The HR department of a major hospital trust has resigned from the professional body for personnel practitioners in healthcare because it disagrees with its stance on the Government’s new HR performance framework.The Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust has opted to withdraw from the organisation after comments made by president, Sally Storey (Analysis, 17 October).Alex O’Grady, trust director of personnel and development said the Association of Healthcare Human Resource Managers (AHHRM) was too negative about the framework.She said, “I find saying that it is all too difficult is unacceptable and does not reflect our views as members of the association.Storey told Personnel Today in an interview for our Analysis that AHHRM members could find the framework “overwhelming” because it has more than 60 points of reference that each NHS trust must meet.An Audit Commission report earlier this year claimed good assessment tools must have only 20 points of reference.Storey defended her statements, claiming she was echoing genuine concerns among her members about staffing levels in the NHS at management level. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Shake-up in NHS causes split in HROn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.
Ragnar Trail Richmond: April 26-27, 2019 7:16 – 7:50 AM: SPRINT through the house making coffee,Eggos, showering, waking up the kid and LEAP into the car. (Every other day Ido the same routine only while doing High Knees.) The Ragnar Relay Series started 16 years ago as the Ragnar Wasatch Back in Utah. Today, there are more than 40 road and trail relay races in the series across the U.S. and internationally. Yes, about 7 years ago I started running for my health (and let’s face it- probably my mid-life crisis- since I was almost 40!) I have done a bunch of 5ks, several mud and adventure races, and then 2 years ago I did the Virginia 10 miler. Great question! Here’s my daily training schedule: I try to do some kind of workout every day and been making it a point to make those workouts runs as much as possible. Also, a friend recently taught me how to body roll in case I trip and fall head first. I can be clumsy on non-level terrain so that’s an important skill to me. Let’s see if it works ha! Also, VEGETABLES. 9:11 – 11:30 AM: Stop checking email to answer a multitude of questions from my office mate about the internet, grammar, journalism, squirrels, dietary supplements, basic arithmetic, and more. All while doing High Knees double-time. How are you preparing for the race? Ellen Kanzinger, Travel Editor How are you preparing for the race? Craig Snodgrass, WebDirector 3:40 PM: Return to Earth in a complete flop sweat. Vomit. Have you competed in other races? 6:40 AM: Hit Snooze Button We’re now a month out from the race weekend and training is really kicking into gear. Each member of our team is preparing to run three trail loops for a total of 16 miles over the course of 36 hours. In between loops, runners will rest and hang out with friends at the centralized base camp before gearing up for another round. Quick thank you to Jordan, Alec, and Cailyn, friends of BRO, for rounding out our team and, truthfully, picking up our slack on the course. Check back in a few months to see how the BRO team fared out on the trail. How are you preparing for the race? We caught up with all the members of the team to see howthey are preparing for the big weekend. 9:10 AM: Check email. Have you competed in other races? 5:15 – 6:00 PM: Commute home. Maximize this time by doingseated cherry pickers and glute-flexes. 9:30 PM: Fairly certain I’ve done permanent damage tomyself I wash down 6 ibuprofen and an enthusiast glug of Manischewitz. 11:31 AM: Realize I’m dangerously close to missing myprotein intake goal. Eat 18 Tabasco Slim Jims. 10:15 PM: Rest Melissa Gessler,Business Manager Have you competed in other races? How are you preparing for the race? 6:02 – 8 PM: Time to carb-load AND re-hydrate! Consume 8pints of Guinness Stout while doing leg lifts and playing Minecraft with thekid. Have you competed in other races? Hannah Cooper, Account Executive 1:34 PM: The trance reaches its peak. I meet my spiritguide. It’s former NBA super star Dennis Rodman. Things get weird. We do morehigh knees. 9 AM: Arrive at work. POWER-SKIP all the way to my office. 7:15 AM: Wake up in a panic realizing we’re going to belate for school. Adrenaline spike causes heart rate to hit 110% in a matter ofseconds. Yes. The Blue Ridge Burn several times. 6:50 AM: Turn off alarm, look at Instagram until I driftback to sleep thinking about how I should get up and do some High Knees. 7:51 – 8:55 AM: BREATH OUT. One long steady outwardbreath for 50 minutes during commute. 10 PM: High Knees 6:30 AM: Hit Snooze Button Hahaha. I ran one 5k my freshman year of college and almost threw up as I crossed the finish line. I have not run a race since then. Sleeping late and drinking whiskey- but seriously- I have been running weekly and then recently started going to a sadistic torture professional- otherwise known as a personal trainer. She’s great- I come away weekly remembering all the muscles I forgot I had for the last 20 years and with bruises and stories to entertain the whole office. I am doing the Charlottesville 10 Miler a month before the race, but then I am getting married and going on my honeymoon, so I am a little nervous, to be honest. When I get back, I plan on doing two a days with a long run the day after to be ready to do 15 miles in 36 hours. How are you preparing for the race? 11:42 AM: Sit down and hold on to my office chair withwhite knuckles because the trans-fat induced psychedelic journey is about tocommence. 8:30 PM: Find the most questionable “cross-fit”trainer on YouTube and proceed to go through their routine with MAXIMUM FORCE. Have you competed in other races? It was in the middle of one of our monthly BRO meetings when we started discussing our February trail race issue. Seeing as how we are an outdoor magazine, someone brought up the idea that it might be fun if a group from the office got together to run the Ragnar Relay in Richmond, Va. Shannon McGowan, DigitalContent Editor 3:41 – 5:15 PM: Listen to office mate tell me every.single. thing. she did the past weekend. I have run 3 half marathons, two 10 milers (three by the time we do the Ragnar) and lots of short races. They only trail race I have done is the Blue Ridge Burn which is only a 5K, but I do run on the trails around Charlottesville. I am trying to run a couple times a week mixed with some core workouts. I’ve also been doing a lot of ankle strengthening exercises because I have sprained my ankles playing soccer too many times to count and they’ve never fully healed. Yes! I distinctly remember my first XC race in middle school and thinking to myself, “This is the worst thing I have ever done. I will NEVER EVER EVER do this again.” I saw my then crush’s mom cheering me on and thought “PAM PLEASE LOOK AWAY. DON’T LOOK AT THE SHAME OF YOUR FUTURE DAUGHTER IN LAW.” I don’t know why I kept running after that, but it’s been over 9 years since my first race, and I’ve raced more 5ks than I can count! Never anything longer than a 5k though… Sooooo this should be interesting. I’ve never raced on a trail, but I’m excited too because I love trail running! I feel like a deer galloping through the forest in slow motion… I’m hoping running in slow motion doesn’t hurt my time.
This led to an estimate that at least 10% of sponsoring employers were likely to delay making contributions for at least three months.According to the Pension Protection Fund, as at the end of March there were 5,436 defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in operation in the private sector – LCP applied 10% to that figure.According to data prepared by the Office for National Statistics, in a typical quarter employers pay around £5.5bn into DB schemes in the UK, with the large majority of this being to clear deficits.If 10% of schemes were to agree to DRC delays, this would suggest around £500m in payments was being put on hold.Last month The Pensions Regulator published guidance effectively allowing pension fund trustees to agree to sponsors delaying making contributions where the firm faces serious economic challenges, subject to certain safeguards.These safeguards include that the companies must also be cutting back on dividends and bonuses and must have explored other methods of easing their short-term cash-flow problems.“Some firms that are fundamentally sound are nonetheless facing huge short-term cashflow pressures during the present crisis”Jill Ampleford, partner at LCPJill Ampleford, partner at LCP, said: “Some firms that are fundamentally sound are nonetheless facing huge short-term cashflow pressures during the present crisis.“The ability to agree with trustees a delay in making pension contributions will help them to weather the present storm and continue their support to the scheme in the long-term.”According to LCP, reasons for employers not seeking to take advantage of these easements included that their next contribution may not be due for some months, as some deficit contributions are only due annually or twice yearly.In addition, some employers may consider that continuing to pay contributions now would help support long-term plans for tackling the deficit.Steve Webb, partner at LCP and former pensions minister, told IPE the consultancy had the impression some employers were trying to “reputation manage”, in that they would quite like to delay contributions but were aware of the potential implications further down the line, in terms of getting regulatory approval for a valuation on the basis of a strong employer covenant.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. More than 500 UK companies are likely to use new regulatory flexibilities to delay making pension deficit contributions in response to the pressures brought on by public health responses to the coronavirus epidemic, according to an estimate from consultancy LCP.It estimated that around £500m (€565m) in total will be held back by employers. There have already been media reports that firms such as retail companies Arcadia and Debenhams have sought to delay making deficit repair contributions (DRCs). LCP thinks its analysis is the first industry-wide estimate of how widespread such moves could be.It came up with its results by combining soundings from industry with analysis of data on more than 200 schemes for which the consultancy acts as an adviser.
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During a steller career for the county he clocked up 5 All Ireland Senior Hurling titles in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965 along with 8 Munster Senior Hurling titles and 8 National League hurling honours .On top of that he secured three Railway Cup medals with Munster, was named Caltex Hurler of the Year (1) – 1961 and secured honours at Minor level in both Munster and All Ireland action.The 82 year old who played club action with his beloved Borrisoleigh won a county title in 1953 as well as 4 North Tipperary Senior hurling titles ..Tributes have been flowing in since his sad passing yesterday evening following a short illness – with County Board Chairman Michael Bourke describing him as fearless and charismatic and a man possessed with a tremendous hurling brain which epitomised his determination to deliver success for Tipperary. Fellow clubman and Former TIpp Hurling Captaion Brendan Maher meanwhile described him as a tipp legend who will never be forgottenSpeaking to Tipp FM, County Board Chairman Michael Burke said Liam was a one in a lifetime player…County Board Statement;Tuesday, August 15th, 2017It is with great regret and sadness that we learned of the death this evening after a short illness of former Tipperary hurler Liam Devaney.The death took place today Tuesday, of former Tipperary star Liam Devaney, aged 82.Liam Devaney (Borris-Ileigh) played senior hurling for Tipperary in every position except full back. He even lined out in goal against Clare in 1963, when the selected goalkeeper failed to arrive for a game at Tipperary town. His versatility was a valued attribute, no more so than in the 1961 All Ireland final, when he switched to centre back after Tony Wall retired injured and guided Tipp to a one point win over Dublin. The Irish Independent noted his contribution to the victory – ‘’His all-round hurling ability and dauntless spirit were more evident than ever on Sunday and his coolness, ball control and ability to evade the tackle at centre back, to deliver match winning clearances were a revelation’’. Not surprisingly that newspaper selected Liam as its ‘Sports Star of the Week’.Liam, who was an unused substitute for the 1954 Munster final loss to Cork, made his debut a few months later in the Oireachtas competition. His championship debut was at right half forward in a one point loss to Clare in the 1955 Munster Championship semi-final, at Limerick. Liam’s last championship appearance was in Tipperary’s two point loss to Wexford in the 1968 All Ireland final. He scored 0-2 in one of the greatest All Ireland finals ever played.Liam retired from inter-county hurling after Tipp’s 1-9 to 1-6 victory over Cork, in the Oireachtas final, at Thurles, on October 27th 1968. He lined out at right corner forward that day and switched to the left corner during the game. The Borris-Ileigh club man earned the free from which team captain, Mick Roche, shot to the Cork net for the vital score of the game. As he made his way off the pitch after the game, Liam gave his hurley to a young boy.The next day he handed in a note to Tipperary Co. Secretary, Tommy Barrett, asking him to tell the selectors that he was now in retirement from inter-county hurling. The message ended with best wishes for the future to the selectors and the Tipperary teams.During a wonderful career Liam was to the forefront for Tipperary and his honours list speaks for itself –Liam Devaney’s Major Honours ListAll Ireland Senior Hurling (5) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965Munster Senior Hurling (8) – 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967 & 1968Caltex Hurler of the Year (1) – 1961National Hurling League titles (8) 1954/55, 1956/57, 1958/59, 1959/60,1960/61, 1963/64, 1964/65 & 1967/68Oireachtas Cup (6) – 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1968Railway Cup with Munster (3) – 1961, 1963 & 1966All Ireland Minor Hurling (2) -1952 & 1953Munster Minor Hurling (2) -1952 & 1953Co. Senior Hurling (1) -1953North Tipp Senior Hurling (4) – 1953, 1955, 1972 & 1973Knocknagow Award -2015Cu Chulainn Award Winner – 1963 (right corner forward).Liam’s top three hurlers during his own playing career were – Christy Ring (Cork) Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary) and Billy Rackard (Wexford).He played on with his club for a few more years, but the dream of winning a second county medal nineteen years after his first was not realised, as Roscrea beat Borris-Ileigh by 5-8 to 3-6, in the 1972 final, at a rain sodden Semple Stadium.In a 1995 interview with the Hoganstand.com Liam was asked about his best memory from his hurling career. The reply, which overlooked all of his successes was simple and sincere –‘’It’s the best field game in the world and through it I made some great friends, on and off the field.’’ Spoken like the gentleman he was.Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke paid tribute to the late Liam Devaney on hearing of his passing – “During a golden era for Tipperary hurling, Liam Devaney was a key contributor to the county’s fortunes. Not alone was he fearless and charismatic but he also possessed a tremendous hurling brain which epitomised his determination to deliver success for Tipperary. I have known Liam for many years and such was his presence that his jovial nature and character would ensure he would take centre stage in any company. Tipperary has lost a great son, friend and acquaintance.On behalf of Tipperary County Board I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Devaney family and also to his club, Borris-Ileigh, on the sad passing of Liam.”Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.Funeral arrangements to follow. Tipperary hurling legend has Liam “Billy” Devaney passed away.The 82 year old had a glittering career in the blue and gold of Tipperary winning 5 All Ireland Senior Hurling medals with Tipperary as well as 6 Munster titles and 6 national league titles.Borrisoleigh clubman Liam Devaney played senior hurling for the Premier County in every position bar full back and even lined out in goal against Clare when the selected keeper failed to arrive for the game in Tipp town. His versatility was a valued attribute, no more so than in the 1961 All Ireland final, when he switched to centre back after Tony Wall retired injured and guided Tipp to a one point win over Dublin. © Tipp GAA
Track: Good Weather: FineDYE JOB SPRINTRace 1 1200 M (Purse $850,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O RESTRICTED STAKES1. BUBBLING KITTEN WHenry*2. BLUE DIXIE OWalker 53.0 6 1/2L3. KIMMY’S TRAIN OWhite 50.0 2 1/2L4. RALLY BABY PFrancis 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $217.00PLACE: $50.00.50.00, $%0.00Final Time : 1:13.1Winner : 2yo dk b/br filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – SHANDA DTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSQu $165.00 Ex: $686.00Trifecta: $413.00Race 2 1820 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)ANTHONY FERGUSON1. ABOVE THE RADAR AChatrie 53.0 5/12. LEGENDARY PLEASURE LSteadman3 53.0 6 1/2L3. BATIDOR DE MUNDO AOPowell4 53.0 1 1/2L4. SHADE OF BEAUTY MWard4 48.0 1 1/2LWIN: $303.00PLACE: $86.00, $115.00, $74.00Final Time : 2:00.3Winner : 6yo ch horse – TRACKING – SUZIE’S GIFTTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS, Owner : VICTOR G WILLIAMSQu: $929.00 Ex: $2,694.00D/E: $2,640.00Superfecta : (6-8-4-2) $10,293.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $555,000) 3-Y-O MAIDEN CLAIMING($500,0-$450,0)PILOT FRANCIS1. DREAM ADMIRAL RMitchell 52.0*2. LAZZA SMuir 52.0 5L3. MINY LEE RHalledeen 52.5 Neck4. ARTHUR JJackson 54.0 9LWIN: $253.00PLACE: $58.00, $54.00, $55.00Final Time: 1:36.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY – PURE MUDTrainer : HARRY PARSARD Owner : P. J. K TEAMQu: $247.00 Ex: $566.00D/E: $2,718.00Superfecta: $1,723.00Rolling Triple: $35,149.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)COLIN FERGUSON1. DIFERENTGENERATION DDawkins4 50.02. SUNLIGHT EXPRESS LSteadman3 53.0 1L*3. FORCE DE JOUR HLewis 57.0 2 1/2L4. HOLOGRAM SHADOW AChatrie 54.0 1L5. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 3/4LWIN: $202.00PLACE: $69.00, $73.00, $67.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.3, 45.0Winner : 6yo b horse – CONGAREE – COTTA’S JEWELTrainer :PHILLIIP LEE Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $674.00 Ex: $1,292.00D/E: $1,472.00Trifecta: $881.00Hi-5: $6,187.00Rolling Triple: $15,185.00ANDREW H.B. AGUILAR MEMORIAL CUPRace 5 1600 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. BIGDADDYKOOL SEllis 53.0 70.00 54.002. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.0 3/1 4 60.003. MISTER BONES RWilson 53.5 7/1 3 69.004. THE PROMISE LAND WHenry 53.0 9/2 2WIN: $70.00PLACE: $54.00, $60.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:41.4 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:14.3,Winner : 2yo b colt – SORRENTINO – BEWARE BABYTrainer :ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHQu: $130.00 Ex: $181.00D/E: $220.00Superfecta: $304.00Rolling Triple: $2,925.00Race 6 1500 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)CLIFFORD ATKINSON SR.1. STAN ROY DaneNelson 54.02. NATASHADONTPLAY LSteadman3 52.0 1 1/4L*3. NO MONEY FRIEND WHenry 55.0 1 1/2L4. CHEERS AndrePowell4 56.0 2 3/4L5. SUPER HERITAGE RMitchell 54.0 2L6. ROVING STAR OEdwards3 48.5 1 1/4LWIN: $256.00PLACE: $116.00, $95.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:35.4 Splits : 24.1, 47.4, 1:14.4,Winner : 4yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT – TOUCH THE LIGHTTrainer : SPENCER CHUNG, Owner : FREDERICK FOOTE & KENT LYNQu: $1,313.00 Ex: $2,066.00D/E: $477.00Trifecta: $2,315.00Hit-6 carry-over : $44,226.00Rolling Triple: $3,068.00Pick-4: $18,176.00Super-6: $638,905.20 (6 OF 6)Race 7 1400 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACEENOS BROWN*1. TWILIGHT ROCKET LSteadman3 54.02. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 55.0 2 3/4L3. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 54.0 Neck4. PERFECT GIRL RoshJohnson4 51.0 1/2LLate scratch : #10 HOPSCOTCHWIN: $111.00PLACE: $78.00, $151.00, $111.00Final Time : 1:32.3 Splits : 25.1, 50.0, 1:17.2,Winner : 4yo dk b/br colt – TWILIGHT TIME – CLASSIC TUDORTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : LJM STABLESQu: $802.00 Ex: $1,079.00D/E: $1,209.00 (1-10) $353.00Superfecta: $22,494.00Rolling Triple: $1,311.00Race 8 1700 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1-2 SINCE AUGUST 12DALTON SIRJUE1. SIRMANDI SMuir 56.02. CUTTER RWilson 54.0 4L3. WINIT OEdwards3 54.0 Sh.Head4. FLAGRANS AChatrie 54.0 1 1/4L5. THE GUMMER PParchment 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #3 RAJ KAPOOR, #4 PREMATUREEWIN: $140.00PLACE: $91.00, $214.00, $264.00Final Time : 1:51.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.2, 1:15.0, 1:43.3Winner : 6yo b horse – GHOST RANSOM – DAME O’ MANDYTrainer : MICHAEL BEECHAM, Owner : OSCAR A BLAIRQu: $712.00 Ex: $1,124.00D/E: $274.00 (3-3) $200.00 (3-4) $87.00Trifecta: $3,987.00Hi-5 carry-over : $59,618.00Rolling Triple: $3,616.00SEYMOUR “FOGGY” MULLINGS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 9 1600 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. ORIGINAL TRAIN DaneNelson 53.52. SOUTHERN CRUISE JErwin 53.0 1 1/2L*3. BRAWN AChatrie 56.0 2 1/2L4. SHINING LIGHT RMitchell 53.5 3LWIN: $139.00 PLACE: $56.00, $59.00, $61.00Final Time : 1:38.1 Splits : 23.2, 46.0, 1:11.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER – REGINA ROYALETrainer :HARRY PARSARD Owner : HARRY PARSARDQu: $275.00 Ex: $442.00D/E: $436.00Superfecta: $1,441.00Rolling Triple: $991.00JAMAICA RACEHORSE TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION TROPHYRace 10 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)1. LITTLEMISSEMMY DDawkins4 49.02. KING WITHIN PFrancis 54.5 6 1/4L3. SWEET DIMENSION SMuir 53.0 1/4L4. FIRE ALARM WHenry 53.0 1/4L5. TROJAN LSteadman3 53.0 NoseWIN: $1,175.00PLACE: $426.00, $350.00, $212.00Final Time : 1:14.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – WEEKEND CRUISE – GAYE’S EMBLEMTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $16,292.00 Ex: $16,131.00D/E: $7,283.00Trifecta: $59,706.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $291,809.70Rolling Triple : (13-4-3) $45,520.00Pick-4 : (3-13-4-3) $53,444.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (2-1-3-13-4-3) $932,633.00 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $63,514.50 (8 OF 9); $2,027.00 (7 OF 9) Carry-over : $3,436,668.06PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $1,041,052.50
Controversial, Diseases, Environment, Governance, Government, Green, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Oil, Oil Spills, Pollution, Regulations, Water Pollution Article published by Glenn Scherer Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The disastrous oil spill on Brazil’s northeast coast began August 30, with 116 municipalities already impacted and 6,000 tons of crude recovered so far. The oil continues to move southward and is now threatening Rio de Janeiro state. However, almost three months into the spill, the debate over its origin continues.Yesterday, an expert from the Federal University of Alagoas reported to Congress that the tanker responsible for the spill may be the Voyager I, which he said was off the coast of Brazil with its location transponder turned off during the period the spill would have occurred. Satellite detection of two slicks seem to implicate Voyager I.But other experts disagree, saying transponder evidence puts Voyager I near India during the critical late July period when the spill occurred. Since this story’s publication, Voyager I representatives have also provided evidence of the India location at the time of the spill (see box and links at end of this story).More than 100 ships passed through the seas near the eastern tip of Brazil between July 19 and 24. As a result, debate over the source of the oil spill is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The Voyager I tanker, which Federal University of Alagoas researchers have implicated in the oil spill. Other researchers disagree with this conclusion. Image © MarineTraffic.comThe massive oil spill on Brazil’s northeast coast beginning August 30 has now impacted 675 locations in 116 municipalities, with experts expecting the crude to soon reach as far south as Rio de Janeiro state. Yet, nearly three months after the first oil came ashore, speculation over the disaster’s source continues.However, this week may have seen a break in the case. On November 17, the Laboratory for Analyzing and Processing Satellite Images (LAPIS) at the Federal University of Alagoas issued a statement saying that it had identified a possible culprit.Yesterday, November 21, LAPIS director Prof. Humberto Barbosa testified to Brazil’s Congress that satellite images suggest a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, the Voyager I, is responsible for the disaster.Barbosa told the Chamber of Deputies that the Voyager had its AIS location transponder turned off during the July 19 to 24 period when satellite images first identified slicks off the coast of Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte. “Both [oil slicks] correspond considering the ship’s normal speed and course, although the Voyager I had its transponder turned off in that region,” he testified.However, oil pollution watchdog SkyTruth raised questions about LAPIS’ conclusions. SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman told Mongabay via email: “This doesn’t make sense because AIS shows other vessels at the scene. I also still haven’t seen anything to confirm that the vessel [Voyager I] ever left port in India in July.”LAPIS reports that between July 19 and 24, 111 ships passed through the seas near the eastern tip of Brazil.Emmanuel Belostrino, a crude oil market analyst, added data to support Bergman’s doubts. Belostrino works with Kpler, a data intelligence firm offering transparency solutions in commodity markets. Belostrino told Mongabay via email that the Voyager I’s signal registered off the coast of India on July 6. The ship’s next available signal registered on July 24, again near the port of Vadinar in India. According to Kpler’s calculations, a one-way journey from Vadinar to the port of José in Venezuela via Cape Town, South Africa takes 35 days at a speed of 12 knots.Asked about this discrepancy, Barbosa told Mongabay that LAPIS had identified the Voyager I´s transponder signal off the Brazilian coast.Bergman wondered whether LAPIS has additional information that hasn’t been made public. He also noted that SkyTruth has identified a bilge dump that seems to have originated from a Brazilian-flagged ship on July 19th. Bilge is the dirty water, oil and other contaminants that collect in the bottom of a ship’s hold. This bilge water is periodically pumped out either properly in port or improperly into the ocean. In the latter case, it is called ”bilge dumping.” Earlier this month, Bergman authored a blog post discussing ships that were “loitering” in the area off Brazil that analysts have identified as the location where the spill likely originated.Communities all along the contaminated sections of the Brazilian coast responded to the call to action and joined in the cleanup. Image by Clemente Coelho / State University of Pernambuco.As of now, more than 6,000 tons of oil have been recovered from the Brazilian coastal environment according to CBN Radio. The Brazilian Navy reports the beaches of Espirito Santo, the state just north of Rio de Janeiro, were clean of oil as of November 20.Even so, many observers continue to be critical of the government’s disaster readiness. Fabiana Martins, a board member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, wrote in an article that her calls for better regulations to prevent and deal with marine accidents have met with skepticism.A Voyager I representative responds Nov. 23, 2019: I’m writing on behalf of the owner of the Voyager 1, Sanibel Seatrade. (I’m the director of Navigate Response, a London based public relations agency). Our client has independent evidence (satellite imagery, port authority data) that the evidence presented by Prof Humbero Barbosa was completely incorrect. Its vessel Voyager 1 was 11,000 km away in India between 20 June and 21 Aug 2019. The Marshall Islands flag has also backed this up: There’s a story here where this is reported. The quote from the Marshall Islands is: “The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator confirms that the Pole Star Long Range Identification and Tracking data shows the vessel VOYAGER 1 (IMO 9233789) in the vicinity of Vladinar Terminal, India between 20 June and 21 August 2019.” Our statement can be downloaded here. I would be grateful if you could update your story to reflect this.Kind regards — Bill LinesBanner Image caption: More than 100 ships were off the Brazilian coast in the proximity of the oil spill at the time it occurred, so finding the guilty tanker is proving a challenge for scientists, especially since tankers moving oil out of U.S. sanctioned Venezuela often turn off their locator transponders becoming “dark ships” to avoid detection. Photo on Visual huntFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.
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Competition on many levelsEach of the houses is about 1,000 square feet. Students not only have to design the houses, but also figure out how they can be knocked down, shipped to the site of the competition, and then reassembled on a tight schedule.Each of the 10 contests had its own objectives and scoring rules. Organizers said this year’s contest put special emphasis on innovation, water use, energy use, and market potential. By the end of the competition, Switzerland had accumulated 873.409 points to become the overall winner with first-place finishes in six separate categories.The University of Maryland was second with 824.717 points, and a team from the University of Denver and the University of California, Berkeley, was third with 808.635 points.In addition to assembling and running their demonstration homes under deadline pressure, student teams also contended with weather that brought rain, sleet, snow, and wind to the site near the Denver airport. Dutch and Swiss projects were shipped through Houston, which had been struck by Hurricane Harvey just a couple of weeks before teams were due in Denver. Shipping snafus also slowed down other teams. Snow in Denver prompted officials to close the Solar Decathlon for one day out of safety concerns, according to an article in The Denver Post.But students were clearly delighted with the opportunity to see their projects finally come to fruition, and to see what other competitors had cooked up.Typical was this comment from Flavia Viscardi of the Swiss team, who was asked what she considered to be the highlight of the competition: “Meeting the other teams. And the fact that the competition is real now. We’ve been working on it two years, and now it’s concrete. The best thing is being in the United States and to actually build the dream.” Solar Decathlon: The Search for the Best Carbon-Neutral HouseSolar Decathlon Winners Embrace Passivhaus StandardAn Innovative Net-Zero Solar Decathlon HouseEnergy and Building Programs Brace for Trump Budget “This flexibility ensures that, over time, the house will meet the needs of the greatest number of occupants while using the least amount of land and facilitating strong connections within the neighborhood,” the team said.Among NeighborHub’s features:Laminated veneer lumber for both the house and its furniture.Walls that include photovoltaic panels and also collect heat from the sun for space and water heating.A vegetated roof with plants chosen specifically to attract bees.Two vertical greenhouses, one of which has an aquaponic system for breeding fish.A toilet that uses worms to treat and recycle waste.After the competition, the house will be shipped back to Innovation Square in Fribourg, which already includes research and development facilities. RELATED ARTICLES A team representing four Swiss schools emerged as the overall winner in this year’s Solar Decathlon in Denver, Colorado, with an entry called “NeighborHub.”The biennial competition included a total of 11 student teams this year, two of them from Europe, that have been at work for nearly two years designing and building solar-powered demonstration homes. In addition to competing for the overall winner’s title, teams also were judged in 10 separate areas, such as architecture, market potential, innovation, and engineering.Student teams typically seek partners to help cover the expense of developing, building, and moving the houses. This year, for the first time, the Department of Energy also awarded cash prizes, including $300,000 for the first place winner.The Swiss team was comprised of students of from Ã‰cole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg; Geneva University of Art and Design; and the University of Fribourg. Their entry, according to a project description provided by the Department of Energy, was designed so that in addition to being used as a dwelling, the building also could be used for community meals, educational workshops, or even bicycle repair.
The annual pilgrimage of players and officials from around Australia to the mecca of summer Touch Football Knockouts, the Yass Valley Knockout, was another huge turnout and success, held over the Australia Day Long Weekend. This year’s event, again featuring the country’s richest prize purse for Touch Football Knockouts, boasted the largest field in its long 26 year history: a record 106 teams traversing three states and featuring several teams from regional New South Wales to ‘celebrate what’s great’ about Touch Football over the national holiday weekend. Ten teams made their way up the Hume Highway from Melbourne, along with five teams from Adelaide, 43 teams from Sydney and 17 teams from Canberra and Albury. Teams were also represented across the breadth of regional New South Wales including Wagga, Wollongong, Leeton, Griffith, Young, Cowra, Condobolin, Parkes, Dubbo, Central Coast, Albion Park, Nowra, Milton-Ulladulla, Mogo, Moruya, Goulburn and Yass. A total of 160 games were played on Saturday and 101 games on Sunday at the home of the Knockout since its inception in 1989, and home to a significant number of teams who camp at the ovals overnight, Walker Park. Melissa Vayro, the NRL Development Officer from Manly, best summed it up when she said: “Just want to say thank you for another great weekend. As always Yass Touch delivered! Thank you to all the people behind the scenes for another awesome carnival! See you again in 2015.”The standard of Touch was the highest it has been for several years: the Men’s A Grade final once again ensuring this tournament is one of the most prominent mix of social and elite events and featuring hotly contested title deciders and preliminary finals across all divisions.DRAGONS BREATHE FIRE IN THE MENS OPEN FINAL:Australian Men’s Open player, Dylan Thompson led the ‘Dragons Men’s’ team from Sydney to a 7-4 win over Off Da Hook from Melbourne in the sizzling Men’s A Grade Final; saluting over his namesake and national Men’s Open teammate, Dylan Hennessey, arguably Australia’s best player. Dragons Men’s had earlier defeated the Cruizers from Hornsby in the semi-final 11-4 while Off Da Hook defeated the Pennybridge Pioneers from Wollongong 9-6 in the other semi-final.Where’s My Tape Measure (ACT Over 30’s NTL team) from Canberra took out the Men’s B Grade Final defeating Once Were Warriors 9-4 (Defence Over 40’s NTL team). Where’s My Tape Measure defeated Freezin’ Heat from Sydney 15-4 in the semi-final and Once Were Warriors defeated the Boyd Park 40’s (ACT Over 40’s NTL team) from Canberra 11-2 in their semi-final. Shane Cooper from Murrumbateman played for Once Were Warriors and former Australian Men’s player, Julian Buckmaster and Todd Mills, both previously from Yass, featured for the Boyd Park 40’s.Ol’ 55’s from Taren Point with Noel ‘Condor’ Donohoe at the helm took out the Men’s C Grade Final defeating Trent SA 6-3. Earlier, Trent SA defeated the Albion Park Eagles 7-4 and the Ol’ 55’s defeated the Condobolin Boomerangs 10-7 in the other semi-final. The Condobolin Boomerangs, playing in their first Yass Knockout, had a great time and learnt a lot from the experience. They will definitely be back next year which has been the recurring theme for visiting teams since the tournament commenced.CONTENDERS FROZEN OUT IN THE HEAT IN THE MIXED DIVISIONSDylan Hennessy made up for his team’s loss in the Men’s A Grade Final by leading Freezin’ Ice from Sydney to victory over the Crazy Frogs from Canberra 7-5. Tony Eltakchi, who represented Australia in the Mixed Division for more than a decade, featured also for Freezin’ Ice and was playing in his 24th consecutive Yass Knockout. Tony rates this as the most enjoyable tournament to play in.Freezin’ Ice defeated last year’s winners Rebels 7-6 in their semi-final and Crazy Frogs defeated the Yass combination of Smokin’ Darts and Breakin’ Harts 12-9 in the other semi-final. Scott Naughton, Chris Rawlinson, Bronwyn Pollack and Jenna Cooke were all key players for the local team.Freezin’ Heat, stablemates of Freezin’ Ice, made short work of the hot weather, making it a double when they defeated the Grizzly Bears from Sydney, 3-2 in the Mixed B Grade Final.The Grizzly Bears defeated the Vic Young Guns 11-6 and Freezin’ Heat defeated TouchUM Teabags from Melbourne 11-6 in the semi-finals to make the decider.Varsity Penguins one of the three Sydney University teams defeated the Rugcutters from Wollongong 4-1 to take out the Mixed C Grade final.Rugcutters defeated TouchUM Tacos from Melbourne 13-2 in their semi-final and Varsity Penguins defeated Touch It 17-8 in the other semi-final. Hot Custard the London-based team of ex-pats were favourites to take out this division but crashed in the quarter final going down to the Rugcutters 10-9. The Yass team Kiss My Pass were beaten 12-5 by the Ninja Cats Grey from Canberra in the first round in this division.TE WHANAU REPEAT OFFENDERS IN THE WOMEN’S DIVISIONThe highly fancied Te Whanau from Manly maintained their crown as the Women’s Champions taking out the Women’s A Grade Final defeating the Kung Fu Pandas from Melbourne 3-1.The Pandas defeated the Bankstown Jets 19-4 in their semi-final while Te Whanau defeated Trent SA 9-nil in the other semi-final.The Wagga 16’s defeated the ACT WTL team 4-3 in the final of the Women’s B Grade division.The ACT WTL team defeated the ACT Pirate Wenches 13-2 in their semi-final and the Wagga 16’s defeated the Griffith Young Guns 9-2 in the other semi-final. Yass’ team in this division the Ninja Turtles played well in the first round despite losing to the ACT WTL team 9-4.There were a number of personalities playing in the tournament including David Hatch the former Cronulla Sharks legend; Gavin Dovey the Australian Cricket Team Manager; and Todd Mills a former local now living in Canberra who returned to play at Walker Park for the first time in 22 years. Todd shared Tony Eltakchi’s sentiments saying: ‘he loved the tournament and will be back again next year’.Walker Park as usual resembled tent city, now also featuring several pop-up inflatable pools and the ‘cooler’ weather on past years made it conducive for fast and open touch football.At the end of the tournament over $16,160 was distributed in prize money over the eight divisions. Seven new divisional champions were named and are sure to return again next year to attempt to defend their titles.Special thanks must again go out to the hard working and ever efficient Yass Touch Association. And also to all the referees who attended the event, those who helped in the Administration, canteen and referees areas, the men on the BBQ, and to perennial volunteer KB (Kenny Belly) and Buck Harmer for keeping the venue spotless and free of garbage. Also a big thank you to all the local businesses that sponsor the event each year. Without their support the event wouldn’t run and be as successful nor prominent.All finals games results can be found in the below document, which contains every division’s finals’ flowcharts.Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2014 Yass Knockout. Men’s ADragons Men’s 7 defeated Off Da Hook 4Men’s BWhere’s The Tape Measure 9 defeated Once Were Warriors 4Men’s COld 55’s 6 defeated Trent SA 3Women’s ATe Whanau 3 defeated Kung Fu Pandas 1Women’s BWagga 16’s 4 defeated ACT Women’s T League 3Mixed AFreezin Ice 7 defeated Crazy Frogs 5Mixed BFreezin Heat 3 defeated Grizzly Bears 2Mixed C Varisty Penguins 4 defeated Rugcutters 1For more results, please click on the attached excel document. Related Filesyass_2014_finals_flowcharts1-xlsRelated LinksYass Knockout Results