When we think of the illegal wildlife trade, the slaughter of elephants, rhinos and other species teetering on the brink of extinction, we think of Africa, Asia and distant countries where some think this acceptable. We rarely associate this crime with our own shores. To say I was angry to see the haul of ivory, rhino horns, animal furs and other items in the gross menagerie of seized illegal animal products in London is an understatement. This is not just a crime taking place overseas. Criminal lowlifes operate right here in the UK and the Met Police and other forces are working to stop them in their tracks. Criminal gangs trafficking wildlife across UK borders will not be permitted to operate with impunity, but this requires a global effort, tackling both the supply and demand of this odious trade. We will not let up our efforts to ensure that future generations can share our planet with rhinos and elephants and that the criminals who seek to harm them face justice. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn The Foreign Secretary also learned about a new technique for taking fingerprints from ivory. The technique was tested on ivory from the WCU facility from previous seizures, and it increases the chances of building a legal case against perpetrators.This follows on from the Foreign Secretary’s recent visit to Asia where he viewed illegally trafficked ivory and pangolin scales seized by Thai customs.In October the UK will host an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade, bringing together global leaders to work to end wildlife crime.Further information Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) facility in London today (Monday 19 February) to see illegally traded wildlife products seized by the Met Police before they could be sold on the black market in the UK.Many of the cases the WCU deals with involve cross-border smuggling and require police collaboration with international agencies, underlining the need for greater international cooperation to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.The Foreign Secretary saw items seized in successful WCU operations. This includes the recent Abbas Allawi case, where Met Police raided a Watford property using trained search dogs and found wildlife goods with a street value of over £1 million stashed in his attic.The Foreign Secretary was shown items including 7 rhino horns weighing over 16 kg, and dozens of raw ivory tusks and carved ivory specimens as well as animal trophies including a stuffed lion’s head and tiger skins. He heard how there is online demand for primates, including severed monkey hands turned into trinkets and monkey skulls.During the visit the Foreign Secretary said: Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook For journalists Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook *[WCU: Wildlife Crime Unit
Belfast flour miller Nigel McLoughlin, of James Neill flour mills, has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim).The accolade, which is the first medal of its kind to be awarded for a decade, was earned after McLoughlin came top in specialist examinations, taken by 600 students across 30 countries in five continents.Nabim has been running training courses for millers for more than 100 years, with students from all over the world.McLoughlin also successfully completed a project looking at technical improvements in the flour mill. Duncan Monroe, nabim president, congratulated him on his achievement in Belfast.“The success of Nigel and his predecessors, who have won the medal since it was first awarded almost a century ago, helps to sustain the most technically advanced flour milling industry in the world,” Monroe said.“That, to this day, blends craft and technology to produce superb flour used in an enormous range of delicious food.”James Neill has been milling flour in Belfast for 150 years and is a major supplier to bakeries throughout Ireland.
Neil Young will head back out on tour early next year with a new batch of solo U.S. tour dates announced on Wednesday evening. The rock guitarist and singer-songwriter will hit the road for five performances throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota from January 23rd through January 29th. Young also announced on Thursday that he’ll play another co-headlining gig alongside Bob Dylan at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny, Ireland on July 14th next summer, just two days after his scheduled performance in London’s Hyde Park on July 12th.Young will play two shows in Wisconsin to start out his short winter tour, beginning with Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on January 23rd and Madison’s Overture Center For The Arts the following evening on January 24th. He’ll then head west to Minneapolis for a trio of shows scheduled at Pantages Theatre on January 26th, the Orpheum Theatre on January 28th, and the State Theatre on January 29th.Young has found himself in the news quite often over the past few weeks, and not for the reasons he would have hoped. The “Heart of Gold” singer denounced his involvement with the British Summer Time concert series following the show’s initial announcement last month as long as Barclays Bank remained the active presenting sponsors. The guitarist/self-avowed environmental activist angrily revealed that the show was announced before he gave the green light, and made it clear that he would never be part of an event that was sponsored by a bank which finances the fossil fuel industry.Young has since declared that he and Dylan will play their own show in the park without any sponsor at all, to which British Summer Time responded, “Neil Young has made the decision to move away from the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time concert series. Neil Young and Bob Dylan will play a stand-alone concert in Hyde Park on the same date, 12th July. All tickets will remain valid. The Barclaycard presents British Summer Time concert series remains unaffected and will continue as normal.”Pre-sale tickets for the newly-announced U.S. shows are now available to purchase for Neil Young Archives subscribers here. Artist presale for the Ireland concert in July will begin on December 14th and continue until December 16th.Neil Young — 2019 Tour DatesJan. 23 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater *Jan. 24 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts *Jan. 26 Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre *Jan. 28 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre *Jan. 29 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre *July 12 London, UK Hyde Park **July 13 Kilkenny, IE Nowlan Park ***Solo Dates** w/Bob DylanView All 2019 Tour Dates
During a middle-of-the-night bathroom break, do you check the smartphone or not? What if a co-worker called with an emergency? What if the big deal went through? What if?We’ve all been there — in a restaurant with friends, on an airplane, in bed — the power of the smartphone gnawing away at us, the gut feeling that our boss has contacted us with an urgent request, or the wish to dash off an email to a colleague, even when we know he’s offline. We feel the need to be connected, at all times, to our Blackberries or iPhones, as helpful as they are, yet sometimes annoyingly stressful for the special breed of anxiety they present.Intrigued by our constant connectivity outside the workplace, Leslie A. Perlow, the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School, began studying the work and technological habits of employees at the global firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) “because they were an extreme case of the demands that people face,” she said. “I was deeply curious about whether it was possible to create change in the way people work. We spend a lot of time telling people it can be different. But I wondered: Can it really be different? I reasoned, if change was possible at BCG, change should be possible most anywhere.”In her new book, “Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work,” Perlow details the experiments she conducted at BCG and how they turned out to improve not just employees’ work lives, but the effectiveness and efficiency of the work process itself. In fact, the experiments were so successful that they have now been replicated in more than 1,000 BCG teams globally.The trials took the form of teams working together to ensure predictable time off — hours of nonwork time where an employee is “disconnected” from his or her smartphone — and time each week to discuss the work process. “It’s about learning to cover for each other,” said Perlow. “One person will be off today, another person will be off tomorrow … and I mean off — no smartphone, no computer for business purposes. It’s about not getting emails or texts that you feel compelled to respond to, and instead freeing this time to do whatever you want that is non-work-related.” She added, “It’s about working together to make this time off possible for everyone involved. That is where the real learning occurs.”Initially the possibility of creating such change at BCG was met with great skepticism. Perlow encouraged company managers and employees to explore the possibility of change. Facing unadulterated free time ironically spurred another concern: how to fill it. Yet when BCG employees reported back to Perlow, the results were overwhelmingly supportive of her experiment. Suddenly, employees had time to hit the gym, to go to the movies, to make plans, and spend quality time with friends and spouses — to do anything they wanted without the worry that they were somehow missing something critical.“You and your colleagues can take ownership of the way you work, and you can do so tomorrow,” stressed Perlow. “To get started, all you need to do is get together with the people you work with most closely and focus on the pressure points you face. Even as a small group, you have an immense amount of power to adjust the way you work and get results that make your work more fulfilling and your work lives more satisfying.”Ultimately, it’s about colleagues taking ownership of work lives and realizing their collective power to create change, said Perlow. “It doesn’t have to be some big, grand organizational initiative. Any team can do it.”But that doesn’t mean Perlow disdains technology. “I’m excited about embracing what technology has to offer while simultaneously recognizing that we have to control it,” she said. “We get so caught up in the benefits that we tolerate the costs without recognizing that actually we could reduce at least some of those costs without having to give up all the benefits.”
The Saint Mary’s Department of Justice Education organized a day-long symposium Thursday about different aspects of health care. The keynote speaker for the event, St. Joseph Health System President and CEO Albert Gutierrez, gave a presentation titled “How Catholic faith informs the practice of health care.”Director of the Justice Education Program Adrienne Lyles introduced the day’s events.“Today’s Health Care Justice Symposium is designed to foster intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, respectful dialogue, civic responsibility and the practice of justice and compassion,” Lyles said. “Health care is a commodity that concerns and affects all human beings.”Gutierrez said Saint Mary’s and Saint Joseph Health System, which is part of Trinity Health, are sister institutions because the Sisters of the Holy Cross founded both of them. He also said the Health System is an extension of the Catholic Church through its relationship with the Sisters. The biggest issue when it comes to health care in America is difference between equality and equity, Gutierrez said. “Equality is sameness, giving everyone the same thing,” Gutierrez said. “It only works from our view if everyone started from the same place. … However, we believe in health care that equity is something that we’re looking to strive to achieve.”Gutierrez showed a graphic that depicted equality versus equity and showed three people of different heights trying to look over a fence. Under equality, they all had the same size box to stand on, and the shorter people could not see. Under equity, the people had a different number of boxes to ensure each person could see over the fence. “If you follow the theory of equality, you could still have people that are left out,” Gutierrez said. “ … We must first ensure equity before we can enjoy equality.”Gutierrez said Trinity Health looks at all factors needed to ensure the best health care when it develops business and management plans to improve the hospitals. He said the quality of care is only 10 percent of community health, and in previous decades it was the only factor hospitals prioritized. “Having a bright, shiny hospital does not improve the overall health status of individuals in a community,” Gutierrez said. “If you only believe that we’re going to save you in the hospital and then we’re going to send you back on the street, that is a very, very limited view of … health care.“We are now in our strategic plan operating under the model that health does not begin in a doctor’s office. We have chosen, as a health system, to inject ourselves in the entire argument.”Gutierrez said he cares for patients because people are made in the image of God. He said because all people have dignity, they all deserve reverence, and he creates plans to ensure the hospital follows through on that.“All of this goes back to biblical concept,” he said. “Whether you have earned it or not, we will care for you.”Tags: Health care, health care justice, Social justice
The University outlined plans for end of semester COVID-19 testing in an email sent to students Wednesday. Priority for testing appointments will go to students whose home address is in a state or country that requires a test for reentry based on the guidelines at the time.“Priority will be based on early November state and country requirements and a student’s home address in Banner,” the email said.The University will halt surveillance testing from Nov. 9 to Nov. 20 to allow for departure testing. During this time period, any student wishing to get a saliva-based test will be able to do so. Diagnostic testing will also continue during this time.In addition, students who live in an immediate household with an individual at high-risk for the virus should apply for an accommodation through Sara Bea by Oct. 23 to receive priority in scheduling a test, the email said.Tags: COVID testing, high risk, surveillance testing
Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Related Shows Lift up your hands! John Cameron Mitchell will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award. The original Hedwig and the Angry Inch star and co-creator recently completed a run in the Broadway production at the Belasco Theatre. The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 7.“John’s return to Hedwig and the Angry Inch is one for the history books. He not only wrote and co-created the role with Stephen Trask—before directing and starring in the film—but returned to Broadway to star as Hedwig this season after a series of rave performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall. This is a remarkable undertaking, and we are honored to recognize his outstanding success with this honor,” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said in a statement.Mitchell wrote the book for Hedwig alongside composer Trask, and the stars performed early versions of the musical at Don Hill’s and the Westbeth Theatre Center. Mitchell later starred in the off-Broadway incarnation of the hit musical at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998. He directed, wrote and starred in the 2001 film adaptation of Hedwig, garnering a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Mitchell has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Big River and Six Degrees of Separation, and was most recently seen on the small screen in Girls, playing David Pressler-Goings, Hannah’s book publisher. Mitchell is preparing to direct a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s punk-era story How to Talk to Girls at Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker will announce the 2015 Tony Award Nominations on April 28.Check out Mitchell performing “Origin of Love” in the movie below. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015
New York awards contracts for 1,700MW of offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s New York Business:New York State’s first large-scale wind-power procurement has officially been awarded to two energy developers, each of which will build separate offshore wind farms that will feed energy to New York City and Long Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.At a press conference at the Fordham University School of Law, Cuomo announced the winning bids and signed the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, legislation which he called the “most aggressive climate law in the United States of America.”The Sunrise Wind Project will be led by a joint venture between European wind-power company Ørsted and Eversource and produce 880 megawatts on Long Island and for Long Island. Ørsted and Eversource have also committed to investing $10 million to create a National Workforce Training Center in partnership with Suffolk County Community College and leading labor unions.A second project called the Empire Wind Project, will be led by European developer Equinor, producing 816 megawatts that will feed New York City. The project is expected to be developed with 60 to 80 wind turbines, with an installed capacity of more than 10 megawatts each, according to Equinor.Additionally, Cuomo announced that the state will invest $287 million to construct service and port facilities to help make New York City a hub for the energy industry. The state will also provide $20 million to develop a wind-power training program, that will be led by the State University of New York system.More: State’s first large-scale wind-power procurement awarded to two energy developers
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 39-year-old woman died after the car she was a passenger in had crashed into another vehicle in the victim’s hometown of Mount Sinai over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Tejas Acharekar, 25, of Port Jefferson, was making a left turn in a Toyota Camry from Route 25A onto Chestnut Street when the driver hit a Hyundai Sonata at 11 p.m. Friday.Ekaterina Blednykh, a passenger in the Camry, was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where she was pronounced dead.Acharekar and the woman driving the Hyundai were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.
The Credit Union National Association and other credit union organizations have provided additional information in a supplemental letter to the Department of Defense (DOD) regarding its proposed changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA). The supplemental letter follows up on a joint letter filed last week.The DOD’s proposal would place a 36% cap on the military annual percentage rate (MAPR) of interest for credit products, as well as additional protections.As part of its proposal, the DOD asked a number of specific questions regarding changes to the definition of “consumer credit,” types of exemptions from the proposal and the potentially harmful effects of the proposal on credit unions’ ability to offer certain products to servicemembers.One question asked how the proposal would “affect/curtail your ability to extend credit to our troops and their families.” The letter gives several examples of why this would be the case.“A top concern is that the proposed military annual percentage rate (MAPR) calculation would negatively affect credit unions’ ability to extend credit to servicemembers and their families,” the supplemental letter reads. “We believe that without a clear definition of all the fees that should and/or must be included, the proposed rule will make accurately calculating the MAPR very difficult.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr