We are handling China well

first_img1962 was a sad chapter in the history of India. This time in that year, the Chinese army made incursions in our territory. Whether or not they had any territorial objectives, the fact is that they intended to drive home a lesson. Reading in between the lines of various analyses conducted by military strategists and historians have thrown light on one point. The Indian mindset post independence was that we were well on the road to development and all set to emerge as a regional power. Around the same time, China that had communism take over her reins thought likewise. The Indian political leadership believed that the too countries were identical in terms of power and status; and that none could outdo the other. The communist leadership of China, by inflicting a humiliating defeat on India sought to knock down that thought process.The last fifty eight years have seen India make development on all fronts; and so has China. While in 1962, the competition was not discernible (to India for certain), today, China is seeing it more perhaps then. Therefore, if the two countries are viewed as equal by India, it would certainly not be acceptable to China. The hard truth is that India has developed, China has made giant strides. In the light of the foregoing, the premise that both the countries are equal will not be pragmatic. Recent incursions in Ladakh by the Chinese army and the resultant standoff serves to convey the same message, except that we have Modi in place of Nehru and Xi Jinping in place of Chou En Lai.The second half of the last century witnessed a generally equal economic growth by both India and China, this notwithstanding that China had suffered tremendously on account of communism. Displaying a strategic vision, China improved upon her status and standing by improving ties with America externally and carrying out sweeping domestic reforms. All this time, the economy of India was gaining thrust and force; and was greater than that of China. But China would not see in India a country that could be seen as an equal; this viewpoint hardened in the last five years.Like Nehru who fell into the trap of ‘Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai’, based on aged old cultural and historical ties, Narendra Modi too made a similar blunder. He had hoped that Xi Jinping would also respond favourably. The hug diplomacy evidently failed, but at a time when India was better poised than in 1962. Today, a much superior military and diplomatic environ prevails, quite unlike what was fifty eight years ago. India’s efficient and professional military structure stands strengthened with her membership of the Quad.India has finally realised that there is no shortcut to becoming a world power and that to deal with hostile neighbours, alliances are necessary. However, in this process, the need to boost our economic capability needs no emphasis. As of now, India is focussed on such an approach. The foregoing, together with adequate military posturing has sent appropriate signals to China already.last_img read more

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World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition

first_img Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Iain Ritchie learned at the forge of a true master – a seventh-generation farrier who kept the Ritchie family’s horses on solid footing east of Edinburgh, Scotland.And if Ritchie didn’t appreciate the tradition, the honour, or the pride involved in the anvil’s ring back then . . . well, he sure does now.“This was a very well-respected farrier in Scotland. When the opportunity came up to work for him, I couldn’t really turn it down. That would have been kind of daft,” reflects Ritchie, 38, who now calls Pitt Meadows, B.C., home. “Still, I was one of the first of my friends to start work. Everyone else finished high school, some went to university, but I left early and went straight to work . . . and I was pretty slow on appreciating this trade to begin with.“But every year I’ve done it, I seem to enjoy it more and more, and I get a little more involved. Because it’s not just a job anymore, it’s a lifestyle,” adds Ritchie. “It’s not 9-to-5. You’re up early in the morning, answering phone calls, preparing tools, getting the truck organized, and late at night you’re talking to clients or running off to look at a problem horse. You’re pretty much on call, looking after your clients.“You do way more hours than the normal 40-hour week . . . but it’s definitely worth it.”Ritchie, a farrier who shoes hunter/jumper, dressage, eventing, trial, and Vancouver police horses in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, is one of 56 competitors from 13 countries worldwide who’ll be converging on the Calgary Stampede for the 32nd annual World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition, which runs from Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10 under the Big Top.The WCBC, known as the “Olympics of blacksmithing,” has attracted modern-day Vulcans from England, Denmark, New Zealand, Scotland, Australia, Ireland, Norway, France, Wales, Belgium, Northern Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and Canada. More than $50,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs, with the winner receiving a $10,000 cheque, a limited-edition bronze trophy, a Stampede hand-tooled buckle, and a champion’s jacket.Steven Beane of England enters this year’s competition seeking his third straight Stampede title. Last July, Beane, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, became the WCBC’s first back-to-back champion since Billy Crothers of Wales notched his second and third Calgary crowns in 1995 and 1996.On Saturday night, after accumulating points in eight different forging and shoeing classes over three days, the top 10 competitors will advance to Sunday’s semifinal at 9 a.m. under the Big Top. The top five will return immediately for the WCBC’s final round under the Big Top at 11:30 a.m.“We’re well-known all over the globe as the true world championship blacksmith competition,” notes Erik Swanby, who chairs the Stampede’s Blacksmith committee. “It’s the highest paying contest in the world. There’s no other like it.“And we’ve stuck to our Western heritage with coke forges. A lot of other competitions, you bring your own forge, most often propane. But in our opinion, using coke forges is a better show.”This year, WCBC organizers are also placing special emphasis on the four-man team championship, with the winning squad splitting a $10,000 pot. The competition’s forging and shoeing champs will each earn $1,000, as will the top rookie.Ritchie is entering the Stampede on a hot streak. Back in 2009, he cracked the WCBC’s final, ending up fifth overall. And this past April at Stampede Park, he took another big step, winning the Canadian Horseshoeing Championships for the first time after finishing as the national bridesmaid for three straight seasons.The Calgary Stampede Farriers Team of Ritchie, Matt Kuechler of Cremona, Alta., Nathan Powell of Water Valley, Alta., and James Findler of Langley, B.C., was selected out of the Canadian Horseshoeing Championships, and stands an excellent chance of winning the WCBC’s inaugural four-man team title.“It meant a lot to me. That was probably the biggest win I’ve ever had. I put a lot into it; it seems that every spare minute, when I’m not working, I’m going to the shop, or preparing tools, or actually practising,” says Ritchie.“I’ve been taking a slightly different approach this year. I’ve been working with different guys, practising with different people, and getting a lot of help from a previous (Canadian) champion, Ben Yager (of Victoria, B.C.). He’s quite an open book, gives me a lot of help,” adds Ritchie. “He talked me through his philosophies, and let me in on his strategy when he won (in 2008). I guess you could say I’m just that prepared this year.”The Stampede will be webcasting all events being held in the Scotiabank Saddledome and the Big Top this year. Visit http://ag.calgarystampede.com/saddledome-ustream-2011 for live streaming of Saddledome action, and http://ag.calgarystampede.com/big-top-ustream-2011 for events under the Big Top. Tags: Iain Ritchie, Calgary Stampede, World Championship Blacksmiths Competition, SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

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Jorge Bernhard Elected as New Equine Canada President

first_img SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Jorge Bernhard of Clarksburg, ON was elected Equine Canada President on April 24, 2016, during the 2016 EC Annual Convention in Montreal, QC.Jorge Bernhard of Clarksburg, ON was elected Equine Canada (EC) President on April 24, 2016, the final day of the 2016 EC Annual Convention in Montreal, QC.Bernhard has been involved with the Canadian equestrian industry in various capacities, and has sponsored Canadian eventing riders for over 15 years. He has also been involved in developing training programs for both horses and riders, and assisted with building new equestrian facilities. Professionally, Bernhard operated an international metal trading business for more than 20 years, where he gained extensive experience in multinational contract negotiations, finance, and relationship management.“It is an honour to have been selected as President of Equine Canada at this time of transition and renewal for the federation,” said Bernhard, who first joined the EC Board of Directors in 2015. “I look forward to working with the members of the Board and our executive team for the benefit of the Canadian equestrian community.”“I would also like to take this opportunity to compliment and thank our Past President, Al Patterson, for the leadership and vision he provided, guiding us to this critical junction in our path to transforming EC into a world-class organization.”Patterson, of Millgrove, ON, has been involved in EC since its inception, and has served a total of eight years as President. During his most recent term, which began in 2014, he played a key role in EC’s transition under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA). The process resulted in new By-laws, providing a framework for the federation to significantly modernize its governance.He was instrumental in creating and implementing new By-laws for EC that met the updated requirements of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and allowed the federation to adopt a leaner, modernized, and more efficient governance framework.“It is with great confidence that I leave the presidency role of Equine Canada,” said Patterson, who will remain on the EC Board as a Director for 2016. “The federation is well on its way under the new By-laws and new governance and administrative structure, which were steps needed to see EC become a best-in-class federation in the future. I wish to thank the Board of Directors for their support over the past two years and for allowing me to take on a leadership role during this transformational time. I look forward to continuing to serve EC as a director for the remainder of my term.”The following Directors will join Bernhard and Patterson on the 2016 EC Board:Dominique ChagnonTony EamesPeggy HamblyLisa LazarusRoss MillarTerrance MillarDoug OrrDeanna PhelanFrédéric PierrestigerLiz Saunders“Collectively, the 2016 EC Board of Directors has an incredibly diverse range of equestrian knowledge and involvement, from grassroots to high performance,” said EC CEO, Eva Havaris.  “The members of the Board also have vast expertise in areas that will be key to the growth and transformation of the national federation in this new era for EC, including governance, education, legal and commercial marketing. They are an exceptional group of individuals and I am enthusiastic about the year ahead.” Tags: Equine Canada, Equine Canada president, Jorge Bernhard, last_img read more

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Luciana Diniz crowned winner of the Estrella Damm Trophy in Madrid

first_imgAfter a week of hard work, pavilions 12 and 14 of the Madrid Fair are now ready to host the seventh edition of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week, one of the most exciting World Cup Equestrian events in the Spanish capital. The Spanish Eduardo Álvarez Aznar won gold in the CSI5 * Hola Trophy and the German Marcus Ehning was the last undefeated of the day in the Six Bars competition.The first day started early in the morning with the Exterior Plus Trophy. Only 12 years old, Carlos Bohro, the youngest rider of the event, has won the first test of 1.25m, riding his horse, Eberlin M. The second place, for a tenth of a second difference was Kevin González de Zárate with his horse Calipso van de Bergdalhoeve Z. This Spanish rider has arrived at the IFEMA Madrid Horse Week after winning last weekend in the CSN5 * Top Ten, which was held at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. He was joined on the podium by another Spaniard, Alejandro Álvarez Gutiérrez and his gelding Little Chap S.At 11.45 a.m., to spice things up, the bars were risen up to 1.40m in the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela Trophy. The Portuguese Luis Sabino Gonçalves and his horse Unesco du Rouet have delighted the public with a very fast round, three seconds faster than the Spanish Marco Juncadella Hohenlohe and his horse Urbain des Grezils. The bronze was awarded to another Spaniard, Ismael García Roque, who remained first in the test, until Juncadella entered the track.By noon, the stands of the central arena, becoming increasingly crowded, witnessed the victory of Eduardo Álvarez Aznar in the Hola Trophy, 1.45m, the first 5 * class of the day. He has competed with F, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding, which he has introduced relatively recently in high competition and with which he is already reaping good results. In addition, Álvarez Aznar was third with his Madrid in Motion team in the last GCL final of the Prague Playoffs. The Italian Emilio Bicocchi and Flinton were in second place and Ömer Karaevli and Roso Au Crosnier, in third position. The Turkish rider, by the way, who rides for the Carpe Diem stables, has been having a spectacular season that began with his young horses at the Sunshine TourThe time was very tight in the 1.45m class and eight riders, with zero runs, have been penalized for time. The best-ranked Spanish pair, after Aznar, was Pilar Lucrecia Cordón and Seawillow, in fourth position.For the second consecutive year, IFEMA Madrid Horse Week has celebrated the FEI Grand Prix World Cup Dressage Prize. The German Dorothee Schneider has dazzled the crowd with her black DSP Sammy Davis Jr., with a score of 78.21, almost four points above the Spanish Claudio Castilla Ruiz and his Alcaide stallion, qualifying with a 74.35. Dutchman Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock´s Zanardi have achieved third place (72.71).One of the most anticipated events of the day, and also the highest, has been the 1.55m Star Damm Trophy. The star of the night was the Portuguese Luciana Diniz and her fantastic Vertigo du Desert. The Portuguese, with the son of Mylord Carthago, has surpassed the Italian Emanuele Gaudiano and his stallion Chalou by just a few tenths. Frenchman Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan achieved bronzeThe adrenaline-fueled competition of the Six Bars has put an end to the first day of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week. After 10:30 p.m., twelve riders have met in this high-flying competition. Three pairs have overcome the fourth obstacle of 1.85m, Max Kühner, Laura Renwick and Marcus Ehning, but after the withdrawal of the Austrian, the German rider was the winner. His 11-year-old stallion, A la Carte NRW, easily passed the bars at 1.95m from the ground.Aside from the competitions, spectators were able to enjoy a wonderful show from Alfonsina Maldonado’s equestrian exhibition in the afternoon, the Uruguayan rider who lost her hand and now perfectly performs dressage exercises. Late at night, the children and their little Shetlands invaded the central arena to take part in the Grand National of the Pony Turf.Meanwhile, in the Salón del Caballo, with more than 90 stands, several activities entertained fans. Jonatan Peña and Talavante won the first qualifying round of the III Copa de la Vaquera Masters, which this year repeats under the spotlight of IFEMA after being released in the last edition.In addition, the little ones were able to ride in the Pony Park organized by the La Moraleja Equestrian Club, as well as making crafts and painting murals in the Eulen Group’s activity space. And, on the Non-Stop Track, there was a succession of exhibits, such as the Lusitanian thoroughbred show, natural dressage and the Horsemanship show, with acrobats who jump on foot, obstacles of 1.50m. In addition, the Caravaca Wine Horses submitted their official UNESCO World Heritage nomination for 2020. Tags: Luciana Diniz, IFEMA Madrid Horse Week, Vertigo du Desert, Estrella Damm Trophy, show jumpig, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

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‘Shock and profound sadness’: Deputy city attorney kills wife, son in murder-suicide, police say

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles deputy city attorney allegedly shot and killed his wife and 19-year-old son in their home on Wednesday before dying by suicide, police said.Eric Lertzman, 60, first killed his wife, Sandra, in the master bedroom of their Northridge home, according to Los Angeles police, and then walked across the hall where he attempted to shoot a woman who escaped and locked herself in the hallway bathroom.Lertzman then shot and killed his 19-year-old son, Michael, according to police.The surviving woman fled through the bathroom window and ran to a neighbor’s home for help, police said. Authorities did not release her identity but according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV, she is Lertzman’s daughter.Lertzman then went back to the master bedroom where he shot and killed himself, according to police.The motive is under investigation, but authorities “believe the recent loss of a loved one and on-going health issues played significant roll,” police said.Lertzman had been with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2005, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said.“It is with shock and profound sadness that we announce that today Deputy City Attorney Eric Lertzman was involved in a tragic incident which we understand resulted in the death of his wife, his adult son and himself,” Feuer said in a statement Wednesday.“Details are evolving, though early reports indicate police were called to the family home because of a domestic disturbance,” Feuer said. “As we search for answers to how this could happen, we mourn the victims and envelop those left behind with our love at this time of unbearable loss. Of course we will provide members of our City Attorney Family with needed counseling and support.”Michael Lertzman was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at California State University Northridge, where his fraternity brothers are hosting a candlelight vigil Thursday night.“Michael was a shining light in our community, who always had a smile on his face and brought joy to all of his brothers and anyone who met him,” the fraternity president posted on Facebook.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Administrative Assistant

first_imgQualifications:Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experienceExperience managing calendars and schedules.Fluent in Microsoft Office, Adobe, and Google Suite.Fluent with webinar technology such as ZoomAbility to work autonomously and receive directionDetailed-orientedAbility to promptly identify and resolve issues usingconstructive problem-solving skillsExcellent customer service and interpersonal skills withpersonnel at various levelsExcellent oral and written communication skills Administrative AssistantTarget Hire Date- 0 days agoJoin our community and experience Emerson College!There are several administrative openings within the College,mostly within the area of Academic Affairs. You will work with avibrant and fast-paced team of professionals. Below is a list ofbroad responsibilities with further clarification of specificpositions based upon your personal passions and preferences.The area of Academic Affairs is the largest portion of EmersonCollege and has the greatest influence on the College’s impactand mission.There are several administrative assistant openings within theSchool of the Arts.Your Key Responsibilities:Calendar ManagementOrganize and schedule meetingsGenerate and send notifications, confirmations, assignments,surveys and analyze results/responsesServe as a point of contact for questions from students,facultyAssist with the hiring process of new instructorsTrack and organize data and responsesCompile and analyze dataAssist with projects and other duties as needed Other Responsibilities Could Include:Collate data and plot out a prescribed course schedule of 200sectionsEvent ManagementCopy EditingBudget Management You’ll be Preferred If You Have:3-5 years of administrative experienceExperience working with multiple databases and platforms(Banner, WorkDay, Cognos, Salesforce, etc.)Advanced excel skills handling spreadsheets (pivot tables, Vlook-ups, charts)Experience working remotely3-5 years of event management3-5 years of travel management3-5 years of budget/expense managementcenter_img Salary is commensurate with experience and positionrequirements.These positions will be exclusively represented by the ServiceEmployees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 for purposes ofwages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.Grade of Position: A14NScheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25Hiring Range: $42,750.00 – $44,700.00This position will be exclusively represented by the ServiceEmployees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 for purposes ofwages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_Staff/job/Boston-Campus/Administrative-Assistant_JR002513 About UsEmerson College is the nation’s only four-year institutiondedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in aliberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center ofthe dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity tomajor publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers.The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands.Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduatestudents from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.Diversity StatementEmerson College believes diversity enriches the educationalexperience by providing students with the opportunity to learn fromindividuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, andperspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in ourco-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the Collegeenhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of ourcampus community. Emerson is committed to strengtheningcommunities, including our workplace, by fostering the developmentof the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningfulcitizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender inits educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated theAssociate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator torespond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual MisconductPolicy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza,Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone:617-824-8999; email: [email protected] Clery ReportIn accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, EmersonCollege commits to providing all current and prospective studentsand employees with access to the annual campus security reports foreach of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College PoliceDepartment website.Grade RangesInformation on Emerson College staff grade rangejeid-de063e9678ac9c459977211ad496c102last_img read more

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LeBron wanted it and California’s governor signed it. What the college athlete compensation law means to real estate

first_imgLeBron James and California Governor Gavin Newsom (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)California’s landmark student athlete compensation bill has now been signed into law, and while the NCAA has strong objections, one very high profile athlete is making his feelings known.Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the “Fair Pay to Play Act” into law on Monday, and marked the occasion with an appearance on L.A. Lakers superstar LeBron James’ HBO show, “The Shop.”The new law — which will allow college athletes to earn money from their names, likenesses and images — could also have a major impact on California’s real estate industry by creating a new pipeline of young millionaires in the home buying market. Several Los Angeles real estate agents said they support the measure, though it also presents a unique set of challenges.ADVERTISEMENTThe new law, which will take effect in 2023, “is going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation,” Newsom said at a signing ceremony on James’ show. “It’s going to change college sports for the better by finally having the interests of the athletes on par with the interests of the institutions. Now we’re rebalancing that power.”James was able to join the NBA without being required to spend a year in college, as most young athletes must now do. He has been a vocal critic of NCAA rules prohibiting student athletes from profiting off their likenesses, measures that many see as exploitative.The Pac-12 Conference has spoken out against the bill, raising the concern that members California State University, Stanford, UCLA and USC could lose their NCAA membership as a result.“Our universities have led important student-athlete reform over the past years,” the conference said in a statement, “but firmly believe all reforms must treat our student-athletes as students pursuing an education, and not as professional athletes.” [WaPo] — Kevin Sun This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Wrights Group: Administration as last hopes of survival flicker

first_imgAll but 50 employees made redundant as last-gasp efforts to save Wrights Group firm continueWrights Group collapsed into administration last week after months of speculation surrounding the company’s future.Around 1,200 employees were made redundant and work on part-finished buses stopped immediately. Union Unite estimates that a further 1,700 jobs in the supply chain are at risk.It is understood that buyers of completed buses on the Ballymena site and those that are part-way through construction have not been given any information about when, or if, the vehicles will be delivered. Warranty and service support work has also ceased.Vehicles for customers including First UK Bus and Go North East are present at the site awaiting shipment.Administrator Deloitte said in a statement that it did not prove possible to find a buyer willing to take the business on as a going concern. Deloitte is exploring any remaining options for the business. If a sale is not forthcoming it will be wound down.The Wright family has blamed reduced demand for buses in the UK for causing “significant loses”, which had been stood by the family for at least a year.A spokesman added that work for far eastern markets that was originally scheduled to be carried out in the group’s Malaysian factory was undertaken in Ballymena to safeguard the workforce in Northern Ireland. It has been suggested that doing so contributed to the losses.Addressing former employees outside the Wrightbus plant after administration was confirmed, founder Sir William Wright said that members of the Wright family had paid last week’s wages personally.Sir William added that the company had enough orders to survive but that “it never had a chance” thanks to a bank’s refusal of support.last_img read more

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McGill’s Buses MD criticises lack of investment

first_imgMcGill’s Buses Managing Director Ralph Roberts has criticised local and national government for “favouring the car and train” over buses. He says the bulk of infrastructure money goes to those modes despite buses delivering 74% of public transport journeys.“Buses receive peppercorn levels of infrastructure investment,” he adds. The Greenock operator carries almost 750,000 passengers per week and since 2014 it has invested around £21m in its fleet.Mr Roberts says that McGill’s is in discussions with government at both local and national levels to release more funding for buses. Local politicians see doing so as a high-risk strategy that may lead to a voter backlash.“They need to remember that bus users are also voters,” he adds.However, he accepts that it is unsurprising that Renfrewshire – where the bulk of McGill’s revenues are earned – chooses to prioritise cars. Renfrewshire has the highest car ownership in Scotland.Mr Roberts was speaking after McGill’s revealed its financial results for the year ending December 2018. On a turnover of £38m it recorded a pre-tax profit of £1.4m, an increase on 2017.However, the operator recorded a drop in passenger numbers that it believes has been driven by high street decline. Echoing Mr Roberts’ views, Director Sandy Easdale has called for more investment in waiting facilities and better management of car parking and roadworks.last_img read more

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Here’s Which Drugs Are Most Popular At Each Major Festival

first_imgA new study reveals which drugs are most popular at which music festivals. The nonscientific study from DrugAbuse.com analyzes Instagram captions incorporating 15 different festivals, comparing drug-related references and content.The study focused on:BonnarooCamp BiscoGlastonburySummerfestElectric Daisy CarnivalBurning ManUltra Music FestivalChili Cook-OffCoachellaMad Decent Block PartyLollapaloozaHoly Ship!TomorrowlandLife In ColorMarley FestMany of the results were unsurprising, with Marley Fest taking the top spot for marijuana use, followed by Bisco and Bonnaroo. Chili Cook-Off took the cake for highest alcohol consumption, followed by Summerfest and Glastonbury. Burning Man received highest rankings in a grand total of 6 categories: DMT, Mushrooms, LSD, Crack Cocaine, Mescaline and General Drug Terms. MDMA, Molly and Ecstasy proved most prevalent at EDM-heavy fests Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Camp Bisco.The study obviously doesn’t take into account a number of primary factors such as someone using a drug term in a song lyric or as a joke, rather than actually partaking. There’s also the vast majority of people who hopefully wouldn’t go incriminating themselves through social media. Regardless, the results are still very interesting…[via DrugAbuse]last_img read more

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