Press release: Milestone for £242 million Trans-Pennine road improvements

first_imgThe A57 improvement on the Greater Manchester side – featuring new dual and single carriageways between the M67 and Woolley Bridge – is the centrepiece of the Trans-Pennine Upgrade programme and requires special planning permission. There are also other important improvements along the route with safety and technology improvements either side of Woodhead Pass – and a major overhaul of Westwood roundabout in South Yorkshire where the A616 meets the A61.Highways England unveiled the timetable for the statutory consultation on Monday 29 January. It will run between Monday 12 February 2018 and Sunday 25 March 2018 with a programme of public consultation events and a variety of other ways for people to get involved – including by email, post and online.Highways England’s Trans-Pennine Upgrade project manager Monica Corso Griffiths said: Having announced our preferred options for this important investment last November this is now the opportunity for everyone concerned to help us shape the detail of the individual schemes before we submit firm and final proposals to the planning authorities. We’d urge anyone with an interest in the improvements to let us know their views. This is an important investment in one of the most important east to west routes in the country. The improvements form part of the current £15 billion government investment in motorways and major A roads and are a vital element of Highways England’s support for the Northern Powerhouse – unlocking the potential for new homes and jobs by tackling congestion. Highways England will need to secure a development consent order (DCO) to enable it to build the new stretches of road at Mottram. To help Highways England prepare its DCO to the planning authorities, statutory consultation events are being staged across both sides of the Pennines during the consultation period. As well as the public exhibitions, paper response forms and consultation brochures will be available at locations open to the public from 12 February and can be handed in at these events or sent to the freepost address provided on the form.Further information about the venues for the events, scheme proposals and details of the deposit locations, which include some local post offices and libraries, can be found on the scheme website.Anyone who wants more information or to give their views on the scheme can also email the project team at: [email protected] or call 0300 123 5000, the Highways England’s customer care centre.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Mottram Moor link road – a new dual carriageway from the M67 junction 4 roundabout to a new junction on the A57 at Mottram Moor and a new single carriageway connecting to the A6018 Roe Cross Road a new single carriageway link from the A57 at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Woolley Bridge safety and technology improvements – including safety measures focused on addressing accident hotspots and the provision of electronic message signs A616/A61 Westwood roundabout – improvements to reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic through the roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield The proposals included in the public consultation are:last_img read more

Ingles bakery set to close stores in London and Essex

first_imgSource: iStockStock imageFamily-run bakery chain Percy Ingles is to shut stores across London and Essex after 66 years of trading.The business currently operates 48 sites that are supplied from its bakery in Leyton, and employs around 350 staff.The company has confirmed it is closing stores, but no more details have yet been released.Percy Ingle, the son of a baker, founded the business when he opened his first shop in Clarence Road, Hackney, in 1954.By the 1990s the portfolio had grown to more than 40 shops and, in 2000, Percy handed control of the business to his son Derek, an artisan baker who had worked in the bakery since he was a teenager.Derek passed the company on to his own sons, Paul and Michael, with Paul running the bakery and Michael in charge of day-to-day operations at the shops.Last year, the company marked its 65th anniversary by rebranding as Ingles. A key objective of the rebrand was to highlight the company’s heritage in traditional baking and its use of original recipes.“Being a family-run business, we will always be protective of the legacy our grandfathers left us, but we also understand that times change and even a logo has a shelf life,” said Michael Ingle at the time.In its latest full-year financial statement filed at Companies House, for the year to 30 June 2018, the company reported turnover of £13.1m, up from £12.6m the previous year. It made a loss after tax of £165,000 compared to a £439,000 loss in 2017.The company attributed the loss to the “continued challenging trading environment”.last_img read more

Martin Shkreli Buys Every Curveball RV Pass, Marks Them Up 30,000% On StubHub

first_imgAmerican businessman and convicted felon Martin Shkreli is reportedly selling every single Curveball RV pass at a 30,000% mark up after acquiring them on the secondary market. Fans who are interested in purchasing these coveted commodities will need to send a $6 million check to an as-yet-unamed Cayman Islands shell corporation in order to get their pass.“Obviously this raises a variety of ethical questions,” said Columbia business law professor Harvey Wirdman. “However, it doesn’t look like this sentient piece of human excrement broke any laws in this instance. Unfortunately, that means Phish fans who aren’t willing to pay $6 million will have to rough it out in a tent like they used to before they got promoted to middle management and started taking themselves too seriously.”“I stole life-saving drugs from HIV/AIDS patients, do you think I give a shit about a bunch of hippies?” Shkreli said from a federal prison cell, where he is currently serving a seven year sentence for securities fraud. “This is capitalism. This is America. Cash rules everything around me.”The Phish camp has not yet released a statement on the situation, but it appears that at least one member of the band has learned about Shkreli’s predatory monopolization of Curveball RV passes. In a Facebook post on Saturday evening, drummer Jon Fishman declared, “None of this would have happened if the Democrats had nominated Bernie Sanders in 2016.”last_img read more

Pandemic does little to slow traveling grad

first_imgBefore Harvard, Harsh Sinha ’20, who grew up in Gadsden, Ala., had only been to two countries abroad: India and the U.K. During his time at Harvard, he visited more than 80 others.This summer, even though the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted his plans, he finally finished visiting all 50 states in the U.S. In July alone he went to Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Wisconsin. North Dakota marked the 50th.Sinha’s travels during this time were definitely different — both challenging and spontaneous. He took three COVID-19 tests, traveled alone in a rental car except for two flights, spent most nights camping alone in a tent, and only bought food and beverages from grocery stores.His goal is to be the youngest person to have visited 50 U.S. states and 100 of the U.N.-recognized nations.Harsh Sinha was raised in Alabama and has since traveled to 50 states.Sinha was inducted into the Travelers’ Century Club (TCC) in February of this year, right before COVID-19 travel restrictions began. At 23, he may well be on his way to becoming the youngest person who will have visited 50 states and 100 countries recognized by travel websites such as the Most Traveled People and NomadMania. The TCC largely operates on the honor system, but may require additional review when applications are submitted for club membership.Everyone has their own travel philosophy, particularly the avid travelers. “The kindest people I’ve ever met were in cafes in Iran, souqs in Syria, and barber shops in Pakistan,” observed Sinha.Sinha’s international experience at Harvard began during his first summer with the Center for African Studies’ Maru-a-Pula internship program. With six other Harvard College students, he made his way to Maru-a-Pula, a secondary school in Gaborone, Botswana. That same summer, he managed to travel to Namibia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa, experiences that changed what he thought was feasible during his Harvard experience. Traveling became a way for him to get out of his comfort zone and challenge himself.“The Harvard experience is what you make it,” said Sinha, who graduated with a degree in statistics in the data science track. He knew that college was the opportune time to travel and expand his horizons. He took advantage of programs that brought him to Beijing to study Chinese philosophy, to Israel as part of Harvard Israel Trek, and to Bolivia as a volunteer at a health and sanitation NGO with other Harvard students. Outside of Harvard opportunities, he also made his own travel plans.Had everything gone as planned, he would have visited Venezuela, North Korea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo by the time he began his job at Facebook at the end of summer. But COVID forced him to be flexible and accept things will not always go according to plan.,In many of the countries he has traveled to, Sinha gained more knowledge than he could have inside a classroom. He learned how misaligned Western perceptions are of developing nations, especially online. “It was the fight against online misinformation, actually, that first interested me in working at Facebook,” he said.These international experiences provided opportunities for Sinha to engage with different views and build relationships with different people within the U.S. and from other countries. After connecting with locals in Iran and Syria during his January term travel, he decided to take “CS108: Ethical Challenges of Intelligent Systems,” with Professor Milind Tambe in his final semester so he could learn more about the nuances within artificial intelligence and algorithmic fairness. “That class helped me internalize why it’s so important for automated systems to retain a sense of humanity, and that’s definitely a skill I hope to take with me to Silicon Valley.” Although the pandemic cut short Sinha’s final semester and brought him back home to Gadsden, it was a great opportunity to take a pause from intense international travel and complete some domestic travel milestones. Over the summer he was reminded of his love of the road trips through America he used to go on with his family. One night, he couldn’t find a campsite and camped out in his car in the Utah desert, and saw the most stars he had ever seen in the sky.“I’ve never been more convinced that we have the world’s most beautiful country!” Related Three students in 3 countries share in the ‘Postcards From Here’ seriescenter_img Students launch virtual postcard project to keep the Harvard community connected Dear Harvardlast_img read more

The Safe Center LI Combines Help for Domestic, Sex Crime Victims

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Safe Center LI, which is located at 15 Grumman Road, Bethpage, was officially unveiled Tuesday.Two like-minded nonprofit agencies that help victims of different types of abuse officially merged Tuesday into The Safe Center LI, a facility where victims of sexual or domestic violence can seek assistance.After about a decade of discussions, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect—two agencies that have been around for more than three decades each—combined their resources to create a collaborative program that transforms how they care for victims.“Co-locating would give us the opportunity to coordinate services to families,” said Sandy Oliva, co-executive director of Safe Center LI, who previously served as the executive director of the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The new venture is a “truly mission-driven endeavor,” she said.Safe Center LI’s programs include child advocacy, a 24/7 multilingual hotline, legal counseling, mental health, rape and sexual assault services, emergency and transitional housing, group work services and education outreach.Joining nonprofit officials in announcing the merger was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, whose wife, Linda, has advocated for the group in the past, and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, whose office works closely with the group when victims of such crimes turn to the agency for help.“It’s not just about punishing the bad guys and holding them accountable,” Rice said, noting that the collaboration between the two groups provides critical support that her office, and many other governmental organizations cannot provide. “You cannot overstate the significance of a facility like this.”When Rice was first elected in 2005, victims were “shuttled from building to building,” which was “traumatizing to those very vulnerable people,” she said.Safe Center LI officials also touted the work of the Nassau County Police Department, whose Special Victim Squad detectives are housed at the facility. The unit has nine detectives and two supervisors that investigate sexual assault and related cases. An Assistant District Attorney from Rice’s office is also often on site.With the merger official, Safe Center LI will soon begin to focus on sex trafficking and helping the county monitor sex offenders, said Cynthia Scott, co-director of Safe Center LI, and the former executive director of the Coalition Against Child Abuse & Neglect.The overall goal is to be a safe haven to all people, no matter race, gender or age, officials said.Though it’s located in Nassau, the group’s directors said Suffolk County residents are welcome to call the hotline and seek out help, but they may be better off reaching out to similar agencies in Suffolk, especially if a crime has been committed.One such group, the Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center at The Mary & Pat Bagnato Place for Kids, similarly aids families and victims of abuse on eastern Long Island.Safe Center LI is located at 15 Grumman Road, Bethpage, NY.last_img read more

Are micro branches the next big idea for credit unions?

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Branch density is the goal. Space to build is the challenge. What makes a financial institution’s branching strategy successful? Many experts point to density “more locations and brand”.  Agreed! However, what if the target community doesn’t have any suitably sized site options within the desired market? Or, what if there is not a lease space available in this market?Are more branches an opportunity? Or a  risk?This begs a follow-up question: What about branch network density? Should a financial institution continue to invest in branch density given the advent of new technologies that may lead to a decreasing need for branches? On the other hand, what if these new technologies such as digital channels, interactive teller machines (ITMs), and smart ATMs don’t decrease the number of branches, but rather enhance the capability of the branch to better serve consumers? Is it possible the micro branch can be a solution for these facility questions?What is a micro branch? continue reading »last_img read more

The great generational divide in service priorities

first_imgNot surprising, Millennials have different priorities and expectations from a financial institution than older generations do, according to a recent report compiled by a CA-based payments firm, Marqeta. Millennials, recognized as the first generation to grow up or come of age with digital technology like cell phones and the internet, are comfortable using modern technology, and have come to expect its availability for use in their every-day banking needs. Baby Boomers, on the other hand, place less importance on having the newest and most cutting edge tech, instead preferring a more personable and hands-on on approach in their banking. The challenge for credit union executives is how to service these divided members.Deciding how to manage the contrasting requirements of strong digital banking technology versus the value of a personalized banking relationship can place any credit union in bit of a conundrum when it comes to spending marketing dollars and where best to focus efforts on member satisfaction. Of the Millennials recently surveyed, close to half (49%) responded they would consider switching to a digital-only financial institution, foregoing the need for human interaction when banking. Additionally, Millennials were found to be twice as likely as Baby Boomers to say that a good mobile app was the most important benefit of a financial institution’s offerings.  Ironically Baby Boomers were twice as likely to say an in-person relationship and presence was the most important benefit.Millennials, not looking for loyalty or personalized service with their banking, would even consider banking with a FI affiliated with a social media or on-line entity such as Google or Facebook. Digital-only banking is definitely gaining popularity, originating in Europe initially, many have started to gain a foothold here in the U.S. Referred to as Challenger Banks, they generally offer only basic services such as checking and savings account and payment and money transfer services, and appeal to Millennials, as their transactions are completed fast, often immediately and convenient. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County Parks offer guidelines for a safe Memorial Day picnic

first_imgWhile Woidt says the parks department encourages people to get outside and enjoy the weather, they do have a few requests. “I think it’s important to have a safe space in today’s world where you can get outside,” says Liz Woidt, Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services for Broome County Parks. “I would anticipate we’re going to have a higher number because it is Memorial Day weekend people are going to be looking for a place to go and have a picnic with the family.” “It should just be your immediate family, just a picnic spread out throughout the park there’s no need to congregate we have tons of fields, open spaces picnic areas where you can really social distance,” she says. “People have vacations they have these other things planned and obviously those plans are going to be changing but at least we still have these beautiful parks, these locations for people to have a little stay-get away,” she says. “Our beaches will not be opening Memorial Day Weekend, a date will be determined and we will definitely announce that to everyone.” There are a few things in the park that won’t be open this weekend including the playgrounds. center_img Woidt says the guidelines are in place to keep visitors safe. She says the goal is for the parks to continue serving as a bright spot for families and individuals to escape the stress of isolating inside. Woidt says if you are thinking of having the picnic the parks offer plenty of space to spread out and have fun, but you should limit such outings to only members of your household with whom you are already isolating with. Woidt says despite New York State announcing that beaches will be open on Memorial Day this year, that is not the case for Broome County beaches. (WBNG) — With Memorial Day weekend approaching and temperatures on the rise the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation say they are preparing for a busy weekend.last_img read more

Covid vaccine: what does the Pfizer vaccine news mean?

first_img– Advertisement – There has been some promising Covid-19 vaccine news.A preliminary analysis shows the first effective – Advertisement – coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.But there’s still a way to go before any vaccine can be given to the wider public and our lives can go back to how they were pre-pandemic.BBC health correspondent Laura Foster helps puts this news into context.- Advertisement –last_img

Pointers Travel and Gauss Development sign a partnership agreement. A new era of digital revolution in tourism is starting

first_imgThe most difficult part and as the first basis of digitization is to collect all digital databases and data, which Pointers have been quietly and diligently collecting for years. However, connecting all this and taking a step forward is extremely demanding, but Pointers has no doubts about success, and it is the partnership with Gauss Development and their experience and knowledge in it that will make it possible. That is why the decision to partner with Gauss Development is an important step forward, because it is a company that is the best in the global market competition in creating complex and unique software solutions. But the news of the day is that from Pointers they are raising the concept of digital transformation to a much higher level. Namely, Pointers recently signed a Partnership Agreement with the company Gauss Development, which deals with custom software and web digital solutions. That this is a more than relevant new partner is shown by the fact that Gauss Development is ranked on the Deloitte list of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe, for 2016, and as the first in Croatia and 19th in Europe. The product created in Slavonia, in Osijek offers a unique concept that combines AI, AR, VR. Again, we have it all, but we talk too much about empty potential stories, and we deal too little with market development and resources. Do we want a longer tourist season or not? If so, global tourism solutions are there, in our backyard. This means that tourists will be able to experience destinations in a totally new and different way using Pointers. In particular, the beaches on our coast and all other facilities will be displayed to tourists on mobile phones using augmented reality functionality. Through a plastic example, it should look like this. You are in a destination, you turn on the camera function and through it you are shown in real time and space the marks of various points, which are personalized according to your interests. From the direction of movement towards a museum or beach, to all other tourist facilities. “We also want to take a path that offers the digitalization of the economic sector, where the focus is on small producers around the tourist destination and throughout Croatia. This is the ultimate goal of creating long-term sustainable destinations. The goal is not to create tourism that sells only the sun and the sea, the goal is for this growth to drive the growth of small producers of products and services, which are an integral part of tourist demand.”Emphasizes Weinpert. The big news is the entry of Pointers into the USA market Functionality that only the imagination is the limit, and with which our entire coast will experience a new way of presentation that no other tourist destination in the world currently has. “The focus is on Smart tourism solutions, which is not possible without a digitized destination, which they have been persistently building all these years. Now, based on this rich digital database of 15.000 locations along the Adriatic coast, we want to raise digitalization to a much higher level and show what can be done. We want to show in which direction the digitalization of tourism is going. Our goal is Smart solution Croatia, which means that digitized destinations will begin to be offered through AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), which will offer the end user a package package of destinations connecting everything that is digitized, ie. give him an answer to his wishes and requests, in the form of ready-made personalized arrangementsSays Weinpert. One of the leaders in the digital transformation in tourism in Croatia is certainly the company pointers from Osijek, whose project has already been recognized by the World Tourism Organization and well-known destinations around the world, and recently the EU-Startups portal included them in the list of ten Croatian startups to pay attention to in 2019. Last year, Krunoslav Weinpert visited America to get personally acquainted with the entire market. He participated in all Sell workshops of the CNTB and spent the whole year rolling the dice as he learns in this large and demanding market. It was this month that this chapter in the life cycle of Pointers started, all with a clear goal and vision. It is a tourism project aimed at creating a personalized digital application, which is a kind of guide and brings information about beaches, events, gastronomic offer, entertainment, nightlife, cycling routes, free WiFi hotspots, information for boaters, cultural and natural heritage and dr. The application is also enriched with photos, videos, recordings of VR360 and offers all relevant information and events in one place. Or simply, the whole tourist offer in the palm of one hand. What the partnership brings to Pointers, reveals Krunoslav Weinpert, founder and owner of Pointers, who points out that after four years of work, it was decided that Pointers needs stronger IT support at a much higher level. “Negotiations on cooperation lasted several months, and in the end of the process we got to know each other very well and actually realized that the best solution is to start together as partners. What I can immediately confirm as a result of our partnership is how Pointers will now offer augmented reality to its current and future partnersWeinpert points out. “Students of one faculty from America worked on Pointers’ entry into the American market, and a very high-quality business plan was made. I think we can take part of the big American market, especially through the functionalities we will offer, and we will be the leader in that segment. The trend and focus is on individual customized travel, and today’s concept of travel agencies will hardly be able to meet the demands of global markets in the future. And this is where we see our niche, on personalized travel, and the first prerequisite for that is precisely the digitization of the tourist destinations we are working on. We can present ourselves in any market, American or Chinese market, precisely because we will be able to respond to the requests of individual touristsWeinpert pointed out. It’s crazy not to jump into this story. The madness is that our tourism is late again and reacts poorly. It will soon announce many other functionalities that they plan to launch, Weinpert points out and concludes that the direction of development of Pointers is to be one of the recognizable global tourism brands. Again, we can be proud of our intelligence and top solutions, which are globally competitors, in fact, can be leaders in their segment. The only question is whether we will embrace them and use them through implementation in our tourism and be leaders in it or whether such companies and individuals will continue to develop their products in markets where they are desirable and sought after goods. The digital transformation of tourism is no longer a trend, but an imperative. Those who understand this grow and develop, while others stagnate. In Croatia, we can boast of excellent companies that offer a variety of innovative digital and technological solutions that are globally competitive, and we can rightly be a leader in digital transformation in tourism.last_img read more