Toronto Raptors considering Tampa as temporary home due to COVID-19 | NFL News

first_imgOther cities mentioned as a possible home are Buffalo, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville and Newark, N.J. The Toronto Blue Jays used nearby Buffalo as their temporary home during the Major League Baseball season.“We’re exploring options for our Plan B,” Raptors director of communications Jennifer Quinn told the Tampa Bay Tribune. “But our main focus is on playing next season in Toronto.”Raptors president Masai Ujiri told the CBC that the overwhelming preference is for the team to play in Canada.“We have many options, to be honest,” Ujiri said. “I think we’re lucky that the Raptors have become a darling, I think, hopefully, globally. We’re proud of that.“Everybody wants us to come play. We are honoured, we are humbled and we are appreciative that everybody wants us to come play in their city, but honestly, our main goal is to stay home. We really want to stay home.”The Raptors have made the playoffs in seven straight seasons and won the 2018-19 title when since-departed Kawhi Leonard was the star and guided the club past the Golden State Warriors in six games.Amalie Arena is also home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. The Amalie Arena in Tampa could host Toronto Raptors 'home' games in the forthcoming NBA season
The Amalie Arena in Tampa could host Toronto Raptors 'home' games in the forthcoming NBA season

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Thomas Cook is back in the game, but with a new business model

first_imgThomas Cook, one of the oldest and most famous travel agencies in the world, declared bankruptcy last year and suspended all its business operations. Fosun was already a major shareholder in TC, and last November he paid £ 11m to buy out the rights to be able to use the Thomas Cook logo, website and social media accounts. But according to British media, Thomas Cook is returning, but only as an online travel agency. So, we can forget Thomas Cook as he was before, without a strong network of planes and hotels, but from now on only as an online travel agency. The brand’s owner, China’s Fosun, wants to revive Britain’s oldest travel company within weeks to be able to be in the game at the start of bookings for next summer. Thomas Cook needs to get a license from the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, and according to the BBC, she could get it within a few days. Interestingly, the website is also active, but for now it does not reveal much, except that some news from the company can be expected soon.last_img read more

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Chatham Maritime is a talking point in Kent

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Wolf Administration Continues Historic Investments to High-Quality Early Learning Programs to More Pennsylvania Families

first_img July 12, 2018 Wolf Administration Continues Historic Investments to High-Quality Early Learning Programs to More Pennsylvania Families SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today more Pennsylvania families will have access to high-quality early learning programs, with approximately 2,125 new slots in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and 490 new slots in the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) being made available.“Expanding access to high-quality, early childhood education is one of my top priorities,” said Governor Wolf. “Investing in high-quality early learning impacts our families and our communities. With this boost in both Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental slots, more children will have access to the early learning that will benefit them for years to come.”In 2018-19, more than 29,250 children will receive services through PA Pre-K Counts or HSSAP.Since Governor Wolf took office in 2015, Pennsylvania has expanded state-funded preschool by $115 million, adding more than 9,600 slots in Pre-K Counts, and an additional 1,300 in HSSAP.A 2017 PA Independent Fiscal Office analysis identified an economic impact of $2.15 for each dollar invested at the community level for early learning programs. Not only is this funding a benefit for children and their families, but also communities.“Research shows that children with access to high-quality early learning programs go on to perform better in school and beyond,” said Rivera. “As Pennsylvania invests in strengthening its workforce to meet existing demand and attract new businesses, we need to give our youngest learners access to educational tools, including social and emotional learning, at an early age so they improve our communities for generations.”Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides high-quality pre-kindergarten services to at-risk three- and four-year olds at no cost to families. Children living in families earning up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts is offered in school districts, Keystone STARS 3 and 4 child care programs, Head Start programs, and licensed nursery schools.Pennsylvania’s Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve three- and four-year-olds living in families at or below 130 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $32,630 annually. The programs provide comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services aligned to the federal program requirements.Families may contact the programs directly to apply. Contact information for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start and other early learning programs can be found by visiting the COMPASS website at www.findchildcare.pa.gov and clicking on “Early Learning and Development Programs,” “Find a Provider,” “Preschool,” and “PA Pre-K Counts” or “Head Start.”For a list of grant recipients, please visit the PDE website.last_img read more

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DB schemes still keen on insourcing, private equity – State Street

first_imgMore than one-third of the interviewed schemes are in deficit (37%), and 3% of those believe it will take them more than 20 years to close this.Meanwhile, alternative assets continue to draw pension funds, according to the survey, with nearly half (48%) of respondents planning to increase their exposure to private equity over the next year.This is partly motivated by the pursuit of returns and partly by tail-risk diversification.More information about the survey and its results will be forthcoming in the new year.Last year’s survey was carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit. A strong trend toward greater internal management is among the key findings of a global survey of defined benefit (DB) pension funds carried out for State Street Global Services.Conducted by Longitude Research, the manager’s 2015 ‘Asset Owner Survey’ shows that half of the 400 respondents planned to increase their internal risk and investment teams – by 48% and 45%, respectively – over the next three years.The move toward greater internal management is not restricted to the larger players, with funds having as little as £4bn (€5.5bn) in assets also understood to be embracing insourcing.  However, the survey also revealed a desire to partner more with asset managers.last_img read more

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Focusing on Dredging Optimization

first_imgHR Wallingford – the company that provided site supervision on some of the world’s largest dredging projects, including DP World’s London Gateway Port development project and the Ichthys, Gladstone and Wheatstone LNG projects in Australia – today released an interesting article on dredging optimization.“Since dredging often represents a significant portion of the opex and capex costs associated with maritime infrastructure, dredging optimization is something that owners, operators and developers increasingly need to focus on,” said Mark Lee, HR Wallingford’s Dredging Group Manager.“In simple terms, optimization is about identifying, quantifying and implementing efficiency savings. Dredging is a key target for optimization because of its significance as a cost and its highly technical nature, which can make it difficult for those managing the operation of infrastructure or its construction to see efficiency gains clearly,” added Mark Lee.What’s more, optimization often results in additional benefits such as reduced environmental impacts as a consequence of less dredging or more effective dredging. This means it is also of interest to regulators, fisheries representatives and local residents and not just the project owner.The opportunity to optimize dredging can be identified at any stage of a project’s cycle, for example:At the design stage. By examining the navigational and operational requirement of the facility in order to minimize the dredging requirement. This can reduce costs and the impact footprint of the project.On tendering and construction. Determining the most appropriate and efficient dredging method by assessing the dredging plant type and capability, and preparing a dredging contract package tailored to the project’s specific needs. This can lead to a reduction in overall project costs, as well as ensuring compliance with any imposed regulatory conditions whilst attracting competitive bids.During operation. By determining the most efficient maintenance dredging strategy with respect to the project’s commercial need and timings. For example, can the area requiring dredging be reduced? Can the dredging be done better/cheaper? As well as reducing overall ongoing costs, this ensures efficient operation of the facility.HR Wallingford, has recently completed projects for port terminal operators, where dredging optimization was vital to the overall project success. Optimization of the dredged areas’ extents and depths was performed using navigation simulations and sedimentation modelling, along with a tidal depth availability assessment and detailed analysis of historic sedimentation patterns. Support was provided through to completion of the works, with on-site support ensuring the contract, specification and schedule were met.Mark Lee also said that in combination, these steps can ultimately lead to a significant reduction in the overall required dredge volume and improvements in dredging efficiency.“Given that savings of the order of $4m have been realised to individual projects for individual maintenance dredges, whilst maintaining a safely navigable port, and that these savings are repeatable for future maintenance dredges, it’s understandable that dredging optimization is something that developers, operators and owners of maritime projects increasingly want to focus on,” concluded Mark Lee.last_img read more

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Australia: Strike Energy hits gas at West Erregulla-2

first_imgAustralia’s Strike Energy said its joint venture with Warrego made a gas discovery in the Wagina sandstone as part of the West Erregulla-2 drilling campaign.The Wagina sandstone was found to be ~74 meters plus in thickness and made up of sections of clean sand with interpreted blocky porosity development that was observed on drilling to have hydrocarbons present throughout. This section was observed and interpreted from 4,106 to 4,180m.The well section was finished without observing the end of the Wagina and there is potential for further Wagina sands to be encountered in the next section.Strike’s managing director, Stuart Nicholls said, “This is a significant discovery and comes from a secondary target which carried a low pre-drill probability of success. Importantly, it provides further confidence in Strike’s predictions of good porosity development within Permian reservoirs being possible at depths greater than that of Waitsia and to the South-East.”“With good porosity trends continuing with depth, Strike believes that it is on track to find a good quality reservoir within its primary target in the Kingia-High Cliff,” he said.“With the primary target remaining to be drilled and potentially even more Wagina to come, this is a very exciting time for the company,” concluded Nicholls.West Erregulla-2 is being drilled in EP 469, which is adjacent to and targeting analogous Permian gas sands of a similar size and nature as the Waitsia gas discovery. The well will be drilled to a planned total depth of 5,200m.The remaining targets include a conventional gas target in the Basal Wagina sandstone and the primary gas sand sequence in the Kingia High Cliff.Strike Energy is the operator and the holder of a 50 percent joint venture interest in EP469, and Warrego Energy the holder of the other 50 percent joint venture interest.last_img read more

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Local Communities Felt Detonations At Proving Grounds

first_imgMilitary activity at the Jefferson Proving Grounds caused concern in local communities Wednesday.Residents in local towns were alarmed when they felt their homes shaking and heard a “loud roar” Wednesday afternoon. The sudden noise caused some to question if an earthquake had occurred.Citizens in Holton, Moores Hill and Delaware contacted us on Facebook and inquired if we knew anything about it. After speaking with authorities in Ripley County, it was determined that the National Guard was detonating old explosives at the Jefferson Proving Grounds.Prior to all the shaking, military officials contacted the Ripley County Sheriffs Office to inform them of the activity. More detonations are scheduled for next Wednesday, officials said.last_img read more

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Trojan Grappler Kyle Krummen Wraps Up Season At State Finals

first_imgEast Central Trojan Wrestler Kyle Krummen was defeated in the Opening Round of The State Finals by undefeated Will Nunn of Castle (42-0) via pinfall at 3:43 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Kyle wraps up his Junior season at 27-11.Congratulations to Kyle on an outstanding season!last_img

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Multiple agencies battle brush fires

first_imgDearborn County, In. — Firefighters from Sunman, Lawrenceburg, Greendale, Manchester and Bright assisted the Miller-York Volunteer Fire Department with several brush fires Tuesday. No word on a cause and no damage estimate is available.last_img

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