…in brief

first_img…in briefOn 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s news in brief…Engineering skills gapBritain’s roads, railways and infrastructure are being jeopardised by difficulties in recruiting engineers, according to a leading engineering representative body. A survey by the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) shows that 94 per cent of engineering companies reported problems finding experienced staff. First Acas chief execAcas has appointed John Taylor, currently at the Training and Enterprise Council of South-East Wales, as its first full-time chief executive. It is the first time the position at Acas has been separate from that of chairman. Taylor, who will join in March, said, “With the nature of the workplace changing so radically, this is an exciting time to join Acas.”www.acas.org.ukTUC information bidThe TUC is considering legal action under the Data Protection Act that will force companies to surrender information they hold about employees. Unions could use the act to make companies give them information about employees before they go to tribunal. Employees would then be able to challenge the information.www.tuc.org.uk Partnership assessedManagers are paying only lip-service to the virtues of partnerships between employers and unions, according to a new report. An MSF-sponsored survey by Leeds University shows that despite 84 per cent of employers claiming partnerships were essential to industrial relations, nearly half of the unions questioned accused management of not sharing information or discussing plans.www.msf.org.uk Stress not reportedAmbulance drivers are not reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress in case it damages their career prospects, a report has found. Sixty-four per cent of the drivers who had experienced a traumatic incident in the past six months claimed the risk to career prospects was always a deterrent to seeking help. The Royal College of Psychiatrists report also claims one in three ambulance staff has mental health problems.www.rcpsych.ac.uk Gossip can be hurtfulNew research suggests that what can seem like harmless office gossip can be devastating for employees on the receiving end. A study by the British Psychological Society found that while gossip can be a way of letting off steam, if can sustain bullying and harassment campaigns and isolate and victimise people.www.bps.org.uk last_img read more

Jazz guard Mike Conley to compete in NBA H-O-R-S-E competition on ESPN

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJazz guard Mike Conley is one of eight players or former players that will take part in the NBA’s online H-O-R-S-E competition.Current NBA players that are participating include Conley, Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul, Atlanta guard Trae Young, and Chicago forward Zach LaVine. There are two former NBA players competing, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce, along with former WNBA player Tamika Catchings, and current WNBA player Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.The quarterfinal round will be played Sunday on ESPN from 5-7 pm Mountain Time. The matchups for the quarterfinals feature Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups, Mike Conley vs. Tamika Catchings, Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce, and Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley.Players will be filmed competing at home locations on indoor or outdoor courts and compete shot for shot. The title sponsor, State Farm, will donate $200,000 to coronavirus relief efforts.The semifinals and championship for the competition will take place Thursday, April 16 starting at 7 pm Mountain Time on ESPN. Tags: Allie Quigley/Chauncey Billups/Chris Paul/HORSE Competition/Mike Conley/NBA/Paul Pierce/Tamika Catchings/Trae Young/Utah Jazz/Zach LaVine Robert Lovell April 10, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Jazz guard Mike Conley to compete in NBA H-O-R-S-E competition on ESPNlast_img read more

USCG, Canadian Navy Begin Joint Maritime Exercise

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USCG, Canadian Navy Begin Joint Maritime Exercise View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Canadian View post tag: Naval The crews of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Canadian Royal Navy vessels HMCS Brandon and HMCS Whitehorse tested search and rescue planning efforts and the coordination of rescue assets through a simulated a mass casualty and evacuation response from one vessel to the others in Stephens Passage.During the next two days, the HMCS crews will work with Coast Guard Station Juneau smallboat crews to conduct law enforcement and escort training. Finally, both organizations will conduct briefings about operations in the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic at the district office in the Juneau federal building.“This joint training allows us to share best practices and familiarize each other with our procedures prior to a joint response,” said Lt. Shea Winterberger, of the Coast Guard 17th District response enforcement staff. “The goal is for both agencies to be ready to respond to mariners in distress.”The U.S. Coast Guard shares northern and southern maritime borders with Canadian partners and the agencies often work together to respond to search and rescue cases, prepare for oil spill response and enforce fisheries regulations across jurisdictions.In 2013 a similar larger-scale exercise was conducted in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, simulating a response to a downed aircraft in the Arctic. In April the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a joint training exercise with Royal Canadian air force and U.S. Air Force to practice escort and interception maneuvers north of Alaska.The Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported in Petersburg. The HMCS Brandon and HMCS Whitehorse are both 181-foot Kingston-class coastal defence vessels and are homeported at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in British Columbia.[mappress]Press Release, May 14, 2014; Image: Wikimedia May 14, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exercisecenter_img USCG, Canadian Navy Begin Joint Maritime Exercise View post tag: USCG The United States and Canadian personnel began a three-day joint maritime exercise Tuesday near Juneau. View post tag: begin Share this article Training & Education View post tag: Jointlast_img read more

Ocean City Tabernacle Closes Moorlyn Theatre, Lists it for Sale

first_imgBy Tim KellyOcean City’s historic Moorlyn Theatre, the first and now last movie house on the island, has closed its doors and is listed for sale, its owner confirmed this week.The Moorlyn is one of the oldest businesses in Ocean City and one of the first attractions on the Boardwalk. It began operations in 1901 as Moore’s Bowling Casino, housing a bowling alley and later a roller skating rink, according to the Ocean City Historical Society.The Moorlyn achieved its niche in town history in 1921 when a 200-seat theatre replaced the roller rink. The following year the property was renamed the Moorlyn Theatre, and save several interruptions in between previous ownership changes, it has been showing films ever since.Today however, the iconic property’s future is uncertain. The Ocean City Tabernacle, owner of the property since 2012, has listed it for sale with an asking price of $1.1 million, according to a Tabernacle official.“It wasn’t working out for us,” said Virginia A. Weber, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We closed it permanently and we’re looking for a buyer.”The Tabernacle had renamed the property the Moorlyn Family Theatre and developed a programming mix of live stage performances, first-run films and classic movies from the theatre’s glory days. Concerts, stage plays, magic and comedy shows were among the live entertainment offerings. In this incarnation, the Moorlyn Family Theatre more closely resembled its original mixed use, which included Vaudeville and concerts.According to Weber, a lack of patronage was not behind the theatre’s closing but rather a full plate of building operations.“We had too many buildings to manage,” she said.Nevertheless, the Moorlyn was not immune to the trend of films being delivered digitally on smart television and handheld devices, which has eroded the number of people willing to go to theatres nationwide.In recent decades three other boardwalk theatres ceased operations showing movies. The Strand, which is now the home of Manco & Manco pizza; the Surf, since reborn as the Surf Mall; and the Village (demolished) left the Moorlyn as the lone remaining place to catch a flick on the boardwalk.Weber said the sale was being handled by the Linwood-based firm, Foresite Commercial Realty and the agent, Samantha Roessler. Efforts to reach Roessler were unsuccessful on Thursday.Earlier in the week prior to confirmation of the closing and pending sale, several people walking the boards waxed nostalgic about the movie palace.“I used to love coming here as a kid,” said “Boone” McCamey, a lifelong Ocean City resident. “I would ride my bike to the movie theatre.  How many kids have that opportunity?  Especially today, it just doesn’t happen.  But I would jump on my bike, grab a slice of pizza and go watch a movie.  It was great.”The Moorlyn marquee as it appears today (photo credit Ocean City Events and Activites on Pinterest)“It’s a shame (so many boardwalk theatres have closed),” said Marilyn Lippincott of Cinnaminson, Burlington County, who was strolling the boards Tuesday in front of the Moorlyn.  “There were (many more theatres) here at one time and you could choose from a wide variety of films. It was especially good on a rainy day when you couldn’t go to the beach.”The first films shown at the Moorlyn were silent movies. An organist provided musical accompaniment.  According to Wikipedia, Hollywood was producing sheet music for use with films and some big city theatres employed entire orchestras for this purpose.By the 1930s, the technology to make movies with sound became widely used and the so-called “talkies” made silent films nearly extinct. The Moorlyn kept pace with the changes and packed in large crowds.A few years earlier, a major fire ripped through the boardwalk, destroying much of it as well as many of the businesses. Somehow the Moorlyn escaped damage.  The boardwalk was then rebuilt atop concrete pilings and relocated a few dozen yards closer to the ocean.  The Moorlyn itself was physically moved.  It was placed on rails and dragged to its present location by horse-drawn teams.Over the next three decades the theatre thrived, bringing great films from Hollywood’s golden age to large audiences of vacationers and residents.However, the 1970s rise of TV made the first big dent in movie audiences. The Moorlyn’s auditorium was made into two theatres and in the 80s into four, according to the website cinematreasurers.org.  Thus, the historic theatre kept pace with an industry-wide trend of multi-screen theatres, also known as multiplexes.  The Moorlyn survived this way for a time, although it closed for several periods in between changes in ownership.Approximately 10 years ago the theatre took on its final structural reconfiguration as storefronts, which now include Kohr Bros., Starbucks and Verizon Wireless were built on the boardwalk side of the building.  The iconic Moorlyn marquee and ticket box office were removed.  A new art deco style marquee inspired by the one it replaced, was installed on the Moorlyn Terrace side.  A residence was added on a second story level above the storefronts.During this period, the facility was owned and operated by the Frank’s Theatres chain, which eventually sold it to the Tabernacle. The Moorlyn Theatre marquee overlooks the Boardwalk in a vintage postcard. last_img read more

Biden strikes tough tone on Russia in diplomatic push

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Russian President Vladimir Putin are over and he is calling for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. During his first visit to the State Department as president, Biden offered his strongest condemnation of Putin as large protests have broken out throughout Russia following the jailing of Navalny. Biden was also seeking to make clear to the world that he’s making a dramatic turn away from Putin following the presidency of Republican Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation and often sought to downplay the Russian leader’s malign actions.last_img

Housing development to open

first_imgEditor’s note: This article was edited May 3 to correct the omission of Memorial Hospital as a funding partner of the NNRO. Continuing the recent trend of land development near Notre Dame, the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) has begun work on its Triangle housing development near Eddy Street Commons. Located in the area north of State Road 23, south of Notre Dame’s woods and Napoleon Blvd., and east of Eddy Street, the Triangle is a mixed-income, single-family home development that comprises part of a plan created for the Northeast Neighborhood in 1998, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs Tim Sexton said. “The plan emphasized the want of residents for more single-family homes. There was a large exodus from the neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s, and many homes were neglected or turned into rentals,” he said. “There’s a push for single-family homeownership, a safe community and beautifying the neighborhood.” The Triangle features 53 single-family home development lots available for purchase by the public, provided the buyers plan to occupy the home as their primary residence, said Phil Byrd, South Bend Heritage Foundation director of real estate. Currently, 45 lots have been claimed. Byrd said 30 percent of the Triangle’s lots are set aside for low to moderate-income buyers who earn less than 80 percent of the county median income, adjusted for family size. The remaining lots are available to buyers of any income level, which will contribute to the diverse character of the Northeast Neighborhood, Sexton said. “The intent is to replicate and continue the wonderful diversity of the Northeast Neighborhood,” Sexton said. “That intent has been received extremely well.” Construction has begun on one home in the Triangle, and there could be 10 homes under construction by August, Sexton said. The development has a projected completion date in 2014. The infrastructure of the Triangle development will be completed by mid-August, including streets, curbs, sidewalks, sewers, water and electric systems, Byrd said. “State Road 23 will be expanded from Twyckenham Drive to Campeau Street, so all the houses on the south side of the street will be demolished to make room for the expanded new road,” he said. “The Triangle will fit in nicely with this area.” Byrd said the project has involved close collaboration between the residents of the Northeast Neighborhood and the five funding partners of the NNRO: Notre Dame, the City of South Bend, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital and the South Bend Clinic. “For everything we’ve done in the neighborhood, we’ve had countless meetings to maintain a good relationship with the neighbors and residents,” Byrd said. “Our relationships with all the partners are excellent … we get tons of help from them both financially and in guidance.” Sexton said this partnership between the NNRO and the neighborhood’s residents facilitates constructive collaboration on projects like the Triangle development. “Each funding partner has at least one member on the NNRO board, and seven long-term residents are on the board as well. They have equal say with the funding partners about all decisions,” he said. “It’s a unique model that could be replicated in other communities. The corporate partnership-neighborhood aspect has been a huge win.” Notre Dame has been a funding partner of the NNRO since its inception in 2000, and the University is working with the South Bend Heritage Foundation to develop the Triangle, Sexton said. “Notre Dame helps fund the NNRO, which enables us to help divide the land and develop the project,” he said. Similar to the partnership between Notre Dame and Eddy Street Commons, Sexton said the Triangle development will strengthen Notre Dame’s relationship with South Bend. “I had a meeting with Mayor Pete Buttigieg this morning, and from his perspective, we have a great opportunity to have a campus-downtown connection … through the Triangle, Eddy Street Commons, the new Saint Joseph’s High School on Notre Dame Avenue and a new development in the East Bank Village area,” Sexton said. “It’s a great win for the city of South Bend, and since they’re a funding partner of the NNRO, they’re thrilled about the Triangle project.” Sexton said continuing to develop land near Notre Dame’s campus will be beneficial to both students and community residents. “I perceive Eddy Street [Commons] as a benefit for students because restaurants and businesses have relocated there,” he said. “The more people we can build homes for in the neighborhood, the more chance we have for businesses to relocate and benefit students.”last_img read more

Chautauqua County Clerk Warns Residents Of DMV Text Scam

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Clerk is warning residents about a scam targeting county DMV customers.Clerk Larry Barmore says he has received several complaints from residents getting text message that claim to be from the Department of Motor Vehicles.The messages, Barmore says, is asking customers to update their contact information.He says it’s a scam and anyone receiving the texts should ignore it and delete them from their phone. The clerk says the DMV never sends such requests by text or email.The only text or email customers would get from the DMV is a reminder that their registration or inspection is about to expire, if they signed up for that service.last_img read more

3 Pets That Will Be Your Sunshine On A Rainy Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This week the spotlight is on two gorgeous cats and an adorable dog who are all as sweet as they come. Read all about how to adopt these lovable fur-babies today!TacoAvailable for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:Taco (reference #MA3987) is one lucky boy and he knows it. Rescued just in time from a local municipal shelter, this 9-year-old kitty received the best care at the medical center where he was treated for FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease). Now feeling fantastic, Taco makes the most of his new lease on life.His kitten-like energy delights his friends every day. He’s a joy to behold, and while staff and volunteers sure would miss him, they would love nothing more then to see some lucky family get to celebrate Taco Tuesday every day! Taco’s medical condition is easily treated with a special diet, which can be purchased at cost through the medical center. Spend a few moments with him and you’ll understand why everyone loves Taco!Contact [email protected] for more information about adopting Taco today!MorticiaAvailable for adoption through Fur Friends in Need:Found as a stray by a volunteer on Friday the 13th, Morticia has proven to be quite the sweet and lovable lady. All Morticia wants is a forever home where she can be loved a and pet. At just about a year old, she has already been spayed, vaccinated and micro-chipped which can only mean one thing — she is ready to go home with you today!Morticia is fostered in a home with small kids, other cats and dogs so she’s used to it all, literally making her the puuurfect addition to any family!For more information about adopting Morticia, contact Fur Friends in need at furfriendsinneed.comCometAvailable for adoption at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter:Comet is a 5-year-old, gray-and-white, strikingly handsome fella who came into the shelter as a stray. He is super fun to hang out with since he loves humans and really likes other dogs. He knows the command sit, and he is always up for a treat and some lovin’. Comet would definitely make a cool best friend, so head down to the shelter and meet his guy today!For more information on adopting Comet, call 516-785-5220, visit 3320 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh or email [email protected] always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!last_img read more

Pennsylvania CU showcases industry’s first humanoid robot

first_imgThe light-speed advancements of technology can give us glimpses of what the future may hold for the credit union industry.What may become part of that future is Pepper, the world’s first humanoid robot, which can read human emotions, answer member questions and promotes the products and services of the $1.2 billion Clearview Federal Credit Union. Pepper resides at the credit union’s Moon financial center — that’s Moon Township in Pennsylvania, about 16 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.The 4-foot-tall, 62-pound Pepper has white shiny plastic skin with a round head, large dark eyes, big circular ears, a small mouth, and a 10-inch tablet on its chest. She, the gender assigned to Pepper by the Clearview staff, can move her torso, arms, hands, and head. The robot’s base is equipped with wheels allowing it to do 360s.But Pepper can do so much more than just say ‘hi’ to members as they walk into the lobby where she lives, as Bill Snider, Clearview’s director of digital experience, explained. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more