A coach hire company has picked up an award for its work with apprentices.Lucketts Travel Group, based in Fareham, was recognised by City College Southampton for its commitment to training apprentices in its engineering department, ensuring vital skills are not lost to the region and the automotive industry.Workshop Controller Darren Fuller picked up the Employer Recognition Award for his work with the college to ensure the apprentices had the right training and support to complete the courses.He says: “It was a lovely ceremony for all the apprentices and a great way for them to see their hard work recognised. I was very pleased Lucketts could be part of it, and came away with a trophy and certificate for the work we’ve done.”The company is looking to recruit more apprentices next spring ahead of a new training placement starting in the summer.Mark Jordan, Group Engineering Director, says: “Apprentices grow up and learn their trade at the same time, which means they can see more of what goes on. We tend to start them at 16. They’re fantastic – willing to learn, capable – they’re brilliant.”
Arriva driver Colin Adcock has won a local award for outstanding customer service on an open-top tour bus service.Colin, who is based at Arriva’s Gillingham depot, drives on Medway Council’s ‘Explore Medway’ bus, which links tourist attractions in Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham.Normally found driving Arriva’s Sapphire service between Gillingham and Maidstone, Colin drives on the open-top tour bus during the summer, throughout the school holidays and on private tours for groups.Colin is also now the regular driver of the weekend ‘Dickens Country Experience’ tour on a gold Arriva single-decker provided by Medway Council. The route takes passengers on a historic tour around Rochester, with costumed actors providing entertainment and re-enacting scenes from Dickens’ most popular novels.Arriva Marketing Manager Richard Lewis says “We are very proud of Colin’s achievement in receiving his award and he is always a good ambassador for our company.“The open-top tour of Medway has been very popular over the past three seasons and a lot of that success is down to his friendly attitude towards his customers.”
Camille (who didn’t want to give her last name), 32, has come for the first time to the shrine of flowers, children’s drawings and candles both in front of the Ba-ta-clan café next door and on the sidewalk just across the street. She doesn’t feel she lives in a country at war. “Syria is at war. We aren’t,” she says. It’s not a political statement, an intellectual objection to the concept of war or deliberate criticism of the government’s martial rethoric; that’s for the French intellectuals, politicians and pundits, who have taken to the airwaves to start deconstructing the “war” concept as applied to the Syrian context. For Camille, it is a subjective feeling. “I feel we live in a sort of terror, a tension like we’ve never seen. But not in a war.”Lieutenant-colonel Sophie Caussel, a spokesperson for the French army, may have a different view. The number of those willing to enlist tripled the week after the attacks to 1,500, she says. The army was in the midst of one of the three recruitment campaigns it launches every year, expecting to hire about 10,000 soldiers. This year the target was raised to 15,000 after the January attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The goal for the year has already been reached, Caussel says, and there are signs that next year’s target (16,000) will be hit as well. “And obviously, the more candidates, the better the level of actual recruits.”Flying the flagThat burst of patriotism is characteristic of France as a whole. In the run up to Friday’s solemn ceremony in honor of the November 13 dead, sales of French flags rose to levels never before seen in a country that has never been as fetishistic about its national emblem as some other Western democracies. One of the few flag makers, Faber France, in the industrial north of the country, had trouble meeting demand and set up a special shop on the factory floor to allow customers to buy directly.Yet Parisians seemed to greet with relative indifference calls by the government to hang the blue-white-red colors from windows and balconies for Friday’s ceremony at the Invalides. On a long stretch of Boulevard Montparnasse, just one flag was visible — on a government building.At the corner of Rue Bichat and Rue Allibert in the 10th district, the sidewalks have disappeared under the roses, daisy marguerites and strawflowers, the drawings and the notes, the photos, posters and letters in front of the two restaurants that were attacked that night, Petit Cambodge and the Carillon.But fewer Parisians are coming to visit, and most of those who do come hail from abroad, or from outside the capital. Xavier Lemercier and Mathieu Duflot, both 24, came from Lille and pause when asked if the country is at war. “No, we haven’t changed anything. If we were in a war you’d think our lives would be affected,” says Xavier. “Plus,” his friend adds, “if we say ‘war,’ they [ISIL] will feel important, no?” Wilfried Brevet, 43, agrees that nothing material has changed — or should change. “You constantly think of the permanent threat, and you still have to go to work in the morning.”Look carefully at the sidewalk and you can see the flowers beginning to dry up. A few drops of rain have made some of the scribbled notes unreadable. A white-haired man is standing still in front of the drawn iron curtain of Petit Cambodge. He is crying. Two meters behind him, a couple hug tight, contemplating the façade of the Carillon in silence. Then they walk away, hand in hand.At La Royale, the wifi password has remained the same: “champagne.” Also On POLITICO Obama visits Paris site of concert massacre By Edward-Isaac Dovere Paris doesn’t look or feel like a city at war. Yet it is the capital of a country at war, if its president is to be believed. François Hollande used “guerre” 15 times in his 35-minute, solemn speech to parliament on November 16, three days after the attacks. And he has used the word daily ever since.His prime minister, Manuel Valls, a man who never smiles (even before the attacks), is all over the airwaves with stern warnings that the country will come under attack again, that we may not have seen the worst, that we must prepare and be “vigilant” — next to “war,” that may be the word you hear most out of ministers’ mouths nowadays.Talk of “war” is hard to ignore. But two weeks after the attacks, Parisians are getting back to their old habits. If sidewalk terraces seem deserted, it has more to do with cold than with fear. Inside, crowds gather again. Theaters and concert halls are struggling and foreigners may be cancelling their bookings, or even their whole trips to France, but Spectre, the latest and far from the best of the James Bond films, is playing to packed movie houses.When Hollande decided on the night of November 13 to go to the Bataclan, the concert hall where 89 died, his motorcade couldn’t get near the place because of the emergency traffic. The president had to walk the last few hundred meters. He stopped on the way at café La Royale, where a makeshift first aid center had been set up.At La Royale, on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, on a regular weekday, life seems to be back to normal. Aperitifs, lunch and dinners are served, music is playing again — one morning last week, popular French songs from a time when the waiters weren’t born by singers the rest of the world never heard. Fear of eating on the sidewalk has subsided. One man who sits outside “because I smoke” says he would do it anyway, because the sun is shining. He has a small laugh at articles that called Parisians heroes just because they have returned to the terraces. “As if we had the choice,” he smiles. “Living, it’s not a choice.”At the Bataclan the façade is hidden from view by a white cloth. You can still see the sign advertising the concert by the Eagles of Death Metal, which was interrupted by the attackers. And two floors above the venue, a two-room apartment still seems to be for sale — at least, the sign is still there. PARIS — It’s the sirens you notice most of all. There seem to be many more than before, regular and frequent blasts above the normal traffic noise. Ambulances, you always wonder where they come from. Police cars, where they’re headed.It may be because of all the false alarms. Suspicious packages. A handbag abandoned in the garden at Sciences Po, on Rue Saint Guillaume, triggers a total evacuation of the building. Firecrackers lit up on Place de la République, which has become the unofficial epicenter of mourning, set off a panic, as happened on that very spot two days after the attacks.But it may be simply that we notice the sirens now. Before, they were part of the city’s noise. Now they are the noise.
Following the tragic death of longtime keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens two weeks ago, Jack White has recruited Queen of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita to fill the role. Fertita will assist the band on keyboard and piano for all of White’s forthcoming dates, beginning in Istanbul on November 7th.A statement from Third Man Records read:“Although it is impossible to replace Ikey, the incredibly talented Dean Fertita will be joining the band to play piano and keyboard for all of Jack’s currently announced tour dates.”White’s European tour runs through November 19, then resumes in Nashville in January, followed by a stint at Madison Square Garden on January 30.The two have previously collaborated on White’s other project the Dead Weather, of which Owens was also a member. Check out a Dead Weather Glastonbury performance below.
NEDERLAND — A local man is facing 10 years in jail and thousands in fines after authorities linked him to numerous cases of child pornography.Texas Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigators executed an evidentiary search warrant Thursday morning at a residence in Nederland. His bonds total $2.5 million. If found guilty, Simon faces a maximum 10-year sentence and $10,000 fine for each offense. This search warrant was the result of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline Report involving the upload of child pornography to an online storage account.Evidence was seized, police said, and 26 year-old Zachary Allen Simon of Nederland was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on ten counts of possession of child pornography, all third degree felony offenses.
March 1, 2013 Associate Editor Regular News Governor’s budget calls for bonuses, new judges Governor’s budget calls for bonuses, new judgesMegan E. Davis Associate EditorWhile he didn’t heed the state courts’ request for across-the-board raises for court employees, Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed 2013-14 budget does include a pool of bonus money aimed at all state workers. “I don’t believe there have been any pay adjustments for the majority of the state workforce over the last several years,” said Bonnie Rogers, policy coordinator for the Public Safety Policy Unit in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. “I know the state attorneys and the public defenders are having some tremendous challenges with retention issues, and we’re very sensitive to that.”Her words came during a presentation to the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, shortly after the governor released his budget last month.Rather than raises, the governor proposed three bonus plans for employees.The first $167.5 million plan, tied to a reduction in the unemployment rate, would fund $1,200 bonuses for all state employees. An additional $147.9 million plan targets top performers, allowing $5,000 bonuses for employees who receive outstanding performance evaluations and $2,500 for those who receive commendable evaluations.“We believe that’s a good start,” Rogers said.In a meeting several days later, State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice that the $5.5 million request for a 3.5 percent salary adjustment for all state court employees remains a top priority of the chief justice.“This is a very serious problem in our branch,” she said. “We find ourselves running about 10 percent behind other competing government employers in terms of what we can offer our employees.”Goodner also suggested the proposed bonus programs be adjusted to include 989 judicial assistants who under the court system’s personnel regulations do not receive performance evaluations.“If we go that route, we definitely want to work out some sort of way to include judicial assistants in any type of increase that is given to other employees,” she said.Though it contains no raises for employees, the governor’s proposal includes $4.2 million for courthouse repairs, which is also a court priority.Scott’s recommended funding for a new roof for the Supreme Court would mean no more moving containers around to catch rain falling through the original 1948 roof.Additional repairs to three district courts of appeal include replacing air handlers and HVAC units.The budget proposal also attempted to meet the courts partway in a request for new judgeships.The governor recommends $4.4 million for 20 new judges, including one district court of appeal judge, 13 circuit court judges, and six county judges, along with judicial support staff.The courts originally requested 64 new judges, though both Rogers and Goodner said their offices worked together to identify the most critical need for judgeships within the court system.The governor’s $438 million suggested court budget also includes several other items sought by the courts.It proposes $4 million to continue working through the state’s foreclosure backlog. It would fund the second of a four-year program to resolve foreclosure cases that piled up following the housing market bust in 2008. The money would be used to hire retired judges in order to work through an additional 160,000 cases in the 2013-14 year.Additionally, the budget includes $5.5 million to continue eight drug court pilot programs — in Broward, Escambia, Hillsborough, Marion, Orange, Pinellas, Polk, and Volusia counties — targeted to a specific population at risk of ending up in prison.Federal drug court funding of about $11 million expires on June 30. If the pilots do not continue, these drug offenders will likely end up in prison, with higher rates of recidivism and higher costs.While a cell in prison costs $53.34 per day per inmate, the daily costs of the drug court is $20 for each participant.
Minnesota travels to Illinois with old trips still in mindThe Gophers were upset in Champaign in 2014.Carter Jones, Daily File PhotoGophers quarterback Mitch Leidner winds up a throw on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 during a game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mike HendricksonOctober 26, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s been two years, but Minnesota’s loss at Illinois still stings.The Gophers were on a four-game winning streak, but lost a 10-point, second-half lead to give the Fighting Illini their first conference win of the season.Quarterback Mitch Leidner said that game was brought up in their team meeting on Sunday — six days ahead of their first visit to Champaign since the 2014 matchup.“[Head coach Tracy Claeys] reminded us … of the performance we had there a couple years ago,” said Leidner, the starting quarterback for the 2014 game. “Guys are hungry and excited to go down there and redeem ourselves.” Leidner pointed to the bye week following the matchup and said players were looking forward to that and not focusing on the game itself.Defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel said it could be attributed to another reason: overconfidence.“There’s not a team out there that’s so appreciably better then somebody else that you just say, ‘Oh yeah, we’re better then them,’” Sawvel said. “That’s what happened in . We went down there and thought we were better then we were and we got beat.”All these reasons are being used as motivation to not repeat the past, Claeys said. There are many similarities between where the Gophers were in 2014 when they faced Illinois in Champaign, and where they are now.Minnesota was 6-1, compared to 5-2 now, and was coming off a close home win against an inferior opponent.On Saturday, the Gophers defeated Rutgers — a team that had been outscored 174-14 in the Big Ten this season — 34-32 on a last second, game-winning kick.The close game with Rutgers emphasized same lessons learned in the 2014 game against Illinois.“There wasn’t anybody happy. There’s nobody happy with the way we played, so we know that,” Sawvel said. “We got to play better overall than what we’ve played. We got to cut out a couple mistakes that we weren’t making the previous couple games.” Sawvel said some players will be moved down the depth chart because of poor performances against Rutgers.But just as Minnesota will look at the game against Rutgers and the 2014 game in Champaign, the group also looks back at their 2012 game at Illinois.The Gophers defeated Illinois 17-3 to make themselves bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons.Sawvel said because the Gophers were fighting for bowl elgibility, the urgency to get a win was greater than it was in 2014. Defensive lineman Hank Ekpe said the coaches this week — Claeys, Sawvel and defensive line coach Jeff Phelps — have harped on being prepared for your opponent, no matter the skill level.After a close call with Rutgers, and an upset loss at Illinois in 2014, it’s easy to imagine why that would be one of the main messages.“You can’t always go in with the mindset thinking that an opponent is just going to roll over because you are doing well and your opponent is going to do this or that,” Ekpe said. “You always have to get the preparation throughout the week because if you don’t, you will see all around college football about how that can turn out.”Notebook:–The restraining orders on the five Gophers football players were not removed Tuesday. This doesn’t affect the players’ status for Saturday’s game as it is in Illinois and not at TCF Bank Stadium. KiAnte Hardin, one of the five players with a restraining order, is listed as a starter for the Illinois game.-Defensive tackle Steven Richardson is going through concussion protocol, Claeys said. It is not known how long he may be out but he is listed as out for the game against Illinois.-Tight end Brandon Lingen is listed as out for the Illinois game. The junior captain was a force on offense last year, but has only seen limited time in three games this season due to injury. Claeys would not rule him out for the year.-Running back Rodney Smith won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after he had 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers, including one return touchdown and one rushing touchdown. He was the first Minnesota player to win the award since David Cobb in 2014.
Bruce Provan is the new chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance (NSEA), a group created to provide a unified approach to bringing more investment into the region’s energy industry.And he believes they have invaluable work to do over the next few years, particularly as the offshore wind sector gathers momentum.”We don’t want potential investors to the region facing a variety of councils with different ideas and approaches. NSEA is an example of how Norfolk and Suffolk, Lowestoft and Yarmouth, and North Norfolk, can all work closely together,” he said.”There are massive wind farms on the way and in a couple of years there will be major contracts to be won. That’s when the action starts – and we will see the benefits of the brand we have built as the East of England Energy Zone (EEEZ).” ”As a group, we need to impress on the industry and the Government the critical importance of the EEEZ to meet the nation’s energy needs with its unique combination of assets.”Mr Provan, who represents Waveney District Council on NSEA – and has been a member since its formation – said it was already exciting to watch the workboats and helicopters moving in and out of Lowestoft to support the Greater Gabbard wind farm.He worked for 30 years in the oil & gas sector with Shell in Holland, Aberdeen and London before arriving at Lowestoft. So he is also well aware of the significant opportunities for the region’s economy from the continuing North Sea gas sector as well as the pending Sizewell C nuclear power station. ”It shows the wealth of resources in the EEEZ which is being well aired by our inward investment director James Gray and it’s great that public bodies can pursue it together. ”For example, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft ports have excellent complementary facilities capable of supporting the construction and operation and maintenance (O&M) phases of wind farms off our coast, as they have done already at Sheringham Shoal, Lincs and Greater Gabbard. Indeed, Lowestoft is the operating base for Greater Gabbard as Wells is for Sheringham Shoal.”NSEA incorporates the county councils and chambers of commerce from both counties, Waveney District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, New Anglia LEP, and EEEGR, the East of England Energy Group.Press release, August 30, 2013; Image: theenergyzone
Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries held a naming ceremony for its first Salish-Class vessel at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland earlier this week.The new ferry, christened Salish Orca, will replace the 50-year-old Queen of Burnaby on the Comox – Powell River route after it joins the BC Ferries’ fleet in late 2016.Featuring dual-fuel, Salish Orca is capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ultralow sulphur diesel.Three ships are currently under construction, with the other ships, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, set to enter operations in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2017.Using primarily LNG to fuel the news ships will result in reduced emissions and reduced costs for BC Ferries.“This marks a major milestone in building our new ships, as we honour maritime tradition with the official naming ceremony for the Salish Orca,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “As we progress with our vessel replacement program, we will continue to look for opportunities to build LNG-powered ferries, while maintaining our high standard of safety and reliability as well as reducing our environmental footprint.” The new Salish-Class ships will replace vessels that are at the end of their life cycle.
The transformer body, which had the dimensions 11.3 m x 3.5 m x 4.4 m, was loaded onto a railcar at the port of Philadelphia, before being transported through the states of Maryland and Pennnsylvania to its final destination at Adrian.WLC monitored the status of the railcar throughout its transit from Philadelphia and provided regular updates to its clients until the transformer was positioned on its pad. World Logistics Consulting is a member of the WCA Projects network. www.wlcproject.comwww.wcaprojects.com