Employers will drive home phone ban

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. A new law which would make it an offence for drivers to use hand-held mobilephones is likely to extend to employers who cause or permit the use of suchdevices by their employees while driving. The Department for Transport concluded its consultation on the proposed newoffence last month and is expected to bring legislation into effect early nextyear. Company car drivers have been shown to be among the worst culprits for usingmobiles phones while at the wheel and pressure is growing for employers to takeaction. “We want to see employers introducing clear policies to stop theirworkers using mobile phones at the wheel, whether hand-held orhands-free,” said Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at safety campaigngroup Rospa. “They should do this as part of their policies to manageoccupational road risk and under their responsibilities to keep their employeessafe.” The new law will also prohibit the use of hand-held phones used with anearphone and microphone, leaving employers to pick up the tab for fittingcompany cars with dashboard mountings for hands-free kits. Employers will drive home phone banOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Press release: Government encourages people to stay home on New Year’s Eve

first_imgWith New Year’s Eve approaching, the government has launched a campaign urging people to act like they have the virus and to stay at home The public will be reminded of the rapidly rising rate of coronavirus infections, asymptomatic transmission, and pressures facing NHS hospitals The campaign is running across radio, print media and out of home advertising Everyone in England is being encouraged to stay at home as part of a public information advertising campaign urging the public to see in the new year safely.‘See in the new year safely at home’ is running across radio, print media and out of home advertising until 31 December. It comes at a time where current data shows COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high.The advertising reiterates people should not meet up with friends or family indoors, unless they are in the same household or support bubble, and they should avoid large gatherings of any kind.The adverts remind the public how easily COVID-19 can be spread. 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 have no symptoms and as such the public should act like they have the virus to avoid spreading it without realising. The new strain of the virus spreads even faster than before and NERVTAG’s early analysis suggested it could increase R by 0.4 or greater. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: NHS Test and Trace is reaching 97.5% of contacts within 24 hours, and more than 3.9 million people have been reached and the government is calling on people to do their bit and further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Background information Find all local restrictions and laws Download images of the campaign The weekly average case rate for England has increased by over 66% compared to 2 weeks previously (the weekly average at 15 Dec compared to the weekly average at 1 Dec) In London, the case rate has nearly doubled over the last week, with the new variant accounting for 60% of infections in London With our NHS under pressure we must all take personal responsibility this New Year’s Eve and stay at home. I know how much we have all sacrificed this year and  we cannot let up. Over 600,000 people have now been vaccinated and we are close to beating this virus. Now more than ever, we need to pull together to save lives and protect our NHS. If we continue to do our bit by staying at home, we can get through this together.last_img read more

Champlain College unveils a new logo

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–This summer, Champlain College is unveiling a new graphic identity that uses a traditional symbol to convey the Colleges history, academics, innovation and location in a distinct way.Champlain Colleges primary signature is composed of the wordmark Champlain College and a stylized crest, which includes Champlains founding year, 1878, and the rolling Green Mountains of Vermont. The Colleges innovative character is depicted by a lively swash of white across the crest. Champlains reputation for academic excellence is portrayed with an open book, set upon a blue background that represents its proximity to Lake Champlain. The blue and green have been used as Champlain College colors in the past.I am confident that this new logo will convey the academic tradition and some of the core attributes that make Champlain College the institution it is today, and what it can become in the years ahead, said President David Finney.The College worked with Robert Rytter and Associates of Baltimore to create the new logo. After considering a variety of directions and consulting with staff, faculty and students, Champlain narrowed the choices to a graphic identity that best fit the College.Robert Rytter and Associates is a full-service creative communications firm providing advertising, direct mail and corporate communications services to companies, associations and educational institutions. The firm has also produced the graphic identities for Susquehanna University, University of Arizona and Hamilton College.# # #last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall, continuing trend

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims fell last week, continuing a downward trend since a spike at the end of 2009. For the week of February 6, 2010, there were 947 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 125 from the week before. Altogether 14,826 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 135 from a week ago and 1,968 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 5,045 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 14 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,478 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 108 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

First Electric Submarine Seized in Colombia

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo September 26, 2017 In early April, Colombian intelligence agencies received information about a plan to build a submarine to transport illegal drugs. It was known that the submarine would be manufactured somewhere in the department of Chocó, on Colombia’s Pacific coast, an area of operation for the guerrilla group National Liberation Army (ELN, per its Spanish acronym). “This information was used to create our own intelligence system coordinating the capacities of all three military branches,” Brigadier General Mauricio Moreno Rodríguez, the commander of Joint Task Force Titán (FTCT, per its Spanish acronym), which is responsible for a large part of the department of Chocó, told Diálogo. “Resources provided by the National Police have aided in reinforcement.” Working through the FTCT, the Colombian Navy’s Pacific Fleet, the Colombian Army, and the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) designed a plan under Operation Barbudo (Bearded Man), which resulted in the seizure of the first electric submarine. Its discovery in late July was made possible by three months of tracking the materials needed by the criminals to manufacture the vessel. “By means of a stealth operation, the possible locations for its construction were ascertained,” Vice Admiral Luis Hernán Espejo Segura, the commander of Colombia’s Pacific Fleet, told Diálogo. Night-time surprise A reconnaissance mission flown by a FAC AC-47 Phantom aircraft located a coca-processing lab in an estuary of the Cucurrupi River in Chocó. Later, a Black Hawk helicopter from FAC’s 7th Combat Air Command escorted a Colombian Navy river assault patrol boat and several Army aircraft, which conducted the operation’s air assaults, FAC reported in a press release. “That way we made a simultaneous incursion against both the [laboratory] as well as against the location where they had finished building the vessel,” Vice Adm. Espejo said. “We did it by night. We reached the submarine and waited until dawn broke to ensure the best results.” Reaching the site was not easy. In addition to the extreme jungle conditions, there was harassment from guerrillas who tried to prevent the submarine’s removal. The objective, however, was achieved without any harm to the civilian population or the troops. To that end, it was very useful to have a bulletproof ship to repel the attacks and provide security to the service members. The submarine was towed by an amphibious ship to the San Juan River. Later, it was transported to Naval Base 2 in Málaga Bay, where it was turned over to the Technical Investigation Corps. Submarine and laboratory The discovered submarine is capable of transporting four tons of drugs. It cost approximately $1.5 million and was made of steel plates used in shipbuilding. Its construction may have taken as much as six months. It measures nine meters long, four-and-a-half meters wide, and has four stabilizing fins, a radar, a navigation chamber, echo sounding, and ballast and compression tanks. Its electric propulsion, powered by more than 100 batteries, allowed it to run two motors without producing gas or noise while navigating underwater, in order to evade detection by the authorities, the Colombian Navy reported in a press release. At the laboratory, they found 34 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride ready for sale. The location also had sufficient equipment and supplies for industrial-scale drug manufacturing. “It had the capacity for producing around two tons of cocaine per week,” Vice Adm. Espejo said. Operation Barbudo “Operation Barbudo was initiated in response to a request made by the governor of the department of Chocó to the Ministry of Defense in 2016, to wield more effective control over the San Juan River,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “It’s a partly navigable river, but not for deep-draft vessels.” The ground troops trained for water combat during the first three months of 2017. After standardizing their logistics and the decision-making process, the plan was finalized. “On April 1st, we launched the operation with the Pacific Fleet,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “Little by little, we occupied the San Juan River, starting from its mouth at the Pacific Ocean.” Since then, the offensives have led to the capture of 125 people – members of ELN and other organized armed groups linked to drug trafficking – who commit crimes in the San Juan and Baudó river areas. They have also gained the voluntary surrender of 20 members of ELN, six of them minors, and have seized more than nine tons of cocaine hydrochloride and nearly two tons of marijuana. Among their other achievements are the seizure of 22 illegal weapons caches, the destruction of 17 camps used by organized armed groups, and the discovery of 559 kilograms of explosives, and 207 explosive devices, the Colombian Navy reported in a press release. In a flood-prone and geologically unstable jungle region with more than 8,000 bodies of water, it is essential to have forces on the water to support the troops on the ground. “The effectiveness of this operation results from its joint nature, combining the capacities of the Marine Corps and the Navy to be on the river with ground maneuvers but within the same operational scheme, that is, fully coordinated,” Vice Adm. Espejo noted. “The most important conclusion to be drawn from all of this is that the Colombian Armed Forces’ joint operations should be based on a clearly understood, analyzed, and appropriate scheme,” Brig. Gen. Moreno concluded. “We set all of our egos aside.”last_img read more

Premier League goal spree sets new record

first_imgTopics : Jesus left it until the very last moment to set the record when he scored in stoppage-time of City’s 3-1 win at Wolves.Earlier in the day, Aston Villa had beaten Sheffield United 1-0.Tottenham’s 5-2 rout of Southampton followed Saturday’s wins for Everton, 5-2 against West Bromwich Albion, and Leeds, 4-3 against Fulham, with six more added as Leicester beat Burnley 4-2. The Premier League set a new record for the highest number of goals in a single round of matches on Monday as Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus scored the milestone 44th against Wolves.After 39 goals were scored across Saturday and Sunday’s eight games, City, Wolves and Aston Villa all netted on Monday to surpass the previous Premier League best of 43.In the 20-team Premier League era, 43 goals were scored in a single game-week across February 5 and 6, 2011.last_img read more

Singapore’s MPA advances LNG bunkering efforts

first_imgImage courtesy of MPASingapore’s investment in liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel has reached $19 million as it continues its strategy of becoming the largest LNG bunkering hub. Speaking to Reuters during a conference, Alan Lim, deputy director at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said the development of LNG bunkering since late 2015.The majority of investment was directed towards building the LNG-fueled tugboats.In his speech at the conference, senior minister of state for transport and health, Lam Pin Min, said the authority has “made has made good progress on LNG bunkering in Singapore over the last few years. To kick-start the use of LNG as a marine fuel, MPA has co-funded the construction of eight LNG-fuelled vessels. The first two were delivered this year to Keppel SMIT Towage and Maju Maritime, which have since conducted a total of 15 LNG bunkering operations.”“We expect this number to grow as more LNG-fuelled vessels are delivered,” the minister said.He added that the authority continues to work on LNG bunkering with international ports through the LNG Bunkering Focus Group that was recently joined by the first Middle Eastern partner, the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority.MPA added it has also joined the LNG bunkering coalition the SEALNG to further align its efforts with the global LNG bunkering supply chain.last_img read more

SPSCC Ushers in the Holiday Season with Three Music Performances

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) wraps up Fall Quarter classes and ushers in the holiday season with three outstanding music performances between November 30 and December 7, 2018. SPSCC music groups are a mix of college students and community members who perform in concert throughout the year.SPSCC Chorus and Chamber ChoirWinter RosesFriday, November 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Main StageBuy TicketsThe SPSCC Chorus and Chamber Choir present Winter Roses, an eclectic mix of winter and holiday repertoire, featuring the works of Bach, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Whitacre, and Gjeilo. The Chorus and Chamber Choir are directed by Dr. John Guarente and will accompanied by Jennifer Hermann and April Kuhr.South Puget Sound College OrchestraOld, New, and Seasonal FavoritesSaturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Main StageBuy TicketsThe South Puget Sound College Orchestra opens its 2018-19 season with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Dvorak’s Noon Witch, as well as the world premiere of Pacific Northwest composer Carolyn Quick’s Through the Haze. Troy Fisher and Kids in Concert join the Orchestra after intermission to get us all in the holiday spirit. The Orchestra is directed by Cameron May.South Puget Sound Jazz BandTribute to the Savoy BallroomFriday, December 7, 2018 at 8 p.m.The Evergreen State College Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1FREE admission, $3 parkingThe Jazz Band is directed by James Schneider and will feature classic swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s, featuring the Shimmy Shack Swingers. Admission is free and tickets are not required.Tickets for the Orchestra and Chorus concerts are available at OlyTix.org or by calling The Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office at 360-753-8586. General admission tickets are $15 with $10 tickets for seniors, students, and military with ID. All shows are free to SPSCC students, staff and faculty with SPSCC ID.Featured photo credit: Shanna Paxton Photographylast_img read more

Mile – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgAdam WachtelElliott WaldenGary BarberWilliam MottPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: The winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile was Tourist. And we’re joined now by from the left to right, Adam Wachtel, trainer Bill Mott, Gary Barber, and Elliott Walden. Thank you all for joining us here, and congrats again. Bill, let’s start with you. If you wouldn’t mind, tell us a little bit about how you saw the race unfold from your perspective?WILLIAM MOTT: Well, I mean, I thought he got away from the gate good. We were actually hoping to be maybe laying third or fourth. It looked like maybe we were back in fifth or sixth position. There was a horse rolling on the lead which, you know, it looked like he was going to set fast enough fractions. So I thought having a rail trip around the first turn and we sort of came out of that unscathed, and I thought, you know, we head down the backside, and I thought, well, now we’ve just got to get lucky and get a little luck around this next turn, and he did. He found some running room, perfect ride, and the horse ran great.I mean, he’s looked great. He’s trained well since he’s been here, and he actually reproduced everything that he came with.THE MODERATOR: This was his third try in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. So can you just talk about the previous two efforts when he had some trouble and some wide trips?WILLIAM MOTT: The first trip out here was a horrible trip, as you know. Sometimes you can go into that first turn and you can get knocked around a little bit, and he actually got knocked to the middle of the racetrack that day. Lost all chance, I think, and it was over before they headed out down the back side. Last year we were at Keeneland, and the ground came up very, very soft, and something that he doesn’t really care for. We’d had a little bit of a foot issue going into the race, so there were some things that didn’t fall in place perfectly.But he came into this one in perfect shape. We got the ground we needed and the trip that we desired. And the rest is history. Just put it in the record book.Q. Future plans? Is he going to continue to race?ELLIOTT WALDEN: We’re going to talk about it as a group, but when you win a race like that against the best milers in the world, and he’s five years old, he’ll probably go to stud.WILLIAM MOTT: No, he’s doing good. Wait a minute. Stud, what are you talking about? Come on. Horse is just getting warmed up (laughing).Q. Sorry to open up a wound there.ELLIOTT WALDEN: No, no.Q. Bill, we saw Reilly and Rudy celebrating after the race. Can you just talk about what each one of them means to your operation, kind of the youngsters coming up in your shoes?WILLIAM MOTT: Well, they both do a great job, and I thought I saw some tears in their eyes when they came to the Winner’s Circle. It’s pretty gratifying to see somebody that puts a lot of effort into it, not only them, the grooms, and the entire staff. They’re two of my assistants. I’ve got other assistants that are at the other locations, and they all do a great job and they’ve all helped with this horse over the last three years. He’s been in training a long time. We’ve had him at different places, so it’s taken, you know, a big effort from a lot of different people. But it’s very gratifying to have Reilly and Rudolph here and share in the festivities. I’m sure they’ll have a little party tonight when this whole thing is over.Q. Gary Barber, just to back up a question before that. Do you have thoughts on whether we might see Tourist as a 6-year-old in your opinion?GARY BARBER: I think it’s the same as Elliott’s. We talk as a group. But when you win a race of this caliber against the best milers in the world, it sets a stage for a great stallion career.THE MODERATOR: You’ve been involved in some very good horses, just talk about the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race here today?GARY BARBER: It’s unbelievable. Especially my hometown. I had five horses and I was 0-for-4 coming in, so this really helped and it made the day. It’s been awesome.ELLIOTT WALDEN: We’re lucky with celebrities. Bobby Flay at the Belmont and Gary Barber. We’re lucky with celebrities. Give a lot of credit to Adam Wachtel. He came to me a few years ago and wanted to purchase half of this horse for Gary and himself. He’s always believed in him and believed he’s the best miler in the country. And as Bill said, the last couple Breeders’ Cups haven’t gone his way, but we’ve always believed in him enough to run him in three Breeders’ Cups. So we knew he was one of the best milers in the country, and really in the world. He beat Tepin like that, who is a remarkable, remarkable filly. He was just incredible.THE MODERATOR: Adam, a few years ago, what was it about Tourist that made you want to get a piece of him?ADAM WACHTEL: I saw his turf debut, and just thought he moved incredibly well over the turf. I actually had approached Elliott when he was a 2-year-old as a dirt horse, I thought he was pretty talented on the dirt as well. But once I saw his turf debut, I thought this horse might be something special. And that summer Bill said to me at one point, he said, I think this one’s special. I said, Really? He said, Really, this one’s special. As a 3-year-old we brought him out here, and as Bill said, it was kind of a rough trip. We always believed he was one of the best milers in the world, and I think finally today he proved the kind of talent that he has. This was my first Breeders’ Cup win, unlike the rest of them. So this is pretty exciting and pretty gratifying.Q. Finally, just each of you, if you could just talk about the final 100 yards. There was a great miler coming at you in Tepin. And your thoughts as she was getting closer and the wire was getting closer? Bill, do you want to start with that?WILLIAM MOTT: I said, just come on, wire (laughing). But he was still running strong. I mean, he was still — he never looked like he weakened. He looked like he came on. I think the others were running from behind him, but I don’t think he was giving an inch. I think he was still, you know — the pedal was still to the medal, and I think he was still giving it when he approached the wire. I don’t think he had given up when he hit the wire.Q. Elliott, this race always has a deep field, but your thoughts just on the horses that you managed to beat today, the depth of this race?ELLIOTT WALDEN: Well, when we came in, we felt like we were really live, and felt like he was one of the horses to beat. But then you look at it and think you could run this race ten times and you might have five different winners. So we’re just blessed to get the job done. Bill’s done a great job, been very patient with him through a couple little bumps in the road. Kept him sound and happy, and the culmination is the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1:31 and change. It’s just an awesome feeling. Very, very classy horse.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

Acting Traffic Chief rubbishes “rare to non-existent” traffic enforcement assertions

first_imgLess than one week ago, the United States Department of State released its 2018 Crime and Security Report, wherein the following was asserted regarding Guyana: “Road conditions and road safety standards are below US standards. Roads are rarely maintained, and street lighting is sporadic. Vehicle accidents are very common, and accidents involving pedestrians are also very common. Traffic enforcement is rare to non-existent.”Acting Traffic Chief Ramesh Ashram is, however, rubbishing that report’s claims that enforcement of traffic regulations are “rare to non-existent.” Contacted on Monday, Ashram told Guyana Times that although he is yet to see the contents of the report in its entirety, the assertion regarding “little to no enforcement of traffic regulations” is one that he would contend. He has referred to the recently released statistics for the first quarter of 2018 to substantiate his contention.Traffic Chief Ramesh Ashram“We have been doing enforcement all the time. It is an ongoing exercise, and for the year so far, we have had over 30,000 cases made out. So I don’t know about not doing enforcement,” Ashram has said.Just last week, the Police, in a release, revealed that there was an 11.4 per cent decrease in fatal accidents up to the end of April 2018, with 34 people having lost their lives. Decreases were also recorded in serious, minor and damage accidents. Speeding continues to account for most of the road deaths, followed by pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles. Three people have been killed as a result of persons driving under the influence of alcohol, and three as a result of drivers being inattentive. One person was killed as the failed to confirm to signs.The GPF release also revealed that 29,064 cases were made out against errant drivers from January to April 2018.The US report identified traffic accidents as a major concern in Georgetown, with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol being contributory factors. It has added that road and driving conditions are poor.“Police sporadically enforce local traffic laws, and local drivers often drive recklessly. Stop signs and traffic signals are often ignored…few roads have sidewalks. A combination of very aggressive and inexperienced, timid vehicle operators makes driving especially dangerous. Speeding, reckless driving, tailgating, cutting across lanes, stopping quickly without signalling, passing at intersections, and passing on crowded streets are commonplace,” the report stated.The US report has additionally urged US citizens travelling to interior locations to do so with experienced tour companies, while identifying that medical and law enforcement resources in many interior locations are significantly less than what is available in Georgetown.The report also declared road and driving conditions poor, and has coupled this with poor street lighting and drivers not lowering high-beam lights.Contacted, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has said he is yet to peruse the report, and has refused to offer a comment on road conditions throughout the country.For years, though, citizens throughout Guyana have protested, and continue to protest, the deplorable state of the country’s roads.last_img read more