Press release: Drought planning continues after hot summer puts pressure on environment

first_imgThe National Drought Group has urged people to use water wisely following a meeting to discuss pressure on water resources and the environment following this summer’s heat wave.The environment has suffered due to the driest May to July across England since 1921. The Environment Agency (EA) responded to a 330% increase in significant drought-related incidents as teams acted to protect wildlife and rescue fish struggling due to low river flows.Numerous species, habitats, birds, trees and aquatic life have been affected by the hot, dry summer and high demand for water. EA hydrologists recorded ‘exceptionally low’ river flows for 5 weeks in a row, reservoir stocks for England as a whole were at historic lows for the end of July and soils were the driest on record in the North West.The EA’s Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan, chaired the National Drought Group meeting and received updates from water companies, discussed ways to protect the environment and sustain support for farmers and businesses. Water companies were asked to outline progress against agreed action plans to maintain water supplies while protecting the environment. They reported that there are no current plans to bring in Temporary Use Bans (hosepipe bans) although water restrictions remain a possibility if rainfall in September is low.The EA has taken a range of actions to respond to the impacts of dry weather including: Over the last few months of prolonged dry weather the Environment Agency, the water companies and many others have been working hard together to reduce the risk of water restrictions and balance the needs of the public, businesses and the environment. Supporting farmers by allowing more flexibility with water abstraction in order to safeguard food production and animal welfare. Operating water transfers to help maintain river flows. Increased monitoring and inspection of businesses abstracting water to ensure they are not taking more water than they need. Issuing 4 drought permits to United Utilities at locations in Cumbria, should they be needed later in the year. Not cleaning EA fleet vehicles and office windows to avoid unnecessary water usage. Although August has seen dry periods interrupted by bouts of wet weather, the Met Office 3 month outlook for September to November forecasts that above average temperatures and slightly lower than average rainfall are likely.Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency said: Despite the recent rain, we will need to continue to collaborate closely as we move into autumn. All of us have a role to play in helping to protect the environment and maintain supplies. We encourage everyone to use water wisely.last_img read more

News story: UK agreements with the EEA EFTA states and Switzerland

first_imgEEA EFTA and Swiss nationals who want to stay beyond the end of the implementation period will be able to apply to the UK’s Settlement Scheme in the same way as EU citizens, and will need to do so by June 2021.EEA EFTA Separation Agreement and ExplainerSwiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement and ExplainerEEA EFTA Separation AgreementSwiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement Intellectual property Ongoing judicial procedures The UK has reached agreements with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and with Switzerland toaddress separation issues including protecting the rights of our citizens who have chosen to call eachother’s countries home.The Swiss deal protects the rights of the 40,000 UK nationals living in Switzerland, 14,000 Swissnationals living in the UK, and around 2,600 UK nationals who frontier work into Switzerland (mainlyfrom other EU Member States). Their rights will also be protected in a no deal scenario.The EEA/EFTA deal protects the rights of the 17,000 UK nationals living in the EEA EFTA states and15,000 EEA EFTA nationals living in the UK. We are discussing no deal arrangements with the EEAEFTA states.The separation issues covered by this agreement are: Data protection This is significant, given that total UK trade with the EEA EFTA states amounted to almost £30bn in2017.In a joint statement, the Governments of the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein said: In a joint statement, the UK and Swiss governments said:center_img We are pleased to have reached this agreement. It will protect the rights of our citizens as the UKleaves the EU, and it will provide certainty to businesses. We want to put in place new arrangementsfrom the end of the implementation period to protect our historic relationships, including in the areaof trade. In light of the UK’s exit from the EU, Switzerland and the UK have been in discussions on a citizens’rights agreement. The legal text of this agreement has now been finalised and agreed by bothgovernments. This will ensure citizens can continue living their lives broadly as now, and secure therights Swiss and UK citizens currently enjoy. We want to put in place new arrangements from the endof the implementation period to protect our historic relationships. Public procurement Ongoing police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters Arrangements on goods placed on the UK or EEA EFTA marketslast_img read more

WATCH: Bunnychow shows #WeLoveBread the diversity of a loaf

first_imgOur #WeLoveBread campaign visited London’s Bunnychow, to see how bread can be used for more than just a sandwich.Earlier this month the SACN released its report stating that the UK needed to up its fibre intake – encouraging media for the loaf, which is known to be high in fibre.Following this, the campaign thought it would explore the ways people are getting excited about bread. Watch the video below for a snapshot of how Bunnychow turned the loaf into a fully functioning lunchbox.last_img

Rosalind Miller launches Diploma in Cake Baking

first_imgLondon cake maker Rosalind Miller has launched a Master Diploma in Cake Baking and Decorating.The launch follows the opening of the new Rosalind Miller Cake School, and offers students a chance to learn the skills and industry know-how developed throughout Miller’s 20+ years in the design and cake industry.Students will learn the same commercial methods used by the Rosalind Miller team, and will be taught how to make cakes and sweet treats, including a mix of on-trend and core decorating techniques.The diploma is broken down into five modules, and students can take as many as they like and in any order. The modules include: The Foundations of Baking & Decorating; Essential Techniques for Wedding Cakes & Favours; The Complete Dessert Table; Floral Wedding Cake; and Design, Business & Photography.Rosalind Miller said it wanted to share more than just the kitchen side of cake making, so it included a mixture of classes. It added that the ethos was to develop students’ own individual style, so they had “the confidence, craftmanship and knowledge to produce their own stunning and delicious designs”.last_img read more

January Green Tip: What’s your green resolution?

first_imgJanuary’s Green Tip of the Month from the Office for Sustainability urges the Harvard community to kick off the new year with a sustainable resolution! Why? Because Harvard has one of the most ambitious climate change goals in the Ivy League–30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2016.Not sure where to start? Join thousands of your colleagues from across the University by taking the Harvard Sustainability Pledge and telling us the actions you will take this year. Just three small, but effective, resolutions — like turning off the lights, eating local food, or taking the T to work — can make a big difference in 2011.last_img

Camp is Getting a Sequel! Our Five Favorite Performances from the First Film

first_img4. “How Shall I See You Through My Tears”Sasha Allen opens the film with a spiritual song surrounded by a tribe of her peers. Wait, did Camp predict her role in the Hair revival? This prologue by Tony nominees Robert Telson and Lee Breuer does give off some major “Aquarius” vibes, but it also sets the tone for the film by showing the one final obstacle that these theater kids must face before reaching their summer sanctuary: junior prom. Camp Ovation marks a rebirth for all of them, but especially for Michael (Tony nominee Robin de Jesus), as poignantly indicated in this opening number. 3. “Turkey Lurkey Time”This number makes absolutely zero sense, but at least we can take solace in knowing that it doesn’t ever, really. YouTube is a treasure trove of tributes to the original sporadic choreography, but none capture it on the scale that Camp does. If you haven’t gotten neck spasms from attempting the routine, shame on you. And while we miss the crazy riffs that originally end the number, we appreciate that they’re replaced with the refrain of “I’m Still Here” from Follies. 1. “Here’s Where I Stand”“It’s about time they met their daughter.” Stop—we have chills already. If Nikki Taylor’s soulful start to the song by Michael Gore of Fame erm, fame, and Tony winner Lynn Ahrens gets you, wait for that belty modulation and the subsequent shot of Jenna’s tearful mom and finally accepting dad. And then when she’s escorted off stage, she CHARGES BACK TO DOWNSTAGE CENTER to conclude the song directly to her parents. If the sequel were just 90 minutes of this performance on loop with Anna Kendrick occasionally singing Sondheim (see below), we wouldn’t hate it. View Comments Camp Ovation will soon be back in session! A sequel of the theater-themed cult film Camp is officially in the works. Todd Graff, who wrote and directed the 2003 movie about a summer oasis for kids with a flair for the dramatic, announced that he will launch a crowdfunding campaign for the project shortly. Graff says fans can expect meta cameos from the original film’s stars (he hasn’t specified whom, but it did feature Anna Kendrick, Sasha Allen and Robin de Jesus) as well as the legendary Patti LuPone and Donna Murphy. While the sequel, currently titled Camp 2: Freaks In Nature, is a while away from becoming a reality, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to revisit the first film—particularly our favorite musical performances. Take a look below at our top five! 5. “And I Am Telling You”A white woman taking on an iconic black anthem: In the real world, it doesn’t always go over so great. Ask this 1994 Miss Arkansas. Or this 2013 Miss Lake Dardanelle. But here, it’s exactly what the title of the film promises to deliver. The combination of the dramatic updo with the rainbow sweater and poor little Petey giving us the best Curtis his pint-sized stature can is pure, well, camp. Hopefully, Dee (Allen) took over as Effie by opening night. But we’re still glad we have Ellen’s (Joanna Chilcoat) hilarious attempt. 2. “The Ladies Who Lunch”In 1998, a 12-year-old Anna Kendrick nabbed a Tony nomination for High Society. Five years later, she offered up a Sondheim double bill: First, she played Fredrika in New York City Opera’s A Little Night Music. Then came this now-iconic rendition of “The Ladies Who Lunch.” After weeks of being tormented Jill (Alana Allen), Fritzi finally gets her revenge, and it’s glorious. All productions of Company should feature Joanne stomping on a martini glass with her heel. And of course, this wasn’t the last of Kendrick’s Sondheim career.last_img read more

Fun Home Sets Broadway Departure Date

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Fun Home Related Shows View Commentscenter_img You don’t have much longer to visit the house on Maple Avenue. The Tony-winning Fun Home will shutter on September 10, 2016; at time of closing the musical will have played 26 previews and 582 regular performances at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home.Directed by Sam Gold, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s tuner was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2015 and won five, including Best Musical.The current cast of Fun Home includes Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Gabriella Pizzolo, Emily Skeggs, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez and Cole Grey.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Michael Cerveris & Judy Kuhn in ‘Fun Home'(Photo: Joan Marcus/Jenny Anderson)last_img read more

Three smart tips for credit unions looking to attract millennial members

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are 83 million millennials in the United States. That, of course, is why so many businesses are courting these 15- to 33-year-olds. And why so many blog posts are written about them. I have been thinking about millennials as potential credit union members a bit lately (I’m hardly the only one). Perhaps it’s because, in a survey Axiaware is conducting for credit union decision-makers, we ask respondents to rate the importance and urgency of adding millennials as members.The responses are still coming in, and we plan to share them (you can sign up to receive the results by taking the survey:AXIAWARE CREDIT UNION PRIORITIES SURVEY.In the meantime, I wanted to share three tips published recently on attracting millennials that I thought made a lot of sense:1. Don’t Change Your NameCompanies across many industries have rebranded in recent years, dropping a traditional-sounding name for a made-up word that (presumably) has been focus-grouped and market-tested. The idea is a fresh, hip-sounding name will attract younger customers. I was pleased to read Olivier Raoust’s post on CU Insight that urged caution before making a name change. He even included the example of the credit union known as JDCU in Massachussets. Its original name – from its founding in 1912 – was Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. But recently, the credit union’s leaders had decided using an acronym was catchier. continue reading »last_img read more

Business Sailing Experience Cup as a unique combination of congress and sailing

first_imgBusiness conferences are increasingly trying to be different in order to differentiate themselves from the classic environments of concrete halls, and to that end one conference is moving to a sailboat as a unique set of congresses and sailing.From October 10 to 13, Trogir will host a unique model of business conferences. The Business Sailing Experience Cup, organized by the agency of the same name, will bring together experts from the digital industry, open innovation and the circular economy across Europe and sail the Adriatic Sea. A different concept of the Business Sailing Experience Agency provides participants with top lectures, but above all an unforgettable experience of sailboats and the Adriatic Sea.The new concept of business gatherings thus combines the relaxed atmosphere of sailboats, the Adriatic Sea and inspiring speeches by top experts. The conferences will have a base marina in which a large tent will be erected to serve as the main meeting place and all lectures will be held there. And while one part of the day is always reserved for socializing on land, the rest of the time will be spent in a regatta race through one of the most beautiful waters in the Mediterranean. The starting point will be the Baotic marina in Seget Donji, and the wind will carry the sailboats past Drvenik and Solta towards Hvar and the Pakleni islands, where they will spend the night and head back to Seget Donji the next day.”We made the business regatta primarily for the European market, focusing on countries that have a strong sailing tradition. So the participants who come are from countries that are known for their love of nautical but also their very strong economies. We have applications from the Netherlands, Denmark, Luxembourg, but also from the region, such as Slovenia and Serbia”, Said Tom Gavazzi, director and founder of the agency.The Business Sailing Experience Cup is the umbrella name of the regatta, but the business conference itself is divided into 3 topics. The first is called the European Digital Industry Cup, with themes aimed at the digital industry. The second is the Global Open Innovation Cup, for an open innovation industry that is gaining momentum in today’s full of challenges and short deadlines. The third is the Circular Change Cup for professionals dealing with the circular economy.”People and the market are still looking for constant innovation. We at the Business Sailing Experience Agency no longer want to conform and do conferences that have been seen hundreds of times. It is necessary to come up with a more creative way and provide business people with additional content and a reason to set off on a 3-day trip. Sailing is an ideal platform for socializing and developing ideas because it puts a person in a specific way of thinking. The relaxation of the sea will serve us all to expand our horizonsGavazzi concluded.last_img read more

The lifecycle of a leaseback

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