first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 just announced their endorsements for the upcoming Vanderburgh County general electionsThe Political Action Committee of the Police Lodge #73 held a press conference this morning at the FOP lodge to announce who they support in the upcoming November general election.All eyes were focused on today’s announcement concerning who the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #73 Political Action Committee is endorsing for County Commissioner District 2 and County Prosecutor in the upcoming November 2018 County elections?The Political Action Committee of the Police Lodge #73 FOP lodge announced the following individuals who they support in the upcoming November 2018 general election.Stan Levco for Vanderburgh County Prosecutor.Jeff Hatfield for Vanderburgh County County Commissioner District 2.Dave Wedding for Vanderburgh County Sheriff.Stephanie Terry County Council District 3.James Raben for County Council District 1.Tom Shelter Jr. for County Council District 2.John Montrastelle for County Council District 4.Footnote: The just posted “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the local FOP endorsement of Stan Levco for County Prosecutor and Jeff Hatfield for County Commission will greatly enhance their chances of being elected to those positions?last_img read more

Warrens’ staff gain on-the-job NVQs

first_imgWarrens Bakery staff have become the first to get a new-style qualification without spending time in the classroom, doing coursework, or exams.Forty-two of the Cornish company’s store managers and assistant managers have just finished an NVQ Level 2 course in Food Manufacture Retail and Service Support Skills, with assessment based only on observation by their managers.The course, developed by Cornwall College Business in conjunction with the food and drink sector skills council Improve, dovetails with Warrens’ internal training programme. It takes place on the job, and progress is recorded as employees carry out activities, or ‘taskways,’ correctly on more than one occasion.Warrens’ eight area managers have been trained to teach and assess the NVQ. Senior area manager Andrew Cane said: “This qualification used to involve a lot of paperwork, which many employees were just not comfortable with. This is a million times better and we now just have to watch and ask questions.”Warrens’ Heamoor store manager Alistair Sedgeman added: “It felt like I was just assessed on what I normally do day-to-day. It has helped sharpen my skills.”Family-owned firm Warrens has 450 retail staff across 50 outlets and all will complete the course.last_img read more

10 steps to ‘best Brexit outcome’ for food industry

first_imgFood industry groups including the Federation of Bakers and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers have set out 10 Brexit negotiation priorities to protect the food and farming sector.A letter, signed by 26 trade groups from across the UK food supply chain, stated that abrupt change would have “enormous consequences for our industry, its employees and for the choice and availability of food in this country”.The letter was sent to MPs days after an academic study warned the implications of Brexit for the UK food industry were “potentially enormous”. The study, written by Tim Lang, Erik Millstone and Terry Marsden, described the UK food system as “like the rabbit caught in the headlights – with no goals, no leadership, and eviscerated key ministries”. It warned the UK was currently “sleepwalking towards a chaotic Brexit”.The joint trade body letter noted that food and drink was the UK’s largest manufacturing sector and the largest employer in the service sector, employing four million people.Looming skills shortage“The opportunities for our industry are huge,” it read. “But uncertainty around the shape of our exit from the EU, the future of our domestic farming and fisheries production, and a looming skills and workforce shortage threaten the viability of our businesses.“Our trading ties with the EU are deeply interwoven, in respect of both imports and exports. So, too, are the regulatory frameworks in which we operate. These complex relationships must be handled with patience and care.”The trade groups have told MPs they “offer their expertise” to deliver 10 key priorities they believe are “deliverable by a government and parliament committed to securing the best possible outcome from Brexit”:Avoid any ‘cliff edge’ by securing an adequate interim and transitional period to help us prepare for a new relationship with the EU.Quickly negotiate the right to remain for our valued EU workforce and their families.Recognise the unique nature of our relationship with Ireland by agreeing a series of special solutions on workforce, regulation and borders.Deliver continued zero-tariff and frictionless trade across borders in both directions to give consumers the choice they expect, at a price they can afford.Maintain consumer confidence in UK food safety and authenticity through a stable, equivalent regulatory framework to ensure seamless trade.Work with us to develop home-grown talent and consult us fully over the needs of industry ahead of any new migration scheme.Support our ambition for an industrial strategy sector deal to harness our industry’s growth potential and improve productivity.Turbocharge exports support to help smaller food and drink firms take advantage of new opportunities so that we can grow our share of global trade. Provide a competitive supply base and ensure reforms to UK farm support – and to fisheries management – take full account of the needs of the rural and coastal communities, planning and investment horizons.Maintain the UK as the destination of choice for multinational food and drink firms, and encourage inward investment to benefit our local communities. The trade groups that have signed the letter are: Food and Drink Federation; British Meat Processors Association; Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association; Council for Responsible Nutrition UK; Federation of Wholesale Distributors; Seed Crushers and Oil Processors Association; Association of Labour Providers; Seasoning & Spice Association; UK Tea and Infusions Association; British Poultry Council; Potato Processors’ Association and the Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers’ Association; British Frozen Food Federation; Confederation of Paper Industries; British Hospitality Association; Health Food Manufacturers’ Association; Provision Trade Federation; British Oats and Barley Millers’ Association; International Meat Processors’ Association; Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers; British Specialist Nutrition Association; Federation of Bakers; The Packaging Federation; British Beer & Pub Association; Proprietary Association of Great Britain; National Association of Cider Makers; National Association of British and Irish Flour Millerslast_img read more

Russells Mills Road bridge closed for foreseeable future

first_imgFARMINGTON – A state-owned bridge that has been closed since mid Feb. is in the process of being assessed by the Maine Department of Transportation, according to MDOT bridge maintenance engineer Ben Foster.The Russells Mills Road, which connects Route 43 and Clover Mill Road, includes a small bridge that crosses over Temple Stream. According to Foster, a plow truck hit one of the side rails of the bridge this winter.“The quick option was to put up barriers, but with the load rating the weight of the barriers in addition to any vehicle that might be on the bridge exceeded the limit,” Foster said.Foster said the bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future until the planning department has time to evaluate and make a plan for the road. That process would include communication with the townspeople, he said, though there is no timeline as of now.“If residents in that area want to express their wishes regarding that bridge, that would be welcome,” Town Manager Richard Davis said.Davis said he realizes the closing of Russells Mills road puts pressure on the town to make improvements to Clover Mill Road, and that plans to do so are in the five year projection.last_img read more

AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Is Retiring After Current Tour

first_imgAC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.last_img read more

The Wanee Music Festival Initial Lineup Has Been Revealed And It Is Glorious

first_imgThe lineup for the 2017 Wanee Music Festival is in! Taking place from April 20-22 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, the festival has packed their lineup with a ton of jam scene favorites, including headliners Bob Weir, Widespread Panic and the Trey Anastasio Band.The performing artist lineup appeared on the Wanee website today, and features over a dozen exciting entries. Gov’t Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, JJ Grey & Mofro, Les Brers (ft. Butch Trucks & Jaimoe), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Leftover Salmon (performing the music of Neil Young), The Greyboy Allstars, Blackberry Smoke, Matisyahu, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Papadosio, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fu – Music of David Bowie & Prince, DJ Logic, Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, The Marcus King Band, The Yeti Trio and Brothers and Sister Band are all featured on the 2017 lineup.You can head to the Wanee website for tickets and more information about their exciting festival!Update: It appears that the artist lineup posted on the Wanee website was actually an accidental leak, and has since been removed.last_img read more

Farm safety

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia researchers will soon begin studying Georgia farm families to find out the best ways to keep children safer when they grow up on farms. They’re looking for families to participate.The three-year project is called AgTeen. Researchers from the UGA colleges of Family and Consumer Sciences and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will study the safety habits of Georgia farm families who grow peanuts and cotton.”We’ve chosen cotton and peanut crops due to the fact few safety guidelines have been developed for the equipment specific to these crops,” said project head Zolinda Stoneman, director of the UGA Institute on Human Development and Disability.Georgia grows half of the U.S. peanut crop each year and is one of the largest cotton-producing states.In most family businesses, children live away from the work place. But children raised by farmers typically live on the farm. They’re more easily exposed to farming hazards.Farming is one of the most deadly jobs in the United States. For young workers, it accounted for 42 percent of all work-related deaths between 1992 and 2000, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. More than 100 children are killed and 26,000 seriously injured in U.S. farm-related accidents each year.The study will begin in January. Families will be divided into three groups. Over the year, each will be given farm safety lessons at home. They’ll be expected to do family activity lessons and mail completed written materials to the research team.The researchers want Georgia farm families with both male and female heads of households and at least one child 10 to 19 years old. The farm needs to grow cotton, peanuts or both during the study. Families will be paid for their time.The study will be used to develop educational programs to keep all farm children safer in the future.To find out more about the study or to participate, call (877) 524-6264. Or visit the Web site (www.agteen.com).A $1.1 million grant from NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will fund the study for three years.last_img read more

Robber Threatened to Shoot McDonald’s Worker Over Burgers, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Juan Mendez-DePazAn alleged real-life Hamburglar is accused of walking up to a McDonald’s drive thru in Riverside and threatening to shoot a worker inside if the victim didn’t hand over hamburgers with a side of cash.New York State police said they arrested Juan Mendez-DePaz in the parking lot and charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 33-year-old Flanders man, who was donning a cowboy hat at the time, reached in his vest after telling the worker that he was armed with a pair of guns shortly after midnight Saturday.The worker shut the window and called 911. The suspect allegedly flashed a large knife on his hip and briefly struggled with Troopers before being taken into custody, police said.Mendez-DePaz will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Transformation and Growth: CO-OP shared branch enters a new era

first_img 107SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Shared branching began with an undeniable idea: Individually, credit unions couldn’t provide competitive branch networks. But together, they could. Back in the 1970s and 80s, when shared branching took root, locations were everything – and the economic advantages to cooperative branching were easy to see.Fast forward to 2018. In an era when digital banking and mobile payments are becoming the norm, are the advantages of shared branching still obvious? “If anything, it should be more valuable than ever to participate in a shared branching network,” says Shazia Manus, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at CO-OP Financial Services. “Seventy percent of consumers – including Millennials – choose their financial services provider based on branch proximity.” About 1,800 credit unions nationwide participate in CO-OP Shared Branch, forming the second largest branch network in the country – ahead of Bank of America and Chase, and second only to Wells Fargo. Shared branching represents a unique competitive opportunity for credit unions, even as they invest, rightly, in digital transformation efforts that de-emphasize in-person transactions at the branch. “Shared branching offers credit unions the unique ability to provide expansive branch access without expanding their individual branch operations,” says Manus. “Branch economics continue to challenge the financial services industry as a whole. Through this cooperative network, credit unions have a solution that is a true differentiator.”A National Credit Union Branch Network for TodayCO-OP Shared Branch is currently undergoing a revamping and updating that will include technology and service upgrades to integrate the network more seamlessly into the CO-OP ecosystem. Among the benefits will be a streamlined client experience, and improved data analytics and reporting. Fraud detection based on machine learning will provide a significant boost in security. And new approaches to self-service technology and innovation will encourage new ideas from both inside and outside the industry.“We’re also listening to our shared branch clients and responding to their concerns,” says Manus. “Right now, we’re hearing that credit unions that attract a lot of shared branch traffic are worried about being able to serve their own members effectively. So we’re looking at our structure and service guidelines to see how we can ensure that participation is sustainable for everyone.”CO-OP’s shared branching transformation is part of the company’s larger effort to create a unified ecosystem that includes credit and debit processing, ATM network, call center and shared branching – as well as new initiatives that will aggregate data, promote new business intelligence tools, deploy new security technology and unveil a new client experience. The goal is for the totality of CO-OP’s networks, products and services to work together as a seamless whole, to create a better experience for clients and their members, and to facilitate continuous innovation going forward.Shared Branch Saving the Day“We see many ways to bring CO-OP Shared Branch into a new era,” says Manus. “From upgrading our basic technology to the addition of machine learning tools, we’re investing our resources and a great deal of thought in the future of shared branching.”This investment is motivated by the ongoing relevance of shared branching, in spite of the many changes that banking has undergone. “The move toward mobile and digital transactions isn’t lowering consumer expectations around branch access,” says Manus. “It’s creating the expectation that anytime, anywhere access should be a given.” This expectation held true even during 2017’s hurricanes, floods and wildfires. “We heard story after story of people whose shared branch access saved the day,” Manus says. “Members were able to access their credit union accounts and get help from credit union employees, even when their own local branch was unavailable.”That value – of people helping people and credit unions helping credit unions – is the heart of shared branching. And while CO-OP is undertaking substantial changes to upgrade the shared branch experience, the core concept behind the network remains constant: Credit unions can compete and grow by working together.To learn more about CO-OP Shared Branch and how it can help your credit union transform and grow, contact your CO-OP representative or email us at [email protected]last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Get results from your realtor

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Recent volatility notwithstanding, the economy is hot, driving credit union growth and increased real estate activity in branch network evolution and headquarters occupancy strategies. Commercial realtors are a key partner in these exciting, expensive and risk-laden endeavors.Like all consultants, realtors can be an extremely valuable partner. At the other end of the scale, they can cost you millions in poor advice and negative impact on branch and headquarters productivity.Be sure to vet realtors before you engage their services. Once, when I was helping a credit union in Nevada develop a strategic 10- and 20-year headquarters occupancy strategy, I asked a realtor to provide a list of eight to 10 buildings that would support our long-range plan. He came back with only four, all at the top of the market. My own researched showed many more options. When I asked if he or his associates were involved in any of the properties or if he represented them on the sales side, I learned that he represented all four—one was owned by his brother, he was a partner in two and his boss owned the fourth. We found a new realtor.last_img read more