Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Second report brands London borough as racistOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today A report into racial diversity at Lambeth Borough Council has labelled thelocal authority ‘surprisingly backward’, with inadequate HR concealing discri-minatory practices. The report of the Race Scrutiny Commission, set up by Lambeth boroughcouncillors, said the council shows a ‘high degree of cynicism, and with itpoor morale, motivation and probably productivity’. It added ethnic minoritystaff are ‘bypassed on the ladders of promotion’. The study says staff training seems to be targeted at managers and thosewith the self-esteem and confidence to ask for it, and that ethnic-minorityofficers did not have a forum or agency to express their feelings and fears. Only four months ago, an investigation into racism in the Lambeth CommunityAlarms Service, found a ‘social cyclone’ in the service, with ‘racism in allits forms being the root cause. The latest report accepts that there have been major attempts to address theproblems, but warned that it would be hard to convince disillusioned andcynical staff that things really were changing for the better. Carole Litchmore, head of diversity at Lambeth, told Personnel Today thatthe report’s results had to be considered in relation to the high levels ofdiversity in the council. Almost 40 per cent of its workers are from ethniccommunities. “Everything is geared to improvement,” she said. “But we havesome way to go.” , but to achieve change you have to find the problems first. “Structurally, there have been a lot of changes at the council, andthis self-diagnosis puts us streets ahead of other councils,” she said. Related posts:No related photos.
Inter Link has appointed former group finance director Chris Thompson as chief executive.Thompson replaces Paul Griffiths, who left the cake company in October to focus on his charitable quest to restore a monastery in Manchester.Thompson joined Inter Link in 2004 and had been acting chief executive since Griffiths’ departure. The company said that it was talking to external candidates to fill the finance department vacancy.Inter Link made the announcement in a trading statement last week, as it vowed to keep expanding and consolidating its operations to boost efficiency.The company said it was focused on further expansion of manufacturing operations in mainland Europe and acquisitions.Alwin Thompson, executive chairman, added: “We continue to move forward with reorganising the business. We will consolidate our manufacturing operations into larger, more efficient units.”As part of that reorganisation, Inter Link closed its Hoppers bakery in Herne Bay this year and transferred the business to its major sites in Blackburn.It also moved into a central distribution depot in Warrington. These two developments are expected to cost in excess of £2m in the current financial year, it said.Alwin Thompson said he was optimistic Inter Link would see significant sales growth in the second half of the year with increased Christmas orders, the opening of a new Soreen factory and a range of new product launches scheduled for the New Year.
Google+ Purdue taking a hard stance against parties in light of COVID-19 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook (“EHB_3152” by Edward Blake, C.C. by 2.0) The administration at Purdue University issued a warning to its students in regards to the coronavirus pandemic: if you don’t abide by coronavirus guidelines and the Protect Purdue Pledge, you could be disciplined or possibly expelled.The Protect Purdue Pledge is a new policy adopted by the University’s Board of Trustees as a regulation to prevent the spread of coronavirus and it will be enforced. It tells students to take action to protect themselves, others, and the community from contracting the virus by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, among other things.“I think it is fair,” said sophomore Abby Stoy to WISH-TV. “If you’re a student that is going to agree to that and you’re going to be stepping on campus every day, that is not only up to the university to make sure they’re doing everything they can, but it’s up to us as students. Our last semester got cut short and we don’t want to go home again.”Purdue’s Dean of Students Katie Sermersheim issued a letter to students Wednesday.“Plainly stated, hosting or attending gatherings and parties where social distancing is not possible and masks are not worn represent violations of the Protect Purdue Pledge; if you don’t abide by rules, there is no place for you here,” said Sermersheim. “We owe it to each other to do everything we can to manage the risk and preserve the health of our community.”Both Notre Dame and UNC have gone to e-learning because of an increase of coronavirus linked to campus parties without social distancing and masks“I think people need to take it just a little seriously, just for now,” added freshman Bella Medellin to WISH-TV. “It would be pretty sad. I’m really excited to be here and do on-campus learning rather than off because personally I feel I learn better if I’m physically in the classroom.”Students are back on campus this weekend. Classes start on Monday. For now, Purdue has not said how it plans to enforce parties, especially off-campus.The plan is to offer in-person classes until Thanksgiving. Previous articleLigonier teenager killed in crash on County Line RoadNext articleIndiana State Police on the lookout for suspected drunk drivers Network Indiana Twitter By Network Indiana – August 21, 2020 0 211 WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+
[Video: Coy Combs] Yesterday, Cincinnati celebrated “Les Claypool Day,” a new honor that was bestowed upon the eccentric and beloved bassist, Les Claypool. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley declared that June 12th would serve as Les Claypool Day, with the announcement coming ahead of Primus’ show with Mastodon and Jjuujjuu at the nearby PNC Pavilion at Riverbend later in the evening.A number of official music ambassadors from Cincinnati’s government came out during Claypool’s performance at the PNC Pavilion, bestowing him with the Mayor’s official proclamation for Les Claypool Day. One of the members read it aloud to the crowd before passing it to Les, with highlights noting thatLes Claypool has demonstrated an incredible range of creative and musical output working with a wonderfully diverse range of musicians including Larry LaLonde, Tim Alexander, Trey Anastasio, Bernie Worrell, Sean Lennon, Stewart Copeland, Brian “Brain” Mantia, Jay Lane, Todd Huth, Tim Wright, Jeff Chimenti, Tom Waits, Fishbone, Hank III, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Alex Lifeson and Gov’t Mule, just to name a few.With another famed bassist, Bootsy Collins, on hand for the special ceremony during the show, after naming additional collaborations, including that he “jammed with Metallica on Isley Brothers tunes,” the speaker went onto explain that Claypool “even served as a guest lecturer and professor for Bootsy Collins’ Funk University.” The proclamation continued,The City of Cincinnati encourages Mr. Claypool to further engage with Cincinnati artists like Bootsy Collins to help us celebrate our rich musical heritage in King Records, and to make new music in sacred music locations. … The City of Cincinnati is proud to welcome Les Claypool back to the city as he performs as Riverbend with his band Primus, and leaves a standing invitation to always come back.You can check out a video of Les Claypool receiving his Les Claypool Day honor below, plus check out an Instagram post from Les, which shows him and Bootsy hanging out plus a full picture of the proclamation.
Boston-based folk-rock quintet Hayley Jane and the Primates have announced their plans to begin an indefinite hiatus at the end of the summer. Since forming in 2007, the band—comprised of Hayley Jane, Justin Hancock, Josh Carter, Greg Smith, and Ryan Clausen—have become a fan-favorite in the ever-evolving live music scene, thrown down memorable tribute shows, released beloved studio work and so much more.The band has only five club dates left on their touring schedule before shifting their focus exclusively to festivals. On Thursday, March 21st Hayley Jane and the Primates are set to perform at Killington, VT’s Pickle Barrel, followed by a show on Friday, March 22nd at Saratoga Springs, NY’s Putnam Place. The five-piece will then play a two-night run in April featuring a performance at Allston, MA’s Brighton Music Hall on April 5th, followed by a show at New York City’s The Cutting Room on April 6th. The band will deliver their final club show before their hiatus at Peekskill, NY’s Paramount Theater on May 3rd.Read the band’s message below via their Facebook,Friends, Fans, and FamilyWe would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during this time of transition. We are thrilled that spring has arrived and festival season is drawing near. Our spring-summer schedule is shaping up to be a busy one and we’ll be playing festivals all over the Northeast. With that in mind, we hope you will be able to make it out to one of these events as we have made the difficult decision to go on an indefinite hiatus at the end of the summer. This band has been a joy for all involved. It has also seen it’s fair share of speed bumps and difficulties as all bands do. We have decided, as a group, that it’s time for us to take a real break and turn our focus to other things in our lives that require more attention. There’s no way to truly express what your love, support, and loyalty have meant to us through the years and we hope that you understand that this has not been an easy decision. We know in our hearts, however, that it is the right one. We want to be clear that there is nothing but love and support within our group and we plan on ending this summer with an unbelievable bang. We hope to see you out there in the next few months to celebrate this extraordinary journey we’ve all been on together! We love you so much! And thank you again.With so much love,Hayley Jane and the PrimatesHead to Hayley Jane and the Primates’ website for ticketing information and a full list of their upcoming tour dates.
Ae3 is preparing to release their new record, The Wild Root, due out this summer via Vintage League Music. The album is the band’s first release in five years since the 2014 arrival of Woodstock Sessions Vol. 1.On the album’s lead single, “Black Rider”, the trio comprised of Alan Evans (Soulive, Matador! Soul Sounds) on drums and vocals, Danny Mayer (Star Kitchen, Eric Krasno Band) on guitar, and Kris Yunker (Jenn Durkin Band) on keys works together to channel a powerful retro groove featuring a strong horn presence to pump the funk levels into overdrive.“‘Black Rider’ lays down a powerful, hook-laden groove about persevering obstacles in life by finding your inner strength,” Evans explains about the track. “Most of these struggles we go through… People on the outside don’t notice or just don’t care but in finding that inner strength and peace, one becomes a Black Rider. The Black Rider navigates the hardships of life with strength, precision, and grace in the shadows like a ninja.”Evans gets the animated treatment in the new video for “Black Rider”, as his projected physical makeup is created using the classic Ben-Day Dots comic book style to establish an orange-meets-beige color scheme. The animated Evans is the video’s featured subject before psychedelic shapes and overhead shots of a motorcycle rider take over the screen as the song continues to power along.Today, Live For Live Music is thrilled to premiere the new video for AE3’s “Black Rider”. Check it out below:Ae3 – “Black Rider”[Video: Vintage League]While “Black Rider” may be Evans’ attempt to navigate through the hardships of life with the stealth of a ninja, the drummer is hardly hiding in the shadows these days. The Trio will head to London, England later this year for a performance at The 100 Club on October 25th. Prior to that, Evans will team up with his Soulive bandmates for a six-show, two-weekend run at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl in July.Last month, Evans released his first-ever solo album, Nothing To Say, also through Vintage League Music. On the new solo project, Evans stepped out from behind to kit to perform the album’s vocal, guitar, and bass tracks.Head to Vintage League Music’ website for more info on the two new albums from Evans and his band. Stream “Black Rider” on Spotify below.Ae3 – “Black Rider”
Two groups of Harvard scientists will be among the first researchers nationwide to receive grant funding through the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative launched last year by President Obama.The first team includes Joshua Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and director of the Center for Brain Science; Alexander Schier, the Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Aviv Regev of the Broad Institute; and other colleagues. The second team includes Florian Engert, professor of molecular and cellular biology; Jeffrey Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences; Connie Cepko, the Bullard Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience and professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School; and Haim Sompolinsky, visiting professor of molecular and cellular biology. The two teams will receive $9 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next three years.As part of a grant that was awarded to faculty at CalTech, Harvard Medical School Professor of Neurobiology Rachel Wilson will also receive funding though the initiative.“The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just scratched the surface in understanding how it works — or, unfortunately, doesn’t quite work when disorders and disease occur,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. “There’s a big gap between what we want to do in brain research and the technologies available to make exploration possible. These initial awards are part of a 12-year scientific plan focused on developing the tools and technologies needed to make the next leap in understanding the brain. This is just the beginning of an ambitious journey and we’re excited about the possibilities.”Announced by Obama in April 2013, the initiative is intended to support researchers in developing a new understanding of the brain and how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact. The hope is that the research will fill major gaps in science’s understanding of how the brain works and provide new ways to treat, or even prevent, a host of brain disorders.“What we’re trying to work on is cell-type classification,” Sanes explained. “The idea is that if you want to understand the brain, you first need what is essentially a parts list — you need to know what type of neurons are there, so you can figure out what they do and find ways to manipulate them. There is also a growing feeling that a number of neurological diseases are diseases of specific subtypes of neurons.”That sort of foundational data, Sanes said, will also be critical to any future studies aimed at understanding how the brain records and stores information like memories or learns new skills.To identify the various cell types, Sanes and colleagues proposed using a new method, called single-cell RNA seq, to sequence the RNA of tens of thousands of individual cells and use subtle differences in their genetic makeup to differentiate between them.“We want to develop this method to the point where we could take a brain region and separate it into all its individual neurons, sequence those neurons one at a time on a massive scale, and use a computer to identify the various cell types,” Sanes said.Engert and colleagues, meanwhile, hope to target specific neural circuits in an effort to understand not only how patterns of neural activation give rise to particular thoughts and behaviors, but how abnormalities in those circuits can lead to neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.As outlined in the grant proposal, the project would combine whole-brain imaging of the neural activity of larval zebrafish with detailed studies of the fish’s anatomy and neural connections. Taken together, he said, the data would enable researchers to construct a “virtual fish,” which could be analyzed to understand how specific brain circuits respond to particular stimuli.“The final goal is to generate quantitative models of brain-wide neural circuits that explain the dynamic processing of sensory information as well as the generation of motor output by these circuits,” Engert wrote. “We will start with quantitative models of simple reflex behaviors, like the optomotor and optokinetic reflex, where the transformation of sensory input to motor output is relatively straightforward and well-defined. These elementary models will serve as a scaffold that can be refined and complemented by additional data from structure function studies from fish performing in more sophisticated behavioral assays that involve more complex stimuli.”While both studies will stretch over several years, Sanes said the efforts to understand how the brain functions are exceptional for a host of reasons.“Neurobiology is truly in a golden age right now,” he said. “In the last 10 years, the expanding technological capabilities make your jaw drop. To have the president signal his interest, not only in neurobiology, but in basic research, is incredibly inspiring.”
Stock ImageNEW YORK CITY — According to data compiled by the Global Strategy Group, the race between Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano is getting closer.The GSG numbers show Reed leading Mitrano 50 percent to 38 percent. However, when likely voters were shown a simulated debate between the two, using website and press release information, the race stands at Reed 47, Mitrano 45 with 8 percent undecided.“The numbers speak for themselves. We are closing in on Tom Reed because he has failed this district,” said Mitrano. “When voters learn about our campaign, they join us because the people of this district are united in seeking change.”“Despite Reed’s substantially higher level of familiarity to voters, he fails to get above 50 percent – a significant warning sign for incumbents,” GSG said. However, the election tracking site 270 To Win lists Reed as safely likely to be re-elected.“Despite being well-known and even as Mitrano is largely unknown outside her base, Reed is only at 50 percent. Tom Reed is well-known to voters (85 percent familiar); in contrast, Tracy Mitrano is familiar to only 42 percent of voters – and these are largely voters in her Democratic base (60 percent familiar among Democrats),” GSG said.In a related matter, Mitrano was endorsed Wednesday by The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 840, saying Reed does not support organized labor.The local’s president, Ryan Davis, said Reed has consistently voted against organized labor issues.Citing Reed’s efforts to create jobs and grow New York’s clean energy economy, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally endorsed Reed for a return to Washington. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. July 1, 2009. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $10 million contract extension by U.S. Army TACOM-ARDEC for the production of MK19 grenade machine guns. Deliveries are expected to begin in April 2010and will be completed in July 2012. This award brings the total contract value to date to over $67 million.According to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products gun systems program manager, Jeffrey Gramse, “The MK19 has been in service for over 20 years, providing lethal fire against a variety of targets. The weapon’s high lethality and broad versatility gives the U.S. Armed Forces an essential weapon for use in both offensive and defensive operations.”Production work will be performed at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ Saco, Maine, facility using its existing workforce. Program management will be performed in Saco with support from the company’sBurlington, Vt.-based Technology Center.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ site in Saco is the company’s production site for single- and multi-barrel aircraft and crew-served weapon systems. The site provides complete production capabilities, from design and development to manufacturing, testing and integration.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ site in Burlington is the company’s Engineering Center of Excellence. The campus spans four buildings: Lakeside offices, an engineering development lab, a systems modernization initiative office, and an expansive test facility. More information is available online at www.gdatp.com(link is external).General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).
Photo Courtesy of South WingsLast Thursday Duke Energy pleaded guilty in a criminal court to nine violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The charges came after a lengthy investigation that was spurred by Duke’s accidental discharge of tons of coal ash into the Dan River in February of 2014. The spill was caused by the failure of a storm water pipe under an unlined ash pit and ultimately coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic, gray sludge.Duke is now ordered to pay $102 million in fines and environmental restoration fees for its illegal discharge of coal ash at not only the Dan River site but at four separate coal burning facilities in North Carolina. $68 million of that sum amounts to fines alone, while the remaining $34 is slated for river and wetland projects in North Carolina and Virginia. Among other things, the investigation found that Duke knowingly directed coal ash seeps from a pit in Asheville into the French Broad River and failed to take action for two years after employees at the Moncure plant informed supervisors of a leaking riser pipe in 2011.In the wake of these charges, Duke has announced plans to retire it’s Lake Julian plant in Asheville, a major source of coal ash pollution in Western North Carolina. According to Duke officials, the Lake Julian plant, which has been used to refine coal since the early 1960s, will be shuttered in four to five years and replaced with a 650-megawatt natural-gas facility with a solar installation. The switch represents a $1.1 billion investment for the country’s largest utility and will include the construction of a $323 million substation in Campabello, South Carolina.“We’ve developed an innovative plan that’s a ‘win-win-win’ for consumers, the environment and the economy,” said Lloyd Yates, Duke Energy executive vice president of market solutions and president of the Carolinas region. “With the availability and near record low cost of natural gas, this comprehensive project will transform the energy system in the region to meet the growing needs of our customers and significantly reduce emissions and water use. We’re eager to move ahead quickly on these projects and complete the key components of the plan by the end of 2019.”Duke says this combination of natural-gas and solar would be one of the first facilities of its kind, but some North Carolina activists, such as Mountain True and the Southern Environmental Law Center, aren’t satisfied. They say that, while the new plant represents a step in the right direction, it will still be a massive source of pollution.“While we applaud Duke’s decision to retire the Asheville plant, Duke failed to hear what people wanted in its place. Folks want a bright future that supports clean energy, not a giant gas plant polluting Asheville for another 30 years,” reads a joint statement from MountainTrue, Sierra Club, and the Southern Environmental Law Center. “North Carolina has the opportunity to be a leader in clean energy generation through aggressive investments in solar power and energy efficiency, and Duke Energy must be a partner in that effort – but moves like this deeply undermine the ability to bring online clean, reliable 21st century energy options that will create good jobs right here at home.”