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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State football will host two national signing day events with new Aggies head coach Blake Anderson discussing his first recruiting class at Logan.The first meeting is a zoom press conference for media at noon followed by a fan-friendly virtual event that evening.This event will be hosted by former Utah State quarterback and Snow College athletic director Kevin White.At midutahradio.com, we will do our best to gather together all of the signing day results for Utah athletes and schools on Wednesday. February 1, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football To Host Two National Signing Day Events Wednesday Brad Jamescenter_img Written bylast_img


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first_img Authorities Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) recently began their participation in the German-led Exercise NORTHERN COASTS 2015 (NOCO 15). NOCO 15 is a multinational exercise for NATO, Partnership for Peace and EU countries, which has been conducted annually since 2007 in the Baltic region. Its aim is to enhance maritime capabilities in support of stabilization operations, conflict prevention and crisis management.SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 conducted port visits to Skagen and Frederiskhavn respectively, prior to the commencement of NOCO 15.NATO Standing Naval Forces participants in NORTHERN COASTS 2015 exercise:from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) (Rear Admiral Alberto Correia, PRT N) – NRP D. Francisco de Almeida (Flagship), HMCS Winnipeg, HNOLS Fridtjof Nansen, FS Commandant Blaisonfrom Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (Commander Peter Bergen Henegouwen, RNLD N) – BNS Godetia (Flagship), ENS Admiral Cowan, FGS Rappenau, HNOMS Hinnoey, HNLMS Schiedam, LVNS Talivaldis, HMS GrimsbyThis annual exercise, which runs through September 24, off Denmark, Sweden and German coastal waters, offers a wide span of training for maritime units and follows a fictitious scenario that helps to prepare all participants for potentially dangerous real-life situations.[mappress mapid=”16943″]Image: MARCOM Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO Groups Join NOCO 15 View post tag: NOCO 15 NATO Groups Join NOCO 15 September 17, 2015center_img View post tag: Groups Share this article View post tag: europe View post tag: NATOlast_img read more


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first_imgJimi Hendrix‘s famed Band of Gypsys project was short-lived, but it marked one of the most influential eras of the guitar legend’s storied career. The trio of Hendrix on guitar, Buddy Miles on drums, and Billy Cox on bass focused on a more funk-based, jam-heavy style marked a huge departure from Hendrix’s psychedelia-focused years with “The Experience”. The new combination of genres ushered in an important new era of music that continues to reverberate to this day, especially in the modern jam scene.Recently, we sat down with Chuck Jones, bass player in Dopapod and verified Band of Gypsys fanatic, to discuss this landmark Jimi Hendrix record ahead of his Band of Gypsys tribute with Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod) & Isaac Teel (TAUK) at American Beauty NYC on 2/24. He delves deep into why this record is so influential to his playing, as well as how impactful this record has been to the world of music as a whole.See below for the full interview with Chuck Jones!Live For Live Music: How did Band of Gypsys influence you as a musician?Chuck Jones: To be honest, I actually didn’t discover Band of Gypsys till later in my career. I don’t even remember when I first heard it, but I do remember how much it stood out to me. What really blew me away was when I found out the whole album is live. That was and is still so impressive to me.I love all of the tones, how much emotion is in every note, and I love that they are jamming! Also, each member is such a powerhouse. The play their asses off the entire album. Being a bass player, be Billy Cox’s groove, attitude and style throughout the album is really captivating and has influenced my playing a lot. I would say that it is some of the best rock/funk bass playing that has been recorded.L4LM: Band of Gypsys often gets overlooked in Jimi Hendrix’s career. Why do you think that is?CJ: I don’t necessarily agree with that. Granted I just said that I was turned onto it later than his other recordings, but that is somewhat a common theme with me. People will often talk about an album or band, ask me if I’ve heard it, and when I respond “NO”, they are shocked. I’m pretty sure that exact thing happened with Band of Gypsys. That being said, If and when it does get overlooked, it might be because the songs are longer than usual for the radio? Radio stations really don’t broadcast things much longer than 4-5 minutes. Not only are the songs a bit longer–a few right around 6min, Machine Gun is over 12–but there are large instrumental sections… Lots of jamming. At the time of its release, the album did get up into the top ten in the US and UK, but since then I don’t think it gets much, if any, radio play. L4LM: Band of Gypsys ushered in the era of Funk Rock that dominated the 1970s. Would it be fair to say that they paved the way for the funk and jam scene that exists today.CJ: This was one of the first things recorded in the 1970s, literally! It was recorded over a few shows On New Years ’69-’70. Many musicians have said that this album was extremely influential for them, such as George Clinton and Bootsy, Nile Rodgers, Flea, to name a few. I’ve heard a few times that Miles Davis was hoping to work with Jimi. Some people say he was originally lined up to play on Bitches Brew, but I can’t find documentation of that. So if any of that is true, there is another! Overall, I would say yes, the funk and jam scene does have a large part of its lineage that leads back to Band of Gypsys.L4LM: What’s your favorite song from this album that you’re looking forward to playing at this show?CJ: Machine Gun. Love that song. If you like Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys, come to American Beauty NYC on Friday, February 24th for a very special tribute to Band of Gypsys with Roosevelt Collier, Chuck Jones and Rob Compa of Dopapod, and Isaac Teel of Tauk. [Buy tickets]last_img read more


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first_imgScott Moir, a West Point graduate and 5 years on active duty in the U.S. Army took a job promotion that brought him to Roanoke in 1991. He fell in love with the area and never left! His first triathlon was Smith Mountain Lake sprint tri in May of 2009. Moir is now 11 years into the sport and has completed 7 ironman-distance races and about a dozen 70.3/half Ironman-distance races with two more Ironman 70.3 races on his schedule for this year. We asked Moir what his thoughts are on Roanoke being chosen as the host city for 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 TRIATHLON. “The region’s beautiful topography coupled with its hospitality convinced Ironman officials to name Roanoke a host city,” Howard told The Roanoke Times. Read more BRO with these Related Stories: Roanoke is the largest metropolitan area in Virginia’s mountain region and is known as a hub for outdoor recreation. Also, I believe that our community will rally around this event. From athletes, to volunteers, to spectators, people from the Virginia’s Blue Ridge area are going to show up and make this an event to remember. And finally, as far as offering a good “race vibe”, trust me, the people at Ironman do it right; they know how to throw a party! There are many other great races out there, but the excitement at an Ironman event is unmatched, in my opinion.  dodgy ridge mountain biking roanokeSam Dean Photography – Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Athletes don’t sign up for a race just for the race – they sign up for an experience. What athletes will like most about racing in this area will be the overall experience. The combination of what they’ll find in our community and what they’ll see out on the race course will leave an impression on them that will make them want to return. The beauty of our area, tremendous community support, and Ironman’s expertise in organizing a great event  are the ingredients that will make this an unforgettable experience for athletes and their families.  General registration will open on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 with more information available at www.ironman.com/blueridge70.3. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge is acting as the housing agency for athletes and visitors for the event and is the only official housing bureau for it. An official housing link will be available when registration opens. Virginia pride is at an all-time high this morning, and rightfully so, after IRONMAN announced that Roanoke, Va is the new host city of 2020 Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge Triathlon. The event will take place on June 7, 2020.  This one’s easy – I was stoked! Hey, I love to train here; why wouldn’t I love to race here, too? And if I feel that way, I know other like-minded athletes will, too. Virginia’s Blue Ridge will serve as a multi-year host venue for the triathlon that was previously held in Williamsburg. Carvins Cove So yeah, when I learned that the VBR was chosen to host this race it was like a dream come true. I’m excited to race in my hometown, I’m excited to show off my hometown, and I know the value the race will bring to my hometown.  Hosting an Ironman event in the VBR seemed like an impossibility but now it’s become a reality. For many triathletes finishing a 70.3-mile triathlon also seems like an impossibility. Come race the Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge race on June 7, 2020 and show that as the Ironman slogan states, anything is possible!  1. Why do you feel Roanoke/VBR is the right choice for the Ironman 70.3? Updated August 12, 2019 This is my 11th year of competing in triathlons. In that time I’ve competed in roughly 20 Ironman races in Nevada, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Idaho, and North Carolina. Each of these destinations was unique and was a great experience, which is why I continue to sign up for Ironman races. I consider myself fortunate to be able to train for these races in such a beautiful area and I can’t help but want to showcase what we have to other triathletes.  “There is a long history of endurance events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge area,” McGonigal says. “Bringing the IRONMAN 70.3 event to this destination provides a picturesque venue where athletes can achieve their dreams of crossing the finish line in the sport of triathlon.” VIRGINIA’S BLUE RIDGE EARNS IMBA SILVER-LEVEL RIDE CENTER™ DESIGNATION  The Carilion Clinic Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge will excel in all of these areas. First, we are easily accessible to athletes in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland… you get the point! Ironman athletes will travel for a good race, and we WILL put on a good race! “Becoming part of IRONMAN’s elite global race series further establishes our region as a premier sports destination on a national and international level,” Howard said in the press release. Landon Howard, president of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, said the regional tourism agency’s sports team had been actively courting Ironman for about a year and is the only host destination for the event. 4. Any other thoughts on the matter? 2. What was your initial reaction when you learned that VBR was chosen as the host destination? IRONMAN WORLD RECORD: SMASHING WORLD RECORDS AT 60 3. What do you think the athletes will enjoy most about racing in Roanoke, Va?  RUNNING Photo of Scott Moir at Sunbelt Bakery Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga – Photo taken by Diana Bowers HOW CARVINS COVE BECAME A RECREATION MECCA As for the course itself, just look around! We’ll be swimming in Carvin’s Cove – a pristine body of water surrounded by beautiful mountains. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the bike course will be one of the most scenic bike courses in the Ironman family of races. And finally, the run along the Roanoke River Greenway will be very spectator friendly.  Keats McGonigal, Senior Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group said in the press release that there is a lot of excitement around adding Roanoke to the “IRONMAN Ohana.”  My reasons aren’t all selfish – I know the value that a race like this will bring to our community. And it won’t be just during race weekend. People that come in for this race will see all the things that our community has to offer and they will come back.  Words of a Triathlete For a small city in Southwest Virginia, Roanoke and the surrounding areas have a very active and talented triathlon community. I would guess that there are at least 50 triathletes in this area who have completed either full Ironman (140.6 mile races) or Ironman 70.3 races; many having competed in multiple races. In our triathlon community we have several athletes who have qualified for and competed in Ironman World Championship races. We even have an Ironman 70.3 World Champion living right here in Roanoke. The people of Roanoke are eager to share the waters of Carvins Cove, the hills of Botetourt County, and the Roanoke River Greenway with nearly 2,500 athletes next year. Onlookers will get to witness lifetime goals be fulfilled at River’s Edge Park as athletes cross the finish line. I think a better question to ask is, “Why not the Virginia’s Blue Ridge region?” As an athlete, when I’m choosing a race I look for several things:  a convenient location; a course with a fair swim, a scenic bike course, and a run with lots of crowd support. Also, I look for a community that welcomes triathletes and has things to do between all of the race prep activities. And finally, I look for a great “race vibe.” For years we’ve dreamed of hosting an Ironman event in our region. And for years we heard that it would never happen. I’m thankful that Keats McGonical and Drew Wolff took a chance on us and came for a visit. I’m not at all surprised, though, that once they got here they shared our dream. As a local triathlete heavily involved in the local triathlon scene, I think I can speak for the local triathlon community. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Carilion Clinic, Virginia’s Blue Ridge, The Western Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke City Parks and Rec, and the members of all of our local municipalities who have worked to help make this a reality.  During the downtime athletes and their families have between race prep activities (check-in, bike drop-off, athlete briefings) there is more to do here than they will have time for. Outdoor activities, craft beer breweries, restaurants, museums…it’s all here! ARE YOU READY TO BE A #TRAILSETTER Photo Courtesy of: Pete Eshelman of Roanoke BIKINGlast_img read more


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first_imgECONOMIC IMPACTS OF MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURISM  “The Ride Center designation is as much about the process as it is the award, by helping community partners use the process as a guide and educational experience for creating amazing places to ride mountain bikes,” said Steve Kasacek, Trail Solutions Program Manager at IMBA.  Snowshoe has a storied history with mountain biking, culminating with their selection as the host site for this year’s UCI MTB World Cup Finals (Sept. 6-8, 2019), the first UCI World Cup stop on U.S. soil since 2015. “This September, thousands of mountain bikers from all over the world will be coming to Snowshoe, and for many of them, it will be their first time visiting West Virginia. We see it as a golden opportunity to put our best foot forward and turn them into repeat visitors,” said Gaitor.  “The CVB, partners and Pocahontas County communities are invested in mountain biking and the recreation economy,” Rose goes on to say. “Reaching silver ride center status is within reach and working with our partners on strategic planning, community connectivity and improved guest services, the Ride Center establishes Nature’s Mountain Playground, the region and West Virginia as a premier mountain biking destination.”  www.RideSnowshoeHighlands.com The word on Pocahontas County biking has spread to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) which led to the newest recipient of their IMBA Ride Center™ designation to be the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center. Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain The Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center is being awarded the bronze designation by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, meaning that the area meets specific trail, services and mountain biking experience criteria that elevates the overall mountain biking experience above the average destination and offers a variety of single track riding for all levels of riding abilities.  The IMBA Ride Center designation recognizes the pinnacle of mountain biking communities. These are large-scale facilities with something for every rider, from a variety of riding experiences to a variety of ways to have fun off the bike.  REGIONAL COLLABORATION  Mountain biking and mountain biking facilities can bring an array of benefits to rural communities. They leverage communities’ natural assets to create places that are attractive to visitors, businesses, and both new and current residents. Specific, documented benefits include health benefits for local users, increased tourism and economic development opportunities, and benefits to the local environment.  IMBA Unveils West Virginia’s FIRST Official Ride Center™ In the U.S., an estimated 50 million people (20% of Americans 16 and over) mountain bike. The most recent membership statistics from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) show that their riders are young professionals who are well educated and affluent. The median age for members is 44 years old; 76% have a bachelor’s degree or higher (compared to 31% for the U.S. and 21% for WV); 53% reported work in professional/managerial positions; median household income is $100,000 (compared to $60,336 for the nation and $43,469 for the state).  “This project was made possible with a team of organizations working together,” said Cara Rose, Executive Director for the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Monongahela National Forest, Snowshoe Mountain, Pocahontas Trails, West Virginia University Extension Service and the Pocahontas County CVB have been working on this project for more than two years.”  “Those of us who live here have always known that the mountain biking in our community is world-class, but this new Ride Center designation will help us spread the word,” said Ken Gaitor, Vice President of Mountain Operations for Snowshoe Mountain. “We feel confident that when folks visit our area and ride our trails, they’ll be hooked, and they’ll be planning plenty of return trips to ride them again.”  Slatyfork Enduro Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Slatyfork Enduro Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Slatyfork Enduro Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountaincenter_img Snowshoe Mountain is the central point of the IMBA Ride Center with a radius of about forty minutes’ drive time making up the Ride Center area. A significant portion of the trails included in the IMBA Ride Center is on Snowshoe property, both in their lift-accessed bike park and their 11,000-acre backcountry.  WHAT IS AN IMBA RIDE CENTER?  If you’re a mountain biker, then you probably already know Pocahontas County, WV is the place to go. With nearly 350,000 acres holding hundreds of miles of trails, it has a little something for everyone. Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Mountain biking can bring economic benefit to the entire State of West Virginia as well. “For years, our mountains have been home to world-class recreation, including skiing, biking, rafting, ATV rides and more. This designation puts West Virginia’s mountain biking trails among the best in the world. It also stands to increase visitation from the growing mountain biking community now and for years to come,” says Chelsea Ruby, Commissioner, West Virginia Tourism Office. “We can’t wait to bring more riders here to see and experience Almost Heaven.”  We are thrilled to be a part of the first IMBA Ride Center Designation in West Virginia,” said Shawn Cochran, Monongahela National Forest Supervisor.  The Monongahela National Forest plays a significant role in the success of the Snowshoe Highlands IMBA Ride Center. With over three hundred miles of mountain biking trails in this area of the Forest, these public lands helped significantly to reach the bronze status. “The Forest Service has been working closely with our community partners over the last two years to develop recreational opportunities that will enhance the economy and quality of life for residents and visitors The local IMBA chapter, Pocahontas Trails, teamed up with the project from the beginning. “Five years ago Pocahontas Trails became the first IMBA Chapter in West Virginia. From the start the community support has enabled us to promote, maintain and improve our local trails all while preserving the rugged character Pocahontas County, Snowshoe and Slatyfork is known for,” said Eric Lindberg, president of Pocahontas Trails, the local IMBA chapter. “We are thrilled to be part of the effort leading to the IMBA Ride Center designation—the first in West Virginia—the next big step in making this a destination mountain biking center and the growth opportunity this gives to the community.”  IMBA Ride Centers feature extensive trail networks, masterfully designed for mountain bikers of every skill level and built by professional trail builders and local volunteers. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only trails to family-friendly riding, mountain bikers can expect the best the sport has to offer at an IMBA Ride Center. Trails systems are integrated, well-designed, and embraced by the surrounding communities for the economic, tourism and other benefits they provide.  Some of the more adrenaline-pumping trails can be found at Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park or the Snowshoe Mountain Gravity Park. One trail that you don’t want to miss is the Gauley Mountain Trail, an IMBA designated “Epic Trail” in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest. Tourism delivers an estimated $94M to the economy in Pocahontas County, WV. “According to a 2017 survey, about fifteen percent of visitors to the county participate in mountain biking,” said Cara Rose, Executive Director. “We see this number growing with the new IMBA Ride Center designation and leveraging our trails and natural beauty to enhance the overall tourism economy through mountain biking recreation.”  There are a total of 40 IMBA Ride Centers in the world. In the Mid Atlantic Region, there are five IMBA Ride Centers including the new Snowshoe Highlands IMBA Ride Center.  Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE SNOWSHOE HIGHLANDS RIDE CENTER?  “It is our pleasure to welcome Snowshoe Highlands as IMBA’s newest Ride Center, and first Ride Center in West Virginia. The IMBA Ride Center designation solidifies the enthusiasm for mountain biking in Snowshoe Highlands and recognizes it as one of today’s exceptional mountain bike destinations,” said Dave Wiens, IMBA Executive Director.  SNOWSHOE HIGHLANDS RIDE CENTER WEBSITE  Pocahontas County has some unique beginner trails that circle the world’s largest steerable radio telescope at Green Bank Observatory. Other beginner trails take you on a scenic cruise along the Greenbrier River Trail State Park. last_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old Queens man was fatally struck by an SUV in Inwood on Tuesday evening.Nassau County police said Alexandre Pougatchev of Woodside was walking in Nassau Avenue when he was struck by a Dodge Ram pick up truck at 5 p.m.The victim was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Queens, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.The 49-year-old man driving the truck was not hurt.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the SUV for a brake and safety test, but no criminality is suspected.last_img


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first_imgA main barrier to putting in place a supplemental executive retirement/retention plan is that credit union boards don’t know how to start. How much beyond an annual salary and bonus—if anything—should it take to reward, retain, or recruit excellent leaders?It may be counter-intuitive, but the key is not to start with numbers. Instead, start by defining the purpose of your SERP.Defining the general purpose is the easy part: SERPs can help create continuity of strong leadership in credit unions. They give credit unions a tool for competing with stock options and other benefits our commercial counterparts can offer their executives.However, each SERP should also serve a specific goal, one that’s unique to each credit union and executive. Take these three steps to create a SERP that’s designed to serve the specific goals of the recipient—while also serving your credit union’s long-term strategy. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – It’s been a busy 10 days on the H5N1 front. Indonesia reported two new human cases and Egypt reported one new human case; there are new confirmed poultry outbreaks in South Korea, Pakistan, and Turkey; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its long-awaited community mitigation strategies document; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration introduced its first workplace guidelines for pandemic influenza; and CIDRAP hosted its second national summit on pandemic influenza and business preparedness in Orlando, FL.But I believe that one particular H5N1 event during this time stands out as an important “teachable moment”—unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. An H5N1 poultry outbreak in the United Kingdom (UK) raised many questions about how prepared governments and the private sector in developed countries are to respond to new and emerging influenza issues.Here is what we know. H5N1-infected turkeys were documented in the Bernard Matthews Holdings Ltd. production facility outside of a Suffolk farm in England. On Feb 5, approximately 160,000 turkeys were culled from the operation. Bernard Matthews and the UK agency responsible for investigating and responding to H5N1 infections issued statements that the culling was complete and the situation posed no risk to humans. The agency—the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)—and Bernard Matthews also emphasized that biosecurity efforts on the farm would limit any other transmission of the virus, despite the fact that there was no explanation as to how the virus got to the birds.This is where things get interesting. Government officials have determined that the H5N1 virus found in the Suffolk turkeys is virtually identical to the H5N1 strain that caused a poultry outbreak in January at a Hungarian farm about 30 miles from a slaughterhouse from which Bernard Matthews imported turkey meat. We have evidence that truckloads of poultry products from both the Hungarian and UK locations had been transported between countries after the outbreaks were identified. For several days, the UK media had a mild feeding frenzy on a series of confusing statements from DEFRA and Bernard Matthews about these events, the risk of H5N1 spreading to other poultry, and the risk posed to humans.For example, The Times of London reported on Feb 12:Despite the imposition of quarantine rules, six trucks of poultry products from the farm owned by Bernard Matthews were said to have arrived in Hungary on Thursday.[DEFRA] launched an investigation into the claims made last night by Lajos Bognar, Hungary’s Deputy Chief Vet. The movement of meat from a site infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu was said by a DEFRA spokeswoman to be within the rules, but caused astonishment among opposition groups. David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, has already been forced to defend DEFRA’s handling of the outbreak and will come under pressure to explain the latest revelation today. Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “I’m increasingly bemused at the unfolding saga and finding it increasingly difficult to understand what’s going on. “It’s exactly how you turn a drama into a crisis. I can’t think of anything more calculated to damage public confidence.” Strict rules came into force 10 days ago at the farm and meat processing site in Holton to ensure that the virus was contained, but a loophole in the regulations allows limited exemptions. Live birds, eggs, and carcasses cannot be moved from infected sites, but processed meat in storage is exempt from the isolation rules. Among the possibilities being examined by DEFRA is the suggestion that exported poultry products may have originally come from Hungary and been stored in a refrigeration unit in the same meat processing building that the infected turkeys were taken to in order to be gassed, before being returned to the Continent.In short, this situation is still being sorted out. But there are some real lessons for government and private sector officials responsible for responding to such situations in the future.First, the US and European poultry industries have maintained that current biosecurity efforts on their farms would greatly reduce the risk of similar situations happening. Based on this situation, do we need to reevaluate that premise and respond accordingly?Second, this situation is a classic example of horrible risk communication. Assurances that the public not worry has reminded every British citizen of similar statements made more than a decade ago about cattle and mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE). Initial confident assurances that there was no “Hungarian connection” to the UK outbreak have been discredited.And finally, the UK government missed a golden opportunity to emphasize the critical nature of pandemic preparedness while the public’s attention was focused on the H5N1 issue. The turkey outbreak was a teachable moment, a chance to tell the UK population what they really needed to know to be prepared for the next influenza pandemic.Unfortunately, UK government officials not only squandered that chance, they shot themselves in the foot. Businesses should take a closer look at this situation, even if their enterprises have nothing to do with turkeys. 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first_imgThe Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has called for urgent talks with the Premier League and English Football League to discuss the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.With English football suspended until at least April 30, the loss of matchday revenue has hit the clubs hard, especially in the lower leagues.On Tuesday, Birmingham became the first Championship side to ask their players to take wage deferrals, while League Two’s Forest Green Rovers said they will use the government’s wage-support scheme to keep paying all their staff. “As with other industries, the current COVID-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the finances of the game,” the PFA said in a statement.”Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.”In order to deal with this situation, we have called for an urgent meeting with both the Premier League and the EFL to discuss how we might proceed going forward.”Earlier this month, the EFL announced it would release a 50 million pounds ($59.15 million) short-term relief fund to assist clubs whose survival is under threat.The PFA also said it had worked closely with the Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League on training protocols to minimise the risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak.Topics :last_img read more


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first_img RETIRE TO AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: AUSTRALIA’S BEST BEACH HOUSE BARGAINS Mr Rothe said build to rent differed slightly from the traditional investor market.The model sees large institutional investors, such as superannuation funds or real estate investment trusts (REITS) fund projects specifically for the rental market, rather than for sale.They then manage the buildings, while appliances are often included in the rent, and longer leases of up to five years are available.“Build to rents are set up to make the tenant feel valued,” Mr Rothe said.“They are all managed and maintained by a manager, if an appliance breaks down or wears out it’s not the tenant’s problem, and they are also offered security of tenure.“If they wish to move from a one-bedroom to a two-bedroom flat in the same building, they can do so easily because the same landlord owns all apartments.”center_img A render for a build to rent project under development in Richmond, Victoria.Mr Rothe said build to rent had become a popular option overseas, with the model now accounting for 27 per cent of property investment in the US, and 14 per cent of property investment in the UK, but it was yet to gain a foothold in Australia.Meanwhile, he noted the model helped address a rental housing shortage, while also offering a solid income to institutional investors.It also catered to a shift in thinking when it came to housing, he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“There is a definite shift in the way millennials live. They are living where they want to work and investing elsewhere and that may not necessarily be bricks and mortar.“The high-quality service offered by build to rent and the security of tenure means these tenants also want to stay.“Build to rent offers better services, tenure and a community feel – it’s home.”Rothelowman currently has a build to rent project in the planning stages at 28 Robertson St, Fortitude Valley.The block will include 88 units, and Mr Rothe noted the development would have “excellent communal and residential amenities”, retail on the ground floor, a mix of apartment sizes and storage.He said Brisbane was also likely to see more build to rent projects.“Brisbane makes a lot of sense because the land is often cheaper than in markets like Sydney and Melbourne.“Build to rent is a sector that’s here to stay and there is growing interest.” Rothelowman currently has a build to rent project in the planning stages on 28 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley.Build to rent developments are gaining traction in Brisbane as institutional investors embrace a global trend.Shane Rothe of design services firm, Rothelowman, said during the past five years there had been a definite increase in build to rent in Australia.His firm has 1000 build to rent units under construction, with 88 under way in Fortitude Valley and he believes there’s more to come.last_img read more


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