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Linda Marie Fischer's new album Passages is a musical tribute to the complexities of life, especially for women

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 20:57 EDT

Venturing into electronic dance and upbeat pop elements, Fischer leads the way with powerful themes of forging ahead, and rediscovering your future Highlights: ● Passages new album from Linda Marie Fischer ● Musical tribute to the complexities of living, especially for women ● Follows emotional trials of loving, living, and finding hope ● For Fans Of: Disclosure, Imani Coppola, Izzy Bizu and Janelle Monae

Emulating combustion engine sound is best way to improve electric bus safety

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 20:12 EDT

As countries across the world look for ways to improve enviro-credentials and meet climate targets, adopting a fleet of electric buses has been one way for major cities to improve air quality and cut fuel costs.

Kukun Aims to be a Homeowner's Best Friend by Transforming the Home Renovation Industry

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 19:40 EDT

Introducing Kukun, the digital platform aiming to be a homeowner's best friend. Americans spend about $340 billion annually on home improvement and repairs which is why Kukun aims to be there for homeowners during the process. The first, and often greatest hurdle to any home renovation project is setting the budget. What you thought would be only a thousand dollar kitchen upgrade can quickly become ten times that. Even with the most rigorous google research, that initial estimate can be little more than a hopeful guess. Kukun's most popular feature is the home renovation cost estimator which provides valuable data to the consumer on how much renovation costs, how much it will improve ROI and what the steps are to get the process started. This tool is available on the Kukun website , as well as financial partners including Chase , SoFi , and additional financing platforms. It is the ONLY cost estimator personalized to a home that provides consumers with real figures instead of estimates. Kukun was founded by Raf Howery (CEO) , who started the company with a mission to transform the home remodeling industry from an offline, fragmented and frustrating undertaking to an online, modern and user-friendly experience. Anyone interested in learning more about how Kukun takes the guesswork out of home renovation can connect with Raf Howery to learn more firsthand and/or answer any questions you may have. Raf can also provide decor and design tips. His early career began with an interest in pursuing work as an architect before going on to work in the technology sector. In his personal life, Raf bought and renovated old homes as a hobby throughout the years, which allowed him to learn the secrets of the renovation trade.

Over $385K Grossed For The Wooden Floor at 13th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 19:32 EDT

OVER $385K GROSSED FOR THE WOODEN FLOOR AT 13TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING BENEFIT NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (September 20, 2019) - Nearly 300 guests gathered at the 13th Annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting Benefit at Big Canyon Country Club on September 12, 2019, in support of The Wooden Floor , one of the nation's foremost creative youth development nonprofits with a 15-year track record of sending 100% of its low-income graduates to college. As one of Orange County's premier wine tasting benefit, the evening grossed over $385,000 with more gifts anticipated for the organization. Over the past 13 years, the benefit has netted more than $3 million to support The Wooden Floor's goal of transforming young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access higher education. More than 200 bottles of 12 of the world's top 1-3% wines-with an overall average of 97+ points for the entire tasting-were uncorked throughout the evening, including the 99 point 2005 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard from Sonoma, CA and the 99 point 2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc from Bordeaux, France . All of the wines at the benefit were hand-selected over the period of several years and generously donated by Newport Beach residents Janice and John Markley, long-time and fervent supporters of The Wooden Floor. As wine aficionados, the Markley's founded the benefit in 2007 as a way to use their appreciation of wine to raise funds for the actively-growing organization. Under candlelight in Big Canyon's richly-appointed clubhouse, guests sampled small plates of Belgian Endive Spears with Tuna Poke, Slow Roasted BBQ Beef Brisket Sliders, Chicken Ropa Vieja Empanadas with Salsa, Baked Fig and Mascarpone Phyllo Purses, Plantain Tartlets with Picadillo, Steamed Shrimp and Pork Shao Mai, and Grilled Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce. As guests made their way through the benefit, more stations were filled other stunning global fare created by Executive Chef Nick Wynn with the guidance of Master Sommelier Steven Poe in order to complement the wine selections, including a cheese and charcuterie station filled with a selection of Italian meats and cheese, a raw bar and sushi bar with Alaskan snow crab claws, shucked oysters, and jumbo shrimp cocktails, and a pasta bar including Wagyu beef ravioli with truffles and sweet corn polenta ravioli. Designed by The Fashionable Event , guests enjoyed a contemporary twist to a rustic setting that was reminiscent of an evening in a Tuscany winery. The space was filled with florals designed by Newport Beach florist, French Buckets , with accent greenery, and olive branches, as well as Napa wine crates and modern white vases filled with various floral arrangements of white roses, yellow roses, yellow poppies, hydrangeas, and dates. The crowd-favorite blind tasting competition winner, Monica Grubin , correctly guessed 8 wines out of 12 and won a selection of the night's featured wines. Other items up for grabs included Opportunity Drawings for: a Hermès Paris gift basket filled with gorgeous accessories valued at over $3,000; a collection of red wine magnums; a collection of white wine magnums; and a sophisticated $500 dining experience at Mastro's Steakhouse. Silent auction items included: a four-night stay at a luxury cabin in Promontory, Utah; four tickets to an Anaheim Ducks game that includes Anaheim Ducks-branded wine gear; a private five-course wine dinner for 10; as well as sports and arts experiences. The Wooden Floor's successful outcomes, poised students, and returning alumni speaking in support of the organization, were the main focal point of the night. The highlight of the evening came from The Wooden Floor's student speaker Miguel Cid-Rosas , who credits The Wooden Floor's programs and community for fostering his future aspirations of attending University of Notre Dame and majoring in biology for a career in orthopedic medicine. "The kindness and respect that emanates from every single one of my peers inspires me to continue working hard and hope that maybe someday I will be able to give back to those who have helped me along the way," Miguel said, "The Wooden Floor has become a second family for me and my siblings, they are something I extremely cherish and would not trade for anything." Remarks were also made by Keep the Promise Honorary Co-Chair John Markley , The Wooden Floor incoming Board Chairwoman Judy Posnikoff , and CEO of The Wooden Floor Dawn S. Reese , who stated, "We believe when dance is used as a means of social change, innovation flourishes into courageous life-changing outcomes for the children, and moves The Wooden Floor's exciting mission forward which helps move our community forward ." 2019 Keep the Promise Sponsors Premier: Joan & Don Beall; Sharon & Terry Hartshorn; Ginnie & Rich Hunsaker; Janice & John Markley Gold Medal: The Hughes Family; Yvonne & Damien Jordan; Judith Posnikoff; Smith Group Real Estate; Nancy & Geoffrey Stack Family Foundation; Mary & Gary Tolar; Julie & Justin Wilson; Nancy & Arn Youngman Silver Medal: Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center; Capital Group; Michele & Joe Chatelle; The Ezralow Company; First Republic Bank; Frome Family Foundation; Adele & Bryan Green; Teri & Alan Hoops; Hydraflow - Ayloush Family; Jehan Jayakumar-Carlson & Jayakumar LLP; Doug & Paula Neff; Newmark Realty Capital; Ginger & Arthur Ong; Jon Lash & Shelly Sandoval; Peter & Carolyn Shea; John Sutton; Thompson Family Foundation; MUFG Union Bank; Anonymous Bronze Medal: Theresa & Jonathon Allen; Karin Krogius & Scott Mason; Monica & Jim Meacham; Kassie & Greg Richardson; Simon Foundation for Education & Housing Copper Medal: Denise & Keith Banning; Brookfield Residential; C&C Development; Commercial Bank of California; Edna & Richard Cole; Philip Doolittle; Ruchika Garga; Johnna & Don Grant; Greystar; Marquita & Jack Gyben; Sue & Peter Hitch; Diane Koch & Jeff Randolph; Sandy & Charlie McLaughlin; Donna Neff; Nicholas Pardon; Bonnie & Dan Platt; Rutan & Tucker, LLP; Jeff & Stacy Stone; Jana Turner; Anonymous; Beth Wolfe & Bob McCarter About The Wooden Floor Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. We transform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. In Orange County and through national licensed partners, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate - skills necessary for success in school and in life. 100 percent of students who graduate from The Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education. Our students become change agents and beacons of hope within their own families, their neighborhoods, our community, and our world. www.TheWoodenFloor.org ### Photos from the 13th Annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting Benefit Cheat Tweets "Over $385K raised for low-income students during O.C.'s premier wine tasting benefit, Keep the Promise, for Santa Ana-based creative youth development nonprofit The Wooden Floor." "Over $385K raised at Orange County's premier wine tasting benefit for The Wooden Floor in support of transforming young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education." "13th year in a row where O.C.'s premier wine tasting benefit Keep the Promise raises funds for The Wooden Floor, a nonprofit that transforms young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education." The Wooden Floor Social Media Handles @TheWoodenFloor - Instagram , Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn

What Happens To Retired Electric Vehicle Batteries: You Live More Than Once

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 19:14 EDT

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian recently announced a project to use its second-life batteries as energy storage units in a microgrid initiative in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, which was severely impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and has been struggling with power since then. Rivian will be using 135kWh of battery packs from its development vehicles to support the solar microgrid project which is expected to launch in 2020. In the event of future power outages, the microgrid will provide electricity to core businesses. At other times, the system will offset day-to-day electricity bills. Using second-life batteries to store solar energy and support the microgrid offers green, flexible and affordable power sources for the local community. By 2030, second-life battery capacity will hit over 275GWh per year which presents huge opportunities for energy storage, according to IDTechEx's latest report named Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries 2020-2030. After 8-10 years of services as powertrain for EVs, used batteries could still retain up to 70-80% of the total capacity which could be further utilised in a wide range of energy storage applications. The key is to match the 'right' batteries with the 'right' applications. The IDTechEx report " Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries 2020-2030 " analyses the potential markets for second-life batteries in both stationary and mobile energy storage applications. IDTechEx Research present a timeline as well as a comprehensive analysis of announced battery second use projects and businesses in the industry and provide insights into the key technologies, applications and business models. It is interesting to see that Rivian is planning a second-life for their batteries even before their first EV is launched. The company has built its battery packs and modules, as well as the battery management system (BMS) in a way that the batteries can be seamlessly transitioned from vehicle energy storage to stationary energy storage. This is crucial in the development of second-life batteries, as the initial battery design will greatly impact the viability and cost of repurposing used EV batteries. As discussed in the IDTechEx report, the potential value of second-life batteries is impacted by how the batteries are designed and used in their first life in the electric vehicles, how they are collected and used in second-life applications, and the value of recycling. This report presents a value chain analysis from the lifecycle perspective to help stakeholders identify potential value opportunities. Key technical challenges are identified and companies that are developing technologies to improve second-life battery value are analysed. This report also presents a cost analysis and the potential pricing mechanisms for second-life batteries. Existing business models of battery second use are analysed, and how service-based business models could facilitate battery second use is discussed in the report. For more detailed analysis of the second-life battery market, please see IDTechEx's latest report on " Second-life Electric Vehicle Batteries 2020-2030 ". To connect with others on this topic, join us at the IDTechEx Show! USA 2019, November 20 - 21, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA. The IDTechEx Show! co-locates several events, including Electric Vehicles USA 2019 and Energy Storage Innovations USA 2019. Please visit www.IDTechEx.com/USA to find out more. IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Consultancy and Event products, helping you profit from emerging technologies. For more information on IDTechEx Research and Consultancy contact research@IDTechEx.com or visit www.IDTechEx.com .

Whale Ice Cream Anyone?

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 18:50 EDT

Rugby World Cup fans warned of whale meat risk Leading marine charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is calling on people visiting Japan for the Rugby World Cup this autumn to be like most Japanese people and steer clear of whale meat. As part of an awareness campaign launched today, the charity is warning rugby fans of the potential risk of finding whale meat in Japanese foods, even in familiar sounding dishes such as curry, lasagne or sprinkled on ice cream. "The meat may be served to rugby supporters as part of a 'cultural' experience or eaten without their knowing it", says Chris Butler-Stroud, chief executive of WDC. "Many people will also be unaware that whale meat is known to contain PCBs, pesticides and mercury absorbed from marine pollution, and that it's illegal to bring any whale product into the UK and the EU in luggage. "Whaling in Japan is a small but cruel industry, only involving around 300 people, and a handful of powerful politicians, in a population of almost 127million. As the world's attention focuses on Japan we wanted to put a spotlight on the fact that it's just this small minority staining the country's international reputation." This Rugby World Cup WDC is calling on fans to enjoy Japan's amazing culture and traditions, and to celebrate with its wonderful people, but also to stand up for whales. More and more Japanese people are going whale watching and oppose the hunting of whales. Whale meat consumption in the country has fallen by 99% in the last 50 years and up to 95% of Japanese people very rarely or never eat whale meat. It is this majority which will eventually put an end to whaling. After withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission, the Japanese government resumed the openly commercial hunting of whales this summer. Japanese whalers plan to kill 264 whales (including endangered sei whales, the third largest creature on the planet) enough to cover three rugby pitches. #StopWhaling

LMHA Addressing Air Conditioning Issue - Vistula Manor

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 18:35 EDT

TOLEDO, OH - Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) is addressing the problems it has been experiencing with the Vistula Manor Chiller system that produces the cold air for the building. This system, that is less than 2-years old, failed six days ago. LMHA's Asset Management Staff has remained in constant communication with residents of Vistula Manor. The manufacturer was contacted immediately upon notification of the issue and has already been to the property and performed preliminary diagnostic testing to determine the repair needs and to develop a plan of action to repair the Chiller. We know that one of the issues is a main component of the system. Ongoing diagnostics of the Chiller is required, and this process needs to be performed at an off-site location in order to gather the needed data. From the preliminary diagnostic testing, LMHA learned that the Vistula Chiller system will be out for an extended period of time, and that timeframe may exceed LMHA's normal cooling season. Historically, LMHA has shut down the Vistula Chiller on September 30th in efforts to keep the building at a moderate temperature comfortable for residents. LMHA has been proactively communicating with Vistula Manor residents to keep them abreast of any developments as they continue to work with the manufacturer to resolve the issue as expeditiously as possible. Thus far, the following proactive steps have been taken: Sent notices and status updates to all residents letting them know that LMHA is working on the problem; Offered other accommodations (hotel) for residents with asthma or breathing issues; Informed residents that LMHA will be waiving their AC fee during the outage; Rented two large AC units to set up a cooling station in the Vistula Manor Community room for all residents; Purchased individual fans for all residents and in the process of issuing to residents; Scheduled a resident meeting for Thursday, September 19, 2019 to update residents and issue fans to all remaining residents LMHA takes its residents' comfort seriously and is working to remedy the situation as soon as possible. Residents can call LMHA at (419) 259-9457 if they would like to discuss this matter further.

Ebbw Vale RFC agrees sponsorship with Scott Parnell Wales

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 18:25 EDT

Ebbw Vale RFC has agreed sponsorship with Scott Parnell Wales - the civils and groundworks supplies specialist - for the 2019/2020 season.

ICSA renamed The Chartered Governance Institute

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 16:40 EDT

London - ICSA: The Governance Institute has today announced that it has changed its name to become The Chartered Governance Institute, a move which mirrors the change in name of the international professional body of which it is a division. Clarifying the reason behind the name change, John Heaton, President explained: "The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), as The Chartered Governance Institute was formerly known, changed its name by grant of a Supplemental Charter on 16 September. As members made clear to us during the extensive consultation process before they voted for the change at the Institute's Annual General Meeting in September last year, the change of name reinforces the point that we are the only professional membership body able to award chartered status to company secretaries and other professionals working in the field of governance. "The Institute has always moved with the times to reflect the work that it does, which is why it has undergone several name changes during its history. Having started life in 1891 as the Institute of Secretaries of Joint Stock Companies and Other Public Bodies, the Institute became the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 1971. Subsequently, the role expanded beyond the corporate world as there became a need for governance professionals to provide advice and support to other sectors of the economy, hence the reason we adopted the name of ICSA: The Governance Institute. "Now is the next stage in our 128 years' history of educating and supporting governance professionals to become chartered secretaries and chartered governance professionals. Demand for good governance is increasing across all sectors of the economy and our Royal Charter purpose of leading 'effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs' continues to be as relevant today as it ever was."

Thousands of Volunteers to Cleanup Great Lakes Beaches Saturday

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 13:46 EDT

Regional September Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup Slated for Saturday (9/21); Thousands of Volunteers to Cleanup Beaches on all Five Great Lakes What: September Adopt-a-Beach is the largest annual day of action for the Great Lakes. Thousands of volunteers clean up beaches around the Great Lakes while collecting data on beach litter. The results: thousands of pounds of litter removed from Great Lakes beaches and cleaner and healthier lakes. The events are held as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, a global event. Last year, more than 6,300 volunteers participated in 235 events. Volunteers cleaned up about 11,655 pounds of litter, most of it plastic. Who: Volunteers from all walks of life, including individuals, families, schools, businesses, and community groups, will join Adopt-a-Beach cleanups on all five Great Lakes. When: Saturday, September 21 (Event times vary by location. Most cleanups are held in the morning.) Where: Great Lakes beaches and shorelines in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. To find cleanups in your area, visit www.greatlakesadopt.org. How: It's not too late for volunteers to join a cleanup. Visit greatlakesadopt.org to find a cleanup in your community. For more information about what to expect at a cleanup event, visit www.greatlakes/AdoptABeach Why: Adopt-a-Beach volunteers are on the front-lines of keeping plastic pollution out of the Great Lakes. More than 85% of the beach litter collected by volunteers each year is made up fully or in part of plastic. Jennifer J. Caddick | Vice President, Communications and Engagement Alliance for the Great Lakes | www.greatlakes.org 150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 700 | Chicago, IL 60601 312-445-9760 (office) |315-767-2802 (cell)

Legendary racing drivers get together to raise over £100,000 for charity - in one day

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 13:26 EDT

Legendary racing drivers from the world of F1 and major motorsports events including Le Mans will converge on the Goodwood Racing Circuit this Wednesday September 25th to raise over £100,000 for charities the Halow project and Hope for Tomorrow. The exclusive Veloce track days enables invited guests to pay for individual sessions with the famous drivers who this year include: Derek Bell, Damon Hill, Darren Turner, Marino Franchitti, Nick Fry, Richard Attwood and Ross Brawn. They will be using a variety of cars including a 1903 Mercedes 60 HP 1907 Itala, 1910 Fiat S76 'Beast of Turin', 1930 Bentley Speed Six, 1932 Alfa 8C Monza, 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans, 1934 Invicta S Type, 1952 Jaguar C-Type, 1953 Aston Martin DB3S, 1954 Jaguar D-Type, 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Competizione,1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Low-Drag, 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1966 Ford GT40 MkII, 1968 Ford GT40, 2014 McLaren P1, 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder 2015 LaFerrari Aperta. The Track day now in its third year is the brainchild of Peter Neumark the Chairman of Classic Motor Cars Ltd, who has supported numerous charities over recent years and who is a lifelong classic car and motorsport enthusiast. Peter said: "This is certainly the track day of the year with famous drivers, driving legendary cars, to raise money for deserving charities. What could be better?" INVITATION You are invited to a picture call with the drivers and the cars, which will take place at the Goodwood circuit at 9.15. Please report to the Jackie Stewart Pavilion. There will be an opportunity to photograph and film the cars and talk to the drivers before they take there paying guests out onto the circuit. If you would like to attend, send a photographer or reporter or would like someone to visit a studio before or after the track day then please contact David Barzilay, Barzilay Associates on 07860 322333. Email: david@barzilay.co.uk

Research and Insights results in new Respiratory Show at the NEC

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 13:21 EDT

The NEC Group has been managing high profile venues, including the NEC, Arena Birmingham and the ICC, for over 40 years but the organisation has always offered way more than just space to rent. Aside from hugely successful supporting businesses including The Ticket Factory and award winning caterer, Amadeus, the NEC Group's in house Business Intelligence and Analytics team is also adding massive value to the organisation and its customers. Next month, as a result of research led by the NEC Group's Market Intelligence Manager, Marc Aston, a brand new interactive event, The Respiratory Show, will be launched at the NEC by Closer Still Media. Speaking about how this new event has become a reality Marc said: "At the NEC we already host a number of health-related trade shows but through my research I discovered that 115,000 people each year die from a respiratory illness and this number is growing. By comparison the number of deaths from heart disease is actually declining by around 15%. My research evidence pointed to the positive contribution an interactive exhibition could make to bring audiences together, including health professionals, pharmaceutical companies and equipment manufacturers. I saw an opportunity to create more than just an exhibition. I felt that a dedicated respiratory show could act as an opportunity to encourage skills swaps and knowledge transfer with real learning and sharing experiences, with the aim of raising the profile and awareness of research, training and screening for respiratory conditions. "Small events catering for specific professions already exist and there is a larger annual respiratory conference in Europe but I identified a gap in the market for a multifaceted respiratory health focused event in the UK. We presented our research findings to CloserStill Media, a market leading business exhibitions organisation specialising in the healthcare and technology sectors. The NEC has worked with CloserStill for a number of years on a range of healthcare shows and we knew that they had excellent connections and strong research capabilities of their own. We felt that they would be able to turn the concept into a reality. I'm thrilled that we're now less than a month away from the first ever Respiratory Show and can't wait to see it in action on the opening day!" Executive Director of all Healthcare & Medical events at CloserStill Media Matt Butler - "When the NEC got in touch with us about a new idea we were really keen to see what they had to say and liked the idea of working collaboratively to develop a new show. The respiratory proposal really piqued our interest and upon further research of our own, we were confident that Marc and the NEC Group Business Intelligence team had identified a commercially viable opportunity for Closer Still Media to launch. "By coming to us with this proposal the NEC Group is offering something unique in the Industry, whilst strengthening our relationship with them as a valuable business partner. They're certainly more than just a venue and we really value the unique skills and knowledge they can offer. We will certainly be interested in working with the NEC Group research team again for future event ideas!" The Respiratory Show will open its doors for the first time on 9 October 2019 alongside Best Practice and Best Practice in Nursing and will offer a stimulating conference programme delivered by a range of respiratory experts across primary and secondary care settings. There will be a number of hands-on courses for delegates to get to grip with the latest techniques on a number of key issues including spirometry, inhaler techniques, use of peak flows, respiratory clinical assessment skills, nebuliser use, and performing chest auscultation and the different lung sounds. The event is supported by the strongest database of NHS clinicians and healthcare professionals working in respiratory care and is free for NHS, social care, public sector or qualified healthcare professionals. For more information visit https://www.thenec.co.uk/whats-on/the-respiratory-show-2019/

Angry residents told Bradford library cuts are an 'act of cultural vandalism'

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 08:26 EDT

A packed public meeting has been told that plans by Bradford council to cut the libraries and museum services by two thirds (65 per cent) is an 'act of cultural vandalism'. Over 160 members of the public yesterday, (Wednesday 18 September) crammed into Keighley Civic Centre to listen to concerns about the future of the service. They heard how the planned cuts of 65 per cent from the libraries, galleries and museums service, will lead to job cuts and the closure of public assets. The meeting was organised by Unite's, (the UK and Ireland's largest union), Bradford council branch. The union is currently balloting approximately 50 members employed in the library and museum service for industrial action, in defence of the service. The ballot opened last Friday (13 September) and closes on Friday 27 September. If members vote in favour of industrial action then strikes could begin next month. Members of the public expressed their opposition to the planned cuts in the library service. One resident said: " I was born in Bradford. I am annoyed about the cuts, this is our heritage". Another added: " Parents are worried that their children will have nowhere to study." The council's proposed cuts to the library and museums services which will see two million pounds cuts from the service over the next two years, coincides with Bradford council earmarking £1.4 million to prepare a bid for city of culture in 2025. Unite representative John Giles who is employed at Ilkley library told the meeting: "This is an act of cultural vandalism and there are no cuts which will not damage the service. These cuts will no doubt lead to closures . "Managers have ignored their own procedures and they have ignored their own staff. We want management to get back around the table and consult properly." Patrick Kerry, corporate convenor for Unite at Bradford council added: "We want to see a five year strategy with investment from Bradford council. Don't hide behind austerity, invest in our services." A further public meeting has been scheduled for Monday 23 September at 19:00 taking place at the Dominica Association, 10 Worthington Street, Bradford BD8 8ET. Bradford libraries and museums' staff to be balloted for strike action over 'swingeing cuts'

Cambridge brewers awarded top independent craft beer awards in East of England

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 08:03 EDT

Two breweries just a few miles apart have taken home the two overall top spots at the SIBA East Independent Beer Awards, beating brewers from across the East of England, stretching from North Lincolnshire down to Essex and Hertfordshire, as well Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. In the end though it was two breweries in Cambridge who took home thw two top spots, with Milton Brewery winning overall Gold in the cask competition and Calverley's Brewery top in the bottled & can competition. The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), and held at Elgood's Brewery in Wisbech prior to their beer festival opening last night, are judged by brewers and beer experts and seen very much as the brewers' choice awards in the industry. Milton Brewery's "Minerva" won the cask Gold and is Brewed with US, New Zealand and British hops for a powerful hop punch and satisfying bitterness. Collecting the awards was Founding Director Richard Naisby, who had this to say on the brewery's success. "It's great to win as it's an award from our industry peers and the brewers that matter. This beer won its category last year so to go one better and win the overall competition Gold this year is brilliant. It's one of our favourite beers - golden, hoppy, and thirst quenching." Calverley's Brewery's "Pale Ale", brewed with punchy American Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops, took home the overall Gold in the bottle and can competition, beating stiff competition from across the region. Collecting the award was Founder Sam Calverley. "It's great to get recognition in such a competitive market because it's assurance for your customers that they're getting really good quality even before they've tried the beer. We experimented a lot in the Taproom and this beer went down really well with customers so we knew we were on to a good thing. It's light, refreshing, but with lots of citrussy US hops it's a great beer to have with food." Commenting on the competition was SIBA Competitions Committee Chair Guy Sheppard, who presented the awards, "I would like to congratulate all of the winners in this year's SIBA East Independenty Beer Awards and in particular Milton and Calverley's Brewery who managed to edge out competition from across the region and take both top awards back to Cambridge!" The competition took place immediately before the opening of the Elgood's Brewery Beer Festival 2019, taking place at Elgood's Brewery in Wisbech, which continues today, Friday 20th 5-10.30pm and Saturday 21st 12 midday until 10.30pm. The festival features over 150 beers from Independent Craft Breweries and will give the chance to be the first to try the regions newly award-winning beers. Full Winners list: See below

Rick Astley Greatest Hits Tour 2020 with support from KT Tunstall

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 07:32 EDT

Rick Astley Greatest Hits Tour 2020 with support from KT Tunstall Arena Birmingham Thursday, 9 April 2020 For tickets visit www.theticketfactory.com//tickets/events/rick-astley/ Tickets on sale Friday 27 September at 9:30am

FLIR TG297 High-Temperature Industrial Thermal Camera

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 05:26 EDT

Announcing the FLIR TG297 High-Temperature Industrial Thermal Camera Non-Contact Temperature Measurement & Thermal Imaging in One Troubleshooting Tool ARLINGTON, Va., September 16, 2019 - FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today the FLIR TG297 industrial thermal camera, which provides non-contact high-temperature measurement and thermal imaging for professionals in one tool. This versatile camera for industrial troubleshooting boasts a unique filter that enables maintenance, repair and operations inspectors to visually identify and find the source of many common issues in high-temperature applications, including kilns, furnaces, refractory and manufacturing. The FLIR TG297 goes beyond the limitations of single-spot infrared (IR) thermometers by allowing the user to see the hot and cold spots indicative of potential issues and track them to their source. Users can examine everything from electrical connections to mechanical breakdowns quickly and accurately, with a temperature range of 25 degrees Celsius (C) to 1030 degrees C (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 1886 degrees Fahrenheit). Typically, high temperatures appear white in thermal images, but the FLIR TG297 has a movable high-temperature filter that improves the thermal dynamic range. With the filter engaged, users can see the colour shifts that indicate differences at the highest end of the camera's temperature range. The FLIR TG297 is built around a 160×120 FLIR Lepton ® thermal sensor and features FLIR-proprietary image processing algorithms for the highest quality image. FLIR's patented Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX ™ ) dual-camera technology embosses details from the built-in visual camera over full thermal images for added sharpness and perspective. The visual camera can also be used to capture visual images with an embedded temperature reading. Users can save up to 50,000 images with four gigabytes of flash memory to show customers that the problem was corrected once a job is done. With a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the camera operates for five hours of continual use. The FLIR TG297 features a rugged IP54 enclosure that stands up to tough environments. It includes a multipoint laser pointer to clearly indicate the area measured and a bright LED flashlight to see into dark, difficult-to-reach areas. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology allows users to upload data and share images to a mobile device and create instant reports in the field. The FLIR TG297 will be available online and through authorised FLIR distributors globally in the 4th quarter of 2019. For more information on the FLIR TG297, please visit www.flir.co.uk/TG297

Chambers and Partners publishes Canada 2020

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 04:23 EDT

The first fully digital guide to the best lawyers and law firms across the region Chambers and Partners, the world's leading research and analytics firm for the legal profession, today published Chambers Canada 2020 - a comprehensive rankings guide to the best lawyers and law firms across Canada. This is the 5th annual edition of the guide - and the first to be published exclusively online, highlighting Chambers and Partners' commitment to digitalisation and sustainability. This year's guide features 852 ranked departments and 2,305 ranked lawyers, including 397 individuals newly ranked for the 2020 release. Among the 138 ranked practice areas are several new sections for 2020, including Business & Human Rights , Crime and Retail . Other changes have been made to enhance our coverage of existing areas such as IP and Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting, which have been split into more specific and user-friendly sub-sections. In addition to nationwide tables, our rankings include provincial tables covering Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan as well as Northern and Atlantic Canada. Provincial rankings are based upon the location in which a firm or lawyer practices regardless of client or deal/case location. The Chambers and Partners Canada research team consists of 5 full-time members of staff with a mix of professional backgrounds, including qualified lawyers, journalists, linguists and political scientists. Law firms and clients are offered the opportunity to conduct interviews in both English and French. Research is carried out over a six-month period, and the team use one-to-one telephone interviews rather than blanket surveys and questionnaires to ensure they get the most authentic results. Thousands of client calls were made during the compilation of the 2020 guide, in addition to the thousands of pieces of written feedback received. As with all Chambers and Partners guides, the diligence of the research team and the painstaking process means more credible and valuable data. Chambers rankings are tough to achieve and remain the benchmark for firms all over the world. "The breadth and depth of Chambers and Partners' coverage is unmatched, and we are the only guide that can genuinely claim to be based almost exclusively on client feedback. A ranking in Chambers is a significant achievement for a lawyer or law firm and we are excited to share this year's guide to help purchasers of legal services make informed decisions about the top lawyers and law firms across key areas of the law," said Joanna Lane, editor of Chambers Canada. Watch the Chambers Canada video . More about Chambers Rankings Chambers Canada ranking decisions are made collaboratively by research analysts and the Canada editor and deputy editor. Rankings are also determined through an assessment of work identified on a firm's submission, along with external feedback on the firm's service and an emphasis on opinions provided by clients. For more information, visit the Chambers and Partners methodology web page.

Black Country pom pom phenomenon goes global

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 04:15 EDT

An initiative to reduce social isolation in a Black Country suburb is proving so popular that the pom pom phenomenon is spreading to different continents around the world. Whilst searching for a venue to host a new coffee morning event in November 2018, employment support group Just Straight Talk approached Bromford to see if they could help. The housing association, with thousands of homes across the Black Country and Birmingham, offered them the use of Rainbow Street Community Centre, in Coseley, free of charge. A craft element was quickly added to the weekly coffee morning as local residents were encouraged to make colourful knitted pom poms; each with a laminated note spreading positive messages about loneliness and isolation. The quirky creations have proven so popular that dozens of them have appeared right across Coseley since the start of the year as residents fix them to trees, railings and signposts as well as leaving them scattered in pubs, shops and waiting rooms for people to find.

First RN Strike in Arizona Planned Sept. 20 in Tucson at St. Joseph's and St. Mary's

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 04:14 EDT

Nurses to Strike for First Time in Arizona Sept. 20 at Tenet-Affiliated, St. Joseph's and St. Mary's Hospitals in Tucson RNs Urge Hospitals to Invest in Nursing Staff and Patient Care Registered nurses at Tenet-affiliated, St. Joseph's, and St. Mary's Hospitals in Tucson, will hold one-day strikes Sept. 20. These are the first strike actions ever held by registered nurses in the state of Arizona. Nurses at two Tenet hospitals in Florida also plan that state's first hospital RN strikes, Sept. 20, along with 8 other Tenet hospitals throughout California. Nurses at all 12 Tenet facilities are urging management to invest in nursing staff. This will improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs, and ensure optimal patient care, say nurses. Over 37,000 people who hold active RN licenses in Arizona do not work as nurses, according to the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of these are retired or unemployed while others are choosing not to work in the field. "We believe more of those nurses would choose to work at the bedside if there were staffing and other working conditions that supported their providing optimal care to patients," said Janice Ames, one of over 6500 RNs who work at the Tenet hospitals going out on strike in Florida, Arizona and California. What: Registered nurses to hold one-day strike. When: Friday, Sept. 20, 7:00 am - Sat. Sept. 21, 6:59 a.m. Rally Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Where: St. Mary's Hospital, 1601 W. St. Mary's Road, Tucson, Ariz. What: Registered nurses to hold one-day strike. When: Friday, Sept. 20, 7:00 am - Sat. Sept. 21, 6:59 a.m. Rally Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Where: St. Joseph's Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson, Ariz. "Our patients are more likely to get optimal care when the hospital prioritizes investing in the nursing staff," said Jessica Rose an RN in the Surgery unit at St. Mary's Hospital. "This will strengthen recruitment and retention of experienced nurses and make it possible to bring staffing into alignment with what research shows is optimal for patient care." According to well-established research there is a clear link between RN staffing levels and good patient outcomes. For example, research shows that every patient over four assigned to one nurse in a medical/surgical unit, could increase mortality by seven percent per patient. The staffing grid at St. Mary's Hospital allows for up to six patients per nurse in the medical/surgical units. Research suggests that a safe patient load per nurse in a progressive care unit, which is one step down in acuity from the ICU, is one nurse for every three patients. At St. Joseph's the staffing grid allows for up to eight patients in the progressive care unit. The staffing grid at St. Joseph's also allows for three infant patients per nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit when it is widely accepted that a ratio of one nurse for every two infants at most is best and often, optimal care requires that a nurse focus on one infant patient assignment only. The 1000 RNs who work at both hospitals are members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), which is affiliated with National Nurses United, the largest and fastest growing union of registered nurses in the United States with 150,000 members. NNU plays a leadership role in safeguarding the health and safety of RNs and their patients and has won landmark legislation in the areas of staffing, safe patient handling, infectious disease and workplace violence prevention.

Gender Pay Gap: Bad Behavior Among Behavior Analysts; Study Calls for Salary, Promotion Equity for Behavior Analysis Faculty

Fri, Sep 20, 2019 04:08 EDT

The gender salary gap among behavior analysis faculty is proving to be, well, a bit of an example of bad behavior. That's the finding of a study published online in the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice. Researchers report that differences in wages for women and men who work as assistant, associate and full professors in university-based behavior analysis training programs, accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), are "enormous" and should be a cause for "concern." A review of 103 faculty salaries -- 54 women and 49 men - finds that the average salary difference between genders is more than $20,000 across all academic ranks, with women at $87,283 and men at $107,399. The gap is not nearly as significant when median salaries are compared. Median salaries of men are 3 percent, 3 percent and 17 percent greater than those for women at assistant, associate and full professor levels, according to the study. Such "quantitative differences" between mean and median salaries indicate that "very high salaries" are likely being paid to relatively few men and "very low salaries" to relatively few women, thereby skewing group averages, study investigators indicate. One bright note: "Advocates for women will be heartened to learn that, although there are nearly twice the number of men as women at rank of full professor, women outnumber men as assistant and associate professors" in the behavior sciences, writes lead investigator Anita Li, a graduate instructor at Western Michigan University. "These data suggest that recent hires in behavior analysis are about as likely, or more likely, to be women as they are to be men, which was not the case several years ago." On the other hand, the finding that twice as many women can be found in lower academic ranks within behavior analysis programs, specifically at the associate professor level, compared to twice as many men at the full-professor level might suggest fewer women are being promoted to full professorships, Li reports. But current study data are inadequate to determine whether this seeming inequity in promotions is the result of discriminatory behavior or due to other variables, she says. These "other variables," including "years in rank, specialty area within behavior analysis, success in securing extramural funds, years required to secure promotions and other measures of productivity," also may be affecting salary levels and should be a future consideration in follow-up studies, researchers state. Meanwhile, study authors say they "want to leave the reader with a call to action beyond vigilance for overt or subtle [gender] discrimination. We believe our data give women faculty in behavior analysis solid evidence of pay inequality, and we hope that they argue forcefully and effectively for equal pay." The investigators add that all faculty members - men and women - should be arguing on behalf of equal pay and that the ABAI, the accrediting program agency, "take steps" in support of these efforts. "Universities place heavy emphasis on maintaining and obtaining accreditation, so including a metric in the accreditation process that requires demonstration of activity to combat inequity in hiring, pay and promotion practices should enhance our [behavior analysis] field," the researchers conclude. Their study is scheduled for print publication in a special December 2019 issue of Behavior Analysis in Practice.