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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s lettersLetter of the weekWho would want ‘blame’ position? If no single person is held accountable for health & safety, the defencefor people accused will almost certainly include a claim that “I thoughtone of the other guys had done that”. This makes prosecution difficult,which is why some advocate making a single individual ultimately responsible.But who would want that job? Decision-making is rarely a one-person exercise. A director responsible forhealth & safety will still need to compete for budgetary share to pay forexpenditure. Ultimate control of the company rests with many stakeholders andnarrowing down the responsible person(s) will be virtually impossible. The best route to good health & safety management is throughcomprehensive safe working systems, policies and procedures, in which everyindividual is properly conversant, backed up by a systematic assessment of allof the risks and a prioritised health and safety improvement plan. I believe that there is more mileage in grant-aid support for the trainingof competent people combined with more policing by HSE and local authorities.Over time, assessment of H&S management systems to a nat-ional standard, byan independent body could be made mandatory, the tax system modified toencourage early accreditation. Knee-jerk reactions, looking to blame individuals will not help in the longrun. Organisations which fail in their duties should eventually face muchheavier fines and boards of directors should be removed from office andprevented from taking up directorships elsewhere. Ian Stain Industry & Employee Services via e-mail Companies must be held liable Graeme Loveland (Letters, 17 July) seems to have missed the point about theGovernment’s proposals regarding corporate killing which seek to address asignificant defect in the law. Currently, an organisation cannot be foundguilty of manslaughter unless an individual is identified as the”embodiment of the company itself”. The complexity of largeorganisations means this is virtually impossible. The proposals remind us of some of the disasters where there has been majorloss of life – the Herald of Free Enterprise (187 dead), Kings Cross (31),Clapham (35), Southall (7). However, despite successful prosecutions under theHealth & Safety at Work Act, it was not possible to prosecute the companiesresponsible for manslaughter, prompting serious criticism of the law. Subsequent public inquiries into these accidents identified seriousmanagement failures, the consequences of which should have been foreseeableeven without the benefit of hindsight. Loveland considers the idea of corporate killing to be “politicallycorrect claptrap”. We are talking about killing caused by anorganisation’s gross carelessness. The proposed offence of corporate killing isnot a “tabloid sensationalist label” as he suggests, but areasonable, measured attempt to make organisations vicariously liable for theactions of their managers and employees who cause death – the same way they arefor other civil and criminal offences. Eric Letherman Health & Safety adviser, Manchester Risks must be rammed home The problem of lack of senior executives’ responsibility for the welfare oftheir employees and members of the public, is not a new one. Those employed inhigh-risk activities, such as the Fire Service, have always been managed bysenior executives who have had personal experience of the risks involved. Risk-aware executives are less likely to end up in jail because they canappreciate the dangers and manage their undertakings accordingly.Unfortunately, in many large organisations chairmen and chief executives havelittle experience of the actual work processes or risks involved. These are precisely the people who need to concentrate on the safetyimplications of corporate decisions, which is why the Government intends totighten up what are sloppy and open-ended arrangements for identifyingresponsibilities. Bernard Angus Corporate H&S Adviser, Crawley Borough Council LettersOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries Wins Navy Contract Worth USD 120 Million

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries Wins Navy Contract Worth USD 120 Million View post tag: Naval April 19, 2011 View post tag: USD Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. announced a U.S. Navy contract to its Continental Maritime (CMSD) division to provide pump and motor overhaul services aboard Navy ships within a 50-mile radius of San Diego.The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract, awarded with two other companies, has an estimated value of $120 million for all three prime contractors.The contract will have an ordering period of five years, and each order will be competed among the three awardees.“It has been over 13 years since Continental Maritime was a prime contractor, and this award is important in that respect,” said Dan Flood, vice president and general manager, CMSD. “This award provides us opportunities moving forward that we did not have in the past. Additionally, this contract gives CMSD the opportunity to showcase our superior mechanical and electrical repair capabilities.”Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilder, was previously a business sector of Northrop Grumman Corp. until effectively separating on March 31 in a spinoff of the company to shareholders.Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing nearly 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.[mappress]Source: HII,April 19, 2011. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Huntington View post tag: contract View post tag: Ingalls View post tag: wins USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries Wins Navy Contract Worth USD 120 Million View post tag: 120 View post tag: industries View post tag: million View post tag: Navy View post tag: worth Share this articlelast_img read more

USA: Navy Yard Shootings Indicate Need for Improved Security Clearance

first_img November 4, 2013 Authorities The United States (US) Navy Yard shootings in September and unauthorized disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have highlighted the need for changes to the current security clearance process, Stephen Lewis, deputy director for personnel, industrial and physical security policy in the office of undersecretary of defense for intelligence, told a Senate committee Thursday.This includes US DOD civilians, service members and embedded contractor personnel, he said.“Under the National Industrial Security Program, cleared contractors are required to report adverse information coming to their attention regarding their cleared employees,” Lewis said.DOD component heads are responsible for establishing procedures to report significant derogatory information, unfavorable administrative actions and adverse actions related to personnel, Lewis said. “In addition, the Defense Security Service is responsible for conducting oversight of companies cleared to perform on classified contracts for DOD and 26 other federal departments and agencies that use DOD industrial security services.”For several years, the department has partnered with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in reform efforts intended to improve the clearance process. As a result, Lewis said, in 2011 the Government Accountability Office removed DOD’s personnel security clearance program from its high-risk list.A recent inspector general’s review found that temporary access to Navy installations was being granted without conducting the proper background checks, he said. The report stated that, upon review, about 50 people were found to be convicted felons, he said.The Navy has since taken corrective action, Lewis noted. Temporary installation access requires a criminal background check and a check of the terrorism database, he said. But the issue demonstrated the utility of continuous checks of cleared personnel, a program that is currently under development for the department, he said.A concept demonstration is scheduled to run from April to December 2014, Lewis said, and would examine 100,000 cleared military, civilian and contractor personnel. “This concept demonstration would have real-time updates so that as information became available it would be pushed into the system,” he said.The current system doesn’t allow for continuous monitoring of all cleared personnel, Lewis said.However, the system “does provide on-demand queries of a large number of government and commercial data sources, as well as an analytical capability to flag issues of concern,” he said. “We need to make a commitment and effectively ensure that what happens between investigations is something that is tracked,” Lewis added.[mappress]Press Release,November 4, 2013; Image: US DoD Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy Yard Shootings Indicate Need for Improved Security Clearance USA: Navy Yard Shootings Indicate Need for Improved Security Clearancelast_img read more

HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_imgCandidate forums announcedThe Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition has announced its dates and locations for the 2017 Hoboken candidate forums for the upcoming Nov. 7 election.“These forums give Hoboken voters a chance to hear candidates for office answer the questions they care most about in an even-handed and direct format,” states the release.On Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Mile Square Theater, 1400 Clinton St., and Monday Oct. 16 at the Multiservice Center, 124 Grand St., the 14 at-large city council candidates will speak at public forums.Due to the large number of candidates for the three open at-large City Council seats, the QLC used a software program to randomly assign the 14 candidates into two groups of seven. The candidates assigned to Oct. 12 are Laini Hammond, Joshua Einstein, Michael Flett, Vanessa Falco, Andrew Impastato, Councilman David Mello, and Angelo Valente. The candidates assigned to Oct. 16 are Charles Matthews, Sal Starace, Jim Aibel, Jason Ellis, Emily Jabbour, John Allen, and Jim Doyle.On Thursday, Oct. 19 the seven Board of Education candidates will meet at the School Hall of the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph, 422 Willow Ave., and on Wednesday, Oct. 25 the mayoral candidates will meet at DeBaun Auditorium, 24 Fifth St.Each forum will begin at 7 p.m. and will last about two hours, with a brief intermission.This year’s candidate forums will follow an established format with questions submitted on index cards by members of the audience and posed to each of the candidates in turn by moderator Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken.Each candidate will have a minute and a half to respond, and the order of response will be randomized each round.A video of the sorting process is posted on the QLC Facebook page. Board of Education candidate clarifies HoLa voteSharyn Angley, one of seven candidates for the Hoboken Board of Education, clarified her position on the Board of Education’s past litigation against the expansion of the HoLa charter school.In the past, the school board sued the Department of Education and HoLa to prevent the school’s expansion to seventh and eighth grades because the board majority believed that due to the state funding formula, the charter schools take too many resources from district schools and are socioeconomically segregated.Angley stated in an email last week that she did not actually vote to continue the litigation. She voted at the February, 2016 meeting against a resolution to stop the litigation – but said she voted that way because of improper board procedure.She explained that typically, the board operates under a committee structure in which board resolutions are vetted by the appropriate committee and then recommended to the board for approval. During this particular February meeting, she said, fellow candidate “Peter Biancamano introduced what is called a “live item” — a new resolution that had not been reviewed by committee. This resolution called for the board to stop its HoLa litigation.”“The introduction of a live item, and calling the vote, was unprecedented and the board’s attorney was asked to explain procedure,” said Angley. “He said, ‘Quite frankly, lobbing a motion like this on the floor involving active litigation would hamper, I think, the board’s ability to have a public discussion about a motion like this.’”She added that it is because of this that she voted no.“It is against my principles to go against proper board procedure, and I certainly did not appreciate the lack of respect shown by fellow board members. And so I voted no,” said Angley. “Had I been given the opportunity and time to discuss and consider this proposal and prepare my remarks, I may have voted the way I did in April 2015,” in which she voted against a resolution supporting board counsel’s continuing to fight the state on the matter.“As I have mentioned, I am a team player who is committed to enhancing education in Hoboken and have contributed positively to the board over the last three years,” added Angley. “I am proud of the education my children are receiving through the district. And that is why I want to give back. I hope to continue to serve our district diligently, make informed decisions for all Hoboken’s students, and work respectfully with the board and the administration to empower our schools to be the best they can be.” Author Jillian Pransky will read at Little City Books on Oct. 11Jillian Pransky is a local hero among the city’s yoga devotees. On Oct. 11, Little City Books, at First and Bloomfield Streets, will host the launch of her new book, “Deep Listening.”Beginning at 7 p.m., Pransky will read from her new work and engage in conversation with Carol Massar, Bloomberg Radio/TV anchor.Pransky’s work focuses on restorative practice, rest, healing, and meditation. Her personal story of healing through rest has been found inspiring by readers.You can pre-order the book to reserve a place in the audience at littlecitybooks.com .Western Twelfth Street closed in Hoboken for constructionFor about the next three weeks Twelfth Street between Madison and Jefferson Streets will be closed to traffic due to construction related to the PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project.The substation project is a multi-million dollar capital improvement plan that will upgrade the station to make it more reliable and resilient in severe weather.In order to provide access to properties on Jefferson Street south of Twelfth Street, the block of Twelfth Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street will be temporarily reversed from eastbound to westbound during the street closure.Once this portion of the project is complete, the roadway will be reopened, and traffic will revert to the normal eastbound direction.Prominent Properties Sotheby’s hosts food driveProminent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty will host their Fifth Annual Food Drive on is hosting their 5th Annual Food Drive from now until Nov. 30.Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty will continue to partner with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization to collect non-perishable food items throughout their northern New Jersey locations.At the end of the drive, the food will be picked-up and delivered by Ridgewood Moving Services to the Center for Food Action in Ridgewood. All Seasons Movers, Inc. and Main Street Movers will pick-up and deliver donations to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside.Residents can donate at 306 Washington St. in Hoboken. Other locations are in Alpine, Edgwater, Englewood Cliffs, Franklin Lakes, Montclaire, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Short Hills, Tenafly, and Westfield. For more information contact your local Prominent Properties Soethby’s office.Hurricane relief benefit performance announcedKaren Nason, local businesswoman and mayoral candidate, will host a fundraiser for a hurricane relief fund via globalgiving.org.She is sponsoring “Merciful Delusions,” four one act plays by Tennessee Williams directed by Tony Award nominee Lorraine Serabian at the Mile Square Theater.The performances will take place on Friday Oct. 13 and Saturday Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.Tickets cost $40 and all proceeds will go to hurricane relief efforts.The evenings include food, wine, desserts and coffee.Tickets can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/hurricanefund. Learn about land conflict in LiberiaOn Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Hoboken Historical Museum at 1301 Hudson St. will host the Black Maria Film Festival screening of the documentary “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” by Sarita Siegel and Gregg Mittman, a film spanning a four-year investigation into history, memory, and present-day land conflicts in Liberia.Black Maria Executive Director Jane Steuerwald will host the custom-curated program, and a discussion with the audience. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the films will screen at 7 pm. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, which includes light refreshments.Hudson Theater Works performs ‘MacBeth’From Oct. 12 to Oct 29 Hudson Theater Works will have performances Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the Woodrow Wilson School at 80 Hauxhurst Ave in Weehawken.All tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-836-3008.There are discount tickets of $15 for seniors, veterans, Weehawken residents (with ID), and groups of 10 or more. Local author to present new thriller at Little City BooksInternationally bestselling author, Polis Books founder, and Hoboken resident Jason Pinter will present his new novel “The Castle” on Oct. 17 at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield Street, at 7 p.m.“The Castle” is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about Remy Stanton, who gets recruited into the presidential campaign of a controversial billionaire, only to uncover shocking secrets that could jeopardize everyone he cares about.Pinter will read from the novel, take questions, and sign copies. He will also offer a free specialty cocktail called “The Candidate” to all attendees.For more information, on the book and author look at our Aug. 6 article “A book publisher, author, and new Hudson County resident,” www.LittleCityBooks.com or www.JasonPinter.com .House tour announcedThe Hoboken Historical Museum will host their annual Hoboken House Tour on Sunday Oct.22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The fundraiser for the museum will include a mix of Victorian brownstones and brand new condos plus a few bonus historic sites.Locations are kept secret until the day of the tour, but each year’s tour offers a fresh selection of homes with features that will appeal to fans of traditional, modern or eclectic décor.Points of interest on the tour include two 100-plus-year-old houses of worship, and two monuments to WWI soldiers.The self guided tours take two to three hours on foot and a map will be included in participant’s tour booklet the day of the tour.They can be picked up from one of two starting points, either The Hoboken Historical Museum at 1301 Hudson St., or the Fire Department Museum at 213 Bloomfield St.Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 the day of the tour. A limited number of VIP tickets are also for sale at $125, which includes an additional three tour homes and brunch at specially selected restaurants along the route.Advance tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com or from a link on the Museum’s website, www.hobokenmuseum.org.Commuters urged to use mass transitThe Port Authority has urged drivers who typically use the Holland Tunnel to take mass transit during rush hours while repairs continue on the nearby Route 139 ramp in Jersey City.According to a Nixle alert from the city of Hoboken a fire last week compromised some of the ramp’s steel supports.Agency officials are working on traffic management plans to lessen potential congestion impacts and will coordinate implementation with counterparts at NJ DOT, NJ Transit, New Jersey State Police, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan, New York City officials, as well as New York Waterways ferry service.It is not yet known when construction will be completed. On Tuesday, Oct. 3 State Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro presented a resolution to Dr. Michael Marco to commemorate his 50th business anniversary in Hoboken. Marco is a chiropractor and former employer of Chaparro. (From left to right: Chaparro, Marco, and his wife Carole. Photo by Jerry Lore)center_img ×On Tuesday, Oct. 3 State Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro presented a resolution to Dr. Michael Marco to commemorate his 50th business anniversary in Hoboken. Marco is a chiropractor and former employer of Chaparro. (From left to right: Chaparro, Marco, and his wife Carole. Photo by Jerry Lore)last_img read more

You can’t beat a belt-drive, says JBS

first_imgA new range of Ergo Bear planetary mixer by JBS Master Baker (Market Deeping, Peterborough) incorporate handling and operational improvements, says the firm.The range of 40-, 60-, 80- and 100-litre machines, developed by Danish manufacturer Wodschow, is mechanically belt-driven, regulating the speed while the machine is running, says JBS. Conventional gear-driven mixers have to be stopped when changing speed, it adds. Belt-drive also means there is no gearbox oil to leak and contaminate the product.The Ergo Bear’s extra height allows the bowl to be lowered below the mixing tools for easy tool mounting and removal, says JBS. The bowl is rolled in and out on a truck, and lifted via servo control.last_img

Proper Cornish turns up the heat

first_imgA pastie-maker is to become the first UK food firm to heat water using its food waste. Proper Cornish Food Company has spent £90,000 on a BioNova biodigestion plant – a cutting-edge system that transforms waste into a fuel – which will eventually power the hot water system in its Bodmin factory.The company, which produces premium pasties, savoury slices and sausage rolls, currently deals with about five tonnes of food waste a week, which it recycles off-site.Phase one of its plan was the installation of the new accelerated aerobic biodigester, while phase two will be the installation of a biomass boiler, which will use this fuel to heat the factory’s water.MD Phil Ugalde said the firm hadn’t been comfortable about driving waste across the county to be recycled, emitting more greenhouse gases in the process. “The new system is fantastic, as it not only recycles the waste at source, but in the long term, it will help us to reduce our fuel bills by providing an alternative way of heating our hot water,” he said.The biodigestion plant is the latest sustainable initiative from Proper Cornish; it currently recycles 100 tonnes of cardboard every year, donates all vegetable waste to a local pig farmer, and uses a compostable film on its individually wrapped products.last_img read more

Press release: Faith Minister calls on religious communities to bridge divides

first_img Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford Manchester – Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple Luton – Hindu Mandir Leicester – BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Media enquiries The report details how inter faith networks can encourage social mixing and play a key role in building strong, resilient communities. Reflecting on this evidence, Lord Bourne issued a call for individuals and religious institutions around the country to: recognise the valuable contribution of faith and belief institutions remain open to understanding those of other faiths and beliefs within your community reach and establish partnerships with other organisations encourage your faith institutions to join a local interfaith network establish interfaith networks in those areas where they don’t already exist Bradford – Thornbury centre Bradford – Anchor Project (Near Neighbours) North East – The Holy Biscuit Open Door North East If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Hindu Faith Projects General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Church of England Over the past year I have travelled across the country meeting many religious communities, which have established hugely impressive interfaith networks, where religious groups come together to bridge divides and raise awareness. As we mark Inter Faith Week, there is no better time to celebrate faith groups around the country who are making a profound impact on their communities, and to encourage people of all faiths to support and lead inter faith activity in their area. Sikh Multifaith Kent – Global Generation Church Manchester – Chinese Buddhist Temple Kent – Shrine of St Augustine Luton – Roma Church Leicester – Jain Centre Leicester – Bahá’í Community North Lincolnshire Museum (Gypsy/Roma Roundtable) Wilberforce House Museum London – Green Room St Mungos Kent – Global Generation Church Kent – Moses Montefiore Synagogue and Mausoleum London – Bevis Marks Synagogue Manchester – Jewish Museum Canvey Island Bristol and West Progressive Progressive Synagogue Newcastle Luton United Synagogue Manchester – Sikh Gurdwara West Mids – Sikh Council UK Luton – Sikh Temple Other Christian Othercenter_img Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Email [email protected] Faith Minister, Lord Bourne today (14 November 2018) urged people and faith groups across the country to reach out to one another and build local networks to support their communities and to bridge divides and extend understanding.The call came as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a new report to mark Inter Faith Week, championing the role faith groups play in their communities and highlighting the valuable inter faith work taking place around the country.The report, Belief in communities: bridging the divide, follows the Minister for Faith, Lord Bourne’s second national faith tour, which saw him visit places of worship around the country to better understand their role bringing people of different faiths and backgrounds together.From Holy Island in Northumberland to Canvey Island in Essex, Lord Bourne travelled far and wide to witness the work many religious institutions do alongside other faith groups from their communities to support the most vulnerable, help make their areas safer and cleaner, and tackle social issue such as loneliness.Minister for Faith Lord Bourne said: Bath Abbey Kent – Greek Orthodox Church and Community Hull – Seventh-Day Adventist Church Essex – Mountain of God, Calvary Church of God in Christ Bristo l- Methodist New Room Bath Moravian Church Lindisfarne Priory / The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin/ St.Cuthbert’s Centre / St.Aidan’s Roman Catholic Church West Midlands – Lozells Methodist Centre & Church London – Newington Green Unitarian Church London – Oasis Church and Hub (Baptist) West Midlands – Shree Krishna Temple Krishna 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Further informationRead the full report, Belief in communities: bridging the divide.To see where Lord Bourne visited use #FaithTour2 on Twitter.Lord Bourne visited approximately 55 places of worship/faith projects during Faith Tour 2 – see below for a full list.Islamic Contact form https://forms.communit… Manchester Multifaith Centre Bristol Cathedral (Multifaith) Solihull Faith Forum Birmingham Council of Faiths London – Muslim Association of Nigeria (MANUK) North West – Khirza Mosque North East – Razia Jamia Mosque North East – Abu Bakr Mosque and Community Centre West Midlands – Bahu Trust West Midlands – Abrahamic Foundation Luton – Ali-Hira Centre Luton – Al-Hikmah School Madrasahs Bury Park site Leicester – Baitul Ikram Mosque Leicester – Masjid al Husayn North West – Islamic High School for Girls Office address and general enquiries Jewish Social media – MHCLG Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

Peoria Riverfront Concert Series To Bring Umphrey’s McGee, Michael Franti, And moe. To Illinois

first_imgYear after year, the Peoria Riverfront Concert Series in Peoria, Illinois, just seems to get better and better. For more jam-inclined fans, this year’s series has some great lineups, which kicks off with hometown heroes and headliners The Way Down Wanderers and Steady Flow. Throughout July and August, the series will host performances from scene veterans and stalwarts Umphrey’s McGee, Michael Franti, and moe. and Railroad Earth. Take a look below at the upcoming Peoria Riverfront Concert Series schedule and the impressive players involved. It’s going to be a great summer in Peoria!July 15th — Way Down Wanderers and Steady FlowPeoria’s own five-piece folk-Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, will bring their high-spirited stage show to the hometown crowd on July 15th. The up-and-coming group has made waves across the music world, receiving nominations and awards for both their songwriting skills and live show. The Wanderers were able to tap The Avett Brothers’ Mike Marsh to produce the group’s 2016 self-titled debut album, which speaks volumes to their abilities. Joining them for their headlining appearance at the Peoria Riverfront Concert Series will be local independent funk act Steady Flow, who is known for bringing plenty of energy to their live shows, and has already played big-time festivals such as Summer Camp, Phases of the Moon, and North Coast Festival.Tickets: $12 adv/$15 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Event page here.The Way Down Wanderers’ “Wildfire”Steady Flow at Summer Camp 2016[via Instrumental Motion]July 23rd — Umphrey’s McGeeWhat can be said about Umphrey’s McGee that hasn’t been said already? The group has an uncanny ability to tap into just about any musical genre at the drop of a dime and are known for putting out some of the best progressive improvisation you can find in the world. This, plus their steady touring schedule, have made the gentlemen of Umphrey’s one of the tightest live acts in the scene today. There is a reason this Midwest act just completed their first-ever three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this past July 4th weekend — they just bring it night in and night out. This show will be a proper local rage for all to enjoy.Tickets: $32.50 adv / $35 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Events page here.Umphrey’s McGee — “2 x 2” at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on 3/30/2017 August 15th — Michael Franti and Spearhead with SatsangRebel roots rocker Michael Franti is no stranger to the jam scene, making appearances at just about every major festival in the U.S. and abroad, as well as touring alongside acts such as the aforementioned Umphrey’s McGee, plus The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Keller Williams to name a few. With music and lyrics promoting peace and social justice and addressing issues like climate change and other contemporary issues, Franti is a man on a mission to bring change to the world through his positive vibes and energy. Taking a page out of the social justice handbook is local Conscious Music Collective act, Satsang, who brings the roots-rock-reggae art of storytelling to the fold in support of the San Francisco-born Franti.Tickets: $30 adv / $35 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Events page here.Michael Franti’s “Summertime Is In Our Hands”Satsang’s “Story of You”August 18th — moe. & Railroad EarthThe icing on the cake for the Peoria Riverfront series of jam shows will be moe. and Railroad Earth’s doubleheader of improv-based music. The Buffalo, New York-based jam quintet and Americana-rock sextet out of Stillwater, New Jersey will team up for a joint tour at the end of the summer, and one stop will see the two groups deliver the goods to the Illinois faithful. moe. has been delivering their psychedelic rock stylings since 1989 and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon — especially given the fact that they revived their summer moe.down Festival this past weekend after a couple of summers off. The newgrass jams of Railroad Earth are perfect for any evening in the summer, as Todd Sheaffer, Tim Carbone, and company seemingly play at the top of their game night after night, which is an accomplishment in and of itself.Tickets: $30 adv / $35 dos (purchase tickets). For additional information and show updates, join the Facebook Events page here.moe. — “Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Opium > Making Flippy Floppy” at Summer Camp 2016Railroad Earth — “Hangtown Ball” at Red Rocks 2014With these performances tempting music lovers far and wide, the downtown Peoria Riverfront (check out more info here) should solidify those on the fence about making the trip. Peoria Riverfront is a fantastic area for a good hang prior to taking in some music. The downtown area is a major hub of activity with a market full of locally grown produce, meats, cheeses, and more; plenty of restaurants to grab a bite and drink from before the show; and local artists selling their own unique artwork, jewelry, candles, and more. You can check out the full list of Peoria Riverfront concerts by visiting the event’s website calendar.[cover photo courtesy of Rios.Photos]last_img read more

Why some Americans refuse to social distance and wear masks

first_img Related Soothing advice for mad America If Harvard were to reopen today, who should be allowed to return? McLean’s Rosmarin offers perspective on the pandemic’s raging effects Five simple steps would tame COVID-19 Wearing a mask and social distancing are two important barriers to COVID-19 infection, public health experts and government officials say. But adoption of the seemingly simple precautions has become a cultural battleground in a country where individual rights have long been considered part of the nation’s founding ethos. And yet, what do we owe our fellow citizens in the age of a deadly virus with no vaccine that has already taken close to 170,000 lives, and will likely take thousands, and potentially hundreds of thousands, more? In his popular course “Justice,” Michael Sandel, Harvard’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, regularly asks his students to take on such thorny ethical questions. He will do so again this fall with his new class, “Justice: Ethics in an Age of Pandemic and Racial Reckoning.” The Gazette recently asked Sandel for his thoughts on the subject.Q&AMichael SandelGAZETTE: So many people have chosen not to wear masks or to keep their distance from others, despite the data that those simple measures help save lives. Why is there such resistance?SANDEL:  The wearing of masks has become a flashpoint of partisan disagreement, a new front in the culture wars. On one level, this seems puzzling. Why doesn’t everyone simply wear a mask for the sake of public health? For two reasons: First, many Americans consider mask mandates a violation of individual liberty. They don’t want the government to force them to wear a mask. Second, many Americans resent governing elites who claim to derive their authority from science. Here, the debate over masks is similar to the partisan disagreement on climate change. Many supporters of President Trump share his resentment of elites and experts. They don’t trust experts who tell them they should wear a mask to reduce the spread of the coronavirus any more than they trust experts who say they should pay a carbon tax to alleviate climate change. The resistance to wearing a mask is not about public health; it’s about politics.,GAZETTE: What are our ethical obligations in the middle of a pandemic?SANDEL: Our ethical obligations are, first of all, to minimize the possibility that our behavior will expose others to the risk of contracting the virus. This means wearing masks and social distancing. Beyond this, those of us who are fortunate enough to work from the safety of our homes have a responsibility to support those who take risks on our behalf — not only doctors, nurses, and hospital workers, but delivery workers, grocery-store clerks, maintenance workers, child-care workers, home health care workers. This support should take the form of public appreciation for such workers, but also tangible, material support, such as health care, paid sick leave, and wage support.GAZETTE: There are periods in American history — like World War II — when nearly everyone spent years voluntarily sacrificing in service to a national cause. Why isn’t that happening now? What has changed?SANDEL: The question reminds me of an internet meme early in the pandemic: “Your grandparents were called to war. You are called to sit on your couch. You can do this.” Even as the pandemic highlights our mutual dependence, it is striking how little solidarity and shared sacrifice it has called forth. Why do we seem incapable of solidarity at the time we need it most? The answer goes back to the social unraveling that preceded this crisis. The pandemic caught us unprepared — logistically and medically, but also morally unprepared. It arrived at a time of deep polarization and partisan rancor. Four decades of deepening inequality have driven us apart. Resentment of the elites whose policies produced these inequalities led to a populist backlash. The pandemic arrived at just the wrong moment — amid toxic politics, incompetent leadership, and fraying social bonds.GAZETTE: How might Americans be the same or different from people in other societies in taking these types of individual steps to help society as a whole? Are there examples from COVID that you can point to?SANDEL: Sadly, the U.S. has handled the COVID crisis worse than most affluent countries. We’ve had more than 4½ times the number of deaths per capita as Germany, 60 times the number in Japan, and more than 80 times as many as South Korea. Our poor performance is due partly to failed leadership at the federal level and the lack of an adequate public health system. But I think you are right to suggest that social habits and cultural factors come into play. Our ardent individualism is a strength in some settings but not in contending with a pandemic. In Japan, the ready acceptance of face masks seems to have reduced the spread of the virus. In Germany, the electorate supported far greater investment in wage replacement and public health spending than the U.S. government could muster. In South Korea, a single-payer health system made testing easier and more widespread. In addition, a social movement among landlords to reduce or freeze rents helped keep small businesses afloat. “This moment makes vivid the need for a broader public debate about the inequality this crisis has highlighted and a reconsideration of what we owe one another as citizens.”center_img GAZETTE: What role do leaders have in supporting this social contract?SANDEL: Trust matters in a pandemic — not only trust in the scientific information and medical advice the government provides, but trust among citizens. Perhaps the single greatest responsibility of leaders in times of crisis is to inspire such trust. Angela Merkel in Germany and Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand are examples of leaders who have led their countries through the crisis effectively, in part by fostering trust. In this country, by contrast, we’ve seen how evading responsibility and sowing discord undermines the trust and solidarity we need to contend with the pandemic.GAZETTE: What does this say, when we are all so culturally siloed, about the future of shared American values and what we owe to each other?SANDEL: From the outset of this crisis, we’ve heard the slogan, “We are all in this together.” We hear it from politicians, advertisers, and celebrities. It evokes our mutual dependence and vulnerability in the face of COVID-19. It points to an inspiring ideal. But it rings hollow, because we know it doesn’t describe the facts on the ground. Some of us work from home and hold meetings on Zoom. Others have little choice but to risk their health and lives serving the public and delivering things to our doorsteps, enabling us to avoid risk. The people we now celebrate as “essential workers” are not the best-paid or most-honored workers in our society. This is a moment to ask how to reconfigure the economy to bring the rewards of such workers into better alignment with the importance of the work they do. This moment makes vivid the need for a broader public debate about the inequality this crisis has highlighted and a reconsideration of what we owe one another as citizens.GAZETTE: What are some of the ethical questions you plan to take up in your fall semester, University-wide course “Justice: Ethics in an Age of Pandemic and Racial Reckoning”?SANDEL: The course is an updated version of the “Justice” course I’ve taught over the years. The moral urgency of the pandemic and of this moment of racial reckoning prompted me to offer the course again, updated to include the ethical questions that confront us today. For example: Who should be first in line to get a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available? Should we use cellphone tracking data to enforce stay-at-home orders? In deciding how to balance public health with reopening the economy, should we place a monetary value on human life? We will also take up current debates about racial injustice, including the question of reparations for slavery and racism. The course invites students to think through the fundamental moral and civic questions the crises of our day make unavoidable — about the meaning of a just society and our obligations to one another.,Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. 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Risk and Compliance Management: Modernizing the Cloud to Address the Realities of Security and Compliance

first_imgArtificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Augmented Reality, IoT, 5G – some of the current buzzwords and trends in the industry.  It’s “what all the cool kids” are talking about.  Every time I meet with partners around the world, these are the topics they want to talk about.  No doubt virtually every IT organization has projects in one or all of these areas.  However, in addition to these “cool” new technologies which everyone wants to talk about, organizations are quietly ramping up other aspects of their hybrid cloud and multi-cloud implementations – specifically addressing Security and Compliance.According to Cybersecurity Insiders’ 2018 Cloud Security Report*, Enterprise top cloud security concerns are compliance, security, visibility, and maintaining consistent security policies.  While compliance has been embedded in IT for certain verticals for years including banking (PCI), HealthCare (HIPAA), Government (FISMA), and others – industry wide attention to compliance has been minimal.  That really changed on May 25, 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in the European Union. As I said above, compliance isn’t anything new – but GDPR shifted the conversation by bringing into effect a regulation that broadly applies to every company that uses digital assets (which is, for the most part, EVERY company in the world) and by making the penalties onerous enough that everyone MUST pay attention. While GDPR itself is a topic for another blog, I like to use GDPR as an example and a leading point of discussion of why Risk and Compliance management is so important – and why Cloud Service Providers are specifically vulnerable if they don’t address compliance head on.Ok, so what exactly is Risk and Compliance Management?  Simply put, it is the methodology and tools to analyze your IT enterprise assets in order to ensure they are meeting the requirements of a specific set of policies. Then apply rules to the results to measure the risk to your organization based on your level of compliance.  So, what does THAT mean?  Take a set of rules, apply them to your IT assets.  Are you sure they are really implemented?  What about that new virtual machine (VM) someone in Finance stood up “temporarily” (there is nothing so permanent as a temporary solution)?  Did all the correct settings get applied?  Is the data contained on the VM being properly tracked and structured in order to ensure things like regional isolation or meta-data tagging to ensure the right to delete?  What is the level of risk I am accepting or willing to accept based on a cost tradeoff of compliance (to what level am I following compliance rules).  This is what Risk and Compliance Management is all about.Now, once you get your head around the need for Risk and Compliance management, the problem is exacerbated by this thing we called multi-cloud and hybrid cloud.  Simply put, enterprises are not using just one cloud today – they are using a variety of clouds in concert which together form their virtual enterprise.  From on-premise clouds for critical workloads, to public clouds for rapid prototyping, and SaaS applications like SalesForce or Office 365, to niche applications like SAS for analytics, or online HR apps and payroll apps – IT organizations have workloads and data that span across a variety of clouds.  And while they may be able to directly control or have access to the SaaS based applications – even the traditional IaaS workloads are spread across private clouds built in multiple datacenters across an organization, regional service providers, and public clouds.  Bottom line – it’s REALLY hard to manage all of your IT assets – but the regulators really don’t care.  Simply put, if you are not in compliance, you risk being fined (or losing certification, or other penalties depending on the specific compliance regulations).(Warning – Soapbox rant ahead.  Skip this paragraph to avoid).  So how DO you get control – or at least visibility – into all your virtual assets across so many clouds?  And, how do you maintain that visibility/control when virtual assets are being created and destroyed daily/hourly/by the minute?  Well, there is the challenge.  The industry still doesn’t have a true multi-cloud management standard (at the control plane level).  There are continual waves of ISVs building solutions to limited success, and enterprises dabbling in those solutions.  But what I have seen firsthand, is that these solutions (true multi-cloud cross platform management) all end up suffering from the same flaw – which is they have to work to the lowest common denominator.  Meaning if you want to “be the one manager to rule them all” so that you simplify control to a common plane – that manager is limited by what the least advanced cloud it is managing can do.  Also, the lifecycle management of that tool is immense, because each time the APIs for the underlying cloud platforms change, the management tool has to change – and those API changes are constant.  Bottom line, a true multi-cloud manager is still more of a dream than a reality – but that doesn’t negate the requirements for Risk and Compliance management!(Soapbox rant over, back to our regularly scheduled blog).  So if I can’t have a true management control plane across all my cloud assets what do I do?  Well, while the management control plane is still being resolved, the risk and compliance responsibilities for any IT organization exist today and must be addressed day in and day out.  Traditionally, the methods used to approach this challenge involved custom scripts, excel spreadsheets, various independent automation tools, and other hodge-podge methods.  While this may work for small datacenters, getting global visibility across an entire virtual enterprise spanning multiple clouds – with the challenge being financial penalties for non-compliance – the methodology breaks down very quickly.  Simply put, one-off scripts and excel spreadsheets don’t work for the modern virtual enterprise, particularly in the world of virtual machines which can be created and destroyed many times a day.To address this challenge head on, Dell EMC has partnered with Caveonix and VMWare to build a solution which enables Cloud Service Providers to offer a true Risk and Compliance Service.  This solution is multi-tenant, service provider focused, and ready today to accelerate Risk and Compliance Management for commercial and enterprise organizations globally through our Service Provider Partners.Caveonix RiskForesight™ is the industry’s first multi-tenant cyber risk and compliance management platform for the hybrid cloud, enabling service providers to offer full workload protection and compliance management services to their customers. The Platform provides proactive workload protection from risks due to cyber threats and helps organizations ensure regulatory compliance requirements such as GDPR, PCI, HIPAA, ISO, NIST, FFIEC, FISMA, and FedRAMP through continuous compliance.  RiskForesight’s Detect, Predict and Act continuum extends the NIST Risk Management Framework with active defense in addition to providing continuous automated monitoring, and quantitative risk posture analysis, of applications and their workloads.The Risk and Compliance Management as a Service Solution (RCMaaS) is built from the ground up to enable rapid GTM for service providers, with the peace of mind of a solution built on an industry leading stack including Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell EMC Isilon Storage, VMWare through VCPP, and Caveonix RiskForesight™.Bottom line is this:Risk and Compliance is a real issue faced by corporations around the world.The challenge is intensified as the virtual enterprise expands across multiple clouds.Regardless of how it is done, compliance is a requirement across almost all workloads today.Service Providers are perfectly positioned to offer services to address this challenge.The solution needs to be addressed holistically, across a multi-cloud ecosystem.Dell EMC, VMWare, and Caveonix have a solution ready today to address this challenge.Act now!  Being compliant is more cost effective than the alternative!Contact us today at: [email protected] more:Risk and Compliance Management for Cloud Service Providers Knowledge Center*Cybersecurity Insiders, “2018 Cloud Security Report” – Reportlast_img read more