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first_imgConstruction deaths upOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Figures show the building industry clearly needs to examine its safetyrecordMore workers died on building sites in the past nine months on record thanin the whole of the previous 12 months, leading to serious concerns aboutsafety in the construction trade, the Health and Safety Commission has said. From last March to December 2001, a total of 86 workers were killed onconstruction sites, compared with 85 workers killed between April 1999 andMarch 2000. The 1999/2000 figure also showed a substantial increase on statistics forthe previous year, in which 68 people were killed on construction sites, saidthe commission. But the number of accidents in the sector also increased – although lesssharply, with 5,040 people suffering major injuries in 1999/2000 and 10,292suffering injuries that kept them off work for more than three days. This compared with 5,034 and 9,576 respectively reported the year before. Nevertheless, construction workers were six times more likely to have anaccident at work than the average British worker, said the HSC. The manufacturing sector reported 46 worker deaths in the nine months toDecember 2000, with 39 deaths reported in agriculture and 51 deaths in theservice industries. The sharp rise in the fatalities in the construction sector has led the HSCto challenge the industry to improve its health and safety record. Health and Safety Commission chairman Bill Callaghan called on the industryto commit itself to action, urging those within construction to draw up theirown action plans to meet Government safety targets. “We know what kills people and we know how to prevent accidents, but wecan’t have a health and safety inspector on all of the million or soconstruction sites,” he said. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Estate agent blogger accuses competitors of using banned online marketing tricks previous nextRegulation & LawEstate agent blogger accuses competitors of using banned online marketing tricksAllegations about mainly lettings agents made by blogger have been picked up by national media over the weekend.Nigel Lewis1st April 201901,371 Views An anonymous estate agent has launched a blog that claims to lift the lid on some of the dubious practices employed by agents in the capital and that over the weekend gained coverage in several national newspapers including The Times, The Sun and Daily Mail.Called Dodgy London Agents, the blog is written by a sales and lettings employee who claims to have worked in the industry for 15 years and reveals their experience “at first hand” of how the industry “routinely breaks the rules when advertising properties mainly in lettings but also in sales”.The blogger claims a range of dishonest online marketing practices which break Advertising Standards Authority rules are widespread in London from corporate to one-branch independent level.Online advertisingThis includes not removing properties after they have let, listing properties that do not exist, relisting old stock as new and relisting properties as reduced when they are not, also known as portal juggling.The blog has been running for two weeks and includes posts that claim to have spotted fake price reductions on Rightmove in several central London postcodes and that the listing of fake properties in order to make letting agencies look busier than they are is now an ‘established practice’.Purplebricks is also criticised by the writer who claims to have spotted many fake price reductions within its listings on the main portals for rented properties.In an article published by The Times, the company said it was “disappointed to see these isolated examples, which are a tiny proportion of the thousands of changes made by Purplebricks and our customers every day”.Purplebricks Rightmove dodgy london agents April 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgAGENDAVanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersJune 21, 20164:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceInvocationAction ItemsArc of Evansville UpdateFinal Reading of Ordinance CO.06-16-008 as Amended: Jail Booking FeeContracts, Agreements and LeasesCity-County 2016 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant AgreementRecorder: Indexing Services Contract with Pollux Business ServicesCommissioners: Proposal from Bramwell- McKay for Masonry Assessment and Bid Preparation for Coliseum Tuck-PointingComputer Services: WOW! Wide Area Network Agreements FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Adjournmentcenter_img Department Head ReportsBoard AppointmentNew BusinessOld BusinessPublic CommentConsent ItemsApproval of June 7, 2016 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesAuditor: Request to Surplus Six PCs and KeyboardsCommissioners: Building & Ground Keeper Transfer to Extra HelpClerk: May 2016 Monthly ReportTreasurer: May 2016 Monthly ReportSuperintendent of County Buildings: Coroner’s Office Door Replacement QuoteEngineering:Department Head ReportPay Request #16 University Parkway T.I.F for the sum of $26,578.74Pay Request # 16 US 41 Expansions for the sum of #9,471.64last_img read more

first_imgHudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. You may attend an information session at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Room 901, on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org. Hovnanian celebrates topping out of new Port Imperial condominiumK. Hovnanian Homes recently hosted a topping-out ceremony to celebrate the construction of the final floor at Nine on the Hudson, a new 13-story building offering 278 for-sale condominiums in West New York. Construction on the new building, which is part of the Port Imperial redevelopment project, began in November 2015. The topping-out ceremony was held on Dec. 2 in an outdoor tent on the third floor of the new building, overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.Nine on the Hudson features architectural design from the firm of Marchetto Higgins Stieve. In addition to panoramic views of New York City, Nine on the Hudson will offer a wide array of high-end, lifestyle-oriented features and amenities designed to evoke a distinct combination of community, comfort, and convenience. The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is steps away from the building. New York Waterway offers ferry service from Port Imperial, providing an easy nine-minute ride into Midtown. Hoboken is a short ride away on the Light Rail, accessible in under 15 minutes. Port Imperial also offers a variety of grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants and other conveniences, all within an easy walking distance. State Sen. Sacco retiring from school system jobNicholas Sacco is giving up his $260,000 per year job as assistant superintendent for elementary and secondary education but will continue to serve as state senator and North Bergen’s mayor, his spokesman said last week.“Mayor Sacco will be retiring from the North Bergen Board of Education during this year,” the mayor’s spokesman, Phil Swibinski, said in an email quoted by NJ.com. “However, no retirement date has yet been set. He plans to continue serving as mayor of North Bergen and state senator representing the 32nd District.”Sacco has also worked as an elementary school principal, among other positions, over the course of a 49-year career in education.According to a survey by NJ Advance Media in June, Sacco’s school salary of $259,550 was the second highest among all public employees in Hudson County. But Sacco, a Democrat, would likely rank as Hudson’s highest paid public employee when counting his annual salaries of $15,000 as mayor and $49,000 as state senator from the 32nd Legislative, which would put his combined annual income at $323,550. He also was paid for a time to perform weddings.That kind of triple office holding would no longer be permissible for future legislators under a 2007 law barring legislators from holding another elected office, but Sacco was among 19 lawmakers who were grandfathered in when the law was passed.Swibinski said Sacco’s school pension had not been determined, but would likely be about $180,000, a figure lower than the maximum due to allocations to family members. Swibinski said Sacco’s pension was, “controlled by the exact same regulations that govern the earned retirement benefits of every other public employee in the state.”One reason Sacco is leaving is because of his success in creating a new school campus in the township, Swibinski said. “One of the primary goals that he has had—he’s been fighting for decades—is to bring a new high school to North Bergen,” Swibinski told The North Bergen Reporter. “It was just a few months ago that that finally became a reality.” Last year, Sacco announced that North Bergen High School would be replacing Hudson County’s High Tech High School on 85th Street and Tonnelle Avenue, once that school moves into a new Secaucus location. “His view—and he stated this at the press conference when we announced it—was that once that project was done, once that goal was accomplished, he felt that his work was complete and he could leave.”Swibinski said Sacco plans to seek re-election for mayor and state senator, and that he will be eligible for additional pensions once he retires from those.After starting work for the school system, Sacco was first elected mayor in 1992, then won his state Senate seat the following year. He has been re-elected by wide margins in the heavily Democratic township and legislative district ever since. Pictured are the fourth grade class from Public School #6 in West New York, The Blue Jays. Hats were donated by the Meadowlands Racetrack, LLC. Give blood in WNY or HobokenAs people travel in winter and are not as available to donate, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.In West New York, blood donations will be accepted on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 6515 Polk St.In Hoboken, donations can be made on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Saint Francis Parish Center, 308 Jefferson St.Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. center_img ×Pictured are the fourth grade class from Public School #6 in West New York, The Blue Jays. Hats were donated by the Meadowlands Racetrack, LLC.last_img read more

first_imgA leading bakery association is taking steps to limit the impact on its members of “bureaucratic and needless” European regulations for food enzymes, which introduce, for the first time, compulsory labelling of ingredients on business to business (B2B) packages.The Association of British Ingredient Manufacturers (ABIM) said that, as well as exposing ingredient manufacturers’ intellectual rights to competitors, the process of re-labelling the hundreds of products on sup- pliers’ lists would be costly, time-consuming and “serve no useful purpose”.The B2B labelling requirements of the new Food Improve- ment Agent Package, which came into force in January and apply from 20 January 2010, are not reflected on consumer-facing products, it added.”The B2B labelling serves no value to the consumer and, in principle, demands that companies openly reveal intellectual property to competitors,” said Chris Morrant, chair of ABIM’s technical committee.ABIM is now exploring ways to minimise the impact on its members, including developing a labelling format, as it considers the possibility of a legal challenge to the regulations.last_img read more

first_img Related Harvard Climate Leadership Conference award recognizes sustainability efforts Laying some groundwork for environmental protection Studying environmental issues in China If we’re going to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees above preindustrial levels, as laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s going to take a lot more than a transition to carbon-neutral energy sources such as wind and solar. It’s going to require carbon-negative technologies, including energy sources that actually reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.While most climate researchers and activists agree that carbon-negative solutions will be needed to meet the goal set in Paris, so far most of these solutions have been viewed as impractical in the near term, especially for large, coal-reliant countries like China.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy and Environment, in collaboration with colleagues from Tsinghua University in Beijing and other institutions in China, Australia, and the U.S., have analyzed technical and economic viability for China to move toward carbon-negative electric power generation.The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“This paper is making a bold suggestion that not only can China move toward negative carbon power, but that it can do so in an economically competitive way,” said Michael McElroy, the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at Harvard and a senior co-author of the paper.“The system we describe not only offers a carbon-negative alternative to generate electricity in the long run, but also brings significant near-term co-benefit to reducing air pollution in China,” said Xi Lu, associate professor in the School of Environment at Tsinghua University and first author of the paper. Lu is also a former SEAS graduate student and postdoctoral fellow.The strategy McElroy, Lu, and their colleagues lay out involves the combination of two forms of green energy: coal-bioenergy gasification and carbon capture and storage.,Bioenergy is one of the most important tools in the carbon-negative toolbox. It comes from the best CO2 scrubbers on the planet — plants. As most of us learned in grade school, plants use photosynthesis to convert CO2 into organic carbon and oxygen. The carbon stored in plants can be converted back into energy through combustion (a.k.a., fire); fermentation, as in the production of ethanol; or a process known as gasification, which converts carbon-rich materials into carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide for fuels and industrial chemicals.The process of converting biomass into energy and then capturing and storing the waste CO2 is one of the most talked-about strategies for negative-carbon power. It’s known as BECCS, for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. The problem is that in most applications BECCS is not very efficient and requires massive amounts of land to grow the plants needed to power the planet, which would likely result in global food and water shortages.But what if there was a way to make the process more practical and efficient?Lu, McElroy, and their international team turned to an unlikely solution for green energy: coal.“If you try to do this with biofuel alone, it’s not very effective,” McElroy said. “The addition of coal provides an energy source that is really important. If you combine biofuel with coal and gasify the mixture, you can essentially develop a pure source of hydrogen in the process.”By modeling different ratios of biofuel to coal, the researchers found that as long as at least 35 percent of the mixture is biomass and the waste carbon is captured, the power generated would actually reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. At that ratio, the researchers found that the levelized cost of electricity would be no more than 9.2 cents per kilowatt hour. A carbon price of approximately $52 per ton would make this system cost-competitive with current coal-fired power plants in China.A key component to this strategy is the use of crop residue — the remains of plants after fields have been harvested — as biofuel.Seasonal agricultural fires, when farmers set their fields alight to clear stubble after a harvest, are a major source of air pollution in China. Collecting that stubble and using it as biofuel would not only reduce CO2 but significantly improve air quality in the country. Gasification also allows easier removal of air pollutants from the waste stream.The researchers acknowledge that developing a system to collect the biomass and deliver it to power plants will take time, but they argue that the system doesn’t need to be implemented all at once.“Because we’ve investigated the whole range of coal-to-biomass ratios, we’ve demonstrated how China could move incrementally toward an increasingly carbon-negative energy source,” said Chris P. Nielsen, executive director of the Harvard-China Project and co-author of the study. “First, small amounts of biofuel could be used to reduce the net-positive carbon emissions. Then, the system could grow toward carbon neutrality and eventually to a carbon-negative system. You don’t have to accomplish everything from the get-go.”“This study provides critical information for policymakers seeking to implement carbon-negative energy opportunities in China,” said Lu.The research was co-authored by Liang Cao, Haikun Wang, Wei Peng, Jia Xing, Shuxiao Wang, Siyi Cai, Bo Shen, and Qing Yang; lead author Lu and three other China-based co-authors are alumni of the Harvard-China Project. It was supported in part by a grant from the Harvard Global Institute. Robot builds erosion barriers from interlocking metal sheets, while robot swarms could protect threatened areas center_img A gold star for going green Harvard undergrads spent summer internships working in labs, touring country A decade on, a goal met; now, next targets Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments last_img read more

first_imgThe University announced six individuals who will receive honorary degrees at commencement exercises on May 19, 2019 in a press release Tuesday.Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Peggy Noonan, John Affleck-Graves, who has served as Notre Dame’s executive vice president since 2004, Carol Corrigan, an associate justice of California’s Supreme Court since 2006 and James Poterba, a professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will all receive honorary doctor of laws degrees. Ignacio Sánchez, a physician who serves as the president of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree. Professor Esther Takeuchi, “one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers” at Stony Brook University, will receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree.Noonan, who was one of President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters and has worked as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, will also serve as commencement speaker.According to the release, the University will be awarding Affleck-Graves, retiring in June, with his degree to commemorate his career “as a teacher, researcher and administrator.” Affleck-Graves has overseen the fiscal development of the University over the course of his tenure as executive vice president, the release said.“As the University’s chief financial officer, [Affleck-Graves] oversees the operating budget, endowment, finance, information technology, human resources, campus safety, event management, construction, building services, landscaping, food services and auxiliary operations,” the release said. “During his tenure, Notre Dame’s annual operating budget has grown to $1.5 billion from $650 million and the endowment has increased to $13.1 billion from $3.5 billion. Thirty-six new buildings have been constructed, totaling 3.3 million square feet.”Affleck-Graves, who is both a native of South Africa and a naturalized U.S. citizen, will return to teaching finance upon his June 30 retirement, the release said.Corrigan, the California Supreme Court justice, has served in numerous roles in the state’s judiciary system and has won many awards for her work, the release said. The magna cum laude alumna of Holy Names University, who was re-elected in November for another 12-year term, recently served as the co-chair of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System.“[Corrigan] and a fellow associate justice were described by the Los Angeles Times as judges whose ‘votes and opinions peg neither as an obvious liberal or conservative, ideologue or pragmatist. Both are considered deft thinkers and writers,’” the release said.In addition to his work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Poterba also serves as president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the “official arbiter” of recessions and recoveries of the U.S. economy. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Oxford.“The National Academy of Sciences, of which he is a member, honored him with its NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing for ’his influential and comprehensive review of factors determining the savings of individuals over their lifetimes and the private accumulation of wealth for retirement,’” the release said.Sánchez, who was appointed president of his university in 2010 for the first time and again for a second term in 2015 by Pope Francis, is a specialist in the medical field with a focus on “cystic fibrosis, asthma and other respiratory illnesses in children and is the author of a handbook and more than 200 articles on the subject,” according to the release. In the past he has served as both the director and dean of the university’s school of medicine.“In addition to his scholarly work in the medical field, he has written two books on Chilean higher education. He is the head of the Chilean chapter of Catholic universities, which is a part of the International Federation of Catholic Universities,” the release said.Takeuchi, an alumna of Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania, has collected many honors for her work over the course of her career, the release said.“[Takeuchi] has been honored many times over, including induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering, and as a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, for her development of the battery to power the implantable cardiac defibrillator,” the release said.According to the release, the device has helped save many lives and is one of several inventionsTakeuchi is attributed with creating.“Invented during her 22-year career at the technology firm Greatbatch Inc. (now Integer Corp.), the life-saving device provides a combination of high power, small size and long life — about five years, compared to the previous device batteries that lasted less than two years,” the release said. “The devices are implanted annually in more than 300,000 people with ventricular arrhythmias. She holds more than 150 patents and also is a chief scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory.”Tags: Commencement 2019, Honorary degree, John Affleck-Graveslast_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Georgia animal and dairy science Professor John Bernard has been named the winner of the 2020 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award from the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA).Bernard, who joined the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science on the UGA Tifton campus in 1998, is an expert in the nutrition and management of dairy cattle. His work focuses on improving nutritive efficiency, profitability and cow comfort.“It is an honor to be selected as the recipient of the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award, especially when I look at the list of previous recipients. During my 32-plus-year career, I have been fortunate to be able to conduct applied research and contribute to our understanding of dairy nutrition,” Bernard said.Bernard’s research program involves improving the utilization of nutrients provided by forages and by-product feeds in dairy rations. Current research projects involve effectively using winter annual and perennial grass for lactating dairy cows, enhancing the use and digestibility of whole cottonseed and other by-product feeds, studying protein and amino acid metabolism by lactating dairy cows, and reducing heat stress through environmental and nutritional modification.ADSA created the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award to stimulate and recognize outstanding achievement in research, teaching, extension or industry in applied dairy nutrition. The winner must have made significant contributions to the dairy industry in the area of applied dairy nutrition in one or more areas, such as applied nutrition research related to improved production efficiency, reproductive function, or herd health; integration of innovative nutritional management practices into profitable management systems; or education (including technology transfer and extension) and application of nutritional information to students, producers and the public.Since 2008, Bernard has served as research, extension and instruction coordinator for animal and dairy science at the Tifton campus, where he’s responsible for daily operations, budget and staff. His UGA Cooperative Extension program focuses on improving dairy producer returns through the use of good management practices and decision-making in the areas of forage production and management, nutrition, replacement heifer development and cow comfort.”Dr. Bernard’s background and training prepared him perfectly for the work for which he is now recognized. Growing up on and then managing his own dairy farm, working as a field agent for a major dairy cooperative, excellently trained at the University of Georgia in applied nutrition, John is definitely the dairyman’s scientist, as he truly understands their needs,” said Francis Fluharty, animal and dairy science department head. “Being appointed in both extension and research meant that he dealt directly with dairy farmers, county agents and industry professionals, learned their needs, and designed and conducted research to meet those needs. He then returned his findings to those who used his research results. So it is the perfect circle of his experience and expertise, the needs of the industry, and the ability to deliver the research to meet those needs that make him so deserving of this award. John has been a great servant to the dairy farmers of Georgia and the U.S. He is very deserving of this award, and we at the University of Georgia are proud that he is being recognized for his service to the dairy industry.”Bernard is a member of ADSA and the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and was appointed as a Diplomat in the American College of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition Discipline of ARPAS in 2011. He is a past president of ARPAS and has served as a director and officer of the Southern Branch of ADSA, director of the production division of ADSA, and senior advisor to the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. He received the Cady Award from the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association in 2013, the Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award from ADSA in 2011 and the Honor Award from the Southern Branch of ADSA in 2006.Bernard has secured more than $3.6 million in grants and gifts to support his applied research program, and to date, he has published 89 manuscripts, five book chapters, 68 bulletins and research reports, and 119 abstracts.He has actively collaborated with researchers in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to improve production in these tropical areas and to train graduate students and young faculty. As part of his extension duties, he has published 189 popular press articles and provided many county, state and regional talks. He works cooperatively with faculty from the University of Florida to coordinate the UGA-UFL Corn Silage and Forage Field Day, Dairy Education Seminars at Sunbelt Expo and other joint extension events.Bernard holds master’s and doctoral degrees from UGA and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.ADSA is an international organization of educators, scientists and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry. ADSA members are keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive and health requirements of the world’s population.More information on the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science is available at ads.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo July 10, 2009 Panama City, July 8 (EFE).- The Panamanian police confiscated 2.3 tons of cocaine and detained two Mexicans and one Panamanian linked to smuggling during two operations carried out in the province of Colón and in La Chorrera, west of the capital, the director of the police, Gustavo Pérez, announced today. Pérez stated to the press that “Kamboya Operation” in the town of Río Veraguas, in Colón, in the Caribbean region, and “Llano Operation” in the district of La Chorrera, were carried out yesterday in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office. In “Kamboya Operation,” 200 kilos of cocaine and a long-range rifle with a 24-shot cartridge were confiscated, but there were no arrests. The Chief Public Prosecutor for Drugs, Javier Caraballo, explained that the drugs were found hidden in the underbrush and packed in around eighty-seven bags. According to the official, the authorities believe that the drug traffickers were in the middle of refueling when the police action took place. “Two individuals were seen in the area at the time of the operation, but they fled,” specified Caraballo, who indicated that, although the final destination of the drugs is also unknown for certain, “they’re generally headed to the countries to the north.” He indicated that the Atlantic corridor, the area where the bags were found, is used for international drug trafficking, “especially by speedboats that leave Colombia and generally head for Mexico or the United States.” In “Llano Operation,” besides confiscating 2.1 tons of cocaine, the police arrested two Mexican citizens who had been released on bond while awaiting trial on similar charges, and one Panamanian. The drugs were found hidden in a truck that had a metal false bottom in its roof, according to the authorities, who did not release the names of the persons implicated. Two other vehicles, one of which had a false bottom, a sealed tank of gas for an outboard motor, and welding materials, were also seized in the operation.last_img read more

first_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Seokoh, Inc., a manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products, will expand its operations in Scott Township, Lackawanna County and support the creation of 280 new jobs.“Pennsylvania is fourth in the nation in the manufacturing of toiletry products, and Seokoh’s expansion in Lackawanna County is a testament to our competitive advantage,” said Governor Wolf. “Our diverse workforce and central location make Pennsylvania a prime place to do business and we are pleased to see Seokoh further grow its operations right here in the commonwealth.”Seokoh, owned by Kolmar Korea, currently owns a 70,000-square-foot facility and leases three other facilities. The company will purchase two adjoining sites next to its current manufacturing facility in the Scott Technology Park to construct a new 200,000-square-foot facility. The company will also renovate its current manufacturing facility and purchase new equipment to provide for streamlined operations and future growth. The company has pledged to invest $27.9 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 280 new, full-time jobs and retain 290 existing jobs over the next three years.“This expansion project is planned to be the location of the company’s North American headquarters, adding ‘beyond continents’ to ‘beyond science, beyond inside, beyond Kolmar… for an ever changing and evolving Kolmar Korea’,” said Jason Lee, Director, North American Business Division of Kolmar Korea. “Seokoh and Kolmar Korea would like to thank Scott Township, Lakeland School District, and Lackawanna County as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for their continued support. We would also like to express our appreciation for the assistance of the Chamber of Scranton and the Governor’s Action Team for their efforts and guidance.”Seokoh received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $126,000 workforce development grant to help the company train its existing workers and $480,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $7.25 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.“The beauty industry in the U.S. reached $18.8 billion in 2018, comprising of $13.7 billion in makeup and skin care product sales. Seokoh, Inc. is a global leader in the cosmetics industry. Their investment within Scott Technology Park is a testament to the success manufacturing companies are experiencing in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. We look forward to continued partnerships, working alongside the Seokoh team, as they grow their corporate campus, creating quality jobs, and investment in Scott Township,” said Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.Seokoh is a leading contract manufacturer and filler of premium cosmetics and personal care products. Seokoh and its affiliates/subsidiaries offer full concept-to-shelf services including product formulation and development, color matching, manufacturing, filling and ingredient and packaging sourcing.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Cosmetics Manufacturer Seokoh, Creation of Nearly 300 New PA Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 20, 2019last_img read more