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Chemical explosion occurs in Stinson-Remick Hall

first_imgA chemical explosion in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering caused the building to be evacuated for several hours starting around 9:45 a.m. Monday, according to an email from University spokesman Dennis Brown.According to the email, the “small” explosion occurred on the third floor of the building and splashed a staff member with an acidic solution. The staff member has been taken to a local hospital for observation, the email said.South Bend Hazardous Materials Response Unit arrived on campus to deal with the incident, the cause of which the email said the University is investigating. The building and surrounding area has since reopened.Tags: chemical explosion, evacuation, Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineeringlast_img read more

Philip Seymour Hoffman Died of a Concoction of Drugs

first_img Hoffman was last seen on Broadway in 2012 playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a performance that took its toll on the acting legend. He died aged 46 years old, father of three children: Cooper, Tallulah and Willa. The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled February 28 that Oscar winner and three-time Tony nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose. According to the Wall Street Journal, the acting legend had several narcotics in his system, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine. Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on February 2. The drugs found in his apartment included the anti-anxiety drug Hydroxyzine, the muscle relaxer Methocarbamol, the addiction medication Buprenorphine, the ADHD drug Vyvanse and blood pressure drug Clonidine. Only the muscle relaxer and blood pressure medications appeared to have been prescribed.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

The Gin Game, Starring James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson, Opens on B’way

first_img The Gin Game Go ahead: Just try to think of a card game more riveting than one that puts Darth Vader and Miss Jane Pittman head-to-head. Stage and screen icons James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson headline D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game, which opens officially on October 14. The revival, directed by Leonard Foglia, will play the Golden Theatre through January 10, 2016.In honor of the play’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of the two theatrical legends in action. Check out Jones as Weller and Tyson as Fonsia, complete with a killer hand.Congratulations to the Gin Game team! We’d wish you luck, but we know that’s hardly needed. Especially for Fonsia. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

USDA Rural Development announces new broadband program and interim regulations

first_imgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA issued a Notice of Solicitations of Applications and regulations implementing the 2008 Farm Bill for the broadband loan program. ‘Broadband investments are an essential part of Vermont’s future.   These investments will increase economic opportunity and enhance community connections.’ Molly Lambert, State Director USDA Rural Development said. The interim regulation for the Broadband Program requires that certain definitions affecting eligibility be revised and published annually by the agency in the Federal Register. For the purposes of this interim regulation, the agency has amended two definitions: Broadband Service and Broadband Lending Speed and Incumbent Service Provider. The application guide to assist in preparing of applications is available at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/utp_farmbill.html(link is external)USDA’s Farm Bill Broadband Loan Program has invested over $122 million for Fiscal Year 2010 in Vermont communities. This loan program is fundamental to increasing access to broadband, which will enable rural communities to expand markets, compete in the global economy, and create high-paying jobs. RUS is planning to schedule training opportunities to educate applicants on new program requirements, and how to submit complete and competitive applications.  Dates for the training will be published on the USDA website shortly. The notice is being issued prior to passage of the final appropriations act to allow potential applicants time to submit proposals and give the agency time to process applications within the current fiscal year.  Upon completion of a 2011 Appropriations Act, RUS will publish a subsequent notice identifying the amount of funding available for broadband loans.  Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant’s own risk. MONTPELIER, VERMONT, March 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Do you fear leadership assessment?

first_imgAt one point during the weeklong CEO Institute III: Strategic Leadership Development, there is some fear in the room.That point is right before participants receive the results of what for many is their first-ever 360-degree leadership assessment. A 360-degree assessment, of course, is a process through which leaders get candid feedback from many sides, including their supervisors, the people they supervise and their peers.Institute faculty member, Lou Centini, Ph.D., sets the class up well to constructively receive the feedback. But ultimately, each leader sits down alone with the envelope, breaks the seal and reads the contents.Talk to participants after they’ve had some time to process the results and you hear that they were both surprised in what people said about their leadership and reassured by confirmations of things already known. Mostly, you hear that the assessment was an incredibly valuable undertaking.CUES thinks such assessments can be great tools for knowing where you are in your leadership and where you might want to go next with your leadership learning. That’s why we’re including the Fascination Personality Assessment as part of CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange early in 2018. This assessment helps leaders discover how they can best add unique value to their organizations. The value of assessments extends to board leadership as well. CUES offers both Board Governance Assessment, which examines the performance of the board as a whole, and Director Skills Assessment, which helps identify board competency gaps.When’s the last time you faced your fear of feedback and did a formal assessment of your leadership effectiveness? If you’re like our CEO Institute III participants, you’ll find it worth your while. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

It’s all about the Journey . . . Map

first_img continue reading » Imagine visualizing your most broken business processes, breaking down silos and bringing your whole team together in an empathetic, collective mission to make improvements. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?It’s easier than you think!If you went to a conference related to business growth and innovation in the past year, it’s likely you heard about Journey Mapping.As with any buzzword or trend it can be shrouded in mystery. It is in fact remarkably simple and can be enormously transformational.If we break it down, the definitions are as follows: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

With 200,000-Plus Outstanding Ballots, Georgia Remains in Nail-Biting Play

first_img“If we don’t get there, but we get the number so small that then there’s no question of who actually the winner is, I think that will be really helpful, really remove a lot of those questions that people might have,” Mr. Raffensperger said. In a news conference Wednesday morning, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said that the largest number of outstanding ballots, more than 70,000, was from Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta and is a reliable Democratic stronghold. About 50,000 ballots were from DeKalb County, a Democratic-leaning area that also includes part of Atlanta.Roughly 7,000 ballots were from Forsyth County, which voted heavily for Mr. Trump in 2016.Mr. Raffensperger, a Republican and supporter of Mr. Trump, said he would pressure county officials in the state to complete its tally on Wednesday. But if a full vote count could not be finished, he added, he hoped that the number of uncounted ballots would be significantly reduced by the end of the day.- Advertisement – The fact that so many ballots remained uncounted came as little surprise. Voters were allowed to deposit absentee ballots in county drop boxes until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The process of counting them is labor-intensive, involving manually removing ballots from envelopes and, in some cases, subjecting them to human review.But there were also unwelcome surprises, most notably a pipe that burst Tuesday morning in State Farm Arena, the stadium where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball and where Fulton County was tabulating votes. The plumbing failure, announced by county officials late Tuesday night, delayed the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Threadneedle moves £110m PUT offshore

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German farm locked down after 174 workers contract COVID-19

first_imgTopics : Some 500 workers are in quarantine on a large Bavarian farm to contain a mass coronavirus outbreak, German officials said Sunday, as they announced free COVID-19 tests for worried local residents.A total of 174 seasonal workers have tested positive for the virus since Friday, Werner Bumeder, the district administrator of Dingolfing-Landau, told a press conference.Most of the seasonal employees come from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine, he said, and had been working in close proximity harvesting cucumbers at the farm in the municipality of Mamming. One of the infected employees has had to be hospitalized.Bavarian Health Minister Melanie Huml said authorities were taking the outbreak “very seriously” and were racing to track down anyone who came into contact with the workers in order to break the chain of infection.She said health officials would soon begin mass testing at other agricultural businesses in the region.Residents of Manning who wished to get tested will be able to do so for free, she added, stressing that this could be particularly important for anyone planning to go away on vacation.Germany has fared better than many of its neighbors in suppressing the virus, reporting just over 200,000 cases and 9,118 deaths to date, according to the Robert Koch Institute for disease control.But the country has also been hit by repeated coronavirus outbreaks at slaughterhouses, keeping authorities on high alert.Summer travel is another cause for concern, prompting Germany to announce free tests for holidaymakers returning from abroad.center_img He stressed that the cluster appeared to be limited to “a closed group of people” and had not yet spread to the wider population.The farm’s 480 employees and managers are all in lockdown on-site, with those who have tested negative staying in separate accommodation from those known to be infected.The farm itself has been closed off from the outside world with a security team monitoring the quarantine.Bumeder said the outbreak showed that the farm “did not consistently implement” hygiene regulations aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly virus.last_img read more

Willis Towers Watson: Germany needs new approach to longevity data

first_imgCredit: VolkswagenVolkswagen has so far opted against using its own bespoke mortality dataSome major German listed companies have gone down this route, but Borst added that there were strict regulations regarding individualised mortality tables.Evelyn Stoll, head of the occupational pension department at Volkswagen in Germany, said her company had so far rejected the idea of compiling its own mortality tables as it wanted to avoid the ”efforts of follow-up checks”.European longevity comparisonsBorst also presented a European comparison showing significant differences in longevity assumptions used for calculating pension liabilities.While Germany currently expects a 65-year-old male to live another 20 years under the latest Heubeck tables, Austria adjusted its mortality tables (AVÖ) last year to a 23-year life expectancy from the same age.In the Netherlands and Switzerland the estimate at age 65 is just over 22 years, and France expects these males to live for almost 25 years.Comparing these assumptions to OECD statistics and life-expectancy calculations shows Germany is closest to the international group’s estimate of 18 years.The widest gap can be seen in the French longevity tables as the OECD only expects a 65-year-old French male to continue to live another 19.4 years. Georg Thurnes, AonHowever, Borst pointed out that one of the major differences between the general population and people in occupational pension plans was the share of lower earners. In Germany, people covered by an occupational pension plan are more likely to be from the medium to higher-earner section of the population, she said.Speaking to IPE last year, Georg Thurnes, chief actuary and board member at Aon Hewitt Germany, said: “To apply the reduction to both higher and lower income earners in retirement will only be meaningful when a company’s staff mirrors a representative sample of the population.”Fixing broken tablesBorst proposed the introduction of individualised longevity calculations for larger companies as a way of bringing more accurate data to the second pillar.However, she said this was only feasible for companies employing several thousand people.“But it gives the companies a much clearer calculation of their liabilities – albeit it will most likely lead to increased liabilities,” she said. Speaking in Berlin earlier this month, Borst said: “The discount only works in companies that have a balanced workforce with both higher as well as lower earners.”  All other companies would have to be aware that the recent update to the mortality tables could lead to assumptions in their liability calculations that did not match the actual payments, she added.Borst warned that any update to the mortality assumptions based on currently available general data could only be a best estimate: “And best estimate means exactly that – it is not necessarily closer to the truth.”Heubeck uses data from the German first pillar system, as no data that might be more relevant for the second pillar is available.center_img Critics of the most recent update to Germany’s mortality tables have been proven right by Willis Towers Watson’s head of actuarial consulting in Germany, Hanne Borst.A general discount applied to mortality assumptions to account for “socio-economic factors” only fits certain companies, Borst said in a presentation at MCC’s annual occupational pension conference Zukunftsmarkt Altersvorsorge in Berlin. Last year, the updated tables – traditionally issued by the Heubeck consultancy – had resulted in additional liabilities of up to €10bn for Direktzusage pension plans, which are benefits paid directly from company balance sheets. Heubeck later admitted its data was “inconsistent”.Heubeck introduced the socio-economic factors to take into account the fact that people with a lower income tend to die earlier than those with higher incomes.last_img read more