Police turn to OH for help with murder case

first_imgPolice turn to OH for help with murder caseOn 1 Mar 2003 in Police, Personnel Today Detectives in Cambridgeshire are hoping that someone in occupational healthcan help with a murder investigation. The remains of an unidentified man were found in Upton, near Peterborough,on 21 December last year. The man had been shot and repeatedly stabbed beforehis body was dumped in a field north of the A47, where it was set on fire. Two partially-burnt memos were found near the body, one of which appears tobe from ‘Armstrong’ and is addressed to ‘Talbot’. It appears to be an OHappointment to which the patient was required to bring a urine sample and acompleted questionnaire. Detective Superintendent David Hankins, who is leading the murder enquiry,said: “We believe the victim was between 30 and 45 years old, short,stocky, with short dark hair and wore size eight or nine shoes. He has damageto his two front teeth. He appears to be white, but DNA tests suggest he mayhave been Asian or Middle-Eastern.” “Maybe someone will be able to tell us where the memo came from or whoTalbot or Armstrong are.” Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire Police on 01733 563232or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Rapid cold hardening in Antarctic microarthropods

first_img1 Rapid cold hardening was examined in three common Antarctic microarthropods using differential scanning calorimetry over timescales between 3 and 30 h, under field and controlled laboratory conditions.2 In fresh field samples and cultures of the springtail, Cryptopygus antarcticus (Willem), and cultures of the mites, Alaskozetes antarcticus (Michael) and Halozetes belgicae (Michael), maintained under summer field-simulating conditions, supercooling point (SCP) distributions tracked microhabitat temperature variation over the observation period.3 Controlled acclimation of samples of summer-acclimatized C. antarcticus caused significant cold hardening after 12 h at temperatures around 0 °C (+3 to −2 °C). No response was obtained at higher or lower temperatures, or in field-fresh winter-acclimatized animals. The latter did not lose cold hardiness when held at positive temperatures for 12 h.4 Gradual cooling of C. antarcticus over 20 h from +5 to −5 °C caused a considerable increase in cold tolerance. Rewarming partially but non-significantly reversed this effect. The greatest response occurred between +3 and +1 °C. Maximum faecal pellet production also occurred in this interval, but gut clearance alone was not sufficient to explain observed cold hardening.5 It is hypothesized that these species possess a hitherto unrecognized capacity to alter cold hardiness in summer in response to environmental temperature cues over a shorter timescale than previously thought, by a mechanism that relies on neither gut clearance nor concentration of body fluids via water loss. This ability may reduce the developmental costs of premature entry into an inactive, cold-hardy state.last_img read more

42% rise in complaints to The Property Ombudsman

first_imgThere has been a significant increase in complaints made to The Property Ombudsman (TPO), partly due to a growing trend in the consumer world to challenge when a product or service does not offer satisfaction, and partly due to a sharp rise in the number of agents signed up to the TPO.Six months on from the introduction of new legislation, making it a legal requirement for lettings agents and property managers in England to join a Government approved redress scheme, the report shows that the number of letting offices now signed up to TPO scheme has reached a record level of 12,915, up 28 per cent year-on-year. This brings the total number of sales and lettings offices offering TPO’s free, independent dispute resolution service to 26,735.Commenting on the report, Christopher Hamer (left), The Property Ombudsman, said, “In 2014 we saw continued and significant growth in the Private Rented Sector. With an estimated 1.6 million private landlords, many of whom have limited experience and understanding of their responsibilities, and large numbers of consumers seeking tenancies, the role of letting and managing agents in providing quality customer service based on a comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation, is more important now than ever before.”Mr Hamer is now calling for a properly structured regulatory regime for the lettings sector. He continued, “Over the past year we have seen numerous pieces of legislation being passed which deal with aspects of the Private Rented Sector. Whilst any controls must be welcomed I feel an opportunity has been missed to bring all such legal obligations into a coherent and sensible single law to avoid the potential for inconsistency and misunderstanding of what is required.”Statistical highlights of the report include:Lettings:19% increase in registered membership letting offices40% rise in lettings cases received33% increase in cases resolved via mediation10% increase in cases resolved via formal review11% of lettings issues reported to TPO related to repair and maintenance54% of complainants were landlords versus 44% tenantsThe average lettings award has risen 27% from £411.97 to £524.1023% of complainants were from the South East, followed by Greater London (21%) the South West (9%) on par with North West (9%).Sales:14% increase in registered membership sales offices43% rise in sales cases received21% increase in cases resolved via mediation13% increase in cases resolved via formal review20% of sales issues reported to TPO related to communication failure59% of complainants were sellers versus 39% buyers23% of complainants were from the South East, followed by Greater London (13%) & South West and Eastern Region both (11%)The report also provides a series of case studies to share industry best practice, highlighting some of the most common complaints and how they were dealt with, such as disputes over sales particulars (accounting for 13 per cent of all sales related issues) and management failure (accounting for 4 per cent of all lettings related issues).Read the full report here: http://www.tpos.co.uk/downloads/reports/TPO-Annual-Report-2014.pdfRajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo, highlighted that the two largest areas of dispute for the lettings sector were “miscommunication and repairs”.“Time is running out for lettings professionals to get their repairs processes in order before the Deregulation Act takes effect in October,” said Nayyar. “Those agencies that fail to do so, leave themselves open to litigation and to reputational damage as tenants take advantage of their operational failures to successfully defend a Section 21 notice.”Government approved redress scheme legislation regulatory regime Deregulation Act The Property Ombudsman 2015-04-21The Negotiator Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021 Government takes next step towards controversial property developer tax29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Regulation & Law » 42% rise in complaints to The Property Ombudsman 42% rise in complaints to The Property Ombudsman21st April 20150592 Viewslast_img read more

Crowd heckles Rocky Horror Show at OFS

first_imgTheOld Fire Station nightclub on GeorgeStreet cut short a produc­tion of the rocky HorrorShow on Monday night following rowdiness and complaints from audience members. The show, held on the night of Hal­loween,was a one-off theatrical club night organised by Carte Blanche, the productioncompany behind Burlesk. Billed as a “kinky, camp musical club night,” theproduction consisted of a film screening, music and a live floor show. Midway through the evening members of theaudience began to heckle the onstage performers. Some approached OFS staffcomplaining about the content of the production. The show was not permitted toper­form the third act, and was pulled off the stage before the second act hadbeen completed, on the insist­ence of the Old Fire Station staff. One member of the audience, Holly Ware, astudent at St Hilda’s, said that “the crowd got very rowdy and quite violent.The show was extremely good but it was clear that a lot of people in theaudience didn’t know that the rocky Horror Show was going on and just thoughtit was a regular club night.” Following the termination of the rockyHorror Show perform­ance, the evening continued as an ordinary club night withmusic and dancing. The director of the show, Laurie Penny,said, “We were on the stage when the music cut out, this cheese cut in and wewere told to get off. This was right in the middle a show for which we’d allworked really hard.” The entry for the special night was fivepounds, and a large majority of the audience had come dressed in thetraditional rocky Horror attire of fishnets and suspender belts. Aspectatorsaid that “in the end projectiles were being thrown at the stage and theprojector had to be taken down.” Julie Sturgess, speaking on behalf of theOld Fire Station said, “It wasn’t particularly rowdy. It was a decision on thebehalf or the promoters to pull the show because the majority of customersseemed to prefer to dance rather than watch the show. The show had been on forquite a long time already, and it was just cut a little short.” Joey Clark, who played a Transyl­vanian inthe show, said that “it was a shame that a few drunkards spoilt it.” Neil Tarrant, also involved in theproduction, explained his feelings saying, “I was just rather upset that theOFS were responding more to an aggressive minority than to a ma­jority who wereseemingly enjoying the show.” Carte Blanche have experienced a degree ofunfortunate Oxfordscandal in the past over their show Burlesk, which began at Jongleurs duringHilary term. On the night that a Daily Mail reviewer was present, onecast member’s nipples were inadvertantly exposed during a striptease. ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005last_img read more

“Flipped classroom” teaching model gains an online community

first_imgResearchers at Harvard University have launched the Peer Instruction (PI) Network, a new global social network for users of interactive teaching methods.PI, developed by Eric Mazur, area dean for applied physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is an innovative evidence-based pedagogy designed to improve student engagement and success.Mazur, famous for his talk titled “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer,” developed the method after realizing in the 1990s that his physics lectures at Harvard, while popular, were not helping students to master the basic concepts.The PI technique relies on the power of the “flipped classroom.” Information transfer (i.e., a teacher transferring knowledge to students) takes place in advance, typically through online lectures. In short, students study before rather than after class.As a result, the classroom becomes a place for active learning, questions, and discussion. Instructors spend their time addressing students’ difficulties rather than lecturing.While originally developed for Mazur’s introductory physics courses, PI is now used across multiple disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities.The Peer Instruction Network will serve as a hub for educators around the world to connect and share their PI experiences, submit questions, and engage with other PI users.last_img read more

Helping to uncover the mechanism controlling brain states

first_img Study using brain imaging suggests why zebrafish facing a threat surprisingly opt to keep mating rather than flee Related How biology affects behavioral decisions It might be complicated, but the concept is as simple as a light switch.A team of researchers led by two Harvard alumni have uncovered a switch-like mechanism in the brains of larval zebrafish that flips their brains between two distinct motivational states — one a highly focused hunting state and the other an easily distracted, exploratory state.The findings, which they detail in the journal Nature, can begin to shed light on how the brain switches between internal states and coordinates this brain-wide shift, leading to dramatic changes in motivation, focus, and behavior for specific time periods.“As soon as you have more than one objective in life [that the brain has to solve], you have a tug of war. You have a conflict,” said Drew Robson, Ph.D. ’13, one of the paper’s lead authors and a former fellow at Harvard’s Rowland Institute, where most of the research took place. “The brain has to have some way of deciding who’s actually in charge right now. Which objective should I prioritize at this moment in time?”How the brain does this has long been a mystery because it happens deep in the brain where it is difficult to image, especially in complex animals such as humans. That is one of the reasons zebrafish have become model organisms for brain researchers, like Robson. A larval zebrafish, with 100,000 neurons in its brain and a limbic system similar to humans, has thin and transparent skin that allows scientists to analyze its neural activity using a microscope.In the study, the researchers describe using a tracking microscope to pinpoint a hub of serotonergic neurons buried deep in the brains of zebrafish where they believe the switch lies that controls this type of decision. This hub is in the zebrafish’s dorsal raphe, a tiny cluster of neurons that sits at the base of the brain and has a reach that stretches through most of the brain. These neurons act as a master regulator for the zebrafish’s motivational state.In zebrafish, the switch mechanism that the researchers studied blasts a powerful signal that the researchers believe promotes certain behaviors and actions while suppressing others for a set amount of time. “You don’t want an animal to be perfectly focused for an infinite amount of time, because that isn’t how an animal has to survive in the world.” — Jennifer Li “Normally, when you think of how neurons talk to each other, you have one neuron that makes a selective set of connections to other neurons. That’s not how these cells work,” said Jennifer Li, Ph.D. ’13, another lead author and also a former fellow at the Rowland Institute. “When these cells fire, almost all other cells in your brain are listening. They are not a way to communicate narrowly from one information channel to another. They send a signal that gets broadcast to your entire brain.”This makes sense, Li said, because this type of system is exactly what’s needed to set a global brain state. It’s also interesting that the brain naturally sets a timer for this, she added.When a zebrafish’s priority is to hunt, the switching mechanism leaps into action, making the zebrafish not only a more motivated but a more effective hunter, because cells in the brain that amplify motor functions related to hunting — like making highly precise turns —are also heightened. This state lasts about 5 to 8 minutes and, in a chart, looks like a triangle. “It shoots up to a really high level and slowly winds down, like the discharging of a battery,” Robson said.In the opposing state, when the signal fully discharges, skills and desires related to hunting are suppressed and the animal seems more interested in exploring its environment and covering longer distances. In this state, even if the zebrafish is hungry and presented with prey, it is routinely inattentive to it, demonstrating a different set of internal priorities. In fact, when it tries to hunt in the exploratory state, the researchers report the fish is more likely to fail.The researchers hypothesize that the zebrafish makes this switch because it is balancing two competing priorities: eating and not being eaten. The findings call into play the questions of how long a focused state can be maintained, and even controlled.“You don’t want an animal to be perfectly focused for an infinite amount of time, because that isn’t how an animal has to survive in the world,” Li said. “They have to switch out of that state so that they can balance all of their other objectives in life.”,The design of the experiment — begun at the Rowland Institute in 2017, where the researchers led a joint laboratory, and finished this September after they moved their lab to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany — was deliberately simple. The tracking microscope followed the zebrafish in an arena more than eight times their body size while they swam and hunted without interruption for 50‒80 minutes. The researchers put the prey (paramecia) in the same arena and then watched what the zebrafish did. When they analyzed the neural data, they spotted the link between the dynamics of the switching mechanism and the animals’ behavior. Their driving question was whether this hunt-or-prey behavior was random or more organized.The results raise questions about how different areas of the brain listen to and interpret signals from the regulator-like hub.“What we think, based on the results from the paper, is that selective parts of the brain become more activated in response to the broadcast signal, but other cells in the brain are suppressed by the same signal.” Robson said. “So even though you are broadcasting the same message, how it’s interpreted seems to vary greatly in different cells in the brain.”The researchers hope these implications, along with why and how this switching mechanism has been preserved across evolution, can be analyzed in future studies. Serotonergic cells are present throughout the animal kingdom, from worms to fish to mammals, and there is evidence that worms may have a simplified version of the brain-state switch, and mammals, including humans, a more complex one. Though a major difficulty will be comprehensively recording deep regions of the brain like the dorsal raphe in the more-complex animals, the researchers hope that their findings can be used to identify and study other internal-state switches.“Someone just has to find them,” Li said.This work was financially supported by the Rowland Institute at Harvard. How a zebrafish model may hold a key to biology Sensors go undercover to outsmart the brain Study: Artificial neural networks could be used to provide insight into biological systems Devices used in mice offer a more accurate way to study the brain, potential treatment for disease, damage, mental illnesslast_img read more

Prayer service calls for peace in wake of recent violence

first_imgHeads bowed and hands clasped, members of the Notre Dame and South Bend community gathered Thursday evening at the Grotto for a prayer service in response to recent acts of violence across the United States.Despite the reduced number of people on campus for the summer session, an estimated 100 students, faculty, staff and other members of the community came together to pray for peace exactly one week after the sniper attack in Dallas that killed five police officers and barely more than a week after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both shot by police.“Everything is not well with America. The blood of innocent men share the streets with us and we weep with their grieving families, long for justice with their fatherless children and distraught wives,” student body president Corey Robinson, who spoke at the service, said.“There is a way of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness,” he said. “ … A way that is both pro-Black Lives Matter and pro-law enforcement. A way that is not divided by political ties and prejudice, but is rather united by the faith in a common interest — and that’s love for each other.”In addition to Robinson, representatives from Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), Campus Ministry, the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Equity spoke at the service.Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, said the purpose of the prayer service was not “to take sides or to point fingers,” but rather to spread a message of love.“We hope that love overcomes hate, that ignorance will be conquered by intelligence and that fear is replaced by understanding,” Love said.However, Love also said he worries “things are going to get worse before they get better.”“We can’t reach our full potential until all of our citizens are valued equally,” he said.Following Love, NSDP chief Keri Kei Shibata spoke, emphasizing the need for constant solidarity in bringing about peace.“On both the good and bad days, all of us in the Notre Dame community must remember that we all need each other,” Shibata said. “We cannot be successful without one another. We cannot have the kind of community that we want to have without every one of us doing our part.”Like Shibata, Fr. Joe Corpora, associate director of Latino student ministry, said in order to confront violence and racial tension, people must first recognize their commonality instead of emphasizing their differences.“People just might relate to each other as human to human rather than documented to undocumented, Christian to non-Christian, athlete to student, Anglo to Latino, rich to poor, gay to straight — all these kind of divisions that we sort of make up,” Corpora said.Karrah Miller, director of the Office of Institutional Equity and campus Title IX Coordinator, concluded the service by thanking all those in attendance, including representatives of the South Bend community, such as South Bend Fire Department chief Steve Cox and South Bend Police Department uniform chief Jeff Rynearson. Representatives from the mayor’s office were also in attendance.“I do not know all of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of those that we have lost in recent weeks,” Miller said. “Nor should I or anyone else make assumptions or pass judgment about the circumstances surrounding those deaths and those great tragedies. But what I do know is that I am a part of a campus community that is committed to fairness and equity not only in our nation but across the world, not only in our campus community but in our greater community. … Our presence here today is a testament to our collective desire to see things change for the better, and I commend all of us for being here.”Miller said there will be a vigil and march for justice and solidarity Sunday beginning at 7 p.m. on Irish Green.Tags: Dallas shootings, NDSP, Prayer service, Student governmentlast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Tickets are now available to see Claybourne Elder and Elizabeth A. Davis in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro. Directed by John Doyle, the production will play a limited off-Broadway engagement November 1 through December 7. Opening night is set for November 19 at Classic Stage Company. View Comments Allegro was Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947. The musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor Jr. (Elder), from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The saga takes us from Joe’s birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. Allegro The cast will also include George Abud, Alma Cuervo, Malcolm Gets, Maggie Lakis, Megan Loomis, Paul Lincoln, Jane Pfitsch, Randy Redd, Ed Romanoff and Jessica Tyler Wright. Related Showslast_img read more

Stratton resort owner recommends helmets for all skiers

first_imgStratton Mountain Resort,Intrawest today announced that, beginning with the 2009-2010 winter season, the Company will increase awareness of the importance of helmet use at all of its wholly-owned ski resorts in North America. Intrawest will recommend that all skiers and snowboarders visiting its resorts wear helmets and there will be mandatory helmet requirements for all children and youth(1) participants in Ski and Snowboard School Programs as well as all students participating in freestyle terrain park programs, regardless of their age. The new helmet use guidelines underscore Intrawest’s commitment to guest safety and have the support of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA).A helmet will be included with all children/youth ski and snowboard rental packages from all of Intrawest’s equipment rental outlets. The new guidelines will be supported with enhanced employee education sessions and common language highlighting the importance of helmet use will appear on resort websites and in all trail maps. Going forward, Intrawest will place an increased focus on using website images and advertising visuals that feature skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets and Intrawest will introduce new graphic standards that require all of its ski resorts to feature helmets predominantly.In the past at some resorts, a parent/guardian has had the ability to opt-out of having their children wear a helmet in certain on-mountain programs and activities. Beginning this season, Intrawest will remove the parent/guardian “opt-out clause” from all children’s waivers for Ski and Snowboard School Programs and all freestyle terrain park student programs.Looking ahead to the 2010-2011 winter season, Intrawest will require employees to wear a helmet at all times while skiing or snowboarding on-duty in any freestyle terrain park at its resorts. Staff at Intrawest’s Ski and Snowboard Schools will also be required to wear a helmet if they serve as a guide or an instructor for any program that requires mandatory helmet use by a resort guest. Several Intrawest resorts will begin to implement these new employee helmet use guidelines this winter and the remaining resorts will be fully compliant by the beginning of the 2010-2011 winter season.”Intrawest is working in conjunction with the ski industry to establish important best practices on behalf of our resort guests and employees,” saidBill Jensen, chief executive officer at Intrawest. “Together, we have established a new baseline for helmet use at our resorts that has received strong support from the NSAA and CWSAA. We will continue to work with all of the ski industry associations in the United States and Canada to raise awareness of this important initiative and the obligation of everyone to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.”The helmet usage guidelines will be phased in at the following Intrawest ski resorts: – Copper Mountain (Colorado) – Stratton Mountain (Vermont) – Mountain Creek (New Jersey) – Tremblant Resort (Quebec) – Panorama Mountain (British – Whistler Blackcomb (British Columbia) Columbia) – Snowshoe Mountain (West Virginia) – Winter Park Resort (Colorado) – Steamboat Ski Resort (Colorado) About IntrawestIntrawest is a leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. The Company has interests in a network of resorts at North America’s most popular mountain destinations including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. In addition, Intrawest markets and sells real estate at its resorts in North America and at other third-party locations around the world. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and is a portfolio company owned primarily by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG). For more information, visit www.intrawest.com(link is external) (1) Required helmet use for children/youth program participants aged three to 12, 13, 14 or 17 at Intrawest’s wholly-owned ski resorts in North America (upper age limit will be determined by each resort and will include regional considerations).Source: VANCOUVER, Oct. 1, 2009 /PRNewswire/ –last_img read more