The Firing Squad

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"The campaign headquarters for US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been evacuated after a white substance was discovered in an envelope, police say.

The substance was first discovered by two interns at a campaign office in Manhattan on Friday night (local time) and was taken to Clinton's Brooklyn headquarters, triggering the evacuation of the 11th floor, a New York Police Department spokesman said.

A total of four people were exposed to the substance, police said, though there were no injuries or reported illnesses."


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Hail Marys'

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SXX: Environmental Officer
"Sirius Minerals is seeking an Environmental Officer to work within the project management team of its US$2.9 billion multi-discipline engineering, procurement and construction project. The role will be based in North Yorkshire and will report to the Environmental Manager.
The Environmental Officer will develop and implement procedures for the planning, monitoring, controlling and reporting of environmental compliance of Sirius Minerals and its contractors.
Key responsibilities

  • Survey and audit contractor compliance with the requirements of the contracts, legislation and environmental protective measures throughout the duration of the works Sirius Minerals is seeking an Environmental Officer to work within the project management team of its US$2.9 billion multi-discipline engineering, procurement and construction project. The role will be based in North Yorkshire and will report to the Environmental Manager.
  • Internal surveillance and auditing of Project overall compliance with the above
  • Maintain a regular presence at the various works sites, particularly at ground-breaking stages and during environmentally sensitive times of the year
  • Undertake regular reporting of compliance issues, environmental works progress and other issues
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the work of specialist environmental contractors
  • Provide on-going advice in relation to compliance and environmental management, in accordance with qualifications and experience
  • Any other activities on site, or in the office, as instructed by the Environment Manager and/or other senior staff.

Skills and experience

  • Educated to degree level with a proven track record and experience in technical construction works and construction project consenting
  • Significant experience in the environmental management field. Experience in the mining industry is desirable
  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking monitoring and auditing of compliance with statutory environmental requirements and in accordance with Environmental Management Systems
  • Demonstrable experience in the discharge of and compliance with the environmental requirements of Planning Permissions
  • Professional full membership, or working towards such, of CIWEM, IEEM or IEMA or equivalent
  • Strong influencing and consulting/communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of collaboration with suppliers or contractors
  • Proven experience of working with a portfolio of projects
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Attractive remuneration package depending on experience
Closing date
30 November 2016"

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SXX: Health & Safety Officer
"The role
Sirius Minerals is seeking a Health & Safety Manager to work within the project management team of its US$2.9 billion multi-discipline engineering, procurement and construction project. The role will be based in North Yorkshire and will report to one of the Project’s Area Project Managers.
Key responsibilities

  • Act as the key point of contact for all health and safety matters for the Project, actively supporting the Project Leadership Team to deliver outstanding safety performance through a robust safety culture
  • Promote a culture of leadership, ownership and employee engagement, and lead an ongoing improvement of health and safety behaviours across the Project
  • Ensure the effectiveness of project processes and procedures in ensuring the safety of all staff, contractors and visitors
  • Ensure that such policies, systems and procedures as are necessary to enable the business to discharge its statutory duties and responsibilities are in place and effective
  • Maintain expert technical awareness, and provide expert advice, on all matters relating to H&S legislation and thinking
  • Ensure that all H&S risks are formally identified and actively managed – from site level to legislation – and maintain an effective and meaningful major hazards programme
  • Plan, assist and participate in safety audits, including safety and readiness audits of contractors employed by the company
  • Lead, develop and motivate the H&S team, and provide support and guidance to contractor safety teams across the Project
  • Monitor trends and benchmark agreed metrics and performance within the context of our ambition to be global leaders in safety
  • Play a lead role in ensuring that our teams are always committed to looking after themselves and each other

Skills and Experience
The successful candidate will be a qualified H&S professional with a background in and in-depth knowledge of large engineering, procurement and construction projects. He or she will have extensive experience as a health and safety practitioner.
This is a high profile and influential role within the business. The successful candidate must be able to engage at all levels of the organisation – from the Board to the site construction worker – to promote and embed effective thinking around H&S performance. The ability to articulate confidently and credibly in the presence of senior managers is important, as is the ability to provide support and coaching to empower individuals to achieve strategic outcomes and targets.
The candidate will be results focused and able to demonstrate experience of delivering improvements in safety performance in a large, complex, project environment. They will have experience of creating and embedding an effective safety management system within a robust and consistent safety culture, of securing and maintaining ISO and related accreditations, and of dealing with regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be engaging, enthusiastic, optimistic and persistent, ready to change minds and make a real impact.
Regular travel to our sites in North Yorkshire will be required and a clean UK Driving Licence is therefore essential. Specific experience in large volume materials handling (over 10 Mtpa) and/or tunnelling or shaft sinking projects is desirable.
Attractive remuneration package depending on experience
Closing date
30 November 2016"

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Travel Correspondent

for the New York Times ;-)


"Correction: January 4, 2017

The No. 14 entry on Page T2 about Penzance, England, describes its location incorrectly. Penzance is in the southwest part of the country, not the southeast.

Correction: January 7, 2017

The No. 17 entry on Page T2A about Sikkim, India, misstates the year an airport is scheduled to open there. It is 2017, not 2018. The entry also refers incorrectly to Sikkim’s becoming the first fully organic state in India. It happened in 2015, not in 2016.

Correction: January 7, 2017

The No. 47 entry on Page T11 about Laikipia, Kenya, misstates the number of suites at the Arijiju, a private-home retreat in Laikipia. There are fives suites, not 10.

Correction: January 7, 2017

The No. 31 entry on Page T2B about Napa Valley, Calif., refers incorrectly to the ownership of the restaurant Two Birds/One Stone there. It is not owned by Kenzo Estate wines, which has a winery in the area. The entry, using information from a publicist, also refers incorrectly to the opening of Las Alcobas Hotel in Napa. It is scheduled to open later in January; it did not open in December 2016.

Correction: January 7, 2017

The No. 2 entry on Page T2 about Atacama Desert, Chile, erroneously attributes a distinction to a telescope at a hotel there. It is the country’s largest privately owned telescope, not its largest telescope.

Correction: January 7, 2017

The No. 30 entry on Page T2B about Chiang Mai, Thailand, misstates the year the X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel is scheduled to open. It is 2017, not 2018."


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A Smile A Day

"AN iconic mining landmark on the brink of demolition has been saved thanks to a committed bunch of campaigners.

The headframe at Groverake mine in Weardale, County Durham, has been under threat for more than a year after the owner’s lease on the site ran out.

However, residents, mining enthusiasts and former employees of the closed fluorspar mine refused to let the headframe go without a fight and formed a campaign group called The Friends of Groverake.

The owner, Sherburn Stone, agreed to hand over the head gear and, with the help of the Friends of Killhope, the campaigners presented a business plan to the landowner’s agent.

An appeal was then launched to raise the £18,000 needed to cover the legal costs associated with taking on the structure, with money pouring

in from as far-a-field as the United States.

Today (Tuesday), Margaret Manchester, of the Friends of Killhope, announced the future of the much-loved landmark near Rookhope was secure.

And the news is all the greater because the landowner has agreed to take responsibility for headframe, meaning all of the appeal donations will be refunded.

Mrs Manchester said: “This is an excellent outcome for a historic structure which is dear to the hearts of local people. My father worked at the mine and I know how happy he will be at this news.”

Mrs Manchester thanked those who had supported the appeal, adding: “Without such huge public interest we would probably have lost this vital part of our heritage for ever. All those who gave money will now receive a full refund and we wish the landowner all the best for the future of Groverake. We have offered him any help he might need.”

Oh,OK ;


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Sleeping Beauty

"For people stuck in traffic, or with Heart FM on in the background, there will only be the subtlest of indications, at first, that something is going on. Britain’s commercial radio stations have a network of blue “obit lights”, which is tested once a week and supposed to light up in the event of a national catastrophe."

Thats not very nice... Diabolical Knaves!!

How very dare they ... wot do ya mean she is not Immortal !!

The Ides... The Ides ...


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The Spaniels & Stunts

"The genius of the stunt was not to win an instant contract to follow up on such a commitment, but to put an end to decades of dithering over energy policy, that major political parties are so famous for in Australia and around the world, and which have intensified the climate crisis to dangerous levels.

Musk’s stunt was not without self-interest. It also aimed to position Tesla as a can-do company for future contracts. But where it was lethal was in completely neutering the campaign against renewables.

Anti-renewable politicians around the country, regardless of whether they are captive to the fossil-fuel lobby, could no longer argue for a dubious “clean-coal” powered station that would take between five and seven years to build when Tesla could fix a state’s energy crisis in 100 days — and not emit one gram of carbon at the end of the process....

"However, the intrinsic value of storage is that the more you add, the less volatility there will be in a market. This creates a stable price for consumers and fewer profits for the corporations..."

@3.14 /// /// ooo err woman dares to speak .. pmsl

(the man seen smiling on the left) is the CEO of AGL which apparently means "Australian Gas Light Company", now "AGL Energy"

Happy families ..

Ah, so  ... Brave New World

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Mind the Pennies

"Speaking in Estonia, he called Russia their biggest security threat, telling the Nato allies: "An attack on one of us is an attack on us all."...

"A strong and united Nato is more necessary today than at any point since the collapse of communism a quarter-century ago," he said.

"And no threat looms larger in the Baltic states than the spectre of aggression from your unpredictable neighbour to the east..."


"Business Secretary Greg Clark is to bring proceedings against former directors of the collapsed charity Kids Company charity to have them banned from company directorships.

The Insolvency Service names former chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh, Alan Yentob and seven others.

Kids Company - which provided support to deprived and vulnerable children - closed down in August 2015 following allegations of mismanagement.

The bans would be for up to six years.

The list of nine directors includes Mr Yentob, who was creative director at the BBC at the time of the charity's collapse.

The proceedings name all nine former directors; Sunetra Devi Atkinson, Erica Jane Bolton, Richard Gordonn Handover, Vincent Gerald O'Brien, Francesca Mary Robinson, Jane Tyler, Andrew Webster and Alan Yentob," said the Insolvency Service statement.

"The former chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh was not formally a director at the time the charity collapsed. However, the proceedings will allege that she acted as a de facto director and should therefore also be disqualified from running or controlling other companies."

"We can confirm that the Insolvency Service has written to the former directors of Keeping Kids Company informing them that the Business Secretary intends to bring proceedings to have them disqualified from running or controlling companies for periods of between two-and-a-half and six years.

"As this matter will now be tested in the Court, it is not appropriate to comment further."

Erm ...

Ah, so ...  those who wanna


Grrrrr ...

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The Fringe Fandango

Cough ...

Ha Ha

Eee bah gum.

"You could be the best comic in Britain then because there was only 11 people doing it...

"Comedy is a gigantic industry now matching aerospace and pharmaceuticals," he said..

"It's like the grand master says 'there's always opportunity, when one door closes another opens'. I used to have an Orion Soyuz X Wing like that."

Sayle is at the Underbelly Med Quad, Cow Barn, 2-11 August."


Ooh the irony :



'China currently controls 97% of global REE production and are taking actions to restrict REE exports'

More gobbly de gook.


wtf ...


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Foiled Again

"A North Hykeham auction house is offering people the chance to buy a full-size 106ft replica of Captain James Cook's legendary HMS Endeavour - for £50,000.

The ship, one of only two full-sized replicas in the world, cost £2.5m to build and was launched in 1993.

It is currently moored in Stockton and houses a museum, catering facilities and is available for events, parties, re-enactments and filming..."

Darn it...

Ah, so ... Baldrick!!

Wear it.


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Cheep at Chips

"9:21am 10th August 2017

The leader of Scarborough Borough Council says he's 'furious' that the town has been criticised by an accountancy firm which named it as a bankruptcy hotspot.

Derek Bastiman has been responding to coverage in the national media of a report by the firm Moore Stephens, which placed Scarborough third in a list of top ten places for high bankruptcy rates.

Torquay came top of the list, which featured a number of seaside towns.

The report claims 'the British coastal industries and tourism are continuing their declines'.

But Cllr. Bastiman says "the Yorkshire coast is as far removed from ‘in decline’ as you can possibly get".

He's issued a lengthy statement detailing his response... "

Blah Blah

Probably about the cheeapest expenses returns in the Country (with two t's)


"... HMRC rules allow employees to receive £3,600 worth of shares from their employer tax free every year. Most of these awards are below that threshold.

The employee wins through a tax-free windfall, Amazon wins because it hasn't got to pay any cash out, which leaves HMRC as the big loser.

This is not just allowed by UK tax law - it is required by it.

So, weirdly, the more valuable Amazon becomes, the less tax this particular bit of its business pays.

There is heightened sensitivity around the tax affairs of technology giants such as Amazon, Google and Apple. The challenge of adapting a tax code written for a bygone era to work effectively on technology multinationals who have socked billions away in low tax jurisdictions remains.

But the practice of giving staff shares is widespread, generally seen as a good way to promote loyalty and engagement - and is 100% legal."

Oh. Cuckoos:


An Elvis night at the Cask...

The Uninvited.

Oh, OK...  Enya

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Pocklington Post

"Turns out Yorkshire residents should head to Whitby, where you'll then be able to watch the end of the world from the comfort of the seaside town, safe from background radiation."


How Now about those rabbit holes...keep digging

Erm, not in Norway

In the UK gas plays a major role in all our lives, to heat our homes, cook our food and in the manufacture of a wide range of household items. Gas accounted for more than 42% of electricity generated in Britain last year and the proportion has been growing as coal-fired power stations are phased out. However, we are importing more and more gas and Government estimates are that we will be importing 80% of our requirement by 2020 with the consequent impact on the environment, our balance of payments and security of supply. By using the natural gas we have just a mile under our feet, we can ensure that the British public has a secure source of gas to heat the 84% of homes dependent on gas for the coming decades. For over three decades, Third Energy has been producing gas and electricity and providing work for people and businesses in North Yorkshire. Anyone who has any knowledge of the onshore oil and gas industry will be bemused by the one-sided nature of Clive Hinchcliffe’s opinion column (Thursday 6 July) about hydraulic fracturing and Third Energy. We are an industry that is highly regulated, publicly on-show and have always embraced open and transparent communication with our regulators and the community. Our plans to hydraulically fracture were subject to intense scrutiny by councillors and officials from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and the Environment Agency (EA) and public consultation. It took two years for us to secure permission with NYCC and the regulators set 46 separate conditions that we need to achieve before operations can commence. Third Energy works closely with all its regulatory bodies: EA, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Minerals Planning Authority (MPA) and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to ensure its operations maintain environmental compliance at all times. The regulatory system is very detailed and every part of Third Energy’s operations is, quite rightly, subject to close scrutiny. Third Energy can confirm that we were recently required to review a section of our environmental management system, it is important to note that there was no risk or impact to the environment at any point. These reports demonstrate the rigour of the EA and how its system of oversight works. Every small issue, either technical or administrative, is identified, recorded and then the required follow up action detailed. A few protesters have occupied a local landowner’s field without permission and are showing scant regard for the law and regulations. Third Energy fully respects people’s right to lawful protest. But at all times we must ensure the safety of our operations, employees and suppliers. Another point made in the recent article by Mr Hinchliffe refers to ‘Barclays Bank quitting shale gas’. We have a supportive investor, Barclays is the majority stakeholder in Third Energy, and its position hasn’t changed. Third Energy is in a good financial situation and we can meet all our obligations to the licencing and regulatory bodies. Whatever those who 
oppose our industry tell you, we need to utilise the opportunity of domestic onshore gas in a safe way. We work closely with local residents, local businesses, local councils and the regulators. We look forward to being able to continue responsibly developing our operations in the future in the same safe, discreet and environmentally sensitive way.

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Scaramouche - A Pulse

"Norwegian manufacturer Pipelife Norge said the 8ft (2.4m) diameter pipes broke loose from a tugboat when it was hit by a container ship last month.

The beached segments, the longest of which measures 1,574ft (480m), washed up at Winterton and Sea Palling.

Eight pipes still at sea were "secured and under control", the MCA said.

The pipes were being towed to Algeria for use in an energy project by MTS Viscount, before being hit by the Samskip Courier vessel on 19 July.

Pipelife Norge said up to seven tugboats and two diving teams would assist the salvage operation..."

tis a Kracken web ;-0