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Safety conscious Irish plan for workplace drug testing

first_imgSafety conscious Irish plan for workplace drug testingOn 13 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Workers in Ireland could be subject to drink and drugs tests under newhealth and safety legislation presented to the Dublin parliament last month. Under the legislation, which is mainly targeted at staff working in ‘safetycritical’ environments, employers can insist that staff they suspect of being‘under the influence of an intoxicant’ provide blood or urine samples. Employees who test positive will be subject to on the spot fines and couldface up to two years in prison. The Bill also introduces a new employer obligation to do “everything heor she can, as far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the safety, health andwelfare of his or her employees”. The maximum employer fine for breaching this obligation will be Û3 million(£2m). And company directors and managers may be held personally liable andcould also face a two-year prison sentence. Presenting the Bill to parliament Frank Fahey, the minister for labouraffairs, said: “We must recogniseÉ the part that each one of us can playto ensure safety in the workplace. No single group bears this burden alone. Thenew legislation rightly focuses on the responsibilities and obligations of bothemployers and employees in this regard.” A registered medical practitioner will have to conduct the tests, withemployees having the right to have their own doctor present. The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Bill has all-party support and isexpected to become law by the end of the year. By Mike Berry Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

‘Brexit limbo’ continues except in lively Midlands newbuild housing market, official index reveals

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » ‘Brexit limbo’ continues except in lively Midlands newbuild housing market, official index reveals previous nextHousing Market‘Brexit limbo’ continues except in lively Midlands newbuild housing market, official index revealsHouse prices in East and West Midlands are climbing by 6% a year while London and many other markets experience faltering confidence, the latest ONS figures show.Nigel Lewis14th November 201801,282 Views Stark differences in housing market performance across the UK have been revealed by the government’s latest official house price index.The ONS figures show house prices are rising year-on-year in the East and West Midlands by up to 6.1%, while London’s have dropped by 0.3% and the South East only managed growth of 1.7%.Month-on-month figures reveal the more recent and wider weakening of the housing market including lower average house prices in Scotland, the East of England, the North West, London, the South East plus Yorkshire and the Humber.Brexit limboExperts continue to blame the sluggish parts of the housing market on the continuing Brexit limbo and the recent stamp duty hikes for both those buying more expensive homes and buy-to-landlords.Growth in the Midlands would appear to be driven by first time buyers snapping up the huge number of apartments in the region coming on stream(pictured above), often funded via Help to Buy.“In the East and West Midlands the price of new builds is growing at more than 7% annually, while in Scotland it’s 6% and in Wales it’s an incredible 9.4%,” says Lucy Pendleton (left) of London agent James Pendleton.“It means Help to Buy is popular but that doesn’t mean it’s good for the country and economy in the long run. The longer it is in place, the more the market will be very sensitive to any suggestion the scheme’s future will be curtailed.”Nick Leeming (right), chairman of Jackson Stops, reckons stamp duty is to blame for lower transactions, which the ONS report says are down 2.7% year-on-year.“A [stamp duty] change at the top could allow for greater movement in both the lower and middle price brackets and would be very welcome should we end up having to tackle a hard Brexit,” he says.Jonathan Hopper (left), Group MD of property finding firm Garrington, believes the pent-up demand in the market will “spring into action as soon as the political and economic clouds part,” he says.  Garrington house price Jackson-stops House price index Lucy Pendleton ONS Nick Leeming November 14, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Letter to Editor: FIT ‘Playing Politics Over Scheduling’

first_imgOcean City Mayor Jay GillianThe following letter is from Drew Fasy, chairman of the Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Jay Gillian, regarding an April 7 candidates debate at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Two men — incumbent Mayor Jay Gillian and challenger Ed Price — are running for mayor in the May 13 municipal election, but only Price attended the debate. In an earlier statement, Fasy said the mayor received an invitation for the April 7 debate only on March 24 and that the debate sponsors had run a newspaper ad announcing the debate without first confirming the mayor could attend.Read the counterpoint letter from Michael Hinchman, president of Fairness in Taxes, sponsors of the debate.Mayor Jay Gillian believes that open debate and discussion of the issues is an important part of our electoral process in Ocean City and is looking forward to two public debates during the campaign season. The first is a Candidates Forum sponsored by the Ocean City Community Association on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The second is a debate jointly sponsored by the Ocean City Republican Club and the Ocean City Democratic Club on Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at  Ocean City High School.Unfortunately, Mr. Hinchman is deciding to play politics over scheduling. The fact is that Mr. Hinchman’s invitation was received well after the other events were set and conflicted with a previously scheduled family commitment for Mayor Gillian that he had arranged around the other scheduled debates. Due to a busy calendar, as well as not wanting to dilute attendance for the other organizations who had planned in advance, it wasn’t possible to reschedule.Mayor Gillian is proud of his record of working with the community to overcome challenges and restore cooperation and teamwork to our local government so that the priorities of Ocean City residents are the focus, not bickering or grandstanding. And he looks forward to discussing the future of Ocean City at the two public forums and debates that are scheduled.Andrew FasyCommittee To Re-Elect Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

New Additions Coming to O.C. Boardwalk, Beaches

first_imgSeasonal bathrooms like this one on 11th Street and the Boardwalk will add to the convenience for Ocean City visitors this summer. By MADDY VITALEThe busy tourist season, when throngs of visitors and residents head to the Boardwalk to enjoy amusements and shops or lounge on the beach before a dip in the ocean, is just months away.And Ocean City will be ready.In a continued effort to make visiting or living in Ocean City as convenient and enjoyable as possible for everyone, the city is adding seasonal bathrooms at three Boardwalk entrances and more Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant ramps in the few areas that do not have them yet.While bathrooms may not be the main priority when planning a family trip to the beach, it helps to have as many as possible when strolling down the long stretch of Boardwalk, especially when there are young children involved, city officials pointed out.That is why the city is expanding the Boardwalk at Ninth, 10th and 11th streets to make way for pop-up seasonal bathrooms.There is a temporary restroom at 11th Street that currently looks similar to a tiny house. The pop-up bathroom will be removed to add new decking there and then a restroom will be put back there, Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said Monday.He said it is important that Ocean City guests are provided with clean and convenient bathrooms.“The expanded decking at these three street ends could accommodate more permanent structures, if usage this summer warrants it,” Bergen noted. “The work will be done in time for the season.”ADA ramps, like this one on Surf Road, will be installed at Waverly Beach and the Boardwalk at St. Charles Place.Construction bids for the new bathrooms are scheduled to be opened on Tuesday. City Council could award a contract, at the earliest, on Feb. 27.Contractors would then do the work in the spring, with the bathrooms ready for the summer vacation season.“Everything should be in place by summer,” Bergen said.Mayor Jay Gillian reported on capital improvement projects during his Mayor’s Update on Jan. 31.One of the projects involved additional ADA ramps.Specifically, before the summer, the city will install ADA ramps leading to Waverly Beach, which is off E. Atlantic Boulevard, and to the Boardwalk at St. Charles Place.“The city remains committed to improving accessibility whenever possible,” Gillian said in his update.Over the past two years, city officials have made it a priority to improve accessibility and offer conveniences to the Boardwalk and beaches. Workers have installed ADA ramps over bulkheads and at Boardwalk entrances.“All Boardwalk entrances are now accessible by ramp, and there are only a few beach entrances that require climbing stairs,” Bergen added.City officials say the goal is for residents and visitors to enjoy the resort beaches and Boardwalk.last_img read more

INTERVIEW: Opiuo Talks Red Rocks Syzygy Orchestra, Collabs With Lettuce & DeVotchKa Members

first_imgOn April 21st, the progressive New Zealand electronic producer Opiuo (also known as Oscar Davey-Wraight) headed to the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a sold-out, co-headlining show with Colorado’s own SunSquabi. After 2017’s performance with the Opiuo Live Band, the boundary-pushing producer was ready to take it up a notch, with the show serving of the debut of his Syzygy Orchestra, which draws its name from Opiuo’s most recent EP, Syzygy 01.With this monumental performance behind him, Live For Live Music got the chance to talk to Opiuo about the performance, the work that went in ahead of time to make it all happen, plans for the future, collaborations with members of Lettuce, and more. You can check out the interview below, and head to Opiuo’s website for more information and future tour dates.Ming Lee Newcomb: Recently, you headlined the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For your show, you brought together a 20-piece orchestra, dubbed the Syzygy Orchestra, and performed with them. Can you talk a little bit about what inspired this wild collaboration?Opiuo: I’ve been a massive fan of orchestras my whole life. It’s a realm of musical creation I had no idea about, so I thought why not take on the challenge, especially somewhere as special as Red Rocks. The mix of century-old organicness with brand-new electronic power, I was so intrigued.MLN: Once you realized that you wanted to move forward with the collaboration, you handpicked an orchestra to work with specifically for the show. What was that process like of choosing the Syzygy Orchestra?Opiuo: I worked alongside the concertmaster, Tom Hagerman, and chose the most impactful instruments for a show like this. Ones that work together at a size of twenty people, allowing us to replicate and reinvent electronic sound in a beautifully organic way. It was super fun. It was like creating my own movie soundtrack. The instruments just jumped from the pages!MLN: You worked with one of the members of DeVotchKa to score the show. How did that process work, and how did you decide which songs you’d perform at Red Rocks? Were there any songs you knew you wanted to do from the get-go, or any songs you wanted to do but ultimately didn’t translate well?Opiuo: I was introduced to Tom [Hagerman] via my manager. We spoke on the phone, then I flew to Denver to sit and meet in person. It’s very important for projects like this to work with people I connect with on a personal and musical level—and Tom was exactly that. We gelled right away. I had already been working on the show for some time, so I had arranged the music into a coherent set.I definitely spent weeks working out which songs to play, and even asked my fans online, without giving too much away. I knew it’s super important to get it right. And yeah, some songs I would have loved to play, but they did not translate that well. Then, me and Tom spent months sending the files and music back and forth until we were both happy with the final product. It was such an enjoyable and interesting experience.MLN: What was the transition like, shifting from the role of a lone DJ on stage to the conductor of twenty or so people?Opiuo: The transition was surreal. It kind of felt like it was something I had done before. It felt natural, even though the show flew by, and I didn’t really remember many specifics. I was so focused on doing the role I had to and doing it well. It was super refreshing to be up there, performing in a completely different manner. I loved it.Opiuo with the Syzygy Orchestra – Red Rocks Amphitheatre[Video: OPIUO]MLN: Now that the show has passed, what were your favorite moments from your Red Rocks performance?Opiuo: When we finished the 4th Movement, the crowd was nearly completely silent. They seemed to all be emerged deep in the sound and in the moment. Then seconds later they erupted into screams and cheers. It’s moments like those that you know everyone is paying attention and along for the ride, right there with you. It felt very special.MLN: Ahead of the Red Rocks show, you released a brand-new EP called Syzygy 01. Given that you’ve always been such a boundary-pushing producer, how do you think your sound has evolved with this latest album?Opiuo: I went on some journeys to places like New Orleans and recorded real horn sections. I’d often been a sampling guy, but going there and experiencing a place like that had a huge impact on the music. It was so much fun to watch songs come to life before my eyes.MLN: On this new EP, you also worked with members of Lettuce. Can you talk about those collaborations, and what it was like working them?Opiuo: Benny Bloom from Lettuce, Russ Liquid, and TJ Norris are absolute pros! They smashed the role of horn-section extraordinaires. We recorded five songs in four hours. I was so lucky and fortunate to have them lace my music with style and grace. Something I want to do more of in the future.MLN: Given the name of your new EP, can we expect a Syzygy 02 coming out soon? Or can you share anything about new music you might be working on?Opiuo: You might be onto something here… That’s all I will say right now!MLN: Having just finished up an extensive North American tour and an incredibly busy start to 2018, what are your plans for the rest of the year. Any shows or festival sets that you’re really looking forward to?Opiuo: I’m excited to spend the middle part for the year bouncing around the globe making people dance to my funkadelic adventures. Lots of new music, and a special project which I shall announce in due time. Plus, I just try to be the best human I possibly can every day, encourage everyone to follow their dreams, to believe in themselves, support their friends, and to spread positive vibes far and wide!For more information on Opiou’s upcoming projects and performances, head to his website.last_img read more

Outside group protests gay marriage

first_imgA group from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)  gathered outside DeBartolo Hall dressed formally in red and black Friday to hand out flyers titled “10 Reasons why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ is Harmful and Must be Opposed” and talked to students about opposition to gay marriage.A counter-demonstration of students gathered next to the TFP group with a sign taped on a recycle bin reading “ND students support equal rights for all people.”Around 12:30 p.m., Notre Dame Security Police officers asked the TFP group to leave because their assembly violated Notre Dame policy on outside groups distributing information, as well as its video and photography policy, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said. Lesley Stevenson | The Observer Members of the Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property hand out flyers outside DeBartolo Hall on Friday, as freshman Nick Lindstrom takes part in a counter-demonstration nearby.“The Orestes Brownson Council student group received permission to distribute information on campus this week. Our policies explicitly state that only members of the University community may organize or lead such events on campus,” Brown said. “When University officials learned that, contrary to our policies, the student group made this request on behalf of an outside organization, we asked that they leave.”Brown said the group also failed to get permission to shoot video footage on campus and recorded videos and took photos of people without their permission.TFP, based in Pennsylvania, has more than 120,000 members nationwide, according to the group’s website. John Ritchie, TFP’s student action director, said their visit to Notre Dame fit within a larger tour.“We fight for moral values in society, and our student outreach decided to visit Notre Dame because we’re doing a tour through the whole state of Indiana defending the traditional marriage definition, which is the union of one man and one woman,” Ritchie said. He said he had no comment on the student counter-protest. Freshman Nick Lindstrom said he brought out a trash can with the sign on it because he wanted to show the protestors that not all students at a Catholic university “conform to that traditional stereotype.” “I’m not affiliated with any group, I just saw [the TFP protestors], and I figured something needed to be done,” Lindstrom said. “I brought a couple friends with me, and a bunch of people just joined in. … It was just so great to see that other Notre Dame students are willing to hold this position with me.” Sophomore Caroline Clark said she spoke to the TFP group on campus Thursday, but returned Friday to learn more about what they were doing.“I initially came out because I saw their signs [Thursday], and I was personally offended,” she said. “I came back here today just to chat with them a bit, learn more about their message.“I was just very curious about their message and wanted to learn more about their goals and objectives and why Notre Dame was a place that needed to hear what they are teaching [and] spreading. So we were both very calm, collected.” Sophomore Chris Rhyne said he talked to the group to question their stance and then posted on Facebook inviting other students to join him in the counter-protest. Sophomores Nora Williamson and Emer Middleton arrived as the TFP group was leaving, with a handmade sign reading “equality” in capital letters.Lindstrom said he was concerned about the prospective student groups in the area who witnessed “this unfortunate protest” while passing on a tour and wanted to demonstrate to them and to the TFP group that not all students on campus oppose gay marriage. News Editor Lesley Stevenson contributed to this report.Tags: gay marriage, protest, TFPlast_img read more

CEO – Reinvent thyself

first_imgIn 2015, The Conference Board, an international economic and management research organization revealed that the “optimal span of a CEO” was 4.8 years. It concluded that, after about five years, CEOs relied more on their internal network rather than information that comes from outside markets. This inward focus caused CEOs to be less attuned to market conditions and their customers. Perhaps, it’s a modern-day version of getting too comfortable in a job.So, what’s a CEO (or any credit union professional, for that matter) to do to reinvent himself or herself every five years? Many of your peers shared their approaches for reinvention in the C-suite. The synopsis of their answers? With your Board, build a plan for strategic, professional, and individual development.Strategic Development. Much of this folds into the execution of your credit union’s strategic plan and is the foremost factor in success as a CEO. Odds are, most CEOs suppose that their strategic plans are overlooking one element that could be a principal stimulus for increased growth, profits, and member loyalty. It involves some entrepreneurial risk, but also delivers entrepreneurial reward. It just may be the incentive a CEO needs put some “start-up” dynamism into building the credit union. One credit union CEO shared (regarding a new venture): “I’m three years from retirement and I’m more excited about building the credit union than I’ve been in my 30-plus years here.”What’s the entrepreneurial and indispensable element for your strategic plan that needs your Board’s go-ahead and your roll-up-your-sleeves executive ability?Professional Development. Often, growing as CEO moves past the financial rewards for leading and developing a successful credit union. Many CEOs shared that continuing their education through graduate school or executive development programs was key in revitalizing their skills. Others described how industry leadership (associations and business partners) was valuable with opportunities to associate with other CEOs who were expanding admirable enterprises. Of even more interest, CEOs shared that local business leadership opportunities (Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Vistage, etc.) allowed CEOs to interact with non-financial services CEOs and hear their perspectives, strategies, and potential partnerships.What educational and leadership opportunities would help your ability to grow as CEO and appreciate a wide-ranging continuum of perspectives on business?Individual Development. Life outside of the office was significant to CEOs. In fact, when CEOs shared what they valued in life with their Boards, all Boards asked for ways the CEO could flourish away from the office. The Boards’ explanations were common: a balanced CEO is an effective CEO. The CEOs agreed; balance gave CEOs greater focus, ability to delegate, and determination. Some CEOs embarked on writing endeavors, pick-up hockey leagues, weekly lunches with the kids, fishing tournaments, and more. Their time in the office was more industrious because their Boards were investing in, what one CEO called, “the whole CEO.”What personal pursuit or ambition adds value to your life, helping you focus and better manage the busy world of being CEO?The Conference Board report went on to clarify that Boards could increase the optimal span of a CEO with a focus on “certainty” in the position. This “certainty” was somewhat based on financial and strategic results; and, partially based on development of the CEO. In short, Boards continuously asked, “What’s necessary to be our CEO?” and coordinated their answers with what their CEOs needed to deliver results and grow as a leader – in the credit union, within the business community, and away from the office. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Detailslast_img read more

Goldman Sachs just named the smallest, most diverse class of partners since its IPO

first_imgGoldman Sachs just named its smallest and most diverse class of partners since its 1999 initial public offering.The firm on Thursday named 60 employees to the coveted rank of partner, the highest title at the New York-based bank and a nod to its history as a private partnership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Goldman is alone among big banks in naming partners. The title comes with perks: Partners earn a $950,000 base salary and gain access to lucrative internal investment funds.Here are the Goldman employees who become partners on January 1, 2021:Zachary Ablon, Global Markets, New York- Advertisement – Anne-Victoire Auriault, Global Markets, New YorkJose Barreto, Investment Banking, LondonJohn Brennan, Investment Banking, LondonRichard Chambers, Global Markets, New YorkTravis Chmelka, Global Markets, New YorkWilliam Connolly, Investment Banking, San FranciscoYasmine Coupal, Investment Banking, San FranciscoAdam Crook, Global Markets, LondonSimon Dangoor, Asset Management, LondonRajashree Datta, Risk, New YorkDarren Dixon, Global Markets, New YorkLisa Donnelly, Operations, LondonDavid Dubner, Investment Banking, New YorkJane Dunlevie, Investment Banking, San FranciscoOrla Dunne, Engineering, LondonIlya Gaysinskiy, Engineering, Jersey CityWendy Gorman, Risk, New YorkJett Greenberg, Global Markets, New YorkPhillip Han, Global Markets, New YorkMichael Hui, Asset Management, Hong KongRajiv Kamilla, Global Markets, New YorkDavid Kamo, Investment Banking, New YorkNimesh Khiroya, Investment Banking, LondonJerry Lee, Investment Banking, New YorkChristina Ma, Global Markets, Hong KongHillel Moerman, Asset Management, New YorkAimee Mungovan, Investment Banking, New YorkKaushik Murali, Global Markets, New YorkSara Naison-Tarajano, Consumer & Wealth Management, New YorkMike Nickols, Investment Banking, New YorkRyan Nolan, Investment Banking, San FranciscoBartosz Ostenda, Investment Banking, San FranciscoDavid Plutzer, Legal, New YorkNick Pomponi, Investment Banking, New YorkNicole Pullen Ross, Consumer & Wealth Management, New YorkMuhammad Qubbaj, Global Markets, New YorkMax Ramirez, Asset Management, LondonNeema Raphael, Engineering, New YorkRiccardo Riboldi, Global Markets, LondonOsmin Rivera, Global Markets, New YorkBrian Robinson, Global Markets, New YorkCosmo Roe, Investment Banking, New YorkJennifer Roth, Global Markets, New YorkJonathan Rousse, Global Markets, New YorkYassaman Salas, Investment Banking, New YorkGunjan Samtani, Engineering, BengaluruMichael Schlee, Compliance, New YorkLeonard Seevers, Asset Management, New YorkAles Sladic, Global Markets, Hong KongMiruna Stratan, Investment Banking, New YorkMichael Ungari, Asset Management, New YorkNicholas van den Arend, Investment Banking, LondonAlex von Moll, Global Markets, LondonHeather von Zuben, Asset Management, New YorkMonali Vora, Asset Management, New YorkMichael Voris, Investment Banking, New YorkDavid Wade, Global Markets, LondonKarl Wianecki, Asset Management, Jersey CityMark Wilson, Global Markets, London Since taking over in 2018, CEO David Solomon has pushed to make the partnership a more exclusive club, elevating fewer employees and hastening the departure of some partners. The bank named 69 partners in 2018 and 84 in 2016; it has a total of between 400 and 450 partners.While nearly half, or 47%, of this year’s group was categorized as diverse, a high water mark for the firm, most of those named partner are men. The bank said that 27% of new partners are women, 7% are Black, 5% are Latinx and 17% Asian.The incoming class and the overall partnership are also far less diverse than the targets the bank has set for its junior employees, where half of all new analysts and entry-level associates hired in the U.S. are supposed to be women, 11% black, and 14% Latinx.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Google to invest over $10 billion in 2020 on US data centers, offices

first_imgLast year, the company said it would spend over $13 billion on data centers and offices in the United States in 2019.The tech giant’s total costs and expenses surged about 19 percent at $36.81 billion for the recently reported fourth quarter ended Dec. 31.Topics : Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it would invest more than US$10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States this year.The company added that the new investments will focus on 11 states including Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.”These investments will create thousands of jobs – including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities,” Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.last_img

F1 champion Hamilton to enter team in Extreme E electric series

first_imgSix times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, an outspoken campaigner for the environment and sustainability, is entering his own team in a new Extreme E electric off-road series highlighting climate change.The first race is scheduled for early 2021 and Hamilton’s team will be X44, referring to the Mercedes driver’s racing number.The Briton, who will not be driving or involved in day-to-day operations, is the biggest name to link up with a series that includes the US-based Andretti United and Chip Ganassi Racing teams. Topics : Extreme E races, held without spectators but to be broadcast live on TV and social media, will be held in some of the most remote and harsh environments including the Brazilian rain forest, Greenland, Saudi Arabian deserts and mountains of Nepal.The locations are either already damaged or severely under threat from a range of issues such as rising sea levels or deforestation.Teams will race identical SUVs with each one having a male and female driver.The series will also use a former mail ship as a floating paddock and transporter between locations and for oceanographic research.”Like us, Lewis is hugely passionate about motorsport, but also shares our belief that we can use sport to highlight subjects which are vital to the world, such as climate change and equality,” said series founder Alejandro Agag.center_img “Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder,” Hamilton said in a statement.”Of course, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula One mean that I won’t be operationally involved in X44, but I’m excited to play a different role in this new series, one that brings my vision for a more sustainable and equal world to life.”Hamilton, a vegan, said last year he was trying to reduce his carbon footprint — selling his private jet and banning single-use plastic from home and office among other measures.He also said then that he had no interest in switching to the all-electric Formula E series.last_img read more