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Severe weather and tornadoes possible near Dallas, Oklahoma City on Friday

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As some rivers across the U.S. are still experiencing major flooding, severe weather and the possibility of tornadoes are in the forecast for the Plains Friday. This new storm is moving through the southern Plains and has the potential for damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes. The biggest tornado threat will be just north of Dallas to just east of Oklahoma City.Meanwhile, some rivers previously seeing record flooding are starting to recede. The Tittabawassee River in Midland, Michigan, continues to recede and is now below major flooding levels. The rivers should continue to decline in the state as no significant rain is in the forecast for Michigan. The storm system that brought all the flooding and even a few tornadoes to the Midwest and the Carolinas is now slowly moving through the Mid-Atlantic Friday morning, spreading rain, heavy at times through the I-95 corridor.By Saturday afternoon, this storm system will finally begin to exit the East Coast with lingering showers. More rain will move into the Ohio Valley by Saturday as a new storm system moves out of the Plains, but no major rainfall is expected.An additional 2 to 3 inches of rain is possible Saturday in spots from Tennessee into the Carolinas. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Central, South America Partners Gather for PANAMAX 2015

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Central, South America Partners Gather for PANAMAX 2015 Central, South America Partners Gather for PANAMAX 2015 Training & Education View post tag: PANAMAX 2015 Share this article July 29, 2015 More than 75 military personnel, including 54 members of partner-nation navies, assembled July 27 on Naval Station Mayport for PANAMAX 2015, an exercise aimed at developing strong working relationships between multinational forces to ensure the defense of the Panama Canal.The exercise, which is scheduled to run July 27 – Aug. 7, includes participants from 19 nations: Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Jamaica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States.“This exercise allows countries to create friendships and come together as a multinational force while combating common threats,” said Chilean Rear Adm. Ronald McIntyre, the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander for the exercise. “This training will ensure that regional security and stability work for the prosperity of our nations.”Under the exercise scenario, a multinational force has formed to execute a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for defense of the canal. The force includes air, land and special-forces components, in addition to the maritime component, which will plan and conduct simulated operations in and around the canal and its surrounding waters in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.“The highlight of this exercise is to develop interoperability between our units and have the opportunity to face very close to our reality regional threats,” said McIntyre. “By working together, we prevent actions that threaten maritime security and are intended to prevent the free navigation and destabilize the region.”U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jon Matheson, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, is serving as McIntyre’s deputy commander during the exercise.“One of the most valuable components of this exercise is that we come together from different nations, with many different perspectives,” said Matheson. “That is the power of a coalition force and it is normal to occasionally have spirited discussions in order to work through complex problems. But at the end of this exercise, the relationships that have been established and the mutual understanding attained will serve us extremely well in the event we have to put together a coalition force for a real-world event.”U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, the exercise host, supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.Image: US Navylast_img read more

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Patten goes international

first_imgChancellor of Oxford and last Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten, has faced criticism from the Hong Kong Education Bureau after he claimed that universities in China and Hong Kong are facing threats to free speech and autonomy from the government, in an article published in Project Syndicate.Patten claimed that he tried to change the system in Hong Kong whereby the Governor was the Chancellor for all government-funded universities, but “the universities would not allow [me] to resign gracefully.” Student unions in Hong Kong are currently protesting against this practice.The Education Bureau, however, said in a statement, “The current practice of the Chief Executive being the Chancellor of the governmentfunded universities precisely stems from the then Governor Patten’s decision.”They also claimed that Patten himself approved of the system and chose not to revise it during his tenure as Governor, nor when Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997. The Bureau further stated that Patten “was acting in complete ignorance of the facts.”While Patten expressed happiness at the Education Bureau’s statement that faculty selection is a part of the academic freedom and institutional autonomy, he nonetheless hit back, telling Ming Pao that the Bureau’s statement, “Must have been the thinking of the chief executive [Leung Chun-ying], but the chief executive is mistaken.”Patten claimed in his original article, “Because students strongly supported the pro-democracy protests in 2014,” which were against proposed Hong Kong electoral reform, Chinese authorities believed that “the universities where they study should be brought to heel.”This too was refuted by the Education Bureau, who responded, “Such a claim is totally groundless and a sheer fabrication and the HKSAR Government expresses deep regret.”Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice- Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, was also quoted by the Education Bureau, pointing out that the terms “academic freedom” and “institutional autonomy” are not synonymous and so should not be used interchangeably. He was further quoted as saying that most educational institutions lack full institutional autonomy.Nathan Chan, a law student at Oriel from Hong Kong, told Cherwell, “First and foremost, I am in agreement with what Chris Patten has said with regards to the erosion of autonomy and free speech in universities in Hong Kong.“As of the present, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong is traditionally appointed as the chancellor of all government-funded universities. This has not an issue of much concern for long, but this no longer was the case after the Umbrella Revolution, where the supporters of the pro-democracy movement were predominantly university students.”last_img read more

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Oakland City University Students at the Indiana Women’s Prison Receive Aramark Scholarship

first_imgOakland City University Students at the Indiana Women’s Prison Receive Aramark Scholarship(October 14, 2019) – Oakland City, IN – Aramark has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to students at the Indiana Women’s Prison (IWP) who are pursuing either associate or bachelor’s degrees through Oakland City University’s collegiate correspondence program in partnership with the Indiana Department of Corrections.  The scholarships were awarded as part of the Aramark Scholarship Program.Aramark is the contracted provider of food services for the Indiana Department of Correction and its food services program, In2Work, provides offenders with skills needed to work in the food industry such as meal planning, industrial kitchen safety, nutrition and more.The scholarships will help these students pursue their degrees through one of Oakland City University’s educational enterprises.  In addition to its traditional university undergraduate and graduate programs offered on its main campus in Oakland City and adult professional programs offered throughout SW Indiana and online, OCU provides associate and bachelor correspondence courses and high school equivalency education to incarcerated individuals in 13 Indiana Department of Correction facilities.  Currently, over 150 students have enrolled in OCU collegiate correspondence courses with an addition 2,587 students enrolled in high school equivalency programs across the state.  Dr. Ron D. Dempsey, OCU’s president, stated, “We are proud to partner with DOC’s In2Work program and Aramark in the educational and professional growth of these students as they work to improve their life circumstances.”   The scholarship application process was open to incarcerated individuals in Indiana who had completed the IN2WORK program offered through Aramark.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Dear Editor: Steven Fenichel, MD

first_imgDear Editor,So now we the taxpayers will hire a lobbyist ( or is it a den of lobbyists) to do in the Mayor’s words ‘work to find a site for the dredge spoils and assist in the permit  process once that is done.’Since this preliminary lobbying fee is a mere $55K Mr. Devligger sees it as simply an ” experiment.” No matter that if our ” lobbyist experiment” is successful then public tax dollars are on the hook for $20 million +.Mr. Hartzel commented ” that’s the way to play the game” or some such words of an old fashioned cynical politician.We are to be reassured that ‘our’ lobbyists have connections with Federal & State elected and appointed officials.It is our tax dollars that are being used  by our Mayor and Council to try and change environmental law for the benefit of a small minority of Yachters by undoing Environmental regulations. This runs counter to the interests of the public and businesses in Ocean City.Perhaps it is “the way the game is played” in the USA. We see this in our Legal System- guilty unless rich.Most decent Americans are disgusted by the corrupt way things operate in America today. Now we the taxpayers in OC are accomplices and I find it personally disgusting.Who are the Mayor and Council serving: the small minority of Yachters or the Ocean City public and business interests? Are not environmental laws made to protect the public interest? Obviously OC government sees it differently!In the words of that ‘wise political philosopher’ Donald Trump: “I have had some lobbyists and I’ve had some very good ones. They could do anything.”Too bad the citizens of Ocean City who are under constant threat of flooding can’t afford a phalanx of Lobbyists to address their concerns. In a just society their concerns would ‘Trump’ those of yachters!Sincerely yours,Steven Fenichel, MDlast_img read more

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O.C. Recreation Manager Receives Award

first_imgThe New Jersey Recreation and Park Association awarded the Michael B. Berman Award for Administrative Excellence to Wendy Moyle, assistant deputy director of the Ocean City Community Services Department, on Feb. 26 at the NJRPA Annual Awards banquet in Atlantic City.Moyle has been a valued member of the Ocean City Recreation Department for her entire career, according to a press release announcing the award.As the 2019 award winner, Moyle’s dedication can be summed up through a career filled with success on the regional, state and national levels.Moyle, who holds her degrees from Rutgers University, not only promotes a healthy lifestyle through her leadership in the Ocean City Recreation Department, but she lives the philosophy as well, the release said.She has excelled in sports her entire life in both volleyball and basketball. She is also a tri-athlete and marathon runner.The Ocean City resident worked her way up through the ranks at Ocean City Recreation to the position of Recreation Manager.In addition to managing leisure services, she is a vital part of the city’s overall health and wellness initiatives and supervises the Fitness Center, Community Center, Ocean City Waterfront Park & Marina and Interpretive Centers.Most recently, Moyle was involved in the $15 million expansion and renovation of the Ocean City Community Center.Her commitment to fitness has also served the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association well. She has served in the following capacities: NRPA Fitness Coalitions Liaison Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; Treasurer of Cape May County Council on Physical Fitness & Sports; and the Commissioner of the Garden State Empire Volleyball Association.Her commitment to the NJPRA has included both elected and volunteer positions. She has served as the NJRPA Member-At-Large Representative, NJRPA Vice President, NJRPA Secretary, Chairperson, District 5, Vice Chair, District 5, and Secretary, District 5. She also served on the NJRPA Executive Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Awards Committee, Annual Conference Committee, State & National Issues Committee and the Nominations Committee.The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting parks and recreation; enhancing the professional development of its members; advocating sound policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management, and leisure services; and increasing awareness of the value of play and preservation of the environment to interested citizens and the public.Wendy Moyle, center, receives the Michael B. Berman award at the ceremony in February. (Courtesy New Jersey Recreation and Park Association) Wendy Moyle, Ocean City’s recreation manager, is the 2019 award winner for administrative excellence from the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association. last_img read more

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Announce Posthumous Box Set, “An American Treasure”, Share New Video [Watch]

first_imgTom Petty & The Heartbreakers have announced an extensive new posthumous box set titled An American Treasure in tribute to their late leader, Tom Petty—who died suddenly in the early hours of October 3rd, 2017 at the age of 66 as a result of an accidental prescription drug overdose. The Tom Petty An American Treasure set is due to be released on September 28th via Reprise Records, less than a week shy of the first anniversary of Petty’s passing. It also marks the first posthumous release of any kind from Petty’s camp.The name, of course, is appropriate for its subject. While Petty left us all too soon, he made an indelible mark on American music and popular culture, recording countless hits, touring relentlessly across multiple decades, collaborating with some of the world’s greatest musicians, and otherwise cementing himself as one of the most iconic artists of a generation.According to Rolling Stone, the early news of the box set was revealed via a SiriusXM broadcast yesterday evening. However, anticipation for a surprise from Petty’s camp had been growing throughout the day on Monday after a mysterious countdown clock had appeared on TomPetty.com, ticking down the seconds until the official announcement at 10 a.m. EDT this morning.The new box set will include 60 (!) previously unreleased studio and live recordings of the band, obscure recorded tracks, and alternate takes on some of the band’s more popular songs. The material included in the compilation was selected by members of Tom Petty’s surviving family, including his wife, Dana Petty, and their daughter, Adria Petty, alongside Heartbreakers members like Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and the band’s longtime recording partner, Ryan Ulyate. The set also features custom cover artwork by prominent street artist Shepard Fairey, the creator of the iconic Barack Obama 2008 “Change” posters, the ubiquitous Andre The Giant “OBEY” stencil, and more.As Adria Petty and Dana Petty explain about this “labor of love” in its announcement press release,Everyone involved in this project chose each track with tremendous care and deep respect for the body of work Tom Petty created over the course of 40 years. He also accumulated a wealth of unreleased music in his vaults, and we have collectively uncovered one gem after another that will keep us all listening and discovering new facets of Tom’s talent for many years to come. We can’t wait to share with Tom’s fans this musical portrait of an artist who deeply affected our culture and indelibly touched the lives of fans the world over.The first single from An American Treasure is “Keep A Little Soul”—a previously unreleased recording from 1982 sessions, which resulted in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ classic album, Long After Dark. The song is available for digital download today when you pre-order your copy of An American Treasure. Watch the video featuring rare never-before-seen footage of the band below.Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Keep A Little Soul” [Official Music Video][Video: tompetty]The Tom Petty An American Treasure compilation will be available for purchase on September 28th. In addition to the extensive 60-track release, a less-expensive, less-extensive version will be released for purchase as a two-disc set. Pre-orders are for the Tom Petty An American Treasure set are available now. For more information, head to Tom Petty’s website.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Ruth Hubbard Wald, 92

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on March 7, 2017, the following Minute was placed upon the records. Ruth Hubbard Wald was a superb biochemist who studied the light-sensitive molecules (visual pigments) in photoreceptors and a prominent feminist and social activist. Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1924, she and her parents, physicians and leftist intellectuals, fled Austria when the Nazis arrived in 1938, came to the United States, and settled in Brookline. Ruth lived much of her life in Cambridge and died Sept. 1, 2016, at the age of 92.Ruth attended Radcliffe College as a pre-med student and soon met her first husband, Frank Hubbard, who became a leading harpsichord maker and whom she married at age 18 in 1942; they separated in 1951. After her graduation from Radcliffe in 1944, she spent a year working as a Research Assistant with George Wald, a Professor of Biology at Harvard, who was to become her second husband in 1958; they had two children Elijah (b. 1959) and Deborah (b. 1961).In 1946, Ruth entered graduate school, joined Wald’s laboratory, and began her studies on visual pigments. Wald had previously shown that visual pigments consist of vitamin A aldehyde (now called retinal) bound to a protein called opsin. Ruth’s initial project in the laboratory, for which she was awarded her Ph.D. in 1950, was to elucidate the mechanism by which vitamin A was converted to retinal. From there, she investigated how a visual pigment molecule is synthesized from retinal and opsin, and with Wald and other members of the group, they made the ground-breaking discovery that a specific shape (isomer) of retinal is required to synthesize all visual pigments. A few years later, with Allen Kropf, a postdoctoral fellow, she showed that the only effect of light on the visual pigments was to change the shape of retinal. This leads to structural alterations in opsin that result in excitation of the photoreceptors. For this brilliant set of studies, Ruth and George Wald were jointly awarded the distinguished Paul Karrer Medal in 1967. In 1973, Ruth was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, where she and George spent summers.As a continuing member of the Wald Laboratory, Ruth held several positions, including Research Fellow, 1954–58, Research Associate, 1958–68, and Lecturer, 1968–74. In 1974, she was appointed Professor of Biology at Harvard, the first woman to be tenured in the department. Over the years that Ruth was in the Wald Laboratory, she mentored and worked with many students, postdoctoral fellows, visitors, and junior colleagues, including one of us (JD). She was generous with her time—sharing ideas and providing encouragement and positive criticism. She had exceptionally high standards regarding experiments and how they were written for publication. She organized lunches for the laboratory and conversations around the table were intense—whether scientific or political.By the time Ruth received tenure, her interests had moved away from scientific experimentation to feminist issues and social activism. She established a pathbreaking course, “Biology and Women’s Issues” (Bio.109), that taught critical thinking in historical context about biology, about science, about gender and sexism, about sexuality, and about racism in relation to women’s health, rights, and participation in society. Bio 109 began as a small seminar held at Radcliffe College in 1975, one year after Ruth was tenured, but by 1979 it had grown into a large course with over eighty students. Two of us (NK and EH), served as TAs in Bio 109 and were mentored by Ruth as were many other women students in biology, medicine, public health, and the history of science.Building on Bio 109, Ruth co-edited a book in 1979 titled “Women Look at Biology Looking at Women,” which included her pathbreaking essay “Have only men evolved?”. A collection of feminist critiques, its central insight was that “women’s biology not only is not destiny, but it is often not even biology … as a result, it contains a number of convenient myths that bolster sexist social practices.” Reissued in 1982 as “Biological Women: the Convenient Myth,” it included a history of science that had been used to discriminate against women and became one of the founding texts in the field of the history of women in science. The book spurred additional critical scholarship by providing a 55-page bibliography on the fast-growing field of women, science, and health.Ruth’s activities and writings in the 1970s and early 1980s ushered in an era of feminist critiques that exposed the role of science in supporting discrimination against women. She decried the use of evolutionary theory and genetics to support deterministic explanations for human social behavior. In 1975, she joined a gathering of academics preparing a critique of sociobiology which included one of us (JB). The group criticized the claims of sociobiologists for the evolutionary basis of many human traits and social arrangements. However, Ruth was dismayed that the group had ignored the sociobiological justification of women’s social status, including the dearth of women in “political life, business, and science.”Ruth’s concerns about biological determinism expanded beyond women’s issues to those of genetics, eugenics, and race. A cofounder of the Council for Responsible Genetics, she questioned the use of new reproductive technologies, including the expansion of genetic testing and the possible arrival of genetic enhancements and their indications of a wave of eugenic thinking. Her last book, “Exploding the Gene Myth” (1993), co-authored with her son Elijah, was a bracing critical examination of the ways in which genetic information is often misinterpreted by scientists and business. Ultimately, her concerns led to the basic question of who gets to do science, how the racial and gender makeup of the science community influences what subjects are explored, and who benefits from scientific achievements. Ruth will be remembered for her scientific achievements, her influential teaching and mentoring of women students, and her commitment to social justice throughout her distinguished Harvard career.Respectfully submitted,Jonathan BeckwithEvelynn HammondsNancy KriegerJohn Dowling, Chairlast_img read more

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EMC Continues Open Source Momentum with New RackHD Hardware M&O Layer

first_imgIT infrastructure architectures are evolving quickly, fueled by the rapid innovation of the specific hardware and software that provide infrastructure services. We are realizing the first generation of Software-Defined infrastructure services is still overly dependent on the underlying hardware, rendering it exceedingly difficult to fully automate and quickly leverage new functionality. We believe a new layer of abstraction between the hardware and infrastructure software is needed, which is why EMC has kicked off a new open source community project called RackHD™. This new layer of abstraction between the IT infrastructure hardware and software will enable both to evolve independently. In 2016 it is expected that hardware innovations will create new density and performance capabilities. Software innovation will increase the flexibility of services, and become even more automated. This will enable a whole new set of IT infrastructure services.Today we announced the RackHD project to provide this new layer of abstraction. RackHD allows configuration of heterogeneous hardware infrastructure as a fungible pool of resources that infrastructure software (storage, network, compute) will consume to provide services to multiple operating environments. RackHD is derived from the hardware M&O innovation initially developed and launched in the VCE VxRack product. We decided to open source this, as we believe this will accelerate the development of RackHD. Operating under the Apache 2.0 license, vendors can easily extend the functionality of RackHD and include support for their infrastructure products.This abstraction capability is incredibly important to next-generation data center architectures. Application workloads and the corresponding IT infrastructure requirements are becoming more diverse. The abstraction layer enabled by RackHD will allow pools of hardware resources to be able to support the growing diversity of traditional and next-generation application workloads. IT infrastructure software will be able to provide composable services for all types of workloads.The release of RackHD as an open source project is an important milestone for the industry. Next-generation data designs leveraging pools of industry-standard hardware presented as pools of compute, network, and storage capacity to next-generation infrastructure service software is dependent on an open abstraction layer that is supported by all industry vendors. This is why EMC made the decision to move our work into the open source community. We are committing development resources to extend the RackHD functionality. The EMC RackHD development team will work directly in the open, continuously committing code directly to the RackHD public GitHub repository. Our invitation is open for anyone to engage with the project through our developer advocate team EMC {code} and help the industry accelerate the introduction of next generation data center architectures.last_img read more

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Navajo company to buy bankrupt Cloud Peak coal mines in Wyoming

first_imgNavajo company to buy bankrupt Cloud Peak coal mines in Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gillette News Record:Cloud Peak Energy Corp., one of the Powder River Basin’s largest coal mine operators, has accepted a bid from Navajo Transitional Energy Co. to buy “substantially all of Cloud Peak Energy’s assets.” Cloud Peak announced the sale Friday, which will be considered for approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday.Navajo Transitional Energy has agreed to buy the company’s Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in Campbell County, along with the Spring Creek mine in southern Montana, according to a Cloud Peak statement announcing the winning bidder. Navajo also will own the Sequatchie Valley reclamation project.Navajo has agreed to pay a cash deposit of $15.7 million when the sale closes and assume a $40 million second lien promissory note and five-year royalty on future tons of coal produced at the PRB mines. Navajo also will pay up to $20 million in post-petition debts accrued during the bankruptcy process. The company also has agreed to assume pre- and post-petition federal, state and local tax liabilities for the company, make state and federal royalty payments and assume all reclamation obligations.While it’s unknown what Navajo Transitional’s plans are for the PRB mines, that it bought all three operational properties and that the deal includes royalties based on future production, “[What] they’re saying is they’re assuming they can operate them and generate enough cash flow to make those commitments,” said Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming College of Business.Because the Navajo Nation governs itself, it also could have some tax advantages as operator of the mines, which could make them more competitive, he said. “One of the things about the Navajo bid is they probably have favorable tax status for Native corporations,” he said. “What they’re potentially looking at having there is an interesting proposition. The bottom line is they assume they can make cash flow there, so that may replace some of the earnings they’ll lose on the Navajo power plant.”More: Cloud Peak has buyer for PRB mineslast_img read more

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