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first_img Comments are closed. GuruOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today This week’s guruGuru: the thinking-man’s GuevaraDisciples, admirers and fully paid-up members of the Guru fan club couldnever accuse their hero of arrogance. Even Guru himself once believed he was wrong, but soon found he wasmistaken. With these humble inclinations, Guru was shocked to hear that al-SaadiGaddafi, son of the Libyan dictator, has started trials with Italian Serie Afootball club Perugia. Previously, Gaddafi was captain and striker of Tripoli football clubal-Ittihad, and the evidence seems to point to a talented and successfulfootballer. However, the truth is a little different. Apparently, 30-year-old Gaddafi had a habit of awarding his team with medalsand trophies regardless of whether they had played any games, let alone won anytournaments. As chairman of the Libyan Football Association, he sacked the Libyan coachwho dropped him from the national team, despite the team seeing a dramatic risein fortune after he was sidelined. His strike rate is attributed to opposition players running away rather thantackling their president’s son. To Guru, this has strange echoes of Ugandan dictator and all-round nutcase,Idi Amin, who among other things called himself ‘Conqueror of the BritishEmpire in Africa’, ‘King of Scotland’ and ‘Lord of All the Beasts on the Land,and Fish in the Sea’. Such flagrant exploitation of position must be stopped. Guru wants to hearabout your colleagues and superiors and their abuses of power. All replies willbe kept anonymous. Guru: one man’s terrorist; another man’s freedom fighter A fate far worse than European… To join Europe, or not to join Europe; that is the question. Or so youthought. The issue has been settled. Guru has found that the British worker isquickly becoming… (clap of thunder)… a European. Surely not, you cry. Well let’s look at the evidence. A survey by the CIPDhas found a third of British companies have sacked staff for misusing e-mail.The chief abuse: sending porn. That will be the Dutch influence then. Furthermore, research has established that 63 per cent of staff pulling asickie admit hang-overs are the main reason for absence. Here, it is clear theGermans are asserting their culture on us, as their workers are the laziest inEurope and take an average of 43 days holiday a year. What about new findings that say 60-90 minute ‘power-naps’ couldconsiderably enhance your performance? As soon as the Spanish get to work, they take time out for a snooze in orderto prepare for the arduous siestas ahead. So, viva Britannia! Finally, somehow scientists have discovered that moaning staff may besuffering from post-traumatic embitterment disorder (PTED). This illness makes staff feel helpless and aggressive and affects dailyperformance. Could this be due to pressure from Italy, allegedly the unhappiestnation on Earth? Then again, perhaps not. Judging by the amount of whingers around, PTED (or‘dramatic inability to accept our own shortcomings and responsibilities’),could have much more sinister ramifications. We might not be turning into Europeans after all; we could be changing into…(more claps of thunder followed by lightening, plagues, and flooding ofbiblical proportions)É Americans. Telly icon goes West …and as if that wasn’t bad enough, another cultural icon has gone Stateside.Bob the Builder has left for the lucrative industry across the pond underthe guise of ‘Bob the Construction Worker’. Guru feels something has been lost in the translation and wonders whetherthe job description has changed. Moreover, are Bob’s vehicles going to have tochange to left-hand drive? He has clearly taken on a voice coach too, as he will soon sound far morelike Harrison Ford than Neil Morissey. Robert (as he’s known to his mother) seems to be going the same way as suchclassics as the Lion, the Witch and the Closet, and Dickens’Cross-Denominational Inclusive Wintertime Carol. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Unemployment rises in seaside towns despite increase in UK holidays

first_img Extra jobs have not been created in the UK’s struggling seaside towns despite the decision to holiday on home soil by millions of cash-strapped holidaymakers, new TUC figures have revealed. Some coastal resorts have seen their unemployment rate more than double over the past 12 months, shattering hopes that the rise of the so-called “staycation” would provide a much-needed boost for unemployed people in the areas, according to the Independent. The South has been the hardest hit by high unemployment rates, the TUC analysis showed. Bournemouth’s unemployment rate rose by 130% to 4% last month, up from 1.8% in July 2008. Unemployment in Weston-super-Mare rose by 122% on last year’s total. In the constituency of South Dorset, the number of people out of work shot up by 113%. In Southend, Clacton-on-Sea and Margate, unemployment rose by at least 70% since last summer. Brendan Barber, the general secretary of the TUC, said the report confirmed that any evidence of an economic recovery was “very shallow”. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Unemployment rises in seaside towns despite increase in UK holidaysBy Helen Gilbert on 21 Aug 2009 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Seismic and radar observations of subglacial bed forms beneath the onset zone of Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica

first_imgWe present seismic and radar data from the onset region of Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, which show the form and internal structure of a variety of bed forms beneath an active ice stream. The ice flow in the area of our survey accelerates from 72 to >200 m a(-1), the ice is 2200-3200 m thick, and the bed of the ice stream lies up to 2000m below present sea level. We have imaged the internal structure of the bed forms with seismic reflection techniques and also observed radar reflections from below the bed in some circumstances. We observed a transverse moraine 2 km wide and 1.5 km long beneath the slower-flowing part of the ice stream, which we interpret to be composed of unconsolidated sediment undergoing active deformation near the ice-sediment interface. We observed drumlins of classical form with elongation ratios of between 1 :1.5 and 1 : 4.0 where the surface flow speed exceeded 95 m a(-1). The conformity of the internal structure of the bed forms with the ice base suggests that the bed forms are active depositional features in congruence with the observation of a contemporary drumlin-forming episode in the distal part of the same ice stream. These observations provide the first direct evidence of the association between ice-stream flow speed and bed-form shape.last_img read more

A new Southern Ocean species in the remarkable and rare amphipod family Podosiridae (Crustacea: Amphipoda) questions existing systematic hypotheses.

first_imgThe amphipod family Podosiridae is unusual in that it combines morphological elements of the disparate families Podoceridae and Eusiridae. Here, we describe a new species in the family from specimens collected from the Southern Ocean in the vicinity of the South Orkney Islands and South Shetland Islands. We present mitochondrial (COI and 16S) and nuclear (18S) nucleic acid sequences for this and a congeneric species and use these to investigate the phylogenetic placement of Podosiridae within the Amphipoda. Our results do not provide evidence for a close relationship between Podosiridae and Podoceridae or Eusiridae, suggesting that the superficial similarity between these families is the result of morphological convergence. Instead, it is likely that Podosiridae are more closely related to families within Amphilochidira, such as Stenothoidae. Definitive placement of Podosiridae in the Amphipoda awaits further specimen collection, additional nucleotide data (including sequences from the Hyperiopsidae and the Vitjazianidae) and a more directed analysis of relationships within this portion of the amphipod phylogeny.last_img read more

Williams announces global resolution with Chesapeake

first_imgNegotiated resolution reaffirms the value of Williams’ midstream infrastructure and incentivizes future development of critical acreage Williams announces global resolution with Chesapeake. (Credit: aymane jdidi from Pixabay) Williams (NYSE: WMB) today announced that it has reached a global resolution with Chesapeake as part of Chesapeake’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring process.“Williams has strategically invested in large-scale and essential infrastructure necessary to gather and treat the natural gas that Chesapeake and its joint interest owners produce in the Eagle Ford, Haynesville, and Marcellus,” said Alan Armstrong, Williams president and CEO. “Our gathering systems are necessary to realize the full potential of these high value reserves, and we are pleased to have been able to work with Chesapeake toward a mutually beneficial outcome that will put Chesapeake on a clear path to a bright future. Chesapeake is a valuable customer, and this transaction will both strengthen Chesapeake and allow Williams to enhance the value of our significant midstream infrastructure by bringing adequate capitalization to these low-cost gas reserves.”Key highlights of the global resolution, currently pending bankruptcy court approval, include the following:Chesapeake will pay all pre-petition and past due receivables related to midstream expenses, per the existing contracts.Chesapeake will not attempt to reject Williams’ gathering agreements in the Eagle Ford, Marcellus, or Mid-Con.In the Haynesville, Williams has agreed to reduce its gathering fees in exchange for gaining ownership of a portion of Chesapeake’s South Mansfield producing assets, which consist of approximately 50,000 net mineral acres. In addition, Chesapeake will enter into a long-term gas supply commitment of a minimum 100 Mdth/d and up to 150 Mdth/d for the Transco Regional Energy Access (REA) pipeline currently under development.The reduced gathering fees are consistent with incentive rates that Williams has offered in the past to attract drilling capital and are therefore expected to promote additional drilling across Chesapeake’s prolific Haynesville footprint.The South Mansfield assets provide an opportunity for Williams to transition the acreage to a strong and well-capitalized operator that will grow production volumes, and drive growth in fee based cash flows on Williams’ existing spare midstream capacity, while also enabling Williams to market significant gas volumes for future downstream opportunities.The commitment to REA provides valuable incremental takeaway capacity for Chesapeake’s Marcellus production and the associated Williams gathering systems, while adding a valuable capacity commitment to the Transco project. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Purplebricks shares continue freefall despite robust radio defence of sales by new UK CEO

first_imgThe Purplebricks share price has continued to tumble today dropping this morning by 10% to £3.74p a share, down from its all-time high of £5.13p.This follows a price crash late last week during which its share price dropped by nearly 15%, prompted in part – it is claimed by Purplebricks – by a market report from investment analyst Jefferies that claimed it is selling fewer properties than the 78% sales rate it currently promotes.The company’s new CEO Lee Wainwright (pictured, below) went public over the weekend and appeared on a BBC5Live radio programme, during which he called into question the basis of Jefferies report, saying: “Purplebricks wouldn’t be growing at the rate it is if we were only selling half the properties we list”.“The reason we’re capturing the imagination of consumers is that the old way [isn’t] working,” he added.“I’ve been in the estate agency for 26 years, I’ve worked on the high street, I know that the performance of Purplebricks is incredible compared to the high street estate agencies.“Customers want a better way, they want more transparency on fees and the convenience of 24-hour technology and they want a cost-effective way of doing estate agency with one fair fixed fee.”But the Jefferies report isn’t the only problem Purplebricks faces at the moment.allAgents calls for TrustPilot reviewReview website allAgents, which has been involved in a long-running dispute with Purplebricks over the veracity of its reviews, today called for an independent audit of Purplebricks’ 96% Trustpilot approval rating.“By their own admission, Purplebricks fails to sell 22% of properties, which means one in five customers didn’t get what they paid for,” says allAgents’ Martin McKenzie (pictured, right).“Their 96% approval rating on Trustpilot is highly questionable when you have this number of customers who may well be aggrieved.“Purplebricks refuse to disclose the number of properties they sell and use their Trustpilot score to claim to customers and the City [that] they’re somehow more popular than Disney.“This just doesn’t add up. It’s high time Purplebricks’ Trustpilot reviews were inspected by an independent source, in the same way their financial accounts are.”Listen to the BBC5Live interview (approx 10 mins into the programme).  Jefferies Purplebricks Martin McKenzie Lee Wainright AllAgents February 5, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks shares continue freefall despite robust radio defence of sales by new UK CEO previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks shares continue freefall despite robust radio defence of sales by new UK CEOInterview over the weekend saw Lee Wainright savage Jefferies report, but appears not to have reassured investors.Nigel Lewis5th February 201801,572 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Rear Admiral Discusses 21st Century Sailor Office Priorities

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rear Admiral Discusses 21st Century Sailor Office Priorities View post tag: century View post tag: Sailor View post tag: discusses Rear Adm. Sean Buck, The head of the Navys 21st Century Sailor office and the Navys Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) officer, took time to answer questions from All Hand’s Magazine about his new assignment and the Navy SAPR efforts.The 21st Century Sailor initiative pulls together objectives and policies to ensure that every Sailors total fitness needs, including physical, mental, social and spiritual are met so that they can successfully meet the challenges that they face during their military careers.The purpose of the office is to try to better integrate, better synchronize and tighten up all of our great programs that we had over the years that work toward affecting the resiliency of a Sailor, Buck said. It’s a broad portfolio.The 21st Century Sailor office ensures that Sailors have the tools to meet the CNOs mission of Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. They are responsible for:– Integration of Navys objectives for equal opportunity;– Sailor personal and family readiness;– Physical readiness;– Substance abuse prevention;– Suicide prevention;– Sexual harassment;– Sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR);– Hazing prevention;– Transition assistance.The Navys 21st Century Sailor is also in charge of the Navys Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. Buck talked about how sexual assault is every Sailor and Navy Civilians problem, and training is a way to raise awareness and ensures that Sailors have the tools to eliminate the problem entirely.Be sure that you are a participant in creating a command climate that dencourages dignity, respect, professionalism and has no tolerance for sexist behavior sexual harassment or sexual assault and should be completely intolerant of those things no matter what command you serve, Buck said.[mappress]Press Release, August 22, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Priorities View post tag: Admiral View post tag: 21st View post tag: Rear View post tag: News by topic USA: Rear Admiral Discusses 21st Century Sailor Office Priorities View post tag: office August 22, 2013 Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Trump Wants To Kill 17 Agencies: Here’s What They Cost

first_imgTrump Wants To Kill These 17 agencies: Here’s What They CostSome of President Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts appear to be targeted more at undercutting Democratic priorities than at shrinking the national debt.A host of planned funding cuts to federal agencies, reported last week by The Hill, are part of the Trump administration’s desire to eliminate roughly $10.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years – nearly all of the federal government’s discretionary spending.Yet Trump has vowed not to cut entitlements, such as Medicare and Social Security, and promised to beef up military spending, which represents the lion’s share of federal spending – making it hard for him to do more than chip away at the margins of the nearly $20 trillion national debt.What, then, would the reported cuts accomplish? The answer appears to be defunding a number of projects seen as liberal darlings – including groups aimed at preserving and supporting the environment, civil rights protections, the arts, minority-owned businesses, and public broadcasting.Here’s a list of the various federal agencies reportedly on the chopping block, along with some of their key initiatives – and some of the jobs supported.Corporation for Public Broadcasting– Budget: $445 million– Cost per American: $1.37Republicans have long been known to want to kill government funding for Big Bird. But the CPB is much more than Sesame Street, and taking away public funding may imperil important stories that need to be told.For instance, the CPB is backing a program through Wisconsin Public Television called Veterans Coming Home – which includes a series depicting what some of the 2.5 million veterans endure as they reenter society, but also funds services, such as job fairs, for returning vets.National Endowment for the Arts– Budget: $150 million– Cost per American: $0.46The NEA supports art, and those who make it, across the country. Eliminating funding would kill hundreds of programs, like Art 365, which grants five Oklahoma artists $12,000 to support their work. Past grantees photographed remote portions of our National Parks and wilderness areas, and used aerial photography to look at churchgoing demographics in Oklahoma.National Endowment for the Humanities– Budget: $150 million– Cost per American: $0.46The NEH offers research funding to institutions like museums, colleges, and libraries. The agency has backed 16 Pulitzer winners and Ken Burns’ The Civil War series, among other notable endeavors. One recent grantee is Michael Bernath, an associate professor at the University of Miami, who received $6,000 for his project In a Land of Strangers: Northern Teachers in the Old South and the Emergence of American Sectional Identity, 1790-1865.Minority Business Development Agency– Budget: $36 million– Cost per American: $0.11This federal agency helps minority-owned businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow, according to its website. The agency also advocates and promotes minority-owned business with elected officials, policy makers, and business leaders.The MBDA says it helped a minority-owned construction company in Phoenix, for instance, secure $60 million in loans – which allowed the company to expand operations and hire more employees.Economic Development Administration– Budget: $215 million– Cost per American: $0.66The EDA supports distressed communities with their infrastructure needs that will help drive regional growth, promotes economic development projects that spur entrepreneurship and innovation at the regional level, and provides direct technical assistance to firms negatively impacted by global trade.What does this mean? Seven years ago, the EDA gave a $2 million grant to the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Institute to buy new scientific equipment, in turn providing lab space that would support other high-tech companies in the area. The EDA says the grant ended up creating 184 jobs, saving another 110, and attracting another $500,000 in private investment.International Trade Administration– Budget: $521 million– Cost per American: $1.60The ITA helps American businesses sell more products to overseas markets. One beneficiary was the Iron Fist Brewing Company, located in Vista, California. A representative of the San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center connected with the brewery at a convention in 2013, and helped them export to Australia, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, among others. Iron Fist hired two more employees thanks to new export revenue, the ITA reports.Manufacturing Extension Partnership– Budget: $142 million– Cost per American: $0.43This is a so-called public-private partnership that helps small to medium-size manufacturers become more efficient, build new products, and improve sales and marketing techniques. Missoula, Mont.-based organic soap wholesaler Botanie used their local MEP affiliate to help keep pace with their growing business – by, for instance, using more sophisticated technologies to track inventory. The MEP says it helped Botanie save $280,000 and retain six jobs.Office of Community Oriented Policing Services– Budget: $286 million– Cost per American: $0.88The majority of COPS’ annual budget is dedicated to hiring more police personnel to help local communities improve their policing. Last October, the Justice Department announced $119 million in grant funding for 184 law enforcement agencies across the country – resulting in 900 created or saved jobs, the office reports. Among the recipients was the Dallas Police Department, which had lost five officers in an ambush a few months earlier; it got $3.1 million to hire 25 officers.Office of Violence Against Women– Budget: $480 million– Cost per American: $1.48The OVW runs 25 grant programs created through the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, in an effort to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence. The police department and city government of Andalusia, Ala., for instance, received a $450,000 grant over three years that will cover domestic violence training for officers as well as the hiring of three additional police officers.Legal Services Corporation– Budget: $503 million– Cost per American: $1.55The LSC helps poor Americans afford legal services, currently funding 134 independent legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices in the U.S. For instance, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society – which served nearly 33,000 people in 2015, including about 15,000 children – received $3.8 million last year, supporting 109 positions. Two-thirds of clients served were African-Americans.Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department– Budget: $156 million– Cost per American: $0.48The Civil Rights Division, a part of the Justice Department that employs 750 positions, works to fight discrimination and protect Americans’ voting rights. Recently a Civil Rights Division investigation of the Chicago Police Department found that CPD officers’ practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable uses of force. The city of Chicago and the Justice Department reached an agreement to improve the city’s policing practices.Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department– Budget: $123 million– Cost per American: $0.38The ENRD brings cases against those who break pollution-related laws. In one recent case, the division levied a $160,000 penalty against Iowa’s Meadowvale Dairy for violating the Clean Water Act.Overseas Private Investment Corporation– Budget: Self-sustaining– Cost per American: $0Using both loans and loan guarantees, OPIC works to help businesses with annual revenues below $400 million invest in large scale operations, such as airports and water systems. Over the past five years, 71 percent of OPIC projects were in partnership with U.S. small businesses, accounting for over $600 million annually in U.S. exports, according to the State Department. One recent OPIC effort, for instance, provided an $87 million, 17-year loan, to a U.S. company, Al Tamweel Al Saree, to extend loans to micro and small-sized Iraqi businesses.UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change– U.S. Funding: Estimated $10 million– Cost per American: $0.03The IPCC issues reports from the world’s leading climate scientists on the state of global warming, and its impact on human populations. According to NASA, 2016 was the hottest year on record.Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability– Budget: $262 million– Cost per American: $0.81Created after the 2003 blackout left nearly 50 million Americans and Canadians without power, the OE invests in the electric grid to make it more modern, reliable and secure. The agency recently released a comprehensive report on how America can improve energy allocation.Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy– Budget: $2.9 billion– Cost per American: $8.95The EERE works to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. What does that look like? In one recent demonstration project, the EERE helped a South Carolina-based BMW plant use bio-methane gas from a nearby landfill to power some forklifts.Office of Fossil Energy– Budget: $878 million– Cost per American: $2.71With projects like the development of clean coal technology, this office works to reduce the carbon footprint of fossil fuels. Its Petra Nova project, based in Thompsons, Texas, is now the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture system. Petra Nova received $190 million from the Department of Energy, and has the potential to capture 1.6 million tons of CO2 per year from an existing coal-fired power plant.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: New Chair appointed to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Board

first_imgDame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO, says: Defra Ministers have appointed Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE CVO as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, says: I have long been an admirer of Kew’s work and its impact in the UK and internationally, particularly its work on how a better understanding of plants and fungi will help to solve some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. It is the greatest honour and privilege to be able to help Kew achieve its inspirational and ambitious plans as an international leader in plant science, conserving global plant and fungal diversity around the world, while remaining an outstanding visitor attraction. Dame Amelia’s appointment is for three years and will run from 26 October 2019 to 25 October 2022. The appointment has been made in accordance with the Ministerial Governance Code on Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew says: Amelia will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the role of Chair and her extensive experience and connections in the private, public and voluntary sectors will make her a great ambassador for Kew. I am extremely grateful to the outgoing Chair, Marcus Agius, for his excellent leadership over the past 10 years, and am confident that as he hands over to Amelia in October this year, Kew will go from strength to strength. I am looking forward to working with Amelia as she leads the organisation and ensures Kew can drive forward its science agenda as an international leader in plant science, while remaining an outstanding visitor attraction, engaging the public, and supporting Defra in delivering the 25 Year Environment Plan. I am delighted that Dame Amelia Fawcett has been appointed as Chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and I very much look forward to working with her. She is a talented and highly experienced Chair who will join us at a time when our work to help meet global challenges has never been more urgent. On behalf of all of us at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew I would like to welcome her warmly to the Board. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body under the National Heritage Act 1983 and is sponsored by Defra. The Board of Trustees comprises a Chair and eleven members. Trustees provide non-executive leadership and support to the executive through regular Board meetings, committees and groups.There is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if significant) to be made public. Dame Amelia has not declared any significant political activity in the past five years.Trustees do not receive any direct remuneration for their services, although reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed.Biographical detailsDame Amelia Fawcett has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has been Chair of Kinnevik AB since 2018, Chair of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments since 2011 and is the Lead Independent Director for State Street Corporation (having been a Non Executive Director since 2006). She is owner of Chilcott & Company Ltd, a lavender farm which she founded in Wales in 2014. She has been Chairman of the Prince of Wales Foundation (US) since 2017.Previous roles include: Her Majesty’s Treasury Non Executive Director (2012-18); Chairman of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation (2011-18); Chairman of Guardian Media Group (2009-13); Bank of England Non Executive Director (2004-9); Deputy Chairman, National Portrait Gallery (2003-11). Dame Amelia worked for Morgan Stanley Group in London in various senior management roles from 1987 to 2007. A British and American citizen, Dame Amelia was Born in Boston, USA and started her career as a corporate lawyer in New York and Paris.Notes to EditorsThe Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden, attract over 2.3 million visits every year. Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrates its 260th anniversary in 2019. Wakehurst is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Kew receives approximately one third of its funding from Government through the Defra, and research councils. Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.last_img read more

NYC Man DWI in Hit-and-run That Killed 3, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old Queens man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into another car that burst into flames, killing three over the weekend in a Bay Shore hit-and-run crash, authorities said.O’Neil Sharpe, of Springfield Gardens, was apprehended in Rockville Centre and charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.Troopers said Sharpe was driving his BMW westbound on the Southern State Parkway when he rear-ended a Toyota near exit 41 for Bay Shore Road at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe fled the scene but was found at the home of the registered owner of the BMW he was driving. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more