Press release: Hundreds of commercial properties “sitting targets” for waste criminals

first_img We are keen to raise awareness among our membership about the horrendous impacts of this type of organised waste crime. By following tips from the Environment Agency, farmers can take some steps to protect themselves from these scammers and avoid being landed with a huge waste problem and a bill that could run to thousands of pounds. Carry out rigorous checks on prospective new tenants. Land and property owners have a responsibility to ensure anyone leasing their land/premises complies with regulations, so it is essential that you establish how and for what they are going to use the land/property. Check any empty land and property regularly and make sure it is secure. It is illegal to store waste on your land without the required permits. You may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored on your land or property without the relevant permissions and you could be liable to prosecution and the cost of removing the waste. Landlords should check before signing a contract that the contract complies with regulations. You can view whether a potential tenant holds the correct permit to carry out waste operations. The offer of payment to temporarily store waste is a scam, the waste will likely never be collected. Be vigilant and report any unusual behaviour. If you are suspicious of prospective tenants please contact us for more information and advice. If you are approached to store baled waste, even on a short term basis, refuse the material and call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The Environment Agency is urging owners of land and property across the South East to be extra vigilant after investigations reveal that ‘baled waste crime’ is on the increase.The waste is often plastic, builders, commercial or household rubbish that cannot be recycled and which has no monetary value. The waste is compressed into a block or ‘bale’ and concealed by plastic strapping.There have been incidents of large scale dumping of baled waste on privately-owned sites across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire since 2017.Alan Cansdale, an Environment Manager for the Environment Agency, said: The deposit sites include leased and rental properties where the criminals provide false details to secure warehouse space, barns or open land on industrial estates, farms or private property – with articulated trailers on public roads or car parks being targeted as well.In a bid to stop waste criminals in their tracks, the Environment Agency is appealing to property and land owners, commercial property agents, trade associations and local authorities to be on their guard. With the right advice and checks, landlords can also help safeguard themselves.Tom Ormesher, Environment and Land Use Adviser for the National Farmers Union (NFU) in the South East, said: These criminal offences have not been random or opportunistic dumping of waste, but rather systematic and organised crime where secure sites have been targeted using what appears to be legal and above board measures through the property and land leasing process. Most of the sites have been cleared at great expense to the landowners, with clean-up costs in excess of £200,000 a site. The Environment Agency wants owners of property and land to be vigilant and to better protect themselves from these unscrupulous individuals. We’re also asking that businesses, organisations and individuals manage their waste responsibly to prevent it from getting into criminal hands in the first place. We wholeheartedly welcome this campaign, as it addresses a growing problem which has a serious impact on landowners and the environment in our region. We would urge landowners and rural communities to be extra vigilant, be extremely wary around any requests or offers to store waste, and report any incidents or suspicious activity to the Environment Agency. Commercial property agents, trade associations and local authorities across the region have been given the following advice for landlords and landowners. There are hundreds of commercial properties across the South East thought to be empty, all of which are potential targets for waste criminals.The economic impact of waste crime in England is an estimated £604M per annum. The Environment Agency is working hard to address this. Its specialist crime unit uses intelligence to track and prosecute organised crime gangs involved in illegal waste activity and to ensure any necessary action is taken against them.Anyone who sees waste crime taking place, or who has been a victim of illegal baled waste deposit is advised not to approach as these people can be dangerous. Report it by calling our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.The Environment Agency is working closely with the police in their investigation into these offences. Robin Edwards, South East Regional Director for the Country Land & Business Association (CLA), which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses, said:last_img read more

Indiana Chamber calls for state superintendent changes

first_imgState Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is seeking some major changes to how the state schools superintendent is selected.State chamber leaders issued its priorities for the upcoming legislative session asking to have the superintendent position become Governor-appointed beginning in 2016.It is currently an elected post held by Glenda Ritz, a Democrat. Indiana voters chose Ritz in 2012 over education incumbent Tony Bennett.Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican, and Ritz have had well-noted differences in the past year.last_img read more

Doherty calls for task force to save creches from threat of closure

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty is calling on the Taoiseach to set up and lead a Ministerial Task Force to address the insurance crisis after Ireland’s creches were dealt with a blow this week.Ironshore Europe, one of Ireland’s biggest insurers for childcare, is reportedly set to withdraw from the Irish market, leaving just one main company operating from January 2020.Deputy Doherty said that childcare providers who were insured with Ironshore Europe could face closure if they cannot get alternative cover or their premiums rise with the switchover and a lack of competition. He called on the Taoiseach to immediately set up and lead a task force with key Ministers to deal with the impending crisis.Speaking today, Deputy Doherty said: “Without exaggerating, this has become a full-blown crisis across several sectors. Not just childcare, but community and voluntary groups, the leisure sector and small businesses.“The Government have failed to take the failure of the insurance market, and its impact on businesses, seriously. The Minister responsible for the insurance sector doesn’t even sit at the Cabinet table.“From the opposition benches Sinn Féin have called for immediate reforms in the insurance sector; from the set up of a dedicated Garda Insurance Fraud Unit to the banning of dual pricing by insurance companies. My Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill, which would strengthen the position of consumers in their contracts, is due to pass all stages in the Seanad this week.” Deputy Doherty said the issue cannot be ignored any longer: “I am calling on the Taoiseach to set up and lead a Ministerial Task Force to address the insurance crisis; not as just another talking shop but to take immediate action. This Task Force should include the Minister for Finance, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Ministers representing the most affected sectors, including the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.“This Task Force should meet with the industry and affected sectors, find solutions and deal with this crisis before it ends with the mass closure of businesses and childcare providers across the State”. Doherty calls for task force to save creches from threat of closure was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Polystyrene Female Dummy Mannequin Head Long For Hats : Prefer other dummies ordered

first_img At first sight i thought it was small, but it does the job well. Very nice woman 🙂 and useful. My mother wanted this to display knitted hats & scarves so it needed to have a good base. Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I bought this polystyrene mannequin head to display a hat i wanted to sell and this head did the job perfectly. I was worried when ordering that the product would arrive broken, as other reviews had stated. I was very pleased when it was delivered in one piece. Item as described, very light weight but perfect for putting hats on, it doesn’t fall over. (i’m using it to photograph hats)good preportions on the face- it doesn’t look strange, however it is slightly smaller than life size (although i think this is the average size for a mannequin head)the neck and shoulders are great as hats flow when sat on the head, rather than bunching up on the surface you’re working on. I used this head and another male one to construct leather masks on top of moulds, very useful for mask masking and designing hats etc. Search for head without a grumpy expression . Though light in weight, it was exactly what i was looking for. Most had an unpleasant face, and no shoulders. This wig/hat stand is just right. It is tall enough for longer length wigs or larger style hats, so that they don’t droop on to the table/stand. Slimline and modern looking. I wanted this item but they sent me one that’s just the head, as i need to use the item i told them i will keep the woung item aslong as the pay me back the difference which they did. Item was as per description. It will be good for its intended use – display of hand crafted hats and scarves. Polystyrene female dummy mannequin head. I liked the head but the reason for the rating was that i felt it would have been more stable with a slightly wider base. Genuinely remember to with ‘hattie’ ~ i’ve picked out to phone her. She has a great face, nothing at all ‘spooky’ about her and she will be heading in the bed room and applied to display the ‘current’ hat i am sporting.This is a great product, excellent size and superior area. I required it as a bed room feature and painted rene magritte design with blue sky and clouds. It has appear out charming and does just what i wished it to do.I produced it larger sized with ducktape for the reason that i am making a fursuit and it has to be able to healthy my head.I chose this head for a close friend to use for his images set-up-he appeared to think it was much better than the true point.Specifically what i wanted, terrific benefit for money, i necessary it for a headwear/hat structure venture. Its is manufactured of polystyrene so wont very last forever but if looked after is fantastic for my function.A person was marginally destroyed when it arrived but was useable. Perfect for basic display and cosplay storage needs. . Packaging came in a huge box which made me smile but otherwise matched the description perfectly and easy to use. A little smaller than my head but then all mannequins tend to be. I needed one to store and work on a wig for a cosplay event and wanted something a little more substantial than a simple wig stand. If you want to display items, work on wigs or do some basic millinery shaping then i say this is the one foe you. Great price and a good shape. Good quality grat for my art wheark. Prefer other dummies ordered. Quality ok and arrived on time but dumbly very small and features odd. The reason for the rating is that everything was fine except for the fact that there was no hole at the base of the stand to enable me to put it on a wig clamp. Perfect for basic display and Cosplay storage needs.just what i was after.Search for head without a grumpy expression !The longer neck is exactly what I was looking for Polystyrene female dummy mannequin headGood for long wigs, styling and keeping the wig in shapePolystyrene Female Dummy Mannequin Head Long For Hats,wigs, DisplayPOLYSTYRENE FEMALE DUMMY MANNEQUIN HEAD LONG FOR HATS,WIGS, DISPLAYlast_img read more

‘Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting

first_imgThe Philippines’ sports facilities pale in contrast and that has been the biggest source of frustration for Diaz.“Those are just some of the things I want to change, I think these problems will be addressed slowly but surely.”Diaz catapulted weightlifting into the public consciousness when she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Summer Games when she won the silver in the women’s -53 kilogram category.The Zamboanga City native also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games.“Right now us weightlifters are still doing our best and I hope the sports officials heed our call.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss MOST READ Diaz is set to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan, her first major competition since the Rio Olympics.Though Diaz didn’t participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games last month, she flew to Kuala Lumpur to support fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia and other Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile there, she able to train in Malaysia’s national weightlifting gym and she marveled at the modernity of the country’s facilities.“Good to see how beautiful the sports training center of Malaysia Team is,” Diaz posted on her Instagram on August 29. “How I wish we have the same sports center, support, care, and attention Malaysian athletes receive from their country.” Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaHidilyn Diaz couldn’t hide her frustration over the sorry state of weightlifting in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the facilities.“One of my frustrations is nothing’s improved,” said Diaz in Filipino during a small media luncheon at College of St. Benilde Thursday. “These are the same barbells from before, the training venue hasn’t changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Perpetual snaps skid with gutsy OT win over Letran RELATED VIDEO’Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting508 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View commentslast_img read more

Crying Piccolo Player Sums Up Villanova’s Loss To NC State

first_imgA general view of the Villanova's basketball court.PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 10: The Villanova Wildcats (L) shoot the ball with the Xavier Musketeers during warmups at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Update: The piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, has chimed in on Twitter regarding the incident. She says she’s a Villanova Wildcat until she dies, through the smiles and the tears. Well done.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Earlier: Saturday night, Villanova became the first 1-seed to go down in this year’s NCAA Tournament, falling to 8-seed NC State in a thriller, 71-68. The Wildcats had trouble on the offensive end all night, shooting just 31% overall, despite Darrun Hilliard II catching absolute fire toward the end of the contest. After it was over, Nova fans were understandably upset. One was taking it a bit harder than most, however.As the game ended, TBS’ cameras panned to a girl in Villanova’s band playing the flute piccolo. She couldn’t control the tears rolling down her cheeks. Video of the incident has gone viral.It’s a tough way for Villanova to lose, but the Wildcats still had an incredible year. Hopefully the young fan can take some solace in that.More: The 64 Most-Annoying Fan Baseslast_img read more

Regional District cancels December 7 meeting on the Southern Mountain Caribou Program

first_imgA reschedule date for the meeting has yet to be announced.For more information, you can visit prrd.bc.ca DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has cancelled the meeting in regards to the Southern Mountain Caribou Program.The meeting was to take place on December 7, 2018.The main purpose of the meeting was to receive a delegation from Assistant Deputy Minister Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the current status of the discussions regarding caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.last_img read more

Fort St John Local Immigration Partnership to host We All Live Here

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Local Immigration Partnership is hosting ‘We All Live Here’ on January 22 at the Stonebridge Hotel.This event will give an insightful look at immigration and settlement in Fort St. John as guests and residents share their stories of starting their lives in the Peace Region.The night will include a First Nations Welcome, Keynote Speaker Katie Rosenberger, and stories shared by immigrants. Light refreshments will be provided. The FSJLIP ‘We All Live Here’ event is taking place on January 22, at 6:25 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m., at the Stonebridge Hotel.To register for this free event and for more information, you can call 250-785-5323 ext. 21 or by email at [email protected]last_img read more

Yoga program starts at Bert Bowes as a new initiative for wellbeing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School has started a new Yoga Program to help improve the well-being of staff and students.Bert Bowes Middle School and Soul Space Community applied for an IMAGINE grant from Northern Health in September 2018.Jen Harrison, Vice Principal at Bert Bowes and Instructor at Soul Space Yoga Community, and Tammy Still, Owner of Soul Space Yoga Community, put the grant proposal together. According to Harrison, features in the proposal included weekly student yoga club, weekly staff yoga, a full set of mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets for Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools, and a professional development session in Spring 2019.Harrison says she thanks Northern Health for the grant and feels the Yoga Program is an excellent initiative for improving the well-being of both staff and students.“I just think that the opportunity that Northern Health gave our school is one that we are so grateful for. Having someone offset the cost of purchasing equipment and supporting a teacher, and accessing the training is what has made this project possible.”Harrison also says Yoga is a relatively new frontier in education.“It’s a relatively new frontier in education and the connection between curriculum, instruction assessment, and mindfulness practices like Yoga, the research is really starting to show that there is a really strong correlation between mindfulness practice, positive mental health, and academic achievement.”Yoga sessions take place for all School District 60 staff on Monday afternoons, along with a Student Yoga Club session on Tuesdays, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., at Bert Bowes Middle School. For more information, you can contact Bert Bowes Vice Principal, Jen Harrison, by email at [email protected]last_img read more