Utah Valley, NMSU meet in conference play

first_imgFebruary 19, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah Valley, NMSU meet in conference play Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEL PASO, Texas (AP)-Utah Valley (7-8, 5-2) vs. New Mexico State (5-5, 2-4)Eastwood High School Gym, El Paso, Texas; Friday, 7 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: WAC foes meet as Utah Valley squares off against New Mexico State. Utah Valley fell 93-89 at home to Dixie St. in its last outing. New Mexico State is coming off a 65-58 win on the road over Seattle in its most recent game.LEADING THE WAY: Fardaws Aimaq is averaging 15.7 points and 15.5 rebounds to lead the charge for the Wolverines. Trey Woodbury is also a key facilitator, accounting for 16.7 points, four rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. The Aggies have been led by Jabari Rice, who is averaging 14.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.WAC IMPROVEMENT: The Wolverines have scored 80.3 points per game and allowed 73.4 points per game against WAC opponents. Those are both significant improvements over the 71 points scored and 82.8 points given up per game to non-conference opponents.JUMPING FOR JABARI: Rice has connected on 41.7 percent of the 36 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 16 over the last three games. He’s also made 80 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Utah Valley is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 71 points and 7-3 when scoring at least 71.ASSIST RATIOS: The Wolverines have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Aggies. New Mexico State has 43 assists on 82 field goals (52.4 percent) across its previous three games while Utah Valley has assists on 61 of 86 field goals (70.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Utah Valley has attempted the sixth-most free throws in all of Division I. The Wolverines have averaged 24.3 free throws per game, including 28.1 per game against conference opponents.center_img Associated Presslast_img read more

Excelerate signs agreement for expansion of EETL LNG terminal in Pakistan

first_img The EETL LNG terminal will be expanded through the replacement of the Exquisite FSRU with the Hull 2477 FSRU. (Credit: Royal Vopak) Excelerate Energy has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Engro Elengy Terminal (EETL) for the expansion of the latter’s EETL LNG terminal, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Pakistan.The expansion project aims at increasing the send-out capability of the import LNG terminal at Port Qasim to more than 150 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) and its LNG storage capacity to 173,400 cubic meters (cbm).The EETL LNG terminal, which is jointly owned by Pakistan-based Engro and Netherlands-based Royal Vopak, currently has a storage capacity of 150,900cbm.EETL LNG terminal to be expanded by replacing the existing FSRUTo expand the capacity of the LNG import terminal, Excelerate Energy will replace its existing floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Exquisite with a newbuild FSRU called Hull 2477.According to Excelerate Energy, the Hull 2477 FSRU is currently being built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard.The Hull 2477 FSRU is scheduled to be delivered in April 2020 with the expanded operations at the EETL LNG terminal expected to begin before winter 2020.In September 2019, Excelerate Energy signed a five-year bareboat charter agreement with Maran Gas Maritime for the Hull 2477 FSRU. Excelerate Energy holds the option to buy the FSRU at any time during the duration of the contract.Excelerate Energy chief commercial officer Daniel Bustos said: “We are proud to partner with Engro and Vopak on this expansion to help meet the growing demand for natural gas in Pakistan. We continuously work with our customers to ensure our terminals adjust to the changing needs of their markets.“In the nearly five years of essentially non-stop operations in Pakistan, we have a proven track record of safe and reliable operations at peak performance.”The EETL LNG terminal, which was built with an investment of $125m, became the first floating LNG import terminal in Pakistan when it started operations in March 2015.The associated FSRU Exquisite has been supplying up to 690 MMcf/d of natural gas directly into the natural gas pipeline system of Sui Southern Gas.EETL CEO Jahangir Piracha said: “Excelerate Energy has been an excellent partner who has made it possible for EETL to cater to such a high level of utilization of our regasification capacity. It is our trust in their operational excellence that we are now jointly undertaking the expansion of our terminal.” The EETL LNG terminal will be expanded through the replacement of the Exquisite FSRU by Excelerate Energy with the newbuild Hull 2477 FSRUlast_img read more

US Navy commissions 14th Virginia-class submarine

first_img Authorities The US Navy has commissioned USS Washington (SSN 787) – its 14th Virginia-class submarine – in a ceremony on Saturday.The commissioning ceremony took place on board Naval Station Norfolk.Submarine’s sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, gave the order to “man our ship and bring her to life” before the crew of about 130 men ran across the brow, onto the vessel.Washington is the fourth of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower costs and increase missile-firing payload possibilities. The first 10 Block I and Block II Virginia class submarines have 12 individual 21-inch diameter vertical launch tubes able to fire Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMS). The Block III submarines are built with two-larger 87-inch diameter tubes able to house six TLAMS each.Construction on Washington began September 2011; the submarine’s keel was authenticated during a ceremony on Nov. 22, 2014; and the submarine was christened during a ceremony March 5, 2016.USS Washington commanding officer, Cmdr. Gabriel Cavazos, highlighted the Washington’s capability to dominate the undersea domain and enable military success in any engagement.“As I have told the crew on many occasions, they are the most important component of the ship. They give the ship its personality and warfighting spirit. Without the crew, Washington would not be the warfighting platform she was built to be; however, combine the two, and, together, we are the Blackfish,” said Cavazos.“Thank you for being here to celebrate this momentous occasion with us,” said Cavazos.Washington is the fourth U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be named honoring the State of Washington. The previous three ships were an armored cruiser, (ACR 11), which served from 1905 to 1916, the battleship (BB 47) a Colorado-class battleship launched in 1921 and sunk as a gunnery target in 1924 after her construction was halted, and the battleship (BB 56) credited with sinking more enemy tonnage than any other U.S. Navy battleship during World War II, serving from 1941 to 1947.The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. It will operate for over 30 years without ever refueling. Back to overview,Home naval-today Virginia-class submarine USS Washington enters service Virginia-class submarine USS Washington enters service October 8, 2017 View post tag: USS Washington View post tag: Virginia-Class View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Boris Johnson calls for Thatcher College, Oxford

first_imgHe said that the former prime minister’s introduction of international fees resulted in significant financial benefits for universities across the country, and Oxford in particular.  In a speech at the Global Universities Summit he argued that this should be done to make up for the fact that the University refused to grant the late Baroness Thatcher an honorary degree in 1985, a move which was deemed a protest against her policies. Baroness Thatcher was the first Oxford-educated post-war prime minister not to be granted an honorary degree by the University.  Boris Johnson has argued that Oxford University should endow a college in memory of Margaret Thatcher. Johnson, the Mayor of London, said, “They had decided, unprecedentedly, not to give her a doctorate even though she was an Oxford prime minister, an alumna of that university and the first female prime minister of this country.”  Johnson highlighted the fact that “last year non-EU students contributed £870m in tuition fees in London alone. To say nothing of contributions to the wider economy that are estimated at about £7.8b. I am still waiting for the dons of Oxford to accept that Margaret Thatcher was not only deserving of a posthumous doctorate, but probably deserves to have a college named after her. They added, “Somerville College, where Lady Thatcher was a student, has recently announced that it is to establish the Margaret Thatcher Scholarships in her honour. It is intended that this college-based scheme will award scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students who might otherwise be prevented from taking up a place at Somerville College for financial reasons.” “A Thatcher scholarship would be more than sufficient to honour her memory, and I suspect anything beyond that is just Boris Johnson grand-standing.” A first year student supported the idea of a Thatcher College, telling Cherwell, “It would be great! We could embalm her and sit her at high table”. A spokesperson from the University stated, “There are no current plans to establish any new colleges at the University.” Johnson is a Balliol graduate, after matriculating in 1983. He was President of the Union, and graduated with a 2:1 in Classics. Commentators have suggested that he aims to become Prime Minister after 2015. Stephanie Cherrill, President of OUCA commented to Cherwell “The university did a great disservice to Baroness Thatcher in not giving her an honourary doctorate, but the reaction of the University has been greatly encouraging for those of us with lingering doubts over continued institutional bias – for example, the Thatcher scholarships that Somerville are introducing sound like a great tribute to her legacy.” “Why not have a college in honour of their greatest post-war benefactress as they rake in the doubloons from international student fees? I think she deserves no less because it was thanks to that reform that universities in this city and in this country have been able to invest in research, in all the benefits universities bring to our economy.” Dan Turner, OULC’s Publicity Officer, commented, “Margaret Thatcher was a divisive figure across the nation, and especially within Oxford.  Naming a college after her would grossly misrepresent popular opinion of her, and elevate her to a position that mocks the judgement of the last generation of academics who chose to oppose her.   “There is already a facebook page that calls for Somerville to be renamed Thatcher college – personally, considering the huge investment already going into establishing a Thatcher library, I think this is a more viable option than trying to establish another college in an already somewhat overcrowded urban area. Of course, OUCA would welcome any move by the University to further memorialise our late Patron and ex-President.” In addition to the Thatcher Scholarship, Somerville is establishing a ‘Margaret Thatcher Leadership Programme’. last_img read more

Government response: Charity Commission responds to draft Charity Code of Ethics

first_img Email [email protected] The Charity Commission has submitted feedback to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ consultation on its draft Charity Code of Ethics. The code aims to support charities in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts.In responding to the draft, the Commission said:We welcome this sector-led response to recent high profile safeguarding incidents, and its broader view of ethical issues and their potential implications.Our research Trust in Charities, 2018 highlighted the importance for charities of following ethical principles and reflecting their values in every aspect of their work. This is a key element of trustworthiness. The public rightly have high expectations of charities’ conduct and behaviour because of the importance of the work they do, their unique status and the vulnerability of some of their beneficiaries.As recent events have shown, ensuring that charities live up to their purpose and the public’s high expectations is about more than compliance with minimum legal requirements. Changes need to be rooted in organisational culture and what is considered acceptable in terms of individual attitudes and behaviour. We welcome the statement that “all charities should proactively champion ethical behaviour and reflect their charitable ethos in every activity they undertake, going beyond legal and regulatory requirements.” Voluntary codes set by the sector should promote higher standards than regulators can expect or require.The scope and focus of this Code may need to be more explicitly defined. The section on ‘Integrity’ has a broad application and highlights different areas where ethics are a consideration. These are described in the bullet points, starting from relationships with people but also encompassing probity, resources and environmental impact. The section on ‘Openness’ deals with accountability and transparency in its widest sense. But the sections on ‘Beneficiaries first’ and ‘Right to be safe’, together with the bullet points in the introduction, position the code as being about relationships with people. Emphasising the understandable public concern about safeguarding might seem out of balance with the wider points about ethics.If the Code is intended to apply to a very broad range of ethical issues, some themes may need to be drawn out more explicitly. For example, where the section on integrity touches on resources, if it is intended to encompass social and ethical investment, it would benefit from clearer statements to that effect. We would also welcome stronger statements about moral leadership, and the importance of a proactive approach to inclusion. Risk and risk appetite may also need to be considered. For example, clearly, a good safeguarding culture is needed and charities must do all they can to prevent abuse or mistreatment. However, we also need to recognise the nature of the environment and risks that many charities operate within.We note that this Code has been developed through a consultative process involving a range of charities of different sizes and with different purposes. Is NCVO satisfied that it has been sufficiently tested in terms of ease of practical application by this broad range of charities? How will this Code be promoted, implemented and its adoption monitored?One minor related point: the definition of a ‘charity’s purpose’ makes reference to ‘the charity’s article of association’. Not all charities are set up with articles of association. This might unintentionally convey the sense that the code is only for certain types of charity.We welcome the statement that the Code is complementary to the Charity Governance Code. We would like to see close alignment and mutual support between these two codes, to make it straightforward for charities to follow both. We note the suggestion from the Chair of the Charity Governance Code that, in time, the Charity Governance Code could be developed to encompass the key elements of the Code of Ethics.The Commission’s updated guidance on safeguarding will enshrine the principle that charities should ensure the safety of any individual who engages with them.Ends.Notes to editors The Charity Commission is the registrar and regulator for charities in England and Wales. We are an independent non-ministerial government department accountable to Parliament. For more information see the About Us page on GOV.UK. Press officecenter_img Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787last_img read more

Fudges makes appointment for growth

first_imgFudges Bakery has appointed a new member to its sales team in a bid to move the firm from local producer to key category supplier.Peter Butler joins the firm from Dorset Cereals, where he was business development controller. Fudges has said Butler will help the company take the new step in its growth plans, while retaining its local sourcing and artisan production values.Butler said: “I am really looking forward to tackling this role at Fudges – we’ve been set some challenging targets, but with the savoury and sweet ranges containing such exciting premium products, I think they’re certainly within our reach.”last_img read more

Healthy Spring Lawn

first_img“There are special steps people should take to help their lawn survive the winter,” said GilLandry, an Extension Service turf specialist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. Emerald zoysia grass and El Toro zoysia are like hybrid Bermuda but are a little morewinter-hardy. Centipede and St. Augustine are the most susceptible to winter damage. Leave most grasses about one notch above the normal cutting level. “Centipede is an exceptionto the mowing rule,” he said. “It should be mowed no higher than one-and-a-half inchesthroughout the year.” “Before you fertilize any growing area, test the soil,” said Wayne Jordan, head of the UGAAgricultural Services Labs. “A soil test will help you know the fertility status of the soil andmake an educated decision about how much fertilizer and lime you need.” “During late summer and early fall, when we are below normal rainfall, irrigation is the mostimportant step,” he said. “Even though the grass doesn’t appear to be actively growing, it useswater nearly the entire year.” You can protect your lawn from excessive winterkill, too, by insulating it. “With warm-seasongrasses, particularly in north Georgia, leave the grass a little taller than normal to go into thewinter,” Landry said. How much to water? The second most important step to a thriving lawn is to fertilize it based on soil testrecommendations. “Have a soil test conducted for a lawn every three years,” Landry said. If you want a great lawn next summer, it’s not too early to start working on it. Careful fallmaintenance can be the key to a flourishing green lawn in the year ahead. Your county extension agent can make soil sampling easy. Visit the county office to getinstructions and soil sample bags.center_img “If properly maintained, Meyer zoysia has more winter hardiness than the other grasses,”Landry said. “But it requires significantly more water. The hybrid Bermuda grasses generallywill handle extreme temperatures better than common Bermuda.” “We don’t recommend St. Augustine grass north of the fall line,” Landry said. “Centipedegrass can be grown throughout the state if properly managed. However, many people in northGeorgia seem to have problems with it.” Don’t fertilize centipede as late in the fall or as early in the spring as other warm-seasongrasses, either. Don’t fertilize centipede in the spring until it has greened up completely. “When it’s going into and coming out of dormancy, keep the soil moist,” Landry said.”Probably about one-half inch every two weeks should be enough. But check the soil moisturewith your fingers.” If you’re planning to reseed or resod, some grasses grow better in different areas of the state. “Newly seeded common Bermuda grass needs special attention, because it’s very prone towinterkill during the first year,” Landry said. “Be sure it’s irrigated, the mowing height israised and it’s not fertilized too late in the growing season.” Irrigation is equally important in early spring when the turf starts to green up. The most important prescription for a healthy lawn, Landry said, is irrigation.last_img read more

Cemeteries tour

first_imgA tour of Union Chapel United Methodist Church’s historic cemeteries has been set for Saturday, Oct. 15, by the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Environmental Education program.After a short hike from the 4-H center to the cemeteries, participants will learn the art of gravestone rubbing and epitaph writing. The program will include a discussion of the symbolism and customs inherent in a Southern folk cemetery. The program includes a visit to Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum.The tour is appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts two hours. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or [email protected] A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.htmllast_img read more

Leading a culture transformation at your credit union

first_imgLori Gallegos, executive vice president/chief operations officer of $429 million asset First Credit Union, Chandler, Ariz., was named Professional of the Year at the 2015 CUNA Operations, Sales & Service Council Conference.She discusses the credit union’s efforts to expand its sales and service culture.CU Mag: What was the driving force behind your decision to expand your sales and service culture?Gallegos: We realized that a structured approach to deepening member relationships was going to be essential to our future growth. Our members deserve the consultative conversations that are the foundation to our sales/service strategy: We’re working with our members to establish the best combination of products and services for their financial success. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ending the credit union tax exemption hurts everyone

first_imgWhen it comes to the tax status of banks versus credit unions, there’s a clear understanding of the key differences between these two competing — yet separate – industries.Credit unions exist to provide provident credit to their members, who are members for life. Yet this often gets muddled in the debate over whether credit unions should pay corporate taxes, as banks have argued for ending the tax exemption that credit unions were built upon to better serve members.Once again, a recent op-ed calling on Congress to end this critical exemption, got it wrong.As cooperatives, credit unions aim to provide the best service to their members, no matter what stage in life. Unlike banks, taxpayers do not bear the burden of credit union losses — credit unions themselves do, as they effectively are self-insured through their Share Insurance Fund. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more