Greece: Warship Georgios Averof Turns 100

first_img View post tag: turns May 16, 2011 Training & Education Greece: Warship Georgios Averof Turns 100 View post tag: Warship View post tag: Averof View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Greece View post tag: Georgios View post tag: Navy The armoured cruiser Averof, the flagship of the Hellenic Navy for four decades until the vessel’s decommissioning in 1952, this year celebr…(ana)[mappress]Source: ana, May 16, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Greece: Warship Georgios Averof Turns 100 View post tag: 100 Share this articlelast_img

Most Read News, August 8 – 14, 2016

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St. Mary’s Pee Wee Scores Week 7

first_imgBoysThe Pirates defeated the Blue Devils 31-18. TJ Santos scored 17 points, Sean Gasiorowski and Angelo Squiteri each 6 points and Kendrich Tibay 2 points. Jordon Williams scored 10 points and Nolan Raparelli 8 points for the Blue Devils.The Knicks defeated the Hornets 26-13. Brayden O’Connor scored 9 points, Ryan O’Connor 8 points,Brooklyn Kalafut 5 points and Ben Cuttruff 4 points for the Knicks. James Riccio scored 8 points, RaidenDoherty and Ayaan Mahapatra each 2 points and Jeffery Amaro 1 point for the Hornets.The Lakers defeated the Hoyas 23-6. David Kobryn scored 17 points, Kai Loiacono 4 points and Jordon Goding 2 points for the Lakers. Demetrius Andrews Jr. scored 6 points for the Hoyas.GirlsThe Hoyas defeated the Pirates 20-5.Genesis Velasquez scored 8 points, Jenna Gaetani 6 points, Abigail Bissiotis 4 points and Sienna Inzitari 2 points for the Hoyas. Cara Hall scored 3 points and Sophia Feeney 2 points for the Pirates.The Lakers defeated the Blue Devils 29-19. Deangelice Williams scored 18 points, Avery Chrzanowski 9 points and Ella Janeczko 2 points for the Lakers. Jada Stovall scored 12 points and Gia Logan 7 points for the Blue Devils.last_img read more

Wimborne’s winner

first_imgThe Artisan Food Centre, based at the Dorset Smokery & Charcuterie, Hurn, Dorset, also the home of craft bakery, Quinney’s, ran a competition to flush out old bread recipes.Supported by Christchurch Food & Wine Festival, Big Barn and Breakfast & Brunch, the competition ran for three months, from 4 February, 2007 to 4 May, 2007. Judging took place during the week commencing 6 May, with the winner being announced on the first day of the Christchurch Festival, following a demonstration in breadmaking by Boyd Shaw, master craft baker, Quinney’s Bakery, and a masterclass by Jean-Christophe Novelli, who later said the Wimborne loaf would make French toast “to die for”.Nigel Allan, winner of the competition, is a retired dental surgeon from Wimborne, Dorset – hence the Wimborne loaf. He received the prize of two vouchers, presented by Shaw, each for a one-day hands-on workshop at the Artisan Food Centre. The judges found the loaf “amazing”. It had a good crust and crumb, with a most unusual flavour. It was delicious, quite original and put a totally different facet on bread.The recipe Allan entered was for one loaf, but has been adapted here by Shaw to give a scaled-up version.Makes 12 loaves at 400g3kg Strong white organic flour60g Salt120g Fresh yeast90g Mustard powder90g Chilli powder90g White granulated sugar300g Grated mature Cheddar300g Lightly salted butter (to be blended with the warm milk)120g Molasses1650g Full-fat milk (warmed through)80g Sesame seeds80g Poppy seeds10 Rashers Parma ham, finely choppedIf needed add water for a “bun dough” consistency Mixing time:2 minutes slow6 minutes fast Prove time: 1½-2 hoursBaking temperature: 200?CBaking time: 30-40 minutesShelf-life: 2-3 dayslast_img read more

A decade of breakthroughs

first_imgHSCI researchers Clifford J. Woolf of Boston Children’s Hospital, who heads the institute’s Nervous System Diseases Program, and Kevin Eggan recently published a paper demonstrating that a drug already approved for treating epilepsy shows promise as a possible treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They are already working with physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s on plans for a clinical trial.Perhaps the most important advance of the past decade, though, was the discovery of the apparently limitless mutability of cells, which has allowed one form of adult cell to be turned into another. Coupled with HSCI work that has allowed human diseases to be studied in human cells in laboratory dishes, that development promises far more breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of diseases in the coming decade. Doug Melton, Harvard’s Xander University Professor and HSCI founding co-director (with Massachusetts General Hospital hematologist and oncologist David T. Scadden), who has been dedicated since the early 1990s to curing type 1 diabetes (with which his son and daughter live), has said, “My diabetes work would be impossible without the collaborations made possible by HSCI’s unique model — because HSCI isn’t a place. It isn’t a building or a group of buildings. Instead, it’s an idea — the idea that if we could gather together the brightest minds in developmental biology, in neurobiology, in bioengineering, in genetics, and in clinical medicine, from all the myriad parts of the Harvard system, and add to that collective genius the best scientists we could attract to Harvard from other institutions, we could advance stem cell biology and unlock its promise at a record-breaking pace. And that’s what we’ve done.”Not only do Harvard’s stem cell scientists and their collaborators publish more papers in the field, and more influential ones, than any other group of scientists in the world, but in just the past 18 months they have made the following significant advances:Melton and colleagues have succeeded in using induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to produce limitless quantities of insulin-producing human beta cells. (The work is now awaiting peer-reviewed publication.)  While there is still much work to be done, including collaborating with bioengineers on a device for implanting cells in patients, the latest work has the potential to become the treatment for Type I diabetes that Melton and his collaborators have been working toward for two decades.In a series of experiments during this same time period, HSCI scientists Amy Wagers, Lee Rubin, and Richard Lee, a research cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have demonstrated that the protein GDF11, present in high quantities in young animals and humans, and in much lower quantities in older animals and humans, has the ability when given to older animals to make aged hearts appear younger, to help aged muscle to repair itself and function like that in younger animals, and to even improve cognitive function in older animals. The three researchers, who also are faculty members in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (which grew out of HSCI), predict that GDF11 will be in some form of clinical trials within three to five years. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdwsVMHm9dM” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/pdwsVMHm9dM/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>center_img It may be hard to fathom now, but just a decade ago, when today’s graduating college seniors were entering middle school, research using embryonic stem cells, building blocks that can become every cell and tissue type in the human body, was at the center of a political and religious firestorm.Just three years earlier, in 2001, the White House had issued an executive order barring the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.Yet some Harvard officials rallied behind the vital nature of research that held promise of ultimately producing treatments and cures for a host of intractable, often fatal diseases, from diabetes to cancer to Parkinson’s disease to heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease. Lawrence H. Summers and Steven E. Hyman, who were then, respectively, Harvard’s president and provost, asked: If not Harvard, where? If not now, when? With the help of Harvard scientists and a core group of dedicated philanthropists, they launched the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) as a bold new experiment in interdisciplinary, cross-institutional research.What began with a group of about two dozen principal investigators in Harvard’s Schools and affiliated hospitals as a pragmatic solution to a political and funding problem now is a world leader in the exploding field of stem cell biology, with 100 principal faculty members, and more than 1,000 scientists from the undergraduate to postdoctoral level.And as HSCI enters its second decade, many of the scientific dreams of 10 years ago are close to fruition.last_img read more

Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Cattaragus County

first_imgMGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County Tuesday evening.The Health Department says the 42nd case is a woman living in the southwest part of the county, who had no significant travel history, but experienced symptoms of the virus.“She was given a rapid COVID-19 test at her provider’s office which indicated that she was positive for COVID-19,” said officials.The 43rd confirmed case is a woman who resides in the northwest part of the county, who also has no significant travel history, but showed symptoms of the virus. “She was sent to the emergency room at Olean General Hospital on May 4 where she was tested for COVID-19,” explained officials. “Her test results on May 5 indicated that she was positive for COVID-19.”The department has now begun contact tracing for the two cases.There is now a total of 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 13 active, 28 recovered and two deaths. 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

National Tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Will Begin in Spring 2017

first_img View Comments Star Files West Coast, are you “Satisfied?!” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan Broadway hit Hamilton is heading out on the road to you first! A national tour of the tuner will begin performances in March 2017 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, before playing its premiere Los Angeles engagement at the Hollywood Pantages August 11, 2017 through December 30. Casting will be announced later. Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, the show is currently playing at the Main Stem’s Richard Rodgers Theatre; an open-ended Chicago incarnation will begin its run this fall.Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the Broadway cast currently includes Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate.Hamilton features choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.center_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Cause of Vermont Yankee tritium leak determined, meeting tonight

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation today announced that a recently completed root cause analysis of a tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant determined that the leak was primarily caused by an earlier design deficiency and inadequate inspection of an underground area of the plant that could not be accessed.  Tonight (June 22, 2010), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host an open house (4 pm to 6 pm) and public meeting (6 pm to 9 pm) on June 22 at Brattleboro Union High School. NRC staff will discuss the NRC Demand for Information and Groundwater Protection reports, an annual assessment of Vermont Yankee, and other information about the Vermont Yankee tritium investigation and groundwater protection efforts. The 74-page root cause analysis listed several concurrent contributing causes of the leak. Specifically, the plant s advanced off-gas (AOG) pipe tunnel was not accessible for inspection which prevented staff from identifying the two leaking AOG pipes and that the tunnel drain line was blocked with construction-related material left in the tunnel after work there in 1972.  The blockage prevented the tritiated water from passing through the drain-line and into a tank. Subsequently, design and construction in 1978 of an unrelated pipe connected to the tunnel created a pathway into the ground.  The leakage from the two AOG pipes into the tunnel was caused by internal corrosion.The root cause analysis also found that Entergy Vermont Yankee did not fully implement groundwater protection measures recommended in a voluntary industry initiative. The analysis faulted an inadequate commitment by management to implement the initiative which created a lack of clearly defined organizational roles, responsibilities and program definition. The analysis concluded that the groundwater protection initiative, if fully implemented, may have prevented or led to more timely identification of the tritium leakage to the groundwater.The self-critical root cause analysis was performed by a multi-disciplinary team lead by members of the Vermont Yankee Chemistry Department over the last several months using an established procedure to ascertain the root causes and contributing causes of events.The leak itself was stopped on February 15, 2010. At no time did the tritium leak present a threat to public health and safety and there has been no detectable tritium levels found in any drinking water well samples or in Connecticut River water. Vermont Yankee has implemented a groundwater remediation plan that involves pumping the water to the surface for filtering and storage for use in the plant. That process has been successful in steadily reducing the concentration of tritium in the site s groundwater. Other radionuclides, including cesium, strontium, cobalt, zinc and manganese, normally produced during plant operation, were identified in soil at low levels in very close proximity to the leak site. The removal of that soil is essentially complete. Vermont Yankee expects that there will be no additional cost to eventual decommissioning of the plant due to the leakage.Entergy has stated its intention to be an industry leader in tritium leak prevention and mitigation, announcing on March 25 a six-point groundwater protection initiative. The company has begun implementation of more than 50 corrective actions toward that goal, many of which have already been completed.  Entergy Vermont Yankee has provided the final root cause analysis findings to state and federal regulators, other operators of U.S. nuclear plants and to the public.Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 6.22.2010. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and over 15,000 employees. AttachmentSize VY_NRC_Inspection_Report_061710.pdf987.05 KBlast_img read more

Size, scale and service fuel credit unions’ need for speed

first_imgMany states in the U.S. have raised speed limits on their interstates in the past several years. 36 states now have speed limits of 70 mph or above. The “Drive 55” era vanished long ago. I mention the trend toward higher highway speeds because a similar phenomenon has been happening in our payments industry. The speed of business is climbing as innovations – particularly those related to account security, digital and mobile – are delivering greater horsepower and options to the consumer’s payments experience. There appears to be no limit to how fast new technology can be placed in the hands of consumers.Prior to returning to PSCU, I was removed from direct involvement and awareness of the dynamic and rapid emergence of “game changing” payments products and players. After 30 days getting reacquainted with the latest developments in payments, it is not surprising to me that many credit unions may feel challenged to make sense of the new technology, much less know if or how to integrate these new developments into their growth strategies and product sets. How do we hold our lanes, but still keep the pedal down and avoid making any wrong turns or hitting a wall?The cooperative CUSO model, with the benefits of its size, scale, buying power and strategic partnerships with industry leaders, can help credit unions more nimbly negotiate the twists and turns of complex new payments technologies. EMV and digital wallets, like Apple Pay and the recently announced Android Pay, are great examples of sophisticated technologies that involve the coordination of many moving parts (and multiple partners) to be successfully delivered to members. The depth of resources within a full-service CUSO can relieve credit unions of the burden of managing dozens of endpoints, processes and tasks associated with launching these new technologies into your market.PSCU has been implementing credit EMV programs since 2011 and is intimately familiar with the certification, testing and production processes for these chip cards. EMV credit card program deployments for PSCU’s member credit unions officially surpassed the one million-card mark. 100 member credit unions are currently certified for credit EMV, with 350 credit unions slotted for credit EMV certification this year. Another 125 credit unions are slotted for certification of their new debit EMV programs. Credit unions that seek to mitigate their liability for fraud following the October 2015 deadline can most certainly bring their EMV programs to production much faster by enlisting the help of a CUSO that has deep experience with these types of implementations.And the need for speed was never more evident when Apple introduced Apple Pay on September 9, 2014. Their announcement was a bolt from the blue that caught nearly every issuer by surprise. All reacted and mobilized, some better and with more agility than others. PSCU relationships with its payment partners enabled our technical and service teams to rapidly and efficiently bring the convenience and security of this new digital wallet to Member-Owners. Less than nine months removed from the announcement, over 70 PSCU Member-Owners are live now with Apple Pay, with another 130 credit unions in the implementations queue. PSCU Member-Owners account for roughly 40% of all credit unions offering Apple Pay.EMV and tokenization will address our current threats, and somewhere down the road we’ll no doubt need to manage to a new set of risk challenges and threats. Credit unions will have to meet those challenges in order to continue to deliver on the promise to members and to protect and preserve their value in the payments industry.The combination of the cooperative model and rich payments industry expertise enables payments CUSOs to focus on resolving the most strategic credit union business challenges, and in the most operationally efficient manner. During times when the payments universe is changing at such breathtaking speed, a trusted CUSO’s deep resources, experience and access to key industry experts and partners can be a credit union’s best tools for higher growth, greater relevance and stronger member relationships. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

Credit card company expands faster payments presence

first_imgMastercard Wednesday announced its majority purchase of a Denmark company that features an electronic-billing platform and clearing and instant-payment services. Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve also announced that it will move forward with its development of a real-time gross settlement service.While NAFCU has pressed the central bank to play an operational role in efforts to modernize the nation’s payment system, the association also supports private sector solutions and interoperability between the Federal Reserve’s system and private operators.In its announcement, Mastercard said the acquisition of Nets “advances [its] strategy to capitalize on the vast and fast-growing global Real-Time Payments opportunity” and further strengthens the company’s existing capabilities within the technology. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more