September 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Reports of sexual abuse, misconduct in Olympic sports up 55% from last year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailccahill/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reports of sexual abuse and misconduct rose 55% from a year ago, according to a national Olympic sports oversight center.The U.S. Center for SafeSport, founded by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in 2017 to investigate sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports, said it receives about 239 reports a month, compared with 154 during an average month in 2018, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Tuesday.It currently has 1,290 open cases, with 2,237 that have been closed since its inception in March 2017, underscoring its need for more funding and better staffing, officials said.In the most-prominent case of sexual abuse, former U.S. gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing gymnasts under his medical care over many years. Dozens of other high-profile gymnasts, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, all former Olympic gold medalists, also accused him of abuse.He was sentenced last year to 40 to 175 years in jail in just one case, but was also sentenced to jail for possession of child pornography.The case has prompted firings, resignations and changes across the U.S. Olympic Committee and safeguards such as SafeSport. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund
Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfizkes/iStock(CHICAGO) — An Illinois man who spent the past several months training seven hours a day, including 1,500 sit-ups daily, has broken the male world record for longest time in the plank position.George Hood, 62, of Naperville, Illinois, held a plank for eight hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, according to Guinness World Records, which certified Hood’s record.Hood — a retired law enforcement officer who now works as a personal trainer — set his first world record for the plank in 2011, holding it for one hour and 20 minutes. He most recently lost the title in 2016 and said his children inspired him to try to win it again.“I’m the father of three sons and part of me did this for them,” said Hood, whose adult sons have followed their dad into law enforcement careers.Hood was also inspired to compete for the plank title again to raise mental health awareness. He completed the challenge on Feb. 15 at an Illinois gym, 515 Fitness, that focuses on using exercise to help treat mental health.“I’m not a paid athlete,” he said. “I do this thing because I can and I can also help raise awareness.”“I’ve seen enough folks in the military and my law enforcement comrades who haven’t fared so well,” Hood said. “We want to break that stigma of seeking [mental health] help.”Hood deployed his own mental toughness to survive in a plank position for the length of a typical workday for most people. He listed to rock music to pass the time and focused on picturing himself as a rock solid tree.“I often envision myself as a tree when I’m on that platform because all the energy I exude from that platform comes from earth,” he said. “Like a tree I have roots and those roots go deep and when they do I’m ready to weather any storm that comes across my platform. I’m ready to stay in my pose without wavering.”Niki Perry, the founder of 515 Fitness, was by Hood’s side for much of the eight hours and also worked with him during his training to prepare him mentally.“We focused on mental toughness and the four c’s that you have to be able to get through to get through something as arduous as this: Commitment, consistency, core beliefs and evaluating challenges,” she said, adding that the gym also arranged for members to speak out on their “why’s” in life to provide inspiration to Hood.At the end of the eight hours, Hood celebrated his new world title by doing 75 push-ups.He said he thinks this plank world record title will be his last. Hood is now eyeing new challenges, like the winning the Guinness World Record for most push-ups completed in one hour, which currently stands at 2,806.His advice for other people looking to hold even just a 20-second plank or do one push-up is to just get started.“Everybody has a starting point,” Hood said. “Everybody starts somewhere and then, like anything in life, you build from that.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 21, 2020 /Sports News – National 62-year-old man breaks world record with 8-hour plank
TechnipFMC will supply production umbilical and flowlines for the integrated field in the south-central Mississippi Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico Image: Illustration of PowerNap field as a subsea tie-back to the Olympus production hub. Photo: courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell plc. TechnipFMC has received a integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (iEPCI) contract from Shell for the PowerNap project in the Gulf of Mexico.Planned to be developed as a subsea tie-back to the Olympus production hub operated by the company, the integrated field in the south-central Mississippi Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico.Under the contract, TechnipFMC will be responsible for design, manufacture and install subsea hardware, including subsea tree systems, subsea distribution controls, topside controls, flying leads and connectors for three wells.Additionally, TechnipFMC will supply 20 miles (32km) of production umbilical and flowlines for the project.TechnipFMC Subsea president Arnaud Pieton said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this iEPCI contract for the Shell PowerNap project.“We look forward to executing the scope of work and to further expanding our 25-year successful relationship with Shell and our deep water portfolio in the Gulf of Mexico.”PowerNap project detailsContained in a water depth of around 4,200ft, the PowerNap project is expected to have a production capacity of up to 35,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent at peak rates.Located nearly 240km from New Orleans, the PowerNap field is slated to begin production in late 2021.Production from the field is planned to be transported from the Olympus production hub via the Mars pipeline to the market. The Mars pipeline is operated by Shell Pipeline and co-owned by Shell Midstream Partners (71.5%) and BP Midstream Partners (28.5%).Shell holds a stake of 71.5% in Olympus production hub, where it is partnered by BP Exploration and Production, which owns the remaining 28.5% stake. Production from the Olympus project began in 2014.The final investment decision (FID) to develop the PowerNap field was taken by Shell earlier this month.Commenting on the decision, Shell upstream director Wael Sawan said: “PowerNap further strengthens Shell’s leading position in the Gulf of Mexico.“It demonstrates the depth of our portfolio of Deep Water growth options and our ability to fully leverage our existing infrastructure to unlock value.”
Home » News » LATEST: Housing Secretary extends bailiff evictions ban extended until 31st March previous nextRegulation & LawLATEST: Housing Secretary extends bailiff evictions ban extended until 31st MarchAnnouncement made early yesterday morning prevents sanctioned possession orders in England from being carried out via a bailiff.Nigel Lewis14th February 20211 Comment794 Views Letting agents and landlords will now have to wait another six weeks to evict tenants after the current evictions ban expires on 21st February, the Government announced yesterday.Those waiting to evict tenants via existing possession orders, which at the moment are largely for ‘egregious’ rent arrears of more than six months, will now have to wait until 31st March to use bailiffs to complete the process.The announcement by housing secretary Robert Jenrick (pictured) over the weekend had been expected for several weeks as the current lockdown looks less and less likely to be lifted in the near future.The terms of the current ban will remain in place, which restrict evictions to a narrow set of exemptions including serious rent arrears, trespass, anti-social behaviour and domestic violence cases.Tenants still have to be given six months’ notice of an intention to evict.Possession casesThe previous bailiff evictions ban was announced on 8th January and followed the ‘Christmas truce’ on eviction announced in November after the court system re-opened for possession cases, allowing tenants to be served notices and for the court process to be followed.“Our measures strike the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice,” Jenrick says.Most players in the private rental sector are agreed that the measure will protect tenants who are struggling financially, but have criticised the measure as only a short-term ‘sticking plaster’.Despite billions spent on extra cash for Universal Credit and the Local Housing Allowance, the government has yet to take direct action to tackle a growing army of landlords who tenants are racking up serious rent arrears.“The Government needs to get a grip and do something about the debt crisis renters and landlords are now facing,” says Ben Beadle (pictured), Chief Executive of the NRLA.“A package of hardship loans and grants is needed as a matter of urgency. To expect landlords and tenants simply to muddle through without further support is a strategy that has passed its sell by date.”Isobel Thomson, Chief Executive of Safeagent, said, “We recognise financial support for renters has been put in place to a certain extent by Government, but shortfalls still exist between what the agreed rent at the start of a tenancy was and the amount tenants – whose circumstances have changed drastically through no fault of their own – can afford to pay.“This comes at a huge cost to both tenants and landlords. Tenants have debt hanging over them with the anxiety that brings and landlords are struggling with financial commitments they must meet, particularly where properties are subject to buy to let mortgages.Law Society president David Greene said: “We are pleased that some tenants who would otherwise be facing eviction will be able to stay in their homes, particularly given the colder weather and the new variants of the virus.“However, it should be noted that those with significant rent arrears are exempt from the ban, and as time goes on it is likely that more tenants will be evicted as a result of significant amounts of overdue rent.”evictions ban Robert Jenrick Paul Shamplina February 14, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 15th February 2021 at 4:35 pm…”strikes the right balance” – What balance?The Government’s action has been wholly one-sided, nothing for landlords who’ve struggled through the pandemic, especially tho 50% who are single-property Landlords.Tenants who are struggling to afford Housing whether genuinely or not, are the Government’s responsibility and this government has well and truly shafted landlords with the state’s social welfare responsibility.If tenants face lawful eviction, without manipulation of the legal system, they become the Government’s responsibility to accommodate. Commandeering private rental property is in conflict with a landlord’s Human Rights, Article 1 and should have been challenged instead of cosying up with the Government to produce a Pre-Action protocol!So let’s not have any of this supercilious “balance” nonsense.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Authorities NATO talks more ships as Russian naval might rises Russia’s re-emergence as a strategic challenge and how NATO is going to respond to it was the center-discussion at the Surface Warship Summit in Bucharest, Romania, held January 26-28.Speaking at the summit, Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone CB CBE, Commander of Allied Maritime Command, said: “The combination of adventurist Russian behaviour, their lack of openness and clarity and a very aggressive new Maritime Doctrine has changed the way we (NATO) are thinking and behaving.”Johnstone added that the war-driven immigration to Europe, the Daesh in Syria, a worsening economic picture and many other issues posed security threats that the Alliance has to look out for.He added that the 2% spending pledge, which is upheld by only 5 of the 28 member states as the wall Street Journal reported, would keep the Alliance upfront and give it basic tools it needed to function.Counting on the deterrence factor of an aircraft carrier, the Admiral noted that the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers would soon become available as they are expected to enter service by 2020.Explaining what has, so far, been done in response to the issues, Johnstone said that the Standing Groups of the maritime forces were improving: “A few years ago the SNMGs were focused on constabulary duties and driven by a schedule that was very difficult to alter if needed. Today that has really changed – the SNF is focused on core mandates, on effective and robust training, strategic signaling of Alliance resolve.”Concluding his speech, the Admiral called on the participants to consider numbers and capacity an essential value in the discussions and explained “that the spread of high end weapon systems to hostile state and non-state actors makes even the most benign area now potentially hostile”. February 8, 2016 View post tag: Surface Warship Summit View post tag: NATO Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO talks more ships as Russian naval might rises Share this article
Fabrication starts on USNS Puerto Rico, US Navy EPF 11 Share this article Austal marked the start of fabrication work on the U.S. Navy’s eleventh expeditionary fast transport USNS Puerto Rico on January 18.On the same day, the keel was authenticated for the EPF 9, USNS City of Bismarck.The start of construction on Puerto Rico signifies the procurement of materials and components, and the shipyard’s ability to begin fabrication on the hull.In September 2016, Austal USA was awarded a contract to definitize long lead-time materials and for the detail design and construction of EPFs 11 and 12.“As we mark these milestones, the program is benefitting from serial production efficiencies at all stages of the construction process,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, strategic and theater sealift program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. “Our industry and Navy teams are committed to delivering these highly-capable platforms, and today’s milestones mark our progress in delivering two more ships.” View post tag: EPF Authorities January 19, 2017 View post tag: Austal View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Fabrication starts on USNS Puerto Rico, US Navy EPF 11 View post tag: USNS Puerto Rico
March 23, 2018By Abdul Hakim-ShabazzIndyPoltics.Org This histrionic outbursts and outrage over the thought of Indiana lawmakers having to go into a special session in mid-May (and subsequent shrieking over lawmaker pay) are not only laughable but once again proves we don’t spend enough money on civics education in this state. As you are probably aware, since you are reading this, last week Indiana lawmakers hit their sine die (that’s fancy Latin for adjourning for the year) deadline with several bills still on the table which means they were dead for the session. The legislation included school safety dollars, money for Muncie schools and some changes to the tax code to put it more in line with recent federal tax reform. Also dying was legislation regarding autonomous vehicles.There were a lot of reasons as to why this happened and plenty of blame to go around. Some lawmakers were a little difficult to deal with. There were some honest differences of opinions. Over in the Senate, there were some leadership issues coupled with the fact that the recent retirements of some experienced lawmakers also played a role. Regardless, some bills died.Fast forward a few days later, and Gov. Eric Holcomb decides to call a special session to deal with a handful of items. Based on the reaction from some Democrats and some other members of the outrage class, you would think RFRA was making a comeback.One of the big issues was whether lawmakers should get paid for going into “overtime” and would they take a salary. Democrats, which include some of the same people who fled the state in 2011 over the right to work and then sued the state to get their back pay, have called on Republicans to donate their pay. Republicans responded, and by my last count about 15 of them will donate to charity, which is five more members than the entire Senate Democratic caucus.Once again, this entire controversy shows how little people understand the process. In addition to their base salary, Indiana lawmakers get a per diem. They make $173 a day when they are in session. They earn $69.20 per day if they are not in session. And if they are out of session and have to come down to the Statehouse for work, they get both, but they have to sign in. And they also get the standard mileage reimbursement rate of about 54 cents per mile.So, assuming lawmakers did not have to come back, the taxpayers would have been paying each of them $69.20 per day, which translates into $6,920. Assuming a special session takes three days, if lawmakers do come back, they (all 150) will get paid about $78,000 in per diem. Please note, you’re already paying them nearly $21,000 over the same period regardless, and that’s only if none of them are down here for work. I can think of a lot of things to get worked up over, but $57,000 over a three-day window to come back and get some work done ain’t one of them.Part of the problem is that Statehouse Republicans have been victims of their own success. They’ve balanced the budget every year since taking office. They’ve created healthy cash reserves to weather financial storms which have helped the state’s credit rating. They’ve responsibly cut taxes while increasing school funding. Republicans came up with a long-term road funding plan that is the envy of the nation and made Indiana one of the best places in the country for job creation, so much so that Amazon is looking at setting up shop here in the heartland. With all that success, I can see why some folks might be shocked that lawmakers have to go long because they couldn’t reach agreements on other issues.Well, guess what, sometimes even the best Statehouses have issues. But this is the first special session since 2009, which was a budget fight and the first time a special session was needed regarding a short session, by all accounts since 2002. Overall, that’s not a bad track record. It would be one thing if lawmakers were missing deadline after deadline and ended up having to come back and do the people’s business, but that’s not the case here. This special session is the exception, not the rule. Now if it happens again next year, that’s a different story, but for now, people just need to calm down and put the histrionic displays of outrage on the table. It’s not special.FOOTNOTE: Abdul is an attorney and the editor and publisher of IndyPoltics.Org. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous Indiana media outlets. He can be reached at [email protected] City-County Observer post this article without bias, opinion or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Donald WittkowskiMarie and Robert Turchi have been together for 52 years, so you would have thought they could have shared a few secrets with the rest of us on Valentine’s Day for what it takes to have a long, loving marriage.“I have no idea. I wing it,” Robert said, rolling his eyes.“I don’t have any secrets, either,” Marie added.They looked quizzically at each other for a moment before Marie hazarded a guess.“Love. That’s it,” she said. “Love will keep us together. That was a Captain and Tennille Song: ‘Love Will Keep Us Together.’ But wait a minute. Captain and Tennille are divorced now.”With that, Marie and Bob burst out laughing.As they often do on Valentine’s Day, the Margate couple celebrated their marriage over a romantic dinner and glass of wine. This year, they chose to mark the holiday at La Fontana Coast in Sea Isle City, one of their favorite restaurants.Love was definitely in the air Wednesday night for the Turchis and countless other couples at restaurants at the Jersey Shore, including ones in Sea Isle, Ocean City and Somers Point.Some couples dined out at gourmet restaurants such a La Fontana Coast, while others were happy to share drinks at a neighborhood bar or take their children with them to a pizzeria.Upper Township residents Tracey and Justin Moffitt and their 5-year-old son, Luke, spend the holiday at Piccini pizzeria in Ocean City.Tracey and Justin Moffitt, of Upper Township, were accompanied by their 5-year-old son, Luke, while enjoying a casual Valentine’s Day dinner at Piccini pizzeria and restaurant in Ocean City.Married for 20 years, the Moffitts noted that their first Valentine’s Day date, while they were students together at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, was at a Pizza Hut.“We went to two or three other places, but the wait was too long. So, we said, ‘Hey, let’s go to Pizza Hut,’” Justin said. “After we got married, we went to Pizza Hut on Valentine’s Day for many years.”The Moffitts stopped going to Pizza Hut about five years ago, but they have kept their Valentine’s Day tradition alive by dining at other pizzerias during the holiday.They first got to know each other while working summer jobs in Ocean City. Then their romance blossomed in college. They attributed their long marriage to the friendship they share and what Justin called their “open lines of communication.”“Friendship is very important,” said Tracey, who owns Del’s Grill on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Sorry, folks, they didn’t say the secret to their marriage was good pizza. In fact, for their Valentine’s Day dinner Wednesday night at Piccini, they ditched the pizza. Instead, Tracey had a cheesesteak, Justin ate a salad and Luke munched on spaghetti and meatballs. They dined while waiting for their other son, William, 14, to finish watching a basketball game in Ocean City.Nina and Tom Dintaman, of West Chester, Pa., share a romantic dinner at Jon & Patty’s in Ocean City.Across town in Ocean City, Nina and Tom Dintaman were enjoying an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner at Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro. Tom surprised his wife of 39 years by telling her they were going out for the evening.“I told her we had reservations,” he said. “She said, ‘Where?’ I told her Ocean City. She said, ‘OK.’”With that, Dintamans ended up at Jon & Patty’s for the first time. Nina dined on crab cakes, while Tom had a steak and brie quesadilla.“It’s delicious,” Nina said in between bites.The Dintamans live full time in West Chester, Pa., but have a summer condo in Ocean City.“We love it here,” Tom said. “We come down once a month. It’s a romantic place to spend Valentine’s Day.”In Somers Point, Dana and Joe Loefflad were swapping Valentine’s Day jokes over drinks at Charlie’s bar and restaurant, displaying the sense of humor that has been a big part of their 29-year marriage.“The first thing he did today was to eat the chocolates that he gave me,” Dana said with mock indignation.Joe and Dana Loefflad celebrate Valentine’s Day at Charlie’s bar and restaurant in their hometown of Somers Point.The Loefflads, who live in Somers Point, didn’t plan to share dinner for the holiday, but met up – by accident – at Charlie’s. “We weren’t supposed to have dinner tonight. He had other plans,” Dana explained of her husband.Joe went to what he thought was a baseball sign-up on Wednesday, but found out it was actually held the previous night. Meanwhile, Dana was already at Charlie’s for some shuffleboard games. After discovering his mistake, Joe ended up at Charlie’s, too.“The stars aligned for us,” Dana quipped.The Loefflads will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3. Dana asked her husband if he remembered their wedding song. Pausing for a moment, he admitted he couldn’t name it.“Billy Ocean. It was the ‘Colour of Love,’” Dana reminded him.Despite some slips of the memory here and there, both Dana and Joe stressed that they have a strong and loving marriage.“The secret is being each other’s best friend,” Joe said.“We enjoy doing common things. We have a lot of the same interests,” Dana added.Their longtime friend, Carol Milligan, of Somers Point, also credited Joe with being a very good listener.“I never see them fight,” Milligan said.Now, that may truly be the best Valentine’s Day secret for a great marriage. Marie and Robert Turchi, of Margate, share a Valentine’s Day toast over dinner at La Fontana Coast in Sea Isle City.
Double D Food Engineering is to provide training to its customers, helping them to get the best from its range of ovens, provers and retarder provers.The one- or two-day courses will target different personnel levels including operators, product development specialists and engineers.”We will also be able to tailor training to suit particular food lines or recipes,” said Bob Petrie, who became Double D’s MD earlier this year when the company was acquired by specialist engineering group Bonspiel.”We find customers aren’t aware of a product’s full capabilities, so they’re not getting maximum benefit,” he added.Programmes are on offer either at Double D’s test centre near Edinburgh or on site at customers’ premises.Double D makes a range of ovens, including the Revorack, Revoreel and Revoband Travelling Oven. The company also supplies Humidair provers.
West Country pie-maker Pieminister will be offering two festive pies this winter. The new Three Kings pie contains British turkey breast, smoky bacon and pork and herb stuffing, and is crowned with cranberries. Meanwhile, returning this year, the Christingle veggie pie contains honey roast parsnips, cheddar cheese and chestnuts in white port.The pies each have a wholesale price of £2.60 and will be available to order from November.The firm will also offer two sausage rolls: one made with outdoor-reared British pork with cheddar cheese, onion and herbs and spices, while the Morroc’an Roll is made with outdoor-reared British pork, sundried tomato, onion, Moroccan spices and mint.