Press release: £500,000 penalty for sewage discharge at Sutton Park

first_imgSevern Trent Water Limited was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 22 March 2019, for the incident which occurred in November 2013. In addition to the fine, the company was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £50,693 and a victim surcharge of £120.The incident occurred due to a blockage in the company’s sewer system within Sutton Park.On 12 November 2013 at around 4pm, the Sutton Park Visitor Centre received a report of a sewage smell and that a sewer was discharging waste into the Longmoor Valley. Due to poor light, the location of the incident was not identified until the following morning when a park ranger found a large amount of sewage flowing from a manhole cover and spreading across the surrounding area.Officers from Natural England attended and mapped the extent of the damage. They found that the sewage had spread across an area of 1.15 hectares (an area slightly greater than the size of an international rugby pitch). Sewage had also entered a nearby ditch and travelled 700 metres into the Longmoor Brook to the Longmoor Pool within the Park.Severn Trent Water Ltd liaised with Natural England, the Environment Agency, Birmingham City Council and Historic England to produce a plan to remediate the site. Soil and plants had to be scraped up across the affected area to stop the spread of sewage contamination. Around 0.65 hectares of rare and sensitive plants were destroyed. Representatives from Natural England expressed concern with the progress and efficiency of the clean-up operation, which concluded in May 2014.In passing sentence, His Honour Judge Drew QC recognised that Sutton Park is an environmentally sensitive area, and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The judge noted that the clean-up operation had been slow and poorly managed, but that the company had ultimately taken all necessary steps to remediate the site and that it had made a long term commitment to restoring the affected area.In mitigation, the court noted the company’s overall environmental record and set of values, that the company had accepted responsibility for the incident, and that it was not a commercially motivated offence.The Environment Agency has recognised an improvement in Severn Trent Water Limited’s overall environmental compliance since the incident. The organisation were identified as an industry leading company in the Environment Agency’s Environmental Performance Assessment in 2017.Emma Johnson, Natural England’s Area Manager for the West Midlands, said: This case demonstrates how partners work together to share information and advice to protect the environment. It also highlights the importance of reporting environmental damage or pollution quickly, and members of the public can do this by calling the Environment Agency Incident Hotline on 0800 807660. Marc Lidderth, Area Environment Manager for the Environment Agency said:center_img There’s a lot of love for Sutton Park. It is used and enjoyed by many, it’s a prime site for wildlife and is part of the history of the West Midlands. The sewage spill incident caused by Severn Trent Water and the impact it had is amongst the worst damage to a SSSI that Natural England have witnessed. It’s particularly disappointing as water companies should have technology and processes in place to prevent this type of spill from happening. Natural England have supported and worked closely with the Environment Agency and I hope that the outcome of this prosecution helps highlight the importance of protected sites and the need to look out for them. Looking forward, I am hopeful that ourselves and the Environment Agency can work with Severn Trent Water to rectify the issues and restore the site to a healthy state, and prevent future spills.last_img read more

Chris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSG On New Mini Podcast Episode

first_imgOur Inside Out WTNS podcast returns this week with another “Tweener” episode. In it, hosts Seth Weiner and Rob Turner first discuss Bob Dylan and some recent music articles, before revisiting their interview with Chris Kuroda (episode 18). The bulk of the original interview focuses on the details around Kuroda and the band’s decision last year to incorporate video elements into their already-superb presentation, and how Kuroda executed this transition. This portion of the interview is best heard in its entirety.The current episode focuses on Kuroda’s comments regarding the early days with Phish – about how he learned many things on the fly, like the importance of leasing lights, “…as soon as (we) own(ed) them, they become obsolete, especially when we moved into the moving light world.”He talks about how his responsibilities became more focused during these years, and we hear him rave about his programmer Andrew Giffin, “he knows all the programming on the root level of the code,” which in turn provides Kuroda great flexibility as Giffin can adjust the console to CK’s ever-evolving and exacting needs.Finally, Kuroda discusses how his familiarity with Madison Square Garden may increasingly benefit Phish shows there, as he now has access to house lights located all over the room, “we plan on really digging into that now that I have a lot of programming for it.”  This is surely great news for anyone holding tickets to any, or all, of the band’s forthcoming “Baker’s Dozen” run of shows at this iconic venue.Listen to the new episode, streaming below.The long-running Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast brings you a fresh take on the music scene by combining behind-the-scenes and fan perspectives. Each episode features engaging interviews with your favorite artists and insightful commentary from genre veterans sprinkled with comedy. For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes. You can also email the Podcast here ([email protected]), to submit feedback that may be read on future episodes! Next week, Jim Loughlin and Al Schnier of moe. will be featured – you won’t want to miss it![Photo via Dave DeCrescente]last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Webcasts For Upcoming L.A. Shows

first_imgOn Thursday, November 8th, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will head out to the Golden Shore for their first of four California shows this weekend to wrap up their 2018 touring schedule. The run will begin with two performances at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on Thursday (11/8) and Friday (11/9) before rounding out with a two-night stand at the Fox Theater in Oakland.Today, the band has announced that they will webcast their two performances at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, so fans from all over the country can join in the fun from the comfort of their couches. The Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Los Angeles pay-per-view webcasts will hosted via, and are available to pre-order now as single shows or as a discounted two-night package.The webcasts will begin each night at 8 p.m. Pacific (11 p.m. Eastern). For more information on the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead webcasts on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th, head here.Following the band’s four nights in California this weekend, the only other dates currently on Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s schedule are their three Capitol Theatre performances on January 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2019. Here’s hoping the band adds some new shows to the docket soon!last_img read more

The Future is Bright in a Multi-Cloud World

first_imgThe Future Is BrightThis update to the Future-Proof Loyalty Program strengthens the strong portfolio of benefits across all storage, data protection & HCI products. It’s not just a storage focused program anymore; Future-Proof is the most comprehensive customer experience loyalty program in the industry.Please visit to learn more, or consult an expert at Dell EMC or your favorite Dell EMC channel partner to see exactly how these benefits apply to you. Future-Proof Loyalty Program Expands with HCI and Cloud ComponentsSince its launch in November of 2017, the Future-Proof Loyalty Program has provided additional peace of mind and investment protection with Dell EMC storage and data protection purchases. Now we’re making the program even stronger and more flexible by adding support to Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) solutions and expanded cloud offerings.Future-Proof for VxRailFirst, I’m extremely excited to announce the addition of Dell EMC VxRail systems to the Future-Proof Loyalty Program.  With the purchase of a new VxRail system with a ProSupport maintenance agreement, you’re automatically enlisted in the Future-Proof program, delivering additional investment protection, peace of mind and a path forward.Future Proof for VxRail includes:3-year Satisfaction Guarantee. The product will do what we say it will do, and if you’re still not satisfied, we will repair, replace, or give you money back.Hardware Investment Protection. Your hardware will keep its value, from purchase through upgrade.Predictable Support Pricing. Clear and predictable prepaid and renewal support pricing  with additional features when you renew your maintenance contract.Never-Worry Data Migrations. We make it simple to move to the next generation.All Inclusive Software. You get a functional, useable system with a single purchase.New Cloud Offers. Capabilities for working in a multi-cloud world, described below.Expanded Future-Proof Cloud OffersIn addition to VxRail, we’ve added two new pillars to the Future-Proof Loyalty Program to improve its utility in a multi-cloud world: Cloud Enabled and Cloud Consumption. Customers want their infrastructure to leverage cloud-like capabilities, consumption models, and multi-cloud environments, and Dell EMC has a wide range of offerings to meet these requirements. Products in the Future-Proof program incorporate characteristics of Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure and Cloud Consumption, as described in the Dell EMC Cloud Marketplace.Cloud EnabledDell EMC storage, data protection & HCI products can now leverage cloud capabilities including mobility, protection, data services and control.Cloud Mobility: With VxRail products, use VSphere vMotion to seamlessly move entire workloads – virtual machines, data sets and snapshots – between VxRail and a VMware environment in a public cloudCloud Data Mobility: Provides the flexibility to augment your on-premises Isilon, Dell EMC Unity, Data Domain and IDPA products with cloud-based storage – whether on or off premises.Cloud Data Protection: Cloud protection solutions from Dell EMC based on Data Domain and IDPA help you transform your data center to deliver on your required service levels for backup and recovery as you adopt a multi-cloud operating model.Cloud Data Services: With ECS, any organization can deliver scalable and simple public cloud services with the reliability and control of a private-cloud infrastructure.Cloud Control: Use CloudIQ to access the status of your PowerMax, VMAX, XtremIO X2, Dell EMC Unity and SC Series systems wherever you are and whenever you need.Cloud ConsumptionOptions for flexible consumption of infrastructure based on the type and usage of products’ cloud capabilities. Enabled by Dell Financial Services (DFS), this pillar lets you use Dell EMC’s flexible consumption models to pay for what you need, when you need it. Specifically we offer:Ready Capacity: Storage growth on demandFlex On Demand: Metered usage for storage bufferCloudFlex: Flexible return options for HCI and hybrid cloudlast_img read more

Kroc Institute honors peace studies students

first_imgThe Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies recently announced seniors Alex Coccia and Ilse Zenteno as recipients of the 2014 Yarrow Award for their accomplishments in academics and in the field of peace studies.Ernesto Verdeja, Chair of the Yarrow Award Committee and director of undergraduate studies at the Kroc Institute, said winners are selected by the committee, which is comprised of faculty members who have worked closely with the senior peace studies majors.“We consistently get some of the most exceptional students of the University in the peace studies program,” he said. “So it is often very difficult to select a [recipient] because of the quality of the accomplishments they have.”Recipients of the award are selected based on their academic accomplishments and ability to combine and apply their scholarly knowledge with an awareness of how the world works outside of the classroom.“One thing that is important is to highlight the significant successes that the students have who have done work in the community or have accomplished work outside of the community and around the world,” Verdeja said. “These two students, in particular, are remarkable examples of what we strive for in the Kroc Institute, excellence in terms of scholarship and a commitment to trying to change the world.”Coccia has worked on and continues to develop a number of projects, including sexual assault prevention efforts, recommendations for services for students with high financial need and mental health resources.Coccia is also the founder of the “4 to 5 Movement,” a student initiative aimed at recruiting allies of the LGBTQ community to speak up in support of the community. He also helped the gay-straight alliance student organization PrismND gain recognition for their work. Off campus, Coccia worked with the Read to a Child program from his freshman to junior year.After graduation, Coccia will work in Washington in either a government agency or a non-profit organization through funding from the Truman Scholarship.During her time at Notre Dame, Zenteno interned with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) through their International Summer Service Learning Program as a short-term missionary in Bolivia. During the summer following her sophomore year, she participated in the CSC’s Summer Service Learning Program and lived with women on probation and parole while serving as a mentor during their transition back into society.Zenteno is also very involved with the local community. She volunteers regularly at the South Bend Catholic Worker, has interned with the Public Defender’s Office at the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend and accepted an AmeriCorps position as Outreach and Social Media Coordinator at St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty.“I sometimes get discouraged or overwhelmed with all of the social problems we continuously face, but receiving this award was a great honor,” she said. “It made me realize that we can never give up and must always fight for the greater good of our society.”After graduation, Zenteno plans to work at St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty until mid-July, when she will return to her hometown of St. Louis. She hopes to pursue an academic career in peace studies and international development.“You don’t have to travel to a developing country in Africa, Latin America or Asia to begin doing service,” she said. “It begins here at home in our own cities, in our own backyards.”Tags: Alex Coccia, award, Ernesto Verdeja, Ilse Zenteno, Kroc Institute, LGBTQ, Peace Studies, Yarrow Awardlast_img read more Summer Camp, Day 11! Mitzi Gaynor’s Got Company

first_imgWe’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10 out of 10 sets of the good china. LOOK OUT FOR… 1:54. News flash—in order to keep a man truly happy, a woman must be a princess in the parlor, a magician in the kitchen and a temptress in the bedroom…and then start rearranging the order. (Huh?!) WHY WE LOVE IT This musical ode to relationships has it all: Sexual innuendos that make no sense, archaic ideas of what a woman should do to make a man happy, and of course, Jerry Orbach. The 1976 salute to Company on Mitzi: A Tribute to the American Housewife features a star-studded cast (yes, that’s Ted Knight from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and some seriously weird ‘70s fashion. We’re still not sure which is worse—Jerry Orbach’s pointy orange collar or the party guest with the red evening gown and giant glasses.center_img View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTlast_img read more

Bald Eagle Found and Treated for Injuries the day before July 4

first_imgWhile alert during his examinations, Justice was said to have no obvious fractures or other signs of trauma according to Kristy Jacobus, the clinic director at City Wildlife in a report by The Washington Post.The male eagle weighed in at 9 pounds with wide, bright yellow eyes and its tongue out panting from the distress of close contact with humans and being in an unfamiliar environment. Nevertheless, the eagle was in wonderful hands with a plan to rehabilitate the bird and get it back to the District.The next step on the road to recovery is for the eagle to be transported to a center in Delaware for further examinations including X-rays. Once the bird is cleared, it will be on its way back to the nation’s capital. Washington D.C. is home to two known bald eagles’ nests, even though they are rare in urban areas. The nest at the National Arboretum is home to the beloved pair of eagles named “Mr. President” and “First Lady,” and the other pair has been located in a nest at the D.C. police academy with the names of “Liberty” and “Justice”.Photo by: Jahi ChikwendiuFollowing a brutal rain storm on Saturday, one of the eagles was found and taken to be treated Monday at City Wildlife in D.C. The injured bird is predicted by Wildlife Biologist, Dan Rauch, to be Justice based on its talon size and weight.Justice fell victim to chance as heavy rain conditions put bald eagles at risk of water being trapped under their feathers. This weighs them down, making it common for them to be grounded- where birds don’t thrive like they do in the skies.last_img read more

New Horizons Brings School Supplies, Improvements to Ica

first_imgBy Dialogo November 06, 2012 Representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, the Southern Command of the United States (SOUTHCOM) and the Virgin of Loreto Association in Ica, Peru, handed over more than $53,000 in folders, desks, school kits and medical supplies to surrounding communities participating in New Horizons 2012. At the same time, the humanitarian mission inaugurated a classroom in the “Peruvian Air Force 2nd Sgt. Orrego Lázaro Morales Educational Institute,” which was built jointly by the Armed Forces of Peru and the United States. New Horizons is a series of joint humanitarian exercises conducted annually by the SOUTHCOM with Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Its main objective is to promote bilateral cooperation, interoperability and joint disaster response capabilities. The donations made in early October were a result of close cooperation between SOUTHCOM and the U.S. Embassy in Peru, the South American country’s Armed Forces and U.S. and Peruvian NGOs such as the Virgin of Loreto Association, a Peruvian non-profit that has supported the Peruvian people with civic actions in different regions of Peru during 20 years. The Virgin of Loreto Association accepted the U.S. donation and took charge of the official handover of the donation. The material included 2,400 school kits for children, which included modern and colorful school bags and supplies donated by the Office Depot Foundation; disaster relief equipment donated by the Midwest Mission Distribution Center; and medical equipment donated by the Sister’s Mission Outreach Hospital. U.S. Navy Captain Kyzar Ryan, highlighted the valuable services provided by NGOs such as the Virgin of Loreto Association.last_img read more

Should paralegals be regulated?

first_imgShould paralegals be regulated? Should paralegals be regulated? Lawmakers ask the Bar to study the issue The Bar Board of Governors has approved the creation of a new special committee to study whether paralegals in Florida should be regulated.The new panel was recommended by the Program Evaluation Committee and approved by the board at its June 3 meeting. Incoming Bar President Alan Bookman announced he will be appointing members to the new panel and is welcoming suggestions for members.PEC Chair Richard Tanner said bills were introduced in the House and Senate to regulate paralegals earlier this year. Lawmakers agreed not to push those measures if the Bar agreed to study the issue and make its own proposals.The Special Committee on Paralegal Studies is set to report to the board before the March 2006 start of the next legislative session, Tanner said.Bookman noted the four legislators who wrote the Bar about the issue asked for a report by September 1, but he said that is unrealistic. He also said he had written the four legislators and invited their participation, as well as invited help from the Bar’s sections.“The bills did not go anywhere, but the legislature is asking the Bar to get with the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations and hopefully come up with a recommendation,” Bookman said.“I think we need to hear from the legislature; I think we need to hear from the education aspect; and I think we need to hear from lawyers who use paralegals in their practice,” he said. “Additionally, I’d like to have an office administrator on that committee.”He said board member Ross Goodman, who teaches a paralegal course at the University of West Florida, will chair the committee.The issue could be very important to lawyers. Bookman noted one of the filed bills provided that when lawyers submit their bills to courts for payment, they could only get reimbursed for paralegals who are licensed under the proposed legislation. July 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

The Photo – September 2013

first_imgSENTENCED: Private Bradley Manning, the whistleblower who leaked more than 700,000 military documents and state department cables to WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Aug. 21, 2013 by a military judge presiding over his leak case. Manning, who enlisted in 2007 and had been deployed to Iraq as an intelligence analyst in 2009, released cockpit gun-sight footage, dubbed “Collateral Murder,” of U.S. Apache helicopters killing a dozen unarmed civilians and two Reuters photojournalists in Iraq in 2007. Manning said in a statement through his attorney after his sentencing that he would be seeking hormone therapy treatment while in prison. The 25-year-old will now be known as Chelsea Manning. (Photo credit: U.S. Army) Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more