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Councilors Robert Boswell (left) and Carol Henshaw (right) visited the Preston and South Ribble flood risk management program

Work has begun on the construction of vital flood defenses along Broadgate and Riverside.


On Friday 11 November, the advisers visited the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Program for an update on the progress of the work.

Preston Councilors Carol Henshaw and Robert Boswell met with the Environment Agency and contractors VolkerStein to witness the groundbreaking at the site.

Construction of the first phase of the new £54.7million scheme has begun with preliminary works to reinforce sewers and divert services along Broadgate. Work has now started on the defenses with piles for the foundations of the flood walls.

The flood program will help reduce the risk of flooding for approximately 5,000 homes and businesses along the River Ribble. Construction of the first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

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As part of the scheme, improvements will also be made to Broadgate Gardens, including pollinator-friendly flowers, better seating and the planting of fruit trees.

Some trees had to be felled to make room for construction work and to prevent the new defensive walls from being undermined by tree roots. However, over 16,000 new trees will be planted as part of the project, including 13,000 trees at Fishwick Bottoms along the river.

Disruption to the local community will be minimized where possible and any road closures, detours and changes to parking will be communicated to residents in advance. Noise and vibration monitors will be in place during the work.

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Councilor Carol Henshaw, who represents and lives in the inner city district and is a cabinet member for climate change, said: ‘It was helpful to discuss what is happening with the flood scheme. I am relieved that the flood defenses are now underway and will better protect residents when completed.

“I am happy that glass panels are used in certain areas so that residents can continue to see and enjoy the river.

“I am also pleased to hear that a small orchard will be included in the improvements to Broadgate Gardens which will benefit the community.”

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Governor Ivey announces $47 million for National Fish and Wildlife Foundation projects in Alabama Thu, 17 Nov 2022 20:12:57 +0000

MONTGOMERY- Governor Kay Ivey announced Thursday that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently approved five new projects in Alabama totaling more than $47 million. The announced projects were selected for funding after extensive consultation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and federal resource agencies.

The projects are:

Restoration of the eastern end of Dauphin Island — Phase II


Gulf Uplands Conservation Acquisition—Amendment


Lower Fish River Watershed Restoration — Phase II


Wolf and Sandy Creek Headwaters Restoration – Phase II


Alabama Coastal Adaptive Management



These projects are the last financing obligations of the Gulf Environmental Fund (GEBF) for projects in the state of Alabama, bringing its total grants from the fund to more than $356 million. This announcement concludes 10 years of restoration funding undertaken by NFWF to support projects in Alabama following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

“As we celebrate Alabama’s 2022 NFWF slate of projects and announce the final allocation from Alabama’s share of the Gulf Environmental Benefits Fund, we recognize another milestone in Alabama’s recovery. after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster”, said Governor Ivey. “The $356 million awarded to Alabama in criminal fines, administered by the NFWF, funded some of the first Deepwater Horizon restoration projects implemented on the Alabama coast.

“Together, these investments tell a story of significant accomplishments that will go a long way towards protecting Alabama’s diverse coastal ecosystem for decades to come. Whether it’s our investments in maintaining coastal reefs that support our thriving red snapper fishery, or our land conservation efforts to protect game and non-game species in places like the Perdido River Corridor , the Fort Morgan Peninsula and the Grand Bay Savannah, there is no doubt that Alabama has made the most of these funds.

“I thank the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for its partnership and dedication to restoring and protecting Alabama’s natural resources, and for its skilled and dedicated stewardship of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund,” added Governor Ivey.

“While this marks the completion of our allocation of the NFWF portion of the BP Settlement, our work continues to restore the Alabama coastline. I want to thank Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship, DWH Restoration Coordinator Amy Hunter, and the team at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the work they continue to do for citizens and the natural resources of coastal Alabama.

Over the past decade, NFWF investments have contributed significantly to the long-term sustainability of Alabama’s critical coastal resources, including:

  • Nearly 9,000 acres of important habitat acquired, conserved, restored or enhanced
  • Nearly 11 miles of vulnerable shoreline protected
  • Improved water quality with three miles of stream restoration that will prevent 50-70 million pounds of sediment per year
  • Over 250 acres of artificial reef habitat and thousands of artificial reefs installed to improve fish productivity
  • Sustainable fisheries management through sound science and monitoring
  • Improved capacity and habitat to boost populations of coastal birds, marine mammals and sea turtles
  • Restoration of over 800 acres of oyster reef habitat

An interactive story map of Alabama’s GEBF-supported projects is available here.

Since its inception, the GEBF has supported 47 natural resource projects in Alabama and worked with 39 implementing partners. These projects leverage or complement nearly $200 million in other funding for a total conservation impact of over $555 million for natural resources negatively affected by the 2010 oil spill.

“Today’s announcement represents the culmination of historic investments in conservation in Alabama following the Deepwater Horizon tragedy,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO of NFWF. “Working closely with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, we have made strategic investments that support fish and wildlife and their habitats. These projects will continue to improve the productivity and resilience of coastal Alabama for decades to come.

Among the many accomplishments that have been made or are underway, NFWF and its partners have made strategic investments to protect and enhance strategic habitats, improve shoreline resilience, restore watersheds, and improve fisheries habitats and science. . Collectively, these investments will have a lasting impact on the Alabama coast for decades to come. Broadly, these investments have included:

Strategic habitat protection

GEBF has invested more than $100 million in 12 projects in Alabama to acquire and permanently protect approximately 7,500 acres of important coastal habitat. Through their inclusion in existing public conservation lands, these lands will provide expanded public access to this impressive suite of properties along the Alabama coast. These properties are now managed to remove invasive species, restore native flora and improve ecological function.

Conserve Alabama’s Barrier Island

Dauphin Island is Alabama’s only barrier island and one of the largest on the Gulf Coast, spanning 14 miles. It provides valuable wildlife habitat and protects important Mississippi Strait resources while maintaining the ecological conditions (salinity) in the Strait that are essential for its fisheries, oysters and seagrass beds. The island is also an important stopover area for trans-Gulf migratory birds and provides habitat for many beach-nesting birds. Often prone to significant severe weather events, the long-term restoration and resilience of Dauphin Island has been the focus of key targeted investments under the GEBF. Guided by a GEBF-funded restoration plan, the NFWF has awarded nearly $50 million in GEBF funds to nine projects aimed at improving and protecting this vital island.

Improving coastal resilience through shoreline restoration

Annual loss of riparian habitat on the western shore of Mobile Bay has averaged over two feet in some areas. Since 2001, more than 11% of the total shoreline area has been lost due to erosion caused by storms, shipping traffic and natural degradation. Investments in coastal protection and wetland restoration are key to restoring and improving the ecological function of these critical habitats, and they also represent a nature-based approach to protecting coastal communities and infrastructure. Nearly $120 million of GEBF funds to support shoreline restoration also leveraged more than $20 million of NFWF Coastal Resilience Funding to strengthen Alabama’s natural defenses and improve coastal water ecology. .

Watershed restoration

The degradation of watersheds and coastal waterways has coincided with significant growth in the region in recent decades. GEBF investments in watershed planning by the National Mobile Bay Estuary Program have been instrumental in identifying and prioritizing the most cost-effective restoration activities to improve water quality along on the side. Projects that improve water quality by reducing sediment and nutrient loads have significant benefits for wetland habitats, submerged aquatic vegetation, oyster reefs and other marine species.

GEBF funding also strengthened a long-standing partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to work with farmers and ranchers on the Alabama coast to implement easements of conservation and best management practices worth more than $14.5 million on more than 30,000 acres to improve water quality and improve habitat.

Strengthening Alabama’s Fisheries

The GEBF has invested more than $44 million in Alabama to boost fish populations through habitat creation and improved monitoring and management. Monitoring fish populations in Alabama has produced a wealth of data that informs the management of vital fisheries of commercial and economic importance. This investment has also increased scientific capacity that will endure. GEBF investments have also created more than 1,000 acres of reef habitat in Alabama, including 800 acres of nearshore oyster reef and 250 acres of nearshore and offshore artificial reef habitat suitable for red snapper and dartfish. other offshore reef species.

For more information on coastal restoration projects in Alabama from all Deepwater Horizon funding sources, please visit


Work abroad ? Try these smart tips for managing relationships Tue, 15 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0000

The phenomenon of working from home continues to be one of the most interesting events in the history of human labor.

The WFH had its big push as a “let’s not spread the germs” tactic at the start of the Covid pandemic. Many people assumed it would be a short-lived accommodation to “science” and that workers would be eager to get back to the office.

It didn’t work that way.

Turns out, people love the flexibility of remote work. They reconnected with friends and family in a way that was not possible before with the 9 to 5 grind. No one seems to miss the daily commute to the office. And to the surprise of managers, teleworkers are in many cases more productive than before.

Because remote work is likely to stay, leaders need to do the heavy lifting to evangelize ways to, well, make work work.

While much of the conversation revolves around the incredible tools available to remote teams, what matters most is how relationships are managed.

McKenna Sweazey offers a boatload of good ideas in her book How to win friends and manage remotely.

Her credentials certainly qualify her for the task. As an accomplished global leader in both business and start-ups, she has honed her people skills on Skype, Google Hangouts, Slack, traditional phone lines and now Zoom. She was head of global marketing at the revered Financial Times. Today, she is a marketing strategy consultant for brands in the United States and Europe.

Rodger Dean Duncan: The importance of empathy in the workplace, especially in a virtual workplace — attracts attention. In this context, you write that “emotions literally make us dumber”. Please explain.

McKenna Sweazey: We lose our ability to engage in deep thought when we experience negative emotions. When we sense danger, our bodies prime us to go into fight, flight, or freeze mode so we can protect ourselves. The prefrontal cortex, the part of our brain responsible for reading, math, and other deep thinking tasks, is on pause. While getting that email from your mother-in-law or Slack from your boss isn’t the same as encountering a predator on the savannah, some of the same principles apply. Your innate survival response mechanisms activate.

Duke: Many leaders are good at things like strategy and giving direction, but less good at listening. How can they improve?

Sweazey: In my own informal research on good listening, the outcome of good listening for most people is pretty unanimous – they consider Ask insightful questions a superior characteristic of a good listener.

Of course, if you take a moment to analyze this idea, it’s not exactly listening when you ask questions back. Leaders can use this opportunity to show that they are absorbing and reflecting on what they hear.

Great leaders use questions to help their team and show they are listening. For some, this may require practical questions to move to the next strategic steps in the discussion. But for some, it will require emotion-based questions, “How did that make you feel?” or questions that change perspective, “Does everyone involved see it that way?”

Duke: In a virtual workplace, what can people do to lessen dehumanization and the perceived distance between them and their work colleagues?

Sweazey: The best way to decrease dehumanization is to increase the possibilities of context. Context means knowing your colleagues beyond their work product. It could be insight into how they approach problem solving, or it could be more background in their home life. Team-building experiences that allow everyone to share more complex aspects of their personality – whether it’s a Myers-Briggs personality test, competitive escape rooms, or face-to-face encounters – are great for providing that context that can then be tapped into and used when tracing the day-to-day efforts of a team.

Duke: What tips do you have for reducing “zoom fatigue” and helping people connect in a more human way when using technology?

Sweazey: The first thing we can all do is reduce our dependence on Zoom. This may mean going back to the phone, which is preferable for many 1:1 calls due to our rich auditory processing capabilities.

We also want to reduce our reliance on meetings in general, by finding ways to work asynchronously, which has the added benefit of allowing us to benefit from the flexibility of remote working.

The second big thing anyone can do is recognize what triggers “Zoom fatigue,” whether it’s a specific type of meeting or time of day. When we know our triggers, we can modify our schedules to avoid this situation or make changes to the workspace to make these blocks of time more dynamic, such as a standing desk, going to the office on these days or scheduling a session front workout to boost our energy.

Duke: How can a leader help foster a positive and productive culture with a virtual team?

Sweazey: Culture affects many aspects of our workday: the time people start working, what we share with our colleagues, and the degree of formal communication. This all happens over email, video conferencing, Slack, water cooler, etc.

It is helpful to codify common tools and etiquette in a culture manual to give colleagues a concrete understanding of the impact of culture on daily life. For example, understanding and creating structure around how culture unfolds in Slack channels and their memes or the start time of the day are easy ways to state a virtual norm.

But second, as people feel safer, getting back together in person is absolutely necessary. Effective remote organizations must have experiences in person. Creating shared memories and opportunities to bond allows all parts of an organization to connect with empathy. Management‘s goal is to ensure these experiences are memorable and enjoyable enough to be sustainable once the team is back in their home offices.

Duke: Team building and skill building are always important, and they’re especially challenging in a virtual workplace. What advice can you offer?

Sweazey: Team building should encompass more goals in a virtual team, from casual general get-togethers to intense bonding. Managers should ensure that throughout the year they create a variety of situations for colleagues to get to know each other, to give everyone a diversity of context to better understand their peers.

Bonding experiences should meet the needs of different types of employees, from Gen Z to baby boomers, introverts to extroverts, incumbents to new hires, and more. How do you make small talk easy for people who hate small talk? You need situations that take people just a little bit out of their comfort zone. This is why competition works so well, like escape rooms or other virtual games.

Duke: Feedback can play an important role in a person’s personal and professional development. But if mishandled, it can do all kinds of damage. When people are working remotely, what are the keys to giving and receiving feedback in ways that build trust and competence?

Sweazey: Because you often have to schedule time to give someone virtual feedback, it takes on a different weight. It may seem more serious because it is less spontaneous. Additionally, the time lapse between action and feedback can allow the receiver to simmer in anticipation or worry that the giver has been thinking about these criticisms the whole time. Finally, because we don’t give face-to-face feedback, the medium feels less intimate and, therefore, less safe.

The best way to mitigate these changes is to make feedback a routine part of every one-on-one meeting. Repeating the behavior implies that it is a necessary and useful part of the job, not a punishment. And if managers practice giving feedback calmly, comprehensively, succinctly, and with concrete opportunities for improvement, it will be easier for the recipients to use the feedback to improve.

Duke: What can we all do to improve our overall digital empathy?

Sweazey: It is crucial that we prioritize our digital relationships and workplace connections. This can be a follow up when you think something is wrong with a coworker because of a flash of facial expression or a change in their Zoom behavior, like a newly turned off camera, to give you a loop of feedback to improve your recognition of feelings.

And it’s also up to each of us to be more explicit and let our colleagues know, in their comfort zone, what’s going on in their life outside of work. If we help our colleagues see us as the complete picture and give them more context, it will be easier for them to do the same. Ultimately, this context makes it easier for us to use our digital empathy and better understand each other’s points of view.

Supporters of better pay and benefits for feds win re-election Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:14:39 +0000

While the broader implications of the midterm election results for policies that affect the civil service may remain unknown for some time, federal employee supporters have won several key competitive races. This could be good news for salary and benefits.

Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger won her bid for Virginia’s 7th congressional district in a race considered one of the tightest in the nation. Spanberger, a former CIA employee, in 2019 used her first address from the floor of the House to highlight the plight of federal employees during the government shutdown. His first bill was to insure the back wages of federal employees.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., was also re-elected. She helped enact paid parental leave for the federal government and calls herself a “leader in the fight for wage increases for our tireless federal workers.” She pushed for greater oversight of agency moves, for increased telecommuting and for increased childcare benefits.

Spanberger, Wexton and other supporters of federal employees may have to push back on proposed cuts to federal wages and benefits, in what appears to be a divided government for the first time under the Biden administration. Stay tuned for more coverage of the election results and what they may mean for the federal workforce.

Lawmakers propose other changes to civil service loan forgiveness

As the Biden administration moves forward with a series of regulatory changes aimed at making the popular civil service loan forgiveness program easier for borrowers to use, some congressional lawmakers are proposing legislation to restructure the program to that more public servants can participate, more quickly.

Last week marked the expiration of a series of temporary waivers that made the program, which offers student debt forgiveness to recent graduates who spend at least 10 years working in government or a nonprofit organization eligible. while making regular payments, easier to navigate. But many of the provisions of these temporary fixes will be permanently part of the program next July.

The recent focus on the program has prompted some House Democrats to rethink how it should work. Representatives Jim Clyburn, DS.C., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., recently introduced the Public Service Award Act (HR 9097), which would ensure that instead of receiving full forgiveness after 10 years of service, benefit claimants would receive a portion of the loan forgiveness for the value of each year of consecutive loan repayments.

The bill would also expand the loans eligible for forgiveness, to include Federal Home Education Loans, Perkins Loans, Direct Consolidation Loans and Parent Plus Loans, in addition to the Direct Loans already included in the program. Consolidating debt into a single loan would also no longer reset borrowers’ clocks in an effort to seek forgiveness.

Uneven implementation of Biden’s updated voting leave policies

One of the Biden administration’s first moves to improve working conditions for federal employees and encourage voter turnout was to expand paid time off for federal employees to vote or volunteer at a polling place. But recent government executive reports have revealed that some agencies have been slow to implement the new benefit, while others have imposed severe restrictions on the practice.

Some agencies have justified their implementation of guardrails by giving feds up to four hours off to vote and up to eight hours to serve as election judges, citing their need to ensure adequate staff and meet other election day operational needs.

Others simply ignored Biden’s executive order or insisted they were still studying how to implement the policy. A union representing US Army Corps of Engineers employees in the Chicago area filed a unfair labor practice complaint against the agency’s management for its inaction.

Union officials expressed frustration that, nearly 20 months after Biden’s order was signed into law and eight months after the Office of Personnel Management issued guidelines to help agencies implement the directive, the Department of Defense instructed its component agencies to follow the old voting leave policy, which dates back to 2015. They said the move marks a trend, in which management is “walking slowly” on some labor policies. work but not on others.

Eric Katz contributed to this column.

POSTPONED – Maine Climate Council Community Resilience, Public Health and Emergency Management Task Force Mon, 31 Oct 2022 23:40:00 +0000

MAINE, November 3 – Office of the Governor for Policy Innovation and the Future

Back to full schedule of meetings

Date: November 3, 2022

Start time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Virtual meeting

Description/purpose of the meeting:

This meeting will be rescheduled and changed to a new date shortly.

Related documents (if applicable):
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For more information, contact:

Name: Cassaundra Rose, PhD

Phone: 207-530-0424

Romania-based Yarooms pockets €2m for its workplace management software for hybrid working Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:29:05 +0000

Based in Bucharest yarooms, a SaaS company that provides workplace experience solutions, announced on Thursday (October 27th) that it had raised 2 million euros in a new fundraising round. The startup says it will use the profits to pursue a new market opportunity and accelerate its growth.

The round was led by GapMinder with €1.6m. The round also saw the participation of SeedBlinkan investment platform specializing in sourcing, verifying, funding and scaling tech startups.

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Cosmin Ochișor, Partner at GapMinder, says: “We are convinced that hybrid work is the new normal for how to use the office as employers and employees realize the benefits of this new way of working together. Yarooms is well positioned in this new market with a well-designed product, first mover advantage, and a fantastic team with strong execution capabilities.

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Founded in 2010 by Dragoș Badea and Emil Muthu, Yarooms is a technology company that creates workplace management software such as solutions for office booking, meeting room booking, hybrid work scheduling, signage digital and visitor management.

Badea says, “To thrive in the modern world, workplaces must become more human-centric than ever. Strong culture of collaboration, flexibility and employee autonomy – it is Yarooms mission to help companies promote these values ​​and bring freedom to their employees.

“We are agile and have a deep understanding of our industry – this is what has allowed us to innovate and create solutions that help our customers create cutting-edge employee experiences even in the most difficult times, such as the Covid pandemic. As we pursue newly identified market opportunities, we seek to accelerate growth by expanding the team and its expertise,” adds Badea.

Yarooms serves businesses in over 50 countries, and some of its largest markets are the United States, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The company has clients in a variety of industries, including financial firms, government agencies and educational institutions. Columbia University, Dedalus, the National Health Service, AAA, Dr. Martens, Cerved, and Robalino are among his clientele.

The company has also launched the YAROOMS Partner Program which connects with like-minded companies and market pioneers of youth hybrid work solutions.

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Agencies must do more to protect their canine workforce from abuse and neglect, says GAO Mon, 24 Oct 2022 20:23:59 +0000

Federal agencies must adopt stricter policies to ensure the dogs they employ and those of federal contractors are not abused, neglected or otherwise overworked, a congressional watchdog said last week.

The Government Accountability Office has published a report on health and welfare of the federal canine workforce both at the agencies and at the subcontractors. While federal agencies that employ dogs largely have policies addressing the majority of relevant issues to ensure animals are treated humanely and receive proper care, federal agencies and contractors lag behind on a few issues. keys.

According to the GAO, approximately half of federally run in-house working dog programs do not have policies addressing abuse and neglect or requirements regarding rest and shift times for working dogs. work in service. And about half of contracts with private companies for working dogs do not include requirements for dealing with abuse and neglect or how to handle decisions to retire or euthanize working dogs.

A total of 40 federal agencies use dogs in the course of their work, whether it is explosive or drug detection, passenger screening, patrol, wildlife management or search and rescue. Of the approximately 5,100 dogs managed by the federal government in February 2022, more than half were employed by the Department of Homeland Security, which has about 2,900 dogs, followed by the Department of Defense, which employs nearly 1,800 dogs. .

The GAO has identified 18 issues that experts say organizations employing working dogs should have comprehensive policies on: abuse and neglect, emergency medical care, euthanasia, exercise, food and water, grooming, dog training. health and welfare, housing, post-retirement medical needs, medical records, medications, purchases, rest and length of service, retirement, routine veterinary care, wellness assessments routine, sanitation and transportation.

On average, agencies demonstrated that they had policies covering 15 of 18 issues, while the average for federal contractors was only 11 of 18.

The areas where agencies fell furthest behind best practices were in abuse and neglect, and rest and length of service time. Only 22 of 40 agencies offering canine programs had policies governing abuse and neglect, while 17 of 40 agencies had procedures in place regarding the length of time dogs spent on duty and mandating rest for working dogs.

Agencies often justified the lack of policy governing a particular issue by saying that it was covered by a broader federal labor or management policy, or that the government’s responsibility for a dog ends when the dog retires and is adopted by a private home. But the GAO argued that having comprehensive policies governing the 18 key issues for working dog management helps prevent incidents of abuse or neglect.

“One program said their existing employee misconduct policies were sufficient to address cases of abuse and neglect,” the GAO wrote. “Some agency officials have reported that their policies do not address rest and length of duty time because the needs of working dogs vary too much by climate, type of activity and other factors to that the policy adequately addresses this issue.”

“However, without overarching policies, agencies cannot guarantee the humane treatment and optimal performance of their working dogs or ensure that officials perform certain actions, such as retirement and euthanasia, consistently,” says The report. “Comprehensive policies can clearly set out standards and delineate responsibilities and, in doing so, help management ensure that important activities, such as the provision of routine medical care or the treatment of retired dogs, are carried out in accordance with established standards.”

The GAO recommended that all agencies that employ working dogs revise their policies governing these programs to include policies for the 18 issues highlighted by the monitoring agency, and that all agencies that contract with companies companies for the use of working dogs do the same the next time these contracts. are to be renewed.

Almost all of the agencies studied in the report agreed with the recommendations, with the exception of the Department of Energy.

“For both recommendations, the department has indicated that it will evaluate the 18 issues that the GAO has identified as important to the health and welfare of working dogs to determine their applicability to the DOE canine program and issue a clarification. of the policy to address areas that the DOE determines are applicable,” GAO wrote.[We] agree that the Department has some flexibility in determining which of the 18 issues will be addressed in future contracts. However, with respect to our recommendation to ministry agencies with federally run working dog programs, we continue to believe that addressing all 18 issues is important to ensure humane treatment and optimal performance of federal working dogs.

Art in the Open features work at UB – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff Fri, 21 Oct 2022 19:03:38 +0000

“Art in the Open,” a free annual event showcasing music, dance, theater, film, and visual arts made at UB, will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Center for the Arts, North Campus .

Guests can see a variety of artwork in action and on display at the CFA, the center of a vibrant arts community where dancers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and artists come to create and perform. Visitors can meet students and faculty to learn about UB’s rich offering of arts programs and the creativity its departments bring to campus and the community.

Patrons can listen to live music, watch movies, tour studios and labs, view art gallery exhibits, view works in progress, and participate in theater and dance rehearsals.

The event will conclude with two performances at 7:30 p.m.:Bridget Moser: When I’m done with you, there’ll be nothing left», presented by the UB Art Galleries, and «The 25the Putnam County Annual Spelling Bee», presented by the Department of Theater and Dance.

“Seeing the richness of all creative outdoor pursuits highlights UB’s vast program offerings and the artistry of our students and faculty,” said Jamie Enser, Executive Director of the Center for the Arts. “Art in the Open is an invitation for everyone, both the UB and Western New York communities, to come and explore the incredible artistic work created at the university.”

Art in the Open will include performances and activities curated and produced by UB students, faculty, and staff from the Departments of Art, Arts Management, UB Art Galleries, and Study medias., Music, Theater and dance and the Artistic collaboration. You can meet artists and enjoy refreshments in the CFA atrium.

A full calendar of events can be viewed on the CFA website.

Call for tenders for the supervision of the construction of 9 social housing units Tue, 18 Oct 2022 16:30:24 +0000

The Government of the Virgin Islands invites eligible and qualified bidders for project management services to oversee nine social housing units to be built on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.

Proposed work includes performing quality control audits on all work on site, conducting regular site visits to construction sites and providing monthly updates on the status of each project, preparing monthly reports on the activities and condition of the nine social housing units, as well as appraisal reports and payment certificates required for each project. The work also includes collaborating with architects, engineers, electricians and other specialists for each project, as well as other matters.

The construction of social housing will take place at the following locations:

  • White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
  • Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
  • East End, Jost Van Dyke
  • Sea Cow’s Bay, Tortola (2 social homes)
  • Pararquita Bay, Tortola
  • Fat Hogs Bay, Tortola
  • North Sound, Virgin Gorda (2 social homes)

Procurement Coordinator Ms. Ishma Rhymer said eligible bidders are required to provide a detailed work program and method statement which details the proposed schedule and methodology for carrying out the work, together with a list of similar projects completed within the past five (5) years.

Ms Rhymer added that among other things, bidders must also have a valid business license in the specific type of work and submit certificates of good standing with respect to social security and taxes, including wages and Income Tax, VI Social Security Board, National Health Insurance and Inland Revenue.

Applications will be available from Tuesday 18e October weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tender documents will be sent to bidders electronically upon request to with subject title Project management services to oversee Nine [9] Social housing will be built on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.

A virtual pre-tender meeting is scheduled for Thursday 3rd November 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Access code and password will be provided before the meeting. It will be followed by a site visit. All potential bidders are invited to attend.

Interested bidders must submit one (1) original, three (3) copies and one (1) USB key containing the bidder’s documents. The original bid must be placed in a sealed envelope marked “ORIGINAL” and additional copies placed in another sealed envelope marked “COPIES”. Both envelopes should then be placed in an outer envelope and marked Project management services to oversee Nine [9] Social housing will be built on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke and addressed to:


Central Markets Commission

Ministry of Finance

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RFG Square, 2n/a Floor

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Road Town, Tortola

British Virgin Islands, VG1110

All bids must be deposited in the Tender Box at the Ministry of Finance (Procurement Unit), RFG Place, Fleming Street, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, by the bearer no later than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 22n/a November 2022. Tenders Won’t do be received after the close of the submission box.

Tenders will be opened at the Procurement Unit, Ministry of Finance, RFG Place, 2n/a Parquet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday 22n/a November 2022. Bidders are invited to attend this process via Webex and will be provided with the access code and password prior to the opening of bids.

For more information, contact the Procurement Coordinator at (284) 468-4243/5921 or email

The Taoiseach criticizes SF and claims ‘media management’ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 10:55:19 +0000

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has sharply criticized Sinn Féin saying there is something deeply wrong with a party which has built its entire existence honoring a campaign of violence but is now attacking and prosecuting anyone claiming to have supported actions specific to this campaign.

Speaking at the annual commemoration of Theobald Wolfe Tone, Mr Martin said anyone who genuinely believed in a republican vision should be appalled by the growing attempt to bully and shut down debate by one party, which he accused of refusing to accept the basic responsibility accepted by everyone. other.

He claimed there is also a regular pattern of aggressive media management, which means party spokespersons are removed from “any place where they might be asked questions and grassroots inquiries are not given a response.” answer”.

The Taoiseach said: ‘it’s a lot of things – but democratic republicanism is not one of them’.

Mr Martin said too few have been willing to undertake the groundwork of questioning themselves and finding ways to build shared respect across historical barriers over the past 25 years.

“There has been a lot of talk about unity and reconciliation, but very little work has been done to build the bridges to get there,” he said.

Reacting to the Taoiseach’s remarks, Sinn Féin called Mr Martin’s comments a “bizarre and frankly absurd” attack.

Cavan-Monaghan TD Matt Carthy said: “We will not be accepting lessons from Micheál Martin.”

Sinn Féin’s agriculture, food and marine spokesman has accused the Taoiseach of presiding over a housing, health and cost of living crisis, which he says has worsened.

“There is a health crisis that is getting worse every year, and the urgency of the cost of living that is paralyzing many workers and families,” he added.

“And as usual, rather than focusing on any of these real issues, Micheál Martin is attacking Sinn Féin again,” Mr Carthy said.

Sinn Féin says Micheál Martin and the government have been “far too slow to act and have been minimalist in their approach”.

Sinn Féin also said it was ”fully accountable and transparent” and welcomes any scrutiny.

“In fact, we are probably the most scrutinized political party on this island,” Mr Carthy said.

Separately, the Taoiseach said the government had listened to concerns about the concrete tax and that details of the proposal would be “fleshed out” in the Money Bill next week.

However, Mr. Martin specified that the principle of a financial contribution from the construction sector to the cost of repairing defective houses would be retained.

It comes after a 10% concrete block tax was introduced in last month’s 2023 budget.

Additional reporting: Dimitri O’Donnell