Bratislava council approves citywide ban on gambling

first_imgCasino & games Bratislava council approves citywide ban on gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino Legal Most operators’ licences are due to run until 2023 or 2024, meaning it will be at least two years before the impact of the ban is felt. Email Address 18th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher “The council has done everything in its power to ensure that the will of the people expressed in the petition has been fulfilled,” it said of the subsequent ban. The new banning order will prohibit casinos from operating in Bratislava, while all other types of gaming halls will be shut down. center_img Regions: Central and Eastern Europe Slovakia The ban will not come into effect immediately, with the city council allowing all licensed operators to continue offering gambling until their licences expire. The council will not accept any new applications for licences, nor allow operators to renew their existing licences. The ban comes after the council in September received a petition signed by more than 70,000 Bratislava residents calling for gambling to be outlawed in the city. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bratislava’s city council has voted in favour of a motion to introduce a ban on certain forms of gambling in the Slovakian capital. Tags: Bratislava Bingo halls will be permitted to remain open, however, as will betting shops and other forms of in-person wagering.last_img read more

Study: Florida ranked second lowest in speeding deaths in US

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Speeding problems on America’s roadsFrom driving-tests.org LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img TAGSdriving-tests.orgfloridaSpeeding Previous articleVoter rights group rallies to end limbo in battleground FloridaNext articleLocal botanical business qualifies for agricultural cost-share program Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Speeding’s Role in Deadly AccidentsWas Speeding a Factor?Age and Gender GapRegional Mortality RatesDangerous RoadwaysSafety FirstIn the time that it takes you to read this report from start to finish, at least one person somewhere in the U.S. will have died in a fatal car accident. Of the more than 37,000 fatal car accidents that occur every year (averaging one every 14 minutes), roughly 1 in 3 collisions involve a driver traveling above the legal speed limit.A danger to everyone on the road, drivers who speed kill thousands of people every year as a result of not being able to control their vehicles properly, having insufficient time to avoid dangerous situations, and the diminished effectiveness of safety restraints. In short, speeding is often a reckless, unnecessary behavior that can lead to deadly accidents in the blink of an eye.But how have speeding accidents changed over time, and which drivers are the most susceptible to fatal accidents at accelerated speeds? To learn more, we analyzed five years of Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, including every fatal car crash involving a speeding driver between 2013 and 2017. Read on as we break down which speed limits drivers are most likely to disobey (leading to fatal crashes); how these tragic collisions vary from rural to urban roadways; and which drivers are the most likely to be involved in deadly accidents caused by a speeding driver.Speeding’s Role in Deadly AccidentsAmericans are logging more miles in their cars than ever before, and despite the efforts of major manufacturers to help make cars safer with the advent of new technology, in-car tech features could be leaving drivers more distracted instead. Even the noises a car makes to help alert drivers that they might be drifting into a different lane can be viewed as distracting, encouraging drivers to take their eyes (and their focus) off the road in front of them.Between 2013 and 2017, the total number of fatal accidents caused by speeding on American roads fluctuated between 9,283 and 10,291, accounting for 26% to 29% of all deadly collisions. When it comes to the most common causes of roadway accidents, their effects are significantly compounded when one or both drivers are traveling above the posted speed limit. From encountering blind spots on the road to distracted driving and losing control of your vehicle, the actions that regularly lead to collisions can turn from dangerous to deadly when speeding is involved.Was Speeding a Factor?If the speed limits in a given area sometimes seem arbitrary from one neighborhood to the next, that’s because they might just be.According to the Federal Highway Administration, municipalities currently have no agreed-upon metric to determine the appropriate speed limits on roads or freeways. Instead, legislators take a combination of crash risk, traffic volume, roadway design, and location information into consideration to determine how fast drivers should be able to travel without endangering themselves or the people around them.As we found by examining 2017 crash data, the highest volume of fatal accidents occurred on roads with 55 mile-per-hour speed limits, for a total of 2,003 speed-related fatalities. In all, speeding accounted for more than one in four deadly collisions that occurred on roads where drivers should be traveling at or under 55 mph. Overwhelmingly, roughly three quarters of fatal accidents on roads with 55 mile-per-hour speed limits took place in rural environments compared to urban area roadways. Despite the fact that they have less traffic, drivers are sometimes more likely to speed on rural roads where there’s less natural protection or lighting to illuminate dangers that may lie ahead.Deadly accidents were significantly more common on roads with posted speed limits below 55 mph than in places where drivers can legally go 60 mph or faster. In fact, roadways accommodating the highest legal speeds saw some of the lowest proportions of fatalities attributable to speeding. Such was the case for roads limited to 75 mph, where speeding was culpable in fewer than one in five deaths.Age and Gender GapDespite being socially stereotyped as “bad drivers,” research suggests women may actually be the safer and more cautious sex behind the wheel. Not only do men have a 77% higher risk of dying in a fatal car accident compared to women, but we found men were more than five times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents related to speeding.This guide tracks the changes in driving speeds and the likelihood of being involved in a deadly speeding-related collision in 2017:Drivers between the ages of 15 and 19: Teenage boys involved in fatal accidents in this age group were typically traveling at an average of more than 61 mph, compared to women traveling at less than 56 mph. Teen boys were also four times as likely to die in speeding-related collisions than teen girls.Drivers between the ages of 20 and 29: In 2017, the highest average speed associated with fatal accidents — nearly 62 mph — was attributed to male drivers between the ages of 20 and 29. At this age, more than 7.5 men between 20- and 29-years-old out of every 100,000 died in motor vehicle accidents with a speeding driver.Drivers between the ages of 30 and 39: The speed at which deadly accidents happen began to decrease at these ages for men, averaging less than 58 mph.Drivers between the ages of 40 and 49: The number of fatal collisions fell to the lowest per capita rate for both men and women between these ages. According to the data, the average driver is getting safer at this stage for the first time in their life.Drivers between the ages of 50 and 59: For the first time, both men and women involved in fatal accidents averaged speeds under 50 mph at the time of their crashes.Drivers between the ages of 60 and 69: Men were still more than six times more likely to be involved in speed-related fatalities between the ages of 60 and 69.Drivers 70 and over: For women, there was no change in the likelihood of being involved in a crash during their 70’s when compared to women in their 60s.Regional Mortality RatesThe reasoning behind setting speed limits can be fuzzy at times, but the consequences of driving beyond the posted speed limit are often black and white. Still, we found enforcing stricter laws and regulations against speeding drivers is not likely to deter their reckless behavior.South Carolina, one of the most relaxed states in the U.S. for either speeding or reckless driving, had the highest number of speeding-related fatalities in 2017 with more than eight deaths per 100,000 residents.In contrast, New Mexico, one of the strictest states in the U.S. for speeding, ranked second overall for the number of deadly accidents caused by speeding.And while New Jersey (1.35 speeding-related deaths per 100,000 residents) and Florida (1.43) had the lowest rates of these tragic accidents, Florida is still considered one of the most dangerous states in the country for drivers.Dangerous RoadwaysTypical rush hour congestion may cause a majority of motor vehicle accidents, but the same can’t be said for speeding-related fatalities.Unlike other causes for collisions, we found the most common times of day for deadly speeding accidents were between 12 and 2 a.m. for the morning hours and between 9 and 11 p.m. for the evening. According to some experts, a more heavily trafficked road can make drivers feel the need to be more alert and aware of their surroundings. In the absence of potential threats like other vehicles or pedestrians, drivers are more likely to exhibit reckless behaviors, including speeding.Weekends were the most common days of the week for speeding-related fatalities, with Friday (27% of deaths in 2017), Saturday (31%), and Sunday (32%) accounting for far more fatalities than accidents that occurred between Monday and Thursday.April had the highest proportion of speeding-related accidents in 2017. Wednesday has become more deadly for speeders since 2013, with speeding fatalities on this day increasing more rapidly than any other day of the week.Safety FirstThe moment you sit down behind the wheel of a car, you instantly become responsible for not only your own life but the lives of other drivers around you. For these reasons, obeying the rules of the road won’t just help you avoid getting a ticket — they could help save your life. Every year, thousands of fatal accidents are attributed to speeding drivers, particularly teenage boys and men. Rural areas are sometimes more likely to experience these deadly collisions, and speeding-related crashes typically happen at night or in the very early morning, outside the context of rush hour. Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/330286/coupled-house-naoi-architecture-design-office Clipboard Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/330286/coupled-house-naoi-architecture-design-office Clipboard Japan 2011 Projects ArchDaily Year:  “COPY” “COPY” CopySave this picture!© Hiroshi UedaRecommended ProductsWoodEGGEREGGER surfaces in Aqipa Exhibition Stand IFAChairsB&B ItaliaArmchair – JensStoolsAndreu WorldFlex High Back – BarstoolText description provided by the architects. This project involved rebuilding a single plot with an existing wooden, one-storey detached house located in a quiet residential neighborhood. As many of the other buildings in the area had also been recently refurbished, we wanted to preserve the scale of the house and the midcentury vintage and slightly anachronistic character of the neighborhood in a new, updated form. Save this picture!© Hiroshi Ueda Gardens and courtyards in traditional Japanese houses used to connect the buildings they were housed in to people and the surrounding neighborhood. This sense of connection helped to relieve feelings of claustrophobia and oppressiveness – a function fulfilled by these “gap” spaces (ma in Japanese). By leaving gaps and empty spaces that are ambiguously defined, these ma allow diverse and heterogeneous elements to coexist alongside each other while maintaining a sense of harmony between them.  Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaA home that incorporates these gaps within it becomes a space of communication that conveys a palpable sense of the personality and presence of the inhabitants, allowing them the luxury of living in an environment that gives them a sense of liberation, of emotional freedom and ease. In addition, the provision of generous natural light and ample ventilation ensures a comfortable living environment. Rather than isolating and shutting out the exterior entirely from the interior of the house, we hoped to foster a leisurely lifestyle that would relax both the mind and body by making this sense of connection to the outside world more palpable. Project gallerySee allShow lessVideo: Reading Station Redevelopment Update / Grimshaw ArchitectsArticlesHeadquarters Building for Small and Medium Enterprises Second Prize Winning Proposal…Articles Share Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design OfficeSave this projectSaveCoupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design OfficeSave this picture!© Hiroshi UedaHouses•Tokyo, Japan Photographs:  Hiroshi Ueda+ 24 Share CopyAbout this officeNaoi Architecture & Design OfficeOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesTokyoJapanPublished on February 10, 2013Cite: “Coupled House / Naoi Architecture & Design Office” 10 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Photographslast_img read more

‘It is not too late’ to solve the climate crisis

first_imgThe climate crisis looms overhead like the Grim Reaper for us all, especially young people. We have been born into this crisis. Many of us are growing up in fear and anxiety about what will happen to us in a few short years.This fear is so strong and overwhelming that people have even started calling it “climate despair.” In response, many make individual choices such as going vegan or carpooling to cut down on emissions. While such efforts and intentions are commendable, we must acknowledge that these individual acts are not and cannot be enough. And ultimately, poor and working-class people are being blamed for the crisis, which is an act of gaslighting by the capitalist class, who are the ones actually responsible for this. Just 100 oil corporations were found responsible for 70 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The sheer scale of this destruction is to ensure wealth is passed into fewer and fewer hands.We must acknowledge that capitalism is responsible for this crisis. An economic system that prioritizes profits above all means that capitalists see our earth’s natural resources, ecosystems and animals as disposable. That includes people, too — as Bolsonaro’s government in Brazil lets the Amazon burn and leaves Indigenous people to die. As it currently stands, poor Black, Indigenous, Latinx and people of color will see the worst consequences of this crisis, such as extreme heat, water shortages and loss of shorelines, while wealthy whites will have the means to escape it. This is not conjecture — this comes from the mouths of climate scientists and their reports.A young person named Greta Thunberg from Sweden has become a prominent figure as of late, having started a movement of students striking every Friday worldwide for the climate. Thunberg will be attending the climate strikes starting Sept. 20 in New York City, as well as the 2019 UN Climate Summit. She has called for civil disobedience and for politicians to “take the science seriously.”Her movement constitutes a fantastic starting place, as strikes are one of the most effective tools of the people. What would make her movement even stronger would be embracing the overthrow of capitalism.IT IS NOT TOO LATE. We can still turn the direction of this global crisis around. Young people need to mobilize for the climate crisis. We, the working class, can bring down the capitalist class. This world will soon be ours, and it is up to us to lead it into a future where capitalism has been abolished and the worst of the climate crisis has been mitigated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

AFP correspondent held for five hours by police in Malabo

first_img Organisation Reports Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship to go further Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea Receive email alerts RSF_en Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img May 18, 2020 Find out more April 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 AFP correspondent held for five hours by police in Malabo November 27, 2020 Find out more Equatorial GuineaAfrica News June 15, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the five-hour detention of Samuel Obiang Mbana, correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Africa n°1 radio, at the police station in the capital Malabo on 14 April.The journalist was arrested at Malabo international airport where he went to cover arrivals for an extraordinary summit of heads of state of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). “It is unacceptable that security forces should prevent this journalist from covering CEMAC heads of state arriving in Malabo”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Is Obiang Mbana, Equatorial Guinea’s sole correspondent for the foreign press, going to end up like his predecessor who was demonised and attacked because of the authorities’ mistrust of the foreign press?” it asked, referring to Rodrigo Angue Nguema whom he replaced as AFP correspondent in October 2009.Angue Nguema was held for four months in Black Beach prison over a defamation case brought against him by the head of the national airline Ceiba. See the press release: [http://en.rsf.org/equatorial-guinea-afp-and-rfi-correspondent-released-1…Obiang Mbana was arrested by presidential security agents at the airport and told by the head of presidential security that he should have had accreditation to cover the arrivals. He was taken to Malabo police station and held for five hours before being released.“The authorities have never required journalists to have a special accreditation for the arrival of presidents at the airport. I am the only journalist to have been arrested even though I have been accredited by my press employer. The authorities want to stop me working freely”, the journalist told Reporters Without Borders.In another recent case, Pedro Luis Esono, a journalist on state-run radio in Bata (on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea), was arrested and held for three days, between 8-10 February this year, after reporting on air the discovery of seven bodies at one of the city’s dumps.last_img read more

Ireland fined for failing to deal with septic tanks

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous article69 year old man dies in Killyclug house fireNext articleLetterkenny Town Council budget meeting tonight News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img By News Highland – December 20, 2012 Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter WhatsApp Facebook The Government has been fined two million Euro by the European Commission for failing to regulate the installation and use of close on 500-thousand septic tanks.In addition, from yesterday the EU is imposing a daily fine of 12-thousand euro per day for breach of a 2009 ruling until the issue is properly addressed.Independent Northwest MEP Marian Harkin has hit out at sucessive Governments for failing to introduce the necessary steps to comply with EU regulations.And she’s called on the Environment Minister now to take immediate action……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/hark830.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Ireland fined for failing to deal with septic tanks Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Concern expressed at Letterkenny firework incidents

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook Residents in the Glencar area of Letterkenny are said to be at their wits end over a spate of antisocial activity in the area.It follows reports of fireworks being let off in a number of estates on a near nightly basis.Community activist Finnian O’Donnell is appealing to those behind the behaviour to stop………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/finnantisocial-3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Concern expressed at Letterkenny firework incidents Twitter Google+center_img Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleKilmacrennan Celtic win appeal and are Premier Division ChampionsNext article78 new cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland News Highland Pinterest Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – September 10, 2020 Pinterestlast_img read more

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to give closest look ever at the sun

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LAUREL, Md.) — NASA has launched a mission to get closer than its ever gotten before to the sun, its corona and solar wind. After a 24-hour delay, the mission, called Parker Solar Probe, launched early Sunday.Here is what you need to know about the Parker Solar Probe.What is Parker Solar Probe (PSP)?PSP is the only NASA mission, scientific probe to study the sun’s corona and solar wind. The mission is named for Dr. Eugene Parker, a physicist at the University of Chicago who proposed the existence of solar wind. It is the first NASA mission to be named for a living researcher.This mission is the brainchild of Parker, who long ago predicted the turbulence of solar energy and its impact on our planet. At a press conference last week, Parker said of his namesake mission: “I expect to find some surprises.”How does the probe work?It will be the fastest human-made object with speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour, able to survive million degree temperatures, orbiting the sun just 4 million miles from its surface, after a 90 million-mile trip, to get the first measurements of the sun’s energy.What are the challenges in this mission?The temperature near the sun’s corona can be viewed as an obstacle, according to Geoffrey Brown, a public affair officer with the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.“The spacecraft must operate in the sun’s corona, where temperatures can reach millions of degrees,” Brown told ABC News via email. “To protect itself, the spacecraft has a thermal protection system, or heat shield, that will provide a shadow in which the spacecraft will ‘hide’ to perform its scientific data gathering. The outer sun-facing side of the shield will reach 2,500 Fahrenheit at closest approach to the sun.”What does Parker Solar Probe mean for humanity?“The mission will unlock mysteries of the corona, including why it’s so much hotter than the surface of the sun which is about 10,000 Farenheit,” Brown said.How close can you get to the sun without being burned?Parker Solar Probe will find out if its cutting edge heat shields will work — this death-defying spacecraft will fly daringly close to the sun — closer than any spacecraft before it. Just imagine how sizzling hot it is even without the advanced heat protection that will keep this tiny space probe from burning to a crisp.Why is the mission important?This mission is exciting because never before have we had the opportunity to get this close to the sun. Solar weather isn’t something most of us are aware of — not like approaching thunderstorms or blizzards or tornadoes — but it impacts our technology, our satellites, the electric grid and our communications networks.Also, astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi says this is one of NASA’s most exciting missions.“We need to get an up-close view to see this solar processes, to improve our understanding of how the sun works,” Oluseyi said. “This will help us understand how stars interact with [the] planets that orbit them and may give rise to new technologies.”David Alexander, director of Rice University’s Space Program, says you cannot overestimate the importance of this mission.“It will help us understand a fundamental aspect of the sun-Earth interaction, the solar wind,” Alexander said.When will the Parker Solar Probe be launched?The launch was scheduled for Saturday, but technical glitches meant it didn’t lift off until 3:31 a.m. ET Sunday from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was launched on a Delta IV Heavy rocket.The Parker Solar Probe launch was delayed several times already, but needed to launch by Aug. 19 to line up flyby of Venus, which will act as a slingshot to get PSP into the right trajectory away from Earth toward the sun, for its seven-year mission, orbiting the sun seven times.How long will the whole mission last?“The mission is slated for a seven-year primary mission,” Brown said.What is Johns Hopkins’ role in the Parker Solar Probe?“The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) designed, built, and will manage the mission for NASA,” Brown said. “APL will operate the spacecraft from a mission operations center on APL’s campus in Laurel, Maryland.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The ice-cream man cometh

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HenryInman is a remarkable champion of lifelong learning. His influence on RichmondFrozen Confectionery’s employees – and the prisoners on work placements there –has made continuous development a way of life. By Stephanie SparrowSophisticatedtechnology and strict hygiene regulations fail to diminish the magic of touringRichmond Frozen Confectionery’s ice-cream factory.Althoughthe ingredients are encased in external silos until computers trigger theirjourney into the building through gleaming steel pipe-work, the aromas escape,tantalising the visitor’s nose.Seeingthe ice-cream hit the tubs is a child’s dream. Chocolate, strawberry and vanillaooze from a trio of pipes to form perfect boxes of soft scoop Neapolitan. In aseparate area a sophisticated banoffee mixture is swirled into chic 500ml potsfor the adult market.Thefactory fulfils all childhood expectations, but the workforce defies thestereotypes of a factory floor. From beneath their hygiene regulation headgear,the faces reveal a cross-section of society in terms of sex, race and age.Thecompany is proud of its innovative employment practices and its subscription toNew Deal, National Traineeship and Modern Apprenticeship programmes. RichmondFrozen Confectionery is the only provider in North Yorkshire for food and drinkModern Apprenticeships and National Traineeships and it is an award-winningprovider of training and work placements for prisoners.Thefactory is in Leeming Bar, the North Yorkshire base of Richmond FrozenConfectionery, the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of ice-cream,dominating the supply of own-label products to major food retailers.Richmondalso owns the Treats ice-lolly brand based in Crossgates, West Yorkshire, whichit bought in a reverse takeover in 1998.Workforcenumbers at Leeming Bar have grown from 20 in 1990 to a current 210. Thisexpansion, matched by investment in sophisticated technology, has pushed thefactory to be recognised as one of the most efficient in Europe.Solidtraining initiatives – there are 130 employees taking NVQs at the moment – andhigh-profile activities, have moved in parallel with this growth. The annualspend on training at Richmond – including funding from the Tecs and DfEE – is 1per cent of turnover.TrainingevangelismAtthe centre of this activity is training development and human resources managerHenry Inman, a determined Yorkshireman well-known throughout the region for histraining evangelism and unofficial ambassadorship of IIP.Hesuccessfully project managed IIP at his previous employer WCF Foods beforeseeing it through to recognition at Richmond.Hejoined Richmond in 1998 to formalise its training function. The company hasengineered a culture change from dependency on external training consultantswith ad hoc activities to running its own educational institution, says Inman.Sincehe joined Richmond, he has put a lot of building blocks into place establishingthe Leeming Bar site as an approved centre for City & Guilds, GNVQ andNEBS.“Aneducational institution makes sense for us,” he says. “It is a statement ofintent and gives our employees transferable credit.”Progressionto IIPHeis now advising and mentoring on progression to IIP at the Crossgates site,with Richmond’s suppliers and to other employers in the region.“Wethink of our suppliers as stakeholders and if they think that their businesswill support IIP, why not have a look at it? We run a one-day diagnostic forthem,” he says. “IIP is like a coat-hanger, he says. “It provides a basis tohang quality initiatives on.”Hereis someone who is not befuddled by the bureaucracies of NVQs but who getsexcited about the discipline of “logical incrementalism” which they inspire.“Ourprocess standards are written à la NVQ,” says Inman, referring to the standardswritten specifically at Richmond to ensure that operatives and team leadersunderstand the technical complexities of their job role, looking at not onlyhow a machine works but how it is linked into cost leaders and maximumefficiency.NVQsare used as a benchmark for the company. “They are used as a point of referencefor skills required in internal job advertisements,” says Inman.Noone is forced to take NVQs but Richmond gives everybody the opportunity to takethem and looks for alternative ways of developing people if they don’t want toparticipate.Learningfor everybodyInmanbelieves that training is for everybody. He embodies lifelong learning himselfas he has progressed from a hard-working farmer’s son who rejected the idea ofcollege until his early 20s in favour of work experience on the family farms,to someone with a crateful of academic and vocational qualifications who willstart a doctorate at Durham University this autumn.Heis passionate about other people’s development, frequently referring to thebuzz he gets from the “self-actualisation” of others, such as an employeerejected by the education system who achieved NVQ Level 2 in middle age.Thecompany was the “innovative practice award” winner at last year’s Investors inPeople ceremony for its use of work placements for prisoners.Inmansees no difference in the training needs and aspirations of the prisoners whotravel 25 miles from Kirklevington Grange Prison in Cleveland. Neither doesanyone else in the factory, he claims.“Atfirst the situation was that nobody knew there were serving prisoners in the factory,”he says. “No one could see the difference because they weren’t treateddifferently and now we are totally upfront about it.” The prisoners are treatedexactly the same as everyone else, he says.Equalopportunities“Wehave inductions for prisoners, New Dealers, Modern Apprenticeships, the wholelot, it doesn’t matter, it is totally equal opportunities. When we evaluate theinduction it is great to see what some of prisoners write on the evaluationform. They feel that they are regaining their self-respect,” he says.Theprisoners are category D which means that they are in the final stages of theirsentence and considered to be of minimum risk to the general public if theyescape en route to work.“Theyare paid the same rate as other employees and in terms of employment law wedeal with them exactly as we would the others,” says Inman, who conducts jobinterviews at the prison. “The only caveat to that is that they remain underprison jurisdiction. We liaise with the prison over what time they should leaveKirklevington to travel to a shift, and take into account the journey times sothat we can estimate what time they will arrive with us because they can usetheir own vehicles.”Butthere are checks. “Prison officers come here and do audits. If they step out ofline the prison will come down here to collect them,” he says.Thebenefits to the prisoners, says Inman, are, “They get work experience, moneyand if they have worked well they will get a reference and could be offered ajob. If they stay with us long enough they can create evidence towards NVQs.One Kirklevington lad who left us got his train the trainer and team leadershipprocess standards and his food hygiene certificate, that’s a good portfolio ofdocuments.”Ofcourse altruism is not the only reason that Richmond employs the prisoners. TheLeeming Bar site is in an affluent area of low unemployment, less than 2 percent, competing with many other food factories, so imaginative recruitment and traininggo hand in hand to plug the gaps.Reputationfor trainingButbecause the company is building a reputation for training, with full supportfrom the manufacturing director – Inman’s hotline to the board – and giving ita high profile in areas such as the annual report and accounts, potentialemployees are coming forwards all the time.“Sixthformers are seeing our Modern Apprenticeships scheme and asking what it isabout. They now see it as an alternative to college and stay here for athree-year apprenticeship instead,” says Inman.Lastyear the company was in the top ten contenders for three national IIP awardcategories: outstanding practice award, the innovative practice award and thekey champion award. It eventually won the innovative practice award but therewere other surprises too. The high profile activities led to it winning TheYorkshire Award for Employment Creation and a National Training Award for themost outstanding newly recognised IIP company in the North Yorkshire Tecregion.Inman’snext stage is to see through the benefits of IIP, which includes 22 employeesstudying for their Diploma in Business Excellence.“Richmondis a dynamic company which has traditionally placed an intense focus onoperations in order to give customer satisfaction. We are now taking a moreholistic approach as an Investor in People with a passionate belief in employeedevelopment and the achievement of business excellence,” he says.Heis also going to complete an MBA, prepare for his studies with Durham Universitywhich will look at educational management of team leaders in a manufacturingenvironment, and continue to promote the benefits of IIP in the region.CV– Henry Inman1971-1983Working on family farms1979 Diploma in agriculture with distinction1983-1986 Set up a farm shop1986-1994 Various supervisory and management jobs, WCF Foods1994-1998 Production manager with whole site personnel and trainingresponsibilities, WCF Foods1998 Training, development and human resources manager, Richmond Frozen ConfectioneryQualifications1982-1991 Various food hygiene and quality management qualifications1995 NVQ Level 5 in Management BTEC1997 BA in Business Administration1998 Advanced Diploma in Adult & Continuing Education1999 PGCE in Education, MA in Education The ice-cream man comethOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Panoro Energy announces substantial oil discovery in Hibiscus Updip sidetrack

first_imgThe Hibiscus Updip oil discovery has been appraised by drilling a sidetrack (DHIBM-1ST1) to the northwest to test the lateral extent and structural elevation of the Gamba reservoir Image: The DHIMB-1 well was initially drilled in 116m of water to a vertical depth of 3,538m. Photo: Courtesy of Vee TEC from FreeImages. Panoro Energy is pleased to report a positive update on its drilling operation on the Hibiscus Updip well (DHIBM-1), located on Dussafu Marin Permit (Dussafu), offshore Gabon.John Hamilton, CEO of Panoro, commented: “Results of drilling at Hibiscus Updip have significantly exceeded expectations. Both the original wellbore and sidetrack have encountered oil columns with excellent reservoir properties and our estimate of gross recoverable oil at Hibiscus Updip is between 40 and 50 million barrels. Our phase 3 development plans to tie the nearby Ruche and Ruche NE fields back to the Adolo FPSO are now being expanded to include a possible fast-track development of the discovery. Additionally, this successful well enables us to further de-risk Gamba prospectivity in the Hibiscus area where we see significant additional potential. We are extremely pleased with the continued drilling success at Dussafu, and now look forward to the commencement of the production drilling phase at Tortue”.The DHIMB-1 well was initially drilled in 116 metres of water to a vertical depth of 3,538 metres. On August 30, 2019, Panoro announced an oil discovery in the pre-salt Gamba reservoir with plans to drill a sidetrack to appraise the extent of the Hibiscus Updip discovery.The Hibiscus Updip oil discovery has been appraised by drilling a sidetrack (DHIBM-1ST1) to the northwest to test the lateral extent and structural elevation of the Gamba reservoir. The sidetrack was drilled to a Total Depth (TD) of 3,500 metres, (3,049 metres True Vertical Depth Subsea (TVDSS)) approximately 1.1 km from the original wellbore and found a 33 metre oil column with 26 metres of oil pay in the Gamba reservoir with better reservoir character and a similar fluid level to that encountered in the vertical well, DHIBM-1.Panoro and the operator, BW Energy, estimate the gross recoverable resources discovered to be in the range of 40 to 50 million barrels of oil. Further upside potential exists in the wider Hibiscus area which will be the focus of future exploration drilling.The well will now be plugged and abandoned pending future appraisal and development activities.  The rig will then move to drill the first of four new oil production wells at the Tortue field. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more