Press release: Report 14/2018: Passenger trapped and dragged at Notting Hill Gate station

first_img This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. PDF, 5.36MB, 41 pages Newsdate: 3 September 2018 Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. SummaryAt about 16:00 hrs on Wednesday 31 January 2018, a passenger became trapped in the doors of a London Underground train as she attempted to board a westbound Central line service at Notting Hill Gate station while the doors were closing. The train departed and reached a maximum speed of 35 km/h before the emergency brakes were applied and the train stopped. The passenger was dragged for approximately 75 metres along the platform, and about 15 metres further into the tunnel. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital, where she was treated for about a month. She has since been steadily recovering.The accident occurred because the passenger’s bag became trapped in the doors as she attempted to board the train, the train’s door control system did not detect the presence of the bag trapped in the doors, and the train operator was not aware of the trapped passenger before initiating the train’s departure. It is likely that the train operator did not perceive the passenger because of a number of interacting factors associated with the nature of his task which caused him to not consciously process the available information. The view on the in-cab CCTV monitor did not adequately assist him to detect that a passenger was trapped in the doors and he relied on other cues to depart rather than making a thorough check of the in-cab CCTV monitor.The investigation identified a probable underlying factor associated with training programmes for train operators, concerning scanning techniques for in-cab CCTV monitors and awareness of the limitations of door-traction interlocks.RecommendationsThe RAIB has made five recommendations and one learning point, all addressed to London Underground. The recommendations concern the detection of objects by the train’s door systems, how the design of the task, equipment and training can influence train operators’ attention and awareness, and the use of emergency stop facilities on platforms. While there is no evidence that the train operator was impaired by drugs or alcohol, the learning point concerns the importance of following procedures for drug and alcohol testing where relevant.Notes to editors The sole purpose of RAIB investigations is to prevent future accidents and incidents and improve railway safety. RAIB does not establish blame, liability or carry out prosecutions. RAIB operates, as far as possible, in an open and transparent manner. While our investigations are completely independent of the railway industry, we do maintain close liaison with railway companies and if we discover matters that may affect the safety of the railway, we make sure that information about them is circulated to the right people as soon as possible, and certainly long before publication of our final report. For media enquiries, please call 01932 440015. 180903_R142018_Notting_Hill_Gatelast_img read more

Bakery firms scoop FDF awards

first_imgA number of bakery manufacturers have scooped prizes at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Community Partnership Awards this year.Announced last week at a celebration lunch at the Shakespeare Globe theatre in London, winners included the Burton Biscuit Company and United Biscuits, which took gold and silver respectively in the Export Success category.United Biscuits, known for manufacturing products under the McVitie’s brand name, also received the top award in the Health and Wellbeing category for its efforts to reduce the percentage of saturated fat in its products.Lanark-based Border Biscuits took home the gold in the Local Community category after judges recognised the efforts of the firm and its employees to strengthen their relationships with the local community through a web-based project.General Mills, which owns the Jus-Rol pastry brand, was awarded bronze in the same category for its Floating Classroom facility, designed to offer local schoolchildren a way to learn more about nature and science.Terry Jones, director of communications at the FDF, said: “Our Community Partnership Awards are an important opportunity to recognise the positive impact food and drink businesses have across the country and to celebrate their economic success.“Whether it’s working with local schools, sourcing ingredients sustainably or showcasing British products on the global stage, the food and drink sector is full of great examples of how businesses can be both successful and responsible. This year’s winners are an inspiration to all businesses, both in and out of the food chain, and show not only what can be achieved when companies are committed to making a positive difference, but also why our sector is a such great place to be.”The FDF’s Community Partnership Awards aim to award UK food and drink firms for their contribution to the economy and the many different communities in which they operate.last_img read more

Breaking barriers

first_img Mahlet Shiferaw loved astronomy and physics, but had to overcome feeling like an outsider in fields that draw few women and fewer African Americans Making a place for herself Humble and soft-spoken, Deborah Washington Brown would never have described herself as a trailblazer.But as the first Black woman to graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1981 with a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, she shattered the racial and gender barriers that still plague technology fields today. Brown was the first Black computer scientist to earn a Ph.D. in the applied mathematics program at  Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences , and also one of the first Black, female computer scientists to graduate from a U.S. doctoral program.Though she passed away on June 5 after a long battle with cancer, her achievements and legacy remain as an inspiration for those who have followed in her footsteps. Brown was born in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 1952. The youngest of four children, Brown’s mother worked as a hairdresser and her father was a taxi cab driver. Her parents, who had both grown up in the segregated south, worked hard to provide a better life for their children and encouraged Brown and her siblings to explore their passions.From an early age, Brown was passionate about math and music.“She was the family brainiac,” her daughter, Laurel Brown, recalls. “One time, when she was a young girl, she and her siblings went with their uncle on a cross-country road trip. Their uncle was a bit of a spendthrift, so he designated my mother to be his human calculator. She was in charge of calculating the gas mileage and making sure he wasn’t spending too much money on the road trip. She always had this propensity for math and numbers.”,She may have had a knack for math, but her true love was the piano. Brown started playing classical music at age 6 and quickly blossomed into an accomplished pianist, winning numerous piano competitions throughout the Capital Area.After graduating from the National Cathedral High School in Washington, D.C., she was admitted into the New England Conservatory of Music to study classical piano. Brown traveled to New England, ready to pursue her passion at the storied institution, but her dreams were soon derailed.“She never talked much about that time. I learned later that she overheard one of her teachers saying that they couldn’t expect much from her, especially given the fact that her father was a taxicab driver,” Laurel said. “So she dropped out. Her passion was music, and though her hopes had been dashed, since she was so good at math she enrolled at Lowell Tech instead.”Brown graduated with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in math from Lowell Tech in 1975, and a prestigious IBM Fellowship to help pay for her graduate studies. But Lowell Tech (now part of the University of Massachusetts Lowell) was not a traditional feeder for Harvard graduate programs.Laurel still isn’t sure what motivated her mother to apply in 1974.Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, who was then a first-year faculty member at SEAS, served on the Ph.D. admissions committee and still recalls Brown’s application (and her impeccable handwriting). Students admitted into the applied math/computer science Ph.D. program typically hailed from schools like MIT, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Berkeley, and a few reliably strong universities in China and Greece.“So when I glanced at an application from Lowell, I nearly set it aside without a second look. Then I saw the name, Deborah Blanche Washington, and considered it more closely,” Lewis recalled. “I learned later that [my mother] overheard one of her teachers saying that they couldn’t expect much from her, especially given the fact that her father was a taxicab driver.” — Laurel, Deborah Washington Brown’s daughter Related Laura DeMarco, Mihnea Popa, and Melanie Wood begin appointments in July When Tom Osborn arrived at Harvard, he was already an internationally recognized entrepreneur center_img Three new professors named in math Helping African teens thrive Lewis was impressed by Brown’s perfect transcript and the over-the-top letters of support submitted with her application. So he took the then-unusual step of inviting her to campus for an interview.“My recollection is that we were both scared since the situation was new to both of us, but that actually made the conversation quite pleasant,” he said. “She was admitted and came, and I advised her for a time.”Brown served as a teaching fellow for Lewis’ course, “Automatic Computing” (Nat Sci 110). At SEAS, her research focused on practical quandaries in computer programming. She eventually switched advisors and, in the lab of computer scientist Thomas Cheatham, completed her dissertation, titled, “The solution of difference equations describing array manipulation in program loops.” In addition to achieving academic success, she also earned the respect of her peers; Brown was elected to be a Commencement marshal in 1981. After earning her Ph.D., she joined Connecticut defense contractor Norden Systems, where she worked on missile defense technology. The bulk of her professional work centered on artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology. She spent more than a decade at Bell Labs and also worked for AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Speech-Soft Solutions as a speech scientist and speech technology specialist. During her career, she was awarded at least 10 patents, either individually or with collaborators. In 2013, she received a patent as the sole inventor of an AI-driven system to automatically categorize a speech transcription based on the context of its subject matter. Brown’s most recent patent was awarded in 2019.Though she spent her days tackling thorny computer science problems, Brown, who also taught math for a time at several colleges in Georgia, never lost sight of her passion for music. She continued to study — and teach — piano, winning numerous awards and performing all around the world, from Carnegie Hall to Italy and Germany. She also earned a level 10 certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music. But her first priority, even as she achieved success as a computer scientist and musician, was always being a good mother to her two daughters, Laurel recalls.“She always encouraged me. I also have a propensity for math, and, because of my mother, I didn’t even realize until I was in college that there was any type of gender or race gap in STEM,” Laurel said. “My mother was good at math and computer science. So I never had to second guess myself or my abilities because of the example she set for me.”And it was her mother’s support and encouragement that ultimately inspired Laurel to apply to Harvard Law School, from which she graduated in 2005.“I was born in 1980, so I was at her Harvard graduation, and 24 years later, she was at mine,” Laurel said. “I always felt so close to her because we shared that Harvard connection.”For Laurel, who works in economic development in New York City, the lessons she learned from her mother about perseverance and humility continue to serve as an inspiration.“She was so humble, and that’s what made her a powerhouse. That’s why people respected her so much,” Laurel said. “She was just this really soft-spoken, quiet lady who, by virtue of just living her life, made this impact, but wasn’t necessarily out to do so. She just did it.”last_img read more

Expert lectures on dating, relationships

first_imgBoston College “date doctor” Kelly Cronin asked Notre Dame students last night to risk breaking their hearts. Cronin gave a lecture at Legends sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) titled “Notre Dating: The Lost Art of Friendship and Romance.” She said the hookup culture has become pervasive at most American universities. College students, Cronin said, often respond to pressures largely by substituting intensity for more personally intimate experiences. “It’s crazy that a casual thing can be taking your clothes off in front of someone, but that asking someone on a date is this super formal thing,” she said.    Cronin is a doctoral candidate in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She is also associate director of the Lonergan Institute and a faculty fellow in Boston College’s Center for Student Formation. Cronin is a nationally known speaker on college campuses. Cronin said current academic studies of the relationship between college students and sexuality falls far short of the reality that she has learned through talks with students. She said the reality is the modern student is very unlikely to “date.” “There is only a small sliver of people who do this thing called ‘dating,’” she said. Cronin said the rest of the population pursues various levels of intimacy, ranging from the nonexistent intimacy of a casual hookup to an extremely serious relationship. Cronin said that general conclusions could be drawn about college dating life. “At [Boston College], I found about 23 percent were involved in what I call ‘pseudo-married couples,’” Cronin said.  “Pseudo-married couples have a problem because people hate them.  People hate them because they’re so … happy.” But Cronin said some of these couples are secretly afraid their relationships have progressed too quickly. “These people are often stuck in relationships or hiding out in relationships and are afraid that maybe their friends are right ⎯ they’re not fun after all,” Cronin said. “[These are people] who are suspicious that the relationship that they’re in is maybe a little further than they should be at that stage of their life.” Cronin said the hookup culture is another characteristic of the college population. A strong trend during freshmen year, she said it generally fades somewhat in subsequent years.   “High freshman year, [hooking up] settles down the second year,” Cronin said.  “However, juniors … [go] abroad and they say, ‘I’m going to go hook up in Scotland. I need hooking up with an accent.’” A further portion of the population “opts out” of the culture entirely, she said. The problem, she said, is the hookup culture is so pervasive it dominates the social scene at American universities. “It’s not that everyone’s involved in it … But it’s the thing that gets talked about,” she said. Though the culture has very strict rules, Cronin said those rules are unwritten. She said “hooking up” means completely different things to different people. Cronin said this hookup culture’s biggest problem is it instills exactly the wrong habits in students, degrades their sexuality and creates a harshly aggressive culture.   She challenged students at the talk to ask someone out who genuinely interested him or her before spring break, but acknowledged the process is difficult. “I have great hope that you guys can fix this,” Cronin said.  “I’m asking you to try, just try.” Dr. G David Moss, interim director of the Gender Relations Center and assistant vice president of Student Affairs, said the Center wanted to address the lack of knowledge about dating and how to improve awareness.   “I think that in many ways our students have lost the knowledge of what dating is … We want to give them a renewed understanding of what dating is and how dating can be done,” Moss said.   Students appreciated Cronin’s candor and humor. Sophomore Stephen Zerfas said the number one reason he attended the lecture was to get the complimentary Starbucks voucher. “[But] I also was excited to come and hear about how to date and have healthy relationships despite how counter cultural dating currently is,” he said. Sophomore Lissa Stolte agreed. “Professor Cronin’s discussion of dating and the hookup culture was fun, hilarious and impressively accurate,” she said. “I also really liked hearing her tell stories about her students at Boston College — it was nice to have concrete examples of people who obviously felt as awkward about dating as a lot of Notre Dame students evidently do.” Cronin said ultimately students must be courageous, but not fearless, when entering the dating scene.   “You can fix this by dating people without it becoming super intense, to show care and concern and to be open to the beginnings of love,” she said.last_img read more

NEFCU Awards Nursing Scholarships

first_imgNEFCU AWARDS 2007 NURSING SCHOLARSHIPSWilliston, VT -Cindy Morgan, Marketing Manager for New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU), announced today that her organization has awarded its 2007 Nursing Scholarships. NEFCU’s Nursing Scholarship Program provides three scholarships of $3000 to qualified applicants. According to Morgan, “We are very happy to help these committed students further their educations, especially when there is such a need here in Vermont and nationwide for practitioners in their profession.”Jennie De Gagne works for Fletcher Allen Health Care (FAHC) and is continuing her education to obtain her master’s in Nurse Education.Katelin Heltz is a senior at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School and will be attending McGill University to pursue her nursing degree.Inge Smith Luce currently attends the Nursing Program at Vermont Technical College. She is also an Assistant Medical Examiner and an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator with Southern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).Membership in NEFCU is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington, Lamoille, and Addison counties. For more information about membership requirements and benefits, visit read more

Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon is Better with Friends

first_img America’s Toughest Road Marathon™ isn’t a challenge for the weak-willed. It takes grit, determination and plenty of training hours to accomplish this bucket-list race, but a little help from your friends goes a long way.There are a couple of ways to tackle this race with your buds. Option 1-Create a four-person relay team and split the epic 26.2 mile course into four, more manageable sections. The hardest part is figuring out which runners will tackle which sections of the course. Here’s the quick breakdown:Runner #1: The leadoff runner will tally 6.2 miles, including Mill Mountain.Runner #2: The “beast leg” includes 9.1 miles, including the Roanoke Mountain Loop along the Blue Ridge Parkway.Runner #3: The leg includes the notorious Peakwood Mountain; it’s not the longest leg at 6.1 miles, but is pretty darn tough.Runner #4: The final runner will bring it home with 4.8 miles through South Roanoke neighborhoods and downtown Roanoke.Option 2-Create a team that runs one or more of the distances together. If you have a larger crowd (5+) like a club or running group then you may also be eligible for a TON of perks.It’s free to start a team, and every team will have their team name printed on their race bibs. There are three additional levels of benefits.Level One Benefits: Welcome Package (stickers, captain hat, & swag) and Eligible to Win Team Spirit AwardLevel Two Benefits: Two Free VIP Tickets, Eligible for Free Entries (1 per 10 team members)Level Three Benefits: One Free Beer Ticket Per Team Member  and Early Check-InLearn more about the race and register todayWhether you want to run as a team, do the relay, or not….there are plenty of challenges to help you take part in the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon race weekend. Race options include:Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon: 26.2 miles of mountains, including 7,430 feet of elevation changeFoot Levelers Half Marathon: 13.1 miles of mountains with, 3,790 feet of elevation changeBlue Ridge Double Marathon: Two laps around America’s Toughest Road Marathon course – 52.4 miles – and it is sold out (watch for the double crew as they start Lap 2 with the rest of the pack)Anthem Star 10K: The popular option includes 6.2 miles up Mill Mountain and back down the old toll roadCarilion Children’s Family 1-Miler: A fun run for any ability or age that starts allows participants to cross the official Blue Ridge Marathon finish lineFoot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon RacesWhen: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:35 a.m.Where: Roanoke, VAWhy: 100% Non-profit race on a beautiful & challenging courseRegister: Onlinelast_img read more

The Ten Best Fall Trails in Old 96 District

first_imgForks Area Trail System (FATS)Length: 34 miles total (made up of different loops)Difficulty: Moderate Lakeview Trail-Hickory Knob State Resort Park Length: 6.7 MilesDifficulty: Difficult Starting with a boardwalk over Slade Lake, theTen Governors trail invites visitors to wander past historic homes andmonuments to each of the ten SC governors that hail from Edgefield county. Best for Families Best Picnic This hike has lots of outdoor activities nearby,including a boat ramp and fishing pier. Eat in a picnic shelter or on the grassby the lake, and take advantage of everything the lake has to offer to makeyour picnic your own! Lake Rabon Park Length: 2.5 miles round tripDifficulty: Easy Best View Ten Governors Rail TrailLength: 1 mile linear, 2 miles round tripDifficulty: Easy Best for Dog Lovers Beaver Run Trail-Hickory Knob State Resort Park Length: 2.5 MilesDifficulty: Easy Best for Newbies This is a trail optimized for mountain bikes, but for those who are up to the challenge the reward is oh so sweet. From promontories on the hillsides, experience panoramic views of Lake Thurmond. Because Hickory Knob is the only resort State Park in South Carolina, there’s plenty of places right nearby to crash for the night. Just under two miles round trip, Rock Creek winds through the suburbs of Greenwood while still feeling like real nature. Follow the small creek through a mini escape, and when you’re finished, Uptown Greenwood is only a short drive away. Cherokee Path (Ninety Six National Historic Site) Length: 1.5 MilesDifficulty: Easy Best for Plant Lovers Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area Length: 4 Mile LoopDifficulty: Moderate While many of Old 96 District’s trails allowpets, not all of our trails have an 800-foot summit and a loop around Parson’s Mountain Lake. Visitors wanting atougher hike can take a branch of the trail passing by Civil War-era gold mineson the way to the summit. Mix all of this together, and you get a flora-packedtrail with several great places for your dog to explore! (And let’s face it, apicture of your best friend with that kind of view in the background might justwin the internet.)center_img Ninety Six National Historic Site is more than just a hiking trail; it’s the site of two Revolutionary War battles, the once-proud Star Fort, and other 18th-century relics. The trail– once a direct path for traders and travelers– now weaves through these landmarks. Younger hikers can explore as they go and get up close with history, keeping them engaged through the entire hike. Stevens Creek Heritage PreserveLength: 1.9 mile loopDifficulty: Moderate Best Town Trail Battlefield Trail- Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Length: 1.5 miles one-wayDifficulty: Easy A short trail introduces the terrain of the FATS before splitting into different loops, each a different length ranging from 4 to nearly 7 miles, or 34 miles total. Hikers can pick which loops they feel most equipped for, adding distance as their endurance grows. This system makes it easy to build your chops without having to find several different hiking trails. Connecting withnature can be a powerful thing. Many of us seek it out almost instinctively toease our minds and escape the daily grind of urban life. Hiking, biking, andeven walking– the art of simply travelling from one place to another– is oneof the most simple and enjoyable ways to get ourselves out there. Over 250miles of trails wind through South Carolina’s Old 96 District, with strikingviews and historic landmarks aplenty. With so much ground covered, a trailexists for every type of mover. Here, we’ve compiled a list of “Best Of’s” forevery occasion, whether your perfect hike is a tough mountain climb or an easyfamily outing Best for Endurance Training Best Mini Getaway Best Historic Trail Rock CreekLength: .9 miles one-wayDifficulty: Easy A companion to a much longer and more difficulthiking trail, the Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve homes fifteen rare andseveral endangered flowers and plants. The area’s unique bedrock makes it oneof only two places on Earth (the other being the Florida panhandle) theMiccosukee Gooseberry grows natively. This trail is great starter trail. It’s long enough to feel satisfied but not too long for a beginner. The trail dips down to the edge of Lake Thurmond and enters floodplain forest, with a variety of plant life to entice those still learning the local flora.  This trail begins at an ADA boardwalk and leads to an overlook at Horseshoe Falls. Wander alongside a Revolutionary War battlefield, with interpretive waysides sharing the story of the Battle of Musgrove Mill, 1780. If you want even more history for your fix, the British Camp Trail is as the same historic site. Of course, there are many more trails in Old 96 District to pick from. Check out our printable brochure for a more complete list of trails, as well as nearby campsites and lodging. last_img read more

U.S. Navy Security Team Completes Info Exchange With Peruvian Sailors

first_img Sailors assigned to a Navy security training team wrapped up a two-week subject matter expert exchange with sailors from the Peruvian navy security force in Callao, Peru. The exchange is in direct support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011, an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America involving information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region. The training consisted of a series of law enforcement tactics including vehicle inspections, search and seizure, apprehension and non-lethal defense techniques. “This joint information exchange effort was critical to enhancing our abilities and capabilities to work together and share operational procedures,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Jeffrey Elwood, assistant lead instructor. “We worked side by side and had the opportunity to pick each other’s brains to make us all more proficient at our jobs.” This information sharing venture will be used by the Peruvian navy as a “train-the-trainer” course to educate their forces about alternative tactics and procedures to enhance their ability to operate effectively. “I’m extremely satisfied with the efforts of our U.S. Sailors and their Peruvian counterparts,” said Cmdr. Mark Becker, SPS 11 mission commander. “This is yet another display of our commitment to building and sustaining enduring relationships with the Peruvian military and government.” By Dialogo December 29, 2010last_img read more

With 100 years’ experience, credit unions look to continue support for small biz

first_imgFor nearly 100 years, credit unions have provided credit in good times and bad to their members, including those who own small businesses. Credit unions’ support included providing small business loans during the recent financial crisis when banks dropped the business lending ball. But credit unions’ ability to support those members is jeopardized unless the U.S. Congress passes H.R. 1188, the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act, CUNA told a key House subcommittee Tuesday.The House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets and government-sponsored enterprises subcommittee held a hearing Tuesday on “Legislative Proposals to Modernize Business Development Companies and Expand Investment Opportunities, H.R. 2187, the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act and the Small Business Credit Availability Act.”In a letter submitted for the hearing record, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle urged the subcommittee to bear in mind the role credit unions play in our nation’s economy, in good times and bad.” The letter was addressed to subcommittee Chair Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and subcommittee ranking member Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).Nussle’s letter included a chart comparing credit union loans to those made by banks during the Great Recession. “Credit unions were there for small businesses” when banks pulled back their business lending, “but if the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act (H.R. 1188) is not enacted, the credit unions with experience and capacity to help small businesses will not be able to be there during the next crisis,” he wrote. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more