The Village Bakery

first_imgThe Village Bakery (Melmerby, Cumbria) has introduced Organic Brownies, made with Green and Black’s organic dark chocolate and crunchy walnuts.The brownie contains no unrefined organic sugar and uses organic free-range eggs and butter. The Village Bakery also says it has new packaging to display all dietary requirements and nutritional content, printed on recycled boards making it 100% recyclable.last_img

Looking for a person, and perspective

first_imgFour months after Harvard President Drew Faust announced she would step down at the end of the academic year, the search for Harvard’s next president is well underway.  Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Bill Lee, chair of the 15-member search committee, says the search process is broadly consultative and serves twin purposes: to identify candidates to become Harvard’s 29th president and to gather information about the challenges facing Harvard and the rest of higher education. That information, Lee said, can benefit the new leader as he or she works with others to set an agenda for Harvard’s future.Lee sat down with the Gazette to talk about the search process, to reflect on the distinctive nature of the Harvard presidency, and to share his thoughts about how well the University is positioned for the years to come. GAZETTE: You were an Overseer and a member of the search committee when President Faust was selected; how does this process compare to that one?LEE: This is Harvard’s fifth presidential search in the last 50 years. Each process is different, and there’s no template for a process that gets to the right result.This process resembles the one that led to the selection of President Faust, in that we’re reaching out very broadly to the community. We’re receiving a great deal of helpful input. But this search is also different, because the landscape for higher education has changed so much in the last 11 years. Whether you look at economics or politics or international affairs or technology, it’s a very different world. And it’s not just the external world that’s different. New fields of research have emerged. Teaching methods are changing. The ways we organize ourselves and work with each other inside the University and the ways we relate to people and issues outside the University have changed.So, I’d say it’s not so much that the search process is different. The context is different.GAZETTE: What makes a search like this different from searches for leaders in other kinds of organizations?LEE: The search is in some sense both the same and different. The search is the same in that it is a process that allows you to evaluate where the institution is and where the institution hopes to go in the future. A search for any leader of any institution should do that. It is the same in the sense that we’re looking for a person who has the characteristics and abilities to lead the institution forward and help it become even stronger and better.It is different because this institution is different. It has more constituencies with different views and imperatives and expectations than almost any institution I can imagine. It is all those different perspectives and opinions that make it a robust intellectual community. It also makes it a more diverse and interesting community. Leading a university, and leading this University in particular, requires a rare combination of abilities and qualities, including the ability to communicate with so many different constituencies.GAZETTE: Three advisory committees — of faculty, staff, and students — have been created to inform the presidential search process. How does that advisory part of the process work?LEE: Maybe I can answer the question a bit more broadly and describe to you what we’ve done since the search began. Shortly after we started the process, we sent about 375,000 emails — to faculty, students, staff, alumni, leaders in higher education — to solicit their views on where Harvard stands today, what the challenges are for Harvard tomorrow, what qualities seem most important in our next president, and to solicit nominees.We’ve gotten around 1,500 responses to that email. In addition, the 12 Corporation members other than President Faust, plus the three Overseers who’ve joined us on the search committee, have spent the last four to five months meeting with and speaking with approximately 200 people individually, and meeting with a few hundred additional people who’ve taken part in group discussions. Many of them are people associated with Harvard, but we’ve also spoken with many people associated with other institutions. We’ve asked them the same questions that I’ve described to you: What are the challenges and opportunities confronting Harvard; what are the characteristics and traits of the person who’d be best suited to lead Harvard; and do you have anybody to suggest specifically?All of that has happened as the three advisory committees have come together and pursued their work. We created a faculty advisory committee, a student advisory committee, and a staff advisory committee because these are three critical constituencies of the Harvard community. We have not had a staff advisory committee before, but we thought it was a very important thing to do. We’ve also done extensive outreach to alumni.Each of the committees has been very active since the academic year began. All of them have been at work both giving us the benefit of their own views and helping us to make sure that other people are taking the opportunity to share their views. We’re learning a lot from them, both when we hear new ideas and suggestions and when we hear some of the same themes again and again.GAZETTE: There’s clearly a lot of time and effort being invested in outreach, both by the search committee and the advisory committees. Why is it important that the search committee solicit advice so broadly?LEE: There are really three reasons that you need to reach out so broadly. One is, as I said, that the Harvard community has many members, and they have different perspectives and different views. It is really important to hear from all of them as best we can. We want to understand people’s aspirations, and also their concerns.The second is that it is important to reach out beyond the Harvard community. We can have a view of ourselves that may or may not be correct. It’s important to learn what others think about where we are and where we need to go.The third is that, at the end of the day, all that we’re learning will inform two crucially important decisions: the decision of who will be our next president and, equally important, how the new president and the rest of us should think about Harvard’s future. All of this information will help educate that process.As a personal matter, having been involved with the Harvard community now for close to 50 years, every time I sit down at one of these meetings or I have one of these calls, I learn something new. I think that’s true for all of us on the search committee.GAZETTE: There are so many different elements to the president’s job, and so many expectations about what the ideal profile might be. How do you deal with the reality that no one person is likely to score high on every dimension that many people might consider important?LEE: I’ve said to some of the groups we’ve met with, “Once we’ve met someone who’s won Nobel prizes in chemistry, literature, and economics, who’s a brilliant visionary and educator and negotiator and diplomat and urban planner and fundraiser, who can lead and manage a multibillion-dollar enterprise with activities that reach around the world and touch on almost every field, and who is a wonderful communicator and listener, we’ll have found the right person.”The true answer is that, if you consider all of the things that every member of the Harvard community would like to see in the president, there is no one person who can satisfy all of those desires. So, what we’re looking for are two things. We’re looking for a person who has the fundamental human characteristics — the integrity, the ability to be trusted, the ability to communicate, the emotional intelligence, the intellectual curiosity, the ability to grow — that will allow the person to address all the many responsibilities of the position.The second thing that is quite clear is that today the president can’t do everything that he or she is asked to do. Ultimately, it will be done by a team led by the president. The team will include the provost, the deans, and others. And the team, with the president’s leadership, can together bring the experience and expertise that everyone would like to see in this idealized person.GAZETTE: President Faust will be on hand to see the conclusion of The Harvard Campaign that she has led. How important for her successor is having the campaign close successfully from the standpoint of positioning the University for the future?LEE: It’s critically important for the University as an institution for the campaign to close successfully, and for it to close successfully for each of the Schools. It will provide a platform for the next president and for the University to move forward. I think much of what President Faust has helped Harvard accomplish will provide a platform for the next president. Closing the capital campaign successfully, which we will do, is just one important element of that platform. GAZETTE: In your letter to the community after President Faust announced she would be stepping down, you expressed thanks to her for leading Harvard — in the words of “Fair Harvard” — through change and through storm. President Faust experienced her share of both change and storms. Which do you think will greet the new president?LEE: I’m not sure we’re in a time of storm, but it is a time of challenge. People are questioning, broadly within the country, the value of higher education. People are questioning the importance of intellectual inquiry and intellectual discourse. The financial model for any higher education institution is under stress.Dealing with these larger challenges will be crucial to our ability to remain the pre-eminent academic institution in the country and the world. And whatever storms may or may not come, certainly any president of a university like ours needs a capacity not just to weather change but to lead change.GAZETTE: How does what you’re learning through the search make you feel about Harvard’s future?LEE: I’m fundamentally an optimist, and I think it’s easy to be optimistic about Harvard’s future.It’s also easy to see all the things we could do better. Given the extraordinary collection of talent that comes together here, I think we are in a wonderful place to move forward, but it’s not a place without challenges, and we need to be clear-eyed in recognizing what those challenges are.We need a president who can help us identify them and plan to address them. And we need a president, a leadership team, and a community that’s prepared to collectively address them in the best manner possible.There’s a quality of restlessness and ambition about this place that is fundamental to almost everything we can accomplish. The challenges change over time. But I hope that quality, of questioning how we do things and pushing ourselves to be better, will always be part of this place.GAZETTE: What are the University’s strengths, and how do they position it to take advantage of opportunities that may lie ahead?LEE: At bottom, our greatest strength is we have extraordinary faculty, extraordinary students, and extraordinary staff. That is the core. That is the source for our intellectual vitality, and it will be the foundation for our success going forward.We need to take the steps that are required to ensure that we will, over the next 25 to 50 years, continue to attract the best faculty, the best students, the best staff. And we need to provide them with the financial support, the structure, and the cultural environment to allow them to thrive, not just as individuals but as a community.GAZETTE: Though the presidential search is at the top of the Corporation’s agenda for this year, can you say anything about some of the other major issues you’ve been engaging with recently?LEE: Our two most important tasks for the year are the presidential search, of course, but also doing what we can to help President Faust advance her priorities in the final year of what’s been an extraordinary presidency.With her leadership, there’s been a focus on breaking down structural and cultural barriers to One Harvard; a focus on ensuring that the research enterprise for all of Harvard — for the sciences and beyond — is robust; a focus on making the case for liberal arts education and avoiding too narrow a view of what higher education is; a focus on new approaches to teaching and learning; a focus on ensuring that there’s a sound financial basis for Harvard moving forward; a focus on ensuring that the diverse students and faculty and staff whom we’re recruiting feel included and welcome; a focus on Harvard’s engagement with the wider world, nationally and internationally; and a recognition that the Allston campus provides probably one of the greatest opportunities for any institution in the country to develop something innovative and different.Those are at least some of the priorities that the Corporation has developed and pursued with President Faust. Judging from the conversations we’ve been having in the context of the search, I expect that all those priorities are going to require our continued attention not just for the rest of this year but well beyond. And we will have a new president, with new perspectives and new priorities, to guide us forward and, I hope, to strike the right balance between continuity and change.So, the regular work of the Corporation is going on in addition to and in parallel with the search. There’s plenty that needs to get done, and we’ll get it done.last_img read more

Correction: Trump-Biden-Immigration Snub story

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — In a Jan. 25, 2021, story about the Trump administration’s efforts to limit the Biden administration’s changes to immigration policy, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a statement about Indiana’s decision to keep an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security in place. That should have been attributed to Lauren Houck, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general, not Rachel Hoffmeyer, a spokeswoman for the governor.last_img

Garden show premiere

first_imgOn April 3, southern gardeners will have a new tool to help them in the garden. “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves, a new educational television show, will premiere to help gardeners of all levels learn new tips, get fresh ideas and visit interesting sites. The show will air weekly on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and repeat at 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations and select northern and central Florida public television stations.“Your Southern Garden” is a spin-off of the highly-rated “Gardening in Georgia,” which ended its decade-long run on GPB in October. Show host Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and gardening expert, brings the same down-home flavor to the new show. “We have seen more and more homeowners beginning to do their own landscaping and lawn maintenance,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Many are taking on this work for the first time and need to know where to start,” he said. “Others are looking for the latest low-maintenance plants or water-conservation landscaping ideas. We designed this program to offer something helpful for all gardeners in our region.”On this week’s showWatch April 3 to see how to grow potatoes without getting dirty. Reeves will demonstrate a new potato-growing technique using a tub of perlite. He will also teach viewers how to transplant easy-to-grow fig plants that pop up under a mature bush. Garden expert Hank Bruno will describe an Asian dogwood that grows in the upper South and blooms in May. And, UGA horticulturist Paul Thomas will share his discovery of the best way to get butterfly weed seed to germinate – with a gentle pat.“Your Southern Garden,” produced by University of Florida IFAS Extension and UGA CAES, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle Grow. “Our goal in creating this new show is to give gardeners in our growing region a program that will provide educational information they can use outside today,” Angle said.Working closely with UF and UGA Extension specialists, county agents and researchers, Reeves shows viewers how to put the universities’ expertise to work in their yards each week.“Land-grant universities are loaded with cutting-edge, yet practical, information that gardeners need,” Reeves said. “Whether you are a beginner, a piddler or a Master Gardener, there’s something here for you.”Check your local public broadcasting station’s programming listings for days and times “Your Southern Garden” airs in your area or contact your local station to request the show in your area.last_img read more

Lovejoy introduces their NEW 215 End & Face Mills

first_imgApplications: The 215 Series Face & End Mills use the APKX style inserts utilizing a longer edge of the APKX inserts providing a longer cutting surface! The 215 Series End Mills have coolant through capability to allow increased feed rates!Special Information: The 215 Series tooling with its 15mm length of cut is a great addition to having the 207 & 217 Series tooling which have a 10mm length of cut. As always the finish that is produced by the 215 Series tooling is very good and you can get it all from LOVEJOY Tool Company.Products: LOVEJOY offers multiple style tools for these APKX inserts.” 215 Series Face Mills – longer cutting edges with APKX inserts” 215 Series End Mills – longer cutting edges with coolant holes & extended lengthsLOVEJOY Tool Company, Inc specializes in custom designing and a manufacturer of milling tools, inserts and some accessories for manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, mold and die, farm and industrial and many more industries. LOVEJOY is known for being a problem solver in the milling industry and we are here to solve your machining needs.For more information, call (800) 843-8376 or visit www.lovejoytool.com(link is external).last_img read more

June 15, 2006 Letters

first_img June 15, 2006 Letters June 15, 2006 Letters LettersDiversity When I read the ubiquitous articles about diversity symposiums and diversity initiatives, most recently, “Partners say corporate America demands diversity,” I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. First, the fact that 40 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream that people not be judged by the color of their skin, the most prestigious firms in what should be a prestigious profession are championing just that, making hiring decisions because of the color of people’s skin and the orientation of their sexual desires. That is something to cry about. But next we have the diversity experts boasting that the “diverse attorneys” are needed in client relations (where they are most visible) but bemoaning that those same diverse attorneys keep quitting. Maybe they don’t enjoy being obviously token showpieces and prefer to actually practice law? And then the most hilarious line, that clients don’t just want diverse law firms, they want attorneys with diverse ethnicity, disabilities, and sexual orientation actually working on their legal matters. Give me a break. Every client I ever met was more interested in an attorney’s knowledge and skills than his or her diversity quotient. And how is a client supposed to know a lawyer’s sexual orientation? Are the lawyers with diverse sexual orientation expected to exhibit “gay mannerisms” so the clients know for sure they are being inclusive? I have a dream: That someday all people will be judged by their knowledge, their skills, and their work rather than their external physical attributes. Mark Warda Lake Wales Doctor of Law The use of the title “doctor of law” by attorneys has been discussed many times in this venue. Nevertheless, misconceptions remain, even among members of the Bar Board of Governors, if comments reported in the May 15 issue are correct. A juris doctor is a terminal degree evidencing completion of a prescribed and specialized course of study equivalent to any doctoral academic award. Board members Steven Chaykin and Jesse Diner’s comments are incorrect. A “D.S.J.” is a post-doctoral research degree, limited almost exclusively to British institutions of higher learning which still award the four-year “L.L.B.” in law. In a profession in which lawyers may advertise themselves as “for the people” (aren’t we all?), recognizing our academic achievements should not be of great concern. Jack Peterson Ft. Myers I’m either missing something or I’m just plain stupid. In reading the article in the May 15 News concerning the use of the title “doctor” by attorneys, the story attributes to board member Jesse Diner the statement that there “are differenres between a J.D., a master of laws, and a J.S.D. degree, which is a true doctor in law.” Of course there are differences between a J.D. (juris doctor), degree and a “master in laws” degree, the most obvious being the fact that one, the J.D. degree, exists and the other, the “master in laws” doesn’t. While one may assume that the reference was to the L.L.M. (master of literary letters) degree, even there, there is a distinction. The J.D. degree is akin to the L.L.B. (bachelor of literary letters) degree, both a “basic” or “requisite” credential to obtain a license, while an L.L.M. is an advanced degree, obtained only once a “basic” degree is conferred and further studies are completed. Is either an L.L.B. or L.L.M. a “doctor” degree? Clearly not, so the argument against the use of the term “doc of law” by holders of such degrees (putting aside for the moment that the holder of an L.L.M. may, very well, also hold a J.D. degree) is a no-brainer. But to suggest that the holder of a J.D. degree, a “juris doctor” or “doctor of jurisprudence” is not a “doctor” is preposterous, as is suggesting that the J.S.D. degree is “a true doctor in law” while a J.D. is not. While I do not advocate the use of the term “doctor” as a prefix for attorneys, I find it offensive that the Bar is attempting to tell me that what my degree plainly says on it’s face, “Doctor of Jurisprudence,” is really not a doctoral-level degree. A J.D. degree is every bit as much a doctorate as is a Ph.D, M.D. or Ed.D. The holder of a J.D. degree holds a doctoral level degree. . . period. How or if that may be accurately conveyed in advertising is another matter entirely. Paul A. Caillaud Ft. Lauderdale Veterans There was an interesting and often missing category from your recent articles discussing the need for diversity in The Florida Bar. Though it is appropriate to discuss such issues as race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation in diversity recruitment, one commonly missing issue is veteran status. What is the legal community doing to bring more veterans into the practice of law? The legal profession has a significant duty in this outreach. This is not an attempt to place veterans within a grievance or victim status group. Rather, this is an effort to shed light on the increasingly heavy burden our veterans must bear, and the duty the Bar and firms have in helping veterans become productive members of the Bar. These are men and women who stand ready to become an outstanding credit to the legal profession, just as they have become an outstanding credit to our nation in the eyes of the world through their outstanding service overseas. All law firms and local bar associations should be encouraged to conduct diversity outreach in a manner that includes veterans into their recruitment. Go to local ROTC, VFW, and Paralyzed Veterans of America meetings and lobby for more veterans to seek a legal education. Inquire with able candidates about their veteran status, and have it duly noted as an enriching background experience that would enhance the legal practice and culture of a firm. Law schools should actively recruit among the men and women returning overseas, with special assistance guaranteed for able candidates. We need the valor, vigor, and values of these men and women in our profession and in our firms. The burden our veterans must carry today is increasingly growing. Too many are returning from their heroic service overseas to a Veterans Administration that is often characterized as a third-rate insurance carrier rather than a tribute to our heroes. And, quite often, they return with the emotional scars of their service, including post traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. These heroes, who have given us so much, should be given the benefit of a vigorous recruitment program which acknowledges their prior contributions to our nation, as well as their prospective future contributions to our profession. Studies which analyze the percentage of minority groups within law firms should also analyze how well represented our veterans are, particularly those younger returning veterans. It is my hope that a study be conducted on this issue immediately. Let’s help these men and women look forward to the best years of their lives after a job well done serving our nation. Luis Viera Tampa Democrats It was interesting to read in a recent issue that Democratic Sen. Dave Aronberg includes consumer protection issues as one of his two niches in the Senate. The term “consumer protection” implies that he is in favor of legislation that protects consumers. It turns out, however, that Sen. Aronberg’s niche is actually protecting car dealers from injured consumers. Sen. Aronberg sponsored SB 2304 in this year’s legislative session. This bill is a pet project of auto dealers in Florida who are looking for virtual immunity from lawsuits. It would have drastically amended Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA), affording almost blanket protection to car dealers. Not consumers. Not even other Florida businesses. Just car dealers. The bill did not pass, but Aronberg has promised to bring it back next year. What, a Democrat putting big business interests ahead of average citizens, you say? Sadly, Aronberg even has a mentor. In the 2005 legislative session, Democratic Sen. Skip Campbell sponsored a bill that provided car dealers immunity from statutory damages for selling bogus add-on products. Sen. Campbell’s bill retroactively immunized car dealers, affecting a number of class action lawsuits filed years earlier. Now Campbell is running as the Democratic candidate for attorney general, the highest consumer protection office in the state. Sen. Campbell is still enjoying wholesale support from Democrats, so it is easy to see why Aronberg followed his lead. Why not flush traditional party values down the toilet and cozy up to the rich and powerful car dealers if your own political party is going to give you a free pass on the defection? Both Campbell and Aronberg claim to be consumer protection advocates. Technically, this is correct. Car dealers are loving the protection they are getting from consumers thanks to these two Democrats. Campbell, Aronberg, and other Democrats contemplating abandoning party ideals should know that these actions have not gone unnoticed. Before running for office on a platform of consumer protection, each of them should be prepared to answer the question of exactly how the bills they sponsored offered any protection to Florida consumers. William C. Bielecky Tallahassee Sen. Aronberg responds: Not only are William Bielecky’s assertions false, but the opposite is true. I led the opposition to the auto dealer’s bill in the 2004 and 2005 legislative sessions. When the flawed bill was re-introduced yet again in 2006, I took the offensive. I attached my name to the bill in exchange for an agreement to eliminate all the onerous provisions cited by Mr. Bielecky. The strategy worked, and I succeeded in shelving the bill altogether for another year. My door always remains open to people on both sides of this issue, but I will only support a FDUTPA bill that speeds relief to victims and makes them whole. My focus in the Senate continues to be consumer protection issues. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reviewed my legislative record in May and concluded that I was “likely the strongest consumer advocate in the legislature.” I don’t doubt Mr. Bielecky’s own dedication to consumer issues. I just wish he knew who his real friends are. Sen. Dave Aronberg Greenacres Sen. Campbell responds: Mr.Bielecky refers to a bill which had nothing to do with consumers’ protection. Instead it was filed because some lawyers were using a gotcha attack to secure settlements from car dealers because they were selling an etch vehicle protection product and disclosed it on a buyer’s order rather than on a retail sales contract as a form of insurance product. I am not necessarily for the product but I, in good conscience, can’t see that justice or fairness to the consumer is accomplished by the failure to use the correct form of contract. P.S. As soon as the industry found out that there was a technical deficiency, they fixed it. Sen. Skip Campbell Ft. Lauderdalelast_img read more

23 Movies Shot on Long Island That Won Oscars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Thousand ClownsReleased Dec. 13, 1965, this movie had scenes shot in Garden City. Martin Balsam won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the brother and agent of an unemployed television writer. The film also received three other nominations.The Age of InnocenceReleased Sept. 17, 1993, scenes in this film were shot in Old Westbury. Gabriella Pescucci won Best Costume Design for the movie, set in the 1870s. It also received four other nominations.Annie HallWoody Allen in Annie HallReleased April 20, 1977, this classic was shot partly in the Hamptons. Woody Allen won Best Director, Diane Keaton won Best Actress for the title role as a struggling nightclub singer and the movie won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.Blood and SandReleased May 30, 1941, this flick featured scenes shot in Long Beach. It won Best Cinematography. The movie was also nominated for Best Production Design.Blue JasmineReleased Aug. 23, 2013, scenes in this movie were shot in Quogue. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her role as Jasmine Francis, a Manhattan socialite who falls on hard times. Sally Hawkins was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Woody Allen for Best Original Screenplay.Born on the Fourth of JulyTom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July.Released Dec. 20, 1989, this film had scenes shot in Massapequa. Oliver Stone won Best Director. Tom Cruise was nominated for Best Actor.Citizen KaneA scene from Citizen Kane.Released Sept. 5, 1941, this classic was partly filmed at Oheka Castle in Huntington. It won Best Original Screenplay. The film was also nominated for eight other Oscars.Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindJim Carey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.Released March 19, 2004, this film had scenes shot in Rockville Centre, Montauk, and Wainscott. It won for Best Original Screenplay.  FreeheldReleased Oct. 16, 2015, this movie featured scenes shot in Manhasset, Jones Beach and Lido Beach. It won Best Documentary Short Subject.The GodfatherSonny gets whacked in The Godfather.Released March 24, 1972, this classic had scenes shot at Mitchell Field and in Sands Point. It won Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Marlon Brando won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Don Corleone.GoodfellasJoe Pesci and Ray Liotta in GoodfellasReleased Sept. 19, 1990, this movie had scenes shot in Atlantic Beach, Valley Stream, Lawrence, and Oyster Bay. Joe Pesci won for Best Supporting Actor for his role as hot-heated mobster Tommy DeVito. The film also received five other nominations.The Great GatsbyLeonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby.Released May 1, 2013, this movie featured shots of The Gold Coast. It won for Production Design and Costume Design.Love StoryReleased Dec. 16, 1970, this movie had scenes shot in Old Westbury. It won Best Original Music Score. The movie also had six other nominations.Mighty AphroditeWoody Allen and Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite.Released Oct. 27, 1995, this comedy had scenes shot at Belmont Park in Nassau County and Quogue. Mira Sorvino won Best Supporting Actress for her role as reformed porn star Linda Ash.Miracle on 34th StreetEdmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.Released May 2, 1947, scenes in this flick were shot in Port Washington. It won Best Story, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Edmund Gwenn won Best Supporting Actor and the film was nominated for Best Picture.PollockReleased Dec. 15, 2000, this movie had scenes shot in Springs and East Hampton. Marcia Gay Harden won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as artist Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollack’s wife. Ed Harris was nominated for Best Actor.Raging BullReleased Dec. 19, 1980, this classic was shot in part in Lido Beach. Robert DeNiro won Best Actor for his role as self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta and the movie won for Best Film Editing. It also had six other nominations.Reversal Of FortuneReleased Nov. 9, 1990, this film had scenes shot in Old Bethpage. Jeremy Irons won Best Actor for his role as European aristocrat Claus von Bülow. The movie had two other nominations.SabrinaAudry Hepburn in SabrinaReleased Sept. 22, 1954, this flick had scenes shot in Glen Cove. Edith Head won for Costume Design. It also had five other nominations.Scent Of A WomanReleased Dec. 23, 1992, this movie had scenes shot in Sands Point. Al Pacino won Best Actor for his role as Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a blind alcoholic, and the movie had three other nominations.Splendor in the GrassReleased Oct. 10, 1961, this flick featured scenes shot in Brookhaven. It won for Best Original Screenplay.Still AliceJulianne Moore and Alec Baldwin in Still Alice.Released Dec. 5, 2014, this movie was shot partly in Lido Beach. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her title role as an Alzheimer’s disease survivor.Wall StreetReleased Dec. 11, 1987, this classic was partly shot in the Hamptons. Michael Douglas won Best Actor for his role as ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko.last_img read more

Plant cancellation shows problems in flu vaccine business

first_imgOct 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A flu vaccine manufacturer’s decision not to build a US facility has highlighted the perpetual mismatch between flu-shot supply and demand—and the reality that the mismatch may undermine plans for pandemic flu vaccines.On Tuesday, Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Marietta, Ga., announced that it was canceling plans to build a US flu-vaccine manufacturing plant, a $386 million project that Birmingham, Ala., and Athens, Ga., have been competing for. The plant would have made both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines—but at just about the moment when a final site selection was expected, the company announced that the economics of the two-year-old deal no longer make sense.Solvay Pharmaceuticals is the US subsidiary of a Brussels-based conglomerate that makes plastics, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, including an egg-based flu vaccine called Influvac that is sold in Europe and Canada but not in the United States. Solvay also makes flu vaccine by cell culture, a newer technique that does not depend on chicken eggs; the vaccine is made in the Netherlands and has been approved for sale there, though the plant where it is made is still undergoing validation.Establishing flu-vaccine manufacturing within the United States, especially cell-culture manufacturing, is a dearly sought goal of the federal government. Only one of the five manufacturers that sell into the US seasonal-flu market makes its vaccine within US borders. That has led to fears that, if a pandemic began, vaccines would not reach the US, because the countries where companies are based might hold back whatever is made there. The government has also been eager to develop domestic cell-culture manufacturing because it is not dependent on egg production, is not imperiled by viruses such as avian influenza H5N1 that are lethal to chickens and chicken eggs, and can be scaled up rapidly if necessary.Solvay received big HHS grantIn May 2006, the Department of Health and Human Services granted more than $1 billion to five pharmaceutical firms to develop cell-culture technology and manufacturing capacity within the United States. Solvay, one of the five, received $298 million for “the development and testing of new influenza vaccines including pandemic vaccines that are produced using cell-based technology and the development of a master plan to manufacture, formulate, fill and package annual and pandemic influenza vaccines in a new US-based facility,” the company said in a press release at the time.But while the grant covered development and design costs for the new plant, it did not in the end cover enough of the capital costs to make the facility worthwhile, Solvay spokesman Neil Hirsch said in an interview.”There are many drivers for us making the decision to not move forward with the US facility,” Hirsch said. “One of them has to do with the fact that the government was proposing a 40 to 60% cost-sharing, whereby the government would reimburse 40% of all costs for the facility rather than a full reimbursement.”In a normal business sector, bearing only two-thirds of the risk of a product line might seem like a good investment. But flu-vaccine manufacturing is not a normal business. While federal health authorities have labored to convince Americans to take the seasonal flu shot, millions of doses go unsold each year: 27 million of the 140 million made for the 2007-08 season, for instance, and 18 million of the 121 million made for the 2006-07 season. This year, 148 million doses are anticipated.While demand for the shot has risen slowly each year, it still remains far below health authorities’ hoped-for goals. The CDC announced last week that the highest rate of usage is 72%, among adults over 65, for whom the shot is universally recommended. But rates in younger adults range from 23% among healthy 18- to 49-year-olds to 54% among 50- to 64-year-olds who have medical conditions putting them at high risk for flu–related illness. And usage rates among children are even lower, from 22% among 6- to 23-month-olds to 16% among 2- to 5-year-olds.While it has not been spelled out, the uncertainty of the market for flu vaccine and the possibility that it is already overcrowded were clearly factors in Solvay’s decision. “When we started this process several years ago, the seasonal flu vaccine market was different,” Hirsch said, referring to years when fewer manufacturers sold in the United States. “That landscape has changed.”And a further factor may be the reality that, unlike its competitors, Solvay makes only flu shots. It does not make other vaccines that could make up for poor flu-shot sales, or that could be made in the new facility if flu-shots sales went awry again—possibilities that made the decision to fall back on its Amsterdam manufacturing plant seem less risky.Hard commercial realities”This should not be a surprise,” retired academic and pharmaceutical company executive Dr. David Fedson, an acute observer of the flu-vaccine market, said in an interview. “It indicates how fragile the notion you can expand vaccine supply is, and it indicates the hard commercial realities that drive vaccine-manufacturing companies.”Nevertheless, the Solvay decision deprives the United States of a domestic source for pandemic flu vaccine if or when a global outbreak begins. And by refusing to offer supply into an uncertain market, the company is challenging the central assumption behind US and global planning for pandemic-vaccine capacity: that demand for seasonal vaccine will provide companies with a rationale for making more vaccine than they now do.Federal health officials have asserted many times that demand will boost manufacturing capacity to the level needed for a pandemic. To reach that level, the World Health Organization’s 2006 “Global Pandemic Influenza Action Plan” calls for countries to boost their flu-shot usage to 75% of their populations, including countries where seasonal vaccine has never been used.No lack of warning voicesNumerous voices, though, have warned that this approach is unworkable. In 2005, David Johnson, director of scientific and medical affairs for Sanofi Pasteur, the only company making flu shots in the continental United States, warned the federal National Vaccine Advisory Committee of manufacturers’ discomfort with speculative “at risk” manufacturing. Britain’s Royal Society said in 2006: “It is not commercially viable for the vaccine industry to commit the necessary resources to scale up production in advance of a pandemic when there is no existing market, the threat of a pandemic may be years away and the risk in any single year may be considered to be low.”And apparently anticipating the Solvay decision, biotech industry members writing in the journal BioPharm International said last year: “In the US market alone by the year 2010 there could be a surplus capacity resulting from ‘building for demand’ for pandemic preparedness but ‘suboptimal utilization’ based on significantly lesser demand for seasonal vaccines.”Solvay spokesman Hirsch confirmed that the company intends to pursue licensure of its Dutch-made seasonal vaccine in the United States, though he declined to provide details in deference to Food and Drug Administration policies. But by canceling its US plant, Solvay appears to have provided clear warning to federal planners that protecting the United States against a pandemic requires vaccine manufacturers to take substantial risks—and that given the unreliable US market and the hard realities of the global economic downturn, those risks may be something manufacturers can no longer afford.See also: Solvay press release on HHS granthttp://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060504005739/en/Solvay-Pharmaceuticals-Awarded-298-Million-Five-Year-ContractOverview of HHS pandemic vaccine plans in new GAO report:http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08671.pdfMay 13 CIDRAP News story “Flu experts try to ensure record vaccine doses get used”(Overview of flu-shot uptake problems)WHO Global Pandemic Influenza Action Planhttp://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/influenza/CDS_EPR_GIP_2006_1.pdfJohnson in NVAC minutes, Feb 8-9, 2005:http://www.dhhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/documents/NVAC20050208Minutes.docRoyal Society’s Pandemic influenza: science to policy.http://royalsociety.org/Pandemic-influenza-science-to-policy/Thomas A, Guldager N, Hermansen K. 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The Ministry of Tourism presented the concept of competence centers in tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism organized a conference “Establishment of centers of competence in tourism” where the concept of centers was presented with encouragement of networking and cooperation of founders and institutions of vocational education who expressed interest in appointing regional centers of competence in tourism, with businesses, chambers and associations, high colleges, vocational education institutions and other stakeholders operating in the tourism and hospitality sector. The emphasis of the conference was on connecting with the needs of the economy and the labor market, and in this direction economic entities are key partners in the process of establishing centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector.In accordance with the Law on Vocational Education, the regional center of competence is defined as a place of excellence in vocational education and training in which, in addition to the basic activity, which includes the implementation of work-based learning, training and advanced training and other activities that contribute to improving the quality of vocational education. training and its adaptation to the needs of the economy and the labor market.The conference was organized by the Ministry of Tourism as a level 1 intermediary body within the OP “Effective Human Resources 2014-2020”, in accordance with the published public call for founders to nominate vocational education institutions for appointment to regional centers of competence of the Ministry of Science and Education.Attachment:Establishment of centers of competence in tourism (introductory presentation)Presentation CEKOMEmployers’ analysis 2017 (CES)Online statistics (link)Answers to questions related to the Public Invitation to the Founders for the candidacy of VET institutions for appointment to regional centers of competencelink)More information coming soon.last_img read more

Imperial dd guarantees a minimum net income in the amount of HRK 5.000

first_imgImperial will pay a Christmas bonus and holiday pay in the amount of HRK 2.000 to all permanent employees. Christmas bonus and seasonal allowance will be paid up to the amount of 2.000 kuna, in proportion to the length of employment. Imperial will pay a special bonus of HRK 500 net to all employees with a salary for the month of July. “We are glad that the decision to increase the material rights of workers was approved and satisfied by the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services and SIKD, which is the result of mutual understanding and respect for the views of the social partners. We will continue such cooperation in the future. We are also satisfied with the fact that a large number of employees are returning to us, and this salary increase will be an additional motive for all Imperial employees. ” pointed out Vlado Miš, President of the Management Board of Imperial dd Imperial gives its employees, during the 2019 season, starting from May to the end of August, a guarantee of a minimum net income of HRK 5.000 for all employees who work a full monthly fund of hours. All other employees who have a net income of more than HRK 5.000 up to HRK 6.500 net, will be paid a bonus for the season, which will be applied in the period from May to the end of August, in the total amount of up to HRK 2.000 net. The best employees (permanent, seasonal or student) will be stimulated by additional net income per month. „Ovo je značajan napredak u cilju većeg zadovoljstva radnika i osiguranja dovoljnog broja sezonskih radnika. Smatram da smo svi svjesni da se sa povećanjem materijalnih i drugih uvjeta za radnike u turizmu treba nastaviti i u narednim godinama kako bi se zadržali postojeći radnici i osigurali novi za buduće razvojne projekte. Na tome je velika odgovornost poslodavaca ali i sindikata, a očekuje se i doprinos  zakonodavca na dodatnom poreznom rasterećenju plaća“, said Stanisa Borovic, president of the STUH branch and president of the Imperial Workers’ Council. Imperial dd Rab, in agreement with the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia and the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, provided its employees with new material rights in 2019.center_img Imperial offers its employees excellent career development opportunities, with a developed system of internal and external education and training in cooperation with Valamar. Our employees, together with our guests, are always in the first place, and their satisfaction is important for long-term business success. Biserka Novotny, president of SIKD in Imperial, emphasized the importance of such measures, especially due to the problem of lack of tourist workers and the departure of young people outside Croatia: “Only with decent salaries and other working conditions can we keep the existing ones and attract new workers, and create additional motives for young people to choose tourism professions. In that direction, we will continue the constructive social dialogue with the employer so far” Imperial is in the phase of intensive development and this year, with 140 million kuna of investments, it is the largest investor in Kvarner tourism. This year’s investments of Imperial will ensure the creation of 60 new jobs, and this year Imperial will employ a total of 670 workers.last_img read more