Rugeley Flood Scheme Officially Opened

first_imgThe Environment Agency yesterday announced the official opening of new flood defenses in Rugeley, Staffordshire.Members of the Environment Agency, Cannock Chase District Council, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Rugeley Town Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Trent Regional Flood & Coastal Committee were yesterday in the town to celebrate completion of the project.The Rugeley flood scheme will help to reduce the risk of flooding from the Rising Brook for 114 residential and 159 commercial properties. It also forms an integral part of Cannock Chase District Council’s plans to regenerate parts of the town center, reported the Environment Agency.Work on this £5.2 million project, which started in December 2016, saw construction of a 350m long embankment, which is 4m high at its highest point, on Hagley playing fields.This embankment has created a flood storage area which will store water from the Rising Brook during times of heavy rainfall and then slowly release it back into the watercourse when levels no longer pose a flood risk.last_img read more

Novartis in $16bn GSK division deal

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Novartis in $16bn GSK division deal by: – April 22, 2014center_img 972 Views   no discussions Novartis said the deals would help to strengthen its financial positionNovartis and GlaxoSmithKline, two of the world’s top drugmakers, have struck a multi-billion-dollar deal to join forces and reshape their businesses.The deal involves swapping assets and combining their consumer health units.Novartis will acquire GSK’s cancer drugs business for $16bn (£9.5bn) and sell its vaccines division, excluding the flu unit, to GSK for $7.1bn.In a separate deal, Novartis has agreed to sell its animal health division to Lilly for nearly $5.4bn.Novartis said the moves would help the firm focus on its key businesses.“The transactions mark a transformational moment for Novartis,” Joseph Jimenez, chief executive of Novartis, said in a statement.“They also improve our financial strength, and are expected to add to our growth rates and margins immediately.”‘Build greater scale’The deals are a part of Novartis’s review of its business as it continues to face sluggish growth.Novartis and GSK said that combining their over-the-counter (OTC) units would help boost the fortunes of both the companies.The combined unit will have annual revenues of £6.5bn.“Opportunities to build greater scale and combine high quality assets in vaccines and consumer healthcare are scarce,” Andrew Witty, chief executive, of GSK, said in a statement.“With this transaction, we will substantially strengthen two of our core businesses and create significant new options to increase value for shareholders.”GSK said the agreement with Novartis “significantly exceeds GSK’s returns criteria” and the transaction “would increase overall GSK revenues by £1.3bn to £26.9bn”.Glaxo shareholders will get a £4bn capital return from the deal proceeds, the firm said.BBC News Sharelast_img read more

‘Exercise your right of citizen’s arrest’

first_imgPhilippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac “Oo puwede ‘yung citizen’sarrest, pero siyempre para saprotection na rin ng mga kababayan natin‘yung barangay natin ang kanilangtawagin. Pinakamabuti ‘yung barangay paraperson in authority talaga,” he said. “That includes calling out anyone, both locals and foreigners whodisrespect or violate laws and local ordinances,” Banac said.  Banac’s recommendation came after a foreigner went viral on socialmedia for allegedly defecating at the Baluarte de Dilao in Intramuros, Manila./PN “If situation warrants, it is enshrined in our laws that we canexercise citizen’s arrest, and immediately turn over to proper authoritiesanyone (who was) apprehended for proper disposition,” he said.center_img Banac added those who are reluctant to do so due to security concerns,may simply report the incidents to the authorities and the violators will beturned over to barangay officials. MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson BrigadierGeneral Bernard Banac urged the public to exercise their right of citizen’sarrest against anyone, including foreigners who are violating the laws of thecountry.    He added anyone has the right, since it is the duty of every Filipinoto be involved in the progression of peace and order.  last_img read more

Mr. Clarence Earl Davidson, Jr.

first_img Clarence Earl Davidson, Jr., age 67, of Pleasant, Indiana, entered this life on March 23, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late, Clarence Earl and Mary Elizabeth (Dumford) Davidson. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended school. Clarence was united in marriage on May 24, 1974, in Kentucky, to the late, Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Ashbrook. Clarence and Liz shared 42 years of marriage together until his death. Clarence was formerly employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for 10 years and for the Town of Vevay for 7 years. He drove a truck for Dan Albus and Sons for several years. He resided in the Switzerland County community since 1987. Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren. Clarence will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. Clarence passed away at 4:35 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, KentuckyClarence will be deeply missed by his daughter: Rhonda Davidson of East Enterprise, IN; his sons: Clarence Lee “Buddy” Davidson and his wife: Kimberly of East Enterprise, IN and Thomas Davidson and his companion: Amie McEntire of Vevay, IN; his step-daughter: Melissa Willoughby of Mt. Orab, OH; his step-son: Larry Luttrell and his wife: Rebecca of Mt. Orab, OH; his grandchildren: Eddie, Drew, Khloe, Athena, Jasmine, Aurora, Jaxson, Jade, David and Jasper; his brother: Anthony Davidson and his wife: Donna of Ft. Myers, FL; his sister: Verna Neal of Cincinnati, OH and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Clarence Earl Davidson, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Dumford) Davidson and his wife: Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Ashbrook) Davidson, died April 17, 1016.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Brad Noble, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarence Earl Davidson, Jr. Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Sherwood senses lack of respect

first_img Former Norwich and Blackburn midfielder Sherwood feels he would need a full season to put his own stamp on the team. “People will always judge on what I’ve come in and done,” he said. “You’re absolutely right, it’s imperative to have a pre-season and bed your ideas in. And also I’m doing it with a lot of uncertainty around my future. “If you have a supply teacher who comes into your school, sometimes they’re not treated with the respect that a headmaster is.” Midfielder Sandro, who has fallen out of favour since Sherwood’s appointment, announced on Thursday that he is under the impression there will be a change at the top following Sunday’s final Barclays Premier League game against Aston Villa. “He (Sherwood) will leave at the end of the season,” Sandro was quoted as telling ESPN Brazil when asked about his own future. “Then, new coach, new everything. I do not know anything yet, but I’m happy to have my name talked about with a club the size of Sao Paulo. Anyway, it would be very difficult to leave on loan from here. “If I was to leave, it would have to be permanently and it is not close. Other teams have come, however, with little money. The chairman (Daniel Levy) negotiates every transfer, this was the case for (Gareth) Bale, it is not easy.” Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood believes the uncertainty surrounding his future has left him as vulnerable as a school supply teacher. Sherwood hit back in his press conference ahead of the Villa game, questioning where Sandro had acquired such information while also admitting his situation means players are starting to knock on his door. “If I need any information I’m better off asking the players,” Sherwood said. “He is not the first player to have asked me. He hasn’t actually asked me, he has just given his opinion to someone. “I’m not sure if the chairman has spoken to Sandro but obviously someone has told him, the players see a lot of speculation. “It begins to be more than that, I have had a lot of players come to me and say their agents have told them that I’m not going to be here next year, it is a very difficult situation but I have got to get on with it.” Despite the rumours over his uncertain future, Sherwood has a good record in the Premier League and a point at home on Sunday would guarantee qualification for next season’s Europa League. Sherwood also confirmed that England right-back Kyle Walker has no chance of being involved in the game as a pelvic injury continues to leave the 23-year-old’s World Cup hopes in the balance. The 45-year-old has been dealing with constant speculation over his job at White Hart Lane since he penned an 18-month contract in December, having replaced Andre Villas-Boas. The likes of Frank de Boer, Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino have been linked to the Tottenham hot-seat for some time now – with Sherwood refusing to be drawn into the ongoing chain of rumours. Press Associationlast_img read more

New Court Docs Reveal Text Messages, Plans of Mar-A-Lago Intruder

first_imgThe Chinese national who was convicted last week of lying in order to gain access into Mar-A-Lago was apparently more interested in President Trump’s real estate holdings than his political life, according to a string of text messages released on Thursday.In the translated messages that 33-year-old wealthy investment counselor Yujing Zhang sent to her travel agent before Secret Service agents arrested her last March, she writes:“I was thinking that since Trump himself was in real estate business so that perhaps we could have something to talk about,” Zhang wrote to Chinese travel agent Charles Lee, who organized her trip.She adds, “In terms of politics … it’s not like that I really .. really understand much of the struggling relationships among the political dignitaries. We don’t get involved in election or political relations. I — I personally don’t want to get involved in — involved in this situation. Get it?”Lee assures Zhang that there could be other opportunities to go to an event attended by Trump, adding that the event she wanted to attend was cancelled just after Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent his report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. Lee explains, “But the Trump’s event is cancelled for the time being, mainly because of the Russian investigation. The investigation report says Trump did not involve. Trump now is about to punish and take revenge on those who wrongly accused him, including the media. So, his events are temporarily put on hold for the time being. If there are other events that we can go, that .. I will let you know. I will make arrangements. No worries. But this is none right no, none right now. Huh.”Zhang responded only when Lee asked if she was more interested in real estate forums. To that, Zhang wrote back: “Right. Right Right.”Other evidence that was also filed in court records on Thursday includes a copy of the travel agreement between Lee and Zhang. The $20,000 package was to include round-trip airfare from Shanghai to the U.S. for seven days, with stops in Palm Beach, Washington, D.C.. and New York City. Zhang was supposed to visit the White House and Capitol Hill in Washington, in addition to Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center and the U.S. Stock Exchange in New York.She would also receive an “Honorary Diploma in Peace,” from the United Nations China, which is identified as a nonprofit organization. She was also supposed to receive a “U.S.-China Friendship Missionary Honorary Certificate,” to be issued by President Trump’s Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to the travel contract.That contract was part of the Chinese communist government’s “Belt and Road Initiatives” and “Go Global” attempts to promote China’s role in international infrastructure development and investment.Zhang also write to Lee, “Let’s say, after the White House tour, can you organize something like meeting with the legislators on that day, for example. Er, … some Congresspeople .. . or the Congress,” she wrote. “Have a chat with some of them, or watch their … or watch their section, something like that. Can you organize an activity like that?”However, she was not interested in Lee’s suggestion to attend an event in Detroit featuring former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead, Zhang told Lee to cancel the trip, opting to pay $2,000 for a plane ticket and booking a room at the Red Roof Inn for one night, followed by a stay at the Colony Hotel on Palm Beach.When she appeared at Mar-a-Lago on March 30, Zhang claimed she was attending a “United Nations Friendship Event” between China and the U.S., according to federal agents. However, no such event was scheduled.Since her arrest, Zhang has been held at the Broward County jail. She represented herself at her three-day trial, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, on charges of lying to a federal agent and gaining access to a restricted building. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.last_img read more

Elian Gonzalez All Grown Up and embracing Fatherhood

first_imgProtests, demonstrations and rallies were held in both countries, on both sides of the issue.Gonzalez was found on Thanksgiving Day 1999 in an inner tube off the South Florida coast after his mother and nine others died trying to escape Cuba. He lived with relatives in Little Havana for several turbulent months. His aunt wanted him to stay in the US per his mother’s wishes. US Immigration officials and FBI agents, armed with tear gas and guns, eventually seized the boy during a terrifying middle-of-the-night raid on Easter weekend. Elian Gonzalez is held in a closet by Donato Dalrymple, one of the two men who rescued the boy from the ocean, right, as government officials search the home of Lazaro Gonzalez for the young boy, in the early morning, in this April 22, 2000 file photo, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)The boy was reunited with his father and has grown up in Cuba where he now plans to become a father himself. Elian Gonzalez says he is going to be a papa. In a Father’s Day Facebook post, Gonzalez said his own father, who famously brought him back from Miami to Cuba, is his inspiration. On Father’s Day, Elian Gonzalez announces he will soon be a Dad. Muchas felicidades Elian.— Patrick Oppmann CNN (@CNN_Oppmann) June 21, 2020last_img read more

Cartoonist Bob Staake began his career at USC

first_imgGreen dinosaurs have swept the campus in preparation of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, much like the editorial cartoons drawn by Bob Staake did more than 30 years ago when he worked as a cartoonist for the Daily Trojan.“I did five editorial cartoons a week,” Staake said. “Back in the day, the Daily Trojan used to encourage writers to do as much writing as possible. That’s what you do for the Los Angeles Times. That’s what you did for the Herald Examiner. That’s why I went to USC.”Draw · Cartoonist Bob Staake illustrates for the Washington Post and designed the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books’s illustration. – Photo courtesy of Bob StaakeStaake started drawing editorial cartoons as a student at West Orange High School in Torrance, Calif., and continued after graduating despite not attending a college with a newspaper. He said he was getting syndication offers, but his mentor at the Los Angeles Times told him he should further his education.“I went to USC and said, ‘Look, can I at least go ahead and do editorial cartoons for you guys,’” he said. “I did that for about two years, not being a student, but hoping what would happen would be USC taking a notice in my stuff and giving me a scholarship.”He eventually received a scholarship to major in journalism and international relations, and he continued drawing for the Daily Trojan. After leaving USC, he found work as a freelance illustrator. He has now been published in a diverse range of publications:  He has illustrated covers for The New Yorker and pages in MAD Magazine, has done animation for Cartoon Network and has had weekly illustrations in the Washington Post for the past 25 years.“I understand that when [I] do a New Yorker cover, I come at it from a completely different perspective from when I go and do a page from MAD Magazine,” Staake said. “My ability to shift and do something new, that’s the key to my success.”A self-portrait courtesy of Bob StaakeStaake has also illustrated several books and has found success as a children’s author, writing and illustrating his own books featuring a wide cast of characters, from a monster truck to White House dog Bo Obama. He said he tries to work with a wide variety of publishers to allowhim to further diversify his work.“With every publisher, I try to do something different,” he said. “People will look at my books and say, ‘He was really prolific, and did a lot of work with a lot of different publishers, and he always did something really surprising.”Not every image he sketches ends up in a book, such as the image of a dinosaur on the Empire State Building reading a book that he recently re-designed as a dinosaur on top of a stack of books to promote the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Staake said one of his publishers, Random House, asked him to design art for the festival, but there was no question for him that the dinosaur was the right fit.“The tradition of the whole show is just amazing and then I thought, ‘I’ve got this one image that I think is really perfect,’” he said. “To help out the Los Angeles Times and USC and publishing in any sort of small way, I’d give it up all day long. I’m honored that they would go ahead and have me do this.”Staake will also speak on a panel about children’s books and sign art at the Los Angeles Times booth during the festival, marking his first return to campus since moving his studio to Chatham, Mass.“I’m really looking forward to seeing the campus,” Staake said. “I want to go to the top of the Student Union and look down on Tommy Trojan.”Though he never took a formal art class at USC, Staake said his work with the Daily Trojan and other courses were the most important preparation for his current career.“What USC taught me was the ability to go ahead and think in a multidisciplinary manner, to understand the connection between discipline and art,” he said. “The art is simply a vehicle, and that is what the School of Journalism taught me. They gave me so much freedom to go for it.”last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin feels the loss of its physical and emotion leader

first_imgJack Cichy will not step on the field again for the University of Wisconsin football team this season. A torn left pectoral suffered in the match against the University of Iowa Oct. 22 brought that cruel fate upon him.The 2017 season will arrive with Cichy back, ready to assume full-time leadership duties as one of the most seasoned veterans of a unit that will most likely return eight starters. The fact he will be in position to do so is a testament to his self-belief and work ethic.Cichy began his career at UW as a walk-on, continuing a common theme Badger fans have seen for the last couple of decades: Wisconsin grooming non-scholarship players to be among the most impactful players on the roster.Football: Three things we learned from No. 10 Wisconsin’s win over IowaThe University of Wisconsin football team took down Iowa 17-9 Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Here’s three things we learned about Read…“My dad always told me, you work your butt off every day, you get what you earn,” Cichy said the Monday before his 2016 season would be cut short.Cichy’s father also soothed his anxiety of earning a scholarship. If it’s meant to be there, his father said, it would eventually come his way. It was a piece of advice Cichy took to heart every day.Cichy, a Somerset, Wisconsin, native, earned a scholarship in 2015 after walking onto the Badgers in 2013 and redshirting that season.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Look at just the 2016 graduating class of current NFL players who began their careers as walk-ons at UW: Joe Schobert, Alex Erickson and Joel Stave. Imagine last season without those three players. Now, this season, the Badgers will have to go through half of their season without Cichy, the seeming heir to the walk-on legacy of success.“I can go to bed every night knowing I’m trying to be the best football player I can be,” Cichy said of his work ethic.Cichy had been on a tear when he went down. His 60 tackles still leads the Badgers, even after the Nebraska game, in which he did not play. He recorded 45 solo tackles, which was more total tackles than any other UW player when he was injured. Also, his solo tackle mark ranked sixth in the nation.Twice Cichy had been named the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week, following Wisconsin’s win over Louisiana State University and the Badgers loss against Ohio State. He also earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against the Buckeyes, a 15 tackle performance. In the 2.5-game span between Michigan, Ohio State and the first half against Iowa, where he suffered the injury while tangling with Hawkeye quarterback C.J. Beathard on their out-of-bounds, Cichy recorded 37 tackles. The week leading up to his injury, Sports Illustrated named Cichy to its Midseason All-American team.Football: Ramczyk, Cichy, Watt named to Sports Illustrated’s Midseason All-America TeamThe University of Wisconsin football team’s Ryan Ramczyk, Jack Cichy and T.J. Watt earn national recognition Tuesday after being named Read…The accolades make the fact Cichy didn’t have a Division I scholarship offer awaiting him rather surprising. He said he held several Division I-AA offers and nearly decided on Holy Cross, before realizing Wisconsin was the only place for him.“My mindset was always I wanted to see how good I could really be,” Cichy said. “If I had gone to a DIII or DI-AA school, I might have asked ‘What if?’ and I never really want to ask that. When I got the opportunity to come to Wisconsin, I wanted to be the best football player I could be.”Cichy also said seeing previous walk-ons before him succeed at UW motivated him to be in the next crop. He’s well on his way to doing so.Vince Biegel, who is a close friend of Cichy’s and the leader of the defense this season, expects him to be a big part of morale the rest of 2016.“He was our energy to our defense,” Biegel said. “We’re still gonna need him to be that person if we want to get to where we want to get at the end of the season.”Come next year, Biegel will pass the baton to Jack Cichy. If his career at UW has shown anything, it’s that he will be ready to rise to the challenge.last_img read more