Press release: FCO Press Release: Minister for the Middle East celebrates UK-Oman cooperation

first_imgFor journalists Further information The Joint Working Group, which takes place on Sunday, will focus on the UK and Oman’s partnership on areas such as trade, education and tourism. It will also be an opportunity to discuss regional issues such as the conflicts in Yemen and Syria, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.The Minister’s visit also coincides with the Saif Sareea military exercise, which will see Royal Navy ships, Royal Air Force Typhoons and British Army troops train alongside Omani forces in their largest joint exercise for 17 years.While in Oman, Minister Burt will have the opportunity to see other areas of UK-Omani cooperation in practice. These include a venture between the UK Premier League and the Oman Football Association whereby UK Football Coaches from Bournemouth FC have travelled to Oman to train Omani football coaches. Minister Burt will also attend a roundtable with female alumni of UK universities now working in Oman to improve access to education.Speaking ahead of the visit, Minister Burt said: Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Minister Burt on Twitter @AlistairBurtUK and Facebook Cooperation between the UK and Oman continues to go from strength to strength. My visit this week is an opportunity to see some tangible examples of that cooperation – from the 5,500 UK troops involved in the joint UK-Oman military exercise, to British football coaches training their Omani counterparts. Oman remains a lynchpin of relations in the Middle East region, and as ever I value their expertise on Yemen, Syria and wider Gulf issues. The 14th Joint Working Group between our countries is a chance to discuss these areas and build on the positive investment, trade and tourism relationship between the UK and Oman. Email [email protected]last_img

Watch Yonder Mountain String Band Bring The Love To The Northwest String Summit [Videos]

first_imgYonder Mountain String Band – “Take A Chance On Me” The 17th-annual Northwest String Summit saw perennial all-stars Yonder Mountain String Band sounding better than ever all weekend long as their signature jam-grass sound wafted up over the natural beauty of North Plains, OR’s Horning’s Hideout. They played all four days, though their set on the last day was a short, two song acoustic jam during the annual Lillian Trippe Memorial Head Shave. As always, Yonder’s sets mixed their own captivating originals with a slew of serious and decidedly not-so-serious covers re-imagined in the bluegrass style, from Del McCoury to Edgar Winter and beyond.Yonder’s duties as ambassadors of the Northwest String Summit (NWSS) extended far beyond the main stage. Members took part in workshops, hosted signings and meet-and-greet opportunities, and generally wandered the grounds greeting the hundreds—hell, thousands—of friends they have made at the fest over the years. That sense of community made their music connect with the festival’s audience all the more easily, and the feeling of anticipation and joy when each show started was fiercely palpable.We’ve got some exclusive videos from our own Rex-A-Vision below, so you fine folks can get a sense of what you missed this past weekend at Horning’s Hideout. Be sure to plan yourself a trip out to Oregon for next year’s instalment of Northwest String Summit for a picture-perfect weekend of picking, grinning and the love of everyone around you! Enjoy!Yonder Mountain String Band – “All Aboard” Yonder Mountain String Band – “Frankenstein”For a list of Yonder Mountain String Band’s upcoming fall tour dates, and head over to the band’s website for more information.last_img

New York Times columnist wins Goldsmith

first_imgFrank Rich, op-ed page columnist for The New York Times, will address an audience of students, faculty, journalists, and members of the public on March 7 at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The program begins at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK St.Rich will receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism as part of the annual Goldsmith Awards Ceremony. The Goldsmith Awards are sponsored annually by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, based at HKS.Rich’s career at The New York Times began in 1980 when he was named chief theater critic. Beginning in 1994, he became an op-ed columnist, and in 1999 he became the first Times columnist to write a regular double-length column for the op-ed page. Rich’s weekly essay on the intersection of culture and news draws on his background as a theater critic and observer of art, entertainment, and politics.In addition to his work at the Times, Rich has written about culture and politics for many other publications. His childhood memoir, “Ghost Light,” was published in 2000 by Random House. His book, “The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina,” was published in 2006.Before joining the Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine. Earlier, he had been film critic for the New York Post and film critic and senior editor of New Times magazine. He was a founding editor of the Richmond, Va., Mercury, a weekly newspaper, in the early 1970s.Born on June 2, 1949, in Washington, D.C., Rich is a graduate of the district’s public schools. He earned a B.A. degree in American history and literature, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1971. At Harvard, he was editorial chairman of the Harvard Crimson, an honorary Harvard College Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the recipient of a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship.Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Christiane Amanpour, Seymour Hersh, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning, and Daniel Schorr. The Goldsmith Awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and a book prize.last_img

Bach to Bach

first_imgMozart said of Bach: “He is the father, we are the kids. Those of us who know anything at all learned it from him.”Mozart referred not to the prolific and influential composer who typically comes to mind at the mention of the name, but to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian. C.P.E. Bach’s legacy is the subject of joint exhibits at Houghton Library and Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library that mark the 300th anniversary of his birth and the first publication of his complete works. The exhibits are open to the public and run through April 5.“The focus of the Houghton exhibit is placing C.P.E. Bach in the literary, musical, and geographical context of the 18th century,” said Sarah Adams, Richard F. French Librarian of Loeb Music Library and keeper of the Isham Memorial Library, Harvard’s collection of rare music manuscripts. “Because of the role we’ve played in working with the new edition, it was appropriate to have an exhibit at the music library that brings C.P.E. Bach into the 21st century and educates people about the importance of the music he produced.”C.P.E. Bach was an active composer, performer, and conductor from the 1730s to the 1780s. In addition to his musical scores, items on display include autograph fragments, portraits from his own extensive collection, handwritten edits to his father’s chorales, and a pocket calendar from the time when C.P.E. was music director for Hamburg’s five principal Lutheran churches.“He was really known as an original genius in his lifetime, and there were contemporary French, German, and English writers who put C.P.E. Bach on a pedestal,” said Paul Corneilson, managing editor at the Packard Humanities Institute and guest curator of the C.P.E. Bach exhibitions, noting that C.P.E. helped bring Johann Bach’s work to prominence by contributing to his father’s 1802 biography. “I’m not suggesting that C.P.E. Bach should be on the pedestal and not his father, but I think his music should be better known and appreciated today. He really bridges the generation between Handel and J.S. Bach with his younger contemporaries: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.”C.P.E. Bach published many of his own works, but was known to revise and recycle them — and works by others — using different instrumentation or parody texts. Determining what C.P.E. borrowed was one of the editorial challenges facing researchers as they prepared “C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works.”The new publication, a critical edition, attempts to provide an authoritative collection closely resembling the composer’s original intentions. Scholars relied on close cooperation among the Packard Humanities Institute, Harvard University, the Bach-Archiv Leipzig in Germany, and libraries around the world to obtain and compare original scores and copies that show C.P.E.’s changes.Adams edited a volume of symphonies for the series. During her work, she discovered that one of their earliest printed editions omitted a measure, a mistake that was repeated in modern versions.“It is a dramatic example,” she said, “but it’s an illustration of why it’s good to go back to the original sources.”Corneilson said ongoing exploration for the complete works led to finding an early C.P.E. Bach cantata and a better understanding of the arias, duets, and choruses that he completed during his years in Hamburg.  The new edition will include a never-before-published critical edition of his foundational keyboard treatise. It also will incorporate a large collection of formerly lost and unpublished manuscripts thought to be destroyed in World War II but found in 1999 by Christoph Wolff, the Adams University Research Professor and curator of the Isham Memorial Library, and Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, an associate of the Ukrainian Research Institute.Harvard’s support of the project catalyzed the acquisition, cataloging, and opening of thousands of C.P.E. Bach sources.“We deepened our collection in an area where there was already an existing strength,” said Adams. “We now have an extremely rich set of resources on hand for future research to be done.” At least two professors have arranged for their classes to visit the exhibits this spring to work with the Bach materials and other 18th-century holdings.“It’s a terrific opportunity to be able to teach from primary sources,” said Adams. “There are multiple editions for several items on display — both the critical edition that has been produced, as well as 18th-century editions and 19th-century editions.”As Harvard students compare notes, those melodies will come to life at a variety of C.P.E. Bach concerts over the next few months.“We’ve provided parts and scores for a lot of performers,” said Corneilson. “So that’s very gratifying to know people are using the edition, and this music is going to be heard.”last_img

Cloud Talks – Conversations with Industry Leaders

first_img“We don’t produce, consume, manufacture, sell, or interact with beer drinkers without technology being a critical component in all of that,” said Travis Morrison, IT Director of New Belgium Brewing, in the most recent episode of Cloud Talks. Cloud Talks is a new video series, produced by Dell Technologies in partnership with Intel, that features IT and industry leaders conversing about life in a multi-cloud world. By uniting these voices, these conversations dive into industry-specific use cases of cloud and edge technologies.The newly released 4th episode of Cloud Talks features Travis Morrison and Shelly Kramer, a founding partner of Futurum Research. Morrison and Kramer discuss how beer manufacturing is actually quite technical, and how data plays a significant role in brewing beer that tastes just right. The episode also addresses the collaboration of edge and cloud technologies when harvesting value from real-time analytics, “Cloud is the platform for every part of business operations. It’s not just migrating business to the cloud… it really is about business intelligence, it’s about analytics and having access to those real-time analytics. And I think it really requires a restructuring of how you think about IT,” stated Kramer.Cloud Talks blends unique perspectives from education, healthcare, manufacturing, and other verticals. This variety of vertical use cases gives viewers insights about how cloud technologies improve the efficiency and productivity of all types of organizations. “It’s a cloudy world for IT and business leaders, which brings complexity and forces critical decisions. Our goal with this series is to match industry leaders in conversation to uncover their challenges, identify best practices and bring their thought leadership to life in a real way,” said Chad Mack, Cloud Talks series director. Mack looks forward to the exploration of new use cases for cloud and edge as the series grows.Featured Episode:Episode 4: Edge Computing and Overcoming Latency Obstacles in ManufacturingShelly Kramer and Travis Morrison discuss how taking advantage of edge technology and cloud services boosts operational efficiency in beer brewing.Previous episodes:Episode 3: Security in the Digital Economy and Partnering for Success Across the BusinessJo Peterson and Bob Bender discuss how extending compute and security through hybrid cloud combats banking fraud and protects member privacy.Episode 2: Sophisticated Cloud Models and Securing Large Amounts of Personal DataMatt Eastwood and James Lowey discuss how diagnosing sensitive, bio-medical research data with urgency demands the highest level of security and a sophisticated, hybrid cloud model.Episode 1: Curation, Utilization and Protection of Data for the Long TermTom Stein and Nick Brackney discuss how archiving and sharing NASA’s moon and other planetary data with the science community requires a flexible multi-cloud strategy.last_img

Pickin’ up pawpaws

first_imgOther reasons could be problems with propagation. Pawpaws don’t transplant well from the wild. However, unlike apples and pears, pawpaws grown from seed are similar to their parents. The downside is that the seeds should not dry out, are slow to germinate and require a period of moist chilling before they will sprout. Some people may be put off by its texture because they think a fruit so soft must be over-ripe or spoiled. Others find the creamy texture appealing. The smooth pulp can be an asset as it blends easily into ice cream. I imagine it would be ideal for sherbets or sorbets as the frozen pulp is practically a sorbet all by itself. I mixed the soft pulp into pancake batter for pancakes so moist and sweet they didn’t require syrup. (And I even cut down on the sugar in the recipe.) By Arty SchronceGeorgia Department of AgriculturePickin’ up pawpaws, puttin’ ’em in your pocket,Pickin’ up pawpaws, puttin’ ’em in your pocket,Pickin’ up pawpaws, puttin’ ’em in your pocket,Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch. Since growing your own is currently the only way to get a taste, I encourage gardeners to give the pawpaw a try. A few garden centers and mail-order nurseries carry pawpaws. Some offer named varieties propagated by cuttings or grafting. Avoid bare-root plants as they do not transplant well. Buy those grown in containers instead. And don’t be afraid to plant small ones. For good pollination, plant two different varieties. Aside from their fruit, pawpaw trees can be interesting additions to a garden. The leaves, which can be a foot or more long and six inches wide, provide a tropical effect. Fall color on my trees is an attractive moderate yellow, although I have read that some varieties can be more vibrant.center_img I sang that song as a child even though I had never seen a pawpaw, and my parents or grandparents never talked of one. As far as I knew, gathering pawpaws was like hunting a snipe or lassoing Sasquatch. As an adult, I obtained two pawpaw seedlings and planted them out of curiosity and desire for the unusual. The pawpaws have been bearing for several years now, and I am pleased I gave in to my curiosity and desire. I also realized there is a lot this little folk ditty can teach us about this native but little-known fruit tree.Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are indeed more likely to grow “down yonder” in bottomland with deep soil than on higher and drier sites. They send up suckers and form a small colony of trees, or a “patch.” It’s is the largest fruit native to temperate North America and has a soft consistency. Pawpaws drop to the ground when ripe, hence the necessity to pick them up, rather than harvest them off the tree. It is possible to pick them, but they are sweetest if not picked until fully ripe and ready to fall or have already fallen. The pocket referred to in the song is an apron pocket or a tie-on pocket – a garment that women wore before pockets were sewn into clothes. A pawpaw in the pocket of modern-style clothes would make a mess – if you could even fit one in there. The pocket reference is an indication of the age of the song and how long people have been eating pawpaws.I can understand why Nellie would slip away to gather pawpaws. They are sweet and tasty. Not only Nellie and I think so. The Father of Our Country, George Washington, proclaimed the chilled pawpaw a favorite dessert. In addition to the rich flavor, he probably liked the creamy, custard-like texture. (Remember his false teeth.) The flavor has been described as a mixture of mango, pineapple and banana. Friends and coworkers have mentioned overtones of pear, papaya and cantaloupe. If the fruit is so flavorful, why is it not more popular?The main reason is probably the fruit’s short shelf life, which is two to three days at room temperature and a little longer in the refrigerator. I tried picking some of the fruit green to see how it would ripen. The results were not satisfactory. The flavor was smoky and harsh. last_img

Credit unions win with high-performance buildings

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit union leaders are faced with the need to invest in a new or updated workplace. It could be that your growing team is out of space, your operations facility has reached the end of its useable life or your workplace simply doesn’t support your credit union’s way of working. The need to stay competitive should also weigh in the decision for a large workplace investment.Viewed from a strategic perspective, it comes down to this: The technical systems and social organizations housed within your organization’s workplace can either support each other, or they can fight each other. When they support each other, organizational performance metrics (such as the operating expense ratio) improve. At Momentum, we recommend three ways to set your credit union on the path toward optimizing these systems through a high performing building:1. Define success clearly: Begin by taking a deep dive into the purpose of your workplace facility. Ask your team leaders what issues their areas of the organization currently face in the larger competitive environment. Dig into how their current workplace impacts their team’s performance. Link these conversations to clear and measurable success statements and align your team toward a shared workplace vision. continue reading »last_img

Gov. Wolf Amends Emergency Declaration to Add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for Assistance During Protests

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Proclamations,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon amended his May 30 disaster emergency declaration to add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery counties to provide all necessary assistance to these counties as they respond to the escalation of protests. These counties join Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dauphin counties, which were in the original declaration.“People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but it’s unacceptable to take advantage of protests to incite violence, harm others and destroy property,” Gov. Wolf said. “I amended this declaration to add more counties affected by the violence that erupted after peaceful protests in Erie, Delaware and Montgomery counties over the weekend.”The declaration authorizes the commonwealth and its agencies to assist municipalities in their response to de-escalate violence and ensure public safety.On Saturday, Gov. Wolf announced the expanded activation of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). That activation, combined with this declaration, authorizes PEMA to direct emergency operations in these six counties, allocating all resources and personnel as deemed necessary to cope with the situation.In addition, the original declaration allocates $2 million in unused appropriated funds to PEMA for Emergency Management Assistance Compact expenses related to this emergency, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, and transfer up to $4 million in unused appropriated funds, to be increased or decreased as conditions require, to the PEMA for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency. Any unused funds will be returned to the General Fund.The declaration authorizes the Adjutant General of the PA National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner to activate personnel and use resources as necessary to alleviate the danger to public health and safety caused by this emergency.Read the amended declaration here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Amends Emergency Declaration to Add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for Assistance During Protestscenter_img June 01, 2020last_img

Duterte fires oil exploration chief

first_imgAquino was allegedly asked to resign due to a deal he inked this year with state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft Oil Company and Hong Kong-based Pionaire Finance Limited without the knowledge of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the chair of PNOC-EC. “The President’s order is still in line, and pursuant to his anti-corruption campaign in the government, and underscores once again that there are no sacred cows under this Administration,” he added. Panelo, meanwhile, reiterated Duterte’s directive to all government workers to resist temptation of corruption or risk getting fired. Aquino had been PNOC-EC’s president and CEO since 2012. He was appointed as its chairman of the board in 2007. He also served as its senior vice president from 1993-2008. President Duterte has been vocal in his fight against corruption and he has fired several government officials since assuming the presidency in 2016 due to corruption links./PN “All government officials are directed to undertake actions which are only pursuant to what the law provides in the performance of their official functions and desist from committing any act that are — or may appear to be — irregular, illegal or dishonest,” Panelo said. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said in a statement that Duterte asked Philippine National OilCompany-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) chief executive officer Pedro Aquinoto resign as the President has lost confidence in him. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO MANILA – Still true to hisadministration’s war against corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte fired the country’soil exploration chief. last_img

Pirates Crossbones Relays Results

first_img6th Place4x400M Relay (Hunter Butz, Jonathon Ralston, Sage O’Mara, & Nick Zapfe) 3:57.6Courtesy of Pirates Coach Shawn Ruble. The Pirate boys’ team were able to capture three 1st place medals, and were within an inch from breaking a meet record in the long jump that was set in 2005. 3rd Place4x800M Relay (Hunter Butz, Nick Zapfe, Sage O’Mara, & Jonathon Ralston) 8:54.6Shuttle Hurdles (Matthew Stewart, Jalen Woods, Adam Koester, & Collin Springmeyer) 1:13.7Pole Vault (20’0”) team of Matthew Stewart 10’0” & Charlie Pumphrey 10’0”Throwers 4x100M Relay (Blaine Schroeder, Kaden Redelman, John Redelman, & Matt Boone) 57.1 2nd Place4x100M Relay (Daimon Austin, Adam Koester, Jalen Woods, & Joey Woods)  45.9Sprint Medley Relay (Daimon Austin, Adam Koester, Joey Woods, & Nick Zapfe) 1:41.9Shot Put (77’7 ¼”) team of John Redelman 39’7 ¾” & Kaden Redelman 37’11 ½” 1st PlaceLong Jump (37’9”) team of Daimon Austin 19’11” & Joey Woods 17’10”High Jump (10’6”) team of Collin Springmeyer 5’4” & Adam Koester 5’2”Shot Put (80’11 ¾”) team of Matt Boone 44’0” & Jalen Woods 36’11 ¾” 4th PlaceDiscus (209’8 ½”) team of John Redelman 113’6” & Blaine Schroeder 96’2 ½”Distance Medley Relay (Hunter Butz, Sage O’Mara, Nick Zapfe, & Sawyer Sanders) 11:58.13High Jump (10’4”) team of  Daimon Austin 5’2” & Jalen Woods 5’2” Greensburg Track and Field hosted the annual Crossbones Relays on Saturday. Columbus North, Greenfield Central, Franklin County, Madison, Milan and Rushville all participated in the non scored all relay event.edit (2)edit (3)The Lady Pirates had a lot of great performances starting with the Champion Relay Team of Lily Grimes and Allison Ralston winning the Shot Put event. The duo of Grimes and Ralston were also Runner Up Champions of the Discus event.Other Relay Championships came from the distance ladies. Brenner Hanna, Emily Mangels, Emma Wilmer and Sophie Nobbe won the 3200m Relay. Mangels, Kayla Haycock, Emma Hatton and Hanna also won the Distance Medley Relay.Other top finishes include:3rd PlacePole Vault – Koregan Kidd4th Place400m Relay – Emily Million, Hilary Ernstes, Koregan Kidd, Mary West800m Relay – Hilary Ernstes, Kayla Haycock, Koregan Kidd, Mary WestSprint Medley Relay – Mary West, Koregan Kidd, Kayla Haycock, Hilary Ernstes1600m Relay – Brenner Hanna, Emily Mangels, Hilary Ernstes, Kayla Haycock5th PlaceHigh Jump – Emily MangelsCourtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.Pirate Track & Field hosted the annual Crossbones Relays over the weekend. Columbus North, Franklin County, Greenfield Central, Madison, Milan, & Rushville all competed in this unique meet. Athletes in the field events compete with a partner and their best performances are combined from their overall distance.last_img