Drury deal at Caffè Culture

first_imgThe Drury Tea and Coffee Company, which is sharing a stand with The Coffee Machine Company at the upcoming Caffè Culture exhibition in May, is offering visitors a special rental/purchase deal. The show offer, equivalent to 0% interest, is valid on a range of Rancilio machines and ancillary equipment.The Coffee Machine Company is the sole UK importer of the Rancilio espresso machines.The package on offer will feature a deposit of £500, followed by fixed, low monthly repayments over a three-year term. After that, the machine may be returned to Drury or purchased for a payment of £100.www.drury.uk.comlast_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Coronavirus action plan: Health Secretary’s statement to Parliament

first_imgMr Speaker, with permission I would like to make a statement on the government’s coronavirus action plan.The situation facing the country is increasingly serious.Globally and at home, the number of cases continues to rise. As of 9am today there were 51 confirmed cases in the UK. It is becoming more likely that we will see widespread transmission here in this country.Our approach is to plan for the worst and work for the best.Yesterday I attended a COBR meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, in which we finalised our 4-part action plan to contain, delay, research and mitigate the virus.This plan has been jointly agreed between the UK government and the devolved administrations.Copies of the plan have been sent to Members of both Houses and made available in hard copy.The plan is driven by the science and guided by the expert recommendations of the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.Our plan sets out what we know so far about the virus and the disease it causes, what long-term planning we have undertaken to prepare for a pandemic, what actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak and, crucially, the role the public can play in supporting our response, both now and in the future.Mr Speaker, the UK is well prepared for infectious disease outbreaks of this kind.The international data continue to indicate that for most people, this disease is mild and the vast majority recover in full.We have responded to a wide range of disease outbreaks in the recent past. The NHS has been preparing for a pandemic virus for over a decade.We have world-class expertise to make sense of the emerging data.We have a strong base on which to build.And while COVID-19 is a new virus, we have adapted our response to take account of that fact.Our plan sets out a phased response to the outbreak.Phase one is to contain. This is the phase we are currently in.Contain is about detecting the early cases, following up with close contacts, and preventing the disease from taking hold in this country for as long as is reasonably possible.This approach also buys time for the NHS to ramp up its preparations.If the number of global cases continues to rise ‒ especially in Europe ‒ the scientific advice is that we may not be able to contain this virus indefinitely.At that point we will activate the delay phase of our plan.Delay is about slowing the spread, lowering the peak impact of the disease and pushing it away from the winter season.We are mindful of scientific advice that reacting too early or overreacting carries its own risks.So, subject to the primary goal of keeping people safe, we will seek to minimise social and economic disruption.Mr Speaker, the third part of the plan is research.Research has been ongoing since we first identified COVID-19 and I pay tribute to scientists at Public Health England who were among the first in the world to sequence its genome.Research is not just about developing a vaccine, which we are actively pursuing, but which will be many months away at the earliest.Research is also about understanding what actions will lessen the impact of coronavirus including what drugs and treatments – existing and new – will help those who are already sick.The fourth phase is mitigate.We will move on to this phase if coronavirus becomes established in the UK population.At that point, it would be impossible to prevent widespread transmission, so the emphasis will be on caring for those who are most seriously ill and keeping essential services running at a time when large parts of the workforce may be off sick.Our plans include not just the most likely case, but the reasonable worst case.We will identify and support the most vulnerable.If necessary, we will take some of the actions set out in today’s plan to reduce the impact of absentees and to lessen the impact on our economy and supply chains.We prepare for the worst and work for the best.We commit to ensuring that the agencies responsible for tackling this outbreak are properly resourced, have the people, equipment and medicines they need and that any new laws they need are brought forward as and when required.This is a national effort.We need everyone to listen to and act on the official medical advice.We need employers to prioritise the welfare of their staff.And the single most important thing that everyone can do, and I make no apologies for repeating this Mr Speaker, is to use tissues when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands more often.It’s in your interest, in your family’s interest and in the national interest.We will get through this Mr Speaker. Everyone has a part to play.And I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

Alford plays major role in Special Olympics International

first_imgAs an enthusiastic supporter of the Special Olympics who has worked for more than two decades with Special Olympics International, Harvard Law School Professor William P. Alford welcomed the opportunity to help bring about the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in PyeongChang, Korea, earlier this year. He explains that the millions of athletes who participate in Special Olympics internationally range from children with very basic motor skills to world-class basketball players who have been known to give former NBA stars, including Special Olympics board members Dikembe Mutumbo and Sam Perkins, a very challenging game.“One of the major messages of the Special Olympics is that having a disability need not be seen as being as limiting or disqualifying as some people might assume,” says Alford, director of East Asian Legal Studies and chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD). “These games show us extraordinary determination and level of accomplishments and are inspiring.”More sobering, though, are the economic challenges and human rights issues—poverty, limited access to education and health care, and a lack of adequate legal protection—prevalent among the more than 200 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide, the majority of whom live in low-income countries.Read the full story on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Lecture explores business ethics after collapse of accounting firm

first_imgLarry Katzen discussed the collapse of the accounting company Arthur Andersen on Tuesday afternoon, as part of the annual Ethics Week hosted by the Mendoza College of Business. Katzen, who was a managing partner at the company when it was indicted for obstruction of justice in association with Enron, said the media played a large part in the company’s downfall.“Everything people learned about the Arthur Andersen and Enron case was what they read in the papers and saw on TV,” Katzen said. “It all said that Arthur Andersen did a terrible auditing job, and this was responsible for the demise of the company.” Emmet Farnan Larry Katzen speaks Tuesday afternoon. Katzen previously worked for Arthur Andersen, a company indicted for association with Enron.Katzen disputed this portrayal, arguing there was no evidence Arthur Andersen did anything wrong during the auditing process.As an accounting firm for Enron, Arthur Andersen had millions of documents subpoenaed after Enron was exposed for accounting fraud, Katzen said. However, he challenged the accusation that Arthur Andersen shredded important documents prior to the subpoena.“It’s a requirement that before you get an indictment, you must destroy all documents that are irrelevant to the auditors,” he said.Furthermore, Katzen said Enron’s fraud was mainly related to special purpose entities, which another accounting firm was responsible for auditing. Katzen said Arthur Anderson, throughout his 35 years at the company, maintained a high ethical standard.“The reason why I joined Arthur Andersen was their integrity,” he said. “These people walked away from clients that they felt were not operating under conservative accounting principles.”Katzen said the effects of the scandal were devastating. Within 90 days of the indictment, Arthur Andersen had lost its right to audit and was out of business.“Eighty-five thousand people lost their jobs because of Arthur Andersen’s association with Enron,” he said.Although Katzen said he was about to retire right before the scandal hit, he stayed on for longer in order to help other employees find new jobs.“I can proudly say that almost all 85,000 people have landed on their feet well and have done great things in their new organizations,” he said.Katzen said he learned from this experience “to do the right thing, no matter what the political ramifications might be.” In addition, Katzen said his decision to delay retirement helped him learn the sacrifice that is often necessary for the greater good of the company.“You will go through situations where you have to make tough decisions and must make personal sacrifices,” he said.Katzen also said his desire for new knowledge and strategies helped him to have a long and accomplished career. Up until his retirement, he regularly attended new training sessions and workshops, he said.“The only way you can stay ahead of this game throughout your entire career is to continually learn new things,” he said. “Don’t get soft and lean on your past. You have to always rise to the top.”Finally, Katzen said a company must have a culture that values integrity in order to be successful.“The common culture is the glue that holds an organization together,” Katzen said.Ethics Week at the Mendoza College of Business will continue tomorrow with the keynote address, to be delivered by Susan Ochs, a senior fellow and founder of the Better Banking Project. The lecture, titled “Managing Mindset: The Key to Better Corporate Behavior,” will take place in Giovanini Commons at 4:30 p.m.Tags: Arthur Andersen, Enron, Ethics week, Larry Katzen, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

New York DEC Reaches Accord With Invasive Species Institute

first_imgShare: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) Image by the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance.ALBANY — In an effort to combat the influx of invasive species in New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation has reached an agreement to work with the New York Invasive Species Institute and Cornell University.The new partnerships with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) and Cornell University to develop and support projects and research to help limit the spread of invasive species.“New York State recognizes the challenges we face preventing the spread of invasive species, particularly in light of our changing climate, changing habitats, and changing ecosystems,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “With sustained support and investments through the Environmental Protection Fund, DEC’s invasive species program continues to be a national leader, and the work of Cornell and the New York Invasive Species Institute bolster and complement New York’s efforts to effectively manage invasive species.”Cornell University is the current host for the Invasive Species Research Institute. Nearly 50 scientific investigations about invasive species have been/are being conducted. Today’s announcement sustains the State’s ongoing collaboration with NYISRI to coordinate invasive species research and develop outreach efforts to conserve New York’s hemlock resources in the face of multiple threats, particularly the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), an invasive insect. Supported by the State’s Environmental Protection Fund with $3.5 million, the NYISRI five-year term agreement includes $2.5 million for invasive species projects; the agreement with Cornell University includes a two-year term with $1 million to support the New York Hemlock Initiative.The five-year project memorandum of understanding (MOU) will support key positions and services at NYISRI for focused work on identifying invasive species, education, outreach, and targeted control efforts. NYISRI performs many critical and innovative tasks in the field of invasive species research, including biological control of water chestnut (Trapa natans), swallow-wort (Cynanchum spp.), and japanese knotweed (Reynoutria spp.), as well as measuring success and associated metric development and coordinating invasive species research needs in New York State.New York is home to vast stands of eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis). These trees are threatened by the introduction of the invasive insect HWA and other environmental stressors. HWA is now a serious threat to the survival of hemlock in eastern forests. Funded through the MOU, Cornell’s New York Hemlock Initiative provides a critical service by developing methods to conserve hemlock, including the growth and release of several biological control agents and other fundamental survey, research, and trend analyses.The Hemlock Initiative includes collaboration with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials, and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of forest insect pests and non-native invasive insects, such as HWA. Research is now underway on the forest stand dynamics of invasive non-native forest pest impacts and implementation of biological control strategies for HWA. This initiative involves the completion of a statewide prioritization of hemlock stands, establishment and maintenance of hemlock nursery stock to host biocontrol agents, and the rearing, release, and monitoring of non-native predatory insects into the environment to reduce the severity and extent of HWA infestations in New York State and reduce or prevent hemlock mortality.Cornell University also houses the Sarkaria Arthropod Research Laboratory, a quarantine facility that provides research capacity for arthropods and experimentation on their biology and control. The facility houses exotic pest species and non-indigenous arthropods with the potential to serve as biological control agents of pests.The outcomes of these projects inform activities undertaken by DEC, NYISRI, New York’s eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) and other partners.Additional areas of focus include:Water Chestnut Biological Control: Water chestnut, an aquatic invasive species, has had significant negative ecological and economic consequences. Conventional mechanical control of water chestnut is labor intensive and must be maintained in perpetuity. However, development of a biological control program offers hope for a cost-effective and ecologically sound alternative. Cornell University evaluated a potential biocontrol agent between 2002 and 2005. This contract will allow for the continuation of work initiated at Cornell University to test and implement a biocontrol program for water chestnut.Swallow-wort Biological Control: Swallow-wort is an aggressive invasive perennial plant that forms dense patches in a variety of habitats and which may have negative impacts on monarch butterfly populations. Current practices to control invasive swallow-worts include the application of herbicides and mechanical removal. These practices can have negative side effects. The pilot biological control project was initiated in New York State 2018. Maintaining the established Swallow-wort Biocontrol Research Collaborative supports rearing and releases of an approved biocontrol agent for swallow-worts.Japanese Knotweed Biological Control: Japanese knotweed is a perennial herb with shrub-like form grows 3-9′ and threatens riparian corridors, fens, springs, ravines, forests, and streamsides. This five-year agreement will renew efforts to locate and test additional biocontrol agents for Japanese knotweed using demographic and phylogenetic approaches.Dr. Bernd Blossey, Professor, Department of Natural Resources for NYISRI/Cornell University, said, “With the significant long-term funding provided by the DEC, we are enabled to continue important fundamental and applied work to help protect and restore New York’s biodiversity and ecosystems in collaboration with other scientists and land managers across the state.”Entomologist Mark Whitmore of Cornell University said, “State support for the New York State Hemlock Initiative has been crucial for our ability to develop a network of cooperators and management strategies, including biological controls, in response to the threat to our hemlocks posed by HWA. The rapid and coordinated response by DEC and private conservation organizations with the recent discovery of HWA in the Lake George area is a prime example of how education and planning can help save the magnificent hemlock forests of New York.”last_img read more

Disaster preparedness

first_imgIf your safe haven is a ravine or ditch, however, Knox warns to be aware of possible flooding. Emergency plan of actionTo develop a home emergency plan, Knox offers some guidance. During a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning, the basement is the safest place to go if you live in a traditional frame home, Knox said. If you don’t have a basement, seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the home. The room shouldn’t have windows and should be the smallest interior room. “Typically, this will be either a bathroom or a closet,” Knox said. “A bathroom is best because the plumbing will provide extra structural integrity should the tornado hit.” If time allows, Knox recommends bringing a mattress and pillows into the room to use as protection from flying debris. Alternative shelterIf you live in a mobile home or trailer, seek alternative shelter, she said. “Some mobile home parks have storm shelters available for severe weather conditions,” she said. “If not, have an alternate plan in place before severe weather occurs.” Seeking shelter outdoors should be a last resort. “People should not be out in the open during a tornado,” she said. “If a tornado can blow a board into a tree, just imagine what it can do to a human.” If you are in your car, resist the urge to drive away. You are much safer in one spot than you are on the road. If you have time, get out of the car and into a reinforced structure. “And don’t try to seek shelter under an overpass like the people you see in videotapes,” Knox said. “The wind can be stronger under these structures due to the wind tunnel effect. And if the bridge falls, your risk of injury is significantly higher.” Otherwise, the National Weather Service recommends that you get out of the car and into the lowest possible site. The strong winds can pick up your car and fling it long distances. By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaA rash of tornadoes and severe weather made a trek across Georgia Feb. 18, putting residents on high alert. Schools and offices normally have plans in place for weather emergencies. Families should also have prepared emergency weather plans, says a University of Georgia meteorologist. “Families should practice their emergency plan well before the impending threat of a tornado or other weather emergency,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist and a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Buy a battery operated weather radio and keep it with you,” she said. “Most tornadoes only last about 15 minutes, but it will seem much longer if you aren’t aware of what to expect.”last_img read more

Wood Ash

first_imgMany Georgia families enjoy building roaring fires in their fireplaces or wood-burning stoves during the winter. Whether as a source of heat or for enjoyment, when the flames die down, a pile of wood ash remains.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents get calls this time of year from gardeners asking if they can add wood ash to their garden plots. UGA Extension consumer vegetable specialist Bob Westerfield says the answer is “yes, but in moderation.”“At the end of the day, ashes are a source of nutrients; primarily potassium or potash,” he said.“You can add wood ash to your garden and get the soil to a level where it’s good for your vegetables, but the problem is adding too much.”This potash is a stable nutrient, so it doesn’t “go away quickly” from the soil once you add it, he said.Adding wood ash to a garden plot also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil, similar to applying lime. Like lime, this will increase the pH level in your soil, Westerfield added.  “Again, once the pH hits a proper level and you have a slightly acidic soil, if you keep throwing ashes out there it’s just going to skyrocket the pH. Your soil will end up going the other direction and become too basic,” he said. “Your vegetable plants will start to yellow because the plants will no longer be able to absorb the nitrogen. They essentially begin to starve themselves to death.”Slightly acid soil at a pH level of 6.5-6.8 is perfect for most vegetables and ornamentals.When too much wood ash is added to the soil, the pH will “jump up,” nutrients can get out balance and the roots can’t absorb the nutrients.To safely add wood ash to your home vegetable garden, Westerfield recommends adding no more than five pounds of wood ash per 1,000 square feet per year. To check the pH level, take a soil sample to your local UGA Extension office and have the soil tested every two years.“The soil test will tell you the pH level and if you are at a level where you need to hold off on adding more wood ash,” Westerfield said.Wood ash should not be added to compost piles.“Compost needs an acidic environment. The wood ash may slow down the microbes,” he said. “This is also why UGA Extension agents and specialists say not to add lime to your compost pile. You can add a little fertilizer, though.”last_img read more

Trail Mix – February 2016

first_img 3:58 Audio PlayerThe WestiesIf I Had A GunUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 5:15 You Have Grown Simon Linsteadt Carnival Of Hopes Jane Kramer To Get By Malcolm Holcombe Greatest Hits Gladiola 3:12 3:16 Loser David Gans 5:15 If I Had A Gun The Westies 4:04 4:08 4:10 Cold Burger, Cold Fries Henry Wagons 3:34 5:27 Hideous Monster Jon Patrick Walker Receiver The Waco Brothers Memories Larry Keel 4:01 6:54 The Asp And The Albatross Freakwater Solitude Alpenglow 2:30 Meridian Paul Burch Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:02 She’s Going To Mexico I’m Going To Jail 8 Ball Aitken There are few people on the planet who know the Grateful Dead like David Gans knows the Grateful Dead.Gans, who has ushered fans from around the world through the soundscape of the Grateful Dead via the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour on public radio and his SiriusXM call in show for nearly three decades, recently published This Is All A Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead, his fourth book focused on the band.Gans also released It’s A Hand-Me-Down, a collection of Grateful Dead tunes easily recognized by dedicated Deadheads and even casual fans, late last year. Trail Mix is excited to feature “Loser” on this month’s mix.Also included this month is a brand new track from jazz sax master Stan Getz. Perhaps describing the tune, “O Grande Amor,” as “brand new” is a bit of a stretch, as the recording was laid down in 1976. it is only now being released, four decades later, in the deluxe CD Moments In Time.Some fantastic musicians with Asheville ties pop up on this month’s mix. Check out brand new tunes from Larry Keel, Malcolm Holcombe, and Jane Kramer.Be sure to check out the new music from Carrie Rodriguez, 8 Ball Aitken, Old Man Canyon, Jon Patrick Walker, Gladiola, Alpenglow, The Westies, Freakwater, Simon Linsteadt, Colours, The Waco Brothers, and Henry Wagons.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month for chats with Eric Brace, Dori Freeman, Paul Burch, and a ticket giveaway for Jane Kramer’s CD release party at The Grey Eagle in Asheville.And, of course, get out and buy some of this incredible music. Support these artists who so willingly support Trail Mix. Grab a disc. Buy some concert tickets. Spread the word and tell a friend. These great musicians appreciate it. Been Awhile Eric Brace & Peter Cooper O Grande Amor Stan Getz 3:52 6:50 Ain’t Nobody Dori Freeman Back to the Start Old Man Canyon Monster Colours 3:18 3:43 4:28 Z Carrie Rodriguez + The Sacred Hearts Embed 3:11 2:48last_img read more

Latin American Sailors Attend Coast Guard Course in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo April 18, 2009 BOGOTA, April 17, 2009 (AFP) – Navy alumni from 12 Latin American countries and the Caribbean kicked off on the first international coast guard course in the Colombian port of Cartagena, which will last two months, according to a military report on Friday. The objective of this course is to train staff in maritime law enforcement procedures at sea and in the protection of human life, to successfully carry out the operations assigned during their terms of service, according to the report. The course was attended by pupils from the navies of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Colombia.last_img read more

4 ways to humanize company culture

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizations are made up of human beings. Now I know we all try to put on a good show, but let’s get real — underneath it all, we’re a hot mess. We’ve got more baggage than the Kardashians going on a ski trip. But through years of training ourselves, we’ve learned how to (most of the time) shove that humanness way down inside and present a more…*ahem*…”polished” version of ourselves.But who are we kidding — we’ve all had those life-handing-us-lemons  kinds of days, right? The days where the more chipper among us are talking us through how to make lemonade with the aforementioned lemons, all the while we’re contemplating precisely with how much velocity we’d need to throw one of those lemons to hit a particular colleague six cubicles down.We’re humans. We’re imperfect. And sometimes, that imperfection is on full display. Take this guy, for example… continue reading »last_img read more