there is no specific fire plan. The club also had no first aider present.At OFS, one staff member said, “there is no fire training due to the company rules.” They added, however, that they knew where the fire extinguishers were and that there was a register for staff signing in and out.Pat Rosen, the Station Officer of the Oxfordshire Fire Brigade, commented on the results of the investigation, saying, “obviously we’re very disturbed at the findings of this investigation and we’ll be following it up.”“I’m going to pass the details to the Council and we’ll start the inspection. This will consist of visiting the clubs and talking to the owners.”Both Kukui and Escape were visited by the Oxfordshire Fire Service on Tuesday. However, both clubs denied claims about negligence in adhering to fire and safety regulations.The general manager of Kukui said the fire services had visited the club and found that they were complying with fire and safety regulations. He said, “we are 100% complying with regulations across the land.”He added, “all staff, including bouncers, before we opened our doors, had had fire training.”When confronted with the evidence from our investigation, he said, “we have recently taken on new staff” and suggested that it was these people whom our investigators had spoken to.He also said, “I have a record of all my staff members who have signed to say that they have received fire training.”Barry Stockford, a member of the Fire Prevention Team, commented, “our response yesterday was immediate. The records of the clubs were satisfactory but we couldn’t validate this in terms of questioning staff and we will be following that up in the next few weeks with fire audits.”last_img read more

first_imgFormer UKIP leadership candidate Raheem Kassam has received criticism for verbally abusing Oxford students after withdrawing from UKIP’s leadership race.The debate started when one Oxford first year posted a link to an article reporting Kassam’s decision to quit the race with the caption “Why are UKIP such a farce?”On the Facebook group Open Oxford Kassam called students “inbred” and “chinless”, alongside attacking their political views and appearances.Fierce argument then ensued in the comments section after a second-year student wrote “good riddance” to Kassam in expletive-laden terms.Kassam responded to the student’s comment a couple hours later with a screenshot of his profile picture. Mocking the student’s appearance, he replied “At least I’ve got a chin” and called him a “Remainiac” and a “child”. When another student joined the argument he commented on a picture of the student “serious amounts of inbreeding going on here”.One student commented, “It’s quite tragic a ‘professional’ politician and journalist has entered a flame war with an undergrad on an Oxford discussion forum”.Kassam’s participation ended with, “You guys should learn to have some fun. Lighten up. You’re at university. Stop taking everything, including Facebook, so seriously. Have a laugh, move on. I can’t believe I have to tell kids to relax. Sad times.”Second year student Tim Foster commented,”Wow, he [Kassam] roasted us. I don’t know how we’re going to recover.”A student commented, “UKIP is doubtlessly in a death-spiral now that its lost its leader—the fact that a man like Raheem Kassam was considered as one of the frontrunners and a potential successor for Farage speaks volumes about the party. He personifies what was always at the heart of UKIP. His misogyny elsewhere is grotesque, but his behaviour on an online student forum is genuinely tragic. He is truly the British Donald Trump; hilarious and tragic.”Kassam told Cherwell, “Stop taking everything so seriously […] Facebook groups like Open Oxford were built for trolling.”Kassam’s political career has not been without controversy as of late. It was reported last week that he called another UKIP leadership contender, Suzanne Evans “a wrinkley old ginger bird,” and was ordered to apologise for saying Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should have her legs taped shut to stop her reproducing.During his leadership campaign he also used the slogan “Make UKIP great again”, alluding to the mantra of Donald Trump’s US election campaign.Earlier on Monday Kassam announced his withdrawal from the UKIP leadership race on Facebook.He said in a statement, “As of today, I am formally suspending my campaign to be Ukip leader… This was a very difficult decision, and I want to thank everyone who supported me in the process.”Kassam later complained he had faced “disgraceful treatment” from the media. He commented, “When Times journalists show up at my elderly parents’ house, intimidating them, I draw the line.”last_img read more

first_imgThey say 70 percent favor the tax and 29 percent were against it. They say fewer people smoking means less money the state has to spend on smoking-related illness and health issues.Raise it for Health chairman Brian Hannon says, “I mean this is an evidence-based solution. We’re not just promoting a cigarette tax to promote a cigarette tax. We know it drives down smoking rates, we know it keeps kids away from tobacco, and we know it raises significant new revenue that we can dedicate to other urgent public health programs.”A bill regarding this proposal is expected to be introduced during this year’s legislative session.Opponents are worried any kind of tax is a tough sell for voters.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Advocacy Group Pushes for Cigarette Tax IncreaseJANUARY 9TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANAAn advocacy group in Indiana is pushing for a $2 per pack cigarette tax. Raise it for Health released a new poll which shows the majority of Indiana voters are in favor of the tax as a way of getting people to stop smoking.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of attempted telephone fraud involving a caller claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy. The caller had the ability to “spoof” the victim’s caller ID to make it appear the call originated from the Sheriff’s Office.The caller claimed that someone in the household had a warrant for their arrest as a result of missing jury duty. The caller knew the correct name of the resident, but did not appear to possess any personally identifiable information. The caller attempted to extort money from the victim in order to have the warrant recalled. The victim recognized the call as a scam and hung up.The Sheriff’s Office does not solicit the payment of fines or fees over the phone. Area residents are advised to treat any unsolicited caller who requests payment with extreme skepticism, regardless of who the caller claims to represent. When in doubt get the caller’s name, hang up, and then call the business or government entity back at a phone number you know to be correct. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgappleapple New Poll: Indiana Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Closing Schools Based on Standardized TestingINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana voters overwhelmingly oppose closing local schools based solely on the results of high-stakes, standardized test scores, according to a new statewide survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates and released today by the Indiana Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org. Voters also view the state’s standardized test, I STEP, overwhelmingly unfavorably.“Although Republicans and Democrats are often polarized on key issues, they overwhelmingly agree that public schools should not be closed based on standardized test scores alone,” said Stuart Polk, vice-president at McLaughlin & Associates. “Indiana voters are concerned about the quality of public education and improving schools, but the data shows Hoosiers believe closing public schools is not the solution.”According to an October 16-18, 2016 McLaughlin & Associates poll:More than 2/3 of voters, or 67 percent, view the I STEP standardized test unfavorablyOnly 8% of voters think student performance on standardized tests is the most important indicator of a school’s quality85% of voters oppose closing a public school based solely on low standardized test scores80% to 15%, voters prefer a performance system that measures how well a school helps individual students versus standardized test scores95% agree that before a public school closes a formal hearing should be required so parents and teachers can discuss the impact of the closure90% of voters believe students who are succeeding should not be forced to leave their school just because other students are under-performing75% of voters believe new students in a school should not be included in school evaluations until they have attended a full year60% of voters are less likely to support education reform efforts by wealthy special interests who push legislation that would close public schools without parental inputThese results should help guide legislators and education officials as they consider drafting charter school reform legislation that could have a broad impact on the state’s public charter schools.Many viewed last week’s election results, and the defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, as a referendum to the increased emphasis on high-stakes, standardized testing in evaluating the state’s schools, teachers and students. These poll results confirm that sentiment.STATEMENT FROM LETRISHA WEBER, INDIANA PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG CHAIR AND PARENT: “Simply looking at high-stakes, standardized test scores to determine a school’s success isn’t reliable. We want successful and proactive schools for every Indiana child, but families and schools deserve a thoughtful, thorough approach to evaluating schools and individual students. We want policy makers and education leaders to look for better solutions that don’t lock students out of a school because of test scores. And we need schools that are evaluated on students’ progress, not a poorly acquired academic snapshot.”STATEMENT FROM TILLIE ELVRUM, PRESIDENT OF PUBLICSCHOOLOPTIONS.ORG: “As parents we know every child learns differently, even within the same family, and every class setting may not be right for every student. School accountability is very important, but it must be done in a way that focuses on individual students and less on school-wide average test scores. Further, we can’t punish students by closing schools based solely on high-stakes, standardized tests.”The Indiana Chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org is an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents’ right to access the best education options for their children.Click HERE to view the executive summaryClick HERE to view the survey deckPoll Methodology:  McLaughlin & Associates completed a statewide survey of 600 likely voters in Indiana. The survey was conducted October 16-18, 2016 and has a margin of error of +/ 4% at a 95% confidence level. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgAny comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective City Council member in 2018?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [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.last_img read more

first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?HERE IS WHATS ON OUR MIND TODAY?In the private sector when a person is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing business to pay personal debts, your arrested for misappropriation of funds.In Evansville when a person is working at a non-profit business and is accused of illegally taking funds from an existing non-profit business to pay personal debts you’re let go and the former employer wishes you well.WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Are you planning to vote in the upcoming Republican primary?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] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgThings have been heating up as the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Flag Football Jr. Division heads into the home stretch of their 2016 season. At (10-0) the Colts took to the court to face the surging (3-6) Jets for one last time in the regular season. Battling right out of gate, the Colts and Jets stayed toe to toe finding themselves knotted at 24-24 going into halftime. Seesawing back and forth as Anthony Baez (2 TDs, 2 expts), Jack Kruchkowski (4 expts), and Christian Benson (1 TD) hit paydirt for the Jets while the Colts racked up points with Mariam Rasslan (1 TD, 4 expts) and Aaliyana Cifuentes (2 TDs, 2 expts) leading the way. Mixing their passing attack and their running game, the Jets started to pull away with a TD toss to Kruchkowski a 15 yard TD jaunt by Benson and a two point dart to Aviv Talmor. Trailing 38-24, the Colts fired back to tie the bout at 38-38 with TDs by Cifuentes and Rasslan with Cifuentes also adding a two point catch. Not content with just a good showing, the Jets refueled and made it 52-38 with Baez and Benson notching TDs while Kruchkowski reeled in a sliding two pointer. With their backs to the wall, the Colts unleashed a 30 yard TD bomb to Cifuentes followed by a two point pass to Rasslan making it 52-46, Jets. Needing a big defensive stand, the Colts’ Toni Rivada and speedster Alina Danelyants came up with two huge stops to force a third and long for the Jets. Turning to their iron willed captain the Jets got the game clinching effort they needed as Benson sprinted 20 yards to the endzone before Aviv Talmor iced the Jets 60-46 victory by hauling in the two point conversion.last_img read more

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Made famous for jokingly asking for Viagra as part of a bribe payment, former Freeholder William Braker was found dead in his home on Dec. 21.Braker, 71, a former police officer, served five terms a freeholder before resigning in 2004 after being charged with accepting bribes.Braker was part of a corruption scandal that involved former Hudson County Executive Robert Janiszewski, and was targeted as a result of Janiszewski plea deal to reduce his own sentence for corruption.Braker’s attempt to unveil a wider net of corruption failed when a court refused to allow him to use federally protected recordings in his defense.Braker eventually pleaded guilty to one charge of extortion, for which he was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Years after his release, he was elected as the head of the local chapter of the NAACP, but declined to seek reelection after a tape surfaced showing him in an alleged intoxicated state.As a cop and freeholder, Braker was well-respected, but most believe that his dedication to the Janiszewski administration brought about his downfall.last_img read more

first_img× NORTH BERGEN — Due to the snow storm, street sweeping was suspended from Thursday, Jan. 4 until further notice.Town hall was closed on Thursday, Jan. 4 due to current weather conditions.During the inclement weather residents were urged to avoid any unnecessary driving.Since conditions can change in an instant, the township will be posting regular updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the storm and the cleanup afterward (at http://northbergen.org/). The town’s Twitter and Facebook addresses are on the page.last_img read more

first_imgTo The Editor:I agree with “The New York Times” when they warn Nancy Pelosi not to give too much power to the newly-elected House Democrats who call themselves “Democratic Socialists.” They will be a minority of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.I don’t enjoy being unkind or insulting toward anyone, even the Republicans in the Congress, a sizeable minority of whom are really scary “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinists whose dream it is to abolish all of the safety-net programs, but, to me, you have to be a total and complete moron and idiot to call yourself a “Democratic Socialist,” and that includes Bernie Sanders who I like and agree with 90 percent of the time.First of all, they are not true socialists because they do not advocate abolishing our capitalist economic system.Second of all, if you believe that anyone can be elected president of the United States who calls herself/himselfa “Socialist”, then you must live in DreamLand and have drunk the Kool-Aid.Third of all, where I do agree with them is in their belief that our federal government should do more and spend more to help the poor, the near-poor, the lower-middle-class, and the middle-class who are struggling to survive and to pay their bills.They need to inform and educate the public to the fact that almost every single one of our traditional allies (if not all of them) have federal governments that do more and spend more (in proportion to their population sizes) than we do in the USA to help their citizens.And, to paraphrase Al Pacino in the movie “And Justice For All”, for us in the USA to be right about this, all of these many other countries have to be wrong.I don’t think so.Stewart B. Epsteinlast_img read more

first_imgFamily members, including Corinthian Hammond’s grandmother, Patricia Hammond, center, gather at a vigil Tuesday on the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City, NJ.Family and friends of Corinthian Hammond gathered on the beach at Ninth Street in Ocean City on Tuesday afternoon near where the 14-year-old Philadelphia boy presumably drowned on Sunday evening.They came to remember a young man who loved football and basketball, who always wanted to play, and who “would help anybody” in the words of his grandmother, Patricia Hammond.“I’m going to miss him,” Hammond said. “God bless him.”Hammond’s body had not been recovered at the time of the vigil, and the family was anxious to reach closure, wondering when and where Hammond might be found.They also asked questions about how the tragedy transpired.Corinthian Hammond, 14, of the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia is the presumed victim of a drowning in Ocean City, NJ. Photo courtesy of WPVI-TV, 6 ABC.A first-hand account from 10-year-old Jaquil Hunter describes a classic recipe for disaster: non-swimmers, unprotected beach, unfamiliar waters, a rising tide, a couple of waves and a strong rip.Hunter said he was with Hammond and one other boy swimming not particularly close to the Ninth Street jetty when they started to get pulled out to sea. He said Hammond was hit by a couple of “big waves” and pushed closer to the beach.The surf zone at Ninth Street beach is marked by sandbars and gullies, and it’s likely that Hammond was pushed into deeper water closer to shore in a gully. As he went under, a rip near the jetty would have carried his body back out to sea.Hunter said the third boy had a boogie board but was unable to help the other two. They were unaccompanied by adults in the water. Low tide on Sunday was about 3:30 p.m. — the water would have been rising for more than three hours.Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards described arriving to a scene that included 14 swimmers in distress — many of whom had tried to assist in the rescue of the three.Tasha Hammond, mother of Corinthian, participates in the vigil.If Hunter’s account of the sequence were accurate, it appears there would be little time for a rescue before Hammond slipped under the water.The regular Ocean City Beach Patrol was off duty when the swimmers got in trouble about 6:45 p.m. (June 29). The beach at Ninth Street is clearly marked with permanent and temporary signs warning bathers that the beach is closed when lifeguards are not on duty.The lifeguards who responded were part of a Rapid Response Team that works until 8 p.m. and is able to respond by personal watercraft and ATV. The unit was dispatched after a 911 caller reported the emergency.Hammond was visiting the beach for the day from his home in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. He has a brother and a sister, and his mother was on the beach Tuesday at the vigil.The Hammonds organized the impromptu gathering for friends and family and did not reach out to invite city officials or the community to the event.Family members are staying at a local motel as they wait for news in the search for Hammond.Searches with divers, Coast Guard helicopters, boats and patrols on the beach were conducted on Sunday evening and Monday. The intensive search was called off late Monday, but morning and evening patrols will continue to look for Hammond while the Ocean City Beach Patrol is off-duty.The surf on Sunday evening was not particularly rough, but a tropical system that could move off the coast later this week could create bigger waves and stronger currents for the Fourth of July weekend.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgBartram Lane in Ocean City’s Merion Park neighborhood.Ocean City police officers broke a window to gain entry into a vehicle that crashed in Merion Park on Sunday morning and to perform CPR on the driver.A cardiac event apparently caused a male driver in his 80s to crash into a parked car on the 100 block of Bartram Lane in Ocean City at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, according to Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang.He was unconscious inside the car when police arrived on the scene.The driver was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, and his condition was unknown as of Sunday afternoon. Police did not release the name of the man pending notification of his family.last_img read more

first_imgA spectacular sunset over the beach and boardwalk capped a spectacular day of warm weather Saturday. Just when you thought OCNJ Daily had written its last “unseasonably warm weather story” for the year, Mother Nature thought differently. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to write another one.America’s Greatest Family resort enjoyed Friday temperatures that topped 70 degrees and a Saturday in the high 60s. The unusual warm-up was timed perfectly for the “Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza which drew nice crowds to Asbury Avenue. The promotion offered special deals and discounts for shoppers who dressed in their pajamas and came out to jump start their holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.Larger-than-usual crowds for this time of year were observed on the Boardwalk both days, and the beaches were dotted with families, individual sun-worshippers and surfers. A few brave souls even took quick dips in the chilly Atlantic.Boaters also got out onto the ocean and bay, joggers donned shorts and t-shirts and bike-friendly OC’s streets were busy with cruisers.“It was such a beautiful day today to take a stroll along the OC boardwalk with my daughter Siena. As a proud new father, I could tell Siena loved the warm fresh air, bright sunshine, and soothing sounds of the ocean.” Sean KolinsThe weather proved to be a perfect opportunity for Sean Kolins to take his six-weeks-old daughter Siena out for a stroll, one of the first times she had been out in public.“She loved it,” Kolins said of the baby. It was so sunny the proud papa placed infant-sized sunglasses on Siena, whose mom is Sean’s wife Candice. “I could tell she enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air and sound of the ocean.”On 11th St., Robert Simone and wife Andrea stopped on the boardwalk ramp, where Robert took a matter-of-fact approach to the mild temperatures.John Fitzgerald, wife Dana and mother-in law Janet with child“I really don’t have a comment,” he said. “The weather is what it is.  We just wanted to get out and enjoy it while we can.”Simone’s wife Andrea said that might be a lot more often in the future. “We’re from Williamstown now, but soon we’re going to be from here,” she said with a smile, referring to the couple’s recent purchase of a home in Ocean City.John Fitzgerald was out with wife Dana, their baby and mom-in-law Janet. All four reside in Ocean City.“Tomorrow is supposed to be windy and cold so we thought we’d get a walk in now,” Janet said.“You never know (about the future) so we’re trying to get in a few minutes on the boardwalk now,” John said.It’s true the future is unknown, but we’re hopeful conditions will allow us to write a few more of these before the winter sets in.Not far away from the boardwalk or the avenue another scene was happening. Due to the fact that Ocean City recently rehabbed Carey Field with a state-of-the-art turf field, it was selected to host the Atlantic County Junior Football League Championships.  The stadium was packed with enthusiastic fans and they were treated to top-notch accommodations.The early game featured the pee-wee teams from Atlantic City Dolphins verses the Vineland Blitz. Atlantic City won 20-06.The Junior Varsity Championship featured the Somers Point Sharks verses the Absecon Blue Devils. The game was heavily dominated by Somers Point and they won 34-07.The Varsity game was between the Hammonton Hawks and the Atlantic City Dolphins. It was a tough fought game that could have gone either way right up to the end.   The final score was Atlantic City 14 Hammonton 8. Just yards from all the football playoff action, the Ocean City Civic Center was hosting a craft show. Vendors from far and wide came to pitch their products in advance of the holiday season.  The event is usually hosted at the Music Pier, but that was not possible this year due to the boardwalk re-decking project.The venue was bustling with activity and there were many smiles from customers and vendors alike.It was a shining day for Ocean City in every regard. While many coastal communities get the reputation of being sleepy in the winter, it is hard to imagine any city in the region that had more going on this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiCity Council members Karen Bergman and Peter Madden announced Wednesday they are seeking re-election, saying they want to preserve a “good team” that has overseen an unprecedented level of capital investment in Ocean City from the bay to the Boardwalk.Joined by Mayor Jay Gillian and about 35 supporters at City Hall, Bergman and Madden formally kicked off their campaign for their at-large Council seats by taking out petitions for the May 8 municipal election.Gillian, who announced in December that he is also seeking re-election, praised Bergman and Madden for their accomplishments on Council.“They’ve done an amazing job. We all work well together,” Gillian said. “I’m supportive of the whole Council.”Council members serve four-year terms. In addition to the mayoral race, all three at-large Council seats are up for election this year. Candidates have until March 5 to submit their election petitions.Madden, 40, who has served as Council president for the past two years, is seeking his second term.Bergman, 56, won election in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of former at-large Councilman Michael Allegretto, who resigned in 2015 to become the city’s director of Community Services.Bergman served as a Second Ward councilwoman from 2008 to 2012, but chose not to seek re-election in 2012. She returned to the governing body in 2015, when she was unanimously appointed by Council to temporarily fill Allegretto’s vacant seat leading up to the 2016 election.Both Madden and Bergman have strong ties to the business community through their full-time jobs. Madden is broker and manager of the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach real estate office on Battersea Road. Bergman is the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel.Although he wasn’t with Bergman and Madden for Wednesday’s announcement, Councilman Keith Hartzell is also running for re-election for his at-large seat, Madden said. Hartzell, who has the support of Bergman and Madden, won his first election in 2006 and is seeking his fourth term.From left, Mayor Jay Gillian, Councilwoman Karen Bergman, City Clerk Melissa Rasner and Councilman Peter Madden review the petitions that candidates must file by March 5 for the election.It is not yet clear whether Gillian, Bergman, Madden and Hartzell will face opposition. City Clerk Melissa Rasner said Wednesday that no other mayoral or Council candidates have taken out petitions yet.Speaking together in an interview at City Hall, Bergman and Madden stressed that they want to continue the work they have done in cooperation with the mayor and the rest of Council.“Karen and I are very much on the same page,” Madden said.Bergman touted both her experience and Madden’s in helping the mayor and Council steer through an unprecedented level of capital improvements, including a $10 million facelift for the tourist-friendly Boardwalk, a series of drainage projects to reduce coastal flooding and the dredging of the shallow back bays.“Right now, Council is working as a good team,” Bergman said.“Working together as a group, we’ve been able to accomplish a significant amount of work,” Madden added.Supporters join Council members Karen Bergman and Peter Madden at City Hall for their re-election announcement.In 2017, Council approved the mayor’s proposed $112.2 million, five-year capital plan – the largest in city history. Big-ticket items in the capital plan included upgrades to the Boardwalk, drainage improvements to alleviate flooding and dredging projects to clear out the sediment-choked lagoons along the bayfront.Gillian’s administration is scheduled to unveil the newest version of the proposed five-year capital plan at Thursday night’s Council meeting. Bergman and Madden said they are anxious to hear details of the plan, noting that it will establish the next round of critical capital improvements for the city’s infrastructure.One major project expected to come before Council and the mayor this year is the fate of the public safety building, an antiquated facility that serves as the headquarters for the police department, municipal court and city’s social services.Gillian originally proposed tearing down the building and replacing it with an all-new public safety complex. Later, after changing his mind, he proposed renovating and expanding the building at a cost of $17.5 million.Now, Gillian wants to analyze the project even more before making a final decision with Council’s approval. The red-brick building, which was originally a school, is more than 100 years old and badly in need of updating. Incumbents Karen Bergman and Peter Madden are touting their teamwork.last_img read more

first_imgResearch has shown that teen drivers have their best chance to operate motor vehicles safely when support is given, rules are set and driving practices are monitored by their parents.The “Share the Keys” program, a joint effort by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and the NJM Insurance group, provides tools and strategies for teens and parents to work together to promote traffic safety.Thursday night, a well-attended presentation went over the “Share the Keys” orientation program and outlined its benefits to ensure the best opportunity for safe operation of motor vehicles.Sgt. Brian Hopely of the Ocean City Police Department led a presentation outlining the rules and requirements of probationary driver licenses and why it is important for teens to follow the rules and parents to enforce them.Wayne Shelton demonstrated the proper way to wear a seat belt and why it is important for all passengers to do so.Wayne Shelton and Robert Clarke of SJTPO gave specific safety information, such as outlining the proper way to wear a seatbelt and why it is important for front and back seat passengers to wear their seatbelts. Deaths and serious injuries have occurred when back seat passengers were thrown forward in an accident.The program uses fact-based research to show how parents and teens can reduce the risk of getting into a crash by 50 percent if certain steps are taken. By setting rules and conditions and following them, our young people have a better chance to stay safe. Further, it was stated that teens who must ask their parents for the car keys each time, and who keep them informed as to where they are going and who they are with, have a better chance to be safe.Sgt. Hopely went over some of the requirements of the probationary license, such as having no more than two people (total including the driver) in the car at any time; not driving between 11 p.m. and 6 a,m. and displaying a sticker on the car which shows that a probationary driver is at the wheel.Though most people realize texting while driving is not a safe practice, the presentation included some eye-opening statistics: text messaging increases the risk of a crash by 23 times; 21 percent of all drivers under 20 were distracted at the time of the crash; and that 11 teens die every day as a direct result of texting while driving.Other aspects of the program include information on selecting the safest vehicle for teen drivers, how to select a driving school and offering specific practices to achieve safe driving.By consistently utilizing these techniques and through the use of constant parent-teen communication, Ocean City High School drivers can avoid becoming a tragic statistic on our roadways, the presenters said.In addition to the presenters mentioned above, Share the Keys Coordinator Patrick McCormick (NJ Manufacturer’s Insurance Co.) and  Acting Chief of Police Jay Prettyman were in attendance.It was not all work. The After Prom Committee supplied food and refreshments.  Additionally, there was a variety of prize giveaways that were donated by local businesses that kept the event interesting.Download (PDF, 626KB)‘Special Thanks’ goes out to the following businesses that donated:The Ocean City Exchange ClubOCPBA Local 61Barra Vaughn InsuranceThe Storage Inn IIFabiana Edwards SalonRissy Ross Boutique At Your Service Formal WearIdeal Barber ShopSpinning Wheel FloristAvalon Limousine The Flanders Hotel Sgt. Brian Hopely of the Ocean City Police Departmentlast_img read more

first_imgA living dramatic recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is presented on Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, 7:00 pm, at Ocean City Tabernacle.  Twelve men from five Ocean City churches each take the part of a disciple, with Eric Johnston (from Woodbine) as Jesus.  The presentation is jointly sponsored by St. Peter’s United Methodist and Ocean City Tabernacle.The unique setting has each character from the painting posed just as Leonardo painted the wall of the dining room of the convent Church of Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, Italy, in 1494—a mural that was larger than life-sized.  The table is flanked by a set that recreates the 15th Century Italian tempera painting.  Directed by Tabernacle pianist Carolyn Lothian, the pose changes as each disciple comes to life to talk about his relationship to Jesus and explain why his particular attitude is portrayed in the famous image.Finally, Judas leaves the scene to betray Jesus and the remaining disciples serve the audience a unique remembrance of that last supper.The drama is free (an offering is received) and has become a treasured Holy Week experience for Ocean City visitors and residents since it was first staged in the spring of 2011.Also during Holy Week, the Ministerium presents a service of worship on Good Friday, noon to 3:00 pm, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.  Local clergy present a meditation on the words of Christ from the cross:  Father Steve Connors, Rev. Paul Jerkins, Rev. Terry Lothian, Father Allen Lovell, Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten, Rev. Marcia Stanford, Pastor Gene Wilkins.On Sunday morning, the Ministerium and Ecumenical Council sponsor the Community Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 am in the Music Pier.  Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten is the speaker, with music by the young soprano soloist Treasa Hayes, pianist Jeff Seals, trumpeters David Seals and Dominic Scalfara, and guitarist Lee Martin.Arrive early to catch the actual sunrise at 6:11 am that day. A presentation of the “Living Last Supper” is at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at the Ocean City Tabernacle.last_img read more

first_imgCorvettes from all years will be on display on the Boardwalk. (Photo courtesy of city of Ocean City) More than 350 Corvettes will take over the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Corvette Show includes a range of models dating back to Corvette’s first in 1953 and extending to the present.The show is one of the largest on the East Coast, and the line of vehicles will cover the Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street. Due to the popularity of the event, it is now closed to new registrations.An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street). The Ocean City Humane Society also will have a display in front of the Music Pier. Volunteers will be selling items and collecting donations to support the award-winning “no-kill” shelter.Proceeds from registration fees benefit local charities. The show is sponsored by the Boardwalk Corvettes. For more information, call the club’s hotline at 609-457-0081 or visit www.boardwalkcorvettesclub.com.Thousands of bicyclists will descend upon Ocean City on Saturday, Sept. 21 for an annual tradition: the MS City to Shore Ride.With 7,000 cyclists raising $5.6 million, the MS City to Shore Ride boasts that it is the best cycling experience on the East Coast. The annual bicycle trek begins in Cherry Hill and finishes at the parking lot at Fifth Street and Boardwalk with many of the riders staying overnight and returning the next day. The event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Motorists should expect delays along a route that travels from the Route 52 causeway to Bay Avenue to Fifth Street.For more information, call 800-445-BIKE or visit www.mscycling.org. The MS City to Shore Ride attracts thousands of bikers and raises millions of dollars in the fight against multiple sclerosis.Also coming up:Ocean City Historical Museum Annual Luncheon (Sept. 18): Former U.S. Representative and Ambassador to Panama Bill Hughes will discuss how his political career began, his time in office, and how Ocean City impacted his life at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Tickets ($50 for general public, $45 for members) are on sale now. Call 609-399-1801.Austin Healy Sport and Touring Encounter 2019 (Sept. 25): Car show on the Boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m. For more information. Visit www.AHSTC.org or call (267) 679-2500.Walk for the Wounded (Sept. 28):  Enjoy a walk on the Boardwalk to support wounded military heroes and their families.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier.  A ceremony honoring our military begins at 10 a.m. followed by the walk at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org or call (609) 402-5190.Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo (Sept. 28): The OCNJ Healthy Living Advisory Council will host its first Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk.The event will feature health food, fitness classes, speakers, vendors and a “Kids Corner” with information on raising healthy children. All are invited to this free event. The program includes a full schedule of special activities ranging from ballroom dancing to Zumba to bicycle safety. More than 30 vendors will be on hand with the latest products, services and information.OCNJ Half Marathon, 5k & 10 Mile Non-Competitive Walk/Run (Sept. 29): Visit www.ocnj.us/Race-Events to learn more and register for these events.Retired Marine Cpl. Ronny Porta with his wife, Deicy, and their children, Kenneth Charles and Arabelle, join in the Walk for the Wounded in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIA groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for April 4 to celebrate the start of construction on a nearly $7 million affordable housing project for senior citizens in Ocean City has been postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak.City Councilman Bob Barr, who also serves as chairman of the Ocean City Housing Authority, said the event was expected to draw a large crowd, so it has been called off for the time being.“Since this was going to be a large event, I didn’t feel comfortable holding it,” said Barr, noting that he consulted with Mayor Jay Gillian’s office first.In a series of sweeping coronavirus-related cancellations and restrictions announced Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy imposed a ban on any gatherings of 50 people or more to try to slow the spread of the illness.Government bodies have followed up on the governor’s orders by canceling their meetings, closing public buildings and limiting public access to their offices.The Ocean City Housing Authority canceled its monthly board meeting on Tuesday and is exploring options for its April meeting, including the possibility of holding it remotely, Barr said.In the meantime, the authority’s staff will remain on the job to continue overseeing Ocean City’s Pecks Beach Village and Bayview Manor public housing complexes for senior citizens and families, Barr said.Senior citizens who now live in the authority’s flood-prone Pecks Beach Village on Fourth Street will be moved over to a new 32-unit housing project when it is completed. Barr estimated the project will take 12 to 18 months to finish, with a grand opening sometime in 2021.A $6.9 million construction contract has been awarded. The project will be built on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the Bayview Manor complex at Sixth Street and West Avenue.Pecks Beach Village, located on a section of Fourth Street prone to flooding, is slated to be demolished after the new Speitel Commons housing complex is built.The groundbreaking ceremony, whenever it is held, will cap years of planning for the project. The new building will be named Speitel Commons in memory of the late Edmond C. Speitel Sr., a housing authority commissioner. Speitel, who was chairman of the authority’s finance and redevelopment committees, helped to oversee the new project from the conceptual phase.Approval of $4.5 million in funding for Speitel Commons from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency has set the stage for construction to begin. In 2019, City Council approved a $6.6 million bond ordinance to build or rehabilitate affordable housing sites for senior citizens and low-income families. The projects will help Ocean City meet its state-mandated obligation to provide its “fair share” of affordable housing as part of a court settlement in 2018.One of those projects is the Speitel Commons complex. The city is expected to contribute more than $2 million toward the project.The housing authority will demolish the senior citizens portion of Pecks Beach Village, located on the north side of Fourth Street, after the Speitel Commons project is completed. Pecks Beach Village also includes affordable housing for low-income families. The 40 family units are located on the south side of Fourth Street. The family units will stay for the time being, although there are longer-range plans to replace them with new housing construction. An architectural rendering depicts what the housing authority’s Speitel Commons complex will look like when completed. (Rendering courtesy of Haley Donovan architectural firm)last_img read more

first_imgMatt and Sheena Heberlig of Marlton with son Cody and daughters Alana and Kirra enjoy the Ocean City surf. By TIM KELLYThe waves weren’t huge Saturday afternoon in Ocean City, but they were there, after days and days of bad weather and/or a flat ocean.That seemed to be enough for the people we talked to, anxious to get out of the house and into the sun, sand and surf.Even if the waves weren’t world class, the saying, “when in doubt, paddle out,” seemed to be in full effect.A nearly cloudless day coincided with the first day of spring and the result was surfing heaven on Ocean City beaches.Pete Downham saw a good surf report and decided to catch some waves on Saturday.Downham, an environmental consultant from Upper Township, fit the profile of someone relishing a good surf day.“I wanted to get out there,” he said.  “I saw there were waves, so here I am.”A pair of surfers head for the water.It was suggested that today’s economic consulting tip could be on the physical and emotional value of surfing.“I guess you could say that,” Downham laughed. “I caught a few. It was cold, but fun.”At times, the 42 degree air temperature matched the reading in the water.Coupled with wind gusts, it felt colder, and most of the surf dogs had short, but happy sessions.Surfing pals Lee, of Ventnor, and Celia, of South Philadelphia, high-fived after testing the waters near Park Place.Lee, of Ventnor, (right), and Celia, of South Philadelphia, celebrate after their rides.But was it late winter surfing or early spring?“Early spring,” Lee said. “That’s more optimistic. The conditions are more late winter, but it just feels more like early spring. The sun this time of year makes it warmer.”Celia concurred.“It’s nice,” she said. “The waves were good. I saw what it looked like out here and I said summer is going to be here soon. That’s pretty much all. It’s going to be great out here soon.”Near the famous 7th Street surfing beach, the 7th Street Surf Shop was still closed for the offseason, but more than a dozen riders were out on their boards.Among them was Matt Heberlig, of Marlton, who was trying out a handmade board he recently built and finished shaping.He pronounced it fit for the beach, the waves and Saturday’s weather.“It did what it was supposed to do,” Heberlig said of the board. “It brought me from there (the water) to here.”7th Street Surfing Beach is a street location and a brand name.In addition to enjoying the fruits of his surfboard handiwork, he was having fun being on the beach with his son, Cody, wife Sheena and daughters Alana and Kirra.“We wanted to get out of the house and into the fresh air, and of course get into the water,” Heberlig noted.He said that Cody is also taking up the sport.“It’s something we can do together,” he added. “In fact, my dad is here, too.”As if on cue, Matt Heberlig Sr. showed up.“See, now you have all three generations,” the younger Heberlig said.It took the youngest of the surfing brood to sum up the day.“We love surfing because it’s fun,” Cody said with a laugh.A lot of other surfers jogged by, either anxious to get in the water, or to get out of their wetsuits and into a warm vehicle or home.“It’s just different now,” the junior Herberlig said. “It’s brighter. I was here in February when it was 20 degrees out and the sky was gray. Today the sky is blue and clear. I can definitely handle that.”Surfers take advantage of waves on the first day of spring.last_img read more

first_imgThis year should see record returns for plant bakers. As good news stories go, that is not a bad one to kick off the New Year. And it is all down to confident pricing on branded sliced loaves, says a leading city analyst. A better understanding of consumer trends is driving competition where price was once king. Meanwhile, the gains from premiumisation of the market have yet to be fully mined. In fact, a “fundamental change in plant baking economics” is underway, no less.These are the views of industry expert David Lang of city analysts Investec, who believes a completely new plant baking business model is being created. “Ten years ago, most plant bakers had to run flat out to eke a profit. A few sacks a week were often the difference between a profit and a loss,” he says.But the upturn in baking and retail has seen UK bread value nearly treble profitability from a decade ago. Mr Lang says a distinct shift from a commodity mindset towards a marketing one has brought a fundamental shift in the economies of plant baking. Looking ahead, he predicts that over the next 10 years plant baking should see a continuation of price rises, improvements in quality, with production becoming more flexible, and deep-rooted shortcomings in the distribution chain overcome.Changing demographicsAnd the demographic tectonic plates will continue to move, shaking up how plant bakers approach their product portfolio. Increasingly, consumers are trading up – a forecast that is set to continue for at least the next five years, according to futurologists. An increase in the number of affluent shoppers will be mirrored by a corresponding decline at the middle and bottom end of the scale.While this may be good news for premium brands and speciality lines, private label is likely to fall further behind. UK prices remain among the cheapest in Europe, notes Mr Lang, but premium-branded innovations will continue to drive up prices. “The move is away from the old manic, capacity driven, price-obsessed, flour-dominated, commodity game, towards something much more closely aligned to the rest of consumer goods civilisation,” comments Mr Lang. “For private label, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference could point to a possible premium way forward. But big questions are begged about the down-at-heel standard product. Improved quality and ‘reassuringly expensive’ looks the only way forward, particularly as below-cost supply has been nuked.”He cites the wrapped ‘bakery occasions’ snacking market as providing opportunities for incremental sales for plant bakers. This category includes traditional and continental breakfast items, cakes and fruited snacks, and is valued at £677m, with growth of 7.3% (AC Nielsen Scantrack, 52w/e July 2005). Unlike the closely related £209m rolls and baps category (up 5.5% in value year-on-year), where the big brands have a representative presence, bakery occasions supply is splintered, he comments. “Some areas like fruited snacks, and crumpets are getting increased attention. In others, like speciality breads, the brands struggle to stretch with consumers demanding authenticity. Look at Poilåne French Country Bread, shipped from Paris. It’s flying off Waitrose’s shelves at £4.99 a kilo.”Developing ‘parallel’ brands could provide one solution for plant bakers to break into niche markets, best illustrated by Cadbury’s acquisition of organic chocolate brand Green & Black’s in early 2005. But greater activity from the major bakery players is inevitable, says Mr Lang. “The bakery occasions opportunity is too big for the majors to miss, particularly as it’s in line with premium, luxury and lifestyle trends.“When people get richer they don’t eat more, they eat better – market growth becomes all about premiumisation,” explains Mr Lang. “Consumer branding and customer management are becoming paramount, with efficient, high-quality production and service.” Interestingly, he speculates that the trade up could ultimately be at the expense of the multiples, with people more inclined to seek out specialists and small independents. As consumers get richer, the supermarket share of growth declines, he says – a shift that would benefit local shops, petrol stations and railway station concourses. Because of this possible fragmentation of the retail trade, a 40-year bakery consolidation trend could be halted as bread is baked closer to market.But the retail trade has played a key role in squeezing out value bread and backing the brands, he adds. “My rough calculations suggest supermarket bread operating margins of approaching 20%, and that’s despite a break-even situation in private label. So the bread department’s been restored to rude health.”Although promotion still plays too big a part in the industry’s marketing mix, long-term brand-building investment and media spend is on the up. “Moreover, managements – particularly British Bakeries’ – have felt confident enough to take pricing on to an entirely new plane. An already yawning price gap between branded and private label has been stretched beyond breaking point, and still sales are shifting to the brands. Consumers seem to want the reassurance that premium pricing brings.”However, improvements still need to be made with the supply chain, he observes. “Quality doesn’t just mean good ingredients and bread baked by proper bakers; it means freshness too,” says Mr Lang. “Shorter delivery lead times, with fresher bread and improved service levels, requires a less extended and more flexible supply chain”. “Distribution can run at more than 10p a loaf and it’s often massively inefficient. Ultimately, we could see more smaller, strategically placed units, making a broader range of fresher products delivered through the day.” Over £300m of cost could be at stake – a figure that is rising with increasing energy costs and regulation, he says. Flour costsPlant baking is also seeing a change from being production driven to marketing led. But the future cost of flour could emerge as an issue, says Mr Lang. “The last decade has been a doddle for flour buyers. Prices have fallen sharply, with partial recovery relatively gentle. “Looking ahead, life could become a lot more dangerous. Up for grabs are the last vestiges of European agricultural export subsidies. If they don’t go in 2007/8 then they’ll come under even greater attack afterwards. Their demise seems inevitable.”Consequently, the long-term future for UK millers is uncertain. “The huge increase in UK wheat production since Common Market entry is already showing signs of faltering,” says Mr Lang. “By 2008/9 flour millers could struggle to find adequate domestic supply. Millers could start to see much more volatile grist costs. For some, the experience could be terminal.”So, how will the plant baking landscape look in 2015, and will the ‘Big Three’ – British Bakeries, Allied Bakeries and Warburtons – still dominate? “There is no question that three overlapping brands plus own-brand is too complicated for the chains,” says Mr Lang. “Waitrose could be pointing the way with its British Bakeries/Warburtons duopoly experiment.”British Bakeries has been “fearless” in its price leadership, although it has been investing a lot less than its peers, Mr Lang comments. Meanwhile, Allied’s new CEO Brian Robinson, could be the fillip that Allied needs, he adds.Warburtons’ advantageFor the eventual winner, however, some pundits find it hard to look further than Warburtons. “Having ownership and management in the same hands is a priceless advantage,” he says. It could also be strengthened by expansion into new regions. “With Warburtons opening up in Wales next year and establishing a bridgehead to attack British Bakeries’ west country citadel, the battle for the south of England is going to hot up.”But the fight will not just involve the Big Three, he says. “Harry Kear plans to re-establish the Rathbones brand. His lock-in with Morrisons could provide a strong expansion base and history says you under-estimate him at your peril.” The same goes for Brace’s, he observes. “It’s got brilliant Welsh credentials and is already eating into the south west.” Moreover, with Rathbone Kear back on an even keel, and with a miniaturised Harvestime likely to follow, higher returns are expected across the trade, and in particular Allied, he comments.Mr Lang’s working title for the talk he gave at British Baker’s Baking Industry Summit was ‘Pimp My Loaf’ – a reference to the TV programme Pimp My Ride, in which clapped out cars are transformed with a radical makeover. It is a sage analogy for an industry already on the right road.last_img read more

first_imgSales of WeightWatchers cakes grew by 38.1% in the year to July 2005, according to TNS figures, says Anthony Alan Foods (Barnsley, Yorkshire), which supplies the cakes under licence. UK sales director Mark Rooza says: “NPD is at the heart of the sales success. We’ve developed techniques to produce what health-conscious consumers want: cakes that are as good as the best, but are lower in fat and lower in calories.”Growth in the healthy cake category is in stark contrast to the total cake category, he adds.“The total cake market only grew by 3.9% last year. Our figures suggest manufacturers that adapt to the market’s demands can generate new business. Consumers want cakes, but they want them to be healthier.”Total sales for low-fat cakes also bucked the trend, growing by 11.4% last year. However, the WeightWatchers brand is growing rapidly – over half the low-fat cakes purchased in the year to July 17, 2005, were Weight Watchers, compared to less than one-third two years ago.last_img read more

first_imgInter Link Foods and Finsbury Food Group, both reveal they are on missions to improve efficiency in their business this week. The two companies are profitable, but say trading conditions are “challenging” in the cake market. They say they want to control costs – read “reduce prices”. Inter Link may be the UK’s second biggest cake company, but chief executive, Paul Griffiths, talks about “toughing it out”. He is quite right, competition is cut-throat in the cake aisles of the supermarkets – particularly at the cheap end. For example, a kind-hearted colleague came back after lunch recently, loaded with two boxed chocolate cakes bought for 49p each. The manufacturer of said delicacies shall remain anonymous, but it was neither of the ones mentioned above.Needless to say, there was much tucking in, after which the general consensus was that the cakes tasted of sweetened cardboard, not such a bargain (thanks anyway!) But I am sure the supermarket buyer was thrilled by this taste of really cheap cake. And a new price precedent has been set. It’s traditional to blame the supermarkets for this sort of thing, but who exactly is offering the generous special offers in the first place? An individual supplier may strike a listing on the back of a cut–price bargain, but in the longer term everyone’s business is devalued, everyone is put under more pressure – particularly smaller suppliers. Is anyone going to back down on reducing prices, or has duffing each other up become too much of a habit for the cake suppliers? We have seen where that road leads on economy bread. Also in the news this week, Gb Ingredients has revealed (pg 5) that its business is to be split, confirming rumours which have been circulating since the Dutch investment house Gilde acquired it from DSM last July.It’s a move which will bring a large new entrant, Werhahn, into play as a bakery ingredients supplier in the UK – trading as GB Plange UK. It will be interesting to see how its arrival changes the status quo.And the yeast side of Gb is also set on growth across Europe, probably through acquisition. Exciting times for both sides, who said breaking up was hard to do?last_img read more

first_imgEntries received so far for the 2006 World Scotch Pie Championship suggest the event could be a record breaker, beating the 350 entries received last year.The awards ceremony will be held during Scotch Pie Week, which runs from 25 November to 2 December. Bakers throughout Scotland are being asked to raise funds for The Scottish Society for Autism, a charity supported by TV personalities Lorraine Kelly and Richard Park.Piemen are being encouraged to organise in-store competitions, create exciting window displays and involve local schools.Alan Stuart, the Buckhaven-based founder and organiser of the event, said: “The Scotch pie is Scotland’s original takeaway and is produced with the finest Scotch beef and lamb.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter we broke the news last week of another impending rise in the price of flour many of you have remarked that both British and Canadian wheat harvests were very good, therefore it is hard to believe that other factors would have such an adverse effect on prices.So this week Alex Waugh, director of the National Association of British and Irish Millers, explains precisely why those other factors, ’world events’, are having such a dramatic impact (pg 18). The graphs summarise the situation and show why bread prices simply must rise as a result.There is no way plant bakers, craft bakers or biscuit-makers can swallow the price rises. That is why it is so vital to continue communicating the reasons for the rise through the national media.Every single craft customer and supermarket shopper should know why they have to pay more – again. We have seen in the past that consumers accept a repeat increase on coffee and fuel. This time it is the turn of bread.Elsewhere we report on how Britain’s three biggest high street bakery retailers are having to re-jig their offering or remodel their business plans. Why? Because high street trading conditions demand it (pgs 14, 15). Lyndale and Three Cooks have taken a hard look at their trading plans and shops, while Greggs, though still seeing improved profits, has seen margins drop. Hot summers can wreak havoc on hot takeaway but coffee shops and sandwich chains such as Amano and FooGo continue to proliferate (pgs 4,5).Pasty outlets are popping up everywhere too (pg 25). In just three years, sales of pasties, as a percentage of total pastry snacks, have risen from 21.6% to 28.1%. London, not Cornwall, is where most of the pasty outlets are based, but Proper Cornish’s account manager says optimistically: “There are still lots of places in Britain that don’t have them.”Pasties are a very traditional Cornish product and, like the Melton Mowbray pork pie, are guarding their origins carefully. Tradition with a modern twist is a great seller, just look at the design of up-to-date pasty outlets. But tradition alone is not good enough – a point firmly made by our Friday essayist this week (pg 13). Do you agree?last_img read more

first_imgI am writing to support John Gillespie’s idea, outlined in a recent issue of British Baker, for an industry that speaks with one voice.The National Association of Master Bakers, which is the association for craft bakers in England and Wales, would be delighted to give its backing.There are currently various sectors of the baking industry going off at a tangent with no strategy or coordination, so yes, it is time to get moving on a new coordinating council.The suggestion of Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association as an Academy Centre for Baking (letters, British Baker July 13) also appears to be a sound suggestion.Gill Brooks LonicanChief ExecutiveNAMB, Hertslast_img read more

first_imgMantinga, the specialist bread company, is to distribute the Manoucher range of soft Mediterranean-style breads outside London and the M25.The line of eight handmade soft breads includes the pre-sliced Barbaree loaf for sandwiches, Basil Loaf, Fokachio, Garlic Loaf, Mediterranean Sunset, Summer Dreams and Persian Noon.Manoucher was set up by Iranian businessman Manoucher Etminan in Canada in 1983 and grew out of his passion for making and eating food.Gloucestershire-based Man-tinga supplies more than 260 speciality frozen bakery products from regional artisan craft bakeries across Europe. The company is already well-established inside the M25, with customers including British Airways and Virgin, but, until now, did not have the logistical capabilities to expand beyond Greater London. “I am very excited about this partnership as we share very similar values and a passion for bread,” commented Steven Mackintosh, director of Mantinga.last_img read more

first_imgNot content with throwing televisions out of the window, rock stars are turning their destructive tendencies to bread, it would seem.Speaking on last Thursday’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, musician and record producer-of-the-moment Calvin Harris described how, when working in a bakery when he was younger, he and colleagues used to hollow out loaves of bread at the end of the day and put them on their arms, legs and feet and wander about in something akin to a suit of bread body armour. Well, that’s one way of ticking the ’health and safety’ box.last_img read more

first_imgGingerbread maker Image on Food has launched its new Christmas range. Building on its successful line last year, it will feature Percy the Christmas Penguin and Snowy the Snowman cookie pops. These new products will join its already popular Deluxe Father Christmas and Reindeer gingerbreads. The RRP of the products ranges from £1.49 to £2.79.The new gingerbreads will be available from the autumn, either directly from Image on Food or through Hider or Cotswold Fayre.The Market Drayton-based family firm has been making gingerbread for 24 years, and supplies stores such as John Lewis, Waitrose, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, along with a large number of farm shops, delis, gift shops and tourist attractions. “We always like to ensure that our customers have something new to offer their customers and we pride ourselves on developing new products for each season,” said sales and marketing executive Vhari Russell.last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Twitter By Network Indiana – June 4, 2020 1 360 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill on the state of race relations Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied) INDIANAPOLIS — The deaths of black people at the hands of police officers, whether they be white or black, is a delicate issue in America today.Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill certainly understands the perspective of both sides of the coin, both as a black man and a law enforcement official. Hill says  peaceful protesters have valid reasons to be upset.“There is a problem in this country with the level of violence that seems to be happening towards African-American males. We need to address it,” Hill said. “But, on the same token, we need to do so in a proper manner.”He calls the riots, looting, and destruction of property in cities like Indianapolis “troubling”, but that the riots themselves are a “separate issue.”“It’s imperative the angst of the black community,” Hill added. “Slavery is a legacy that lives on today in the minds and hearts of black citizens. When a black person walks into a restaurant or walks into a store and someone is looking at them more so than a white individual.”Hill also alluded to the viral video of a woman in Central Park in New York City of an argument between a black man and a white woman walking her dog who was not on a leash.“The woman was some several feet away from the black gentleman and threatened him by using the trigger words: ‘an African-American man is threatening me’,” he said. “So as to say that an African-American man threatening her was more dangerous than a white man threatening her.”Hill said we as a greater society need to start better recognizing that these are the types of things African-Americans are experiencing in today’s society.“Here is the reality, each of us harbors stereotypes, implicit biases, prejudgments on other people,” said Hill. “It may be subtle. But we all have that baggage in our systems. It’s imperative that the first thing we do is a self-examination and recognize and acknowledge that we have that shortcoming. We can acknowledge that shortcoming … we can be more forgiving of the person who we accuse of having that shortcoming.”However, Hill is not laying all the blame on people who do not understand the perspective of African-Americans.“On the other hand we also have to preserve the role of law enforcement and the rule of law in this country,” Hill said. “It is absolutely vital to the protection of everybody in the community but also the black community. So there is a big, heavy lift of understanding that needs to take place from all sides.” Previous articlePerson struck, killed by train in western St. Joseph CountyNext articleNo spectators for IndyCar, NASCAR races on Fourth of July weekend at IMS Network Indiana Google+ Google+ IndianaNews Twitterlast_img read more

first_img TAGSapplicationsCommon Council Standing CommitteeCommunity Investmentcommunity relationsHealth and Public SafetyIndianaInformation and TechnologyPARCPersonnel and FinancepositionsPublic Works and Property VacationResidential NeighborhoodsSouth BendSouth Bend Common CouncilutilitiesZoning and Annexation Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twittercenter_img By Brooklyne Beatty – January 18, 2021 0 556 Google+ (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) The South Bend Common Council is now accepting applications for Common Council Standing Committee positions.The following positions are available:Community Investment CommitteeCommunity Relations CommitteeHealth and Public Safety CommitteeInformation and Technology CommitteePARC Committee (Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts & Entertainment)Personnel and Finance CommitteePublic Works and Property Vacation CommitteeResidential Neighborhoods CommitteeUtilities CommitteeZoning and Annexation CommitteeApplicants must be a resident of the City of South Bend for at least one year, be available to attend meetings on a regular basis and have some background on the committee’s topics.Applications must be completed by Friday, January 29. To apply, click here. Previous articleResults of Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over holiday blitz in Elkhart County releasedNext articleA slippery start for your Monday morning drive Brooklyne Beatty Facebook South Bend Common Council accepting applications for Standing Committee positions IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Indiana high court rules creditors can take your stimulus check By Network Indiana – March 23, 2021 2 249 Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ (“Court Gavel” by Best Law, Public Domain) If you’re in trouble with creditors and are expecting a stimulus check, they can take all or part of your money, says the Indiana Supreme Court.The court declined to stop those kinds of seizures, despite requests from groups like Indiana Legal Services, Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families.The decision was made Monday morning and the court did not explain the decision. The previous stimulus payments could not be touched by creditors or debt collectors.Many Hoosiers began getting the new $1,400 payments last week. Twitter Previous articleIndiana, Michigan move income tax deadline to May 17Next articleFederal hunger relief coming to Indiana Network Indianalast_img read more

first_img The characteristics that were most strongly predictive of PIRLS performance included prior achievement in the Year 1 Phonics Check. It belongs to that strand of curricular thinking sometimes known as constructivism. The essence of this view is that studying bodies of knowledge is pedagogically ineffective. Knowledge goes quickly out of date, and learning it is dull. Children emerge allegedly unable to think for themselves, unskilled for work in the new economy, and unprepared to act as democratic citizens. Instead, children should be enabled to construct knowledge for themselves. It is increasingly clear from international comparisons that neglecting knowledge is educationally disastrous. One body of international evidence for that is assembled by E. D. Hirsch in his 2016 book Why Knowledge Matters. Especially cogent arguments in the same vein have come from two teachers in England who have become eloquent writers – Daisy Christodoulou’s ‘Seven Myths About Education’ (2013) and David Didau’s ‘What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong’ (2015). The critique does not deny that skills matter, but rather says that the best way to acquire skills is through gaining knowledge. This statement essentially describes all of chemistry. So what should teachers actually teach? What are the key concepts which children should know and apply? Thank you.How can and should policy be developed to ensure education equity? A knowledge-rich curriculum should be at the heart of all schools. We believe that is key to ensuring education equity. Endowing pupils with knowledge of ‘the best that has been thought and said’ and preparing pupils to compete in an ever more competitive jobs market is the core purpose of schooling.And ensuring that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have the same opportunities as their more affluent peers to benefit from the cultural capital of a stretching and rigorous curriculum is key to addressing the burning injustices in our societies and driving forward social mobility.Designing and implementing these curricula should follow a thorough interrogation of the research. It is right that debates are had about what knowledge we wish to ensure all pupils possess. It is understandable that there are differing opinions about how best to prepare pupils for the challenges of the 21st century. But opinions must change as the facts change.In 2010, the government came to office in Britain. We inherited a curriculum that was not fit for purpose. The national curriculum had been stripped of knowledge, leaving pupils without the cultural literacy they needed.England was stagnating in the international league tables and too many pupils were leaving school ill-prepared to compete in our increasingly globalised world. Data from 2012 shows we were the only OECD country where the numeracy and literacy of our 16-24 year olds was no better than that of our 55 to 65 year olds.We reformed the national curriculum, restoring knowledge to its heart and clarifying what we expected children to be taught. The issues with the 2007 National Curriculum were best summed up by the statutory requirement of secondary chemistry pupils to understand ‘that there are patterns in the reactions between substances’.In ‘Could Do Better’ Tim Oates used this example to highlight the vagueness of the 2007 curriculum, writing: Thanks to the hard work of teachers and by twinning carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curricula with wider support, the government is raising standards in our schools.In carrying out the reforms implemented since 2010, the government was careful to pursue evidence based policies. In the world of education, there are many voices who argue that the 21st century has somehow changed how education must be done. They conclude that the technological age necessitates a different approach to education. With the support of some in the business world, they encourage teachers to turn their attentions to developing the creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills of their pupils.Around the world, many educationists – and I see one or two of them here – promote skills-based curricula as the way to prepare pupils for life in the 21st century. Often, knowledge-rich curricula are derided as an impediment to helping pupils to become creative critical-thinking problem solvers, but this is to confuse means with ends.The mistake made by these influential voices in education is to believe that creativity is a skill independent of subject domain-specific knowledge; that critical thinking can be taught discretely from the subject being thought about, or that one becomes a better problem solver simply by practicing solving problems.Just as musicians become proficient by learning their scales, it is as important that pupils build up the underlying knowledge they will need. We cannot expect a pupil to think critically about the causes of the First World War without an understanding of the delicate balance of power that existed at the turn of the 20th century. And we will not prepare pupils to be the creative, problem solving mathematicians of the future without giving them a firm grounding in the foundations of mathematics.This government in the UK is determined that the new national curriculum endows pupils with the knowledge they need, so that they are best prepared for the rigours of a globalised 21st century jobs market. But doing so must be done with due regard for the evidence. There are too many examples of governments around the world that have mistaken ends with means in the hope of preparing pupils for the 21st century, damaging educational standards in the process.Writing for the London School of Economics, Professor Lindsay Paterson of the University of Edinburgh has been a vocal critic of movements calling for skills-based curricula, writing of the underlying philosophy: This description exemplifies the belief system behind such changes. But this view is not supported by the international evidence. As Professor Paterson goes on to say, referencing teachers who are leading the knowledge-revolution in England: The new maths national curriculum for primary schools provides many examples of the specificity and detail needed for a successful curriculum, such as the structured sequence of efficient written methods of calculation that pupils are expected to have mastered at different ages.But the curriculum does not sit in isolation. The government also embarked on an ambitious reform of our national qualifications. Grade inflation was rife under the previous government and too many pupils – particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds – were being entered into low quality qualifications. Public confidence in the education system had been knocked.The government put an end to grade inflation and is introducing new GCSEs and A levels that put England’s exams on a par with the best in the world. These changes are breathing life back into the country’s education system.However, the introduction of new assessments has also been important. The government has announced the introduction of a multiplication tables check for year 4 pupils – a short online assessment designed to support the curriculum stipulation that pupils should know their tables by age 9. The government is determined that no child leaves primary school without securing the basics of mathematics.Already, the government has had success thanks to another curriculum change supported by a short assessment. Conscious of the overwhelming research in favour of teaching children to read using systematic synthetic phonics, the government embarked on a campaign to ensure every child is taught to read using the most effective methods. As well as requiring schools to teach using an evidence based phonics programme, the government introduced the phonics screening check – a short assessment of a pupil’s ability to decode simple words.The phonics screening check was introduced for the first time in 2012. That year, just 58% of 6-year-olds could correctly read 32 or more words from a list of 40. Thanks to the hard work of teachers and the government’s drive for phonics, there are 154,000 more 6-year-olds on track to be fluent readers this year. The proportion passing the phonics screening check in year 1 has risen to 81%, with 92% having passed the check by the end of year 2.The success of this policy has been confirmed by international results. The PIRLS international study of 9-year-olds’ reading ability in 50 countries around the world showed that England has risen from joint 10th place in 2011 to joint 8th place in 2016, thanks to a statistically significant rise in our average score. And the data is clear on the role that the phonics reforms played in these results, with the report accompanying the results concluding that: This nuanced understanding of the relationship between knowledge and skills is crucial to approaching curriculum design. In particular, the importance of subject domain specific knowledge to skill acquisition and transferability should be more widely understood.A successful curriculum should enable pupils to participate in the great conversations of humankind, and it should prepare pupils to thrive in an ever more globalised and competitive economy. Both of these ambitions require a curriculum designed to give pupils access to the best that has been thought and said. Pupils deserve a rich and stretching knowledge-based curriculum that provides them with cultural literacy and a foundation of knowledge to use and apply in a variety of contexts.We should judge our curricula by their success in achieving these aims.Thank you.last_img read more

first_img publish a programme of work to support the IP valuation market by autumn 2018. We will also work with industry to help identify solutions to address skills gaps around IP valuation organise roundtables with online intermediaries and rights holders. These will consider the practicalities of agreeing new Codes of Practice in social media, digital advertising and online market places support the Creative Content UK campaign, Get it Right from a Genuine Site, by providing joint funding of £2 million with DCMS On 28 March, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business jointly launched the Creative Industries Sector Deal. More than £150 million will be invested by government and industry to help the country’s world-leading cultural and creative businesses thrive.This follows on from the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper that was published in November. The strategy committed to roll-out Sector Deals, which are partnerships between government and industry to increase sector productivity.The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has been working with DCMS and the Creative Industries on including intellectual property (IP) in this Sector Deal. We have committed to: consider site blocking and ways that this could be introduced continue our work to help address the value gap, both within the Digital Single Market copyright proposals and at domestic levels For more information, read the full Creative Industries Sector Deal.last_img read more

first_img Irish republic £166.4m £201.8m £214.2m Our products are sold as far away as Australia, and we are keen for more people around the world to enjoy our artisanal, indulgent chocolates. The Grown Up Chocolate Company, founded in 2010 and now with 37 employees, also benefits from exporting its indulgent versions of childhood favourites overseas.Last year the company had an annual turnover of just over £2 million and they are hoping to expand to a larger site.James Ecclestone, of the Grown Up Chocolate Company, said: Country exported to 2015 2016 2017 USA £13.6m £21.7m £16.9m Britain’s independent chocolatiers are making the most of the growing global demand for their tasty treats this Easter.Last year over £680 million of chocolate from the UK was snapped up by foreign consumers, who are showing an increasing taste for quality products. Exports have risen significantly from £370 million in 2010 – an 84% rise.The number of independent chocolatiers in the UK has also grown in recent years, with more artisanal and specialised products being launched to meet consumer demand – both here and abroad. The manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery is now worth £1.1 billion to the UK economy.The government is supporting many small businesses to taking advantage of this by helping them explore export opportunities in the 149 worldwide markets that currently import UK chocolate.Food and Farming Minister George Eustice said: Exporting is vital for me and my brand. It can be hard work but I am quite resourceful. I’m excited about now expanding into the US and the Middle East. There has been a huge growth in the number of independent chocolatiers in the UK and they are very adept at creating delicious products that are shaping consumer tastes around the world. There are great opportunities to increase our food and drink exports and increasing market access around the world is a major focus for government. Australia £23.7m £17.5m £19.5m The government, and its team of trade experts, continues to encourage and support UK business as they consider launching into overseas markets or expanding their current global customer base.This is complemented by the government’s Food is GREAT campaign, which highlights the success of current exporters and showcases the UK’s top quality food and drink.The Department for International Trade is currently working with business on the development of a new Export Strategy, which will explore the barriers to exporting and identify the best ways in which government can help drive and support UK companies to increase exporting activity and unlock high potential opportunities overseas.Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, said: Poland £24m £29.8m £30.6m UK Export Finance – the UK’s export credit agency exists to ensure no viable export deal fails due to lack of finance and insurance, including working capital loan and contract bond support for UK exporters. UKEF has £50 billion in capacity to support UK exports globally and has recently partnered with five of the UK’s biggest banks to help small businesses better access this support. Face-to-face support for exporters in England – delivered via a network of around 250 International Trade Advisers (ITAs). ITAs are managed by 9 delivery partners who operate in each of the 9 English regions. Trade shows – DIT supports trade shows across the world to showcase the best of UK companies from sectors including life sciences, automotive and food and drink. Top 5 ways the government supports businesses to export:center_img Board of Trade – with representatives from the business community to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of modern businesses. It meets 4 times a year rotated around the UK guaranteeing all parts of the Union have a chance to raise the issues most important to them. Exports are a key part of what we do and represent over a quarter of our business. great.gov.uk – export platform which lists thousands of export opportunities worth millions of pounds. It also puts firms in touch with global buyers at the click of a mouse. The Government has also just launched a step by step exporting guide here. It is great to see British businesses exporting increasing amounts of chocolate around the world as they seek to meet the ever-growing demand for our produce. Germany £40.7m £49.4m £50.6m Export support is a key way that the government can help businesses succeed and grow, which is why I am currently developing a new Export Strategy to break down the barriers companies face when doing business on the international stage. One business taking advantage of the increasing global demand for Britain’s high quality, artisan chocolates is Amelia Rope Chocolate, which started as a kitchen business in 2007 creating truffles and chocolate-dipped crystallised flora and now sells products in Hong Kong and Asia. The company’s hand-foiled salted butter caramel Easter eggs will be served to business class customers on the Eurostar over the coming weekend.Founder Amelia Rope has a passion for creating chocolate using sustainable ingredients and using recyclable material in her packaging – this year her Easter eggs are being sold in biodegradable bags rather than large amounts of cardboard and plastic.Founder Amelia Rope said: Canada £22.8m £23.4m £21.8m Netherlands £66.7m £69.2m £70.2m UAE £14.6m £13.7m £17m France £34.3m £36.3m £37mlast_img read more

first_img Costain use drones for inspections at Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, saving 50% of costs compared to the use of helicopters or human inspection teams the inspection of a wind turbine typically costs around $1,500 per tower. Performing the same inspection using a drone cuts the cost by around 50% Network Rail are using drones to improve track maintenance and boost field worker efficiency, whilst reducing the amount of work at height required on Network Rail’s assets the use of drone to deliver parcels significantly reduces costs, research by Deutsche Bank showed that drones cost less than $0.05 per mile to deliver a parcel the size of a shoe box, compared to delivery costs of up to $6.50 for premium ground services television shows such as Planet Earth II use drones to film wildlife hundreds of feet in the trees Switchboard 0300 330 3000 We are seeing fast growth in the numbers of drones being used, both commercially and for fun. Whilst we want this industry to innovate and grow, we need to protect planes, helicopters and their passengers from the increasing numbers of drones in our skies. These new laws will help ensure drones are used safely and responsibly. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 We welcome the clarity that today’s announcement provides as it leaves no doubt that anyone flying a drone must stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields. Drones open up some exciting possibilities but must be used responsibly. These clear regulations, combined with new surveillance technology, will help the police apprehend and prosecute anyone endangering the travelling public. In addition to these measures a draft Drones Bill will be published this summer, which will give police more tailored powers to intervene on the spot if drones are being used inappropriately.Drone operators will also eventually be required to use apps – so they can access the information needed to make sure any planned flight can be made safely and legally.For model aircraft flying associations who have a long-standing safety culture, work is underway with the CAA to make sure drone regulations do not impact their activity.Drones filmAs part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy the Nesta Flying High challenge has already identified 5 cities with plans for how drone technology could operate in their complex city environments to address local needs.The future of mobility is one of the modern Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges and forms part of a long term plan to build a Britain fit for the future through a stronger, fairer economy. Through this, the government is helping businesses to create better, higher-paying jobs – setting a path for Britain to lead in the high-tech, highly-skilled industries of the future.Background informationThe new laws are being made via an amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016.Drone users who flout the new height and airport boundary restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft or any person in an aircraft. This could result in an unlimited fine, up to five years in prison, or both.Users who fail to register or sit the competency tests could face fines of up to £1,000.There has been a significant increase in the number of commercial permissions issued by the CAA in the last year. The number of active commercial licences increased from 2,500 to 3,800 in 2017, a year on year growth of 52%.There has been a year on year increase in drone incidents with 71 in 2016 rising to 93 in 2017.A recently released PwC report highlighted that the uptake of drones could be worth up to £41.7 billion to the UK GDP by 2030.Drones are currently being used for a broad range of purposes across different industry sectors: Chris Woodroofe, Chief Operating Officer, Gatwick Airport, said: Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 the government is introducing height limits to help make sure drones are used safely as the sector grows limits around airports are being tightened up with new restrictions to prevent drones from causing harm drone users will have to register and take online safety tests to improve accountability New laws being introduced today (30 May 2018) will restrict all drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1 kilometre of airport boundaries.Following a year-on-year increase in the report of drone incidents with aircraft – with 93 in 2017 – these measures will reduce the possibility of damage to windows and engines of planes and helicopters. The changes will come into effect on 30 July 2018.The new laws will also require owners of drones weighing 250 grams or more to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and for drone pilots to take an online safety test to ensure the UK’s skies are safe from irresponsible flyers. These requirements will come into force on 30 November 2019.Drone filmThe changes are part of the future of mobility Grand Challenge, which was laid out in the government’s modern Industrial Strategy. Ensuring drones are being used safely will pave the way for the devices to play an increasingly important role in society.Drones have the potential to bring great benefits to the UK, they already help inspect national infrastructure like our railways and power stations, and are even aiding disaster relief speeding up the delivery of blood. PwC has predicted the industry could be worth £42 billion in the UK by 2030.The CAA and airports will have the power to make exceptions to these restrictions in specific circumstances.Baroness Sugg, Aviation Minister, said:last_img read more

first_img These pilots will prove pivotal to our understanding of the situation and to inform any future accommodation provision. This will help improve the outcomes for ex-offenders across the country. When leaving custody, ex-offenders should all have a safe and suitable home to go to and there is work to be done to ensure this is the case. As well as ensuring people have somewhere to live, dedicated key worker support will help ex-offenders manage the practical challenges of finding a job and other issues that come with trying to reintegrate into society. Housing benefit top ups and rental deposits will ensure that accommodation will be provided from the day offenders leave prison, bolstered through wrap around support from key workers to address other needs which may normally cause the loss of a tenancy, such as attending appropriate probation and employment appointments.Heather Wheeler MP, Minister for Housing and Homelessness said: Once the trial has completed, it will be fully evaluated to assess the potential for the scheme to be rolled out more widely across England. We will also be working with the Welsh Government to deliver a similar accommodation solution.The Rough Sleeping Strategy was launched in August 2018 and sets out to halve rough sleeping on England’s streets by 2022 and end it altogether by 2027. It is backed by an additional £100 million and developed across government in conjunction with charities and experts.The strategy lays out a 3-pronged approach to tackling rough sleeping, including preventing rough sleeping by providing timely support, intervening to help people already on the streets get swift, targeted support and helping people recover, find a new home quickly and rebuild their lives. Leeds, Pentonville and Bristol prisons have been chosen to spearhead the £6 million pilot programme aimed at helping vulnerable ex-prisoners find and stay in stable accommodation.Research shows that those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation are significantly more likely to reoffend within a year than those with a stable place to live.The pilots are aimed specifically at prisoners serving short sentences who are at high risk of returning to prison. This represents the latest in a series of measures aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending, from improving prisoners’ employment prospects to reinforcing family ties.The sites will pilot a new partnership approach between prisons, local authorities, probation staff, charities and others who will work together to provide the support prisoners need when they are released – such as signing up for benefits – but will primarily be focused on finding them suitable accommodation.The two-year programme forms part of the Government’s £100m Rough Sleeping Strategy announced over the summer.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: Every time we help an ex-prisoner into a new life – with a stable home, strong relationships and a regular job – we increase the chances of seeing fewer victims of crime in the future. These ground-breaking pilots will help prevent rough sleeping among vulnerable ex-offenders and support them as they start a new life after prison. Three prisons to pilot new scheme to support at-risk offenders Dedicated housing funding to provide stable accommodation for up to two years Support to help prisoners integrate into communities for the long-termlast_img read more

first_imgThe Coronavirus Status Checker, which is the latest example of the NHS harnessing the power of technology and data to help it tackle the epidemic, is part of the NHS coronavirus service. It complements the NHS 111 online coronavirus tool launched earlier this month, which gives the public digital access to health advice, isolation notes and a daily text messaging service for those self-isolating with symptoms.The Status Checker will not identify users from the information they provide, although it will cross-reference data from other sources to ensure it avoids counting people twice.The answers given by the public will only be used by the NHS and trusted organisations working directly with the NHS in response to coronavirus. The information will not be retained any longer than is strictly necessary post COVID-19.Prof Keith Willett, Strategic Incident Director NHS England, said: Technology and data is playing a vital role in battling coronavirus and supporting our heroic NHS frontline workers to save lives, protect the vulnerable, and relive pressure on the NHS. We must learn as much as possible about this virus, and we are asking the whole nation to join this effort. If anyone has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 I would urge you to use our new status checker app to help us to collect essential information on the virus and allow us to better allocate NHS resources where they are needed most. The survey can be accessed on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker why they are staying at home to choose from a series of options to describe how they are feeling whether they have any other health problems their date of birth their postcode how many people are living in their home. A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak has been launched today by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it.Status Checker users are clearly told at the beginning and the end of the survey that it is not a triage or clinical advice tool, and that they should visit 111 online for medical advice about their symptoms.The information gathered will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and additional staff might be needed and will provide valuable insight into the development and progression of the virus across the country.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: We know large volumes of people are visiting NHS 111 online each day, reporting potential coronavirus symptoms and being advised to self-isolate, and it will be hugely valuable for the NHS if we can learn more about these people and their experiences. By taking a few moments to answer these questions, you can play your part in helping the NHS put its resources in the right places, at the right time, to save lives. The service is hosted on the NHS website and is available to access openly, with links directly from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service and NHS coronavirus pages.The initiative is a collaboration between NHS England, NHSX, NHS Digital and Public Health England at the request of the Health and Social Care Secretary.The creators of a number of independent apps and websites which have already launched to collect similar data have agreed to work openly with the NHS and align their products and data as part of this central, national effort.Information collected by the NHS Coronavirus Status Checker will form part of a core national COVID-19 dataset held by NHS England.The tool is live now and people can complete the survey either for themselves or on behalf of someone else with their permission.It asks them: Notes to editors The Coronavirus Status Checker has initially been developed for NHS England. Data will be made available for the devolved administrations to support their response needslast_img read more

first_imgThe campaigning efforts of independent coffee shop businesses and local residents have resulted in Costa Coffee backing out from opening an outlet in a Devonshire town.Chris Rogers, managing director of the Whitbread-owned coffee shop business, wrote a letter to local residents of Totnes, the BBC News website revealed, explaining the company had “recognised the strength of feeling” against national brands in the town.He added that Costa had taken into account the “specific circumstances” of Totnes, which is home to more than 40 independent coffee shop businesses, and came to the decision following discussions with local groups.Costa gained approval for the new site on Fore Street from South Hams District Council back in August, but felt the brunt of the anti-Costa campaigning group NoToCosta, which managed to accumulate more than 5,700 signatures on a petition against the move.NoToCosta published a statement on its website last week, which said: “This is a major milestone for local communities and is a day when the value of localism comes into its own, albeit belatedly. Unfortunately, we’re now left with a situation where planning has been granted for change of use. We’d encourage South Hams District Council to learn the lesson that Costa Coffee has had to correct. If localism means communities have the right to decide what happens in their towns, its time for planners to understand this as well.”The letter to Totnes’ residents was also signed by the town’s MP Dr Sarah Wollaston and Mayor Pruw Boswell, who thanked Costa for “listening to our concerns and showing they care”.Last week, Whitbread announced as part of its financial results for the six months to 30 August 2012 that Costa had opened 141 net new coffee shops, taking its total store count to 2,344.The company featured on British Baker’s BB75 list of the top 75 UK bakery firms as this year’s fastest-growing business, adding 852 new stores to its estate over the last five years and opening stores at more than twice the rate of high street bakery retailer Greggs.last_img read more

first_imgMore needs to be done to publicise industry apprenticeships to young people, according to Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) president Anthony Kindred. Commenting on a recent report by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), which praised apprenticeships over “dead-end” college courses, Kindred said that apprenticeships were not given enough publicity.“A lot of it isn’t very good publicity. Sometimes young people aren’t always the best at finding out information, and they have to search for it when they go to job centres. There’s not really enough information on what local companies might offer.”The new report, Condition of Britain briefing 2: Growing up and becoming an adult, is the second in a series of three published by the IPPR on young people, work and benefits. A summary of the report states that for those in their teens and early 20s, “life has become, for many, more difficult and insecure in recent decades”.It states that without sufficient skills, some young people will spend their time moving in and out of “dead-end jobs” and “low-value training programmes”.Angela Coleshill, director of employment and skills at Food and Drink Federation, said: “There is no doubt that skills are the driving force to a successful industry. Growing our talent pool through apprenticeships is a key priority for food and drink manufacturers and is essential to our ability to deliver future growth. “We are currently taking action to address this via a number of projects and initiatives. For example, in 2011, our sector pledged to double the number of apprenticeships within food and drink manufacturing but we in fact smashed this target by quadrupling apprenticeships.” She added: “Building on this pledge, food and drink manufacturing is now one of the eight sectors,  including automotive and aerospace, chosen to lead Apprenticeship reform as part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Apprenticeship Trailblazer initiative to develop ground-breaking new standards for apprenticeships across the country.”In 2012, Kindred provided an apprenticeship for now 19-year-old Jordan-Reece Reed who had previously been completing a hospitality course in south London. “He’s absolutely excellent,” said Kindred. “I don’t think, if he’d stayed on his course, he would have got the right sort of job.”For the craft baker, apprenticeships provide young people with vital trade skills, enabling them to find work regardless of location.“It goes back to the old thing of learning a trade. I was always taught when I was young that if you’ve got a trade, you can work anywhere in the world. If you can’t find a job in your own town, you can start looking at the next town. If you’ve got a trade you’ve got a reason for somebody to give you a job.”Coleshill added: “Companies who employ apprentices gain a valuable staff member with the talent to make a difference to the business, the apprentice gains the confidence, ambition and sense of value which goes hand-in-hand with earning a recognised qualification, inspiring loyalty and the drive to take their career in food and drink further.”last_img read more

first_imgBatch, an event for bakers organised by Real Bread Campaign, is to take place in Edinburgh on 18 June.The Edinburgh event, which follows the success of Batch in Somerset and London in 2018, will take place at Cafe St. Honoré, and will comprise a three-course meal crafted by the team at the eatery to showcase seasonal ingredients and real bread.Between courses there will be talks by guests including Pam Brunton (Inver Restaurant), Neil Forbes (Cafe St Honoré, BBC Radio Scotland, The Scotsman) and Andrew Whitley (Bread Matters, Scotland the Bread).There are only 40 places available, priced at £30 for Real Bread Campaign supporters and £35 for their guests. A share of the proceeds will go towards the running of the Real Bread Campaign.Last month, the Real Bread Campaign revealed a new line-up of ambassadors including 12 women, after it came under scrutiny for a lack of gender diversity among its ambassadors last year. The new ambassadors will be vocal champions for the Campaign and real bread in general.last_img read more

first_imgMr Kipling owner Premier Foods has named its UK managing director Alex Whitehouse as chief executive officer.The business has also announced that Colin Day has been appointed non-executive chairman, and that acting CEO Alastair Murray is leaving the business. All the changes take effect from today (30 August).Whitehouse (pictured right) joined Premier Foods in July 2014 and was appointed managing director of the grocery division two months later. He became UK managing director in April 2017 and has been responsible for leading the grocery business, which includes flavourings, cooking sauces and home baking.Premier said Whitehouse has more than 20 years’ international, marketing, sales, strategy, innovation and general management experience.He spent 18 years with Reckitt Benckiser where he held senior marketing and general management roles including managing director, New Zealand, and was most recently worldwide head of shopper and customer marketing.Whitehouse said he was looking forward to working with Day and the board to drive further value from Premier’s brands.“I’m very encouraged by the improved performance of the business over the last couple of years and see this as something we can build on further,” he added.Day retired as chief executive of components manufacturer Essentra in 2017. He was previously chief financial officer at Reckitt Benckiser for more than 10 years. Currently a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) board member, he has chaired the Defra audit and risk assurance committee since July 2018. He is a non-executive director and audit committee chair at Meggitt plc and Euromoney plc.Premier’s chief financial officer Alastair Murray, who has held that role for six years and has been acting CEO following the departure of Gavin Darby in January, has agreed to leave the business and step down from the board.”On behalf of the board I would like to thank Alastair Murray for his outstanding contribution to the business, both as CFO and more latterly as acting CEO, and wish him all the best for the future,” said senior independent director Richard Hodgson.Duncan Leggett, group director of financial control and corporate development, will become acting chief financial officer pending a permanent replacement for Murray.last_img read more

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesGroceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Mark White is seeking views from bakery companies which supply the supermarkets to find out whether they are being treated fairly.It forms part of the GCA annual survey and is described as a valuable opportunity for baked goods suppliers to the UK’s largest supermarkets to tell GCA about any code issues they are facing and whether the regulated retailers are treating them fairly and lawfully.GCA regulated the relationship between direct suppliers and the UK’s 13 largest supermarkets.For the first time the survey will also ask suppliers to provide positive feedback to their retailers as well as saying what has not worked so well.This will be the eighth year the survey has been conducted and, as in previous years, it will be carried out by independent polling company YouGov.From the beginning, the survey has played an important role in helping the GCA to achieve progress for suppliers, demonstrating where retailers’ efforts have improved Code compliance and identifying areas for them to make improvements, it said.“This survey will be immensely valuable in helping me identify the issues the groceries sector is facing as well as guiding my future work. What suppliers can tell me is particularly important as this is my first year as GCA and the sector is still working under the challenges of Covid and Brexit so I am asking them to be as frank as possible. Their answers can help their businesses,” said White.“I have decided to include two innovations this year. First, I would like to hear from suppliers who think the retailers are doing a good job so I can highlight success and share good practice.”The second is that after the main survey has closed, YouGov will carry out some detailed interviews with suppliers on issues arising from the findings. Those interested in taking part should provide contact details at the end of the survey.“For example, in the last survey just over a third of respondents still reported Code-related issues even though the results showed progress across many areas. I would like to understand more clearly why this is the case,” he added.White emphasised that all information will be treated with complete confidence.The survey closes on 21 February and GCA will publish the results in spring/summer. You can take part in the survey via this link.last_img read more

first_imgThis summer is surely shaping up nicely, as the newest festival to announce their lineup is High Sierra Music Festival. The four night excursion will take place from June 30-July 3rd in Quincy, CA, capitalizing on the beautiful Northern California climate for an early summer throwdown.Headlining the festival will be Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thievery Corporation and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. The full lineup is stacked with sets from Dr. Dog, Greensky Bluegrass, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, JJ Grey & Mofro, Xavier Rudd, Leftover Salmon, Lettuce, North Mississippi Allstars, ALO, The Floozies, The California Honeydrops, DRKWAV (John Medeski, Skerik & Adam Deitch), The Motet, The New Mastersounds, Turkuaz, Elephant Revival, The Soul Rebels and more! TAUK, Twiddle, The Main Squeeze, Break Science are also featured on the bill.Considering this is just a phase one announcement, we’re certainly optimistic for this great festival. Tickets and more informaion are available via the High Sierra Music Festival website.last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s Sloss Music & Arts Festival will take place at the Historic Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16 & 17. Headliners for the 2016 festival include The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Death Cab For Cutie, and Ryan Adams, with supporting performances from White Denim, The Arcs, Dr. Dog, Ghostland Observatory, Shovels & Rope, and many more.You can peep the full lineup in this video announcement:With over 30 bands, 3 stages, in just 2 days, the event also features handcrafted cocktails from Redmont Distillery, a new collaboration between Starr Hill Brewery and Trim Tab Brewing Company, crafted especially for the 2016 Sloss Fest. Also new this year is a technology-focused event presented by BBVA Compass and TechBirmingham. For more information, visit the festival’s website. Tickets go on-sale March 4th. Full lineup below:last_img read more

first_imgLoad remaining images Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, IL – 3/16/16Set 1: Help!, Lose My Way, Windshield, Working on a Building, Wheel Hoss, The Four (1) > Wings for Wheels, All Four, DemonsSet 2: In Control, That’s What Love Will Make You Do, New Rize Hill, Casual Wednesday, Cold Feet, Leap Year (2), Old Barns, Hit Parade of Love, Bottle Dry, Better Off, Living OverE: Gumboots(1) Extended jam out of “The Four”(2) Bustin’ Loose teasesFull gallery of images below: There’s just no denying that Greensky Bluegrass is a band on fire. Their live shows continue to bring a passionate intensity, and fans everywhere can’t get enough of their music. The group recently rolled in to The Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL, playing their hearts out for a fun-loving show. The group opened up with a cover of The Beatles’ “Help!” and went into newer songs “Lose My Way” and “Windshield,” keeping up the energy throughout. A cover of Jerry Garcia’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and Jimmy Martin’s “Hit Parade Of Love” punctuated a great second set full of Greensky originals.Thanks to photographer Rily Cochran, we have a gallery from the performance. Dig it:last_img read more

first_imgFor anyone who was hoping Simon & Garfunkel reunion, don’t hold your breath. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Paul Simon was asked about any possibility of working with Art Garfunkel in the future.Simon sternly responded, “No, out of the question… We don’t even talk.”The singer/songwriter also talks about how he plans to craft setlists for his upcoming tour, saying that fans should expect a selection of songs from Simon’s new album, Stranger to Stranger, which is due out on June 3rd. The new release sounds rather exciting, actually, as Simon explores one-of-a-kind instruments and unique tonal structures.Of course, all of the classics will also be in store. “They wanna hear ‘You Can Call Me Al,’… So I play it. It’s not like I would pick out ‘You Can Call Me Al’ and play it because I really want to, but people like it so much that I’m like, ‘Of course I’ll do it.’ I’ll play ‘Me and Julio [Down by the Schoolyard]’ too, though I actually like ‘Me and Julio.’”Simon’s tour kicks off at Jazz Fest next week, and runs until June. Tour dates can be seen here.[Via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

first_imgWith such a lengthy and successful career as Neil Young’s, it’s surprising that anything he does could be a “first” anymore. Then again, Young did just release the first live album to be mixed with choirs, animal noises, traffic and more (read the review here), so it is readily apparent that the singer/songwriter is continuing down a path of novelty, even at age 70. Whether the rejuvenation comes from his work with Promise of the Real, from within, or from somewhere else, it’s quite nice to see Neil Young hard at work.Today we’ve learned that Neil Young will make another first, performing with Promise of the Real at Town Park in the beautiful Telluride, CO. From September 30-October 1st, Young will hit the stage with POTR for what is sure to be two magical evenings of music. The Colorado town has hosted the likes of Phish, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and more during its musical tenure.Telluride tickets go on sale next Tuesday, July 26th in Telluride, and will be released to Neil Young’s fan club on the 27th, before a general on sale one day later, on July 28th. Seeing Neil Young’s first-ever Telluride performance is sure to be a memorable experience! All the information can be found here.last_img read more

first_imgJust when you thought all hope was lost for the music business, it turns out that some things do, in fact, get better. Last week, during the 48th week of 2016, vinyl album sales beat digital downloads in the UK for the first time ever. This new statistic, brought to us by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and The Vinyl Factory, expresses a huge growth in the vinyl market in just one year’s time.Vinyl sales in the UK tallied £2.4M to digital’s £2.1M in sales last week. For comparison, last year’s sales during the 48th week of the year saw £1.2M in vinyl sales to digital’s £4.4M. This shows a huge shift in consumer preference, as the popularity of vinyl amongst music lovers seems to be growing exponentially.This comes directly after Record Store Day Black Friday and the overall beginning of Christmas season, which may influence results in some way, but the outcome is all the same. Vinyl, at least for a week, is king. While the sales of digital downloads and CDs are plummeting, the sales of vinyl records are on the rise in a huge way.[photo courtesy of David’s Used Books]last_img read more

first_imgGov’t Mule brought their Southern rock style out West last night, performing at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas along their ongoing late winter tour. Mule put down a great performance in Sin City, calling on blues guitarist Chris Tofield and Chris Vos, of opening band The Record Company, for a memorable night of music yesterday, March 4th.The collaborations began when Mule called on Tofield at the end of the first set, jamming out the song “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.” Vos would join in during the encore, letting loose on the blues standard “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” before Tofield joined again for the finale, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”Check out some YouTube videos of the collaboration as well as the setlist, all posted below. Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 3/4/17Set One: World Boss, Mr. High & Mighty, Steppin’ Lightly, About To Rage, Whisper In Your Soul, Doing It To Death, Time To Confess, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home*Set Two: Railroad Boy, She Said She Said, Tomorrow Never Knows, Fallen Down, The Other One Jam, Kind Of Bird, 30 Days In The Hole, I Don’t Need No DoctorEncore: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl&, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man*&* = With Chris Tofield& = With Chris Vos[Photo by Rex-A-Vision]last_img read more

first_imgWhen Strange Design’s Adam Chase and Matthew Chase decided to put together their Phish and James Brown tributes, Jazz Is PHSH and The James Brown Dance Party, it was anybody’s guess that both concepts would take off as much as they have. But performance after performance, the Brothers Chase have brought in some of the most talented musicians from across the jam, funk, and jazz spectrum, and each show is always a treat for spectators who can’t get enough of the two projects. With a performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, serving as their backdrop, both acts are primed and ready to take things to the next level on Saturday, June 3rd. We have a feeling you’ll want to be at The Capitol Theatre when it goes down, particularly when considering Fred Wesley of James Brown Band and the J.B.’s, Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce, and Kofi Burbridge of Tedeschi Trucks Band have all been confirmed for the evening, with more even announcements about special guests on the way (purchase tickets here).Across the various iterations of the James Brown Dance Party and Jazz Is PHSH, both groups have boasted guests from stellar acts such as Snarky Puppy, Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Trey Aanastasio Band, The J.B.’s, James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins Band, Lettuce, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Victor Wooten Band, Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band, Kung Fu, and more. The rotating cast of all-star musicians just gets better and better each time either tribute comes together, and The Capitol Theatre show will be no different.Clearly, The Capitol Theatre performance is fixing to truly be a heater of a show! Tickets for James Brown Dance Party and Jazz is PHSH show on Saturday, June 3rd are currently on-sale and available at the venue’s website. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.[cover photo courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]last_img read more

first_imgPink Talking Fish is kicking off 2018 with a national winter tour, rocking through a mix of northeast ski destinations, a run through Virginia, and visits to Colorado and New Mexico. The ten-stop tour will culminate with a blowout show at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York with a very exciting show. Following the momentum from last year’s celebration–when the band hosted a 3+ hour performance of the Talking Head’s film Stop Making Sense with special guests from The Meters, Turkuaz, Deep Banana Blackout, and more–Pink Talking Fish have officially one-upped their own game. On February 10th, the Capitol Theatre will present Pink Talking Fish: The Wall.Pink Talking Fish: The Wall will be a full rendition of Pink Floyd’s masterpiece The Wall with Phish and Talking Heads songs intertwined through the album cuts. Like last year, this will be a marathon performance and this interpretation of The Wall promises to explore uncharted territories beyond comprehension. As special guests for the evening, Dopapod guitarist Rob Compa, as well as Sammi Garett and Shira Elias from Turkuaz will be special guests for this event, with many more surprises in store.Here is a full list of upcoming Pink Talking Fish Tour dates:FALL TOUR:11/15: Charleston SC at The Pour House11/16: Charlotte NC at The Rabbit Hole11/17: Birmingham AL at Old Car Heaven11/18: Asheville NC at New Mountain AVL11/19: Atlanta GA at Terminal West11/30: Columbus OH at Woodlands Tavern12/01: Columbus OH at Woodlands Tavern12/02: Columbus OH at Woodlands Tavern12/14: Asbury Park NJ at The Stone Pony12/15: Saratoga Springs NY at Putnam Den12/16: New Haven CT at Toad’s Place – Kung Fu’s Annual Toy’s For Tots BenefitNEW YEARS RUN:12/29: Portland ME at Aura – double bill w/ Kung Fu12/30: New York NY at Irving Plaza – Phish Afterparty12/31: Worcester MA at The Palladium – Big Ball Jam w/ Keller Williams, Percy Hill & Bearly DeadWINTER TOUR:1/12: Plymouth NH at The Flying Monkey1/13: Mount Snow VT at The Snow Barn1/18: Roanoke VA at 5 Points Music Sanctuary1/19: Richmond VA at The National1/20: Norfolk VA at The NorVa1/27: Jay VT at Jay Peak Resort2/03: Crested Butte CO at The Tap Room2/04: Taos NM at Taos Mesa Brewing Company2/05: Denver CO at Cervantes Other Side2/10: Port Chester NY at The Capitol Theatre4/19-21: Live Oak FL at Wanee Music Festivallast_img read more

first_imgOn June 19th, a new book on the Grateful Dead will be released titled Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter Of The Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip. While numerous books have been written on the Grateful Dead—ranging from near-academic chronological accounts of the band’s long-storied history to highly specific tomes dedicated to single shows—Fare Thee Well sets itself apart, diving deep into the frequently turbulent relationships among the surviving members of the band following Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.Written by Joel Selvin, a noted music critic who came to fame with his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Fare Thee Well holds nothing back in detailing the frequently messy lives of and in-fighting among the surviving Grateful Dead members from 1995 up to the Grateful Dead’s final, historic Fare Thee Well concerts in 2015. With a focus on Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, the book’s approach is specific yet expansive, tracking other key figures in the extended Grateful Dead family as they weave in and out of the Core Four’s post-Jerry lives.As a fan of the Grateful Dead, in all honesty, the book can be difficult to get through; it shows our musical heroes from the storied band at their sometimes-best but frequently worst, leaning into all the messy details and drama that plagued the Grateful Dead following Jerry’s death. If Amir Bar-Lev’s recently released documentary, Long Strange Trip, implied that Deadhead’s god-like reverence of Jerry Garcia played a hand in the drug addiction that finally did him in, Fare Thee Well refuses to let readers see the surviving members of the band as anything but truly and deeply human.The tales told in the book range from feel-good to hauntingly sad, cringe-y to enraging. Perhaps most interestingly, the book establishes early on the moral code that the Grateful Dead adhered to while Garcia was alive—the all-for-one mentality and the band’s strict adherence to a code of silence when it came to the personal relations among the band—and slowly shows how many of these chief principals decayed with Jerry’s loss. As a reader, this is inherently guilt-inducing: knowing that the band at one point wanted to keep these secrets close to their sleeves, then reading through a 268-page book laying out all the dirt for fans to consume.In fact, Selvin recognizes this in the acknowledgments section of the book,Even all these years later, the remnants of the band’s code of silence remain. People around the musicians continue to be reluctant to openly discuss personal matters or band politics. Many declined the opportunity. Most of the people would have likely demurred had it not been for long-standing personal relations.While the acknowledgments offer a rundown of well-known figures close to the Grateful Dead, it seems as though only Bobby and Mickey spoke to Selvin for the book. That said, Fare Thee Well seems well-researched, though it’s difficult to tell how much contributors’ long-standing resentments have shadowed the “truth” of the book.It seems glaringly obvious throughout that Phil Lesh and his wife, Jill, had very little if anything to do with the project. The writing on them is unforgiving, and Lesh frequently plays the antagonist in Fare Thee Well, with him and his wife depicted as egotistical, combative, unfair, and, at many points, cruel. While it’s likely that they were menaces at points in the years after Jerry’s death, it’s interesting to see how the book is so quick to vilify them.While many passages go deep into the various terrible things the Leshes exacted on the other members of the band—and this is not to defend some of their actions, because they range from annoying (declaring themselves the only ones capable of carrying on the Grateful Dead’s spirit) to despicable (Jill Lesh yelling at a backup singer on tour in front of her child that the singer will always be a nobody)—one wonders what is lost by not having the Leshes’s perspectives on certain situations.At one point late in the book, after paragraphs have been dedicated to outlining various fights between the Leshes and other members of the band, in less than a sentence, Selvin offers why Phil and Bill Kreutzmann had such an on-going tense, if not bad, relationship: Phil always held onto the fact that Bill Kreutzmann had drunkenly groped his wife’s breasts backstage at a show. That incident is glossed over, shockingly so in the era of #metoo, and never referenced again outside that one sentence—highlighting how eager the book is to find the bad guy without contextualizing the various hurts they might have experienced.However, the book is more than a collection of accusations levied against the Grateful Dead bassist. There are charming stories, like a brotherly fight between Mickey and Bobby, with spaghetti central to the fight itself and the way the two lovingly made up the next day. There are stories that are so terrible it’s almost funny, like Bob Weir unceremoniously using a hose to spray Jerry Garcia’s ashes off the side of a boat during an ash-spreading ceremony gone truly awry (“You’ve got to get it all in the water!” he tells those on the boat). There are stories that are truly devastating, like most passages with Vince Welnick, who is a hauntingly sad presence throughout Fare Thee Well.Overall, Joel Selvin’s Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter Of The Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip is a captivating and fairly comprehensive summary of the Core Four’s years after Jerry Garcia’s death. It’s not necessarily a pretty read—it can brutal at points—but if anything, it will make readers so grateful for the Fare Thee Well shows and that we have been able to see the four of them performing altogether, knowing that will never happen again.You can read a description of Joel Selvin’s upcoming book on the members of the Grateful Dead and their lives after Jerry below. You can also pre-order the book, which is due out on June 19th, via Barnes & Noble.The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia’s vision for the group, the surviving “Core Four,” as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in shambles. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia’s death, and he’ll offer a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band’s history has never before been explored in detail. Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia’s passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band’s fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.last_img read more

first_imgNext month, Rooster Conspiracy will make its San Francisco debut, with guitarist Eric Krasno, bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Todd Stoops and drummer Jay Lane offering up their psychedelic, improvisations. Rooster Conspiracy’s San Francisco debut is scheduled for July 26th at The Independent—the night in between Phish’s highly anticipated West Coast performances in San Francisco and Los Angeles.Rooster Conspiracy was actually born from Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann‘s good intentions and celebratory spirit during the first few days of 2017. Having just rung in the new year in a friend’s backyard in Hawaii with a band that included his Billy & the Kids bandmate Reed Mathis and Mathis’ Electric Beethoven bandmate Todd Stoops, Kreutzmann was in the mood to keep jamming. When he heard that Eric Krasno just arrived on his little island of Kauai, he invited the guitarist to join in.In the time since the project’s inception, Rooster Conspiracy has taken on a life of its own. While the Grateful Dead drummer is often unable to make performances on the mainland, Kreutzmann’s presence is still felt in the band’s song selections, which frequently use Grateful Dead songs as a jumping point for creative, exploratory jams. In Kreutzmann’s stead for the upcoming San Francisco show, the band has once again tapped Ratdog and Primus drummer Jay Lane, who has become a staple of the project, previously performing with Rooster Conspiracy at the group’s East Coast debut at Brooklyn Comes Alive in 2017 and more.Tickets for Rooster Conspiracy’s upcoming San Francisco debut at The Independent on July 26th go on sale on Thursday, June 28th, at 12 p.m. (PT) via Ticketfly.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing their first three-night run ever at The Gorge Amphitheatre in picturesque George, WA, Phish returned to San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, a venue that’s become a favorite for the band and fans alike in the 3.0 era. 2018 marks the fifth run Phish has played at the Bill Graham, yet the first time they’ve played only 2-nights, rather than the usual three-night run. Only five shows into tour, Phish is quickly finding their groove, displaying an impressive amount of guts paired with extreme syncopation and precision.“46 Days” got the show off to a roaring start, as the band took the stage right after 8 p.m. Pacific Time. Being an 8,500 capacity, entirely general admission venue gives the Bill Graham a very special feeling, aside from being in the heart San Francisco, a city rich in rock and roll and psychedelic history. Trey Anastasio‘s tone is sounding impeccable these days, and “46 Days” was a perfect example, as Page McConnell kept pushing Trey to continue peaking during the opening number of the night. Giving Anastasio a chance to catch his breath, McConnell tickled the opening notes of “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters”. Page laid down some serious work on the grand piano throughout the song, leading the way through the breezy Gamehendge journey.Trey’s opening riff to “Pigtail” rang out next, and the crowd seemed loose and settled-in, singing along to the Anastasio/Tom Marshall tune, which was debuted at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA 12/28/2010 but only recently entered a semi-regular rotation in the band’s live shows. With fairly little improvisation, the band was quickly on to “Cities”, with Mike Gordon hammering away, looking lean and mean. Following the main-theme of the Talking Heads tune, the band slowly crept into blissful territory with a sprinkle of some dark-Phish, taking the “Cities” jam out for a ride. Jon Fishman‘s almost metronome-like attentiveness allowed for Anastasio and Gordon to lock into a solid groove before pumping the breaks and moving on.The band changed gears from there, with Gordon taking vocal duties on “Nellie Kane”, the classic penned by bluegrass pioneers, Hot Rize. Trey laid down some seriously aggressive licks, before hopping into a funk-filled bowl of “Gumbo”. McConnell quickly took matters into his own hands, standing up and tinkering away on the clavinet. When Page stands, everyone stands, and the intimate room roared as McConnell kept soaring higher and higher. Crashing back into the chorus, the band kept their momentum going, marching into the sweet-sounding opening of “Guyute”. Phish nailed “Guyute”, reciprocating the crowd’s raucous energy at the first indoor venue of the tour. Anastasio’s lofty peaks in the final minutes of “Guyute” bounced off the walls, with Fishman keeping up the perfect pace.Following in the “animal” theme of the first set, “serpents, snails, and slugs” of “Axilla” came out to play, leading way to another creature, “The Dogs”. With Page’s signature dog-howling effect taking charge, Trey seemingly mimicked the dogs on his Languedoc, blasting off into a fierce and fiery solo on the Chilling, Thrilling tune. The setlist did not have any crazy Type 2 improv, but the song selection was on point, as things kept flowing into the emotional opening whistles of “Dirt”. Free from push and shove, the rowdy mood of the Bill Graham toned down, and Phish showed off their vocal prowess as Gordon and McConnell blended a tasteful harmony behind Anastasio’s lead. Everyone needs a moment to reflect on all of life’s gifts and sometimes hardships, and “Dirt” last night provided just this. Changing gears once again, “David Bowie” brought set one to a close, highlighted by some soaring guitar peaks, as Big Red continued to pick up the pace through the jam’s final climax.Phish came back out for second set opening with “Moma Dance”, marking only the third time the band has opened second set with it since 2009, the other two times being in 2009. This “Moma Dance” also marked the first repeat of 2018’s summer tour, as well as the first “Moma” at the Bill Graham since 2014’s memorable rendition, when Phish worked in a “We Are The Champions” jam to resounding applause as the local San Francisco Giants simultaneously wrapped up their World Series game 7 victory in Kansas City. Harnessing the Bill Graham’s unbeatable energy, Anastasio ripped through “Moma”, getting the dance party fully engaged.Smoothly segueing into “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”, the band prepared for liftoff and took the jam deep into a realm of exploratory sonic textures. McConnell kept the upbeat “ASIHTOS” rolling, as his three bandmates followed behind his delicate work on the organ. This led the way to a massive explosion by Anastasio, letting it all hang out. With the building practically in flames, Anastasio and McConnell pushed back into the main theme of the song, delivering a final verse and chorus.“Mercury” has quickly became a favorite second-set staple in the Phish catalog since its 2015 debut, and last night the band worked through the complex and ambitious jam precisely, with Anastasio putting on a show with his washy Leslie speaker effect that he’s been thoroughly enjoying utilizing since the tart of summer tour. The jam patiently worked its way into a spacey-voyage, with Trey sustaining bold, peaking notes, allowing Gordon and Fishman to create a complex rhythmic backbone. Things kept escalating and growing, with McConnell tickling the ivories in between Anastasio’s monstrous solos, leading to a massive peak.The heavy jams kept coming as “Carini” approached, quickly moving into a fast-paced funk bounce, with Anastasio providing splashy riffs behind an infectious Gordon groove. Tuesday’s “Carini” had a unique flow, harnessing speed and tenacity from start to finish. The jam cruised into a feel-good segment out of the funk, with Anastasio taking full reins as his bandmates followed attentively, leading to a gargantuan, explosive Anastasio peak. There are moments when Phish starts sounding perfect—and last night’s “Carini” was A+, top-notch, perfect Phish.The jam slowly fizzled out, and the San Francisco crowd erupted, leaving nothing for the band to do but drop into another fast-paced favorite, “Maze”. As Fishman’s opening signature drumbeat grew louder, “Maze” took off, and the race between Anastasio and McConnell was on. The energy of the night never stopped growing, as Trey’s final peaking segment of “Maze” could have shattered any glass window within 500 feet. As Mike’s sticky bass tones signaled the start of “Boogie On Reggae Woman”, any thought of a slower song getting in the way of this top-notch Phish set was in the rearview mirror.The “Boogie” was short-lived, but seamlessly flowed into the opening of “Harry Hood”. Picking away delicately and effortlessly, Anastasio glimmered beneath Chris Kuroda‘s spectacle of a light show, with the 8,500 person crowd bouncing along in unison. Continuing in the theme of the night, Anastasio and McConnell interlocked in an exploratory space voyage, with McConnell charging to the finish line on the grand piano, forcing Anastasio, Gordon, and Fishman to chase him down. Everyone at last nights show can feel good about Hood, and the band sure as hell did, too. Phish came back out for their encore with “Squirming Coil”, letting McConnell steal the show one more time as Fishman, Anastasio and then Gordon, slowly exited the stage, leaving the Chairman of the Boards to take the final bow.Phish returns to the Bill Graham tonight for their second of two performances tonight, which they will webcast free of charge. Next, they’ll head south to The Forum in Inglewood, CA for a pair of performances on Friday and Saturday. For a full list of Phish’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Phish | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium | San Francisco, CA| 7/24/2018Set I: 46 Days, Mcgrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters, Pigtail, Cities> Nellie Kane, Gumbo, Guyute, Axilla, The Dogs, Dirt, David BowieSet II: The Moma Dance> A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing> Mercury> Carini> Maze, Boogie On Reggae Woman> Harry HoodE: Squirming Coillast_img read more

first_img[Video: LazyLightning55a]Grammy Award-winner, Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown, is a renowned trumpeter who defies genre, having performed with huge names from the worlds of jazz, blues-rock, and hip-hop. Formerly of Tedeschi Trucks Band (with whom he won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012, after arranging the horn parts on the group’s debut album, Revelator), Mo Betta has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, De La Soul, Macy Gray, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lettuce, and The Roots, among others, and produced tracks for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy. The sensational performer is also a veteran of Brooklyn Comes Alive, having served as an unofficial artist-at-large last year when he was invited up as a surprise guest for numerous sets across the weekend.Herbie Hancock Tribute featuring Maurice Brown – “Watermelon Man” – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 Trumpet star Maurice Brown, improvisational virtuoso Dave Harrington, and the Disco Biscuits‘ keyboard wizard Aron Magner have all been announced as Artists-at-Large for this year’s edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive. All three musicians will be on hand throughout the day to sit-in with the many supergroups, tribute sets, and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations that Brooklyn Comes Alive has to offer.In addition to being one-fourth of one of the most celebrated jam bands in the scene, The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner has become a staple at Brooklyn Comes Alive. The versatile keyboardist has been a fan-favorite player and collaborator for years, frequently performing with a number of heavy-hitting super jams and rare side projects—such as Breaking Biscuits, a group featuring the Biscuits’ Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein and Break Science‘s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, which he debuted in 2016 at Brooklyn Comes Alive— and supergroups, such as his tenure as a member of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann‘s 2014 solo project, Billy & The Kids.Breaking Biscuits – “Little Fluffy Clouds” – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite. Visit BrooklynComesAlive.com for more information. [Video: Live For Live Music]The third and final artist-at-large at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 is Dave Harrington, who is also scheduled to appear with the Karina Rykman Experiment at the festival along Robert Walter of the 20th Congress. A critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and improvisational guru based out of New York City, Harrington blurs genres, blending sounds in a unique way that makes him one of the more exciting and unpredictable players on the scene. He is a former member of Darkside, which featured him and frequent collaborator Nicholas Jaar, and also often plays with Joe Russo, occasionally performing together as an experimental duo. Dave Harrington is also a BCA vet, having led Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters last year, which was one of the most psychedelic and buzzed-about sets of the weekend.Dave Harrington & Joe Russo – Nubul – New York, NY – 3/2/2018 [Video: LazyLightning55a]last_img read more

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band has announced their first fall tour dates for 2019, as the 12-piece band will play a trio of shows in the Southwest this November.Tedeschi Trucks Band will open up the run at Tulsa, OK’s Brady Theater on November 12th, followed by a show at San Antonio, TX’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on November 14th. TTB will finish out the run with a performance at Austin, TX’s Bass Concert Hall on November 15th.A fan pre-sale is currently underway using the code “TRUCKS.”  Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 1st at 10 a.m. (CST).Tonight, Tedeschi Trucks Band continues their winter tour with a performance at The Met in Philadelphia, PA. On Thursday, the band will then head to Birmingham, AL’s Alabama Theatre, followed by shows at Augusta, GA’s William B. Bell Auditorium and Asheville, NC’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium this weekend.Head to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and more information.last_img read more

first_imgThe B-52’s have announced an extensive world tour in celebration of their 40th anniversary, which began in 2018 and will continue through this fall. OMD and Berlin will offer support at select U.S. stops along the tour.The B-52’s will open up their tour in May with festival appearances at West Palm Beach, FL’s Sunfest (5/4); Arlington, TX’s KAABOO Texas (5/12); and Nashville, TN’s Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender, followed by a series of European performances throughout June and early-July.The band will open up their extensive North American run of shows at Costa Mesa, CA’s Pacific Amphitheatre on August 1st, and will continue through September 24th with a special tour-closing performance at New York City’s Summerstage – Central Park.“Who knew that when we played our first house dance party in Athens, Georgia in 1976 that we would be still be rocking the house in 2019?” vocalist Kate Pierson explains in a press release. “Visiting over 10 countries to perform for our fans around the globe makes us so incredibly happy. Let’s rock!” vocalist Cindy Wilson adds.Additionally, Billboard notes that the band has teamed up with producer Fred Armisen and director Craig Johnson for a  forthcoming documentary.Head to The B-52’s website for ticketing and more information.The B-52’s 2019 World Tour Dates:May 4 West Palm Beach, FL Sunfest*May 12 Arlington, TX KAABOO Texas*May 26 Nashville, TN Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender*June 21 Vitoria, Spain Azkena Rock Festival*^June 23 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso**^June 24 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique**^June 26 Cologne, Germany E-Werk**^June 27 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle**^June 29 Gateshead Sage, UK Gateshead Sage**^June 30 London, UK Eventim Apollo**^July 2 Nottingham, UK Royal Concert Hall**^July 3 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo**^July 5 Paris, France Olympia**^July 7 Argeles Sur Me, France Festival les Deferlantes*^August 1 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre**August 3 San Diego, CA Bayside Summer Nights @ Embarcadero Marina Park**August 4 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft TheaterAugust 6 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo AmphitheaterAugust 7 Seattle, WA BECU ZooTunes Concert SeriesAugust 8 Missoula, MT Kettlehouse AmphitheaterAugust 10 Bend, OR Les Schwab AmphitheaterAugust 11 Murphys, CA Ironstone AmphitheatreAugust 12 Saratoga, CA TheMountain WineryAugust 14 Phoenix, AZ Comerica TheatreAugust 16 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden AmphitheatreAugust 17 Dillon, CO Dillon Amphitheater**August 18 Greenwood Village, CO Fiddler’s Green AmphitheatreAugust 21 San Antonio, TX The Majestic TheaterAugust 22 Austin, TX Bass Concert HallAugust 24 Sugarland, TX Smart Financial CentreAugust 25 New Orleans, LA Saenger TheatreAugust 28 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd HallSeptember 6 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum ComplexSeptember 7 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain ParkSeptember 8 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at the HeightsSeptember 11 Grand Rapids, MI Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer GardensSeptember 13 Toronto, ONT, CA Sony Centre for the Performing ArtsSeptember 14 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook AmphitheatreSeptember 17 Washington, DC The AnthemSeptember 19 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing ArtsSeptember 20 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand TheaterSeptember 22 Asbury Park, NJ Sea.Hear.Now Festival*September 24 New York, NY Summerstage – Central ParkAll dates are with The B52s, OMD and Berlin unless noted below.*Festival Date^European Tour**Headline DateView Tour Dateslast_img read more

first_img“This is a wonderful story of collaboration and imagination,” said Harvard President Drew Faust, moments before cutting a ribbon yesterday afternoon to open the new Harvard Center for Biological Imaging (CBI).The facility, on the second floor of the BioLabs at 16 Divinity Ave., is not just another room filled with microscopes. For everything about the facility is unique, from its conception, to its open design, to the fact that its equipment will be replaced every 24 to 36 months.But what may be the most important aspect of the CBI, Faust said, is not its collection of cutting-edge scientific instruments, but rather that “it makes the instruments the instruments of collaboration, as well as the instruments of science. And that, to me, is tremendously important.” The fact that the new center is furthering interdisciplinary, collaborative science at Harvard is why Faust offered to help provide funding for it.Jeremy Bloxham, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics, professor of computational science, and dean of science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, told those attending the ribbon cutting that “as I look back over the last five to 10 years, there’s a real change to how science is supported at Harvard. It used to be that individual investigators were supported, [and] equipment would disappear into their labs and wouldn’t be used by anybody other than the members of that particular lab group.“Now, we have a much stronger emphasis on building centers. We do that not just [because it’s] financially more effective to build centers, but because it’s scientifically more effective to build centers. … It’s having people interact with each other … having people bump into each other while using the instrumentation [helps to ensure] that new ideas emerge and people find new ways of doing things,” Bloxham said.Quoting 18th century satirist and essayist Jonathan Swift, Faust noted, “‘Vision … is the art of seeing things invisible.’ I thought of this not just because the center is dedicated to making the invisible visible,” Faust said, “but also because every step in its creation … was made possible by this ability to make the invisible possible.”The envisioning of the center began with Jeff Lichtman, a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), asking first himself, and then colleagues in his and other departments, what doesn’t work about the way most imaging is done, and what might correct that.“I’ve been a director of imaging centers for 20 years,” said Lichtman, who is now the director of the new CBI, “so I know what their strengths and weaknesses are, and there were a number of weaknesses I wanted to address. One serious problem,” he said, “is that the expense of these devices [the microscopes] is enormous — they literally cost what a house costs. And with the pace imaging technology is moving forward, within three or four years they’re out of date.“We needed an evergreen imaging facility,” Lichtman said in an interview. As an observer of the “sociology of science,” Lichtman said, “Laboratories know certain technologies, but when you have a field that’s moving forward rapidly, you can have a mismatch between the gray-head lab heads and the microscopists. The students are young and open-minded … but normally there’s no opportunity for students using one piece of equipment to have real exchange with people using others.”Lichtman, MCB assistant professor Sharad Ramanathan, and MCB chair Catherine Dulac, the Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, proposed creating a center with a unique open architecture. Rather than have individual microscopes sequestered in closed rooms, the center’s scopes would all be at stations in an open space, with direct-down lighting, and easily moveable 5-foot-high partitions around the instruments. With that arrangement, scientists and students would all be exposed to all of the technologies being used, and the work going on, in the center. The CBI eventually will have a dozen microscopes, including several that have been placed there by individual researchers, including Dulac and Doug Melton, the chairman of the new Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (SCRB).Additionally, they developed what Lichtman calls a unique “health club” model for the use of the center. “Normally, facilities work on an hourly rate, typically $30 to $60 per hour to use the equipment,” he explained. “That is a tremendous damper on students trying to learn to use devices; they spend 10 hours, and it’s $600. Instead, labs wanting to use the CBI will purchase annual memberships at $2,000 per year per person. That works out to about an hour-and-a-half a week at $30 an hour, and most labs use way, way more than 1.5 hours per week,” Lichtman said.Then came the question of how to ensure that the CBI is always filled with state-of-the-art equipment. Jim Sharp, president of Carl Zeiss Microimaging, came up with a unique solution to that problem: Rather than purchase microscopes, at upwards of a half-million dollars each, the CBI and Zeiss worked out a leasing arrangement that not only guarantees that the microscopes will be replaced with the latest equipment every 24 to 36 months, but also provides for a Zeiss engineer to be at the CBI full time, maintaining the delicate instruments and helping the researchers work through any problems with them. Additionally, Zeiss will ask Harvard scientists working in the CBI to evaluate Zeiss equipment still in the alpha and beta stages of development.“We would like to learn from you; we’d like to look over your shoulder so we too can improve,” Sharp said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.Though the new imaging facility is in the BioLabs, it is open to researchers from all across the Cambridge and Longwood campuses, as well as to those with laboratories in affiliated hospitals throughout the area.One of those attending the opening was  CONTACT _Con-3C179B75AAE Jeffrey Macklis, a professor in SCRB, whose laboratory is moving from Massachusetts General Hospital to the Bauer Building in Cambridge. Macklis said he’d been talking about such a facility with other members of SCRB for some time, so when he heard the idea of the center, he embraced it, and has already purchased CBI memberships for 20 members of hislab. “We’re very excited about coming together with our MCB colleagues,” Macklis said. “Just having Jeff Lichtman thinking about our microscopy is worth the membership alone.”last_img read more

first_imgHLS Dean Martha Minow received the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse from the College Historical Society of Trinity College, Dublin at a ceremony on Nov. 13, 2012. The College Historical Society, popularly referred to as “The Hist,” is one of the world’s oldest undergraduate debating societies, established in 1770. It is “built on a belief that discourse and intellectualism are vital to the program of society.”Minow received the award for her leadership in the area of human rights and her advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Upon accepting the award, she gave a lecture on the question, “Should Child Soldiers be Forgiven?”Previous recipients of the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Public Discourse include Iranian judge and civil rights activist Shirin Ebadi, Burmese politician and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, author, activist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, economist Jeffery Sachs, economist Joseph Stiglitz and former president of South Africa F.W. de Klerk.The late Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was also a recipient. Upon receiving the medal, he stated, “I consider this occasion one of the greatest honors of my public life, as well as an opportunity to express myself in matters that I feel are vital to our time.”last_img read more

first_imgWhen the American runner Jesse Owens outdistanced the competition on his way to winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Nazi leader Adolph Hitler’s response was to suggest a possible link between Owens’ performance and the fact he was African-American.This led the anthropologist W. Montague Cobb to publish the 1936 article “Race and Runners,” which was intended to dispel the idea that Owens’ winning performance was somehow related to race. Through numerous measures and physical tests, Cobb found no distinct evidence that would attribute Owens’ abilities to his race.Cobb’s study, along with many other examinations and investigations of differences in human physiology — such as noses, hair, sweat glands, ears, and feet, and reactions to many diseases — are examined in “The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics” by Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. The book examines the many instances throughout history where race played a role in the scientific investigation of human differences.Hammonds discussed her book Friday in Sever Hall before about 50 students. She said her intention in putting the book together was to show that over time, society’s preconceptions of race have played a role in many scientific, medical, and anthropological studies.“When people think about science, they think about it being objective. Therefore, the idea that something like race could be part and parcel of scientific questions is not intuitive for many people because science is supposed to provide unambiguous answers and not leave you with lots of questions,” she said.Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and professor of African and African American studies, presented her talk as part of Wintersession, the time between terms that allows students who have returned before the start of classes to experience unusual opportunities. A College-led programming initiative, Wintersession offers students a wide range of elective activities, allowing them to pursue artistic or creative passions, explore a career interest, or participate in recreational activities with friends.Hammonds told the students she was surprised that after the Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt won successive gold medals in 2008 and 2012, questions about what made him excel were raised, similar to the way they were raised about Owens.“All humans have differences. Why is it so hard to leave it at that? Why can’t that answer be the definitive end one about our differences?” she said. “It still surprises me that a fraught, imprecise, historically contingent concept like race is still offered as an explanation for human differences in the 21st century.  When I first read about Jesse Owens, I wasn’t surprised at what happened in 1936. But when I saw sportswriters were asking similar questions about Usain Bolt, I couldn’t believe that people are still asking questions about the relationship between race and athletic performance.”After the talk, the students said the information Hammonds discussed was eye-opening.“This was a really good talk. I thought the different physiological studies of the 1800s was kind of surprising,” said Kimberly Mihayo ’15. “The persistence of the question of race, and why the discussions about race have not changed over time, I also found interesting.”“The Nature of Difference” republishes several studies of human dissimilarities, from the time of Thomas Jefferson to the present. Hammonds stressed it is important to look at the long history of the study of differences in humans because even though scientific methods and societal perceptions change, the study of such differences has tried continuously to answer the same questions.“If there is one thing we hope students learn from this book, it is we are these debates. We are the ones who keep raising these questions in the same ways, over and over again,” Hammonds said.The first 40 students received copies of the book, with a chance to have Hammonds sign them. But the chance to hear directly from the scholar is what brought most students to Sever Hall during Wintersession.“I thought it was really fascinating. I know people who have had her in class, and I have heard really good things about her as an intellectual. Not only is she the dean, but she is also a scholar, so this was a good opportunity to hear her speak,” said Elise Baranouski ’15.last_img read more

first_imgFor those who practice medicine, the fee-for-service business model and “production pressure”—the requirement to see as many patients in as little time as possible—are impediments, according to Lucian Leape, adjunct professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health and a leader of the patient safety movementIn a Q&A with MedPage Today, Leape was asked for the most important advice he could give to medical students or new doctors. “Don’t let the paperwork, red tape, data collection, and bureaucratic nonsense keep you from enjoying the reality of taking care of patients,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgIn 1994, Richard Lazarus was named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly created federal advisory committee on environmental justice. Among its responsibilities: helping implement President Bill Clinton’s executive order on environmental justice. But the task force’s first act, recalled the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, amounted to a coup.Then-EPA chief Carol Browner????s decision to have the head of a state agency lead the group was “a major misstep” said Lazarus, and the committee promptly rejected her choice. “You don’t put the head of a state agency in charge of anything to do with environmental justice.”The rebuff highlighted a glaring disconnect within the environmental justice movement at the time, Lazarus said. “The whole problem was that mainstream environmental groups and agencies had not been paying attention to the needs and distinct interests, from the environmental protection perspective, of low-income communities and communities of color in the United States.”When the student-led Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) hosts the 26th annual National Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference Friday and Saturday at HLS, decision-makers representing a range of sectors in the environmental justice movement will be part of the discussion. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of Clinton’s executive order, the two-day event will explore the current environmental justice landscape, as well as strategies to uphold environmental law as a national priority.“Unlike the EPA back in the 1990s, the students got it,” said Lazarus who praised the conference planners for bringing together community organizers with “people who have been major players and inspirational leaders in this area from all walks.”“This is not just something where there are going to be a bunch of national leaders who run the show. It is all about community empowerment.”In preparing to bid for the national conference, a team of students led by HELS co-presidents Genevieve Parshalle ’15 and Cecilia Segal ’15 considered a framework built around a hot-button issue such as climate change or hydraulic fracking. They opted instead for a subject they think has received less attention, but could “gain traction” with other students.“Environmental justice is more interdisciplinary and touches on things like social justice, civil rights,” said Segal. “A lot of people are passionate about those topics and we realized we would get a much broader appeal with a topic like this; this is actually more about humans affected on a daily basis.”Among the roughly 200 attendees will be social scientists, lawyers, community organizers, representatives from state and federal agencies, grass-roots activists, and students.“I am thrilled to be attending Harvard Law School’s Environmental Justice Conference,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA New England. “Environmental justice is such an important topic, one that is in fact critical to EPA’s mission.”The first day of the conference will explore the roots of the environmental justice movement and include a talk by Texas Southern University’s Robert Bullard, whom many consider the father of the environmental justice movement. Lisa Jackson, former EPA head and now vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple, will also speak.On Saturday, the discussion will turn to specific issues of food justice, urban environmental justice, and access to clean energy. The event will conclude with a series of informal discussion sessions with Spalding and representatives from other federal agencies. Organizers plan to blog about the conference for the EPA’s website.“I think it is just an amazing opportunity to see what happens when you get all these people together with the express purpose of thinking about what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, and how can we move forward on this topic,” said Parshalle. “It will be really exciting to see what suggestions come out of it, and to see if we can really help move the conversation forward.”Harvard is emerging as a national presence in environmental law, said Lazarus. In 2005, the School hired Jody Freeman, a leading scholar in administrative and environmental law, to launch its environmental law program. Today the program includes a clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative, a resource for federal and state officials.“It would have been unimaginable anytime before now since 1970 to have Harvard host this meeting,” said Lazarus. “But the fact we are really is a statement about where the program has come.”Both the Law School’s commitment to the issue and the students involved in the environmental program were critical in securing the conference, he added.“The students are extraordinary. They put in the bid. They came up with the environmental justice theme. They did it. … It’s a wonderfully, sensitively constructed program.”Asked about the status of environmental justice 20 years after Clinton’s order, Lazarus said, “In the mid-’90s there was a tremendous sense that we were going to see a sea change in the ways that environmental laws were administered and enforced. I think that those very optimistic sentiments have been realized, but only in part.”To learn more about the conference, visit the NAELS 2014 website.last_img read more

first_imgAnne Peretz, founder of Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center, Inc.), and Chris Byner, interim executive director of Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF), will be honored at this year’s Summer Urban Program Auction, an annual fundraiser held by Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). The auction, which will take place at Harvard University’s Knafel Center on April 15, raises money for PBHA’s award-winning summer camps for low-income families, while celebrating community members whose work enriches the lives of youth and families in Boston and Cambridge.Peretz is the founder of The Family Center, Inc., a family therapy clinic and family support program geared to low income and immigrant families. The Family Center (now known as The Parenting Journey) has also developed powerful curriculum for new parents, as well as training social workers and teachers in how to support families more effectively. There are currently over 500 Parenting Journey sites in several cities and Peretz has recently developed a comparable program in Burundi.Byner oversees BCYF’s network of 35 community centers, located in nearly every neighborhood in Boston. Byner is a former manager of the Streetworkers Program, a national model for effective youth violence prevention and intervention services. The success of the Boston Streetworkers Program has caused community and police groups to seek Byner’s help in setting up similar programs in other cities across the country. Read Full Storylast_img read more

On Saturday nights, Mark Mauriello ’15 sprinkles an eerie magic in Oberon, the black-box space of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Painted in gold and green, dusted in glitter, and swirling on roller skates, Mauriello portrays Dr. Wheelgood, a fairy-like creature with a love of foreign substances in “The Donkey Show,” Diane Paulus’ disco-inspired version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”But this week, Mauriello will forego his skates for a turn as playwright and author Oscar Wilde during a three-night run at Oberon of his show “OSCAR at The Crown and the love that dare not speak its name.” The production, his senior project, is the culmination of his four years in Cambridge, he said, where he crafted his own concentration in theater arts and performance and immersed himself in Harvard’s rich arts scene, working closely with the A.R.T. and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club.“It’s like a combination of the work that I’ve done here in my special concentration,” said Mauriello, “living between a world of theater and theater studies, dramatic-arts courses and dramatic literature courses in the English department, and also taking some art-history courses, and VES [visual and environmental studies] courses that are studio-based.”It was one of those courses that led him to Wilde, in a sophomore seminar that explored his work and his successful yet tragic life. The story was meant for the stage, said Mauriello, whose play opens on Wilde at the height of his career and charts his destruction following three very public trials, his conviction in 1895 for gross indecency for having sexual relations with a man, and his sentence to two years of hard labor. One of the show’s main themes, said Mauriello, is the notion of the public versus private persona, and how far people go to control their image: “In the beginning of the play, Wilde is at his peak. He has immense control over himself and the way he was being perceived by others, and the way he interacted with the world.”Mauriello, who also directs the show, thinks the piece will resonate with audiences familiar with the ubiquitous form of self-expression known as the selfie, and the desire to present a picture-perfect image to friends, relatives, and even strangers via social media. But he also hopes to offer them something unexpected. “The idea behind the show is that as [Wilde’s] life and his world begin to deteriorate, the show starts to deteriorate,” Mauriello said.The first act opens with a party-like atmosphere. Singers and dancers appear onstage alongside Wilde, who acts as if “he owns the room.” Once the party devolves, a brief video interlude fills in the story of Wilde’s three trials. In the third act, the dancing girls, electronic music (composed by Mauriello’s friend Andrew Barret Cox, an Emerson College graduate), and flashing lights are gone. In their place is Mauriello, alone on stage with a piano.“Even the theatrical structure, like character, get teased apart,” said Mauriello, who wants to leave his audiences wondering, “Is that Oscar Wilde? Is that an actor playing Oscar Wilde? Is that Mark?“My hope for the audience … is that we kind of surprise you with where we go.”Mauriello’s concentration looks a lot like the new theater, dance, and media concentration recently approved by members of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He said he likely would have chosen that option had it been available when he was a sophomore, but Harvard’s flexibility and support enabled him to chart his own artistic course regardless.“I feel like I’ve found the right path, and looking back it was exactly the right thing for me. It feels good to get to the end and think, ‘OK, I think I did it right.’”Still, Mauriello is thrilled for the students coming up behind him who can take advantage of the new concentration.“Harvard has done so much for the arts, especially in recent years, to recognize them and to elevate them and make them an important part of our culture … I think just putting them on this equal plane with other academic fields says a lot.”“OSCAR at The Crown and the love that dare not speak its name” runs April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 10:30 p.m. read more

first_imgThe National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently announced the election of seven Harvard faculty members among its 84 new members and 21 foreign associates. Members are chosen for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, and will be formally inducted into the NAS at its annual meeting next year.The newly elected members of Harvard include:Robert H. Bates, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government in the departments of government and African and African American Studies. Bates’ research focuses on the political economy of development, particularly in Africa, and on violence and state failure.Catherine Dulac, Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dulac’s group uses molecular, genetic, and electrophysiological techniques to explore the molecular and neuronal basis of innate social behaviors in the mouse. They investigate the architecture and functional logic of neuronal circuits underlying pheromone signaling and the phenomenon of genomic imprinting in the brain.Scott V. Edwards, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, curator of ornithology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Edwards’ major interests include multilocus phylogeography and speciation in birds, genome evolution during the transition from reptiles to birds, host-pathogen interactions, the evolutionary consequences of disease outbreaks, and statistical models for inferring multilocus phylogenies, and historical demography.Alfred L. Goldberg, professor of cell biology, Harvard Medical School. Goldberg’s major discoveries have concerned the biochemical mechanisms and physiological regulation of protein breakdown in cells and the importance of this process in human disease. His laboratory first demonstrated the non-lysosomal ATP-dependent pathway for protein breakdown, now termed the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway.Jeannie T. Lee, professor of genetics and pathology, Harvard Medical School, molecular biologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Lee specializes in the study of epigenetic regulation by long noncoding RNA using X-chromosome inactivation as a model system. Her lab has made several contributions toward understanding how RNA directs chromatin and gene expression change.Bruce Western, professor of sociology, Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, faculty chair of the Criminal Justice Policy and Management Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Western’s research broadly studies the relationship between political institutions and social and economic inequality. He has long-standing interests in criminal justice policy, incarceration, and the effects of incarceration on poor communities.Hao Wu, Asa and Patricia Springer Professor of Structural Biology, professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, and Boston Children’s Hospital’s program in cellular and molecular medicine. Wu’s lab focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanism of signal transduction by immune receptors, especially innate immune receptors. Her lab uses X-ray crystallography in conjunction with other biochemical and biophysical methods, such as electron microscopy, to elucidate the protein-protein interactions involved in these processes.The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and — with the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.last_img read more

first_imgIn the opening sequence of “Love Story,” a voiceover declares that the film is about a young woman named Jenny Cavalleri who dies at 25. That young woman, played by Ali MacGraw, loved “Mozart, Bach, the Beatles … and me.” The “me” is Oliver Barrett IV, played by Ryan O’Neal.Depending on whom you ask, the movie is either corny or enduring. But when “Love Story” was released in 1970 it became a zeitgeist hit, a modern “Romeo and Juliet” that lifted its young leads to stardom.And it all started at Harvard — the movie, written by Erich Segal ’58, A.M. ’59, Ph.D., ’65, was one of the last granted permission to film throughout campus, in spots as iconic as Harvard Stadium and alongside University students.In the 45 years since its release, “Love Story” has remained a touchstone for people who came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, as well as incoming Harvard freshmen, for whom a pre-semester screening has become a rite of passage.Some of those freshmen turned out at Kirkland House on Monday for an Office for the Arts-sponsored discussion with MacGraw and O’Neal, who pulled up in a vintage MG convertible like the one Oliver commandeers in the film. Draped in a crimson and ivory scarf, O’Neal could have been Oliver returned to campus for his 50th reunion and, if not for her character’s premature demise, MacGraw might still have been Jenny — the Radcliffe musician from a working-class family who upends Oliver’s world. Hand in hand, they strode across the street looking the same, but older.Of course the cameras were there to receive them, and when a passing student asked what was happening, he looked confused when the cameraman prattled off the actors’ names.“Google it!” the cameraman said with a laugh.Inside Kirkland House, the Harvard Arts Blog’s editor-in-chief, Alicia Anstead, led a discussion with the stars that ranged from their early impressions of Harvard to working together again after all these years. MacGraw and O’Neal are currently mid-tour for A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” which runs through Saturday at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Theater.O’Neal called Harvard “a character in our story,” and MacGraw noted that it still looked the same.The actors, now in their 70s, have weathered divorces and deaths and everything in between. MacGraw married producer Robert Evans and then her co-star Steve McQueen; bad boy O’Neal finally settled into a decades-long romance with Farrah Fawcett, who died from cancer in 2009.“I had done one film — zero experience — and this was my second film. It was this joyful experience,” recalled MacGraw. “I might tell you in the ensuing decade it was rarely duplicated in terms of fun or optimism.”She was paid just $20,000. “Not enough to pay my alimony,” quipped O’Neal.The success that followed the low-budget film, including Academy Award nominations, surprised them both. “We were just hardworking people who got lucky and became actors,” said O’Neal. “You have to keep your feet on the ground because it’s easy to lift off and behave badly. And I know.”On set, the two clicked immediately, said MacGraw. When pressed by Anstead to explain why, she answered: “There’s a chemistry and a caring, and we’re both Aries —”“She’s a good kisser,” O’Neal interjected. “Wow!”The longstanding mutual affection prompted one brave audience member to wonder aloud whether there was more to their story. Though they were both married at the time, “We had tremendous crushes on each other,” revealed MacGraw.As for Jenny’s famous line — “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” — MacGraw said, “I never questioned that — except for the next 45 years.”last_img read more

first_imgIn his book “Being Mortal,” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor Atul Gawande explored how conversations between patients and doctors can make end-of-life care more meaningful. In an effort to bring this message to a broader audience, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and the John and Wauna Harman Foundation organized a series of community screenings of the Frontline documentary based on the book. Held in 39 communities around California, these events reached a higher percentage of viewers from communities of color than the documentary did when it aired on public television last year. In a post-screening email survey, 81% of respondents said that they had spoken to someone about their wishes around end-of-life care after viewing the documentary.Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and executive director of Ariadne Labs, told CHCF that he is “incredibly gratified” by hearing the stories of people who have applied “Being Mortal” to their own lives. In an interview published online February 8, 2016, he said, “They are feeling that they can have these conversations that defined what mattered most to them or to their family — and in many cases, translated into the doctor’s office, where they can advocate for themselves. I’m definitely also seeing the conversation among my colleagues — doctors and nurses — who are finding the words to ask people about their fears and hopes and the limits that they would place around what they’re willing to endure.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgBack home earlier this summer, I walked around the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a public charter high school in Lincoln Heights, Calif., and gazed up at what looked like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It was my first day as an operations intern at the school’s massive hillside urban oasis, affectionately dubbed LALA Farm.I had applied from Trinity College in Dublin, where I was studying during the spring semester, for a number of internships through Harvard’s Center for Public Interest Careers. The center organizes almost 100 paid summer fellowships with public-service organizations nationally, along with international opportunities and postgraduate fellowships, including the Mindich Service Fellowships, which funded my internship. Generally, the center compensates student fellows with a stipend of $3,000 to $5,000 for 10 weeks of work, supplemented by online readings and reflections designed to challenge students to engage intellectually with their experiences, while developing skills and knowledge through their own and their peers’ work in the nonprofit sector.As I sat in the library in Ireland during exam period so far from home, I felt extraordinarily unable to envision what I might do this summer — my last as a Harvard undergraduate. Spending it at home in Los Angeles was not a part of my travel-minded agenda. Then, about a month before leaving Ireland, I got an email offering me the chance to garden, work with high school students, and seek funding for an interesting project in food justice, all in one package. It was a perfect fit for my skill set, and my family missed me. So I accepted. Still, my worldly mind maintained its reservations as I packed my bags: How much could my home city really teach me, in comparison to far-flung lands?That’s how I found myself staring up at a quarter-acre of terraced hillside tucked next to a basketball court, a wavering line of stairs climbing toward a priceless view of downtown L.A. I had worked on a full-scale organic farm before, but I realized I knew nothing about what I was getting into. The farm was revitalized a year ago when Britt Browne, a local artist and grower, came on as manager. She began an after-school farm program and had the hillside terraced, increasing its production capacity.Roger Lowenstein, a Harvard Law School alumnus (J.D. ’68), had founded the school, which is located in a low-income area of L.A., in 2002 as a social justice-themed academy focused on developing leadership skills.I quickly saw that I too would grow over the summer. During the week, I worked directly with Britt, while Roger played the role of mentor extraordinaire. As Britt and I watered, transplanted, and tended to the plants early each day, the farm flourished before my eyes. But there is nothing easy or simple about growing organic, on the side of a hill, amid residential surroundings, in an area that has been experiencing a four-year drought. Pests constantly attacked our corn, onions, and cucumbers. The heat scorched our lovely young native California trees. A neighbor’s dog dug up the strawberries. Sometimes it was a daily battle, making it difficult at times to remember why it was so important to refrain from using pesticides, to pursue small-scale, diversified farming, and to share that information.Nourishing the plants and soil sustainably was satisfying. But the most unexpected, beautiful, and rewarding part of my internship came in spending time with the LALA students, rather than the LALA vegetables.‘Learning a little about an unfamiliar area from a new point of view challenged me to search for the needs and assets in my own backyard just as diligently as the ones further afield.’ — Amanda BeattieFor 20 days in mid-summer, 10 to 15 LALA high school students showed up every day, eager to farm. We’d pump the tunes and enthusiastically dig, plant, build, harvest, learn about food justice, and brainstorm for the Lincoln Heights Farmers Market, where we soon began to sell bunches of herbs and other treasures from the farm’s first summer.The students were smart and dedicated, coming up with products for the market, unashamed to ask questions about farming, and working with more wholeheartedness than our organized volunteer groups. A student named Rene shared how he took his health into his own hands in middle school, through reading about the food system and changing his eating habits, Jen and Brenda came up with a best-selling product, and Brian diligently took notes on customer buying habits at the market in order to improve our marketing. The students switched easily between English and Spanish to engage customers. They all had their own trials to negotiate, but their joy and passion were contagious.I could simply say that it was rewarding to encourage high school students to believe in themselves and to learn to grow their own food (in an urban setting, no less), or that it was invaluable for me to learn how to locate and apply for grant funding and use that knowledge to secure backing for LALA Farm’s future. I could say that working at the intersection of education, food justice, nonprofit work, and even art, all in the heart of my own city, has deeply influenced my life and career trajectory. And all of that would be true. It turned out that working “at home” afforded just as many challenges and nuances as studying abroad, and learning a little about an unfamiliar area from a new point of view challenged me to search for the needs and assets in my own backyard just as diligently as the ones further afield.But if I’m being honest, what will stay with me the longest are the excited faces of Rene, Jen, Brenda, Brian, and all of the other students at LALA as they worked alongside me, sharing glimpses of their lives along the way. They reminded me in their actions that though life and high school can be pretty difficult, often the most powerful thing we can do is show up, share our true selves with each other, and be willing to give what we can to a good cause. We weren’t about to solve the world’s problems. But we were real people trying to have an impact, however small. To me, that humble willingness of the human spirit to do what we can to help each other is what sustains all good nonprofit work — at home or abroad.Amanda Beattie is a Harvard College senior with a concentration in the comparative study of religion, focusing on religion and society, with a secondary in ethnicity, migration, and rights. Mindich Service Fellowships and internships at Harvard’s Center for Public Interest Careers are available in various locations, and all interested students are invited to apply. SaveSave Students prepare bouquets of crimson clover, a cover crop grown on the farm to enhance soil structure. Photo by Amanda Beattie Seedlings were nurtured in the hoop house on the roof of Los Angeles Leadership Academy before being transplanted into the hillside beds. Photo by Amanda Beattiecenter_img Students harvested beets for the weekly Lincoln Heights Farmers Market. Photo by Amanda Beattie The view of Los Angeles from the LALA Farm. 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first_img Read Full Story Harvard University opened its first cross-disciplinary research center in Sub-Saharan Africa, building a new platform for African and Africanist academic exchange.  Working with its companion office on Harvard’s Cambridge campus, the Harvard University Center for African Studies Africa Office will lower barriers to research for African and international scholars across the continent and serve as a resource for the increasing number of Harvard students and faculty members conducting research and traveling to Africa.The office will also facilitate and strengthen relationships with business, cultural, and academic leaders across the African continent. A key objective for Harvard CAS is to build upon existing connections with universities and other educational institutions by facilitating inter-faculty research and student exchange, both on Harvard’s campus and on the African continent.As part of the opening of the office, University Provost, Professor Alan M. Garber, the Center for African Studies’ Faculty Director Emmanuel Akyeampong, and Obenewa Amponsah, the recently appointed Africa Office Executive Director, facilitated a roundtable discussion of academic leaders from Harvard and academic institutions from across Africa. Participants convened to discuss mutual areas of research and to develop strategies for educational development. The Center for African Studies also hosted its Second Annual Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie Distinguished African Business and Entrepreneurship Lecture, which draws lessons from prominent African leaders.last_img read more

first_imgBraxton Shelley believes in the holy power of sound.Harvard’s newest assistant professor of music brings years of experience as a composer, pianist, choir director, and minister to his intellectual pursuit of spiritual music.“Having a strong academic study of religion beside the vocational life has enriched me; it adds to the music,” said Shelley, who is also the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. “There’s another level of rigor and sophistication that I think matters because a lot of what animates gospel music is inseparable from the articulation of belief.”The Rocky Mount, N.C., native, whose “Groove” may be the best-named course in the fall catalog, said that all of his formative music experiences took place in church. His first piano teacher was the church musician, and by age 9 Shelley played piano or organ every Sunday at Rocky Mount’s Church of the Open Door-Baptist.Being equally passionate about social justice, he planned to study law and become a politician, but a music theory course provided intellectual depth to the somatic understanding of sound he’d internalized for years.“I knew chord symbols and how to talk about harmonies, but a lot of my early church playing was by ear,” said Shelley, whose second album “I’ve Gotta Tell It” comes out later this year. “A lot of the work is still by ear. Theory put words to what I felt. And at the same time, some of my brighter curiosities related to the social and religious phenomenon coalesced with my interest in music.”Performing provides a constant source of inspiration, Shelley said, pointing to a 2013 concert at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., as an example. The show featured original compositions by Shelley, including a fast-paced, groove-based song called “Mighty God” in which an ecstatic shout-and-dance broke out. Shelley sees these moments as “sacraments, extensions of divine presence.”“I was at the piano, watching what I spent a year and a half trying to put to words manifest before my eyes,” he said. “That was a nugget of experience that said to me, ‘Yeah you’re on to something.’”Though he plays piano and organ, sings, and has a master’s in divinity and a Ph.D. in history and theory of music, Shelley said his musical strength lies as a composer.“I have written songs during a church service, sitting at the organ playing,” he said. “I’ve written songs at the piano during practice time during chill meditative moments, and I’ve just heard melody or words and pitch and then I’ll go work it out.“I’m really patient. I routinely let songs sit in my head six to eight months. I don’t write them down until they’re done, and I know when they’re done. I could finish a song if I wanted to, but I prefer them to work out themselves, so I wait to feel inspired and it’s kind of completely itself.”In “Groove,” a graduate seminar, students will examine the interrelation of rhythm and movement across a historical span reaching back to 17th-century dances such as the passacaglia and chaconne.“The phenomenon of groove is embedded in a long history of music and dance,” Shelley said. “At some level groove is thought to result from the interaction between instrument and/or performers. In this case, groove seems to be understood as both a feeling and a musical entity that facilitates the production of that feeling.“In a broader sense, it’s a cut or ridge that facilitates movement, so I want to see what happens when we put together all of the conversations of the way we think of groove.”Music professor Braxton Shelley directs “Due Glory”last_img read more

first_imgIn a time when a U.S. president has been known to call journalists the “enemy of the people,” the everyday work of reporting the news has rarely been more challenging. That’s how Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for The Washington Post, sees it.Following the death of New York Times media analyst David Carr in 2015, Sullivan is one of the few national voices in print and on the web who speaks hard truths about the embattled news industry’s shortcomings and offers thoughtful remedies amid heightened public skepticism about the value that journalists bring to society.Sullivan, former editor of The Buffalo News, rose to national attention in 2012 when she became the first female public editor of the Times, charged with holding it ethically accountable for its actions. She moved to The Post in 2016.On campus this week for a visit to the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School, Sullivan spoke with the Gazette about the state of the news business, why it was a mistake for The Times to eventually eliminate the public editor position, and what young journalists should know about the craft.Q&AMargaret SullivanGAZETTE: The media have been a big part of the news in the last year or two. What’s the state of journalism today? What should reporters and editors be doing that they’re not?SULLIVAN: I think we are in a period of incredible turmoil. And in some news organizations I would even go so far as to say chaos. But we’re in a time of great change. We’re under attack, certainly, from the president.On the issue of trust, I have a more nuanced point of view. I spent this past summer really trying to talk to non-coastal, regular folks about their feelings about the news media. I came away feeling like the reality wasn’t quite what I had seen portrayed in public opinion polls. It was a more nuanced picture than that. A lot of people don’t think the news media is perfect, but they do feel like they can get credible information from their own news media. There is sort of a split between this idea of “the media” that’s out there and “my media,” which is more trusted. So, if you read The Boston Globe and look at The New York Times online and listen to NPR, you feel like, “Yes, I know what’s going on.” But if I were to ask you about “the media,” you might get this idea that I’m talking about all kinds of things: Facebook, Sean Hannity, CNN. So I don’t think we’re defining it well. I think it’s extremely misleading to talk about “the media” as if it’s some sort of cohesive entity. It isn’t. I think it needs to be examined a little more closely, and that [will begin] to give us a better picture.In terms of what journalists should be doing at this point, part of what’s going on is we’re covering a president who is unlike any other. And so, we can’t really just do things the same old way and expect that to work. Some of the things I’m seeing that I think are good involve the new emphasis on fact-checking. Fact-checking done in real time is extremely important. Any kind of explainer journalism is very helpful. Take this whole thing with the [Rep. Devin] Nunes memo: If you asked people to explain that to you, I think they would have a hard time doing so except as a fight between the president and Republicans in Congress and the Democrats. Can people really describe what the issues are? Probably not. So I think we need to do a better job of catching people up on issues so they can have a better understanding.GAZETTE: There was much hand-wringing after the election about the press coverage. Has the media learned lessons from the start of the 2016 presidential campaign?SULLIVAN: I think we’re doing a better job with paying attention to some of the parts of the country that we weren’t very much in tune with — at least some news organizations are. I can speak about The Washington Post for one, which has something called the America Desk, that makes an effort to cover all of the United States and get away from just the Acela corridor. The Post was doing that before as well, but now we’re doing more of it. Part of the reason for that is that we know we didn’t capture the feeling of the country fully, and election night was a big wake-up call.GAZETTE: At a time when trust in the news is low, and demand for accountability and reader engagement are high, why have so many newspapers, including The Post and The Times, done away with the public editor or ombudsman position? That seems counterproductive.SULLIVAN: I think news organizations find ombudsmen/public editors to be something of a burr under the saddle. You’re there to critique them, basically, and it’s not very fun to be critiqued. And it’s worse, in some ways, when it’s coming from inside.But I think that the biggest news organizations, and I would certainly include The Times in this, did benefit from the role because it made readers feel like they had an advocate inside the paper. I don’t accept the argument that, “Well, there’s so much outside criticism that that should take care of it. All we really need to do is bring that criticism to the surface and answer those questions.” That’s not the same thing as having an experienced journalist able to go to the top people and get some answers.GAZETTE: Last month, you wrote a column critical of The Times in which you talked about the paper being “addicted” to its unique access to power, and how that has harmed its coverage, exacerbating what appears to be a crouch the paper enters when people criticize it. For example, there was a 2017 feature story about a white supremacist that appeared empathetic, and a recent opinion page given over to Trump voters. Those drew flak for seeming to accommodate a “both sides” equivalency. Why are they defensive about criticism?SULLIVAN: The Times is a unique institution, and one of the reasons I wrote that column was that I think that what The Times does is very important. It affects the entire media system. And so, it’s especially important for them to be transparent, it’s especially important for them to own their mistakes. All journalists make mistakes, and all news organizations make mistakes. The Times also attracts a tremendous amount of criticism.Someone observed, when I was public editor, that criticizing the Times is a form of performance art. It’s kind of like, “Here’s a way that I can get attention, too — by criticizing The Times.” So all of those things are part of the mix. The Times does a lot of things extremely well, but I do say they have a tough time fully owning their mistakes. And that’s why I think having a public editor there, although it may not be pleasant, is useful.GAZETTE: There’s a fascinating piece in Politico magazine that explains how the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag was a coordinated campaign, an example of computational propaganda with ties to Russian bot networks and aided by U.S. residents and others on social media and conservative media. The goal of computational propaganda, the piece explains, is to shape news coverage, frame issues in a favorable way, and shape the behaviors of both lawmakers and the public. By that measure, #ReleaseTheMemo wildly succeeded. Do you think people working in news understand that newsgathering and other trappings of news (exposes, analyses, punditry) are being used as a tool of information warfare and that in some cases, as with Russia, straight-ahead reporting is being used to advance an agenda?SULLIVAN: I think we’re beginning to grapple with that. It’s a huge change in our business and one that’s very hard to get your head around and extremely important to do so. I’m not sure how it translates into action, actually, because O.K., even if you know that this is going on, how is it supposed to change? You can certainly write about it, you can explain it to people, you can take it into account. But in the end, you’re doing your best to gather the news and present it as truthfully as possible. There may be some brilliant answer to how to deal with this new reality, but I don’t know what it is.GAZETTE: Has the industry sufficiently recognized how President Trump has been able to control the news cycle by getting outlets to chase tweets and remarks that serve his interests, but that may have no real public policy implications? His “treason” remarks this week about Democrats who didn’t clap for him at the State of the Union address is an example. Related Trump’s language, unseemly to critics, reassures his base First as candidate and now as president, his word choices and stances are regularly directed at the worried working class, professor says SULLIVAN: When the president of the United States speaks, especially speaks in an unusual, outrageous, accusatory way, we have to pay attention to that and also point out, in this case, what the actual meaning of treason is, and that this isn’t treason. Treason is right up there with calling the press “the enemy of the American people.” It’s a very harsh kind of criticism to level. The president has a relationship with language that’s nontraditional, to say the least. He uses expressions and descriptions in a way that are very exaggerated. Do we overreact to that sometimes? Yes, I think we do.I don’t think that we should be in the business as journalists of chasing every tweet and writing stories about every tweet. But when President Trump is tweeting, these comments become part of the political record. These are statements from the president, who’s extremely powerful and influential, and I don’t know how we ignore them. But I don’t think we have to react to each one of them as if we’re responding to a five-alarm fire.GAZETTE: What advice do you give aspiring young journalists? Should they go into the industry and, if so, what should they know and know how to do?SULLIVAN: I’m generally encouraging to students who are really committed to being journalists. If they have a passion for it and they’ve done the internships and the student newspapers and all the things you have to do, I think there are still opportunities out there. Certainly, the work couldn’t be more important than it is now, so I never want to say to someone who is a passionate student journalist, “Forget it; you need to go to law school.” I wouldn’t and I don’t say that. But I do think we need to be realistic. The old path is not there anymore: the idea that you might go to work for a small-town paper and quickly get yourself to a regional and then move on to a really big paper. That path, while it hasn’t disappeared entirely, is much less dependable than it used to be.Some of the digital-only news organizations based in New York or Washington, they aren’t very fulfilling places to work because their business model is based in part on volume of readership, also known as clicks, and so the writers have to generate a lot of work. It’s kind of a hamster wheel, in some cases, so that is not always very satisfying. But I also know a bunch of young journalists who have managed to get really good jobs and do fine work. I do think they need to master the old skills and also need to be able to do a lot of the newer things. They have to be strong on social media. They might need to be able to shoot their own videos or do others things like that. They need to have a combination of the old and the new.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to polls conducted last year by the Pew Research Center and The Wall Street Journal/NBC News, many Americans are souring on higher education. There is a concern among many that college is becoming an opportunity limited to the privileged, and a growing sense that the expense doesn’t justify the return. Other detractors paint colleges as anti-American barracks in the culture wars.Harvard is perhaps the best-known institution of higher education in the U.S., but with that popularity comes a vulnerability to stereotypes.Harvard students are some of the brightest and most ambitious, but they are still regular people who need to relax and pursue interests outside of school. Harvard’s new Instagram series, #HarvardUnwind, seeks to showcase that lighter side of the student body. Students like music and TV that they are reluctant to admit to. They have profound thoughts but also puzzling pet peeves, and, just like anyone who has been working hard, they are eager for an excuse to take a break.Follow #HarvardUnwind on Instagram to see how Harvard students unwind.,Dan Kim ’19Q: How do you take a break?“I like to run, I’m actually going to go on a run later today. It’s very therapeutic, and there are a lot of really nice running routes around here. Like Fresh Pond, down the river. There’s a castle all the way down in Somerville. It’s just a way to stop thinking about things.”,Sarah King ’21Q: If Harvard had a smell, what would it be?“Mulch. It doesn’t smell like mulch ever, really, but when I came for Visitas, I think they redid the mulch. I came in through Agassiz, and they have really good landscaping, so I think they had fresh mulch. So that was the first thing I smelled here, and now every time I smell mulch I’m just like [inhales], ‘Ah, Harvard.’ ”,Haley Daniels ’18Q: What’s a strong opinion you have about something trivial?“I get furious if someone doesn’t tell me that they are going to cut their hair before they get a haircut. Because I’m being affected the most by having to watch you have different hair. That’s jarring. I should at least get a warning.”,Sam Benkelman ’20Q: What blows your mind?“There are a few languages in the world that use clicks in them, and that phoneme is a remarkably easy one to produce. Everyone can do it; children will do it automatically when they’re growing up. Yet it’s only found in a few thousand native speakers. So that’s kind of mind-blowing, to wonder why don’t more languages have clicks in them.”,Riya Sood ’20Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?“Probably occasionally listening to pop music because I claim to be a very big alternative fan — which I am — but we all have our moments. I generally go to throwbacks, so pretty much anyone who was singing in the early/mid-2000s, that’s great: Britney, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, the fun stuff.”,Mollie Todt ’18Q: What’s taking up too much of your time?“That’s a really difficult question because I’m such an organizer. I really delegate well. So, I guess I would have to say sleep. I wish I could get less of it, but I have to have nine hours in order to be able to function. I work over at St. Peter’s School in Cambridge, so I’m up at 6:30.”,Julian Nunally ‘17, J.D. ’20Q: What’s something you’re interested in that most people don’t know about?“I went here for undergrad; I studied comparative religion. Now I’m in the Law School, and I want to be a minister. Most people don’t see the connection there. I think law and religion have a lot of things in common, basically in how you interpret the text, whether you use the literal meaning or you use context to imbue meaning into that text, whether reading either a statute, or a contract, or a holy text. I think that’s really cool.“So, in practical use, I really want to be a minister of a church, but I also want to run non-profits off of that. There’s a lot of laws surrounding what a non-profit can or can’t do, and so the ability to manipulate those laws in order to do more good is where the Law School comes in. But also, there’s a lot of moral issues that law can’t fix. So, in order to fill in those holes, I think religion gives you that morality to fix.”,Gabby Sims ’18 and Kirsi Anselmi-Stith ’18Q: What’s your favorite show right now?Anselmi-Stith: We’re on a “Bachelor” kick right now.Sims: We’re really into the latest season.Anselmi-Stith: It’s just smutty TV to distract from any larger goals.Unfortunately, the subject matter of this interaction lapsed before the roll out of #HarvardUnwind could be finalized, and was not posted to Instagram.,Jessie Laurore ‘18Q: What’s your favorite spot on campus?“My room in Cabot, hands down. I meditate there. I really like decorating, so I took my time. I’m very proud of it. I have my plants. I dunno, I just try to make it a space where I feel really at home: very warm.”,Kun Luo, M.Arch. ‘20Q: What’s something you loved as an undergrad that you never thought you’d give up?“I was a drummer. I had a band, I was kind of a drum teacher, and I had performances every weekend. But now I totally lost all of that. I never play drums anymore.”last_img read more

first_img“Wait times were much shorter than we expected. We think this implies that interventions to increase awareness of available prescribers could provide a short-term boost for access to addiction treatment,” said Barnett.Other Harvard Chan School researchers included Tamara Beetham and Marema Gaye.Funding for this study came from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Pharma-to-doc marketing a vulnerability in opioid fight Harvard-Michigan summit on issue explores addiction, policy First-time opioid prescriptions drop by 50 percent Related Yet this all-or-nothing approach may not be to patients’ advantage Buprenorphine-naloxone (buprenorphine), a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), is difficult to access in states with high rates of death associated with opiates, according to new research led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also found that access to buprenorphine is especially challenging for patients with Medicaid coverage.“We were surprised to find roadblocks at every step of the process of getting buprenorphine, from finding a clinic with any prescribed, to finding one that will take public insurance,” said Michael Barnett, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard Chan School.The findings were published online June 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Improving treatment for OUD is a national priority. Use of buprenorphine, which can be prescribed in both office-based and outpatient settings, has been associated with substantial reductions in opioid overdose deaths and greater likelihood of long-term recovery among OUD patients. However, numerous barriers limit access to the treatment.For this study, Harvard Chan researchers and colleagues at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health wanted to assess real-world access to buprenorphine among uninsured and Medicaid-covered patients. To do so, they created an audit survey, also known as a “secret-shopper study,” in which each health care provider was called twice, once by a caller posing as a Medicaid enrollee and once as an uninsured patient. The calls were limited to providers in six areas of the U.S. that have high burdens of OUD, including Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.Overall, there were 1,092 “patient” contacts with 546 buprenorphine prescribers. The findings showed that 38 percent to 46 percent of callers who reported current heroin use were denied an appointment, which the authors said may represent a substantial barrier for patients who are hoping to access care rapidly. The study also found that only 50 percent to 66 percent of clinicians booking new appointments allowed buprenorphine to be prescribed on the first visit. Additionally, a smaller percentage of callers with Medicaid coverage than those paying with cash were offered appointments.The researchers said that the scarcity of clinicians accepting new patients is a prominent barrier to care. However, among clinicians who were accepting patients, wait times were generally less than two weeks, indicating that there are opportunities to improve access to buprenorphine.last_img read more

first_img The positive effects of optimism Julia Boehm, a former research fellow at Harvard Chan School and current associate professor in the Cream College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University, agrees that staying upbeat these days can be a challenge. “It’s something I’m working hard on in my own life. The thing to do is to hold onto what we can in these unusual circumstances. We might be losing something in terms of larger social relationships but there are ways of cultivating that, like having game nights over Zoom and really holding onto the people in your bubble. We can still practice kindness toward others in this time, which is something that’s shown to produce feelings of happiness. And you can always say, ‘The sun still rises every day, and the sunset still looks beautiful.’”Optimism may not come easy, but evidence is growing that it makes a measurable difference. “What we have done is to understand that optimism is in some way protective for health,” Kubzansky said. “Higher levels of optimism been shown to be associated with lower risk of developing diabetes, coronary heart disease, and poor lung function. And it can contribute to greater likelihood of achieving exceptional longevity — as well as healthier aging. This is important, because living longer but sicker is not something anyone aspires to. We have documentation of these associations, and we’re looking more closely into the mechanism.” More risk of physical, psychological damage, less access to health care unevenly tip scales Lower risk of depression with elevated exercise Mindfulness meditation and relaxation response affect brain differently Beyond its intrinsic value (that is, being optimistic is a positive facet of mental health in its own right), optimistic people tend to make healthier decisions. “They tend to be more goal-orientated, willing to delay gratification: ‘It may be more fun to sit on the couch and eat bonbons, but I also have this goal of being fit, so I’m going to the gym’ and optimism can help keep people focused on their larger goals. Data suggest this is the case. Optimism is linked with better health behaviors, a better diet, less likelihood to smoke. So behavior is one pathway, but we are also looking at potential biological pathways that might link optimism to better health including cellular markers. Some initial findings suggest some biological pathways are plausible. For example, people who are optimistic have healthier lipid profiles, and less risk of developing hypertension.”Boehm adds that studies have indicated that a positive attitude reduces the risk of heart disease by anywhere from 10 to 40 percent. “Let’s be honest, optimism is not going to stop you from getting cancer if you have a history in your family and aren’t taking care of yourself. Where it comes into play is there are often factors that encourage us to take actions that help our health. And people who are optimistic tend to engage in healthier behavior than people who are not.”A devil’s advocate could certainly argue that there are a lot of old cranks out there. The caustic Dorothy Parker outlived most of her Algonquin Round Table colleagues, and Bob Dylan just released one of his darkest albums at age 79. “There are always going to be people who appear to be the outliers,” says Boehm. “But maybe that cranky person is the one walking around with some resolve for the future.” 35 minutes a day of physical activity may protect against new episodes, even in the genetically vulnerable Related Positive thinking linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular events COVID’s triple whammy for Black students Study finds a host of health benefits accompany an optimistic attitude Study found that each program showed unique patterns of brain activity Protecting the heart with optimism Bad day, or week? Or maybe it’s the endless eon that 2020 and the first month of 2021 have felt like?A Harvard expert has some advice, and it doesn’t involve diving ever deeper into coverage of the pandemic or politics.“Try to have some perspective,” says Laura Kubzansky, Lee Kum Kee professor of social and behavioral sciences at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). “If you look at the history of world events, things are always changing. So it helps to avoid saying things like, ‘This will never change, we’ll be in this situation forever.’ And it helps to recognize where the silver linings are — which I’d say the news media is especially bad about doing.”If you can’t conjure up some optimism, she says, try focusing on the hopeful things in your life. “Sometimes it’s just about realizing there’s a certain amount of randomness in the world and you need to roll with it. Maybe now that the world is disrupted, you can find out things about your kids that you wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Maybe you can notice that it’s a beautiful foliage season, and spend time outside. And maybe you can think that we’ve just been too driven, we all need to slow down.“Finding perspective isn’t just about optimism — it’s also about the things that travel with it, in terms of feeling a sense of meaning and purpose. And that goes with the understanding that you’re not going to feel good all the time — that’s OK. It’s a hard time and nobody’s saying ‘Look on the bright side every minute.’” “Higher levels of optimism been shown to be associated with lower risk of developing diabetes, coronary heart disease, and poor lung function.” — Laura Kubzansky, Harvard Chan School The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

first_imgNext week VCE will join thousands of IT professionals and innovators at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. As a trailblazer in virtualization, at VMworld VMware will explore the next evolution of the software-defined enterprise as well as new innovations in the hybrid cloud and end-user computing.VCE is transforming the way our customers deliver IT by providing the ideal infrastructure foundation for rapidly deploying new workloads and applications with the highest performance and availability and lowest total cost of ownership.VCE is a Gold-level sponsor this year and will be discussing a key use case for converged infrastructure on Monday, Aug. 25 at 3:50 p.m. PT and Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m. PT. Jay Cuthrell from the VCE office of the CTO will explain how to leverage converged infrastructure, a policy-based management framework and other enabling technologies to virtualize SAP landscapes and rapidly achieve ROI in Virtualizing SAP: Real Enterprise Experiences on VCE Vblock Systems. Jay will also be participating with George Viebeck of VCE in a Tweet Up on Aug. 26 at 5:00 p.m. PT at the VCE booth 1043 to discuss virtualizing SAP.“Attendees should join us in the VCE booth to see Michael Somerville of the University of San Diego discuss the school’s Vblock System implementation, as well as other VCE experts who will provide demos and presentations on VCE solutions for VDI, big data, SAP and Oracle (view the full list).ShareWith so many sessions to see at VMworld, here’s a snapshot of additional VCE presentations attendees won’t want to miss:Building Heterogeneous Private and Hybrid Cloud Environments to Drive Today’s Business Demands (HBC3159-SPO) – This session we will cover the considerations for building private clouds on heterogeneous environments as well connecting those resources seamlessly across multiple private clouds and into the public cloud. Monday, Aug. 25, 11:30 a.m.Virtualizing SAP: Design Guidelines and How They Are Used in EMC IT’s Successful SAP Implementation (VAPP2309) – This session will cover guidelines for sizing and architecting the SAP stack on vSphere and then show how some of the guidelines were used in EMC IT’s successful implementation of virtual SAP. Monday, Aug. 25 1:00 p.m.McKesson OneCloud – The One Cloud to Rule Them All (MGT2385) – McKesson will discuss the evolution of its true private cloud to enable data center consolidation of multiple business units through VCE converged infrastructure, VMware orchestration and automation and HyTrust security policy controls and visibility. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m.Moody’s IT Transformation: The Journey, the Process, Achievements and Benefits (OPT2089) – Moody’s is in the midst of a transformation to become a broker of IT services. This journey is starting through the implementation of VMware vCloud Automation Center. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m. How to Build and Deploy a Well Run Hybrid Cloud (INF3037-SPO) – Learn how customers can leverage best practices to assemble intelligent components to rapidly deploy a hybrid cloud through integrated VMware and EMC solutions. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2:30 p.m.If you’d like to learn more about VMworld activities, keep a close eye on the VCE Vblog for live blogging and videos during the show, as well as our events page for full coverage and our Twitter feed. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!last_img read more

first_imgLast time you heard from me, I was headed to Strata, excited to be announcing the coming of the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop. This week at DATAWORKS SUMMIT, I’m proud to announce it has arrived.  The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop was released for general availability last week – it is now available! This solution is uniquely delivering real value to customers, focusing on three key pain points:Faster time to value to get to a fully-implemented solution: Dell EMC delivers an end-to-end solution guide to simplify the architecture, use case and configuration for customersReduce the risk: The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop enables increased productivity with the delivery of a certified architecture and infrastructure guideControl costs: Realize greater return on investment by reducing the total cost of ownership while seamlessly integrating with existing investmentsWhile this is valuable, customers that want to leverage Hadoop often do not know the critical pieces needed to make it real for the business. The business needs to see the value of investing in new technologies like Hadoop. When I say “value,” what I really mean is do more with less. Bill Schmarzo, Dell EMC’s Dean of Big Data, has a great saying when talking to the business folks about Hadoop, “Don’t make it about the 3-Vs, for the business it has to be about-Make Me More Money!”If you’re ready to “show the business the money”, then please come have a conversation with the Dell EMC and Hortonworks folks at the DATAWORKS SUMMIT.Let’s start with a business problem that is an issue across many vertical markets –- data management. Gartner research found that 70% of all Enterprise Data Warehouses (EDW) are performance and capacity constrained.  Software processes that clean and transform data before it can be used are eating up way too many resources in the EDW.  Gartner says that up to 80% of the EDW capacity is being driven by data integration and transformation jobs.[1] This results in longer data ingestion and preparation times, inability to meet SLAs for business reporting and excessively long ad hoc query response times leading to fewer business insights. This is a pain of which both Hortonworks and Dell EMC are keenly aware.Many people only think about Hadoop only in terms of data storage and analytics, however Hadoop Distributed File System and MapReduce together with technology from Syncsort form a high performance data cleaning and transformation alternative to the “best practices” for traditional EDW ETL approaches.“Enterprise Data Warehouse has become an organization’s central data repository built to support business decisions. Yet, the complexity and volume of data poses significant challenges to the efficiency of the existing EDW solution, causing a huge impact to the business. Hortonworks is excited to partner with Dell EMC to help solve this problem with the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop in the ETL Offload use case configuration.”   – Nadeem Asghar, Field CTO and Global Head of Technical Alliances/Partner Engineering at HortonworksWe will be highlighting the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop in the ETL Offload use case configuration with Syncsort at the DATAWORKS SUMMIT.  Let us show you how it is uniquely suited to solve this business problem with lower cost and more performance than traditional ETL approaches.It’s been 7 years since the initial release of Hadoop Version 1 by the Apache Software foundation but there is still a shortage of people with experience in all aspects of Hadoop including design, implementation and operation.  Since 2011, Dell EMC has helped organizations solve this Hadoop skills gap by providing expert guidance and knowhow to streamline the architecture, design, planning, and configuration of Hadoop ETL environments.  Dell EMC and Hortonworks help customers by-Removing Barriers-Avoid code generation, making it easier to deploy and maintain with no performance impactFast Tracking Projects – Allows customers faster time to value by reducing the need to develop expertise on Pig, Hive, and Sqoop, instead using SILQ for creating ETL jobs in MapReduceClosing The Skills Gap – One of the biggest barriers to offloading from the data warehouse into Hadoop is legacy SQL scripts built and extended over time. SILQ takes an SQL script as an input and then provides a MapReduce output without any codingSyncsort DMX-h was designed from the ground up to make big data integration simple – combining a long history of innovation with significant Syncsort contributions to the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. With Syncsort’s DMX-h, users can begin developing Hadoop ETL jobs within hours, and the system can become fully productive within days by using a drag-and-drop interface rather than learning additional complex technologies. Adding to this convenience, the SILQ offload utility helps to obtain drilled-down, detailed information about each step within the data flow, including tables and data transformations. This can reduce expert analysis from 20-plus hours to less than 30 minutes.All the Dell EMC Ready Bundles for Hadoop enable companies to reduce Hadoop deployment times from unpacking the equipment to full productivity within days.  The new Ready Bundle for ETL offload expands the impact of our offering to include reducing development time of ETL jobs to hours instead of days or weeks.At the Dataworks Summit, we encourage you to stop by to discuss your Hadoop implementation and learn how we can help you build a solution that will “Show the Business the Money!”[1] Gartner. “The State of Data Warehousing in 2014.”     June 19, 2014.last_img read more

first_img1 “The Total Economic Impact of Dell EMC Ready Solutions Hadoop,” commissioned byDell EMC | Intel, May 2018, https://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/forrester-total-economic-impact-study-dell-emc-ready-solutions-for-hadoop.pdf2 “Access to instant, personal clusters,” BlueData, August 2018, https://www.bluedata.com/product/solutions/3 “Streamlined operations,” BlueData, August 2018, https://www.bluedata.com/product/solutions/ It’s a big data boom with Ready Solutions for Big DataIt has taken years, but big data analytics has evolved from the latest IT buzzword into a core part of the enterprise. While the term “big data” has been around for quite some time, the big data market is still booming with hundreds of competing technologies in every stage of the data pipeline. Organizations are starting to realize that big data success is not about implementing one application or one piece of technology, but instead requires an optimized technology stack that allows them to get more performance and flexibility out of IT investments, and to scale more quickly and cost-effectively as business needs grow.At the same time, the perception that “everything should go into the public cloud” because it’s cheaper and easier requires a reality check. When it comes to handling big data, the public cloud is often more expensive and slower than on-premises private cloud solutions, and many times security and compliance policies dictate where data must reside. You can survive the big data boom with a big data as a service (BDaaS) solution that provides the self-service, economics and simplicity of public cloud with the on-premises security and compliance organizations demand.Dell EMC has worked closely with customers and its partners, BlueData® and Intel® to create an elastic architecture named Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data. This architecture provides self-service access to a variety of Big Data analytics and data science workloads — such as Hadoop, Apache Spark®, Kafka, Cassandra and more — at the same time, on the same infrastructure without sacrificing performance. It includes the latest PowerEdge servers with Intel® Xeon® Processors for maximum scalability and throughput. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data come with the software, hardware and services needed for IT to provide on-premises BDaaS so your team can save up to 12 months in standing up new big data analytics systems.1How can you use Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data?Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data enables the following use cases:Consolidation of multiple data analytics deployments — Multiple data analytics environments can be difficult and costly to scale while the demand for analytics grows.Create an on-demand consumption model for big data infrastructure and applications — Allow data teams to quickly and easily create big data environments while simplifying IT resource management.Enable self-service job creation — Data scientists and analysts can run a variety of jobs against their data.Leverage the right big data tools for every job — Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data enable data teams to use their favorite tools for big data analytics. It supports Cloudera® Hadoop, Hortonworks® Hadoop, Spark, Cassandra, Kafka, MapR®, TensorFlow™, and custom images for other services. It’s even possible to create multiple environments using different Hadoop distributions, as well as set-up different versions of the same distribution on the same infrastructure.The ultimate goal of Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data is providing self-service data analytics, lowering costs and simplifying deployment and support.Self-service analyticsSpeed is a key element of success. Data scientists, analysts and developers require on-demand access to real-time analytics to support business needs. Siloed legacy resources can’t deliver the same on-demand access as public cloud providers, but the public cloud has trade-offs, too. On-premises infrastructure integration and deployment for big data analytics applications can be complex and can take months.Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data give data analysts on-demand access to infrastructure resources and analytics tools — such as Hadoop, Spark, NoSQL, Apache Cassandra®, Apache Kafka® and others — in minutes.2 This enables IT to provide self-service data analytics with the performance, compliance and security of an optimized on-premises solution. Data teams can quickly and easily provision their own resources, run jobs using their choice of tools, and even run multiple analytics workloads simultaneously thanks to multi-tenancy enabled by policy-based automation and management. Lines of business can create and execute their own use cases from a single pool of resources with the responsiveness required by modern big data analytics applications.Lower costsWhen it comes to containing costs for big data analytics, customers are caught between legacy IT that requires increasing resources to maintain, and paying skyrocketing monthly fees to a public cloud services provider. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data offer a balanced approach by providing an automated, self-service portal built on a bedrock of Dell EMC servers and networking infrastructure delivered by Dell EMC deployment experts.Because Dell EMC has optimized and integrated the solution stack, you can reduce stand-up time from months to weeks.1 The savings continue past deployment, with reduced management complexity and no unpredictable, recurring monthly charges. The ability to scale compute and storage resources independently, as well as run multiple analytics instances on the same infrastructure helps eliminate costly cluster sprawl and maximize utilization rates while reducing cost. BlueData® reports that you can save up to 75% compared to bare-metal deployments while increasing server utilization by up to 350%.3Simpler deployment, simpler supportReliability and operational simplicity are critical to supporting any enterprise IT environment. Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data include everything you need to provide BDaaS, including the hardware, software, consulting, deployment and support services, so you can spend more time on strategic projects. How much time? Customers report that if they tried to implement on their own, it would have taken up to 12 months longer to hire the expertise, figure out the correct configurations, and deploy a solution.1Dell EMC consultants work with customers from the onset to identify the analytics use case that will have the most business impact, gather requirements and design the solution architecture.Dell EMC has partnered with BlueData to deploy its EPIC™ (Elastic Private Instant Clusters) software on Dell EMC servers, networking and storage. Our teams install, configure and integrate the hardware and software into the customer’s environment for the prioritized use case, saving the months of time required to configure your own analytics environment.  BlueData enables you to spin up or down environments for analytics in minutes.2 The software provides a simple and easy way to provide self-service provisioning, policy-based automation, and push-button upgrades.Customers also receive Dell EMC ProSupport to help ensure optimal system performance and minimize downtime through comprehensive hardware and collaborative software support.   They can also opt for ProSupport Plus to get a Technology Service Manager who serves as a single point of contact for the entire solution.For more information, please visit Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Big Data.last_img read more

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — A German state governor has apologized for referring to Chancellor Angela Merkel as “little Merkel” during a recent online event, saying he had unintentionally displayed macho behavior. Bodo Ramelow, who governs the state of Thuringia, told German weekly Die Zeit that he greatly regretted using the term “Merkelchen” while talking chatting with other politicians and the public on the social networking app Clubhouse. Zeit on Wednesday quoted Ramelow saying that he should have used the diminutive form in reference to male politicians and doing so for a woman was “was dumb and appeared disrespectful.” The 64-year-old has also faced criticism for playing the game “Candy Crush” during lengthy video meetings with Merkel and other governors to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Justin is trying reassure Canadians his plan to vaccinate them is working despite what he calls are short term delays and criticism his government is not moving fast enough. Trudeau said that while there is a lot anxiety, Canada is still on track to get 6 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of March and 20 million in the spring. He reiterated that all Canadians who want to be vaccinated will be by September.last_img

first_imgExcitement builds around campus as the Saint Mary’s community prepares for the first Notre Dame home game of the season, as the Irish prepare to square off against Purdue on Saturday. For many first-year students, this will be their first experience attending a Notre Dame football game and their first time in the student section. “It will be my first game,” first-year student Mary Margaret Artman said. “All I know is that I’m very excited … I’ve heard a lot of great things from the other students.” Even though she is from Georgia, Artman said she is prepared for game day. “There are actually quite a few people from where I’m from in Georgia who are Saint Mary’s College alumnae,” Artman said. “They gave me some advice on what to expect from the Notre Dame-Saint Mary’s connection.” Artman said she is prepared for an exciting game day. “I have jerseys, tattoos, all the decor for the football game,” she said. “I’m going to go all-out. I might look a little ridiculous, but it’s all for team spirit.” Some of the pre-game traditions Notre Dame has to offer are especially exciting to Artman.  “One of my roommates’ parents are having a tailgate, so I’m probably going to stop by there,” she said. “Apparently Notre Dame tailgating is the best, so I’m very excited!” Artman is not alone in her enthusiasm on campus. Saint Mary’s senior Megan Lord said she is excited to cheer on the Irish with her friends. “I have six roommates, so I’m sure all of us will go together,” Lord said. “We have a large group in our section … It’s just fun, we all get out, cheer for [the] team … Usually we’ll end up dressing weird.” Lord, who grew up in the area, has a long personal history with Notre Dame football. “My family goes to the games,” Lord said. “I grew up around Notre Dame football. My first game was probably when I was six … The student section is always great; since I’ve been a [first-year] I haven’t missed a game. Everyone’s more into it!”. Football rivalries between Notre Dame and other colleges are something Lord said she understands very well. “Purdue versus Notre Dame is a big game around here,” Lord said. “I expect a great outcome.” In addition to the actual competition, Lord said she enjoys many pregame traditions. “My favorite aspect is the tailgating [and] getting to meet everybody’s family,” she said. After graduation, Lord said she plans to get season tickets and continue attending games, but she said it will be different from sitting in the student section. “The student section is the life of the stadium,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgWith the election approaching rapidly, undecided voters must hone in on the issues most important to them. For some, that paramount issue might be gay rights. Political science professor Geoffrey Layman said gay issues have played a limited role in this year’s election, despite major developments in gay and lesbian rights recently. “Like all other issues, they have been dwarfed in importance by the economy,” he said. These issues have also been sidelined due to Republican hesitation to broach a topic that would likely benefit the Democrats more than their own party, Layman said. “Public support for same-sex marriage and for gay and lesbian rights more generally has been increasing rapidly,” he said. “These things are very unpopular among the activist base of the GOP, but are much more popular among the undecided voters on whom general election campaigns focus.” Further, Layman said the limited space in the public mind for moral issues has been occupied by topics besides gay rights. “The controversies over President Obama’s health care program and especially the HHS mandate have brought abortion and reproductive issues once again to the forefront,” he said. Layman said the limited focus on gay issues in this election is similar to the 2008 election. Then, as now, the election was dominated by economic crisis. But in the 2004 election, Layman said the issue of gay rights was a crucial topic that was addressed frequently. “Same-sex marriage was more important for the 2004 election because key battleground states – Ohio in particular – had same-sex ballot initiatives and those affected the turnout of supporters and opponents of those initiatives in the presidential election,” Layman said. Although several states had same-sex initiatives on the ballot in 2008, Layman said they did not largely impact the election because they were not battleground states. Despite the increased prevalence of gay issues in today’s culture, Layman said he does not believe they typically have a large impact on an individual’s vote. “To the extent that people consider issues at all, they base their voting decisions far more on economic issues than on cultural and moral issues like gay rights, same-sex marriage and abortion,” he said. He did acknowledge these issues play a large role in determining the votes of certain groups of people. “For example, gay and lesbian voters themselves and the traditionalist Christian voters who are staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage and other advances in gay and lesbian rights,” Layman said. Layman said it is difficult to determine for certain whether homosexual citizens tend to ally with a particular party due to the small number of self-identified gay and lesbian voters in national sample surveys. “However, the existing evidence suggests that gay and lesbian voters lean strongly toward the Democratic Party,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe five-time Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks arrived on campus Thursday for their second straight training camp trip to Compton Family Ice Arena, with public practices on Saturday and Sunday.Tom Nevala, general manager of the Compton Family Ice Arena, said the training camp was first set up last year through discussions with Blackhawk’s manager Stan Bowan, a 1995 Notre Dame alumnus.Observer File Photo “With the facilities we have available to them, the campus environment, they thought it would be a great way to start the season,” Nevala said.The team completed physical testing at the United Center in Chicago Thursday morning before traveling to the University, where Nevala said they will reside at the Morris Inn for the duration of their visit.While at Notre Dame, Nevala said the team will participate in both private and public events.“They are doing some things, but they are private functions on campus,” he said. “They are doing some things in the community as well. I think they’ll go to the Robinson Learning Center, I want to say on Friday afternoon.”Team practice on Friday will be closed to the public, but faculty, staff and students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross are welcome to join the team for an exclusive practice at the Compton Family Ice Arena from 10:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. The training camp itself will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.“Hopefully it’s a chance for everyone [to benefit],” he said. “That’s why we have the Friday event specifically for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. It’s a great chance to get out and see these guys live in a much smaller venue than the United Center.”Nevala said hosting the team is a special experience that “certainly comes at a great price.” According to the Notre Dame website, the now sold-out general admission tickets for the weekend scrimmages were available for purchase for $10.“I think, more importantly, the 60 guys who come here as part of the Blackhawks enjoy being around the atmosphere that you enjoy every day,” he said. “Maybe a third of an NHL team played hockey in college, most of them [now] have the opportunity to experience the college environment and enjoy kind of being like you guys.”Nevala said the team seems to enjoy the training program set up at Notre Dame.“Before they’ve even started camp this year, they’re already looking forward to returning again next year,” he said.Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Compton Family Ice Arena, Training Camplast_img read more

first_imgKatherine Robinson Wednesday evening, professor of anthropology Agustín Fuentes delivered the first annual Sorin Scholars Lecture at Hayes-Healy Center. Each year, the Sorin Scholars organization picks a theme to encourage discussion and reflection on an intellectual problem. In light of this year’s theme, inequality, Fuentes discussed the relationship between race and inequality in his lecture “Race, Inequality, and Reality: What We Know and Why It Matters.”Fuentes said one of the biggest problems the United States has had and still has today is the inability to talk effectively about race.“Race and inequality have a particular relationship in our present and in our history,” Fuentes said.  “…This is one [issue] that has a very high potential for change in the future. This is not a fixed reality, but it is an important one.“If we don’t understand it, think about it, talk about it, [and] engage with it; it is not going to change. Because right now, it is not sustainable, and it is not right.”Fuentes said in our society, almost everyone believes that Black, White, Latino, Asian, and others are distinct biological entities.“I want to demonstrate what we know from rigorous scientific studies, that races as we use now are not biological entities,” Fuentes said. “We all have 100 percent of the same genes. What varies is that each gene comes in multiple forms – two, 17, 140 – and it’s the variation in the presence of those different forms in a population that is human genetic variation.”Fuentes said that most racial definitions perceived by society, such as gene types, body forms, skin colors and genetic diseases, are not backed by biology.“All of our racial definitions are socially constructed,” he said. “We made them up, and we use them, but they have real effects. Race is not biological, but race is distributed and impacted in unequal ways by the structures – the political, historical and social structures.”Social contexts and the expectations of individuals in a society can have a massive impact on health, he said.“Race is not biological, but it can become biology,” Fuentes said. “Racial inequality creates biological differences in people.”Fuentes stated that we are not in a post-racial society, and that race matters in our society.“So when you are with a cluster of your friends, or your family, or in a classroom – if someone said something that is wrong, that is not true, that is not based on the biological and social historical facts that we have available, it is your response to act,” he said.Tags: agustin fuentes, biological issues with race, racial issues, sorin scholars lecturelast_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Education at Saint Mary’s College and the Michiana Writers’ Center are teaming up to host a teen writing conference Saturday called Get Inked on Saturday in the Carroll Auditorium of Madeleva Hall.The conference, open to students in grades 8 to 12 and held on the Saint Mary’s campus, will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature keynote speaker Tracy Bilen, author of the young adult novel “What She Left Behind.”Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, director of the Michiana Writers’ Center and education professor at Saint Mary’s, said the conference hopes to strengthen teens’ writing skills with engaging workshops and guest speakers.“The Get Inked Teen Writing Conference is designed to provide teen writers with the same types of experiences adult writers get at their writing conferences,” Higgs-Coulthard said. “Our guest author, Tracy Bilen, is a huge draw.”The teens attending the conference will not only get to hear Bilen speak, Higgs-Coulthard said, but will also be able to write with her in small group sessions.Saint Mary’s junior Teresa Guerrero will co-teach some of the workshops.“As an English major and Secondary Education minor, my involvement in the conference is to help teach a brief lesson about the workshops I am helping to conduct and help students with any[thing] they may need,” Guerrero said.According to a list provided upon registration, students can choose from workshops covering a variety of topics including how to find inspiration, write body language, establish effective settings and write compact stories. Beyond traditional story themes, the conference will address additional topics relevant to teens through a college essay workshop.Higgs-Coulthard said the biggest benefit for the attending students will be the opportunity to meet like-minded teens.“The conference is geared toward students in grades 8-12 because those writers are usually functioning at a more sophisticated level of writing — both creatively and analytically — than younger students,” she said. “Those students are often able to adopt new strategies into their writing and consider suggested revisions.”Guerrero said she is excited to work with the students who are willing to devote their Saturdays to writing.“I was motivated to get involved with the conference because of the students who are coming,” she said. “Hopefully I can incorporate some of the ideas presented at the conference into my own teaching one day.”The conference is also going to be helpful for writing teachers, Higgs-Coulthard said.“Area teachers are invited to attend the morning session for free in order to learn more about teaching writing,” she said. “Mary Nicolini, the site director for our area’s National Writing Project, will be on hand to answer questions.”Additionally, most presenters are not just teachers, but writers themselves, Higgs-Coulthard said. This gives the presenters an increased understanding of the struggles the teen writers are facing, she said, which will help make them more able to help the teens.She said this is the second year for what she hopes will become an established annual conference.“The conference exists to celebrate and support teen writers,” Higgs-Coulthard said. “While sporting events showcase athletes and other events like band concerts and theater plays showcase performers, there is nothing else around to showcase the talents of Michiana’s young writers.”The Get Inked registration website advertises an autographed copy of Bilen’s novel, “What She Left Behind,” for each attendee. The $40 registration fee covers a full-day’s attendance and lunch.“Saint Mary’s education students are invited to attend the morning session from 8-11:30 in Carroll Auditorium for free,” Higgs-Coulthard said, but must email her at [email protected] to RSVP.“I hope that students will take away new ways to write,” Guerrero said. “I am still learning … just as these students are.”Tags: Department of Education, Get Inked, Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, Michiana Writer’s Center, Tracy Bilen, Writing Conferencelast_img read more