FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Sources tell ESPN that the Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott are working hard to get a new contract agreed to this weekend.The contract talks have intensified, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says, just days after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expected Elliott would likely miss regular season games. Jones also said there was no deadline for negotiations with Elliott, or fellow stars Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.The Cowboys had previously offered Elliott a deal that would have made him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL — behind Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley. Elliott has held out amid the contract dispute, but is training in Mexico with Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk. The 24-year-old led the NFL in rushing yards in two of his first three seasons.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by August 31, 2019 /Sports News – National ESPN: Cowboys’ contract talks with Ezekiel Elliott intensifying
April 3, 2017 UK defense contractor Babcock has been selected to become marine systems support partner (MSSP) for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class (QEC) aircraft carriers and Type 45 destroyers.The company said it was selected as preferred bidder for all four elements of a Ministry of Defence program that is potentially worth in the region of £360m over seven years.Under the contract, Babcock will become the systems technical authority (STA) for the platform and propulsion systems on both classes of vessel.As STA, Babcock will manage the technical configuration of those systems, manage obsolescence issues and work with the equipment suppliers to develop and manage system upgrades.MSSP includes all power and propulsion systems including gas turbines, diesel engines, electrical distribution and platform management systems as well as a variety of on-board systems, including air conditioning, filtration, waste management, valves and pumps, fire-fighting equipment, highly mechanised equipment, lifts, cranes and refuel-at-sea capabilities. As part of MSSP, Babcock will also supply spares and in-service support to mitigate the risks to maritime equipment availability arising from routine maintenance and unforeseen in-service failures.Babcock’s down-selection for all four elements of MSSP comes shortly after the news that the company has secured a seven year contract from the Ministry of Defence, valued at up to £70m, for all six maritime equipment consumables (MEC) packages.Under the new MEC contracts Babcock will provide a supply management capability to ensure that the consumable spares needs and requirements of Royal Navy ships and submarines are met and will have overall responsibility for project, quality, risk, obsolescence and performance management.“Our selection as the MoD and Royal Navy’s partner for MSSP and MEC represents a real vote of confidence in our capabilities and performance as the Royal Navy’s key support partner,” said Babcock Chief Executive Archie Bethel. “This has been a highly successful year for our EMOC team and we look forward to supporting the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers as they are delivered into service.” View post tag: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Babcock becomes Royal Navy system support partner under £360m deal View post tag: QEC View post tag: Babacock Authorities View post tag: Type 45 Babcock becomes Royal Navy system support partner under £360m deal Share this article
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indiana University postgraduate swimmers Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni won gold medals on Saturday morning at the 2019 FINA World Championships.In the final of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay, IU postgrad Zach Apple won gold with Team USA, helping the Americans win with a world-record time of 3:19.40. Apple, who swam the second leg in a time of 47.34, was joined on the relay by Caeleb Dressel, Mallory Comerford and Simone Manual.Pieroni led off for Team USA in the prelims of the event on Friday night to earn his gold, splitting a 48.15 to help the U.S. earn the top seed for the finals with a time of 3:22.70.On the week, both Apple and Pieroni have won two gold medals and one bronze medal for Team USA in relays.In the women’s 50m breaststroke semifinals, Lilly King touched the wall with a time of 29.84 to earn the top seed. King, the defending champion and world record holder in the event, will swim in the final at 7:00 a.m. ET on Sunday morning.IU rising senior Mohamed Samy placed 16th for Team Egypt in the men’s 50m backstroke with a time of 25.16. In the men’s 1500m freestyle, Indiana postgrad Zane Grothe placed 26th overall with a time of 15:21.43.Swimming prelims in Gwangju begin each night at 9:00 p.m. ET, with finals the next morning starting at 7:00 a.m. ET. Swimming at the FINA World Championships runs through Monday, July 28.
High grain prices are forcing up costs, but with more money on the table, the world’s farmers can produce a lot more grain, delegates heard at the Home Grown Cereals’ Authority’s (HGCA) fourth annual conference on 14 March.”Everybody in the food chain lately has been facing the squeeze,” Jon Woolven, strategy director of the Institute of Grocery Distribution, told the Processor Conference in London. “Everybody is facing rising costs, which they are finding difficult to pass on in higher prices and none more so than the grain processing industry.”Alastair Dickie, director of crop marketing, HGCA, accepted that there was a problem for processors. “Farming is more profitable than it was a year ago and the raw materials for the proces-sing industry are more expensive,” he said. The problem was a lower world wheat crop, rather than the rise in the use of grain for biofuels. “It has very little to do with biofuels,” he said. “The food versus fuel debate ignores the economics. If you raise the price, you will get more grain. High prices secure supplies for the processing industry.”In historical terms, grain was cheap. “If you compare the price of a bakery good in 1977 the price has, broadly speaking, quadrupled and the price of grain has doubled,” he said. “I would stop worrying. Concentrate on making the product, finding raw material supplies and using some sort of hedging.”
What’s your job and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?My role at Clam’s Handmade Cakes is sales manager and my day-to-day duties involve securing new business and making sure our existing customers are well looked-after. I also work with our telesales team to improve sales techniques and customer care.How did you get into the baking industry?By chance. I was studying Business at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff when my mum set up Clam’s Handmade Cakes. I asked if I could help out during my summer holidays to earn some money and I haven’t looked back that was nine years ago!How has your career progressed since then?My first role at the bakery was trainee baker. I was taught to make everything from Victoria sponges to chocolate brownies. As the business grew, I had to wear lots of hats, including delivery driver, decorator and packer.What is the most important quality you need to have to do your job?People skills are at the top of my list building up trusting relationships with my customers to help make sure that we have the same customers today as we had this time last year.What is the key to success in your area of expertise?I use all the skills I acquired on the shop floor in my role as sales manager, being able to talk technically about the cakes gives me expert product know-how and gives the customers confidence in my recommendations. I am also on call 24/7 and encourage my customers to contact me on my Blackberry at any time of the day to resolve issues.
Last Thursday, January 12th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir brought his Campfire Band to Cincinnati for the MusicNOW Festival. Weir formed the band in support of his 2016 album, Blue Mountain, with members of The National, including Aaron Dessner, Scott Devendorf, and Bryan Devendorf, as well as Josh Kaufman.One of the highlights from the show was the Campfire Band’s debut performance of the Grateful Dead classic, “Dark Star.” The band played part of the song in the first set, and brought it back for some jamming fun in the second half, ultimately segueing into “Not Fade Away” to end the set.Check out a full video of the “Dark Star” > “Not Fade Away” below, courtesy of Monica M. Reed on YouTube.The full setlist can be seen below.
It all started with a wink from Lucy Liu.In a darkened Sanders Theatre on Saturday, dance music pulsed and images of the actress flashed across a large screen suspended over the stage.But it was when she made her entrance that the theater’s audience erupted in cheers. Liu, the 2016 Artist of the Year, was welcomed by S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation.Now in its 31st year, Cultural Rhythms, the Harvard Foundation’s annual celebration of diversity at the University, gives College student groups the opportunity to perform in Sanders Theatre, while also honoring those who have made major artistic and philanthropic contributions.“Our hope is that this show today and this week of talking, celebrating, acting, is able to fulfill the ideal that is at the heart of the Harvard Foundation’s mission — to enhance the quality of our common life,” said Jonathan Sands, co-director of the festival.Liu, an acclaimed American actress, producer, director, and philanthropist, has raised awareness of the plight of women and children in some of the world’s most impoverished countries and the international child trafficking industry. She has actively supported Women for Women, a nonprofit organization that has helped nearly 430,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. And in 2012, she received the Champion of Peace Award for her “unyielding commitment to promote peace, justice, and human rights.”As 12 student groups performed, Liu sat in a cushioned chair in the back corner of the stage, smiling and moving to the music.The show began with the Kuumba Singers, the oldest existing black organization at Harvard College, their harmonies punctuated with sways and stomps. A group member stepped forward and said, “Music helps us sustain and guide our culture … and so we sing.”,The Harvard Philippine Forum stacked long, wooden benches from which they danced and jumped. Freshman-founded Omo Naija, a Nigerian dance troupe, opened to the sound of a rooster crowing, grabbing the crowd’s attention with flared red skirts and powerful stomps and smiles. Harvard Passus Step Team shook the theater with music created solely from their hands, feet, and shouts.In between acts, Liu asked the performers questions about their rehearsal schedules and talents. “I feel like Jimmy Fallon,” she said with a laugh. Liu even indulged a couple of students from Mariachi Veritas with a cellphone selfie.While presenting Liu with the award, William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, reviewed her many artistic and educational accomplishments, including her talents in collage painting and sculpture.“As we would say in Boston, you can be wicked ‘smaht,’ but also have a great ‘haht,’” Fitzsimmons said as he listed Liu’s staunch advocacy of gender equality, her role as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, and her time as a UNICEF ambassador.“Today, I think we have all seen onstage the bravery, the absolute joy, the pleasure of presenting who we are, and how we are, with no excuses,” said Liu, addressing the audience from the Sanders’ stage. Holding her Artist of the Year award in both hands, she spoke of the importance of being present for one another, about taking time to forget about the midterms, finals, papers, and theses.“These are all due, but we are also due for each other — to combine our hearts, our cultures, our languages, and accept them as they exist. Now and forever.”
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester have released two body-camera videos of officers restraining a distraught 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and sprayed with what police called a chemical “irritant.” The Democrat and Chronicle reported that prior to the release of the videos, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren expressed her concern for the “child that was harmed during this incident that happened on Friday.” The girl can be heard in the videos screaming frantically for her father as the officers try to restrain her. At a news conference Sunday, Deputy Police Chief Andre Anderson described the girl as suicidal.
More than 5,500 eligible institutions will receive dividends totaling $160.1 million from the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund starting this week, according to NCUA. Credit unions have received statements in the mail indicating the amounts they will receive.“We thank NCUA for its prudent stewardship of credit union funds and for working quickly to get this money into the hands of credit unions where it can be put to work for members,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “CUNA was the only national trade association to advocate that NCUA close the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund for this reason, and the results have been more than $900 million in distributions paid to credit unions since October 2017.”The NCUA board approved the $160.1 million in March after the share insurance fund reported an equity ratio of 1.39% at the end of 2018. This amount, above the board-approved normal operating level of 1.38%, triggered the distribution.Institutions that filed a call report as a federally insured credit union for at least one reporting period in 2018 are eligible for the pro rata distribution. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hearing on a proposed mini-casino featuring 1,000 video lottery terminals—aka electronic slot machines—at the former Fortunoff property in Westbury was so packed that some people were turned away Thursday.An estimated more than 1,000 residents overflowed from the gymnasium at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School in Westbury, where the crowd cheered the plan’s many critics and booed Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting (OTB) officials, who estimated the project will create 200 permanent jobs and generate $20 million in annual revenue for the county.“Hell no, casino!’” chanted opponents, many of whom held signs that read: “Stop the CasiNo at Fortunoff, we will remember in November.”The hearing came a day after Suffolk OTB officials held a closed-door meeting with county and Brookhaven town officials as well as civic leaders opposed to a similar proposal to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor on a vacant lot in Medford that the agency bought for $10 million. That parlor may open by next year. Nassau’s mini-casino could open as early as November.Critics have been frustrated by the process. As quasi-public agencies, OTBs can build gambling parlors without approval of town zoning boards, officials said. The New York State Gaming Commission—which regulates gambling and is the only agency that the OTB must go to for approval to open the facility—has no role in site selection, an agency spokesman and OTB officials said.“What we’re doing is not a full-fledged casino,” Arthur Walsh, the OTB attorney negotiating the purchase of the property, told the rowdy crowd as they heckled him. “We’re talking about a different type of operation.”The proposal does not call for any live dealers hosting table games such as craps, or live card games, such as blackjack. But, there would be some electronic table games, such as roulette. The facility would have one-fifth as many games as Resort World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, no hotel, and would not host large-scale events and concerts, the OTB said in a mailer to residents—some of whom live less than a mile from the site.Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro has indicated that although the site does not fall within village limits, he may file a lawsuit to try and block the parlor. Lawmakers in the Democratic minority of the GOP-controlled Nassau County Legislature have suggested replacing the three-member OTB board with others opposed to the plan. But, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said that she hasn’t taken a position on the issue and no such a proposal will not be on the agenda at the legislature’s next meeting on Jan. 26.Other elected officials opposed to the plan range from the supervisors of the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead—the property abuts the line between the two municipalities—to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, plus state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City).The parlor was originally proposed for the OTB’s Race Palace in Plainview, but community opposition previously nixed that idea. Many at the hearing called for the parlor site to be moved to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, which is preparing for a $200-million renovation—an idea that neighboring Hofstra University has opposed. OTB officials countered that the coliseum’s owners—Nassau County—did not express interest in having gaming on their property.Nassau OTB President Joseph Ciaro said in a statement that the agency “will work closely with all of the elected officials who represent the surrounding areas…to address any community concerns and answer any questions regarding the proposed location of the VLT facility.”On the other side of the county line, Suffolk OTB President Phil Nolan said that the Medford plan is currently in the traffic-study phase—part of the state-mandated environmental review process that Nassau OTB will face, too. Although he is also facing critics, he believes the positives, such as creating jobs, outweigh the negatives, such as concerns that crime will spike in the area.“We’re trying to be as good neighborly as we can,” Nolan told the Press. “Both facilities, when they open, they’re going to be positive…We are going to do our level best to minimize any problems in any area.”Back at the Westbury hearing, among the catcalls that residents shouted at Nassau OTB officials was: “Build it next to your house!”Opponents plan to rally outside the Fortunoff site at The Source mall on Old Country Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.