News story: Tens of thousands of drivers get increased fines for using mobiles at wheel

first_img Drivers tell us that their top motoring concern is seeing other people using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. The introduction of tougher penalties sent a strong signal to offenders and we hope that this, combined with targeted enforcement of the law by police and impactful campaigns from the likes of THINK! and Be Phone Smart, is beginning to encourage a shift in driver behaviour. Regardless of the efforts by government, the police and road safety campaigners, the decision to pick up a handheld phone – or leave it alone – while driving remains a personal choice that each driver makes. While the temptation may be strong, drivers need to really ask themselves what is so important that they must risk their life, and the lives of others, by using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel. We encourage all drivers to think about the role their phone plays in the car while they should be focused on driving – and then make a personal promise to stay safe and legal by visiting BePhoneSmart.uk. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 After last March’s THINK! campaign, 9 in 10 people were aware of the new penalties. The adverts were seen by around 29 million people and social media content was seen by a further 12 million people.Last October’s Pink Kitten video, which highlighted how much you miss if you glance at your phone while driving, reached an audience of about 21 million people. A further 1,997 motorists were handed fines as part of a national crackdown by traffic officers between 22 and 28 January 2018, which was choreographed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Of those caught, 74% were male.National Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: More than 26,000 motorists have been caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving in the first year since harsher penalties came into force.Among these are 500 novice drivers who have had their licences revoked for using their phone behind the wheel in their first 2 years of driving.On 1 March 2017, the penalties for this offence doubled from £100 and 3 penalty points to £200 and 6 points.To coincide with the first anniversary of the new penalties, THINK! is highlighting the chances of being caught in adverts, which will appear on radio, social media, on demand video and in shopping centres, as part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Kpi0llRKMRoad Safety Minister Jesse Norman said: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 In the year since the new legislation was introduced, we have started to see changes in driver behaviour as the public begin to understand the impact that driving whilst using a mobile phone can have. However, there are still far too many people underestimating the risk that they take when using their mobile phone at the wheel. We used intelligence to identify hotspots and repeat offences to stop over 3000 drivers in one week. 66.5% of which were committing a mobile phone related offence. It is not just about the penalty points or the fine, it is about putting safety first and keeping your eyes on the road so you don’t risk hurting or killing an innocent person. The penalties for holding and using a mobile phone while driving have proven to be a strong deterrent, and more and more people are aware of just how dangerous this is. But some motorists are still not only putting their own lives at risk, but the lives of others. Everyone has a role to play to encourage drivers to put their phone away and not use it while at the wheel. Roads media enquiries Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

Rhodes Scholars announced

first_imgThree Harvard undergraduates and a first-year Harvard Medical School student are among the 32 American men and women named Rhodes Scholars on Saturday (Nov. 20). They will begin study next October at the University of Oxford in England.Harvard’s newest Rhodes Scholars are seniors Baltazar “Zar” Zavala of El Paso, Texas, Zachary Frankel of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Daniel Lage of Miami, along with medical student Aakash Shah of Cliffside Park, N.J.They were chosen from among 837 students nominated by 309 colleges and universities nationwide.Created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the scholarships cover all costs for two or three years of study at Oxford. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor, among other attributes.This year’s recipients bring Harvard’s total number of Rhodes Scholars to 332.To see a complete list of the scholars, visit http://www.rhodesscholar.org/press.last_img read more

Military and Civilian Professionals Train to Respond to Natural Disasters

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo September 20, 2017 Forest fires, heavy rainfall, floods, and accidents at chemical plants were some of the alarming situations that the 150 participants faced in the third edition of Joint Exercise in Support of Civil Defense (ECADEC, per its Portuguese acronym), held July 31st and August 4th on the initiative of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, in conjunction with the Ministry of Integration and the Ministry of Health, as well as state and municipal agencies from Rio de Janeiro. The military personnel from the three branches of the armed forces and civilian professionals from different organizations gathered at the 32nd Infantry Battalion headquarters in the city of Petrópolis, in the state of Rio de Janeiro to come up with coordinated initiatives to deal with problems simulated by the organizers of the training program, based on a natural disaster that occurred in the highland region of the state of Rio de Janeiro in 2011, when floods and landslides took the lives of almost 1,000 people. “The exercise was conceived so that each participant could learn how the others act, in order for us to appraise this integration between the respective institutions and so that, when a future natural disaster does occur, we will be ready to respond in a manner that the population expects,” said Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Major General Hudson Costa Potiguara, the deputy head of operations at the Ministry of Defense and commander of the third edition of ECADEC. Participation in the exercise was balanced. Among the approximately 75 military personnel present, most worked in healthcare, social assistance, and in field hospitals. Civilian participants were from agencies such as Civil Defense, the Fire Department, Military Police, and the Red Cross, among others. Cooperation with civil defense initiatives is mandated under the law as an auxiliary assignment for the Armed Forces, and this responsibility has been fulfilled by teams of military personnel on a number of occasions throughout Brazil. Network of operations Since the first edition in 2015, ECADEC has proposed simulated training exercises, wherein the professionals involved interact over an electronic platform. “The system we use is akin to what happens in war games,” said Maj. Gen. Potiguara. In the 2017 edition of ECADEC, the scenarios were conceived virtually with support from three programs: Pacifier and Combatant of the Brazilian Army, and Apolo, a system created by the Ministry of Defense and the Brazilian Navy. With these tools, a network of information is established through which the challenges are presented to the participants, who then discuss and interact as a team, recording their solutions electronically. “When the screen shows an activity in red, it means that the issue is still being resolved,” said Maj. Gen. Potiguara. “Green means that an adequate solution has been applied. Accordingly, everybody facing that situation can see that the particular issue has been resolved.” Robson Teixeira, the undersecretary for Civil Defense in Nova Friburgo, one of the towns in the highland region most affected by the 2011 disaster, was one of the participants. “We received word that there were people injured, one of them in serious condition, in a place that was difficult to access,” said Teixeira about one of the activities. “A helicopter was called in to rescue those people. The aircraft got to the victims but when it attempted to take off again, it broke down. How were we supposed to solve this problem?” he asked. “Our solution was to call in the fire brigade to find an overland route into the area and to bring in machinery to clear a number of obstacles.” In addition to Teixeira, the Civil Defense of Nova Friburgo had another six participants. Teixeira said that the training was a learning opportunity for everyone. “It is a very relevant exercise because we discovered several areas where we can improve our joint operations with so many other agencies,” he said. From reality to simulation Despite basing the training around events that took place in the highland region of Rio de Janeiro in 2011, the situations covered in ECADEC include scenarios common to the entire country. In August 2017 alone, 1,296 municipalities, comprising about a quarter of Brazilian towns and cities, requested assistance from the federal government to address problems caused by rain or drought, according to an investigation conducted by the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, based on data released by the Ministry of National Integration. “In this edition of ECADEC, we not only replicated what happened in 2011 but we also presented other situations based on past events here in the region and in Brazil. Now, for example, we are moving into the dry season, and brushfires are not uncommon,” emphasized Maj. Gen. Potiguara. Accordingly, among the problems raised in the third edition of the joint exercise, two were of particular importance. One of them was a fire about to engulf a FAB radar station in Pico do Couto, located within an environmentally protected area at 1,800 meters above sea level. In addition to the losses to the natural environment, a disaster like this could compromise air traffic control. “This could happen but logically in terms of an exercise, we are training to avoid it from happening,” stressed Maj. Gen. Potiguara. The other situation covered was an industrial accident at the Duque de Caxias refinery in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a strategic installation for Brazil, as it is responsible for 80 percent of national lubricant production and the largest natural gas processing plant in the country. In January 2017, one of the refinery’s units caught fire. The fire was quickly brought under control, without causing major material damage or physical injury to workers at the plant. At the end of ECADEC, the solutions envisaged for all the situations that arose during the exercise were documented in a report. “Especially the capacities tested and the areas that could be improved,” said Maj. Gen. Potiguara, in order to share the lessons with the participating institutions.last_img read more

Keep your eye on the white board

first_imgSo went the wisdom from the Chair of one of the nation’s largest credit unions. The other Chairs in the room, all from large credit unions, agreed. As their credit unions grew, they realized they weren’t able to elaborate on every aspect of the financial or operational details, nor should they. Their emphasis – and one not reserved for only the largest credit unions – was to focus on long-term strategy (the “white board,” where ideas are considered and developed) and oversee subsequent results on the balance sheet. Here’s how your Board can do the same as it partners with the CEO and some questions to help your Board along the way.Concentrate on constant motion in the direction you’re headed. What are your top three strategic priorities for the next several years? How is your business model changing to match your priorities?  How will your footprint serve current and future members, and must it change? What markets do you serve, and what markets present opportunity? What new lines of business are you introducing to serve members and expand your reach in local financial services? Leave a legacy. Your strategic plans often highlight several years; however, uber-strategic foci centers on decades. What significant trends will shape your credit union ten years from now? What scenarios could occur (growth, contraction, demographic, disaster) and how might your credit union respond? What organizational and legal changes might, will, or should occur that affect your credit union’s ability to evolve in financial services?Seek confirmation of value. The true tests of success for any business are new, repeat, and referred sales. Strategy has a lot to do with those realities. With reasonable, CEO-designed plans in place, are new members joining your credit union? Are they using its products, services, and features? Over time, are members’ relationships with your credit union maturing and becoming more profitable?Expect sound, tangible, and predictable results. Fiduciary responsibility is part of serving on your credit union’s Board. How stable and sustainable are profit margins? How is accumulated capital supporting planned growth? And, is your Board regularly updated with audits confirming that the credit union is in compliance with applicable, laws, rules, and regulations?Every monthly Board meeting needs an update of financial status and noteworthy operational matters. It’s part of looking after the members’ credit union. Equally significant, your Board can help the CEO work “on” the business, rather than be “in” the business. By investing more time on “white board” items of direction, legacy, and value, your Board helps your CEO lead a credit union that delivers the kind of results that keep your credit union relevant for years – decades – to come. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Detailslast_img read more

Teresa Freeborn receives 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Award

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In recognition of her passionate leadership and unwavering dedication to living out the credit union principle of “cooperation among cooperatives,” the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce Teresa Freeborn, President and CEO of Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif., as a recipient of the 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.Freeborn will be one of three Herb Wegner Memorial Award winners honored at the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Foundation at the Marriott Marquis on February 24, 2020 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Tickets and sponsorships are available for this must-attend event by clicking here.“Teresa is a ball of energy who lights up any environment in which she engages,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The impact she has made upon credit unions she interacts with, as well as the whole of the credit union movement at large, is undeniable. Her leadership of the Open Your Eyes Campaign is just one, but a very important example, of her vision and her impactful leadership that has earned her this prestigious award.”center_img Teresa Freebornlast_img read more

Brighton’s Guggenheim

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Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool

first_imgMaitland-Niles was beaming after his penalty (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has jokingly admitted he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles that his nonchalant penalty style is going to give him heart attack as the defender casually tucked away his spot-kick in Arsenal’s shootout victory over Liverpool.The Gunners secured their place in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, getting the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield on penalties.Liverpool had plenty of chances in the second half, but Bernd Leno made several key saves to keep his side in the game, and as the match finished 0-0 in normal time, a penalty shootout was required to separate the two sides. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link710Shares Mikel Arteta reveals what he told Ainsley Maitland-Niles after nonchalant spot-kick in penalty shootout win over Liverpool Willock scored the winning penalty (Picture: Getty Images)After Leno saved Divock Origi’s spot-kick, it was Maitland Niles’ job to take his side’s fourth penalty, and in his usual laid-back style, the 23-year-old practically walked up to the spot and side-footed the ball into the net.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGerman Leno went on to make another save from Harry Wilson, before Joe Willock’s effort crept under Adrian to send the Gunners through to the quarters.After the game, Arteta revealed Maitland-Niles’ penalty style had his heart rate through the roof.‘I told him in the dressing room that I’m going to have a heart attack because with his body language… Jesus Christ,’ the Spaniard said.‘He puts it in the net which is the reason why he was one of the subs.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal were unlucky to draw Manchester City in the next round of the competition, as Arteta goes up against former mentor Pep Guardiola again.The Gunners got the better of City in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, and the Spanish boss will be hoping his side can put in a similarly strong performance when the two sides meet again in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.MORE: Paris Saint-Germain open talks to sign Arsenal target Houssem AouarMORE: Gareth Southgate hails Bukayo Saka as Arsenal star gets his first England call-upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 22

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 28, 2020 Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, Counties Now Total 22center_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Beaver, Centre and Washington counties, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.The order now includes these 22 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthAnyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.The following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefightersThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read  Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish here.last_img read more

Keen to buy a new home? There’s more than 20,000 to pick from

first_imgCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher.NEW figures have revealed more than 20,000 properties were for sale across Brisbane.According to CoreLogic data, stock levels were tight in many capital cities, but a few more properties were making their way onto the market nationally.Research analyst Cameron Kusher said typically the number of properties advertised for sale in spring climbed as vendors took advantage of the warmer climate and improved weather.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoHe measured the amount of advertised stock on the market on a rolling 28 day basis and said nationally they were tracking 226,007 properties advertised for sale – which was 5.3 per cent lower than a year ago.“Across the combined capital cities, total stock advertised for sale is one per cent higher than it was a year ago with 110,909 properties advertised over the past 28 days,’’ Mr Kusher said.Mr Kusher said looking at what was available across capital cities for this time of year, there was more stock for sale than there had been each year since 2013.What was on offer in regional markets was substantially lower than it had been in recent years.In Brisbane, the number of properties advertised for sale was 2.5 per cent higher than a year ago with 20,611 properties currently on the market.This was the highest level since a peak in 2012.last_img read more