Greenhalgh’s rewards loyal staff

first_imgGreenhalgh’s bakery has celebrated the commitment of long serving staff at a special award event.Held at Rivington Hall Barn, Bolton on September 23, 62 staff with a combined total of 1,680 years working for the company were rewarded for achieving either 20, 30 or 40 years of continuous service.Managing director David Smart thanked each staff member personally upon presenting them with their Company award.Below is the list of winners with the number of years they have served:Susan Smart, 34Sandra Ogden, 24Ray Lyons, 24 Joan Williams, 30Ann Taylor, 30Alison Kelsall, 24 Gillian Tonks, 22Carol Bailey, 33Kathryn Rostron, 33 Stuart Hartlebury, 28Stephen Jones, 30Peter Chamberlain, 27Michael Smart, 28David Edwards, 24Michael Kemp, 23Wayne Bayley, 22Garry Thew, 36Pauline Morris, 20 David Fury, 45David Whittle, 47John Hurst, 43 Linda Williams, 33Ann Newby, 38Carol McGuire, 24 Alfred Lowe, 30Pauline Rahaman, 30Patricia Howarth, 30 Shelia Ramsden, 32Eileen Miller, 27Chris Beard, 29 Tanya Luke, 28Paul Perkins, 25Christopher Wilkinson, 20Stephen Adamson, 27Carol Ratcliffe, 33Vicky Pilkington, 29 Peter Burton, 20Margaret Bennett, 28Jennifer Gregory, 27 Anne Sharpe, 20Mary Corless, 27Sandra Tickle, 35 Irene Hamilton, 34Catherine Wardle, 28Hilary Fernley, 24Christine Mailey, 21Harriet Cully, 26Sheila Marsh, 26Wendy Fletcher, 27Lynne Graham, 24Lisa Seddon, 24Christine Strong, 23Heather Parkinson, 22Pauline Calderbank, 29Brian Gregory, 27Carol McGuire, 23Sheila Ramsden, 32Julie Thew, 33Eileen Beard, 27Jane Lawson, 26 John Platt, 25John Williams, 20Susan Hayes, 20 Margaret Winstanley, 20last_img read more

Esperanza Spalding, Claire Chase join music faculty

first_imgJazz virtuoso Esperanza Spalding and renowned flutist Claire Chase have been appointed professors of practice in the Music Department.Beginning in the 2017–18 academic year, the two artists will teach courses that cross musical styles and genres. Chase will start to teach in fall, Spalding in the spring.“The appointments of Claire Chase and Esperanza Spalding have great symbolic importance to our department,” said department chair Suzannah Clark. “They signal a commitment to the creative performing arts as a core feature of liberal arts education in the 21st century, and position the department for the musical landscape of the future, while providing Harvard students — and all of us — with bold models for how to live as artists in the world.”Spalding, a bassist, singer, and songwriter, has won four Grammy Awards. She has five solo albums and is known for her unique blend of jazz, rock, funk, soul, and R&B, along with influences from Brazilian music.After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2005, Spalding was hired as one of the school’s youngest-ever instructors at age 20. Her numerous prizes include an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts, and a Jazz Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation.Spalding’s voice has carried beyond music. She made a video in 2013 called “We Are America” about Guantanamo Bay and prison, and performed this past winter at the Peace Ball at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.“Esperanza is a superstar performer: Not only does she sing and play multiple instruments, she’s multilingual and writes her own lyrics, which are often witty and wry and always assuredly profound and perspicacious,” said Clark. “There is a great thirst amongst current students at Harvard for courses in songwriting and music video, in both improvised and composed formats. Esperanza brings a formidable experience and dazzling range of stylistic capacities in these areas.Chase has performed more than 100 world premieres for the flute throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She has a reputation for being a fearless creator with a flair for intricately complicated repertoire.Co-founder of the entrepreneurial and educational International Contemporary Ensemble, she has been a critical voice for musical innovation across genres. Winner of this year’s Avery Fisher Prize, Chase has twice been honored with the Chamber Music America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Among her current performance projects is “Density 2036,” a long-term commission for new flute music over the next two decades.,Said Clark: “It’s absolutely fitting that Claire’s legacy of commissioning new works began as an undergraduate at Oberlin after she used prize money to commission a work for flute. Harvard is filled with students who are eager to experiment with new musical initiatives and they will be able take courses from a key player who is at the forefront of creating new models for socially relevant, artist-led collectives in avant-garde music.”last_img read more

On the Blogs: Coal Power Risks Grow

first_imgOn the Blogs: Coal Power Risks Grow FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Hindustan Times:The economics of coal-fired power generation is incredibly vulnerable, much more so than is recognised. Coal is particularly at risk from competition from low cost renewables, volatile commodity prices, growing concerns about air pollution, worsening water availability for cooling, the increasing incidence of heat waves that reduce operating efficiencies and, of course, necessary action to tackle climate change. These factors in combination are driving the structural decline of coal, led by China. According to Wood MacKenzie, coal use in China has dropped by 40% in the last five years.According to Morgan Stanley, solar power in India has recently reached a tipping point, becoming more affordable than coal. Other Asian economies already seem to understand the dynamic of coal being highly risky. For example, South Korea’s newly elected President Moon Jae-In’s is moving to phase out coal and shift into solar and wind. Taiwan is expanding its renewable energy plans whilst reducing its reliance on coal by a third, from 45% to 30% by 2025.Analysts now argue that coal usage in India will peak in the next five to 10 years. India will join China, and other East Asian economies, in halting new coal growth. No new coal plants are set to be commissioned for the coming decade, according to the Central Electricity Authority’s draft plan. And 37GW of old coal could be shut down, while Coal India is set to close 37 mines. This is the right approach and should be futher accelerated, otherwise Indian utilities focused on coal could face significant stranded assets and financial underperformance. This is what happened to European utilities that bet big on coal.While Europe and India are at different stages of development, the European experience shows how investing in coal can go badly wrong. Between 2005 and 2008, European power companies planned to build 65 new coal-fired power plants, with 49 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, but only 12 were actually built. More cancellations are expected.In Germany alone, 20 GW has been cancelled. The economics of existing plants have deteriorated too. For example, in the UK coal use fell by over half in 2016 and the country’s power system now experiences coal-free days for the first time since the 1880s.More: Why Indian power companies must dump coal and bet big on solar, windlast_img read more

Opinion: Leadership lacking from Asian banks on coal plant lending

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asia Times:So far, 2018 has seen seven banks dominant in Southeast Asia either release or update their policies related to coal, the single-biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. This number is soon to rise, with Standard Chartered in the final stages of preparing its own coal lending policy update.The decisions of Southeast Asia’s major banks will have a huge bearing on the region’s energy future. And the energy future of Southeast Asia will have a huge bearing on the future of the global climate.Public and private banks can literally make or break an energy project when deciding what to finance. This critical role and heightened scrutiny of institutions that also handle the money of hundreds of millions of people has led to banks declaring where they stand on coal power.Sadly, though, most of the announcements we have seen this year amount to little more than window-dressing.Take Singapore’s three major banks, DBS, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and United Overseas Bank (UOB). All have produced policies that claim to exclude the most polluting coal power plants. But by setting the bar so low, their policies don’t even apply to the projects they are currently in line to finance, meaning that in effect, nothing changes.To their credit, several financial institutions have gone much further. In May, Daiichi Life Insurance announced it would not provide project financing for all new overseas coal-fired power projects. Then in July Nippon Life Insurance decided to halt funding to all new coal-fired power generation projects. Also in July, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank stated that it would stop providing project finance for new coal-fired power stations.But among banks, there is a major leadership void. Step in Standard Chartered. The bank’s new coal policy is an opportunity to set a new tone among its peers, and invest in a way that respects people’s rights to not just clean air and water, but the chance of a safe climate future.More: The power of finance to slow new coal plants Opinion: Leadership lacking from Asian banks on coal plant lendinglast_img read more

Citigroup warns that the boom in U.S. LNG exports could be headed for a 2020 bust

first_imgCitigroup warns that the boom in U.S. LNG exports could be headed for a 2020 bust FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:A global glut of natural gas has gotten so massive that U.S. exporters could soon face their worst-case scenario: Halting shipments to get supply and demand back in balance.Prices for the heating and power-plant fuel may collapse in Europe and Asia next year to levels that would force U.S. liquefied natural gas suppliers to curb output, Citigroup Inc. said in a note to clients last week. Morgan Stanley sees as much as 2.7 billion cubic feet a day of American exports curtailed around the second or third quarter, assuming normal weather. That’s about half the volume now being sent abroad.China’s demand for U.S. LNG has plunged amid the trade war, while Europe’s gas storage is almost full and tankers carrying the fuel are taking unusually long journeys in search of better prices. That’s created a “toxic witch’s brew” that’s making it harder to find a home for American exports, according to Madeline Jowdy, senior director of global gas and LNG for S&P Global Platts in New York.“It’s also a harbinger of bigger troubles ahead for U.S. exporters in the second quarter of next year, when global demand is at its weakest point and the U.S. will have even more volumes to place” as new export terminals start up, Jowdy said in an email.Capping LNG production is an extreme measure, but the idea is gaining traction as new terminals from the U.S. to Australia unleash exports faster than demand can catch up. Gas for near-term delivery in Asia has lost half its value in the past 14 months, with the Dutch benchmark nearly matching that decline. A mild winter would make the glut even worse — bad news for U.S. suppliers like Cheniere Energy Inc. and Sempra Energy.In the past three years, soaring gas output from shale basins has vaulted the U.S. into the ranks of the world’s largest LNG producers. The nation is widely seen as a so-called swing supplier because its exports can respond quickly to a volatile market.More: Gas ‘witch’s brew’ has U.S. exporters facing worst-case scenariolast_img read more

Subaru and Leave No Trace go to New River Gorge National Park July 12

first_imgSubaruLNTFestivalThe Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team have partnered with New River Gorge National River and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to host educational workshops and activities July 12-13, 2014. Leave No Trace has selected New River Gorge National River as one of its eight endangered ‘Hot Spots’ in the nation due to the impact recreation has on the environment. The New River Gorge National River is one of the most diverse natural river corridors in the central Appalachian Mountains. 70,000 acres line the New River in one of the deepest gorges in the Eastern U.S.The Leave No Trace Hot Spot Program has been highlighting at risk areas for four years now. Their goal is to protect the outdoors through the efforts of volunteers, nonprofit organizations, friend groups, and government agencies by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. SubaruLNTMiddleSchoolClass The Traveling Trainers plan to work with key park staff, volunteers, and the public to implement Leave No Trace programs and hold events to raise awareness of the problem. On Saturday, July 12 join them for an Adventure Street Fair suitable for the whole family. You’ll learn the basic skills of camping, hiking, mountain biking, and water recreation. On Sunday, July 13, visit with the Trainers at the Canyon Rim Visitors Center to learn more about the ideas and methods of Leave No Trace. You can even participate in an Adventure Hike with the Trainers starting at Fern Creek Trailhead lasting 2 to 3 miles.SubaruLNTGrouplast_img read more

3 reasons you’re losing your audience

first_imgNo matter if you’re speaking to one person on the phone, a large group at a conference, or in a video that will potentially be seen by thousands on social media, how can you be sure that your audience is staying with you? Here are three reasons you may be losing your audience…You’re too stiff: If you’re nervous or flustered, you’re not going to hold anyone’s attention for very long. It doesn’t matter if you’re speaking to 2 people or to 200 people, if you want to be heard, you need to relax. Try starting off with a few deep breaths before you get going…You’re lost: If you’re a person who likes to talk a lot, you may find yourself eventually getting lost in a maze of your own words. This is not good. If you’ve lost your train of thought, then your audience is probably getting off at the next stop.You’re like the Energizer Bunny: You keep going and going and going… Say what you have to say, and be done. Use the minimum amount of words that are needed to properly convey your message. And make sure you speak slowly and clearly. If you talk too fast, your audience will miss words and/or phrases and they won’t be able to catch up with you. Keep it short and sweet, and you’ll keep the attention on you.Public speaking isn’t the easiest thing, but the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Cops Seek Help in Finding Missing Bay Shore Woman

first_imgPatricia Cabrera has been missing since Dec. 26, police said.Suffolk County police are seeking the public’s help in finding a Bay Shore woman who has been missing for more than a week.Patricia Cabrera, 34, was last seen leaving work at Mama’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant at 605 Middle Country Road in Centereach at approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 26, police said.Cabrera is described as 5-foot, 6-inches tall and approximately 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.Police believe she was driving a 2011 black Honda Fit with New York license plates (CZP 4080).Anyone with information is asked to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or 911. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

They’re all in on the election fraud conspiracy hobbling Biden’s transition

first_img– Advertisement – In the meantime, Attorney General Billy Boy and GOP Leader Mitchy Mitch put their heads together to go all in on Trump’s delusions—anything to lift the spirits of the Dons. In the absence of even a single credible allegation of voter fraud, Barr went ahead and authorized federal prosecutors on Monday to investigate any “substantial allegations” of irregularities just in case. Who knows, Rudy G might still cook up a little something. Stay tuned for his next destination presser nestled somewhere between a fantasy sex shop and an outward-bound crematorium—either way, it’s an otherworldly experience.And back on the Senate floor, Mitchy Mitch held yet another ceremonial betrayal of oath, country, and the integrity that apparently escaped him at incarnation. “The president has every right to look into allegations and to request recounts under the law,” McConnell explained Monday of Trump’s imaginary voting “irregularities.” The press, McConnell continued, doesn’t “get veto power over the legal rights of any citizen, including the President of the United States.” In other words, McConnell’s totally on board with giving Trump, Billy Boy, and Rudy G the space to tilt at windmills, particularly since he needs Trump’s frenzied supporters in Georgia in a lather over their imaginary disenfranchisement. The gamble? They’ll rush back to the polls in a couple months after being told the election was stolen out from under them.- Advertisement – But the conspiracy ran into a little unforeseen snag back in Georgia. After the two GOP senators facing January runoffs accused Georgia’s Republican secretary of state of failing the state’s residents and called for his resignation, he got a little huffy. First off, Sec. Brad Raffensperger said no resignation was in the offing. Second, Sens. Kelly Loefler and David Perdue might want to concentrate on actually winning the election rather than pointing fingers at others for why they didn’t.“As a Republican, I am concerned about Republicans keeping the U.S. Senate,” Raffensperger said. “I recommend that Senators Loeffler and Perdue start focusing on that.”  But outside of Raffensperger, Washington Republicans are giving Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims as much oxygen as possible while hobbling the transition of power to Joe Biden. It’s a national security nightmare but, hey, Republicans never give a damn about anyone but themselves. – Advertisement –last_img read more

RBA pulls brakes as it closes in on zero interest rate

first_imgExperts including CBA believe RBA won’t move on rates again until February 2020 when it will drop the cash rate target to 0.5 per cent. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.The Reserve Bank will hold off on any further cuts until February, as it slows Australia’s plunge towards an unprecedented zero interest rate in 2020.Two thirds of economists and experts in the latest Finder Cash Rate Survey believe RBA will keep its powder dry at Tuesday’s RBA board monetary policy meeting, opting instead for a February cut to a record low 0.5 per cent. One fifth think that rate cut will still happen this year at the RBA board meeting three weeks before Christmas. MORE: Property sales ramping up Holiday home of toilet brush pioneer for sale Upyards the new way of life More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Finder insights manager Graham Cooke warned the RBA’s cuts have had little impact so far, “We’ve seen multiple references to the RBA firing blanks with these cuts and running out of bullets in the process. If true, it’s hard to believe that flogging the same horse will produce a different result,” he said.“The RBA has not spoken fondly about negative interest rates in other countries, so I’d expect extra cash to be printed before we see a zero or subzero cash rate.”Mr Cooke said “market behaviour is hugely driven by psychology and we need to be careful not to talk ourselves into a recession”. The Australian Stock Exchange RBA Rate Indicator has also swung strongly against a cut now. “As at 1 November, the ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures November 2019 contract was trading at 99.265, indicating a 7 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 0.50 per cent at the next RBA Board meeting,” an ASX statement said.Michael Blythe, chief economist of one of Australia’s Big Four – the Commonwealth Bank – was among those favouring a February cut to 0.5 per cent.Mr Blythe said RBA already had three cuts “in the bag” this year and had a strong “belief that some aspects of UMP (Unconventional Monetary Policy), like negative rates, are ‘extraordinarily unlikely’”.“The market is questioning whether the terminal rate will in fact be 0.5 per cent or lower,” he said. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more