FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, Utah men’s basketball announced it has agreed to a home-and-home series with rising western men’s basketball power Nevada.The Utes and Wolf Pack will commence this series December 29 at the Huntsman Center at which point, the Utes will give Nevada a return game at Reno, Nev. the following year. The date for this game has not yet been determined.This decision by Utes’ head coach Larry Krystkowiak to start this series should prove to be a wise one as the Wolf Pack boasts three potential 2019 NBA Draft first-round selections in guard/forward Jordan Caroline and forwards Cody and Caleb Martin.Presently, the Utes will be facing two top 10 preseason teams as they face the #1 team in the preseason polls, Kentucky, and the Wolf Pack, who are #6 in the ESPN and CBSSports.com polls.This marks only the 11th meeting all-time between the Utes and Wolf Pack and the first since 1987. June 25, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball and Nevada To Meet For Home-and-Home Series Tags: Caleb Martin/Cody Martin/Jordan Caroline/Kentucky/Larry Krystkowiak/Nevada Men’s Basketball/Utah Men’s Basketball Written by Brad James
Sapura Energy secured five new contracts totalling $179m. (Credit: Pixabay/wasi1370) Sapura Energy, through its Engineering and Construction (E&C) division, has secured five new contracts valued about RM766m ($179.1m) across Brunei, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.As part of the new contracts, Sapura Offshore has a contract from Brunei Shell Petroleum for the PRP7 Pipeline Replacement Project in Brunei.Under the contract, Sapura Offshore will be responsible for the replacement of the 16-inch 9.4km pipeline PID1494 along with the topside modification, and riser and pipeline demolition.Slated to be completed by the first quarter of FY2022, the work also includes optional scope of the replacement of the 6-inch one-kilometre pipeline PID2008 including topside modification, and riser and pipeline demolition.Sapura Energy secures contract for SBM Pipeline Rejuvenation Phase II projectThe firm along with its consortium partner Dredging International Asia Pacific has also secured an engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract from Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) for the single buoy mooring (SBM) Pipeline Rejuvenation Phase II Project in Singapore.The scope of the contract includes pre-emptive repair of the nearshore pipeline section, rejuvenate the SBM system and optional removal of existing pipeline to ensure fitness for service of the crude offloading system to Bukom Refinery in Singapore.The work on the contract is anticipated to be completed by the third quarter of FY2023.Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production (CTEP) has selected Sapura Energy for its Asset Retirement Offshore Removal Campaign in Thailand that will include project management, engineering, procurement, offshore heavy lifting vessel and transportation spread to decommission seven offshore jackets, wet tow and reef jacket at a reef site.Furthermore, Carigali-PTTEPI Operating Company (CPOC) has selected Sapura Offshore Sdn Bhd to provide EPCI services for the additional Andalas Pipeline Project Phase 4 Development.In July last year, Sapura Energy secured 10 new contracts valued at approximately £191m for its engineering & construction and drilling segments. Sapura Offshore has a contract from Brunei Shell Petroleum for the PRP7 Pipeline Replacement Project in Brunei
She also commented to Cherwell, “It is disappointing that David Cameron did not reply directly, given the seriousness and importance of these issues.“The reply is short and does little more than set out detention policy and make an unsupported assertion that expansion is required in order to meet the ‘strategic objectives of immigration enforcement.’ It is disappointing not to be given more information as to what is meant by ‘strategic objectives’ and how more detention bed space will meet these, given that we have more bed space than ever before, and yet remove fewer people than previously. Instead, the UK appears to be detaining more people unnecessarily, with about half of those detained then being released back into British society. Their detention serves no purpose but is to the therefore serious detriment of the individuals, their friends and family, wider society and the public purse. “Those of us who research, work or volunteer in this sector and who speak with people in detention, know that policy and practice are often two different things in the world of detention. The letter states that detention is always “a last resort” and used where a person has failed to leave voluntarily. However, we routinely speak with people who are detained, often for long periods of time, when they are not at the end of the immigration process or cannot be removed from the UK, often through no fault of their own. I cannot see how creating extra bed space will improve matters. The risk is that it will simply allow people to be ‘warehoused’ in administrative detention for ever longer periods of time.”The Detention Forum, a network of organisations working together to challenge the UK’s use of detention, is also calling for a moratorium on the expansion of the centre, urging others to contact their MPs about stopping what they believe is an ‘ill-advised move by the Home Office’, that will see the detention centre’s capacity more than double from 276 to 566.The Planning Committee for the Campsfield expansion proposals have confirmed the date for considering the expansion of the centre, to be held in Banbury, as 22 January 2015. Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to an open letter from 21 local organizations urging him not to expand Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington.Calling for the immediate release of all Campsfield detainees and the withdrawal of plans to expand the detention centre, the letter highlighted cases such as the death of one 84 year old detainee who was held despite suffering from dementia and other health problems. Another letter, signed by members of Oxford University’s Amnesty International (OUAI), as well as by nine heads of Oxford colleges, has received no reply as yet. That letter argued, “Not only does the UK not need to be expanding its detention estate, but Campsfield House, which was opened over 20 years ago as a small, 180-bed centre, is an inappropriate site for such major expansion. Instead we call for a reversal of this proposed expansion.”On behalf of the prime minister, The Head of Detention Operations, Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office, Karen Abel-Hady, answered the Stop Campsfield Expansion letter. Having first stated the reasons for the use of detention, the reply then addressed the plans to expand Campsfield, commenting, “The capacity of the immigration detention estate is kept under rolling review. The Home Office has submitted a planning application to expand Campsfield House which, if approved, will provide modern accommodation and facilities for detainees at a location that is owned by the Home Office and meets the strategic objectives of immigration enforcement.”Abdel-Hady’s response went on to defend the Immigration Removal Centre, arguing, “Detention and removal are essential and effective parts of immigration control but it’s vital it’s done with humanity and dignity.”This response has been met with disappointment from those involved in the writing the open letter. Dr Melanie Griffiths, an Oxford researcher working on deportation, immigration detention and the asylum system, tweeted about the letter. Hmmmm. Suffice to say that I’m not entirely persuaded by the #StopCampsfieldExpansion reply. Is basically recap of detention policy.— Melanie BE Griffiths (@MBEGriffiths) December 8, 2014
From there, the “Cold Water Challenge” began to spread exponentially, with Gifford’s handful of friends challenging a new handful of friends in a chain reaction that has doused a lot of people in cold water and raised a lot of money for charity.Gifford said Monday that he had no idea when he started it that the “Cold Water Challenge” would catch fire. But he knew of at least 60 people who had plunged, many marking their videos with the Facebook hashtag #SEALSColdWaterChallenge.“I guess I know a lot of competitive people,” Gifford said of Ocean City’s unwillingness to dodge the challenge.To see a collection of videos, visit the SEALSColdWaterChallenge page on Facebook.To make your $20 donation (or to pay your $100 ransom), visit Gifford’s donation page (100 percent straight to to StandUp4SEALS).Learn more about the StandUp4SEALS Beach Challenge scheduled for Saturday, May 24.The ocean water temperature has been in the mid-50s for most of the week and temperatures in the sheltered lagoons in the 60s — not exactly polar but not particularly pleasant.The challenge is open to anybody who wants to take a cold splash and help out StandUp4SEALS. It’s pretty simple:Challenge some new friends.Take a plunge.Post a video.Donate to StandUp4SEALSSee more videos: SEALSColdWaterChallenge. __________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook Ron Gifford takes the Cold Water Challenge. Ron Gifford takes the Cold Water Challenge.Perhaps you haven’t heard the shrieks and hyperventilating.But in a massive charitable Ponzi scheme, half the known world (or at least a lot of folks with ties to Ocean City) has plunged into the cold ocean or bay over the past few days. Videos of the chilling feats have been circulating over Facebook in viral fashion.It started simply enough — with Ocean City Realtor Ron Gifford accepting and issuing a challenge:“Jason James, I accept your cold water challenge and will donate $100 to your foundation, Jaxon’s Joyful Journey. I challenge Frank Donato III, Anthony Wilson, Michael Allegretto, Keith Hartzell, and Pete Madden to complete the challenge and donate $20 to StandUp4Seals. If you do not complete this challenge, you must donate $100 to Stand Up 4 SEALs. You have 24 hours. … GOOD LUCK! #SEALSColdWaterChallenge — in Ocean City, NJ.”Gifford was challenged by friends in the Ocean City Public Works Department to donate to a fund for an Upper Township family whose son has several life-altering medical conditions. He passed on the challenge to friends to help raise money for the families of Navy SEALS killed in service of their country.See original Facebook post by Gifford:
Sales of frozen desserts are growing at the expense of chilled alternatives, according to the latest research from Mintel. Sales increased by 4% in 2008 and are set to increase by a further 5% over the next year, said the market analyst. This could potentially mean the market would be worth £284m by the end of 2009.”Around 16% of all Brits have switched from buying chilled desserts to the frozen variety in an effort to reduce their grocery shopping bill,” commented Mintel.Hot-eating desserts and gateaux are the frozen desserts of choice, accounting for 40% of all sales. However, frozen desserts are benefiting at the expense of chilled varieties.Angus Allan, managing director of Indulgence Patisserie, said the company is benefiting from the boom in frozen retail desserts. “Our sales are up 20% year-on-year. As a result of this uplift, our Indulgence brand desserts have recently gained several new listings with UK retailers,” he explained.”We exhibited for the first time at PLMA in Amsterdam last month and our range was very well received by the buyers from some very large European and Australasian retailers, which will help maintain the rapid growth in our export sales.”
On Tuesday, Pilgrimage Music Festival announced the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place on September 21st and 22nd in Franklin, TN, a short drive from Nashville.The 2019 Pilgrimage Music Festival lineup will feature headlining performances by Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Keith Urban in addition to sets from Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and The Heart, +LIVE+, Jenny Lewis, Lauren Daigle, Phosphorescent, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Better Than Ezra, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Rayland Baxter, Justin Townes Earle, The War and Treaty, The Wild Reeds, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Adia Victoria, Molly Tuttle, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Caroline Rose, Devon Gilfillian, Lucie Silvas, and many more.The festival, which is co-produced by Justin Timberlake and co-founded by Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin, looks to have a drier year in 2019 after the majority of their event in 2018 was cancelled due to inclement weather. As festival co-founder Brandt Wood told The Associated Press, the event has put new contingency plans in place to protect their audience from potential bad weather. “We learned a lot about how to communicate,” Wood explained. “We’ve really broken it down into what we did right and what we can do better.”Tickets to Pilgrimage Music Festival go on sale this Friday, March 15th at 10 a.m. local time. For more details and ticketing information, head to the festival website here.[H/T Billboard]
WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden vowing to get younger students back to the classroom by spring, some experts want the U.S. to refocus its COVID-19 testing system less on medical precision than on mass screening that they believe could save hundreds of thousands of lives. As vaccinations slowly ramp up, they say turning to millions more rapid tests that are cheaper and faster but technically less accurate than the predominant genetic tests may improve the chances of identifying sick people during the early days of infection, when they are most contagious. The case for widescale rapid testing is getting a boost from universities and school systems that have used the approach to stay open through the latest waves of the pandemic.
The eyes of the world turned to the Vatican to watch the white smoke billow out from the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, but Notre Dame students studying abroad in Europe were able to stand in St. Peter’s square below and witness the announcement of the new pope firsthand. A report from the Associated Press said the smoke signal came around 8 p.m. local time or 2 p.m. EST. Approximately an hour later, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, stepped onto the balcony above the crowd and greeted them as the new pope, adopting the name Francis. Junior Megan Leicht, an architecture student abroad in Rome, said she and her classmates immediately ran to St. Peter’s square upon hearing about the white smoke, joining the tens of thousands of people gathered there. “We all sprinted down the street, dodging people and umbrellas and honking cars and speeding vespas… while trying not to slip on the cobblestone streets and travertine curbs,” Leicht said. “We finally made it and snuck our way as close to the front as possible, just like everyone else. “The suspense continued as we waited for an hour to see the window open for the mystery cardinal. When he finally came out, everyone was so happy to see him we all began clapping and cheering at the first words of his speech.” Another architecture student in Rome, junior Patrick Riordon, also sprinted more than two kilometers from his classroom to the square at the news of the white smoke. “I threw all shame to the wind, grabbed my camera and ran down Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which leads almost straight from our building to the Vatican,” Riordon said. “I grabbed my rosary out of my pocket and started to pray, but the excitement of the crowd and my friends around me got to be too much. We were speculating about who would be chosen and what name he would take.” Riordon said he was surrounded by flags of all nations and people representing every race, and the entire square was ringing with cheers and chants in all languages. The news was not understood immediately because of the noise and chaos, he said, but once the message was translated and received by all, cheers went up for “Francisco Primo.” “When he finally came out on to the balcony, the look on his face was grave, obviously trying to take in everything that was happening,” Riordon said. “His words were confident and the focus of everything he said was prayer. “The entire congregation joined him in praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be in Italian, and he closed by saying ‘good night and rest well,’” he said. “I think his humility and austere lifestyle are good indicators that he will be an exemplary leader and inspire the world.” Molly Carmona, another junior architecture major, said the evening was “an amazing experience that is irreplaceable.” “No other event in the world would have the driving force to gather hundreds of thousands of people from all different locations and cultures together in one square in a matter of 30 minutes,” Carmona said. “I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to witness history being made in the Catholic Church.” Junior Kelsie Corriston, a participant in the Rome program, made two trips to the Vatican on Wednesday, one to see the black smoke after the morning vote and another for the celebratory moment in the evening. She said there was a “sense of impending history” in the square, and the opportunity to witness it with fellow members of the Notre Dame community was “amazing.” “We cracked open some champagne we had brought for the occasion, toasted to the new pope’s health and waited for the announcement about the identity of the new pope,” Corriston said. “It was pouring rain, cold and pure chaos, but we had an amazing time … we waited and waited, just taking in the amazing, glorious scene. “We broke out our ‘Conclave Like a Champion Today’ banner, [and] the best part was waiting for the announcement, because curtains kept moving on the second floor of St. Peter’s. … [Finally], the crowd erupted into cheers of ‘Francesco, Viva Francesco.” Maria Kosse, a junior in Notre Dame’s London program, made the trip from England to witness the conclave in action. She said “the entire square erupted” at the unexpected sight of white smoke. “We got to St. Peter’s square around 5 p.m., and stood in the pouring rain for two hours until we saw the smoke,” Kosse said. “Everyone was hugging and cheering ‘Viva Il Papa’… The electricity in the crowd was tangible. “When he came onto the balcony my entire body had chills, and when he addressed the crowd it was silent, all of the thousands of people in unity praying with him. And then the rain stopped right when he came out.” Bergoglio is the first non-European pope elected in the modern era, and junior Nathalia Conte Silvestre, a native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, who is studying in Bologna, Italy, said she believes the historic selection represents “a new phase” in Church history. “I’m really happy to see the Catholic Church branching out and picking someone from a part of the world that is so faithful and that adds so much to the Church,” Silvestre said. “Personally, I’m not Catholic, but his benediction, and especially his humble request for prayers before he himself could offer his blessing, makes me very glad to see the Catholic Church is in great hands.” Junior Claire Spears, abroad this semester through the Rome program, said the moment when Bergoglio stepped out from behind the curtain in the Vatican was “indescribable.” “Being in Rome [during the] conclave, seeing the white smoke and receiving Pope Francis’ first benediction are experiences that can’t be paralleled,” Spears said. “I will remember this night for the rest of my life as one of the best things I’ve been a part of. As a Catholic, this is something that I cannot forget.”
Our favorite web videos from the week that was:1. Rumbling Stumbling Bumbling BaldThe story of how a group of passionate climbers, the Access Fund, and the Carolina Climbers Coalition saved Rumbling Bald, a gneiss bouldering field in North Carolina.Rumbling Bald: Open Access from Access Fund on Vimeo.2. The Greatest GenerationFrank Moore is an American hero who landed at Normandy in 1944, a fly fishing legend, and at 90-years-old, still casts a fly like a boss. This is a teaser about making a feature documentary on Moore’s return to France to fish the rivers he could only briefly see, and not fish, while fighting Nazis. Inspiring stuff. When I told my own 90-year-old WWII vet grandfather about it, I asked him if he got in any fishing while ship hopping around the Pacific Theater teaching explosives engineering. His one word reply: “No.”Frank Moore: Mending the Line from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.3. ChompySome NSFW language here, but I’ll give this guy a pass. You will too after seeing the vid.BONUS SHARK VIDEOPursuing the Catch trailer from Cinematic Code on Vimeo.4. Hope to Feel This Way in My Lifetime, About AnythingThis video features Aleksander Gamme on day 86 of his South Pole Exhibition as he reaches a food cache. You can turn on the captions for the translation, but that will only be useful until the :54 second mark, when the language becomes universal.5. Southern Smoke SmokedWe’ll wrap with another climbing video from the Red River Gorge. This kid is 13-years-old, Southern Smoke is 5.14c: you do the math. Have a great weekend!
You’ve got competition everywhere. If you want to stay relevant, you’ve got to be able to provide something your competitors and fintechs aren’t providing. Here are three ways you can continue to be at the center of your members’ financial universe…Give them what they want: Far too often, we get distracted by things that don’t really matter. Focus on ways you can improve the products and services that your members rely on. If it matters to your members, it should matter to you. If it just isn’t working right, get creative and fix it.Peer into the future: Doing things the way they’ve always been done won’t get you anywhere. In fact, it won’t even keep you in business. Think about where you want your business to go and then come up with ways to make it happen. Not every idea will be a winner, but if you want to innovate, you can’t be scared to take some risks.Teamwork makes the dream work: Surround yourself with others who want to be great. Look for employees who dream like you do and use them. A team of creative minds can come up with great ideas that will positively impact the lives of your members and will hopefully keep their business for generations to come. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details