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Utah St tops No. 5 San Diego State for Mountain West title

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first_img Tags: Mountain West/Mountain West Champions/Mountain West Tournament/Utah State Aggies Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, including a contested 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to lift Utah State to a 59-56 victory over No. 5 San Diego State in the Mountain West Tournament championship on Saturday.The Aggies (26-8) rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to win their second straight Mountain West Tournament title and earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Written by Associated Press March 7, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah St tops No. 5 San Diego State for Mountain West titlelast_img

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Lime Petroleum to acquire 20% stake in two licences in Norwegian Sea

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first_img Lime Petroleum to acquire 20% stake in two licences in Norwegian Sea. (Credit: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann) Lime Petroleum (LPA), a subsidiary of Rex International, has signed an agreement with Norwegian oil and gas company, Equinor Energy to purchase 20% stake in two licences in Norwegian Sea.Subject to regulatory approval, LPA will acquire the stake in the each of the licences PL263D and PL263E in the Norwegian Sea.The firm said that the exploration drilling on the licences is estimated to begin in late 2020, and the planned well is targeting a large prospect called Apollonia, along with a reservoir located in the traditional Jurassic section.According to Rex International, the Apollonia prospect has strong support from its proprietary Rex Virtual Drilling (RVD) technology.Equinor is the operator of the licences PL263D and PL263ERex International Executive Chairman Dan Broström said, “This is our second farm-in in Norway in 2020, in line with our ‘just-in-time’ farm-in strategy. As with our other farm-ins, including those which resulted in the Rolvsnes and Shrek discoveries, we have used our RVD technology to screen and de-risk the Apollonia prospect.”Both the licences are located on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea, approximately 25km to the southwest of the newly issued PL1062 licence.Equinor is the operator of the licences PL263D and PL263E,  while Pandion Energy, a Norwegian Oil & natural gas company, is a partner.LPA CEO Lars Hübert said: “The Halten Terrace has emerged as an important area of focus for LPA. The PL263D and PL263E licences are well placed between the Åsgard and Midgard fields. We have built up significant expertise in the area, and can effectively employ our strategy of technology-led, near-field exploration.”In 2018, Lime Petroleum agreed to sell its 20% stake in licence PL762 in the Norwegian Sea to an undisclosed buyer. Lime Petroleum will acquire stake in the the licences PL263D and PL263E, which are operated by Equinorlast_img read more

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New Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers

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first_imgAlan Willis (pictured far right) became the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers at the annual Election Banquet, held at the Mansion House in London last week. Nearly 300 members and guests, many from the baking industry, saw the Beadle, Anthony White, remove the chain of office from past master Michael Bellis in readiness to present it to his successor. Mr Willis, formerly of National Westminster Bank, has been a prominent member of Baking Excellence since its inception several years ago. The organisation helps raise funds and publicises the need for bursaries to bakery students, which in turn funds study tours.last_img

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Joshua Henry, Michael Luwoye & Rory O’Malley Will Lead the Hamilton Tour

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first_imgJoshua Henry, Michael Luwoye & Rory O’Malley It’s time for them to take their shot! Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Michael Luwoye and Tony nominee Rory O’Malley will headline the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical Hamilton. The trio take on the roles of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. The national tour of the tuner will begin performances on March 10 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, before playing its premiere Los Angeles engagement at the Hollywood Pantages August 11 through December 30.Henry, currently performing in the Chicago production of Hamilton, made his Broadway debut in In The Heights, received Tony Award nominations for his roles in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys and created the role of Noble Sissle in Shuffle Along. Luwoye made his Broadway debut in Hamilton and was nominated for a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for his work as Jacob in Invisible Thread. O’Malley is currently playing King George III on Broadway and received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon.Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Rubén J. Carbajal as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Jordan Donica as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Amber Iman as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Isaiah Johnson as George Washington, Solea Pfeiffer as Eliza Hamilton, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Angelica Schuyler and Mathenee Treco as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.The national tour cast will also include Ryan Alvarado, Raymond Baynard, Amanda Braun, Daniel Ching, Karli Dinardo, Jeffery Duffy, Jennifer Geller, Jacob Guzman, Julia Harriman, Afra Hines, Sabrina Imamura, Lauren Kias, Yvette Lu, Desmond Newson, Desmond Nunn, Josh Andrés Rivera, Raven Thomas, Ryan Vasquez, Keenan D. Washington and Andrew Wojtal.Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Joshua Henry Michael Luwoyelast_img read more

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5 ways credit unions can build a better CX than fintechs

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first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banks and credit unions begin collecting personal financial data from the time they first sign up consumers. From there the accumulation builds exponentially, creating a mountain of data that fintechs drool over. Yet, a survey by Total Expert shows a shocking number of financial brands still do not routinely use data-driven insights to improve customer experience.Why? It’s not as if consumers adamantly oppose proper use of their data. The rapid growth of fintechs confirms that consumers will allow third-party service providers to access their personal and financial data — often welcoming it. Consumers do this because they hunger for someone to connect them to the products and services that will truly improve their lives, according to Lori Blix, Marketing Campaign Director, Financial Services, for Total Expert.The right use of data, she said, provides a very lucrative roadmap for banks and credit unions to follow.Total Expert, a marketing and customer experience platform provider, surveyed bank and credit union marketers in advance of a webinar presented in cooperation with The Financial Brand. The survey responses were drawn about evenly from banks and credit unions.last_img read more

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Maybe it’s time for the people of Lika to organize a study trip for us? The

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first_imgChallenge the potential and offer of Lika as a tourist destination (or any other region) only because we do not know enough about it and at the same time share our personal opinion, attitude or inclination as misinformation, thus degrading the destination only because we do not like it or do not know it enough, it does not harm only that destination or location, but the overall offer of Croatian tourist products, especially because it is and can be very diverse and rich, and thus even more attractive to all future guests. Ako otvorimo stranicu turističke zajednice regije Lika, pronaći ćemo ne mali broj trasiranih biciklističkih staza, koje prolaze što kroz naselja, što kroz šumske puteve, seoske ceste pa čak i zahtjevnije, “divlje”staze. Ljubitelji adrenalina imaju priliku isprobati zipline koji je među najdužima u Europi ili se pak proljuljati na divovskoj ljuljački, koja se nalazi tek 10-15 minuta vožnje udaljena od rodne kuće jednog od najvećih genija u povijest čovječanstva – Nikole Tesle. We rarely talk about the responsibility that tourism professionals have (or should have) when informing about destinations. The recent situation that happened within an FB group, when a colleague who introduced himself as a tourist worker with 20 years of experience, almost made fun of the future guest of the city of Gospić, arguing that there is nothing to “be” or “do”, prompted me to think and commenting on just this topic. ‬It is already known that tourist trends suggest that “being” and “working” as a tourist in a city no longer means only the sun and the sea, large resorts and / or cities. We took Lika as an example, so let’s move on to her. In this part of Lijepa naša there are three national parks, one of which (Plitvice Lakes) is under the protection of UNESCO, just like the beech forests of Northern Velebit and Paklenica, which are included in the same list as the original beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe. . Velebit, our longest mountain, which is also a nature park, is adorned with beautiful hiking and mountaineering trails. Hiking enthusiasts certainly know about the “Premužić trail”, and in addition, the locations on the network of trails “Via Dinarica” ​​are marked. Barać’s caves, Grabovača Cave Park, Cerovac Caves will surely be found in the itinerary of all those who are interested in the mystical world of the underground and karst. Author: Martina Ljuština, Experiences.hr Over 20 cheese dairies and family farms are located in this region and offer their products and tourist story to visitors, in accordance with the popularly known openness and cordiality of Lika hosts, abundant portions and the culture of brandy toasting. Isn’t this an experience that authentically tells the story of tradition, culture and gastronomy? Aren’t these the expectations of today’s tourists? This is not all that Lika can and offers, this is not all that hardworking tourism workers create, this is not all that Lika visitors can experience here. ‬ Maybe it’s time for the people of Lika to organize a study trip for us? Thelast_img read more

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Tax evasion law “could cost big banks $100 million”

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first_img 213 Views   no discussions MILAN (Reuters) – A U.S. law aimed at curbing tax evasion by citizens using foreign accounts could cost large multinational banks as much as $100 million apiece to implement in one-off systems costs, a top asset manager and a tax lawyer told a conference on Friday.The overall costs of implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), could approach the more than $8 billion FATCA is due to raise over 10 years, he said.FATCA was introduced after high profile tax evasion cases.“With FATCA there is a cost on us in Europe but benefits in the U.S.. The benefit is $8.5 bln over 10 years … for multinational banks I have seen estimates of $100 million (each, in one-off costs),” said James Broderick, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for JP Morgan Asset Management.“It would be easier to just write a cheque to the IRS (U.S. tax authority)”, he added.The $100 million figure is with regard to the costs of implementation for the banking systems of large, multi-jurisdictional banks, and not for an asset manager, he said.Speaking at the same conference, organized by Italy’s asset management association Assogestioni, tax expert Keith Lawson said he had also heard the $100 mln figure.Lawson, Senior Counsel Tax Law at ICI, the U.S. national association of U.S. investment companies, said aspects of FATCA were “draconian” but a repeal would be very difficult given the amount it would raise.Broderick said banks and wealth managers had to accept that FATCA, which starts coming into force in June 2013, would be implemented and they may have to change their business models.FATCA has drawn wide criticism from abroad, with banks and business people saying the new law turns them into agents of the IRS.Writing by Nigel Tutt; Editing by Greg MahlichYAHOO News Tweet LifestyleMoney Tax evasion law “could cost big banks $100 million” by: – November 18, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Walnuts ‘improve sperm health’

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first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Walnuts ‘improve sperm health’ by: – August 16, 2012 Could two handfuls of walnuts a day keep the fertility doctor away?Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men, a study in the journal Biology of Reproduction suggests.Sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks.The fatty acids found in these nuts are thought to have helped sperm development. It is not known if this would help improve male fertility. About one in six couples are infertile, with 40% of these due to a male factor. Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield said: “It would be relatively easy to poke fun at studies like this, but there is increasing evidence to show that aspects of a man’s diet can affect the number and quality of sperm produced by his testicles.”The researchers say the next step is to work with couples who are attending infertility clinics to determine if placing sub-fertile men, with poor semen quality, on a walnut diet results in better success conceiving. It is thought that infertility in men may be a result of too few sperm being made, or that the sperm have poor swimming ability, size or shape. Walnut supplementThis study involved 117 men between the ages of 21 and 35, who were divided into two groups. One group added 2.6 ounces (75 grams) of whole-shelled walnuts to their daily diet. The other group continued their usual diet but avoided eating tree nuts. Both groups ate a typical Western-style diet.Lead author, Prof Wendie Robbins from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health said: “We found a significant improvement in sperm parameters in the group that consumed the walnuts.Healthy sperm“The men who ate no tree nuts saw no change.”Sperm quality improved in terms of concentration, vitality, movement, shape and chromosome abnormalities.Dr Pacey said: “The study has been well executed and my only criticism would be that the men in the walnut-eating arm of the trial could have altered other aspects of their behaviour to give the results shown in the paper. “A better trial would be to produce tablets of walnut extract that looked identical to a placebo so that the study was completely blind. “In spite of this, the results of the study show a small but statistically significant improvement in sperm health.”These benefits may be down to the fatty acids in the nuts. Co-author Catherine Carpenter, from the UCLA Centre for Human Nutrition said: “Walnuts provide a particularly rich source of a-linolenic acid, a natural plant source of omega-3, which we suspect may have been responsible for the improvements we observed.”The walnuts for the study were supplied by the California Walnut Commission and the study was funded by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health.BBC News Share Tweetcenter_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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World Bank’s Haiti strategy for 2012 focuses on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs

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first_imgImage via: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The World Bank board of directors on Thursday endorsed a new 12-month strategy for Haiti that will help protect the country’s population from natural disasters, support the return of 22,500 people to safe housing, improve neighborhoods for 75,000 people, finance tuition for 100,000 children and school feeding for 75,000 children. In addition, the strategy aims to revitalize the economy, improve conditions for investment, and strengthen the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and rural development. The 2012 Haiti Interim Strategy Note (ISN) programs US$255 million in grants from the International Development Association’s (IDA) Crisis Response Window.“The new interim strategy underlines the World Bank’s commitment to Haiti’s ongoing reconstruction and longer-term economic recovery efforts,” said Pamela Cox, World Bank vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The strategy is closely aligned with the Government’s priorities and designed to provide substantial support for physical reconstruction and institutional strengthening in order to deliver concrete short-term results, while increasing the country’s capacity to rebuild itself.”The ISN lays out the World Bank Group’s program for the next year and includes the following additional results:• Greater resilience to natural disasters and other crises (such as cholera) through improved performance of national institutions and infrastructure. • Improvements in the business environment and the launching of investments that will create jobs outside of the capital. • Improved public procurement, transparency and financial management.As part of the ISN’s envelope, the board of directors approved US$180 million on Thursday for the following three projects:Education for All (US$70 million) • 175,000 children to benefit• 8,000 student-teachers to be trainedThe second phase of the Education for All Project will support Haiti’s strategy for rebuilding the education system by increasing access to primary education for poor children aged 6-12 and improving equity and quality of the education sector. The project will benefit a total of 175,000 Haitian children.In peri-urban areas, the project will allow about 100,000 students per year in approximately 1,200 schools to attend school free of charge, while 75,000 children will receive hot meals in school every day. In addition, 8,280 student-teachers will benefit from accelerated teacher training, resulting in thousands of additional qualified primary teachers.For those children living in rural areas without access to primary education services, the project’s community-based approach will reach 6,250 students in 200 communities, and generate an estimated 36,000 spaces for students in the coming years.Disaster Risk Management (US$60 million)The US$60 million Disaster Risk Management and Reconstruction Project will help Haiti improve its disaster response capacity and enhance the resiliency of critical transport infrastructure. Haiti ranks as one of the countries with the highest exposure to multiple natural hazards, with 96 percent of its population living at risk.Following the January 2010 earthquake, the Bank helped to restore critical capacities for recovery and planning of disaster-resilient reconstruction. This project will further strengthen the country’s capacity for disaster preparedness and response through the following activities:• Support the National Disaster Risk Management by strengthening the national network of civil protection committees, setting up a reliable emergency communications system, and expanding the national emergency shelter network.• Strengthen the capacity of key ministries to integrate knowledge on disaster risk in policy and decision making processes.• Rehabilitate vulnerable and damaged critical transport infrastructure.Re-launching Agriculture (US$50 million)• 50,000 producers to benefit The third project approved onThursday for US$50 million, including US$10 million co-financing from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program Trust Fund (GAFSP), supports Haiti’s National Agriculture Investment Plan to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the agriculture sector, while improving food security and nutrition among the most vulnerable groups. Agriculture plays a dominant role in Haiti’s economy, contributing 25 percent of GDP and accounting for around 50 percent of overall employment.Specifically, the project will:• Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development (MARNDR) to implement the National Agriculture Extension Strategy.• Increase access of 50,000 small and medium producers to the latest in agriculture technologies and training on animal and plant health throughout the country.• Provide financial assistance in the case of an agriculture sector emergency.The devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, significantly worsened the poverty and living conditions of the Haitian population and exacerbated the country’s development challenges. Over 220,000 people were killed and 300,000 wounded. The disaster brought the entire economy to a halt, wiping out an estimated 120 percent of GDP. The economy is projected to grow by 7.5 percent in 2011 in large part due to reconstruction efforts.Despite weak capacity, much has been done. Four of 11 million m3 of debris have been removed, camp occupancy has dropped from an estimated 1.3 million to around 600,000, schools have reopened for the 2011-2012 school year, and capacity to prepare for hurricanes has been strengthened as demonstrated by the limited impacts of Hurricane Tomas in October 2010 and the preparation of the 2011 hurricane season.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 9 Views   no discussions NewsRegional World Bank’s Haiti strategy for 2012 focuses on disaster management, infrastructure, education and jobs by: – December 2, 2011last_img read more

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Joe Aribo’s Rangers fined £15,000 by Scottish FA

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first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Loading… There was a mass confrontation at Easter Road, during which coaches from both sides received red cards. Read Also:Rangers appeal against Referee Jacob Gwatsa The Scottish Premiership club have been ordered to pay £10,000 immediately, while the remaining £5,000 is suspended until the end of the season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rangers have been fined £15,000 by the Scottish FA for failing to act in an “orderly fashion” in games against Celtic and Hibernian in December. The charges relate to behaviour during the wins at Celtic Park and Easter Road. Two-thirds of the fine results from the Old Firm match, for gestures made by Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent.Advertisementlast_img read more

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