No recourse over dismissal by text

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. No recourse over dismissal by textOn 10 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today New European employee consultation laws to be introduced in the UK would nothave prevented The Accident Group from sacking staff by text messages. The firm caused a furore after it sacked more than 2,400 staff, many by textmessage, after parent company the Amulet Group went into administration. However, Mike Emmott, employee relations expert at the Chartered Instituteof Personnel and Development (CIPD) said the forthcoming Information andConsultation Directive (ICD) would have done little to prevent the firm actingin the way it has. The ICD, to be introduced into the UK for larger companies from 2005, willforce employers to consult with staff in more detail and at an earlier stageabout issues affecting job security. “The ICD wouldn’t really have helped because current laws already coverthis. There are legal remedies – and I don’t think the directive would add tothe effectiveness of those remedies,” Emmott said. Under the Collective Redundancies Directive, a firm must consult withelected staff members if it plans to make more than 20 people redundant. Emmott said The Accident Group’s actions hinge on how much the company knewabout its parent company’s financial situation, and if management had enoughtime to consult with staff. “At least the text messages meant they allknew at the same time and before the story hit the press,” he said. By Ross WighamSecurity officer breaks bad newsA City worker only learned of his impending redundancy when hissecurity pass failed to open the car park exit barrier. After complaining to the security officer on duty, Mike Newmanwas told his pass had been cancelled by his employer, Dutch-owned bank ABNAmro, because he was about to be made redundant. last_img read more

Effects of temperature on the establishment potential of the predatory mite Amblyseius californicus McGregor (Acari: Phytoseiidae) in the UK

first_imgAmblyseius californicus was introduced into the UK in the early 1990s as a biocontrol agent against glasshouse red spider mite Tetranychus urticae. This study investigated the effects of temperature on the establishment potential of A. californicus in the UK in the light of recent reports of their successful overwintering outside of glasshouse environments. The developmental thresholds were 9.9 and 8.6 degreesC respectively using simple and weighted linear regression. Using the day-degree requirement per generation calculated by weighted regression (143 day-degrees) in combination with climate data, it was estimated that up to seven generations would be possible annually outdoors in the UK. Non-diapausing adult females froze at -22 degreesC, with 100% mortality after reaching their freezing temperature. Up to 90% of mites died before freezing after short exposures to low temperatures. Significant acclimation responses occurred; 90% of acclimated individuals survived 26 days exposure at 0 degreesC and 11 days at -5 degreesC (acclimated mites were reared at 19 degreesC, 6L:18D followed by I week at 10 degreesC, 12L:12D). Non-diapausing adult females survived over 3 months outdoors in winter under sheltered conditions and oviposition was observed. The experimental protocol used in this study is discussed as a pre-release screen for the establishment potential of other Amblyseius species, and similar non-native biocontrol agents.last_img read more

Students protest against loan privatisation

first_imgOxford students joined their colleagues across the UK earlier this week to protest against the sale of student debt to private companies, announced by the government in in June.At noon this Wednesday, a small group of students and former students assembled outside the Clarendon Building on Broad Street to participate in an “open-air meeting” and demonstrate their discontent over the loan sell-off. Balliol JCR also passed a motion on Sunday condemning the government’s plan to privatise student loans and offering their support to the protesters.The events were scheduled as part of a wider ‘National Day of Action’, organised by the Student Assembly Against Austerity (SAAA). Over twenty six campuses from across the UK, including Oxford, LSE and Sheffield, were involved in the protest. The privatisation of student loan debt was announced as part of the government’s attempts to raise £15 billion from the sale of public assets to private companies by 2020.Xavier Cohen, who proposed the anti-privatisation motion at Balliol told Cherwell, “For me, it’s quite clear that the government’s plans to privatise our student loans are ideological. But what I think really convinced Balliol JCR students is the threat that privatisation will entail removing the cap on the interest rates we pay back on our loans. Even if such a policy was legally covered in the small print, realistically, this would mean retroactively increasing the interest rates that students were led to believe were capped.”David Willetts MP, the Universities Minister, swiftly defended the plans. In a public statement issued by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills he said, “There will be no change to the terms of repayment so students shouldn’t be affected by the privatisation of their loans.”Many students, however, remain sceptical about the Minister’s promises. Olivia Arigho-Stiles from Somerville said, “This is yet another attack on the accessibility of higher education to less well-off students in this country.” Wednesday’s protest-meeting passed off without incident. One student who attended the meeting said, “The programme of debt-privatisation is wholly ideological. It is being operated entirely at the expense of all students. Either we speak out or be bled dry.”Other students, however, disagree with the protesters and the SAAA. One Keble second-year said, “The notion that there is still a clear-cut dichotomy between public and private debt is erroneous. All public debt held in US dollars and sterling becomes private debt at some point down the line by virtue of being constituted in private reserve currency… Objections raised over the ideological nature of privatisation are misplaced.”Local Green Party City Councillor and recent Oxford graduate Sam Hollick attended the the protest outside the Clarendon Building. He told Cherwell, “If you’re going to privatise student loans, you open them up to companies who want to make profit out of them, and the only way to make profit is to put up the interest rates on our debts. So results of this could be a hike in fees for students, even for people who’ve already graduated.”Asked whether he was disappointed by the very low turnout at the event – only a dozen students attended – Hollick replied, “I always think that it doesn’t take a huge number of people to change the world.”last_img read more

Mayor to Propose 2017 Budget Plan

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiMayor Jay Gillian will deliver his proposed 2017 municipal budget during Thursday night’s City Council meeting, but his administration is not yet saying whether the spending plan includes a tax increase for Ocean City property owners.Doug Bergen, the mayor’s spokesman, said city officials were working on the final details of the budget on Wednesday afternoon.“They’re still playing with the numbers and getting things finalized,” Bergen said, declining to say whether a tax increase is planned.Once Gillian submits his budget to Council, the seven-member governing body will scrutinize the spending plan for possible changes before taking a vote.The budget will prioritize the city’s spending for the upcoming year and set the local property tax rate. In 2016, the mayor proposed a $74.2 million budget that included a penny increase in the tax rate.Also during Council’s 7 p.m. meeting Thursday, Gillian will give his annual “State of the City” address. The address usually recaps the city’s accomplishments in the past year and gives a preview of major projects ahead.One big-ticket item scheduled to get underway this spring is a $6.6 million drainage, roadway and pumping project to alleviate flooding in the area between 26th and 34th streets. Gillian has called it the largest flood-control project in the city’s history.During the meeting, Council is expected to vote on a $12.2 million funding package, including nearly $11.6 million in city bonds and notes, to finance other construction projects in 2017.They include the Boardwalk’s reconstruction between 10th and 12th streets, dredging work, repairs to city buildings and a series of upgrades to playgrounds and recreation centers.Continuing what he started in 2016, Gillian is once again placing an emphasis on dredging projects to clear out the sediment-choked lagoons and channels along the back bays. After setting aside $10 million for dredging projects in 2016, he has proposed $7.5 million for similar work this year as part of his five-year capital plan.The city has been disposing of its dredge spoils at a Wildwood landfill, but has reached a new deal to begin sending them to a Salem County site.Councilman Bob Barr explained that the city had to look elsewhere for a disposal site because the Wildwood landfill is full.“Wildwood is capped,” Barr said. “They’re full. They’re done.”In its new agreement with the Salem County Improvement Authority, the city will send its dredge spoils to a landfill in Alloway Township.Bergen noted the city will pay Salem County a rate of $5 per cubic yard for the dredge spoils. He said that is half of what the city paid to use the Wildwood landfill.last_img read more

Ocean City Beach Patrol Will be Guarding the Following Beaches for the 2018 Memorial…

first_imgThe Department of Fire and Rescue Services announces that the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be guarding the following beaches for the 2018 Memorial Day Weekend. Beaches are guarded from 10:00AM until 5:30 PM weekends and holidays and from 10:00AM until 5:00 PM on weekdays.Beginning Saturday May 26th, through Friday June 1st, 2018 the following beaches will be guarded.St. Charles Place                              12th Street Brighton Place                                  26th Street 8th Street                                            34th Street      9th Street                                            58th Street                   10th Street                                           11th Street                                          The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions, please call 525-9201 or 525-9200. For information on guarded beaches use Radio 1620 AM or The Ocean City Government Access Channel 97.FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1 Ocean City Beach Patrol will be on duty in the locations listed below. last_img read more

Sunny Stretch Continues, Summer Like Heat Returns By Mid-Week

first_imgJAMESTOWN – With high pressure firmly over the region, the next few days will feature plenty of sunshine. The heat and humidity will begin to build once again before a cold front passes mid-week.Sunday looks great. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper-60’s. Cool and refreshing.For tonight, clear skies will allow the temperatures to drop into the mid-40’s.It begins to warm up starting tomorrow. With highs in the upper-70’s and more sunshine. Tuesday the mercury really rises as will the humidity levels. Partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper-80’s to near 90.Wednesday will remain hot with temperatures near 90. Some areas could see the lower 90’s . As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal approach along with a cold front, chances for rain increase Wednesday. Behind this, temperatures will trend cooler for the remainder of the week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate begins debate on Leahy-Smith patent bill ‘America Invents Act’

first_imgThe US Senate Tuesday night took an important step toward final passage of legislation to make the first comprehensive reforms to the nation’s patent system in nearly six decades. ‘The discoveries made by American inventors and research institutions, commercialized by American companies, and protected and promoted by American patent laws have made our system the envy of the world,’ said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the bill’s chief Senate sponsor.  ‘We cannot stand on a 1950s patent system and expect our innovators to flourish in a 21st Century world.’ ‘The America Invents Act will keep America in its longstanding position at the pinnacle of innovation,’ said Leahy.  ‘This bill will establish a more efficient and streamlined patent system that will improve patent quality and limit unnecessary and counterproductive litigation costs, while making sure no party’s access to court is denied.’ The Senate voted overwhelming Tuesday night on a procedural motion to start debate on The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (H.R.1249).  The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation in June with more than 300 votes.  In March, the Senate adopted a similar bill (S.23) by an overwhelming vote of 95-5. This is the sixth consecutive year in which patent reform has been debated in Congress.  The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will improve and harmonize operations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and improve the quality of patents that are issued.  The bill will move the nation’s patent system to a first-inventor-to-file system and provide the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with the resources it needs to work through its backlog by providing it with fee setting authority, subject to congressional oversight.  The America Invents Act is supported by cross-sector manufacturers, innovators, small businesses and inventors, high-tech industries, universities, biotech and life sciences, labor organizations, financial planners and others.  It is also supported by the Obama administration.WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011) ‘  # # # # # Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,On H.R. 1249, The Leahy-Smith America Invents ActSeptember 6, 2011 The Senate is today turning its attention back to the America Invents Act – a measure that will help create jobs, energize the economy and promote innovation without adding a penny to the deficit.  This legislation is a key component of both Democratic and Republican jobs agendas, and is a priority of the Obama administration.  Too often in recent years, good legislation has failed in the Senate because bills have become politicized.  That should not be the case with patent reform.  Innovation and economic development are not uniquely Democratic or Republican objectives ‘ they are American goals.  That is why so many Democratic and Republican Senators have worked closely on this legislation for years, along with a similar bipartisan coalition of House Members.  And that is why a Democratic Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee can stand on the floor of the Senate and advocate, as I do today, that the Senate pass a House bill, H.R. 1249, sponsored by the Republican Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith of Texas.  As Chairman Smith and I wrote earlier this year in a joint editorial, ‘Patent reform unleashes American innovation, allowing patent holders to capitalize on their inventions and create products and jobs.’  This bill, which passed the House with more than 300 votes, will make crucial improvements to our outdated patent system. These improvements can be divided into three important categories that are particularly noteworthy.  First, the bill will speed the time it takes for applications on true inventions to issue as high quality patents, which can then be commercialized and used to create jobs.  There are nearly 700,000 applications pending at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that have yet to receive any action by the PTO.  The Director of the PTO often says that the next great invention that will drive our economic growth is likely sitting in that backlog of applications.  The America Invents Act will ensure that the PTO has the resources it needs to work through its backlog of applications more quickly.  The bill accomplishes this objective by authorizing the PTO to set its fees and creates a PTO reserve fund for any fees collected above the appropriated amounts in a given year ‘ so that only the PTO will have access to these fees.  Importantly, the bill also provides immediate tools the PTO needs to fast track applications, and continues discounts for fast tracked applications requested by small business, as well as for applications involving technologies important to the Nation’s economy or national competitiveness, thanks to amendments offered in the Senate by Senators Bennet and Menendez.  Second, the America Invents Act will improve the quality of both new patents issued by the PTO, as well as existing patents.  High quality patents incentivize inventors and entrepreneurs by providing a limited monopoly over the invention.  Low quality patents, conversely, can impede innovation if the product or process already exists.  The bill makes common sense improvements to the system by allowing, for example, third parties to comment on pending applications so that patent examiners will have more and better information readily available.  The bill also implements a National Academy of Sciences recommendation by creating a post-grant review process to weed-out recently issued patents that should not have been issued in the first place.  The bill will also improve upon the current system for challenging the validity of a patent at the PTO.  The current inter partes reexamination process has been criticized for being too easy to initiate and used to harass legitimate patent owners, while being too lengthy and unwieldy to actually serve as an alternative to litigation when users are confronted with patents of dubious validity.       Third, the America Invents Act will transition our patent filing system from a first-to-invent system to the more objective first-inventor-to-file system, used throughout the rest of the world, while retaining the important grace period that will protect universities and small inventors, in particular.  As business competition has gone global, and inventors are increasingly filing applications in the United States and other countries for protection of their inventions, our current system puts American inventors and businesses at a disadvantage.  The differences cause confusion and inefficiencies for American companies and innovators.  These problems exist both in the application process and in determining what counts as ‘prior art’ in litigation.  We debated this change at some length in connection with the Feinstein amendment in March.  That amendment was rejected by the Senate by a vote of 87 to 13.  The Senate has come down firmly and decisively in favor or modernizing and harmonizing the American patent system with the rest of the world.  The House, to its credit, improved on the Senate bill in this area by including an expanded prior user right with the transition to a first-inventor-to-file system.  Prior user rights are important for American manufacturing, in particular.  There is widespread support for the America Invents Act, and with good reason.  In March, just before the Senate voted 95-5 to pass the America Invents Act, The New York Times editorialized that the America Invents Act will move America ‘toward a more effective and transparent patent protection system’ that will ‘encourage investment in inventions’ and ‘should benefit the little guy’ by transitioning to a first-inventor-to-file system.  A few weeks ago, The Washington Post editorial board added that ‘[i]n the six decades since its last overhaul, the patent system has become creaky,’ but the patent bill ‘poised for final approval in the Senate would go a long way toward curing [the] problems.’ The Obama administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy in connection with the House bill, in which it argued that ‘[t]he bill’s much-needed reforms to the Nation’s patent system will speed deployment of innovative products to market and promote job creation, economic growth, and U.S. economic competitiveness ‘ all at no cost to American taxpayers.’  The House bill is not the exact bill I would have written.  It contains provisions that were not in the Senate bill, and it omits or changes other provisions from the Senate bill that I supported.  But that is the legislative process, and the core elements of the House bill are identical or nearly identical to the core elements of the Senate bill.  In addition, the House bill retains amendments adopted during Senate consideration of S. 23, including amendments offered by Senator Bennet, Senator Menendez, Senator Kirk, Senator Stabenow, Senator Bingaman, and Senator Reid, among others.   The America Invents Act, as passed by the House, will not only implement an improved patent system that will grow the economy and create jobs, but it is the product of a process of which we should all be proud.  Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have worked together with the administration and all interested stakeholders ‘ large and small ‘ to craft legislation that has near unanimous support.  I thank Senator Kyl, the minority whip, for his comments early today.  I agree with him that sending this House-passed bill directly to the President will begin the process of demonstrating to the American people that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, on their behalf. Those now advocating for enactment of the America Invents Act without further amendment include the United States Chamber of Commerce, the United Steelworkers, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Association of American Universities, BIO and PhRMA, Community Bankers, the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, the Coalition for Patent Fairness, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and businesses representing virtually every sector of our economy.  In a recent letter from Louis Foreman, a well known independent inventor, he wrote of his support for the America Invents Act saying:  ‘The independent inventor has been well represented throughout this process and we are in a unique situation where there is overwhelming support for this legislation. . . . HR 1249 is the catalyst necessary to incentivize inventors and entrepreneurs to create the companies that will get our country back on the right path and generate the jobs we sorely need.’   American ingenuity and innovation have been a cornerstone of the American economy from the time Thomas Jefferson examined the first patent application to today.  A recent Department of Commerce report attributes three-quarters of America’s post-World War II economic growth to innovation.  It is the patent system that incentivizes that innovation when it holds true to the constitutional imperative to ‘promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to . . . inventors the exclusive right to their respective . . . discoveries.’ The Founders recognized the importance of promoting innovation.  A number were themselves inventors.  The Constitution explicitly grants Congress the power to ‘promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to . . . inventors the exclusive right to their respective . . . discoveries.’  The time for Congress to undertake this responsibility and enact patent reform legislation into law is now.  The discoveries made by American inventors and research institutions, commercialized by American companies, and protected and promoted by American patent laws have made our system the envy of the world.  But we cannot stand on a 1950s patent system and expect our innovators to flourish in a 21st Century world.   The America Invents Act will keep America in its longstanding position at the pinnacle of innovation.  This bill will establish a more efficient and streamlined patent system that will improve patent quality and limit unnecessary and counterproductive litigation costs, while making sure no party’s access to court is denied.     The President recently called on Congress to pass patent reform as soon as it returned from recess because it will create jobs and improve the economy without adding to the deficit.  This bill is bipartisan, it is the product of years of thoughtful bicameral discussions, and it should be sent to the President’s desk this week.  There is no reason for delay.  When we proceeded to the Senate version of this legislation last February, we did so by unanimous consent.  The Senate proceeded to approve patent reform legislation with 95 votes.  It is disappointing that we are being delayed from completing this important legislation.  Further delay does nothing for American inventors, the American economy, or the creation of American jobs.  It is time, time to take final action on the America Invents Act.    # # # # #last_img read more

Brian Harwood elected chairman of Vermont Symphony Orchestra governing board

first_imgBrian Harwood of Waterbury was elected chairman of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Governing Board of Directors during the VSO Association’s Annual Meeting Wednesday night (September 21, 2010) at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.  Other officers include Victoria Young of Proctor, vice chairman, Sylvia Robison of Burlington, secretary, and Malcolm Severance of Colchester, treasurer.  Harwood, a long-time member of the VSO board, is a veteran radio broadcaster and well-known to Vermonters as morning host on WCVT, Classic Vermont.  An advertising legend, he was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of HMC advertising in Stowe.  Since retiring from the firm, Harwood has served as its chairman emeritus.   Harwood graduated from UVM in 1960 and has spent his working life in Vermont.  He has served on numerous Vermont boards including Vermont Public Television and Northfield Savings Bank, and is a member of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Retiring Chairman Ken Squier of Waterbury was honored for his years of service to the organization.  Squier is president and owner of the Radio Vermont Group and owner of Thunder RoadSpeedway in Barre.  With Squier’s leadership, the VSO successfully completed an ambitious $3.5 million 75th Anniversary Endowment Campaign in January 2011.  Squier and his wife Elizabeth were also acknowledged as members of the VSO’s Crescendo Society, which honors the extraordinary support of the Orchestra’s most generous contributors, recognizing individuals, corporations, and private foundations that have given $25,000 or more in realized cash or in-kind contributions since the 1984/1985 season.  The award, a custom-designed piece by Simon Pearce, was presented by Speed Bump the Moose, mascot of Thunder Road.      Also elected at the annual meeting were new board members Janet Bramley, Francis Brooks, the Honorable Yoine Goldstein, Sandy Jacobs, and Lyn Lauffer. Janet Bramley works for the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.  Bramley, a resident of Colchester, holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University ofVermont and has specialized in evaluation of mental health and developmental disabilities programs.  She is particularly interested in VSO educational programs and has been instrumental in bringingSymphonyKids, the VSO’s school outreach program, to schools in southeastern Vermont.  Francis Brooks, a resident of Montpelier, is Sergeant-At-Arms of the Vermont State Legislature.  A former chemistry and mathematics teacher, he has taught in the Montpelier Public School System, at Champlain College, Community College of Vermont and the New England Culinary Institute.   From 1983 to 1990, Brooks served in the Vermont Legislature, most recently in the role of House Majority Leader.  Brooks sings in the VSO Chorus. The Honorable Yoine Goldstein of Montreal has pursued a human rights agenda throughout his adult life, and has received numerous national and international awards for his work.  From 2005-2009, he served as a senator in the Parliament of Canada, focusing on protection of human rights for refugees, and on bankruptcy and insolvency legislation.He has 30 years of distinguished involvement in the Bar of Quebec and in university level teaching, and is widely published.  Goldstein also maintains a home in Hinesburg. Sandy Jacobs, co-founder of the Fleischer Jacobs Group, has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services business.  A resident of Shelburne, he is an avid boatman, sailing on Lake Champlain in the summer.  He holds a Merchant Marine Captain’s license, and serves as tugboat operator for vintage tugboat the C.L. Churchill, the boat that assists the replica schooner Lois McClure in her operations and on tour.  He recently retired from the Flynn Center board. Lyn Lauffer, a resident of Enosburg Falls, is librarian in the Sheldon Elementary School.  She sings in the VSO Chorus, and has served on the VSO’s Champlain Valley Friends regional board and as chair of the VSO Education Committee. ‘We welcome this strong and prominent class of new directors to our governing board,’ says VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.  ‘They bring added wisdom and expertise to our group of statewide advocates for the Vermont Symphony.’ The VSO’s annual Made in Vermont Music Series tours Vermont from September 23 through October 3.  The 2011-2012 Masterworks Series opens with a theme for Halloween at the Flynn Theater in Burlington on Saturday, October 29, featuring young Russian pianist Vassily Primakov, with VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo conducting.  Tickets for all the VSO concerts this season are now available.  For further details, please visit the VSO website at is external).  Photos: 1)  Brian Harwood of Waterbury2)  Ken and Elizabeth Squier receiving Crescendo Society Award with VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan3)  Janet Bramley of Colchester4)  Francis Brooks of Montpelier5)  Lyn Lauffer 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The key to keeping up with the new digital-savvy member

first_imgIn an increasingly competitive financial services arena, financial institutions are pressured more than ever to meet the evolving wants and needs of their customers. This stress is putting each institution’s technology strategy under the microscope.  “Are we delivering market-leading innovation and providing a better customer experience than our competitors?”  “Are we agile enough to shift with evolving market and customer demand?” Both established and new banks will need to answer these tough questions if they want to thrive in the digital age.Technology is the key to cultivating a culture of constant innovation centred on the desire to put your customers at the heart of everything you do.Agility and innovation need to be key drivers for all institutions today as they react to the technology boom shaping consumer demand. And new power players in the financial space are more than willing and capable to meet consumer demand for convenience, transparency and a customised digital experience.Technology Can Be the Great EqualizerTechnology is the one factor that helps banks (startup and existing) combat the invasion of the digital disruptor. Technology helps banks provide that innovative customer experience that helps to differentiate the “digital-savvy” institutions from the competition landscape. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Deployment of National Guard, Fish and Boat Personnel, Aircraft to Support Florence Response

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Deployment of National Guard, Fish and Boat Personnel, Aircraft to Support Florence Response Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced this morning that more than 25 Pennsylvania National Guard members and six Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission rescue technicians, along with two UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, left from Fort Indiantown Gap and Johnstown, Pennsylvania en route to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, near Columbia, South Carolina to assist with a response to Hurricane Florence.“I am incredibly proud our National Guard members and the Fish and Boat Commission personnel for their readiness and willingness to assist where needed – in Pennsylvania and in other parts of the U.S. during difficult times,” Gov. Wolf said. “While we continue to help those in Pennsylvania affected by recent flooding, we also are thinking of our fellow citizens in North and South Carolina as they prepare for Hurricane Florence. I want everyone to know that Pennsylvania is with them, wishing safe passage through this storm.”The National Guard aircraft and crew will integrate with thousands of National Guard members and first responders who are prepositioning assets and supplies to be used in the response to Hurricane Florence.The Fish and Boat Commission technicians are trained members of the PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, or PA-HART. The team deployed with one rescue truck and trailer containing a cache of rescue support equipment, including inflatable boats.The Pennsylvania National Guard responded to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.center_img September 13, 2018last_img read more