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Press release: Environmental charities receive over £2.2 million from businesses which broke environmental laws

first_img United Utilities Water Limited – £232,000 benefitting Mersey Rivers Trust (£90,000) and Community Forest Trust (£142,000) for discharging sewage into a brook Obviously, we would have been happier if these incidents hadn’t occurred at all. However, it’s a good principle that polluters should offer redress for the damage they cause. The money will enable work which will benefit wildlife and wild places, and which otherwise wouldn’t be funded. We hope these payments serve as a reminder to business of its responsibility towards a clean and healthy environment; and also have a deterrent effect as it’s clearly cheaper to do things cleanly, rather than risk creating pollution. Yorkshire Water Services Limited – £200,000 benefitting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for polluting a river. Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager, The Wildlife Trusts said: Angel Springs Holdings Limited – £24,329 benefitting Marine Conservation Society for not taking reasonable steps to recover and recycle packaging waste. Companies and individuals will make the payments for environmental offences including pollution of rivers or the sea, not meeting permit conditions or not taking reasonable steps to recover packaging waste.A total of 15 charities and projects will benefit from the £2,223,121.54 with the money to be spent by local groups on projects that benefit the environment including cleaning up and enhancing parks, rivers and beaches.The latest list includes the Environment Agency’s largest ever financial contribution of £975,000 offered by Wessex Water Services Limited for an environmental offence involving sewage spills at Swanage in Dorset. The funds will benefit Dorset Waste Partnership (£400,000), Dorset Litter Free Coast and Sea Project (£100,000), Purbeck District Council/Swanage Town Council (£400,000) and Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve (£75,000).There are another 14 Enforcement Undertakings with payments ranging from £5,000 – £232,000, including: Carlsberg Supply Company UK Limited – £120,000 benefitting the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire (£80,000) and River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company (£40,000) for polluting a river.center_img When companies damage the environment whether it is through polluting our waters or breaching permit conditions, we will take enforcement action against them including civil sanctions. We take these environmental incidents very seriously and these payments of more than £2.2 million direct to charities will help them carry out vital projects to improve our environment right across England. Tesco Distribution Limited – £100,000 benefitting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for discharging diesel into a watercourse and ponds. Northumbrian Water Limited – £135,000 benefitting Durham Wildlife Trust (£45,000), Wear Rivers Trust (£45,000), Marine Conservation Society (£45,000) for polluting a stream. As well as making a payment to an appropriate charity or project, these companies have accepted liability, demonstrated restoration of harm and will make improvements to avoid future offences.Peter Kellett Director of Legal Services from the Environment Agency said: Companies or members of the public are urged report pollution to the Environment Agency’s 24/7 hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Environment Agency officers respond to limit damage to the environment and protect people and wildlife.The Environment Agency is increasingly using enforcement undertakings for suitable cases to restore or enhance the environment, improve practices of the offending business and ensure future compliance with environmental requirements. However prosecutions will still be taken, particularly in the most serious cases.The full list of Enforcement Undertakings is now available.last_img read more

The Revivalists Perform “Change” On Today Show

first_imgThe Revivalists were up bright and early this morning to perform on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. The New Orleans-based octet are currently on tour in support of their most recent release, Take Good Care, the follow-up to 2015’s Men Amongst Mountains. With two nights at the Beacon Theatre in NYC up next, followed by a performance at iHeartRadio ALTer Ego 2019, the band will fly across the pond for their first-ever European tour next week. 2019 is off to a great start for The Revivalists, to say the least.Today, for the first time on national television, The Revivalists performed “Change” from the new album. You can watch that performance below:In related news, The Revivalists were also announced for the 2019 Jazz Fest lineup today, which also includes The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, and hundreds more.last_img read more

The classroom, circa 2050

first_imgPerformer Michael Jackson may be a legend, but if some local high school students had their way, he’d be the namesake behind a futuristic school — Michael Jackson High School.Like the man, the school would be one of a kind, with beanbag chairs, one-way mirrors, and teachers who are holograms beamed into the middle of the circular classrooms. The team behind this stupendous brainwork includes Claudeline Leger, Sara Barbosa, and Andre Augustin of the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy, an intensive, six-week summer program that partners Cambridge Public Schools with the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Education Program (TEP).The free program, which offers local high schoolers an opportunity to boost their academics, also provides a learning opportunity for TEP students, who are paired with experienced teachers.Ed School student Jeremy Jackson, who studied engineering and design prior to enrolling at Harvard, helped the students with their intricate layouts and floor plans. “It was my first time ever teaching,” he said. “So I learned a lot because we were just thrown into the mix.”Amanuel Kidane participated in “Design a High School for 2050,” which was actually part of an old-fashioned geometry class. “Our school has three different buildings connected by a circular cafeteria and library,” explained Leger, a 10th-grader at Cristo Rey Boston High School. She, Barbosa, and Augustin were on hand to explain everything from the school’s cost to its design concept during the academy’s inaugural student exhibition on Wednesday (Aug. 10).Though the project theme was innovative — “Design a High School for 2050” — it was actually part of an old-fashioned geometry class. That’s not always a favorite subject, the students readily admitted. But combined with the funky approach and teamwork, geometry may be on the up and up.“We worked together. We had our ups and downs, but we came through,” said Augustin. And the teachers? “They’re cool people.”In another classroom, students were presenting their original essays based on the NPR program “This I Believe,” which invites the public to write and share the core values that guide their lives.Paula Baker, 16, of Cristo Rey High, believes in “going to guidance” — a phrase she gleaned from a former teacher, who frequently sent students to the guidance counselor. Baker and her friends use the phrase often. But, she explained, it’s really a metaphor for communication.“In our minds, when you go to guidance, you become educated about and fully understand a topic or situation: You know it. When it comes to relationships, I believe that you must go to guidance because truly knowing the people you surround yourself with, and letting others know you, will make you a happier person in the end.”Dante Chen solved a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes, all the while talking about humility. “I was a bratty kid. I always believed I was the best. I didn’t like that about me — no one likes someone who’s so arrogant,” he said. Baker and other students read from their essays, as well as their original poems. Some showed poster boards of their interests — ranging from soccer to superheroes to pediatrics — and others juggled and performed dance moves. But student Dante Chen solved a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes, all the while talking about humility.“I was a bratty kid. I always believed I was the best. I didn’t like that about me — no one likes someone who’s so arrogant,” he said. “It’s cliché, but everyone does have their strengths and weaknesses. It’s a weak person who believes that their strengths are better than others.”More than 350 high school students benefited from personalized instruction this summer — a record number of participants. The academy now implements a project-based program that culminates in the students developing a concept that applies the skills and concepts they’ve learned.“The power of the program comes when the interns learn from master teachers about how to plan a course, design a project, and work really closely with students toward that outcome,” said Kyle Hartung, co-director of the academy. “And the students also learn from other students. Together they are able to encourage one another to think and learn in new ways.”“One of the best things about the academy was the small groups and five teachers I had,” said Baker. “We got to share and get personal in our classes.”Rachel Cohen, one of Baker’s instructors from TEP, said her experience at the academy was “fascinating, illuminating.”“It’s great to work in a place where you feel necessary. Working on a team with four of your peers and master teachers is empowering,” she said. “A lot of these kids have had a hard time in school, but they were so willing to participate. It made me feel a lot more optimistic about the students I’ll be teaching someday.”Presenting their project titled “Catholic Leadership High School” are Collette Obanor (from left), Leyda Frias, and Shaquille Evans.last_img read more

Stopping tuberculosis requires new strategy

first_imgUnless there is a major shift in the way the world fights tuberculosis — from a reliance on biomedical solutions to an approach that combines biomedical interventions with social actions — the epidemic and drug resistance will worsen, say researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a new study, they call for a “biosocial” approach that incorporates interventions in areas such as nutrition, urban planning, occupational health, addiction recovery, and mental health services.“Despite increased funding for tuberculosis programs over the past 15 years, progress has been woefully slow,” said senior author Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems. “We strongly argue that more of the same will not stop tuberculosis. The time has come for comprehensive actions to confront the root causes of tuberculosis, which lie in poverty and deprivation.”The study was published online Oct. 26 in The Lancet as part of a special series led by Salmaan Keshavjee, Harvard Medical School associate professor of global health and social medicine. The series, which includes five papers detailing a comprehensive plan to stop TB deaths, along with three commentaries that place the epidemic in context, will also be published as a book. The strategies outlined in the papers will ultimately be put into action through the Zero TB Cities Project, an initiative aimed at creating “islands of elimination” of the disease. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Sammis family purchases Montague Golf Club in Randolph

first_imgThe Sammis Family has purchased the historic 18-hole Montague golf club in Randolph. Immediate plans are to upgrade the facility with a new entrance driveway and golf paths, 36 new Club Car golf carts and 36 new Amish-made swinging benches on all Men’s and Ladies’ Tees.  The  golf course is open to the public. More information is available at  www.montaguegolf.com(link is external).last_img

Ørsted commits to move forward with 900MW offshore wind project in Taiwan

first_imgØrsted commits to move forward with 900MW offshore wind project in Taiwan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Ørsted A/S made a final investment decision on the about 900-MW Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind project in Taiwan.The company confirmed its decision April 30. In a news release, it noted the Taiwanese government had approved the Danish offshore wind giant’s local supply chain plan, after which the company signed a power purchase agreement with state-owned Taiwan Power Co. on Jan. 30 at a 6% cut in the feed-in tariff and a new cap on annual full-load hours.“With the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farm, which is the first under the localization rules to take final investment decision, Ørsted will invest significantly in Taiwan’s transition to renewable energy with substantial impact on local job creation and industrial development,” Ørsted Asia-Pacific President Matthias Bausenwein said in the news release.Ørsted in October 2018 selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA as the preferred turbine supplier for the wind project, expected to be built between 2021 and 2022. Upon completion, the project will provide power to about 1 million Taiwanese households.The company received the right to build the 920-MW Changhua 2b and 4 offshore wind facility in June 2018. Construction is expected to begin in 2025, subject to the company making a final investment decision on the projects in 2023.The Greater Changhua sites have a total potential capacity of 2,400 MW, of which about 1,800 MW is already set to be built. The remaining 600 MW is available for future auction rounds.More ($): Ørsted commits to 900-MW offshore wind project in Taiwanlast_img read more

It ain’t bragging if you can back it up

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details There are a lot of terrific sayings in Texas. One of them, with variations, goes like this: “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.” Basically, this means you can wag your tongue about something (personal prowess, a skill, a job, etc.) as long as your end results justify the words. In essence, it’s the walk matching up with the talk.The saying came to mind a few days ago when I walked past a boutique in a strip mall not far from home. They were closed for lunch but a large sign was hanging proudly in the window above the door. The sign proclaimed in big, bold letters:“Come In, We’re Awesome!”While I’m not a part of the boutique’s target audience and have never shopped there, the boldness of the sign intrigued me. The owner/staff are making a pretty daring statement here. In the world of credit unions, sometimes the language describing our brand and culture is stale and technical. Phrases like “net promoter score,” “member loyalty” and “key metrics” are all well and good but don’t necessarily invoke an energetic response when it comes to culture. “Awesome,” on the other hand? That’s definitely a more spirited play on words.Now I’m going to ask you a key question. Apply the bold statement above to the current culture at your credit union. Is your brand and culture so lively, so differentiated, so lived and loved by staff every day that you could hang a similar sign on your front door? If not, why? If so, why haven’t you hung a sign like that already!?If your answer to the above question is “no,” here are some key follow-up questions to ponder regarding your credit union’s current state of culture.What words would members and employees use to describe our culture? If they’re not saying things like “awesome” what words are they using? A great way to find out how members and staff regard the status of your credit union’s culture is via a quick and easy anonymous online survey as part of a more intensive deep-dive marketing and cultural audit. While the answers to this question might be difficult to hear, it’s far better for a credit union to recognize and address cultural deficiencies now than allow the marketplace to do so in the future.What would it take to develop a culture that both staff and members do describe with such positive words as “awesome?” An investment in brand and culture, while vital, is not a Band-Aid or an overnight quick-fix. When it comes to dealing with people and culture, credit unions must be prepared to use a long-term approach. The introduction of a new brand and culture is a long haul, but well worth the effort if your credit union goes into it with the right spirit and heart.How would we measure the state of our brand and culture moving forward? As with any other major initiative, your credit union’s venture into brand and culture must be measured, monitored and compared back to (yes, that phrase again) key metrics. Too often brand and culture are maligned as being difficult, if not impossible, to track quantitatively. This is simply not the case. Credit unions that bravely sail their vessels into the swift currents of brand and culture do so with metric mile markers already in place. Some of these may be already-used measurements such as products per member, products per household, net member growth, asset size, etc. However, for something more nuanced like brand and culture, your credit union must also consider other measuring sticks that might include member and employee attitudes, product knowledge, brand knowledge and application, etc. Make no mistake; brand and culture have quantitative measurements and, critically, quantitative results (i.e.; your credit union’s bottom line).The boutique mentioned above definitely has the right idea about both developing a vibrant brand and culture and not being afraid to brag about it. However, as the saying goes, it’s not bragging if you can back it up.last_img read more

McConnell flexing his obstructionist muscle already. Biden needs to fight fire with fire

first_img– Advertisement – McConnell is, of course, capable of anything. Including bringing back a 60-vote threshold for all nominations. He is capable of refusing to consider any Supreme Court nominees from Biden. He’s done it before. He’ll happily do it again. So that means that Biden has to fight. Trump, bless him, showed how.That’s the way to do it. Just have acting secretaries for as long as he wants them. He can use the Vacancy Act to create a cabinet with people who will fulfill his campaign promises to fix current crises and set a better course. Starting out cowed by McConnell, or somehow thinking that appeasing him will make him more likely to bend and work with the administration, is a fool’s errand. McConnell was fine with Trump’s unitary executive? Shove that back down his throat.- Advertisement – Biden can deploy the dozens of executive actions available to him on Day One. Things that would be massively popular, like lowering drug prices and cancelling student debt. Doing those massively popular things, all of which he will have the legitimate power to do, will set McConnell and the Republicans back with the public. Biden needs to take the lesson from the Obama/Biden 2009 stimulus to heart. It wasn’t big enough. It didn’t do enough to save people’s livelihoods. It didn’t save millions from foreclosures. It left a lot of people still vulnerable and angry. He can’t do that again. That and the fact that he needs to go very, very big to save the economy in this pandemic.last_img read more

Sara Belec, Vukovar Vocational School: Our students are extremely optimistic about the future of tourism in Vukovar

first_imgAs part of this year’s Days of Jobs in Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism announced a public invitation to secondary catering and tourism schools and universities with programs in the field of tourism and catering “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job.” The aim of the competition is to promote catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive department that provides employment opportunities, and the competition received 38 applications from secondary catering and tourism schools and universities from all over Croatia.As the most original solution aimed at quality promotion of catering and tourism occupations and connecting with employers, the project was declared “Book a successful career” of the Vocational School Vukovar, while the second place went to the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality – Opatija, and the third place to the School of Economics and Tourism Daruvar. By winning this competition, all three teams won study trips worth a total of HRK 50.000 to prestigious centers of excellence in Spain (Basque Culinary Center) and Austria (Center of Excellence for Hospitality and Tourism) and a visit to a hotel company in Croatia.Vukovar Vocational School “Book a successful career”The award-winning project “Book a successful career” is the result of cooperation between third-grade students of tourism and hotel commercial Mirta Magoč, Kristina Koh and Sandra Radić, mentors Sara Belec (who make up the Vuturisti team) and teachers Branka Škarica, Tajana Matanović, Biljana Hečimović-Apčag and school secretary David Vlajčić.By winning the first place in the competition of the Ministry of Tourism “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job” Vukovar Vocational School received HRK 25.000,00 intended exclusively for a study trip to the culinary center in the Basque Country. “The award won was a pleasant surprise to all of us. Given the strong competition with which we competed, it is not only important for students and our school but also for the city of Vukovar, which records a continuous increase in tourist demand, so any form of promotion of tourism and hospitality professions is welcome for younger generations to choose occupations we need in Vukovar ” Sara Belec, mentor and teacher of the Vukovar Vocational School, points out, and adds that she is glad that this project also served as an example of good practice for other students and motivated them to get involved in projects, develop their competencies and skills outside school.Photo: Vocational School VukovarThe project “Book a successful career” includes the production of a promotional video of hospitality and tourism professions in 2D and 3D with the use of VR glasses to emphasize the use of new technologies and the production of brochures and a promotional stand. The video will be made in the school, but also in locations where students conduct practical classes in order to get a clear insight into what students can expect in the Vocational School Vukovar and what competencies and skills they will be able to develop.”Equally, former students of the School who continued to build their careers in tourism and hospitality will be presented. Accompanied by teachers, students will visit some primary schools in the city of Vukovar and beyond and present their occupations to interested students. Elementary school students will be able to ask questions to students and thus get information about the program itself, conducting practical classes and the reasons for enrolling in these courses. The video will have a choice of languages: Croatian, English, German, French, Serbian and Cyrillic (since classes at the school are bilingual). Students will also participate in fairs in the city of Vukovar, where they will distribute brochures and provide information about their occupations. The stand would consist of three parts: “reception” (receptionist will provide information), “bar” (waiter will serve drinks) and “kitchen” (chef will present and share food products they made themselves – traditional dishes) ” Belec points out and adds that the ideas for the brochures will be devised by the students themselves, ie members of the student cooperative of the Vukovar Ister Vocational School.The video will be presented not only in primary schools but also in the Vocational School Vukovar to encourage students to continue their education in tourism and hospitality, and the project and promotion will be realized before enrolling primary school students in secondary schools.Record tourist season in Vukovar – Srijem County The potential for the development of continental tourism, including tourism in Slavonia, is certainly great, and from year to year the tourism indicators are getting better and better. This is also shown by the data for last year, when Vukovar-Srijem County achieved record tourist results.From the beginning of January to the end of December, there were 30,17 percent more arrivals and 36,23 percent more overnight stays in the Vukovar-Srijem County compared to 2016. Out of a total of 151.419 overnight stays, 118.589 were domestic – which is an increase of as much as 48,60 percent. , and foreign 32.830 or 4,75 percent more than in 2016. Most overnight stays – 70.621 (46,63 percent) were realized in Vukovar, followed by Vinkovci with 56.508 (37,31 percent), Germans with 8.906 (5,88 percent) , Ilok with 8.251 (5,44 percent) and Zupanja with 4.807 (3,17 percent). The largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market, followed by tourists from Serbia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, France, Turkey and Macedonia.Photo: Vocational School VukovarThe city of Vukovar, which lies on the two rivers Danube and Vuca and has always been a crossroads and a meeting place for different cultures, which is why, as well as because of its Vučedol culture, is especially interesting for tourists, says Benec, adding that students see tourism in their city. as well as Vukovar-Srijem County, which is certainly great news, and certainly the positive trend is partly due to the mentioned competition “Be innovative, tourism offers you a job” which gives new opportunities and added value to students. “Given the extremely rich history and great potential for development, our students are extremely optimistic about the future of tourism in Vukovar and believe that Vukovar has all the prerequisites to continue to develop in tourism, which is why they decided to study in tourism and hospitality and one day contribute to its development“Concludes Belec.The competition “Innovative be – tourism offers you a job”, along with the Job Days event held this year in Osijek, Zagreb and Split, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Croatian Employment Service, is one of the measures of the Ministry of Tourism catering and tourism occupations and tourism as an attractive sector that provides employment opportunities.last_img read more

Frogmore rides high despite £13m faults

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