FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Per the latest NCAA Academic Progress Report, or APR, Weber State athletics continues to see consistent improvement across the board.All 14 intercollegiate athletic programs Weber State sponsors reached the NCAA’s required minimum score of 930 or better for this past academic year. Furthermore, no penalties were assessed against any Wildcats’ program.Six Wildcats athletic programs also had a perfect single-year APR score for the 2016-17 academic year. Weber State’s women’s cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams all scored above the national average of 983.Weber State’s football team had its highest multi-year score in program history at 946.This past year, Weber State has graduated 60 current or former student-athletes, while 184 student-athletes have earned Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors.All over Division I, academic excellence is increasing, confirmed by a 2-point increase in the Academic Progress Rate.This overall four-year rate increased to 983 while four-year rates for baseball, football and women’s basketball each increased 2 points to respective scores of 975, 964 and 982. Men’s basketball players raised their overall, four-year APR by a point, to 967.Every Division I sports team (the amount of Division I schools will be 353 as of July 1) calculates its Academic Progress rate each academic year. The NCAA reports both single-year and four-year rates, on which penalties for poor academic performance are based.Each semester, scholarship student-athletes earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.In 2004, the Division I membership created the Academic Performance Program and since then, 16,000 former athletes earned APR points for their prior teams by returning to college after their eligibility ran out.Of those 16,000, more than half participated in football, baseball or basketball, Division I’s highest-profile sports. May 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Improves Per Latest APR Report Written by Tags: Big Sky/Division I/Graduation/Weber State Brad James
Home » News » COVID-19 news » Housing market market to stay open in new Tier 4 areas previous nextCOVID-19 newsHousing market market to stay open in new Tier 4 areasAnnouncement by Boris and commentary from civil servants and Robert Jenrick suggest – but do not confirm – that branches may stay open.Nigel Lewis20th December 2020012,217 Views Estate agents and removal firms working within the new Tier 4 restriction can continue to work, the government has revealed.The announcement was made over the weekend after Boris Johnson revealed during his Saturday evening speech that some 18 millions people would face a full lockdown within London and part of the South East and the East of England.These include the whole of London, most of Surrey plus Kent and Medway, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hastings and Rother, Hertfordshire and parts of Hampshire, Essex, Bedfordshire plus Peterborough.But agents will be relieved to know that, unlike the first lockdown earlier this year when home moves were only allowed under limited circumstances, all homes moves are to be allowed.Guidance“Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings,” the guidance says.“People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.”“Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing and wearing a face covering.”But it has not yet been clarified whether estate agency can stay open, although Robert Jenrick tweeted on Saturday that ‘all associated activities can continue as possible’ which suggests they can.Also, the government’s guidance page for the duration of the Covid outbreak still says: “Estate and lettings agents, removers, valuers and people in sales and lettings offices and show homes will be able to continue working”.The Negotiator has approached the Department of Health and Social Care for comment.Tier 4 coronavirus Boris Johnson December 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the release of 24 studies on Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) used by EPA to develop the draft risk evaluation under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).“We are committed to being transparent with information on chemicals, as we work to develop risk evaluations under TSCA,” said EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn.The companies that submitted the studies had claimed the documents as confidential business information. Robust summaries of the studies were provided to the public along with the draft risk evaluation on November 15, 2018. Since that time, those companies have revised their confidentiality claims, dropping most of them. Following Agency regulations, EPA has reviewed the remaining claims of confidential business information and determined that the information is entitled to confidential treatment. That information has been redacted from the studies publicly released today.The release of these studies does not change the Agency’s proposed “no unreasonable risk” determination as concluded in the draft risk evaluation published in November. EPA previously submitted the complete, unredacted versions of the studies to the TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) to use in their peer review of the draft risk evaluation.The newly released studies can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/draft-risk-evaluation-pigment-violet-29 and next week will also be in the Supporting Documents folder of docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0604 on www.regulations.gov.EPA will shortly be announcing the date to reopen the comment period on the draft risk evaluation in light of these newly released studies. The peer review panel on PV 29, canceled due to the lapse in appropriations, is in the process of being rescheduled.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Below are the felony cases to be filed by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office today.Allen Ray Purcell: Intimidation (Level 5 Felony), Intimidation (Level 5 Felony), Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)Randall D. Warren: Criminal trespass (Level 6 Felony)Robert Christopher Basinger: Operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life (Level 5 Felony), Possession of a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike substance (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor)Stephen Glynn: Battery against a public safety official (Level 6 Felony), Battery against a public safety official (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Public intoxication (Class B misdemeanor)David B. Banks: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Stephanie Michelle Fisher: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Jeremy Michael Cassel: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Maintaining a common nuisance – controlled substances (Level 6 Felony), Possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)William David Bratcher: Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony)Cara Darlene Beckerle: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)Melinda N. Johnson: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Matthew Aaron Knight: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony)Joshua Charles Robb: Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Residential entry (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Criminal trespass (Class A misdemeanor)Raven Symone Lashun Stallworth: Residential entry (Level 6 Felony), Battery resulting in bodily injury (Class A misdemeanor)Angelo Ford: Rape (Level 3 Felony), Rape (Level 3 Felony), Attempt Obstruction of Justice (Level 6 Felony), Possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor)Mekiah Khrystene Sandage-Shofner: Residential entry (Level 6 Felony), Battery resulting in bodily injury (Class A misdemeanor)John Phillip Adams: Resisting law enforcement (Level 6 Felony), Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Attempt Obstruction of justice (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Reckless driving (Class C misdemeanor)Brent Caulder Sr.: Operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life (Level 5 Felony)Jay Alan Oldfield: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 5 Felony), Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony), Maintaining a common nuisance – controlled substances (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor)Dylan Thomas Fuller: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)Niki Lynn Long: Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony)Gregory Wayne Baker: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 5 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Intimidation (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor)Jared Thomas Davis: Conspiracy Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Alexa Raye Boyd: Conspiracy Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Dawnita Leauta Wilkerson: Battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer (Level 5 Felony), Intimidation (Level 6 Felony), Intimidation (Level 6 Felony)Elizabeth Joyce Jones: Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony)Shawn Eugene Gardner: Operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of license for life (Level 5 Felony), Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Scott Allen Morgan: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of marijuana (Class A misdemeanor)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Harry Michael Styer, 53, of Longport. Devoted husband, loving father, loyal friend, well respected businessman passed away suddenly on November 15, 2017 of a sudden cardiac event. Michael graduated from Saint Francis Preparatory School in Spring Grove, Pa. , class of 1982. He also attended Florida Institute of Technology in Jensen Beach, Fla. Michael was a very accomplished entrepreneur starting in the family business, Harry’s Inn, located in Somers Point, NJ; he owned and operated Point Jet Ski rentals in the 1980’s. He also founded MICHAEL’S AFTER HOURS BAR AND RESTAURANT. Captain of his “own ship,” his seamanship skills were extraordinary. After meeting Kimberly Cook in the 1980’s, Michael’s drive for success moved forward quickly, ultimately establishing Coastal Marine Piling in 1987.Though his career was cut horribly short, he always demonstrated his keen business insight and sense of fairness and honesty. A well respected business in the community, Coastal will continue Michael’s legacy along with his remarkable standards of excellence. Michael lived a very happy, enriched life, punctuated by deep love for his family above and beyond all other aspirations. Supporting his daughters on all levels, his favorite phrase was “whatever makes you happy” and according to them, he always led by example and was known to say, “if you can’t do the job right, don’t do it at all.” Everyone who knew him well would agree, “he always tried his best to do the right thing.”He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kimberly (Cook). His daughter’s Lee Marjorie, Noel Elaine, Ryann Michelle. Father, Harry Joseph “Bud” Styer (Mary), mother, Elaine Marie Styer. Siblings: Caron (Richard), Bradley (Lisa), Bernard, Morgan (Jennifer), Romaine (James), Deborah (James), Reina (Joesph) and many loved nieces, nephews and friends.A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life will be held at Holy Trinity Parish (Blessed Sacrament Church) 11 N. Kenyon Avenue, Margate, NJ, Saturday, December 2, 2017. Visitation will be from 9am-11am. Mass to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to: Family Promise of Cape May County at 505 Townbank Road North Cape May, NJ 08204. [email protected] 609-846-7862.For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.
Food-to-go fans are a fickle bunchConsumers are not shy about putting themselves out there when it comes to buying food-to-go, according to speaker Robert Potts, head of insight at Greencore.“Food-to-go consumers are highly promiscuous,” he told the audience. “They typically shop in more than seven different outlets a month.”Greencore has undertaken a major research project on the food-to-go market to help understand food-to-go consumers.When it comes to reasons for buying food-to-go, the business found that, despite the increase in consumer interest in wellbeing, ‘health’ was the primary driver in just 10.2% of purchases.Potts explained that healthy eating was becoming increasingly complex and specialist, and that businesses needed to “choose their battles” when it came to the health needs they sought to meet.Greencore found that the most important reasons for consumer choices were taste, freshness and quality, and Potts said that if a business could get ‘freshness’ right, a lot of other positive factors would follow.Looking to the future, Potts highlighted that hot-held food-to-go is a potential growth area. Ways to address the skills shortageCauvain flagged up the skills shortage as a challenge affecting bakery businesses across the globe.He said: “One of the first questions I get asked when I visit bakers is ‘Where do I get good people?’.”London-based bakery and bakery school Bread Ahead is aiming to help industry address the skills shortage by launching a bakery academy. The business has already enjoyed success in running bakery courses: between 2014 and 2016, the number of people taking part in these rose from an average of 37 a week to 180 a week.Bread Ahead director Chris Malec echoed Cauvain’s comments: “As a bakery we struggle to get the right talent and resource.”The business is hoping to work with the wider baking industry to develop the academy, and wants everyone who goes through the academy to have work placements reflecting the three aspects of the trade: artisan, retail and plant.The conference also heard from bakery trainees Megan Roberts and Jessica Dalton, winner of the 2017 Baking Industry Awards Rising Star category.They spoke about the ways in which industry can help those in their position by offering work experience and internships, but also suggested students have to take a role by raising their own profile and “putting themselves out there”. Don’t put tonic water in the oven!As part of its aforementioned relaunch, Roberts Bakery needed a stand-out piece of NPD to really catch the attention of consumers. That piece of NPD was the Gin & Tonic Fun Buns, which have gone on to collect awards and plenty of media and consumer attention.But the development wasn’t without it challenges, as Roberts boss Spencer-Calnan told the conference.Four weeks before launching the buns, the business learned it couldn’t use its planned recipe after discovering that quinine – a key ingredient in many tonic waters – becomes carcinogenic when baked.Cue some rapid reformulation work that Spencer-Calnan admitted was “a bit stressful”, and the buns launched as planned. Measure, measure, measureAnother business that has undertaken a transformational and successful rebranding in recent years is Warrens Bakery, winner of the Craft Bakery Business of the Year category at this year’s Baking Industry Awards.In her presentation on the turnaround of what was previously a tired-looking and struggling business, Warrens retail operations director Alex Martin highlighted the value of data and monitoring business activities.“We measure almost everything that can be measured,” she said, explaining that she introduced weekly league tables for store sales, and began sharing waste statistics. The business also made store managers responsible for profit and loss.Martin introduced CCTV into all sites, which enabled the business to view activity in stores and ensure operational standards were maintained. In addition, Warrens has introduced new tills and software to enable better data collection, and now uses Cybake and Cybake Instore software.Cauvain at Baketran also spoke about the value of measuring performance, suggesting manufacturers can make better use of in-house technical and process information.He said businesses tend to be good at collecting data when things go wrong, but should also pay attention to data when things go well, to ensure this could be replicated.In his presentation, he suggested manufacturers treat elements of the process that contribute to the physical and sensory characteristics of a product in the same way they treat procedures relating to safety. Dozens of bakers and their suppliers gathered at the Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire yesterday (18 October) for the British Society of Baking’s autumn conference.A packed schedule included presentations from leading industry figures on the conference theme of driving business forward.Here are just a few of the key learnings we took away from the event:Working outside the box is hard“Thinking outside the box is easy, working outside the box is hard – but that is where true innovation comes from.”So stated Stan Cauvain, managing director of bakery consultants Baketran, in his presentation on global baking challenges and opportunities. But the sentiment also applied to many of the success stories told at the conference.Cauvain identified three challenges faced by bakery businesses across the globe:Improving process efficiency and reducing energy costs in bread productionFinding ways to make bakery products ‘healthier’Developing relevant scientific, technical and production skills in your company (for more on this, see ‘Ways to address the skills shortage’ below).Improvements in efficiency could require a fundamental rethink of production processes, suggested Cauvain. “The potential for saving energy starts at the mixer,” he said.When it comes to ‘healthier’ product development, industry veteran Cauvain pointed out that nutritional concerns go in cycles, and that the first production development he undertook at the start of his career was sugar reduction in cakes and pies.He described healthy product development as a triangle, with the sides representing three elements: process, recipe and ingredients.“You cannot look at any element in isolation; change one side and everything changes,” Cauvain said.He also pointed out the importance of texture in baked products when flavour enhancers such as sugar and salt are removed.One business that has embraced thinking outside box is Roberts Bakery, which undertook a radical relaunch last year after a buyer said it was “undifferentiated from other brands, a complexity in the market, and was not adding value”.The work started in April, and the business gave itself just five months to launch new branding, new products, new packaging and a new marketing campaign, explained Roberts managing director Stuart Spencer-Calnan.“The process has taught us that, as a challenger brand, you can’t go back. You need a relentless focus to continue what you’ve started,” he said. “You also need to learn and adapt – quickly.”The relaunch has resulted in three national supermarket listings for the brand.
Harvard College has launched a new online Plan of Study tool to help undergraduates outline the courses they will take throughout their four years at Harvard. This online system replaces paper forms that served the same function, and provides a more intuitive and robust way for undergraduates to plan. The tool’s development was a joint venture between the Program in General Education (Gen Ed), the Office of the Registrar, and the Advising Programs Office.Using the tool located on the Registrar’s Web site, students can create an eight-semester planning grid modeling the courses they will take to meet their concentration and Gen Ed or Core requirements. Students can also use the form to switch concentrations, or to switch between the Core and Gen Ed.Students can update the planning grids each term and share their plans with their advisers to facilitate an ongoing conversation about their plan of study. Students’ response to the new system has been overwhelmingly positive, according to the Advising Programs Office.The Plan of Study tool was first introduced to sophomores, who used this system to declare their concentration on Nov. 18, although all students can access the tool..— Amy Lavoie
Related Shows Dominick LaRuffa Jr. will take on the role of Dominick Vitale in My Big Gay Italian Funeral from May 10 and the part of Mario in My Big Gay Italian Wedding from June 6. The off-Broadway comedies play in rep at St Luke’s Theatre under the direction of Sonia Blangiardo and recently extended through September 27.Starring and written by Anthony Wilkinson, My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral are both loosely based on his own wacky Italian family. Wedding tells the story of Anthony Pinnunziato (Wilkinson), a gay Italian-American who wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew in a traditional wedding ceremony. Funeral tells the story of Anthony and his large family mourning the death of his father.In addition to Wilkinson, the current cast of Wedding and Funeral also includes Hugh Hysell, Donna Castellano, Marissa Rosen, Debra Toscano, Liz Gerecitano and Meagan Robar. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 30, 2015 My Big Gay Italian Funeral View Comments
THUMBS UPThere are 84,000 dams in the U.S. that provide flood control, drinking water, agricultural irrigation, hydropower, and recreation. Dams are engineered structures—like roads, bridges, and railroads—that make our high quality of life possible. Most dams that exist in the U.S. were constructed between 1950 and 1990. As with much U.S. infrastructure, many existing river dams are aging and in need of repair, rehabilitation, or even removal if they have out-lived their original purposes.Hydropower is one of the crucial uses for dams, but less than 3 percent of existing dams produce hydroelectricity. Hydropower is the largest source of renewable electricity in the U.S. In addition to providing baseload and peaking power, hydropower projects also keep electrical transmission systems working smoothly.The potential adverse impacts of dams are well documented, to be sure. These may include altered stream flow, habitat degradation, blockage of the upstream and downstream migrations of fish, mortality of fish passing through turbines, and lower rates of dissolved oxygen downstream of dams.Over the last several decades, however, an extensive regulatory system has been developed to detect and correct such problems. For example, the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) operates a voluntary certification process that identifies hydropower projects that have reduced their impacts and are investing in improvements in their local rivers. LIHI evaluates projects based on specific criteria: water release patterns below the project, water quality, fish passage, protection of threatened/endangered species, cultural resources, recreation, and requests for dam removal. More than 100 projects in 27 states have satisfied all of the LIHI criteria.The fact that dams have the potential for adverse effects cannot be denied, but many of these can be reduced or eliminated with good siting and operation, plus modern mitigation practices. When dams are well managed, their net benefits are strongly positive.Dr. Michael J. Sale is the executive director for the Low Impact Hydro Institute.THUMBS DOWNWild rivers—ones that run free from headwaters to confluence—have nearly been wiped from the map and from our imagination. “Working” rivers—rivers with dams—have been replacing them. Modern dams, permanent and concreted, are the most charismatic of the giant water projects: nameable, decorated, architectural, triumphant, wired. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation have practiced other similar techniques of reshaping terrain, including levees, canals, pipelines, jetties. Dams might be the most devastating.Dams disrupt natural systems and thwart the work of rivers. Dams block fish runs and seasonal flood patterns—thus also their redistribution of nutrients, like marine nitrogen delivered by salmon to feed forests far inland. Hydroelectricity and irrigation are far more expensive when we count down-the-line costs of blocking forest regrowth, aquifer recharge, and topsoil renewal. Instead, dams encourage unsustainable growth, such as the mirage-metropolises of Phoenix and Las Vegas. Out-of-place agriculture makes deserts bloom briefly, but then leaves fields salted, palms wilting.Dams displace people, often indigenous people and powerless people, from their river lifelines. In Tennessee and Kentucky, I grew up loving TVA lakes, not knowing that those lakes had drowned fertile bottomlands, homes, graveyards, living creeks, and human memories. The lakes were controlled and speedboat-clogged, with stinking bathtub-rings of stripped chert and shale.The same story can be found across the country and around the world. In California, the Winnemem Wintu tribe fights a Shasta Dam add-on that will flood vital sacred sites. The Winnemem’s ongoing displacement is mirrored in language endangerment; only a few fluent speakers remain. In China, Three Gorges dam has displaced over one million people. Worldwide, dams also displace democracy. Dams are built as required elements of World Bank and IMF deals that rarely benefit the local people. Most of the generated hydropower is delivered to big cities, not the rural villages displaced by the dams.Dams are made to fail. Huge reservoir surfaces mean terrible annual evaporation losses. Even the largest reservoirs silt up; Hoover Dam’s reservoir has less than 100 years left. Because of dams’ intense resource concentration, it’s an expensive failure. And dam collapse is nightmarish: catastrophic release of scouring grit, heavy metals, and tainted mud down-river.Dams are not the solution to our energy crisis. Solar and wind can provide far more reliable, long-term energy than hydropower with far fewer environmental costs.Wild, free-flowing rivers also provide the best recreation, whether you’re an angler, whitewater paddler, or swimming hole enthusiast. Rather than hordes of pollution- spewing speedboats on artifical lakes, the waters of Appalachia can once again run free and clean. The Blue Ridge is one of the world’s most ideal spots for wild, free-flowing rivers enjoyed by anglers, kayakers, and hikers—as well as by healthy, intact, abundant ecosystems.It’s hard to see our way past dams to rivers that will really work again. But dam removal projects are gaining popularity. Once dams go, we’ll rediscover the wonders of wild, clear rivers teeming with fish.July Cole is co-editor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.
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