AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA recent study out of France shows those who drink low or moderate amounts of alcohol are healthier than those who drink more — or who don’t drink at all. The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, evaluated all sorts of health data on 150,000 people, and the results are part of a growing body of research showing the possible health benefits of alcohol. (READ More at NPR.org) Photo by MarcoMaru at Morguefile.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Share The new council of the City of Roseau plans to continue working at enhancing the appearance of the City and resolving the issue of vagrancy in its new term.The thirteen member council was sworn in at the twelfth inaugural meeting of the Roseau City Council at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday 23 November 2016. Nominations for the council were held on 25 October and the election was scheduled for 14 November; however low voter turnout hampered the elections.Mayor Irene John, who is serving her second consecutive term in that capacity, said the Council has had to face many challenges to carry out their functions as a local government body especially as the city council, with so many important, necessary and even urgent things to do and so limited resources with which to do them.She thanked past councilors and those who will no longer be serving for their hard work and dedication to the health, comfort and overall success of the district, and welcomed the new councilors; Ermine Royer, Ken Joseph, Rohan Kemai John, Sherman Boston and Wayne D. Benjamin who were elected and nominated to serve.“I want to remind them that councils like ours and especially the counts on the principal’s town have a very important part to play in national development we should never underplay the importance of our functions to provide those parts of public goods and services which government and parliament have assigned to us,” John said.The other councilors are Lucy Belle Matthew, Michael Moreau, Ivan Sonnes, Rhea Brumant, Kimara Hurtault, Daniel Lugay, and Erickson Romain.Mayor John noted that being close to the communities, the councilors are better able to identify and address matters which affect residents. Thus, during the past years the Council has pursued a major program of urban renewal and improvements in the environment as well as amenities that the City needs.“These include making Roseau a comfortable place for our citizens and visitors alike, by rebuilding our sidewalks and drains to make them safe for walking. Our council is grateful that government has already taken care of design work and is actively putting together the financial support for this project, enhancing the appearance of our City by encouraging the restoration of dilapidated property and clearing areas that are hazardous to health, and lower the attractiveness of our city, supporting initiatives to take care of our increasingly difficult parking problem, but while we do all these things we take care of our physical environment that affect our daily lives and the well-being of our communities”.The council will work to resolve the vagrancy issue, which Mayor John acknowledged is a threat to the success of the tourism industry.“This is a social problem that requires humane, but effective solutions, solutions that include not only regulation and policing, and even more so action to improve the care, welfare and protection of many of those that are left behind on our streets. Our policy will do as much as it can to address these problems during our new term,” Mayor John assured.Meanwhile, residents of the City have been called upon to pay their house and property rates as it is the Council’s “principle source of financing”.“In the past year we found it very difficult to increase the yield from our revenue base because of discrepancies in our properties’ register. Transfers, either through sale or bequest, were either not reported or recorded and we’ve had to do extensive reassessment to re-establish ownership of those properties. We appeal to those property owners who have not done so, to come forward and make good their delinquent accounts,” she said.– / 38 1326 Views one comment LocalNews Thirteen sworn in to lead the Roseau City Council by: Dominica Vibes News – November 24, 2016 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share
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Australia’s crash investigator the ATSB has led an international team in the search for MH370 Ridiculed by some sections of the media, Australia’s crash investigator and its international partners have done an outstanding job in calculating the most likely location of MH370 as a new search begins.Labelled as bungling Canberra bureaucrats by some media, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is, in fact, one of world’s most highly respected air crash agencies and the new search team is going to where it says MH370 is most likely located.Read: Debris hunter says new search will find itAnd it has not been searching for MH370 alone.When an aircraft has an accident, international law requires that many parties are involved – namely the maker of the plane, its engines and the respective countries’ crash investigators.In this case, it involved Boeing, which builds the 777; Rolls- Royce which makes the engines on the Malaysia Airlines models; the US National Transportation Safety Board and air accidents investigation bodies from the UK, Malaysia, and China.China is involved because MH370 was a code-share flight with China Southern which is why there were 153 Chinese aboard.Assisting has been the Thales Group of France, makers of the satellite that tracked MH 370; Inmarsat, the satellite the operator; the CSIRO; Geoscience Australia and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group.Continual unjustified criticism of the ATSB in such a high profile case does enormous damage not only to that agency but Australia’s standing in the world – particularly in aviation.According to one of the world’s most respected crash investigators with the NTSB and now noted aviation commentator Gregory Feith, Australia’s performance in the leading the search has been great.“The Malaysians were out of their depth with MH370 and were lucky Australia took over,” Mr Feith told AirlineRatings.com last year.And the continual criticism of the ATSB has been agony for the relatives who have been on the most torturous roller coaster ride.Of course, the muddling by the Malaysian Government since this tragedy started 1,415 days ago has been fuelled the tsunami of conspiracy theories.But finding MH370 in the next few weeks will not stop the doubters.Even the recovery of the black boxes may not give total closure.It is likely that MH370 will always be aviation’s Mary Celeste.
Former Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti (left) with successor Paul Scurrah. Photo; Virgin New Virgin boss Paul Scurrah has scored an early win after negotiating a deal with Boeing to delay the arrival of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft until 2021 and switching 15 planes from the controversial MAX 8 to the bigger MAX 10.Deliveries of the MAX 8, currently tainted by its involvement in two fatal crashes in less than five months, will be pushed back to 2025.While public perception about the safety of the MAX played a part in the deal, Scurrah was keen to emphasize its commercial and operational benefits.“Getting a better commercial outcome for the group’s MAX order has actually been one of my biggest single priorities since starting just over a month ago,’’ Scurrah told AirlineRatings Tuesday.“So on that note, I’m incredibly pleased that we’ve come to an agreement with Boeing to restructure the order.“What that means commercially is a significant capital expenditure deferral, which is a really good outcome for the group.’’Virgin Australia had 38 MAX 8s and 10 Max 10s on order and was due to take the first MAX 8 in November this year.READ: MAX a factor in Scoot route cancellations It was widely tipped to be among a number of airlines to move to renegotiate their order s as a result of the Boeing MAX crisis.It was also known to be keen to have more time to address the public perception issue about the safety of MAX aircraft.Scurrah conceded safety and public perception about the MAX 8 was a factor in the decision to delay deliveries but expressed confidence in Boeing’s ability to address the issues affecting the planes.He said safety was a top priority for Virgin and pointed to a previous statement that the group would not introduce new aircraft to its fleet unless it was completely satisfied with the safety.“And that position remains intact,” he said.“We are a long-term partner of Boeing, we’ve been together for over 20 years, and we’re confident in the commitment they’ve given us.“They’ve assured us of their commitment to re-enter the MAX aircraft into service and we’re looking forward to working with them through that process.”The deal means the first MAX plane the airline receives in July, 2021, will be a MAX 10 and it also sees 15 MAX 8 orders converted to the bigger plane.That brings forward the delivery of MAX 10s — which can carry more passengers and have lower costs per seat – from the originally scheduled start date of January, 2022. and boosts the number to 25.Max 8 deliveries are pushed back to February, 2025, and the order is reduced to 23 planes.Scurrah said the long-term impact of the restructure allowed Virgin to access the better economics of the MAX 10, which was better in terms of capital cost per seat, was a higher capacity aircraft and could fly further.He said the airline was mindful that the plane would suit some routes it currently flies and potentially open up new routes but it had not yet looked at that in detail.It was also not keen to flag its strategy to the opposition.While there was an operation impact in not having the more efficient planes sooner, he said that capital deferral made the deal overwhelmingly positive.The deal also allows the airline can take advantage of the relatively young age of its 737 fleet — about eight years —and extend the use of existing aircraft.The new Virgin chief said this could mean some lease deals would need to be renegotiated.“We have a fleet plan that covers a multitude of options for us and allows us to continue to meet the market demands and continue to provide the capacity that we need to provide,’’ he said.After a month at the helm, Scurrah said he had discovered a passion within the business and “a positivity in its DNA” that set it apart from the competition.“We also have great ideas within the business about what we need to improve to become the strong player that we want to be, so that’s good,’’ he said.Scurrah said when he took the helm at Virgin that he had come to the job with ideas.He said Tuesday these were solidifying but he wanted to make sure they were calibrated with those from within the business.A leadership team was headed away from the office this week to map out a path forward and understand what were “the quick wins” and what could be done to make the group stronger.But it was too early to say what this would mean in terms of changes.“I mean there will be changes,’’ he said. “We operate in the domestic market and we’ll continue to operate, so that won’t be dramatic.“I have been on the record on the past saying I intend to continue operating in all of the playing fields that we’re on — full service, the low-cost end and selected international (routes).“So really what I want us to focus on is how do we make sure that a great airline is a great business and making sure we deliver for the three stakeholder groups that are very important for us: our people, our customers and our shareholders.”
Sponsored by the Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security AssociationFacing rapidly evolving threats and coming off a year ending with weak sales, loss prevention, safety, and risk practitioners in the restaurant industry face a mounting number of critical questions. Fortunately, they are getting a timely assist from the Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA).David JohnstonTo better meet the unique needs of its members, the association is embarking on new member initiatives, expanding conference offerings, and strengthening its ability to be a resource where members can find the answers they need. “We want the RLPSA to be much more than an annual conference,” said David Johnston, RLPSA president. “Over the years, it has continued to develop in ways so that the membership can connect with each other, formally and informally, to help it understand a lot of the issues that are happening today, those that are on the horizon, and how our profession changes into the future.”- Sponsor – In addition to a beefed-up annual conference, the association is adding RLPSA Connect events, a series of regional workshops. “We bring in speakers and hold discussions, most often in a certain geographical area that is having issues with some sort of loss prevention or safety concern,” explained Johnston. “We all sit down and we talk for the day—folks who come in regionally or nationally, law enforcement, and business leaders—and we address the challenges we have out there.”And there is no shortage of topics. All loss prevention verticals are facing emerging issues and tough questions but perhaps none more so than the restaurant industry. Topics such as:How can restaurants combat the mutating forms of payment fraud?What are restaurants doing to prepare for the possibility of an active shooter?How are brands successfully managing the complex franchise landscape with respect to loss prevention, safety, and risk?How are behavioral-based safety programs being leveraged to truly have an impact on the front lines?What tricks are departments using to communicate their team’s ROI to stay off the chopping block?Inherent in all these questions is the value of peer learning and experience sharing, which lies at the heart of the RLPSA. It provides a platform and specialized content to help restaurants increase the productivity and efficiency of their risk, safety, and loss prevention programs. “The RLPSA remains focused on maintaining a positive level of engagement between our membership,” said Johnston.Solution sharing is also reflected in the agenda for the upcoming annual conference, July 30 to August 2, in Las Vegas. In addition to expert keynotes representing law enforcement and intelligence communities, attendees will learn from their peers’ experiences, including how Chipotle maintained brand integrity through crisis, and receive first-hand solutions from representatives of BJ’s Restaurants, McDonald’s Domino’s, The Cheesecake Factory, and others.In addition to solutions for emerging challenges, the conference will feature an interactive general session dedicated to solving challenges that have long plagued the restaurant industry. Employee theft is one of those, as it continues to claim 4 to 6 percent of overall food cost. Given that restaurants operate on incredibly narrow margins, learning what solutions LP departments say they are finding effective is vital intelligence.While the annual conference remains the must-attend event, the association has made strides to provide expanded value throughout the year by adding depth to its content, holding regular membership discussions to facilitate engagement, and offering platforms for any member who wants to address his peers. “We have calls that are open to the entire membership, where anyone can lead a discussion on a topic,” explained Johnston.Two have already been held this year, one addressing the challenges related to mobile and digital fraud and another on smart safes and protecting stores against robberies. It’s a timely program, as data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows a trend away from robberies of banks toward robberies targeting “commercial houses,” a category that includes restaurants.The RLPSA has also opened the floor up to its providers of security solutions and gives its members the opportunity to learn about vendor’s latest technology. “We allow our solution-provider members to deliver webinars,” explained Johnston. “They can work with our team to produce the program, and our members can learn about some of the products that will help us solve problems.”Indeed, technology is another fast-moving aspect of the restaurant world—both in terms of new tools designed to help solve LP challenges and new restaurant technologies. Self-ordering kiosks, portable payment, integration of disparate technologies, data automation—emerging restaurant technology can have an impact on fraud and risk that may not always be considered in planning stages. “We just introduced a new tabletop payment system, which is essentially a little computer that allows customers to pay at the table,” explained an investigator for a company with several national restaurant brands. “And that has created a whole new set of potential issues.”RLPSA forums help members learn from their peers’ experiences implementing new technology and its annual conference puts the latest technology within arm’s reach—but in a way that educates rather than overwhelms. “One of the things we do is limit the number of solution providers to make sure that the exhibit hall is small enough so that we can engage as practitioners with the solution providers. And to also make sure that the solution providers have good one-on-one contact with attendees,” said Johnston.While positive engagement between members is still as its core, Johnston said the RLPSA is striving to evolve alongside the industry. It’s good news for restaurant loss prevention professionals who face a unique set of both traditional and emerging threats. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now