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FTSE falls despite rally after Bank’s dovish rate update – London Report

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: Company FTSE 100 Share BRITAIN’S top share index slipped yesterday, weighed down by weakness in miners and insurer RSA, though it briefly rallied off lows after a broadly dovish update from the Bank of England.The FTSE 100 index ended down 5.32 points, or 0.1 per cent lower at 6,747.09 points, turning slightly lower after a negative open on Wall Street.RSA fell 2.7 per cent despite its pre-tax profit beating expectations. Swiss rival Zurich Insurance, which is interested in bidding for RSA, said it would not overpay for the British insurer.Top riser was Inmarsat, up 6.7 per cent after it said the satellite needed to complete its new Global Xpress network would launch at the end of this month after its rocket partner quickly recovered from a failure in May which upset schedules.Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey rose 2.3 per cent, making it one of the best-performers on the FTSE 100 and taking it to a new eight-year high. Barratt Developments rose 1.6 per cent, also hitting its highest level since 2007. Friday 7 August 2015 5:56 am Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorcenter_img FTSE falls despite rally after Bank’s dovish rate update – London Report whatsapp More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

Calm Has Returned to FX Market – Shaw

first_imgRelatedCalm Has Returned to FX Market – Shaw RelatedCalm Has Returned to FX Market – Shaw Calm Has Returned to FX Market – Shaw UncategorizedNovember 15, 2008 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, yesterday (Nov.13) informed that relative calm has returned to the local foreign exchange market.“This week, you would have noticed, barring a little upward movement by a few cents or downward by a few cents, the dollar is stabilising and it is very important that I encourage all stakeholders to support this stability in the foreign exchange market,” Mr. Shaw said as he addressed the Jamaica U-Drive Association’s 39th annual general meeting and luncheon, at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.He admonished those who would want to disrupt the market. “It does not help Jamaica now, for anyone to do anything to disturb the normal inflows and outflows of foreign exchange. There is no need for it, there is no basis for it, and I am urging that those who, for any selfish or greedy basis, would seek to be disruptive to the foreign exchange market, I am asking you, do not do it,” he appealed.He noted that there is no shortage of foreign exchange in Jamaica “instead, what we have are those who have and are holding on to it, and those who don’t have and they need it.”“So what we need is greater harmony and greater confidence from everyone, to just get back to business as usual, so that we can have our exchange rate remaining stable, so that it does not impact any further in terms of slippages, impact negatively on our food prices, impact negatively overall on the economy, that then impacts negatively on the budget,” Mr. Shaw stated.He said that the market will benefit from greater inflows of foreign currency, as between September and November, foreign currency inflows are at its lowest. “In so doing, you will allow the market to function effectively,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, the Finance Minister has noted that the banking sector has remained safe and stable, despite the global economic crisis.“One of the reasons for that is that when we had the financial collapse of the 1990s, one of the good things that came out of it is that the banking and financial sector overall, had to become subject to a higher level of regulations. One of the things the Bank of Jamaica Governor has pointed out, is that the regulatory environment that was put in place about 10 years ago has assisted us in ensuring that the banking community is stable today,” Mr Shaw explained.He also noted that the bad debt portfolio of the commercial banking system is at 2.8 per cent, well within the internationally accepted standard, which goes up as high as 10 per cent.Mr. Shaw also informed that the country’s Net International Reserve (NIR) now stands at US$1.8 billion, and is just about the same as it was for December 2007. RelatedCalm Has Returned to FX Market – Shawlast_img read more

Extra £47.6 million for Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

first_imgExtra £47.6 million for Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre The VMIC will be the UK’s first national vaccines manufacturing and innovation facility and will be able to respond to pandemics by producing millions of doses quickly.The funding will support work already underway to:expand the capacity twenty-fold so that the UK has a highly specialist manufacturing centre that, in a pandemic situation, can make up to 70 million doses within a 6 month periodaccelerate the timeline for VMIC to be operationally ready so it can support the national response to (coronavirus) COVID-19VMIC has been granted almost £215 million of government funding in total to date.In May 2020, the government confirmed additional funding of £93 million to the VMIC – which was first announced in 2018 – to expand and fast track the project. The new £47.6 million is in addition to this funding and will support the delivery of this highly specialist facility during these unprecedented, challenging times.Through the VMIC, the government also invested £8.75 million in the set-up of a rapid deployment facility at Oxford Biomedica in Oxfordshire, which was a major milestone in increasing UK manufacturing capability of viral vector vaccines. By October 2020, these 2 additional manufacturing sites were approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and are currently producing the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:covid-19, Government, healthcare, innovation, manufacturing, Oxford, pandemic, project, UK, UK Government, Vaccineslast_img read more

Fourth lockdown is a massive step backwards for Victoria

first_imgFourth lockdown is a massive step backwards for Victoria Victorian Chamber of Commerce and IndustryVictorian business was dealt another blow today as the Victorian Government announced a seven-day lockdown and the application of Stage Three restrictions.From midnight tonight (27 May), there will be five reasons to leave home: to shop for food and essentials, seek medical attention, get a COVID-19 vaccine, caregiving and work and study if you can’t do it from home.Construction and manufacturing will remain operational. Hospitality venues will only be able to offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services, entertainment, tourism, events and cultural venues will need to close and community sport will need to be cancelled.The Victorian Chamber stands ready to help any business affected by the shutdowns and invites them to contact us to access support.To be attributed to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Paul Guerra:“This fourth wave lockdown will be devastating for business because there are no supports like JobKeeper or rent relief this time around. We estimated that the five-day Valentine’s Day lockdown cost Victorian business more than $1 billion so we are looking at a hit of around $1 billion this time around, and that’s if it remains confined to the seven days. The Victorian Chamber will be advocating for a substantial assistance package for impacted businesses.“This lockdown will break some businesses, no doubt about it. So many were just hanging on by a thread and that thread has now been severed. The cost is not only monetary, there’s also the huge cost of jobs, confidence and reputation. We have taken a massive hit today about how we will be viewed on a national scale.“All Victorians deserve better. Ironically, it was one year ago yesterday when COVID-19 escaped hotel quarantine prompting the start of our second wave, and here we are again facing a debilitating lockdown because the virus has again escaped and spread. Why does this keep to happening to us while other states manage it differently and effectively?“Clearly the hotel quarantine and contact tracing systems have let us down again and the vaccine rollout has been way too slow. We’ve had months to get this right and Victorian businesses are once again paying the price. The Victorian business community is tired of the excuses.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, Chamber of Commerce, commerce, community, covid-19, Government, hotel, industry, JobKeeper, lockdown, quarantine, study, tourism, vaccine, Victoria, viruslast_img read more

Delille Cellars Promotes Nick Bernstein to Winemaker, Mari Rossi to Assistant…

first_imgFacebook AdvertisementBernstein and Rossi take on elevated roles under the guidance of  Director of Winemaking Jason Gorski Assistant Winemaker Mari Rossi and Winemaker Nick BernsteinAssistant Winemaker Mari Rossi and Winemaker Nick BernsteinWOODINVILLE, WA, February 12, 2020 – DeLille Cellars, a Bordeaux-inspired winery with a rich history of blending fruit from Washington State’s iconic vineyards, announced two significant promotions within its winemaking team.  Nick Bernstein, former Assistant Winemaker, has been promoted to Winemaker, and Mari Rossi, former Enologist, has been promoted to Assistant Winemaker, both under the direction of Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Jason Gorski.  These promotions come after the winery’s first harvest in its new home at the former Redhook Brewery site in Woodinville, now called Hollywood Station.“I’m honored and excited for the opportunity.  I feel extremely lucky to be a part of such a great family at DeLille and look forward to continuing to help craft delicious wines and working with the world-class growers and vineyards we source from,” said Bernstein.“I look forward to my next chapter here at DeLille as the new Assistant Winemaker. The quality of fruit that we receive and the people I work with everyday make this journey so rewarding, and with our new tasting room opening up at Hollywood Station it feels like the possibilities are endless,” added Rossi.Bernstein and Rossi have been instrumental to the winery’s growth and acclaim. Prior to joining DeLille in 2012, Bernstein acquired his B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington and then travelled the world working harvests from Walla Walla to Sonoma and New Zealand. Mari started at DeLille in 2014 after receiving a degree in Viticulture and Enology from Cornell University and working harvests in Sonoma, Napa and New Zealand before landing in Woodinville.During Bernstein and Rossi’s time at DeLille, the winery has received three consecutive Wine & Spirits ‘Top 100 Wineries of the World’ awards (in 2017, 2018 and 2019), as well as a coveted position on the Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2018 with the winery’s 2015 Signature Syrah. In early 2020, the winery topped 600 individual 90+ ratings from top international wine critics since its founding in 1992.“Nick and Mari have been integral to the success of the winery, improving wine quality while supporting the growth of the brand and construction of our new facilities at Hollywood Station. These promotions bring their titles in line with their responsibilities and recognize their immense contributions to DeLille Cellars,” said Jason Gorski.DeLille Cellars moved its winemaking operations to the old Redhook facility in January of 2019.  The company recently opened its three-story retail tower in December 2019, which features seated tastings as well as elevated experiences such as library tastings and food and wine pairings.  The tasting room connects to the winemaking facility, where guests can peek into the barrel room to see the French oak barrels that are integral to DeLille’s traditional winemaking approach and philosophy.About DeLille CellarsBordeaux Inspired – Distinctly Washington – Uniquely DeLilleDeLille Cellars is the third oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, founded in 1992. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 600 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington’s most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.Advertisement TAGSDeLille CellarsMari RossiNick Bernsteinpeople Pinterest Twitter Email Home Industry News Releases Delille Cellars Promotes Nick Bernstein to Winemaker, Mari Rossi to Assistant WinemakerIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessDelille Cellars Promotes Nick Bernstein to Winemaker, Mari Rossi to Assistant WinemakerBy Press Release – February 12, 2020 308 0 Share Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleFine Vintage Launches Canadian PR AgencyNext article2019 Mendocino Grape Crush Report Press Releaselast_img read more

Father, Like Son

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Matt Triplett’s fairy tale climb to the top of his profession began where any good story should in Northwest Montana — amidst the taxidermied wildlife, boot-tapping country jams and rowdy cowboys and cowgirls at the venerable Blue Moon Nite Club in Columbia Falls.It was there that a young Triplett first found himself aboard a bucking bull at one of the bar’s summer rodeos, and while it wasn’t love at first ride there weren’t many months that passed before Triplett was hopping on bulls in the bucking chute his dad built for him on the family’s nearby property. Pat Triplett, Matt’s father, saw his son’s passion and made some additions to his horse-training business, bringing in low-level bulls from wherever he could find them and giving his young son the opportunity to pursue his budding passion without venturing beyond his own yard.Fast-forward some years and soon there were pens filled with larger, stronger and more experienced bulls, and soon there was Matt, bursting onto the rodeo scene, winning back-to-back Montana State High School Rodeo bull-riding titles and competing on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour for the first time in 2011.Seven years later, Matt has already tasted success on the sport’s highest level, ranking as one of the top five cowboys in the world in 2014 and 2015, and he made national headlines last week when he announced via Twitter — as even a cowboy does in 2018 — that he had been cleared to return from shoulder surgery and would ride his first bull of the year in early May.When Matt does make that triumphant return to the bucking chute next month, there will be a familiar name in the field, although he’ll find it on the opposite side of the ledger. Quietly, while his son was becoming one of the world’s best bull riders, Pat Triplett was training some of the world’s rankest bucking bulls.In 2010, a young Matt Triplett preps his bull for riding at the arena on his family’s property outside Columbia Falls. Beacon file photoThere is violence in the air as Pat Triplett gestures toward two of his prized bulls on recent afternoon on his ranch on the outskirts of Columbia Falls. The serene blue skies and majestic, snow-capped mountains on the horizon give way to the thud of thousands of pounds of cartoonish muscle slamming together, forehead-to-forehead, not more than 30 feet from where he is standing. The two bulls currently squared off are, Triplett says, the best of friends. They are travel companions, roommates on the road and, usually, perfectly polite gentlemen toward one another.Today, however, they are having a bit of a disagreement and Triplett, without saying it, is bothered by the tiff. Not because he’s going to have to reorganize the housing arrangement for his bulls that are traveling to Billings the following day, or because their conflict is riling up some of the younger bulls watching from nearby, but because he didn’t expect this to happen. Sure, one of the bulls had been sick and needed to be separated for a few weeks, but these two were different. Triplett, who unabashedly loves the animals in his care, has the pained expression of a parent watching two of his children fight.“All in all, they love you, because you feed and take care of them twice a day,” Triplett said. “They become really close to you.”Triplett grew up in Eureka and was a bull rider himself in his youth, competing professionally for about three years. He was a jockey, too, riding racehorses until “I guess I got too fat to ride them,” he quipped. That brought Triplett to horse training and, once his son showed promise as a bull rider, his current occupation as the owner and operator of PK Triplett Bucking Bulls. Triplett has partners in the business but the day-to-day care of the animals is something he takes on his shoulders and his shoulders alone. He feeds the bulls every morning and every night, and exercises them by running them through the sandy pasture across the street while on his four-wheeler. It has meant Triplett trudging outside every day for the last 15 years, only accepting the occasional assist from his wife, Kari, another of a small group of trusted associates, to do a minimal amount of work. But it’s something he never tires of doing.“When I was training horses they used to tell me, ‘don’t turn your passion into a job,’” he said. “And I did. I turned my passion into my job.”Triplett does not raise young bulls on his property, preferring instead to scout for bulls on rodeo’s lower levels and capitalize on their potential. When Matt first left home to embark on his professional career, Pat sold his stock of training bulls for a few professional-grade ones, and during the 15 total years he’s been doing it he’s upgraded to amass a core group that now competes regularly on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series (the sport’s highest level).“He has a weird eye for finding that bull that people didn’t want anymore,” Matt said of his father. “He sees a bull that has a lot of potential and has a lot of heart; a bull that someone doesn’t believe in and makes him a better bull.”Matt should know. He’s ridden his dad’s bulls twice in competition. The bulls are 2-for-2.“It’s a struggle,” Pat said of watching his son on top of his bulls. “I’m cheering him on and I’m cheering the bull on, and then when the bulls buck him off I feel pretty proud of them bulls because I feel like (Matt)’s such a stud, that he’s such an awesome bull rider, that I did my job, or the bull did his job.”Pat’s bulls, not unlike his son, began at the lowest levels of rodeo, first competing at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell. From there, the bulls climbed the rodeo ladder before first cracking the PBR’s top series four years ago.These days, Hammer Down is the star of the bunch, having gone 4-for-4 in bucking riders this season before last weekend’s event in Billings. There, Claudio Montanha Jr. stayed aboard for eight seconds and earned an 87-point ride en route to winning the competition and ascending to the number one spot in the series rankings. PK Triplett bulls left the chute five times in Billings, with the only other successful ride coming from Alisson Souza aboard Parachute to the tune of an impressive 85 1/2 points.Triplett, like many stock contractors, gets put in the odd position of rooting for his animals to triumph over their human foes, but he will take solace from Billings in the fact that his bulls earned big points during those two rides.“I try to get the bulls that just wreck those guys,” he said last week. “I hate to say that, but I don’t put all this time, energy, money and effort into letting them ride one. And if they do ride one, I want him to win.”PK Triplett Bucking Bulls currently ranks 22nd out of more than 200 stock contractors who have been invited to compete on the PBR this year, and while Triplett brought four bulls to Billings he’s brought as many as 10 to other competitions. Hammer Down is a two-time participant in the World Finals and figures, Triplett believes, to be invited back this year.Pat Triplett of PK Triplett Bucking Bulls near Columbia Falls on April 18, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead BeaconMatt Triplett is  a bit behind schedule but he, too, has his eyes on the World Finals in November. It was there, last year, that the 26-year-old was last in competition, managing a remarkable ride atop Hy Test despite competing, essentially, with one arm.In November 2017, Dr. Tandy Freeman operated on Triplett’s left shoulder and in the months since the Columbia Falls native has been rehabbing with physical therapists at Kalispell’s Precision Physical Therapy and dedicating himself to his yoga practice, which has been part of his training regimen for several years. He’s had to practice patience, too, something longtime family friend, neighbor and former PBR cowboy Beau Hill has preached in recent months to his protégé.“When you’re young, you think sitting at home for three weeks is going to kill you,” Hill said. “It’s really smart to give it a couple extra weeks and then come back. I think he’s being smart about it and he’s going to be healthy and come back like nothing ever happened.”Hill was a regular at Pat Triplett’s home arena while rehabbing the myriad injuries he suffered or in search of a training ride during his professional career, which included four trips to the World Finals and ended with his retirement in 2017. He had an up-close seat as Pat grew his bucking bull business and Matt grew his bull-riding career, and appreciated the opportunity to take on professional-grade bulls in an area not typically known for producing bulls or bull riders.“It’s hard to find a good practice pen around here,” Hill said. “If you grow up in Texas, people have bulls all over the place, all year round. So here, to find somebody that actually has the bulls and then has quality bulls that you want to get on, like Pat, that makes a big difference and makes you want to go to that spot and improve.” Matt Triplett has earned nearly $800,000 in his PBR career, and he’ll be looking to add to that total at the Last Cowboy Standing event, May 4-6 at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Pat Triplett plans to be there, too, with a batch of bulls he hopes can be champions, maybe even with his son on top in the bucking chute, just the way it was 15 years earlier in their front yard.Pat and Matt, unsurprisingly, want nothing to do with that scenario. But the world they occupy already — the one where Matt, fully healthy, is reestablishing his place as one of the world’s best on a bull, and Pat and his bulls are traveling the country and throwing guys like Matt crashing to earth, is already a dream come true.“It’s been an awesome ride,” Pat said. “I love it.”[email protected] Emaillast_img read more

21-year-old man dies in fish factory accident in Killybegs

first_img Facebook Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook 21-year-old man dies in fish factory accident in Killybegs News WhatsApp By News Highland – January 10, 2014 A 21-year-old man has died in an accident at a fish factory in Killybegs.The incident happened at around 330pm this afternoon.Gardai are currently at the scene. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase center_img 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleSeries 2 of Dr Mc Kenna Cup this weekendNext articleDonegal succes at he 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition News Highland Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitterlast_img read more

Report: Ga. Students Need More Financial Aid Than HOPE Gives

first_img0:41 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Hear the audio version of this story.0:41According to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia’s HOPE scholarship is working well for some college students, but there are many more who need financial aid and aren’t getting it. The report found about a third of Georgia’s public college students receive HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships. Out of the recipients, 30 percent are from low-income homes and 41 percent are from middle-income families.HOPE is merit-based, meaning students have to earn good grades to get – and keep – it. Students with a “B” average in high school can qualify for HOPE, which covers partial tuition costs. Students with an “A” average and good standardized test scores can qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship, which pays full tuition.Those kinds of requirements put HOPE out of reach for some students, the report shows.“It was really highlighted with the Zell Miller scholarship,” says Claire Suggs, a senior education policy analyst with the GBPI. “Only about 20 percent – or 21 percent – of those students are low-income, compared to about 78 percent of those recipients who are not low-income.”The report says a needs-based scholarship for students who don’t have the grades for HOPE could help more Georgia students attend college.“That’s what we kind of want to have a broader discussion about is, ‘What kind of financial aid solutions can we put in place for those students?’” Suggs says.The state has issued some needs-based scholarships through a program called REACH Georgia. But, the number of REACH scholars is capped at 8 per school district.By contrast, the HOPE grant provides financial aid for almost three-quarters of Georgia’s technical college students.The grant used to cover full tuition, but now pays just part of the cost.“Our concern there is that the award amount itself isn’t adequate to meet the full scope of the financial challenges many of these students face,” Suggs says.The report suggests restoring the grant to pay full tuition plus fees so students will be more likely to complete their degrees.Like us on Facebook Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

Areva to supply fuel assemblies to Germany nuclear power plant

first_imgSubscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine Twitter Linkedin Areva will supply fuel assemblies to the Emsland nuclear power plant in Germany as part of a contract with utility RWE. Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale By chloecox – New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants center_img NuclearReactors TAGSPPL Areva to supply fuel assemblies to Germany nuclear power plant Previous articlePlant Vogtle Unit 2 taken offline for refueling, maintenance outageNext articleNRC begins special inspection at Millstone nuclear power unit chloecox Facebook The fuel assemblies will be produced at Areva’s Lingen manufacturing plant in Germany. From 2016 to 2020, the Emsland plant will receive a total of four reloads of Areva’s HTP fuel design. 9.15.2014 Facebook No posts to displaylast_img read more

USS Fitzgerald Officer pleads guilty to role in deadly collision

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK CITY) —  A junior Navy officer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to her role in last year’s deadly collision involving the destroyer USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan that killed seven sailors.Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock’s guilty plea came on the first day of Navy court proceedings for four of the destroyer’s officers, including the ship’s commanding officer.About 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with the container ship MCX Crystal as both ships transited through the busy shipping lanes outside of Tokyo Bay.At the time of the collision, Coppock was serving as the Officer of the Deck, the officer overseeing the bridge team that was steering the ship. At Tuesday’s hearing, Coppock entered a guilty plea to a charge of “dereliction in the performance of duties through neglect contributing to the deaths” of the seven sailors. Coppock acknowledged that, in violation of the commanding officer’s standing orders and navigation rules, she had failed to communicate with the ship’s Combat Information Center, did not report ship contacts with the commanding officer and did not alert the ship’s crew of an imminent collision.During questioning from Capt. Charles Purnell, the presiding judge at Tuesday’s special court-martial, Coppock admitted that in violation of Cmdr. Bryce Benson’s order, she had not contacted him whenever a ship sailed within 6,000 yards of the destroyer. That happened 13 times during her four-hour watch the night of the collision, with some ships coming as close as 650 yards of the destroyer. Coppock acknowledged she had “low confidence” in some of the sailors standing watch in the ship’s Combat Information Center (CIC), one reason why she never checked with the sailors manning the sophisticated radars in the CIC who could have also checked the distances of passing commercial ships.In sentencing arguments Lt. Cmdr. Paul Hochmuth noted that Coppock was not solely to blame for the collision and has taken responsibility for her actions. But he cited her “loss of complete situational awareness” of the destroyer’s passage through the busy shipping lane. “She chose to be blind and never asked for help from the CIC,” said Hochmuth.Coppock’s attorney, Lt. Ryan Mooney, noted that she had not shied away from her role in the collision, but pointed to staffing shortfalls aboard the Fitzgerald and a lack of training among officers as indicators of broader issues aboard the ship and the U.S.-based fleet in Japan.Under the guilty plea agreement, Coppock was sentenced to receive a letter of reprimand and three months of half-pay. But because she had earlier received a similar non-judicial punishment, the new sentence only added an additional month of half-pay for the junior officer.The Navy’s comprehensive investigation into the collision found that it was avoidable and was the result of a series of basic failures by the ship’s crew and officers.After the investigation, the Navy filed criminal charges against four of the ship’s officers, including Benson. Preliminary court hearings for two junior officers will be held at the Washington Navy Yard on Wednesday, Benson’s court hearing is slated for May 21.The seven sailors killed in the collision were Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, Va.;Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, Calif.; Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, Conn.; Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, Texas; Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, Calif.; Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, Md. and Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, Ohio.As part of the sentencing hearing that followed Coppock’s guilty plea family members of some of the fallen sailors gave emotional statements about the emotional trauma they have lived through since the sudden loss of their loved ones.“I am perpetually sad and I cry all the time,” said Terri Rigsby, Dakota Rigsby’s stepmother. “This collision should have never occurred.”“I blame the Navy for the loss of my son,” she said reading from a statement written by her husband Lloyd who also wrote he could not forgive the Navy for his son’s death.Xavier Alec Martin’s father Darrold Martin told the court: “It’s not right for a parent to bury a child.”Speaking through tears, Dora Hernandez, described how her three-year-old son will not have personal memories of his father, Noe Hernandez.In emotional testimony of her own, Coppock expressed her remorse to the family members in the courtroom and said: “All I can do now is take responsibility.”As a memorial to those that perished in the collision, Coppock has a tattoo on her left wrist that includes the latitude and longitude of the location of the collision, as well as seven green clovers representing the seven fallen sailors and the ship’s motto “Protect Your People”.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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