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Bum deal for bare builders as firm orders site cover-up

first_img Comments are closed. The days of the traditional builder’s bum and accompanying lobster redsunburn could be numbered after a leading construction firm ordered its staffto cover up this summer. Somerset-based Bluestone has banned its 1,500 builders from going topless onbuilding sites because of the increased risk of skin cancer. The company is worried that employees are putting themselves at risk of thedisease by working all day under a hot sun with little or no protection. John Rawlinson, regional managing director said: “We want all ourpeople, including sub-contractors and suppliers, to have the same safety sensewhen it comes to sun and skin protection as they have for wearing hard hats andprotective footwear.” Staff that ignore the new zero tolerance policy on covering up at work willface the same disciplinary procedures that apply if they neglect to wear a hardhat on site. Skin cancer cases in the UK have more than doubled in the past 20 years,with 40,000 new cases expected this year. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Bum deal for bare builders as firm orders site cover-upOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tours New UK’s Aircraft Carrier

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Tours View post tag: Aircraft Share this article View post tag: Carrier Currently under construction at Rosyth Dockyard, in Scotland, once HMS Queen Elizabeth is operational she will be based at Portsmouth Naval Base, in Hampshire, where Dame Mary is Her Majesty’s representative.On her visit Dame Mary was given a brief on the ships capabilities as well taken on a tour by Commander Andrew Blackburn, the ships Air Engineer Officer. At 65,000 tonnes the Queen Elizabeth Class will be the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy and, with her embarked squadrons of F35B Lightning II jets, will put the UK back into the premier league of maritime fixed wing aviation.The ships will also be able to operate the full range of UK helicopters, providing enormous versatility. During her visit Dame Mary said:“I was staggered by the size of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth – she is the most exciting ship I have ever visited.“I was also struck by the sense of pride and commitment shown by the ship’s company, and the workforce who are building her. I am very much looking forward to visiting her again.” HMS Queen Elizabeth will be formally named by Her Majesty the Queen in July.Following a period of system commissioning and sea trials, she will sail to her new home in Portsmouth in early 2017.[mappress]Press Release, April 2, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Lieutenant View post tag: New View post tag: Hampshire View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Lord The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, has visited the Royal Navy’s brand new aircraft carrier. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tours New UK’s Aircraft Carrier Back to overview,Home naval-today Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Tours New UK’s Aircraft Carrier April 2, 2014last_img read more

Change of Command at NAWCTSD Orlando

first_img View post tag: Command View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Change of Command at NAWCTSD Orlando Capt. Wes Naylor relieved Capt. Steve “Snak” Nakagawa as commanding officer of the US Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity Orlando during a change of command ceremony June 20. June 24, 2014 View post tag: change View post tag: Navy The ceremony was held at 10 a.m. in front of NSA Orlando’s de Florez Complex before an audience of approximately 500 people.NAVAIR Commander, Vice Adm. David A. Dunaway, was the keynote speaker during the ceremony.During his remarks, Dunaway discussed the importance of NAWCTSD, NSA Orlando and shared his thoughts on the incoming and outgoing commanding officers, “There is a lot of hard work which get you the privileges that we have today. Our military keeps the peace in the world and these moral, empathetic and passionate leaders make our Navy so great.”Naylor’s first line of business as commanding officer was to show his appreciation for Nakagawa’s leadership and career in the Navy.“There is no other naval officer who served during difficult times had the dedication of Snak.”While not included as part of the ceremony, the duties of executive officer were assumed by Capt. Erik “Rock” Etz who recently reported to the command from his duties as senior military lead for the F-35 integrated test force Patuxent River, Md.[mappress]Press Release, June 24, 2014; Image: NAVAIRcenter_img Change of Command at NAWCTSD Orlando View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: NAWCTSD View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Helge Ingstad successfully transported to Haakonsvern base

first_imgThe Norwegian Accident Investigation Board’s (AIBN) preliminary report into the collision blamed both ships’ watchstanders for the accident. The report further claimed that the frigate’s Spanish builder Navantia was responsible for the ship’s eventual sinking. View post tag: HNoMS Helge Ingstad The Royal Norwegian Navy’s sunken frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad arrived at the main navy base aboard submersible barge “Boa barge 33” on Sunday, marking the end of a successful salvage operation.The frigate was transported to the Haakonsvern navy base from the sea floor of Hjeltefjorden fjord where she spent almost four months after colliding with commercial tanker Sola TS on November 8, 2018.The lifting and transport operation started on February 26 after extensive preparation work which included the removal of missiles and torpedoes from the submerged vessel.A day after the lifting kicked off, heavy lift vessel operator BOA Management and Norwegian authorities decided to move the operation from Hjeltefjorden to Hanøytangen with the aim of avoiding heavy swells that could endanger the success of the operation. Even with this unplanned undertaking, the frigate arrived at the navy base within the estimated time period.Now that the operation has been deemed a success, the navy will hold a press conference where details about the frigate’s future could be revealed. Photos of the frigate as it emerged from below the surface indicate that the time spent on the sea floor took a heavy toll on the ship. Photo: HNoMS Helge Ingstad arriving at Haakonsvern navy base aboard the submersible barge on March 3. 2019. Photo: Royal Norwegian Navycenter_img Share this article View post tag: Royal Norwegian Navylast_img read more

Owen Smith pledges to abolish tuition fees

first_imgOwen Smith has revealed plans to scrap tuition fees and replace them with a top-up graduate tax. In an attempt to increase his share of the youth vote in the ongoing Labour leadership contest, the MP for Pontypridd also promised guaranteed apprenticeships and more new starter homes if he were to gain power.Speaking at Nottingham University on Saturday Mr Smith spoke of the way in which the government had ‘let down’ young people ‘time and again’. He said, ‘They have been given a rotten deal and we must turn this around’.In Mr Smith’s plans, tuition fees would be replaced by a graduate tax, amounting to 1-2% of earning above £15,000 for a specified period after graduation. This period is likely to be around 25 years. It is also possible that graduates whose earnings are in the highest tax bracket could be taxed an addition 1-2% of their income. The plans have been criticised as being too similar to the existing earning-based repayment system.Mr Smith has pledged to guarantee apprenticeships for people with level three qualifications. Level three qualifications are most often achieved in the form of at least two A-level passes but include other certificates including level 3 NVQs and BTEC Nationals. The apprenticeships would run for a minimum of two years, with the apprentice guaranteed the national living wage. They would receive a combination of practical training and ‘off-the-job learning’.The new apprenticeships would be funded by increasing the levy paid by large companies for apprenticeships to 1%. It currently stands at 0.5%.Jeremy Corbyn, the incumbent leader of the party and the only rival candidate, has also expressed support for abolishing tuition fees.Voting has already begun in the contest, with around 650,000 people eligible to vote. The result will be announced in Liverpool on 24th September.Meanwhile, international students are likely to face more stringent visa rules, foolowing a recent announcement from Theresa May.According to The Times, the Prime Minister told cabinet colleagues that limits on EU migrants “are a priority” for Brexit negotiations, and “work is under way to examine how to reduce the number of international students coming to the UK”. The Prime Minister is said to want universities to “develop sustainable funding models that are not so dependent on international students”.last_img read more

Thousands to visit Oxford Science Festival

first_imgChelsea Haith, the mind behind the literary edition ofUncomfortable Oxford, is a DPhil Candidate in Contemporary Literature. “Now I live in Oxford, a place of great enquiry, I seealternative sides to the city’s history that are less often heard or shared.” Oxford has hosted a science festival every year since 1992,with 500,000 members of the public visiting over the past 25 years, including13,500 visitors in 2018. Previously the Head of Public Engagement at the Universityof Cambridge, Mr Comerford is interested in “developing the conversation aboutwhat research is, what universities are for, and how innovation locates withinsociety.” “My research examines architecture, inclusion and exclusion,and city spaces in science fiction… Our Futures Thinking events at the Festivalare an example of how Science and the Humanities work hand-in-hand and I lookforward to learning what you think about how we can bring these two fields intocloser conversation.” From Friday 18th to Monday 28thOctober, the festival will feature more than 100 different events across thecity. Oxford Science and Ideas Festival will be held later thismonth, organised by Oxfordshire Science Festival and trustees. One of the events, named Only Expansion, will run atthe Oxford Playhouse from Saturday 19th October. Other venuesinclude the Weston Library and the Oxfordshire County Library. The website said: “We want the complexity, wonder andopportunities of scientific research to be explored, challenged and enjoyedacross society.” At Christ Church Meadow, there will be the UncomfortableOxford tour: literary edition, within which the tensions of imaginary mapsof Oxford found in literature will be brought to modern realities. According to organisers, those taking part in Only Expansionwill be able to choose their own route and experience an audio walk through thecity. Headphones with customised electronics capture and manipulate the soundsaround them. She said: “I am interested in how people think about theirlives, and how their physical environments shape their sense of self and theirsense of their world.” Dane Comerford, who has worked in public engagement withresearch for the past decade, is this year’s festival director. “The festival team coordinates an accessible,thought-provoking and interactive science and ideas festival creating anopportunity for over ten thousand face-to-face interactions between Festivalvisitors, researchers and innovators.” Known as IF Oxford, dozens of venues across the city aretaking part. last_img read more

Lettuce Kicks Off Vibe Up Tour With Unreleased Music, MonoNeon Sit-In

first_imgWith below freezing temperatures and freshly fallen snow, a nearly sold-out crowd of Central New Yorkers found themselves at Rochester’s Anthology, ready for the first Lettuce show of 2019. Kicking off the night was the incredibly talented Ghost-Note; featuring a star-studded cast of musicians from Snarky Puppy, Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock and more. Only playing the first 9 stops on the Vibe Up Tour, Ghost-Note set the tone for the tour delivering a non-stop set of up-tempo jazz-funk fusion.As the excitable crowd was engaged in each other’s company, all attention soon shifted towards onward as Lettuce took the stage led by Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet, percussion). The guys of Lettuce have been long at work on their fifth full-length LP, frequently playing unreleased numbers throughout 2018. The start of 2019 was no different as the band kicked off with the unreleased “4th Dimension” featuring a dark and commanding bassline from the funk-lord Eric “Jesus” Coomes juxtaposed with the work of the both Bloom and Ryan Zoidis (sax). The band hit their stride early and never looked back. From here, they seamlessly grooved into more unreleased material like “Blaze”, which was debuted on Jam Cruise in 2017.In recent years, the band has seen the loss of Eric Krasno and Neal Evans, leaving Lettuce with 6 members. In their absence, guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff has proven himself to be dynamic, displaying incredible rhythm work as well as taking the helm for psychedelic riffs leading into huge jams getting the Rochester crowd in an absolute frenzy. Frequent stand-in Nigel Hall (keys & vocals) has taken a more permanent position in the band rocking the keys while still holding down the mic doing what he does best: keeping the party jumping. The boys of Lettuce do more than play party tunes as was demonstrated in the unreleased “Khru: which featured a heavy old-school R&B type jam as Adam Deitch (drums) worked the kit ever so smoothly while Shmeeans let his guitar sing the silkiest of melodies.The boys had found a groove and were letting Rochester feel it on a bumping Thursday evening as they bounced from one unreleased song to the next. It wasn’t until deep into the set that Lettuce played a familiar tune, “Silverdome” coming from the 2015 album Crush. Following this crowd pleaser, the show would see its last unreleased song of the evening “N’Dugu”. The Deitch-written track was premiered for the first time on October 10th, 2018 in Omaha, NE and pays homage to the late Leon “N’dugu” Chancler who was a world-renowned American pop, funk and jazz drummer. The funk-sextet would go on to close the set with two Lettuce classics, “Sam Huffs Flying Rage Machine” and “Madison Square” that left a deafening roar from a crowd as the Lettuce walked off the stage as smoothly as the entered.When they re-took the stage for their encore, the band was joined by a special guest and bassist extraordinaire, Dwayne Thomas Jr. better known as MonoNeon. Although known for his bass work with Prince before his passing, Mono was rocking a guitar alongside the sextet as the band launched into fan-favorite “Sounds Like A Party”, truly summing up the feel of Lettuce’s Vibe Up Tour. From start to finish, the night was one that left not a single still body in the room.Funk is alive and well in the hands of Lettuce, and the Vibe Up Tour is simply not something you can miss. They are already firing on all cylinders and are sure to continue dropping much more new and unreleased material coming before the arrival of their newest album.After their 9 days with Ghost-Note, the Vibe Up Tour will feature a run of “Evening with Lettuce” shows before finishing off the tour on the West Coast with support from The Greyhounds. So go on and get you some, you won’t regret it.[Video: Mike Florentino]Setlist: Lettuce | Anthology | Rochester, NY | 1/10/184th Dimension (unreleased), Blaze (unreleased), Khru (unreleased), Royal Highness (unreleased), Purple Cabbage (unreleased), Ready To Live (unreleased), Silverdome, N’Dugu (unreleased), Sam Huffs Flying Rage Machine, Madison Square. ENC: Sounds Like A Party (with Mononeon)last_img read more

Rape reported to University

first_imgA rape was reported to the University’s deputy Title IX coordinator, according to Notre Dame Security Police’s (NDSP) crime log Thursday.The alleged rape occurred Sept. 22 in an unspecified campus residence hall, the log entry said. The report is currently under Title IX review.Information about sexual assault prevention and resources for survivors of sexual assault are available online from NDSP and the Title IX office.Tags: crime log, NDSP, rapelast_img

AllEarth Renewables to install 2.2 MW of solar, largest array in Vermont

first_imgAllEarth Renewables, Inc.,AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont manufacturer of grid-connected wind turbines and solar tracking systems, has received a contract to install 382 AllSun Trackers at a solar farm in South Burlington, Vermont.  Final permits have been issued on the project, and construction is scheduled to begin in early November. The installation will be the largest solar array to date in the State of Vermont and is anticipated to be operational on a 32-acre site off of DuBois Drive in South Burlington, Vermont by early 2011.The 382 AllSun Trackers will produce enough electricity to power more than 400 Vermont homes, according to AllEarth.The AllSun Tracker solar electric system was designed by AllEarth Renewables CEO David Blittersdorf and his engineering team based in Williston, Vermont, and will be manufactured in Vermont.  “This project was made possible through incentives that the State of Vermont passed last year to spur the development of new renewable energy generation,” Blittersdorf said. “Part of this incentive package was Vermont’s Standard Offer for solar energy which was established at a rate of $0.30 per kWh. This rate provided an economic incentive to develop projects like this and help create sustainable jobs in Vermont’s hard-hit manufacturing sector.”Because of the enhanced efficiency of the AllSun Tracker technology, which follows the movement of the sun throughout the day with a GPS system, total kilowatt hours produced by the South Burlington Solar Farm are estimated to be over 3,000,000 per year, 45% more than the amount of electricity produced by same number of fixed  photovoltaic  panels.The project will be owned and operated by Chittenden County Solar Partners, LLC.  AllEarth Renewables has been contracted to perform the installation, which includes design of the solar farm’s electrical infrastructure and oversight and management of all subcontractors, as well as manufacturing the 382 AllSun Trackers required for the farm.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc.  www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.SOURCE AllEarth Renewables, Inc. WILLISTON, Vt., Oct. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Beyond the Edge: Life and Death on the River

first_imgI watched a friend die on the Green River in North Carolina. Witt was vertically pinned against a tombstone-shaped rock at the bottom of Chiefs. I was scouting Gorilla when I heard shouting.“He’s pinned,” a panicked voice rang out. I turned and looked back at Witt. He was vertical but not moving. Water slammed against his back. In an instant, the boat collapsed violently, and Witt was buried in a liquid avalanche.We ran upriver to help, but it was hopeless. I will never forget his hand. It reached up to the surface desperately. He was still alive and reaching, praying, hoping that somehow we could get a rope to that weakening hand and rescue him. He struggled for a couple of minutes before going limp. I could not see his hand after that.Hours later, we extracted Witt’s body with the help of a rescue crew. His femurs were both broken in half, his legs limp and deformed like bags of jelly.The second drowning I witnessed was five years later on the Russell Fork, a notoriously deadly class V run in Kentucky. The rocks there are like Swiss cheese, full of holes. John was an older man and he was rag dolled in a hole for minutes. Eventually he flushed out, still in his boat. A friend pulled him out of the kayak and onto shore. CPR was initiated, but it was far too late. John’s skin was a blue-ashen pale.In both instances, I paddled class V the following day.My dad got me into kayaking when I was a kid. We lived thirty minutes from the Nantahala in North Carolina in what seemed like the whitewater epicenter of the universe. What more could an eleven-year-old boater ask for? I spent several years learning the basics and eventually I was paddling 200 days a year. I became an expert hair boater and steep creeker.My greatest fear was not death.  My greatest fear was losing my edge. My greatest fear was shoulder dislocation.  I lived to paddle and paddled to live.In the shadow of all the insane boating, I led a normal life. I graduated from paramedic and nursing school, working in the field for over 10 years. I married and had a beautiful little boy. I was aware that as I forged my way through life, running difficult water, my responsibilities were increasing, but the idea did not bother me. Nor did it change the way I paddled.  I became a little more conservative as I aged, but I was still running class V+ whitewater.Then last August, rain fell in New England. My main paddling partner Alan Panebaker and I ran Glover Brook—a true gnar run full of wood and pin rocks. We approached a blind slot, and I hopped out to scout from the top. I glanced downstream and everything looked clear. I got back in my boat and shouted some directions to Alan. As I ferried into current, I felt a twinge in my gut: “Something ain’t right,” I thought.  But it was too late.I was ripped from my boat. I swam under a log breaching the slot.“I should be dead,” I thought as I gathered my gear.“If you had stopped in there, I would just be standing on the shore in a panic right now,” Alan said grimly.“Yeah, there’s nothing you could have done for me, that’s for sure.”The close call did not have a lasting effect on us. We were immediately back in our boats.Alan died a month later. I watched him broach and pin against a sieve with a tree in it. He fought for his life, but he was on his own and there was nothing he could do. He flipped and went into the sieve. We were below him in a walled out, smooth granite bowl.  By the time we got back up to the sieve, he was nowhere to be seen. We weren’t even sure he was in the sieve but threw ropes into it with fading hope.  He was there, but his hands never grasped our ropes.An hour or two later, with more manpower, we were able to move the log around and free his body. He floated through the rapids before coming to rest in a large recirculating eddy. I ran to my boat horrified and paddled up to my friend. He was the pale blue hue that is unmistakably dead.“Oh, Alan,” I whispered under my breath as I clipped my tow tether to his lifejacket. I pulled Alan’s cold body out of the frigid, clear water. I lay across the top of him, hugging him.  I looked up and saw tourists taking pictures of us with their phones.I called Alan’s girlfriend fifteen or twenty times before finally leaving a message. “It’s Adam. Call me.”We drove to her house that afternoon. I quickly got drunk on a bottle of Knob Creek whiskey. Its warm burn was the only thing I could feel.When I arrived at her house, we hugged and cried. I apologized over and over. Alan’s dog barked nervously, like he expected Alan to walk in the door any minute.There is no moral to this story. Alan, Witt, and John were in the wrong place. They died. I have many other friends who were in the wrong place. They died too.I love the sport.  It has taken me to places physically and figuratively that most people will never see. And there are more good lines than bad ones-more near misses and close calls than fatalities. Kayaking dangerous whitewater is often forgiving. The problem is that when it’s not, the toll is unbearably high.When not on a river or trail, Adam Herzog competes in eating contests with his two-year-old son.last_img read more