Force allows ‘flies’ back on its walls

first_imgForce allows ‘flies’ back on its wallsOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Thames Valley Police Force has invited in TV documentary makers to filmofficers on the beat despite its previous disastrous experience. In 1982, the force was the subject of the award-winning BBC documentaryPolice, which created considerable controversy when horrified viewers witnessedthe insensitive grilling of an alleged rape victim. Police officers involvedwere felt to have demonstrated a serious lack of training and expertise. The programme prompted public demonstrations, hostile press reaction andquestions were asked in Parliament. But producer Roger Graef has been invited back to film a new programme thatwill be transmitted later this year. “Some people who were around last time are understandablynervous,” said Gayle Ross-iter who is head of corporate information atThames Valley. But Rossiter reports that she has been impressed by Graef’s willingness tospend time explaining his objectives to staff and put them at ease. “We hope the programme will illustrate how Thames Valley Police hasmoved on in 20 years,” said Rossiter. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Long-term decline in krill stock and increase in salps within the Southern Ocean

first_imgAntarctic krill ( Euphausia superba) and salps ( mainly Salpa thompsoni) are major grazers in the Southern Ocean(1-4), and krill support commercial fisheries(5). Their density distributions(1,3,4,6) have been described in the period 1926 – 51, while recent localized studies(7-10) suggest short-term changes. To examine spatial and temporal changes over larger scales, we have combined all available scientific net sampling data from 1926 to 2003. This database shows that the productive southwest Atlantic sector contains > 50% of Southern Ocean krill stocks, but here their density has declined since the 1970s. Spatially, within their habitat, summer krill density correlates positively with chlorophyll concentrations. Temporally, within the southwest Atlantic, summer krill densities correlate positively with sea-ice extent the previous winter. Summer food and the extent of winter sea ice are thus key factors in the high krill densities observed in the southwest Atlantic Ocean. Krill need the summer phytoplankton blooms of this sector, where winters of extensive sea ice mean plentiful winter food from ice algae, promoting larval recruitment(7-11) and replenishing the stock. Salps, by contrast, occupy the extensive lower-productivity regions of the Southern Ocean and tolerate warmer water than krill(2-4,12). As krill densities decreased last century, salps appear to have increased in the southern part of their range. These changes have had profound effects within the Southern Ocean food web(10,13).last_img read more

Statistical optimisation for enhancement of phenol biodegradation by the Antarctic soil bacterium Arthrobacter sp. strain AQ5-15 using response surface methodology.

first_imgAim: Effective bioremediation requires optimisation of conditions under which the process takes place. In this study, an Antarctic soil bacterium, Arthrobacter sp. strain AQ5-15, was evaluated for phenol biodegradation under statistically optimised conditions. Methodology: The composition of degradation media and the culture conditions for this study were determined according to the experimental requirements obtained from Plackett-Burman factorial design (PB) and Box-Wilson i Central Composite Design (CCD), respectively. Phenol degradation was monitored by 4-aminoantipyrine colorimetric assay and bacterial growth was quantified by measuring optical density (OD600 nm) at 72 hr. Results: A preliminary screening experiment using the Plackett-Burman design indicated that all the factors screened (ammonium sulphate concentration, sodium chloride concentration, pH and temperature) had significant influence on degradation performance. Response Surface Methodology was then utilised to further optimise the phenol-degrading process using Central Composite Design. The maximum percentage of phenol degradation achieved with CCD was 99.42%, under medium conditions of 0.15 g l-1 (NH4)2SO4, 0.13 g l-1 NaCl, pH 7.25 and incubation at 15°C for 72 hr. The strain could degrade phenol when exposed to an initial concentration of up to 1.5 g l-1 under these optimised conditions. Interpretation: The tolerance and degradation characteristics of strain AQ5-15 suggest that it has potential application in bioremediation of polluted sites and in the treatment of relatively cool water bodies contaminated with phenol.last_img read more

Oxford Muslim leaders condemn Lahore attacks

first_imgMuslim leaders in Oxford have condemned the suicide bombing that occurred in Pakistan on Sunday this week. 70 were killed and 300 injured at Lahore after a bomb was detonated at the city’s Gulshan-E-Iqbal park during Christian Easter celebrations.It is thought that the majority of the victims of the attack were women and children, of which many were Muslims.The founder of The Oxford Foundation Imam Monawar Hussain told Cherwell the attacks were “utterly senseless” and left him “deeply saddened.”He added, “These were senseless and wicked attacks aimed at the Pakistani Christian community celebrating a significant religious holy day in the Christian calendar. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, friends and the people of Pakistan.“As a father, it’s heart-breaking to witness the images of families and especially children playing, rejoicing and having fun, being cut down by such an horrific and callous act. As a Muslim, the Prophet’s words, ‘he who is not merciful to children is not one of us’ keep reverberating in my mind.”A breakaway faction of the Taliban militant group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which once declared allegiance to IS, claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.Director of Cowley’s Oxford Islamic Centre Hojjat Ramzy said, “All Muslims condemn the killing of innocent people in Pakistan. We are praying for the families of the victims. Our heart goes to those who lost their loved ones.”Since the attacks on Easter Sunday, Muslim communities worldwide have condemned the suicide bombing in Pakistan.Oxford University Islamic Society told Cherwell, “The Oxford University Islamic Society would like to express its grief and shock at the heinous events of Lahore, and extend its heartfelt condolences and prayers to the people of Pakistan, and to all those around the world affected by terrorism. We note that the bombing, which targeted Christians and claimed predominantly Muslim lives, was an attack on Pakistani society, and we utterly reject this attempt to divide religious communities in Pakistan.“We pray for unity on the values of peace, compassion and mercy, and demand for the venerable Christian community in Pakistan the unconditional tolerance, respect and protection that is specifically postulated by Islamic teachings. All peoples around the world are involved in a common struggle against violence, and we support wholeheartedly any group working for peace and an end to war.”last_img read more

Hilary term 2021: how has your college responded to staggered returns?

first_imgMagdalen – Magdalen advised students not to change their original plans, urging them to “return when you had planned to return”. If students had not already arranged plans, though, they were urged to “please consider returning between Monday 4 and Saturday 9 January if your course is in the first group of subjects referred to in the University’s email, and between Sunday 10 and Thursday 14 January if your course is in the second group of subjects referred to in the University’s email”. St Catherine’s – St Catherine’s College provided a link to an external booking system so students can stagger their arrivals, as well as announcing a later final return date for the term: “exceptionally for Hilary Term, in light of the Government guidance and the University approach to staggered student returns, and for those who do not need to quarantine, the latest dates at which you can take up College residence and from which accommodation charges will apply, will be 14 January for Group 1 students and 21 January for Group 2 students. You may arrive earlier than these dates, if you have reason to, with charges being applied from the date on which you arrive”. Brasenose – Brasenose informed students that they should “arrive in Oxford to complete the first two Covid- 19 tests before your advertised teaching start date” with two slots available. Those in the first group – students who will receive face-to-face learning in the first week of term – “can arrive from 10th – 14th January” while those who will initially be learning remotely “can arrive from 17th – 21st January”. In both cases, “exceptions to the above arrival dates will be considered on a case by case basis by the DB”. Lincoln – Lincoln sent a holding email to its students, advising them to check the College website over the next week for more details of how they would manage the beginning of Hilary term but, like most colleges, specifically referenced the difficulties for international students: “We are aware that many international students will have already booked their travel; if you have pre-existing travel plans, you do not need to change your bookings”. Keble – In a different approach to other colleges, Keble has altered their Licence Agreement so every student can spend a full term in their accommodation: “In order to facilitate the more flexible arrangements called for by the Government, for Hilary Term 2021 only the period covered by the termly rent will be extended by two weeks to the Saturday of Tenth Week (27th March).  This should allow every student, even those returning on 21st January (the latest date indicated in the University guidance) to spend a full term at the College at no additional cost”. Balliol – In an email to students prior to the Department for Education’s announcement, students were assigned return dates in January which would stagger arrivals, particularly within households. An email after the new guidance was released stated that “happily, this [arrangement for arrivals] seems to meet the Government requirements” and “almost all the undergraduates should be back in residence by the Thursday of 0th Week (14 January)”. Ultimately, Balliol advised students in both tranches not to alter their plans for returning based upon the plans for some to learn remotely: “We suggest that students stick to their allotted dates for return, whether or not they will be having any face-to-face teaching in 1st Week”. Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi reassured students that “College will be open as planned from 4th January, and our facilities (catering, the library) will be operating as this term from that date. Therefore, if you would like and need to return as you had originally planned, you may do so notwithstanding the date your formal in-person teaching now starts”. Merton –  For students who have face-to-face teaching initially, Merton instructed that they should “return in accordance with normal expectations”. For those who begin term with remote learning, an email to students outlined that they “may return within the window 9th January to Sunday 24th January, taking into account academic commitments that have a bearing on your need to be in Oxford”, continuing that these students “should let their tutors and Director of Studies know what their plans are for returning to Oxford so that these can be taken into account.” Queen’s – In a letter to students, staff at Queen’s College expressed concerns for student welfare: “As your health and well-being are vital to your intellectual growth, we are concerned not only for your physical health when your travel back to Oxford, but also for your well-being before and after you arrive here. The recommendation that some students arrive later in term presupposes that all students have, outside of term time, sufficient working conditions. From our experience last Trinity Term, we know this not to be the case. Additionally, in comparing this year’s two lockdowns, we saw — and many of us felt — the difference between isolation far from Oxford and isolation in College households. As we have all benefited from working with one another (albeit at a distance of more than 2m) I won’t belabour the point; suffice it to say that we remain concerned for the well-being of students who, by staying away from College, do not benefit from the level of support for their education that our collective efforts provide. For this reason, and consistent with our overall approach to do as much as we can safely and appropriately, we expect all students to be in residence by the end of 0th week. In order to facilitate staggered arrivals, we are relaxing the normal regulation (10.3) that requires you to come into residence on Wednesday of 0th week”. Somerville – In an email to students, Somerville provided a return window from the 10th January to the 21st January for all undergraduates, with variable accommodation charges: “Accommodation charges for HT21 will begin on the Wednesday of 0th week (Wednesday 13th January), with flexible calculations based on your arrival date until 24th January, after which all students will be charged for their rooms as per normal”. Hertford – Arranging two main arrival “windows” for students to use, Hertford advised that those within the first tranche arrive from the 14th January to 16th January while those in the second tranche return from the 21st January to 23rd January.  However, they highlighted the need for flexibility, writing that “in some cases there may be reasons why a delayed return is not desirable, and the option to return in the first window (0th week) will also be available. Students may determine this for themselves, based upon individual circumstances”. The email continued: “For each window, you should arrive where possible on the Thursday, as this leaves four days for taking the first two arrival COVID tests ahead of the start of in-person teaching weeks”. Regent’s Park – For students who begin remotely, an email advised that they should “be back in College/private accommodation by the evening of Wednesday 20th January 2021 (Wednesday of 1st week). Those coming to College accommodation will be able to arrive from Saturday 16th January 2021”. Arrival slots will be released at a later date. Pembroke – In response to the staggered start, Pembroke told students that “we now expect latest return dates to be Thursday 14th or Thursday 21st January, depending on when your course returns to face-to-face teaching. You may have already elected to return sooner, or need to be back in residence earlier for academic reasons, to access library or IT facilities in College, for health and wellbeing reasons, because of travel challenges or otherwise. Given that (for those affected) term-time contracts begin on 13th January, there will be no problem with facilitating this”. Trinity – Trinity has outlined two return slots for students: “Students in Group 1 courses are invited to return between Sunday 10 January and Wednesday 13 January (in 0th Week); students in Group 2 courses are invited to return from Thursday 14 January to Sunday 17 January inclusive”. Expanding on their choice of weekend arrival slots, the email continued that “both groups will therefore have an opportunity to travel at a weekend which may assist parents to provide private transport”.center_img New – New stated that they will be open from 10th January and “students may choose their return dates”, emphasising that “students may return as normal if they have reasons to do so such as lack of suitable accommodation, facilities or study space at home”. Mansfield – In one email, Mansfield urged students to contact them regarding their plans for returning to College in Hilary. They explained: “Once we have an overview of when students would like to arrive back in College, we will be in a position to confirm arrival dates. If the arrival dates are not sufficiently staggered, we may have to ask some students to arrive earlier or later than their preference. We do not expect this to be necessary for large numbers. If we do not contact you about this by Friday 8th January, you can assume that your preferred arrival date is confirmed.” St Hilda’s – In an email to students, St Hilda’s announced: “we will be following the University guidance about return dates, but we understand, of course, that some of you will have reasons for returning more than four days before the start of in-person teaching, including pre-booked travel arrangements”. They continued that by “next week we will send you details of how to notify us if you wish to request to return to college accommodation before the advised return date for your course” and asked students to wait for further information. Christ Church – An email from Christ Church to its students told them: “we have made the decision that the safest way to manage student returns is to designate arrival slots for UK-based undergraduate students according to household, as we did at the start of Michaelmas Term. These arrival slots will be between 8th January and 14th January. We expect to have notified all students of their arrival slots by early next week.” All students then, will arrive by the point they would have done if it were a typical term. St Hugh’s – St Hugh’s split their students into two groups, mimicking the tranches – “arrival Tranche 1 – For Practical or Placement Courses to arrive in readiness to commence face-to-face teaching from Monday 18th January 2021” and “arrival Tranche 2 – For all other Courses to arrive in readiness to commence face-to-face teaching from Monday 25th January 2021” and continued that “you should arrange to arrive in Oxford no later than four days before the advertised in-person start date to allow time for the Lateral Flow Tests to be self-administered”. After the Department for Education advised students to return in a staggered manner, with some not arriving until February, colleges are now releasing their individual guidance. The latest suggested arrival date so far for students at the University is the 24th January, while some colleges are advising that all students arrive in Noughth week. Don’t see your college on the list? Have some more information regarding how your college is handling the pandemic, staggered starts or coronavirus rules? Get in touch and send us your college’s policy at [email protected] Worcester – In an email to students, Worcester created a table of suggested dates of arrival, with those beginning with face-to-face teaching arriving by the 14th January and those who will initially learn remotely arriving by the 21st January. Those wishing to arrive outside of their tranche need to make a request by the 15th December; they were urged to “ensure you have provided enough detail as these requests will then be considered by a panel”. University – In their email to students, University made it clear that arrangements for return in Hilary would be made on an individual basis – “the College will contact you to make arrangements about the date on which you return. We expect that all undergraduates will be asked to come back on (or no later than) the Thursday of the week before face-to-face teaching for their subject is scheduled to resume. This will allow you to take two voluntary lateral flow tests before your teaching is due to start, should you wish to do so.  You will not be charged rent for any days on which we do not permit you to be in your college accommodation.” Wadham – Wadham advised that all students would be able to arrive in Noughth week with no changes to their previous arrival plans after the Department for Education’s announcement: “There is no change to the previous details about the arrival process for students who are leaving and not returning early on vacation residence. Arrivals will be staggered over the 11th, 12th and 13th January in order that everyone can arrive safely and that students can participate in the lateral flow testing before the start of term”. St John’s – In an email, students were told to wait for more information but reassured that they could retain their original return dates: “If your arrival date has already been agreed because you need to quarantine on your return, because you have extended terms, or because you have already booked tickets for your journey back to College which you cannot conveniently change, please don’t worry about how these new arrangements might impact on your arrangements; we are expecting that you will still be able to return as originally planned.” St Peter’s –  St Peter’s was clear that “the dates of next term have not changed”, continuing with “you are asked to return to Oxford no later than four days before your course might start in-person teaching. So students on group 1 courses should arrive no later than Wednesday 13th January, in order to be ready to do your Collections on Thursday and Friday of week 0. Students on group 2 courses should aim to arrive in Oxford no later than Thursday 21st January”.last_img read more

CSM unveils flat Q1 results

first_imgCSM, the Dutch food ingredients group, which last month agreed to sell its international bakery supplies business to US equity firm Rhône Capital for €850m, has achieved virtually flat results for the first quarter.In North America, its bakery supplies business reported volume was in line with last year – but margins were lower as a result of higher raw material costs. Its ebita before one-off costs for the first quarter was $14.6m, down from $15m in the same period last year.In Europe, volumes were 2.5% below last year.The company said a strong development in sales to the supermarket channel were not enough to compensate for lower sales in artisan and industry.It added that slightly higher prices, a better mix of products and good cost controls enabled an improvement in margins, resulting in first-quarter ebita before one-off costs of €6m.On 18 June the Dutch group will host a Capital Markets Day to give more details of ambition, strategy, financing structure and targets for the continuing business.last_img read more

Cops: DWI Charge In Fatal Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Brentwood man was charged with driving while intoxicated following a crash that killed a motorcyclist in his hometown Sunday night, Suffolk County police said. Anthony Brody-Santos was driving a 1999 Nissan Altima southbound on Washington Avenue just before 11:20 p.m., police said, when he crashed into a 2001 Honda motorcycle that was turning onto Clarke Street. The motorcyclist, 47-year-old Jose Funes of Brentwood, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he died from his injuries, police said. Brody-Santos, who was not injured, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks. The investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.last_img read more

Onsite: CUinDenver2015 – Creating the path forward for credit unions

first_imgFriends 🙂 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Keynote Luke Williams 2015 Credit Union Hero of the Year Gail Lewis This week over 3100 people representing 61 countries from around the credit union movement have converged on Denver. CUinDenver2015 is the joint conference between CUNA and WOCCU bringing the credit union world together in one place.CUNA President and CEO, Jim Nussle, welcomed attendees highlighting the three paths to credit union growth. “Our future is not a place we are just going and it is not a place we are just going toward randomly” Nussle said. “To me our future is something we must deliberately create.”Nussle laid out the challenges the CUNA board set for him when he was hired last September:Refresh the Credit Union National Association’s value propositionFocus on advocacyChallenge CUNA’s member credit unions to achieve new heightsWOCCU President and CEO, Dr. Brian Branch, talk about the global community of credit unions. There are 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries serving 217 million members. Credit unions globally have over $1.8 trillion in assets. Branch praised the attendees for enduring, transcending borders and helping improve members’ financial lives during times of societal transition.Branch stated the common challenges facing the global credit union community are an increased regulatory burden, payments innovations, and growth. Specifically, Branch spoke of the challenge of attracting members from the millennial generation who now make up the largest segment of the workforce.The keynote speaker Monday at CUinDenver2015 was Alan Mulally the former CEO of two of the worlds largest companies, Ford Motor Company and Boeing.Mulally spoke about collaboration being the key to unleash the creativity to solve problems. This topic resonated with the credit union professionals in attendance. Another point that came through was Mulally passion for the direction he viewed his career. ““I’ve always wanted to contribute to important things for the people of our world,” Mulally said.Mulally finished talking innovation stating “Digitization is going to continue to change all of our lives. It’s going to provide great products and services, and dramatically improve quality and productivity. It’s going to touch every aspect of our lives.”Luke Williams was the Tuesday’s speaker at CUinDenver2015 . Williams started his presentation on innovation by stating that “innovation drives growth.” Mr. Williams is the executive director at the NYU Stearns School of Business and a fellow at the design firm, frog. His presentation is based on his 2011 book, Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.Williams walked attendees through his five steps to move an idea to a solution:Craft a disruptive hypothesisDefine a disruptive market opportunityGenerate several disruptive ideaShape a disruptive solutionMake a disruptive pitch“If someone offers an idea and everyone nods in agreement, then it’s incremental and not disruptive,” Williams said. For growth to occur you can’t just have one disruptive idea and move on. You have to keep creating disruptive change or you will fall into complacency.Check out some of the pictures below from CUinDenver2015 and keep following along on twitter at #CUinDenver2015 for real time updates.Distinguished Service Awards WOCCU Boardcenter_img CUNA Pres/CEO Jim Nussle Keynote Alan Mulally Hey look!!! It’s our very own Amanda Reed on the big screen. WOCCU Pres/CEO Brian Branchlast_img read more

5 common misconceptions about social media marketing companies

first_img 74SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Although we are known as ‘Social Stairway’ we do a lot more than just social media marketing. So, here’s a few common misconceptions that you might keep in mind when looking for an online marketing agency that would be a good fit for your organization…Myth 1.  Social Media Marketing Companies only work with Social Media:Most GOOD social media marketing companies are shifting more and more to becoming full service inbound marketing agencies. The shift is mainly driven by the need to demonstrate clear ROI from social media efforts. And to get conversions from these efforts you typically must continue to track traffic when it LEAVES the social platform and heads to a business’ website.To accurately follow these leads and conversions, an agency will need to help your business integrate email and sales for following up. You will also need a well-developed content marketing strategy as this is often why people leave the social network and head to your website in the first place. continue reading »last_img read more

Updated issue “Profiles of emitting markets 2018”

first_imgA few days ago, the CNTB published a new edition of emission market profiles for 2018, and these were market profiles Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China, Hungary, the Netherlands and Germany. Study the market profiles in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists in the best possible way. Side dish: ISSUING MARKET PROFILES 2018center_img Today, the list of profiles has been supplemented with new markets, such as Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, USA and Canada, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, UAE and UK. last_img read more