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HMS Echo in fancy company

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy survey ship pulls into Monaco for hydrographic event Authorities May 11, 2017 View post tag: Monaco View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Echo Share this article Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo took a brief break from Mediterranean Sea operations to represent Great Britain in Monaco.Home to the world’s most famous casino and grand prix, the tiny nation (two square kilometres – smaller than Echo’s home base of Devonport) is also the seat of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), charged with ensuring all the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waterways are surveyed and charted.Surrounded by suparyachts, HMS Echo represented the UK at the inaugural IHO general assembly meeting.“In a harbour full of gleaming billionaires’ toys and super yachts, the plain grey and unique, functional chic of HMS Echo looked even more distinctive, easily stealing the attention and interest of the public, locals and visitors alike,” said Lt David Elsey, the ship’s logistics officer.“Despite some eye-wateringly-expensive company, the specially designed, cutting edge survey ship Echo, had no problem holding her own in terms of price tag.”During the 36-hour ‘pit stop’, Echo provided the backdrop for Britain’s presence at the get together, culminating with the hosting of an official reception aboard on behalf of the UK National Hydrographer, Rear Admiral Tim Lowe, attended by more than 100 guests and delegates representing 36 different countries from Argentina to Japan.The following day, most of the ship’s company were able to get out and explore the principality, heading back to key sights visited including the casino, yacht club, oceanographic museum and the Formula One racetrack.On completion of the visit, Echo resumed her mission with the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean task group on Operation Sophia, preventing the illegal trafficking of people from Africa to Europe. Royal Navy survey ship pulls into Monaco for hydrographic eventlast_img read more

Indiana Joins Nationwide Lawsuit Against Generic Drugmakers

first_imgIndiana Joins Nationwide lawsuit Against Generic DrugmakersMay 13, 2019, Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has joined 43 states in a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers, accusing them of conspiring to inflate and manipulate drug prices.The lawsuit also says the drug companies reduced competition for more than 100 different generic drugs by engaging in a coordinated and systematic campaign to conspire with each other to fix prices, allocate markets so they wouldn’t compete against each other and rig bids for the drugs.The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, names 15 additional individual senior executive defendants responsible for sales, marketing, pricing, and operations. Besides Teva, some of the other drug companies named in the civil suit include Pfizer, Mylan, and Sandoz.The lawsuit says that the conduct of the drug companies resulted in higher prices to the health insurance market, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as causing individuals to pay inflated costs for prescription medications.“This lawsuit should serve as a warning to any company that intentionally defies the trust of their customers,” said Attorney General Curtis Hill in a news release. “The rising cost of health care is daunting enough without price fixing of medications. Americans deserve options when they shop for these products.”He said that pharmaceutical companies that engage in price-fixing and artificial cost inflation are part of the problem that ails health care in the United States.Some of the medications affected by the alleged price-fixing scheme include medications for diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV, ADHD and more, according to the lawsuit.  In some instances, price increases were more than 1,000 percent.The lawsuit also said that competitors communicated frequently during social gatherings and through phone calls, emails, and text messages. The lawsuit seeks damages, civil penalties and actions by the court to restore competition to the generic drug market.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sainsbury’s to “Brand match” rivals

first_imgSainsbury’s has pledged to match thousands of prices at rivals Tesco and Asda – as the price war between the UK’s leading supermarkets increases.The “Brand Match” promotion starts on Wednesday and comes two weeks after Tesco launched a £500m “Big Price Drop” that cut the prices on 3,000 lines including milk, bread, fruit and vegetables.Sainsbury’s has installed a price comparison system at tills across its branches that will instantly calculate the price of branded goods in a customer’s shopping basket against the same brands at Asda and Tesco.If the basket is cheaper at its rivals, Sainsbury’s customers will get a coupon for the difference that is valid for two weeks. The minimum spend is £20 and the promotion will not apply to online shopping.The Brand Match promotion, which compares the prices of 13,000 branded goods, has already been trialled in Northern Ireland, where it was “overwhelmingly well-received”, Sainsbury’s said.Tesco responded in Northern Ireland by accepting the Sainsbury’s coupons in its own stores. It is not known if it will do the same following the full UK roll-out by its rival.Last week, Tesco posted its worst quarterly sales performance for two decades and described the conditions as the toughest for a generation. Its sales fell by 0.9% in the three months to August 27 excluding VAT, petrol and new stores.Sainsbury’s did better as same-store sales including VAT increased by 1.9% in the 16 weeks to October 1, but chief executive Justin King also described conditions as “tough”.last_img read more

Philadelphia Folk Festival Announces Initial 2019 Lineup: David Crosby & Friends, Margo Price, The Mavericks, More

first_imgThe Philadelphia Folk Festival returns for its 58th year this summer, when the multi-day music event takes place at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, PA on August 15th-18th. On Wednesday, organizers for the event shared the lineup of artists who will perform at this year’s festival, which includes headliners David Crosby & Friends, Margo Price, The Mavericks, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.The four-day folk festival continues to welcome a vibrant mix of both contemporary and traditional artists who perform under various genres ranging from world-fusion, Celtic, singer/songwriter, Americana, dance, and more. That diverse artist curation continues in 2019 with a list of scheduled performers which includes Joan Osborne, who will be singing the songs of Bob Dylan, Langhorne Slim and The Lost At Last Band, Amanda Shires, The Kruger Brothers, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Talisk, Kim So Ra, The East Pointers, and many more.Related: Warren Haynes Added To Newport Folk Fest 2019 LineupAccording to the initial event poster shared with the announcement, more artists have yet to be announced as summer quickly approaches.Past reports on the festival state that the late-summer event annually welcomes over 35,000 fans from throughout Philadelphia and beyond, nearly 7,000 of whom decide to camp out at the Old Pool Farm where it takes place about 35 miles northeast of the city. The event also prides itself in claiming the honor of being the longest continuously running outdoor music festival of its kind in North America. In addition to providing a mix of artists, event organizers also curate the event with puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, hands-on crafts and kid-oriented musicians for the entire family.Fans can click here for ticket info for this year’s event.last_img read more

Harvard scholars named outstanding early-career scientists by President Obama

first_imgPresident Obama today named three researchers from Harvard University as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.The Harvard affiliates are Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D. ’10, junior fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University; Biju Parekkadan Ph.D. ’08, assistant professor of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Curtis Huttenhower, assistant professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health.“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people,” President Obama said.  “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”Established by President Clinton in 1996, the awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.last_img read more

Student senate looks ahead to coming year

first_imgThe student senate looked ahead to the final two and a half months of its term at its meeting Wednesday night, going over student body presidential election rules, presenting committee plans and discussing potential speakers for future meetings.In light of the upcoming student body presidential elections, Judicial Council president Caitlin Geary answered questions and reminded senators about election rules outlined in the Student Union Constitution: Campaigning cannot take place on the second and third floors of LaFortune Student Center; campaigning cannot start until Jan. 31; and senators cannot endorse or express support for candidates. “I realize that you guys are going to know people and you guys are passionate about things. You are able to work on their campaign team but what you cannot do is endorse … basically you guys cannot have any personal or public appearances indicating your support for a candidate,” Geary said.Dillon Hall senator Tim O’Connell, head of the campus affairs committee, said the committee may approach the Huddle Mart to ask for bigger coffee cups and thicker sleeves, after the LaFortune student convenience store switched to compostable materials. O’Connell said the committee will also explore establishing laundry quota for on-campus residents or allowing the use of Flex Points for laundry and finding out the tobacco status of the University.Cavanaugh Hall senator Brittany Benninger, head of the sustainability committee, said her committee’s goals were to bring sustainability-focused organizations to campus.“We really want to get something on campus to bring an outside perspective,” she said.Benninger said her committee also wants to get involved with the City of South Bend’s sustainability initiatives and improving sustainability in LaFortune.McGlinn Hall senator Maria Palazzolo, head of the community engagement committee, said the committee wanted to invite South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to a senate meeting, but they would probably not move forward with that goal until after the election for the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, for which Buttigieg is running. She said the committee may bring a downtown South Bend leader to a senate meeting instead.Palazzolo said her committee would also support South Bend First Fridays, advertise Transpo’s services to students and work on a taxi bill of rights for students.Flaherty Hall senior Jade Martinez, head of the recently renamed student relations committee, said her committee was working on allowing more campus organizations to plan stress relief activities, since only the Student Union Board (SUB) currently plans them. She said her committee would also work on raising student awareness of student government and putting safety doors in campus buildings so that students can go into a dorm space late at night.The senate then discussed ideas for presenters at future meetings. Among the suggestions were the campus architect, Notre Dame’s general counsel, representatives from RecSports, representatives from the University Counseling Center and members of the student governments of Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross Colleges.In addition, Dunne Hall senator Matt Donahue updated the senate on a recent faculty senate resolution asking the University to declare itself a “sanctuary campus,” committing to protecting undocumented students.“It was great to see that they were kind of considering the same issues that we were,” Donahue said.Tags: committees, LaFortune Student Center, student senatelast_img read more

Find Out Why Kristin Chenoweth Makes Pippin Star Annie Potts Nervous

first_imgQuirky comedy queen Annie Potts has officially moved to the kingdom of Charlemagne! The Designing Women, Ghostbusters and GCB favorite is swinging high in the air as sassy granny Bertha in Stephen Schwartz’s Tony-winning musical Pippin. After making her Broadway debut in God of Carnage in 2009, Potts is back with a vengeance—not to mention a show-stopping sing-along number. Below, the actress chats with Broadway.com about her first foray into musical theater in four decades, sharing the stage with Broadway royalty and her nightly “nervous breakdown” before hitting the trapeze. We already know you’re funny, which is a prerequisite for this role, but what about dancing or acrobatic experience? No, I had none! The reason I haven’t done a musical since I was 21 years old was because I was in a terrible car accident. A drunk driver hit me and broke both my legs in a million pieces, so there ended my musical comedy career…until now. Any Broadway dream roles you want to put out into the universe? I would really like to do Auntie Mame, it’s a fabulous role. What was your audition like? I guess some people are afraid of heights, so they like to hoist people up there just to see how they take it. It was fine! I have three sons and one of them has been doing trapeze for seven years, so I’ve spent many hours as an observer of that. Doing is a whole lot different than observing, of course. Why’s that? Because it’s scary! It’s a huge number and it’s quite a responsibility. Everyone else has been in this show for a year and a half, so they’ve got it down. It’s a little bit like jumping on a moving bullet train. Would you ever want to do a Broadway show with her? Are you kidding? I think we know the answer to that. Who wouldn’t want to do a show with Kristin Chenoweth? What was your first impression of this show and this cast? “Holy sh*t!” That was my first impression. Then I thought, “Oh, what a great opportunity.” It’s a beautiful show, so beautifully realized, and the principals—that shiny, beautiful talented boy [Matthew James Thomas], Patina Miller and Terry Mann and his wife, Charlotte d’Amboise, they’re all royalty. It’s pretty swell to share the stage with them. You and Pink have a lot in common, singing upside down and hanging from the ceiling. Have you seen her act? I haven’t seen her do it, but I heard about it from my voice teacher, who happens to be Pink’s voice teacher. I went to him and said, “Not only do I have to sing this, but I have to do it upside down,” and he said, “Oh, Pink, my other client does that, so don’t think you’re so special. Everyone’s singing upside down these days.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 See Potts in Pippin at the Music Box Theatre. Annie Pottscenter_img View Comments How did you know now was the right time? Life is like a waiting game. I’m not an ingénue, and no one expects me to go bounding around tap dancing and stuff, so this role was well suited for me [laughs]. And actually, I’m able to do the trapeze quite easily, even with my injuries. You and Kristin Chenoweth were so hilarious together on GCB—do you guys still keep up and stay in touch? We do, and I’m a little nervous because she’s coming to the show in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to be excellent for her. The bar is pretty high. Pippin You get the awesome job of coming onstage and completely stopping the show—what do you do backstage while you’re waiting for your big moment? Oh, I’m just having a little nervous breakdown. Star Files Related Shows Congratulations on your first Broadway musical! Is this something you’ve always wanted to do? It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl, and now I’m a very old girl. What’s the biggest difference between TV and movies and live theater? What takes the most adjusting to? The live nature of theater—there’s no retakes. Either it’s going to work, or you’re going to fall on your face. That does up the ante a little bit. But I like it all. It’s all good practice for life. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that really scares you,” so I’m following Eleanor’s advice right now.last_img read more

Governor Shumlin announces $300,000 award to help Pete’s Greens

first_imgPete’s Greens at Craftsbury Village Farm,Governor Peter Shumlin, joined by officials from Craftsbury and Pete Johnson, today announced a $300,000 award to help Pete’s Greens rebuild after a devastating fire in January. The award, recommended by the Vermont Community Development Board, goes to the Town of Craftsbury, which will loan the money to Pete’s Greens.  The loan and interest will be repaid over 10 years. ‘This award is an important step in supporting not only a significant organic farm, but a local community that also suffered as a result of that fire,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘Pete’s Greens is a key player in Vermont’s value-added agricultural market.’ The grant is one of several recommended by the VCDP Board and approved earlier this month by Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development.  The Governor announced the other awards, which included a $600,000 grant for the Samaritan House homeless shelter in St. Albans, on Monday. ‘The Vermont Community Development Program is an essential tool for helping businesses create jobs for Vermonters,’ said Secretary Miller. ‘The grants are funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant program which was recently cut by more than 16 percent.  We urge Congress to preserve this critical program.’  The January fire at Pete’s Greens destroyed the barn, which was central to Pete’s operation, and all its contents, including farm vegetable washing and processing equipment, walk-in coolers, freezers, tractors and supplies. Also lost were 200,000 pounds of stored vegetables and 40,000 pounds of frozen produce and meats.   A certified organic vegetable farm, Pete’s Green sells wholesale to restaurants and markets in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. It also runs a year-round CSA.  Pete Johnson, the sole owner, started the business in 1995. Johnson said he plans to rebuild and expand, hoping to be back in operation for the 2011 growing season.  Insurance proceeds, a VEDA loan and donations will rebuild the barn.  VCDP funds will be used to replace equipment and farm materials and help restore and create 10 jobs.Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

Are credit unions ready for a post-pandemic world?

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Whalen Chris is the Vice President of Marketing for the Credit Union League of Connecticut, and leads the Strategic Partner program for its League Services Corporation. With nearly a decade serving … Web: https://www.culct.coop Details The COVID-19 public health crisis has forced us all into a new business and personal health reality.  Transitioning from crisis response, recovery, and eventually back to “normal” will be a slow process. CUNA Mutual Group’s chief economist, Steve Rick, predicts a pandemic impact on credit union balance sheets and earnings through 2021. As we begin to reassess our strategic plans and prioritize expenses – consider not only where expenses can be cut, but where investments can be made.Credit unions can expect a lasting impact on what “business as usual” means post-pandemic. How will consumer behaviors change when conducting their banking business? Is your credit union prepared to interact with members in a digital-first environment? Consider your current technology in the areas of:Online Account/Membership OpeningOnline Loan ApplicationsE-Sign Solutions / E-NotarizationsSecure Online Chat / Text MessagingVideo-Based Remote BankingSecure Data / Document TransfersMobile PaymentsMember ID VerificationYou might be thinking, “We already implemented technology like online account opening and online loan applications years ago.” Have you considered the user experience and ease of use for the member? In the age of mobile-only banks and instant decision loan applications, we can expect FinTechs and big banks to continue changing consumer expectations.I am reminded of the Wallet Allocation Rule – a change in the way we perceive member satisfaction from the Filene Research Institute. Member loyalty scores (e.g. Net Promoter) alone do not tell credit unions the full story. Consider how a member would rate you against a competitor. A high member rating means very little if that member rates another institution higher.“Chaos creates opportunity,” according to New York Times Best Selling Author and trendhunter.com founder, Jeremy Gutsche. He and other futurists are espousing the idea that creativity and innovation will guide us out of this pandemic. Gutsche notes that companies like Apple, Disney, and General Electric were founded during periods of major economic decline. Credit unions have the capital to survive through the recovery, but will we choose to innovate and thrive in a post-pandemic world?It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the pace of change and the dauntingly enormous task to innovate. Fortunately, you are not alone in the pursuit of innovation. Now is the time to recognize internal talent, lean on system partners, and look for opportunities to collaborate. Check with your league and your peers – we are all in this together.last_img read more

Fresh avian flu outbreaks hit Vietnam, Egypt

first_imgFeb 5, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in Vietnam and Egypt have found more H5N1 avian influenza in poultry, and officials in Hong Kong are investigating the source of infected poultry that have washed up on island beaches.In Vietnam, animal health officials confirmed the virus in sick ducks in Soc Trang province, in the Mekong Delta region, Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the country’s national radio station, reported today.Nguyen Huu Vinh, deputy head of the provincial animal health department told VOV that the virus killed 527 of 700 2-month-old ducks at a farm in Vien Binh commune. Authorities destroyed the remaining birds. The report did not say if the flock had been vaccinated.Elsewhere, authorities in Egypt reported an H5N1 outbreak in backyard birds in the country’s Sharkiya governorate, according to a Feb 3 report posted on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The project, funded by the US Agency for International Development with assistance from Johns Hopkins University, is designed to help Egypt coordinate avian flu efforts with its international partners.The outbreak involved 150 chickens, 15 ducks, and 12 geese in El Kenayat district. Vaccination status of the birds was not known, the SAIDR report said. Sharkiya governorate is in northern Egypt and is located about 50 miles northeast of Cairo.In other developments, agriculture officials in Hong Kong yesterday confirmed that samples from a dead goose and two ducks that washed up on a Lantau Island beach were positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a government press release. The birds were found at the same location on Jan 29 and Jan 31.Two dead chickens were found on another part of the island’s coast yesterday and will undergo avian flu testing. The press release said Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department will closely monitor the situation and try to determine the origin of the bird carcasses.Inspections on the northern part of the island found no unauthorized backyard poultry. Hong Kong’s backyard poultry ban, which applies to chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, and quails, has been in effect since 2006 and carries a maximum $50,000 fine.Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s largest island, is located at the mouth of the Pearl River. In November 2008, authorities detected the H5N1 virus in poultry feces in some live poultry markets in urban areas but did not determine the source of the virus. One month later they reported an H5N1 outbreak at a commercial farm in Hong Kong.See also:Feb 4 Hong Kong government press releaselast_img read more