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Heavy storms set to hit Plains, new storm systems develop over Atlantic

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — More severe storms are expected in the Plains Wednesday as 90 damaging storm reports took place around the country Tuesday including 11 reported tornadoes in Wyoming and South Dakota. Some of the worst damage occurred in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where authorities are warning people not to go into the city due to storm damage and downed power lines.Severe weather threats will expand Wednesday from Wyoming all the way to Wisconsin with the biggest threat being damaging winds and huge hail with possible tornadoes. Hail the size of grapefruit fell in areas of Wyoming Tuesday and winds gusted up to 82 mph in Valentine, Nebraska, and 71 mph in Platte, South Dakota.Elsewhere, Tuesday was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season as several tropical storm systems are developing.A tropical low is currently hovering over the southern Bahamas and will bring rain and a few thunderstorms to the northern Bahamas in areas that are trying to recover from Hurricane Dorian.Several models are showing this storm system moving over Florida later this week and possibly reemerging in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical low.The National Hurricane Center is giving it a 50% chance for development into a tropical depression or tropical storm this weekend.But regardless of formation, heavy rain is expected from the Bahamas into Florida and possibly the Gulf Coast into the weekend and end of the week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Met to launch stress audit among 10,000 employees

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police Service is about to launch a major stress audit toinvestigate the full impact of the problem on its staff and develop a plan tofight back. The Met will survey around 10,000 police officers and civilian staff thisautumn to assess how much impact stress is having on the force. Once the findings have been analysed, the HR team will develop a stressmanagement programme, which it hopes to implement by the New Year. Martin Tiplady, HR director at the Met, insisted the move wasn’t in responseto any immediate stress crisis, but was more about addressing the generalnature of the job. “We’re concerned about the pressures on staff in an organisationresponsible for policing London,” he said. “We’re hoping to get apretty thorough picture of where stress is hitting us.” The research will concentrate on defining the signs and symptoms of stress,but will also investigate the associated levels of sickness among the 43,000employees. It is hoped the survey will enable HR to design a range of different optionsand interventions for managers that reflect the complexity of stress and thedifferent roles within the force. “It won’t be a ‘one size fits all’ approach, because what we need tooffer to a constable might be completely different from what we can do for ascene-of-crime officer,” he added. “We need a range of ways torespond to stress.” The Met is also launching a nine-part health promotion plan that will offeradvice on all aspects of well-being at work, including stress. By Ross Wigham Met to launch stress audit among 10,000 employeesOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Utah College Baseball Roundup: 5/14

first_imgMay 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah College Baseball Roundup: 5/14 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Sophomore outfielder Danny Gelalich belted a grand slam in a productive 5-run 8th Inning for the #24 BYU baseball team as the Cougars routed hated rival Utah 10-3 Tuesday at Smith’s Ballpark during the Deseret Duel series that exists between the schools. Gelalich had 5 RBI overall on the evening, while senior outfielder Brock Hale and sophomore left-handed pitcher/outfielder Mitch McIntyre had 2 RBI apiece for the 34-14 Cougars. Reid McLaughlin earned the win on the mound, improving him to 6-1 on the season for BYU. Brad James Oliver Dunn had 2 RBI in the loss for the Utes, dropping them to 12-32 on the season. Utah is next in action Thursday through Saturday in a home series against Washington State. Brody Barnum homered in the loss for the Cougars as their disappointing season continued, dropping them to 10-37-1. Written by Should the Cougars win this series, they will capture the West Coast Conference title. OREM, Utah-The Utah Valley Wolverines overcame a 13-5 deficit by exploding for 15 unanswered runs in a 20-13 win over Pac-12 foe Washington State Tuesday at UCCU Ballpark in non-conference baseball action. Tags: Brock Hale/Brody Barnum/BYU Baseball/Danny Gelalich/Michael Beltran/Mick Madsen/Mitch McIntyre/Oliver Dunn/Reid McLaughlin/Santa Clara/Smith’s Ballpark/Utah Baseball Freshman infielder Mick Madsen had 5 RBI for the Wolverines, while senior center fielder Michael Beltran homered for Utah Valley, improving the squad to 14-36 on the season. BYU is next in action Thursday through Saturday at Santa Clara with this series against the Broncos representing the Cougars’ last regular season series.last_img read more

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HMAS Toowoomba Hands Over Maritime Security Duties to HMAS Parramatta in Middle East

first_img HMAS Toowoomba Hands Over Maritime Security Duties to HMAS Parramatta in Middle East View post tag: Parramatta View post tag: Middle October 21, 2011 View post tag: Duties View post tag: Navy View post tag: over View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Security View post tag: Maritime HMAS Toowoomba handed over maritime security duties to HMAS Parramatta in the Middle East this week after completing a successful six-month deployment as part of Operation SLIPPER.HMAS Toowoomba is now heading home to Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, after travelling more than 35,000 nautical miles during her second deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).Commanding Officer Commander Andrew Quinn said Toowoomba’s Ship’s Company had performed admirably over the course of the deployment.“I am extremely proud of the way my Ship’s Company has worked diligently over the past six months as the ship carried out counter-terrorism activities in the Middle East maritime environment and counter-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden,” Commander Quinn said.HMAS Toowoomba has been replaced by HMAS Parramatta, which commenced security operations on 18 October 2011. HMAS Parramatta’s rotation is the 27th by a RAN ship to the MEAO since 2001.During the past six months, HMAS Toowoomba conducted multiple boardings and helped numerous vessels requiring medical or engineering assistance.Commander Quinn said the past six months had been a challenging period for his crew but they should all be proud of the way they conducted themselves and carried out their duties.“The MEAO can be a very demanding and volatile environment in which to operate, and I am pleased to say that Toowoomba’s crew rose to every challenge in a professional and committed fashion, maintaining Australia’s highly respected position as a coalition partner.“I would also like to acknowledge the support of family and friends back home – it certainly helps and boosts morale to know that our loved ones in Australia are supporting us while we are deployed.”Between operational commitments, Toowoomba’s Ship’s Company raised more than $2000 for BeyondBlue and more than $3000 for the Toowoomba Flexi School by completing a 24-hour marathon and holding a fete during the ship’s birthday on 6 October.HMAS Toowoomba and her Ship’s Company of approximately 190 personnel are scheduled to arrive at Fleet Base West on 7 November, 2011.[mappress]Source: navy, October 21, 2011center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: to View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hands View post tag: East View post tag: in Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Toowoomba Hands Over Maritime Security Duties to HMAS Parramatta in Middle East View post tag: Toowoomba Share this articlelast_img read more

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Teddy Hall student impaled on fence

first_imgA student from St Edmund Hall is recovering after impaling his leg on the fence around Christ Church Meadow in the early hours of Friday morning.First year Ruari Clark was returning from a club after a rugby crew date and injured his leg whilst trying to climb over a fence. Fellow Teddy Hall rugby player Robert Humphries commented, “It was on the night of a rugby crew date. Everyone from the crew date ended up in Bridge together and then, as far as I know, Ruari left the club independently, of his own accord, without anyone from SEHRFC, and appears to have slipped trying to climb a fence into Christ Church Meadow.”“As I say, beyond that I’m currently unsure of any real details.”Ruari has only recently been released from hospital and is still in recovery. He was unavailable for comment.Christopher Lewis from the Deanery at Christ Church told Cherwell, “We are glad to hear that Mr Ruari Clark, a student at St Edmund Hall, is getting better after an injury sustained while trying to climb into the Christ Church Memorial Garden in the early hours of Friday morning.”last_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” JANUARY 27, 2018

WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If the Democratic primary election for the 8th District US Congressman was held today who would you vote for?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare read more

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A Week (and a bit) in the Life

first_imgTuesday 2 OctoberAfter 28 hours of travel to LA via Orlando, I finally make it to LA to meet up with Steve McCaughey, the latest recruit to the new product development team at Rich’s UK. The purpose of this lightning trip is to learn some lessons from Rich’s US associates to help us with new product development back in the UK.The supermarkets in America are fantastic! They really know how to maximise fridge and freezer space. The bakery counter in Von’s supermarket was a visual treat. Next we make our way to Sprinkles Cup Cake shop in Beverly Hills. Inside the tiny outlet, the variety of cupcakes on offer is astounding. There are coconut shreds on red velvet bases and orange and lemon flavours with white chocolate sprinkles to name just a few. We have to get a variety to sample, so opt for the box of 12 assorted varieties, which sets us back a staggering $48 (almost £24).Wednesday 3 OctoberI leave LA at 10am and board a five-hour flight touching down in Orlando and it’s 6pm. Time to finish a presentation for Tesco – thank goodness for broadband. I wonder what time it is back in the UK? I work out it’s 1pm, but that means I’ve been up since 2am UK time… now the jetlag is really starting to set in.Thursday 4 OctoberI have dinner with colleagues ahead of the Rich’s International Division Research and Development conference. This gives me a chance to meet the colleagues from eight different countries with whom I will spend the next four days. The focus for this year’s conference is on packaging innovation and minimising the impact of commodity price increases.Friday 5 October7am and it’s a visit to the Bad Ass Café to check out the breakfast products on offer. 7.15am and there’s still no sign of anyone opening up. The store next door tells us this is the first time in five years that the Bad Ass Café hasn’t been open before 7am. They must have known we were coming! We decide to visit Starbucks instead.I return to the workshop for a full day of discussion, including a session dedicated to reviewing the impact of commodity price increases on our products. The final session of the day allows us to review packaging innovation within Rich’s.There are some truly innovative concepts from our internal sources, some of which look set to revolutionise the market. But I’m sworn to secrecy at this stage!Saturday 6 OctoberIt’s product showcase day. This is a great opportunity for each of the regions to present their latest successes. Toppings and icings are core to Rich’s business worldwide and this is our first chance to taste all the reformulated HVO and GM-free toppings and icings, which will be available to our UK customers from January 2008.Next, our colleagues from French Meadow bakeries show us some fantastic products including their award-winning hemp seed bread. Mexico sample the Rosca de Reyes, a soft, sweet bread topped with sugared fruit, with six baby Jesus toys hidden inside. The product is superb and the concept of sharing the Rosca and finding the hidden surprise really brings the team together.As I reflect on the day I’m amazed at how diverse taste buds are around the world but how common the business challenges are that we all face.Sunday 7 OctoberMy mission today is to find new and innovative packaging for the key products we sampled in Saturday’s session. We split into two teams to tackle the IBIE exhibition, looking for solutions to the packaging challenges we discussed. After three hours of meeting potential suppliers we write up our findings. For me what stood out most was the biodegradable Environmentally Responsible Packaging from Barrington Packaging Systems Group.Monday 8 OctoberAn opportunity to explore the show at leisure. From an innovation point of view, it is quite disappointing. As my first bakery exposition, the overall feel of the show leaves me with the impression that it lacks a clear focus. The exhibitors are enthusiastic and helpful, but I’m not convinced that I’ll ever get the samples I requested. However, from a new starter’s point of view, I get a great overview of the industry.Tuesday 9 OctoberA visit to Whole Foods, Panera Bread, Charlie’s Bakery, The Dessert Lady and The Grand Floridian resort at Disney. The main objective is to compare and contrast the product offerings to gain inspiration for new product development (NPD). The Dessert Lady is undoubtedly the highlight of my day. These delicious, indulgent cakes are lovingly handcrafted and the salon where the wares are displayed is an opulent theatre of velvet and gold. Artisan pictures adorn the walls and I could easily spend the rest of the afternoon sipping one of the hundreds of wines on offer in the dimly lit enclave while indulging my way through the menu. If this café were in London there would almost certainly be a waiting list. This is a true dessert experience.We move on to what is billed as the highlight of the day – afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian resort. The choice of teas is fabulous and the cakes are exquisite: little choux pastry swans filled with raspberry cream cheese and miniature carrot cake topped with marzipan carrots. However, after The Dessert Lady it feels like second-best.Arriving back home I reflect on what I’ve learnt. Rich’s prides itself on innovation, so I was surprised that much of the NPD from exhibitors at IBIE consisted of licensing brands, including the forthcoming Golden Compass film or children’s cartoon favourites. While such products do play a large part in keeping the sector fresh and generating sales, I couldn’t help but feel that some bakery companies need more true innovation, as opposed to reinvention, if they are to maintain consumer interest in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

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Now, ice won’t stick

first_imgA team of researchers from Harvard University has invented a way to keep metal surface free of ice and frost. The treated surfaces quickly shed even tiny, incipient condensation droplets or frost, simply through gravity. The technology prevents ice sheets from developing on surfaces, and ice that is present slides off effortlessly.The discovery, published online as a manuscript in the journal ACS Nano on June 10, has direct implications for a wide range of metal surfaces, such as those used in aircraft, refrigeration systems, wind turbines, marine vessels, and construction.The group, led by Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, previously introduced the idea that it was possible to create a surface that prevented ice by using coatings inspired by the water-repellent lotus leaf. Yet this technique can fail under high humidity, as surface textures become coated with condensation and frost.“The lack of any practical way to eliminate the intrinsic defects … that contribute to liquid condensation, pinning, freezing, and strong adhesion has raised the question of whether any solid surface,” irrespective of its topography or treatment, “can ever be truly ice-preventive, especially at high-humidity, frost-forming conditions,” Aizenberg said.To combat this problem, the researchers created a radically different technology that is suited for both high humidity and extreme pressure, called Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces, or SLIPS. SLIPS are designed to expose a defect-free, molecularly flat liquid interface, immobilized by a hidden nanostructured solid. On these ultra-smooth, slippery surfaces, fluids and solids alike — including water drops, condensation, frost, and even ice — slide off easily.The challenge was to apply this technology to metal surfaces, especially since such materials are commonplace in the developed world, from airplane wings to railings. Aizenberg and her team developed a way to coat metal with a rough material to which the lubricant adheres. A coating can be finely sculpted to lock in the lubricant and can be applied over a large area on metal surfaces. In addition, the coating is non-toxic and anti-corrosive.To demonstrate the robustness of the technology, the researchers successfully applied it to refrigerator cooling fins and tested it under a prolonged, deep-freeze condition. Compared with existing “frost-free” cooling systems, their innovation prevented frost far more efficiently and for a longer time.“Unlike lotus leaf-inspired, ice-phobic surfaces, which fail under high humidity conditions, SLIPS-based ice-phobic materials, as our results suggest, can completely prevent ice formation at temperatures slightly below 0 degrees Celsius, while dramatically reducing ice accumulation and adhesion under deep-freezing, frost-forming conditions,” said Aizenberg.The new technology also helps to lower energy costs. This approach to combatting slippery metallic surfaces holds great promise for broad application in the refrigeration and aviation industry and in other high-humidity environments, where ice-phobic surfaces are desirable. For example, once the coating is applied, ice on roofs, wires, outdoor signs, and wind turbines can be easily removed merely by tilting, slight agitation, or even wind and vibrations.“This new approach to ice-phobic materials is a truly disruptive idea that offers a way to make a transformative impact on energy and safety costs associated with ice, and we are actively working with the refrigeration and aviation industries to bring it to market,” said Aizenberg.Aizenberg is also professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard.Her co-authors included Philseok Kim, a Technology Development Fellow at the Wyss Institute and SEAS; Tak-Sing Wong of the Wyss and SEAS; Jack Alvarenga and Michael J. Kreder of the Wyss; and Wilmer E. Adorno-Martinez of the University of Puerto Rico.The authors received support from the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Harvard. Part of this work was performed at the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard, supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition, the team acknowledged the Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and the REU BRIDGE, co-funded by the ASSURE program of the Department of Defense, in partnership with the National Science Foundation’s REU site program.last_img read more

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A reflective Justice Breyer explains inner workings of Supreme Court at HLS

first_imgNever let it be said that a U.S. Supreme Court justice doesn’t keep his work close to his heart. During a lunchtime question-and-answer session at Harvard Law School (HLS) on Oct. 1, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a small white booklet.“This a great document, the Constitution of the United States,” said Breyer. “It’s a fabulous document. I don’t know they how they wrote it. It’s brief. It has general principles. Fabulous.”Breyer visited his alma mater and former employer for an informal chat with HLS Dean Martha Minow and to take a handful of questions from students. Back on campus to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his appointment to the high court, he also took part in a panel discussion later in the day with several HLS professors who examined his tenure and some of his most notable opinions.During the afternoon session, one young woman asked a question many students in the crowd were likely wondering: “What does it take to become a Supreme Court clerk?” The answer is: a lot of work.Read more and watch the video on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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22 Overcup oak

first_imgThis native oak species (Quercus lyrata) is also calledswamp post oak, swamp white oak and water white oak. It’s foundin wet bottom lands of the coastal plain from Delaware to Georgiaand west to Texas. It grows along the Mississippi River floodplain, too, as far north as Illinois and Indiana.Despite its tolerance of wet sites, you don’t have to live in aswamp to enjoy overcup oak. It’s this year’s Georgia Gold Medalwinner partly because it does equally well on dry, upland sitesand adapts to a variety of soils and growing environments. Itthrives in full sun in hardiness zones 5 to 9.But there’s more. Overcup oak is a tough shade tree for largelandscapes, public parks, golf courses and office parks. Whilemost oaks have a reputation for being slow growers, this treegrows fast, particularly when it’s young.Its initial growth is somewhat pyramidal. Then, with age, itgradually becomes more rounded. It typically grows 50 feet highand 50 feet wide under cultivation. But it’s been known to reach125 feet in the wild.Named for acornThe unique shape of the acorns gives the tree its name and helpsdistinguish it from other oaks. A warty cap almost completelycovers the nut. The acorns drop to the ground in the fall.They’re a good food source for wildlife, including squirrels,deer and turkeys.At first glance, overcup oak looks a lot like its white oakcousin. Like the white oak, it has rough-textured, gray-brownbark, deeply lobed leaves and yellow fall color.Nursery experts call overcup oak a tough, tolerant tree that’sperfect for less-than-perfect sites. It thrives in heavy,compacted clay soils. And it loves the heat and humidity of theDeep South.With a life span as long as 400 years, overcup oak provides aliving legacy for many future generations to enjoy. It’s easy tosee why it has emerged as the top tree out there for 2006,earning the 2006 Georgia Gold Medal for trees.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page 22 By Gary WadeUniversity of Georgia”Bulletproof” is a term for plants that thrive with very littlecare in many soils and growing conditions. And overcup oak fitsthe definition perfectly.last_img read more

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