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first_imgSainsbury’s is targeting school leavers for an in-store Bakery Apprenticeship Scheme which it plans to roll out to all 360 of its scratch bakeries.The supermarket plans to recruit the first 30 trainees to pilot the scheme in the north east and London this year. It hopes to introduce a further 60 apprentices through its stores in 2007, as it starts to roll out the scheme nationwide.Johanna Jones, qualifications manager, said the first 10 apprentices are being recruited for the north east from this month. Sainsbury’s is particularly aiming to attract 16 to 18 year olds, she said. One recruit, or a maximum of two, will be posted per store. Ms Jones told British Baker: “We decided to pilot in the north east as the region has a strong background in bakery and the departments can support training.” Recruitment for 10 trainees for London stores will start after exam time in June. Another 10 trainees will be recruited in September and October. They are also likely to be posted in London, where Sainsbury’s has a shortage of trained bakers. The new course has been designed by Sainsbury’s and developed with Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for the retail sector. Government funding has been allocated to support training candidates aged up to 24 in England. Older candidates will also be considered, funded by Sainsbury’s itself. Sainsbury’s will also seek government funding for the scheme in Scotland and Northern Ireland.The apprenticeship lasts between 12 and 18 months – allowing trainees to progress at their own speed. It is equivalent to five GCSEs (grade A*-C) and includes an NVQ Level 2, one unit of a NVQ Level 3, a technical certificate and NVQ Level 2 key skills. The course covers modules from stock management and quality standards to selling techniques and baking skills. Trainees will have a ‘buddy’ to act as a sounding board. Apprentices can become in-store bakers once they complete the course, or take on a fast track career path to a supervisory or junior management role. Sainsbury’s project manager for the apprenticeship, Julia Read, said: “We’ve recognised that the number of skilled bakers is sharply declining. We’re extremely proud to be the first supermarket to offer an apprenticeship with a craft and to be working so closely with Skillsmart Retail to deliver a qualification that really meets our business needs.”last_img read more

first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer A student talks with a recruiter at the 2017 Fall Career Fair. The 2018 event will take place Wednesday in the Duncan Student Center and will feature a wide range of employers from various different sectors.Julie Gray, associate director of operations and event services at the Career Center, noted that the fair also offers students a chance to build rapport with businesses, as well as offering students an additional opportunity to interact with these companies in a casual, low-pressure environment, she added.Ryan Willerton, associate vice president of career and professional development, believes the career fair’s new location in the Duncan Student Center will provide a more hospitable experience to its visitors. In addition to its other amenities, the student center houses the Career Center on the fifth floor. For Willerton, this feature will showcase students’ “holistic development.”The Career Center will provide employers with tours of the student center throughout the day, Willerton said.Edinborough said she recommends that all students attend the fair, even if they are not currently seeking employment opportunities.Kate Cover, events manager at the Career Center, added that while upperclassmen will benefit from the exposure to recruiters, freshmen will also find the event worthwhile because they can gain valuable experience engaging with employers.Willerton believes that exploration plays a central role in the career development process.“There is no better exploratory activity than seeing a variety of organizations, within a short period of time, within one facility,” Willerton said.There are opportunities for students of all grade levels, Edinborough said.“[From] first years to seniors, there’s something there for everybody,” she said.To prepare for the fair, Gray said students should consult “Go IRISH”, a database hosting information about jobs and internships available for Notre Dame students. There, students can find useful information about the fair, including what companies will be attending as well as the positions employers are seeking to fill.Before attending the fair, Gray said she recommends students be comfortable introducing themselves, discussing their major and extracurricular activities and demonstrating interest in the companies they engage with. The fair will also feature a counselor table for students should they need tips on how to best connect with employers.“Ask a question,” Gray said. “The conversation will flow from there.”Tags: Career Center, duncan student center, employers, professional development, Winter Career Fair The Notre Dame Career Center will host its annual Winter Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday afternoon on the seventh and eighth floors of the Duncan Student Center. The fair features representatives from hundreds of companies from across the country.LoriAnn Edinborough, director of employer engagement at the Career Center, explained that the main purpose of the fair is to provide an “opportunity for employers and students to meet face to face.”The fair is a unique chance for employers to share information about their organization and discuss employment opportunities, Edinborough said. Likewise, she added, it allows students to familiarize themselves with the businesses they’re interested in.last_img read more

first_imgAt their first meeting after Thanksgiving break, Notre Dame’s student senate continued a conversation from their previous meeting about students with disabilities. At their meeting immediately before Thanksgiving break, the senate heard a presentation from Scott Howland, coordinator of the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities and Dr. Bill Stackman, the University’s associate vice president for student services. Howland outlined the services and accommodations that the Sara Bea Center offers to students, and Stackman led a discussion about a recent STAT article about a prospective Notre Dame student who is said to have requested a single room because his epilepsy required him to get a uninterrupted night’s sleep. According to the article, Notre Dame denied the request and the student ultimately enrolled in another university. A week after the original discussion, members of the group still had insights to share about the discussion. Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray brought up a point that sophomore senator Erin Hiestand of Ryan Hall made the previous week. Hiestand and McCray encouraged senators to consider the burden that having an epileptic roommate would have placed on the roommate who didn’t have epilepsy.“How stressful would it be to know that if you accidentally wake up your roommate or do anything wrong in your room, ever, to mess up his sleep schedule, you could actually potentially kill your roommate,” McCray said. Sophomore and Fisher Hall senator David Morris added Stackman said this situation has arisen before and students with disabilities have been accommodated at Notre Dame.“I talked to the doctor afterwards, and they have a very set protocol and a way to help students with epilepsy,” Morris said. “He talked to me about how that works, and that there are not a lot of students with epilepsy who live in doubles on this campus, but this situation has happened before, and all the other students that had epilepsy were able to live in doubles their freshman year.”The Senate also confirmed a new co-director of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) because current co-director, sophomore Clark Bowden, chose to study abroad in the spring. Senior and student body president Gates McGavick, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart and senior and chief of staff Briana Tucker nominated sophomore Ryan Mullin for the position in a letter. The letter said Bowden and FUEL co-director sophomore Rachel Ingal recommend Mullin. In his year and a half at Notre Dame, Mullin has been involved in FUEL, as well as the University Affairs and Student Life departments of student government, the letter said. Mullin also served as a Judicial Council peer advocate, a part of the Student International Business Club travel team and an associate in Notre Dame’s Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion. “Critically, he has also expressed a clear understanding of Clark and Rachel’s vision for making FUEL a hands-on, involved group that puts motivated young students in position to succeed in student government,” McGavick said, reading the letter to the Senate. “He has made clear his desire to continue the impressive progress Clark and Rachel have made, and, as mentioned above, comes highly recommended by his predecessors.”After a vote, Mullin was confirmed by the senate for the position. Tags: FUEL, ND student senate, SARA BEA CENTER, Senate, statlast_img read more

first_imgDanny Boyle(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Is the Saigon movie in Danny Boyle’s mind? The Oscar winner is in talks to helm the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Miss Saigon with mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title films (the team that brought you the Les Miz movie), the Daily Mail reports. Lee Daniels was previously reported to be hoping to get the project off the ground. A revival of the Boublil and Schönberg tuner closed in London last month and will land on the Great White Way in the 2017-18 season.Boyle won the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire; his additional screen credits include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and 127 Hours.Directed by School of Rock and Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the Broadway-bound revival is set to star the West End’s leads, Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones. This latest incarnation of Miss Saigon will also helicopter into Japan in 2016, before heading to Germany, Australia, Asia and on tour around the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.The original production of Miss Saigon opened at the Great White Way’s Broadway Theatre on April 11, 1991 and shuttered on January 28, 2001. At time of closing it had played 19 previews and 4092 regular performances. Miss Saigon Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018last_img read more

first_imgWhile it seems Georgia is finally seeing a break from the summer heat, the long hot summer, including a record-setting September, has already caused problems for many Georgia farmers.With almost no rain during September, drought conditions expanded across the state.Record-setting temperatures and almost no rain during September caused a major expansion of drought across Georgia. The dry conditions caused problems for farmers trying to grow forage and harvest peanuts in heavier soils but the harvest was ahead of schedule due to the lack of rain.At the beginning of the month, only 7 % of the state’s area was in moderate drought and 27 % was abnormally dry or in drought. By the end of the month, the entire state was at least abnormally dry, and extreme drought covered over 4 % of the state, mostly in areas north and south of the Atlanta metro area.The dry conditions in September caused a lot of problems for farmers. Forage stopped growing and feeding hay to livestock was widespread. Filling of soybean pods was reduced with a negative impact on yields, and it was too dry to defoliate some cotton and harvest some dryland peanuts. However, in areas where harvest was possible, dry and clear weather allowed harvests to proceed ahead of schedule for both cotton and peanuts.While October saw a break from record high heat across the state, climatologists project that temperatures will continue to be warmer than normal throughout fall. The state should see less rainfall than normal during October but may return to normal patterns later this fall.A return to normal would be welcome after such a dry summer and September when the majority of the state receiving less than a quarter of their normal monthly rainfall.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by the National Weather Service reporting stations was 2.76 inches in Brunswick, 3 inches below normal. The lowest temperatures were in Macon and Valdosta, with 0.02 inches each, 3.57 inches below normal for Macon and 4.62 inches below normal for Valdosta.Albany received 1.27 inches; 2.17 inches below normalAlma received .2 inches; 3.44 inches below normalAtlanta received .76 inches; 3.71 inches below normalAthens received 1.4 inches; 2.54 inches below normalAugusta received .77 inches; 2.45 inches below normalColumbus received 1.29 inches; 1.77 inches below normalRome received 0.31 inches; 3.10 inches below normalSavannah received 1.27 inches; 3.31 inches below normalNot surprisingly, no daily precipitation records were set during the month.The highest 24-hour rainfall total from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers in September was 4.50 inches observed east of Newnan in Coweta County on Sept. 29, followed by 4.45 inches measured south of Savannah in Chatham County on Sept. 18 from Humberto. The highest monthly amount was 6.51 inches measured by the observer south of Savannah in Chatham County, followed by 6.32 inches measured near Darien in McIntosh County.While rainfall was far below normal, temperatures were above normal across the state.In Albany, the monthly average temperature was 82.9 F, 5.2 degrees above normal.In Alma, the monthly average temperature was 79.7 F, 2.6 degrees above normal.In Athens, the monthly average temperature was 79.3 degrees F, 6.0 degrees above normal.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.9 degrees above normal.In Augusta, the monthly average temperature was 80.2 F, 5.6 degrees above normal.In Brunswick, the monthly average temperature was 82.5 F, 4.4 degrees above normal.In Columbus, the monthly average temperature was 83.3 F, 6.7 degrees above normal.In Macon, the monthly average temperature was 81.1 F, 6.1 degrees above normal.In Rome, the monthly average temperature was 80.0 F, 6 degrees above normal.In Savannah, the monthly average temperature was 81.4 F, 4.4 degrees above normal.In Valdosta, the monthly average temperature was 81.5 F, 4.1 degrees above normal.Numerous high-temperature records were broken during the month, especially in the last week.Some of the daily records include: 99 F in Atlanta on Sept. 12 (breaking the old record of 94 F set in 1900), 97 F in Athens on Sept. 27 (breaking the old record of 94 F set in 1954 – another drought year), 100 F in Columbus on Sept. 26 (passing the old record of 99 F set in 1921), 103 F set in Macon on Sept. 17 (breaking the old record of 98 F set in 2018), and 101 F set in Augusta on Sept. 30 (surpassing the old record of 96 F set in 1904).Many other high-temperature records were broken or tied this month, including Brunswick which reported a new high nighttime low temperature of 79 F on Sept. 27 (breaking the old record of 76 F set in 1998).For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at https://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/ or follow SEAgClimate on Facebook and @SE_AgClimate on Twitter. Email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to be shared on the blog to [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWolf Administration Previews 2018 East Central Region Construction Season, Highlights More Than 115 Projects SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Allentown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as the department’s six-county, east central region District Executive previewed more than 115 highway and bridge projects expected to be underway in the region this year.“These roadway and bridge improvements are being performed to improve mobility for our citizens and businesses,” said Governor Wolf. “These projects also aim to improve safety.”Complementing the significant projects in the east central region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“The investments being highlighted today illustrate our commitment to urban and rural communities alike as we support Pennsylvanians’ safety and quality of life,” said Richards.Today’s announcement was made at the office of PennDOT’s Engineering District 5 which serves Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. Work in that region this year will pave approximately 299 miles of roads and replace or rehabilitate 61 bridges. The department anticipates investing more than $360 million in the east central region this year.“We look forward to the new construction season, and the opportunity it presents to fix and improve our highway system,” PennDOT District 5 Executive Michael W. Rebert said. “We are proud to provide motorists with a safe, efficient transportation network and look forward to building on our accomplishments.”In addition to construction projects, PennDOT’s regional county maintenance employees will resurface 15 miles of lower-traffic roads with Recycled Asphalt Pavement this year.Along with projects to replace or rehabilitate bridges, waterproof membranes will be applied to the decks of 19 more bridges in the region to preserve the bridges and extend their service life.Notable projects that will continue this year include:Rehabilitation of the Penn Street Bridge over U.S. 422/West Shore Bypass in City of Reading and West Reading Borough, Berks County ($42.5 million);Interstate 78 at Exit 40 interchange reconstruction including reconstruction of mainline between Long Lane Road and approximately 1.2 miles west of Old Route 22 in Greenwich Township, Berks County ($42 million);Reconstruction of Route 662 and Park Road in Fleetwood Borough, Berks County (Route 662 from just north of Poplar Road to just south of Schiery Road, and Park Road/Main Street/Fleetwood Lyons Road from the Fleetwood Community Park to just west of Dryville Road), includes reconstructing both roads, upgrading utilities, upgrading traffic signals at Main and Richmond streets and Main and Franklin streets, and new curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act ($12.6 million);Improvement of intersection of U.S. 222/Kutztown Road and Route 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township, Berks County, including replacing the signalized intersection with a modern roundabout, widening U.S. 222 to four lanes at the roundabout approaches, and drainage improvements ($6.6 million);East Wall Street Bridge over Schuylkill River replacement in Leesport Borough, Berks County ($4.8 million);Route 534 Bridge over Swamp Run replacement in Kidder Township, Carbon County ($1.1 million);Resurfacing of U.S. 209 in Lansford Borough, Carbon County ($2.89 million);Resurfacing of U.S. 209 in Summit Hill and Nesquehoning boroughs, Carbon County ($1.2 million);Repairs to 21 bridges in various municipalities in Carbon, Monroe, and Schuylkill counties ($8.3 million);U.S. 22 at Fullerton Avenue Interchange: reconstruction and replacement of U.S. 22 bridges over Lehigh River in Lehigh County ($64.7 million);Rehabilitation of the Tilghman Street Bridge over Lehigh River, Norfolk Southern Rail Road and local streets in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County ($21.9 million);Repair and resurface I-78 in Lehigh County ($7.6 million);Addition of an auxiliary lane on I-78 east and west between U.S. 22 and Route 100 in Lehigh County ($5.1 million);Reconstruction of Route 611 from Scotrun to Swiftwater in Pocono Township, Monroe County, including creating new traffic lanes with two through lanes and a center left turning lane, designated left turn lanes at intersections; installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Route 611 and Brookdale Road; replacing the Route 611 bridge over Scotrun; repairing the Route 611 culvert over Scotrun; and repairing the Route 611 culvert over a tributary to Scotrun ($12.3 million);Project to improve I-81 between exits 124 (PA 61) and 131 (PA 54) in Schuylkill County including milling, paving, and placing new line paint on the section of I-81, also includes milling and paving the interchange ramps at Exit 124 ($11 million);U.S. 209 Bridge over Reading Blue Mountain Northern Railroad and West Branch Schuylkill River replacement in Branch Township, Schuylkill County ($4.9 million);Route 443 Pavement Preservation Project in Pine Grove Borough and Township, Schuylkill County ($1.2 million);Route 309 Pavement Preservation Project in Rush Township, Schuylkill County ($3.9 million).Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:Reconstruction of I-78 between Exit 35 (PA 143/Lenhartsville) and Lehigh County line in Greenwich Township, Berks County (estimated $165 – $175 million);Reconstruction of Business Route 422 in City of Reading, Mt. Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs and Exeter Township, Berks County ($11.8 million);Shoey Road Bridge replacement over Schuylkill River in Centre Township and Shoemakersville Borough, Berks County ($3.7 million);Schaeffer Road Bridge replacement over Willow Creek in Maidencreek Township, Berks County ($1.1 million);Resurfacing of Route 902 in Summit Hill Borough, Carbon County ($283,000);Fritz Valley Road Bridge replacement over Normal Creek in Mahoning Township, Carbon County ($1.1 million);Route 29 Bridge replacement over Indian Creek in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County ($2.5 million);Resurfacing of Route 100 in Macungie Borough, Lower Macungie and Upper Milford townships, Lehigh County ($1.5 million);Replacement of two ramp bridges at Exit 310 on I-80, including installation of a roundabout at intersection of River Road, Foxtown Hill Road and Broad Street in Delaware Water Borough and Smithfield Township, Monroe County ($14.1 million);Reconstruction and widening of a portion of Route 115 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County ($6.9 million);Resurfacing of Route 611 in Stroudsburg Borough and Stroud Township, Monroe County ($1.7 million);Resurfacing of Center Street in City of Bethlehem, Northampton County ($4.5 million);Repairing and resurfacing of Wood Avenue/Hackett Avenue/Tatamy Road/South Eighth Street in Palmer Township and Wilson, Tatamy and Stockertown boroughs, Northampton County ($1.2 million);Resurfacing of Easton Avenue in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County ($643,000);Resurfacing of Route 901 in Minersville Borough, Cass and Foster townships, Schuylkill County ($2.5 million);Gap Street Bridge replacement over Pine Creek in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County ($1.6 million);Resurfacing of Route 443 in Pine Grove Borough and Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County ($1.2 million).“Our construction projects involve extensive coordination with our planning partners, counties, municipalities, school districts and other stakeholders,” Rebert said. “We are eager to begin this season’s work for the benefit of our region.”As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow regional PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentown, and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.center_img April 02, 2018last_img read more

first_imgOne of the bedrooms, complete with freestanding tub. Picture: realestate.com.auUpstairs, there is another self-contained area that has been purpose built with a private staircase, ensuite, walk-in robe and living area.A large balcony overlooking the gardens captures views of the city and river.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The original title deed for 75 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park. Picture supplied by Ray White.“He’s just got a bit of a passion for it,” marketing agent Mathew Abboud of Ray White said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“It takes him back to another era.”So, do they come with the house?“Unlikely but everything’s up for discussion,” Mr Abboud said. The impressive man cave. Picture: realestate.com.auOwner Kevin Robinson runs a professional photography business and has collected pieces from his travels over the years — notably old petrol station signs, an Ampol oil lamp and even a jukebox — which are proudly on display downstairs. This house at 75 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auIF you’ve ever been stuck in traffic on busy Wynnum Road, there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself peering into this historic house and wondering what’s inside.Well now you can see for yourself — and we bet you wouldn’t have guessed that it has arguably one of the best man caves in Brisbane.Built over 130 years ago, the eclectic Queenslander at 75 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, is now for sale for the first time in 16 years. Retro furniture and quirky homewares inject plenty of personality. Picture: realestate.com.auThe middle level of the house features three bedrooms, a large gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry and spacious outdoor living areas. A wonderful entertaining space, inside and out. Picture: realestate.com.auThe five-bedroom, five-bathroom house spans three levels and sits on a rare 952 sqm of landscaped gardens just 3km from the CBD.The lower level is completely dedicated to an oversized rumpus room, complete with kitchenette, bedroom with ensuite and study area, which is the perfect retreat for the man of the house.It also offers direct access through panel doors to the back gardens, inground pool and Balinese style thatched gazebo. Classic and contemporary features combine beautifully here. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Abboud said the level of attention to detail throughout the house was extraordinary and difficult to replicate, down to the to the brass ball catches at the bottom of the doors.He said he had been surprised by the interest he had received within days of listing the home — which will be open for inspection for the first time on Saturday — particularly from car enthusiasts.Perhaps that was because there was enough space underneath the house to accommodate six vehicles.Muscle flexed in mega home saleOwn this Aussie island for $3.5 millionBespoke reno is a piece of art The pool area feels private thanks to plenty of greenery. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home is a short walk from Norman Park ferry terminal and bus stop, and close to Oxford Street, Bulimba.The property is scheduled for auction on August 30 through Ray White Paddington. The front veranda is the perfect spot for a sundowner. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgThe development, construction and 25-year lifetime operation of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, Beatrice, is expected to generate GBP 2.4 billion of value for the UK economy, a new analysis has found.The 84 turbine, 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm – the fourth largest offshore wind farm in the world – was completed last month, following ten years of development and construction.Beatrice was developed by Scottish-headquartered energy firm, SSE Renewables (40%), with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and Red Rock Power Limited (25%).Situated 13km off the coast of Caithness in the North Sea, it will generate enough green energy to power 450,000 homes every year, according to SSE.The analysis by BiGGAR Economics, commissioned by the joint venture partners, shows that Beatrice contributed GBP 460m to the Scottish economy during the development and construction phases, as part of a total GBP 1.3bn contribution to the wider UK economy. Now beginning its 25-year operational phase, the project is expected to add GBP72m of value to the UK economy on average every year, of which GBP 34m will be in Scotland.The analysis also found that during development and construction, the project provided 19,110 years of employment in the UK of which 7,180 were in Scotland. Over the 25-year operational life of the wind farm, the high level of investment in the UK and Scotland during this period is expected to result in 800 jobs in the UK on average each year, of which 370 are expected to be in Scotland.“Beatrice delivers transformative socio-economic benefits to the UK, Scotland and to the regions, not just during construction but for decades to come,” Jim Smith, Managing Director of lead development partner SSE Renewables, said.“Our experience at Beatrice also provides learnings which SSE Renewables will apply to maximise the expected socio-economic benefits from our 7GW pipeline of future offshore wind projects.”The analysis also looks at direct investment into UK and Scottish businesses. Around GBP 2.5bn was invested in the development and construction of Beatrice, making it the largest private sector investment in Scottish history. This expenditure was found to amount to 24% Scottish content, with total UK content at 49%. Over the 25-year operational life of Beatrice, an estimated GBP 2.7bn will be spent on the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.This will bring the estimated lifetime UK content up to 62% for the UK as a whole, and 39% lifetime content for Scotland.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 25 February 2016Family First Comment: Good to see mainstream media picking up this issue from our media releaseThe world’s largest hotel company, which owns the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinental brands, has banned on-demand porn movies at all its properties.InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the latest company to cease offering the service due to pressure from anti-pornography groups, following the lead of other top hotel chains.Hyatt Hotels announced last year that it would no longer offer on-demand pornographic movies in hotel rooms, while Marriott Hotels scrapped the service in 2011.Hilton also announced in 2015 that it would phase out adult entertainment from July this year.In a press statement, Family First NZ described the move as a “significant cultural shift which is well overdue”.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11595272last_img read more

first_imgBatesville, In. — Due to the severity of the flu season this year, emergency services departments are experiencing high patient volumes. Patients experiencing mild flu-like symptoms are encouraged to first contact their primary care providers for care. This allows the emergency services departments to focus resources on treating patients who are critically ill.Because of the high percentage of positive flu results in the community, Margaret Mary Health may not test every patient for the flu. This ensures tests are available for patients who are:Less than 4 years oldMore than 70 years oldAnd those who have underlying risks factors such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and those who are immunocompromised.Common flu-like symptoms include:Fever or feeling feverish/chills (Not everyone gets a fever.)CoughSore throatRunny or stuffy noseMuscle or body achesHeadachesFatigue (Tiredness)Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children.Many flu-like symptoms can be treated at home by getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, taking fever-reducing medications and using over-the-counter, multi-symptom medications as needed. Also, be sure to stay home, cover your cough and be diligent about washing your hands. Most people who get the flu recover in a few days to less than two weeks.Please do not hesitate to visit the emergency services department if you have shortness of breath, cannot keep fluids down for 24 hours or have persistent liquid stools accompanied by dizziness, fast heart rate or low blood pressure or any other symptoms that cause concern or persists. Also, if your flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and a worsening cough, seek medical attention.last_img read more