Midlands’ Coventry scheme nod

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Gallery Events

first_imgBert Stern “Shapes And Symbols”Keyes Art Gallery, East HamptonOpening: August 4, 6 to 8 PMKeyes Art Gallery will present a solo exhibition of American photographer Bert Stern which focuses on his outbreaking advertising and fashion work.“Shapes and Symbols” includes a selection of iconic images displayed for the first time. Keyes Art Gallery, in association with The Bert Stern Trust and Galerie 36, presents the first comprehensive exhibition of the visionary advertising photographs of American photographer Bert Stern (1929 to 2013) from the early 1950s to the early ’70s. The show runs through September 8. An opening reception will be held Saturday, August 4, from 6 to 8 PM.Views Of Pools And HedgerowsQuogue Library, QuogueOpening: August 2, 5 to 7 PMThe Quogue Library Gallery presents Geoff Disston’s “Views Of Pools And Hedgerows.” Disston was trained in watercolors by his family of plein air watercolorists. Taking a cue from his watercolor training, Disston started to apply watered-down acrylics on raw canvas in the late ’90s. Staining raw canvas with acrylic washes allows for deeper color saturation, subtle color interactions through the transparencies, and sketch-like freshness. Like watercolors, this technique demands a “once and done” approach, limiting the number of paint layers, and using the white of the canvas for both negative space and light. The show opens with a reception on Thursday, August 2, from 5 to 7 PM and will run through September 2.Michael Dweck: Iconic ImagesRoman Fine Art, East HamptonOpening: Saturday, August 4, 6 to 8 PMRoman Fine Art presents the solo exhibition of renowned photographer Michael Dweck. “Michael Dweck: Iconic Images,” will include a carefully curated selection of Dweck’s best known works as well as a few new standouts from the newly released expansion of his blockbuster book, The End, Montauk, NY. The exhibit opens Thursday, August 2, and continues through Monday, August 26. There will be a cocktail reception for the artist on Saturday, August 4, from 6 to 8 PM.Barthélémy ToguoParrish Art Museum, Water MillOpening: Saturday, August 4“Barthélémy Toguo: The Beauty of Our Voice” will be on view at the Parrish Art Museum Sunday, August 5, through October 14. The show is the first solo exhibition in an American museum by the internationally renowned artist whose work addresses migration, colonialism, race, and the relationship between the global north and south. Marking a new partnership, Toguo created the work for the exhibition during a residency as The Watermill Center’s 2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellow. A members’ reception will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.Springs Artists InvitationalAshawagh Hall, SpringsOpening: Friday, August 3, 5 to 8 PMThe Springs Improvement Society presents the 51st annual “Springs Artists Invitational Exhibition” at Ashawagh Hall. The show will take place from Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 12. This annual event is hailed as a cornerstone event for the local art community, a deeply ingrained culture that has thrived in the hamlet since the heydays of the abstract expressionists. The show is curated by Scott Bluedorn. There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 3, from 5 to 8 PM. A curator’s tour, conducted by Bluedorn, will be open to the public Sunday, August 5, from noon till 2 PM.jessica@indyeastend.com MD6990_girlsincar 001 Sharelast_img read more

Air Products to talk about oxygen at Cement Industry Conference

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Jacqueline O’Donovan made Fellow of the CIWM

first_imgJacqueline O’Donovan is one of just over 100 industry professionals to achieve a CIWM FellowshipIn more than 30 years with the family business, Jacqueline has grown the company to employ 185 members and has worked closely with Industry bodies and government in a bid to improve the reputation and raise standards across the sector, as well as investing in the business to maximise recycling and achieve zero waste to landfill.“I’m delighted to have been appointed a Fellow of the CIWM. It is an honour to achieve this level of recognition within such an esteemed Institution and it stands as testament to the achievements of the whole O’Donovan team in working towards industry best practice.”Sarah Poulter, CIWM CEO, said: “CIWM Fellowship is awarded to leading professionals in resources and waste and is an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment by an individual to the sector as a whole. CIWM Fellows are peer-assessed, so it truly is an accolade to have your achievements recognised by the very people who work within our sector.”The CIWM represents more than 5,500 individuals in the United Kingdom and overseas. Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).She joins an elite group of 104 industry professionals who have achieved a Fellowship.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Marginal utility

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Who turned out the lights?

first_imgIn the research that we undertook for the British Council for Offices in 2013, covering the electricity crunch, we highlighted three factors that could significantly increase the risk of blackouts this winter.To recap, the UK has been closing electricity-generating capacity faster than we have been building it and, as a result, the margin between supply and demand has been falling. As this margin decreases the risk of blackout increases. Back in 2013, Ofgem estimated that in the winter of 2015/16 the UK grid would be operating with a margin of 4% with an associated one-in-12 chance of blackouts.The latest Ofgem (2015) report highlighted that the risk of blackouts had increased to a range between one in one and one in four, a significant and continued increase in risk since the original assessment in 2012. Of course the objective of doing these assessments is to inform policy makers and enable action to be taken and, as described below, the government has responded.The analysis presented by Ofgem considered many factors and it is important to realise that blackouts will only happen if a number of coincident events occur. Their analysis highlighted three important factors.Risk factor 1: A drop in generating capacity. Ofgem’s latest 2015 report identified an expected drop in net capacity of 4 GW between winter 2014/15 and 2015/16. In some scenarios the UK’s margin reduces still further to -1% (that is, demand exceeds supply). Alarm bell number one is ringing.Risk factor 2: Assumptions for economic growth. The Ofgem analysis assumed that growth would be 0.6%, 1.6% and 1.9% year-on-year from 2013. This is important as it is generally assumed that electricity demand rises with economic growth. In actual fact growth has been significantly faster at 1.8%, 2.7% and 2.9%. Alarm bell number two is ringing.Risk factor 3: Weather. If the UK and the EU experiences a prolonged cold snap, coincident with a high pressure developing over the North Sea, two things will happen. The cold weather will increase demand across continental Europe, potentially reducing the import of power across the interconnectors into the UK grid. Secondly, the high pressure will reduce wind generation.The Met Office published (September 2015) its assessment of the impact of the current El Nino and suggested that the winter of 2015/16 could be a cold one similar to 2010. So far this has proved wide of the mark, but with winter having belatedly arrived there is still time. Alarm bell number three is ringing.The latest Ofgem report highlighted that the risk of blackouts had increased to a range between one in one and one in four, a significant and continued increase in risk since the original assessment in 2012It is fair to say that the government has not been sitting around doing nothing. It has procured additional balancing services to raise the margin should it be needed. It is also important to say that the National Grid is very reliable and well managed. The use of balancing services results in a significant reduction in the likelihood of blackouts but this does come at a financial cost, which inevitably is passed through to customers. For 2015/16, National Grid has procured 2.56 GW of capacity which can significantly reduce the risk of disconnections. Both Ofgem and National Grid seem confident.However, the unexpected does happen. In February 2014, 1GW of capacity was lost due to a fire at the Ironbridge power station followed in July by a loss of 2GW from Ferrybridge and in September 2015 2.4GW at Heysham.Fingers crossed that it’s the alarm bells that will stop ringing over the next few weeks, rather than power from the grid.Nick Cullen is a partner in Hoare Lealast_img read more

Solicitors join forces with probation staff in 48-hour walkout

first_imgSolicitors and probation staff begin a two-day joint walkout today in protest over the government’s criminal legal aid cuts and plans to privatise most of the probation service. Thousands of lawyers are expected to walk out across the country.In London today the focus will be at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Tomorrow campaigners will gather in Westminster at 2pm before processing to the Ministry of Justice to wish justice secretary Chris Grayling ‘happy birthday’.Demonstrations will also take place in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, Liverpool and Birmingham.The Law Society said it would ‘support and respect’ solicitors’ decisions either to take part or work normally.’We fully understand why some criminal lawyers have reached the point of despair after two decades without increases in legal aid rates, shrinking volumes of work and the MoJ’s further cuts,’ a spokesperson said.Despite the deal done by bar leaders and the MoJ last week postponing barristers’ fee cuts, many criminal barristers are expected to join the action, which could bring much of the criminal justice system to a standstill.John Cooper QC, of 25 Bedford Row, told the Gazette: ‘The majority of criminal barristers will support the solicitors’ days of action. We continue in the rank and file of the bar to stand shoulder to shoulder with our solicitor colleagues.’Criminal defence solicitors warn that under the new fee and contract arrangements two-thirds of legal aid firms will fail in the next year.Probation officers argue that outsourcing the supervision of offenders to private and voluntary organisations is taking a gamble on public protection.Nicola Hill, president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, said: ‘What’s happening to probation and criminal legal aid belongs to the same sorry story. That’s why criminal defence solicitors are standing by colleagues in probation. ‘As the government dismantles the criminal justice system, risks are being taken which threaten public safety and the right to a fair defence. The MoJ is taking a gamble on outsourcing the supervision of the most persistent offenders on release from short-term prison sentences.’Said Hill: ‘Meanwhile as the justice secretary scrimps on legal aid, the risk of the innocent going to jail is set to become a nightmarish reality. Miscarriages of justice for ordinary people will increase because they can’t get a decent lawyer.’Matt Foot, founder of the Justice Alliance, said: ‘This is the first day in history when solicitors and probation officers have taken joint action.’ Meanwhile the Gazette has learned that the deal agreed between bar leaders and the MoJ to delay 6% cuts to Crown court fees until after the general election could be in jeopardy if barristers vote to continue protest action.The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) is to ballot its 4,000 members over whether they want to accept the deal, agreed by the CBA leadership, executive committee and circuit leaders with the ministry to stop all protest action over the legal aid cuts.If the vote, which will be held by electronic ballot, goes in favour of continued direct action, the 6% cut to advocates graduated fees (AGFS), which has been put off until next summer, could be introduced this year.An MoJ spokeswoman said: ‘The agreed package will need to be delivered in full by all sides.’Barristers have been united with solicitors in protesting against the cuts, taking part in two walkouts.Those that work in the Crown court have adopted a ‘no returns’ policy of not accepting work returned by double-booked barristers while many of those who do the very high cost cases have boycotted work since 30% fee cuts were introduced in December.The deal, agreed without consultation with rank and file barristers has been met with widespread criticism.Not all voices opposed Lithman’s stance.Max Hill QC, former CBA chair and head of chambers at London’s Red Lion Chambers wrote to Lithman in advance of the decision advising him to accept the deal. Hill said: ‘This is a remarkable climbdown by the minister and the government.‘Those close to the action must be aware how rare a victory this represents.’Accepting the offer was not an ‘abandonment’ of solicitors, Hill insisted. ‘Our solicitor colleagues have played a huge role in this fight. We must continue to support them and the referral system they represent.’The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, said the protests illustrate the breakdown in relations between the justice system and the government.’Dedicated professionals concerned at keeping the public safe and maintaining access to justice have lost confidence in a justice secretary who has shown at best a casual regard for our courts and probation service. We urgently need all sides to work together to see if progress can be made to avoid irreparable damage being done to our justice system.’last_img read more

Freight to be focus of Shift2Rail successor

first_imgEUROPE: Freight is likely to be a core focus of the successor to the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini told Railway Gazette on October 30 on the sidelines of the World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo.While the so-called Shift2Rail II programme cannot be formally established until the multiannual EU budget for the post-2021 period is finalised, Borghini felt that S2R’s ‘three years of progress’ was already starting to yield results, as reflected in the Catalogue of Innovative Solutions which S2R unveiled at WCRR. These in turn reflect progress in more than 100 individual projects across five workstreams as well as the overarching ‘cross cutting’ activity.Acknowledging that S2R had been ‘a very broad programme’, Borghini suggested that its successor would be more focused, with addressing innovation for freight operations a priority. ‘This is the moment for rail freight’, he said, noting that S2R’s existing work on areas such as digital train brake tests and autocouplers ‘fitted perfectly with political priorities of the incoming European Commission and its Green Deal’.To this end, S2R hopes to demonstrate autocoupler technology at next year’s InnoTrans trade show in Berlin as well as outlining how the technology could be rolled out across the European wagon fleet.Governance questionsBorghini accepted that there had been ‘lessons to learn’ from S2R to date, especially given the programme’s long gestation period from formal creation to the research projects getting underway. He also acknowledged criticism that S2R has been too reliant on the supply industry to come up with ideas to study, and that in future there would need to be a better balance ‘between founders, lead investors and participants’.‘We are trying to rebalance the organisation towards end users and operators, but this is not easy because many of these organisations by necessity find it hard to support long-term fundamental research’, he added.Another priority will be to ease access to the programme for SMEs and start-ups, while improving geographical representation, especially from central and eastern Europe. ‘The CEE region has specific needs for its railways and we need to be able to respond better to them’, he believed. This could include reforms to the way funding is provided amid criticism that the administrative burden of S2R to date has been too onerous.BrexitAlong with Trafikverket, Network Rail is one of two infrastructure managers to be founding members of S2R. NR and the other British participants will continue to be a member across the workstreams until the UK ceases to be an EU member state, with any future involvement to be determined at a political level.‘Until now by definition nothing has changed and cannot change about UK involvement in S2R’, Borghini explained. ‘But no organisation likes uncertainty and that is the problem really. We have workstream members asking if they can still have UK organisations in their consortia.’ He felt there was a need at least to guarantee UK involvement until the end of S2R, irrespective of the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.System of systemsLooking to the long term, Borghini believed that S2R would work to ensure that innovations are future-proofed by developing a functional architecture. ‘We need a “system of systems” approach to ensure that as more results emerge from our programme in the future, we know that they will be compatible with existing products and operations.’‘There is no escaping the complexity of the railway but we can manage that complexity better’, he added.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesShift2Rail Catalogue of Solutionslast_img read more

Edwards adds more spice to Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

first_imgEddy Edwards and Kimberley Lue Lim of Grace Kennedy (assistant Global Category Manager) at last year’s Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Each year, after the spicy aroma of jerked food subsides at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Eddy Edwards and his team return to the drawing board to plan the next year’s show.More innovationsThree weeks (November 12) before the 18th Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival renewal at Markham Park in South Florida, Edwards is promising more of the innovations that has made it, arguably, the leading event of its kind in North America.“We are always looking for creative ways to keep the festival fresh. Sometimes, we will focus on the culinary side, sometimes on the entertainment or at times making adjustments to improve the patron’s overall festival experience,” Edwards told CNW.Interactive games“This year, we will introduce some interactive games that will bring back memories to many of the adults.”Domino tournament memorializing Ruddy SchaffeAmong the fresh activities are: sponsors utilizing the Internet and social media to engage patrons; a redesigned Grace Village which offers patrons opportunities to engage with the product; and expansion of the popular Pattie-eating contest. There will also be a domino tournament in memory of Ruddy Schaffe, who was director of the festival’s annual Tournament, but who died last May.“We plan to make a special presentation to his memorial fund in his honor,” said Edwards.The affable Edwards grew up in Harbor View, a middle-class community in eastern St. Andrew, Jamaica. He moved to the United States in 1979, first settling in New York, but has lived in South Florida since 1981.Festival began in 2000He started the jerk festival at the C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines in 2000, and has seen it grow from a family event attended by Jamaicans, to an inclusive calendar show that attracts mainstream sponsorship.SponsorshipPublix, the leading supermarket in Florida, is a major sponsor, as well as Western Union, Sprint and Broward Visitors and Conventions Bureau.Edwards stressed said that support is critical. “As the festival grows, and widens its appeal it is important to get more corporate support. The influence and spending power of our audience, which is predominantly Caribbean-American, is one of the reasons many companies find the festival attractive and they want to engage our audience and win them over,” he explained. “We are very mindful of this and work closely with our sponsors to deliver positive results, not just at the festival, but before and after.”This is the third production of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival for 2017. The first took place in June at RFK Stadium in Washington DC; the second was held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.Participating musiciansEach event features music. Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band, Leon Cordero and the Code Red Band are booked to perform at next month’s show.For what’s cooking at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival,visit the link: Culinary gloves off Jerk Festivallast_img read more