Two construction workers fall to their death in Florida after scaffolding collapses

first_imgOrange County Fire Rescue(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Two construction workers were killed in Florida early Wednesday when scaffolding they were working on collapsed and they plunged six stories.The accident happened at a hotel under construction in Orlando, Florida, at about 4:15 a.m. Officials said both men died at the scene.The scaffolding was between the sixth and seventh floors when it collapsed, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The scaffolding gave way “for reasons unknown,” according to the authorities.Four people were on the scaffold at the time, with one managing to get to safety before falling, and a third worker, who was able to hang on to the scaffolding and climb up to safety. He suffered minor injuries, authorities said, but refused transport to a hospital.The workers were part of a group of about a dozen construction workers who were pouring concrete at the location.Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will investigate.The accident happened near Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, but not on Disney property.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Personal profile

first_imgPersonal profileOn 14 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Alan Pankhurst became personnel director of GNL in August 2000 to head up the renamed People Department (formerly RTD department) and was also appointed to the board. He has been a personnel professional for the past 30 years. He has worked in engineering and in printing and spent 15 years in television.What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?Know what you are trying to do, maintain a sense of humour and develop an infinite amount of patience.What is the strangest situation you have had to deal with at work?Meeting the national officers of ACTT and Bectu (television unions) in 1982 just before I joined Central TV to start redundancy discussions.I opened the meeting by saying, “We are here to discuss the redundancy situation”, at which point they walked out.Imagine being stranded on a desert island with enough food for only two people. Who would you choose as your companion and why?Assuming that I’m not allowed to choose my wife, Nelson Mandela. His combination of achievement and humility is awesome.If you had three wishes to change the company, what would they be?Increase the circulation of The Guardian to an average of 550,000 a day and The Observer to 700,000.Enable everybody in the company to get their work done in normal working hours.Have everybody tell me that they feel they are being paid enough for the job that they are doing.What is the best thing about working in HR?The variety of personality types.What is the worst?Trying to deal with people who refuse to recognise the realities of life.If you could adopt the management style of an historical character, who would you choose and why?Mahatma Gandhi. Major achievement by quiet and peaceful determination.If you were to write a book, which subject would you choose?Why Spurs can only improve.What is your greatest strength?Maintaining a sense of humour most of the time.What is your least appealing characteristic?Ask my PA.You stumble across a time machine hidden in the vaults of your company building. What time period would you visit and why?1914-1918 and the trench warfare. I have a fascination for the psychology of how people survived the horrors.What is the greatest risk you ever took?Accepting the job of personnel manager with responsibility for a department with a workforceof circa 2000 at Triumph Engineering, aged 22, and having been working in personnel for about three months. 2000: Personnel director, Guardian Newspapers1998: Group personnel director, Guardian Media Group1997: Left to become a consultant1994: Personnel director, Carlton1982: Personnel director, Central TV Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Darian Murdock Tabbed As Pac-West Female Athlete of the Year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Wednesday, Dixie State senior Division II all-American women’s soccer player Damian Murdock was named as the Pac-West Conference’s female athlete of the year.Murdock is the first Dixie State University student-athlete in school history to win the Pac-West player of the year award in any sport.Incidentally, it comes at an opportune time as in a few weeks, Dixie State’s entire athletics department joins the football program in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.Murdock, a native of Herriman, Utah, is a 2-time Pac-West women’s soccer player of the year and has collected 2017 D2CCA West Region player of the year and second-team Division II All-American honors for her heroics.The consistent Murdock scored at least one goal in seven of her nine starts for the Trailblazers and in 11 of 18 matches, has netted multi-goal games.She ends her Trailblazers career as the program leader in game-winning goals (16), and finished third all-time in career goals (42), career points (94), career shots (204) and career shots on goal (104). Brad James June 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Darian Murdock Tabbed As Pac-West Female Athlete of the Year Written by Tags: All-American/Damian Murdock/Division II/Dixie State Women’s Soccer/Pac-Westlast_img read more

UVU Men’s Basketball Visits Seattle U. Friday and Saturday

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: UVU Men’s Basketball January 14, 2021 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Visits Seattle U. Friday and Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEATTLE-Friday and Saturday, UVU men’s basketball (4-5, 2-0 in WAC play) visits Seattle U. (7-5) in the WAC openers for the Redhawks.The Wolverines score 76.1 points per game, ranking UVU 102nd nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, UVU surrenders 74.9 points per game. This ranks the Wolverines 274th nationally in scoring defense.Senior guard Jamison Overton (18.5 points per game) is UVU’s leading scorer.The Wolverines are also blessed by the talents of Canadian national redshirt sophomore center Fardaws Aimaq who posts 16.2 points per game and leads Division I in rebounds per game with 15.2 boards per contest. Aimaq also leads the Wolverines in blocked shots with 15 on the season.Other UVU standouts to score in double figures on-average include junior guard Trey Woodbury (14.9 points per game, team-bests in assists [41] and steals [11]) and graduate student forward Evan Cole (11.8 points per game).Mark Madsen is 15-24 (.385) in his second season as the Wolverines’ head coach.Seattle U. scores 72.6 points per game, tying the Redhawks for 171st nationally in scoring offense with Central Arkansas and Davidson.Defensively, Seattle U. surrenders 64.3 points per game, ranking the Redhawks 49th nationally in scoring defense.Junior guard/forward Riley Grigsby is Seattle U.’s leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points per game.He is joined in double figure scoring on-average by the equally productive sophomore guard Darrion Trammell (17.5 points per game, team-bests in assists [75] and steals [22]).Junior forward Emeka Udenyi leads the Redhawks on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game.Redshirt junior forward Jared Pearre leads Seattle U. with 15 blocks on the season while Australian national, freshman guard Kobe Williamson, has 14 blocks for the Redhawks.Seattle U. is coached by Jim Hayford, who is 59-49 (.546) in his fourth season coaching the Redhawks. He is 165-140 (.541) as a Division I head coach, having also coached at Eastern Washington (2011-2017).The Redhawks lead the Wolverines all-time 11-10.last_img read more

Majority of posts uncontested in OUSU elections

first_imgFive out of sixpositions for this year’s OUSU executive elections will be uncontested. Onlyone candidate was nominated for each of the Vice Presidential positions:Finance, Wel­fare, Access and Academic Affairs, Graduates and Women. Theposition of President is the only contested post, with two candidatesnominated. Asthese positions are not contested the current nominees will automati­cally beelected unless students vote to re-open nominations. This position is similarto that of last year’s election when only two positions were con­tested, andtwo VP posts (Women and Graduates) initially had no candidates nominated.JoLee Morrison, ex-JCR President of ChristChurch, consideredrunning for a position in this year’s OUSU elec­tions but decided against it.Morrison stated that the attitudes of those already involved has “ended upalienating the people most qualified” to run in this year’s election, andspecifically noted that they had not built up relations with JCR Presidents,who are the most likely to stand for OUSU posts. Ex-JCRPresident of Somerville Nick Bell also contemplated running for OUSU, butechoed Morrison’s sentiments, saying that “strong runners early on” had meanthe was deterred from running, believing that “scare campaigns” were mountedearly on to discourage other nominees. Bellas­serted that this was “unconscious” and that it was natural for keycandidates to be very enthusiastic about running from an early stage, makingpeople reluctant to contest positions against them. Additionally, Bell suggested that aperception of OUSU as a “clique” led to a “feeling that you can’t really changemuch”. OUSU’sVice President for Access and Academic Affairs, Charlynne Pul­len, believes lowlevels of participation in OUSU to be caused by Oxford’s collegiate system. “People getinvolved in politics on a JCR level rather than on an OUSU level” she said. Shedid however note that, although OUSU is “never satisfied with low levels ofparticipation”, there is at least one nominee to run for each position and thatat the moment OUSU is “doing very well in getting people involved insub-committees such as Target Schools.”Bell stated that he is happywith the standard of candidates running and believes that “it will be a goodteam of Sabs providing RON doesn’t win.” Bellcommented on OUSU’s successful ventures such as Zoo and Oxide Radio, andsuggested that these could be used as vehicles to get more students involved.OliverRussell, VP (Graduates) said “I am not aware of any underlying reasons why onlyseven students have nominated as Sabbatical candidates this year. The electionshave been well advertised and many current exec officers involved in raisingawareness… of the opportunities available as elected officers.” Russellthinks, however, that this situation will result in “the major­ity of focusgoing on the Presidential campaign”, and reiterates that OUSU “have alwaysadvertised the elections to the best of [their] ability and will continue to doso in future years.”ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

Oxford top of the class for student bursaries

first_imgOxford University is one of the most generous investors in student bursaries, spending over £1.8m a year, according to new figures.The statistics, gathered by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) for the academic year 2006-7, reveal that Oxford is spending significantly more than most other UK universities.On average, higher education institutions spent a quarter of their additional income on supporting students. In contrast Oxford spent 35.2%, a total of £1,867,000. This equated to one in five new students receiving a bursary.Students have praised the University for its Oxford Opportunity Bursary scheme, which aims to aid students from underprivileged backgrounds.One student who benefits from the scheme said that she would not have been able to attend Oxford without the additional money.Rachael Featherstone, a mathematician at New College, said, “The Oxford Opportunity Bursary has enabled me to attend Oxford University without getting into financial difficulty (excluding the usual debt that most students accumulate). “I found out about the Oxford Opportunity Bursary whilst researching how much university life would cost.“The scheme made studying at Oxford a possibility for me and thus it did influence my decision to study here,” she added.Paul Clark, Head of Student Funding and Access at Oxford University, stressed the importance of such financial support. Clark said, “We strongly believe that no student should be deterred from studying at Oxford for financial reasons. We did everything we could to publicise our bursaries, through poster and advertising campaigns, targeted emails and a dedicated website. In addition we have substantially increased our resources for widening participation and outreach activities.”OUSU Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs, James Lamming, also commended the University’s work. He said, “I am pleased to see the University has invested sums above the national average  in their efforts attracting the brightest and best students, which helps demonstrate that studying at Oxford depends on your brain and not your background.”Lamming added, “The bursaries are very important in ensuring that your financial situation does not influence where you study, and are a vital tool for encouraging students from poorer backgrounds to apply to Oxford and for supporting these students whilst they are studying.”by Katherine Halllast_img read more

Zoeller Reflects On 8 Years As Indiana Attorney General

first_imgZoeller Reflects On 8 Years As Indiana Attorney GeneralOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comWhen outgoing Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller leaves behind his Statehouse office in January, there are a number of projects in the private sector he plans to pick up.Those projects will cover “a little bit of everything” in the legal community, the two-term Republican said, but one of the areas he’s most looking forward to working in is legal education and training.As attorney general, Zoeller created an in-house training program during his first term to ensure his deputies — whom he refers to collectively as a “big law firm” — are trained and competent to handle the wide variety of cases that find their way into the attorney general’s office.He also had a hand in creating and governing the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, a $2 million legal training program for deputy attorneys general throughout the country. Zoeller said implementing those two programs were among the proudest accomplishments from his eight years in office.Zoeller hopes to continue to assist in legal education programs with a focus on the practice of law, though he said he is still looking for a central home for all of the ideas and projects he hopes to implement once he leaves office.He has worked in higher education, teaching courses at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana Tech Law School, which recently announced plans to shut its doors in June.Zoeller did not make a public comment on Indiana Tech’s closure when it was first announced in late October, but told Indiana Lawyer in November that he had been a firm believer in the school’s experiential learning model.“We shouldn’t leave it up to law firms to teach practice,” he said.Zoeller himself was no stranger to controversy during his eight years in office, bringing or adding the state to cases against the federal government that critics often said the state had no business joining. But while many people assumed Zoeller was attempting to fight President Barack Obama’s Democratic policies, the attorney general said his concern was actually what he perceived as executive overreach.After his first two years in office, Obama no longer had a Democratic majority, so Zoeller said the president began to take the stance that if Congress wouldn’t act on his proposed legislation, he would find ways to get his polices through himself.“You don’t have to be a constitutional scholar to see that that’s not really how the system is built,” Zoeller said.As a result, the attorney general either brought or joined several lawsuits, such as the recent Waters of the United States case, challenging the president’s decision to enact policies through federal regulation when the legislative branch refused to act on certain bills. The issue was never about policy, Zoeller said, but instead was a question of the scope of the enumerated powers of the executive branch.Zoeller said he believes liberals and other critics of his federal lawsuits may bring similar arguments against Republican President-elect Donald Trump, but on a policy basis. If that prediction comes to pass, Zoeller said he has urged his Hoosier Republican colleagues to continue defending the rule of law against federal overreach when Democratic challenges to Trump’s policies arise.Despite receiving his fair share of criticism for being in conflict with the federal government, Zoeller said 90 percent of the time, his work as attorney general has been collaborative with both national and state government leaders.When he was sworn in for his second term in January 2013, Zoeller said he told onlookers that he hoped to advance his office from a great law firm to a “force multiplier” within the state government.To Zoeller, being a force multiplier meant finding ways to increase collaboration between all three branches of government to resolve issues affecting the entire state. He pointed to initiatives such as the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force as an example of collaboration to combat prescription drug abuse, one of the state’s fastest-growing problems.“We talk about separation of powers, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t work together,” Zoeller said.But now that he’s leaving behind his career working among the three branches of government, the outgoing attorney general doesn’t expect to return to the public sector in the future.Zoeller said he never considered himself a politician and only chose to run for attorney general because he had been the office’s chief deputy and could not go any further unless he put his name on the ballot.While Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill does not have the same history with the attorney general’s office, Zoeller said he is confident that his successor will be able to apply the knowledge and skills he has gained as Elkhart County prosecutor to work on the wide variety of cases that fall under the attorney general’s umbrella.As he prepares to move into the office, Hill said he is cognizant of the fact that the Office of the Attorney General’s day-to-day operations must continue as usual, regardless of the change in leadership. To that extent, the attorney general-elect said he has been working with Zoeller to get a handle on issues that will need his immediate attention when he takes office, such as ongoing cases that Hill will inherit.But Hill is already looking ahead to the long-term success of his new office, which means establishing a clear foundation for future success — specifically, a foundation comprised of strong deputy attorneys general. The incoming attorney general thinks the office’s staff is already talented, so he said it will largely be a matter of providing additional training to ensure the office is as strong as possible.“I think from what I’ve seen, the bones are there to move in the direction I want to take,” Hill said. “I’m very pleased with the prospects.”As for his future, Zoeller is looking for a home for all of the projects he wants to begin working on, but will likely spend most of his time in Indiana while also frequently traveling to Washington, D.C.Although his 25-year career in the public sector has come to an end, Zoeller said his future plans include work with nonprofit organizations that serve a public function, so he will continue to have a hand in initiatives designed to benefit Hoosiers.“I don’t know what a full measure of service looks like, but I feel like I’ve tried to do my part,” he said.•FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Less bluster, more action

first_imgU.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter doesn’t beat around the bush: America’s relationship with Pakistan — a vital ally in securing Afghanistan’s fragile stability — has deteriorated. And when it comes to mending those frayed ties, Munter is even less sentimental.“If we’re going to get out of what has been a very tough period, it is going to be because both countries decide they’re going to look at something bigger than themselves,” Munter said at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Monday. Both sides need to ratchet down their emotions, he said.“We call this the Turner doctrine,” Munter added, invoking “the American philosopher” Tina Turner. “What’s love got to do with it?”Munter’s assessment, which he shared with a packed hall of HKS students and Mideast observers, came at the close of what he called “a very tough year” for the United States in Pakistan. In the beginning of 2011, the arrest and negotiated release of Raymond Davis, an American CIA contractor, caused bad blood on both sides. Two months later, an American drone strike killed nearly 50 people in North Waziristan. And not least of all, the killing of Osama bin Laden by American troops in Islamabad last May was taken as an insult to the Pakistani military, Munter said.Munter’s job is “arguably the most challenging diplomatic position in the world,” said R. Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at HKS, who moderated the discussion. “It is a vital relationship for both countries, and from an American perspective, there isn’t a more important country for our vital relationship with Afghanistan.”In part, America’s recent failures in Pakistan stem from overpromising, Munter said. Americans, sensitive to Pakistanis’ lingering feelings of betrayal, developed a set of goals for development in Pakistan in 2008 that encompassed everything from women’s rights to water resources to telecommunications. Those lofty plans too often fell by the wayside as America pursued its military goals in the region.“American policy began to struggle with the distinctions, or even the contradictions, of its long-term goals and its short-term goals,” he said. “We were trying so hard to reach our counterterrorism goals that we in part did damage to our own long-term goals.”The relationship between the two countries’ militaries has suffered, and “our military presence in the country has shrunk dramatically,” Munter said. American diplomats must also account for the rising generation of Pakistani generals, part of the “lost generation” who were cut off from American training, who are “less familiar with American traditions” and perhaps less likely to see eye to eye with their Western counterparts.Still, Pakistan has shown its commitment to fighting terrorism. The country has experienced huge losses fighting insurgents at its own borders — nearly 4,000 troops and between 30,000 and 40,000 civilians, according to Munter.“In any other country this would be called a civil war,” he said. “It causes a fair amount of resentment in Pakistan, and we would be wise to remember what it is that they’ve lost.”Despite the setbacks of the past year, America can save its relationship if it recommits to development efforts in Pakistan, by working not just with the state and the military but with business, universities, and the media.“The only way to get past a relationship that’s fraught with anger and misunderstanding is to create a partnership,” he said. “You have to get as far away as you can from an assistance relationship.”The bad news, Munter said, is that America is unpopular in Pakistan, with a public favorability rating of roughly 6 to 10 percent. The good news, however, is that “Pakistanis care desperately what America thinks. They want desperately for Americans to do good things in Pakistan, [and they] want to see us live up to their image of what they think Americans can do.”“In this relationship, neither side is blameless,” Munter said. But when it comes to economic growth and stability in the Middle East, “there is a fundamental affinity between what Americans want and what Pakistanis want.”Munter’s talk kicked off South Asia Week at HKS, a discussion series on the region’s politics and diplomacy hosted by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Future of Diplomacy Project and Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. The School will also host lectures by Shyam Saran, former Indian foreign secretary (Feb. 15); Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq, and Afghanistan (Feb. 16); and Nirupama Rao, Indian ambassador to the United States (Feb. 17).last_img read more

Feed Fruit Plants Now.

first_imgWhile you’re picking this year’s fruits from your backyardorchard, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s harvest.”Next year’s fruit crop depends greatly on the plants’health this year,” said Gerard Krewer, an Extension Servicehorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Making sure your fruit plants are properly fertilized now helpsthe plants in two ways, Krewer said.Making Flowers and Charging BatteriesFirst, flower buds are forming now that will produce next year’scrop.”The number of flowers you have next spring will be determinedthis year,” Krewer said. The more flowers you start with,the better your chances of having a crop after a spring frost.Second, fruit plants are charging up their batteries now. They’llcrank up next spring on the strength of the energy reserves theybuild up between now and their fall shutdown.”For the first 30 days or so next spring, a fruit plantwill depend on its stored reserves,” he said. “Thoseare the reserves it’s producing this fall and storing in its rootsand stems.”Don’t rush out and start pouring on the fertilizer, though.”Too much fertilizer could do more damage than good,”Krewer said. “The plant could wind up making less fruit insteadof more.”Too much fertilizer now, he said, could cause the plant togrow too much in late summer and increase shading in the plant’sinterior, resulting in fewer flower buds. Excessive growth isalso more susceptible to cold injury this fall and winter.Take a Soil Sample to Determine NeedsThe ideal thing to do, Krewer said, is to take a soil sampleto the county extension office. Get an analysis of your plants’precise fertility needs.”Summer is a great time to pull a soil test,” hesaid. “The readings will be closer to the actual soil conditionsthe plants experience during the growth season. The pH goes downthis time of year. So you get a better picture of your limingneeds.”One benefit of soil testing is that you can often save on fertilizercosts. “Often plants require only nitrogen in the summer,”he said.If you really don’t want to run a soil test, the next bestthing is to use a balanced, premium-grade fertilizer.That would supply the main nutrients plants need — nitrogen,phosphorus and potassium — in balanced amounts. It would alsoprovide the micronutrients needed for good growth.What’s Best for Berries, Isn’t for PearsFor many fruit trees, a seat-of-the-pants rule is to apply1 pound of premium-grade 10-10-10 per inch of trunk diameter.But don’t apply more than 3 pounds per tree in late summer.”For pears, apply a little less than that,” Krewersaid. “Pears are prone to put on too much vegetative growthif you fertilize them too much.”For blueberries, he said, apply 1 ounce of the same fertilizerper foot of bush height. But don’t apply more than 6 ounces perbush.In rich soils or where fruit plants often grow too much, hesaid, cut any of these rates by one-half to two-thirds.Be prepared to fertilize again next spring, just before orduring bloom. “Fruit plants usually need fertilizer everyspring and every summer after harvest,” Krewer said.last_img read more