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Treasury hits back after attack on cuts

first_imgMonday 31 January 2011 8:06 pm More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp Sharecenter_img DEFICIT cuts for this year are “too tight” and will slow down growth by over half a per cent, a leading think tank said yesterday.The claims, from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), provoked the Treasury into response, with a spokesperson insisting the cuts are “a vital pre-condition to growth.”And a separate study, released today by the Centre for Policy Studies, endorsed the fiscal austerity measures. Deficit cuts are “less risky and definitely a great deal more morally honest,” said author Jon Moulton – chairman of Better Capital.However, NIESR accused the coalition government of slashing spending for political, rather than economic, reasons.“Plans based on spending are not necessarily more credible and effective, but some politicians have an appetite for a slimmer state,” said acting director Ray Barrell.And NIESR also criticised chancellor George Osborne’s VAT hike, describing the measure as inflationary and likely to cause more economic contraction than direct taxes. However, reductions in the deficit have to happen at some point, NIESR admitted.“Deficits transfer income from our children to us — a deficit reduction plan is essential, but you need to keep an eye on the economy,” NIESR said, suggesting that the recovery was too fragile for cuts to begin. While predicting that growth will bounce back in the first quarter of this year, the figure will be “flattered” due to a rebound in activity that was delayed by December’s freezing weather conditions, said NIESR economist Simon Kirby.Growth for 2011 will come in at just 1.5 per cent, Kirby forecast.Labour used the report to attack chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. “This report is yet another warning sign to a Conservative chancellor who seems to be in denial,” they said. “He needs a plan B and he needs one quick.” Treasury hits back after attack on cuts by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Adsautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Minerva values rise but lettings remain elusive

first_img Minerva values rise but lettings remain elusive KCS-content Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusUndo whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tuesday 22 February 2011 8:08 pmcenter_img Show Comments ▼ PROPERTY developer Minerva remained tight-lipped over possible tenants for its Walbrook and St Botolph developments yesterday, as it reported a 6.2 per cent rise in net asset value. The London-focused firm made £10.4m profit in the last six months of 2010, while the value of its properties rose 3.2 per cent to £1.2bn“Our short term priority is to lease our City properties, finish and sell Lancaster Gate and consider a joint venture for the Kensington Odeon side,” chief executive Salmaan Hasan told City A.M. Lancaster Gate, a luxury residential development near Hyde Park, is 60 per cent let, Hasan said, with almost all of the retail space at the St Botolph office block now pre-let. Industry insiders said this week that Santander was in talks with Minerva to take space in the Walbrook, but Hasan declined to comment on whether the bank is still interestedHe told City A.M. that there has been renewed interest since the start of the year, putting the number of potential tenants in the “mid-single figures”. Minerva also said takeover talks with an unnamed possible bidder were ongoing, but refused to reveal any details. whatsapp Tags: NULL Sharelast_img read more

Social Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

first_img Text description provided by the architects. The building is part of a recently developed area in the North of Paris (19th district). The main façade – south – faces an urban boulevard – Boulevard Mac Donald. The new tram way under construction will serve the area in a few months. Next to the housing, a school group, offices and facilities have been built.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Arctic White – Colorfeel CollectionMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®The main volume of the housing is 10 stories high and measures 45 x 32 m. A small patio lights up naturally the center. Shops situated on the ground floor and offices on the 1st floor complete the building. All apartments are double oriented and a generously outdoor space – balcony, roof, terrace or loggia – are provided for each apartment. The outdoor spaces enlarge naturally the living rooms and dining area. The loggias are about 10 sqm; their dimension allows the comfortable placement of a table. Save this picture!Site PlanThe apartments are laid out on a grid of 3m20 and offer a multitude of types from studios to large 4/5 room apartments. One of the major topics has been the possible evolution by combining the apartments and adapting them to new situations over generations. The plan, composed of modules allows to reorganize and to resize the apartments. Save this picture!A 30cm low parapet allows vertical openings and assures comfortable natural light in all rooms. Solar panels on the roof provide hot water. A two stories underground parking contains 78 places, storage rooms and a large department for cycles.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessIn Progress: Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & AssociatesArticlesEuropan 11 Proposal: ‘Nudge City’ / RIO AgencyArticlesProject locationAddress:Paris, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/202986/social-housing-in-paris-dietmar-feichtinger-architectes Clipboard ArchDaily Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!+ 41 Share CopyAbout this officeDietmar Feichtinger ArchitectesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingParisHousingFrancePublished on January 30, 2012Cite: “Social Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes” 30 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave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 Social Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger ArchitectesSave this projectSaveSocial Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes France Social Housing In Paris / Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes CopySocial Housing•Paris, Francecenter_img Projects “COPY” Year:  2011 Area:  7360 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Social Housing “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/202986/social-housing-in-paris-dietmar-feichtinger-architectes Clipboardlast_img read more

Pace of CFAP Payments Slows, USDA Seeking the Reason Why

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/censky-cfap-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The pace of payments from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, has slowed recently. USDA is a long way away from distributing the full $16 billion in direct payments to farmers.“We are looking at that to see what are the reasons that right now we’re around $6.8 billion that have been paid out,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, who says producers have until Aug. 28th to apply. “I know, anecdotally, I’ve talked to some producers who are now just beginning to sign up and fill out their form, so hopefully folks will get that in. But we know that the need is out there, so we do think that there’s going to be the demand for it.”Could we see some changes to the formula with the next round of CFAP, when it happens, so payments reach more farmers? Censky says they are exploring options now that they have more money from Congress to work with.“They gave US $14 billion in CCC (Commodity Credit Corporation) funds, but that wasn’t going to be made available until after our June 30 financial statements. So, now we are just now receiving those dollars. We’re taking a look to see how do we spend those dollars to basically try to top up. We’re taking a look to see how do we change the formulas to try to increase producers revenue there and obviously we want to try to help producers as much as possible.”Censky added that there will not be another round of Market Facilitation Payments now that USMCA and the Phase One trade deal with China are in force. He says China has been stepping up with purchases of US ag commodities lately, but, “They need to do more.“If they’re going to meet that $36.5 billion mark, they have to step it up even more. So, we’re monitoring that very closely.”Censky was the keynote speaker at the American Soybean Association’s 100th anniversary celebration in Indiana on Tuesday. SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 5, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Pace of CFAP Payments Slows, USDA Seeking the Reason Why Pace of CFAP Payments Slows, USDA Seeking the Reason Why SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleEnergy Department Recommends Granting Partial Retroactive WaiversNext articlePace of CFAP Payments Slows, USDA Seeking the Reason Why on the HAT Thursday Podcast Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

Mary I lecturers reject Croke Park deal

first_imgTwitter Print Advertisement “There’s simply no trust from public sector workers anymore in the government.”OVER 100 lecturers from Mary Immaculate College have rejected the Croke Deal which they describe as ‘a blank cheque’ for the government.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Head of the Mary I branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Dr Deirdre McMahon told the Limerick Post what the major bug bear for their members is.“We’re being asked to sign off on proposals for the Review for Higher Education which essentially would allow the government to have a free reign to do what they wish”.Referring to the concerns of third level teachers about government plans for redeployment and reorganisation, Dr McMahon said: “there is simply no trust in the government anymore, from public sector workers”.She explained that due to two paycuts and the income levy most of their members have had a 20% pay cut over the past year.However although she stated that there is enormous anger in the public sector she feels that industrial action is not the answer.She believes that the moratorium on recruitment has damaged third level education.  “The number of people who are on short term contracts which are not being renewed is increasing the workload and putting pressure on most institutions,” she said and voicing her belief that the public have a false perception of academics, the 20th century history lecturer said:“We didn’t have a nine to five shift for the past two weeks we have been marking exam scripts which is seven day a week work. People think that we just sun ourselves during the summer but we have to prepare new courses”.She said that many IFUT members were bitterly angered by media coverage last year which suggested that public sector workers are the root of the country’s fiscal crisis.“I find it ironic that the Croke Park Deal was announced on the same day as the full extent of the cost of NAMA was revealed to the public”.IFUT members are now determined that they will not be bound by acceptance of the Croke Park Deal by the country’s two largest unions SIPTU and IMPACT. NewsLocal NewsMary I lecturers reject Croke Park dealBy admin – May 31, 2010 577 WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Email Linkedin Previous articleRonan called in as O’Connell is withdrawn from summer tourNext articleBody found in waste ground adminlast_img read more

Gerry Raftery: Compassion Fights the Virus

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Email Previous articleAskeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local communityNext articleLimerick based Lou McMahon joins Hollywood’s finest musicians Meghann Scully THE phase of cocooning has been extended until Tuesday May 5th, just after the bank holiday weekend. Gerry Raftery is the Co-Ordinator of Mindfulness Programmes at Personal Milestones and has some tips in how to be compassionate at a time uncertainty and unease. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Comedian, Tommy Tiernan, has an unusual T.V. chat show on RTE. He doesn’t know who he is going to meet until they sit down in front of him. One of his recent guests was a British Buddhist monk called Gelong Thubten.Towards the end of the conversation Tommy looked at the monk and asked him to teach him to pray. The monk was surprised by the request, but he had no problem inviting Tommy and his audience to sit still and focus on their breathing.He did this gently. Then he invited people to make a wish, a prayer: “May I be happy and free from suffering. May all others be happy and free from suffering.”Gerry Raftery is the Co-Ordinator of Mindfulness Programmes at Personal MilestonesAs the short Prayer/Meditation was coming to an end Gelong Thubten invited people to extend their Prayer or Wish to all people, to let it spread out into the city and the world. He saw it as a desire for Peace, Freedom and Happiness for all.What the monk did on the Tommy Tiernan show is called the Loving Kindness Meditation in Mindfulness. It is a key part of Compassion in the practice of Mindfulness. When I do this Meditation with people it has a profound effect on them.Suffering and CompassionDuring this time of Covid-19, the Coronavirus Pandemic, we need to exercise a great deal of Compassion towards ourselves, towards those we love and towards all of humanity. We are all in this together.The suffering which we see around us, the loss of so much, and the sadness which can overwhelm us draws us towards Compassion.There is the direct suffering experienced by those who contract the virus, those who die and those who mourn their loss. There is indirect suffering caused by loss of work, loss of income, loss of a normal structure in life, especially in the lives of children. Then there is the suffering from isolation and the loss of independence experienced by most people.Compassion leads us to involve ourselves in the suffering and distress we feel and see around us. We are moved to find ways to alleviate and prevent the suffering. Sometimes we find that we cannot do anything. We just suffer with those who are suffering.For a long time for me the virus and the deaths associated with it were to some extent statistics. But then I heard that Tom, a lovely man I knew from a neighbouring town, had the virus and he was in intensive care. He was only in his early seventies. He was always cheerful and full of fun. He was a popular member of his community. I felt very sad about Tom, I thought a lot about him and his family, and I prayed for him. My sense of Compassion came to the surface.Then Tom died at 6.00 a.m. on April 2nd in a city hospital, he was buried by 4.00 p.m. that afternoon. There was no time to give him a proper funeral. His neighbours stood at their doors in a state of shock and sadness as his hearse passed on its way to the local cemetery. That was how they expressed their Compassion.Compassion towards SelfHow can we be Compassionate when most of us cannot go out or only move within a short distance from home? We can feel guilty that we are leaving the Compassionate role to those on the front line, the doctors, nurses, carers, pharmacists, ambulance drivers, gardai, the people working in shops, delivery people and all those who are working harder than ever to relieve suffering and make life safer and better for the rest of us.So, what can we do? I think there are different levels and expressions of Compassion. Oddly we start by showing Compassion towards ourselves. Remember that the command “Love your neighbour as yourself” assumed that one can and should love oneself. This is psychologically true.We need to look after ourselves, do what we have to do to stay safe and well at this time. Be kind to ourselves by doing some of the things we like doing and have plenty of time to do now. Take it easy now, without feeling guilty.Compassion towards self means doing some of the basics, eat properly, take what exercise you are able to take and sleep as best you can. Don’t put yourself under pressure to do things you don’t feel like doing, there is enough pressure around already.Compassion towards OthersThe other expression of Compassion is directed towards others.In the first instance this is the Compassion we show towards those with whom we live. We need to be sensitive to them, give them their space. At times when they are finding the situation getting them down, allow them the space to feel as they do.Compassion might mean holding back on the smart remark or an expression of annoyance or anger with a family member. In a small confined world this is not easy. Sometimes saying or doing nothing is the Compassionate response.Are there practical ways in which we can show compassion towards our neighbours? Check in on older or more isolated people, what do they need? Can you do some shopping or some chores for them? Make an occasional phone-call, a gossipy chat with little bits of local news can reduce their sense of isolation.There are many simple and ordinary ways in which we can show our Compassion. It doesn’t necessarily require something spectacular. In all probability we are doing a lot of it already.Finally, we can pray for ourselves and for one another. Once or twice a day we could repeat that Loving Kindness Meditation: “May I be happy and free from suffering. May all others be happy and free from suffering.”Let your Compassion flow towards yourself, towards those you love and care for, and towards all of humanity in this suffering world.Take Care of Yourself and of One Another.   (Gerry Raftery teaches Mindfulness and Meditation in Limerick and Cork.)The Tommy Tiernan interview with Gelong Thubten can be seen on Youtube.center_img Advertisement LimerickNewsGerry Raftery: Compassion Fights the VirusBy Meghann Scully – April 14, 2020 163 Print Twitterlast_img read more

Guru

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This week’s guruSpectacular failure sees error of waysIt’s not only Lord Archer who lies on his CV, although few manage to stretchthe truth about their academic career in such a convincing way. While wannabe ophthalmologists might not have the fictional skills of abest-selling author, one managed to pull the wool over the eyes of Wigan andLeigh NHS Healthcare Trust, Greater Manchester, this month. After having failed exams on seven previous attempts, the doctor simplydidn’t bother to turn up for his eighth go. Instead, he went back to work andtold his bosses that he’d completed the ophthalmology exams and was rewardedwith a new contract. But, as Lord Archer can testify (although its authenticity would have to bechecked), telling porkies will come back to haunt you. His bosses finally sawthe wood for the trees and suspended him, although he apologised and has beenforgiven. Will we be so magnanimous when poor Jeffrey is released? MD speed kings caught on film Managers are three times more likely to get caught speeding by roadsidecameras than their staff. A survey shows that over 16 per cent of senior managers have been nicked forspeeding in the past year, while only 6 per cent of other employees have. MDsand marketing directors were the worst offenders, with one in four of theformer getting caught. The people least likely to be pulled over are those in non-managerialtechnical roles. Guru wonders whether it is due to managers being keener to get to theoffice, or is it a symptom of the plush company car? As a 2CV driver (yes, they do still exist) Guru can only dream of being donefor speeding. Guru makes it on career fast track While we’re on the subject of fast cars, Guru had a terrible experience lastweek. He was driving along in his car, and the boss rang him up. She said, “You’ve been promoted.” Guru swerved. Then she rang up a second time and said, “You’ve been promotedagain.” The 2CV swerved right across the road. His boss rang up a third time and said, “You’ve been made managingdirector.” Guru crashed into a tree. A policeman approached the accident scene and said, “What happened toyou?” The reply, “I careered off the road.” Belgians compute as they commuteHere’s an idea for all you trainers out there. A Belgian firm has begunoffering commuters IT training on their way to and from work. The Brussels-based firm Xylos uses a van to pick up time-strapped office workersand provides IT training on the move as they are driven to work. They aretested on what they learned that morning on the return trip.The firm has already won some blue-chip clients, including several banks anda national newspaper. Guru knows plenty of journalists who would benefit from this service,although there would be a question mark over the amount of time saved with thevan having to detour via the pub on the way home. Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Thismonth’s news in briefChild-breakscheme broke continuity of employmentAfour-year ‘child-break’ under the Marks & Spencer scheme broke continuityof employment. The Court of Appeal overturned an EAT ruling that continuity waspreserved. The scheme involved the employee resigning from work. In thesecircumstances, the employee was not absent from work “in circumstancessuch that she was regarded as continuing in employment”, despite aguarantee of re-employment at the end of the scheme. (Curr v Marks & Spencerplc, Court of Appeal)Disabilitydid not give automatic right to alternative employmentTheemployee was unable to perform her duties, due to disability. While alternativejobs were available at a higher grade, the employer’s policy was to open these upto competitive selection. The applicant applied unsuccessfully. The EAT agreedwith the tribunal that there was no failure to make reasonable adjustments.Such adjustments could include transfer to alternative work. The duty to makeadjustments only applies, however, if the employer’s arrangements put thedisabled person at a disadvantage compared with non-disabled employees. Thatwas not the case here – the competitive interview process applied to everyone.Further, there would have been justification, that is that the policy wasdesigned to recruit the best person for the job. (Archibald v Fife Council, EAT) in briefOn 1 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Commander of UK’s Maritime Reserve Forces Visits HMS Sherwood

first_img View post tag: News by topic Commander of UK’s Maritime Reserve Forces Visits HMS Sherwood View post tag: visits View post tag: Sherwood View post tag: Warship View post tag: Naval View post tag: Maritime Authorities View post tag: Commander The Commander of the UK’s Maritime Reserve Forces has made his first visit to HMS Sherwood in Nottingham to meet Royal Navy and Royal Marine Reservists based there.HMS Sherwood is the home of the Royal Navy in the East Midlands and the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) Unit for Reservists across the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and further afield.It is also home to the Nottingham Detachment of Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) Merseyside.Commodore Gareth Derrick, Royal Navy, attended the Unit’s Annual Review and Roll of Honour, where he presented medals and awards to Reservists in front of gathered civic dignitaries and Reservists employers and families.“I am very pleased to be at HMS Sherwood, this is my first visit to Nottingham and is long overdue, but it has been worth the wait. I have now visited all RNR and RMR Units,” said Commodore Derrick.“On behalf of the Navy Board I would like to thank you, and your families and employers, for your excellent support.“I can assure you that all of your efforts are appreciated by all senior members of the Royal Navy.”Commodore Derrick presented Chief Petty Officer Samantha Martin, 43, from Nottingham, with the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire’s Certificate for Meritorious Service.The award is made in recognition of exceptional service by a volunteer and ranks in precedence just after Honours bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year and Birthday Honours lists.“I was thrilled to have received this award – and it was fantastic to have been presented with it by Commodore Derrick,” said CPO Martin.“I just get on with my job and do it to the best of my ability, so to be honoured in this way is lovely.”Leading Seaman Derek Parsons, 44, from Ripley in Derbyshire, was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal by Commodore Derrick following his mobilisation to Helmand Province this year.“I am really proud to have represented the Royal Naval Reserve in Afghanistan, so far from the sea, and to have helped the local Afghan people,” said LS Parsons.“To have been presented with my campaign medal by Commander Maritime Reserves was a real honour.”Commodore Derrick also presented the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal to Surgeon Commander Brendon McKeating, 54, from Nottingham, in recognition of his long and efficient service of proved capacity in the Reserve Forces.Cdr McKeating, who joined the RNR after serving in the Royal Navy, is a former Commanding Officer of HMS Sherwood and Head of the RNR Medical Branch.For the past eight years he has also been Chairman of the British Medical Association Armed Forces Committee.Awards were also made to members of HMS Sherwood’s Ship’s Company in recognition of their service and performance.Lieutenant Jeff West, 43, from Woore in Shropshire, was presented with the Gilbert Towle Sword;Able Seaman Jonathon Browne, 40, from Chesterfield, was presented with the Chief Radio Supervisor Hall TrophyAble Seaman Sarah Newby, 26, from Nottingham, was awarded the Commanding Officer’s Trophy.Commodore Derrick used his visit to HMS Sherwood to talk about how future changes to the Reserve Forces in the Government’s Future Reserve 2020 (FR20) Strategy will affect the Maritime Reserves.“We are committed to significantly expanding Reserve Forces and doing more with them,” said Commodore Derrick.“There will be more opportunities for high-quality training with the regulars and more opportunities to serve alongside them on exercises and operations, but we will protect the nature of Reserve Service.”During the evening six promotions that will come in to effect in 2013 were also announced and HMS Sherwood’s Commanding Officer, Commander Martin Clegg, thanked Reservists for their commitment and contribution during 2012.“This has been an exceptional year for HMS Sherwood with a number of our Reservists supporting the Windsor Armed Forces Muster and Thames River Pageant celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.“A large proportion of our Ship’s Company were also mobilised for Op Olympics – the security operation for the London Olympic Games,” said Cdr Clegg.“Meanwhile my Recruiting and Outreach team and Initial Naval Training staff have worked extremely hard to promote HMS Sherwood and the Royal Naval Reserve and to attract and train new Recruits.”Civic dignitaries who attended HMS Sherwood’s 2012 Review of the Year and Unit Roll of Honour were:Councillor Pepper, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council and Mr Pepper (Consort); Councillor Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council;Brigadier (Retired) Gregory, Corporate Director for Environment & Resources, Nottinghamshire County Council;Councillor and Mrs Buschman, Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress, Rushcliffe Borough Council;Councillor Campbell, Chairman, Bassetlaw District Council;Councillor and Mr Handley, Mayor and Consort, Broxtowe Borough Council;Councillor and Mr Barnes, Mayor and Escort, Gedling Borough Council.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defencecenter_img View post tag: forces Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander of UK’s Maritime Reserve Forces Visits HMS Sherwood View post tag: Reserve View post tag: HMS Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy December 20, 2012 View post tag: UK’slast_img read more

Competition launched for young entrepreneurs

first_imgAN ANNUAL competition for potential Oxford entrepreneurs relaunched on Tuesday, offering a substantial cash prize that could total millions of pounds.Last year’s winners of Oxford Entrepreneurs’ ‘Idea Idol’ competition were given a blank cheque and offered access to millions of pounds of private funding after impressing a group of venture capitalists.Sheena Amin, a St Peter’s second-year running the event, said she hoped the competition would encourage students to develop original business ideas.“The competition is a way to promote an entrepreneurial mindset among its members, and the idea behind it is to encourage people to think of creative ideas which they can then transform into a viable business. We want to make it as accessible as possible for undergraduates, too, as last year it was hard for them to compete with MBAs who already had a lot of business experience,” Amin said.Over 200 applicants entered the 2006 competition, which promises substantial financial backing and professional business mentoring for the group with the most innovative idea.Entrants have to write a 100-word summary of their idea, with the top 25 shortlisted for consideration. The second round involves writing a detailed business model before the final eight face a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style panel of successful entrepreneurs.The commencement of this year’s competition was marked by a drinks party last Tuesday and an official launch at the Said Business School. Guest speakers included BBC2 ‘Dragons’ Den’ winner Imran Hakim and Nick Jenkins, founder of stationery company ‘Moonpig’.Last year’s winning team included Christ Church DPhil student Tom Whitfield, whose team impressed judges with their plan to sell online time capsules through the website www.miomi.com.  Whitfield said, “We won ‘Idea Idol’ in February…I think it’s really great to have a platform to encourage students to become entrepreneurs. You have the opportunity to work with a really smart team and the overall set-up is a trendy yet cutting-edge environment.”last_img read more