Blackpool saves 65% in energy consumption reduction

first_imgCoventry-based utilities consultancy Utility Team has helped to reduce Blackpool Transport bus and tram energy consumption by 65%.It has now been invited by to attend the annual conference of the Association of Local Bus Company Managers (ALBUM) which it is hosting at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10.ALBUM has around 160 members representing bus operators in the UK and provides a forum to exchange best practice and influence policy for the promotion of high-quality services that encourage more people to travel by bus.Utility Team, which has its headquarters in Coventry and an office in Birmingham, has been managing energy contracts on behalf of Blackpool Transport for three years. Blackpool Transport operates a network of buses and trams across the Fylde Coast which includes the oldest electric street tramway in the world with records dating back to 1884.James Rant, business development manager at Utility Team, said: “We buy, manage and help reduce energy for Blackpool Transport which involves us providing an array of compliance, procurement and sustainability services.“Over the last year, we have helped to reduce operable consumption by 65%.  This was achieved by us conducting a sustainability survey which highlighted an issue with lighting.“As well as demonstrating the significant reductions that we can help to achieve, it also shows the additional benefits we can deliver beyond simply buying supplies on behalf of a client.“We are keen to work with other bus operators and are delighted to have the opportunity at this year’s ALBUM conference to talk to industry representatives about their own energy requirements and how we can help them tackle the ever-growing costs.”James Carney, Financial Director at Blackpool Transport, said: “We are delighted with the energy efficiency that Utility Team has helped us to achieve.“As hosts of this year’s ALBUM conference, we have invited Utility Team to exhibit so that others within our industry can learn of the real benefits that can be had from working with an energy consultancy.”last_img read more

Seven tips on finding the perfect office space in Vermont

first_imgFit-up cost to tenant Neighbors Commute Rent Heating/cooling Term Total square footage Parking Flexible for growth? Agent/broker fees Internet/phone/IT requirements Natural light/views center_img Insurance mandatory and optional Additional rent/fees/utilities Floor number Fit-up needed estimate Zoning/use/permits On-site storage Lake Point Property Management,by Yana Walder, Lake Point Property Management Moving your office operations into a new space will most likely be exciting and stressful. To avoid it being mostly the latter, read on for seven insights on leasing a professional office space in Vermont. It can take a small to midsize company three to six months to secure a lease for a new office. There is no standard commercial lease deal; each tenant, property owner, and building is unique. It is helpful to understand how they fit together.Before you set out to find your new ‘just right’ office space, consider the workflow of the space your company currently occupies. Does the size, budget, location, and fit up work for you? What doesn’t work? Are you growing, downsizing or running steady? Do you require privacy and confidentiality or do you bank on interaction and creativity by leasing in a shared space?1. Budget the right amount of spaceYou may already have a pretty good idea how much space you need, but we usually see about 500 square feet for every 2 to 3 employees.2. Consider the travelHave realistic expectations about how well the location will work. Consider picking a central location that works for most employees and clients. But also, consider the location of your bank, your satellite offices, and where your biggest customers and clients are. Does the location seem easy to find? How is the parking?3. Make the lease term reflect your business planIf you are still growing, you may want to lease for a shorter period of time. If you are going steady, then 3 years is a solid commercial lease term. The best kept secret of all is that the longer you sign on to be a tenant for, the more willing the owner is to negotiate the rent.4. Ask for a recommendationIf you would like to work with a broker or an agent, ask someone you trust for a recommendation. Look for a person who understands Vermont and knows commercial property. Things to look for are responsiveness and emphasis on building a relationship. You want someone who will follow up on the searches and inquiries and who will maintain a professional relationship with you long after the lease is signed.5. Set you budgetMany companies settle on a specific budget, but it helps to understand whether it is more important to have lower rent or greater space improvements and fit up. You know what your absolute top budget is. Consider the features you would pay more for and where you have room for compromise.6. Know your deal breakersSharing a bathroom with 20 chatty beauty salon students? No sunlight in your office? Metered parking? Whatever it is that you absolutely cannot live with, or without, make sure that your essential space needs are met.7. Most importantly consider your quality of lifePeople live in Vermont because it offers abundant outdoor, social and dining activities. Vermont is beer geek, cheese lover and skier paradise; ask yourself, does this space with all of its unique perks above make you excited to move your whole office? Yes? Good! Here is a handy checklist for you to utilize while searching for the perfect home for your Vermont [email protected](link sends e-mail) 802-595-9932. BurlingtonCHOOSING THE RIGHT OFFICE SPACE: A CHECKLISTAddress Security deposit Location/Visibility Accessibilitylast_img read more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: Should NEJC cities bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

first_imgDavid Poppa of Roeland Park helped organize an Equality Kansas demonstration in March showing support for the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.The Roeland Park City Council for several weeks has been discussing an anti-discrimination ordinance that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes when it comes to housing and business services. Those two classes are not protected now by state or federal law.How do you feel about the proposed ordinance? Do you think discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation are issues in northeast Johnson County? If you don’t live in Roeland Park, would you like to see your city pass an anti-discrimination ordinance similar to the one they are considering?[socialpoll id=”2199112″]Talk Amongst Yourselves is’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!last_img read more

Questions from the Other Side: Daily Northwestern’s Ben Pope

first_imgQuestions from the Other Side: Daily Northwestern’s Ben PopePope reports on the Northwestern football and men’s basketball teams. Drew CoveNovember 18, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor this weekly column, the Minnesota Daily talks to somebody knowledgeable on the Gophers next opponent. This week, Minnesota will travel to Evanston, Illinois to face the Wildcats. We talked to Ben Pope, who covers football for the Daily Northwestern. Pope is a reporter for the Wildcats’ football and men’s basketball teams.How has the season been overall for the Wildcats?After a slow start, partially because of having to play Wisconsin and Penn State. The first two conference games, they’ve really come around [and] found their groove. Five-straight wins now, including becoming the first team in FBS history to win three straight in overtime. It’s really been a product of improvement on both sides of the ball. The offensive line, which was a big issue earlier in the season, has improved tremendously, which has helped with the passing and running game. Defensively, the Cats have become one of the strongest teams in the country against the run. Improvement across the board has gotten this season back on track to finish 8-4, [or] 9-3, which is about where people expected coming into the season.The five-game winning streak, did you see it coming, and how much different have they looked in the last five games vs. the first five?I think it was fair to say that every realized the schedule got easier after those first two conference games, so maybe, to some extent, you could see it coming, but I don’t think anyone expected the Cats to win all five of these games. I think the biggest concern was how poorly they played in the Duke game — the second game of the year. They were dominated across the board, looked completely inept especially in the passing game. I think once the schedule got a bit easier, once they got the confidence of the win over Iowa, it’s really just snowballed from there.How has quarterback Clayton Thorson improved since the Duke game, and how has he looked generally this season?If he is facing a steady pass rush, getting sacked a lot, it really shakes his confidence and affects his throws, even on plays when he’s not facing a strong pass rush. When he’s getting good protection, which he has over these last five games, he’s one of the more experienced and poised quarterbacks in the conference. He can make plays with his legs, he has maybe four or five rushing touchdowns this year, and he has a good arm. He’s working with a bit of an inexperienced receiver group this year, but they do with what he has.Minnesota really relies on the run to generate offense, what do you think Northwestern’s situation is going to be against them, and how has the run defense improved this season?It comes down to the defensive line. The nose tackle, Tyler Lancaster, is wearing the No. 1 jersey, at Northwestern that’s the thing that’s awarded at the beginning of each season voted on by the players to basically the guy they want to represent the face of the team. For it to go to a defensive lineman is a pretty big deal. They’ve continued to be virtually unstoppable against the run, they were talking about this in a team [press conference], that opponents seem to just abandon the run by halftime every game, and just turn to passing exclusively. The problem could be against Minnesota that the Cats don’t have a great track record against running quarterbacks. I think that’s going to be one area of concern that the Cats could have a bad matchup against Minnesota.What’s the most effective position group on the offense?Running backWhat’s the most effective position group on the defense? Defensive lineWho’s the best offensive player?Justin JacksonWho’s the best defensive player?Joe GazianoWho is a player flying under the radar?Garrett DickersonEnd of season record prediction?9-3Score prediction for the game on Saturday?Minnesota 21, Northwestern 24.last_img read more

Review panel finds CDC weak on lab safety

first_imgAn external panel of experts concluded that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a weak commitment to laboratory safety and that a sizable share of lab workers are afraid to report safety lapses, among other problems, according to a report released this week.The panel, which was assigned to review the agency’s safety performance in the wake of mishaps last year, said the CDC risks losing its credibility because of the safety problems. It said lab safety training is inadequate and inconsistent and that CDC labs should be required to undergo safety reviews and accreditation by outside groups.”Leadership commitment toward safety has been inconsistent and insufficient at multiple levels,” the report states. “Safety, including lab safety, is viewed by many as something separate from and outside the primary missions of public health and research. Safety is not integrated into strategic planning and is not currently part of the CDC culture, enterprise-wide.”The report was completed in January but was not posted on the CDC Web site until this week. The agency said today that it generally agrees with the committee’s recommendations and is already working on implementing many of them. It also said the committee’s findings are based mostly on information gathered last August and September.Panel assignment followed safety breachesThe expert panel, a working group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the agency, was established last July after two safety breaches came to light.One involved the contamination of a culture of low-pathogenic avian influenza virus with a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus and shipment of the culture to an external lab, which happened in January 2014 but didn’t come to light until months later. The other, in June 2014, involved the transfer of potentially viable Bacillus anthracis from a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab to a BSL-2 lab, risking exposure for dozens of workers. Neither incident led to any known infections or illnesses.Yet another incident happened in December, when some material that may have contained live Ebola virus was mistakenly moved from a BSL-4 lab to a BSL-2 lab, leading to possible exposure of a technician who worked with the material in the less secure lab. The technician remained healthy.The 11-member review panel is chaired by Kenneth Berns, MD, PhD, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and co-chaired by Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, of the University of Chicago. It is formally known as the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup (ELSW) of the ACD. The group visited CDC labs, conducted a lab-safety culture survey, and met with internal staff and leadership.Regarding the CDC leaders’ commitment to lab safety, the panel found that employees don’t understand the CDC’s response to accidents or how the response should be communicated to agency units outside the affected labs. “Disturbingly, the negative responses peak among those individuals who work at BSL3 and 4, especially among those holding a master’s degree.”To improve the lab safety climate, the ELSW recommended that the CDC leadership communicate a “CDC way” that features “the performance of responsible science practiced in a consistently safe manner.”‘Fragmented’ approach to trainingRegarding training, the panel said, “The organizational complexity of the CDC has contributed to a fragmented, inconsistent approach to laboratory safety training. The majority of training is now conducted online. . . . The CDC does not have its own hands-on directly observed centralized safety training program.”The group recommended that the agency establish a standardized training curriculum for all lab personnel along with standard methods for evaluating skills.On the matter of reporting incidents, the ELSW’s survey revealed that “a significant percentage of CDC staff have concerns about experiencing negative repercussions, either personally or more generally to the Agency, as a result of reporting incidents involving exposures to pathogenic organisms or other hazardous materials.”In particular, some workers in labs that handle federally designated select agents fear regulatory or other negative consequences if they report mishaps. For example, when the B anthracis incident occurred in June, many scientists were concerned that there were violations of the Select Agent rules, but there “were no mentions of people being similarly concerned with biosafety,” the panel said. It added that other findings also suggested more concern about biosecurity requirements than biosafety.The panel said the CDC needs to establish “a culture of responsible science and accountability. This culture of responsible science will require prompt and accurate reporting of incidents or breaches in standard protocol without fear of reprimand or punishment. (Not reporting should be considered a breach of responsibility.)”Structural problemsIn other findings, the experts said the CDC’s organizational structure does not support maintaining a culture of shared responsibility and consistent practices across different units. It noted that two key safety oversight groups are outside the chain of command for CDC centers and divisions.In addition, “Risk assessments of proposed research activities are either not being done in a standardized manner or are not being done at all.” For example, the Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews only recombinant DNA research.While calling the CDC “an incredibly capable organization,” the panel said, “We are very concerned that the CDC is on the way to losing credibility. The CDC must not see itself as ‘special.’ The internal controls and rules that the rest of the world works under also apply to CDC.”The committee concluded by recommending an external review and accreditation process for CDC labs and calling on the agency to formally track and report its progress in following up on the group’s recommendations.CDC says improvements are under wayIn a statement sent by spokesman Tom Skinner in response to the report today, the CDC said, “CDC has done much work to address the recommendations from the external and internal assessments. Anecdotal feedback from lab scientists suggests that the improvements are well received and are having a positive effect.”The agency said that although the ELSW presented its findings to the full advisory committee in January, it began its review of CDC’s laboratories in August and did most its assessment at the CDC in August and September. “So the report reflects observations of the workgroup made several months ago.”Kanabrocki, the panel’s co-chair, confirmed that timeline today. In e-mail comments to CIDRAP News, he added, “The ELSW is being updated regularly concerning the CDC response to the recommendations of the ACD. Among numerous other activities initiated in response to the ACD recommendations, I know that recruitment for a new position, an Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Safety that will report directly to the CDC Director, is well underway.”The CDC statement said that when the ELSW presented its findings in January, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, “noted that while some of the recommended actions can be implemented relatively quickly, others will take time to implement, including those relating to organizational structures and funding.”Significant progress has already been made, and some decisions will be left for the new ADLSS [associate director for lab science and safety] to address and have input into these key issues. The bottom line is that CDC agrees with the proposed actions, is implementing them, and is deeply appreciative of the ELSW’s efforts and expert advice.”Newly adopted precautionsThe agency provided a list of steps it has taken so far, including:Establishing additional safeguards as part of standard operating procedures for all material intended for inactivation and removal from high containment labsCreating and reinforcing effective and redundant systems and controls for protocols and procedures, including inactivation and transfer of biological materials and access to laboratoriesStandardizing laboratory protocols to include additional safety elementsEnsuring adherence to laboratory quality and safety protocolsImplementing new procedures and training of CDC laboratory staff that will keep pace with advancing technologies and protocol demandsDeveloping a standardized approach for conducting risk assessments for work with biological materialsDeveloping enhanced competency-based laboratory safety training programsReviewing and monitoring the implementation of training policies and procedures for new and existing staffThe statement also listed several additional steps it is taking or plans to take, including enhancing biosecurity and biosafety training and clarifying policies on the disposition of leftover samples when staff members leave their jobs.See also: CDC ELSW report, posted Mar 16General CDC lab safety informationInformation about the ELSWJun 19, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC probes anthrax exposure at its research labs” Aug 15, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC probe of H5N1 cross-contamination reveals protocol lapses, reporting delays” Dec 29, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC lab tech still healthy after possible Ebola exposure”last_img read more

Wangfoong delivers to CPCS

first_imgWangfoong’s services included project cargo delivery for the refrigeration system, as well as storage, delivery management, crane equipment provision, and inventory management.Wangfoong Transportation is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for Hong Kong.

Society president backs ‘digital Magna Carta’

first_imgLaw Society president Andrew Caplen will this weekend call for an international ‘digital Magna Carta’ to arrest the creep of government surveillance.Caplen will give a speech to the annual American Bar Association convention in Boston asking for renewed efforts to establish a global bill of rights.The idea has already been mooted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, and former US vice-president Al Gore (pictured).Addressing delegates, Caplen will explain how the Society is making a concerted effort to raise the profile of the issue of data protection.‘Legal privilege must be protected from any system of surveillance,’ Caplen will say.The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, which was passed last month, will be hailed as an example of ‘sweeping’ surveillance powers that extend into non-UK companies such as Microsoft and Facebook.Caplen will say: ‘The Law Society has very serious concerns. We still do not know what justified the use of emergency legislation. A cynic might argue that the process utilised was in order to prevent proper parliamentary and public scrutiny.‘Without any assurances that professional secrecy will be adhered to, should we assume the worst?’Caplen will also use his platform to call on the international legal community to do more to defend lawyers around the world who face repression for their work in challenging governments.He will assert that lawyers in many jurisdictions are ‘under attack’ – a situation which has prompted the Law Society to continue its ‘Lawyers for Lawyers’ programme to support lawyers who face intimidation for carrying out legal work.He will say: ‘We do not expect that every time we write a letter or publish a statement something will happen. We would like it to – but we know that this will not always be the case.‘However, we consider that it is still worthwhile to show support for our colleague lawyers around the world. And to let their national authorities know that international eyes are watching.‘In recent years we have begun to notice that jurisdictions who would previously have ignored our requests for information have now begun to respond. Progress can be made if we stick at it, if we are firm in our resolve.’last_img read more

Smithson smooth as silk

first_imgThe Bunker Boys Golf SocietyMonday, Nov. 28, Pleasant Valley (blue tees) – Stableford1st Keith Smithson (2) 38pts2nd Gerry Cooney (19) 35pts 3rd Mike Brett (20) 33ptsNear Pins: Gerry Cooney, Mike Brett, Keith Smithson, Mike Lloyd.Bunker golfer of the month Ross Schiffke with his caddy at Crystal Bay.A smaller field than normal on Monday as this course has unfairly been labeled difficult, but this is not the case the presentation on this day was good with just a few greens undergoing maintenance work, which did not detract from the enjoyment of playing.Keith Smithson made it look almost easy, beating his handicap by two shots and playing the last 6 holes in 5 under par, including an eagle on the last.  Gerry Cooney is warming up for his assault on our club championship and we need to watch his progress closely.  Mike Brett, who has made Pattaya his new home, played consistently and we expect to see his name often in the results.Wednesday, Nov. 30, Khao Kheow B & C (yellow tees) – StablefordA Flight (0-16)1st Keith Smithson (2) 36pts2nd Keith Norman (14) 34pts3rd Geoff Parker (14) 33ptsB Flight (16.1+)1st Peter Allen (31) 36pts2nd Gerry Cooney (19) 36pts3rd Gordon Melia (17) 35ptsNear Pins: Mike Lloyd, Jimmy Carr (2), Keith Norman.You cannot keep a good golfer down and Keith Smithson proved he was no flash in the pan by coming out and winning his second game in a row with a fine level par score, edging out Keith Norman who is also enjoying some form by two shots.In the B flight Peter Allen won again for the second time in two weeks, beating Gerry Cooney on a count back.  Gordon Melia, after his two wins last week crept into third.This being the last game of the month we were able to crown the golfer of the month, Ross Schiffke, who notched up an impressive 50 points by the 22nd of the month and no one was able to catch him, even with three games still to play.  Ross can collect his trophy when he returns but in the meantime we enjoyed a round of drinks to celebrate his win.Friday, Dec. 2, The Emerald – StablefordA Flight (0-16.2)1st Gez Williams (14) 36pts2nd Les Cobban (9) 33pts3rd Geoff Parker (14) 32ptsB Flight (16.3+)1st Gordon Melia (17) 40pts2nd Keith Hemmings (19) 37pts3rd Ken Davidson (24) 35ptsNear Pins: Les Cobban (2), Colin Gregg.We arrived at Emerald to find the course busy with a couple of 5-balls holding up the field.  Greens were hard and lightening fast, even faster than any local course over the last few years.  Unfortunately they hadn’t cut new holes for some time and the holes were very ragged and worn.  The rough in a number of places close to the greens was very long and this made things difficult with the hard greens not holding and shots running into high rough.Many of our players like this course but they described it as scruffy, with buggy riders complaining of the lack of brakes on the downhill sections.Scores in A flight were not so good, with only Gaz Williams making it to 36pts.  B flight scores were much better with an outstanding round of 40pts by Gordon Melia.last_img read more

A coaching first

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL THE newly-formed South East Football League (SEFL) has appointed its first interleague coach with former Pakenham champion…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img