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  • New York City’s highest-ranking uniformed police officer is retiring: Source

    first_imgamphotora/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York City’s highest-ranking uniformed police officer, Terence Monahan, who memorably took a knee with George Floyd protesters in Washington Square Park, is retiring, a source familiar with the decision told ABC News.An announcement is expected as soon as Thursday afternoon from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.Monahan’s retirement as NYPD chief of department is expected to prompt another shakeup of top officials, including the elevation of Rodney Harrison from chief of detectives to chief of department.Monahan joined the NYPD in 1982 and was named chief of department in January 2018.He spearheaded the department’s neighborhood coordination officer program, but recently came under fire in a report by New York Attorney General Letitia James over his treatment of protesters last summer.At one point, though, he took a knee to indicate the NYPD’s solidarity with demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Flexi days help to cut wholesaler’s turnover

    first_imgFlexi days help to cut wholesaler’s turnoverOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Wilts Wholesale has reduced staff turnover and sickness absence andincreased sales with a series of flexible working initiatives. The company used a DTI Challenge Fund award to hire a consultancy to look atits working practices and suggest ways to improve work-life balance. HR manager Ruth Pryor said the company had now introduced flexible workingat its head office, which has 140 staff. She said, “We had a problem with high employee turnover because we arein an area with almost zero unemployment. “We introduced a scheme where our employees could take flexi days aslong as they did their core hours. “Our accounts staff might work lots of hours during their busy periodbut they can take more time during quiet periods.” Only three staff at its head office left last year compared with 15 in theprevious 12 months and sick leave had reduced from 6.5 per cent to 3 per cent. Wilts Wholesale also started a Saturday working pilot at one of itsbranches, which has led to increased sales without increasing labour costs. In addition, the company is to introduce home working for its IT staff. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

  • Australia picks Lürssen for AU$4b OPV project

    first_img November 24, 2017 Share this article The fleet of 12 new Royal Australian Navy offshore patrol vessels will be built by German ship designer Lürssen as prime contractor, the Australian government announced on November 24.The government further stressed that OPV project, which is worth up to AU$4 billion, will be delivered by “Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel”.The design for the 12 new vessels will be based on Lürssen’s OPV80 design adapted to Australian requirements.Somewhat bigger than the four OPVs Lürssen built for the Royal Brunei Navy, Australian OPVs will be 80 meters in length with a displacement of 1700 tonnes and a draught of 4 meters.The vessels will be fitted with a 40mm gun for self-protection, three 8.4m sea boats, and command and communication systems. This will allow the OPVs to operate alongside Australian Border Force vessels and other Australian Defence Force units.The vessels will accommodate up to 60 personnel, including a crew of around 40 Navy personnel and have the ability to accept modular mission packs such as unmanned aerial systems.First two ships will be built by ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide and the project will then transfer to the Henderson Maritime Precinct in WA where Lürssen will use the capabilities of Austal and Civmec to build ten OPVs, subject to the conclusion of commercial negotiations.The first of the 12 OPVs will start production in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is expected to enter service in 2021 starting the replacement of the current Armidale-class patrol boats. View post tag: OPV View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Authoritiescenter_img Australia picks Lürssen for AU$4b offshore patrol vessel project View post tag: SEA 1180 View post tag: Lürssen Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia picks Lürssen for AU$4b offshore patrol vessel project last_img read more

  • Institute in Brazil wants to prevent warship’s destruction

    first_imgDespite obstructions, an institute in Brazil is fighting to preserve the decommissioned Brazilian Navy’s Clemenceau-class aircraft carrier Sao Paulo (A12) and convert it into a museum.Awaiting disposal, Sao Paulo is currently moored at Ilha das Cobras island, which is home to the Arsenal de Marinha do Rio de Janeiro base of the Brazilian Navy.First commissioned in 1963 by the French Navy as Foch, the ship was sold to Brazil in 2000, becoming the new flagship of the Brazilian Navy.Last year, the ship’s auctioning began in Rio de Janeiro. Local authorities were accepting proposals on where to dismantle the ship which contains large amounts of hazardous substances within its structure. However, the auction has been reportedly withdrawn without explanation.Several NGOs including the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and ABREA have urged the governments of France and Brazil to make sure the Sao Paulo does not end up on South Asian scrapyards.Back in June 2018, the Sao Paulo / Foch Institute, a non-profit and private association, was created in an effort to prevent the ship’s destruction and turn it into a naval museum.Naval Today spoke to Emerson Miura, President of the Sao Paulo / Foch Institute, to find out more about this project.“Our story begins at the end of 2017. After I received a video of an Air Force aircraft (KC-137) being destroyed in Rio de Janeiro I came up with the idea of ​​preserving the material discarded by the Armed Forces and transforming them into pieces of a museum,” according to Miura.“In my research, I found that the Sao Paulo aircraft carrier (former Foch) was also decommissioned by the Brazilian Navy as well. Subsequently, I sent an email to the Ministry of Defense to suggest the conversion of the ship into a museum.”“In February 2018 my wife and I went to visit the ship without imagining how big it was,” he said, adding that he collected information on how to manage the ship and other matters.“Returning to Sao Paulo (where I live) I had to study everything related to museum administration and fundraising. Thus, on June 18, 2018, the Sao Paulo / Foch Institute was created, a non-profit and private association.”Currently, the institute is in negotiations with two cities that could benefit from the project — Santos and Santa Catarina.Environmental benefits“We do not know if the French government is aware of our existence. We know that it is possible to give the verdict on the destination of the aircraft carrier,” Miura continued.“We understand that there is a lot of pressure on the governments of Brazil and France on the environmental risk of the ship. We have the alternative that will benefit everyone.”Miura explained that the proposal of the Sao Paulo / Foch Institute is contrary to the destruction of the ship. The institute also wants to collaborate with NGOs to create alternatives and avoid the warship’s destruction.He added that there is a lot to be done and that the institute even mobilized its friends from the Foch Veterans Association (Le Ancient du Foch) in France.Photo: the São Paulo / Foch Institute“We made it clear to the Brazilian Navy that the ship would have greater value as a museum than being sold as recycled material for a symbolic price. Not to mention how much the museum would provide more than 3,000 direct jobs bringing regional development in what will be the biggest attraction of South America.”“Our institute is regulated and governed by the laws of our country to perform all work. Our mission is to rescue and preserve all historical civil and military material that can become part of a collection accessible to the population.”“As you can see, the story is not over yet and we will not give up. We keep our eyes open for everything that concerns the aircraft carrier. Even with few resources,” Miura concluded.Naval Today Staff View post tag: the São Paulo / Foch Institute View post tag: BRAZIL View post tag: Museum View post tag: Dismantlingcenter_img View post tag: BNS Sao Paulo Photo: Photo: the São Paulo / Foch Institute Share this articlelast_img read more

  • Oxford technology used to make rubbish into jet fuel

    first_imgTechnology from Oxford University’s Wolfson Catalysis Centre will be used to help increase the production of sustainable aviation fuel.Solena Fuels, has committed to building the first facility in the world to convert landfill waste into jet fuel, with the project being financed by British Airways. The site chosen was once home to an old oil refinery at Coryton on the Thames estuary in Thurrock. Approximately, 575,000 tonnes of the waste left over from recycling, normally meant for incineration or landfill, will instead be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean-burning liquid fuels.Velocys, previously known as Oxford Catalysts, will be producing the speciality catalysts to be used in the generation of these cleaner fuels. Usually the company makes these catalysts to be used in all kinds of fuel production, including through the use of conventional fossil fuels as well as renewable sources of energy such as biomass. Solena Fuels will be using their own technology to process the waste into fuel.The process works by evenly heating a catalyst bed inside a gasifier using four plasma torches, so that the catalyst reaches temperatures of around 3500 degrees Celsius. The waste is inserted into the gasifier and falls on to the catalyst bed, breaking down without combustion thanks to the extremely high temperature. The released gases rise up within the gasifier chamber and form new bonds, creating new compounds. These are then cooled down and separated, so that impurities and unwanted compounds may be removed.Earlier this month, the global aviation community met in Geneva to discuss the impact the flying industry has on the environment at the 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. Two weeks later British Airways made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes per annum of the jet fuel produced by Solena Fuels at market competitive rates. Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said, “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. “The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.” The chief executive was speaking in a video uploaded by British Airways on to Youtube, entitled “Fueling the Future”.A fresher at Exeter College said, “It’s great to see that they are developing technology and using it to make more use of the huge amount of waste that humans produce. Maybe we should be thinking about making less waste in the first place though.”last_img read more

  • Greggs focuses on bakery in new high street pilot

    first_imgGreggs is piloting a new type of high street store, which emphasises the retailer’s bakery roots and makes ’grab-and-go’ purchases easier, as it gears up for an accelerated round of shop openings next year.Two further ’new concept’ stores are due to open this year ahead of plans to roll-out at least 30-40 new shops in 2010 as part of Greggs’ long-term ambition to increase its estate from 1,400 stores to over 2,000.The bakery chain revealed its intentions as it announced half-year operating profits this week of £16.3m, up 8.9%. Sales grew 4.4% to £312m, although like-for-like sales were up by just 1.5%, due to the impact of the wet summer. Net profit, however, fell to £11.4m, compared to £16.2m for the comparable period last year.The new concept store in Bromley, Kent, which opened last month, features a darker colour scheme with pictures on the wall of the bread-making process and messages high-lighting the freshness of Greggs’ products. There is also more space on the shop floor for customers to browse and a greater range of impulse products that can be bought without having to be served at the counter.”We are trying to put all our latest thinking into one shop. On the back of that we’ll decide whether we’re going to roll [it] out into our existing 1,400 shops or roll it into the 600 shops going forward,” said chief executive Ken McMeikan.Greggs’ plan to centralise and simplify the business is on track, with 40% of the 164 Bakers Oven shops now rebranded as Greggs and plans to harmonise 80% of products by the end of the year on schedule. The retailer’s sandwiches and savouries have been relaunched across stores, while revamped products in the first half included yums yums, Belgian buns and two types of pasty.last_img read more

  • Listen To Jim James’ Brand-New Solo Album, ‘Uniform Distortion’ [Stream]

    first_imgMy Morning Jacket is currently taking a break in 2018, but frontman Jim James is clearly staying busy with his own agenda. Following the release of Tribute To 2 in December of 2017–in which he paid tribute to The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and more–today, Jim James released a brand-new solo album full of original tunes, Uniform Distortion, via ATO Records.Uniform Distortion–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–contains 11 tracks penned by Jim James and features Floating Action bassist Seth Kauffman and drummer Dave Givan, along with LA trio Dear Lemon Trees‘ Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, and Leslie Stevens on backing vocals. Ahead of his new album’s release, earlier in June, James announced a unique solo acoustic concert tour in the fall. The tour will begin November 2nd at Los Angeles, CA’s Cathedral Sanctuary before visiting historic theatres and performing arts centers across the United States. The tour will culminate with a homecoming show at Louisville, KY’s Louisville Palace on November 21st.The newly added tour dates will see the MMJ frontman—accompanied by longtime touring drummer David Givan, who appears on Uniform Distortion—perform a career-encompassing repertoire, including songs from his brand-new album. Special guest Alynda Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff will serve as opening support for all the upcoming fall dates.Jim James 2018 Upcoming Tour DatesJULY18 – Los Angeles, CA – Pico Union SOLD OUTNOVEMBER2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre13 – New York, NY – Town Hall14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville PalaceView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band Delivers Standout Show For Night One Of Red Rocks Run [Videos]

    first_imgLast night, Tedeschi Trucks Band played their first of two nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the final shows of their 2018 Wheels of Soul tour that’s been going strong since June. The Marcus King Band and Drive-By Truckers have been assisting with the opening duties all tour, and both bands put on smoking performances at the famed outdoor amphitheater last night.Unlike typical Red Rocks shows, the venue was packed before the opener came on, with fans anxious to see the blues scene’s favorite husband and wife duo destroy one of the country’s most beloved outdoor venues. Tedeschi Trucks Band opened with a cover of Derek and the Dominos‘ “Tell The Truth”, allowing Derek Trucks to put on a masters-class on slide-guitar, right out of the gates. TTB’s sweet vocals and harmonies shined during the opener, giving way to the powerful Susan Tedeschi led “Do I Look Worried”. With the horns blasting, Derek and Susan worked through the tune with a massive solo, scorching the fired-up crowd.Following great takes of “Don’t Know What It Means” and “Shame”, Tedeschi Trucks hopped into “Sweet and Low”, a tune they busted out Thursday night, for the first time in five years. The band had such a good time with “Sweet and Low” earlier in the week, that it seems promising that the once-shelved tune may be a regular in the TTB live catalog now. Mike Mattison laid down some badass vocal work on “Going Down Slow”, another example of one of the band’s secret weapons. Tedeschi laid down a nice solo, before Mark Rivers and Alecia Chakour joined back in with Mattison on vocals, bringing “Going Down Slow” to a powerful finale.A ripping “Don’t Let Me Slide” moved into a stripped down and extra-bluesy “How Blue Can You Get?”, the Johnny Moores’ Three Blazers cut that has become a staple in the TTB catalog. Tedeschi and Trucks compliment each other so perfectly, with Derek’s raw and gritty blues guitar blending in with Susan’s mind-bending vocal work, as the sold-out Red Rocks crowd applauded for more. Tedeschi again got a chance to show off her guitar skills, before bringing the music down, and screaming out the chorus in a call-and-response manner with the engaged crowd. Mattison and Rivers stepped up to lead the band through “More and More”, getting things heated up, as Kebbi Williams, Elizabeth Lea and Ephraim Owens, belted it out on the horns.Following, “Idle Wind”, the twelve-piece ensemble welcomed out Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley to join the fray for Bob Dylan‘s “Going, Going, Gone”, as has become the custom on the 2018 Wheels of Soul excursion. The horn-heavy intro to “Let’s Go Get Stoned” rang out next, with Tedeschi, Chakour and Mattison passing vocals around throughout The Coasters cover, also welcoming out DBT keyboardist Jay Gonzalez. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s horn section and powerful vocals mesh together in ways that are sometimes hard to believe, going through the chorus of “Let’s Go Get Stoned” one last time, before bringing the massive one-set showcase to an end.After a brief second to catch their breaths, Tedeschi Trucks Band came back out for a massive encore, including a creative Sly and the Family Stones medley, leaving the packed-to-the-brim Red Rocks crowd jaw-dropped and in awe. “High and Mighty” started it off, with Jay Gonzalez as special guest, giving Tedeschi one last chance to serenade the crowd with her sweet and smooth vocals. Mashing up Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing A Simple Song” and “I Want To Take You Higher”, the rockstar couple and their ten bandmates welcomed out Marcus King and the horn section of his band to help dazzle Red Rocks with their magical musical intuition, bringing the marathon of an evening to a memorable close.Check out the fan-shot videos below.“Do I Look Worried”[Video: Jeremiah Rodgers]“I Want To Take You Higher”[Video: Jeremiah Rodgers]Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to Red Rocks tonight for the final show of their 2018 Wheels of Soul tour. The show is sold-out. For a full list of TTB’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 7/28/2018Tell The Truth, Do I Look Worried, Don’t Know What It Means, Shame, Sweet and Low, Going Down Slow, Let Me Get By, Don’t Let Me Slide, How Blue Can You Get?, More and More, Idle Wind, Going, Going, Gone (with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley), Let’s Go Get Stoned (with Jay Gonzalez)Encore: High and Mighty (with Jay Gonzalez), Sly and the Family Stone Medley (with Marcus King & co.)last_img read more

  • Baby, There’s a Shark on the Subway

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York (Sung to the tune of VV Brown’s “Shark in the Water,” in case you didn’t get my extremely clever headline)Wait. What?Yes. There was a shark, a real, live, dead shark, found on a New York City subway train.As Gothamist points out, yes, it’s Shark Week, don’t go making a dumb joke about it.(What’s going to be funny is when we put this on Facebook, and people won’t actually read the article, but will make that dumb joke on Facebook. Meanwhile, those who don’t make that dumb joke on Facebook, SEE that dumb joke on Facebook and then read the article, will then read this. And we will laugh! And laugh! And laugh!)Anyway, click here to read all about it at Gothamist.last_img read more

  • Do your credit union members care?

    first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: Details The tree is down, the menorah is stored for the season, and you’re just about finished with all those leftovers.  It’s back to work, to the grind, as many would say.Happy 2015!  You spent all that time in October planning to make this year ever-better. Goals are set. Initiatives are drafted. Marketing is tailored. All that’s left is to make it happen.But wait, there is a potential issue. One which looms deep in the psyche of…oh it’s not that complicated! Here you go: Do your members care? Seriously, with distractions like the latest Terminator film trailer, the final Hobbit film, and the Consumer Electronics Show featuring drool-worthy products to come in the next 12 months; why would they care about your programs?During the holidays, we spend time with friends and family. Conversations are unique to this environment. Despite your better judgment, nothing is off the table. Maybe it’s the free-flowing eggnog, I don’t know. However, for better or worse, every chat is interesting.Which brings us back to your credit union’s 2015 plan. Goals aren’t sexy, but how you get there can be. Would your strategies merit holiday dinner table conversation?Here are some off-beat ideas:Easter Egg in your mobile app that randomly pops up a custom birthday message (and adds $5 to their savings account as your gift)Adopting seasonally-appropriate characters to voice your phone system…I’d share if Dracula told me the local branch hoursE-mail or mail out a certificate commemorating CU membership on their anniversarySure, they won’t compare to Aunt Mae’s (fifth) retelling of when she met Mick Jagger in 1968, but, really, what could? Attention spans are short and expectations are high. How can you creatively connect with your members that will become their own oft-repeated holiday story?last_img read more