Councils told to improve safety record

first_imgCouncil chief executives are being urged to improve health and safetystandards following the release of figures that show fatalities in localauthority workplaces have increased. Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health & Safety Commission, has writtento all local authorities calling for the chief executives to take a hands-oninterest in their safety record after research showed that staff deaths rosefrom 32 to 44 during the period 1999 to 2000. The research by the HSC also showed that safety inspections have dropped byover a quarter in the past five years. The number of full-time local authorityenforcement officers also fell by 8 per cent to 1,110 between 1999 and 2000. Callaghan said, “An effective local authority regulatory service,committed to local improvements in health and safety from business isessential.” The HSC is also considering if it should investigate those authorities thatcontinue to divert resources away from health and safety considerations. Keith Handley, president of Socpo, said, “The responsibility foremployee health and safety is a key aspect for local authority employers andthey should ignore it at their peril. “Reducing the numbers of health and safety officers may be considered a‘soft option’, but it is an extremely misguided one.” The figures show there was a reduction in the number of overall reportedinjuries from 39,655 to 32,693 between 1999 and 2000. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Councils told to improve safety recordOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Harvard’s Amaker finalist for 2014 Ben Jobe Award

first_imgHarvard men’s basketball head coach Tommy Amaker has been named a finalist for the 2014 Ben Jobe Award, presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I men’s basketball.This marks the fourth straight year that Amaker has been named a finalist for the award. The winner will be announced at the Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.Amaker led Harvard to a fourth straight Ivy League championship in 2013-14, making the Crimson the first Ancient Eight program to win four consecutive titles since Penn did so from 1993-96. With a 27-5 overall record, Harvard also became the first Ivy program to register five consecutive 20-win seasons since Penn did it a record six times from 1970-75.The Crimson’s season concluded at the NCAA tournament where for the second year in a row it reached the third round. Harvard, the No. 12 seed in the East Region, advanced with a 61-57 win over fifth-seeded Cincinnati, and nearly upset fourth-seeded Michigan State to advance to the Sweet 16. This was the third straight trip to the Big Dance for the Crimson, and its fifth consecutive postseason appearance overall.Among the many accomplishments of this year’s team, Harvard set new program records for wins in a season (27) and Ivy League wins (13), and matched the program mark for non-conference victories (14). The Crimson was rewarded with six selections to the All-Ivy League teams, equaling the conference record for most honorees in a season, including player of the year Wesley Saunders. Harvard also captured the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout tournament title along the way, and enjoyed an 11-1 record at home.last_img read more

Panelists discuss creation of “Sisters of Selma”

first_imgFilmmaker Jayasri Majumdar Hart and professor of religious studies and film consultant Carol Coburn took part in a viewing and discussion of the PBS documentary “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” on Tuesday evening.The event was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Center of Multicultural Services, Campus Ministry and Student Diversity Board (SDB) and was moderated by Deacon Melvin Tardy, Jr., an academic advisor in Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies and assistant professorial specialist. Tardy is also the chair of the Black Catholic Advisory Board for the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.The documentary features the testimonies of Catholic sisters who went to Selma in 1965 to peacefully protest for civil rights, alongside thousands of activists and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. According to the documentary, the goal of the protest in Selma was to exercise African-Americans’ legal right to register to vote without encountering harm and intimidation tactics.Hart said she found the story of the Catholic sisters while doing research.“What amazed me was how much news footage was available, and I thought ‘I have to make this film’” she said. “[PBS] makes sure everything you put in your film is authentic. They are very supportive but very demanding, so they require a history consultant.”Coburn said she was honored to work with Hart on the documentary.“I am all about words, and she is all about images,” she said. “Selma has literally brought us together. I had been researching Catholic sisters for over a decade, and the work that Catholic sisters have done historically, and women’s history, is very important to me. Looking at records of social justice among sisters, I saw a box labeled ‘Selma,’ and I asked to see it.”Unlike most women at the time, Catholic sisters in the 1960s were gaining advanced degrees from prestigious universities, Coburn said, and after the Second Vatican Council, sisters began advocating for social justice.“As a woman and as a historian, that was very profound to me,” she said.Hart said her Indian and Hindu background gave her an understanding of the idea of living a life centered around faith.“I heard from the sisters a lot and it began to make sense to me,” she said. “We serve [others] because they are less fortunate than us. For the sisters, social service was something they already had been doing. The social justice part was what I had needed to understand in my life.”Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement was “religious from the beginning,” Tardy said.“It was a moral issue as opposed to a social issue,” he said. “I don’t think what people knew what it was like to see an African-American sister at the march. Many people were outraged that they were involved with a social issue, rather than moral issue.”Many sisters who came to Selma were from the Midwest, Coburn said, while the bishops on the coasts were more conservative.“These bishops could take away Catholic identity in a diocese. The bishop in St. Joseph ignored the telegraph from bishops on the coasts that said not to send sisters to Selma. It was a very complicated interaction of power, race and religion,” she said.Concluding the panel, Tardy said the fight for justice is an ongoing process.“Sometimes people get the sense that the church is perfect already — that King fixed these race problems already,” he said. “We win some, and we lose some for justice. Just because you see Ferguson happening and events in Baltimore, it doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been gains. … We all have a role to play. There are these stories out there like this story. We have to think about who is missing from the story. We have to dig and find these stories and find who’s missing, and then we can come together in solidarity.”Vice president of the SDB Angela Bukur said the film and panel were designed to connect the topics of religion and race.“It’s such an important topic to talk about because many people don’t know about the social justice of the nuns,” she said.Tags: Selma, SMC, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Club seeks to bridge political divide on campus

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sarah Brown BridgeND members, pictured, host events encouraging political debate on campus. The group is seeking to bridge partisan divides by hosting debates and other events in which issues can be discussed from a variety of angles.“We’re trying to bridge the partisan divide on campus,” senior Sarah Brown, president of BridgeND, said. “What that means is that we’re basically a political discussion club for people of all different political ideologies. Firebrand leftists and firebrand conservatives are invited, people in the middle who are moderates and don’t have a political home are invited. Wherever you’re at on the spectrum on any issue, come and share your ideas and discuss whatever we’re discussing that week.”At every meeting, BridgeND members and attendees discuss a different political issue. Recent meeting topics included the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice and a discussion of free speech at Notre Dame in the context of Observer articles. The group also focuses on divisive issues facing the Notre Dame community, such as the debate over contraception coverage that took place at the University last year.While politics is the focus of BridgeND, the club hopes to attract more than just political science majors. All students, regardless of their political knowledge or major, are invited to attend the group’s meetings, sophomore and BridgeND vice president Kevin Gallagher said.“We’re really trying to expand to other majors. We want kids who are interested in politics but not necessarily have to be studying it,” Gallagher said.In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, Brown said, BridgeND saw an increase in interest from the campus community. However, Brown also said she noticed the increase in interest dropped as it became harder to talk about politics in the more polarized environment.“There was definitely an uptick directly after the election,” Brown said. “A bunch of people started coming. But after, I think, there was a bit of a drag directly after the election because it’s so hard to talk about politics and I think people are getting back into it as we gain space from the election, because I think it’s become less and less polarized. I feel like the midterms don’t carry as much polarization and weight and anger behind them that the 2016 elections did, so I think people are much more willing to come out and talk about them.”Regarding involvement in the 2018 midterm elections, Brown said BridgeND has some plans to get students involved in the campaign process. For instance, the club hopes to provide opportunities for students to volunteer on local campaigns. The group is also putting an emphasis on registering students to vote and making sure students know the process for getting an absentee ballot so they can vote even when they are at school.“We have a couple of things in the works,” Brown said. “We do want to give people the option to work on Democratic and Republican campaigns if they want to — maybe just doing a day of action for each of the campaigns on either side. We also are doing tabling — partnering with NDVotes and student government — to register voters, ’cause a lot of people don’t know how to get an absentee ballot when they need to get an absentee ballot and so accidentally don’t vote. So we’re making all that information as available as possible in the student centers. We’re doing an election watch, partnering with NDVotes and student government.”On the whole, though politics may have become polarized, Gallagher and Brown both said divisions may not be as intractable as they seem and members of the club will be able to reach an understanding with each other, even if they don’t agree.“I think a lot of people are level-headed,” Gallagher said. “Even when people have really strong opinions that are completely the opposite of someone else’s, it takes a special type of person to be able to sit down and have that empathy, to be able to try to understand why they have that perspective. We try to attract those types of people.”Brown cited a debate on abortion as an example of when BridgeND members were able to hold a civil conversation about a heated topic and reach a greater understanding of opposing positions.“A lot of times people realize they’re coming from the same basic ideas,” Brown said. “We had, last year, a debate on abortion. A bunch of people sat at a table. Everyone who said they were pro-choice said they were pro-choice because they believed in human dignity, and everyone who said they were pro-life said they were pro-life because they believed in human dignity. They were able to respect the place everyone was coming from, even if they disagreed with the end result.”Tags: BridgeND, Debate, Election Observer, Midterm Elections 2018, polarization Editor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this second installment, BridgeND discusses its efforts to overcome the partisan divide on campus.In an era of political polarization and bitter partisan disputes, BridgeND is seeking to overcome these divisions. The club gathers for weekly meetings to discuss current political topics in an effort to encourage students to understand positions and arguments with which they don’t necessarily agree.last_img read more

Vermont Tax Department says inadvertent disclosure of personal information ‘contained’

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Taxes (VDT) has fully identified all three parties that accessed personal tax data inadvertently displayed from Property Transfer Tax Returns on a vendor portion of its website on January 9th.  The immediate investigation of the incident led to the following findings:  Three parties accessed the data.  All three parties have been identified and contacted.All three parties have confirmed that the data was not disseminated to other parties, and they have destroyed the data.Two of three parties could not open or see the data file, as it was corrupted. Given the results of this investigation, the Vermont Department of Taxes has a high degree of confidence that the risk of identity theft arising from this incident is minimal.  Call or email the Department of Taxes if they have questions regarding this issue.  Taxpayers may call (866) 348-4038 or email questions to [email protected](link sends e-mail)  Check back for updates posted on our website at is external).  The Department will post updates through its Facebook page and Twitter account. Learn more about credit monitoring, details to be set forth in the letter to individual taxpayers.   While the Department is highly confident that the risk to affected taxpayers is small, the Department encourages taxpayers to use these resources.  The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to review all safeguards related to the disclosure of taxpayer information.  Department staff will strengthen the procedures related to the publication of this specific report.   Also, standard operating procedure at VDT requires that the Taxpayer Advocate investigate and prepare a report with recommendations after any such inadvertent disclosure.   Vermont Tax Department 1.11.2011 All affected taxpayers will receive a letter alerting them that their personal information was inadvertently disclosed.  Letters will be sent no later than Saturday, January 14th.  The letter encourages taxpayers affected by the inadvertent disclosure to take the following steps: last_img read more

Eos Energy, Hecate sign deal for 1,000MWh of battery storage across Southwest U.S.

first_imgEos Energy, Hecate sign deal for 1,000MWh of battery storage across Southwest U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Eos Energy Storage LLC will supply more than 1,000 MWh of zinc-based energy storage systems over the next two years for installations in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, after it signed a preliminary agreement with developer Hecate Energy.The planned projects, including stand-alone battery systems and solar-plus-storage arrays, would expand Eos’ development pipeline to 3,000 MWh, pending anticipated purchase orders in the next six to nine months, according to a Nov. 4 announcement.Eos is working to complete a proposed merger with a special-purpose acquisition company backed by B. Riley Financial Inc. that would take it public on the Nasdaq and inject cash into the new company to facilitate its growth.For the last 18 months, Eos has been focused on scaling up operations and bringing its “low-cost, nontoxic, nonflammable” energy storage systems to the marketplace, CEO Joe Mastrangelo said in a statement, highlighting the inherent safety advantages of the company’s battery chemistry compared with lithium-ion batteries.With manufacturing outside of Pittsburgh, Pa., Eos has sought to reduce the cost and improve the power density of its aqueous zinc batteries while demonstrating their long-duration storage capabilities in the field. One recently funded project at Camp Pendleton, a U.S. Marine Corps base in San Diego County, Calif., is designed as a minimum 10-hour storage system, more than double the duration of most lithium-ion battery projects.Hecate, a private developer from Nashville, Tenn., did not disclose which projects may use Eos batteries. The company has more than 2,700 MW of planned solar and energy storage projects in the U.S., according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.[Garrett Hering]More ($): Eos Energy Storage strikes deal to deploy zinc-based batteries across Southwestlast_img read more

Tod Aronovitz named president-elect

first_imgTod Aronovitz named president-elect Miami lawyer and Bar Board of Governors member Tod Aronovitz has been elected as president-elect of The Florida Bar for 2001-2002. Aronovitz, who heads a four-lawyer firm specializing in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, was unopposed and became president-elect designate on December 15, when filing closed. He will be sworn in as president-elect in June as current President-elect Terry Russell assumes the presidency. In June 2002, Aronovitz will become Bar president. “I’m truly grateful I will become president-elect,” Aronovitz said. “I tell all of my clients that I will be more prepared than my adversary when the trial day comes, and I will do the same for the Bar. I really am looking forward to being Florida Bar president.” For the moment, Aronovitz said he has only one “limited” goal for his tenure: “That’s to improve the practice of law for every Florida lawyer and to improve the image of attorneys and I put an exclamation point or two exclamation points after that. “I love a challenge,” he added. “It’s time for the lawyers of the state of Florida to say enough is enough, and we’re proud of our profession, and we’re going to tell everyone about that.” As for his immediate plans, “My number one job is to support President-elect Terry Russell and assist him in any way I can,” Aronovitz said. He’s also interested in hearing from Bar members, and invited their e-mails at [email protected] “We are truly fortunate that Tod Aronovitz has offered his time and talent to our profession,” said President-elect Terry Russell. “He is an outstanding attorney, and it is comforting to me to know that someone of his dedication and quality and experience will serve as president-elect during my term as president.” “Tod Aronovitz is a wonderful person and will be an outstanding president of The Florida Bar,” said President Herman Russomanno. “It has been my pleasure to serve with him on the Executive Committee. “He is an experienced trial lawyer and deeply cares about the lawyers of this state and the clients they represent.” Aronovitz, 50, said when he was first elected to the board in 1996, he had no idea he would eventually seek the presidency. “I told many of my friends I wanted to be on the board because I wanted to sit around the table and clearly state my opinions on issues I thought were important to lawyers. I’ve enjoyed these past years so much,” he said. “It evolved. I made a decision and a firm commitment that I had the time and the ability and I wanted to become Bar president.” Another influence was conversations he had with his wife of 28 years, Leslee, who died in July after a two-year battle with cancer. Aronovitz said she enjoyed attending board meetings and meeting members and their wives, and they had discussed his future with the Bar. “We had long discussions about this, and one of the main reasons I decided to do it was because of her comments and support,” he said. He is a Miami native, whose great uncle, Abe Aronovitz, was a lawyer and a popular Miami mayor in the 1950s and whose father, Sidney Aronovitz, was a highly respected federal judge in the Southern District of Florida for 20 years. They were influences in his decision to become a lawyer. “Growing up in a family in Miami where two very dynamic men were both lawyers greatly impacted me,” Aronovitz recalled. “When you sit around the dinner table and you’re hearing about politics, cases and clients, you learn quickly if it’s something you really want to do.” After receiving his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Miami School of Law, graduating there and joining the Bar in 1974. He practices in a four-lawyer firm, Aronovitz & Associates, in Miami, including in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability and plaintiff’s class action litigation. Civic activities include being a founder and past president of the Mitzvah Lodge B’nai B’rith in Kendall, a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Am, a member of the Alliance for Ethical Government and past president of the UM School of Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Dade County Put Something Back Program, a volunteer for the ABOTA Guardian Ad Litem Program and a charter member of the Coalition for Family Safety. Since joining the Bar Board of Governors in June 1996, Aronovitz has served on the Budget Committee, the All Bar Conference Committee, the Program Evaluation Committee, the Long Range Planning Committee and the Certification Plan Appeals Committee. He has served on the Executive Committee since 1998, and was the first chair of the Speakers Bureau Committee in 1997. He still serves on that panel. Aside from his Bar activities, Aronovitz is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Dade County Bar Association, where he has also served on the Board of Directors. He is an adjunct professor at the UM School of Law. Aronovitz has three sons: Abel, 23, an international currency trader for a bank in New York; Michael, 20, a junior at Boston University studying finance; and Cary, 17, a high school junior in Miami. January 1, 2001 Regular News Tod Aronovitz named president-electlast_img read more

Hamptons Woman Accused in Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hampton Bays woman has been arrested for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed her 24-year-old passenger in Southampton over the weekend, police said.Allison Rydberg was driving a 1997 Toyota Avalon on Flying Point Road when she was involved in a crash that claimed the life of Jason Pollack of Southampton shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, according to Southampton village police.The 25-year-old suspect was charged with driving while intoxicated. A Southampton Village Justice Court judge set her bail at $75,000, which she posted.Police are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Redundancy the Google way, having a disaster recovery plan

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The sheer size and scope of Google are astounding. The estimates are that the software needed to run all of Google’s Internet services (Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.) spans 2 billion+ lines of code. The uptime of Google Cloud Platform’s storage service, which experienced 14 minutes of downtime in all of 2014, according to CloudHarmony, was a 99.9996 uptime percentage. So one thing is for sure at Google: They have sound reliability from the ground up…to the cloud!Attributed to Pliny the Elder, but quoted by so many over the years, rings true in all things electronic, “The only certainty is that nothing is certain.” We know that anything electrical can fail unexpectedly. There are no warning signs. What businesses of all nature need, especially credit unions, is scalability and availability in disaster recovery planning that doesn’t compromise performance.Enter the lessons that can be learned from Google and how they handle unexpected system failures through redundancy. Google’s enormous repository is well protected, as it should be. The video below is a tour of their data center showcasing how they take their massive scale and pair it with extreme attention to security and privacy while having a very efficient data center with the aforementioned uptimes and an unbelievable 12% overhead. continue reading »last_img read more

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