Manslaughter laws await Hatfield trial

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Planned laws on corporate manslaughter could be affected by the outcome ofthe case against Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and six managers who have beencharged with manslaughter in connection with the Hatfield rail crash. Gary Booton, head of health and safety at the Engineering Employers’Federation, believes the case may have a bearing on proposed new legislation,announced by Home Secretary David Blunkett last month. Four people died in the crash and dozens were injured when a broken railcaused a high-speed GNER train to derail in October 2000. If found guilty, the six individuals could face life imprisonment and thetwo companies could be ordered to pay unlimited fines. Both companies and allthe individuals involved have said they intend to defend themselves against thecharges. Booton said: “I suspect the outcome of this case will have an impact onwhat is proposed [in the new legislation].” He said the problem with bringing a successful prosecution under existing lawsis that before a firm can be convicted of manslaughter, an individual who canbe identified as a ‘controlling mind’ must be shown to be guilty ofmanslaughter. This has proved so difficult, given the complex network of responsibilitiesin large organisations, that only three companies – all of them small – haveever been found guilty. Booton cited the failure to prosecute P&O or any company directorfollowing the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise, which resulted in thedeath of more than 200 people, even though an inquest jury returned verdicts ofunlawful killing. Under the proposed corporate killing law, prosecutions could be broughtwhere a management failure had resulted in one or more deaths, and that failureis held to constitute conduct falling far below what could be reasonablyexpected of an organisation. Previous Article Next Article Manslaughter laws await Hatfield trialOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

ARLA Chief Executive David Cox to leave post today, Propertymark confirms

first_imgDavid Cox, the Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark is leaving the organisation today without an interim period or handover.“The Board of Propertymark would like to thank David for his significant contribution in his time to the development of ARLA Propertymark, and wish him well in his future endeavours,” a statement from Propertymark says.But the trade association has given no details of why Cox has left, but is rumoured that his bid to head up the unified organisation – which was announced earlier this month – had not been possible.It is also rumoured that Propertymark are looking for fresh blood to lead the organisation including the possibility of someone with a non-industry track record.Cox’s departure has been triggered by the retirement of Mark Hayward, which was announced 3rd July and the restructure of the organisation that followed.It is understood that Propertymark is to lose all its distinct subdivisions and become a unified organisation without the ‘ARLA’ and ‘NAEA’ prefixes.Cox joined ARLA in 2014 as its MD before being made its Chief Executive, having previously been a senior policy officer at the National Landlords Association for five years.Cox’s departure is particularly baffling as both he has such good connections with civils servants and ministers, having helped steer several recent policy changes.ARLA ARLA Propertymark David Cox July 24, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 25th July 2020 at 8:26 amAbsolutely appalling he wasn’t permitted to stand for the Propertymark head role. Very sad it has come to this. As others have intimated, we will have reconsider our membership if the organisation returns to its mutual backslapping, fusty old ways.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » ARLA Chief Executive David Cox to leave post today, Propertymark confirms previous nextAssociations & BodiesARLA Chief Executive David Cox to leave post today, Propertymark confirmsLong-standing and respected boss of Propertymark’s lettings arm has, after several weeks of rumours, suddenly departed the organisation.Nigel Lewis24th July 20201 Comment3,120 Viewslast_img read more

Raytheon LLC Wins US Army Forces Command Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon LLC Wins US Army Forces Command Contract View post tag: contract View post tag: billion March 29, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Army View post tag: USD View post tag: Command View post tag: News by topic View post tag: wins View post tag: Naval Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has won a U.S. Army Forces Command contract to provide an expedited process in satisfying the needs of operational customers throughout the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, multiple-award task order contract has a ceiling value of $2.5 billion. Under the Operations, Planning, Training and Resource Support Services (OPTARSS) II contract, task orders will be issued for services that address operational planning; training; modeling and simulation; flight operations; mobilization plans and execution; deployment operations; force protection and transformation. OPTARSS II is a five-year contract.“RTSC’s strong capabilities in training, logistics and engineering services are key enablers in our OPTARSS II team’s ability to meet the customer’s mission requirements,” said John Harris, RTSC’s president.“We have assembled a diverse team of small-, medium- and large-business partners, all of which are focused on offering services and solutions to our warfighters, anytime and everywhere,” Harris added.Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.[mappress]Source: Raytheon, March 29, 2011; View post tag: 2.5 Raytheon LLC Wins US Army Forces Command Contract View post tag: LLC View post tag: US View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: forces Share this articlelast_img read more

Somalia: EU NAVFOR Releases 18 Suspected Pirates

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: releases View post tag: Suspected View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: EU View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Somalia: EU NAVFOR Releases 18 Suspected Pirates center_img View post tag: 18 View post tag: Pirates April 21, 2011 Somalia: EU NAVFOR Releases 18 Suspected Pirates On 21 April, EU NAVFOR released 18 suspected pirates that had been detained by the EU NAVFOR Finnish warship FNS POHJANMAA since the 6 April.They were released after requests to a number of states, who were considered to have an interest in the case, proved to be unsuccessful.  The States either decided not to prosecute or could not provide an intent to prosecute within the required timescale.The suspected pirates were detained after allegedly attacking the Singapore-flagged vessel MV PACIFIC OPAL on 5 April 2011.  They were returned to Somalia on the morning of 21 April.(eunavfor)[mappress]Source: eunavfor, April 21, 2011; View post tag: NAVFORlast_img read more

Perfecting the pasty

first_imgCrantock Bakery has been in business now for 25 years making pasties to traditional recipes from its base in Cornwall. The company was originally founded in the village of Crantock on the north Cornwall coast by a butcher who realised the potential of his freshly baked pasties made to a 19th century handed-down recipe.The success quickly spread around the county to such an extent that the original butchery shop was closed and a new facility was established a short distance away. Over the course of the next 18 years, the business grew to cover most of the south-west of England and a reputation for quality and service was established. In 2002, the original founders decided to retire and a management buyout, led by Nick Ringer and Matthew Hurry acquired the business.== New ownership ==Ringer who had a marketing and general management career at Grand Met, RHM and Tetley, saw the business had potential to grow, based on its reputation for quality and service and the growing consumer interest in freshly baked handmade Cornish pasties. In partnership with Hurry, who handles the operations and finance of the firm, they invested their own money and sought venture capital financing to continue the expansion programme created by the original owners.The business since acquisition has more than quadrupled in size and has customers from the far north of Scotland to southern Spain and Cyprus. It focuses on the fast growing high street bake-off sector and has expanded its product range to include hand-raised pies, calzones, turnovers, sausage rolls and a long list of specialist pasties.The company has invested over £2m in upgrading its manufacturing facilities; the final flourish being the official opening of the expanded factory by HRH the Duke of York in 2007.Last year, already a good one for the business, culminated in the Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year award, sponsored by ADM Milling, at the Baking Industry Awards.== So what makes a winner? ==Growth and investment have played their part, but at the end of the day, the product still has to be the hero. Innovation is also important and, at Crantock Bakery, they have not so much anticipated new flavours and fillings, they have driven the market.New product development (NPD) has been phenomenal. Yes, there is still the famous traditional hand-crimped Cornish pasty, made to the original Crantock recipe, comprising fresh Cornish potatoes, swede, onion, lean minced forequarter of beef and the company’s own secret-recipe seasoning. But there are now also up to 30 varieties, including seasonal specials such as a Christmas turkey and cranberry pasty. Machinery plays its part, but so do the 140 people who work there, because every single pasty is hand-crimped.All ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible; the vegetable fillings are fresh, diced by machine. The meat is prepared on-site and the various pastries – shortcrust, flaky and puff – are also made on site. All the products are blast-frozen and delivered ready to be baked, but random samples are picked off for test-baking and quality control.== Bakery Awards ==MD Nick Ringer says: “We prepared a presentation document for ADM, highlighting what we are achieving and gave the judges a guided tour. We positioned ourselves as a manufacturer of premium traditional hand-crimped Cornish pasties for the high street bakery retailer, and have over 500 customers. But we have branched out considerably to supply supermarkets and retail chains, as well as the travel sector including shipping.”We also supply sporting events and stately homes, dedicated pasty shops such as Cornish Bakehouse and The Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Co plus the overseas tourist market and communities in places such as Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.== Flexibility ==”One of the great attributes of the business is that we can be flexible,” adds Ringer. “One way we have developed is through fillings. We looked at the sandwich market and thought, ’There is so much scope for bespoke products’, so we translated that to pastry.”Now one of the best-selling pasties is Spicy Chicken with a blend of mixed spices, pickle, sultanas and yoghurt. And we’ve introduced a range of hand-raised pies, from our traditional pork pie using pork shoulder to new varieties such as chicken and ham and pork and stuffing. No jelly, it’s just full of meat.”But our sausage rolls, slices, scones and traditional ’Heavy Cake’ – a regional cake (made using butter, currants, candied peel and topped with a dusting of caster sugar), sell very well too.”He continues: “Since ADM awarded us Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, we have looked at the ’healthy’ market and brought out a calzone (folded pizza) with Bolognese sauce that is just 179 calories, less than most chicken sandwiches. And we ensure most pastry products are made from shortcrust pastry, using non-hydrogenated fats and with a low salt content.”All this has provided the scope to tackle new markets. “We discovered there are new markets within education, places such as universities and technical colleges and thought, ’This is an opportunity which is not high street related’.Customer serviceOne of Crantock’s customers is Morrisons supermarkets. Ringer says that the company’s national sales team has visited each of the stores to supply point-of-sale materials and make sure the products can be baked-off easily and correctly.The ability to provide an ever-increasing range of products and enlarge the size of the business was given a boost by Objective One, which provided a grant of 40% funding towards new capital equipment to grow the business further. But the growth initiatives – the drive towards launching new products and finding new customers – are all down to Crantock’s culture and staff and it is one that has made them a worthy winner of ADM’s Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year.—-=== The judges’ view ===”Crantock Bakery really stood out, demonstra-ting operational excellence, product innovation, exceptional customer service and exciting marketing activity. This enabled the company to grow by 30%, generating opportunities in new markets, successfully launching new and innovative ranges in a traditional market, while maintaining the quality handmade pasties they are famous for. Without a doubt, despite fierce competition, they are truly worthy winners.”- Melanie Somerville, ADM Milling—-=== View from the awards night ===We took two tables at the awards for staff and customers. It’s a great night. We were so delighted to win; it reinforces what we stand for. We use the accolade on our publicity material.The lights on the stage are blinding. When we won, there was a lady jumping up and down and cheering. Kate Thornton said: ’I think it’s your wife!’—-=== Sales value ===Traditional steak pasties 50%Sausage rolls 11%Cheese and vegetarian pasties 10%Others 29%last_img read more

Morris Inn named official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics

first_imgIn October, the University named the Morris Inn the official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics, a designation the hotel’s managing director Joe Kurth said he believes will reintroduce Notre Dame fans to what he calls “the living room of the University.”Named a AAA Four Diamond Hotel in 2013, the recently-renovated Morris Inn is different than the Inn in the black and white photos now displayed on the hotel’s walls, Kurth said.“The old Morris Inn was a bit more dorm-style — built in the 1950’s, a bit more classic. … Many generations of alumni know the Morris Inn as the old Morris Inn,” Kurth said. “As we think of the marketing arm that Athletics already has, the ability to reach out to thousands of people, it allows us to tell the story of the new Morris Inn and the renovation in a way that gives people a reason to come back. And once you see [the hotel], then you understand.”As the official hotel of Notre Dame Athletics, the Morris Inn will sponsor several athletic events and offer promotions for Notre Dame fans, according to an October press release. The partnership with the Morris Inn will benefit the athletic department by providing “the best experience possible” to Notre Dame fans, Deputy Athletics Director Jim Fraleigh said.“In addition to the fact that the Morris Inn is within close proximity of athletic venues, it also offers athletic department guests a unique opportunity to embrace the full Notre Dame experience at a full-service, first-class hotel,” Fraleigh said.Kurth said the Inn looks to imitate the “Notre Dame experience” in its own operations.“Who you are is often not what you say about yourself but what people say about you,” Kurth said. “And people say that Notre Dame is a place to visit, it’s a bucket list place for so many, and part of that is athletics, part of that is research, part of it is going back to the dorm you used to live in.“Our mission at the Morris Inn is trying to be tied in as tightly as we can in multiple areas of campus, so that when you come here, you’re comfortable. [Whether] it’s for athletics, for research, or you’re a junior in high school visiting as a prospective student … that partnership with athletics allows us to be able to say [the Morris Inn is] the best place to stay for the Notre Dame experience.”Fraleigh said Notre Dame fans will benefit from the partnership as well, because of the hotel’s central location and focus on customer service.“The Morris Inn serves as an extension of our department,” Fraleigh said. “We know the staff has great pride in what they do and we know our guests will benefit from a staff willing to go above and beyond to provide excellent service.”Kurth said the Morris Inn’s commitment to Notre Dame and its fans is a constant.“That tagline that the Morris Inn has had for years, as the living room of the University, is not just a tagline,” Kurth said. “Because … you walk out the front door, and you’re in the corridor to campus.”Tags: Jim Fraleigh, Joe Kurth, living room of the university, Morris Inn, Notre Dame Athletics, Notre Dame experiencelast_img read more

Plant doctors

first_imgMother Nature has blessed Georgia with an abundance of rain over the past month, leaving most areas drought-free. But all that moisture mixed with warm spring temperatures creates a perfect environment for landscape diseases.Watch for the signsIf you’re worried that the moist conditions may cause your plants to fall ill, scout your landscape and search for signs and symptoms of infections such as wilting, yellowing, leaf spots and dieback from the tips inward.Finding these symptoms doesn’t always mean a plant disease is the cause, said University of Georgia homeowner integrated pest management specialist Holly Thornton. They can also be signs of other problems, like drought, chemical damage, improper planting or too much fertilizer.Take a sample to your agentSo what if you aren’t sure whether your plant is sick due to a disease or its living conditions? Take a sample to your local UGA Cooperative Extension office. Agents there are trained to identify the problem and offer solutions.If your agent is unsure, the sample will be sent to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Homeowner Plant Disease Clinic in Athens. There, samples are identified and diagnosed by specialists like Thornton. A treatment recommendation is then made.The CAES clinic offers identification of diseases and nematodes on turfgrass, fruit, forage, ornamental, crop and vegetable samples. The staff also analyzes plant material and soil for bacterial, fungal, viral and other pathogens. In addition to homeowners, the clinic’s clients include commercial growers, retailers, arborists and golf course superintendents. The Athens clinic processes more than 600 home turf, ornamental and fruit-tree samples each year.How to collect a sampleTo properly collect samples, Thornton offers the follow tips:1) Take a close-up photograph of the suspect area of the plant. Then, take a picture of the entire plant and one of it in the landscape.2) Place a physical sample in a sealable plastic bag with a dry paper towel.3) Take the sample to your local UGA Extension office early in the week. This will allow time for your agent to mail the sample to the university before the weekend if need be.If you think the problem is root-related, UGA plant pathologists recommend removing and submitting the entire plant. Losing one plant is a small sacrifice to find out what’s going on in your landscape. There’s no charge for digital image samples. A $10 fee is charged for physical sample disease identification.More information on the UGA Homeowner Plant Disease Clinic at be found at the Web site plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/clinic.html. To locate your local UGA Extension office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

The U.S. Military Case for Regional Renewable-Energy Grids

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KVUE (Austin):“Acknowledge. You don’t have to give it a political label. Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not,” retired four-star Air Force general Ronald Keys said.Keys is now with a group called CNA that advises the United States military about energy and climate threats to homeland security. “If we are in fact going to start having more frequent and stronger storms, are we going to be caught up in this to the point that it starts to affect our military mission?” Keys told 9NEWS before delivering the keynote speech to the Farm Bureau in Colorado. Keys is on the CNA advisory board, made up of retired three-star and four-star generals and admirals. He said they are a non-profit group meant to be a middle man between policy makers and the military. CNA is no longer an acronym. It used to stand for the Center of Naval Analysis, but they dropped that acronym when they expanded their services.Keys says there is now enough convincing research, along with the recent rise in natural disasters across the country, to seriously consider the climate as a threat to national security.“That’s the danger that you have,” Keys said. “If you have mother nature, and something is happening, and then you have one of your adversaries over here going okay, now they’re busy, and they’re having some problems. We can make their problems worse.” “If I was really upset with the U.S. that would be a great time to do something,” Keys said. “If I were them, that would be the time, ‘I’d go okay, kick them in the shins now.’”Keys said that the government turns to the military to respond to natural disasters because it is a readymade force of manpower, that is trained and ready to respond quickly. Keys’ advice to the military is to restructure and retrain to prepare for the impact of more intense storms in the future. Keys has also voiced his concerns to the military about threats to America’s power grid. He says that having huge regional grids makes us vulnerable to natural disasters, as well as physical and cyber attacks from terrorists.“The fact that our grid is built in three parts, it’s east, west, and Texas,” he said. “They are connected at about nine critical points, and if you knew where they were at a classified level, and you could attack those, you could take down at least one, if not more of the regional grids. That’s a lot of people in the dark.” His solution is to expand renewable energy. He says that way, more of our power would be generated locally, instead of coming from big generation facilities down range.More: Why a military adviser says climate change is threat to homeland security The U.S. Military Case for Regional Renewable-Energy Gridslast_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm to Bring Up to 4 Inches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Accuweather.comA winter storm forecast to bring 2-to-4 inches of snow to Long Island starting Sunday is expected to continue into Monday, making for a messy commute to start off the work week.The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. Sunday through noon Monday for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the tri-state area.Snow and sleet are forecast to start falling first before changing to snow after sundown when temperatures drop into the 20s.The flakes are forecast to continue falling through the Monday morning rush hour commute amid gusts of up to 25 mph, decreasing visibility to as little as one quarter of a mile.Temps will remain below freezing through Thursday before reaching the 40s next weekend.last_img read more

Putting you first

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » We had everything lined up and ready to go. Our new omnichannel “YouFirst” campaign, scheduled to kick off in Q1 2020, was slick, sharp and well-planned. So much time and energy had gone into developing it. The elements were all there: new video spots, fresh copy, updated branding, advanced digital elements and platform strategy, print collateral, event plans—the whole nine yards.We had managed to distill the essence of our mission as a credit union down to a highly relatable message. “YouFirst” is a simple way of saying that no matter who “You” are, our goal is to put you, the member, first—not stockholders, sales goals or quarterly numbers. You and your goals come first, above all else. What could be easier to understand than that? We were so excited to roll out this campaign. We just knew were going to reach many new prospects and really show them who we are and what we do.Unfortunately, we all know what happened next: COVID-19 shut down the whole country in the spring, and suddenly we at AmFirst had to reevaluate all of our plans. But amazingly, dealing with the impact of coronavirus on our members became the most sincere and effective demonstration of the YouFirst message we could possibly have imagined.center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more