Tuesday is first of four games in California this week

first_img Written by Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailA .283 team batting average is one of four categories in which BYU baseball leads the West Coast Conference as it plays four games this week in California.The Cougars, 19-19 overall and 8-10 in the WCC, also lead the league in scoring (5.7 runs), and slugging (.400). The team continues to be ranked among the nation’s top 10 in doubles per game (2.26).Up first for BYU is a late Tuesday game at Cal, 24-17 overall and 10-11 in the Pac-12, beginning at 7 p.m. PDT.  Starting for the Cougars on the mound will be junior transfer right-hander Alex Perron (0-0, 3.50).The Cal game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network (delayed at 1 a.m. MDT) and streamed live on its site http://pac-12.com/live.  The Bears have the nation’s No. 2 home run hitter in Andrew Vaughn with 19 dingers. He leads the NCAA in on-base percentage (.550).Following the Cal game, the Cougars have a three-game afternoon series at St. Mary’s College starting on Thursday.​ April 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tuesday is first of four games in California this weeklast_img read more

Russia to lay keel for first of new class of corvettes

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia to lay keel for first vessel of new class of corvettes October 26, 2016 View post tag: Corvette Authorities Share this article View post tag: Derzkycenter_img The Russian Navy said it was ready to lay the keel for the first ship in a new class of corvettes also referred to as Project 20386.The ceremony is scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on October 28.Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov ordered the first vessel to be named Dersky (which translates to impertinent).According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the corvette’s hull and upperworks are designed to decrease radar signature. The modular ships are to be fitted with modern anti-ship and anti-submarine systems as well as an air defense missile system.They will be propelled by Russian power stations and will be capable of carrying helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, it was further said. Russia to lay keel for first vessel of new class of corvettes View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: Project 20386last_img read more

Merton JCR to adopt tapir

first_imgThe college tortoise has been a ubiquitous and much loved fixture of Oxford life for decades, but last week Merton bucked the trend as its JCR voted in favour of adopting a college tapir instead.The decision to adopt the exotic pig came after widespread disappointment at the college’s failure to acquire a tortoise. The Original General Meeting agenda outlined the situation:“1. Since the JCR’s deeply disappointing failure to acquire a college tortoise, morale among the undergraduate student body has been decidedly low.2. This trend can be directly attributed to the absence of cute, vaguely exotic animals in college life.3. The tapir is the archetypal cute, vaguely exotic animal.”The agenda also notes that “tapirs are much cooler than pelicans”. Samuel Dickinson, who proposed the motion, explained that the animal is a “cross between a pig and an ant-eater.”The minutes from the meeting record some of the anxieties Merton undergraduates expressed about the adoption of a tapir. One member asked, “Will the tapir be on the desk in Front Quad with the monkey?” but was reassured that “it’s big enough for both.”Another undergraduate raised the concern that the animal is “fucking ugly”. Despite these issues, the motion was passed and the JCR is in the process of arranging for a trip to be made to the zoo where the animal lives.Dickinson expressed delight that his motion had been carried and explained that the idea of adopting a tapir was not as illogical as it might sound: “I happened to be flicking through the OUSU Alternative Prospectuses from 1984 and ‘85 (as you do) and saw that Merton apparently  adopted a tapir during the eighties, so there’s something of a historical connection there.”He expressed doubt that the tapir would be able to reverse Merton’s recent slide in the Norrington table, telling Cherwell “As far as academic prowess is concerned I don’t know whether a tapir-only college would be capable of coming higher in the Norrington table than 14th.”On the plus side he commented, “I have heard that Tengui (the Malayan tapir we’re adopting) is a big fan of non-linear mathematics and can complete the Times cryptic crossword in under five minutes.”Despite what he described as a “broadly enthusiastic” attitude toward the tapir adoption across the JCR, he acknowledged that “it may not fill the tortoise-shaped hole in our hearts, even if it does fill the slightly smaller tapirshaped one we never realised was there.”A third year at Merton commented, “Although the JCR toy monkey, our mascot, is a faithful friend, there’s nothing quite like a cutesy tapir. I’m all for it. I just hope the monkey doesn’t feel upset.”Not all students shared his enthusiasm. One second year English student, who asked not be named, told Cherwell,“I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous. I mean, what even is a tapir. It’s this kind of nonsense that’s responsible for the college’s drop in the Norrington Table.”last_img read more

Ocean City Unveils Plans for New Firehouse

first_imgThe old building, which dates to 1954, was condemned by the city engineer and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in April after large cracks were found in the walls. “Gray cinder block, that’s what it is now. Aged cinder block,” McLees said. The new 5,000-square-foot complex will include living space for the firefighters, as well as room for the fire trucks and other equipment.Fire Chief Chris Breunig, left, and William McLees, the architect, discussed the project with reporters after the Planning Board meeting.Breunig said the new project has taken longer than expected, but represents a significant upgrade in the department’s ability to fight fires and respond to the demands of a growing city. Flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy pummeled the existing firehouse in 2012. The building was swamped again by tidal flooding in January during the powerful coastal storm Jonas. Originally, the existing firehouse was going to be incorporated into the new project, but the old building will be demolished instead to save money and provide a clean slate for construction of its two-story replacement. McLees described the new design as “pretty austere,” but noted that the modern firehouse will still be a dramatic improvement over the existing station and its stark cinder block construction. McLees, joined by Fire Chief Chris Breunig and City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson, gave the first public view of the redesigned project during the Ocean City Planning Board meeting Wednesday night. The city still must find a location for a temporary firehouse after the old building is demolished in September and construction is underway on the new station. Breunig noted that Ocean City’s summer population swells to around 150,000. He said the Fire Department had been worried that the building’s closure over the summer would have cut down on the response time for fires and other emergencies when the city is so crowded. Fire equipment has remained in the old station, even though the firefighters shifted their living quarters into a temporary trailer. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City officials unveiled designs Wednesday for a new firehouse at 29th Street that will replace an antiquated and storm-battered station dating to the early 1950s. Members of the Planning Board listened to a presentation on the proposed firehouse and indicated they will send a letter to City Council giving their endorsement for the project.center_img Board members did not comment on the project following a seven-minute presentation by McLees, but indicated they will send a letter to City Council giving their formal endorsement for the new design. Firefighters, however, have been grumbling for years about the deteriorated condition of the old station at 29th Street and West Avenue. Living quarters at the station were ruined by Hurricane Sandy’s flooding, forcing firefighters to move into a temporary trailer nearby. They have repeatedly complained that the trailer has been infested with mold and rodents. Architect William McLees, who designed the new Ocean City firehouse at 29th Street, shows a rendering of the project. Construction on the estimated $1.6 million complex is expected to begin in September and be completed by May. Construction contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the city over the summer, according to William McLees, the project’s architect. McLees redesigned the building to shave hundreds of thousands of dollars off the price tag after the original construction bids came in at more than $2 million, well over budget. Breunig emphasized that the new firehouse will be built to withstand the New Jersey shore’s notorious coastal storms, including a 500-year flood. “Experience has proved over the years that Mother Nature can be a bear,” Breunig said. “We all fought for a good cause here,” he said. The city had originally planned to close the station on April 15, but the walls were strengthened to keep it open through the summer tourism season, thus avoiding disruptions to the Fire Department during the busiest time of year, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.last_img read more

Tesco to launch breakfast sandwiches

first_imgTesco has revealed it is to launch a breakfast sandwich range, in response to the changing ways consumers eat breakfast.Due to the increase in the number of consumers eating breakfast on-the-go, the out-of-home breakfast market is said to be worth £2.5bn, and is growing at 6.6% annually, according to consumer analyst Crest NPD.Breakfast-style sandwiches are also the fastest-growing area of the UK sandwich market, said Tesco, increasing at 10 times the rate of everyday varieties.From this week, the retailer will launch a dedicated range of breakfast sandwiches, which will sit in their own fixture at the front of Tesco’s stores.The range will include an egg florentine muffin, sausage and egg muffin, strawberry jam croissant and a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.Debbie Allwright, sandwich buyer, Tesco, said: “Grabbing a sandwich on the go in lieu of a sit-down breakfast has become the norm for millions of working Brits. As a result, one in every 10 sandwiches we sell nowadays is a breakfast sarnie.“We believe the British breakfast sandwich market has a massive potential and could be one of the biggest untapped food markets, which is why we are launching this new range,” she continued.“We’ve spent the last year researching the market and, without giving out too much information to our rivals, we’ve found that sandwiches with breakfast fillings are popular right into the early afternoon.”last_img read more

People with Down syndrome never stop learning

first_imgWhen expectant parents learn their child will be born with Down syndrome, they invariably have questions about what this diagnosis will mean for their son or daughter and for the rest of their family. When will their child be able to walk, to speak clearly, to care for most basic needs? Will he or she be able to hold a job, to live or travel independently? A new study from investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and colleagues in the Netherlands is providing answers to some of those questions.“More and more parents are opting for prenatal testing during their pregnancies, and if they learn about a diagnosis of Down syndrome, they want to know real-life answers to such questions,” says Brian Skotko, the Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), director of the MGH Down Syndrome Program, and senior author of the study published online in American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. “Contrary to some public beliefs, people with Down syndrome never stop learning, and functional skills can still be attained and improved well into adulthood.”While previous studies have looked at the development of specific skills by people with Down syndrome, most of them have been small, and several were based in countries where limited support services can restrict the potential of children with Down syndrome. The current study combines the results of surveys taken of more than 2,600 families in the U.S. and the Netherlands.The U.S. survey, sent in 2008 and 2009 to families involved with six nonprofit Down syndrome organizations across the country, asked parents to rank their child’s functional abilities in 11 areas — walking, eating, speaking, grooming/personal hygiene, reading, writing, preparing meals, working at a job, dating, traveling independently, and living independently. They were also asked whether their child had significant health problems or educational/learning difficulties. The same questionnaire — with some subtle differences due to translation from English into Dutch — was administered online in mid-2016 to families recruited through the Dutch Down Syndrome Foundation. For both groups, the family members with Down syndrome ranged from younger than 5 to older than 40, with the largest numbers in the youngest age groups. “Contrary to some public beliefs, people with Down syndrome never stop learning, and functional skills can still be attained and improved well into adulthood.” —Brian Skotko From the standpoint of major functional milestones, the results indicated that most people with Down syndrome in the U.S. could walk by 25 months of age, speak reasonably well by age 12, maintain personal hygiene by 13, and work independently by 20. By the age of 31, 49 percent were reading reasonably well, 46 percent could write reasonably well, 34 percent were living independently, and around 30 percent could travel independently. Dutch parents reported largely similar results. In both groups, learning challenges were reported more often than health problems, and reports of serious health problems in individuals with Down syndrome increased as they grew older. An associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Skotko said, “Now we have guideposts — based on the responses of thousands of parents — that can help clinicians know when children may be falling behind their peers with Down syndrome and, when necessary, refer parents to additional supports, resources, and therapies.” He also notes that recent advances in social, educational, and medical supports for people with Down syndrome should lead to even greater improvement in the acquisition of functional skills.Skotko added, “Here in the U.S., there have been ‘wrongful birth’ and ‘wrongful life’ lawsuits filed either by parents of children with Down syndrome or on behalf of the children themselves, claiming that parents were not given information allowing them to terminate a pregnancy or that the child is living a life of suffering. These headline-grabbing lawsuits center around basic questions, such as what a person with Down syndrome can reasonably be expected to achieve. Such discussions should be centered around accurate information, rather than wild, outdated speculation, and we hope our research will help give clearer answers to those questions.”The lead author of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A paper is Gert de Graaf of the Dutch Down Syndrome Foundation; additional co-authors are Susan Levine of Family Resource Associates in Shrewsbury, N.J., and Richard Goldstein of Boston Children’s Hospital.The study was supported by grants from the Fred Lovejoy House-Staff Research and Education Fund, the Joel and Barbara Alpert Endowment for the Children of the City, the Tim White Foundation, and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center.last_img read more

Take extra steps to retain top talent

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details In our industry, we talk a lot about “table stakes”— things that credit unions have to do just to be in the game.For example, many credit unions offer a mobile banking app. Although they may never get an award for having the very best one out there, they know having a pretty good one is table stakes for members doing business with them. On top of this, many credit unions take extra steps—such as providing exceptional service and getting deeply involved with their communities—to ensure they’re off and running toward building a solid brand.How credit unions can effectively recruit, retain and reward top talent runs parallel to this payments example. While credit unions can’t offer their executives the lucrative stock options or the premium salaries that big banks do, CUs can and must get the table stakes of compensation right—and then take some key extra steps to create a culture that demonstrates that top talent is valued highly.Getting the table stakes of compensation right includes confidentially sharing your CU’s current compensation data in the CUES Executive Compensation Survey and the CUES Employee Salary Survey. Both are open for participation through March 31.These compensation surveys report key data credit unions need to help them offer competitive compensation that will attract and retain qualified professionals. The executive survey features questions related to wage, bonus and benefits information for 21 leadership roles; the employee survey focuses on pay range and actual wages currently paid for a wide range of staff positions.“Credit unions that participate help by giving the industry valid data to rely on,” says Laura Lynch, products & services manager at CUES. “And, credit unions that access the results will have credible data to use to make sure their compensation packages are competitive—which is especially important right now, given today’s tight job market.”Because getting compensation right is so important, CUES sweetens the pot and gives a 20% discount to credit unions purchasing the survey results if they contributed data during the participation period—and CUES Unlimited+ members get access to compensation reports at no cost. Plus, CUES makes it easy for credit unions that have previously participated to update their information.I encourage you to participate now and later get the data from our executive and employee surveys. Then take some extra steps to ensure your compensation offerings in 2020 and beyond help you build the best possible team in your shop.For example, credit unions that want to go the distance in this area can put in place a supplemental executive retirement plan. These plans, including those offered by CUESolutions platinum provider CUNA Mutual Group, are designed to help recruit, retain and reward CEOs and other key executives. Another option is to be proactive in managing the costs of offering outstanding benefits to all staff, such as by establishing a pre-funding program.In all, when your credit union takes care of the table stakes and then the extra steps that will create an outstanding compensation program, both your organization and its members will benefit.last_img read more

Academy signs £35m Blackpool retail deal

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BNPB confirms COVID-19 data discrepancy between central, regional govts

first_imgNational Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo says that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases the central government has been publishing did not match the figures that regional administrations were reporting.Agus said on Sunday during a virtual discussion with the Energy Academy Indonesia that the BNPB had been collating reports from both the Health Ministry and regional administrations in its work behind the scenes, and claimed that he did not understand the reason for the discrepancy in the data.“BNPB gathers data from the regions and the Health Ministry. We compare them. But because the [government] spokesman is Pak Yuri, we publish what he reports,” Agus said,  referring to Achmad Yurianto, the Health Ministry’s disease prevention and control director general.Agus confirmed a lack of data transparency from the central government, saying that the data the BNPB received from the Health Ministry was limited.“We have been fed limited data from the Health Ministry, so we have not been able to provide complete or [transparent] data,” said Agus.Read also: KawalCOVID-19 volunteers call for regional quarantines as crisis looms“I just found out that what the Health Ministry reports to the WHO [World Health Organization] is complete, with the case gender, age and [medical] status. I’ve only just been made aware that such data [exists],” he said.Agus said that the disaster agency was currently developing the Lawan COVID-19 (fight COVID-19) application, which would gather data on confirmed cases from around the country and be made available in the coming week.“We are mobilizing many personnel from the BNPB and BPBDs [Regional Disaster Mitigation Agencies], also the military and the police, for data input that will connect to the application,” he said.KawalCOVID-19 community group initiator Ainun Najib, who also participated in the discussion on April 5, said that the government needed to be more open about the outbreak on Indonesian shores, fearing that inaccurate data that did not reflect the reality might catch the public off guard.Read also: COVID-19: Anies slams Health Ministry’s requirements for large-scale social restrictions“People could perhaps think [that cases] have declined,” Ainun said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan earlier cast doubt on the central government’s data, saying that the capital had buried more than 400 Jakartans according to COVID-19 protocol.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil also suggested that the number of confirmed cases in his province was exponentially higher than the central government’s published figures.During a teleconference with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin on Friday, Ridwan said that the government’s official count reported only 225 confirmed cases in West Java on Friday, but that his administration’s rapid testing program had identified 677 new cases. By Sunday, Indonesia’s COVID-19 epicenter of Jakarta had recorded 1,124 confirmed cases and 95 deaths, followed by West Java with 252 confirmed cases and 28 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Scientific Beta unrelenting in criticism of EC climate benchmark plans [updated]

first_imgScientific Beta has redirected to draft benchmark-related rules prepared by the European Commission the strong criticism it previously expressed of the proposals developed by the technical expert group (TEG) that has been advising the EU executive on sustainable finance.The draft rules in question are the so-called draft delegated acts on minimum standards for EU climate benchmarks and disclosures about environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors in benchmarks.The Commission published the draft rules last month with a call for any feedback to be submitted by tomorrow.Scientific Beta yesterday shared the letter it sent to the Commission, with CEO Noël Amenc in a press release explaining the smart beta index provider’s view that the Commission’s proposal “does not go in the right direction and our previous criticism of the proposal from the TEG remains relevant for the most part”. “This regulation makes the weights of stocks depend more on their stock market performance than on their ecological performance”Noël Amenc, CEO of Scientific Beta“In very concrete terms,” said Amenc, “the new carbon metric will allow a company that has a better stock market performance than the market average to participate proportionally more in the emission of greenhouse gases than others.“Ultimately, this regulation makes the weights of stocks depend more on their stock market performance than on their ecological performance,” he claimed.In its letter to the Commission, Scientific Beta said that a recent spike in the carbon intensity of benchmark products launched in anticipation of the final EU rules “richly illustrated” its point that the rules on the table would introduce capital market instability to the assessment of decarbonisation.An equity market downturn would potentially trigger “portfolio adjustments most unconducive to setting long-term decarbonisation incentives for issuers,” it said.Scientific Beta’s “remedial” proposals are for the rules on the EU climate benchmarks to “giv[e] administrators flexibility in sector allocations while neutralising sector effects to assess decarbonisation”, to use the “standard” version of carbon intensity and “to incorporate important value-chain considerations with metrics of sufficient granularity”.According to Scientific Beta, the version of the weighted average carbon intensity metric (WACI) taken up in the draft delegated act has not gained wide acceptance.The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has so far recommended asset managers and asset owners use the weighted average carbon intensity metric with revenues, not enterprise value, as the denominator.The Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, however, departed from this when it recently indicated a “preference for footprint intensity normalisation rules based on enterprise value”, including in part to achieve some consistency with the EU climate benchmarks.Scientific Beta’s scathing criticism of the TEG’s proposals generated a vehement counter-argument from a member of the expert group.Benchmark ESG explanationsAnother of last month’s draft delegated acts is aimed at supplementing a new requirement to explain in the benchmark statement how environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related disclosures should be provided.Scientific Beta said the Commission “should be commended for reducing much of the conceptual confusion of the TEG proposals, and considerably improving the informational potential of proposed disclosures”.However, in its view, the Commission’s proposal was still in need of being fixed, because it would impose “extensive and expensive sustainability disclosures” and risked providing regulatory endorsement to metrics “whose divergence frustrates the possibility of meaningful comparisons and is a hindrance to decision-making in matters of sustainability”.Scientific Beta had already suggested as a solution that an administrative body be tasked with making available the data to be used by benchmark administrators to produce mandated ESG-related disclosures.In its letter to the Commission it fleshed this out to say that the body it envisaged was something similar to the ethics councils supporting Sweden’s buffer funds and Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, in that it would look after controversy assessments in addition to “objective data”.ESMA last week issued a “no-action letter” to national supervisory authorities in relation to the ESG benchmark disclosure rules because the relevant delegated acts were not ready.A spokesman for the watchdog has since confirmed it was the first time it used its power to issue no-action letters, which it obtained under a revised regulation that stemmed from a review of the European Supervisory Authorities.Read moreClimate benchmarks: Brown to greenBrown to green – Index providers are making the first steps towards adoption of the new EU climate benchmarksTo read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.This article was updated to specify that the carbon intensity measure recommended by the TCFD for asset owners and asset managers has revenues as the denominator. “Even though we have planned to provide versions of our flagship indices that will comply with these standards, which will be a business opportunity for us, we will not recommend that our clients adopt these indices,” he said.“Scientific Beta was set up by an academic institution to advance state-of-the-art equity investing based on scientific ethics and we believe that it is our duty to highlight the flaws and risks that this draft regulation poses for the fight against climate change.”Scientific Beta said it would also be writing to the European Council and the European Parliament.A spokeswoman for the European Commission confirmed it has received Scientific Beta’s letter, but that she could not say more at this stage.“We will analyse their contribution, as well as the contributions received by other stakeholders, in view of our reflection and work around these draft delegated acts,” she said.In the explanation of the delegated act about the minimum standards for the EU climate benchmark categories the Commission said the requirements laid down “maintain a certain degree of flexibility in the design of the methodology of benchmarks, in order to allow room for the market to develop innovative strategies and adapt to the specific need of investors”.There has been strong appetite for the new categories of EU climate benchmarks – EU Climate Transition Benchmarks and Paris-aligned Benchmarks – among index providers, with many launching concept products in anticipation of the regulatory regime being finalised.Carbon metric concernsWith regard to the proposed requirements for the minimum standards, Scientific Beta reiterated the issues it has with the proposed carbon intensity metric for assessing decarbonisation, namely its calculation based on enterprise value rather than revenues, and the inclusion of value chain or Scope 3 emissions.last_img read more