On the move

first_img Previous Article Next Article Tim Cowley has joined the London Borough of Lewisham as its new HR servicesmanager. He joins from Capita, and prior to that he worked as an IT recruitmentconsultant. In his new role, Cowley will be heading up the recruitment activityacross the South-East London local authority. The British Library has appointed Mary Canavan as its new director of HR.She joins the executive team and is responsible for the development andimplementation of a modernising HR strategy for the workforce of 2,500. She workedas head of HR at the London Borough of Havering for the past five years. Diane Ayres has been appointed HR manager at engine pump manufacturer,Concentric. She joins the West Midlands-based firm from Victoria International,where she was responsible for staff at eight different sites. She has vast HRexperience, having worked at companies including DSS, TSB, Honeywell Serck andLawrence Shaw Associates. On the moveOn 2 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

USCG Coast Guard Conducts Security Patrols for 57th Presidential Inauguration

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: coast View post tag: Defence View post tag: inauguration View post tag: conducts The Coast Guard has combined efforts with local, state and federal agencies to provide security in the Washington area in support of the 57th Presidential Inauguration.Agencies are conducting security patrols along the Potomac River, and air assets will enforce security zones within the National Capitol Region.“Inter-agency partnership is paramount in a national-security event such as this,” said Lt. Cmdr. Randall Brown, Chief of Response at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.  “These combined efforts will help ensure public safety during the event.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 21, 2013; Image: USCG Share this article View post tag: News by topic Training & Education January 21, 2013 USCG Coast Guard Conducts Security Patrols for 57th Presidential Inaugurationcenter_img View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Coast Guard Conducts Security Patrols for 57th Presidential Inauguration View post tag: Security View post tag: Presidential View post tag: patrols View post tag: 57th View post tag: Guard View post tag: USCG View post tag: Navylast_img read more

White Denim Release New Album ‘Performance’, Share Video From Recent Conan Appearance

first_imgAustin, Texas rockers White Denim have released their newest studio album Performance via City Slang today, August 24th. Consisting of guitarist James Petralli, bassist Steve Terebecki, keyboardist Michael Hunter, and former NRBQ drummer Conrad Choucroun, the quartet’s newest release is a follow up to 2016’s Stiff. Produced by Petralli, Terebecki, and their longtime production partner Jim Vollentine, Performance was recorded at the band’s new studio in downtown Austin, Milk Radio, once an old general store and horse stable constructed in 1902. The building has since been restored and sandwiched in between bars and condominiums.Performance was almost entirely recorded in eight weeks, predominantly at Milk Radio. While White Denim was recording at Milk Radio, people passing by would stop by expecting the building to be some new hipster bar or cafe. Passerbys would stop and stare at the band recording, or even knock on the door to try and see what was going on. White Denim’s songwriting routine was a fruitfully cooperative, jam-heavy process featuring Petralli, Terebecki and Choucroun with a number of different fourth members, as Hunter wasn’t yet fully part of the picture.When asked about the new album’s influences, Petralli said:I spend a significant amount of time sitting in Austin traffic scrolling between ‘50s and ‘80s specialty radio stations. There is something comforting and inherent about the energy and amount of pleasant distortion present on a Little Richard or Jay Hawkins record. Equally, I find the precision and control — from arrangement to the sonics — achieved in ‘80s pop like Squeeze and Kate Bush to be inspiring. The production on Performance is designed to contrast the super-clean and inhuman with the raw and elemental, and in doing so, White Denim has created a densely layered and exhilarating listening experience quite unlike anything heard before.Listen to White Denim’s new album Performance in its entirety below.Last night, White Denim stopped by Conan O’Brien’s late night television show Conan, and performed “It Might Get Dark”. Watch video of White Denim performing “It Might Get Dark” below.White Denim-“It Might Get Dark”-Conan 8/23/2018White Denim is currently out on a worldwide tour in support of Performance. For a full list of White Denim’s upcoming tour dates and ticket information head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Brazilian authorities fight the crack epidemic with police and drug treatment

first_img Security forces recently carried out an operation in a neighborhood where drug dealing is rampant. On Jan. 23, 2014, Civil Police agents conducted a security operation in the city center of São Paulo, where dozens of crack users congregate to buy and use drugs in an area known as “Crackland” (“Cracolandia”). A dozen police vehicles surrounded the two blocks which comprise Crackland. Some of the drug users responded by throwing rocks and sticks at police agents. At the end of the operation, police agents arrested 30 people, according to the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. Four of the suspects are accused of drug dealing, officials said. Police began security operations in Crackland in early 2012, in an effort to move out the crack dealers and addicts, officials said. According to authorities, from December 1, 2013 to January 24, 69 traffickers have been arrested in the city of São Paulo. Brazil has not only become a drug-consuming country, but it has also become a haven for drug traffickers, fugitives, and a bridge for the distribution of drugs to Europe and West Africa. Three organized crime groups control the drug trafficking in Brazil: The First Command of the Capital (PCC), the Red Command, and the Pure Third Command. “Drug cartels have their eyes on South America. Brazil is an excellent market for cocaine in light of the difficulties there are in entering the U.S. and Europe. Violence and prostitution is growing in Brazil due to the unwanted use of crack cocaine,” Rosanía said. Brazilian authorities are working in coordination with the U.S. government to develop successful strategies to reduce the problem, according to published reports. Given the seriousness of the situation, cooperation in security and information sharing between Brazil and countries in the region is key in the fight against the surge of crack cocaine. “Cracklands could spread to other countries,” Rosanía said. Brazilian security and health officials are teaming up to attack the country’s crack epidemic by arresting organized crime operatives who sell drugs and also providing prevention services and treatment to addicts. Since 2008, crack use and domestic crack sales have soared in Brazil, authorities said. Brazil, which has a population of 199 million people, has nearly 1 million crack users, according to the United Nations. Brazil has the third highest number of crack users in the world, behind the United States and the European Union, according to the UN. Brazil’s Federal Police and the Security Commission of the Chamber of Deputies estimate that Brazilians consume about 1 ton of drugs every day. Most of the drug users are young, according to a study conducted in 2012 by São Paulo State University (UNESP). The study found that 72 percent of drug users in the country are between the ages of 18 and 34, and 17 percent are between the ages of 12 and 17. A kilo of cocaine paste produces about four kilos of crack, according to police. Each kilo of crack can be broken down into 4,000 rocks of crack, which are sold on the street. Each rock sells for $2 (USD) or $4 (USD), depending on the size. Drug dealers sell about $10 million worth of crack every day, according to El Pais. Most of the coca paste that is turned into crack in Brazil comes from Bolivia and Colombia. The paste is transformed into crack rocks in illegal laboratories in the Amazon, according to O Globo. Crack is highly addictive. The drug quickly attacks the pleasure centers of the brain, creating an intense feeling of euphoria. But the euphoria fades within minutes, and users want more crack. The drug I sold in about 90 percent of Brazil’s 5,563 municipalities, according to the National Confederation of Municipalities. The coca paste that is consumed in Brazil comes mainly from Bolivia and Colombia. The paste is transformed into crack rocks in illegal laboratories in the Amazon, according to O Globo. In Brazil, there are 29 ‘cracolandias’ scattered in 17 areas of the country. “The crack epidemic is a difficult phenomenon to combat. The Brazilian government’s efforts should come together to form an interagency process in which all agencies, whether public or private, collaborate with a plan of action to combat the crack epidemic,” Rosanía said. The economics of crack Authorities have doubled the number of police officers assigned to combat the crack epidemic in São Paulo, according to published reports. About 300 police agents patrol the streets of the city every day. Police identify, question, and register drug trafficking suspects in Crackland. The Crackland in São Paulo includes abandoned buildings which addicts live in. Some addicts live in the Julio Prestes Train Station. Police in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Belo Horizonte, to name a few, are also carrying out security operations to eliminate their crack zones, said Néstor Rosanía, director of the Center for Studies in Security, Defense, and International Affairs (CESDAI) in Colombia. “The crack epidemic is a drug trafficking, micro-trafficking, and health issue. We must address the various situations, Rosanía said. Crack is “the drug of the poor,” Rosanía said. Helping drug addicts center_img A few days before the security operation in São Paulo, health officials in that launched a rehabilitation program for crack users called “Open Arms.” The program began on Jan. 16, 2014. The program offers drug treatment services, medical care, housing and and jobs to 400 crack addicts. The goal is to help crack addicts stop using drugs and rejoin society. Security efforts, such as the initiative against Crackland by São Paulo police, support drug treatment programs, Fernando Grella Viera, the Secretary of Public Security, said during a Jan. 24, 2014 press conference. “The action of the police to identify and arrest traffickers serves to strengthen social and health programs of the city and state government because addicts are hostage to traffickers,” Grella Viera said. “So when we fight drug trafficking, we strengthen these programs.” Organized crime and crack By Dialogo February 09, 2014 Going after drug dealers More police patrols last_img read more

CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Because of continuing uncertainty about the supply of influenza vaccine this winter, federal health officials said today that inactivated flu vaccine should be reserved for high-risk groups until late October.”Beginning October 24, all persons will be eligible for vaccination,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The groups recommended to get first use of inactivated vaccine include people aged 65 and older, those with chronic illness, nursing home residents, children aged 6 to 23 months, pregnant women, healthcare workers who provide direct patient care, and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.However, people need not wait until Oct 24 to receive MedImmune’s live nasal-spray vaccine, FluMist, the CDC said. FluMist is licensed for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49, except for pregnant women.The recommendation comes a day after the flu vaccine supply picture improved with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine and a positive report on Chiron’s progress in addressing problems at its flu vaccine production plant in England. The CDC said the recommendation was necessary because the overall vaccine supply and the timing of distribution remain uncertain.In today’s article, the CDC gives estimates of flu vaccine supplies for the United States that add up to a range of 89 million to 97 million doses. That includes 60 million doses from Sanofi Aventis, 18 million to 26 million from Chiron, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million from MedImmune. (Yesterday, as reported here, a CDC spokesman had listed Sanofi Aventis’s expected production at 50 million doses instead of 60 million, yielding a total production estimate of 79 million to 87 million doses.)Last fall and winter, the loss of 48 million doses of vaccine expected from Chiron prompted an effort to reserve vaccine for high-risk groups until late in the flu season. Ultimately, 57 million Americans were vaccinated and about 3 million doses went unused. In the 2003-04 season, which also saw some shortages, about 87 million doses were available in the US market. The US supply in 2002-03 totaled about 95 million doses, according to the CDC.Yesterday the FDA said Chiron had made “significant progress” in addressing the contamination problems that had forced the company to cancel delivery of doses to the United States. But the agency said more work is needed to determine how many doses the company will be able to supply this year.CDC. Update: influenza vaccine supply and recommendations for prioritization during the 2005-06 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Sep 2;54(34):850 [Full text]See also:CDC’s Aug 6, 2005, recommendations on tiered use of flu vaccine in the event of a shortagehttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5430a4.htmlast_img read more

GOP, Trump pull off the Great American Tax Heist

first_imgIt was only added during the reconciliation process, gives owners of income-producing real estate holdings a way around that safeguard, effectively creating a new tax break for large landlords and real estate moguls.”This specifically lines the pockets of the ecosystem of corruption that Trump calls a family.It also lines the pockets of people like Sen. Bob Corker, who mysteriously “coincidentally” switched his vote from a no to a yes on the bill after the language was added.America must make an honest appraisal: Donald Trump is a plutocrat masquerading as a populist.He is a pirate on a mission to plunder.Trump is milking the American presidency for personal gain.If he can give the impression of compassion on his mission to cash out, all the better for him, but the general good, the health of the nation and the plight of the plebeians is not now nor has it ever been his focus. And yet in this budget, they willingly, willfully exploded the deficit, not for public uplift or rebuilding America’s infrastructure but rather on the spurious argument that giving truckloads of money back to businesses will spark their benevolence.According to the government’s own nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the tax bill will lead to “an increase in the deficit of $1,455 billion over the next 10 years.”But be sure, when this bill leads to these predicted deficits, Republicans will return to their sidelined deficit rhetoric armed with a sickle, aiming the blade at the social safety net, exacerbating the egregious imbalance of the tax bill’s original sins.That’s the strategy: Appease the rich on the front end; punish the poor on the back. Feed the weak to the strong.The callousness of this calculation is hidden in the arguments over estimates and evidence, but it is not lost Most Americans see through this charade.According to a CNN/SSRS poll released this week, most Americans disapprove of the tax bill. Furthermore, most believe the bill will benefit the wealthy, in general, and Trump and his family, in particular. His ego is too big for egalitarianism, and his heart too small for it.So he sticks closely to what he knows, the brand of Trump: promoting it, positioning it, defending it and enriching it.Republicans in Congress rushed the bill through for other reasons: to combat the fact of their own legislative incompetence, to satisfy their donors and to honor their long-held belief that the rich are America’s true governing force.The middle class and the poor were never at the heart of this heartless bill.They are simply a veneer behind which a crime is occurring: the great American tax heist.Charles M. Blow is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists That, too, was a lie.In September, The New York Times estimated that “President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes.”That was before the bill was passed and reconciled, when the deal got even sweeter for Trump.As The International Business Times reported this week:“The reconciled tax bill includes a new 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through entities, business structures such as L.L.C.s, L.P.s and S corporations that don’t pay corporate taxes, but instead ‘pass through’ income to partners who pay individual tax rates on that money.The Senate version of the bill included safeguards that would only allow businesses to take advantage of the new break if they paid out significant wages to employees.But the new provision, which wasn’t included in either version of the bill passed by the House and Senate.center_img Make no mistake: No matter how folks try to rationalize this bill, it has nothing to do with a desire to help the middle class or the poor.This is a cash offering to the gods of the Republican donor class.This is a bill meant to benefit Republicans’ benefactors. This is a quid pro quo and the paying of a ransom.Trump promised to drain the swamp. That was another lie among many.He and the Republicans are in fact feeding us to the gators.Last month at a rally in Missouri, Trump said of the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me.” He continued:“This is not good for me. Me, it’s not so — I have some very wealthy friends. Not so happy with me, but that’s OK. You know, I keep hearing Schumer: ‘This is for the wealthy.’ Well, if it is, my friends don’t know about it.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith their tax bill, Donald Trump and the Republicans are raiding the Treasury in plain sight, throwing crumbs to the masses as the millionaires and billionaires make off with the cake.America should be aghast not only at the looting but also at the brazenness of its execution.It seems that for as long as I can remember, Republicans have been wringing their hands about deficits.last_img read more

Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over Games

first_imgTopics : But some 200 local children that were due to welcome the flame were kept away as part of what organizers called the “heartbreaking” decision to pare back events as the world battles the virus that has killed nearly 10,000 people.After a speech by chief organizer Yoshiro Mori, the former Olympians lit the cauldron with the torch, also designed to represent Japan’s cherished cherry blossom.”Children had planned to welcome the Olympic flame, but we decided to scale it down, giving priority to their safety,” Mori said.The actual torch relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was commandeered as a base by workers scrambling to contain the fall-out from the nuclear meltdown. “The Olympic flame relay is the biggest event ahead of the Olympics. It is very important for us to carry it out at any cost,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto ahead of the ceremony.But organizers have been forced to scale back what should have been a key event to raise awareness and excitement ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony.While spectators are allowed to watch from the roadside, fans have been urged to “avoid forming crowds”, with organizers warning there could be a change of program in the event of “excessive congestion”.Daily arrival and departure ceremonies are closed to the public and all torch-bearers will have their temperatures taken before participating in the relay, which is scheduled to visit every part of Japan on a 121-day journey before entering Tokyo. The Olympic flame arrived in Japan Friday to a muted reception, what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic that has cast doubt over whether the Tokyo Games can even go ahead.The flame landed on a special charter flight into Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi province, chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.Former Japanese Olympians Saori Yoshida and Tadahiro Nomura collected the flame from the aircraft and took it to a cauldron in the shape of a cherry blossom on a stage in front of selected guests. ‘Bigger than the Olympics’ The virus has already played havoc with the traditional early stages of the torch relay in Greece — the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia took place without spectators and was watched by a severely reduced delegation from Tokyo.Organizers were then forced to scrap the Greek leg of the relay after large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.With borders shut in Europe — which has become the epicenter of the crisis — Tokyo officials did not travel to collect the torch, with former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto representing Japan at the official handover.As the flame arrived, there are increasing clouds over the Games, with some athletes past and present attacking the International Olympic Committee for insisting there is no need for “drastic” action such as postponement or cancellation.Japan Olympic Committee member and former Olympic judoka Kaori Yamaguchi was the latest prominent figure to suggest a postponement in a newspaper interview published the day the flame landed.”It should be postponed under the current situation where athletes are not well prepared,” Yamaguchi, a JOC executive board member, told the Nikkei daily.As well as wiping out the global sporting calendar, the coronavirus has also put paid to many athletes’ training schedules, leading some to propose a postponement.The IOC, which will take any decision over the fate of the Games, has encouraged all athletes to train for the Games “as best they can”, stressing it is “fully committed” to holding the event as planned.Nevertheless, IOC president Thomas Bach has admitted that qualifying is becoming a problem as competitions are scrapped.He said in an interview with the New York Times published Friday that the IOC was “considering different scenarios” for the Games but stressed that the Olympics were still four and a half months away.last_img read more

A luxury Kenmore Hills estate has hit the market

first_img99 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore HillsOutside there are lush established gardens, which are fully reticulated with the ability to switch from mains water to the three 22,000L water tanks. Modern conveniences include ducted airconditioning, intercom and an alarm system, while the residence also features a golf chipping green and bunker, double garage and three gated entries. Agent Michelle McLeod said the outstanding federation house in one of the Western suburb’s most prestigious streets, was timeless in both design and its superior finesse. 99 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore Hills“This is an individual home boasting livability and lifestyle for the modern Queensland family, elegant with federation flair and exuding a tranquil ambience throughout,” she said. 99 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore HillsSET on acreage adjacent to a State Forest and picturesque Mt Coot-tha, this estate offers a tranquil lifestyle about 10km from the city. The house, which sits on 1.01ha and was crafted by Courage Homes, has a flowing single-level floorplan with a mix of colonial and contemporary features throughout its four bedrooms and living and leisure areas.The attractive gable facade complete with fretwork and white pillars sets the tone for the interior, and leads into a tiled foyer. From here, formal lounge and dining rooms sit on either side, both with carpet flooring, large windows and decorative archways. In the heart of the house is a light-filled casual living hub, featuring warm, terracotta-toned floor tiles and a neutral colour palette. A fireplace and chandelier add charm to the space, while two sets of doors provide a seamless indoor-to-outdoor flow to a wraparound terrace, gazebo and the gardens.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201999 Tinarra Cres, Kenmore HillsBack inside, the kitchen occupies the corner of the floorplan and includes white provincial-style cabinetry, quality appliances including an integrated dishwasher, sleek benchtops and an abundance of natural light. Bedrooms are spread across the layout for space and privacy; the main bedroom offers retreat-style luxury with its french doors to the outdoor terrace, walk-in wardrobe, and a stylish ensuite with a corner spa bathtub. The three other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and are serviced by a central bathroom.last_img read more

ABP to raise contribution to 22.9%

first_imgThe €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP has announced a contribution rise of 1.8 percentage points to 22.9% in 2018.The increase follows a decision made to annually raise premiums over the period 2017-19, as pensions have become more expensive as a consequence of low interest rates and rising longevity.ABP again refrained from granting indexation, which would only be allowed if its coverage ratio was at least 110%. At October-end, funding was 100.2%.The scheme said it did not expect to be able to grant any indexation for the next five years. It said indexation in arrears – based on the consumer prices index – since 2009 has accumulated to 13.5%.According to ABP, the possibility of pension benefit cuts in 2018 had become slim, but it conceded that the possibility still existed further into the future.If its coverage ratio was still short of the required minimum level of 104.2% in 2020, a cut to pension rights would be inevitable, the scheme said.Earlier this month, the €189bn healthcare scheme PFZW decided to keep its contribution for 2018 at 23.5% of pensionable salary.The three other large Dutch pension funds, the metal schemes PMT (€68bn) and PME (€46bn) and building sector pension fund BpfBouw (€55bn) are expected to announced their contribution rates for 2018 in December.ABP and PFZW were among the schemes highlighted by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank earlier this month as still in danger of having to cut pensioner benefits.last_img read more

Armed in the classroom

first_imgHerald on Sunday 9 Oct 2011Teachers are trying to fathom why an increasing number of kids, some as young as 5, bring weapons to school. Teachers are allowed to search children for weapons and drugs, but many are nervous of doing this one-on-one. Children as young as 5 are among the alarming number of pupils who have been suspended or stood down for having weapons at school. Figures the Herald on Sunday obtained through the Official Information Act show more than 1000 students have been removed from schools for possessing or using a weapon in the past two years. At least 700 cases involved knives, blades, hammers, scissors and guns, including replicas.FAVOURITE WEAPONS* Knife: 450* Gun, including toy: 219* Scissors: 36* Blade: 12* Hammer: 11http://www.nzherald.co.nz/education/news/article.cfm?c_id=35&objectid=10757633last_img read more