ABC News(NEW YORK) — There are more than 60 large, uncontained wildfires burning in 13 western states on Saturday as the region deals with bone-dry humidity levels and temperatures in the 90s and above.Dangerous heat will remain in place for the next several days across parts of the West, including much of California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Arizona. Excessive heat watches and warnings, heat advisories and red flag warnings have been issued for parts of the region.On Saturday, high temperatures across parts of central and northern California, including the Redding area, will be above 100 degrees. Unfortunately, there is no significant cooldown coming to this region in the next few days. Temperatures will be near or above 100 degrees from Riverside County to Shasta County, California. Additionally, there will be little relief from the heat overnight.Fresno saw temperatures over 100 degrees again on Friday, the 22nd day in a row of over 100-degree heat, a new record streak for Fresno.Relative humidity on Saturday across parts of the West, including where some of the large California fires are burning, will be as low as 5 percent. The threat for fires will persist through the weekend due to the very dry air, high temperatures and locally gusty winds.Storms move through Plains, SoutheastA line of strong to severe thunderstorms is moving through southern Kansas and into parts of Oklahoma on Saturday morning. These storms will weaken through the morning hours. There are also some strong to severe storms moving through eastern Nebraska and northeast Kansas, where localized flash flooding is possible Saturday morning.However, new summer thunderstorms are expected to develop Saturday across Wyoming to western Kansas.There is slight risk for severe weather for this region, including Cheyenne, Wyoming; Colby, Kansas; and Dodge City, Kansas. The main risk will be for damaging winds, large hail and perhaps a brief tornado.Additionally, there will be numerous strong thunderstorms with locally heavy downpours across the Southeast coast this weekend.Any slow-moving summer thunderstorm has the potential to deliver locally heavy downpours. This is a particular concern across parts of the central Plains and parts of the Carolinas, where 2 to 3 inches or more of rainfall is possible through Monday. Localized flash flooding remains a possibility.The weather patterns looks wet through the next few days across the southeast U.S., with continued chances for torrential rain from summer thunderstorms.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
February 28, 2020, by Italy, France give full support to Fincantieri-Naval Group JV Authorities View post tag: Fincantieri navaltoday France and Italy have signed an intergovernmental agreement reaffirming their support to Naviris, a joint venture between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and French defense contractor Naval Group.Signed on February 27, the agreement makes the long term alliance launched by these two industrial groups fully operational.“We welcome this intergovernmental agreement, which reinforces our joint-venture Naviris,” commented Hervé Guillou and Giuseppe Bono, CEOs of Naval Group and Fincantieri respectively.“We are delighted to be able to count on the support of both the Italian and French governments together with the navies of our two countries to carry out our mission effectively.”Naviris was set up in January 2020. The JV, owned equally by the two groups, will manage ambitious projects, including mid-term modernization of the Franco-Italian Horizon frigates, common R&D, export opportunities and the development of a European patrol corvette.The cooperation is seen as the key to the consolidation of the European naval sector.“Naval Group and Fincantieri are open to enlarge their cooperation to other European partners in order to make the European naval industry the worldwide leader in product performances and technology innovation,” the two companies said. View post tag: Naval Group Back to overview,Home naval-today Italy, France give full support to Fincantieri-Naval Group JV View post tag: Naviris Share this article
In addition to Queen’s objections, an open letter by students which has received 190 signatures states that “we do not […] consider it to be a necessary or reasonable requirement for students to sign the responsibility agreement in its present form.” Students who sign the agreement commit to “abiding by all national public health regulations brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19,” as well as “the University and/or colleges’ specific guidance on health measures, together with local public health guidance as relevant.” It requires students to isolate and request a test upon presenting symptoms, participate in contact tracing, and practice good hygiene. The University’s website states: “The purpose of the Agreement is not to prescribe an additional code of discipline; it is to support community safety and well-being. It is an affirmation of shared values – community, consideration for others, patience and tolerance, and inclusion.” The letter, sent to the Vice-Chancellor on Monday, argues that “asking the students to adhere unconditionally to policies not yet known to them gives the university far-reaching powers over the private and social lives of students. […] Combined with the university’s decision to reintroduce the residency requirement, this gives students no choice but to sign the agreement. If signatories are held to ransom, an agreement cannot be a true and honest affirmation of shared values.” The email to Queen’s College students wrote: “The College’s Governing Body strongly opposed key aspects of an earlier (but still quite similar) draft of this document, in principle (it’s not the university’s place to create rules for what happens in College) and with its patronising tone and degree of minutiae. In the end, Governing Body agreed […] because there was a real risk [students] would be denied access to university teaching and spaces if we did not go along with it.” In response to this objection, Karen O’Brien, co-chair of the Michaelmas Coordination Group, said to Cherwell: “It wasn’t an agreement that was imposed from above. It was an iterative process, and there were discussions amongst all colleges about the topics that should be included, the tone, and the information that the agreement was going to provide.” Speaking to Cherwell, O’Brien stated, “The Student Union was involved throughout, and we came up with this responsibility agreement after a long process.” The letter calls on the Vice Chancellor to “lift the requirement to sign this agreement and to establish a framework through which the concerns and feedback of students can be expressed and integrated into the university’s COVID-19 response and policies”. Queen’s College has labelled the COVID-19 Student Responsibility Agreement as “patronising” and opposes it “in principle”. Speaking to Cherwell, the University has responded to concerns about the Agreement, saying: “What we’re asking people to do is to be good citizens. Nothing more, nothing less.” Oxford University’s COVID-19 Responsibility Agreement, which all students have been asked to sign, requires that individuals abide by both government regulations and University guidance throughout the term. The Agreement supplements students’ existing responsibilities under University and college student contracts. She further emphasized: “What we’re asking people to do is to be good citizens. Nothing more, nothing less.” Image credit: Kaofenlio/ Wikimedia Commons
After getting an EORI number, businesses need to take the second step and consider how they want to make customs declarations. Businesses can appoint a customs agent if they want someone else to do it. Most businesses with customs obligations choose to use a customs agent.For businesses that import goods into the UK from the EU using roll on, roll off locations, they can take a third step and register for new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). TSP will allow businesses to import without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and postpone paying any import duties. For imports using other locations, and for exports, standard customs declarations will apply. Businesses that import goods from the EU can register for the new TSP. HMRC has identified 145,000 VAT-registered companies that trade with the EU but not the rest of the world, and estimates that a further 95,000 businesses also trade with the EU but are not VAT-registered. This means an estimated 240,000 businesses need to take action to continue trading with the EU if no deal is reached.Business owners can apply for their EORI number.HMRC has the capacity to sign up 11,000 businesses per day for EORI numbers.You can see RoRo locations.You can see letters sent to traders.Businesses can apply for training and IT grants on making customs declarations.Businesses can find out about the other steps they’ll need to take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU using the prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU toolon GOV.UK.HMRC has published more than 100 pages of cross-government guidance for businesses on processes and procedures at the border in a no deal scenario. Business owners can apply for their EORI number. In September 2018, December 2018 and January 2019, HMRC wrote directly to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses that only trade with the EU advising them to start their preparations and apply for an EORI number.There are another estimated additional 95,000 non-VAT registered businesses that also need to take action.Despite these letters, only 40,973 have registered for an EORI number since October (figure correct as of 28 February 2019).To help businesses make import and export declarations, HMRC has made £8 million in funding available for traders and intermediaries to support them with training and IT costs. There is still £3 million remaining of this funding, so there’s still time to put in a bid.Further information Step-by-step advice can be accessed via GOV.UK – the help is there, we just need business owners to take action. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today (28 February 2019) urging business owners to prepare now and consider 3 steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.The first step businesses need to take is to register for an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number. UK businesses that have only ever traded inside the EU will not have an EORI number.In the event of a no deal exit, businesses will be unable to continue trading with the EU without an EORI number; however, HMRC figures show that so far just 17% of these businesses have registered (figure correct as of 28 February 2019). Figures given here are correct as of 28 February 2019. Please contact HMRC Press Office for up-to-date information: 03000 585 018 We want businesses to be able continue trading with minimal disruption in any scenario but we also know that people tend to leave things until the last minute and we would urge against that. We are specifically advising businesses to take some simple steps to be prepared – the first thing they need to do is register for an EORI number – it is free and takes less than 10 minutes. Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride MP said:
Bakers, suppliers and experts from across the industry gathered in Oxfordshire last week for the British Society of Baking autumn conference.Branding, retail and consumer behaviour were among the topics explored at the Heythrop Park Hotel & Resort in Enstone, Oxfordshire, on Wednesday 16 October and Thursday 17 October.Here are just of few of the lessons from the event: America loves a British bakerWant to break into the US market? Paul Baker, founder of St Pierre Group, says one of the best things you can do is be British.“They love us in the States, they really do,” he explains. “They have an expectation and a perception of us. They think we are very polite and ram-rod rigid and you should live up it that.”Baker (pictured) even ensures his accent is as British as possible: “When I go to the States I do clip my English, I’m ultra-polite and very, very British.“It’s a really simple thing and we can all do it. It sounds glib, but it does work.”And he’s not the only one.Stanley Cauvain of Baketran, who chaired the conference’s morning session, also admitted he plays up his English accent when working in the US.Baker had further advice for businesses targeting the US – knowing what you are getting into.“America is a big place – it’s a continent – it’s immense. So if you are embarking on America, you have to understand distribution.”He added that distribution was unlike in the UK, where a baker can manufacture a product and send it directly to the retailer.“In the US, distribution is key – brokers, distributors, master brokers, master distributors. They all have a place and they all take a slice of the pie and that’s accepted.”Baker said US businesses could be slow to make decisions but warned: “They are very slow to react, but when they switch the taps on, it’s like a tsunami, it really is.”The volume they can generate is “unbelievable”, he added.“We are the fastest-growing bakery brand in America, and the fifth-largest, but it has taken us 11 years to get there, so you’ve got to be prepared and do your homework as it’s not going to happen overnight.”Delivery will deliverBusinesses such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats have helped created a big opportunity for bakers.Spend on delivered bakery products has soared by a quarter in the past 12 months to £470m, revealed Dominic Allport, insights director at the NPD Group, adding that this was two-and-a-half times faster than the total delivered food market.The current market for sweet bakery items was smaller than savoury, but had been growing faster year-on-year, and spend was typically 10% higher on a sweet bakery item than a savoury one, he revealed.Delivery accounted for about 7% of the total out-of-home market, but was growing 11% year on year compared to just 0.1% growth in the total out-of-home market, according to NPD stats.“This is why there is such a landgrab to be part of the delivery market,” added Allport.He said that, as the delivery market matured, bakers would see the cost of delivery go down, which would mean lower price point items would be of increasing importance.Allport’s views were echoed by Mike Bagshaw, managing director of International Taste Solutions, who said bakers could not afford to ignore home delivery.“In the next 10 years, that’s going to be the biggest thing in the world in terms of growth.“Keep that in mind because it isn’t going to change and I think bakery has a great role. If you can get bakery products into these channels, that’s a great place to go.”He advised bakers to look at the opportunities in this area and investigate the technology involved.Obesity epidemic is opportunity for breadA graph presented by Alex Waugh, director general of the National Association of British and Irish Millers, showed that UK obesity rose as bread consumption fell.Despite years of negative press for bread, this suggested bread wasn’t the problem when it came to obesity.But, pointed out Waugh: “Maybe bread isn’t the problem, but maybe we failed because the reason bread consumption is falling is because we are not producing the products people want.“Maybe, by not producing products of the right quality that people want to buy, at the right price, maybe we have been complicit in this. Maybe, we have left space for these other products to come in that are more appealing and they fit their lifestyle, and end up being more obesagenic.”This left an opening for bread, he suggested.“There’s an opportunity for us to produce better-quality products in bread that might encourage people to come back to us and that might help with at least flattening off that rising red [obesity] line, which is what we have to do“Nobody wants to have unhealthy customers and unhealthy children and all the money spent on managing health problems.”Personal touches matterThe subject of customer service came up many times during the conference, with speakers highlighting the value of a personal approach.Think big, act small, advised Paul Baker, founder of St Pierre Group.“America it is quite a daunting place and you’ve got to put yourself out there, but we still act like a small business.”And he had a clear example of this approach.“If we pick up a new customer, I write them a personal letter and say thank you very much for the business. Why? Because it is important to have that personal touch.”Baker added that, although St Pierre was becoming a bigger business, it would continue to offer such personal touches.“It’s really important in any business.”Ensuring you are easy to communicate and deal with is also important.Mike Bagshaw, managing director of International Taste Solutions, said that if someone asked him to sum up his business in a sentence he replied: “We’re just great fun and easy to work with.“That’s what I say when I go into big accounts and they ask why they should work with us, when they could work with a big flavour house.“It has sort of become our strapline: Nice flat structure, real people, easy to communicate with.”
Cathy Payne of Orlando, Fla., came to Harvard Extension School as a way to honor people she had lost. The advanced-placement art history teacher, who teaches in a Winter Park, Fla., high school, holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Florida. At Harvard she earned a master’s of liberal arts, museum studies.Q&ACathy PayneHarvard extension: Why did you decide to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School?Payne: I decided to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School to honor the memories of loved ones. After losing several people in a short period of time, I felt inspired to live my life in a more robust manner as a way to acknowledge their battles to survive and to, in some way, extend their lives through my own.Before Harvard Extension, I’d tackled goals that helped me to work through my grief — running a marathon and earning a pilot’s license — but I was ready to take on a goal that would ultimately touch others. The master’s in the field of museum studies was a natural fit for my passion to make art and history accessible to those who do not live near metropolitan cultural centers. Also, many museums have the same aim as I do: to educate and to extend the lives and memories of those who came before us.Harvard extension: How has this experience helped you in your career or personal development?Payne: I’m happy to report that I use what I learned at Harvard Extension every day in my own classroom, and these lessons have made me a better teacher. Besides teaching, I plan to work occasionally in collections management on a volunteer basis at my local art museum. Through my internship at that museum, I learned that the museum field is where I ultimately want to be when I retire from teaching.Harvard extension: What was the most challenging aspect of your time at Harvard Extension? What was the most rewarding?Payne: The most challenging aspect of my time at Harvard Extension was that I worked full time as a high school teacher while completing my degree in 18 months. I was incredibly busy with little unstructured time. Also, a break to my dominant arm during one term made life extra interesting — there’s nothing like submitting a long paper the day after you get a cast removed!The most rewarding aspect of my time at the school is that my capstone project, which focused on using virtual reality images to bring art and architecture to remote areas, is already being used in several practical ways by myself and others.Harvard extension: What was the online experience like for you? How did you ensure success?Payne: It may sound simple, but I ensured success by following the technology recommendations provided by the School as to the proper headset and computer system. I also made sure I attended every session and participated in group discussions to feel connected. I’m happy to say that I never missed a class, even after a hurricane knocked out my power and I was forced to use the live web conference app on my phone. I commandeered the dining room in my home to use as my study space throughout the program.I was a bit skeptical at first of taking most of my classes online, but it turned out that there could be no other way to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds. My classmates were from London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, San Diego, Paris, Sydney, and Moscow — a truly global group. Also, I could be wearing pajama bottoms (with proper school-wear on the torso, of course) for my later evening classes without my classmates knowing — that was a bonus! With the live web classroom, you can see and communicate with your classmates and instructor in real time, so I always felt connected to the group.Harvard extension: How did you manage to balance your studies with work and family responsibilities?Payne: I scheduled my class and study time into my calendar each week and then stuck with the plan. I treated time with my family as sacrosanct and that motivated me to do my school work during scheduled times and stay focused. Most importantly for my mental health, I developed three plans for my program completion in case a family emergency came up.Harvard extension: What types of student resources and special options did you take advantage of as a student at Harvard?Payne: As a distance student, I found the online library resources invaluable. The Scan and Deliver [electronic document delivery service] for research allowed me to access material as if I were on campus. I also took advantage of the Harvard housing listings to locate a graduate student housing sublet during the January session class I took — it saved me a significant amount of money over a hotel stay and it was only a five-minute walk from my class.This article was originally published on Harvard Extension School’s Student Spotlight web page in May. It has been lightly edited.
Breen-Phillips Hall’s (BP) 33rd annual meal auction, when the Notre Dame community will have an opportunity to donate to charity by participating in raffles and silent auctions of a variety of items, gift baskets or meals with “campus celebrities,” is set to take place Friday afternoon. Proceeds from the auction benefit two charities: Meals on Wheels, a local program that delivers meals to those who cannot prepare them themselves, and CURE Childhood Cancer, an organization dedicated to funding research of childhood cancer.Meal Auction commissioners sophomores Kara Shannon, Grace Garvey and Claire Hagerstrom are the main organizers of the event.“This year we have adopted an ‘honorary Babe,’ Cecilia, the daughter of a BP alumna,” Shannon said. “She is battling childhood cancer, so we are donating 25 percent of the meal auction proceeds in her name to CURE Childhood Cancer, [and] 75 percent of the proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels.”Shannon said this year’s theme is “BP Meal Auction 2017: Give for Gold” in honor of gold being the color of childhood cancer and to honor the Dome.“People can participate in the Meal Auction by stopping by, telling their friends and bidding on all the auction items that we have,” Shannon said. “Even stopping in for a few minutes to get some tickets and put names towards baskets is a great way to get involved.”According to the event website, the raffled or auctioned items include box tickets to a Chicago White Sox game, tickets to a Chicago Cubs game, signed sports equipment from Notre Dame athletes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, $100 gift cards to stores such as Urban Outfitters and Lululemon, themed baskets filled with a plethora of prizes and much more.The auctions also include opportunities to dine with “campus celebrities” such as head football coach Brian Kelly and head basketball coach Mike Brey. Other prizes include a private yoga class from Steve Krojniewski, founder of True Balance Yoga, a behind-the-scenes look at the new Student Center led by vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffman Harding and meals with many other professors or faculty members.“We really have something for everyone,” Garvey said. “The Meal Auction brings together people from all over campus and unites them with a common goal, and we love that some professors have given meals every year.”Students can pay for auctioned items or raffle tickets with Domer Dollars, Venmo, cash or checks. Though most items will be sold through a silent auction, competitive items will go up for live auction at 8:30 p.m.“Of course the goals of the auction are to raise money for Meals on Wheels and CURE Childhood Cancer, but also as a dorm we hope to just inspire BP spirit and get everyone excited for all the fun auction items that we have,” Shannon said.Free food and drinks will be provided at the event, which will feature campus brand representatives Coca-Cola and Rockstar and performances by a cappella groups Halftime, Harmonia and the Undertones.“We definitely hope that it’s packed,” Garvey said. “We even booked two rooms this year since last year got so crowded.”Tags: BP meal auction, Breen-Phillips Hall, Brian Kelly, cure childhood cancer, Erin Hoffman-Harding, meals on wheels, Mike Brey
Businesses that have suffered storm damage should call the US Small Business Administration to begin the federal aid process. The SBA provides loans to businesses that have suffered losses to cover cost of recovery and working capital to help with lost business during the storm and recovery.Call 800-659-2955 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external) to register for business assistance.Individuals and homeowners are also eligible for SBA loans to help with costs not covered by FEMA grants; those people are already registered when you register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or at www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external). However, while you are registered, you do not have to take out a loan. US Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G Mills issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Vermont that were affected by Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 29.The disaster declaration covers the counties of Chittenden, Rutland, Washington and Windsor in Vermont, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange and Windham in Vermont; Grafton and Sullivan in New Hampshire; and Clinton, Essex and Washington in New York.‘The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Vermont with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.’Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail).Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.
Dave Power, CEO of Perkins School for the Blind, and professor of business at Harvard Extension School, calls the positioning statement, “the most critical element of company strategy.” It’s quite the assertion, but nailing your positioning statement really can help you connect with your potential members in a way that nothing else can. Most credit unions struggle to position their brands. If you can capture your credit union brand in a simple statement, than that clarity will help your best customers recognize you as something theyneed—which will lead to more conversions and greater membership growth.In this post, we’ll discuss how you can write a positioning statement, both for your overall credit union brand and your specific products. We’ll also discuss the elements that are most likely to produce an effective positioning statement that leads to more loans, members, and deposits. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr