News story: Regulatory Excellence Awards finalists announced

first_imgOrganised by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the Awards recognise regulatory organisations, individuals, businesses and trade associations that have achieved positive outcomes through good practice.OPSS Chief Executive Graham Russell said: “All the entries show the immense hard work being put in by regulatory teams across the UK, and our judges faced a considerable challenge in deciding which ones demonstrated that extra bit of spark or innovation to put them through to the final.“The finalists range from small Trading Standards teams to National Regulators to large and small businesses, and getting to this stage is a mark of merit in itself. Our external judging panel will have quite a task in choosing those finalists that are outstanding.”The finalists are:Better Business for All Health and Safety Executive Cornwall Council Leicester and Leicestershire BBfA Partnership West of England BBfA partnership BBfA Humber Partnership Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence New Anglia Compliance Partnership The winners will be announced on June 20, at the offices of Gowling WLG in London. For updates, search on Twitter #RegEx19 and follow @OfficeforSandS. Primary Authority Business Advice and Support Partnership SA Brain & Company Ltd Wine & Spirit Trade Association /Greater Manchester Regulatory Centre of Excellence Peterborough City Council Regulatory Services Wakefield Council and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc Kent County Council Trading Standards Business Advice Services / Independent British Vape Trade Association Product Safety Leicestershire Trading Standards Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards/ Solution EU Ltd Hillingdon Ports Team The Ladder Association Jerry Burnie, Wendy Phillips and Eric Edmonds – British Toy and Hobby Ass. Amazon UK Electrical Safety First Environmental Health Consumer Protection (EHNI CP) Subgroup City of Wolverhampton Hertfordshire Trading Standards British Standards Institution Innovation and Technical Credas Antrim and Newtonabbey Food Safety Team SA Brain & Company Ltd Dr Chris Robertson / Dr Paul Goodman of RINA Paul Owen / West Midlands Fire Service Engineering Team Shield Safety Group Food Standards Agency Strategic Surveillance Team Board Intelligence Edinburgh Trading Standardslast_img read more

Jesse Lingard hails Manchester United ambition

first_img While Arsenal slipped up at West Brom and Manchester City were thrashed by Liverpool, United dug out a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road thanks to an injury-time own goal from Troy Deeney. Deeney thought he had snatched a draw when he cancelled out Memphis Depay’s opener with an 87th-minute penalty, but the Hornets captain undid his good work by bundling in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s shot-cum-cross minutes later. Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard believes the last-gasp winner against Watford on Saturday sent out a strong statement of intent to their title rivals. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal and City’s defeats mean Louis van Gaal’s side move second in the table, one point behind Leicester, and Lingard believes the gutsy win delivered a psychological blow in the race at the top. “It’s massive,” Lingard told “It’s a bit of a statement to the other teams, who will look at this and see we’ve won. It puts a bit more pressure on them, but it’s a good feeling to be back up there. “It was a great way to end the game. I thought it was a scrappy match overall, the conditions didn’t help, but we had to keep our concentration throughout and it’s great to get the win. “There are a lot of games coming up, we’ve got a lot of injuries at the moment and have to adapt to that, I thought we did that well today. As long as we win as many games as we can over Christmas, I think we’ll be fine.” It has been an encouraging fortnight for Lingard, who has now started all of United’s last three matches as well as earning a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the game against France. The 22-year-old was lively on Saturday too, occupying Watford’s defence with a number of dangerous runs in behind while combining well with fill-in forward Depay. Van Gaal praised both players after the match but Lingard thought he should have put the game to bed before Schweinsteiger forced Deeney’s error. “We created a lot of chances, and personally I should have scored a couple of clear-cut chances,” Lingard said. “I’ve obviously got to work on that but it’s great to see Basti at the back post to stick one in at the end. It’s been a long time coming for him, and he’s deserved it.” last_img read more

Julian Assange’s Embassy Cat is Missing

first_img“Embassy Cat,” is missing. Julian Assange’s beloved necktie-wearing cat became an issue for the WikiLeaks co-founder when officials at the EcuadorianEmbassy he was holed up in for seven years told him he needed to change the litter box. Then Assange was rousted from the embassy and arrested. Where didEmbassy Cat go?Unfortunately, a bevy of major news outlets have been unable to confirm that cat’s precise location.So what’s happened to Embassy Cat? Here are a few of our theories, from most to least plausible.Embassy Cat is with Julian Assange’s familyEmbassy Cat was sent to a shelterEmbassy Cat “knew too much” and is in hidingEmbassy Cat is simultaneously with Assange’s family, in a shelter, in hiding, and deadWe can confirm that Assange’s cat is safe. Assange asked his lawyers to rescue him from embassy threats in mid-October. They will be reunited in freedom. #FreeAssange #NoExtradition— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 13, 2019last_img read more