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2-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety to retire after worlds

first_imgFebruary 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local 2-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety to retire after worlds FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTwo-time Olympic champion Ted Ligety says he will retire from World Cup ski racing after the world championships.Ligety’s final race will be the giant slalom on Feb. 19 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.The American is known for his smooth, technical racing. He won a surprise gold medal in the combined at the 2006 Turin Olympics and another gold medal eight years later in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games as the favorite.His storied career also includes five wins at world championships, 25 World Cup victories and five season-long World Cup giant slalom titles.He garnered such respect from his rivals in his signature event that he was referred to as “Mr. GS.” Written by Tags: Ted Ligety Associated Presslast_img read more

HMS Sutherland Re-Joins the Fleet

first_img Authorities Share this article View post tag: europe View post tag: HMS Sutherland HMS Sutherland, Royal Navy’s 13th Type 23 frigate, was formally welcomed back into the Naval family after 18 months out of action undergoing a revamp from bow to stern.Commander Stephen Anderson re-christened his frigate.As with her sisters in the Type 23 class, the Devonport-based warship has gone through an extensive mid-life overhaul which effectively doubles her life, fitting the latest weapons and sensors, as well as overhauling machinery and mess decks.[mappress mapid=”17009″]Image: Royal Navy HMS Sutherland Re-Joins the Fleet September 25, 2015 View post tag: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Sutherland Re-Joins the Fleet last_img read more

Outcry over University pay gap

first_imgA Freedom of Information request made in September by Cherwell has revealed that only eight per cent of the top-paid staff at Oxford University are women.The request exposed that just 13 female members of staff receive a salary of more than £140,000 per annum, in comparison to 145 men.A spokesperson for Oxford University commented to Cherwell, “Gender equality is one of Oxford’s key strategic priorities. The University was one of the first signatories of the Athena SWAN Charter, created in 2005 to address the under-representation of women in science. All 26 of Oxford’s science and medicine departments have been granted an Athena SWAN award in recognition of their efforts to promote and advance the careers of women in academia.“The overall proportion of female academic and research staff at Oxford is not out of line with most UK universities, and compares favourably to British research-intensive universities and international universities. Currently 21 per cent of our Professors are female, compared to the UK average of 22 per cent.“Detailed analysis within the main pay structure [has shown] no pay gaps greater than three per cent in base and total pay.“However, we recognise the need to improve gender balance and to address the pay gap at the most senior levels of the University. For that reason, the University Council has set stretching targets for academic appointments and leadership positions, agreed by the University’s Council in December 2014.”These targets include achieving at least 30 per cent representation of “women on senior decision-making bodies and in professional roles” by 2020.The university also underlined its commitment to the United Nations’ HeforShe campaign, explaining that the University has “revised its process for the appointment of professors” which will significantly help in meeting their HeforShe commitment “as well as wider university gender equality targets.”Stephanie Kelley, OUSU’s Women’s Campaign officer, agreed that more needs to be done to address the gender imbalance.She told Cherwell, “These statistics are disappointing and damning. While the University has resolved to appoint more women to top-paid positions with the aim of 30 per cent of women Associate Professors by 2020, these ‘gender equality targets’ as they’re described publicly wouldn’t be equality even if achieved.“Oxford’s solution ignores the fact that gender discrimination in academia is embedded in the institution. It was only 95 years ago that women were admitted as full members of the University; these statistics are a sad reminder that a century wasn’t so long ago, and there is much progress to be made.“Until the University begins the process of examining gender discrimination in all its manifestations and enacting comprehensive reform, Oxford’s scholarship and achievement will suffer, and all students and academics – not just women – will be worse off for it.”Despite this, the average yearly proportion of undergraduates accepted to Oxford from 2012 to 2014 represents less of a gender gap, with 53 per cent male in comparison to 47 per cent female.last_img read more

CVPS seeks 4.46 percent rate increase in 2008

first_img“Our increased costs relatein part to changes in wholesale power market prices and transmission costs,”President Bob Young said.  “We arealso spending more on customer service and reliabilityimprovements.” CVPS seeks 4.46 percent rate increase in2008RUTLAND, Vt. – Driven largely by increased transmissionand power costs and reliability improvements, Central Vermont Public Service(NYSE-CV) today filed for a 4.46 percent rate increase to take effect nextFebruary. May 15, 2007 “Our stable, long-termpower contracts have to a great degree protected our customers from risingenergy costs over the past several years,” Young said.  “Recently, however, we have experienceda decline in the prices we receive from the sale of our excess energy into thewholesale market.  That has resultedin a net increase in our overall power costs.” CVPS rates have increasedat about one-sixth the rate of inflation in the past eight years, with just ahandful of small increases and decreases in that time. Overall, current ratesare just 3.5 percent higher than in 1999. The consumer price index has risen 21 percent, while the CPI for energyhas risen 85 percent in the same time period.  “Even with this request, our rates willremain very low compared to major utilities in New England,” Young said. “Alternative regulation canimprove financial stability, ensure funding for customer service and reliabilityimprovements, and increase transparency and accountability to our customers,”Young said. Under theproposed change, a residential customerusing 500 kilowatt-hours per month would see an increase from $71.46 to $74.65.Similar customers elsewhere in New England pay over $100. Young said the companyincreased its capital budget, largely for reliability improvements, from $18million in 2006 to $26 million in 2007, and expects to maintain the higherspending in coming years.  “That iscritical to providing customers the reliability and service restoration levelsthey have come to expect,” Young said. CVPS today also formallynotified the Vermont Public Service Board that it hopes to file an alternativeregulation plan in the near future. The company has been talking with the Vermont Department of PublicService and others about the plan. It will include mechanisms and incentives to encourage further costcontrols and efficiencies. last_img read more

Europe’s largest solar farm begins commercial operation in Spain

first_imgEurope’s largest solar farm begins commercial operation in Spain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A 500-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant, described by Spanish utility Iberdrola as “Europe’s largest,” sent its first megawatt hour of energy to the grid earlier this week, a welcome bright spot for an industry that in the months ahead could experience difficulties brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.The Núñez de Balboa facility is located in Extremadura, a region in the west of Spain. According to Iberdrola, it has over 1.4 million solar panels and will be able to supply energy to 250,000 people per year.The plant is a collaboration between Iberdrola and Ecoenergías del Guadiana and construction work on the project finished in December last year. Photovoltaic refers to a way of directly converting light from the sun into electricity.While the commissioning of Núñez de Balboa is an undoubted positive, the solar industry, like many in the renewable energy sector, is facing up to difficulties caused by COVID-19.Earlier this week, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said global solar installations for 2020 had been revised down from 129.5 gigawatts (GW) to 106.4 GW, which represents an 18% drop compared to pre-coronavirus levels.[Anmar Frangoul]More: ‘Europe’s largest’ solar power facility comes online as the industry faces coronavirus challengeslast_img read more

King Park Man Robbed 7 Banks in 2 Weeks, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Kings Park man has been accused of robbing seven banks in a 17-day span after he was allegedly caught fleeing a bank robbery in a getaway car, Suffolk County police said.Brian Blackford was charged with seven counts of robbery after police said the suspect was arrested fleeing a robbery at Capitol One bank in Nesconset shortly before 3 p.m. Monday.His alleged getaway driver, 51-year-old Fitzalla Coward of Brentwood, was also arrested and charged with one count of robbery.Police said Blackford robbed the Capitol One in Deer Park on May 24, Bank of America in Commack on May 27, Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Farmingdale on May 29, Capitol One in Farmingdale on June 2, TD Bank in Sayville on June 3 and Citibank in North Lindenhurst on June 5.In each case, police said the 40-year-old suspect gave the teller a note demanding cash. After the tellers complied, he fled with cash, police said.Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect using video surveillance footage and Crime Stoppers tips from the public, police said.Blackford and Coward will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

Willie Mullins powerhouse rolls into Thurles

first_img He was turned over at a short price when last seen tackling Grade One company at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting in 2013 and time has proven that was no bad effort. His previously unbeaten record may have gone that day but he was making only his second start over timber when third to The Tullow Tank in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle. Hopes will be high that Myska can make a winning start over timber in the mares’ maiden hurdle. The Presenting mare made quite an impression when scoring on her debut at Clonmel in April and beat a decent sort that day in Miss Dinamic. The runner-up has blossomed since and chased home Vroum Vroum Mag in a Grade Three chase on her latest outing. Traditionally, Mullins has started to clean up in bumpers at this time of year and Fulham Road looks set to be a short price in the concluding race. He fell on his sole start in a point-to-point, back in February 2014, when still in contention two from home. The race was won by a decent sort in The Sizing Network and it looks significant that Fulham Road has since been bought for leading patron Rich Ricci. The champion trainer looks to have plenty of live hopes on the card and welcomes back an exciting prospect in Moyle Park in the opening beginners’ chase. The Flemensfirth gelding was a big-money purchase after winning his bumper at Leopardstown in in December 2012 and made a promising start over hurdles before injury struck. Press Associationcenter_img As his impressive battalion swings into gear, Willie Mullins will be hoping to get a few winners on the board at Thurles on Thursday.last_img read more

Trojan revenge in Belfast

first_img Bio Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) BELFAST — In a dramatic comeback, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity football team surged to a 34-21 victory Friday night over the Belfast High School Lions.For the MDI Trojans, the win helped redeem not only a loss last week to Winslow, but also a difficult defeat to Belfast this time last year.The Trojans will host Nokomis Oct. 4, this year’s homecoming game.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. Latest Posts Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Favre still at risk for Madden jinx

first_imgHe’s a Super Bowl winner who has thrown for more touchdowns (and interceptions) than any quarterback in NFL history. He’s won three MVP awards. And he’s the winningest signal caller in league history. But in his illustrious career, there’s one thing Brett Favre’s never done: grace the cover of the Madden video game.That is, until now.With his image set to be the Madden ’09 cover, Favre will become the first retired player to do so. He also joins Dorsey Levens (he was featured on a version of the game released in Europe in 2000) as one of two Packers to receive this honor, and is the fifth quarterback chosen by EA Sports — following in the footsteps of Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Vince Young.Almost all fans of the game know about the alleged “Madden curse” that haunts a player after he is used as the cover boy. Just about every player since 1999 has fallen victim to the curse.In 2001 — my first encounter with the Madden series, back in the days of Nintendo 64 — Eddie George was one of the first to experience the curse. In 2000, he rushed for 1,509 yards and 14 touchdowns. The next season, after he was on the cover: only 939 yards and five touchdowns. Culpepper saw a similar decline in production the year after he was on it as well. And as for Vick, the 2004 cover boy, well, that sad story writes itself.Packer fans are likely glad that Favre was never chosen until after his playing days in Green Bay ended (although he would have made a great candidate a number of times). Meanwhile, fans of other teams are surely celebrating that their star player wasn’t selected. New England’s Tom Brady or Randy Moss, San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and the Giants’ Eli Manning could have all been argued for this year’s Madden, as each put up the type of year that warrants a video game cover. Nevertheless, they’ll all avoid the curse for at least one more season.Favre admitted that he isn’t exactly a video game junkie — then again, not many 38-year-olds are. Not surprisingly, though, he said most of his teammates are pretty good at the game, with some playing the game better than they play in real life (Aaron Rodgers?). Most athletes typically like to play as themselves on the game, which is understandable. But if Favre is ever to pick up a controller and try to light up the virtual opponents like he did the real ones, he’ll be able to do that playing on any team — he’s a free agent on the game.Surely, now that he’s retired (don’t believe the rumors that he’s coming back), Favre is obviously immune from the cover jinx, right?Wrong.Just consider the following scenarios that very well may happen to Favre. After all, not even Green Bay’s golden boy is invincible.Brett’s wife, Deanna, intercepts the flu from him.Tack up one more interception thrown by the career leader.Following in the footsteps of basketball great Michael Jordan, Favre tries his hand at another sport but is unsuccessful.A brief stint on the new and improved American Gladiators ends poorly for No. 4 when he dislocates both arms after taking a big hit from Wolf in the Gauntlet. (Rumors also were flying on the show that Favre and one of the female Gladiators, Hellga, were seen canoodling backstage, but Brett adamantly denied the report.)While shopping at a mall in his home state of Louisiana, Favre is spotted wearing a pair of Levi jeans.An anonymous tipster who saw Brett wearing the denim quickly made a call to the Wrangler headquarters; minutes later, the front office of Wrangler cut all ties with the former spokesman Favre, who was later seen crying in the mall’s food court after hearing the news.After filing for bankruptcy when his daughter, Brittany, invests the family fortune into a failing clothing line started by former packer Gilbert Brown, Brett is forced to work as a bag boy at Piggly Wiggly to support the family.Ironically, Favre sets a new record in the process: most sacks (filled) in a day, with 344.Favre’s former backup and current Green Bay starter, Aaron Rodgers, breaks all of Brett’s team records — in one season.You wish, Packer fans.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. Let him know who your choice for the cover of Madden ’09 would have been at [email protected]last_img read more

University honors MLK with celebration in Bovard

first_imgMembers of the university and community paid tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, hosted by USC Black Staff and Faculty Caucus in Bovard Auditorium on Thursday.Gospel of truth · Thorton alumna and distinguished guest Lura Daniels-Ball sang at USC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Bovard Auditorium Thursday. – Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanThe 31st annual event included spoken word, songs and personal experiences with King. One purpose of the celebration was to inspire students to honor the integral part King played in shaping higher education, said Cynthia Brass, administrative assistant of recreational sports and coordinator of the event.“Some still don’t understand the concept of King as far as his contribution to allowing minorities the opportunity to be a student at a university,” Brass said. “It’s to make sure they know that because Dr. King opened several doors, they were able to get as far as they are today.”Makiah Green, a junior majoring in English, said recognizing King also results in the remembrance of other leaders that have influenced society.“Black history in this country is often forgotten, and he seems like the only icon that is really remembered,” Green said. “He allows people to segue into introducing other forgotten heroes.”Najee Ritter, a senior majoring in theater, said King contributed to the diversity on campus through his advocacy of human rights.“USC is all about leadership and I think he is the quintessential example of leadership,” Ritter said. “A lot of young college students were involved with the movement, and King inspires us to stay active and remain involved in the community.”Timothy Conley, front office coordinator of the University Religious Center, said his mother, Carloyn Conley-Roper, an undergraduate business administration student during the 1960s, overcame many obstacles of racial inequality at USC while trying to gain her education.“It was a very different time,” Conley said. “Access and opportunity were limited and not just for the black students. It was challenging to be a student here for anyone that was considered to be a minority.”Students on campus were eager for change but strategic during the tumultuous time of the movement, Conley said.“My mother was at USC during the Watt Riots, and that played a lot into the mentality of the students,” Conley said. “They were sick of the vicious racism and they were revolutionary, but they weren’t violent or using any means necessary.”Vajun Soni, dean of religious life, said although racial prejudice existed at USC in the 1960s, the university was taking progressive actions toward equality.“The fact that we had black students on campus was actually part of the movement of providing equity and access,” Soni said. “The students represented what the civil rights movement was about, which was developing higher education for all students that deserved to be at all institutions.”USC has evolved since the Civil Rights Movement and has become a proud part of the L.A. community through its many volunteer efforts, Conley said.“Dr. King’s movement was about all people embracing and uniting and helping one another. USC is on the forefront of that kind of work,” Conley said. “This is what Dr. King was preaching about. This is what he was fighting for.”last_img read more