Russian Aircraft-Carrying Cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov to Host Hockey Game

first_imgIn his interview to Sportexpress, managing director of Major Hockey League German Skoropupov told about an idea to…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, May 29, 2012 Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Aircraft-Carrying View post tag: Game Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Aircraft-Carrying Cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov to Host Hockey Game View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Russian Aircraft-Carrying Cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov to Host Hockey Game View post tag: host View post tag: Hockey View post tag: Kuznetsov View post tag: Cruiser View post tag: Admiral May 29, 2012 View post tag: Russian View post tag: Navallast_img

FDA Packaging Machinery

first_imgTo wrap bakery products automatically, you no longer need to use expensive plastic trays or cardboard supports, and biodegradable wrapping materials can be used on the machine, according to FDA Packaging Machinery (Norwich, Norfolk).The Flexwrap machine, on which the products to be wrapped are placed directly onto the material, is already being widely operated by bakeries and other food industries alike, says the firm.last_img

News story: Britain’s high-speed future provides opportunity for all

first_imgEmpowering and inspiring jobs building Britain’s new high-speed railway are providing incredible opportunities for young people of all backgrounds, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said yesterday (3 October 2018).The minister met brand new students enrolling at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Birmingham, as well as those entering their second year of study, to hear how they were gaining the vital skills that will unlock brilliant careers working on HS2.HS2 will connect Birmingham to London before branching out to connect the great cities of the north, including Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield – dramatically boosting capacity and connectivity on our rail network.HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: Student Mariah Ahmed, 18, said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Thanks to the National College for High Speed Rail I’m part of real engineering linked to our community and the biggest infrastructure project of my time, and all at such a young age. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 The NCHSR has provided me with transferrable skills, which I can apply in industry. Being able to take on information from many industry leaders has proved to be crucial. The visit follows the launch of HS2’s Skills Employment and Education Strategy, which is focused on encouraging more young people into transport-related careers and ensuring the project leaves a skills legacy for the UK economy. Over 100 apprentices are already working on HS2, with 30,000 new jobs to be supported during construction.Throughout the Year of Engineering the government is joining forces with 1,400 partners, including the National College for High Speed Rail, to give young people across the UK a million direct and inspiring experience of engineering.The industry needs 203,000 skilled recruits every year to 2024, and of those working in engineering only 12% are women and only 8% come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Student Darren Chikono, 19, said: HS2 and major projects media enquiries The enthusiasm and ambition that this diverse group of students share is truly infectious, and they demonstrate the bright future that HS2 is offering young people – no matter their gender, ethnicity or background. HS2 is quite simply more than a railway – it is an incredible opportunity to forge a well-paid, highly skilled and rewarding career. With 2000 apprentices expected to play their part in construction, these students are inspiring role models that can help build the talented workforce we need for the future. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021last_img read more

Roundtable airs immigration, research funding issues

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C.  — A group of business and university leaders called on the U.S. government Wednesday to fix broken immigration policies that are interfering with efforts to recruit the world’s best and brightest. With federal budget cuts looming, the group also asked officials to recognize that government-funded research at universities and in industry is a key driver of economic growth.“There are jobs in the United States today that are open because we don’t have the skilled workforce to [fill] them,” said Ellen Kullman, president, chair, and chief executive officer of chemical giant DuPont. “If we want to continue to create economic growth, we have to fill those jobs with the best and the brightest, wherever they come from, and our own universities are educating them today. That is a job creator, because innovation creates momentum in the economy. That skills gap we have today is slowing down economic growth in the United States.”Kullman’s comments came as part of an unusual business and higher education roundtable where the leaders of seven major companies and the presidents of seven universities discussed innovation and its role in creating jobs. The session, held in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Bloomberg News just a block from the White House, was convened by Harvard University President Drew Faust and John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, a group of corporate leaders that formed in 1972 to influence public policy. The roundtable included the leaders of Eli Lilly, Cummins, Siemens, Meritor, Accenture, and SAS Institute, as well as DuPont, and the heads of Harvard, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the University of Iowa, and the University of Virginia.In her introductory remarks, Faust said she hoped the event would lead to the group speaking out clearly and forcefully on the key issues of immigration, research funding, and intellectual property rights. With a joint congressional “super committee” considering ways to slash the U.S. budget deficit, and with a presidential election looming, Faust said this is a critical time to get the message out to the nation’s leaders.“We face a unique and pressing opportunity to address the future of innovation,” Faust said. “We believe it’s important to amplify our collective voices … and describe our shared goals more forcefully and effectively.”House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who addressed the group at lunch, said that it’s important for Washington to hear from concerned groups on key issues like innovation.The United States has long been an educational destination for bright, energetic students from around the world, but participants said the spread of technology and the rapid development of new research institutions by nations seeking to emulate the American model creates greater incentive for those students to stay home. Add to that U.S. immigration policies that make it difficult for graduates to choose to stay here when their schooling is done, and you have a brain drain of people who could drive innovation, job creation, and economic growth.“If you want a job killer, a job killer is having some of these would-be entrepreneurs go back to those countries and create jobs there that compete against us and take jobs out of this country,” said John Lechleiter, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly.Members of the group recommended increasing the numbers of some kinds of visas and an educational campaign to highlight the economic benefit of retaining high-skilled, foreign-born workers who were educated here to differentiate this issue from the larger one of illegal immigration, which political leaders don’t seem eager to reopen.Government support of research through grants to university research and tax credits for corporate research is critically important, participants said. William Green, chairman of the board of Accenture, a global management consulting company, said that the days when the United States dominated global research are over. Today, other governments are investing in research. The major competition for U.S. companies in the future will come from the new multinationals growing up in other countries. Green said it is pivotal for the United States to devise a fresh growth strategy before those countries and companies catch up. He also said that during this crisis, people are looking to the places that have been sources of innovation in the past.“We have a crisis in confidence and credibility in this country. And one of the last sets of institutions people believe in are the institutions that got us where we are today, which is our national research institutions,” Green said.That global competitive environment extends to education as well, Faust said, with some universities making very competitive offers for both faculty and students.Several university leaders said the unstable funding environment for basic research may make students reconsider planned careers in the sciences. Unlike lawyers or businesspeople, scientists face funding uncertainties that are linked to the vagaries of national politics, and that uncertainty may make them pursue other interests. In addition, stable funding has to target not just promising research that can be developed into products and services, but basic science, the fruits of which may be decades away. The university leaders acknowledged that controlling education costs is an important part of the picture, both to ensure that dollars are well spent and that their institutions remain affordable.In the third segment of the event, participants sought ways to increase protection of U.S. intellectual property overseas and discussed the lessons from recent patent reform that can be applied to the issues of immigration and research funding. For that legislation, key interested groups got together to hash out differences, and the result was a bill that produced little controversy. MIT President Susan Hockfield said the consensus behind that legislation may indicate that it’s important for universities and industry to lobby together for increased research funding and immigration reform.Though the nation’s debt problems are real, said John Engler, former Michigan governor and president of the Business Roundtable, the amount the United States spends on research is a tiny fraction of the budget. He said the old adage that you don’t eat your seed corn applies to this situation, since cutting research funding because of budget troubles will only ensure more problems tomorrow.last_img read more

Our new website

first_imgOur world is changing.Or, better yet, it has changed right in front of us with the creation of the internet. Those of us in college right now are some of the last people who will remember life before the internet, before our world changed.The way we consume news, hear about stories and share experiences has changed because of dot-coms, social media and blogs.But in our little world in the basement of South Dining Hall, we have always had one goal in mind since Nov. 3, 1966: To uncover the truth and report it accurately. We have worked the last 47 years to serve the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community with that statement at the forefront of our operations.So in order to continue our mission, we at The Observer felt as though we could better serve you — the student body, faculty and community — with a new website, one that fits your needs, schedules and curiosities.Over the past year, we have been working on getting it perfect, from a more appealing design to more user-friendly components. After all, this website is for you, the reader. We realize you most likely get your news online, and we are here to cater to you.We wanted to make this about you, so we went for a more interactive, simpler design that will make it easier for you to access our content in ways that you have never been able to before.Our new commenting system links your Facebook, Twitter or Google account to an article, blog or video that will create a more interactive realm for students, faculty and others to gather and create their own forum within a story. You can now share photos with us of events on campus or in the surrounding community. You can also directly submit letters to the editor online for the next day’s issue.Starting next week, you can view any of our student-life video features on the new YouTube ribbon on our home page or view a PDF version of our daily print edition from your laptop, tablet or computer and flip through the pages yourself if you didn’t make it to campus.By no means is this a competing venture with our award-winning print newspaper. We have seen this happen all too often with other outlets and newspapers around the country. What we wanted to do with our new website is create a supplementary experience that goes hand-in-hand with our daily newspaper and provides an additional, interactive service to the community — such as multimedia features and up-to-the-minute breaking news, among other features — that you wouldn’t be able to have by picking up our paper.We at The Observer are lucky to not face the same challenges that affect the rest of the newspaper industry with subscriber-based production. We are lucky to have you, the people who pick up our paper every day and make it what it is. Because of you, our newspaper will live on and continue our mission.We just thought we could show our gratitude for journeying with us in a changing world. (Just bear with us as we break in the site.) Check out our new world at ndsmcobserver.com and please let us know what you think. After all, this is for you, the reader.Tags: Andrew Gastelum, Internet, ndsmcobserver.com, The Observer, websitelast_img read more

24th COVID-19 Death Reported In Chautauqua County Today

first_img5 19.08% All Ages24 7 18 68 14775- Ripley1 14726- Conewango Valley0 15.9% 18 440 14781- Sherman2 Percent 70-797 2.3% 1.2% 13.46% 4.5% 0.7% Percent of Total Cases 369.5 20 0.4% 557.7 191.7 20-29492 409 0.0% Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 395.5 2 17.1% 208.1 2 23 11 0.4% 566.4 3.4% 20.42% 14081- Irving1 25.3% 1.0% 12.45% 218.7 14063- Fredonia9 New Cases 109.3 25 MAYVILLE – A new COVID-19 related death has been reported in Chautauqua County.The County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported the death, the 24th since the pandemic started, involving a person in their 80s.Additionally, 43 new cases of the virus were reported with 385 active.There are 36 people hospitalized in the county with the seven-day percent positive rate at 9.0 percent, up from 8.2 yesterday. There are now 2,578 cases total with 2,169 recovered.A full breakdown of today’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence Total Cases 9 14716- Brocton3 80-898 14136- Silver Creek1 43 246.4 14723- Cherry Creek0 70-79187 100.6 6 646.8 2578 19 167.5 2 2.6% 384.6 244.8 0.0 0 182.1 1.7% 14738- Frewsburg1 8 0.8% 60-693 370.4 14728- Dewittville0 Symptoms 252.1 2.3% 3.49% 2 278.0 4 0 58 14701- Jamestown10 19 100.0% 37 21 21 Age Group 14740- Gerry0 Age 14720- Celoron0 1 14710- Ashville0 60 0.6% 90+35 12.45% 0.9% 50-59369 14048- Dunkirk8 0.93% 653 2.2% 3.9% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 31 Number 33 88 0.7% 14750- Lakewood0 Yes1243 Symptoms Known1562 1.4% 0.00% 0-19350 1.36% 0.54% 7.25% Fatality Rate 8 4 193.6 12.57% 14767- Panama0 50-592 10 80-8990 13.58% 0.8% 14722- Chautauqua0 Active Cases 452.9 14757- Mayville0 197.4 181.7 59 30-39324 35 1000.6 239.1 Percent 8 297.0 9 12 14733- Falconer0 6 5 Zip Code Fatality Rate by Age Group 0.93% 1.9% 25 383.0 Total 43 385 40-49347 40-492 0-390 14718- Cassadaga0 0.3% 4 48 2 99.7 233.0 0.8% 95 3.7% 1.4% 14787- Westfield1 5.71% 14062- Forestville2 14138- South Dayton0 5 21 14782- Sinclairville0 33 16 14769- Portland1 14724- Clymer1 1 Number 276.7 3 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 79.58% No319 117 0.2% 31 5 Total Deaths 381.2 14747- Kennedy0 101 105.5 1.3% 14736- Findley Lake0 4 0.58% 37 8.89% 14712- Bemus Point2 14784- Stockton0 3.74% 0.2% 60-69321 90+2 96 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Person Fatally Hit by LIRR Train in Central Islip

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A person was struck and killed by an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train in Central Islip late Tuesday night.The victim was hit shortly before 11 p.m. by the 9:15 p.m. train from Penn Station due in Ronkonkoma at 10:37 p.m., according to the LIRR.Service was temporarily suspended on the Ronkonkoma Branch while investigators were on the scene but was restored in time for the Wednesday morning rush hour commute.MTA Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the death.last_img

Protect your investment in top execs

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The process of recruiting and developing a top-performing executive is a major investment. Losing that executive to a competitor after this outlay has really begun to pay off can be a serious, long-term blow to morale, productivity and financials.Supplemental executive retirement plans can protect a credit union’s investment in top talent and help recruit the best candidates. In fact, the “R” in SERP could easily stand for “retention” and “recruitment” in addition to “retirement”—but only if the SERP is designed carefully. A good SERP protects the credit union’s interests while providing a meaningful incentive for executives.Maybe that sounds like a tall order. But as the average CU asset size continues to grow, and as competition increases for leadership talent, more and more credit union boards are looking to SERPs as an essential element of executive compensation packages.The Ripple Effect of a Top Executive’s Abrupt DepartureUnfortunately, credit unions often wait to engage an executive benefits firm to help set up SERPs for their leadership team in the difficult aftermath of a top executive’s departure. continue reading »last_img read more

A hurricane season of destruction, disaster and recovery

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While the victims of Hurricane Harvey are just beginning the struggle to get back on their feet, a new wave of devastation is again headed our way, this time in the form of Hurricane Irma. “Credit unions in the path of Hurricane Irma are being advised to take precautions as the storm bears down on the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. mainland,” the NCUA advised. While strong and sometimes violent storms are not unfamiliar to our southern most residents, a storm of this magnitude will no doubt leave another wake of destruction to contend with, and the recovery from this disaster will be another pull on many resources. This is the very reason we spend so much time talking and formulating the crucial disaster recovery plan for credit unions.On a positive note, Credit Unions in Houston are slowly coming back to life. However, the road to recovery will likely be a long one. The National Credit Union Foundation reported there are approximately 600 credit union branches and roughly 6,000 employees and volunteers that have been affected by the storm. Some individual credit unions are doing what they can with their personal resources to assist their staff.For example, in a real display of the Credit Union Difference, some CU’s in Texas are providing child care and hot lunches while their employees work through the arduous task of rebuilding and recovering. Reports of credit unions setting up employee assistance funds and giving extra weeks of PTO are signs of CU’s supporting their employees as they help each other remove carpet and furniture, find new housing and clean up after the storm. The credit union community as a whole has donated over $500,000 to The National Credit Union Fund to provide general aid to those in need. continue reading »last_img read more

CDC says delay of Chiron flu vaccine not a problem

first_imgAug 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Close to half of the nation’s influenza vaccine doses will be shipped later than expected this fall, but everyone who wants a flu shot should ultimately be able to get it, federal health officials said today.Chiron Corp. announced yesterday that it is delaying release of its flu vaccine doses until early October because some lots of vaccine didn’t meet sterility standards. The company said it expects to ship 46 million to 48 million doses, down from the 50 million doses predicted previously.But Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said today the CDC still expects that about 100 million doses of vaccine, more than ever before, will be available this year.”Those who are used to receiving their shot in early October may not get it then,” Gerberding said. But, “The bottom line is that right now we’re expecting to have enough flu vaccine so that everybody who needs flu vaccine can have it. . . . For folks who are trying to plan for their immunization, the best thing is to stay tuned to messages from your local health officers and your clinician.”The other flu vaccine manufacturers are expected to deliver their product on schedule, Gerberding reported. Chiron and Aventis Pasteur are each expected to produce roughly half of the projected 100 million doses, while MedImmune is likely to supply about 1.5 million doses of the intranasal vaccine FluMist, she said.Chiron anticipates shipping 40 million doses in October, and MedImmune also will deliver its doses in October, according to Gerberding. After shipping a few doses this month, Aventis anticipates delivering 15 million to 20 million doses in September and the rest in October, she said.”We’re confident that we’ll be able to get vaccination programs started on time with the doses that we do have,” Gerberding commented.Neither Chiron nor Gerberding revealed exactly what caused the problem with the Chiron vaccine, produced in Liverpool, England. The company announcement said “a small number of lots” failed to meet sterility specifications. “While ongoing internal investigations into the root cause of the variance indicate no widespread issues with the manufacturing process, Chiron has delayed releasing any Fluvirin doses until it has completed additional release tests,” the announcement said.Gerberding said Chiron officials told her they “have identified the problem, they’re fixing it, and they’re taking extra steps to make sure they have a safe product before they ship it.”Chiron said its planned “late-season delivery” of 2 million Fluvirin doses for the CDC stockpile for the Vaccines for Children program remains on schedule. Those doses are in addition to the 46 million to 48 million produced for general distribution.Gerberding said the vaccine lots affected by the sterility problem don’t include any pediatric vaccine. “We’re not expecting a decrease in total predicted doses available for children at this time,” she said.In response to a question, she said Chiron’s vaccine production problems, to her knowledge, were not related to thimerosal, a mercury compound used as a preservative in most flu vaccine doses. The CDC predicted in May that 6 million to 8 million doses of thimerosal-free flu vaccine would be produced this year for people concerned about the preservative.Gerberding said flu vaccine delays are nothing new. “As recently as 2001 we had some shipments that were delayed until October. . . . We’ve been here before, we’ve done this before, and we’ve handled it.”The CDC, she noted, recommends flu vaccination for people aged 50 and older, those who have a chronic medical condition or weakened immunity, those who expect to be pregnant during the flu season, children aged 6 to 23 months, healthcare workers, and people in close contact with others in the foregoing categories.last_img read more