Utah’s Mitchell Vying For Team USA Spot

first_imgJune 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah’s Mitchell Vying For Team USA Spot Written by Tags: Donovan Mitchell/Kyle Kuzma/Team USA Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is one of 20 players vying for a spot on Team USA this summer.Mitchell will train with the team in Las Vegas starting in August.  Team USA will compete in the FIBA World Cup opening on August 31st in China.Only a dozen players will make the team.  Former Utah Ute Kyle Kuzma is also trying out.last_img

Phil and Kirstie favourites to join Great British Bake Off

first_imgSpeculation is growing that the UK’s most famous property personalities Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer stand a good chance of being the next presenters of BBC flagship programme The Great British Bake Off.After Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc announced they were to leave the show, along with Mary Berry, the hunt has been on for a new duo to front the programme.But although stars such as Jennifer Saunders, Davina McColl, Clare Balding, Geri Halliwell and Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner have been in the frame, Kirstie and Spencer are now one of the betting favourites, placed third most likely at 7-1 by Betway.On Saturday it was revealed by Channel 4 that Phil and Kirstie, who are still contracted to the channel and continue to make Location, Location, Location and other series, had met the channel’s bosses to discuss a potential move from property to property tea.The duo are reported to have told bosses they are the “perfect fit” and a Channel 4 spokesperson told the Daily Mirror that “they poke fun at each other and are not afraid to go along with innuendos [and] they can match, if not better, Mel and Sue”.Other advantages of Phil and Kirstie are that she is an experienced cook and baker. But otherwise the two have more property credentials than baking ones – Phil used to own and run home finding company Garrington before TV beckoned while Kirstie played a key role in campaigning to end HIPs and was even tipped to be a future housing minister in the new Conservative government.Kirstie Allsopp Great British Bake Off Phil Spencer Channel 4 October 3, 2016Nigel LewisOne commentSheila Manchester, The Negotiator The Negotiator 3rd October 2016 at 11:47 amPhil Spencer for Housing Minister???? I’d say he’s truly qualified for that job! He knows what real people are like, he tries his best to look after them and find their dream home and he knows what he’s talking about! Kirsty could be Home Secretary!Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Phil and Kirstie favourites to join Great British Bake Off previous nextAgencies & PeoplePhil and Kirstie favourites to join Great British Bake OffWill the long-standing Channel 4 duo go from property to proper tea?Nigel Lewis3rd October 20161 Comment2,031 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Raytheon Ends Ship Self-Defense System Deliveries

first_img View post tag: Ends View post tag: Navy Equipment & technology January 17, 2012 Raytheon Company delivered the final Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS MK 2) hardware ship set of its 2010 production contract, completing all system deliveries ahead of schedule. The system is slated for installation and integration onboard the John P. Murtha (LPD 26), providing the ship’s U.S. Navy-certified open-architecture combat management system.SSDS is an open, distributed combat management system in service on carriers and expeditionary warfare ships. It is designed to expedite the detect-to-engage sequence to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles. SSDS links and automates standalone sensors and weapon systems to provide the required combat reaction.“SSDS is a proven combat management system, demonstrating predictable and reliable performance that the Navy can count on, time after time,” said Kevin Peppe, vice president of Seapower Capability Systems for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. “Delivering the benefits of open architecture, SSDS — by design — streamlines ship system updates and repairs, minimizing downtime and delivering consistent performance and interoperability across the fleet.”Under the Fiscal Year 2010 contract, Raytheon provided five SSDS hardware ship sets for installation on new ships as well as for upgrades to legacy combat management systems on in-service ships. This brings the total number of systems to 30, all of which were delivered early to the Navy. The SSDS hardware upgrades are aligned with the Navy’s scheduled maintenance and refresh cycles, ensuring optimum ship system capabilities and performance. SSDS’ open design easily supports upgrades throughout the full lifecycle of the fleet.In addition to this key program milestone, the company was awarded an $8 million modification to the previously awarded Platform Systems Engineering Agent contract to exercise options for fiscal 2012 Ship Self-Defense System PSEA efforts. The funds continue SSDS MK 2 modifications for CVN 78 and SSDS MK 1 upgrades to the MK 2 OA baseline. In addition to SSDS MK 2 OA integration, CVN 78 will also leverage technology reuse and prior investment with the integration of the Dual Band Radar, originally developed as part of the DDG 1000 program.Raytheon has been the SSDS PSEA since 2008, providing ongoing maintenance, upgrades and lifecycle support for both new ship programs as well as legacy ships. As PSEA, Raytheon has achieved consistently favorable customer performance ratings over the life of the contract.First Fleet Use of Open ArchitectureRaytheon’s SSDS MK 2 is the first fleet use of open architecture computing environment hardware and software that includes selected software components from the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure developed for the DDG 1000-class destroyer. The open architecture design adds a new level of flexibility and commercial standards to support the Navy’s goal of open, modular and interoperable combat management systems for the fleet. With its open and modular design, SSDS can also support additional domestic and international combatants.Work on SSDS is performed at Raytheon IDS’ Expeditionary Warfare Center, San Diego, Calif., and Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 17, 2012 View post tag: system View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Self-Defensecenter_img USA: Raytheon Ends Ship Self-Defense System Deliveries View post tag: News by topic View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Ends Ship Self-Defense System Deliveries View post tag: Deliveries View post tag: ship View post tag: Raytheonlast_img read more

Mansfield saving grace

first_imgControversy has arisen at Mansfield this week over whether the college should discard its Latin grace.Many members of the college have argued that the Christian grace, which is traditionally spoken by a student before formal meals in hall, should either be totally abolished, or replaced by a secular equivalent, to be spoken in English rather than Latin.The views of the JCR, MCR and SCR were collated this week, and a meeting was held on Wednesday to discuss whether the grace should be replaced or modified.Dr Diana Walford, Principal of Mansfield College, told Cherwell that “the Governing Body has for some time been of the view that the current grace is insufficiently inclusive for those of all faiths or none”.She explained that the Governing Body has therefore decided to opt for a compromise, whereby the current grace will be retained alongside several other new graces.Dana Landau, a postgraduate student of Politics at Mansfield and outspoken opponent of the grace in its current form, takes issue with the fact that the grace is explicitly Christian in nature.She said, “it makes no sense for a non-religious institution to be saying a religious prayer before formal. If we care about making people feel welcome, we should not make a Christian prayer part of our communal experience at hall, since that excludes and alienates atheists, agnostics and people of other faiths.”Those in favour of changing the grace have also claimed that the current grace is not in fact the long-standing tradition that it may appear, but was invented in 1953 by the then college principal, John Marsh.A college alumnus who was at Mansfield in the early 1950s supported this view, recalling that prior to 1953 the college used the more religiously neutral “Benedictus benedicat” (“May the blessed impart blessings”), a grace which is commonly used at several other Oxford colleges, including Balliol, St Catherine’s, New and St Hilda’s. Yet a significant number of students are against any changes to the grace. Simon Fairclough, a Materials student, insisted that “if people come to a place steeped in history, there should be a willingness to appreciate the history and culture that has been there for generations”.Fairclcough defended the fact that the grace is said in Latin, arguing that it is “a language that has been a large part of Mansfield history”, and that  “the fact that it is a dead language should mean that everyone is in the same boat: people may not understand it, but everyone agrees with the sentiment, that we are appreciative of the food and company in front of us.”He also supported the explicitly Christian nature of the grace, remarking, “the country’s official first religion is still Church of England” and that “a person who is atheist or belongs to another religion should appreciate the sentiment that the grace is giving, even though they are from a different religion.”A working group is to be set up over the summer, whose job, according to Dr Walford, will be “to suggest a few alternative graces, and languages in which they could be said, from which students and presiding Fellows might pick their preferred grace – which could include the current grace – on formal occasions.”Mansfield JCR President  Maia Muirwood, told Cherwell, “The results of the survey have been very mixed, with some seeing it as an altogether unimportant issue, some viewing tradition as being key, and others viewing change as important.The majority of JCR members, however, have been in favour of keeping the Grace as it is.”The current Latin Christian grace reads “Omnipotens Deus, clementissime Pater, omnis boni fons, in donis tuis gaudentes nomen tuum magnificamus, per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum”, which translates as “Almighty God, Father of mercies and fount of every good, in the enjoyment of thy gifts we bless thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Mixes ‘Signs’ Cuts With Staple Covers In L.A. Finale [Photos/Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Friday evening, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed their second of two shows of the weekend at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. The performance saw the Derek Trucks– and Susan Tedeschi-led outfit work through a number of selections off of their recent studio release, Signs, in addition to a handful of more uncommon fan-favorite live songs.Tedeschi Trucks Band still had plenty left in the tank when they returned for their encore. The band peeled off a pair of Signs tracks in “Walk Through This Life” and “Shame” before rounding out their 3-song encore with a rendition of Joe Cocker classic, “Space Captain”.You can check out a pair of pro-shot videos from the show below via Nugs.tv:Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Laugh About It” [Pro-Shot][Video: TTBFromTheRoad]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Keep On Growing” [Pro-Shot][Video: TTBFromTheRoad]Tedeschi Trucks Band’s tour continues tonight, May 18th, with a performance in Mesa, AZ. For a full list of upcoming dates, hit the band’s website here.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/17/19Set One: Laugh About It, Don’t Know What It Means, The Letter, When Will I Begin, Hard Case, Sweet and Low, Key To The Highway, Bound For GlorySet Two: Keep On Growing, Little Martha, Midnight In Harlem, Leaving Trunk*, Let Me Get By, Sticks and Stones, Angel From Montgomery > Sugaree, How Blue Can You Get?, I Want MoreEncore: Walk Through This Life, Shame, Space Captain*with Carey FrankTedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/17/19 | Photos: Matt Rea Load remaining imageslast_img read more

UGArden’s Herb Garden

first_imgOn a cool, foggy morning in February, students and volunteers work together to tend the UGArden medicinal herb garden. While it’s grown over the last seven years, the garden is just a few rows of a field at the edge of the University of Georgia’s student-run farm, UGArden. But it’s become an integral part of UGArden and a refuge for students who want to learn more about the benefits of medicinal plants and escape from the stresses of class and work.The garden is run by herbalist Noelle Fuller, who received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and her master’s degree in horticulture, both from UGA.The garden serves as a growing and harvesting location for many herbal remedies and teas that are sold on the property and at the UGA Tate Student Center marketplace. Proceeds go back to UGArden, which is meant to be a teaching tool and a retreat from the stress of school for students.In December, UGArden launched a line of herbal teas ranging from Immuni-Tea, which supports the immune system, to Nourished Heart Tea, with calming and soothing properties. Besides tea, UGArden students and volunteers use the garden’s herbs to produce herbal salve, lavender oil and lavender herbal soap.As a graduate student, Fuller joined her love of nutrition and horticulture by studying holy basil, an herb known to have stress-reducing properties.Fuller’s scientific approach to herbalism gives her insights that she’s eager to share with her interns and volunteers, many of whom are learning about herbs for the first time.“Really why we’re here is for education and empowerment,” Fuller said.While sales help to support the garden’s expenses, the volunteers who tend to the garden every week really keep it going.Each week, Fuller and four herb garden interns work in the garden from 8-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Zoe Sabatini, a 20-year-old undergraduate psychology student, joined UGArden as a volunteer and found out about the herb garden internship, which piqued her interest.“It’s so nice to have time during the day,” Sabatini said. “Even though you’re doing work, it’s so calming and freeing.”This time of year, Fuller and her interns propagate new plants by cutting pieces from existing plants in the ground and putting them in water to create new plants.They’ll sell the baby plants at the herb garden’s spring plant sale this spring, where the public can learn more about medicinal gardening and purchase some of their own medicinal plants.Fuller’s team also makes videos of the work they do in the garden to post to their YouTube channel in an attempt to keep the public engaged and involved in their program.Ultimately, she sees her job as empowering people — her interns and others — to take care of themselves by incorporating medicinal herbs into their lives.“It’s great to have hands-on education, so to me, that’s why I’m here and that’s why I love what I do,” Fuller said.For more information about the program and sales of the garden’s products, visit ugarden.uga.edu/medicinal-teas/. Follow UGArden on Facebook to stay updated about events, like the medicinal garden’s spring plant sale. Follow Noelle on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UC0rufIE89uMT6r_2fyjIKMQ to see her videos of working in the herb garden.To learn more about herbs and how to cultivate them, UGArden offers workshops where you can get hands-on experience. Visit squareup.com/store/ugarden to learn more.last_img read more

Kleinwort Benson: a catch-22 decision?

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COVID-19: How the second largest province became Indonesia’s epicenter

first_imgEast Java, Indonesia’s second most populous province, surpassed Jakarta as the nation’s COVID-19 epicenter on June 26 with the highest record of confirmed cases and deaths.The province has a cumulative total of 11,482 cases, 866 deaths and 3,891 recovered cases as of Monday morning. It also has the second highest case-fatality rate (CFR) – the percentage of deaths among confirmed cases — at 7.5 percent, higher than the national CFR of 5.1 percent.East Java has recorded 1,226 deaths among patients under surveillance (PDPs) and 164 deaths among persons under observation (ODPs), two categories referring to suspected cases pending testing or test results. The provincial capital of Surabaya accounts for half of the confirmed cases and deaths in East Java.Greater Surabaya, which includes the adjacent regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik, eased the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in early June, even though it implemented the measure almost three weeks after Jakarta did. It is now establishing what it deems as the “new normal”, despite the spike in new cases, its overwhelmed hospitals and expert calls for stricter measures.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has given East Java two weeks to lower its infection rate after he visited the province on June 25.Testing capacity better, though not ‘ideal’ Joni Wahyuhadi, the curative management head of the East Java COVID-19 task force, attributed the recent spike to improved testing capacity and active tracing – echoing the central government’s arguments for the daily highs in new cases the country has been seeing most of this month.Read also: Indonesia records new daily highs in cases during transition to ‘new normal’Joni said 27 labs in the province were processing samples now and working to increase their testing capacity.Unlike Jakarta and West Java, East Java does not provide testing data on its website, but Joni said the provincial administration had tested some 53,000 people. Meanwhile, Surabaya provides swab testing data on the city’s dedicated website, but the data has not been updated since it recorded 21,472 cumulative swab tests on June 28.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo of Surabaya’s Airlangga University concurred that the city’s testing capacity had improved this month, but that it was “still far” from the ideal World Health Organization (WHO) standard of one test per 1,000 population per week. With a population of some 40 million people, he said that East Java should be performing 40,000 tests per week.Transmission continues, tracing ‘not easy’East Java chairman Sutrisno of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) said that the recent spike in cases showed that “community transmission was still occurring”. Joni also said that new cases were a possibility.Tracing and isolating contacts were thus key to stopping the virus’ spread, but the province was finding it difficult to recruit more people for its contact tracing teams due the fear of infection, said Windhu. But relying on puskesmas (community health centers) workers was not enough, he stressed.Surabaya Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa told Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and COVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo on June 24 that the tracing ratio in Surabaya was 2.8, or almost three contacts traced per confirmed case,  kompas.com reported. Neighboring Sidoarjo had a tracing rate of 3.5.”Tracing is not easy. It requires extraordinary manpower and teams,” said Joni. “Being a [contact] tracer is not easy, they’re at risk of contracting the virus, given the many asymptomatic cases […] There’s no room at all for carelessness.”He said that contact tracing should average 25 contacts per confirmed case, adding that local health agencies had been receiving help from the Indonesian Military and the police personnel in tracing contacts.Contagion fear haunts overwhelmed medicsThe IDI’s Sutrisno said that many medical workers and even administrative staffers had been infected at hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients in Greater Surabaya, as well as the nearby city of Pasuruan and Lamongan regency. This reduced not only the number of medical workers on duty, but also the quality of service in treating COVID-19 patients, he said, while ordinary patients without COVID-19 were sidelined.East Java has 99 referral hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients, as well as several emergency hospitals for treating patients with mild to no symptoms.Joni, who is also the director of East Java’s main referral hospital, the Dr. Soetomo Regional General in Surabaya, said he had “read journals” that indicated a high correlation between the number of COVID-19 patients a hospital was treating and the number of its medical workers exposed to the virus, even if they were following the health protocols.He said the province’s hospitals were full, although some still had space for patients with mild to no symptoms. Around 20 patients had to wait in line for a bed at Soetomo hospital’s emergency room on Sunday, said Joni, highlighting the need for patients to be distributed across hospitals in the region.As of last Friday, nine of Soetomo hospital’s resident doctors were being treated for COVID-19, including one who was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), said Joni.Early this month, an internal medicine resident at the hospital died after contracting the virus. At least 11 doctors in East Java have died of the virus.The IDI Indonesia’s records show that 76 doctors in East Java, excluding Surabaya, had contracted the virus. Sutrisno said IDI’s East Java office was still gathering data on infected doctors in Surabaya, as it believed that the number could be “much higher”.People neglecting protocols amid ‘absent enforcement’During Jokowi;s East Java visit, the President expressed surprise on learning that 70 percent of the province’s residents were not wearing masks.The data allegedly came from an online survey the Airlangga public health alumni association conducted in late May to evaluate the PSBB implementation in the region. The survey results revealed low compliance in wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing in public spaces, including places of worship and traditional markets.Experts said that mudik (exodus) and lax movement restrictions had helped the virus to spread. East Java recorded 460,000 mudik travelers between March 16 and May 22 ahead of Idul Fitri on May 24-25.They also said that the PSBB had been ineffective in reducing transmission, given “the absence of” enforcement and sanctions against violators, and warned that the disease would continue to spread, now that people were resuming their daily activities.”This is a critical [point in the] crisis, we’re running against time. We can’t wait months or years for people to become [self-aware],” said Windhu.Topics :last_img read more

Supermarket scheme to up risk exposure with indexation in mind

first_imgAs part of its new investment policy, Ahold Delhaize Pensioen said it would raise its strategic securities allocation from 44% to 50%, while reducing its fixed income holdings from 56% to 50%.Renate Pijst, the scheme’s director, said that increasing the risk exposure while the market seemed to be at its peak had been a deliberate decision.“Doing nothing would mean that it would be difficult to escape the current situation in which we can’t compensate for inflation,” she explained.The pension fund also abandoned its tactical investment policy with a bandwidth of 10%, replacing it with a strategic approach with a margin of no more than 2.5%.At year-end, the scheme’s actual securities allocation was 37%, which was already relatively low, according to Pijst.“However, under the rules of our old dynamic investment policy, we would have to reduce our holdings to 35%,” she added.The Ahold Delhaize scheme indicated it wanted to limit its dynamic investment policy to situations where the pension fund had “very high or very low” funding.Currency hedging, passive shift, ESGThe pension fund further said it would halve its current full currency hedge of the US dollar and sterling, and that it would raise its dynamic interest hedge from 57% to 60% of its liabilities.The changes are scheduled to be fully implemented at the end of this year.The retailer’s pension fund said that the adjustments came in part as a consequence of comments made by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank after an asset management survey the regulator had carried out.Based on the outcome, the Ahold Delhaize scheme had also ceased its temporary hedge of the Swiss franc and US interest rates, it said.The annual report also revealed that the pension fund wants to continue focusing on passive investments.At the start of 2019, it had completed the conversion of its emerging markets equity stake into fully passive holdings.Last year, the pension fund lost 7.8% on equity, 0.3% on high yield bonds and 2.1% on emerging market debt.Investments in euro-denominated government bonds and credit generated 1.7% and 0.9%, respectively, while residential mortgages delivered 2%.With a return of 18.6%, alternative investments were the best-returning asset class.The scheme announced that it would consult its stakeholders about formulating its policy on environmental, social and corporate governance matters, and that it would explore the investment opportunities linked to climate change. Ahold Delhaize Pensioen, the €4.6bn pension fund of the Dutch-Belgian supermarket chain, has said it would raise the risk exposure of its investments to improve the potential for inflation compensation.In its annual report for 2018, it made clear that it had made the decision based on an asset-liability management study.The adjustment comes in the wake of a disappointing investment year during which the pension fund incurred a 0.8% loss, leaving it unable to grant indexation for the fourth consecutive year.The hoped-for recovery didn’t materialise, and the scheme closed the year with a funding of 109.6%.last_img read more

South Carolina Ports Authority Delivers Record Box Volumes in FY 2018

first_imgSouth Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has reported record container volumes handled during the 2018 fiscal year. SCPA’s container throughput was 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in FY 2018, an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year.What is more, the port authority saw 201,163 TEUs in June, the single highest month for container volume in SCPA’s history and a 10 percent increase over June 2017. June was a strong finish to the port’s fiscal year, which began in July.As measured in pier containers, or the number of boxes that moved across the docks of SCPA’s two container terminals, the port handled 115,696 containers in June and a total of 1.25 million containers in FY2018.“June container volumes were exceptional, marking the first time our port has handled more than 200,000 TEUs in a single month,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, commented.“We achieved the three highest months of container volume in the port’s history in March, May and June. As compared to FY2010, SCPA has grown by over 900,000 TEUs for a compound annual growth rate of seven percent. Such growth is a significant accomplishment that reflects a broad expansion of the port’s cargo base, the commitment of our staff and the overall success of our maritime community,” Newsome added.Established in 1942, SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. Last month, the port authority approved USD 277.6 million capital plan — the largest in SCPA’s history — for projects supporting terminal modernization, capacity increase and intermodal volume growth.last_img read more