Press release: Opportunity to shape plans to reduce flood risk in Otley

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_img The Core Otley, Unit 11 Orchard Gate, Otley LS21 3NX on Thursday 21 June between 4–7pm The shortlist of options and supplementary works on show include using flood defence walls, flood defence embankments, maintenance including vegetation clearance and riverbank realignment.Otley suffered flooding on three occasions between November and December 2015, which saw 74 properties affected. In the Autumn Statement 2016, Government announced £2 million to invest in a scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses.The scheme is being led by Leeds City Council working closely with the Environment Agency.Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: Following the creation of a digital model of the river, and testing options in the model, a team from Leeds City Council, Environment Agency, and consultants WSP have now come up with four options that they would like the community’s views on.Residents and business owners can come and talk to the team at: John Woods, flood risk management advisor at the Environment Agency said: After much work we are now approaching a really crucial stage in the project to select a final option for Otley. We’d encourage anyone with an interest in the scheme to look at the potential options and come along to discuss their views with the team. Residents views are really important in helping us to reach a preferred option for the town. We are very pleased to now share with people the progress we and the Environment Agency have made on the plans for flood prevention measures for Otley with these shortlisted options we are now considering and developing further. These measures are all deliverable and would make a real difference in providing reassurance to local residents and businesses against the threat posed by flooding, so we would encourage as many people as possible to come and see what we have in mind and tell us what they think. Catchment-wide approachThe Otley Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of several schemes that is adopting a catchment-wide approach. This means the entire River Wharfe catchment area is being considered to help reduce flood risk. This approach looks at a combination of natural processes and engineered options to help slow the flow and catch water further up the catchment so that flood peaks are reduced further downstream.After the drop-in event, a preferred option will be chosen and developed into the outline design phase, where the community will get another chance to comment on the proposals.The team is aiming to submit a planning application in winter 2018 and subject to planning approval, construction on site will start by autumn 2019.For those who can’t make it to the drop-in, the shortlist of options are also available to view online here and if anyone has any comments they can be sent by email to [email protected]last_img read more

Sing Out Loud Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Kacey Musgraves, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, GZA, More

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgSing Out Loud Festival, Florida’s largest free music festival and benefit concert, returns to St. Augustine, FL this year throughout the month of September. Sing Out Loud Festival will host performances across multiple venues throughout the city of St. Augustine, including St. Augustine Amphitheatre, The Backyard at The Amp, and Colonial Oak.The 2019 event has unveiled the initial part of its 2019 lineup, with Kacey Musgraves and St. Paul & The Broken Bones headlining the month-long event. Sing Out Loud Festival will also see performances from Jenny Lewis, Kurt Vile, Shovels & Rope, The Growlers, Hot Water Music, Phosphorescent, GZA, Propagandhi, Subhumans, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Menzingers, Son Volt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lucie Silvas, Dave Hause, Raye Zaragoza, and many more acts to be announced soon.Head to Sing Out Loud Festival’s website for more information on venues and performances.last_img read more

Students give homeless a break

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgJanie Tankard ’12 saw the homeless every day on her way to and from class at Harvard College. She wanted to help, but wondered if the spare change many asked for was the most effective way to lend a hand. When Winter Break arrived, Tankard decided to use the time to make a difference.“As a volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS), I feel like I’m doing something with a very tangible impact,” she says. “I’m obviously not solving the problem of homelessness, but I am doing a small part to show compassion and to help provide immediate relief to the guests.”Tankard is one of more than two dozen Harvard undergraduates who returned to campus early to do service at the only student-run homeless shelter in the country. She and her fellow HSHS volunteers spent at least 25 hours per week during January providing food and short-term lodging for the 25 to 29 guests who visited the shelter each night. Conor Walsh ’12, an administrative director of HSHS, says that Winter Break is an opportunity for many students to help the needy, to see what the shelter does, and to get a better understanding of the problem of homelessness in the Boston area.“Most of our guests are local to Massachusetts. They spend a lot of time in the square. Many are chronically homeless, which means they’ve stayed with us for three years, off and on,” said Charlie Hobbs ’13 (back), an administrative director at HSHS. Together with fellow volunteer Peter Grbac ’12 (front), the two visit the shelter’s kitchen where two meals are prepared each day for the guests. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“Many students have never volunteered with us before,” he says. “We give them an immersive experience and show them how the shelter operates. They learn about issues of homelessness in Harvard Square, get to know the staff and each other very well, and develop new friendships and new partnerships in that way.”HSHS is a 24-bed facility that operates from Nov. 15 through April 15 in the lower level of the University Lutheran Church at 66 Winthrop St. Guests call in each morning to enter their names into a randomized lottery for any open beds in the shelter. Those that get a slot can stay for up to 14 nights, during which they will also get breakfast, dinner, and snacks, as well as access to showers and toiletries. If temperatures are below freezing or the weather is wet, volunteers will set up five emergency beds to accommodate additional guests on a night-by-night basis.“We have served 149 unique guests to date this year, and have given out 652 meal slips to guests not staying overnight,” says Charlie Hobbs ’13, also an administrative director at HSHS. “Most of our guests are local to Massachusetts. They spend a lot of time in the square. Many are chronically homeless, which means they’ve stayed with us for three years, off and on.”The HSHS street team extends the facility’s impact by venturing into Harvard Square to hand out food, blankets, gloves, and socks on cold nights, and to make sure that locals know how to access the shelter’s services. Student volunteers also help guests create résumés and connect them with government support programs such as food stamps and Social Security.“We try to connect older adults with job training, permanent housing, mental health and social services,” says volunteer director Peter Grbac ’12. “With youth, it’s about entering the job market. We help them to create résumés, and to look at mental health issues in a different way.”HSHS relies heavily on volunteers from the local community to cover shifts at the shelter during Winter Break, when students are away. Beginning last year, however, the College allowed undergraduates to return to residence early to work at HSHS. Grbac says that the administration’s support has a big impact, both during the break and beyond.“The College was gracious enough to offer housing to 20-25 students who committed to working at the shelter for at least 25 hours per week,” he says. “Many never volunteered with us before, but based on the response so far, we think a substantial number will stay on during the term. Last year we had 15 volunteers during break. About half continued on with us.”Charlie Hobbs ’13 clears the snow from the shelter’s entrance. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerDuring Wintersession, Tankard worked two overnight shifts (11 p.m.-9 a.m.), a breakfast shift (6:30-9 a.m.), a dinner shift (6:45-9:15 p.m.), and an evening shift (9-11:15 p.m.). Each slot had different responsibilities: dishwashing, laundry, and monitoring overnight; cooking at breakfast and dinner; clean-up and prepping takeout meals for street teams and for hungry visitors during the evening. Tankard says that the best part of the work was getting to know the guests.“I love talking with the guests and learning more about their life stories,” she says. “It has been incredibly humbling and prompted a lot of personal reflection. The guests I have interacted with so far are warm and articulate. One in particular, Michael, used to be a chef and has been really sweet to me, giving me tips on how to cook pancakes and gourmet crepes and on what cuts of meat to buy.”Tankard says that she may well become a regular at HSHS. A member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, she says that the service allows her to put her faith into action.“I would definitely be interested in continuing to be involved with the shelter during the spring semester if my schedule allows for it,” Tankard says. “It’s a very tangible way to love those people that society often prefers to ignore. I have been very blessed through this experience and have really been learning a lot spiritually.”last_img read more

Time, nature shape Harvard Yard

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgFogg Museum In the Yard, a changing of the guard “Even though it is across Quincy Street, the Fogg Museum completes the fourth side of Sever Quadrangle. The trees planted in the area reflect the irregular pattern of prior planting.” Declining elms mean oaks, honey locusts, other trees now dominate “The front of Weld Hall was depleted of trees by the early 1990s. A mix of oaks and ginkgos on the corner are part of a new palette of trees.” “The ‘before’ photograph from the early 1990s shows a number of American elms that were still surviving, but most are gone today. The replanting — a mix of oaks, hackberry, and disease-resistant elms — reinforces the focus on the John Harvard Statue.” Memorial Church “The plantings between Widener Library and Weld Hall are some of the most vigorous of all the new additions. This area includes red maple, Kentucky coffee trees, and pin oaks.” “The American elms that once stood in front of Holworthy Hall were decimated by the spread of Dutch elm disease. The alignment of the replanted trees closely approximates the Olmsted Brothers’ design from the early 20th century, the main difference being more than 20 different species of trees were planted.” When Michael Van Valkenburgh looks across Harvard Yard, he sees trees such as honey locusts, hackberries, and red oaks thriving where American elms once stood. The Graduate School of Design professor helped create a master plan for the Yard’s landscape in the late 1980s, when scores of its trees were being wiped out by Dutch elm disease. His firm was enlisted to restore the Yard’s canopy in the early 1990s and in the 25 years since, it has continued to help guide new plantings. Contrasting photos of the Yard from before the restoration in the ’90s with photos taken from the same perspective today, Van Valkenburgh reflects on the evolution of an iconic space.“Before” photos (top) by Michael Van Valkenburgh, “after” photos by Charles Mayer; quotes by Michael Van ValkenburghHolworthy Hall Weld Hall “A central grove of London plane trees defines the small plaza at the end of Matthews Hall with the introduction of other small trees at the periphery.” Widener Library “Memorial Church and Widener Library are bound together by a web of pathways. Although the trees are irregularly spaced, there is an asymmetrical balance between the two sides. Among other trees planted here, the shade-loving yellowwood was introduced below some of the existing trees.” Related University Hall Matthews Halllast_img read more

Notre Dame sophomore to have crossword published in The New York Times

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer Notre Dame sophomore Jack Mowat solves crossword puzzles that he constructed, one of which will appear in Friday’s edition of the New York Times.So when Mowat received an email this June informing him his own crossword puzzle would be published in this Friday’s edition of one of America’s largest newspapers, Mowat couldn’t control his excitement.“All of a sudden I saw that and I was like, ‘Oh my god, oh my god,’” Mowat said. “So I showed my whole family and then took a screenshot and texted all my friends. I was like, ‘This is it.’”Mowat said the New York Times informed him three months ago about the decision, but he was only just recently told about the exact date it’ll be printed.“It was crazy,” he said. “It was crazy.”True to his childhood, Mowat brought his love of crosswords to Notre Dame his freshman year, solving every day’s New York Times puzzle with his roommate and hanging them, completed, on their wall.“My friends all knew that I was a fanatic,” he said. He transitioned from avid solver to “constructor” one year ago, he remembered, after stumbling upon a New York Times article meant to teach others the basics behind it. “I dove in and I made my first puzzle [and sent it in],” he said. “… It takes about four months for [the New York Times] to let you know by email. But … a couple weeks after my first one they were like, ‘this is no good’ and it did get rejected.”Mowat’s first published piece happened a few months later, after he found a mentorship program that paired him with veteran constructor Jeff Chen. They collaborated on a puzzle that was eventually picked up by the Wall Street Journal.But Mowat was set on one mission.“When I picked [the New York Times article] up last year, I kind of set the goal for myself,” Mowat said. “I was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to get a puzzle in the New York Times. I’m going to do this. This is going to be fun, I love doing this.’ But I didn’t think I’d be sitting here a year later like, ‘OK, I’m in the Wall Street Journal and here’s my [New York] Times debut.’ It’s just — it’s been absolutely wild.”Despite the initial struggles Mowat faced — he sent the New York Times multiple crosswords over the last year, all of which were rejected — he said the final puzzle, which he created solo, only took him “about two weeks.”“Some of it is luck, especially with themeless puzzles,” he said. “And that’s one of the things that Jeff Chen had told me … a lot of this was learning how to have that gut feeling and be like ‘this is not going to work.’”The process of creating a puzzle is “very iterative,” he said.“You sit down and there’s three to four parts, depending on whether you’re building a themeless puzzle or themed puzzle,” Mowat said. “… [Then] you’re like, OK, here’s my idea. OK, here’s an entry. Here’s a couple more entries. Am I satisfied with these — what’s my strongest, what’s my weakest entry? You know, going over that, again and again, then moving on to the grid.”The creative part is trying to give people an “aha moment” through the cleverness of his word choice and clues, he noted, which is what he finds hardest.“It’s kind of like digging for gold — this giant expanse of all the different possibilities and words that could fit into that specific grid,” Mowat said.A civil engineering major, building crosswords has translated into Mowat’s academic life as well, with a variety of skills crossing over between his two passions.“[With crossword constructing] I have this final product, and I feel good about it,” Mowat said. “… It’s like civil engineering for me. You start building, design the building, that whole process happens. The building gets built. There it is. I’m proud of this thing. That’s what lives in me, that’s what I like doing.”Mowat said the acceptance rate for getting a crossword published in the New York Times is around 7%, with the publication receiving about “125 submissions a day.” “I’m a little nervous [about Friday], yeah,” he said. “I want people to enjoy — I want people to do the puzzle and finish the Friday puzzle. Because a lot of people really love themeless puzzles … I want them to do it, and as they’re doing it, finish and go, ‘That was a good puzzle.’ Because I do that.”Beyond Friday, however, he said he’ll “definitely” continue constructing crosswords — all with the dream of becoming like one of his favorite constructors, with more than 50 puzzles published in the New York Times.“I don’t think I have the gift that some of them have, but I have the will,” Mowat said. “I have the love of it. So hopefully I’ll be able to keep this as a hobby, have a number of puzzles published and just kind of be part of that.”Tags: crossword, jack mowat, New York Times Jack Mowat loves crossword puzzles.A Notre Dame sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska, Mowat grew up bent over puzzle after puzzle with his grandmother. They started with word searches, but once Mowat was old enough to advance to crosswords, the duo discovered a new passion.last_img read more

Jersey Boys to Close on Broadway

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgMark Ballas(Photo: SMOG design) Mark Ballas Related Shows from $59.00 View Commentscenter_img Jersey Boys Big guys don’t cry. It’s the end of an era: Jersey Boys will shutter on Broadway on January 15, 2017. The musical began performances on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6 at the August Wilson Theatre. At time of closing, the production will have played 4,642 performances.Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas will be the final actor to take on the iconic role of Frankie Valli and is set to make his Broadway debut in the show on October 18; he will remain with the production until the end of its run. Mauricio Pérez will continue to play the role at certain performances during the week, while Dominic Scaglione Jr. is scheduled to appear as Frankie for the final time on October 16.Ballas is a two-time champion and nine-time finalist of Dancing with the Stars; he earned a 2011 Emmy nod for his work on the show. U.K. stage credits include Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story, Copacabana, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”The Great White Way production also currently stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito, Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio and Matt Bogart as Nick Massi.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Star Fileslast_img read more

Discovery Channel Documentary Reveals US Role in Operation Jaque

December 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Dialogo June 19, 2009 Bogotá, June 17 (EFE).- To mark the first anniversary of the “Operation Jaque” in which fifteen FARC hostages including former Colombian presidential candidate were liberated, Discovery Channel will release a documentary on the key role that the United States played in that operation. According to the documentary, presented today to the press in Bogotá, the United States’ played the major role in the covert operation. Washington provided the key technical resources for “Operation Jaque,” carried out on July 2, 2008, which freed Betancourt, American civilians Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell intelligence operators for the Department of Defence , and eleven Colombian military and police officers. An aircraft Platform ( intelligence) was provided by the United States to contribute to the communication network of the operation. The aircraft’s first task was to intercept radio communications of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “We are always monitoring,” admits American Ambassador in Bogotá, William Brownfield, in a fragment of “El Rescate Perfecto” (“The Perfect Rescue”), the title of the documentary that recreates the operation in the Colombian eastern jungles, and that will be released on June 30. The film, directed by Colombian Jaime Escallón, presents in 43 minutes – ten of them of archive images – the details of the “Operation Jaque,” with emphasis on the three Americans. The documentary reconstructs the kidnapping of these Pentagon contractors, abducted on February 2003 in the Colombian southern jungle, after their plane crashed during a “Plan Colombia” mission, an American aid program offered to the South American country in support of the fight against drugs and guerrilla. The former Colombian general Mario Montoya admits in the documentary that the event forced the United States to assign several resources in the search for their citizens. Montoya led the Jaque’s planning and execution team as Army Commander. “El rescate perfecto” includes testimonies of 28 individuals involved in the operation, former hostages Gonsalves and Stansell declarations, as well as American expert in military affairs David Spencer’s statement. “We were interested in summing up what the operation meant (…), and they (Gonsalves and Stansell) also wanted to tell their stories,” said Colombian documentary producer Juan Pablo Santos during the presentation. According to Santos, this “is one of the most incredible stories of the Colombian conflict.” The producers of “El rescate perfecto” recorded approximately eighty hours in military barracks in the centre of the country and on flights over the jungle, among other scenarios. Speaking through a videoconference from Miami , the Director of Production and Development for the Discovery Networks in Latin America, Michela Giorelli, stated that the Colombian armed conflict and the FARC “are of importance for international history”.last_img read more

Mobile bankers equal happy customers

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian DayA new study shows those who use mobile banking are among the most loyal and happy financial institution (FI) customers/members. As consumers become increasingly comfortable with and accustomed to mobile banking, their allegiance and satisfaction is on the rise.The recent survey of U.S. FI consumers revealed 82 percent of mobile banking app users are satisfied with their FI. Further, 76 percent of app users are likely to recommend their FI to others. Not surprisingly, the survey, conducted for FICO, also found younger consumers engaged more with their FIs via mobile devices. Seventy percent of survey respondents between the ages of 25 and 34 use a mobile banking app. Among customers between ages 35 and 49, that number dropped to 54 percent. Just 36 percent of survey participants over the age of 50 said they use mobile banking apps.Additionally, Millennials are more likely to interact with their FIs through text messages. Sixteen percent said they would prefer text messages over other forms of communication, including emails and phone calls. Just 9 percent of the respondents between ages 35 and 49, and 5 percent of those over the age of 50, expressed the same preference. continue reading »last_img read more

Large asset managers fail think tank’s climate engagement test

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe think tank said its study was the first study to analyse the nature of asset managers’ engagement with companies with regard to climate change, “highlighting the fact that the global leaders’ shareholdings and relationships give them huge leverage to drive corporate action to support the Paris Agreement”.O’Neill said previous research had either looked at asset managers’ portfolios or their voting behaviour.“I’ve never seen anyone take an eclectic look at the sum of the engagement activities of the asset managers,” he told IPE.2020 Stewardship Code as benchmarkThe organisation used the UK’s new Stewardship Code – which takes effect from January next year – to benchmark the quality of asset managers’ engagement.The engagement score that InfluenceMap assigned to asset managers has many components. The think tank defines engagement as referring to all investor actions undertaken to influence the management strategy of investee companies, including: questions at AGMs and other company meetings, comments in the media or public fora, and filing of shareholder resolutions and voting.A spokeswoman for BlackRock said the firm “put a priority on engaging with a company on addressing climate-related issues” and engaged with 370 companies globally on the topic of climate risk in the past two years. She also noted that BlackRock had the largest stewardship team in the world.O’Neill said leadership was shown by organisations such as Legal & General because they had “sophisticated frameworks and enforcement mechanisms to transition the behaviour of companies towards Paris alignment”.“BlackRock appears to engage with a large number of companies, pushing them on disclosure and climate risk management,” he said. “This is reflected in our online scoring of BlackRock, which was shared with them.”The BlackRock spokeswoman also pointed to the firm’s activities away from company engagement, saying it offered product choices to investors that wanted to avoid specific sectors, and invested heavily in research demonstrating the relationship between sustainability issues, risk and long-term value creation.Asset owners nextInfluenceMap said the methodology applied by its ‘FinanceMap’ team was developed in consultation with leading global asset managers, with O’Neill naming Hermes Investment Management, LGIM and Sarasin as having provided input.He also said the think tank “iterated” its approach with the wider market, having approached all of the asset managers it ended up identifying in its report and obtaining “a high level of feedback”. “We would have adapted the methodology if we thought we got something wrong,” said O’Neill.O’Neill also told IPE that InfluenceMap had input from individuals at asset owners such as the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) and Sweden’s AP7.AP7 brought the perspective of a universal owner, which was at the heart of InfluenceMap’s work, said O’Neill.In its report, the think tank said it recognised asset owners’ important and growing role in shaping portfolios and driving the corporate engagement process and would probably expand its finance project to cover asset owners.The Principles for Responsible Investment recently said institutional investors were not making the most of the powerful tool of stewardship, and has launched a programme to promote more positive investor action.InfluenceMap’s report can be found here. Large asset managers are “collectively failing” to do enough to drive corporate action in support of international climate goals, according to a think tank.According to UK-based InfluenceMap, of the world’s 15 largest asset managers only Allianz, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and UBS Asset Management “strongly and consistently” engage with investee companies about aligning their business models to meet the Paris Agreement goals.Some other European managers, like AXA, were not far behind in performance on climate engagement, the think tank wrote, while US firms such as BlackRock and Vanguard “call on companies to consider climate risks but do not drive behaviour change around climate models or policy lobbying”.Thomas O’Neill, research director of InfluenceMap, said: “If global asset managers wish to support the Paris Agreement and remain invested in the automotive, power and fossil fuel industries then they must engage robustly with companies in these sectors to accelerate their switch to low carbon technologies and ensure their policy lobbying supports climate targets.”last_img read more

Brookville Resident Arrested for Conspiracy to Deal Methamphetamine

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBrookville, IN—In the early afternoon hours on Saturday, investigators with the Brookville Police Department executed a residential search warrant. The focus of the search warrant was a residence located in a mobile home park in the southern portion of Brookville.A search of the property resulted in officers with the Brookville Police Department discovering the following items which were seized:A crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine.Multiple items of Drug Paraphernalia. A green leafy substance, identified to be Marijuana.4. Multiple digital scales.The owner of the residence, William Darrell Wooton, of Brookville, Indiana was immediately taken into custody by investigating officers. Wooton was transported to the Franklin County Security Center in lieu of bond and was booked on the charges of Conspiracy to Deal in Methamphetamine with Enhancing Circumstances, Possession of Methamphetamine with Enhancing Circumstances, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.last_img read more