“We have addressed all contamination issues on the site in their entirety and carried out all necessary remedial work, to the satisfaction of the city and environmental authorities. City officials have confirmed that the site contamination has been properly addressed and that the ongoing monitoring arrangements offered by the University meet the Council’s requirements.“We are conscious of the City Council’s requirement that the University should place fewer than 3,000 of its students in private rented accommodation to reduce pressure on Oxford’s housing market and the purpose-built Castle Mill accommodation enables us to achieve this goal.“The University will continue its discussions with the City Council and local residents to refine proposals for landscaping.”A spokesman for Oxford City Council, told Cherwell, “We have advised the University that it would be occupying the development at its own risk and that planning conditions have not been discharged.“Our legal advice is that the discharge of planning conditions, where linked to occupation, creates an unusual circumstance where a further screening opinion is required. Whilst we understand there may be different approaches in this context, the Council was obliged to act on our legal expert’s opinion in this case.“The Council is also taking legal advice on the options for enforcement, although we know the Courts are reluctant to support early action until all options have been explored.”In a statement, Helen Marshall, director of CPRE Oxfordshire, said, “Serious planning and environmental issues, including concerns over contamination, remain unresolved.“The planning permission granted to the university expressly says that the buildings should not be occupied until a number of important planning conditions are met.“If Oxford University is at all serious about seeking to resolve the disastrous impact of these buildings, it will defer student occupation.“However, if they should seek to go ahead, the city council should use its enforcement powers to prevent student occupation.” The five-storey buildings will provide 439 graduate accommodation units, set to be put into use by Oxford University this term.However, concerns about contamination of the former railway sidings site have prompted the Oxford City Council to reassess the construction. The Council has advised that the University will be occupying the development “at its own risk” before the discharging of planning conditions.The environmental impact of the development has sparked opposition from local groups, including the Campaign to Protect Port Meadow, in addition to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).The CPRE will take its case regarding its concerns over the flats to the High Court, sitting in Birmingham, on 23 October.Members of Protect Port Meadow campaign, which has held a number of demonstrations in opposition to the development, have vowed not to protest on the Castle Mill site once students have moved into the accommodation.In a statement, a spokesperson from Protect Port Meadow said, “We are extremely surprised that the University is moving in students before planning conditions are discharged, but our campaign has no intention of protesting directly around the students and their families.“We will continue to campaign actively against the University until you have done far more to mitigate the views that these dreadful buildings and shabby planning process have ruined, but we will not do so on or around a site where students and their families may have occupied.”An Oxford University spokesperson said, “The University is to house students for the next academic year in the new graduate accommodation at Castle Mill as planned. We are confident both that the site is fully environmentally suitable for residential use and, after taking independent legal advice, that we are acting reasonably and responsibly in using the accommodation for its intended purpose. The City Council has been informed as part of our continuing dialogue on the project.
A funeral mass was offered May 23 at St. Anthony Church for George J. Marano Sr., 89, of North Bergen. He passed away surrounded by his family on May 20. He was born in Italy and lived for most of his life in North Bergen. George was an Electronic Technician for CBS Television in New York City for over 30 years before retiring in 1991. He also was a Navy veteran serving in the Korean War. George was the husband of Dolores (Pedati) Marano. He was the father of George J Jr., Stephen and Christopher Marano and the father in law of Peggie, Colleen, Maria and Kellie Marano. He was also the grandfather of Cristian, Matthew, Katie, John Kathryn and Margaret Marano.Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.
Food and drink manufacturers are being encouraged to invest in the future of young talent by supporting a new qualification. The Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design has been developed by five skills councils representing manufacturing employers in the UK, including Improve. The diploma, to be launched in September 2009, will be available to 14 to 19 year-olds in 27 areas across England. It will be delivered by an approved consortia of schools, colleges and employers and available at foundation, higher and advanced levels, split into three different components. A 10-day period of work experience is also suggested, to allow students to apply their classroom-learnt skills to a real working environment.“Manufacturers can get involved in all sorts of ways, regardless of their size,” explained Helen King, from sector skills council Improve. “Providing work experience placements would be of real benefit, but there are other options for companies that don’t have the time or resources for that level of commitment.”From September this year, new consortia are being invited to apply to deliver the qualification from 2010.
Today, Element Music Festival announced that it will host three nights of Lotus in addition to multiple performances by Spafford, Particle, Genetics, Yak Attack, and Naryan Padmanabha in 2018. Element Music Festival is scheduled to take place from July 26th through 29th at Snug Lake Amphitheatre in Princeton, British Columbia.Element Music Festival Sees 6 Sets Of SCI, Reunion Of Garaj Mahal, And Oteil Burbridge Sit-Ins [Audio/Photos]Last year’s festival saw multiple nights by The String Cheese Incident in addition to the highly anticipated reunion of Garaj Mahal and appearances by Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge. While the festival has noted that it will announce other artists in the coming months, it seems surprising that The String Cheese Incident may not return to Element Music Festival this year.Last year, during an interview with Live For Live Music, Michael Kang noted that Cheese had hoped to turn Element Music Festival into another one of their multi-day musical “experiences,” much like Suwanee Hulaween or Electric Forest. As Kang explained:Element is run by our hardest core BC fans, so they have the same intentions that we do. It’s going to be a work in progress because we don’t play up there that often and they have to pull together their fanbase to make it all happen. It’s gonna be something that we can hopefully put into our repertoire and continue to do with our family up there.For more information about and ticketing for Element Music Festival, you can head over to the event’s website here.[Cover photo by Jake Sherman Photography via Element Music Festival Facebook page]
The seventh annual JMBLYA Festival will return to Texas this spring with scheduled performances from some of hip-hop’s biggest names. The two-day, multi-city festival will first take place at Fair Park near downtown Dallas, TX on Friday, May 3rd before heading down to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX the following afternoon on Saturday, May 4th.Related: Rolling Loud Miami Announces 2019 Lineup: Kid Cudi, Migos, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Cardi B, DMX, MoreFor this year’s events, JMBLYA organizers have tapped Texas native Travis Scott to headline, along with performances from Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Gunna, Sheck Wes, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. Other artists who are scheduled to perform at both stops along the festival route include Bhad Bhabie, Blueface, City Girls, Maxo Kream, P-Lo, Austin native WhooKilledKenny, and Dallas’ own 10k.caash. Both Gunna and Sheck Wes have already spent some time on tour alongside Travis Scott on his ongoing Astroworld—Wish You Were Here Tour. Fans can watch the 2018 recap video below to begin gauging excitement on what to expect at both events this spring.JMBLYA 2018 Lineup Announcement Video[Video: thejmbly]General Admission tickets for both the Dallas and Austin stops on the traveling festival will be available for purchase beginning this Friday, March 1st at 12 p.m. CST. Fans hoping to spend a little extra to enhance their concert experiences can also select from the various VIP packages, which can be found and purchased at the official event website.
Following the recent announcement of the faculty and staff advisory committees for Harvard’s presidential search, the student advisory committee has now been assembled.Each of the three advisory committees will provide advice to the presidential search committee, which includes the 12 members of the Harvard Corporation other than the president along with three members of the Board of Overseers. The advisory committees will also assist in ensuring broad outreach to the wider Harvard community.The members of the student advisory committee are:• Jyoti Jasrasaria (chair), Harvard Law School• Grace Cho, Harvard Extension School• Christopher Cleveland, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences• Carlos Estrada Alamo, Harvard Medical School (joint with Harvard Business School)• Thomas Fox, Harvard Kennedy School of Government• Eamon O’Connor, Graduate School of Design (joint with Harvard Kennedy School of Government)• Bora Plaku-Alakbarova, Harvard Chan School of Public Health• Federico Roitman, Harvard College• Lisa Utzinger Shen, Harvard Graduate School of Education• Nina Srivastava, Harvard College• Roodolph St. Pierre, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences• Jacob Steiner, Harvard Law School• Taylor Stewart, Harvard Divinity School• Kelly Suralik, Harvard School of Dental Medicine• Nathaniel Vincent, Harvard College• Becca Voelcker, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences• Andrea Weber, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences• Kenneth Zauderer, Harvard Business School“As the presidential search progresses, we look forward to benefiting from the varied perspectives of this impressive group of students from many different parts of Harvard,” said William F. Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of the presidential search committee. “We hope and expect both to learn from their insights and experience, and to enlist their help in ensuring that we are hearing views of a wider range of students about Harvard and its future.“Meanwhile, I hope that all interested members of the community will continue to share their thoughts directly with the search committee,” Lee added. “As we have said on several occasions, we welcome advice on the major opportunities and challenges likely to face Harvard in the coming years, on the key qualities and experience most important to seek in our next president, and on individuals who merit serious consideration.”Advice and nominations may be sent to the search committee, in confidence, by email to [email protected] or by regular mail to the Harvard University Presidential Search Committee, Loeb House, 17 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138.
Great brands are built by people. In working with our clients, we use a customized brand triangle approach which says “management leads the brand, employees live the brand and consumers love your brand.”Barry Sliverstein, in his book Breakaway Brands, says “More and more, management plays a crucial role in the success of a brand that breaks away from the pack.”But what specifically can an executive at a bank or credit union do to actually lead their brand? Here are four ways you can lead your financial institution’s brand.Set the tone—It all starts at the top. As a leader in your organization, people are going to follow your example. If your brand is built on service, then how are you serving your employees? They will model what they see from you. For example, if your brand culture is fun then you should ensure the workplace is fun. If your brand culture is putting consumers first then you should put your employees first. You set the tone.Identify the gaps—Every credit union and bank has brand gaps. There can be gaps between your brand and your strategy, gaps between your brand and your employees and gaps between your brand and your operations. As a leader you must know exactly where those gaps exists. If you are unsure where those gaps are a great step to take is a marketing audit. You acknowledge (and fix) the gaps. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 20-year-old men were killed and a teenager was critically injured in a serious crash in Northampton on Tuesday night.Southampton Town Police said Zachary Powell, of East Moriches, was driving an Infinity southbound on County Road 51 when his vehicle left the roadway and into the woods at 9:51 p.m.Powell and his passenger, Christian Goody, of Shelter Island, were pronounced dead at the scene. A second passenger, 19-year-old Ashley Picozzi of Saint James, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.Southampton police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-702-2230 or the Crime Hotline at 631-728-3454. All calls will be kept confidential.
Nov 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A new food protection plan from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released yesterday as part of a comprehensive import safety plan, places a heavy emphasis on preventing food contamination by enlisting other groups to help the agency focus inspection efforts on high-risk food products.The FDA’s 25-page plan spells out a host of actions it will take, such as writing food protection guidelines for industry and helping foreign countries enhance their regulatory systems. It also specifies new legislative authority it will need to pursue several other safety initiatives, such as enhancing access to a food company’s records during emergencies.Federal efforts to improve food safety focus not only on recent cases of tainted imports, but also on recent contamination episodes involving domestic food products, such as Salmonella in peanut butter and Escherichia coli in fresh produce.In May, FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, appointed David Acheson, MD, to the new job of assistant commissioner for food safety and asked him to develop an “agency-wide, visionary strategy for food safety and defense.” Acheson was formerly chief medical officer and director of the Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency response at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.Officials who spoke at a press conference yesterday to introduce the import and food safety plans declined to estimate what the FDA plan might cost. Tevi Troy, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said staff needs and cost decisions “will be determined through the normal budget process.”When asked whether cost constraints would prevent immediate implementation of parts of the plan, von Eschenbach said, “I’m not prepared to say what we can’t do right away. . . . There are many things that we’re currently in the process of implementing and others that will come.””We’re working with Congress so they understand the plan . . . and hopefully will provide the support needed,” he added.Strategies address new challengesThe plan identifies several trends that present food safety challenges. An aging US population will be increasingly susceptible to foodborne illnesses, and Americans eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and rely more on convenience foods that carry a greater risk of cross-contamination.Though the FDA said imported food doesn’t pose greater risks than domestic food, “increases in the volume and complexity of imported foods have taxed the limits of FDA’s approach to handling imports.””America’s food supply is among the safest in the world, and we enjoy unprecedented choice and convenience in filling the cupboard. Yet, we face new challenges to meet both the changing demands of a global economy and consumers’ expectations,” said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release yesterday.With strategies based on prevention, intervention, and response, the plan incorporates safety into every step of the food supply chain, Leavitt added. The FDA also said it believes the strategies would also effectively address deliberate contamination such as a criminal action or terrorist attack.Using third-party inspectorsThe number of domestic and foreign food production businesses that are subject to FDA inspections is growing faster than the FDA can manage on its own, the report notes. The plan asks Congress to allow the FDA to accredit third parties, or to recognize another agency that accredits third parties, to handle some inspection duties.Third-party inspectors could be federal, state, local, or foreign government agencies or private entities that don’t have conflicts of interest, the report said. The FDA would not be bound by their inspection findings.The FDA would develop best practices for and solicit industry input on a system for third-party inspectors. In addition, the agency would audit the work of the third-party inspectors, review their inspection reports, and provide them with ongoing training.Corporate responsibilitySeveral of the plan’s components increase the responsibility of companies for preventing foodborne illnesses, and some would require legislative action. For example, the FDA would like the authority to require some food supply companies to implement specific safety measures to guard against intentional adulteration. The authority would apply to vulnerable bulk or batch links in the food supply chain, such as requiring locks on tanker trucks that transport food.Also, for certain types of products that have been linked to serious human or animal foodborne illnesses, the FDA seeks the authority to require manufacturers to implement Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems, which the US Department of Agriculture requires for meat packers.”Promoting increased corporate responsibility is key in shifting FDA’s food protection effort to a proactive rather than a reactive one,” the FDA said in its report.Research and technology measuresThe report mentions several technological enhancements that could help the FDA improve food safety. More basic research is needed on identifying, managing, and preventing contamination. Also, the agency said new diagnostic tools are needed to speed the identification of and response to foodborne outbreaks.New data management systems across federal agencies could also improve food safety, the FDA said. “For example, assigning a unique identifier [for each food company] will eliminate duplicate records and make risk data about a firm easier to access,” the report added.Certification of foods before shipmentFor imported products that have been shown to pose a public health threat to the US population, the FDA would like the authority to require electronic certificates of compliance with FDA standards. Such a system would require the FDA to seek agreements whereby foreign governments or other accredited inspectors would certify each shipment or class of shipments before export. The FDA would have to take steps to ensure that the system was not vulnerable to counterfeiting or other security breaches such as transshipment to avoid certification.”This approach shares the burden of ensuring the safety of food products with the exporting country. Shipments that fail to meet the requirements would be refused entry,” the FDA report says.Improving the ability to detect food safety signals is also a focus of the FDA’s plan. The agency proposes improving its adverse-event and consumer-complaint reporting systems and creating a food-safety database for veterinarians.Speeding outbreak responseThe report highlighted several actions that could improve response to food outbreak emergencies. As reported previously, the FDA plan, like the overall import safety plan, asks Congress for the authority to order mandatory recalls when companies are unwilling to issue voluntary recalls.Also the FDA said it needs more streamlined access to company records in the event of a foodborne illness outbreak. The agency would like the authority to access company records on related food items, such as food produced on the same manufacturing line as a product suspected of contamination.The agency also proposes to remove the requirement that a product must be shown to be adulterated before inspectors can access records in an emergency. Instead, officials should be able to investigate company records when they have a reasonable belief that a food presents a serious health threat.”The recent melamine situation in which the FDA had early clinical evidence that a specific food was causing illness in pets but did not have clear evidence of a specific adulteration is an example of such a scenario,” the report states.Risk communication is also addressed in the plan, and the agency proposes enhancing systems of contacting retailers and other groups during a foodborne illness outbreak. The agency also plans to build a Web site to communicate important food-protection information to consumers.Mixed reviews The FDA plan drew mixed reviews from consumer groups.Consumers Union welcomed the proposal to equip the FDA with mandatory recall authority but criticized some other aspects of the food and import safety plans.In a news release, Jean Halloran, Consumers Union’s director of food policy initiatives, faulted the administration’s proposal for not including a budget increase to cover the costs. She also said the plan doesn’t increase the penalties for safety rule violations enough to serve as a deterrent.”And the focus on the ‘carrot’ approach—enticing companies to buy from ‘certified’ producers to import products more quickly—appears to shift the emphasis towards increasing trade and away from the number one priority—ensuring that all products entering the US are safe,” Halloran said.In a similar vein, the nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) hailed the proposal for FDA recall authority but criticized the administration plans on some other counts.In a statement, Sarah Klein, CSPI’s food safety staff attorney, called the safety plans “woefully short on specifics” about improving the traceability of food imports. She also said it was “very disappointing” that the proposals don’t call for “a single strong food safety agency” to end the current division of food safety responsibilities between the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture.On the industry side, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) praised the food safety plan, including the FDA recall authority.Hailing the plan’s focus on prevention, GMA President Cal Dooley said many elements of the plan resemble measures in the GMA’s own food safety plan, unveiled in September. The GMA plan calls for doubling the FDA’s budget over the next 5 years and for “strengthening the food safety private-public partnership,” he said in a statement.Concerning the recall authority issue, Dooley said, “We believe mandatory recall authority should be granted to FDA to expedite the agency’s ability to more rapidly respond whenever there is a significant risk of an adverse outcome, or whenever food companies refuse FDA’s request to voluntarily recall a product.”A report in today’s Wall Street Journal said most of the administration’s proposals are not new. The story quoted William Hubbard, a former associate commissioner of the FDA, as saying, “I see this as the administration falling into line with the other groups, with the industry, the Congress, consumer groups and the FDA career scientists. You’ve got a strong groundwork upon which to craft legislation.See also:Nov 6 HHS press releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/11/20071106a.htmlNov 2007 FDA Food Protection Planhttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FoodProtectionPlan2007/default.htm Nov 6 CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power”Nov 6 Consumers Union news releasehttp://www.consumersunion.org/news/cu-urges-strong-action-on-the-safety-of-imports/Nov 6 CSPI statementhttp://www.cspinet.org/new/200711062.htmlMay 1 CIDRAP News story “New FDA job to focus on food safety strategy”
Related news:”MAKE ME CARE” AS THE MAIN PHILOSOPHY IN TOURISMARENA HOSPITALITY GROUP OPENS THE FIRST LUXURY GLAMPING RESORT IN CROATIA – ARENA ONE 99 GLAMPING Arena Hospitality Group has so far shown that it is a leading travel company when it comes to new technological trends in tourism.Recognizing the growing interest in energy efficiency technology, Park Plaza Belvedere, Park Plaza Arena and Park Plaza Verudela offer electric car chargers to their guests. One exclusively for Tesla’s cars and the other two for all other electric vehicles. At the same time, one of the chargers was installed in Pomer, in the new Arena One 99 Glamping, the first family glamping resort in Croatia with a total of 200 luxury tents. Also, cars are not allowed in the Arena One 99 Glamping, but movement is only possible with electric vehicles.Park Plaza Arena the first hotel in Croatia with a digital keyFree applications “PPHE Croatia” and “Arenatuurist” were launched in 2015, and due to the rebranding of the entire company, new, improved applications “AHG Hotels” and “Arena Campsites” have become this season. Free applications “PPHE Croatia”For guests of Park Plaza Histria, Park Plaza Arena, and Park Plaza Verudela came due to requests and expectations of guests to access all necessary information related to the stay via tablets and smartphones on the one hand, and the need for direct communication of the hotel with its guests on the other side. The logical next step was to expand the application, ie its functionality, to the possibility of using a mobile phone to enter hotel rooms, thus avoiding additional cards and eliminating waiting for check-in at the reception. Such an extension was just realized a year ago in the Park Plaza Arena hotel, which became the first hotel in Croatia with a digital key, and the intention is to expand this function to other hotels under the Park Plaza brand in Pula and Medulin.Further improvement and renaming of the application happened before this tourist season. The application is located on the store under the name “AHG Hotels”, and combines the complete offer of hotels and apartment houses of the Arena Hospitality Group with accommodation facilities in Pula, Medulin, Berlin, Nuremberg, Cologne and Budapest. Additional functionality of using mobile phones to enter hotel rooms is currently being implemented in the Park Plaza Nurenberg hotel, and by the end of the year they will be introduced in one hotel in Berlin.Active free guest app “Arena Turist”Had its original application in unbranded AHG facilities. Today, the “Arena Campsites” application specializing in the needs of camping guests has emerged from it. It combines the complete camping offer of AHG, including 7 campsites and the new Arena One 99 Glamping. In addition to the listed guest applications, Arena Hospuitality Group also uses application “Facility”For communication between hotel management and individual hotel departments, Arena Hospitality group has positioned itself as a leader and leading Croatian hotelier in the application of new and mobile technologies.Hotel Park Plaza Arena, Park Plaza Histria, Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin and the tourist resort Park Plaza Verudela Pula offer „mobile”Guest service. It is a state-of-the-art mobile and digital offer for the hotel industry, whereby every guest of the mentioned facilities receives a mobile device with unlimited international and local calls and internet access during their stay at no additional cost.Namely, the whole thing works in such a way that when guests check in at the reception, in rooms or apartments they will be waiting for them and will be available during their stay mobile phone at a special charging station (docking station) that offers unlimited local and international calls, free internet access, a free destination guide, speed dial calls and emergency information.This year, seven AHG hotels in Germany and Hungary were introduced for guestsIn addition to guest applications, this year we also use NFC technology in communication between guests and employees. At the Sensimar Medulin Hotel, we use NFC technology in the lobby bar and on the terrace in such a way that the guest puts his own mobile phone on a special sticker on each table, opens a menu offering drinks, and selects and sends orders to employees at the bar.Also, in the new Arena One 99 Glamping, where the traffic of motor vehicles is prohibited, and the transfer of guests to the tent is done by electric vehicles, there is a need for a special communication line between guests in glamping tents and reception, or electric vehicle driver service. A sticker is placed in each glamping tent and by pressing the mobile device on it, a signal is sent to the reception / transfer service, which sees exactly from which tent the call came and goes to pick it up…. For the end, an interesting fact is how websites www.arenaturist.com at www.arenacamps.com they achieve an impressive 8.000.000 views per year, which is a great foundation for direct booing which is increasingly in the focus of hoteliers and certainly one of the main future challenges.Its innovative way of introducing new services in its own accommodation facilities has a clear goal – to raise the quality of existing services and get even closer to its guests and enable them a better stay. Today, more than ever, it is imperative to follow all new trends in tourism and technology, and they are faster than ever. That is why if we do not keep up with the demands of the market, it will be increasingly difficult for us to catch up with the competition later.