Bibby Line to Sponsor Flagship Maritime Event (UK)

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Bibby Line Group has been announced as a Lead Sponsor for the forthcoming Maritime, Logistics and Energy (MLE) thematic within the International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB) in Liverpool.The sponsorship deal will see the Bibby Line Group name displayed prominently across all the 30-plus events taking place during MLE, from 9 to 20 June as part of the six week Festival.And the company will hold three events on 12th June, consisting of a Logistics Supply Chain event and a Maritime & Offshore Services event running in parallel during the day and an evening reception for key stakeholders held at the Museum of Liverpool.Sir Michael Bibby of Bibby Line Group said: “We are excited to be supporting this high profile event. We see the International Festival for Business as a perfect opportunity to bring together our key customers from across the globe and showcase our strength as an integrated services group.”Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime Group said: “Liverpool is a city built on its maritime mercantile history, with a breadth of experience and maritime activity that is unrivalled anywhere in the UK outside of London. As the host city for a trade festival showcasing UK-plc, there’s no better choice. This year’s International Festival for Business – and the MLE programme within it – will reflect the enormous investment flowing into the city today. With major new infrastructure projects underway and more container, cruise and other vessels calling at Liverpool, the port will continue to thrive and its importance to UK economy will become ever more apparent.”More than 250,000 business visitors are expected to attend the International Festival for Business 2014 – a six-week business jamboree which aims to connect UK businesses into international markets, bringing together the smartest entrepreneurial minds and the best business opportunities.The IFB 2014 events calendar is programmed around seven business growth themes aimed at showcasing the ‘Best of British’ and engaging an international audience. They are: Maritime, Logistics & Energy; Higher & Further Education & Research; Cities, Enterprise & Urban Business; Manufacturing, Science & Technology; Knowledge, Professional & Financial Services; Low Carbon & Renewables; as well as Knowledge, Creative & Digital.The Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic is organised jointly by Mersey Maritime and Shipping Innovation, organiser of last year’s highly successful London International Shipping Week (LISW). Print  Close Bibby Offshore, March 24, 2014last_img read more

Archives Makes Original Loyalist Documents Available Online

first_imgThe story of one of Shelburne’s founding families is now available through a new online resource developed by the Nova Scotia Archives. The launch of Captain Gideon White Family Papers: Loyalists of Shelburne took place in Shelburne today, July 18. The event coincided with the Grand Re-enactment Weekend, part of the 225th Loyalist Landing Anniversary celebrations. “The White Family Papers are an outstanding resource for exploring 18th- and 19th-century life in Nova Scotia,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks. “Through their eyes we can explore Loyalist Shelburne and learn about the triumphs and hardships of that time.” Captain White came to Shelburne in 1783 and his personal correspondence and business records paint an eloquent picture of the fledgling town of Shelburne, which for a brief moment after its founding was North America’s fourth-largest community. After his death in 1833, White’s sons continued as Shelburne merchants and local government officials, adding to the documents and preserving the history of their family and the town. The original papers, which span 150 years of documented family and Nova Scotia history, were donated to the archives in 1938. The collection dates from 1761 in Massachusetts to 1921 in Shelburne and includes correspondence, bills, receipts, election papers, and local government documents. The new online resource features more than 80 original documents from the 1650-item collection and provides Internet visitors with a time-tour of historic Shelburne as the White family knew it. “Shelburne’s history will be coming alive this year with the 225th anniversary celebrations,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “We wanted to create a product that would showcase the White family’s contributions as builders and preservers of Shelburne’s remarkable heritage and we wanted to make this story accessible to all Nova Scotians.” More information on Captain Gideon White Family Papers: Loyalists of Shelburne is available on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/white/ . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_img -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving from Wednesday, May 6, until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141last_img

UGC expects to get 100 proposals for Paramarsh Scheme

first_imgNew Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is expecting to receive around 100 proposals from the higher education institutions for its ‘Paramarsh Scheme’. As part of the scheme, top institutions will mentor five non-accredited institutes to secure National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grade. “The last date for submitting proposals by the mentors is September 2. These will then be examined,” a UGC official said here on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Once the proposals are accepted by the UGC, the institutes can start the mentoring programme within a month,” the official added. The scheme mandates that the mentor institutions should have secured an NAAC score of 3.26 out of 4. Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, who launched the scheme last month, said it would improve quality and standards of higher education in the country. The official noted that since securing NAAC accreditation has been made mandatory for the open universities too, the top institutions can also mentor open universities which will be applying for NAAC grade for the first time. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Under the ‘Paramarsh’ scheme, the leading institutions will provide regular mentoring to help colleges to get accredited by the NAACA. The mentor institutions can be provided financial assistance of up to Rs 30 lakh. There is also an option of appointing an expert, who can be paid a fellowship amount of Rs 31,000 per month. The scheme aims to improve the global rankings of Indian higher educational institutions. “The scheme will lead to enhancement of the mentee institutions’ quality and its profile as a result of improved quality of research, teaching and learning methodologies. The mentee institution will also have increased exposure and speedier adaptation to best practices,” the official added. The NAAC is an autonomous body that assesses and accredits higher education institutions in the country.last_img read more

Deputy US trade czar conscripts American mayors to lobby for USMCA

first_imgWASHINGTON — One of the hard-bargain drivers from the American side of the NAFTA negotiating table is bringing his powers of persuasion to bear on the next challenge facing the new North American trade pact: the U.S. Congress.Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C. J. Mahoney, a fixture of the 14-month negotiation process that culminated last October in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, urged a gathering of American mayors Wednesday to lobby Capitol Hill lawmakers to ratify the deal.“All Congress has to do is pass it, and that is where I hope you all can help us,” Mahoney told a panel discussion Wednesday during the winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington.“You all have influence on your members of Congress. They listen to you, they understand your problems, they know that you’re looking out for what’s good for your communities and are concerned first and foremost with jobs and economic development.“We need your help.”Ratification in both Mexico and Canada has largely been seen as inevitable; Martha Barcena Coqui, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S., told the panel she expects the agreement to come to a vote in the next session of her country’s Congress, which gets underway next month and which doesn’t require a separate implementation bill. In Canada, the majority Liberal government makes a Yes vote all but a foregone conclusion.But amid political turmoil in Washington — where the White House is at war with Democrats over President Donald Trump’s border wall plans and a partial government shutdown has entered its second month — nothing these days is a given.A number of prominent Democrats — notably House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, currently the most painful congressional thorn in Trump’s side — have complained that the deal lacks meaningful mechanisms to enforce new labour and environmental standards. And relations between Capitol Hill and the White House are at such a low ebb that some fear the president’s enemies are determined to deny him any political wins.Enter Mahoney, who is hard-selling the USMCA as a win for all three countries.“If members of Congress can put politics aside and focus on the substance, I have no doubt that this will pass overwhelmingly in both houses,” he said, describing the deal as the most bipartisan U.S. trade deal ever negotiated, thanks to the political foresight of his boss, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.“Throughout the negotiations — well before the results of the midterm elections were known — we worked very closely with Democrats to ensure that the final agreement reflected their priorities,” he said, citing the labour and environmental clauses in particular.To qualify for duty-free benefits, USMCA requires autos to contain 75 per cent North American content — up from 62.5 per cent under NAFTA. By 2023, between 40 and 45 per cent of auto parts will also have to come from workers earning at least $16 an hour; in Mexico, auto assembly workers earn an average of just $7.34 an hour and parts workers $3.41 an hour.On the environmental side, the agreement includes a number of protections for marine species and habitats, new air-quality standards, environmental assessment rules and forest management practices. “I’m optimistic about our chances of success in this endeavour, but success is certainly not assured,” Mahoney said. “Given the importance of the agreement to our workers, farmers and ranchers, the stakes could not be higher.”Paul Dyster, the mayor of Niagara Falls, N.Y., told Mahoney the often-acrimonious negotiating process has had a negative impact on his community’s economic prospects, given how closely integrated it is with Canadian interests.“The rhetoric that was used in this negotiation was shocking, when you hear it used in reference to the leaders of countries that have been your strongest allies and trade partners for a long time,” Dyster said.“For those of us on the border, whose economies are very fully integrated with the Canadian economy, that use of old-fashioned protectionism to try to advance the interests of the United States to take a shot at Canada — it kind of hit us in the foot.”Mahoney, however, dismissed any suggestion of lingering bad blood.“What really matters is not the given press headline at any point during the negotiations, but where we ended up — and where we ended up was with a great agreement that I think will be the foundation for an even stronger relationship with Mexico and Canada going forward.”Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, who joined the panel after Mahoney had left, raised one particular sticking point: the fact that the Trump administration has not yet made good on its commitment to lift its punishing national-security tariffs on steel and aluminum exports.“This is causing distortions in the marketplace, it is causing all three countries to lose opportunities, it is increasing costs for consumers,” said MacNaughton, who closed by quoting the president’s own tweet from March 2018 committing to lifting the tariffs once a new trade agreement was in place.“He has now said this is a fair deal, a good deal, the best deal that’s ever been done, so I would simply say please, let us get on with building our three countries together. Let us get on with our defence and security agreements and the relationship that we have had for more than 150 years.”James McCarten, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Government Approves Draft Law on EUMorocco Fisheries Agreement

Rabat – In addition to the topics discussed during Thursday’s government council, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani’s cabinet also adopted draft Law 14.19 to approve the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.The government council also adopted the Protocol for the Implementation of the Agreement and the related exchange of letters.The protocol is an integral part of the agreement signed by Morocco and the EU on January 14. The government confirmed that the “Moroccan Saharan provinces are an integral part of the national territory where it exercises its full sovereignty as in the rest of the national territory” through the letters exchanged between the two parties, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi told the press after the meeting.Read Also: Spain: Adoption of EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement is Decisive StepEl Khalfi said that the agreement is committed to “developing sustainable fishing in the fishing zone on the basis of the principle of non-discrimination between the different fleets present in these waters and aims to lay down the framework for a legal, environmental, economic and social governance of fishing activities carried out by the EU fleets.”The agreement covers the fishing area from parallel 35 to parallel 22, from Cap Spartel in northern Morocco to Cap Blanc in southern Morocco, including the waters off Western Sahara.It specifies the fishing zones and access conditions for EU vessels and increases the EU’s financial contribution from the previous agreement’s annual average of €40.0 million to €52.2 million. In addition to the fisheries agreement, the government council also adopted a draft law to approve an agreement to apply to products from Morocco’s southern provinces at the same tariff preferences as those covered by the EU-Morocco association agreement.The draft Law 10.19 approved the agreement in the form of an exchange of letters on the amendment of draft agreements number 2 and 4 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement, concluded on October 25 in Brussels. The agreement establishes an association between the European communities and their member states.El Khalfi said that the first draft agreement concerns the tariffs on products imported to the EU from Morocco, while the second concerns the definition of the concept of “sourced products” and administrative cooperation. read more

Misrepresentations fanning fears in GeorgianAbkhaz dispute says Ban Kimoon

25 January 2008Disinformation and misrepresentations is generating tensions between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in their dispute and the communities on both sides of the ceasefire line should exercise restraint, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report to the Security Council. While there has been no incident between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in the past few months, there have been “a string of allegations concerning either the deployment of forces on both sides of the ceasefire line or incidents involving the Abkhaz forces or the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] peacekeeping force,” he writes in his latest report on the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia.He voices concern about the “disconnect” between realities on the ground and media or official statements. As it is, an “image of the enemy” is already pervasive among communities on both sides of the ceasefire line, he writes, warning that “Fanning fear and hostility through misrepresentation will only entrench it further.”Reliable observers on both sides commented that the relationship between the two sides was last year at its lowest point since the widespread violence of 1998, according to the report.“The two electoral campaigns that took place in 2007, for the Georgian presidency and the de facto Abkhaz parliament, illustrated once again the deep rift between the political aspirations of the sides and their constituencies, with reunification and independence seen as top, non-negotiable priorities in Tbilisi and Sukhumi, respectively, and promoted with an equal sense of urgency.”Mr. Ban calls for confidence-building measures to be introduced, on areas including security dialogue, the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and economic rehabilitation, so that momentum can be established towards a comprehensive political settlement of the conflict.He notes that the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) is working towards this goal and is also hoping to improve its monitoring abilities in the Kodori Valley, where the difficult terrain and security risks make unmanned aerial vehicles the best option.UNOMIG is developing standard operating procedures for the use of such vehicles so that there can be no possible misuse outside the mandate of the mission – an issue that has been raised, particularly by the Abkhaz side.As of 1 January, UNOMIG had 133 military observers from 32 countries in place to verify the ceasefire agreement between the Georgian Government and the Abkhaz authorities. read more

Singapore to revise master plan for Megapolis

Sri Lanka’s Western Province accounts for nearly half of the nation’s economy, with the other eight provinces accounting for the rest. Colombo’s vision is to build a regional business and financial hub, complete with high-rise developments, recreational areas and shopping districts. “We leave it to the individual companies here to decide what role they have to take.”Wickremesinghe said Colombo would also seek to open Free Trade Agreement talks with Singapore after upgrading an FTA with India into a comprehensive trade and technological partnership, as well as concluding an FTA with China.“The sequencing of the FTAs is because we have limited staff to negotiate,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) It also wants to develop the region around Trincomalee, a port city and headquarters of the Eastern Province that draws its attractiveness from the circular and deep natural harbour. Indian and Japanese companies have shown keen interest in investing around the strategic port city, where both are putting up thermal power units. Colombo, it would appear, would like Singapore to do for the Western Province and Trincomalee what it is doing in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where it is helping in the design and construction of a new capital. Trincomalee also has immense tourism potential.S. Chandra Das, Singapore’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, said: “The Sri Lankans are in contact with Surbana Jurong to work with their relevant authority to do the planning for Western Province and Trincomalee. Singapore will handle the revised master plan for Sri Lanka’s Megapolis – an ambitious plan to develop the country’s Western Province, which includes Colombo, into a massive urban agglomeration – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, according to the Straits Times .“Singapore’s Cesma did the planning in 2004, but it was not followed up by President Rajapaksa,” Wickremesinghe said, referring to the former HDB design subsidiary which later morphed into Surbana Jurong. “Now, we have got them to revise the plan. It will be available by the end of the year. We also want them to do the master plan for Trincomalee.” read more

At least 100 dead after powerful earthquake strikes Indonesia

The deadly quake was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and struck near Loloan on the north end of Lombok. It was also felt on Bali to the west. The 6.9-magnitude quake occurred in the early evening after sunset and was the second powerful temblor on Lombok in a week. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the island July 29, killing more than a dozen people and briefly stranding hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano. The United States Geological Survey slightly downgraded Sunday’s quake after initially calling it 7.0-magnitude. Strong aftershocks ranging from 5.4- to 4.3-magnitude followed the main quake, the USGS said.Indonesia’s Tsunami Early Warning System had issued a tsunami warning after the main quake but it was later lifted, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Agency. “All the hotel guests were running, so I did too. People filled the streets,” Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist on Bali, told Reuters. “A lot of officials were urging people not to panic.”Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism released a statement saying no tourists had been “injured or impacted” by the quake.The Indonesia Red Cross reported that four of its volunteers were injured and transported to a hospital. Red Cross workers moved people to higher ground and advised people in coastal areas to leave due to tsunami concerns, said agency spokesman Arifin M Hadi.Hospital patients had been moved to outdoor areas as a precaution, Haji Rum, head of the West Nusa Tenggara Disaster Management Agency, said in an interview on Indonesia’s Metro TV. There are parts of Lombok without power, he said. At least 100 people were killed when a powerful earthquake and strong aftershocks rocked Indonesia’s resort islands of Bali and Lombok on Sunday, causing people to rush out of homes, hotels and restaurants.Arifin Muhammad Hadi, head of disaster management of the Indonesian Red Cross Society, confirmed the death toll. Hundreds of people have been taken to local hospitals and thousands of homes have been damaged, he said. Images posted on social media showed damage at the Bali airport, including large ceiling tiles hanging loose or fallen to the ground. Flights at the Bali and Lombok airports were continuing.The Indonesian archipelago, where Lombok and Bali are located, is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000-kilometer (25,000-mile) area of intense seismic and volcanic activity where most of the world’s earthquakes occur. The area stretches from Japan and Indonesia on one side of the Pacific Ocean all the way across to California on the other. (Courtesy CNN) Landline phone and cellphone services were reported down in Tanjung, the Lombok town nearest to the epicenter. read more

UN atomic agency chief lays out plan to deal with nuclear terrorism

“We are approaching a crossroads. After the end of the Cold War, we were hopeful that a new global security regime would emerge – inclusive, equitable, and no longer dependent on nuclear deterrence,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the 2005 Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference in Washington yesterday.“Regrettably, we have made little progress towards that goal,” added Mr. ElBaradei, who together with the IAEA shared this years Nobel Peace Prize. In recent years, four developments have radically altered the security landscape – the emergence of clandestine nuclear supply networks, the spread of nuclear fuel cycle technology, the efforts by more countries to acquire nuclear weapons, and the declared ambition of terrorists to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, he declared.In response, he proposed four “yardsticks” against which to gauge recent performance and set future goals.First, he stressed the need for expanded access, with spot checks, as provided by additional protocols to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), since “in today´s security environment, inspections that only verify what a country has declared are not likely to be judged ‘effective’.”But only 70 countries have additional protocols in force, and he cited the case of Iran, which concealed its nuclear programme for nearly 20 years, saying that a number of open questions remain.“The responsibility rests with Iran to provide, if needed, additional transparency measures – beyond the confines of the safeguards agreement and additional protocol – to enable the Agency to resolve these questions, and to provide the required assurance about the peaceful nature of Iran´s nuclear programme,” he added. In September the IAEA Board of Governors found that Iran’s previous NPT safeguards agreement breaches were within the competence of the Security Council, which can impose sanctions when such issues are referred to it. The second yardstick concerns sensitive nuclear technology, with a key ‘choke point’ for weapons development being production of weapon-usable nuclear material through uranium enrichment and plutonium separation. Among measures Mr. ElBaradei proposed is a framework for multilateral management both for enrichment and fuel production and spent fuel reprocessing and waste disposal, to ensure supply of reactor technology and nuclear fuel based on apolitical, objective non-proliferation criteria and at competitive market prices. The third yardstick concerns the protection of nuclear material. Multiple international and regional initiatives are helping countries to improve the physical protection of such material. “These and other projects are helping to reduce the risks posed by existing nuclear material. But much remains to be done,” he said.Finally, Mr. ElBaradei stressed the need for credible mechanisms to deal with cases of non-compliance, including Security Council action.“To be effective, the UN Security Council must be ready at all times to engage, in order to cope with emerging threats to international peace and security,” he said, noting that while referral to the Council has sometimes encouraged compliance, referral of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 1992 and 2003 resulted in little to no action.But, he added, “the slow progress of nuclear-weapon States towards making good on their commitments to move towards nuclear disarmament – with 27 000 warheads still in existence – is creating an environment of cynicism among the non-nuclear-weapon States.” read more

UK CV production falls in June as market stabilises

UK commercial vehicle production falls -21.7% in June as demand rebalances after 2015 spike.47,621 CVs produced so far in 2016 – a slight decrease of -2.2%.Exports up 2.7% in the year-to-date, with more than half of UK-built CVs sold overseas. UK commercial vehicle manufacturing saw a decline in June, according to figures published today by SMMT. 7,686 CVs were built in Britain last month, down -21.7% compared with the previous year as the market rebalanced following a particularly strong performance in June 2015.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Disruption to fleet renewal patterns triggered by type approval changes last year meant manufacturing output spiked by more than half in June 2015.1 As a result, this year’s June performance was always going to be negative so the drop is no surprise. The market remains at a high level, buoyed by continuing resurgence in key EU markets, with more than half of UK CV output sold overseas. Maintaining the competitive trading conditions currently afforded by EU membership, including free access to major international markets, will be critical to this sector’s future performance.” Total UK CV manufacturing volumes grew from 6,348 units in June 2014 to 9,821 in June 2015, a rise of 54.7%: SMMT data Download the June 2016 manufacturing figures as a Word document.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Billy Price counts on his strength Ohio State football counts on him

OSU redshirt junior guard Billy Price celebrates with coach Urban Meyer after the 2014 national championship victory.Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe last time Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer had three starters to replace on the offensive line, the 2014 Buckeyes experienced excruciating growing pains.Redshirt junior Billy Price was one of those linemates who struggled early on.In his first game against Navy in 2014, Price was taken aback by the speed of the game, which is something he struggled with early in his redshirt freshman season.Price said he vividly remembered when OSU surrendered six sacks in the fourth quarter in an early season loss to Virginia Tech. Lessons from those first two games are being passed on to the new group of “Slobs” in 2016.“One of the biggest things when I played Virginia Tech is things start flying so fast, and if you can’t get control of the chaos and situation early, one thing leads to another,” Price said. “I’ve been there, and the biggest thing is stay calm.”None of the national champion offensive line members improved more from game one to game 15 than Price. He earned a second-team freshman All-America honors in 2014. To follow that up, he started all 13 games last season at right guard rather than left guard, being named third-team all-Big Ten.At season’s end, Price still saw plenty of room for improvement.Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been working with Price since the spring on pass-blocking technique and playing to the offensive scheme. The third-year starter from Austintown-Fitch High School in Ohio, said that one subtle change in his technique has made the world of difference and has made him a more confident player.Already listed at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, Price said that it’s nice at times for him to rely on his strength against tough opponents.On Sunday, the team took a vote on who should join captains along with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein as the face of the program. The rest of the Buckeyes made it clear that they believe they can rely on Price’s strength and leadership.Price who was one of four players selected as a team captain to represent the Scarlet and Gray.“Huge honor,” Price said. “You’re a part of a legacy here at Ohio State to be a captain. There are very few captains and to be a part of that is just an honor.”Price has started 28 games for OSU in his career.He and Elflein are the only two members remaining from an offensive line that led the way for 264.4 rushing yards per game in 2014 and 245.2 per game in 2015. Those two will be counted on by Meyer and staff to lead a young batch of Buckeyes back to being the brawn of the offense.Though Price is a poster boy for the Buckeyes, he said that there shouldn’t be any doubt who is the true leader of the offensive line.“First and foremost, this is Pat (Elflein)’s offensive line,” Price said. “I don’t want there to ever be a question about that.”True freshman Michael Jordan will likely be stepping into Price’s role from 2014 as a first-year eligible starter on the offensive line. Price has spoken to Jordan on multiple occasions, telling him to take care of school and control the speed of the game. While Elflein was recovering from minor shoulder surgery, he counted on his right-hand man to mentor Jordan and other freshmen inside the unit and develop a camaraderie that was present on the 2014 offense.“I haven’t been in here all summer, so he has kind of taken that role when I’m not in there,” Elflein said. “There’s not a problem having two leaders on the offensive line.” read more

Ohio States poise against Purdue could carry over

For as deafening as Purdue’s Mackey Arena can be, it wasn’t enough to unnerve Ohio State’s men’s basketball team. Rowdy Boilermakers fans donning same-color shirts in sections of the stadium to create a gold and black design were silenced as the Buckeyes stole a road victory, 74-64. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas said it didn’t faze him. “I didn’t hear the crowd. I didn’t really care about the boos,” Thomas, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., told the Associated Press. “That’s about being on the road.” OSU staved off the hostile environment at Purdue, but life away from the confines of the Schottenstein Center has otherwise been inhospitable to the No. 15-ranked Buckeyes. OSU’s first road game was a loss to then-No. 2 Duke in late November. That game could be viewed as a moral victory because a young OSU team only fell short in the game’s waning minutes. That notion likely no longer exists, though. Not after Saturday’s 74-55 shellacking against Illinois. And recent history suggested OSU would falter again on Tuesday. Additionally, the Boilermakers beat the same Illini team that easily dispatched the Buckeyes. on Jan. 2. Against unranked Purdue (7-8, Big Ten 1-2) squad, OSU hardly looked like the team that was rocked by Illinois mere days earlier. After the game, Matta said he spent that time in between contests preparing his team for what would inevitably be “coming down the pipe.” “I thought we had an element of composure about us … we had to have it,” Matta told reporters after the Purdue victory. “This was a team win as you could possibly have.” It couldn’t have come at a better time. “We came out with toughness and our offensive execution was going well. We knew we needed to do that after the Illinois game and that’s what we did,” Thomas told reporters. “We came out with toughness and executed really well.” While it’s probably an exaggeration to call Tuesday’s game a “must-win,” had the Buckeyes faltered, it could have had a lasting effect on the psyche of a team that doesn’t always seem secure of itself. The win against the Boilermakers didn’t answer all of the questions about OSU – it won’t exempt them from the many deficiencies they’ve shown against quality opponents. That’s an issue that could reappear throughout conference play, but Tuesday felt like a step in the right direction for a team that’s lacked the fortitude to play its best in the most critical of times. read more

Steffen Weinhold signs for SG Flensburg

Danish borderright backSG FlensburgSteffen WeinholdTV Grosswallstadt German NT player, right back from TV Grosswallstadt, Steffen Weinhold (26) will join SG Flensburg next summer. He signed contract for next two season with the team of Ljubomir Vranjes. Weinhold will join his NT colleagues, Glandorf and Kaufmann and help team from the Danish border to keep good results and fight for the EHF Champions League every season.Before TV Grosswallstadt, Weinhold played for HSG Nordhorn.photo: SG Flensburg ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2012: GB girls goes to Poland Next Story → Vid Kavticnik 8 months out!

Past future collide at Providence Academy

first_imgWhat would Mother Joseph say? What does city code say?Those are questions many asked when they first saw renderings of two five-story apartments, with shops on the ground floor, near Providence Academy.“(Mother Joseph) was an architect, a teacher and a nun. What would she have done 100-plus years ago?” said lifelong Vancouver resident Nancy Denny. “Would she think this is a good idea?”Past and future are colliding at the 19th century building. The Historic Trust, the nonprofit that manages the former academy and orphanage, has agreed to sell nearby land to become home to a pair of mixed-use buildings.Some view the renderings and worry the buildings will clash with Providence Academy’s historic character, like its red brick. Officials with the trust, on the other hand, try to temper those concerns. The renderings may change, they say.“I’ve had great dialogue with people as it relates to this, trying to put people at ease to these unknowns, but the reality is, this in such an early stage,” said Mike True, president and CEO of The Historic Trust.“There’s a lot of process that will engage the city, engage the public and outside influences to make sure this is a development that is compatible with the academy,” he added.last_img read more

Put video lottery in card room settings

first_imgTwo Republican legislators have introduced a bill intended to “help level out the playing field” in Washington’s gaming industry by letting privately owned card rooms install video lottery terminals, now allowed only in tribal casinos.House Bill 2044, introduced Thursday with a bipartisan group of nine sponsors, was referred to the Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs. It would allow about 65 nontribal, house-banked card rooms to upgrade from pull tabs to the electronic scratch ticket machines. Only card rooms with at least five years’ operational experience would qualify for the upgrades. No more than 200 of the machines would be allowed in any location.“This would only apply to card rooms that have proven they can abide by regulations and provide a fair game,” said Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches, one of the bill’s sponsors. La Center’s four card rooms would be covered by the bill. All four have joined Clark County’s appeal of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ December decision approving the Cowlitz Tribe’s application to take 152 acres into trust near La Center. The tribe plans to build a large casino-hotel complex near the Interstate 5 – La Center interchange, which could compete with the card rooms.last_img read more

International Womens Day spurs initiatives from tech companies groups

first_img • Tech Industry Solving for XX May 27 • Melinda Gates says US is ‘a long way from equality’ for women Apr 24 • Facial recognition errors are bad for business: Most of us aren’t white men Aug 22 • Women in tech face discrimination at the intern level too, says survey Getty Images Friday marks International Women’s Day, a day celebrating gender equality and women’s achievements. One industry where that would be welcome: technology.Women make up just 30 percent of the workforce in Silicon Valley, according to the Kapor Center, a nonprofit that supports women and people of color in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. As a result of the lack of representation or perhaps because of it, women contend with major biases. Girls also face obstacles in pursuing STEM education. More than a quarter of middle school girls and a fifth of high school girls say they’re too embarrassed to ask questions in class, according to a study by Microsoft and KRC Research. In addition, 32 percent of middle school and 35 percent of high school girls say they don’t feel supported by their teachers and classmates.Organizations and companies across the country are working to change that. And on International Women’s Day, some are launching initiatives to further that goal:Walmart and Girls Who CodeWalmart said it’s giving $3 million to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to increase the number of women in computer science and close the gender gap in tech. The donation will go toward expanding Girls Who Code clubs throughout the country, adding to the 6,000 clubs already in place. The retail giant will also be a founding sponsor of College Loops, a program that Girls Who Code created to stay connected with college-aged program alumni to help keep them in computer science. Hack and Techbridge Girls Hack, a computer that encourages kids to code through gaming, teamed up with nonprofit Techbridge Girls for a STEM education event Thursday, ahead of International Women’s Day. The event included beta testing of new coding games and mentoring with Hack staff. Techbridge Girls offers STEM programming to girls in low-income communities. Google and Inspiring GirlsInspiring Girls, a charity that creates videos to motivate young women and challenge gender biases, launched a series of videos with a dozen female Google employees encouraging girls to pursue careers in tech. The women speak about their careers and what inspires them, and share suggestions on how to work in tech. Inspiring Girls will launch a Video Hub later this year featuring interviews with female role models, which are designed to inspire girls to achieve their goals. Microsoft and Nobel MediaMicrosoft partnered with Nobel Media to launch an AI-powered web platform called Women Who Changed Science, which highlights the accomplishments of female Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry and medicine.The multimedia platform uses images and videos to present biographies of women such as Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini and Tu Youyou.TinderTinder is swiping right in its support for International Women’s Day. The dating site is offering up to $1 million a year in free, in-app advertising for nonprofits. She’s the First, an organization tackling gender inequality via education, is one of the first groups to participate. Tinder also said it’s working to ensure 65 percent of internship positions at the company this year go to females.Google VR seriesGoogle launched a virtual reality series called Courage to Question, which looks at four women fighting for justice and equality. The films were captured by a female crew in VR180 and will premiere at the United Nations’ International Women’s Day opening ceremony on Friday.FacebookThe social network invited a group of women to meet Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Thursday, in addition to other top female leaders at the company. Originally published March 8, 7 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:49 a.m. and 2:35 p.m.: Adds information on more initiatives.  See All 0center_img Jun 20 • NASA engineer tells women in STEM: Don’t be hidden figures Share your voice Post a comment Tags Solving for XX reading • International Women’s Day spurs initiatives from tech companies, groups Microsoftlast_img read more

Burberry goes live online

first_imgBurberry goes live online76 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Burberry goes live online76 viewsBusinessBritain’s Burberry brings London Fashion Week even closer to home. For the first time its catwalk show has been broadcast live to the world via the internet. CEO Christopher Bailey wants Burberry’sVentuno Web Player 4.50Britain’s Burberry brings London Fashion Week even closer to home. For the first time its catwalk show has been broadcast live to the world via the internet. CEO Christopher Bailey wants Burberry’slast_img

What Robots Mean For The Future Of The Hospitality Industry

first_img X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Automation and the use of robots are on the rise in many industries, including hospitality.Researchers from the University of Houston’s Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, John Bowen and Cristian Morosan, recently published a study about the disruption robot technology may bring to the hospitality industry.“The experts predict that by 2030, about 25 percent of the routine tasks [in the hospitality industry] will be conducted by robots,” Morosan said.That will transform the industry and create new service models, he said.“In certain areas the robots will take over and will do jobs efficiently and without error,” Morosan said. “But also it will create amazing opportunities for service employees to be more creative, to deploy new service models that serve customers better and offer a better value.”Will robots take jobs away from humans? Morosan doesn’t think so.“The hospitality industry faces and will face in the future a labor shortage,” he said. “So the introduction to hospitality jobs will save some of this problem.”And robots will also create new types of jobs, such as technology maintenance, he said.Morosan predicts there will be different hospitality models based on how companies adopt the robot revolution.“We will see stratification in the types of services that are embedded with robots or other artificial intelligence systems,” he said. “And others will still maintain their legacy service models, where the service model itself is based on a lot of human-to-human interaction.”Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Cristian Morosan.center_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaDr. Cristian Morosan specializes in information technology adoption at UH’s Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. 00:00 /04:00last_img read more

AFRO Recognizes Historical Influence of Black Press

first_imgBy Tiffany Ginyard, AFRO Managing Editor, tginyard@afro.comIn honor of Black History Month, the AFRO will take a look at the role of the Black Press in America–past and present. Since the founding of Freedmen’s Journal in 1827, in the context of growing the abolitionist movement, the Black Press has been instrumental in the upward mobility of African Americans. The Black Press has and continues to be an institution that not only captures the culture, history and heritage of a powerfully resilient people, but also captures the character of a country slow to recognize our humanity.Employees working in an office at the headquarters of the Afro American Newspapers in Baltimore, Maryland, 1975. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers)Our special coverage recognizes the courageous, professionalism, and Black journalists and news organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the narrative of African Diaspora here in America.last_img read more