MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden unanimously chosen to All-NBA first team

first_imgMay 23, 2019 /Sports News – National MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden unanimously chosen to All-NBA first team Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Two of the three finalists for this year’s NBA MVP award — Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets — were unanimous selections for the league’s All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced Thursday. Joining the pair on the first team were Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić. By making his second consecutive All-NBA team, Antetokoumpo made himself eligible to receive the largest contract in NBA history next summer. The Bucks will be able to offer him a five-year contract worth $247.3 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Antetokounmpo would still be one year away from free agency.It also marks the first time in 11 years that LeBron James was not chosen to the All-NBA First Team. He was named to the third team — extending his streak of consecutive selections to 15 years. There were additional salary implications riding on the selections this year, with four players needing to be chosen to be eligible for a designated veteran extension — also known as the “supermax” — this offseason. Portland’s Damian Lillard and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker each qualified for that deal, while the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal and Golden State’s Klay Thompson did not.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

OCHS Rallies for 2018 National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Amy T. Andersen

first_imgOcean City High School ASL Teacher Amy T. Andersen with two former students Michael Beebe and Valerie Galderisi at a pep rally in her honor. Because of Andersen’s impact, sign language classes at the Ocean City Free Public Library fill up fast. By Maddy VitaleEven after becoming the state’s top teacher and candidate for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Amy T. Andersen still felt in awe when people packed the gym Wednesday at Ocean City High School for a pep rally in the American Sign Language teacher’s honor.“This is overwhelming to see all of the students and the administration pulling together and supporting me. It is a testament to the school district, and why I have enjoyed teaching here for 14 years,” Andersen said, prior to the start of the program.Former student Michael Beebe, 18, an ASL interpreter major at Keuka College in New York, said he wouldn’t miss his teacher being honored.Initially, Beebe wanted to go into engineering and only took Andersen’s class as a language requirement.“You know how they say, “All it takes is that one teacher.’ She was that teacher for me,” Beebe said. “I fell in love with sign language and decided to go to college for it.”Spectators packed the gym for Amy T. Andersen’s pep rally.Valerie Galderisi, 19, in her third year at McDaniel College in Maryland for ASL, hugged Andersen and called her former teacher and mentor amazing.“By having her as a teacher, she has taught me so much, and brought me into a community that I love,” Galderisi said. “I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”In addition to an overflowing crowd of students and faculty, members of the deaf community and representatives from the state Department of Education attended the pep rally.Cheerleaders, the high school marching band, and the Red Raider’s mascot were just some of the entertainment for the spectators who swayed, held up small lights and clapped. When some of Andersen’s ASL students performed the lyrics to songs in sign language, the crowd erupted in applause.Andersen thanked the crowd in brief remarks, saying none of this would be possible without the support of the administration, the community and, most of all, the dedication of her students.Ocean City is one of only a handful of districts in the state that offer American Sign Language as a world language for hearing students. Andersen, of Cape May Court House, taught in Boston before moving back to Cape May County in 2004 and starting as a special education teacher at Ocean City High School. That same year, the district started its ASL program. Currently the program has more than 130 students.ASL students perform.Andersen, named as New Jersey Teacher of the Year in the fall, was selected this month as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. The teacher is chosen from exemplary educators from each state, the U.S. extra-state territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. From that group, a national selection committee representing 14 renowned education and community organizations, which collectively represent millions of educators, selects four finalists. The winning teacher is chosen in the spring.Kristen Brown, from the state Department of Education, is the chief talent officer and part of the selection process for choosing the top teachers in the state.“She is not just a teacher who has mastered her subject. She is a teacher who understands and values another culture and leads with the ability to teach her students that,” Brown said of Andersen.Chelsea Collins, also from the state Department of Education, said of Andersen, “She is teaching her students tolerance and acceptance. She is using ASL as a vehicle to do that.”Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison said the pep rally demonstrates how balanced the district is with both scholastic and athletic achievements.Jamison addressed the crowd. “We wish her well. She will be the National Teacher of the Year,” he said amid cheers from the crowd.Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor praised Andersen for her teaching talents.“You could feel the energy in the room. That’s exactly what she brings to the school. She builds a sense of community. That is what she does so well,” Taylor said after the program. “She is an inspiration to her students and really makes a difference.”Some of Amy T. Andersen’s students give her a group hug.last_img read more

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Food Hygiene Rating delivers tangible benefits, says FSA science adviser

first_imgThe Food Hygiene Rating Scheme has driven up standards, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) chief scientific adviser.The scheme, which is mandatory in Wales and Northern Ireland, and currently used on a voluntary basis in England, was introduced in 2010.Ratings are given to all business supplying food directly to consumers, including schools, hospitals, care homes and company canteens, as well as supermarkets, restaurants, takeaways, pubs and hotels. In Wales, the scheme also covers food manufacturers.The rating is based on three areas of food safety assessed by inspections, with scores combined to give a rating between zero and 5.There are now more than 430,000 food hygiene ratings published at food.gov.uk/ratings. Of those food businesses, 67% achieved the top rating of 5, while 95% were rated 3 or better.In a report published this week by the FSA, its chief scientific adviser Professor Guy Poppy described the scheme as a significant development for food safety that has “delivered tangible benefits for consumers across the country”.“The scheme has empowered people, helping them choose to eat in places with higher ratings. This, in turn, has pushed restaurants and other food businesses to drive up hygiene standards to attract more customers,” he added.Pointing out that 84% of consumers think businesses should have to display their food hygiene rating at their premises, the FSA said it was committed to introducing mandatory display of ratings at food outlets in England.The report stated that events such as markets and festivals were increasingly making the food hygiene rating one of their requirements. For example, all traders of hot or cold food at Boston market in Lincolnshire are required to have a Food Hygiene Rating of at least 4.last_img read more

Conversion of 1,800MW Intermountain coal plant in Utah to 840MW gas-hydrogen facility moving forward

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Intermountain Power Agency, owner of the 1,800-MW coal-fired Intermountain power plant in Delta, Utah, has picked Black & Veatch Corp. as the chief engineering company to oversee the facility’s conversion into an 840-MW combined-cycle facility that will run initially on a mix of natural gas and hydrogen and will ultimately operate on hydrogen alone, the Kansas-based engineering and consulting firm announced June 3.The municipal power agency’s selection of Black & Veatch follows its recent order of advanced turbines from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc., which has a long track record of working with hydrogen-fired turbines at industrial sites, for the new plant. The two single-shaft combined-cycle units are designed to run on a mix of 30% hydrogen and 70% natural gas upon completion in 2025, increasing to 100% hydrogen by 2045.Mitsubishi Hitachi is also working with Magnum Development LLC to create a renewable hydrogen generation and storage facility adjacent to the plant, part of a planned 1,000-MW multitechnology energy storage complex. The project partners aim to use excess renewable energy from across the Western U.S. to generate “green hydrogen” via electrolysis and store it in an existing underground salt dome beneath the power plant.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which operates the Intermountain facility and is the largest buyer of its power, intends to use the converted plant to help meet California’s target to completely decarbonize all retail power sales in the state by 2045. Several other municipal utilities in California and Utah that currently purchase power from the coal-fired plant have agreed to purchase power from the re-powered project.“Using renewable energy in the form of green hydrogen will help California meet its zero-carbon state goals for 2045,” Brian Sheets, project manager with Black & Veatch’s power business, said in a statement. “The location in central Utah is also significant because the local geology provides the capability to store excess hydrogen in large underground caverns, and existing regional transmission infrastructure will serve as a hub for collecting and transporting renewable energy to southern California.”[Garrett Hering]More ($): Intermountain Power Agency selects firm for coal plant’s hydrogen conversion Conversion of 1,800MW Intermountain coal plant in Utah to 840MW gas-hydrogen facility moving forwardlast_img read more

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Russia shuts state hotels, resorts as coronavirus cases rise past 1,000

first_imgTopics : Russia ordered its vast network of state-run hotels, resorts and recreational facilities to shut down from March 28 until June 1, as its number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose past 1,000.The official tally of confirmed cases jumped by a record daily amount for the third day in a row on Friday, bringing Russia’s total to 1,036 a day after it moved to suspend all international flights. Four people have died.Russia’s mass domestic tourism and recreation sector is still dominated by the state, a legacy from Soviet times. Millions of Russians still holiday each year at vast state-run hotels, resorts, health spas and children’s camps. President Vladimir Putin has declared next week a non-working week, and Moscow, the country’s worst-affected area, will this weekend close all cafes, restaurants and shops apart from those selling food and medicine, until April 5.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Russia remains much lower than in many European countries, but the mayor of Moscow told Putin on Tuesday that the real scale of the problem in the capital far exceeded official figures.An opinion poll by the Moscow-based Levada Centre showed the majority of Russians, some 59 percent, do not believe the official figures. Twenty-four percent said they “absolutely” did not believe them and 35 percent said they only partially believed them, the poll showed.Putin said on Thursday he hoped Russia would defeat coronavirus in 2-3 months if it imposed tough measures quickly.On Friday, Putin signed legislation allowing the government to intervene to regulate some retail and wholesale medicine prices. last_img read more

Irish PM says good chance social distancing rule can be relaxed

first_imgTopics : The daily number of new COVID-19 cases has stayed below 100 for 13 of the last 14 days and the so-called “reproduction rate” narrowed further to 0.4 to 0.5 this week, a trend the country’s top epidemiologist described as “astonishingly stable.”Ireland partially eased stay-at-home restrictions last week, the first of a five-stage plan that currently only sees restaurants opening in late June, hotels in July and finally pubs in August, far later than many European countries.Restaurants in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Germany have reopened with looser 1 to 1.5 meter guidelines. Operators in the Czech Republic, Iceland and Switzerland that have had to stick to 2 meters have had the benefit of being open since May to try to salvage some of the busy summer season.Varadkar said on Wednesday that he hoped to be in a position to speed up the reopening plan next week.”I certainly want to accelerate it. It’s really the numbers next week that tell us whether we’re still going in the right direction,” he added on Friday. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised the prospect on Friday of halving social distancing rules from two meters to one if the rate of coronavirus infections comes down further in a potential boost to still shuttered restaurants and pubs.Facing one of the longest shutdowns in Europe, Ireland’s hospitality sector has called for the guidelines to be eased in line with a number of other European countries, saying it could be the difference between some operators reopening or not.”Before we can relax that rule and maybe reduce it to 1 [meter], which I know a lot of people would like, we just need to see the virus come down a bit more. We’re not at that point yet but I think there’s a good chance we get there, just not quite yet,” Varadkar told Ireland’s FM104 radio station.last_img read more

Japan’s GPIF turns global in hunt for environmental equity index

first_imgEarlier this year GPIF selected three ESG domestic equity indices, two broad ones and one geared towards empowering women. At the time it said an index with an environmental theme was being examined.GPIF president Norihiro Takahashi said: “As a universal owner and long-term investor, GPIF understands that environmental issues such as climate change are an important ESG factor.”Most existing environmental stock indices, however, sought to decarbonise portfolios by excluding certain industries, he said.“Consequently, few indices aim to build a green economy, evaluating companies across the board that contribute to sustainable environment,” Takahashi continued. “Therefore, we have decided to request proposals for global environmental stock indices.”GPIF requested innovative ideas from applicants based on their “abundant” expertise in evaluation and index construction methodology.For example, it expressed an interest in indices that “may help lift overall stock markets both in Japan and worldwide”.GPIF asked vendors to propose two indices based on the same concept: one for international equities excluding Japan and one for Japanese equities. They should ideally also submit an index of global equities including Japan “for the purpose of comparative analysis”.The proposed indices should provide the same levels of return as their capitalisation-weighted parent index and improve risk-adjusted returns in the long run.This should be proven through past performance and a back test, according to the GPIF.The vendors should “disclose data necessary for passive investment” and the indices should have “a capacity for considerable investment”.As part of the selection process GPIF will carry out “field research” to assess long-listed applicants’ governance system. The pension fund’s CIO has previously argued that investors should pay more attention to index vendors’ operations and governance given the influence they can wield. GPIF has appointed transition managers for its domestic and foreign equity portfolios, it announced today. Russell Investments Japan was selected for domestic equities, and BlackRock Japan for foreign equities.GPIF recently announced performance results for the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year. Its portfolio gained ¥4.45trn, roughly 3%. On annualised basis from fiscal year 2001it has gained 3.2%. The world’s biggest pension fund wants to track its investments against an innovative global equities index that selects companies contributing to solving environmental issues.In a tender notice, Japan’s ¥157trn (€1.2trn) Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) said the index should select equities based solely on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, focusing on the environment.The fund is looking to make a positive impact on the environment, and said the index should be based on “the concept that encourages to seek the solution of environmental issues, rather than uniformly excluding companies in specific industries or types of business (so-called negative screening)”.Citing the cross-border nature of environmental challenges, the fund said it had put on hold the selection of an environmental index for domestic equities to prioritise the search for one for global stocks.last_img read more

James Fisher Subsea Excavation Teams Up with Ocean Team Asia Pacific

first_imgJames Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), part of James Fisher and Sons, has formed a joint venture with Ocean Team Asia Pacific (OTAP), a specialist Chinese offshore project, vessel and marine equipment provider.James Fisher Ocean Team has been formed to provide an enhanced service to clients in China.As well as developing opportunities in the oil and gas sector, the new company will be focused on establishing M/CFE as a time and cost-effective solution for projects in the developing offshore renewables sector.Richard Beattie, regional director Asia Pacific at JFSE, said: “Establishing this new venture shows our level of commitment to clients in China and significantly enhances the services we can provide. We are confident our M/CFE tools and expertise will play a vital role in increasing the time and cost-efficiencies on a wide range of projects emerging in the oil & gas and renewables sectors.“China is an important and growing marketplace. Increasing our presence here is part of our strategic development plan for the continued growth of our business. We are delighted to have officially joined forces with OTAP.”Roger Wang, CEO of OTAP, added: “This is an important step for us to increase and enhance how we can develop JFSE’s M/CFE offering in China. Establishing a local company, contacts and equipment base in China is vitally important to truly realize the potential of our growing marketplace.”last_img read more