A weird form of treasure hunt, organised at a Lancashire resort, has bothererd the staff of a local café. It was found that cups of tea or coffee were ordered and, having received the usual receipt, the customers paid the money, but attempted to retain the check [receipt]. In some cases the tea or coffee was not touched. The mystery was solved when it was discovered that a local had organised a treasure hunt, one condition of which was the production of a check from the particular café. A more pointless and peculiar scheme it is difficult to imagine. On the face of it, it would seem that the café would benefit by increased turnover and a little advertisement. But any advantage of this kind would be easily outweighed by the inconvenience to the staff occasioned by the inteference with the ordinary clerical routine, as a result of which it would be impossible to analyse the takings properly. Such schemes should obviously be discouraged.
in total, to date 6,668 jobs have been saved and 989 jobs have been made redundant through the liquidation further information about rights in redundancy is available on gov.uk continued support by Carillion’s public and private sector customers is enabling as many employees as possible to be retained in the interim until all contracts have been worked through All employees of the group will be eligible to make a claim for redundancy, including those transferring to new suppliers.We have established a specialist team spanning both the Redundancy Payments Service in the Insolvency Service and the company’s HR department to process these payments as quickly as possible. You should expect receive the information you need to submit your claim within seven days of being made redundant or transferring to a new employer.As a result of the systems we have established to prioritise these payments we are aiming to pay your claim quicker than our agreed 14 day target.Additional information To be notified of future updates from the Official Receiver please register to receive an email alert.
Sandwich chain Subway is to launch a new health-focused advertising campaign next week, featuring sports stars.Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and international boxer Anthony Ogogo are shown requesting more salad in their low-fat subs in the ad, which is designed to reflect the work Subway has been doing with the Department of Health.The sandwich brand said it was currently in discussions to become one of the first signatories to the latest of the UK Government’s Responsibility Deal pledges, which aims to improve access to fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet.The £1m ‘Where Winners Eat’ campaign will air on national television from 21 November, and will be supported through social media, PR, and SUBCARD communications.Subway will also be working with Irish rugby star Tommy Bowe who will join the likes of Smith and Ogogo, as the latest Subway Famous Fan in the UK. The parallel campaign will run across national television in the Republic of Ireland.
“Melissa” was always Duane Allman‘s favorite song to hear his brother sing. So ten years after his death, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and “Dangerous” Dan Toler took the stage at NBC Studios to perform the emotional song in his honor.Gregg Allman would often recount memories of his brother Duane at the dinner table, asking him to “play that song… the one about the girl.” While the core of the band died in the early 1970s, when Duane and Berry Oakley died in motorcycle accidents a year apart from each other, the last 40+ years have been dedicated to prolonging the life of the music through the remaining members, and whatever iteration of players the original bandmates recruited throughout time.The music stayed strong for 45 years, until the Allman Brothers Band officially played their last show in October of 2014. While Gregg, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe all played in their respective bands outside of the ABB, there was still hope that the band would reunite for a 50th anniversary. With the deaths of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks this year, we regret to realize the time has passed.Gregg Allman’s voice and songwriting has proved timeless already, and will continue to warm our hearts for years to come. Watch the 1981 performance, and take a moment to let it sink in.
Dogs in all their amazing variety — tall or short, pug-nosed or snouted, curly haired or straight, mastiff or teacup — are the same species, Elaine Ostrander reminded the audience, standing before an almost comical image of a giant harlequin Great Dane and a tiny Chihuahua.Being the same species means that even breeds at opposite ends of the size spectrum can breed, as unlikely as that may seem from a practical standpoint. It also means they share the same genetic code, except for the part responsible for breed traits. That makes those genes stand out and makes dogs ideal subjects for genetic studies, Ostrander said.Ostrander, who runs a comparative genetics laboratory at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Human Genome Research Institute, described her lab’s work during a lunchtime seminar on Thursday in the Northwest Laboratory, sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Over the past several years, Ostrander’s lab has made some landmark findings, including tracking dog size to a single gene, finding three genes for coat variation, and discovering a mutation for the short-legged characteristic of corgis, dachshunds, and similar breeds.In the genes of dogs, researchers not only learn more about specific breed traits, they also gain insight into similar human traits that might be related to disease.Ostrander (left) meets with Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and molecular and cellular biology. The talk was sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.For example, research led by Heidi Parker in Ostrander’s lab searched for the genes responsible for the short-legged, big-boned breeds like corgis, which have an analogue in human asymmetrical dwarfism. Researchers examining dog skull characteristics to understand the genetic basis for differences between pug-nosed breeds like boxers and long-nosed breeds like Afghan hounds found a gene that might be applicable in human cases of frontal bossy, where the forehead is prominent and rounded; hypertelorism, where the eyes are spaced abnormally far apart; and short philtrum, where the distance between the upper lip and the nose is abnormally small.Ostrander’s work has been greatly aided by the cooperation of the many breed associations in the United States and around the world, which helped to stock her freezer with 13,000 small DNA samples from registered dogs.There are 300 breeds recognized worldwide, each of which resulted from careful mating to emphasize specific characteristics. Ostrander said her research actually began as a search for the genes responsible for breed-specific behaviors, but that has proven very difficult to nail down. Physical traits, however, have proven easier to track through DNA.Ostrander’s research doesn’t just focus on healthy dogs’ traits. The inbreeding required to cement characteristics in dogs’ genetic profiles sometimes carries undesirable side effects in the form of a breed’s heightened susceptibility to specific diseases.In research on a disease that strikes standard poodles — but only those with black coats — researchers found that a susceptibility to squamous cell cancer of the nailbed was associated with a gene involved in pigmentation. It was the first case identified where breeders have specifically selected a disease gene in order to get a particular morphological trait, Ostrander said.Ostrander uses a technique called genomewide association studies, in which the entire genome is scanned looking for genes that are turned on and off. By comparing the profiles of many individuals of different breeds, researchers can zoom in on likely candidate genes turned on in one breed but not in another that doesn’t share the trait. With dogs having been bred for specific traits for hundreds of years, the signal is sometimes far stronger than can be found using similar techniques in humans.In some cases, like the work on pug-nosed dogs, researchers take the research a step further and confirm their candidate gene through genetic studies with another lab animal. For instance, they turned off the candidate gene in zebrafish, a common laboratory animal used in developmental studies.“We sort of made ourselves little pug-nosed zebrafish,” Ostrander said.
All aboard! Broadway.com has confirmed that the short-lived but loved Great White Way musical The Last Ship will dock in Norway, Sweden and Finland over the next two years. Sting, who received a 2015 Tony nomination for his score of the tuner, is also in talks to bring the show home to his native U.K.The Last Ship will play in Oslo in 2016 before heading to Stockholm and Helsinki in 2017; the musical will be performed in each country’s local language.Featuring a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship is inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences and his album of the same name. It is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence.The high-profile tuner opened officially at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 26, 2014, directed by Joe Mantello. Sting himself joined the cast of the show mid run in an attempt to improve ticket sales, but the musical shuttered on January 24, 2015 after 29 previews and 105 regular performances. View Comments
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ryan Alexander for U.S. News & World Report:Earlier this month lawmakers tried to tack a package of energy tax sweeteners such as tax credits for carbon capture and storage to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. My organization, Taxpayers for Common Sense, opposed the entire package, which ultimately failed. However, the champions of “clean” coal were more successful in the energy bill that passed the Senate this week. And some lawmakers, the coal industry and even some environmental groups don’t want the gravy train to stop there. They are trying to use this momentum to continue a larger push for more federal support for clean coal.This current focus of coal-subsidy supporters is carbon capture and storage. The idea is that the industry will separate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-fired facilities and inject them into deep geologic formations, thereby allowing for the continued burning of coal (a priority for the industry, obviously) with a significantly reduced carbon footprint (a priority for environmental groups, among others). This is not a new idea, and billions in tax dollars have already been spent to develop the technology, but it is still years away from being commercially viable.With all the enthusiasm for carbon capture and storage technology, it is worth looking back on our experience so far and current energy market conditions. In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office studied the federal investment in this clean coal technology and concluded that the capture and storage technology is so expensive that 200 gigawatts of new coal-fired generating capacity would need to be built in order for it to be competitive with existing plants. In other words, the U.S. would need to nearly double the number of coal-fired power plants before this technology would be feasible.Yet in recent years, the abundance of lower-cost, lower-carbon natural gas has caused utilities to put a hold on investments in coal-fired power plants.Meanwhile, after all of the tax dollars thrown at this problem, there are currently no commercial ventures in the United States that capture, transport and inject large quantities of carbon dioxide for storage.Congress and the administration need to stop throwing good money after bad in this pursuit of “clean coal.” Taxpayers cannot afford it. We couldn’t three decades ago and we can’t now.Full item: Clean Coal’s Big Cost Op-Ed: ‘Good Money After Bad’ in Pursuit of Clean Coal
By Dialogo June 11, 2010 A total of 27,823 Guatemalans remain in 218 shelters in that country in the wake of Tropical Storm Agatha’s devastating landfall at the end of May, which left 174 dead, 113 missing, and half a million people affected, according to an official accounting. The consolidated report also reveals that the meteorological phenomenon left 133,102 people at risk and that 162,857 were evacuated in order to prevent greater tragedies, according to the government National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (Conred). “We mourn the deaths of 174 people, as well as 113 missing and 154 injured,” the report specifies. The document adds that a total of 39,160 residences were damaged, either slightly (18,753), moderately(10,605), or severely (9,802). Although the report does not give numbers of bridges destroyed or public schools affected, Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom indicated that more than 500 bridges collapsed and around 1,050 school buildings were affected. Conred clarified that it is now on an orange-alert status, which had been a red alert until Tuesday, but is continuing with support for victims and restoration of vital networks and lines of communication. Tropical Storm Agatha, the year’s first tropical storm to form off the Pacific coast, struck Guatemala at the end of May.
“In order to find that first shipment, we followed the group for eight months,” Paulo Teles, commissioner responsible for the operation told the press in Rio. The arrests started on May 31 and continued until the operation was completed on June 4. Brazilian authorities reported 17 individuals were involved, of which 10 were arrested, according to the Federal Police. Two Portuguese, three Spanish and three Colombian citizens were part of the gang, according to a police statement. A Portuguese man and a Spanish man were detained in Switzerland, while a Colombian trafficker was killed two weeks ago in Panama, the Police stated. One of the individuals under investigation is Colombian national Alexander Pareja, accused of money laundering drug money. Henry Alejandro Rodríguez Gallego, aka “el Negro” and Pareja’s brother-in-law, are accused of being part of the drug trafficking gang which has presumably shipped at least two cargos of cocaine hidden in fish and ice to Portugal by air, with Spain as the final destination. Pareja, who was living in Rio de Janeiro and was briefly detained in 2007, was accused of converting drug trafficking resources into illicit assets by purchasing real estate, gas stations, and a construction company, according to the prosecution. The drug arrived in Brazil from Bolivia and Colombia, and was shipped to Europe mixed with industrial ice in gel form. By Dialogo June 06, 2013 The Brazilian Police dismantled a drug trafficking and money laundering gang based in Brazil, which had links to Portugal and Colombia, and smuggled cocaine to Europe hidden in frozen fish, the prosecution said on June 4. Seized property assets are valued at 5 million dollars, include two gas stations, residential property, commercial real estate and shares in other companies, the Federal Police said. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as the Portuguese, Colombian, Uruguayan, and Spanish counter drug police – the latter being the one that reported this situation initially – collaborated directly in the investigation, which resulted in operation “United Nations,” a reference to the number of countries that participated.
Athens-based dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, Alcyon.As informed, the gross charter rate is USD 8,800 per day for a period of minimum twelve to maximum fifteen months. The charter is expected to commence on July 21, 2017.The 75,247 dwt Alcyon is currently chartered to Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S at a lower gross charter rate of USD 5,000 per day.The Bahamas-flagged bulker was built at South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in 2001.The employment of the ship is anticipated to generate approximately USD 3.17 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter, Diana Shipping said.Diana Shipping’s fleet is currently comprised of 51 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet is approximately 5.9 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.95 years.