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What it’s like to watch a Gallagher Premiership match behind closed doors

first_img Try time: Referee Luke Pearce signals a try for Scott Baldwin (Getty Images) After five months out…@Harlequins have returned as a football team! Almost a perfectly-concocted beauty of a try to celebrate rugby’s return #RugbyRestart pic.twitter.com/NTq3dL0cTH— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) August 14, 2020There was an overriding feeling that the intensity was lower than normal, particularly in the first half. That’s not to say physicality was lacking but there just didn’t seem the same vigour to the match. Perhaps we underestimate how big a motivator crowds can be, but then again not every top-flight match is a cracker even when supporters are permitted to attend.Things did pick up in the second half, there was more urgency to deliver a result, and hearing the communication from the teams added another level of interest.It will take time to adapt to this new experience, for all involved in the sport, but rugby is back. The same, but different. What it’s like to watch a Gallagher Premiership match behind closed doorsThe Gallagher Premiership didn’t exactly restart with a bang, but there were a few claps on the sidelines and wallops in the tackle as Harlequins beat Sale 16-10 at the Stoop.It was a disjointed, error-strewn affair – somewhat expected after a five-month hiatus – and if supporters had been allowed in, I doubt they would have been enthralled by the on-pitch offerings, but the good news is that Premiership rugby is back.Quins got the all-important win, going against the pre-Covid formbook, and more results like that should ensure the race for play-off places is interesting. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The pre-match activity involved a minute’s silence for those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, a tribute to the country’s key workers and the clubs’ support of the Black Lives Matter message – Harlequins formed a circle and took a knee while Sale wore T-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘Rugby Against Racism’.Taking a knee: Harlequins players show their support for Black Lives Matter prior to kick-off (Getty Images)Then the cacophony returned once the first whistle blew. ‘Robbo’, ‘Nate’, ‘Ashy’ – just some of the nicknames shouted by Quins in the first half. Applause came from the benches in response to a positive act by a player. Any breaks in play resulted in music being blared out. Again, I’m not sure for whose benefit. Same for the giant flames turned on around the outside of the pitch whenever points were scored.For all the noise generated on the field and through the loud speakers, it couldn’t replicate the atmosphere that would be generated by nearly 15,000 spectators usually crammed into the multicoloured seats. And with that intensity lacking off the pitch, so it was on it.Obviously errors were to be expected after five months without a game; teams are rusty. On top of that the penalty count was high, the strict breakdown interpretations no doubt contributing, so it was hard for teams to gain momentum. The lack of a crowd also meant there was no external colour or noise to distract you from noticing just how many breaks in play there are.center_img We report from an empty stadium as the top flight returns with Harlequins v Sale Sale Sharks strike! A sizeable Tuilagi decoy expert McGuigan finishing we have our first post-lockdown try #RugbyRestart pic.twitter.com/zU5lm188Qn— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) August 14, 2020So how did the experience compare to a normal league fixture? It was wildly different!For a start there was the walk into the stadium – no hubbub of fans milling around outside the gates, no riot of colour of replica shirts and hats and so on.To collect my media accreditation I had to have my temperature checked before signing in with a QR code. It almost felt like I was arriving at the doctor’s surgery rather than a rugby match. That medicinal feeling was only emphasised at the sight of the post protectors and flags being sprayed with disinfectant at half-time.With social distancing in operation, Rugby World had been moved from the regular press box to further along in the back of the stand. The view may not have been as good, especially of Scott Baldwin’s try at the other end of the pitch, but it was more spacious, with a whole table to myself and Stuart Barnes at the adjacent desk to offer tactical insights. Look for the positives!The stadium itself almost felt larger with no fans, just media, broadcasters and logistical personnel in attendance alongside the teams. The quietness hit home too, at least until the players came out to warm up. With that came a sudden cacophony of noise, calls being yelled and motivational words being spoken.That was topped off by the stadium announcer going through the team sheets, although quite who he was sharing the names with I’m not quite sure. The volume only dimmed as the players retreated to the dressing room to change into their match shirts. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Diana D. Akiyama ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop…

first_img Bishop Consecrations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Diana D. Akiyama ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Oregon Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted Feb 1, 2021 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Oregon Bishop Diana D. Akiyama stands in front of the red chapel doors at Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in her vestments, holding her crozier. Photo: Danny Lennox Bronson[Diocese of Oregon] The Rt. Rev. Diana D. Akiyama was ordained and consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. Akiyama was the first Japanese-American woman ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, and she is the first Asian-American woman consecrated bishop in The Episcopal Church. She is the first bishop to be consecrated at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in over a century.“I am very excited to begin the work of building up the beloved community – the body of Christ,” Akiyama said. “Our call, in this time, is to heal, reconcile, and love each other as Christ loves us.”The Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg, bishop of Spokane and the vice president of Province VIII, served as the chief consecrator. Joining Rehberg as co-consecrators were the Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley, the former bishop of the Diocese of Oregon, the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, bishop of the Diocese of Hawai’i, and the Rt. Rev. Laurie Larson Caesar, bishop of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.“The good news though today is the church sees you,” the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, former bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and a personal friend of Akiyama, preached during the sermon. “The church sees you in ways that they should have seen you long ago, and now through the work of the Holy Spirit, because of you, and through you, and from you, others will be seen. This is a good day for the church.”The sermon was followed by a prayer written by Akiyama: it was sung by Mila Polevia, the music director of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Kapa’au, Hawai’i, where Akiyama previously served as vicar before being elected bishop on Aug. 29, 2020.Other bishops in attendance were the Rt. Rev. Patrick Bell, bishop of Eastern Oregon, the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, bishop of Olympia, and the Rt. Rev. Megan Traquair, bishop of Northern California. The Very Rev. Nathan LeRud, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, greeted the guests present in the cathedral and online, and local interfaith leaders offered a message of welcome to the new bishop through a video message.Due to the health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited to service participants, and close family and friends of the bishop, and was livestreamed online for the whole diocese and the greater church, which can be found on the diocese’s website.The bilingual service bulletin is available here. Included in the bulletin is a full description of Akiyama’s vestments, designed and constructed by Karen Illman Miller, a Corvallis-based artist and a master of Katazome, a traditional Japanese stencil dyeing technique. The vestments incorporate themes and elements special to Oregon and Hawai’i, particularly the element of water.“Thank you, the people of Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, for calling me to walk with you in this next season of our life together working to build up the beloved community,” Akiyama said, addressing the small gathering in the nave and hundreds of viewers online. “I look forward to meeting each and every one of you and being in community, particularly after this pandemic.” Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA last_img read more

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Johanns Takes Aim at EPA Aerial Surveillance in Stand-Alone Bill

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Johanns Takes Aim at EPA Aerial Surveillance in Stand-Alone Bill Previous articleHouse Puts off Action on Farm BillNext articleEstate Tax Exemption About To Close Gary Truitt Johanns Takes Aim at EPA Aerial Surveillance in Stand-Alone Bill SHARE Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns has introduced legislation that would ban the Environmental Protection Agency from conducting aerial surveillance for one year. The measure is similar to a bill introduced by Nebraska Representative Adrian Smith in the U.S. House. It comes after the EPA failed to fully respond to requests for a clear, complete account of the size and scope of its surveillance program – something the entire Nebraska delegation asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for.  In a speech on the Senate floor – Johanns said farmers and ranchers do not trust the EPA. Until the agency takes a more common sense, transparent, open approach – he said we need to step on the brakes.Senator Johanns says his legislation does not affect EPA’s ability to use traditional on-site inspections – but places a one-year moratorium on EPA from using aerial surveillance. He says that will give the agency time to come clean about its activities nationwide and make the case that the flights are an appropriate use of agency authority and taxpayer money.Johanns attempted to address EPA’s aerial surveillance in an amendment to the Senate farm bill. The amendment received 56 bipartisan votes – just shy of the 60 required for passage. Facebook Twittercenter_img Source: NAFB News Service By Gary Truitt – Aug 1, 2012 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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Pumpkin Spice Without the Pudge

first_imgPasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Pumpkin Spice Without the Pudge From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 3:48 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Just can’t get enough of pumpkin spice. Waistlines may disagree. How can you enjoy all the flavor of pumpkin spice without turning into a gourd yourself? Top of the News Business News The Pumpkin Pie Smoothie has been a seasonal Nekter favorite since 2012 and is only available while supplies last. Sip your pumpkin with a clean conscious. Nekter Pasadena is located at 345 S. Lake Ave., Suite 110. Call (818) 928-3300 or visit www.nekterjuicebar.com for more information. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty “What tastes like a piece of pumpkin pie is actually packed with the vitamin A and C your body needs to stay healthy. And since our smoothie’s high level of potassium offers electrolytes to help replenish your body after a workout, we thought hosting a pumpkin-themed yoga session was a fun way to show this recovery benefit in action,” said Nekter co-founder and CEO Steve Schulze. Get a pumpkin-pick-me up after pilates or snack on this smoothie after work. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img More Cool Stuff Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Nekter Juice Bar has a refreshingly light alternative to the dessert-like drinks that bombard us this time of the year. The Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is an all-natural blend of pumpkin puree, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, agave and raw housemade cashew milk. It’s like eating pumpkin pie through a straw without the preservatives, added sugars and dairy, in fact, it’s a vegan. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

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Dual-Tracking and Loss Mitigation Runarounds Are Among Servicing Problems Found by CFPB

first_img About Author: Xhevrije West Previous: CoreLogic Launches New Compliance Solution to Help Lenders With TRID Next: GSEs’ Q1 Foreclosure Prevention Actions Bring Seven-Year Total to 3.5 Million in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dual-tracking Loss Mitigation Mortgage Servicers 2015-06-23 Brian Honea Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dual-tracking Loss Mitigation Mortgage Servicers Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Dual-Tracking and Loss Mitigation Runarounds Are Among Servicing Problems Found by CFPB Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Dual-Tracking and Loss Mitigation Runarounds Are Among Servicing Problems Found by CFPB June 23, 2015 1,670 Views In order to provide transparency, reduce risks to consumers, and comply with federal consumer financial law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently shared its eighth Supervisory Highlights report. The report covers the illegal practices that the Bureau uncovers in areas such as consumer reporting, debt collection, student loan servicing, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, and fair lending for the first four months of the year.According to the supervisory report, the CFPB found problems with dual-tracking at mortgage servicers that could lead consumers to believe their trial modifications were canceled. They also found a lack of quality control measures in place at consumer reporting agencies. Across all industries, the CFPB supervisory resolutions resulted in the recovery of $11.6 million for over 80,000 consumers.“We are extremely concerned that one year after the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules went into effect we are still finding runarounds and illegal dual-tracking,” said Richard Cordray, CFPB Director. “Consumers deserve to be treated with honesty and integrity, and our rules require that servicers give borrowers a fair process when they try to save their homes. The CFPB will continue to stand beside consumers to make sure mortgage servicers are following the law.”The CFPB has authority to supervise banks and credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets, and certain nonbanks under the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the report said.When violations of law or other significant problems or weaknesses are pointed out by the CFPB, they reveal these concerns to the institution and outline how to fix the issue. The CFPB will open an investigation for potential enforcement actions, if necessary. All entities are expected to respond to customer complaints and identify major issues and trends that may pose broader risks to their customers under the CFPB.Supervisory Report Findings:Illegal dual-tracking of foreclosures and loss mitigation applications: CFPB examiners reported at least one servicer that foreclosure intent notices to borrowers that were already approved for trial modifications. Dual-tracking such as this makes consumers believe that the servicer cancelled the trial modification. The Bureau also made note of at least one servicer that sent foreclosure notices to borrowers who were current on their loans.Illegal runarounds with loss mitigation applications: When dealing with a homeowner’s loss mitigation application, the servicers must notify the homeowner upon receipt and let them know the exact status of the application, according to new CFPB rules. At least one servicer was illegally requesting additional documents from consumers that had nothing to do with the application.Debt collection complaints disregarded: The report found that at least one debt collector did not record, categorize, or process complaints and inquires. Other collectors failed to review or resolve these complaints and inquiries. Debt collectors also failed to conduct investigations of disputes.Accuracy problems at consumer reporting agencies: Examiners also found accuracy problems at one or more of the credit reporting agencies. These inaccuracies stemmed from issues with information collection and quality control.Fair lending violations: One or more institutions denied or discouraged mortgage applications from consumers that would have used public assistance income to repay the loan. This violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.Click here to view the complete CFPB Supervisory Highlights Report. 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Donegal Councillor wants Septic tank guidlines published

first_img By News Highland – January 4, 2013 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest A Donegal Councillor claims the Environment Minister’s failure to publish the septic tank inspection plan is costing the the country €12,000 per day in fines from Europe.Independent John Campbell says that he contacted  Phil Hogan’s department on the issue and was told the Environment Protection Agency was drawing up the plan and a timeline for its completion wasm’t available.The councillor claims the delays mean the fine from Europe now stands at the equivalent of 3600 septic tank registration fees.Councillor Campbell, who is also a member of the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Campaign Group, says the people need more information:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/jcampwTANKS.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Previous articleCall for action to end misuse of quads and bikes in DerryNext article96-year-old woman hospitalised following aggrivated burglary in Aghilly News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Donegal Councillor wants Septic tank guidlines publishedlast_img read more

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Editor’s note: The boom ahead

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Stuart ElliottGone is the bombast of the Trump years, with its tweetstorms and incendiary press conferences. While this new era is quieter when it comes to rhetoric, it is just as tumultuous, and the changes we are seeing are perhaps even more monumental. The federal government is putting money in people’s pockets even faster than it’s pumping vaccines into their arms, with the $1.9 trillion relief plan dishing out stimulus checks, providing housing assistance and boosting small businesses. This is likely to spark an economic boom coming out of the pandemic. ADVERTISEMENT And as the role of government is being redefined, there is also a greater push for diversity and equality, far exceeding what many of us have seen in our lifetimes. As we near the end of the pandemic, people are still processing the toll of the past year. Even the most basic things, like where people do their work — and thus what our cities look like — remain to be decided. In this issue, we examine some of these trends, with a particular look at real estate’s biggest firms and their brokers.  This month’s cover story features our 18th annual ranking of the top residential brokerage firms in New York City, tallying up their sales in a year like no other. All told, more than 4,000 brokers left the profession last year in New York (around 9 percent). And while “there were no winners — just brokerages that suffered less than the rest,” as reporter Erin Hudson writes, the top firms managed to hold on better than one might expect. Together, the top 25 firms saw their business decline around one-third in 2020 compared to the year before, collectively brokering around $19 billion in closed sales. Corcoran took the No. 1 spot on the sales ranking, with $5.8 billion in deals, followed by Compass and Douglas Elliman.  And Compass, on the verge of going public, finished at the top in headcount for the first time, with more than 2,400 agents in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. It’s expected to spend even more on expansion once it goes public. We dive into Compass’s finances, playbook and investor messaging as it prepares for its IPO on page 32. Steven James, Douglas Elliman’s New York CEO and president, said that in his four decades in the business, “this is the first time honestly in all those years that I’ve experienced what I truly believe was a huge, huge cataclysmic change.” Outside New York, the picture for residential real estate was much brighter throughout the year. The 5.6 million sales of existing homes in the U.S. last year were the most since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. We take a look at some of the sleepier markets that are benefiting as a result — from Salt Lake City to central Indiana to Midcoast Maine — in a story by Kathryn Brenzel. Meanwhile, in Miami, a new condo craze is starting amid the heated market. We take a look at the projects launching this year, and interview one of the flashiest practitioners of high-end development in the area— Gil Dezer. The Trump pal and partner, when asked about his much-vaunted supercar collection and in-your-face wealth, said, “These things are assets like any other asset. But you get to play with them. You can’t play with your Coca-Cola stock.” In L.A., Malibu has seen unprecedented activity as a result of the pandemic. While there is less political rancor these days in D.C., there is plenty of political rancor in New York politics, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing widespread calls to resign. And real estate interests are working to prevent another mayor in the mold of Bill de Blasio. Finally, back down in Florida — and at the opposite end of the political spectrum — we take a look at the real estate of Trumpworld: those in the ex-president’s orbit who have put down new roots from Miami Beach to Palm Beach. Enjoy the issue. Share via Shortlink Tags editor’s notelast_img read more

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Patterns of marine bacterioplankton biodiversity in the surface waters of the Scotia Arc, Southern Ocean

first_imgSpatial patchiness in marine surface bacterioplankton populations was investigated in the Southern Ocean, where the Antarctic Circumpolar Current meets the islands of the Scotia Arc and is subjected to terrestrial input, upwelling of nutrients and seasonal phytoplankton blooms. Total bacterioplankton population density, group-specific taxonomic distribution and six of eight dominant members of the bacterioplankton community were found to be consistent across 18 nearshore sites at eight locations around the Scotia Arc. Results from seven independent 16S rRNA gene clone libraries (1223 sequences in total) and fluorescent in situ hybridization suggested that microbial assemblages were predominantly homogeneous between Scotia Arc sites, where the Alphaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria and the CytophagaFlavobacteriumBacteroidetes cluster were the dominant bacterial groups. Of the 1223 useable sequences generated, 1087 (89%) shared =similar to 97% similarity with marine microorganisms and 331 (27%) matched published sequences previously detected in permanently cold Arctic and Antarctic marine environments. Taken together, results suggest that the dominant bacterioplankton groups are consistent between locations, but significant differences may be detected across the rare biodiversity.last_img read more

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USCG receives Fast Response Cutter, USCGC Jacob Poroo

first_img Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC JACOB POROO, the 25th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 5th of September 2017 in Key West, Florida. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for the 8th of November in New Orleans, Louisiana.“We are excited to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC JACOB POROO,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the second FRC to be stationed in Pascagoula, MS. Previous cutters have been stationed in Florida, San Juan, PR, Cape May, NJ, Ketchikan, Alaska, Pascagoula, MS and Honolulu, HI. FRCs already in commission have seized multiple tons of narcotics, interdicted thousands of illegal aliens and saved many lives. The FRC program is a model program for government acquisition and has surpassed all historical quality benchmarks for vessels of this type and complexity. The results are the delivery of truly extraordinary Coast Guard cutters that will serve our Nation for decades to come. As we reflect on the U.S. Coast Guard’s importance to our Nation framed by the Coast Guard’s heroic response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, we are extremely proud that the Fast Response Cutters built by Louisiana craftsmen here at Bollinger Shipyards are having such a major impact on our country’s safety and security.”The 154 foot patrol craft USCGC JACOB POROO is the 25th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessel’s 26 foot cutter boat.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Jacob Poroo. For heroic and courageous action during his efforts to attempt a rescue and respond to a major building fire at the LORAN station in Adak, Alaska in 1968, Poroo was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal. Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG receives Fast Response Cutter, USCGC Jacob Poroo September 7, 2017 USCG receives Fast Response Cutter, USCGC Jacob Poroocenter_img View post tag: USCGC Jacob Poroo Share this article View post tag: US Coast Guardlast_img read more

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Choir football strikes violent note

first_imgThe annual choir football tournament was marred by controversy this weekend, with the first red card in the competition’s history.In the match between Christ Church and Worcester-St Peter’s, a rough challenge by a Worcester player almost resulted in a fight, as one of the Christ Church players pushed over someone from the Worcester team, and threw a punch at him.The fight was immediately broken up by referee John Murton (Bass, Magdalen). He commented, “The Christ Church player turned what was a minor scuffle over a tackle into a potentially violent situation and for that he had to be sent off.”One of the other players said: “They were being aggressive all the way through the competition, and much too competitive; not really in the spirit of choir football.”Lincoln went on to win the competition.last_img read more

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