Newport-based Brace’s Bakery has announced the teams that will receive a slice of £10k as part of its Community Sport Fund.The family-owned bakery launched its Community Sport Fund in April and invited sports groups across south-east Wales and the Valleys to apply for small grants of £250-£500.Of the 370 teams that applied, the £10k helped 22 teams in the local area, ranging from rugby and football to horse riding and lawn bowls. The successful clubs cater for all ages, backgrounds and interests and are the very definition of community sport.From new kits and training equipment to coaching qualifications and a new scoreboard, the grants will cover the costs of making changes to help the clubs go from strength to strength.Scott Richardson, Brace’s chief executive, said: “We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to help our local community and have loved running our first ever Community Sport Fund.“We had an overwhelming response to the Fund and picking the final teams was a really hard decision; we wish we could have sponsored them all, but we hope those that were unsuccessful this time will apply again next year.”The 22 successful teams were announced earlier this month on Brace’s website and social media.
A few weeks back, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies announced an extensive Fall tour, with a few select dates receiving a “Masquerade Ball of Light & Dark”, in which attendees are encouraged to dress up in black and/or white, as well as wear a masquerade mask (which will also be available at the merch table at each show). While the band will play originals, there is also a musical costume theme for each show.On Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room, Hamilton and crew will play the music of The Beatles, which will see the band play music from the various periods of the Liverpool quartet. Purchase tickets for the show here.With regards to the masquerade theme, Hamilton explained, “A group of our fans in Rhode Island organized a group of people to wear masks similar to the characters from the cover of our Epic Battle Between Light & Dark album cover to a show, and we just loved it….It was super cool to play to an audience that was dressed up like that, and we wanted to expand on the concept.” He continued by saying, “working on and rehearsing these songs has already been incredible, we can’t wait for the show.”Purchase tickets for Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Tonic Room performance on 10/29 here.
Read Full Story A new poll by The Boston Globe and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds, eight years into the state’s universal health insurance legislation enacted in 2006, 63% of Massachusetts residents support the law and 18% oppose it, while 7% are not sure, and 12% have not heard or read about the law. The percentage of residents supporting the law remains unchanged since a 2011 Boston Globe/HSPH poll. Support for the law varies by party affiliation, with 77% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 49% of Republicans saying they support the legislation. The poll was conducted May 27-June 2, 2014.The poll also asked Massachusetts residents about their support for the national health care legislation passed in 2010 by President Obama and Congress, which remains controversial nationwide. In contrast to U.S. adults as a whole, a majority (57%) of Massachusetts residents approve of the national legislation, while only a third (34%) disapprove. In comparison, a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found that 41% of U.S. adults approve of the national law and 55% disapprove, indicating that Massachusetts residents are considerably more favorable than Americans as a whole toward the national legislation.“Despite news reports of rollout problems, at both the state and national levels, the Massachusetts public still supports the state law and the national Affordable Care Act,” said Robert Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health.
Television star Judson Mills (Walker, Texas Ranger, The X-Files) will star as the titular bodyguard Frank Farmer in the North American premiere of The Bodyguard, alongside previously announced Grammy nominee Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron. Performances of the musical adaptation are set to begin on November 25, for a limited run through January 1, 2017 at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, prior to the official national tour opening at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, on January 10.In addition to Mills and Cox, the cast of The Bodyguard will feature Alex Corrado as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Charles Gray as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron and Douglas Baldeo and Kevelin B. Jones III alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.The musical’s ensemble includes Arielle Campbell, Brendon Chan, Willie Dee, Jarid Faubel, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Emily Jenda, Alejandra Matos, Bradford Rahmlow, Benjamin Rivera, Sean Rozanski, Matthew Schmidt, Jaquez André Sims, Lauren Tanner and Naomi C. Walley.The Bodyguard musical is based on the Warner Bros. film written by Lawrence Kasdan, and features a book by Alexander Dinelaris, direction by Thea Sharrock and choreography by Karen Bruce. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of classic songs, including “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time—“I Will Always Love You.”The creative team for The Bodyguard includes scenic design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. View Comments Judson Mills
Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission will release its final report onJanuary 13, 2011 at 11 am in State House Room 11 in Montpelier. The Commission wascreated by legislative act in May 2009. The Commission’s purpose, as set forth by statute, wasto examine Vermont’s tax system and recommend improvements for the future. Thecommission’s final report will feature findings, recommendations, and a minority report. What: Commission hearing presenting the Commission’s recommendations to the Legislature. Who: Kathy Hoyt, Blue Ribbon Tax Structure CommissionWilliam Sayre, Blue Ribbon Tax Structure CommissionWilliam Schubart, Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission When: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Where: The State House, Montpelier, VT Room 11 www.vermonttaxreform.org(link is external)
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 13, 2018 The Colombian Navy carried out five combined operations in the Pacific and the Caribbean in coordination with the navies and coast guards of the United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama, as part of naval military strategy Orion. The operations resulted in the seizure of 19.5 tons of cocaine hydrochloride between April 1-30, 2018. “International cooperation is a must in the fight against narcotrafficking,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Orlando Romero Reyes, commander of the Pacific Naval Fleet, told Diálogo. “The [strategy] will set a precedent for the future of sea operations.” According to the Colombian Navy, partner nations conducted three combined naval operations in the Pacific. The U.S., Mexican, and Colombian navies participated in Operation Betelgeuse; the United States, Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia carried out Operation Alnilam-Kraken; and Colombia and Ecuador executed Operation Rigel. In the Caribbean, Colombia and Nicaragua conducted Operation Alniltag, while Colombia and Honduras completed Operation Bellatrix. “I’d like to thank the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South) for its participation in the naval operation,” Vice Adm. Romero said. “JIATF-South sets a precedent that integrates representatives from different countries and where we have a fusion center that allows us to understand narcotrafficking dynamics on a global level.” JIATF-South is one of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) three task forces. The force conducts detection and monitoring operations in the area the United States, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean share to intercept illegal trafficking in support of U.S. and partner nation security. “Colombia has a great deal of responsibility, given that it’s the world’s leading producer of cocaine hydrochloride. Transnational organized crime cartels have moved; we already have some representatives of the Sinaloa Cartel [a Mexican criminal organization dedicated to narcotrafficking] in the country,” said Vice Adm. Romero. “Combined work strengthens the efficiency of operations against narcotrafficking, which makes the Pacific a safer region.” Naval military strategy Orion For operations to be effective, Pacific Naval Fleet surface units, including warships; ocean, coastal, and maritime patrol vessels; a helicopter; and rapid response boats deployed to interdict vessels. The Mexican Navy and U.S. Coast Guard deployed ocean patrol vessels and air platforms. Panama provided all of its rapid response units, a coastal patrol vessel, and two air platforms. “Colombia reaffirmed the importance of cooperation and interdiction agreements,” Lieutenant Commander Carlos Torres Caraballo, supervisor of Pacific Operations for the Colombian Navy, told Diálogo. “It’s important to establish the appropriate dialogues and treaties in every country because the most delicate topic out there is intelligence information exchange.” In addition to coordinating illicit trafficking interdiction work with JIATF-South during combined operations, the participating navies and coast guards coordinated with the Colombian Navy’s fusion centers. The centers form a naval network that unites regional efforts, capabilities, and information since 2014. “Despite the large deployment, it isn’t enough to cover the entire Pacific Ocean. For example, Mexico has huge territorial waters and is one of the main destinations for the cocaine hydrochloride that leaves Colombia,” said Lt. Cmdr. Torres. “The alkaloid also enters Guatemala because criminal organizations find it easy to get drugs across the land border between Guatemala and Mexico.” A successful experience “The narcotrafficking transnational crime is asymmetric because gangs have a lot of money, advanced technology; they move around countries like a fish in water, and recruit criminals who deserted the peace process and know the terrain where they’ve committed crimes for a long time,” Vice Adm. Romero said. “Criminal structures have invisible groups that coordinate the distribution of money. That’s where intelligence services and international cooperation are essential to fight the entire narcotrafficking phenomenon.” “We know the diagnosis and the difficulties that lie ahead. Our organization, our democracy, our system itself doesn’t move at the same speed as organized crime. That’s a challenge,” Vice Adm. Romero added. “Therefore, it makes sense to work hand in hand with countries that have good organizations, a wealth of experience, and can help us tackle the [narcotrafficking] phenomenon.” Given the results, Colombia plans a second combined exercise. “Although we have different laws, we have common objectives, and those common goals allow us to integrate our capacities to conduct operations that impede narcotrafficking,” Lt. Cmdr. Torres said. “The Colombian Navy plans to implement more naval strategies that integrate the capacities of different countries’ navies based on three pillars: cooperation and integrated intelligence among different countries, fusion centers, and combined operations,” concluded Vice Adm. Romero.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are looking for a hit-and-run driver that seriously injured a 26-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Mastic over the weekend.Troy Castor was walking on Woods Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene at 2 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue and then transferred to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.Investigators believe the vehicle involved was a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Ford Fusion.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-8752 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
Credit union executives at NAFCU’s Annual Conference on Thursday received a Washington update from the association’s legislative and regulatory staff, learned how to stay relevant to the industry and were briefed on how to retain and hire millennials.NAFCU’s legislative and regulatory teams spoke in an open format to credit union executives, providing an update on the industry and what is happening in Washington. (Read more here.)Also on Thursday, NAFCU Director of Education Devon Lyon led a session on the relevancy of credit unions. He touched on mobile banking and electronic financial services, such as ATMs, online loan payments and remote deposit capture. He also discussed the importance of data security and fintech.Jennifer Kuhn, leadership and team development expert at Jennifer Kuhn LLC, talked about hiring and retaining millennials. She discussed this generation’s communication preferences and the importance of credit unions knowing their audience. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
THERE CAN be few better ways of implementing international best practice than by giving senior management hands-on experience of rail operations in different countries. With Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp now running rail freight in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain, that is precisely what WC President Ed Burkhardt is going to do. Giving the Sir Robert Reid lecture to the Chartered Institute of Transport in London on January 14, Burkhardt said he planned to switch managers between English Welsh & Scottish Railway, Wisconsin Central in the USA and Tranz Rail in New Zealand. There is much to be learned.We have remarked before that Tranz Rail carries wagonload and less-than-wagonload freight at a profit, flying in the face of conventional wisdom on many railways where wagonload is dismissed as a money-losing venture. Of course it will run in the red if archaic work practices stay in place, costs remain high, and negative attitudes pervade the business. The consequence of failing to tackle these issues is a spiral of decline – witness the agony that French National Railways is going through in the wake of the government’s cave-in to union demands in December 1995.Burkhardt says that the EWS ’Enterprise’ wagonload business ’is our strongest growth area … we are determined to provide a general service to British freight customers, and the single wagon market is much larger than the block train market.’ EWS is attacking costs on all sides, and it plans to seek authority from the Health & Safety Executive and Railtrack to introduce radio-controlled unmanned shunting – a practice common in New Zealand, Canada, Germany and elsewhere. It has, incidentally, reached ’handshake agreement’ with Railtrack over track access fees.Burkhardt wants best practice to travel both ways, and he is impressed by the number of trains run in Britain and New Zealand by a single crew member. WC operates about 10 trains a day with a driver only, and planned to run more until unions petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration to prohibit them. While awaiting the FRA’s ruling, Burkhardt is incensed that ’the large American railroads have kind words for our efforts in private, and are totally silent in public.’In Britain the success of EWS ’has used up all surplus wagons’, and new ones are needed quickly ’with the cost brought down to international standard … this will be an interesting and productive effort involving a melding of American, UK and European standards, engineering and material sourcing’, says Burkhardt.With EWS now preferred bidder for Railfreight Distribution, there is the intriguing prospect of exposing the railways of Continental Europe to ’international best practice’ in the Wisconsin Central style. Asked whether he saw RfD as a bridgehead into Europe with EWS as an open access operator under EU Directive 91/440, Burkhardt replied that ’we would prefer not to – we don’t like open access.’ He believes that rail is exposed to more than enough competition from road already. Unfortunately, too many of Europe’s railway managers have failed to respond in kind. Some management exchanges might be in order. o
The building has only a few apartments left for sale priced from $398,000.The public can view the sculpture from 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25 Brisbane’s newest ‘art exhibition’ can be found at Consolidated Properties’ Spire Residences tower, which features a 12m sculpture from the renowned Peter Hennessey.Hennessey said he celebrated the development’s artistic design with the installation of a four-storey floral vine, which symbolised the building’s “roots in the past and vision for the future”.He said the sculpture, Spiral Uplift, was one of his most complex works. “It’s a very detailed piece of work — I wanted to make it so that every time people look at it they see something different, and the dynamics of the sculpture change depending on where it is viewed from,” he said. Brisbane’s newest ‘art exhibition’ can be found at Consolidated Properties’ Spire Residences tower, which features a 12m sculpture from the renowned Peter Hennessey.Art enthusiasts can catch a new sculpture that will be on permanent display at one of Brisbane’s newest residential towers.Consolidated Properties commissioned Melbourne-based artist Peter Hennessey to create a 12m high sculpture for the foyer of their Spire Residences tower. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoYou can still buy into Consolidated Properties’ Spire Residences tower, with prices starting at $398,000.“The artwork can be interpreted as a dance between nature and modern technology, and how one does not need to dominate the other.“In fact, the combination of these elements — organic and built, old and new — is what makes this artwork — and the Spire Residences building, so unique and visually spectacular.” Designed by John Wardle Architects,Spire Residences, sits at the northern gateway to Brisbane’s business centre.Also on display are photographer Justin Nicholas’s portraits of the builders involved in the project.Designed by John Wardle Architects, Spire Residences, sits at the northern gateway to Brisbane’s business centre, and was named the winner of the Residential Architecture — Multiple Housing at the Queensland Architecture Awards. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<<