Media enquiries establishing a panel, made up of residents, to ensure proposed safety improvements are grounded in the experience of those who live in high-rise buildings Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a soon-to-be established Industry Safety Steering Group to drive the culture change needed to improve safety and hold industry to account working with a small group of organisations from industry to pilot safety improvements in line with Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations, demonstrating early leadership on building safety reform introducing a mandatory requirement on landlords in the private rented sector to ensure electrical installations in their property are inspected every 5 years The government has clarified building regulations fire safety guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt, and is seeking views on the revisions in a consultation launched today (Thursday 19 July).The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has also said he will go further by conducting a full-scale review of the guidelines, known as ‘Approved Document B’, commencing in the autumn.The technical review will assess, amongst other things, whether the underlying policy should be updated to reflect modern building practice, the latest understanding of fire risks and technical and scientific innovations.Alongside the consultation and review of Approved Document B, the government has also announced a package of additional measures to strengthen safety: 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Secretary of State for Communities, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Email [email protected] Office address and general enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Contact form https://forms.communit… There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes. That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised. Dame Judith’s report sets out the right framework to improve safety but I will not hesitate to go further than the recommendations where I deem it necessary. That is why I am going further than my original commitment to simply clarify the guidelines, by commencing an end-to-end technical review of the fire safety aspects of building regulations in the autumn. Social media – MHCLG Further informationDuring the summer, the government has:Launched a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials in the external walls of high-rise residential buildings which are 18 metres and above. The consultation closes on 14 August.Consulted on banning or restricting the use of ‘desktop studies’ from being used to assess the fire performance of cladding systems, unless our separate consultation demonstrates that they can be safely used. The consultation has closed and the government is reviewing the responses.Made available £400 million to fund the removal and replacement of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding in the social sector. Local authorities and housing associations can apply here.Announced further action to support local authorities as they work with building owners to remove potentially unsafe cladding on private sector high-rise residential buildings.Approved Document BApproved Document B is a part of the building regulations guidance in England covering fire safety matters within and around buildings.The government is consulting on clarified guidance and has launched a consultation today. The government also intends to carry out a wider technical review, in line with standard practice. A call for evidence will be published this autumn seeking views on the technical issues contained within the document.Additional informationConsultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings Consultation on restricting or banning the use of ‘desktop studies’ as a way of assessing the fire performance of external cladding systemsFurther information on the government’s action plan to accelerate the remediation of private high-rise residential buildings with ACM claddingThe government is fully funding the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400 millionDame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety was published in May 2018 and the government provided a response to her report on the same day. 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Twenty Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) students recently spent the afternoon consulting with nearly 50 subject matter experts as part of their J-term course, Informal Learning for Children. The course, taught by HGSE Professor Joe Blatt, Faculty Director, Technology, Innovation, and Education, tasks his graduate students with examining the role that media can play in the lives of children and their families. The goal – to learn how to design more effective programs for learning.The graduate students were working on designs for a variety of educational projects that they hoped might appeal to middle school students. Their questions for the experts ranged from wondering if tweens might like an app that allows the user to take part in a scavenger hunt, to getting reactions to various story lines for a potential television show, to exploring what makes certain video games more addictive than others.The aforementioned subject matter experts were in fact a group of sixth grade students from the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) in Allston, who were eager to share their thoughts and honest opinions on the projects.One students suggested that an idea for a certain television show be focused more on story, and less on competition, because to him it would “feel more epic.”Another student questioned assumptions about the way in which students his age consumed media. “You mean you actually use Hulu? Only old people use Hulu,” explained one sixth grader.Yet another suggested any new games should follow the proven path of American Ninja Warrior, their “favorite show.”“The (HGSE) students read the research, but there is nothing like coming in and talking to kids and finding out what they think,” said Kara Brennan, a Teaching Fellow at HSGE. “It’s a marathon of a course, but to many it’s probably one of their most memorable experiences at HGSE. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a whole lot of fun.”The course exposes the graduate students to not only the research, but also the process of seeing a project through from start to finish. At the end of the two week course the HGSE students will present their findings to a group of industry leaders, including those at Sesame Street, with whom Professor Blatt has longtime relationship.This collaboration is part of ongoing partnership between the GPA and Harvard. Students from the school often take part in many Harvard run programs, including on the University’s Cambridge campus, or at the Ed Portal located just a short walk away. Harvard faculty, staff and students can often be found at the GPA, learning from the students themselves. This project was no exception. As one student so accurately said, “We know technology. We’re kids. What did you expect?”
Click below to see the EGOT winner talk Broadway, West Side Story and more on Show People! Directed by David Wain and co-created and executive produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, Old Soul revolves around former wild child Nadia (Lyonne), who runs a business caring for seniors. Nadia feels more of an affinity for her clients, one of whom is Rita (Moreno), than her peers. Moreno, who won a Tony Award for The Ritz, is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. Her additional Broadway credits include Skydrift, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The National Health, Wally’s Cafe and The Odd Couple. Her many film and TV credits include The Electric Company (winning a Grammy for appearing on the cast album), Singin’ in the Rain, Oz, Cane, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Nine to Five, garnering Emmy Awards for The Muppet Show and Out to Lunch. Moreno is the author of a bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Lyonne is an off-Broadway vet with credits including Tigers Be Still and Blood From a Stone. Her screen credits also include American Pie and Everyone Says I Love You. EGOT stage and screen icon Rita Moreno has been cast in Amy Poheler’s upcoming pilot Old Soul. According to Deadline, Moreno will play a colorful over-the-top Main Stem alum opposite Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) in the NBC comedy. View Comments
The best time to treat a stressed plant may be just before you can see it’s stressed.The trick is to know when that is. And a University of Georgia scientist may have theanswer.It’s a matter of light, said Chi Thai, a biological and agricultural engineeringscientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Plants, he said, are trying to tell us when they’re stressed. We just can’t see it.It’s not that we’re not trying. Seeing that plants are stressed earlier than wenormally do could save farmers millions of dollars. We just don’t have the rightequipment.Human Eyes Limited”Human eyes can see only at light wavelengths between 400 and 700nanometers,” Thai said. “For the part of light that gets through the atmosphere,the region of interest to our plant-health research is from ultraviolet wavelengths around200nm to near-infrared wavelengths around 2500nm.”The answer, as Thai saw it, was to improve the equipment. “We’ve built afield-portable spectral imaging system,” he said. “It contains two spectrometerssensitive from 300nm to 1700nm and is equipped with fiber optic inputs and continuouslytunable spectral video imaging capability.”Thai adds some Liquid Crystal Tunable Filters, then a virtual-reality goggle (because acomputer monitor is unwieldy in the field) to see plants in literally a whole new light.Reading Plants’ Chemical Signatures”This equipment allows human users to visualize chemical signatures of a plantwhich usually are beyond unaided human vision,” Thai said. The chemical signals letpeople see the plant’s earliest signs of stress.Thai took the process a step further, with an LCTF alternating between two fixedwavelengths, 692nm and 755nm. By plotting the average of the gray values of the pixelsforming the plant canopy image, he can directly estimate the chlorophyll and biomassamounts in plants.”The plant-health status was related to the degree of brightness of theimage,” Thai said. “A brighter plant is a healthier plant.” With his portable spectral imaging system, Chi Thai is able to see plant health in a whole new light. The black-and-white images resulting from Thai’s research show stark contrasts between the healthy plant on the left and the stressed plant on the right. Images: Chi Thai Photo Courtesy of Chi Thai Thai’s initial, encouraging research was on Bahia grass and bush beans. Now he’sstudying peanut plants inoculated with Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus.The biggest trouble so far has been getting the virus to infect the plants. “Forsome reason, what happens naturally very easily in the field has been hard for us to do inthe lab,” he said.Research Could Help GrowersIf the studies work, though, it could greatly help growers of the state’s $400 millionpeanut crop, said Albert Culbreath, a CAES plant pathologist in Tifton, Ga.”It would help first in research,” Culbreath said. “It would be anice tool for evaluating plants in greenhouse and small-plot studies.”Many plants don’t show symptoms right away but turn yellow and wilt late in the season.”Such a tool might enable us to know what’s really going on in those plants,” hesaid.”In epidemiological studies,” he said, “detecting infection beforesymptoms occur might help pinpoint when management actions might be taken to reduce the… disease.”Many Potential BenefitsSpectral imaging could help evaluate varieties and management practices, too. If itcould help farmers assess disease problems faster than they can by seeing symptoms, itcould help even more.”If we could come up with a chemical signal for assessing problems that could bedetected from a few feet above or a mile overhead,” Culbreath said, “it could beof economic value.”It may help farmers boost their yields, he said. And even if it can’t, it may be ableto better predict losses, which would help growers in their marketing.For the time being, all the scientists really know is the potential.”We don’t know what reality can be, or how much benefit,” Culbreath said.”There’s much work to be done, but new tools such as this can be of great importancein the future.”
Notice Baraque petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, George Juan Baraque has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baraque’s suspension was effective May 19, 2001, and was for a period of two years resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Baraque’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Vivian M. Reyes, bar counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. March 15, 2005 Notices Notice
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr America Saves Week is a weeklong event that occurs annually in February and a national call to action encouraging Americans to review their financial habits and make a commitment to saving. The program also advocates for participants to take their pledge and create a plan to save! America Saves provides many helpful resources for organizations to share and assist people in reaching their financial goals.“Credit unions were created to help people live a better financial life,” Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland said. “America Saves Week provides an opportunity for our movement to further encourage members to develop healthy savings habits. The National Credit Union Foundation was proud to be a part of this week that strengthens credit union members’ financial literacy through savings, fosters stronger financial futures and uplifts communities.”Monday:America Saves Week began with “Saving Automatically”, which is the easiest way for people to save. Setting up an automatic transfer for anything from an emergency fund to future vacation allows people to not have to think about saving. Resources on saving automatically: continue reading »
The cobas TaqScreen WNV test, made by Roche Molecular Systems Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., detects genetic material of the virus early in the infection, the FDA said in an Aug 28 press release. The Roche test is similar to the Procleix West Nile virus assay, which was approved by the FDA in December 2005 as the first stand-alone test to detect viral RNA in blood. Aug 16 CIDRAP News story “West Nile cases stay ahead of 2006 pace” Tranfusion-associated WNV transmission first emerged as a threat to the US blood supply in 2002. Roche said blood agencies began using investigational WNV nucleic acid amplification tests, including the Procleix and Roche systems, in June 2003. Aug 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of a second automated test to screen donated blood and organs for West Nile virus (WNV). WNV is usually transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, but it can also be spread by blood transfusion or organ transplantation. As of Aug 21, the CDC had received 58 reports of blood donors who possibly were infected with WNV, the FDA said. In 2006, state and local health departments reported 361 presumably viremic blood donors to the CDC, according to CDC data. Daniel O’Day, head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics, said in a Roche press release issued yesterday that the system has already been used under an investigational new drug application at 14 clinical trial sites that are testing blood from more than 100 donation centers. Aug 29 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108974.htm Dec 2, 2005, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood” The TaqScreen test is approved for detecting the virus in plasma specimens from human donors of whole blood and blood components and from living donors of cells, reproductive cells, and other tissues, the FDA said. It is also intended for testing plasma specimens obtained from organ donors while the donor’s heart is still beating. The test is not intended for use on cord blood samples or as an aid in diagnosing WNV infection. Most people infected with WNV remain healthy, but about 20% fall ill with West Nile fever, which includes fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, and in some case a rash on the trunk, according to the CDC. About in 1 in 150 to 350 infected people suffers serious disease, including encephalitis. “This action is the culmination of the dedicated efforts of FDA, our sister agencies, blood establishments, and manufacturers to bring donor screening tests to the market for this increasingly common virus,” said Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the press release. “As a result, blood centers and hospitals now have a choice of two FDA approved tests to screen for West Nile virus in donated blood and organs.” The United States had 4,269 WNV illnesses cases last year, a 42% increase over the previous year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number of WNV cases this year has been ahead of last year’s pace, but fewer severe cases have been reported, the CDC reported 2 weeks ago. See also: The FDA said the approval comes in advance of guidance it is preparing on the use of licensed WNV screening tests for blood donors. CDC West Nile page
BLOG: A Rundown of How PA “Freed the Six-Pack” REQUIREMENTS Since two of the licenses approved are distributor licenses, not all nine of these businesses can sell traditional six-packs. The distributors can sell full cases or original containers containing at least 128 fluid ounces (12-packs). The other seven licensees (restaurant and eating place) may sell up to 192 ounces (two six packs) of beer to go per transaction.Will there be more licenses like this approved?Governor Wolf has requested that the PLCB approve similar subsequent applications that otherwise meet PLCB standards. The PLCB Board members have indicated that while each license application is reviewed and evaluated on its own merits, they, too are supportive of additional consumer convenience and growing Pennsylvania commerce.How soon can these businesses start selling beer?As soon as each license is administratively finished up and issued to the licensee, that business can start selling beer. This could happen in as little as a day or two following Board approval.How do additional gas stations get approval for selling beer to go?A number of different PLCB license types allow for sales of beer, including restaurant, eating place and distributor licenses. Each license type has different qualifications and grants different license privileges. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Food & seating for 30 people300 square feet By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary Two Distributor licenses:Lathia Investments, LLC, Canonsburg, Washington CountySave N Go Beer, LLC, Gibsonia, Allegheny County Food & seating for 30 people400 square feet Six Restaurant licenses:Arch Six Packs To Go, LLC, Wyoming, Luzerne CountyOhio Springs, Inc. t/a Sheetz, Huntingdon, Huntingdon CountySAI Hazleton, LLC, Hazleton, Luzerne CountySAI Hess Market, LLC, Orangeville, Columbia CountyShivashish, LLC, Plains, Luzerne CountyVGV Beverages, LLC t/a VGV Beverages, Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County PRIVILEGES Restaurant Eating Place Full cases of beerKegsOther original containers containing at least 128 fluid ounces (commonly 12-packs) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter LICENSE TYPE May 31, 2016 Distributor Since the number of licenses available are limited by state law, often the first step for a gas station interested in selling beer is to find an existing license where the licensee is interested in transferring or selling the license. Then a transfer application may be filed with the PLCB.The PLCB will then investigate the entity, people and location proposed to become licensed, to ensure all requirements are met for the license type.Approval can happen in as little as 45 days from the date the PLCB receives the application or could take longer, depending on the complexity of the application. Free The Six-Pack, Liquor Reform, The Blog, Videos Last week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board “freed the six-pack” in Pennsylvania by approving pending applications for gas stations to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed beverages.Here’s a rundown of how Pennsylvania “freed the six-pack,” and what that means for the commonwealth.I’m hearing a lot about how Pennsylvania “Freed the Six-Pack.” What does that mean?Last week, following Governor’s Wolf’s request, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved nine licenses allowing gas stations to sell beer. These approvals freed the six-pack for certain gas stations with appropriate accommodations that can now to sell six-packs of beer.Why is this such a big deal?“Freeing the six-pack” will make the commonwealth more inviting for consumers and businesses by improving customer service and convenience for Pennsylvanians. Here’s what Governor Wolf has to say about it.What exactly happened at the May 25 PLCB public Board meeting when these licenses were approved?At the regularly scheduled May 25 Board meeting, nine license applications from businesses that also sell gasoline were considered, eight of which had been held at prior meetings because they did not achieve the required two votes for either approval or denial. Now that the Board is at its full complement of three members, a number of licensing applications that have been awaiting Board action for months may be considered again.After careful consideration of various factors – including Commonwealth Court precedent upholding the granting of liquor licenses to convenience stores and grocery stores with alcohol sales locations separate from fuel sales operations – the Board unanimously voted to approve these nine license applications:One Malt Beverage Eating Place license:Fast Lane Six Packs To Go, LLC, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County Beer sales for on-premises consumptionBeer sales to-go of up to two six packs per transaction Wine, liquor and beer sales for on-premises consumption, although many convenience store and grocery store licensees opt only to carry beerBeer sales to-go of up to two six packs per transaction Ownership by PA residentResponsible person of good reputationCan’t hold more than one distributor license
In the first half of 2018, the fund’s investments gained 3.3% after expenses, driven mostly by its exposure to currency and inflation. The fund outperformed its benchmark by 1.1 percentage points.Hessius said the total return was “buoyed by a continued upswing in our real estate investments and a strong dollar”, and noted that AP3 had scaled back portfolio risk during the first half of the year in light of its outlook for investment markets.The fund highlighted a $100m (€86m) commitment to an external unlisted insurance fund, saying that this “broadens AP3’s strategy to include insurance instruments in run-off and adds stability and balance to the portfolio”.AP3 also said it was on track to meet sustainability goals it set itself four years ago.The goals were to be achieved by the end of 2018 and included halving the carbon footprint of AP3’s listed equity and credit portfolio compared with 2014, more than tripling the value of its green bond holdings, and doubling its “strategic sustainability investments”.Another goal it set itself was to work to ensure that Vasakronan, the real estate investor in which AP3 has a 25% equity stake, would “continue to lead the way in sustainability in the real estate sector in Sweden”.CEO Hessius said the fund was expected to have achieved the four goals by the end of the year.At the end of June, AP3’s green bond holdings totalled SEK15.3bn, just above its SEK15bn target for the end of 2018. The holdings accounted for 16% of the fund’s fixed income portfolio.At the end of 2017, the buffer fund’s strategic sustainability investments totalled SEK25bn, SEK5bn above the target for the end of 2018.The carbon intensity of its listed equity and credit holdings, meanwhile, fell by 45% in 2017, said AP3. Sweden’s AP3 incurred costs of around a third less than the average for its international peers over five years, according to the state pension buffer fund’s interim report.In that period the SEK353.1bn (€33.6bn) fund posted an annual average return of more than 10%.AP3’s chief executive Kerstin Hessius said that, according to data from CEM Benchmarking, the fund had delivered this return “with a cost base 35% below the international average for funds with a similar investment profile”.Its annual average return over the past 10 years was 7.3%.