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Weber State Men’s Basketball To Conduct Two Open Scrimmages

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-With college basketball under a month away, Weber State men’s basketball is preparing for the upcoming season by hosting a pair of open scrimmages for fans to check out what this season’s squad looks like.Thursday, head coach Randy Rahe announced the scrimmages which will be Friday at 1:00 pm and Saturday October 20 at 10:00 am. Each of them will be at the Dee Events Center.Fans will be able to enter the Dee Events Center through the east concourse.The Wildcats will host NCAA Division II Chadron State in a November 1 exhibition while the Wildcat Club will have a dinner prior to the exhibition game at 6:00 pm.The Wildcats’ regular season commences November 6 at San Diego against the Toreros of the West Coast Conference.Season tickets for Weber State men’s basketball are currently on sale. Written by Tags: Chadron State/Dee Events Center/Randy Rahe/San Diego/scrimmages/Season Tickets/Weber State Men’s Basketball October 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball To Conduct Two Open Scrimmages Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Warrego, Alcoa sign gas sales agreement for West Erregulla project in Australia

first_imgThe gas sales agreement is subject to the final investment decision on the West Erregulla project Warrengo to supply gas to Alcoa under long-term agreement. (Credit: Unsplash/Mike Benna.) Warrego Energy, an energy company in Australia, has signed a binding gas sales agreement with Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa), for a long-term supply of 155 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas from the West Erregulla gas field in Australia.To commence from 1 January 2024, the gas sales agreement is subject to the project’s final investment decision (FID) to be taken by Warrego in the first half of next year.Located in the North Perth Basin, the West Erregulla onshore gas field is a conventional gas project.Discovered in 1990, the field is estimated to hold up to 1.6 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.Warrego executive director and Australia CEO David Biggs said: “We are also looking forward to the results from the WE-3 well, currently being drilled on the Northern Area of the West Erregulla field.“At least one further well (WE-4), with the possibility of another (WE-5), is slated to be drilled in the field over the next 12 months.“Any increase in West Erregulla’s certified resources will be welcomed by the market following delays to some major offshore gas projects. A WE-3 success case could potentially add significant volumes to the 513 Bscf of gross 2C Contingent Resources1 currently estimated in the Central Area of the field.”Warrego says additional GSAs not required to support FID on West Erregulla projectThe company claims that the size and term of the agreement with Alcoa is such that it does not need any additional supply agreements to support FID on the West Erregulla project.However, to expand its gas sale portfolio, Warrego is negotiating with other potential customers. Additionally, it also plans to continue progress gas processing options that include usages of third-party facilities and share infrastructure.Warrego managing director & group CEO Dennis Donald said: “We are very pleased to conclude a long term GSA with Western Australia’s largest and most experienced gas buyer, Alcoa.“Securing such a large scale and long term GSA with a top-tier customer like Alcoa is testament to the quality of the West Erregulla gas field and the commercialisation strategy adopted by Warrego, and will send a positive signal to other potential gas buyers.“We are well advanced in progressing gas processing options, which include third party processing and shared infrastructure, with a view to selecting our preferred option later this year. No further GSAs are required in order for Warrego to commit to bringing the field into production.”last_img read more

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Indiana Department of Insurance Corrects Misleading Media Report Regarding Obamacare Premiums in…

first_imgThe following plans have withdrawn from the Indiana Marketplace and will no longer offer health plans on the Marketplace: IU Health Plan, Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana (PHP), All Savers, and Southeastern Indiana Health Organization (SIHO). Overall, the premiums in the Indiana individual market have gone up by almost 70% since the Affordable Care Act was implemented. Members currently enrolled in the state’s largest plan may see up to an average 29% increase. For 2017, four carriers will be selling on the Indiana Marketplace: Anthem, CareSource, Celtic (MHS) and MDwise Marketplace. This is four fewer carriers than in 2016. Indianapolis – The Indiana Department of Insurance today issued the following statement in response to amisleading news story about rates on the Indiana Marketplace.Specifically, the story states: “In Indiana, the benchmark plan will be 3% cheaper.”“The health insurance rates in the Indiana Marketplace are going to increase. In fact, many Hoosiers will see a double digit increase in rates. The way the reporter characterized the rate change misleads Hoosiers,” said Stephen W. Robertson, Commissioner of Indiana Department of Insurance.Following are facts:Next year, based upon current enrollment, the average rate will increase by 18.7% over the 2016 rates for the Indiana Marketplace. More than 68,000 Hoosiers lost their health plans when these carriers left the Marketplace.Click here for more information on the Indiana 2017 Federal Marketplace filings.About the Indiana Department of InsuranceThe Indiana Department of Insurance protects Indiana’s insurance consumers by monitoring and regulating the financial strengths and market conduct activities of insurance companies and agents. The department monitors insurance companies and agents for compliance with state laws to protect consumers and to offer them the best array of insurance products available. The department also assists Hoosiers with insurance questions and provides guidance in understanding how insurance policies work.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Speech: ‘Enthusiasm’ for the UK-Mexico partnership

first_imgGood morning.It’s a pleasure to be here at Mexico Day – the country’s flagship London business seminar.I would like to thank The Mexican Embassy, Ambassador Ventura, and the Chamber of Commerce for the kind invitation, and for all you have done to promote and strengthen the Mexico-UK commercial relationship.In my role as a Minister at the Department for International Trade, I am lucky enough to engage with a vast number of UK businesses, including some of our foremost exporters and investors in Latin America.Time and again, what shines through in these conversations is their eagerness to deepen our engagement with Mexico, and a strong awareness of the vast opportunities that the country holds.Mexico is rightly seen by the British business community as a modern country with a dynamic economy boasting, among other assets, a young and growing population with an extremely high talent base.Mexico is already the UK’s second-largest trading partner in the region, after Brazil, but there is wide recognition that more can be done to tap into Mexico’s resource base and markets, and to help Mexican firms explore opportunities in this country.I am pleased to say that this open enthusiasm for the UK-Mexico commercial partnership is shared by both Governments.Fundamentally, our 2 nations have a very similar global outlook. So much so, that we have hardly ever disagreed on the world stage.Time and again, at the UN, the G20, and the WTO, the UK and Mexico have shown a united front, working together to address global issues.This closeness has been underlined by the personal ties that continue to link our 2 countries, as increasing numbers of people move between Mexico and the UK to travel, work, and study.But there is more to do. The level of trade and commerce between 2 large economies can, and should, be far greater.Recently, we have seen a flurry of high-level intra-governmental activity, working to make this ambition a reality.In July last year, DIT’s own Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox, led a visit to Mexico, and enjoyed a bilateral dialogue with Minister for the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo.This stood them in good stead to represent our countries’ mutual interests at the WTO’s Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires just before Christmas.Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray also met our Secretary of State during his official visit to the UK in October, with discussions ranging from NAFTA to the global tech industry.And of course, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Mexico, Baroness Bonham Carter, has only just returned from her 10th trip to Mexico as Trade Envoy, helping UK firms to identify and capitalise on all the opportunities the country has to offer.The desire for British firms to enter the Mexican market or expand their operations there has gathered pace in recent years.It is clear to any observer that Mexico’s star is in the ascendancy.Buoyed by a far-reaching package of economic reforms, including opening up the energy and telecoms sectors, and reforming the financial and education system, the Mexican economy has maintained steady growth throughout the global slowdown.The country has also kept itself at the cutting edge of global commercial developments.Just a couple of days ago, Mexico passed a trailblazing new Fintech law, making it the first country in the world to boast such comprehensive legislation.I am pleased to say that the law reflects extensive UK input, made possible by our Prosperity Fund programme.The law will not only provide certainty to Fintech businesses investing in Mexico but will increase competition and innovation in a rapidly growing sector.This legislative devotion to supporting commercial opportunities is just one of the reasons that British businesses believe in Mexico and are matching that faith with investment.Petrofac and Premier Oil have long been involved in the energy sector. I was delighted to hear of the discovery of 1 billion plus barrels of light oil in the Zama-1 field, a resource which British companies will have a key role in extracting.Mexico City’s new international airport has been designed by Norman Foster, in a collaboration with distinguished Mexican architect Fernando Romero.Hamley’s, a British institution, has opened a store in the City, and, soon, state-of-the-art British double-decker buses will be a regular sight on Reforma.To top it off, BP recently became the first foreign oil company to open petrol stations in Mexico, and Shell followed shortly after. The belief that UK businesses have in Mexico is palpable.But the ties between our 2 nations also extend beyond the purely commercial.The UK, for example, boasts more Mexican masters’ students studying in our universities than anywhere else in Europe. Last year, Mexican and British scientists became the first in the world to develop a vaccine against Chikungunya, a tropical disease spread by mosquitos.And of course, creativity is a bridge that links our 2 countries.DH Lawrence lived and wrote in Mexico, while Carlos Fuentes lived and worked in England.Leonora Carrington chose to create in Mexico, while Alfonso Cuaron is based in the UK.Today’s event is as much a celebration of all that the UK and Mexico already share, as it is an exposition of future opportunities.The Department for International Trade is taking extensive steps to ensure that all UK and Mexican companies have the means to realise their ambitions.UK Export Finance has doubled its country limit to Mexico, to some £5 billion, and can now provide guarantees in the Mexican Peso. Mexican buyers can therefore use obtain finance in their own currently when purchasing goods and services from the UK.And on a multilateral level, the Department for International Trade is leading the UK Government’s support for the ongoing negations between Mexico and the European Union to modernise the EU-Mexico Global Agreement.We remain committed to this existing framework. But we are also taking steps to develop our bilateral relationship following our departure from the UK.That is why we have launched an informal Trade Dialogue, aiming at discussing how to ensure that the preferential arrangements that the UK currently enjoys with Mexico remain in place as we leave the EU.At the same time, we reiterated our support for an ambitious and speedy outcome to the modernisation of the EU-Mexico FTA.We want to be clear; there are no conceivable circumstances in which the UK would not want to have a Free Trade Agreement in place with Mexico.We are unwaveringly committed to expanding our trading relationship, building upon the personal, cultural and business links that already unite the UK and Mexico to create a more prosperous future for both our nations.Thank you.last_img read more

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Press release: Businessman jailed for running three illegal waste sites

first_imgTo find out how to responsibly manage any waste your business produces or visit our website. We can all play a part in helping to prevent waste getting into the hands of criminals. If you suspect that a company is doing something wrong, you can call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Following an Environment Agency prosecution at Worcester Crown court yesterday, Nicholls, 57, of Stanford House, Stanford Bridge, Worcester, pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the illegal operation of waste sites. Nicholls operated under the trading names of UKBF Group Ltd and Plastics Recycling Centre Ltd, at the car park for Smethwick Drop Forge Ltd (SDF) in Kidderminster, land and units at the Gemini Business Park (GEMINI) in Kidderminster, and Cherry Tree Farm in Stanford Bridge.The defendant deliberately and over a prolonged period, accepted waste onto each of the three sites. He did so without the necessary environmental permits and in breach of the registered waste exemptions required to ensure that there was no risk to human health or the environment. Nicholls avoided costs relating to the waste activity and failed to produce waste records as required by law. Large well known companies were among Nicholls’ customers, the court was told.When Environment Agency officers visited the sites, they found large amounts of assorted types of waste, including hazardous waste, being illegally stored and treated. Large quantities of plastics, contaminated with dairy and wine products, were found at the Gemini and SDF sites, with no measures in place to prevent the liquids from polluting the nearby Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and River Severn. The quantities found could have caused significant harm to the environment, including to fish and invertebrates.Complaints were received by the Environment Agency about rat, fly and odour problems at the Gemini site caused by large amounts of food waste waiting being stored and processed on site. The SDF and Gemini sites were also deemed to be at high risk of fire by a Fire Community Risk Manager, who accompanied the officers on their visits to the sites.Nicholls gave Environment Agency officers repeated assurances that he would remove the high risk waste types and apply for the necessary Environmental Permit, in response to warnings and to an enforcement notice that was issued. Waste was moved between the SDF and Gemini sites, and after Nicholls and his companies were evicted from the Gemini site, on to Cherry Tree Farm.Nicholls eventually abandoned the waste filled sites. The landowners are continuing to work with the Environment Agency, and the companies from where the waste originated, to clear the site.Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency spokesperson said: Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to take action to ensure the protection of the environment and avoid harm to health. Businesses can support us with this by carrying out their Duty of Care and Due Diligence checks to ensure that they are using legitimate companies to deal with their wastes and not criminals like Mr Nicholls.last_img read more

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Creating pain-sensing neurons

first_imgAfter more than six years of intensive effort, including repeated failures that at times made the quest seem futile, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and at Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain-sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli that cause acute and inflammatory distress.This “disease in a dish” model of pain reception may advance the understanding of different types of pain, identify why individuals differ in their pain responses or their risk of developing chronic pain, and make possible the development of improved drugs to treat pain. A report on the work was given advance online release today by the journal Nature Neuroscience.Clifford Woolf, co-director of HSCI’s Nervous System Diseases Program, led the research effort. Postdoctoral fellows Brian Wainger and Liz Buttermore are first authors on the journal paper. Woolf’s collaborators on the project included Lee Rubin and Kevin Eggan, both professors in HSCRB.The neuronal pain receptors created by Woolf and his team reportedly respond to both the kind of intense stimuli that are triggered by a physical injury and that cause “ouch” pain, and the more subtle stimuli triggered by inflammation, which results in pain tenderness. The fact that the neurons respond to both the gross and fine forms of stimulation that produce distinct pain in humans provides confirmation that the neurons are functioning as naturally developed neurons would, Woolf said.When the project began, Woolf’s team was attempting to create pain-sensing neurons from embryonic stem cells, but the task proved far more challenging than first envisioned.“We spent three years trying to recapitulate the developmental steps involved, and it turned out to be a total bust,” said Woolf, who in addition to his HSCI roles is a Harvard Medical School (HMS) professor of neurology and neurobiology, and director of the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at BCH. But the effort to develop pain-sensing neurons was occurring at just the right moment in the evolution of stem cell biology, coinciding with the development of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) technology, the ability to transform adult human cells into stem cells and then into other forms of adult cells.The project was the original effort of an ongoing collaboration between HSCI researchers and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, and, said Woolf, “for the first three years it was a total bust. But they, like us, were in it for the long haul.”Describing the early days of the project as “hitting our head against a brick wall,” Woolf said that “we had a dogged kind of persistence,” and once the team began attempting to create the neurons directly from mouse and human skin cells, everything began to fall into place.“We took mature neurons from mice, and found transcription factors that hadn’t been described before,” Woolf said. Then, using five factors — including three previously undescribed factors — the team was able to transform skin cells directly into the pain-sensing neurons.Asked what kept him pushing through repeated failures to make pain neurons using different approaches, initially starting with human embryonic stem cells, Woolf said, “It’s really complicated, because there are many projects I do pull the plug on, when I can’t see any way out of it. Here, even though we experienced failure constantly, I always felt there was something else we could do that would advance the work. Whether it was worth this long haul, time will tell. I’m optimistic.“I think the ability to make human pain neurons for the pain field is going to be very important. Furthermore, our failure with embryonic stem cells led us to work with adult tissue samples, making the technology much more clinically relevant, since these are easy to collect [from patients suffering from different kinds of pain],” he added.Woolf noted that the pain-sensing neurons his team developed “beautifully model” neuropathies and hypersensitivity to pain experienced by some of the patients who donated skin cells to the project. “Many pain conditions are due to genetic mutations, and we can model those beautifully,” Woolf said.last_img read more

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What does Malcolm X have to do with credit unions turning millennials into members?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: David GilbertWell, nothing, at least on a personal level. But consider a line the influential activist issued during a 1963 speech that some of you children of the ’80s might more easily recognize as the opening salvo of the radio hit “Cult of Personality” by the band Living Colour;“And during the few moments that we have left … we want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand.”Notably, that speech — recognized by scholars as one of the best of the 20th century — was titled, “Message to the Grass Roots.”For millennials, from a marketing perspective, that easily understandable, grass-roots language is social media. Nearly three-quarters of young adults ages 18 through 35 use social media daily. Meanwhile, they’re tuning out traditional advertising. According to a detailed survey by Elite Daily, a popular Gen Y online news platform, just 1% of millennials said a compelling ad would make them trust a brand more. continue reading »last_img read more

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Rumble in the urban jungle

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Himamaylan City launches ‘Bike to Work, Bike to School’ program

first_img“We want to have bike lanes that are functional, safe and free from obstacles and hazard,” she added. She added that the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Justin Gatuslao will pass a resolution encouraging residents to use bicycles as an alternative form of transportation. City environment management officer-designate Armela Waldato, for her part, said the launched activity serves as a prelude to a “bigger plan” to establish bike lanes in the major roads of Himamaylan. According to Waldato, bicycles as alternative mode of transportation will help save the environment by cutting down carbon footprint. Various members of various bikers clubs, volunteers and government personnel attend the kickoff of the 16th Environment Week held at the city hall of Himamaylan, Negros Occidental on June 9. During the event, the city government launched the “Bike to Work and Bike to School” program as part of its efforts to protect Mother Nature. MAYOR RAYMUND I. TONGSON FB PAGE The opening program of the 16th Environment Week was attended by members of various bikers club, Bantay Bukid volunteers and personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Provincial Environment Management Office. In November last year, Himamaylan hosted the 5th Tour of the Fireflies which was participated by some 4,000 bikers.(With a report from PNA/PN) Mayor Raymund Tongson, who led the launching activity, said going back to the basics like using a bicycle to go to school or work is one way for the Himamaylanons to “secure the community and protect the environment”. “We are going back to basics. Through biking, we are able to appreciate the simplest things around us. Our thrust is defending and securing the simplest things in our community today,” he added. The mayors said on his Facebook post that he hopes that people will realize Mother Nature is healing while communities have been quarantined for months and socio-economic movements have been challenged due to coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. BACOLOD City – The “Bike to Work and Bike to School” program has been introduced by the local government of Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental as part of its efforts to protect the environment. The initiative was launched during the kickoff of the 16th Environment Week with a theme “Time for Nature” held at the city hall on June 9.last_img read more

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Girls Area Tennis Sectionals Scores

first_imgArea Girls Tennis Sectionals Scores.Wednesday (5-18) @ South Dearborn.East Central  3     Lawrenceburg  2South Dearborn  5     Milan  0Wednesday (5-18) @ Connersville.Franklin County  3     Rushville  2Union County  3     Connersville  2Wednesday (5-18) @ Greensburg.Jennings County  3     Greensburg  2last_img

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