Press release: Inward investment brings 1,500 new jobs a week to the UK

first_img Wales attracted 57 projects with 3,107 new jobs created in Scotland 4,148 jobs were created as a result of 141 projects Northern Ireland secured 28 projects, which created a total of 1,251 jobs the Northern Powerhouse attracted 315 projects, creating 10, 691 new jobs the Midlands Engine attracted 243 projects which resulted in 13,138 new jobs being created in the South, 487 FDI projects created 11,126 new jobs in London, there were 740 new projects, resulting in 17,478 new jobs Figures from the Department for International Trade published today (Tuesday 26 June) show 2,072 projects recorded, 75,968 new jobs were created and that 15,063 were safeguarded, amounting to nearly 1,500 new jobs per week across the country.Overall the UK remained the number one destination for inward investment in Europe, with the wholesale, food and drink, electronics, and infrastructure sectors all seeing an increase in the number of new jobs.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: The increase in new jobs result from investment from across the whole globe, with jobs from German investment up by over 60%, increasing to 9,357. New jobs from Indian investments increased from 3,999 to 5,659 and from US investment, jobs surged to 26,570 – an 8% increase on the previous year.Looking across the UK, inward investment continues to spread to the regions and nations: The department records wider types of inward investment projects including mergers and acquisitions and those that are not publicly announced by foreign investors. Therefore, the FDI projects figures reported are different from those reported by external organisations, such as EY and FT, who track FDI project flows mostly based on investment announcements.These external organisations report on calendar year, while the department’s statistics are for financial year. Two years since the EU referendum, the UK has record employment and seen an increase in new jobs as a result of inward investment. We remain the top destination in Europe and third in the world for foreign direct investment. As an international economic department, we continue to promote the strengths of the UK as a great inward investment destination, with an open, liberal economy, world-class talent and business-friendly environment. the full DIT statistical release EY’s UK Attractiveness Survey 2018 which ranked the UK first for FDI in Europe BackgroundRead:last_img read more

Listen To Circles Around The Sun’s Recent Half Moon Bay, CA Show [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgOn the heels of releasing their new double album, Let It Wander, Circles Around The Sun was forced to cancel a brief tour across the East Coast due to an “urgent health matter”. The five-date tour was scheduled to take the psychedelic Grateful Dead-inspired act across the Northeast from August 22nd to 26th. Two weeks later, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood announced that guitarist Neal Casal, and CATS’ fearless leader, would miss a handful of upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood shows. Greg Loiacono, who plays with Chris Robinson’s all-star side project, Green Leaf Rustlers, as well as The Mother Hips, filled Casal’s void until he returned.Happily, with a healthy Neal Casal back in action, the rockstar guitarist made his return to Circles Around The Sun’s lineup over the weekend, with performances at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads, followed by a two-night run at Half Moon Bay, CA’s Old Princeton Landing.CATS opened the show with “On My Mind”, off of their recently released sophomore album, Let It Wander. With a healthy Casal sounding loose and tight-knit on the guitar, the band powered through, led by an impressive beat held down by Marc Levy on drums. Mixing things up with old and new material, Circles moved forward with “Gilbert’s Groove”, off of their debut Interludes For The Dead album. With Adam MacDougall signaling for take off with some intergalactic sounds on his keys, Casal took things into a spacey territory, eventually bringing things back to California and landing the ship. With a brief pause, CATS transitioned into “One For Chuck”, before bringing the set to a close with the crowd-favorite “Scarlotta’s Magnolias”. With hints of the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias” and “Sugar Magnolia”, Circles Around The Sun danced all over the Dead tunes with their own style and flavor.Following a brief set break, CATS came back out to open set two with “Hallucinate A Solution”, giving the 30-minute jam an extended and psychedelic intro with Levy and bassist Dan Horne locked in with each other. MacDougall pattered through some impressive work on the keys before Casal once again took the reigns and dialed things in, with his three bandmates following him in sonic synchronicity. Slowing things down a bit, Circles Around The Sun went into “Immovable Object”, giving Casal a chance to improvise with no hesitation or expectations. CATS brought the evening to a close with “Halicarnassus”, off of their most recent studio effort. With Casal opening up with the tune’s signature snappy riff, Circles Around The Sun once again proved why they are one of the most unique and innovative groups on the road.Listen to Circles Around The Sun’s Sunday performance from Half Moon Bay’s Old Princeton Landing below:Circles Around The Sun – Old Princeton Landing – 9/28/2018 (full-show audio)[Audio: Moricle]Up next for Circles Around The Sun is a three-night run over Thanksgiving week, starting Wednesday, November 21st, at the UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA. After Thanksgiving proper, on Friday, November 23rd, Circles Around The Sun will play the Teregram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA, with the run’s final show scheduled for Saturday, November 24th, at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA.Individual ticket links for the three shows can be found at Circle Around The Sun’s website.Setlist: Circles Around The Sun | Old Princeton Landing | Half Moon Bay, CA | 9/28/2018Set One: On My Mind, Gilbert’s Groove, One For Chuck, Scarlotta’s MagnoliasSet Two: Hallucinate A Solution, Immovable Object, Halicarnassuslast_img read more

Calculating possible fallout of Trump’s dismissal of face masks

first_img Medical, political analysts ponder Trump’s coronavirus battle, and what it means for the president and the nation “Causality here is not a billiard ball hitting another billiard ball. It’s a statistical thing. Causality in the same sense that tobacco causes lung cancer,” Hahn explained. But, “If any of those [25, 50, 75 percent] assumptions is correct, yes. Because we know that wearing a mask reduces the likelihood of infection or exposure and we know the proportion of people who die once they’re infected, so yes.”Trump wields such an unrivaled megaphone to reach the public and is especially good at getting his supporters to follow his advice, Hahn said he thought it was a useful exercise.“I think it’s important for people to know what the consequences of these messages from authority figures are,” he said. “Usually you look at what proportion of deaths are due to cigarette smoking or air pollution, not public statements, so that’s why I did this.”Even those public health officials who disagree with his views do not think presidents must take a back seat to the scientists.“In times of crises, especially public health crises, you want to encourage people to work together in a cooperative way,” said Viswanath. “But he is questioning the advice of his own scientific experts. Nobody is saying science gets it right all the time. Because this is such a new disease, everyone’s learning as we go along and developing the science for it. That calls for even more caution in what you tell people rather than undermining it.” Related ‘Viral history’ tool VirScan offers new insights into antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 Healthy buildings expert Joe Allen from the Chan School of Public Health weighs in on ways to help protect yourself from coronavirus When COVID and the election collidedcenter_img Using population attributable risk, an epidemiological method that estimates the proportion of an outcome that is attributable to a given cause, Hahn examined reported COVID deaths between April 3, the first date Trump spoke about the CDC’s new mask recommendation (“It’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it”) and July 21, when he momentarily endorsed masks (“I will use it gladly. And I say: If you can, use the mask”) before scorning them again and periodically forgoing them.Hahn took into account several factors, including rates of rarely or never wearing masks and relative risk of infection of those who do and do not mask up. He then calculated the number of non-mask wearers, along with those whom they infected, who died between April 3 and July 21 as a consequence of the president’s comments.“If you assume that 25 percent of the people who don’t wear masks are doing so because of Trump’s statements about masks, whether they hear it directly or whether they hear it through the media, then we can calculate that more than 4,200 people have died as a consequence of the president’s statements,” he said. If 50 percent or 75 percent did not wear masks because of Trump, 8,356 or 12,202 of those deaths, respectively, can be attributed to Trump. Hahn said 75 percent is “probably high” while 25 percent is “probably low.”Hahn cautions his is only a hypothetical estimate that rests on a number of assumptions that are “difficult, if not impossible” to verify, like the proportion of people who rarely or never wear masks solely because of the president’s comments and would otherwise wear them, or who never wear masks for different reasons. As COVID-19 deaths in the nation top 225,000, President Trump continues to downplay the severity of the pandemic, belittle government infectious disease experts such as Anthony Fauci, and display a cavalier attitude at times toward key public health measures like wearing face masks, despite having contracted the virus himself, along with about two dozen in his inner circle.Public health officials say that Trump’s attitude undermines their efforts to get Americans to embrace safety guidelines to prevent spread of the disease. “Whether it is his intention or not, the consequence is that he’s undermining scientific authority, trust in science, and trust in scientists,” said K. “Vish” Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). “We know from our data and other data that the greater the trust in scientists and researchers, the greater the likelihood of compliance with public health mitigation measures.”Trump’s remarks also set Robert Hahn, Ph.D. ’76, to thinking. He’d heard the president blithely suggest disinfectants, UV light, and hydroxychloroquine as potential COVID treatments during White House briefings in April. The veteran Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist began wondering how Trump’s many scientifically unsupported pronouncements might be influencing public behavior, particularly with admirers. He was especially intrigued about the wearing of face masks because of how regularly the president questioned their efficacy and mocked those who wore them, despite that both the CDC and World Health Organization have urged their universal use.“While I know there’s no direct evidence of how many people act in response to his statements, I wanted to try and quantify this,” said Hahn, who published his estimates in a new paper in the International Journal of Health Sciences.Hahn estimates that as many as 12,000 COVID-related deaths can be attributed to Trump’s negative or false assertions about face masks, but he readily acknowledges that his results hinge on sets of assumptions of how much influence the president’s comments had on mask-wearing behavior. “Usually you look at what proportion of deaths are due to cigarette smoking or air pollution, not public statements, so that’s why I did this.” — Robert Hahn, CDC epidemiologist Infection detection How masks and buildings can be barriers to the coronaviruslast_img read more

Tending to turf grass

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaSpring has sprung and summer’s hot on its heels, but before you head out to walk barefoot in the grass, take some time to check it out for problems. “Turf grass diseases are hard to diagnose but relatively simple to treat,” said Alfredo Martinez, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Now that grass is greening up, people should go take a walk and look carefully over their lawns,” Martinez said. “Plant diseases are just like human diseases. Prevention is essential, and the earlier you treat them, the better.”Diagnosing turf problemsWhen scouting the lawn, what should you be looking for?”Turf grass diseases usually show up as discolored spots, bare patches and thin grass,” Martinez said. “At this time of the year, there are two main turf diseases in Georgia: brown patch and dollar spot.”The symptoms of brown patch are circles or patches of thin, yellowing grass, Martinez said. The circles may range from several inches to several feet across.”The causal agent of brown patch, a fungus called rhizoctonia, grows outwards,” Martinez said. “The resulting patch looks like a ‘doughnut’ of brown or yellow discolored grass with green in the middle. The green appears because as the fungus spreads outwards, weeds or new grass starts to grow in the middle, creating a doughnut effect.”Small white patches, only a few inches in diameter, are probably dollar spot, Martinez said. Sometimes the spots are close together and may appear to look like larger patches. But if on close inspection, it’s an aggregate of small, whitish, circular patches, it’s dollar spot.Treating turf problemsThe best resource for diagnosing and treating turf disease is a county extension agent, Martinez said.”A county agent can play a major role in helping prevent, diagnose and treat turf grass problems,” Martinez said. “It’s hard for someone who isn’t trained to diagnose turf grass diseases. The county agent may recommend fertilization treatment, adding more light or air movement or fungicides. And if they’re uncertain about the problem, they will contact us.”Preventing turf problemsAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to turf, Martinez said. One of the easiest ways to prevent turf disease, he said, is to avoid overwatering.”Improper watering habits account for a large number of the cases of turf grass disease,” Martinez said. “People tend to water for short intervals several times a week. Plant diseases love high humidity on foliage, and too-frequent watering actually encourages diseases.”It’s much better to water long enough for the moisture to soak 2 to 3 inches into the soil, he said.Martinez says watering regimes should be based on the type of soil. For example, one good watering each week may be enough for sandy soils, while clay-based soils hold more moisture, and water intervals can be extended.It’s also important to water grass before noon, Martinez said, so the turf has time to dry out thoroughly before nightfall.Proper fertilization procedures and rates are also essential to avoid turf diseases. “Each grass species has particular fertility requirements,” he said.Another key is to plant grass that’s appropriate for the region and your yard. Again, Martinez recommends consulting with a county extension agent.”Different grasses do much better in different areas,” he said. “A county agent can assess an area and recommend turf suited to that particular location and use.”If you’re planting grass this spring, Martinez said, prepare the soil properly. It’s important to remove all rocks, stumps and debris. Take soil samples to your country extension agent to get a good idea of what, if any, amendments your soil might need.Proper grading is another key. Low areas are bad news for turf, because that’s where water collects, and excessive water promotes disease.last_img read more

IACP Announces Recipients of 2004 Award of Excellence

first_imgThe recipients of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards of Excellence were announced on Saturday, April 24 during the 26th annual conference of the IACP in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center.The award for outstanding Vocational Cooking School was given to The New England Culinary Institute (NECI), located in Montpelier, Vermont, an IACP-member cooking school that provides a superior educational experience for students pursuing a career in the culinary industry. NECI offers an AOS in Culinary Arts, AOS in Food and Beverage Management, AOS in Baking and Pastry, BA in Food and Beverage Management and Certificate Programs in both Baking and Pastry and Basic Cooking.New England Culinary Institute has been training future chefs and food and beverage professionals since 1980. The award was given in recognition of the outstanding education the schools provides, including one of the smallest student to teacher ratios in the industry. In addition, students learn their skills in eleven food service operations, including bakeries, popular priced restaurants, fine dining restaurants cafeteria and catering. Students spend 75% of their time working with chefs to produce meals for paying customers.The NECI educational model is ‘standards based” which means students are not graded on their culinary skills or knowledge, but rather they have to meet or exceed a standard of competency in each and every skill. This ensures that they leave for their internship with a strong culinary competence and understanding.Alton Brown, ’97 graduate of NECI and creator of Good Eats on the Food Network, says, “ With an education from NECI, you have the benefits of both the ‘real world’ education and NECI’s strong reputation in the industry. You are prepared to follow your dreams.”Founded in 1978, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, representing a “who’s who” in the world of food and include cooking teachers and cooking school owners; caterers, chefs and restaurateurs; food writers and cookbook authors; editors and publishers of the world’s consumer and trade press; food stylists and photographers; vintners; television personalities; recipe developers and many others with a special interest in the culinary arts. This unique, diverse membership sets trends, shapes opinion and influences buying habits of millions of consumers.last_img read more

Brazil: Armed Forces Will Conduct Enormous Military Exercise in the Amazon

first_imgBy Dialogo May 23, 2011 According to the ministry, Joint Operation Amazonia 2011 aims to “improve the training of the three branches in order to act in a coordinated and effective manner in conventional conflicts in a jungle environment,” and will additionally provide the impetus for “civic-social” actions with the area’s population. Starting on 23 May, the Brazilian Army, Air Force, and Navy will conduct an enormous joint exercise in the Amazon region, mobilizing around 4,500 men for operations simulating war in the jungle, the Defense Ministry announced. The exercises will be held in an area “of approximately 800,000 square kilometers,” the ministry announced, from the city of Manaos to Yauarete, on the border with Colombia, and encompassing important Brazilian cities situated along the major Amazonian rivers. “This is a significant operation, the largest in recent years, and will include activity and simulations by the three branches of the armed forces, with a meaningful number of personnel, with a unified central command,” a Defense Ministry spokesperson told AFP. The exercises will begin on 23 May, and operations are expected to conclude only on 3 June. According to the ministry, Brazil will still organize similar operations this year in other regions of the country, especially in border areas. The ministry spokesperson indicated to AFP that Navy hospital ships and Army mobile clinics are expected to participate in order to bring medical and dental care to the inhabitants of isolated regions in the jungle.last_img read more

Belmont Racetrack’s Triple Crown Chef

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The June 9 Belmont Stakes will be Chef Drew Revella’s fifteenth at Centerplate Inc., which coordinates the racetrack’s restaurants and catering. But this year he is racing to prepare for a bigger crowd than usual.Even with that cushion of experience and his yearlong preparations now coming to a close, there’s no telling what challenges 90,000 hungry guests might bring on the day of the event.“There’s a love of that chaos,” Revella says. “It’s not like every other job.”The third and final leg of the American Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of them all at 1 1⁄2 miles. That, coupled with the fact that front-runner Justify, the horse that won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in May, has the potential to become the thirteenth-ever Triple Crown winner, makes it likely that the crowd at Belmont Park’s Elmont arena will be full.Triple Crown years have a markedly different feel, Revella says, adding that he is not generally a horse racing fan. He said it was incredible when, in 2015, he saw American Pharoah cross the finish line and win the Triple Crown.“I had one manager who worked with me over 10 years, she was literally crying in my arms because it was such an emotional experience to be part of something that exciting,” Revella recalls. “When you’re down on the track and you feel the horses run by, there’s a feeling you get that — it’s very hard to put words to it — but people know it who watch it.”Such moments are rare, though. Catering executives and employees rarely catch a glimpse of the events they work.“I’ve been [at the Belmont Stakes] for two years — haven’t seen it,” says Robert DiChiaro, regional vice president of Centerplate Inc., the event’s caterer. “I’ve worked Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, Final Fours — very rare that I’ve seen anything.”He shrugs it off and catches the highlights the next day.Revella describes working the event as a “near-death experience.” In a similar fashion to the horses’ circuit, Revella moves in circles around more than a dozen satellite kitchen stations, making sure everything is going according to plan. Food preparation begins about nine days before the event, but the bulk of the work can be done only in the hours before race day to preserve freshness.Revella, 47, of Staten Island, might clock in as early as 2 a.m. during those last few days of preparations, coordinating with hired vendors to execute the menu he crafted specially for this year’s 150th anniversary. His primary focus will be catering to a VIP echelon of guests (nearly 6,000) who have paid as much as $1,200 for a premium experience.“We have a very New York-centric theme this year,” Revella says. “We’re taking some old subway signs and displaying food on that, and there’s pictures of Old World New York.”Some of the new menu items this year include Brooklyn-cured GMO-free pastrami, hot dogs, sausages and an array of other charcuterie. Revella aimed to source food as locally as possible, tapping Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens, which produces urban rooftop-grown lettuces that Revella will hand pick ahead of the event.Revella, who attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., says he started cooking at age 6, helping out with the family business — a catering hall. He says he was “bouncing around in the kitchen throwing ingredients in soup kettles.”Now, as a regional executive chef for Centerplate, he says he channels that fun-loving creativity into how he leads his kitchen staff. In a high-stress role such as preparing for the Belmont Stakes, he urges his staff to stay calm.“Never panic,” he tells them. “There’s always a solution. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.”After thousands flood Belmont Park for the big day, Revella says he will likely “fall down,” but come 8 p.m. he’ll start tweaking his ideas for next year’s event. And June 10 is a regular racing day at Belmont Park, which means the Centerplate team has to be ready to go the next day.“We still gotta open for another normal day on Sunday,” DiChiaro says. “It’s organized chaos.”last_img read more

NY AG Makes Major Announcement on Trump’s Finances

first_imgThe Attorney General for New York plans to make a “major national announcement” Thursday morning. Attorney General Letitia James said she will speak from her office at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, but did not offer any details about the nature of the announcement. The event will be streamed live on the attorney general’s website. Since being elected New York Attorney General in 2018, James has filed a number of lawsuits against President Donald Trump and his administration. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance got Deutsche Bank to turn over Trump financial records as part of his investigation into Trump’s business dealings. James, also a Democrat, also subpoenaed the bank for records related to Trump last year. Trump has said the investigations are all politically motivated. Earlier this week, he called Vance’s investigation “a continuation of the witch hunt.”Watch the press conference live here.last_img read more

Graeme Smith was an absolute nightmare, feel Broad & James Anderson

first_imgLondon: The English pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad are definitely not the youngest of the lot, but they have sights on the Ashes which will be played in Australia and both believe that is a series they can remain in shape for.“I don’t think I could go until your age,” Broad told Anderson in an Instagram live chat. “Your action’s so smooth, it looks a lot calmer on your body whereas mine is a little more forceful through my body I think.“But I’m loving the environment at the minute. I love playing for England. I still have huge motivation to keep playing and you just assess that year by year. And we’ve got that carrot dangling over us of Australia in Australia which looks like an achievable carrot to grab.”Anderson said that fitness was his prime focus. “The big thing is standards. If your standards feel like they’re dropping then yeah you might consider finishing,” Anderson said.“But as long as my standards stay high, my fitness levels stay good and my skills stay where I want them to be and my speed stays pretty good which they have been (I’ll keep playing).”Commenting on the batsman who troubled them most, both picked former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith.“Graeme Smith, I found an absolute nightmare. I wish I could have bowled at him having worked on my around the wicket stuff and try and draw him to drive through extra cover. But for me just over the wicket trying to swing it into the stumps, hopeless,” Broad said.Anderson echoed the sentiments and said: “I had exactly the same problem. When I first started, my first series against him was 2003 and all I could do then was swing the ball back in. I didn’t have an out-swinger to a left-hander and I couldn’t wobble the ball across him. So I was just feeding his strength. I just go so annoyed.” IANSAlso Read: I am still ambitious to play for England: James AndersonAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more